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A Message From The President ONE graduate
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THE PAST YEAR has been a very strenuous one at the University of British Columbia and at the other universities across Canada as well, but it has been an interesting one
and, I believe, one that has been useful for all of us.
The overcrowding has created problems in respect of space, staff, equipment, and
ordinary facilities of a normal university life. The return of thousands of young men and
young women from the armed forces has been a challenge to the rest of us and has made us
all work harder and more effectively than we might otherwise have done without them.
These same veterans, too, have brought us a contribution in terms of their unique and varied
experiences, the importance of which it is impossible to measure. For these and other
reasons I feel that the academic year 1945-46 is likely to stand out as one of the most
significant and stirring years in the history of the universities in Canada. There are many
things that some, or all, of us would have liked to have done which could not be done and
there were material conveniences which we could not provide which would have meant
much to the physical comfort and effective work of the student body in general but, all in all,
I believe that even in terms of academic progress most objective observers would agree that
standards were not only maintained but even improved, and that in other ways the young
men and women who were in attendance have probably obtained more from their university
life and experience than in the past. For education is not only a matter of professors and
lectures, text books and lab
oratories, it is also the business of associating with
others of one's own age in
the individual and joint
business of training and
developing oneself. The
energy and enthusiasm, the
creative ability and the
physical and intellectual
vigor of the student body
this year cannot but have
contributed to the growth
and development of all who
were fortunate enough to be
Much of what has been
accomplished would not have
been possible without the
support and willing cooperation of everyone interested and concerned.   Most
credit for this must go to
the students themselves and
to the teaching and administrative staff in the University. The good spirit and the
good temper of the student
body, their willingness to
put up with conditions and
their reasonableness in respect of the demands they
might have made and the
criticisms they might have
voiced, have been of a very
high order. In addition, in
the majority of cases, they
have worked effectively and
intelligently and shown a
sense of responsibility that
is most gratifying and is not
always attributed to individ
uals in their age group.
The members of the faculty, too, have worked incredibly hard. No request was too difficult
and no proposal impossible provided it had to do with helping to give the students the best
training it was possible to devise. They have worked early and late, in season and out of
season, without any breaks and, in many cases, without any expected breaks, for relaxation
or vacation. I, personally, and I am sure every member of the student body, am most
grateful to them for what they have done. The same record of loyalty and of devotion has
been achieved by the administrative staff as well, and to them too, we are all deeply grateful.
The public and the press, the Legislature and the Provincial Government have all taken a
keen interest in our work and in our difficulties and have shown themselves at all times
anxious and ready to help us, Without their interest and their practical support it would
not have been possible to have housed and looked after the 7000 students who have been in
attendance at the University of British Columbia this year.
The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Government of Canada are farther away
and in some respects, notably housing and the physical aspects of academic accommodation
and equipment, it has sometimes seemed that they might have done more but they have
been generous in respect of educational benefits and supplementary grants. One should
never forget that they, too, are composed of human beings who have given a great deal to
the fighting and winning of the war; that the government particularly contains tired men
who are confronted with a great many difficult and complicated problems of a national and
world character, so that it is not altogether surprising, even though it is exasperating, that
immediate and adequate solutions to the problems of the universities are not provided.
Next year our enrollment is likely to be larger and in some respects our problems
even more difficult because of the larger number of students in the upper classes. Despite
this, if we approach these difficulties and problems in the same spirit and with the same
determination that has been shown this year, there is no doubt whatever but that next year
will be just as interesting and should be even more successful for we have had the benefit
of a great deal of experience.
To those who are leaving, may we wish you well. We will miss you, but we know
that you will not forget us and we believe that you will agree with us in looking back upon
1945-46 as one of the great years in our own lives and in the life of the University.
By Geoff Parkinson
THIS CLASS is the first since 1939 to
graduate into a world largely at peace. Most
of the wartime graduates immediately assumed responsibilities as part of the war
effort. The maintenance of the peace which
they helped to bring about gives this year's
graduates also certain responsibilities, less
obvious than those of wartime, but just as
important. You remember the furore that
a speech by Colonel Brock Chisholm caused
some months ago. Well, if you read that
speech I think you will find a great deal of
sense in it. One statement he made points
out the nature of all responsibilities we face.
In connection with his views on the causes
of wars and the need for preventing future
ones, he remarked that "to produce a generation of mature citizens is the biggest and
most necessary job any country could undertake." Applied to us, his argument maintains that world peace depends, to some extent, on our intelligent use of the rights and
duties of citizenship. Fortunately, university training tends to develop those qualities
which make mature citizens.
Few of us, I suppose, would claim seriously
'to %t intellectually mature at persent. I
would"' JkttSdder most -q( j-s^s mental embryos, flklutai to be lJH-H_2_M_-Qcation.
Certainly the knowledge
university of our choser
careers is too little to explain fully the value
of a university education. The chief value
to us of university education is, I think, in
the mental attitudes we are enabled to
develop. Whatever our course has been, it
has given us, in some degree, the opportunity
of learning to tackle problems logically and
methodically, to find what is important in
them, to discard what is unimportant, and
to draw conclusions from our findings. In
short, we have all had the opportunity of
learning to think clearly.
The better the use we have made of this
opportunity, the better are our possibilities
as useful citizens, but whatever use we have
made of it, the opportunity was there, and
for it we owe a debt to the university and to
the members of its faculty, who worked so
hard, so ably, and so patiently to instil in us
a little knowledge and a little wisdom.
As we leave university, we acknowledge
another debt to it, one which I can speak of
only generally, because it is compounded of
the memories of our life here, of friendships
made and good times enjoyed, which each of
u.«. takes away.
The university continues to grow in size
and in prestige, and we leave with the hope
that we can in some measure help justify
the reputation it has acquired.
—By Geoff Parkinson,
_ctorian, 1946.
A GREAT MANY impressive platitudes in
neatly rounded phrases have been written
upon the occasion of university graduation,
and the graduate's faltering entrance upon
what has been laboriously termed the "road
to life."
But as one graduate to another, let's dispense with formality, and the neatly rounded
phrases on the "This above all, to thine own
self be true" theme, and review the situation.
So here we are, four or five years away
from the time when we first wandered off
the university bus and had to be pointed in
the direction of the administration building.
We're the people who have held the library
stack permits for the past eight months, an
infallable sign of progress.
We're also the people who will reign over
our small individual worlds for a few days
after the graduation exercises as the bright
young crowd with shiny degrees, all set to
make a howling success of the world.
Some of us may share sentiments once
expressed by Charles Lamb, "I have been
obliged to fill my head with such cabinet
curiosities as it can hold without aching. I
sometimes wonder how I passed my probation with so little discredit in the world."
Others of us are too sure of ourselves and
will be told just that before our employers
and co-workers accept us as worth our paychecks.
But what each one of us does with his or
her life is an individual matter, and it's
quite impossible to generalize about our
parts in the "brave new world." We're
starting to work in a market where jobs are
still fairly plentiful. In the long run less
than one among twenty graduates will even
be considered for mention in the Canadian
"Who's Who."
So degrees are a "dime a dozen" and we
have no priority on brains.   And when it
• in Retrospect
IF THIS is education, we have had it.
It certainly does not seem five years back
to the day when we first set foot into what
may be referred to as the Temple of Learning, but into those five years we have crammed enough interesting experiences to last
the average person a lifetime.
The most important thing that we have
learned during our stay in the so-called ivory
tower is that we are abysmally ignorant.
As Dr. Harold D. Smith once phrased it,
we never again reach the high peak of
knowledge we sat upon when we graduated
from high school. Then we thought that we
knew everything. Now we know that we
know nothing.
However, it is our contention that he who
knows naught and knows it, is by no means
as badly off as he who knows naught and
knows not that he knows naught.
It stands to reason that, if we have not
learned anything, we may regret taking five
years out of our three score and ten to do it.
