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The Ubyssey Sep 26, 1957

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Ask U.S. Aid
In New York
Needs of Canadian universities will be placed before
American corporations who
have business interests in Canada, at a meeting in New York
October 4 and 5.
Dr. N.A.M. Mackenzie, president of the University will attend the meeting which is sponsored by Canadian university
graduates living in New York.
President Mackenzie made reference to the meeting when he
addresed students in the Armouries yesterday. He told them
he was Journeying to New YorV
in a search for money to expand
facilities to UBC.#
Rlgh Honorable Lester B.
Pearson, former Canadian External Affairs minister will address a dinner meeting at the
New York gathering. There will
also be network radio and television broadcasts to emphasize
Canadian University needs.
Gathering will be attended by
representatives from other Canadian universities.
Following his trip to New
York, Dr. Mackenzie will go to
Ottawa for meetings of th e Canada Council and the Canada
Council on Education.
r r
President Tells Frosh
Traditions Explained
President Norman A. MacKenzie, pictured above, addressed
the freshman class in the Armories, 11.30 Wednesday.
Classes were cancelled for the annual address, a traditional
part of the freshman's introduction and orientation to UBC
and its tradition. —(photo by Walt Hatcher)
No. 2
No Added Money For
Dental School - Bennett
Greek Rush
Begins Mon.
Fraternity Rushing takes
place this year in the two weeks
after Monday the 30th.
The rushees must have at least
Premier Bennett told  reporters Wednesday that if the University of B.C. is to establish
a dentistry  faculty,   no  extra   monies  over   the present Provincial grant and matching grant j \2 credits of University courses,
will be provided for construction. j Rushing   is   free  and   does   not
importance of a university being
an "international community of
"The presence here on this
campus of the Faculty of Forestry, Sopron Division is a living evidence of courage and determination   for   freedom."
"It is a most stimulating experience to have the opportunity each year of meeting with
young people of all countries
over the world, perhaps even the
most exciting and important
thing can happen to anyone."
Garbed ill an array of costume
.and tradition according to thc
circumstance, students and professors alike listened intently to
the learned rhetoric, which officially climaxed a most involved
registration period.   ,
In explanation of his own regalia, the President referred to
the hood as dating back to the
Middle Ages when it was used
for the gathering of meat and
bread contributions from those
interested persons who were desirous of bettering the students'
"Even now," Dr. MacKenzie
said, "conditions of the scholar
have changed only slightly."
Conclusion of the challenge
came with the words: "The good
name and reputation of this university is in your hands, and 1
hope and expect that you will
remember this and act accordingly."
Filmsoc Presents
Marx Bros. Opera
A challenge to youth  to  learn  to thin k for itself was cast out by Dr. N. A. M. MacKenzie, UBC president, in his annual welcoming address at noon Wednesday.
"First, search  for  knowledge  and  an   understanding   oi •    	
yourself," he told an overflow freshman class in the Armouries, i 'Twoen   ClaSSCS
"You plone can achieve your objectives; we, a.s teachers, help,
influence and sometimes inspire.  The most important feature
is the acceptance of responsibility in this world of unlimited
opportunity and possibility."
"Conformity is irresistible
and therefore university life is
aimed at teaching you to think
for yourself," he said.
Stressed several times
throughout his address was the
importance of harmony and
goodwill amongst other countries of the world. He pointed
out that professors of this university will be travelling to Moscow, Britain, Brazil, Japan,
Italy and Thailand.
This, the President said,
would enable them to achieve a
true understanding of worldwide education and to further
the idea of "education", the most
important matter in the world
In emphasizing the importance
of the youth of today benefitting
the Canada of tomorrow, Dr.
MacKenzie spoke again of th#
This view was taken after the •
CCF party and a voluntary com- ;
mittee  of  the   B.C.   Dental "Association in cooperation with the I
Dental   Health   Division   of  the I
Greater    Vancouver    Health
League  forwarded  a  resolution
to   Premier   Bennett   proposing j
the immediate setting  up of a !
faculty of dentistry at UBC.       [
Mr. Bennett stated that there j
was "no financial bar to es- j
tablishment of a dental faculty." ;
But he made it clear that the |
building of a dental school would ! sa,d Wednesday ^ U-CC will; **** p, _      ,
have to come from within  the | invite every Hungarian student j *■*"•«* rnvi U9 I WUOy
All students who have not yet
had    their    registration    photo
ments. j taken for their A.M.S. card must
A   grass-roots   campaign   was!     "Hungarians  may  receive  re-  go to  the Mens Club Room in
conducted  this  summer  by  the  duced or nominal club member-  Brock Hall after 9:00 a.m. today.
Dental   Association   which   sent! ship fecs/> rjoonaghan said, "but
briefs   to   2000   persons   in   the
Hungarians Invited
To Join UBC Clubs
UBC's new Faculty of Hungarian foresters will be issued
a special invitation to participate in the campus's extra-curricular activities.
University   Club's  Committee*  -—      —
Chairman,   Charlie   Coonaghan, j I act  ChsnC©   For
bounds   of   current   provincial  to   join   one  or   more  club  on
government    financial    commit-: October .'3rd, Club's Day.
oblige the rushee to join a fraternity. One rushee may rush
up to six fraternities.
i Those wishing to rush should
register at the AMS office in
the Brock. Registration forms
will be accepted up until 4 p.m.
Friday, 27, in Arts 100. There
will be a meeting for all rushees
in Arts 100 at noon Friday.
