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The Arts Ubyssey Jan 11, 1945

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 MacKenzie, Bibbs    Congratulate   Arts   Faculty
•    I AM GLAD TO BE able to extend my greetings and best wishes to the students in the Arts Faculty and to congratulate
them on their energy and initiative in arranging this week's program of activities and events.
You have a long and interesting history and great traditions behind you for the Faculty of Arts is the direct descendant of the medieval universities and it continues to be the centre and heart of every modern university that is worthy of
the name University.
Applied Science and the professional schools have become increasingly important in the modern world and their
influence upon the classical or orthodox training provided in our universities is very great. The reconciliation of these
sometimes contradictory trends is one of the most difficult problems confronting educationalists everywhere. I believe,
however, that this problem will be solved and I am convinced that the study of the humanities, liberal arts and the pure
sciences will continue to be of great importance and great value in the future.
• NO PLEASANTER task could fall to an AMS president
than to congratulate the Artsmen on their enthusiasm
and energy this year. Arts Week is showing the campus that
our largest faculty is taking its part in student activities with
spirit and taste. Particular praise is due Arts for supporting
their claim to be "men of culture" by inviting Mr. Robeson
to speak to us.
No. 34
Artsmen Plan Friday Noon
"Pep" Dance Featuring Micelli
•   ARTS WEEK pep dance sponsored by the Arts Undergraduate Facultyq as a special Arts Week feature will
take place as scheduled Friday noon in the Brock Lounge if
the street car strike is cancelled by Friday.
Unusual  entertainment Is  pre-       --_---_---__----™_-^-"--"
sented under the sponsorship of
the Arts executive as a highlight
feature of Arts Week.
Fourteen pieces of Western Air
Command Band will be at the
Brock Friday, January 12, from
12:30 to 1:30 to play for the noon-
hour pep dance. There Is no guarantee that Joe Micelli will play
"Annie's Cousin Fannie."
The program Includes a son>and
one or two yells calculated to
make every Arts student bubble
with faculty spirit. Don't be shy
girls, there are lots of Artsmen
and they will be there.
Every effort is being made to
continue this pep dance.
The executive feel that a get-together such as this would make
up for other events postponed because of this emergency.
Admission; will be by student
passes which must be displayed
at the door. Admission for Sciencemen will be $1.00 .
Frosh Postpone
Class Party
• FROSH DANCE scheduled to
take place Thursday night,
January 11, In Brock Hall, has
been posponed Indefinitely.
The Frosh executive felt that the
long walk to the Brock would
dampen enthusiasm for the affair,
The date bureau which was set
up for the dance will continue.
Freshettes without dates are requested to get into contact with
Norah Clarke or Teddy Knapp ln
the women's lower common room.
Non-freshmen who wish to attend the dance may obtain dates
through the date bureau.
•   THE ARTS UNDERGRADUATE executive has concent
ed itself with the 1800 Artsmen who contribute $23,000
annually to the AMS coffers. Individually, an artsman receives benefits like other students; collectively as a faculty
they receive little.
The overwhelming success of the fall Arts pep meet has
demonstrated that the "sleeping bear" is wide awake. Twice
representations have been made to the Students' Council
without success to have this energy channelized into something worth while and constructive on.the campus.
Since inter-University activity is impossible in these
times there is a need for strong Faculty activity to replace
it. University courses are not designed to provide everything.
And if faculties pass this opportunity by, some other group
will certainly arise to usurp it. Fortunately, the fraternities
and sororities would be first to admit that greater activity
on their part on the campus would be ruinous to themselves
and to campus politics.
Arts Week has aimed at a new high in campus entertainment. It was just bad luck that the first street car strike
since 1919 should happen this week. Despite these difficulties
we have carried on in the hope that this beginning will lead
to something constructive for the future.
Frances James . . .
. . . Comes Tuesday
Frances James
Will Sing at
UBC Jan. 16
• THE SPECIAL Events Committee of the LSE will present
Frances James, distinguished soprano, Tuesday, January 16, at
12:30 in the Auditorium. She will
be accompanied on the piano by
Miss  Gwendolyn Williams.
Recently Miss James appeared
in Washington, D.C., for the
Chamber Music Guild as the first
exchange artist under a new gree-
ment between the Guild and a
Canadian Committee headed by
Sir Ernest MacMillan.
• EDITOR'S NOTE: Plans are
in the offing to provide new
facilities and faculties for UBC.
their fulfilment will allow the
University to achieve it's proper
place in the community and province by providing for professional training and leadership in
fields previously neglected.
The University has another fun
ction to fulfull, the function of
creative research in scientific and
social areas. The report on this
page admirably shows the dividends of scientific research even
on a small basis. Provision for social and scientific research is another major gain for UBC that we
hope to see forthcoming from the
deliberations of the B.C. Legislature.
Artsman - Man of Many Parts     ROBESON SPEAKS TODAY
• THE SCENE IS universal.
Whether in Prague or London,
Vienna or Moscow, New York or
Madrid, Dublin or Oslo, It is the
same. The great throng of people
sit enthralled by a man who captivates them with a magical charm
and loftiness of spirit that defies
description. The man is Paul
Robeson, as towering a symbol of
human freedom as this generation
has seen.
A man of tremendous physical
stature, he is actor and singer,
speaker and lecturer, scholar and
athlete. Truly the twentieth century representative of the Ellza-
bethen "man of many parts."
Robeson's "Othello" Portrayal Reaches
Perfection Claims Dramatic Critic
• IN THE history of the writer's
theatre-going experience, there
have been few productions which
have touched upon relative perfection: but the production of
"Othello" currently playing at
the Strand is one of them.
The staging of the play, which
was composed of a bdek-stage
with a permanent set, used for
both interior and exterior scenes,
and a for-stage being formed by
the curtaining of the rear portion
was admirably handled in an almost Elizabethan manner. The incidental music, perhaps slightly
too modern for the ghost of Pur-
cell, created an excellent background for the drama.