However, we do not. While we may not be
able to point to anything concrete, we may
have learned how to think. This asset alone
is priceless.
During our time under the wing of our
Alma Mater we have also learned a way of
life. If a person has not developed a sense
of humour during his university career he
is a dull character and there never was any
hope for him in the first place.
Looking back to our freshman days and
making a quick comparison we are taken
somewhat aback by the contrast between
the rosy-cheeked eager-eyed freshman and
the pale, haggard, case-hardened graduate.
It is almost alarming.
In those days we knew everything and
gazed in awe at upperclassmen who evidently knew even more. We were always
ready to show off our new found book-
learning and spouted formulae and theories
at little or no provocation. Those, kiddies,
were tho days. »
of main-
Thursday, May 16, 1946
ANOTHER   (AN editorial>
comes down to it, the only thing we gradu-|
ates have in common now, and will have i^
the future, when the best are at the top ar
the rest are just earning a living, is th^t
we all once went to the University of Brit-*s"
It seems to me that as a graduating ■c'ass
we should preserve the one thing we«"ave
in common, membership in the insti»utlon
of the University of British Columbia,/"1616"
by doing both ourselves and ouir Alma
Mater a great service. Alumni gi/ouPs arG
flourishing in this province and throughout
Canada. They provide the met
taining contact.
The value of not loosing tou/1 is more than
a matter of ridiculously-ove/rated nostalgia
at the memory of ivy-c0yered walls and
happy undergraduate days/ Very *ew °* ^
are built for dew-eyed phi/0S0Phy and we're
going to find ourselves palP* "sympathetic
with undergraduate kidlbrothers in a few
years. j
Instead, we should f eeP our university
connections because the/ University of British
Columbia is a state imitation which must
be pushed ahead by( PeoPle who for *e
most part aren't interf sted in it<
I think the majoritf of us have felt that
the university has mlde remarkable Jumps
ahead this year, but ifasnt had a chance *°
grow comfortably. A &eat deal of money
will have to be spentif *he university can
catch up with and solJ,dify lts own Progress.
There is very little *hlch can actually **
done by each gradu<*te **<*& the simple
service of rememberin* what the original
building plans of UBC look like in comparison to the actual ^P^'
Individually, by vi/ionin8 *• university
in the future rather tflan remembering it in
the past, we can offcr a bit df helP in our
individual small-time mya'
By a Grad
End of the RJPe
Now that we iave arrived at the end of
our rope, litera*y' we look about m vain for
the parallel tc these ParaSons of learning
who wandererabout the campus in the days
of our youth. We disc°ver with a start that
the present fop of freshmen look up to us
with the srae wide-eyed wonderment that
we exhired in those bv8°ne days. Evidently tifre ta something about five years
in West( oint Grey that ta awe-inspiring.
Tne graduation  ceremony   is   a  fitting
climax ° the years spent communing with
Shakeseare' Santayana, or Stoughton.  The
only to*8*16 proof of tllese years *■ a Piece
nf nnri^nent announcing to the world that
we ar|now members of the intelligensia.
A lot lpe0Pk may even believe it.
Neve\be*ess' *ke day tbat ^ Chancellor
removed^ hat' taPPed "» gently with it
and mufred' '^ admit you'" for the ^^
hundred nd seventy-third time that afternoon (prob?ol/hinklnS> "°h boy' only two
hundred more " *°"> wiU remain in our
memory forever. ^ to something about
the swish of the t»ck «owns and the vividly
coloured hoods th*"**1*8868 even the mort
callous observer. ¥ rainbow has nothing
on the platform at tfSergation.
Finally it is all o* The shouting and
the tumult dies and'e arf left hutching a
piece of some sheep epidermis. Those of
us who are enginee^ea™ P™dly on the
band of wrought ircii3ithe ^tle finger of
our right hand and Jf ave f nostalgia starts
bearing down. Majories^ sunny afternoons at survey serial, Joe '* the machine
shop, x bar two dotjand bor?wmg apples
from the aggie orchard to hel)kl" time in
a thermodynamics lab.( AncPon't forget
the Georgia.
As the prizefighter says/'It'*» a tough
fight, Mom, but I made it."
If we had to make the choi. °ver again
would we do it?
Would we?   When does regfation open
Jor the next session?. Thursday, May 16, 1946
1,500 SUMMER JO!
OUT HERE at the University of British Columbi
have been training engineers, forestry experts, teache:
agriculturalists for some time.
And now ,thanks to the recently established Emplo;
Bureau, they are also doing their best to find jobs for 1
both for the student seeking part-time or summer e
ment and for the graduate starting on his life-work
• Major
Vets To Attend
Legion Convention
Resolutions passed at the recently held Povincial Legion Convention, with special emphasis to be
laid on those dealing with proposed increases in veterans' allowances,, will be presented by
five delegates from the UBC legion
branch at the Dominion Legion
Convention, to be held in Quebec
City, May 19 to May 23.
Following the convention,
representatives Grant Livingstone,
Tony Greer, Speed Hewett, Keith
Ralston and Ray Dewar will travel
to Ottawa and there endeavour
to personally interview Prime
Minister MacKenzie King.
Funds to defray travelling expenses of the delegates have been
raised mainly through voluntary
donations amounting to 1387 and
from proceeds of the Legion Cabaret held on May 3, which netted
approximately 1200. An additional
grant of |150 from the Branche's
general funds has been made.
Pre-Med Journal
Delayed Till Sept
DUE TO uncertain conditions
regarding the Medical Faculty at
UBC the editors of the Pre-Med
journal have postponed publication until September. At that time
a well integrated isue embodying
the findings" of Dr. Dolman's survey of medical schools and future
plans will be published.
The main purpose of the journal
was to acquaint Pre-meds at UBC
with a complete account of the
situation regarding the establishment of Medial faculty. Since all
the facts in this case are not yet
clear, the editors beUeved that,
rather than publish an incomplete
survey of medicine's future at
UBC, they could provide a better
service to the students by publishing in September wihen definite
information will be available.
In the meantime tentative plans
have been made to distribute a
news-letter to all members of the
pre-med Society whenever news
of Interest to the membership Is
made public.
A party of 13 forestry students
and three professors will tour
Vancouver Island togging camps
and sawmills this summer, living
and eating in the camps as they
travel up the island.
Comox, Ladysmith, Port Alberni
and various other centres arc ■*.! be
visited by the group, which is under the leadership of forestry pro-
fesors J. E. Liersch, F. Malcolm
Knapp and Graham Griffith.
McLean,   Empl|
Bureau head, stated last we
interview that approximate!!
students, representing 75%
applicants,   had   been   plac
summer jobs.
"And we could probabL
placed 90% if more peoj
been willing to accept outH
employment," he added.
He went on to say tha]
were still from three to fo
dred out-of-town position
Veterans now attending]
sity constitute nearly ha
total number of persons
secured employment thro
McLean commented on
ingneas of most ex-servic»|
in "taking on just about
job offered."
"However," he added, '
ber of married veterans wU
ilies are relectant to leave
in order to find work, as
that by doing so, they mi^
the risk  of losing their
He also said that, as fa
Employment   Bureau   w«
cerned,  no distinction h(
made between vetertme
veterans, although In son
prospective employers ha,
stipulated that applicants j
tlons be ex-service
had indicated that prefe
be shown to veterans.
McLean disclosed
approximately 100 gra^
obtained openings
bureau, adding, howevl
abling students to fit
employment "had been
thing—for this year, an>
In addition, many stu
secured jobs through
Lets  with  employers
connections between em|
university department
Figures show that B.<
ii dustries will absorb
numbers   of   universiti
during the summer m\
approximately 450 worl|
ging camps and sav
estimated 400 employe
end   smelting   centres ]
the province.
Government  fiefc
trips of various
for another 100
Among  the
students will
mer are garagd
car hop, waitr|
man, draught
truck driver,,
timber pres
only a few.