Rushing functions begin Monday, October 2 and end midnight Sunday, October 13.
On Monday the 14th, there
will be no correspondence between rushees and fraternity
men. The t'.ay after this, the
bids will be handed out, in Arts
100, and successful rushees
attend their first pledge meeting the same night.
FILM SOCIETY presents "A
Night At The Opera" starring
the Marx Brothers from 12.30
to 2.30 today in thc Auditorium.
* #      H*
DANCE CLUB offers free jive
lessons today at 12.30 in room
351, Brock Extension.
* *       *
MEN'S SKI TEAM will hold
an organizational, macting today
at 6.15 in the Gym locker room.
All interested in trying out for
the team are requested to attend.
* *      *
U. C. C. General Meeting at
12.30 in Double Committee
Room, Brock Hall. Essential that
all clubs, be represented to discuss Club's Day plans.
*v      **v      *v
will hold its first meeting of the
year at 12.30 on Friday in Art3
204. All DelVJolays on campus
are welcome.
ff* H* ff.
— Attention, Presidents of political clubs! Executive meeting,
12.30 noon, on Friday, Sept. 27,
in the club room, top floor south
of Brock Extension.
•r*       *f*       *v
CAMERA CLUB general meeting at noon, Friday, in Arts 204.
Old  members   urged  to  attend.
New comers welcome.
**T* **V **V
student members will meet in
the Committee Offices at 12.30
* *      *
meet in Arts 102 at 12.30 Friday
to make preparations for Club's
* -V      *
PHRATERES — Interested in
Phrateres? Come and find out
more about it on Sunday from
to start getting tough on speed- \ 2 to 5. We are holding Firesides
ers, people who violate the I at the. Women's Dorms. Enter-
school zone regulations, and tainment and refreshments!
those who stop to pick up hitchhikers at the campus gates.
Police warn that they will prosecute any motorists who stops j UNDERGRADUATE Societies
within a hundred yards west of i Committee —' Important first
the" entrances. They ask that | meeting of the USC Monday
students   co-operate   by   picking ; noon in the Board Room, Brock
Check Gates
R.C.M.P.  say  they  are  going
* * *
up riders before they drive
across Blanca into the University grounds.
Hall.     A  five  dollar  fee  is  as-
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this is up to the individual clubs
to implement."
"The main  thing  is  that  the
clubs are anxious to include the
Hungarians     in     their   present
he said.
province containing facts regarding UBC plight.
Facts pointed out that at
least 50 prospective dentists at
UBC could not enter dentistry
here, and were unlikely to be
able to enter dental schools else-  membership
where    in   Canada   or   in    the i     „ .....    .,
,.  ..   . c  .       ,       . i     Hungarian participation in the
United States due to excess en-
rollment    at    thc    few    schools! clubs' Club's Day  booth alloeat-
operating. | ing.     Mamooks     and     'Tween
No dental school has been es-1 Classes   will   be   discussed   at  a
tnblished  in  Canada  since   1926!special   U.C.C.  General  Meeting
despite doubling of her popula-' today at  12.30  in    the    Double
t'on' Committee  Room, Brock.
New Homecoming
Nix On Parades
Frosh Degrade Campus With Regalia
The traditional parade of floats
couver will be eliminated for  UBC's
Committee Chairman Grant
MacDonald announced that this
year's Homecoming activities
will be confined to the campu-
in an effort to make the event
the "best ever."
Final plans hn\v nol yet been
made clear, but the Committer
promises that the HtfiT Homecoming  will   be   much   more  ex-
ihrnugh downtown  Van-'
1SI57  Homecoming cole-
citing, vvith several now
yet secret, events.
basketball    game   bc-
I ween   the
Grads and  the 'Birds
will    take
place    Friday    night,
November Si, and a Western Conference football game and Ihe
popular Homecoming Dance on
Saturday afternoon and evening.
Frosh,   you   look   degrading.
"Take off your apron and
pajama top, find a nice quiet
corner in the library —and
stay there until hazing is all
That's the advice of Jim
Banham, UBC's newly appointed information officer, who
calls hazing "a lot of nonsense"
and panty raids "infantile."
And for 29-year-old Banham
it i.s the voice of experience
talking. Experience of UBC
hazing that is.
He went through the works:
hazing, four years of fighting
with engineers while working
for the Ubyssey, and graduating with B.A. in  1951.
The second high point in his
career came in 1950 when as
Editor-in-Chief of The Ubyssey
he was kidnapped by the engineers.
The high point was shortly
after when he helped to kidnap
the president  of the engineers
on   the  eve  of thc  Redshirt's
annual ball.
"He was dead drunk," Ban-
ham explains. "He had leh
his wife and family and was
dissipating himself with alcohol. We carried him back to
his wife and kids where he belonged, that's all."
Banham left a lush job in
London as a sub-editor of the
4.500,000 circulation Daily Express to replace Edwin Parker,
now attending Stanford University on a $1,400 fellowship
to study Sociology of Mass Media Communication.
Banham thus has caught the
torch and is taking up the information office crusade of
"Tell British Columbia." Tell
British Columbia, that is, just
what is going on at UBC.
What do you think of the
university, I asked him.
"Lovely place. But within
ten years we will be hard
pressed for facilities to educate
the  great   influx  of students."
What about the students that
are here, how do you feel about
those, Mr. Banham'.'
He told me:
"Personally I think this hazing  business  is  a   lot  of  non-
sense.     The  spectacle  of   Irishmen walking around campus in
pajama tops and apron is quite
"And party raids are utter
nonsense. No point to them.