The actors were no less satisfying than the machinery with which
they worked. Othello, which was
played by Mr. Paul Robeson suited our conception of that character as very few interpretations
of any character have in the past.
Mr. Robeson's conception of the
man was precisely that of Dr. C.
H. Hereford.
Othello is too magnanimous, too
self-confident, and too devoid of
penetrating subtlety of brain, to
grapple successfully with a difficult situation.
Iago, which was played by Mr.
Jose Ferrer, a native-born Cuban
incidentally, is probably the outstanding   character   in   particular.
By this statement we do not
mean, however, that Mr. Ferrer's
acting was superior to Mr. Robeson's: Iago is the villian and for
some unexplained reason humanity sides with the villain. There
has been some criticism of Mr.
Ferrer's performance on the
ground that at times his Iago was
not subtle enough to completely
fool Othello. But did not Cassius
and Antony dupe Brutus successfully and cannot Brutus be compared with Othello?
Unfortunately the role of Des-
demona, played by Miss Uta Hag-
en, suffered in the opening scenes,
as Miss Hagen had a bad cold. Toward the latter part of the play,
however, this difficulty was overcome and her scenes with Othello
especially the death scene, were,
in all sincerety, magnificently
Mr. Ralph Canton as Cassio and
Mr. Francis Compton as Brabantio
gave truly expert performances
in the true Shakespearean manner: we should like very much
to see them both in larger parts.
Emilia was portrayed by Miss
Edith King, who was, however,
too much a product of the American stage to be completely enjoyed.
There remains one important
point to be mentioned, one not directly concerned with drama,
Since the middle of the last century, the dainty hypocrisy of popular morality has shuddered at
the thought of a member of the
Negro race playing opposite a
"white" woman.
As the original Othello played
in France during the seventeenth
century shattered a decadent
trend in French drama, so Mr.
Robeson is helping to shatter a
decadent  racial prejudice and is
helping magnificently.
UBC Library Displays
Fine Art Collection
• A LIBERAL ARTS education demands if not a profound
study of the world's great works of art, at least a nodding
acquaintance with the foremost of them. A splendid opportunity in this connection is offered by the University of
British Columbia. Anything you want to know about art is
to be found in the library, from pre-historic drawings to non-
objective painting. Any country's art worth studying is included in the files.
For the excellent collection .of
books and reproductions In the library, we are greatly indebted to
Mr. Hunter Lewis, Dr. Lamb, Miss
Smith, and the Vancouver artist,
Mr. J. Shadbolt for their foresight
and untiring efforts.
Books on Art are not widely
published, and often are very difficult to obtain. Sometimes it is
years before an order for a book
is filled. Just such a book is "The
Grammar of Ornament," a book
which was well worth waiting for,
A real treasure locked In the
library vault is John C. Ferguson's book on noted porcelains. It
contains the only authenUc history
of the ancient porcelain of the Imperial Palace, an earlier volume on
this subject having been lost. A
commentary In both Chinese and
English, side by side, supplements
the color plates on the opposite
pages. The tissue thin pages were
specially   treated   to  endure   long
after other books in the library
have turned to dust.
"The Vanity Fair Portfolio ot
Modern French Painting is one
of the most fascinating pieces
in the collection: "Modern American Painting" is another.
Both are folios of large colour
reproductions with biographical
sketches of the artists represented.
Especially noteworthy among
sets on file are the "Studio Year
Book of Decorative Art," L'His-
toire de L'Art," and the Propylaen
collection of the world's finest
works of art.
Current art magazines to be had
in the library review new exhibitions and discuss new trends In
contemporary art. Timely subjects, like the army art exhibit
reviewed in the April-May, 1944
edition of "Canadian Art" are presented to the reader.
This art collection Is a privilege
not  to  be missed.
Scientific Research Plays Decisive Role in Lif<
• TO THE fireside news analyst
war still seems to be concerned with the ebb ond flow of a
vast body of men across a line on
the earth's surface. To the hyper-
efficient little bureaucrats who
are always with Us the war is
being properly prosecuted only If
the air is full of pieces of paper
bearing the right date stamp and
file number. However, to the average man, it is becoming increasingly clear that this war, whatever its numerous origins, con only be fought in one way—and that
is by employing every possible
scientific principle and technological advance against the enemy.
It is equally clear that scientific
brains and many peace-time problems have somehow been kept a-
part in the past. It is not merely
the urgency of war which has
called forth such advances as jet
propulsion, penicillin, magnesium
from sea water, etc. These advances have come principally be-'
cause governments and industries
and hospitals have a new faith in
the   ability   of   trained   scientific
minds to give us something better in a hundred different fields.
In addition, scientists have abandoned the academic pose of the
"nicely balanced view" and the
Ivory tower for a more humane
and progressive type of scientific
endeavor. It is no longer "lowbrow" to be engaged in useful research!
The story of the development
of penicillin for human use well
illustrates what great human benefits may come even from pitifully small expenditures on research. In 1936 a former Rhodes
Scholar from Australia set out to
study the antibacterial potency of
all known moulds. He was not disheartened by the enormous task
and the comparative failures in
this field in the past. He asked
for and received from the Rockefeller Foundation $1280.00 for apparatus needed in the separation
of the anti-bacterial substances
produced by various types of
fungus. With this apparatus Howard Florey addressed himself to
which Fleming, in 1929, had shown
to produce, in dilute form, substances capable of arresting bac-
the penicillin groups of moulds,
terial growth. It appeared at first
as if every bathtub in England
would have to be turned over to
growing penicillin in order to produce enough to cure even one
patient of a severe infection. Perhaps being an Australian saved
Florey. Far from being appalled
by this prospect, he at once set
about building up a team of researchers, one to find the best
method of growing the fungus,
fi nother to increase its yield of
"penicillin"—its active principle,
and others to harvest it and purify
it for human consumption.