A   rather
was one,
a ma'c nurs
The emplojj
been the mea
ber of partial
to secure sun
Granville Island      MArine 6231       Vancouver, B.C.
by Pr^
Rotary Club
a donation of
largest   service
date. Thursday, May 16, 1946
fthe Men and Women who graduate this year and
[er their various fields of endeavour ... .
Vancouver, B.C.
Thursday, May 16, 1946
West Georgia Street
Vancouver, B.C.
School of Business
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from the Sun Life of Canada Annual Report
[e Sun Life of Canada
In British Columbia
Dvincial Government Report, 1945)
Ih force December 31, 1945    .    . $ 86,627,937.00
fected during 1945:
Ordinary    ... $ 5,900,655.00
Group    .... | 497,900.00
Total    .... | 6,398,555.00
rsements during 1945 to
policyholders and beneficiaries     .     . $ 1,744,782.00
Fig? for each working day of    .... $ 6,230.00
!Tvestments in Province  I 31,079,445.85
Total Assurance in force, December 31, 1945    .    . $3 390,372,327.00
Assets  $1,279,257,345.00
Payments to Policyholders and Beneficiaries
during 1945:  $ 90,226,067.77
Surplus and Contingency Reserve  % 71,014,102.94
British Columbia Branch Office
8th floor, Royal Bank Building
A. L. WRIGHT, C.L.U., Branch Manager       PA 5321
THE gradua:
UBC Book Store
Serves Students
of 8000 stu-
50,000 text
the regular
making far
efficient and
of the fall
dents requiring some
books next fall when
sessions opens, the
Book Store is now
reaching plans for the
satisfactory handling
Caught off guard last September
when enrollment far surpassed the
highest estimate, with the result
that many students were text-
bookless for the first term, Mr. J.
A. Hunter, Book Store manager,
assures students that there will be
much less difficulty this fall.
Although there is still a very
pressing paper shortage which la
making texts extremely scarce and
which is not likely to improve in
, the Immediate future, the situation has been ameliorated to some
To The Graduating Class
extent by the adaption of texts
required by courses to those most
readily   available.
The Book Store is operated by
the University administration on a
non-profit basis and so attemps to
retail texts and other necesary
equipment to students at a price
as close to cost as operating expenses will allow. Actually books
may be purchased there at price
far below that offered by downtown dealers.
AT PRESENT there are more
good jobs for graduates of Agri-
clture than there are men, according to Professor F. M. Clement,
Dean of the Facculty of Agriculture.
890 S. W. Marine Drive                       LAngara 0800
"Our greatest problem today Is
in obtaining a trained and qualified staff," Dean Clement, said.
"And there is an urgent need for
top-bracket men ln all fields of
Agriculture, men with a farming
background who have continued
their study and research to the
Ph.D. degree standing."
Our Best
To   Graduates
of   U.B.C.
From the following Firms and Individuals
Campbell, Meredith & Beckett
M. Koenigsberg
McKenzie, White & Dunsmuir
Mayor J. W. Cornett
B. L. Johnson Walton Co. Ltd.
Gordon Wismer, K.C.
Vancouver Engineering Works
E. W. Hamber
Bogardus Wickens Ltd.
John R. Kerr
Eric Donegani
George Reifel
Sharp and Thompson,
Berwick, Pratt
Alberta Lumber Co. Ltd.
S. S. McKean
I. J. Klein
E. E. Buckerfield
Chris Spencer
A. E. Jukes
Pacific Meat Co. Ltd.
Senator J. W. de B. Farris
H. R. McMillan, C.B.E.
Alfred Hyams
E. G. Baynes
Nelson Laundry Ltd.
Alaska Pine Co. Ltd.
W. G. Murrin
George W. Norgan
W. H. Malkin
Dal Grauer
Leo Sweeney
R. J. Pop
T. S. Dixon
Frank M. Ross Page Six
"It is common knowledge to every schoolboy and even
Bachelors of Art
That all sin is divided into two parts
One kind of sin is called a sin of commission, and that is
very important,
And it is what you are doing when you are doing something
you ortant
And the other kind of sin is just the opposite and is called
a sin of omission and is equally bad in the eyes of all
right thinking people, from Billy Sunday to Buddha.
And it consists of not having done something you shuddha."
I'm guilty! .     ,
Thanks to Ogden Nash!
In B.C. I probably deserve a
I've sinned by commission
And I've sinned by omission.
I've stolen a poem
And omitted to write
The article I should have
As a graduate so bright,
I would say, Mr. Ferry,
That next year, if you can,
Pick on anyone but a poor
girl who is trying to enjoy
a week of post-exam sunshine. MAXINE JOHNSON, B.RE.
Written by Maxine Johnson, B.H.E., under very adverse
post-exam conditions.
Thursday, May 16, 1946
Pub Worker Wins Prize
In Literary Competition
STROWAN ROBERTSON, fourth year UBC Arts student, was
awarded third prize in a nationwide poetry competition sponsored recently
by the Canadian Authors Association.
Robertson, who completed his second and third years at Michigan
before joining the R.C.N.V.R., came to UBC for his fourth year last fall
He will pursue his course in literature further when he leaves in September
to study drama at the Royal Academy in London, England.
Some of his other work has appeared in the UBC Thunderbird, the
literary quarterly published on the campus twice this spring.
The prize winning poem is reprinted below with the author's kind
Summer Island
Remembering summer is the wish to return
To the scene of our time of adventure.   Always still
Is the moment and memory now cannot learn
To continue where a promise projects an "until"
To our present result of dismay.   The event
In review is the same as a certain place
Surrounding a time we couldn't prevent,
A helpless act and a hopeful face
Set in expression of our timeless intention.
Stuck at the moment of happening, the only
Motion approaches, neglecting to mention
The gestures that turned away from the lonely.
We foUowed ourselves into solitude
And emerged from the wood looking over a sun-
Dazzled sea where gulls, whose call renewed
Our eeho of longing, alone saw us run
To the edge of the cliff and balance our size
Against distance.   Into the empty view
We ached to pour out our grand surmise
That ocean stretched our prospect to
A realm as long as our enduring.
Ihe scene dlmlshed as we confessed
Our vision: the sprawling shore luring
Recurrent waves to Its passive breast,
The lifting trees serenely topped
By nooning sky.   The world above
And about us we held poised, and stopped
And then .... the casual turn from love.
Let possible live where realized would die.
Reviewing, the scene is the same without
A conclusion and memory now will not try
To contain the answer left In doubt.
Fred H. Dietrich
James B. Collins
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Vancouver, B.C.
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LIMITED .Thursday, May 16, 1946
Page Seven
CONTRARY to common belief, the first words spoken
by Allan Harrison Ainsworth, graduation class Man of the
Year, were not, "Will the meeting please come to order."
Instead, the 1946 UBC Rhodes Scholar and retiring president
of the Alma Mater Society sat bolt upright in his highchair,
pointed sternly at a small insect, and exclaimed sternly,
"Goo, dirty fly!"
Allan has been talking coherently ever since that dramatic moment, and as a result has talked,
written, studied and acted his
way through a "Dusy 22 years of
winning honor rolls, scholarships,
coveted play parts, script contests,
and B. C. drama and elocution
festivals. By the time he is'23 next
December he will have settled
down at Oxford taking advantage
of his latest "winnlngs",a Rhodes
From the time he was born in
Nanaimo and moved to Vancouver, Allan began to live in a fashion that would make soap opera
scripters rub their hands in glee
and reach for a memo pad. (
"I was always trying to run
away to Fwankwin Stweet," he
recalls" but discovered it was leas
trouble to hide behind the refrigerator for a couple of hours."
Allan climaxed his youthful
globe-trottings by falling down
the basement stain and smashing
his nose.
1 was hunting for pamphlets,"
he chortles.