Infantile. If I wanted to get
into mischiet I could find belter things to do." (He refused
to elaborate).
"Engineer-frosh clashes are
okay. Just shows the normal
high spirits of students."
"But anything involving destruction and injury is a bad
thing. It should be stamped
out immediately."
Banham says he i.s glad lo
ho back in the pure, clean air
of B.C. after three years seeing
the world with his wife from
his base in London, "one of th''
filthiest  cities  in   the  world."
How does be feel about his
new job'.'
"Lose it. But when I see an
engineer's red shirt passing by
my fingers .still itch to grab a
Ubyssey   typewriter."
One thing he doesn't miss
though: the inevitable retaliatory  dunking  in   Ihe   li!\   pond. Page 2
Thursday, September 26, 1957
B.C.'s Only 100%  Home Owned Newspaper
Authorized as second class mail.    Post Office Department, Ottawa.
Student subscriptions $1.20 per year (included in AMS fees). Mail subscriptions $2.00 per
year. Single copies five cents. Published in Vancouver throughout the University year by
the Student Publications Board of the Alma Mater Society, University of British Columbia.
Editorial opinions expressed herein are those of the editorial staff of the Ubyssey, and not
necessarily those of the Alma Mater Society or the University. Letters to the Editor should not
be more than 150 words. The Ubyssey reserves the right to cut letters, and cannot guarantee
publications of all letters received.
Reporters and Desk:— John Cook, Wayne Lamb, Helen Zukowski, Al Forrest, Desmond
Rationalization Or Reason
Behind Faculty Reticence?
The editorial plan of the Ubyssey this
year as to create a sounding board for student and faculty opinion. All the opinions
expressed on this page are not necessarily
those of the editor, the student body or
of the faculty as a whole, but they are
opinions expressed on a campus which has
as one reason for existence, free discussion
between persons seeking greater knowledge.
The number of students and faculty
members on campus would suggest that
such a plan is not only feasible but absolutely necessary. Here is the only campus-
wide medium for free expression of ideas.
Here is a means of contacting a ready-made
audience supposedly ripe for thoughtful discussions. Here too, is an excellent conveyance for the aiding of amicable relations
between faculty and students. This is not
just a means for students to rouse other
students; it is a very real and integrating
force in the molding of a university—if it
is used by all students, including those who
It is therefore disheartening when faculty rpejmbeis decline to make use of the
And in recent experience, we have discovered many faculty members who do
decline, for reasons we would like to explore
The first reason usually offered is "lack
of time". It is indeed regrettable that the
university is currently under-staffed, necessitating over-work on the part of professors whose standards will not permit half-
measures. But surely many students are
al io carrying heavy loads, yet it i.s these
students who manage to express themselves
for or against issues as they arise. They do
do this partly because they feel a responsibility to defend their beliefs and perhaps
because they realize that a university must
foster discussion through whatever medium
is open to all.
The second reason is less understandable.   It   is:   If   professors   have   something
worthwhile to publish, they will use the
downtown press where it will do the university the most good; otherwise theylll
mind their own business. After-all the
Ubyssey is just £ student newspaper.
Yet the busiest and most important
member of the faculty, Dr. N. A. M. MacKenzie, has found time and reason to write
more than a President's message to graduates. He has written in the past, on such
controversial issues as the Quebec Tax
Dispute. And two notable professors, Dean
N. V. Scarfe and Professor1 G. Davies, are
being presented here, this week. Surely if
such persons can see the value of a student
newspaper, it cannot be a stigma to lesser
faculty members to enclose their inspired
messages on page two.
The last reason can be summed up in
one word: Fear. Fear of stepping out of line
with official university opinion. Fear of
social censure for expressing an unpopular
personal opinion. Fear of Unwittingly emitting truths damaging to the university,
"not yet for publication,,' or "unethical"
because they disclose facets of faculty or
student life and mores. And fear of losing
the limelight by precipitating greater downtown publicity if news comes to the student-sponsored organ.
Variations on this last reason have been
given Ubyssey editors both past and present. If such conditions exist, they are more
than regrettable. They constitute tho
greatest possible carrier to free discussion
at the very place where it should flourish;
on the university campus.
Hoffa: Spare The Rod And
Upset The Apple - Cart
September 30 is tho day, unless James
Riddle Hoffa can bribe time too, that Fiama,
Florida will suffer its biggest blow since
Hurricane  Edna.
According to the well laid plans of Mr.
Hoffa, and his booster, David Beck, that is
the day when Hoffa becomes president of the
International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The
plans have been laid for weeks. Hoffa, will
win in a landslide, the choice will be unanimous, and one of the most powerful unions
in North American economy will be run by
a Great White Father whose unwavering rule
is spare the rod and upset the apple-cart.
The circumstances have been hashed to
the point of ennui. In all eyes but those of
the Teamster brothers, who see only "that
Jimmy makes the racket pay," Hoffa has
been proved a legal and sociological criminal.
The lej-al crimes of bribery, coercion and
assault are obvious. Not so plain is his crime
against society. Lawyers call it restriction
of trade, llol'fa, and Beck, have sewed up the
trucking industry, tighter than any road-going
rubber baron ever did. The senate investigations, and magazine articles prior to them,
related plainly how we'll trucking companies
"co-operated'   with Jimmy llol'fa.
Under such "co-operation," industry is
in un-economic freedom of expansion and
organization are limited, and graft, the sustenance of society's lice, spreads faster than
Asian   flu.