Hitler's march into Vienna had
brought Florey's laboratory at
Oxford a man of rare ability in
enzyme chemistry. The blitz on
England had sent Florey's three
young children to America, so
that his wife, also a doctor, was
enabled to spend all her time in
the laboratory. Medical students
became a rarity, so that teachers
(Cont'd, on Page 3) EDITORIAL PAGE
JANUARY 11, 1945
UBC Spirit
The war has limited most inter-
university competition, and thus spirit at
UBC is at rock bottom. There is only one
way possible to revive this spirit—that is by
inter-faculty spirit. Inter-faculty spirit not
only increases the importance of his own
faculty to the individual, but also reveals to
him the aims and ambitions of the other
If a student who believes he possesses
only faculty spirit should visit a city where
another university is prominent, he will
uphold the entire university, not only his
own faculty. A man cannot take four years
at UBC and not be proud of it—if he were
ashamed of it he would have stopped before
his four years were up or seek another
university more suited to him.
When council suspended all Arts functions including the Arts-Aggie, due to lack
of spirit, it provided the spark that rekindled
all the enthusiasm most Artsmen have—
buried though it may be.   Elections were
held and an executive of the Arts Undergraduate Society was formed. This executive
put on a very successful pep-meet judging
by the response of the crowds of students
The executive then decided that as this
first pep-meet was so successful, there should
be another in the spring term. The idea
grew and Arts Week is the result. It is
hoped that Arts Week will become an annual
affair as it is a means of increasing the indefinable thing called "Arts Spirit".
The Arts faculty containing more than
half of the students at UBC should be an
important factor in university spirit as a
whole. After the war when inter-university
competition again comes forth (probably on
a larger scale than ever before) UBC spirit
must be strong. It is up to each one of us—
in Arts as well as other faculties—to keep
UBC's   spirit   alive   in   these   war   years
through faculty spirit.
A National University?     *y».*»>.w*
Closely related to the question of federal jurisdiction over education, recently debated by the UBC Parliamentary Forum, is
another vital and perhaps more immediately
realizable project, i.e., The Establishment of
a National University for Canada.
'    Two ancillary questions arise:—
Should such a University be situated at
the great portal to the Orient—at Vancouver, the home of the UBC? In the second
place, might not this National University
ultimately become one of the important affiliated units in an International or World
University that conceivably would function
as the intellectual correlate of a revitalized
post-war League of Nations or similar organization designed for maintenance of the
"peace, order and good government" of the
world! '
Major attention was given to the first
of the above questions (the primary question
of establishment) in a panel discussion recently conducted by the teacher training
class of UBC. The subject was defined as
The establishment in Canada of a National University open only to highly qualified graduate students, selected by the
sponsoring universities, and capable of doing
advanced research work; this National University to be financed by the Dominion and
Provincial Governments and administered
by a National Board of University Governors free from politics, the proposed University would probably absorb the present
National Research Council. It should attract and retain in Canada the best type of
graduate student as well as conduct research
in such fields as:—public administration;
aeronautical and other branches of engineering; radio activity; meterology; industrial,
agricultural, and health projects; educational administration; and social sciences.
In the brief space available it is not possible to do more than summarize arguments
advanced by members of the panel.
(1) Finance—This should be adequate,
the Federal and Provincial Governments as
well as by scholarships, on a large scale, for
deserving and highly competent students
who might otherwise be financially handicapped.
Since the Dominion Government has the
ultimate taxing power; since the majority
of the provinces are unable to support university education adequately; since university fees should be reduced rather than
increased if universities are not to become
the special preserve of the sons and daughters of the wealthy; since education, especially research, is a matter of national concern
—it is essential that the Federal Government
should materially assist in financing the
proposed university.
(2) More Efficient Leadership in academic, scientific, political, and administra
tive fields will be especially desirable in
post-war Canada. In great measure these
desiderata can be developed by means of a
properly equipped and financed national
(3) National Unity—The promotion of
much needed national unity by dissipating
prejudices arising from parochial attitudes
of private and provincial institutions is desirable. Greater mutual understanding and
social solidarity—between East and West,
French and English-speaking Canadians,
sectarian groups, labour and capital—should
arise from a more objective and scientific
approach to the solution of Canadian problems based on social need rather than on
the foibles of petty groups "warring in the
bosom of a single state."
(4) Adult Education—A National University might well become the nerve centre
for the development of a more co-ordinated
and comprehensive programme of adult education and for consolidating various agencies
best designed to promote this objective, e.g.,
a national library, national art gallery on a
truly national scale, national theatre, national conservatory of music, recreational
and health programmes, radio and television, and similar projects. Leadership in the
promotion of rehabilitation and reconstruction measures should thereby become increasingly available.
(5) Student Personnel—Our best students would not need to go abroad in such
large numbers as at present to attend foreign graduate schools; while more foreign
students would be attracted to Canada. An
increased efficiency, inspiration and dignity
for the teaching profession on all levels, as
well as for other professions, should thereby
be achieved.
These might be summarized as follows—
Dangers from "nationalization" of education;
stripping provincial and private universities
of their leading professors; possible "commercialization" of education through relative
cveremphasis on industrial as compared
with social research; dangers of alleged
wasteful duplication of research and graduate studies; possible domination by the
more populous central provinces.
Vancouver, owing to its climatic and
scenic attractions, as well as to its strategic
location at the terminus of the world's great
thoroughfares between Europe and this
Continent, on the one hand, and the teeming
millions of the Orient, on the other, might
well be chosen as the most suitable location
for the National University! Indeed the central provinces conceivably would compromise on Vancouver as the most acceptable site available and at UBC — the infant among Canadian Universities in point
of years but not of attendance or quality of
achievement—as the fitting nucleus of a
great Canadian University worthy to rank
with the most famous educational institutions of the New World or the Old!
Co-ed: Did I ever show you
where   I   was   tatooed?
Boy friend  (hopefully): No.
Co-ed: Well let's drive down
that way.