When six, he travelled to England oh a *blg boat". He distinguished himself by being the only
child to throw the ship's game
equipment overboard.' Until the
end of the trip he "went steady
with a large reform-school complex sailor."
England, where he stayed for six
months, impressed him favorably,
and he later remarked in a Grade
2 essay, "I was quite a curiosity
over there and not as wild as they
thought I would be."
He remembers spending a whole
day trying to cross the road on
Derby Day, being tremend6usly
impressed b the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, running away to
spend a day with a "man in a signal box", and invading the inviolable sanctum of the Beefeaters
Quarters in the Tower of London.
'A medium,rare character
rushed at me so I left," he muses.
In England, according to his
mother, he also received a liberal
education in ribald songs from
college cousins, and made a dramatic first request appearance before a group of senators on a
train by singing, "Oh Whisky
Drove My Mother Mad".
Even now he will sing colorful
ditties et the drop of a suggestion.
Next came private school, where,
as the headmaster remarked on
prize day, "He came in like an
angel and went out like a devil".
He found spelling a bore, and
failed most of the essays, which
displayed a morbid preoccupation
ln ping pong and bear hunts. In
one youthful epic he announces,
"When I grow up I should like to
be an  aviator', despite the fact
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that he had plunged Into music
and at eight played a piano recital
at Hotel Vancouver .
Acting and radio work occupied
his attention during high school
and the first money he ever
earned was on a CBR ralo show.
He took honors in the B. C.
Drama Festival, was vice president of the Public Speaklg Club
in Lord Byng High School, succeeding varsity debater Les Carbert as president of the Inter-High
Debating League.
Starring parts in "Hay Fever"
"Another Begining", and tho role
of Algernon Montcrieff in the
"Importance Of Being Earnest"
with high school and Vancouver
dramatic groups came next. And
a? if this wasn't enough he acted
ir the CKCD radio series, "Famous Trials of England", took part
in the CBR "Sunday Matinee"
dramatic series every week, took a
quick turn at a church organ Sun-
da mornings and evenings, and
even rendered an impromptu
church service after heartily celebrating his birthday the night before.
By the time he was 17 Allan had
turned down an offer to handle
dramatic shows at CKWX in favor
of completing high school, but
spent seven days a week writing,
producing, and acting in radio
shows on two different .stations
until eye specialists began to
shake warning fingers at him. At
the same time he was turned down
by the Air Force and Navy because of faulty vision.
He still trots out mirthful memories of his greasepaint and sound
, effect days, — such as the time
when an entire cast was forced
to ad lib in epigrammatic, Oscar
Wildean dialogue for several
minutes because the stage crew
were a portion of an act behind
the cast, — and when the elderly
actor broke up a stirring Free
French radio show exploding Indigently "The HELL it's my line!"
"My real crisis in radio came
when I had to rush from one end
of the studio to the other and
make a noise like a drowning alr-
, man by dint of Wowing bubbles
into a pail of old soapy water. It
suddenly struck me how silly it
all was, and I began to laugh.
Then I realized they were all relying on me to blow the right kind
of soap bubbles so I pulled myself
"For a rest" he spent his summers tallying and picthing Ash in
a Knight Inlet cannery and doing
other trifling tasks such as firing
a boiler in the middle of summer
land dragging 250 ponud blocks of
ice around on night shift.
One of his fondest memories is
the summer when he helped load
two million fish ln one week. In
the same year he was also forced
to act as "deputy \sop" when a
crowd of celebrant loggers arrived
in town, escaped drowning several
times, chiefed Indian and Chinese
Ashing crews, and helped dispense
ration books to the  Bella  Bella
MAYBE IT isn't significant, but UBC's 1946 "Woman of the Year" Helen Duncan,
past directress of the University Employment Bureau, insisted on "playing office" instead
of "playing house" when she was a small child.
"Dolls bored me, but I'd amuse myself by writing out bills and insist on thrusting them
at people who happened to be passing by at the time. I guess this presaged my commercial
career," says the blonde coed who has found summer and full-time work for hundreds of
university students in her four years with the University Employment Bureau.
According to her story she be*
gan life in Vancouver on December 19 1923, as"quite an ordinary
child", and infact remarks that as
far as her past is concerned, her
mind is a proverbial "blank".
"I did all the ordinary things
like taking pots and pans out of
cupboards and saying things that
everyone else thought, were bright,
—like telling the lady at Bowen
Island who was going into raptures Wr the sunset that we had
nice sunsets at aur house too,"
Helen concedes.
Her favorite phrase was "Do it
ownself," which, roughly interpreted, means, "I'm the independent
type.  Lemme do this on my own."
Another favorite phrase was
"Pat me and sing," which she
hasn't yet explained to the Ubyssey.
Helen was packed off to kindergarten at the early age of 3H, but
even then wasn't prepared for
school. She cried every day and
insisted on going home until some
time in Grade 2, when she warmed
up to the idea and began to take
an interest in poetry and math-
After this reconciliation she won
an honor roll.
She also acheived great glories
and Campbell River Indian population.
"I also learned to swear In Chinese," he gloats.
University was the next Item in
the Ainsworth biography, and in
his first year he captained, the
Freshman debating trip on its Victoria invasion, was a member in
good standing of the Parliamentary Forum and the Mock Parliament he had parts ln the Christmas and spring Players' Club productions, and won the Beverly
Cayley English scholarship.
In his sophomore days Allan
busiest himself in dlrceting Players Club performances, pledged
Beta Theta Pi fraternity, was a
member of the Commerce class
executive in company with the
Ubyssey's Woman of the Year,
Helen Duncan, (who incidentally
was the first woman he ev<5r took
out). He played the leading role of
Mr. Latimer in the spring play
'Dover Road", which had first
starred an Allan Ainsworth in the
1890's was Commanding Officer at
the UATC camp in Vulcan, Alberta, and ran succesfully for the
council position of Junior Member.
After "Dovsr Road" he was offered a dramatic scholarship to Banff
by the university extension department, but went to his Knight
River Cannery instead.
During his last two years as
campus politician and combination
honors English and Economics
student, Allan has travelled east
to confer at Montreal as acting
president of the National Federation of Canadian University Students, and has presided over the
University War Memorial Gymnasium Committee, visiting Premier
Hart in Victoria as a representative
of that body. He also knows a
little about running clean-up campaigns, navy week drives, and
Homecoming ceremonies.
He wears an honorary campus
fraternity pin beside his Beta Theta Pi badge.
In September he leaves for England and the "tall spires of Oxford" by way of the Panama Canal, and until he arrives there will
spend a great deal of time pondering whether he will study "modem greats' or law during his three
year scholarship. He's interested
ultimately in government work
and law, but is "too realistic about
life, perhaps" to chart any definite
His long - sublimated ambitions
are to find time for sketching,
music, lazy fishing, ,and people
who he likes unless they happen
to be the "arty type", and he'd be
in seventh heaven if he had the
chance to portray Iago or Richard
III on the stage.
in her extracurricular life in the
fields of music and dancing.
Her first music recital ended in
n blaze of glory when at the age
of 7 she played "God Save the
King" ln a piano trio with two
other small girls. The performance,
originally a co-operative effort,
ended as a race to the finish, and
Helen probably charged home in
the lead.
Helen also became a brownie
and a Girl Guide but lost interest
because the groups were being
told fairey stories when she was
in the "Anne of Green Gables"
tor first "big thrill" is one thing
that stands out in her grade school
"A little boy sent me a monstrous marshmallow heart for
Valentine's Day," she exults.
She became public • spirited in
Point Grey Junior High School
where she was vice-president of
her class in Grade 9 but refused
point blank to run for higher
office because she "hated making
According to Helen, it took her
a little while again to become
"warmed up" to high school, but
she plunged into girls club work
was secretary of her class, went
on jaunts up the mountain, "made
an attempt at ice skating" and
was an enthusiastic member of the
Lord Byng High School riding
club until a horse "threw her
"It was very embarassing," she
broods, "One day I just fell off
the horse."