All this must have been obvious to the
heads ol labor, and at least a few persons of
importance in the American government; yet
il has taken a Senate investigation to bring
the tacts to light, and even now that the facts
are  known, the  fat  man   from  Detroit  thumbs
his nose at the law and boldly places his name
before the voting delegates.
Had he belonged to a group constituted
with laws responsible to society as well as
itself, Hoffa would have been automatically
eliminated as a candidate. It is difficult to
conceive of the chairman of General Motors
standing for re-election v/ith such huge legal
question marks over his head.
The comparison is not in jest. Labor is
too important to industry and society as a
whole lo be guided by anything less than men
of the highest sense of whatever makes for
common honesty.
This is the handwriting on the trade
union wall. The Teamsters have drawn the
headlines, but they are not the only labor
organization suffering from top-rot. The Beck-
Hoffa scheme occurs elsewhere, and will continue to occur, until steps are taken to end
such paternalistic monarchies.
Thc final and only complete answer, of
course, will be legal intervention in the present scheme of labour constitutions. Preferably, such intervention should be at the instigation of labour members. But the preferable
is not always the possible, and the probable
result will be a government instituted man-
ouvre, securing as amicably as possible,
labour's co-operations.
The street fight between labour and
capital has virtually ended. Differences are
now settled by more or less polite conversation in thc drawing room.
But if labour- wants to move out of the
tenement into its rightfully won mansion, it
could stand to do some housecleaning. The
sooner the better, for labour and society.
Only Of Quantity:
Also One Of Quality
This week more peace-time
students will be entering Canadian universities than ever before, except during the abnormal post-war bulge. This inflation, which is described as
"critical" in almost every
article about modern education, will tax already groaining
university facilities to the utmost. Yet it is exciting and
stimulating as well as burdensome. Everyone Interested In
higher education must rejoice
that an increasing , number of
our young people are becoming
more and more aware of its
benefits and rewards, both
economically and intellectually.
THE    CHALLENQE    is    a
threefold one. •
l.JTo the students themselves;
to undertake at least four
years of discipline and training;
2. To the universities to stimulate and encourage their recruits;
3. To the people of British Columbia and Canada, who in
the last nalysis will have to
pay the bill and give the
universites the tools to do
the increasing number of
jobs they want them to do.
The need for graduates, for
more and more trained and
intellectually d i s c 1 p lined
young men and women to
meet the needs of an expanding civilization, is urgent and
It is also true, and just as
relevant, that our present edu-
catiohal crisis is not one of
quantity alone, but also one
of quality. This is serious because we in the free world
must depend on quality, since
it is unlikely that we can hope
to match our opponents in
quantity. The real task is to
give first class education to as
large a proportion of our population as possible. "Who should
go to University" is therefore
a legitimate question.
The University of British
Columbia has hitherto adopted
a fairly liberal policy on admission. It has felt that its task
is to open its doors to all who
can "reasonably" be expected
to benefit from higher education. The "reasonable test"
which has been applied so far,
is Junior Matriculation. Of
those British Columbia students who enter U.B.C. about
60% acquire this qualification
by means of recommendation
from accredited high schools.
The remainder, comprising
those who have failed to be
recommended and those who
wish to sit for competitive
scholarships, take the Departmental Junior Matriculation
Examination. At present then,
Junior Matric, either by recommendation or by examination,
is the entrance requirement.
An analysis of the records of
First Year students reveals
some interesting facts about
the validity of this requirement. Those who come by way
of recommendation have unquestionably justified the confidence placed in them. Only
about 2'"* of students recommended in all subjects fail
their first year at University.
Judged by the University of
British Columbia's own standards, we thus have reason to
feci every confidence in the
selection by the high school
teachers of those capable of
undertaking university work.
The great majority of failures,
come from the less successful
in the Departmental Examinations (and some of those who
are admitted from other Provinces or countries, who may
have particular problems of
language or adjustment). In all
they total about 18r; of thc
First  Year enrolment.
The validity of the Departmental Examination is thus
much more questionable. Admittedly, many of the best students have been creamed off,
but   it   is   debatable   why   this
Admin. Assistant to the President
18% should have been admitted to the University in the
first place. Some argue that
since the quality of teaching
varies greatly from school to
school, it is only fair to give
borderline students the opportunity to enter University, and
that it is better for them to
come and be weeded out at the
end of the First Year rather
than not come at all . It is
looked upon as a calculated
risk. The price of course is
that the teaching of a whole
class often tends to be held
back to a lowest common denominator.
My own view is that standards in the Departmental Examinations are too low. It is
no kindness, nor indeed is it
necessarily democratic to provide education for all, irrespective of ability. Men and
women are not equal; talents
and aptitudes vary. All democracy demands is equality of
opportunity. Students who are
encouraged to attend university when they have not the
capability often suffer a difficult and harrowing experience.
Sometimes they try desperately hard and only become
frustrated when they are not
The Departmental Examinations even for those taking the
University program is, I suggest, too much of a general
education qualification rather
than a selection test for prospective University students. So
long as this remains the case
a higher standard than a mere
pass might be required by the
University for its recruits. If,
for example", a 60% average
were the requirement to enter
University, those who had
skimmed through with a minimum of wnokledge and with a
maximum of assistance from
"scaling" would be forced to
raise their sights or abandon
their hopes for a University
If admission standards were
raised it would constitute a
bigger challenge in that a higher  hurdle  would   have   to   be
crossed to achieve higher education. Raising the hurdle
does not automatlclly mean
that fewer people would fall
to cross it.