* * * *
According to a dispatch from tiie
Agricultural Department a whole
festive apiary got tight on a buah-
ol of cider apples. "How doth the
busy little bee - - - .
There's an old girl down the
road with decided views about
Says she:
"I've got a dog that growls, a
parrot that swears, a chimney
that smokes, and a cat that stays
out all night.  Why marry?
What is a canary that has been
through a meat-grinder?
Shredded  tweat.
*   »   *   *
Dear Dorothy Dix:
Should  a father of fifty  marry
Dear Sir:
No, you've had enough now.
in science
• ONE OF THE socially significant features of modern civilization is the growth of professionalism in science. This professionalism has contributed greatly
to the progress of science, but, as
A. N. Whitehead, a contemporary
British philosopher, points out, it
has also created some serious new
social problem. "The dangers a-
ristng from . . . professionalism,"
says Whitehead, "are great, particularly In our democratic societies. The directive force of reason
is weakened. The leading Intellects lack balance. They see this
set of circumstances, or that set,
but not both sets together ....
In short, the specialized functions
of the community are performed
better and more progressively,
but the generalized direction lacks
vision. The progressiveness In detail only adds to the danger produced by the feebleness of coordination."
With the increase of specialization and the growing complexity
and changeableness of modern
life, each specialist comes (to paraphrase Bohr) to know more and
more about less and less, while
those people who try to grasp the
complexity of contemporary life
and give it a sense of direction
seem to know less and less about
more and more. One of the very
distressing results of this situation
is the series of world wars conducted with more and more scientific efficiency and with less and
less clearness as to their significance. Of course, professionalism
ln science ls not the only factor
responsible for our present social
plight. There are other Important
factors involved, such as the economic, political, religious and moral
causes. But science is the most
characteristic feature of our modern ivilization, it has played a
major role In shaping It, and has
a large share of responsibility for
its  present  confusion.
There are two important problems Involved here. First, there
is the problem of bringing the separate sciences into some sort of
intellectually comprehensible unity. And, second, there is the
problem of the direction of human
life in the world of growing complexity for which science is mainly responsible. The second problem, however is not the concern
of science alone, especially since
it involves the question of human
values. The connection between
knowledge and values is very
subtle and obscure, and cannot be
dealt with here. I shall, however,
say something regarding a possible
solution of the first problem.
The n#ed of unifying science has
been felt from the very beginning
of modern science in the 17th century, and several attempts have
been made to satisfy the need. For
example, in the 18th century, the
French Encyclopedia was the product of an important cooperative
effort to coordinate the scientific
activity of the time. August
Comte's "Positive Philosophy" and
Herbert Spencer's "The System of
Synthetic Philosophy" represent
well-known attempts made in this
same direction in the 19th century.
But of more immediate interest to
us is the contemporary movement
among philosophically minded
scientists and scientifically minded philosophers to bring some integration into the scientific activity of our day. This movement
finds its organized expression in
the yearly International Congress
for the Unity of Science, the first
of which was held at the Sorbonne
in 1935. The purpose of this movement is indicated by the following
extract from an authoritative declaration: "The extreme specialization within science demands as Its
corrective an interest in the scientific edifice in its entirety. This
is especially necessary if science
is to satisfy its inherent urge for
the systematize tion of its results
and methods, and if science is to
perform adequately its educational role In the modern world. Science is gradually rousing itself for
the performance of its total task."
The Third International Congress,
in 1937, was devoted to the planning of "The Encyclopedia of Unified Science," a work whose purpose is "to bring together material pertaining to the scientific enterprise as a whole, The work
will ... be a series of monographs
. . . each . . . devoted to a particular group of problems. The collaborators and organizers of this
work are concerned with the analysis and interrelation of central
scientific ideas, with all problems
• THE CURRENT attempt to
develop a spirit among Arts-
men comparable to that which is
found among members of other
faculties is praiseworthy in so far
as it is directed towards arousing
among the students of this, the
largest faculty, a lively sense of
the responsibilities of student self-
government. It is my belief, however, that attempts to go beyond
this will be frustrated by the nature of the Arts Faculty Itself.
The average Artsman does not
feel, and should not be expected
to feel that loyalty and enthusiasm
towards his faculty which causes
the Scienceman to avow that he
is capable of drinking more beer
than any miserable Artsman. A
discussion should make It clear
why Artsmen cannot be expected
to have that feeling of unity which
most members of professional
schools enjoy.
Consider the situation in a professional course such as Applied
Science: a common curriculum for
several years, everyone taking the
same subjets in the same classrooms at the same time; everyone
(or almost everyone)   graduating
with a big red B.A.Ss. as a sign
of the fact that he has at last become an ENGINEER! Small wonder that sciencemen feel a unity
among themselves, a sense of belonging to their faculty that lasts
long after graduation.
Contrast this situation with that
which exists in the Arts Faculty.
Here we find no uniform curriculum. The student chooses his courses to suit his own ends: the emphasis is upon individual tastes
and needs. In the properly balanced Arts course professionalism
is in the background, a liberal
education the enduring aim. The
loyalty of the Artsman is to his
intellect, rather than to his fellow
There can be no excuse for an
Artsman's failure to assume his
responsibilities towards his faculty and his Alma Mater, no excuse
for the apathy and neglect of the
past. Let us, however, appeal to
the Artsman as an individual, rather than as member of a group.
For if the Arts Faculty Is fulfilling
its function, the typical Artsman
will be an individual first, and a
member of his group afterwards.
dealing with analysis of sciences,
and with the sense in which science forms a unified encyclopedical whole." As a nucleus for this
Encyclopedia, twenty monographs
were to be published dealing with
in the individual sciences and in
science as a whole. The war, of
course, has interrupted this work.
Nevertheless, ten of the monographs actually have appeared,
the last one in October, 1944, and
the rest, we may hope, will follow
In due time. Any of the published
monographs may be obtained from
The University of Chicago Press,
at the price of one dollar each.