With typical high school girl enthusiasm she collected jaaz records
and pored over pictures of her
current movie idol, Henry Fonda.
Directly on arriving at university she began to look for "something to get interested in," because
it's her theory that everyone
should have some interest at university. She joined the Publications Board but was scared a-
wny" (in her own words), and
turned her attention to the employment bureau which had just
started to operate as a permanent
on - the • campus job placement
bureiu for students.
She became an ardent member
of Phratere Club and also spent
most of her weekends up the
mountain in a cabin with eight
other girls.
Hekn became a Commerce-woman in her second year and was
elected Commerce Women's representative on the Woman's Undergraduate Society. She also carried
thc gold and white banners of
Commerce onto the volleyball
court where she represented her
faculty in Intramurals for three
years as captain of a team which
she sadly reveals didn't win a
In fact her main sorrow is that
so few people play volleyball,
which is the only sport she has
ever throwen herself into.
"I'd like to devote part of my
life to getting people interested in
volleyball," she enthuses. "It's
"In fact," she proclaims generously, "when I get married I'm
going to have a volleyball team,—
nine children."
A leisurely bicycle jaunt on
Vancouver Island, Lulu Island
berry picking excursions, a shortlived cannery job rolling cans oown
a long chute, and a summer in
Fresh Air Camp work at Alexandra Neighbourhood House all
came before Helen was appointed
director of the University Employment Bureau and became widely
known as "Miss UBC Executive"
in her fourth year.
She eked out time in addition to
serve as secretary of the Commerce Club before Commerce became an undergraduate society,
joined the UBC Symphonic Club
was an active member of Alpha
Gamma Delta sorority, and was
initiated into Delta Sigma Pi campus honor sorority, this spring.
Now, the girl who has helped
so many other UBC student to
find work, is looking for a job
herself, and has a yearning to seek
employment back east because lt
would involve travelling over
parts of Canada which she hasn't
yet seen.
One her long-ranged plans is
to visit the British Isles and travel
on the continent bicycle-and-
hostel style. Snakes, which she
hates, keep her form Collecting
South American travel folders.
She would ultimately like a
house in the country "not too far
away from things".
Meanwhile her favorite things
in life are daffodils, lots of them,
dancing, boogie woogie which she
likes to play, Chopin, home manu-
' factured hamburgers, fresh peach
sundaes, Steven Leacock, Words*
worth, and people. Page Eight
Thursday, May 16, 1946
BUILDING 1923-1946
UBC Comes of Age as
Canada's Wonder Child
CANADA'S YOUNGEST university may not be its largest—Toronto still leads—but it
is certainly the fastest growing. The 2900 enrollment of the 1944-45 session skyrocketed to
7000 last fall and winter, and is conservatively expected to jump another notch to 8000 this
Such phenomenal enrollment, which includes 3500 ex-
servicemen, a considerable portion of whom are married
and have children, created a puzzling reconversion problem
for the administration. With facilities for a mere two and a
half thousand students, UBC had to find lecture rooms, labs,
teachers, books, food, and living accommodation for the big
building by March of 1947, so that
in all liklihood the building will
be ready for use by the fall of
UBC HAS GROWN since the teamsters
excavated for the Arts building back in 1923,
shown in the top picture. Below, construction continues on the Physics Building.
How Dr. MacKenzie and his
staff solved the problem is now a
matter of record. It Is a tribute
to their initiative, energy, and old
army huts.
Yes, the once-humble army hut
did a royal share in providing accomodation. Over ISO of them now
fill space between the buildings
with labs, lecture rooms, lunch
counters, reading rooms, and myriad other services which this city
of nearly ten thousand requires.
Some of the stories of how Dr.
MacKenzie got these huts may not
be true, but they illustrate his
militant spirit. It was a well-
known fact that UBC would turn
away no veterans.
One of the best anecdotes concerns the aquiaition of some of the
first huts. It was said that Dr.
MacKenzie wired Ottawa for their
use, as they were standing idle.
The reply from Ottawa came in
due course—quite some time later
—with permission. "TTvanks," the
President wired back, "We already
have them."
Living space was supplied to 425
single men and women, and 37
families. A camp at Lulu Island
lias been purchased, and, when it Is
ready for use, it will handle thirty
more families. In all, it Is expected
there will be a total of nearly 200
huts on the campus when the
regular session opens next September.
So much for emergency accomodation. Adequate permanent
buUdings have been urgently
needed by UBC throughout the
difficult thirty-one years of its existence. Two world wars and a
world-wide depression put a stop
to all building schemes in the past.
Construction is now well-advanced on the new |720-000 Pyslcs
building, which, when completed,
will be one of tne most modern
laboratories of its kind in the
world and a centre for the study
of nuclear energy.
Marwell Contraction Company
has  contracted   to complete   the
At present a crew of 50 laborers
and carpenters, including three
UBC students, is working on the
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IANCOUVER music lovers,
since 1934, have enjoyed the music of
Tschaikowsky, Mozart and others as
played by the B.C. Electric Summer
Symphonies, directed by distinguished
Commencing June 30, another series
of popular Summer Symphonies, will be
presented in Stanley Park's famous
Malkin Memorial Bowl with
the compliments of
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ALMA MATER is about to drop another
litter of grads. The moment for which
hundreds of people have been waiting—the
grads, their parents, their professors, the
man who picks up the broken gin bottles in
the botanical gardens—is here at last. And
this year, with the spring session going full
blast, Alma Mater will for the first time
have issue on the dead run, a brilliant
finale to a season full of remarkable performances.
Traditionally, Alma Mater has foaled her
brood in the gym, among a lot of old rags
known as "graduation gowns." (Also traditionally there are never enough of these
to go around, so that some grads have to be
swaddled in grandfather's nightshirt dyed
black, or in hastily-stitched lengths of ex-
blackout curtain.)
Redolent Symbolism
This year, however, the labour pains of
the commencement day address, the back-
slapping of relatives, and so on, will take
place in the armories. The symbolism inherent in this change is so strong we might
do well to open a window; the life the grads
are about to enter is no longer a game, but
a grim battle. (That's all I'm going to
explain about this symbolism; if you don't
get it, go back to the line starting "This
year, however, ..." and read it again. Or,
better still, go back to the prairies.)
Attending the birth of the Class of '46 will
be more doctors than you can shake a stork
at. Most of them will be doctors of philosophy, who will depend heavily on nature
taking its course (3 units). If anything goes
wrong, don't expect any help from the doctors of philosophy—they'll be the first ones
to flee the building, their gaily-colored robes
flapping like crazy.
Yes, this spring's congregation will take
place against a backdrop of pictures of
soldiers holding rifles at the slope and at
the port, and of views of the intimate
anatomy of a hand grenade. Not all the
mortars will be on the heads of the female
graduates—the walls will be bristling with
them. Into the valley of death will stride
the 500, guns to the right of them, guns to
the left of them, and, somewhere around, a
sad COTC corporal to see that nobody
touches those tired guns.
Visceral Seizures
Aside from physical surroundings, tne
thrill of graduation will of course be the
same.    The excitement that clutches your
viscera like an icy hand as the Dean calls
your name, and you walk to the front, your
hood looped over your arm, your heels
hooking in the hem of your gown, your
father cheering drunkenly in the bleachers—
this is constant.
And like a knight of old you kneel before
the Chancellor, who claps your cranium
with his mortar-board, and while his eyebrows are still raised at the ominously hollow
sound this produces, you hurriedly accept
your diploma from the Registrar, poise while
the President throws a ringer on your head
with the hood, and shamble happily back to
your place, a full-fledged alumnus, or -na,
whose father has been removed from the
building but can still be heard roaring his
triumph out in the parking lot. You are
Yet, alas, the solemn strains of the graduation music, the scent of flowers and the
sniveling of mothers remind us that graduation is also a time of passing. Passing of
undergrad days, happy moments, carefree
campus antics. No more Caf-feine, you'll
have to get Uied to drinking coffee, (makes
your eyes light up, your stomach say, "Thank
God!"). No more skipping lectures, tickling
the librarians, culling the co-ed crops—those
joys are gone forever.