What it certain is that they
would have to work harder ln
order to reach the necessary
qualification. A higher hurdle
would be a challenge, and
people usually react positively
to a challenge and have a
greater sense of accomplishment in attaining their goal.
The nature of the Departmental Examination could also
be changed with profit. At the
present time it^seems to me to
be too much of a memory test,
and an information quiz. In
History, for example, there is
little scope for originality. It
is very difficult to be original
in a multiple choice question
and even the essays are too
frequently of the short paragraph answer tyle. A university education, we hope, is
something of an independent
i n t e 11 e c t ual endeavour,' in
which the student assumes the
responsibility of working for
The entrance examination
should be designed to test potential Intellectual capacity, as
well as grammar, vocabulary
and factual information of all
kinds. The break between high
school and university at present is a very sharp one. In the
First Year, many students, particularly the less intellectually
adventurous, find it difficult to
adjust to the new environment. In looking for students,
then, memorization and sterile
drill are less important than
potentialities of developing. In
saying this, I do not suggest
that facts and grammar are unimportant, but that they are
basically instruments in the
process of learning rather than
ends in themselves.
Academic capacity is the one
relevant criterion for a higher
education and an increasing
program of loans, bursaries and
scholarships should help the
people without adequate financial resources. A great deal of
progress has already been made
in this direction. I suggest that
with this in view, entrance
qualifications be raised and
that this be done by increasing
the standards in the Departmental Examinations, which
will in turn be reflected in the
higher standards for recommendation. High school teachers will respect and honor
them, I feel sure. These standards should not be impossibly
high, designed to keep out as
many as possible. No modern
University, especially a State
or Provincial one can restrict
admission to an intellectual
elite (which has sometimes
been confused with the financially solvent). The purpose is
simply to ensure that all who
get in can and will benefit as
much as possible.
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Page 3
Campus Beat
I love words.
In my wild irresponsible days
at high school I would adopt a
new word and play with it all
day like a child with a new toy.
"Clandestine" was always my
favorite. I would gleefully
accuse a pair known to be
dating of "clandestine love
Everything to me was clandestine. From a night time basketball practice to a student council
meeting during school hours.
I lost my enthusiasm for the
word after I wrote in an English
essay that a group of Scots "held
a clandestine meeting." The
teacher thought I was punning
and made me stay in after school
for levity beyond the call of
One day I discovered
"umbrage." Quite by accident.
I just happened to be reading a
text book one day (I had finished
all the Pogo books) and there
it was.
Immediately I jumped up and
told my mother that I was going
out    to    hitch-hike    down    to
> Seattle.
Of course she forbade me to
leave the house, giving me the
opportunity I sought.
"Mother," I said, "I must take
umbrage at your stuffy Victorian
attitude." (I was a frightful
My mother, unfortunately,
didn't share my love of words
and made indoors so unpleasant
I decided this Saturday would
be more profitably spent outside.
So off I skipped with my new
word and I proceeded to take
umbrage with everyone I met
on the street for the remainder
of the day.
Shortly after, umbrage went
the way of all fadjs, I heard an
elderly person of 30 or more
use the word "panorama."
The word awakened within
my young frame a strong but
short-lived interest in natural
Every sunset, rainbow, stretch
of sea or bed of violets became
a "lavish paporama" so that it
almost became a trademark that
marked me off from my fellows.
My fire for words was drenched no small amount when a
friend mistook a simple agreement to meet for a challenge to
a duel.
"Oh, do let us, tryst on the
football field at 10 a.m. Sunday," I suggested in my frightfully stilted fashion.
He was there promptly, foil in
hand, borrowed, he said, from
the school gymnasium.
When I told him that I merely
wanted to discuss Keats and
Shelley in view of the lavish
panorama of the scoreboard, the
school and the sky, he was outraged and let loose a trial lunge.
Frightened to little pieces, I
took off around the track with
.in avenging nemesis in hot pursuit. When I finally managed to
elude the terrible steel of my
erstwhile friend I resolved to
turn my newly discovered fleet-
ness to track and field and leave
the study of words to better
swordsmen than myself.
I still admire words, but from
a safe distance.
Student Backed
By Columbo Plan
There   are   Canadian   diesel   trains   running  in   Ceylon.
This is one result of the Columbo Plan.
Another result of the Columbo Plan—with an important
assist by the World University Service—is 25-year-old Joseph
Manoharan Handy.
Mr. Handy is a graduate, with
a B.A. in Economics, of the University of Ceylon. Until this
fall he was the Assistant Commissioner of the Department of
Markets of the Government of
Last May he saw an announcement in which W.U.S.
offered a scholarship for one
Ceylonese student to study for
his master's degree at the University of British Columbia. The
scholarship would cover tuition
fees, books, room and board,
with some pocket money besides.
There were 40 applicants for
the scholarship and this was
screened down to three, Mr.
Handy being one of them. The
names of the three and their
respective fields of interest were
sent to Canada for the final selection. Joseph Manoharan
Handy won.
Mr. Handy was given a year's
leave from his post with the
Ceylonese government to study
for his Master of Agricultural
Economics Degree here. He will
write his thesis in Crop Insurance, a project now opening up
in Ceylon. To further his thesis
Mr. Handy hopes to go to the
United States for five months
beginning in May.
Mr. Handy points out that the
existence of Ceylon depends upon its agricultural production,
rice, tea, and coconut being the
countries principal exports.