There are a few copies of one of
these monographs in the UBC
Book Store.
No one, of course, can foresee
how far this movement will succeed, but at least it Is a well defined and determined attempt,
made in the right direction, at the
solution of the first problem
raised by professionalism in science. Unfortunately as much cannot be said of our second problem,
that of the direction of human
life in the modern world. This
last problem is both more important and more difficult than the
first, and there is very little, if
any, agreement as to its possible
solution. Perhaps It is the most
important and difficult problem of
our time. Fortunately for me,
however, lack of space precludes
me from attempting to discuss
this subject here.
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Please place this card in boxes on campus. THE UBYSSEY, JANUARY 11, 1945 — Page Three
Personal Patter
• YOU CLOWNS may not have realized it—or maybe you
have—that there's more attraction to Varsity than classes
and labs. There's that popular pastime of dangling in the
Caf, gabbing in the social wing of the library, even strolling
on the mall. There are meetings, practices, social activities—
tea dances, ball games, tournaments, pep-meets—in fact
there's a wealth of opportunity to sport new ensembles—
consequently our campus has become quite the style centre
for Vancouver coeds.
We'ce been admiring BABS
JONES' kilt—the genuine thing.
All measurements were sent to
the boy-friend somewhere in Scotland and this is what happened
. . . People have been wondering
where LORNA SHIELDS finds
those socks to match her sweaters
. . . and speaking of sweaters, that
we feel should be complimented
on her amicability about participating in campus activities—certainly has a gay assortment . . .
That cute blond Alpha Gamm initialed MARGE WEBER says you
couldn't possibly And anything
smarter than the sequin-spangled
number she whipped up in the
Home-Ec lab (we'll believe it when
we see it) . . . And if we could
all go to Seattle, maybe we could
look as chic as UL McEACHERN
in her matching plaid skirt and
sweater or LORNA IRVING in her
striking suit of shamrock green
.... In the accessory line we are
allagog at the life-like lizard lapel
pins made fashionable by PAT
.... that BILL HACKING wears
yellow suspenders, the envy o!
every Joe College . . . that ROY
WHITE would dare to appear in
a mauve and white polkadot tie
. . . that the reason for the BETA'S
conservativeness is 'cause they
burn those lovely Xmas ties . . .
That BUZZ WALKER is wearing
a most significant tatoo on his left
arm . . . That TOM KEENLEYSIDE stepped out of Esquire (we
hear it can't be done) . . . that
there's something attractive about
blaSers and grey flannels especially when ROB FILBERG or KENNY the PED happen to be Inside
them—and that goes for ELDEN
UNDERWOOD'S pipe too.
extended their honeymoon over
the festive season up Mount
Temple way . . . that grad BILLY
LANE is expected home shortly on
furlough from an officer's training
course in the east . . . that MARIE
CONWAY LEGG sometimes
known as Mrs. Foot will soon embark overseas .... that ART
JONES and J. T. SCOTT on their
way to a New York convention
managed to contact CHUCK
(GOOBER) McKINNEY for a gay
New Year's reunion in Montreal
.... BABS MacPHERSON holidaying in Regina, returned to
school with great messages from
STONE now residing there ....
HELEN MORGAN who "bussed"
it lo Seattle', tells, among other
tales, of meeting Americanized
DOREEN DUG AN, fiancee of
SANDY HAY . . . Banff was the
Xmas playground of DOUG BEL-
and GORDY NEELES (who beetled home for a pressing New Year's
Eve engagement. There was "pots"
of entertainment for all (especially
• GILBERT and Sullivan is not
the fulfillment of musical a-
chievement at UBC. We should
have more—We could have more!
With the situation as it is there is
no opportunity to develop musical
abilities and talents to enrich a
young and progressive Canada.
Canada has reached that place in
her nationhood where she has time
for culture and the fine arts, but
there are all too few conservatories and schools of art to produce and encourage this culture.
There is an ever growing demand
for music and musical talent in
our own city. Witness the breathless crowds at celebrity concerts
and symphonies! But why is it
that the majority of the talent
must be imported? And why do
Canadians with talent have to turn
to our neighbors of the south to
achieve recognition?
If a chair of music were to be
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installed at the University it would
provide not only an outlet for
musical talent in the west, but also
a centre of culture that would add
much to the splendor of British
The University is expanding rapidly and there is a pitiful lack of
courses open to the student body,
We hear repeated demands for
faculties of law and medicine.
These are sorely needed. But let
us also add music—and its associate arts. Music essentially is
a universal need. There is no nation that has not had its folk songs
and dances. In moments of gladness, in times of strife, people turn
to music for release. Embryo pianists, soloists, composers, conductors, may walk our campus unnoticed for lack of opportunity to
express themselves. And Canada
may be losing great artists, who
would otherwise with the proper
opportunities, training and incentive, be hymning her greatness,
ond adding to her unity,
Pow could this objective be a-
chieved? One suggestion has been
offered that a permanent symphony conductor be appointed in
Vancouver and that his duties also
take in a chair of music at the
university. What an opportunity
lor an ambitious and far-sighted
person! To shape and build a faculty of music would present a
magnificent challenge. There are
many groups in Vancouver who,
if presented with this plan, would,
I am sure, approve of it and back
Then, of course, a supervisor of
musical courses might be appointed to work out a schedule dealing
with the University alone. In the
beginning stages the young faculty
might have to be associated with
some recognized college or conservatory until it had worked out
a satisfactory and promising basis
of study. Finally, in fulfillment,
the University in its own right
could confer a nationally recognized and sought-after degree—a
Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia.
It is worth thinking over. If you
have any further suggestion to
offer why not come forward and
express them. It is only in this
way that we find out what the
students really want.