Why Culture?
You are going out into the great bleak
world where nobody cares if you know
when Shakespeare died, or what was the
philosophy of Voltaire, or who put the overalls in Mrs. Murphy's chowder, and where
people may actually resent it if you try to
ease these scraps of culture into the conversation.
But wherever you go and whatever you
do, there will always be an ink-smudged
corner of your heart wherein warms a memory of college days. No excuse will be too
small for you to return to the scene of the
climb, perhaps to hear Gilbert and Sullivan
tunefully throttled by the Mussoc, or to
bring the kids out for Open House, and,
twisting their chubby arms behind their
back, show them the exact spot where Daddy
lost his pants to the sciencemen. Oh yes
you will.
So, till we meet again on some crowded
bus, good luck, O grads of '46. Don't take
any wooden indians.
It took a special committee over
a year to study the latest features
in ultra-modern physics facilities
all over the world and incorporate
the knowledge into workable
The building will be of reinforced
concrete with veneered granite
facings. It will be facing east perpendicular to the east end of the
Science building.
The basement and two floors are
to contain three large lecture
theatres, the largest of which L*
to have a seating capacity of 27S
students. These are air-conditioned
rooms in keeping with the latest
designs of science lecture rooms.
Another departure from the conventional design of science buildings is the allocation of workshops
from the basement to the main
The plans include 12 fully equipped laboratories with adjacent
Instructor's and apparatus rooms.
Liberal space is also left for research rooms and daritrooms. Six
additional lecture rooms of varying size are also provided for.
The basement provides facilities
for a large X-Ray lab, an optics
lab and a high tension lab for
special experiments.
Plans are now finished for a Women's Reisdence, a wing to the
Library, a Pharmacy and Biological Studies Building, and an Agricultural Pavilion. An Applied Science Building, Home Economics
Building, and the UBC Memorial
Gymnasium will be started in 1947:
and with possible establishment of
a Faculty of Medicine this year
or next, a Medical Building and
Hospital facilities will become a
number one priority. Also being
planned for early construction are
other residences and the first unit
of the Art Building.
Expansion in curriculum, of
course, has kept pace with expansion in enrollment and facilities.
The Faculty of Law was established this term, and courses in
Home Economics and Social Work
were added in order to give degrees in these fields.
Courses in Fisheries, Forest Silviculture, and Aeronautics are
now offered, and a corresponding
increase in courses has taken place
in  the  existing departments.
These will be supplemented by
Engineering Physics, Agricultural
Engineering, Farm Mechanics,
Food Technology, Music, Drama,
Russian and Slavonic Studies, Far
Eastern studies, International Relations, Pharmacy, Architecture,
in the 1^46 -1947 term.
For the first time in UBC's history, degrees will be granted in
Physical Education, also beginning
with the new semester. The Faculty of Medicine, and probably
Dentistry, Optometry, and Library
Work, are already in sight for the
September term a year hence.
The long steps forward which
UBC has taken ln Its thirty-first
session are naturally too numerous
to list in detail, but they arc indicative of a new, youthful, and
vigorous spirit. Depression and
wars have made expansion impossible at vital periods in thc
past. A university feels the pinch
of social and economic unrest. The
road to thc future, it i.s hoped,
will be clear of obstacles from
this time forward; and if it is,
Canada's fastest growing university may seen be recognized as its
best. Thursday, May 16, 1946
Gym Scoreboard
46 Class Gift
time clock and scoreboard for use
in the Gymnasium has been
chosen by the Graduating Class
of 1946 as their final gift to the
In keeping with the tradition of
grad class gifts this choice was
made with a view toward combining the sentiment of a remembrance with the practicability of a,
useful convenience, stated Tom
Scott, president of the Class.
The scoreboard will indicate
the score, by electrically illuminated figures, and will also show the
time of play remaining. It will be
suspended above the center of the
basketball  court in the gym.
In addition, several mounted,
framed photographs by Oeorge
Bulhak, Polish photographer who
produced the 'UBC Panorama,'
will be presented and hung in the
Brock Hall lounge.
Any surplus cosh remaining
after expenses ere paid will be
devoted to the Library fund.
—Photos by Harold Harris
PICTURED HERE is a scene from the Players'.Club production which is now touring B.C.
Left to right, are George Baldwin as Tom Pe ttigrew, Art Hill as the lead, Peter Standish,
Joyce Harman as Kate Pettigrew, John Nieudorpe as Mr. Throstle, and Beverly Wilson as
Lady Anne.
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DURING nearly the entire month of May, twenty members of the UBC Players' Club will tour the major points of
Vancouver Island, the lower mainland and the interior of
B.C., presenting this year's annual spring play, "Berkeley
Starring    Arthur    Hill,    RCAF'
veteran and often proven drama
enthusiast, and Norma Bloom,
freshette feminine lead, the play
was acclaimed by students when
it was presented on the campus
earlier this spring, from March 12
to 16.
The players' itinerary included
first New Westminster, May 6 and
7, and Victoria, May 11. Recently,
May 13 and 14,  they played for
Teach UN
Of Race
A Woritsop in Inter-Cultural Relations is to be held July 15 to 26
at the Vancouver Normal School,
and will consist of a series of
lectures by Dr. Melvile Jacobs of
Washington, on the culture and
customs of the United Nations
with a view toward developing
world unity and peace through
social understanding.
The aim of the Workshop ls
provide for its members a background of factual information
which they may use as a basis for
increased appreciation of' the vari-
ious customs and cultures of their
neighbours throughout the world.
It has been planned in co-operation with the Vancouver Institute
for Inter-Racial Friendship whose
financial assistance has been instrumental in reducing the registration fee to $2.
Sessions will be held from 8 p.m.
to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday
each week. Lectures will be given
on the following phases of the
(a) scientific knowledge en race
and race differences.
(b)scientiflc and ethographlc or
historical knowledge regarding the
cultures and customs of "primitive" peoples and of minority
groups represented in North
America and Canada in particular.
(c) practical methods of use, especially in schools, to ameliorate
inter-group tensions and ill-will.
Students wishing to attend the
Workshop may apply through the
Extension Department at UBC.
Dr. Henry Ashton, formerly
head of the Department of Modern
Languages at UBC, will be returning to the university shortly and
will give special lectures ln
Dr. Ashton left UBC in 1933 and
was subsequently appointed lecturer in French at Cambridge University, England.
local audiences at the Lyric
Theatre. Yesterday they performed
at Abbotsford and are scheduled
for -Kamloops tomorrow. From
here there follows a long list of
one night appearances throughout
the interior, including Revelstoke,
Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna,
Summerland, Cranbrook, Kimber-
ly, Creston, Trail, and Nelson,
where they end their tour on May
At each of their performances
they are being supported by local
organizations, such as the Kiwanis
Club in Vancouver, and a portion
of the proceeds realized will be
appropriated to the UBC War Memorial Gymnasium Drive. Curtain
addresses and other forms of advertising will serve to publicize
this drive to their audiences.
"Berkeley Square" starring Leslie
Howard, was a long run feature
on both the London and the New
York stages, later going to Hollywood where a highly successful
film was made in 1937. The author
of the play is John L. Balderson.
The story concerns a man, Peter
Standish, played by Arthur Hill,
who from a peculiar and completely absorbing interest in the
past slides from the modem world
into the 18th century. The action
becomes highly amusing through
his Inability to cope with the manners and customs of the time.
Dramatic complications arise when
he falls in love with a girl of the
period but is forced, by circumstances, to return to his own century.