After being complimented on
his excellent English Mr. Handy
suggested that this was due to
the fact that all his classes had
been given in English from
Grammar School to the end of
Asked to compare UBC with
the University of Ceylon, Mr.
Handy said, "The University of
Ceylon has a very beautiful
campus like this one, but of
course everything here — the
buildings, everything — is ten
times larger."
Mr. Handy was married shortly before he left for Canada
three weeks ago. His wife is
studying Home Economics at
He said, "We find everyone
much friendlier here, if you are
in downtown Vancouver and just
look like you are lost people
will come up and help you,
without even being asked."
Do the students work as hard
here as in Ceylon? Mr. Handy
thought for a moment and then
answered, "I can't tell, no one
has really started to work yet.
I guess "students are the same
everywhere. Except that here
they are more friendly and
easier to talk to."
Did he have any complaints
about life in Canada? "Only
one. The Canadians make their
tea too thin and weak — the
coffee is good though."
Mr. Handy concluded, "I
would not have been able to
come to Canada if it wasn't for
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provide accommodation for
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This is the last day for photos
to be taken.
Students in the Faculty of
Graduate Studies and late registrants are especially requested
to appear in the Men's Club
room at Brock Hall after 0.00
Club Notices
Notices for the 'Tween Classes
column of The Ubyssey must be
channelled thmugh the University Clubs Committee, Editor
Patricia Marchak warned today.
A box has been placed in the
Council Offices, in the south
end of the old Brock, Main Floor,
f.j rreceipt of club notices. The
receptacle is clearly marked
" 'Tween Classes."   ,
Deadline for handing in
notices is 1:30 the da^ previous
to publication of the edition of
The Ubyssey the notice is to
appear in.
Club public relations officers
should take note that The
Ubyssey will not be responsible
for omission of notices when thc
above procedure has not been
Tomorrow is the day that
YOU loo may become a pubster.
Initial meeting for new recruits will be held in the pub
offices, North Brock basement, at 12.30 Friday.
This is your opportunity to
convert from a bumbling,
awkward "nobody" into a debonair, sauve and well-known
"nobody." No writing experience is necessary.
Jacob S. Coxey led an army
of 2,000 unemployment persons
from the Midwest to Washington in 1894 and was arrested for
walking on thc grass at the
All textbooks are now on sale in the FIELD HOUSE,
immediately south of Brock HalJ.
This FAST SERVICE Center closes September 28th
. . . avoid the rush, get your books today!
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and raglan sleeves. Another
cute trick about this dress is
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Above are pictured Chadaists Henry Ormsby, George
Poutrax, and Ormsby's wife, Maria, at the Oro Del Mar
colony. The three are shown completing arrangements for
the first public showing of Chadaist art at Carmel, California, Sept. 29.    Complete story follows below.
Chadaist Art Cult
Rises At Baha
. (Note: The following is an
article by Vancouver advertising man Paul Woolsey, who
has just returned from a trip
to Baha California, where, at
Oro del Mar, he found an art
colony whose collective work,
we feel, explores vital new
directions in painting. His account follows below.      —B.H.
A handful of artists in North
America have found in chada-
ism a fresh means to give expression to the dilemma of man
In the Age of Automation.
The source from which the
terms chadaism and chada are
derived is the word "chad."
Roughly speaking, chad is the
small pieces of paper ejected
from cards used in punch-card
operation (i.e. computers in
machine billing.) This chad, in
different colors, is applied to
a surface thinly veneered with
white paste. It is used in very
much the same way as paint on
a traditional canvas.
In the cult, the exponents define the task of the artist as
that of taking the meaningless
from the machine and making
it meaningful just as the machine takes from man what is
meaningful and makes it mean-
ingles. And the later, to the
chadaists, is what the punch-
card method, of carrying out
of the affairs of man actually
does. Human knowledge is
"punched" on to a card and is
represented by a hole. This hole
to a human being is meaningless, but to a machine it becomes knowledge. Therefore,
by taking the chad, which the
machine rejects, and using it in
an art form the artists is able
to expres himself with vital
new significance.
Experiments in thc different
techniques possible have been
carried on since the day chada
was conceived. Nearly all of the
artists are working in abstract although one of the Oro
del Mar colony produced a
number of "local scenes" in
traditional style for sale to
tourists. Multi-colored chad is
'generally used but effective
work has been done in soley
black and white. Method of application has also been subjected to innovation. Popular practice is to blow on small amounts
of chad at a time through a
delicately-designed pipe. One
principal deviation has been
the use of actual commercially-
used punch-cards through the
holes of which paint is applied.
This, however is considered
more a temporary diversion
rattier than a evolutionary
phase of chadaism. The emphasis in thc cult continues to
be on the significance of the
material employed.
The prime force behind
chadaism and the Oro del Mar
colony is Henry Ormby, a 29-
year-old New Englander. Three
years ago he was a leading
American Naturalist, painting
in New York's Greenwich Village. He left Greenwich Village in 1954 in search of new
expression of man's dilemma in
the machine age.
As he describes il, he "turned
up" in Los Angeles early in the
following year an a janitor in
a large I.B.M. centre. It was
hero that he conceived of
His job entailed, amongst
oilier things, cleaning up 'chad'
around the punch-card machine. In thU chad he saw a
symbolic rejection of an integral part ot the whole man. Here
was the essence of humanity's
modern conflict.
The creative proces began.
Months of experimentation
finally brought forth fruit when
chadaism and its are form
chada became realities. In
June, 1956, Henry Ormbsy and
two of his devotees, Michael
Kingdom and George Poutrax,
moved to Oro del Mar.