Dorothy Fix Says:
e   HAND ME DOWN MY WALKING CANE-It takes more than one
strike to retire these UBC Coeds, who dine amid the usual Caf muddle
Wednesday.  A shortage of Caf workers is being relieved temporarily by
students who mop tables, sweep floors, and help in the kitchen between
Ruined Reputations with cary cann
Dears Readers—
We would just like to repeat our
motto—that old proverb—"Hear all
evil, see all evil, and repeat same
and wish you complications of the
season and thank you for all the
intrigue with which you have
supplied us.
Why do those D.G.s insist on
dragging their dates to the Roof
to watxeh their-best girl-friend out
with  their man.  (an F.O. to be
specific), only to be embarassed.
It seems that fellows from
Vanity driving taxis at Xmas
time ought to be more discreet
in their discussion of Varsity
girls and Zoology 6—especially
when their female passengers
ARE  Varsity  girls  and  they
HAVE taken Zoology 6.
Maybe the name of Sanford Mills
holds some significance for our
readers and maybe the date January 27 holds more.
It wasn't very embarassing to
overhear a campus cutie exclaim
"Oh, 1 go out with L.S.'s boyfriend."
When there's such a shortage of
man-power, why should one fresh-
ettte chick have both D.U.'s thrusting pins at her and Alpha Delt
legacies thrusting attentions at her.
We regret not having been
Invited to several of the more .
Juicy rendezvous this week as
took place Saturday night with
that dark Victoria Theta and
that handsome Phi Delt navy
Lieutenant — The  party   was
continued on the sands at the
Washout Monday afternoon a-
long with half a dozen cokes
'and presumably some mixer.
(Cont'd, from Page 1)
could now be spared for research.
The Rockefellers were persuaded
by the determined Australian that
$5000,00 at that critical juncture
would do wonders for the world.
After what seemed an unbelievable amount of crude penicillin
"soup" had been reduced to a
few ounces, the first patient was
treated with this doubtful potion
at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford. For lack of penicillin the
patient died. Some wondered If
the penicillin was worth the struggle. With redoubled efforts, Florey's team put out more penicillin
than ever, and at last saved one
life at Radcliffe. The skeptics
wondered if the patient was not
about to recover anyway.
Florey's next step was to come,
to America where large scale production was the watchword in
everything. He managed to interest American and Canadian researchers in the problem, and it
was not long until a worker at
the experimental Farm in Peoria,
Illinois, discovered that a by-product from corn would increase the
production of penicillin fifty times.
Since that time the status of penicillin has increased in every clinical field, and daily its life-saving
qualities are being confirmed,
particularly in tropical countries.
This is but one Instance of a
little money going a long way
when spent on research. How
many of the millions of diabetics
the world over realize that Banting's original research in Toronto,
which gave us insulin, cost less
than $10,000.00 Another instance
is the work of Edwin Cohn in
biophysics at Harvard. Many
wondered if his laboratory really
justified itself, as it probed into
the seemingly useless question of
the complex and unpronounceable
proteins in the blood. When the
war came, the military authorities
ran screaming for help to this
laboratory, which, when the din
ceased, handed them in pure form
the eight individual proteins which
make up blood plasma. Thus a
safe basis was laid for plasma
transfusions the world over, Professor Cohn gave us another blood
product, for good measure. He
separated from whole blood, the
stringy substance "fibrin" in a
foamy state. When moistened with
the purified blood enzyme "thrombin," the fibrin foam would cause
even the worst bleeding to stop
Among the first cases treated with
the fibrin foam was a boy who
bled for 48 hours after having a
tooth pulled by a dentist who was
not aware of the boy's haemophel-
ia. Several blood transfusions
were required to keep the boy a-
live, until Dr. Cohn's magic fibrin
foam was placed in the tooth socket. In wounds of the liver and
brain, fibrin foam Is making its
greatest contribution, for thes fas-
culor tissues bleed excessively.
Packing wounds temporarily with
foreign bodies such as gauze and
cotton wool has now given way to
the application of fibrin foam,
which being normal physiological
substance, s rapidly absorbed by
the surrounding tissues.
The discoveries so far discussed
will all have peace-time application of great importance. There
are many others whose value will
increase once this destructive war
has stopped, and peace and plenty
become our chief concern. We
shall then be able to apply the
wartime advances made in the
production of magnesium, aluminum and plywood to our everyday living. But this is not enough.
We must set about increasing our
badly depleted store of basic
knowledge from which all great
advances have come. The reservoir which university researchers
have built up over a period of
years is being rapidly drained.
Basic work today has had to give
way to applications of yesterday's
basic dis:overies.
In a wealthy province such as
British Columbia there is research
work crying out to be done. If
we can learn to "farm the sea"
aa we have done the land, with
the aid of scientific methods, we
shall do agreat deal to increase the
wealth of the province.
To return to the subject of medical research—the annual cost of
sickness in Canada is several hundred times the amount spent on
investigations on the basic nature
and cause of disease. The time lost
to Canadian industry through illness in one year is sufficient to
build 2700 bombers, or fifty times
the amount of time lost through
strikes. Canada has approximately
as many mental hospital beds as
general hospital beds, and yet the
amount spent on finding out the
causes of mental disease is next
to nothing. As a country we spend
$36,000,000 a year on patent medicines, and yet money for medical
education and medical research is
hard to raise. It is perhaps Russia's
prohibition of patent medicines
which has given her money enough
to finance far-reaching programmes of medical research, which
have benefited all nations, notably
in blood transfusion, corneal transplantation in certain types • of
blindness, bone banks and nerve
Dramatic as the results of medical research may seem, they are
but typical of the results which
may be expected fvom all basic
scientific research done in university laboratories of high standing. To promote scientific investigation and to make research
careers possible for our best minds,
should be the objective of all educated people, and in this development British Columbia must do its
I am IS years old, dazzling looking & awfully sophisticated but
nevertheless I am not somehow
able to hold my man whom I am
fond of which worries me quite.
Mendell (my swetie) is 16 years of
age & is very hansum & tall &
dashing which characteristics
thrill me to the marrow—Hence
if you could perchance be of service I wish you would which
would be appreciated by yours
truly no end.