Establishment of four annual research fellowships to provide
dergraduates fields and to provide
higher opportunities for Canadian
students was announced recently
by Henry H. Hewetson, president
of Imperial OU Ltd.
Each research fellowship is valued at $1,000 a year and may be
held for four years.
The research fellowships are
open to any graduate of a Canadian
university and are for post-graduate work leading to masters or
doctors' degrees. One fellowship
will be awarded' in each of the
following subjects; chemistry or
chemical engineering, mechanical
engineefing, petroleum engineering and petroleum geology.
The undergraduate scholarships
are open to only children or wards
of employees or deceased employees or annuitants of Imperial OU
end its Canadian subsldarles, and
the studies ma be carried on in
any course given by any established Canadian university.
Page Nine
INAUGURATION of courses in Architecture, Library
Work, and Russian and Far Eastern studies and supplementing and re-organization of existing courses in Forestry,
and Agriculture was announced recently, following approval
by the Board of Governors.
Establishment of a course in
Architecture, subject to the approval of the Faculties and Senate,
was endorsed in principle. It is
hoped the course wiU begin in
September, if staff, funds and
equipment are avaUable.
Expansion in the two fields—Far
Eastern studies and Russian and
Slavonic studies — has also been
approved by the Board of Governors.
These courses, which are planned for the 1046-47 session, will include study In the history, culture,
economics, geography and political
organization of China, Japan, and
other far-eastern countries.
Forestry courses are being completely reorganized, entailing additions to the forestry engineering
courses, increasing of the full-time
staff from two to seven and the
developing of the forestry research
tract at Haney, B.C.,
Other courses will be expanded
to include agricultural engineering,
farm mechanics, and food technology. In addition, plans are under way for the establishment in
September 1946, of • degree, or
diploma course in Library work.
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being. He played the role of a
Spanish Loyalist officer, captured
by Fascists, who was given half
an hour to shoot himself.
The tension was so expertly built
up that many people realized only
after the "play" was over that it
had actually been a dramatic
Page Ten
LISTER SINCLAIR, one of UBC's most outstanding
graduates in recent years, is returning to his Alma Mater this
summer to give an Extension Department course in radio
script-writing—a field where he has already won considerable
The course will be offered from
July 8 to 27, four hours daily, Monday through Friday, with additional
practical periods at the discretion
of Mr. Sinclair. The cost for the
complete course is set at $20.
Further information is available
at the University Extension Department.
Tne first time his picture appeared in a Graduation Issue of the
Ubyssey was just five years fago
in a shot of the Players' Club cast
of Shaw's "Candida" which toured
the province in the spring of '41.
Then Sinclair was an honors
student in mathematics and physics—a vocation which would appear
to be far removed from that of
radio production.
However, he was also one of the
brightest lights ever to tread the
boards for the Players' Club here,
the writer of a sharp-tongued
weekly column for the Ubyssey
and a genuine music enthusiast
who worked hard for the greater
appreciation of classical music.
After studying for his doctorate
at the University of Toronto, where
he instructed upperclassmen, Sinclair finally abandoned his orlgin-
elly intended vocation.
Last spring, at the International
Radio conference held in Columbus, Ohio, his "Play on Words,"
a subtle attack on Fascism at home
and. abroad, was adjudged the
finest radio production of the 1944
The CBC commissioned Sinclair
especially to write "Day of Victory" shorty before V-E Day and
he completed it in less than a
week. The mall response was Impressive; letters of appreciation
were received from many distinguished Canadians and radio circles
acclaimed It as being at least as
good as the famed Corwin script
on CBS and superior to anything
else on America and Canadian
In the opinion of its author, "Day
of Victory" should remain topical.
Interviewed in Vancouver recently
while on holiday from Toronto, he
pointed out that the script deals
not only with the course, but also
with the purpose of the war.
"Thus it relates to the purposes
of thc peace, and, I hope, will be
worth repeating," said Sinclair.
One of tho most unusual radio
scripts ever to be written was "No
Scandal," which employs not one
not of music, no sound effects and
a limited cast consisting of one
CBC supervisor of drama Andrew
Allen had asked Sinclair if he
were capable of producing a script
requiring a reduced number of
Sinclair said he could and would
on condition that he be allowed to
do his own casting.   Allen agreed.
The result was "No Scandal" and ■
the cast-of-one was Allen himself,
who stepped out of the producer's
booth  to turn actor for the time
500 Vets Take
Aptitude Test
Five hundred student veterans,
spring session students at UBC for
the first time were given a mass
test here recently with a view to
increasing the efficacy of veteran's
personnel councelling.
The tests, of the Otis self-administered type, test ability to
learn in academic fields. They will
be used by counsellors as "mental
rulers" according to Dr. W. G.
Black, counsellor for the UBC
Veteran's Bureau.
The tests given will have a twofold value: a statistical value Ln
predicting exam results and for
comparing American and Canadian aptitude ratings; and an individual value for counselling.
Tests results will be kept with the
files of all students in the Veteran's group, where it is expected
to be an invaluable aid to counsellors.
Results of one test are never
taken as final, Dr. Black was careful to point out; often there is
some strain causing a low mark
in emotionally unstable students,
whose actual aptitude is actually
much  higher than  indicated.
Thursday, May 16, 1946
ALmi Q*eet GlaU Oj '46
"GRADUATION is not the end of association with the University—
your Alma Mater—it's only the beginning," stated Frank Turner, Alumni
Secretary-Manager, in welcoming this year's graduates into the folds of
thc UBC Alumni Association.
"The truth of "that statement becomes more apparent when you
realize that if the graduates don't care about the University, then who
else should, or will?", he added,
To keep closer contact with the grads everywhere, the Alumni
Association has established its central office in Brock Memorial Hall on
a full time basis.
It has also established branch groups in Victoria. Ottawa, Montreal,
Kamloops, Summerland, and other centers in the Province and Dominion.
Since the Association exists only to serve the University and Is
a non-profit organization, the fees ($3.00 annually or $60.00 life membership)
are collected to meet operating expenses and part of the cost of
publishing the "Graduate Chronicle."
This magazine, edited by Darrell Braidwood, is published five times
a year and is mailed to 5,000 grads. It has been described as "the cement
thai held.? together the structure that is the Association." It is written
primarily by and about UBC Grads.
The affairs of the Association are directed by a central executive
which k: elected each year at the Annual General Meeting held during
Homecoming week. Presidents of, or delegates from, member branches
are automatically members of the central executive.
President of this year's central executive Is W. Tom Brown, a former
Rhodes Scholar. Walter Llnd, prominent Electrical Engineer and Dr.
Lyle Swain, Fisheries Expert, serve as First Vice-president and Treasurer
One of the more striking contributions of the Alumni Association
to the community is shown by the work of the Summerland group.
Three score grads, the total membership of this group, sold their
community on the donation of an annual scholarship Uj send a Summerland
student to UBC.
Their efforts were successful. Over $7,920 was raised by public
subscription—90% from non-graduates. An additional $2,180 was guaranteed
by the municipality to ensure a $250 annual scholarship.
The Association also works closely with the University officials and
students.   It has five representatives on the main University Building
Committee, four on the Public Relations Committee and is working in
'co-operation with the students in their current War Memorial Gymnasium
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Page Eleven
LUKE MOYLS, Sports Editor
ALTHOUGH the basketball season is tucked away in
the mothballs and will remain there until next September as
far as Vancouver is concerned, Bob Osborne, director of
Physical Education at UBC and coach of the Thunderbird
hoop team, has some mouth-watering news for Varsity casaba
Having already brought inter-collegiate basketball to new
heights during the past season with games against three of
the Coast Conference quintets, Osborne has hopes of getting
even greater competition for the 1946-47 schedule.
Ohio State, winner of the Big Ten Conference this spring,
will be coming west for a Christmas tour next season, and
Coach Hee Edmundson of the University of Washington wrote
Osborne recently to ask if the Thunderbirds will be available
for a series against the visitors.