Soon they were joined by
artists to whose ears word of
,the cult had reached. Says
Ormsby today, "Painters have
been drawn to the colony from
all parts of America by an
overwhelming desire to chart
the vast oceans of man's destiny that chadaism has revealed."
The art colony is attracting
those who work in other
mediums—writers, sculpters,
poets and even composers. Each
day brings with it new respon-
ses to the challenge of chadaism. A challenge which cannot
be neglected in an era when
man must continuously scrutinize human values in order
that civilization may survive.
"Sweet Smell"
The film is a deceptive medium. Through it, the artificial may be made to appear so
real as to render reality itself
if not actually undesirable, at
least unsatisfactory.
The integrety of appearing
life itself, allowed the film, in
its infancy, a certain lcaway in
the behaviour of its characters;
as they were real human beings in actual surroundings,
the things they did were without question. Hence, as Ben
Hecht has phrased it, the average movie-goer could believe
for years that a villain, no matter how devious or cunning,
could always be outwitted in
the end by any average smalltown girl with big boobies.
As a consequence of all this
as potentially mature a film
as "Thc Sweet Smell Of Success", written by a reasonably
mature playwright, Clifford
Odets, but produced by Burt
Lancaster, a commercial actor,
and Henry Hill, a businessman,
is only artificially intriguing.
In actuality, thc film is a
melodrama of ideas; its protagonist is a stock heavy, with
thc exception that he is better
looking, and, thanks to Odet's
script, speaks the American
language better. His environment is interesting, as is almost
anything      photographed      by
The Theatre is a rarity in
this town, and the.visit of a
play with two well-known
stars is rarer. The names of
Raymond Massey and Agnes
Moorehead brought a capacity
crowd to the doomed and decrepit Georgia Auditorium last
Monday night, for a one-night-,
er of Norman Corwin's "Thc
The play is no old copper
penny well worn from slot-
machine acting, but one new
to Canada; its performance was
as crisp, shining, and well-
minted as A new silver dollar.
The subject is significantly
relevant as racial problems
today are as acute as they were
in the fall of 1858, and owing
to%the developments of the last
few weeks, this play's message
is particularly apt. Carl Sand-
berg writes of the play as —
"... a presentation of the
tangled weave and the awsome
rivalry between those dramatically contrasted figures, Abraham Lincoln, and Stephen
Arnold Douglas." The result is
a reenactment of the famous' Nicholas Goldschmidt, as is well known, has had a number of aspersions cast upon his
Lincoln-Douglas debates on the   musical ability by those supposedly in the kno w.   However,  few  can  doubt   his  ability   to
slavery     abolition     question   extract an inspired performance from his singers.
tual respect of Lincoln 'and
Douglas, the effort of these
two men to transcend party
strife and save the United
States from a civil war.
It should be noted that the
play is structurally very weak;
it could not be produced except
by first rate actors. The structure is ghost-like, but the performance of these three is so
brilliantly substantial that
there is no vapidity evident.
The play is, in fact, one of individual performance, and this
is its only weakness.
It was a remarkable evening
and certainly worth a few tattered greenbacks. It is seldom
one finds such a silver dollar
on Vancouver's stages. One
only wishes for more of them.
It might be said thyt a critic is a dealer in opinions,
and a specialist in the amplification of his own. At the
same time, this definition should include thc assumption
that the critic knows, to the extent that anyone ever does,
what he is talking about. In other words, when the critic
delivers an opinion on any given performance, he should
be citing proven authorities and showing where the performance i.s or is not at odds with them. So long as he
keeps within these bounds of his trade, he may be as
splenetic or idolatrous as he wishes.
Having stated the critic's role as it shoulfi be played,
let us hasten to add that there are bound to be deviations
from it on this page. There certainly were last year, and
with duplications in staff, there probably will be this year.
It must be said, however, that this is the only admission
of fallibility that will be voluntarily offered here; any
others will have to be wrung from us with cogent arguments, which, by the way, are the sort of arguments we
will gladly receive.
All this has been leading up to a ringing final paragraph on the purpose of a weekly page of criticism in
the Ubyssey. We spoke above of cogent arguments and
the citing of authorities; at UBC, regardless of its four
thousand Artsmen, there is precious little of either of
these. This page was instituted to help remedy the situation.
That's all.  -
—Barrie Hale.
Summer Festival Of The Arts
In Review - A Spotty Season
which raged from August to
October 1858, two years before
Lincoln became president. The
debates presented are edited
from the short hand accounts
of the original debates.
Raymond Massey as Lincoln
was truly in his element; this
role is a favorite of his as Lincoln is to him as D'Arcy McGee is to the Governor General. Massey's portrayal of
backwOods humour, his own
sincerity and power coupled
with his natural flair for oratory — yes, these may be platitudes, so here is a pun—made
him truly link-on to Lincoln.
The origin of this terrible pun
is a campaign slogan of the
day; I deny all responsibility.
Marten Gorel as the small
chubby Douglas, a perfect physical foil to the gaunt, tall Lincoln, and as it proved, just as
great a mental one, was fairly
convincing as thc Democratic
anti-abolition Senator.
Mrs. Douglas, played by Agnes Moorehead, tics the play
together movingly. She here
plays a gracious part very contrary to her usual fortes as vil-
lainess or drab, frustrated female. Her highly feminine
part is equally as powerful as
the two male parts which surround her; however, she does
not emasculate them. She acts
as an interlocutor and light between the events of a "rivalry"
which became, due to the mu-
This was shown amply in hi's->-
choral concert, Monday, Aug.