It was really crazy how we met,
me & Mendell, & got mutually mad.
Ma sent me down to "Booble-
baum's Pretzel Heaven" for to
drag home the old man like usual
& whom I could chin myself on
his breath like usual. Now 'tne
Heaven" ia a real classy hole-
kind of a combination beer 4 pool
joint at which Sammy Schmatnik
& his Bowen Island Hawaiians
make with the hotsy & Honey
Schapiro, the southern aristocrat
of song sends us one - all with
the singing of songs whilst those
who wishes to dance of one wants
are permitted as they push the
pool tables back It there's lots of
room galore.
I spots the old man whom is
walking up and down the railing
of the bar quite plastered k quick
like a bunny I hollers—"Hey you!
—you better get home before the
old lady busts your skull open
with a axe" & was ready to slip
a leash onto the old blister when
all of a sudden-SOCKO! I -I
sees big fat stars _ such It my
left-hand eye swells up as big as
a water mellon—I says "Well,
we'll get out the red hot pokers &
finish the job, Buster—lt just so
happens I got my pencils & tin-
cup in my pocket."—He says "I'm
sorry, sister, for practically gouging your eya out, hows about letting me buy you a beer."
I says "Don't get gay with me,
fresh guy, I ain't as old as you
thinks." Well-one thing leads to
another & he offers to help me lug
the old man home. We are now
harboring great waves of inter-
passion & he is treating me constantly all the time to movies It
cuddle-phosphates (which is any
flavor phophate with 2 straws)
& now & then I'd let him hold my
straw at which he would turn a
violent red & would dig his well-
formed toe into the floor. Them
was the days, Miss Fix, Gee-
whizz—& yet I got my memories
as parting is such sweet sorrow
as somebody once said once,
Mendell always had a roving
eye as what man don't—but just
as long as you don't let it light
on anything it don't matter much
—but along comes a certain girl
friend, of whose name I won't
mention & whom for I now have a
additional one which is being used
in all the best kennels this year
& filches the little stinker right
out from under my nose (which
all the boys say is almost perfect
in shape). This certain double-
crossing party, everybody says is
not half as glamorous as yours
truly, thogh I don't like to seem
like I'm bragging or nothing like
that. So when he asks me if I'm
still crazy for him (thinking I'm
a beetle-brain & don't know he's
chasing around)—To coin an old
phrase—"No" I says, & gives him
back his roller-skate key.
"Perfidia" I continues (which
is Spanish for treachery) "Just
how big a cluck do you think I
am, I don't never want to have
nothing more* to do with any jerk
what lets some two-bit answer to
the meat - shortage jump my
claim." He says—"O.K. precious,
if that's the way you want it, I
guess I've had it, tho I'm still
nuts for you no matter what a
certain other party of whom I am
fond cares to presum" (which
means me)—He then wraps up the
box of bon-bons which he brung
me, shoves it under his arm, &
beats it—torn between rage - remorse I might add. So I'm just in
a quarry about what decision I
should decide on, that is, whether
to lure him back under my spell,
for which I have to much pride to
do & besides I'd have to put a pair
of blinkers on him to keep him
from roving the eyes, or let my
rival damour have him for which
I have also to much pride. Please
solve my deep problem as quick
as you can.
Dear Perplexed—
"I suggest putting a dynamite
cap in each ear & jamming a hat
over your head."
"Dorothy Fix"
e "AND WHAT does that prepare you for?" Such is the
terrible question which confronts
every student who is inadvertent
enough to confess that he has received, or is preparing to receive,
a liberal arts degree. It is an embarrassing question—embarrassing
because it suggests to us the possibility that we have spent, or
will have spent, four years in educational pursuits which ill fit us
to find a useful and remunerative
place in our economy.
However, admit it we must, for
no matter what is said to the contrary, it is undoubtedly a fact that
a great number of students take
a pure arts course on pain of sacrificing their future earning power, unless, of course, they enter
economic fields in which their liberal arts training is useful only as
a background—that is, unless they
Indeed this fact is so universally accepted by arts students that no
attempt is made to rationalize the
case on economic grounds, but rather is it rationalized on cultural
grounds. For instance the arts
graduate is fond of saying that,
although he is fitted to nothing in
particular, he has at least learned
to think or "reason," Often an
artsman will elucidate on the merits of the liberal arts course given
at Oxford university, and point
many great British statesmen as
historic substantiation for his
And no doubt his argument
bears some weight, but it is hardly applicable to the general problem for just this reason—that at
Oxford the men whereof he
speaks were aristocrats with assured incomes, schooled in the art
of abstract reasoning, while most
of the universities on this continent are developing the same abstract technique among groups of
proletarians who will do their
post-graduate work in the school
of "hard-knocks."
Tht basic weakness of our liberal
arts course is that it has failed to
take into consideration the economic realities which face the average student ■u'hen he graduates,
just as the ba^ic weakness of our
science course  is  th tt  it fails to
Arts Neglects
D. C.
make provision for the acquisition
by the student of a frame of reference in the field of culture and
of the social sciences.
The foregoing analysis is of
course rather crude. Yet the
soundest solution yet offered to
the problem derives from economic
considerations. It has been talked
about in American educational
circles for the past three years.
Fundamentally it consists of a recognition of the need for specialization in education to meet the
requirements of a specialized economy, tempered by a desire to
furnish a broad cultural basis
through a liberal arts course.
What would actually happen
would be that the High school
work of a student and the work
he does at present for his arts degree would be accellerated to allow him to later specialize in a
specific field. This, of course, is
the principle behind the present
training in law. A student may
take his B.A. degree and then
serve his time as an articled clerk
or in specific law courses—a process of deriving first of all a
broad basis in the liberal arts with
subsequent specialization.
