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The Ubyssey Nov 25, 1963

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 SUB referendum
to continue today
The student union building referendum
will continue today from 10 p.m. to 4 p.m.
at all campus polling places.
The referendum was postponed Friday
at 1 p.m. when the University was closed
following the assassination of U.S. President
All ballots cast Friday morning have remained in sealed ballot boxes over the weekend.
Students who have not yet voted may do
so today at the following places:
Acadia Camp, Fort Camp, common block,
new education building, Wesbrook, physics,
bookstore, main library entrance, auditorium
caf, college library, Brock north and south,
Buchanan extension, Buchanan 106,
Buchanan outside Dean Gage's office, commissary, forestry 100, law, gym, engineering
building, and at Vancouver General Hospital for medical students.
Elections officer Dennis Browne halted
the voting Friday at 12:55 noon, minutes
after University president John Macdonald
announced the cancellation of classes Friday afternoon.
Voting had been scheduled to continue
until 4 p.m., Friday. Special polls were to
be set up from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today
to accommodate education students who
were off campus last week.
However, all polls will re-open today at
10 a.m. and remain open until 4 p.m..
Ballots will be counted tonight at 7 p.m.
Browne said the turnout Friday morning
was extremely heavy. Student Union Building planning chairman Dean Feltham estimated that 4,000 students had voted before
the polls were closed down at 1 p.m.
In the referendum, students are asked
to make two decisions:
Whether they want to build the SUB and
whether they are willing to pay an additional $5 AMS fee to finance it.
The Ubyssey publishes this extra today
to inform students that the important SUB
referendum will continue. Full coverage of
weekend news and the death of U.S. president Kennedy will be contained in Tuesday's
regular edition.
To pass the referendums will require a
two-thirds majority and 20 per cent turnout
of student voters.
The SUB is the biggest project ever
undertaken by the students of UBC.
The capital cost of the building is $3.8
million, of which students will pay $2.9
million, plus interest charges which amount
to another $2.9 million over 30 years, or
$1.5 million if the building is paid off in 15
years as a result of the fee raise.
Vol.   XLVI
VANCOUVER,   B.C., MONDAY, NOV. 25, 1963
UBC on Black Friday
Stunned crowds plug Brock:
It's like the world's ended'
—don hume photo
Flag flies at half mast in front of faculty club at noon
Friday, an  hour and a half after the assassination of
President Kennedy. Classes were called off an hour later
by UBC president Dr. John Macdonald.
The word spread like wildfire. It left a trail of shock and
disbelief behind it
Students listened in silence
as the grisly details of President Kennedy's death came
over the radio.
More than 1,000 students
jammed into Brock Hall to
watch the news come over television, and hundreds more
clustered around transistor radios all over the campus.
Professors in the faculty club
ate lunch, crammed into the
TV room.
In a corner of Brock, a girl
sobbed quietly.
There was little joking at
"I don't know what it is. but
it's as if I had lost a close relative," said one student.
He summed up for many the
impact of the death of the
youthful president.
It was hard to put into words
but the grief was there.
Geoffrey Davies, assistant to
UBC president John Macdonald, tried.
"The University mourns the
tragic death today of the great
leader of a great nation. We
extend our deepest sympathy
to all the citizens of the United
States of America in their
loss," he said.
"Students all over Canada
and the world will join in
mourning the death of President Kennedy. All men have
suffered a grievous loss," said
Student President Malcolm
Davies announced that classes would be cancelled Friday
afternoon to honor the president's  memory.
A memorial service will be
held Tuesday noon as students,
faculty and administration pay
ther respects.
Dave Barrett, NDP MLA,
who was scheduled to speak
on campus Friday, cancelled
his  lecture.
"The topic was too  insigni
ficant compared to this," he
The Sadie Hawkins dance
and the Science-nurses mixer
Friday, were  cancelled.
As students left classes, an
air of disbelief pervaded the
It brought back for many
memories of the Cuban crisis
a year ago, Kennedy's greatest
A false fire alarm sent students streaming out of Buchanan building, heightening the
And minutes after the end,
came the thought.
"What  will happen  now?"
The university ground to a
halt. The library closed, classes were cut short.
There was one topic of conversation.
"It's like a morgue," said a
Ubyssey reporter as he came
into the office. The Ubyssey
office is not often like a morgue.
"It was like the world coming to an end."
A political science professor
summed it up the same way.
"It is amazing how in a few
short years people can come to
identify so closely with one
"I can't remember feeling
like this since the day Franklin Roosevelt died," he said.
"I remember then running to
tell all the neighbors."


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