12, in which he conducted a
choir made up almost entirely
of summer school students in
performances of the Haydn
Lord Nelson Mass and the
Bruckner Te Deum. He deserves a great deal of credit for
putting on two such works in
Vancouver. The choir singing,
although ragged in spots at
times rose to the occasion; the
soloists from the summer
school'of music did some very
nice singing, indeed.
Much credit is due Mr. Goldschmidt also, for putting on the
two one-act operas, "The Medium" by Gian-Carlo Menotti,
and "Gianni Schicchi" by Gia-
como Puccini. These had four
performances — from Aug. 27
to 30. and were done almost
entirely with province grown
products. As student productions, they are lo be commended and encouraged, but they
fell considerably below thc
level of The Consul (1955) and
Cosi Fan Tutte (195b). This is
partly because these operas are
less effective vehicles in themselves.
The Medium was treated
with perhaps just too heavy a
hand, but on the whole came
off better than Gianni Schicchi. Outstanding in The Medium was Shirley Chapman in
the role of Madame Flora. Her
rich contralto voice and obvious acting ability auger well
for her future. Joyce Perry's
voice was  lovely  for the  role
James Wong Howe, but his
vital link to it, the link that
makes him any more dangerous to society than any other
egomaniac, is never made clear.
The film fails, then, for thematic reasons; as it chooses to
regard   the   protagonist   as   a
monster rather than a figment scssed against a faculty not rep
of this society, it becomes artificial; the onlooker finding his
attention directed once more, FROSH Undergraduate Soci-
will find nothing new to inter- cly will hold ., Kencrai meeting
est  him.    The  little girl  with  of the Frosh ciass on Monday at
of Monica, and Ed Hanson
handled sensitively the role of
the mute Toby.
Gianni Schicchi was essentially Don McManus' triumph
in the title role. A good supporting part came from Milla
Andrew, ex-UBC Mussocer, and
a tenor voice of much promise
was heard in Michael Rogers, a
Victoria boy now in Toronto.
The ensemble work in this
opera (the family, doctor, lawyer, etc.) is very important,
and it turned out to have moments of spontaneity, but was
often sloppy and ill-directed.
As a result, much of the natural comedy of this late Puccini
opera never came across. If
this is a sample of the director
Mr. Gill's work, it is indeed
unfortunate that he is to be
director ofthc opera school for
summer (1958). The sets and
costumes of Al Schachtcr added much to both operas and to
the contrast between them.
The concert of Akscl Schoitz
on July 17 revealed an artist
whose interpretative powers
have only heightened since he
was stricken with a brain tumor at the peak of his career
as a tenor in 1947. In spite of
the occasional difficulties he
has with his voice, as a result
of several operations, an Aksel
Schoitz recital is an unforgettable experience.
But   Nicholas     Goldschmidt
deserves  criticism  for   his  ac:
companiment. For one who
has sung lieder with reasonable success himself, and Is not
a bad pianist, the performance
was shocking. Even If he is a
charlatan, the man is capable
of much more sympathy to
Schumann, Schubert et al.
A word about The Tempest,
principal' drama production of
the summer school, in which
renowmed director Douglas
- Seale directed professional actors from the province. The play
though one of Shakespeare's
most popular, is certainly not
one of his best. One of the
main problems of the play is
the character of Prespero. This
Mr. Seale did not even seem to
attempt to solve.
The play degenerated into a
feast of spectacular effects and
low comedy. Robert Clothier
as Trinculo and Ian Thorne as
Caliban made the comedy
scenes enjoyable. The intervening scenes, apart from occasional good moments from two
or three actors, were pretty
meaningless. And with a
meaningless Prospero (not entirely Peter Mannering's fault)
the play rather castrated itself.
I must confess that the sight
of Italian royalty and nobility
cavorting around Prosper's
Island like an assorted lot of
tourists and sailor boys, struck
me as ridiculous.
It is a mistake to think that
just any old play can be stuck
into modern dress.
— By I. P.
(Continued from Page  1)
#      ff*
the boobies still wins.
For Students And Staff Only/
"A Night At The Opera"
With   the  Marx  Brothers
12:30-2:30 Thursday, September 26
Humphrey  Bos'art as Queog
Jose Ferrer a.s Greenwakl
Van Johnson as Maryk
Fred   MacMurray as  Keei'er
Tuesday, October 1
3:30, 6:00 and 8:15 p.m.
12.30 in Physics 200. Nominations tor the frosh executive will
be taken.
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interested in the well being of
Mamooks plus a glorious career
in commercial art, parties, etc.,
please attend an organizational
meeting in Mamooks, Brock Extension, at   12.30  Monday.
k k k
Society general meeting al 12.HO
in the Auditorium.
NOTICE—All students wishing to join thc Pep Band are
asked to meet in the Brock
Stage Room at 12.30 Thursday.
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FOR SALE—1951 Prefect in
good condition, $225 or best offer. Phone PA. 4582.
NOTICE — Fully qualified
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Friday for 8.30 lectures in vicinity of 26th and Rupert. Phone
DE. 1172-R.
FOUND—Brown suede jacket
apparently stolen from UBC
student in spring, 1957. Recovered and held al University Detachment  RCMP.
WANTED--Riders in Kerrisdale area for 8.30 lectures, Mon.
thru Sat. Please phn. KJE. 5241-R
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car. 21,000 miles, $375. 1736 Allison Road, just off campus.
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