Wear A
•    VARSITY'S  basketball  fans  are  looking  forward  to
Saturday night's feature casaba card at the UBC gym
when the Thunderbirds tangle with the Whidbey Island Navy
Fliers from Seattle in the nightcap of a triple-header. Battling in the 8 o'clock contest, Higbies and the UBC Chiefs
match baskets, while Higbies Inter B's entertain Port Al-
berni's All Stars in a 7 o'clock preliminary.
The Navy Flyers boast one of the strongest service teams
in the Northwest, although their record shows only 6 victories
in 11 games so far this season. But all 5 of their defeats have
been close, none of them having margins greater than 10
One of the greatest triumphs was over the University
of Washington Huskies in the pre-season schedule, and another was over the Fort Lewis Engineers who recently
downed the top-notch Fort Lewis Warriors.
Leading the Whidbey Island hoopers in basket-hanging
is little Lloyd Morse, 5ft. 10 in. eager who was too small to
play hoopla while attending high school.  But since joining
the navy, he has netted 117 points in 11 games for the Flyers.
Coach  of the Navy  quintet  is
THE UBYSSEY, JANUARY 11, 1945 — Page Four
• THE RECENT showing of Varsity teams, particularly the
basketball aggregations, dispels what little doubt there
was as to our actual playing calibre, but there is still considerable hesitancy on the part of the students to actively
promote sports on this campus. The big problem in promotion is, of course, finance. At present the only bodies
which are in a position to do the necessary promotion are
powerless as far as money is concerned. It has always been
the case that the president of the MAA and WAA are nothing
but administrators for the treasurer, with no real executive
Under the present set-up athletics in general are handled
under the pass feature set-up which means that the MAD
and WAD have not the power to charge money for athletic
events, and incidentally, receive no record for the entertainment they perform. If the MAD and WAD were given the
average amount of money spent on sports in the last five
years and allowed to proceed on their own initiative the
cumulative effect could result in tremendous increased
revenue for the University which could build the suitable
gyms, stadiums, and other needed buildings.
If we are to gain our position in the sports picture of
the Pacific Northwest it is essential that the MAD be given
a free hand to finance and promote all sports on the campus.
Lieutenant J. O. Stephens. He expects to bring nine players on the
weekend trip to meet the Thunderbirds. The starting lineup includes besides Morse, Don Williams, Jack Knoff, Jim Wilson, and
Bob Offen.
The basketball scene at UBC has
undergone several changes with
the coming of the New Year . . .
One change finds Bruce Yorke
playing for the UBC Chiefs and
Art Johnson coaching the latter
bunch, having retired from the
active playing ranks . . . Johnson
thus takes over a post that he held
previously in 1942 and 1943 . . .
Yorke has been playing exhibition
games with the Birds but did not
accompany them on their trip
down south. . . . The Birds have
made up partially for the loss of
Johnson by signing Kenny Thomas,
former Higbie star, recently discharged from the Airforce . . .
Kenny is a tricky forward, small,
and ordinarily has an excellent
shot . . . The Chiefs who were
extremely shorthanded up till
Christmas (they played the Birds
with only 6 men) have signed up
three new men . . . they are Ian
Blake, Jack Cowan, and Bill Mac-
Dowall. MacDowall formerly played with Higbies, while Blake starred with last year's Inter B champions Heather Cubs ... All three
are dischargees from the Airforce
. . . Gordy Sykes has signed a
player form for the Higbie Intermediate A team. Gordy thus returns to the man who has had
most to do with his basketball
career, Ted Milton , . . However,
he has already received his Army
call-up and will have to report
next Monday ... It looks like
Gordy may not be around long.
... On the other hand Harry
FrankUn has been in town and is
signed to play with Lauries . . .
He expects to be around for about
three weeks to take a meteorological course before proceeding to
a position on the Alaska Highway
. . . Also around town recently
were Harry Kermode and Dave
Hayward members of the Thunderbird team of 1943, which reached the B.C. playoffs only to lose
to Pat Bay ... It is interesting
that the latter outfit defeated Seattle Alpines in a game in Victoria
over the week-end . . . This is
tho same team that doubled the
score on the Thunderbirds on their
recent trip down south . . . Thc
B'itds chalk up the Pat Bay victory to more experience, the Victoria atmosphere, and on the fact
that the floor they played on in
Seattle was so slippery ttyit their
high-powered offensive roll could
not function properly ... At present writing it seems that the
Harlem Globe Trotters will not be
able to make an appearance at the
University . . . This is indeed a
shame and all those interested in
seeing the hoop wizards had better
start thinking about their only
appearance here in the city Thursday night at King Edward gym
when they tangle with the minor
league all-stars . . . From all indications Oregon seems to be doing
all right in tiie Pacific Coast Conference ... It will be interesting
to see how they finish in the flnal
.standings as it will give an indication as to the possibility of
future Thunderbird participation
in the Pacific Coast Conference.
e coea corner
• SATURDAY MORNING two Varsity grass hockey teams
will engage in their first battle of the season in a big
field day at Memorial Park. Playing coach Helen Matheson
and her two teams of stick-enthusiasts will invade the grassy
pitch at 49th and Fraser with every intention of defeating
their opponents.
The senior team this year has a good chance to bring
home the silverware to their Alma Mater for they have not
yet lost a game. They were however, once seriously threatened by their younger sisters the Freshettes, who they
downed only 1-0 after playing a 10-minute overtime period.
The more experienced seniors were greatly handicapped
in their style that game because of a muddy playing field,
so the freshettes more experienced mud-babies proceeded to
give the confident seniors a set-back.
Marg Watt, starry centre forward on the senior team,
with the help of the rest of the forward line is expected to
give the opposing goalie a stiff workout, while the Bea Inch-
Helen Matheson defence combination will make it difficult
for any prolific goal scoring. Big things are also expected
of the freshette teams who boast of some well known high
school stars. Yvonne French and Marg Gamey, capable halfbacks will keep the forward line well supplied with chances
to shoot, while June Wilson and Kay Robinson will endeavour to fend off rallying counter attacks.
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