Washington's Huskies intend to play a pair of exhibition
series against the Ohio hoop experts, and the UBC outfit
would play host to the eastern champions in between the
Seattle engagements.
Edmundson also hopes to bring the famed University of
Minnesota Gophers to the coast for another gala cage series
in Seattle, and there's a possibility that Osborne would be
able to bring them to Vancouver for a series with the
Thunderbird cagers, too. >
At any rate, i\ appears that UBC is in for bigger and
better inter-collegiate basketball during the 1946-47 season.
Varsity Rowers Meet Washington
UBC's powerful Thunderbird
rowing crew may face some of the
toughest competition in the United
States in an invitation rowing regatta at the University of Washington on June 22, if present plans
are carried out.
The Blue and Gold scullers who
bolstered their reputatiin considerably last season by beating both
Washington crews has been invited
to compete with teams from Harvard, Princeton, Cornell and Wisconsin as well as Washington in
the meet
Sponsored by the Huskies, tne
races will probably be run on the
waters of Lake Washington.   The
eastern teams will be flying west
for the spotlight affair which will
be the first large inter-collegiate
regatta for the Pacific Northwest
in many years.
Meanwhile, coach Hale Atkenson
and rowing captain Norm Denk-
man are making preparations for
intensive training for the Thunderbird eight.
The British Columbia crew will
also have a chance for a warm-up
when they compete with t>e Vancouver and Victoria Rowing Clubs
enights over the Henley Mile on
Coal Harbor in a special Vancouver
Jubilee rowing meet.
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Take Three
In First Four
UNIVERSITY of British Columbia is currently making a nam;;
fo.- itself in inter-collegiate circles,
for the UBC divot squad, which
i.s touring the Pacific Coast, has
already walked away with three
victories in four starts.
Starting on their 2,200-mile trip
to California on May 7th, they
motored to Bellingham where they
took on Western Washington College of Education in a return
match and handed the Viking sextet their second solid setback with
a score of 21—6.
Dave Dale paced the Canadian
squad in the first match with a
torid 72, and he paired up with
Ormy Hall for a best ball total of
68. Willard Bryant of the Viking
team took low gross honors, however, with a 71.
The British Columbians ran in*
to trouble when they played their
return match with the University
of Washington team on the following day in Seattle, however, the
Huskies managing to eke out a
revenge victory by a 14—13 count.
The two teams tied on individual points, 9-all, but the Huskies
took the decision by virtue of a 5-
4 edge on total best ball points.
Although both Dick Hanley and
Bob Plomer made the round with
71's, Jack Hazlett with 68 and Joe
Green, 69, copped low gross honors. Hazlett teamed with Tass
Gjolme (72) for an amazing best
ball total of 65.
Moving on to Portland, the UBC
divoters had an easy time swamping the University of Portland
outfit, 9-0. Dick Hanley and Bob
Plomex paced the Vancouver student stars with 76's.
Reed College offered little competition for the smooth-swinging
Thunderbird golfers, also, for the
scone was 17-10 as UBC defeated
the Portland college squad.
Malcolm Tapp, one of the hardest hitting divoters in the west,
took medal honors with a 77 in the
feature inter-collegiate match.
Frank Pennington was low for
Reed College with 81.
The UBC team travels to Palo
Alto for its feature match against
Stanford University, perennial
winner of the United States Inter-
Collegiate Golf Championship.
Other teams they will meet include the University of San FVan-
cisco and Oregon Stat College.
UBC Cricketers
To Meet All-Stars
SOMETHING new in the way
of cricket matches is slated for
Brockton Point May 24 when the
University of British Columbia
team will take on the Vancouver
All-Stars in an exhibition match,
the entire proceeds of which will
be turned over to the UBC War
Memorial Gymnasium Fund.
With $113,000 already in the UBC
War Memorial kitty and the fund's
objective $500,000, the cricket enthusiasts hope to be able to provide a good sum to be added to
the worthy cause.
Not satisfied with a mere all-star
game, it has been arranged that
the Aero Club will stunt during
the intermission; that the Pro-Rec,
with Bob Quinn calling the tune,
will present gymnastic display,
and that there will also be the
Veteran's Band in attendance.
Among the stars taking part in
the featured contest, Bill Hendy,
Tommy Reed, B'ill Clarke and
Percy Broadfoot will be playing
for the Mainland League All-Stars,
and Jack Rush, Jim Beard, Les and
Deny Bullen will be on the UBC
FROM BASKETBALL TO BASEBALL—Sandy Robertson, popular all-round athlete of
UBC who graduated this spring with a BA Sc, has turned from basketball to baseball.
Having signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox, the former captain of the Tliunderbird
cage quintet reported to Louisville in the American Association last week. Sandy was
voted Vancouver's Sportsman of the Year for 1945.
Hoop Champs ... Dominoes Or 'Birds
THE MIGHTY Victoria Dominoes,
Canadian basketball champions,
are safely back in their home town
after three convincing victories
over the best in the east, Windsor
Assumption College.
But a considerable number of
coast hoop followers still feel that
the Island outfit is not necessarily
tops in the west.
This train of thought is based on
a two-game exhibition series played
earlier this season between Victoria
and the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.
While the Doms captured the first
game on their home floor in Victoria by a 69-52 count, the UBC
quintet was without their captain,
Sandy Robertson in that contest.
The university cagers came right
back at the Islanders with a 73-56
triumph a week later at the Var-
sty Gym, evening the series in all
respects, including the 17-point
Due to school commitments,
namely the final examinations, the
Thunderbird hoopers were unable
to compete for the right to move
into Dominion competition. It's a
toss-up as to what the outcome
might have been had the two
teams met in a playoff series.
Several attempts were made to
stage such a series during the two-
week intermission between the end
of the season and the commencement of the Canadian playoffs, but
Dave Nicol, cautious coach of the
Dominoes, realized that he would
have nothing to gain and everything to lose if the 'Birds should
Evidently the Victorians are
looking forward to turning pro
and entering a big-league coast
setup next season, and the Canadian title would go well with
their entry.
Another reason Vancouver fans
are so high on the collegians, is
their record in their first year of
inter-collegiate competition. Entering Pacific Northwest Conference
play with secondary United States
colleges, they had little trouble
cleaning up the league.
In addition, they established their
ability to stand up against top
basketball teams by breaking even
with Washington Huskies, Oregon
Webfoots   and   Washington   State
Cougars in exhibition series. They
also defeated the famous Harlem
Globe Trotter team, 42-38, last
After the spectacular entry into
U.S. competition and making a
name for themselves as the first
Canadian college quintet to win an
American conference, rumor has
it that UBC won't stop until it
makes a berth in the high-class
Pacific Coast Conference.
However, they must play at
least one more season in the Pacific
Northwest hoop loop under terms
of a two-year contract.
Their prowess has evidently been
recognized across the continent, for
one of the top teams of the U.S.,
Ohio State, winners of the Fig
Ten Conference and third place
finishers in the national turney,
have asked UBC for a two-game
exhibition series here next season.
This would mark the first time a
Big Ten team played in Canada.
UBC's interests ln basketball are
definitely toward the south where
the green fields lie, but they have
hopes of playing in the Canadian
casaba finals again in 1948, because
that's the year of the next Olympics
and the school would very much
like to represent the Dominion in
the international tests.
Fine Refreshing Flavor
Packed by
Once more Congratulate
the Graduating Class
and extend to each and every member
a Sincere Wish for a Successful Career Page Twelve
Thursday, May 16, 1946
Government of British Columbia
Through The
extends greetings to the students of
the University of British Columbia.
The requirements of the University have been
anticipated by the Government. In addition t o an
increased current appropriation, a programme of
expansion has been initiated through a special Act
providing for capital expenditures of $5,000,000.
Bursaries and Loans are available to students of
ability through a Dominion-Provincial programme of
Student Aid.
Minister of Education


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