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The Ubyssey May 29, 1968

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It took them several long years, but they made
They are the more than 3,500 students who will
get to shake hands with UBC chancellor John
Buchanan at graduation ceremonies today through
Heading the list of graduates are 112 recipients
of doctorates. They include the six students in
UBC's first graduating class in dentistry, who began
their specialized training two years ago in the first
dental school west of Saskatchewan.
Among the more than 50 special awards given
during the ceremonies will be the Governor-
General's gold medal for the head of the combined
arts and science classes.
But university authorities will have to award
the medal in absentia—because winner John Anderson won't be here to receive it.
"A graduation ceremony is not something I
work towards," says Anderson.
"I just couldn't think of a reason to go."
Anderson averaged 98 per cent in his psychology
studies this year.
Winner of a Rhodes scholarship is former inter-
fraternity council president Rick French, who will
study  at  Oxford  University next  year.
Other noteworthy grads include law class head
Arnold Abramson, last place finisher in a seven-
man race for seats on UBC's senate last fall, and
former engineering president Lynn Spraggs.
Spraggs, a controversial campus figure who was
often the subject of virulent attack by radical campus elements, was in his eighth year at UBC. He
graduates with a BASc. degree.
Long-time politico Mike Coleman will graduate
as a bachelor of law. Coleman this year was chairman of the university clubs committee.
In past years, he has been president of the law
society and arts council, and a losing candidate for
the Alma Mater Society presidency.
His graduation marks the end of eight prolific
years of regular letters to Ubyssey editors.
Leaving the campus for Simon Fraser Univer
sity's education course is activist Gabor Mate,
Ubyssey columnist who this year drew vituperative
criticism for his articles on the Arab-Israeli war
and North American sexual mores.
Two former UBC faculty deans will receive
honorary degrees from the university at Thursday's ceremonies.
Dr. Blythe Eagles, former dean of agriculture,
and Dr. A. W. Matthews, former dean of pharmacy,
will receive D.Sc. degrees, along with geophysicist
and Antarctic explorer Sir Charles Wright.
Other honorary degrees:
• Dr. Walter Gropius, architect and teacher,
• Dr. Hugh MacLennan, Canadian novelist,
• Richard Wilson, University of Victoria chancellor, LL.D.;
• P. A. Woodward, Vancouver merchant and
philanthropist. LL.D.;
• Dr. Adelaide Sinclair, deputy director of the
United Nations Children's Fund, LL.D.
Vol. XLIX, Graduation Issue
MONUMENT TO ONE MAN'S interest in higher education, the Leon Ladner bell tower takes
shape in a corner of the library lawn. Costing $160,000, it is to be finished by September.
Its chimes will sound hourly.
Architecture course change
follows student class boycotts
As a result of a student boycott of classes,
42 first-year architecture students have achieved
wide reforms in course content.
At its meeting last Wednesday, the UBC
senate approved reorganization of studies in each
of the school of architecture's three years.
The re-organized areas are: architectural history, philosophy and theory; architectural design
and experiment and architectural science and
■ technology.
Students in first-year architecture began a
boycott of classes March 1 to try to force changes.
Main grievances centred around a lack of
integration, relevance and opportunity for choice
in courses.
Students also complained that professors and
students were unprepared and there was repetition in courses.
Architecture head Henry Ider was sympathetic to student demands. /_<; he time of the
boycott, Elder said it was an extremely healthy
"It's the growth of the system, not the collapse," he said.
Elder, professional engineers and architects
and two students were members of a nine-man
committee set up to investigate the grievances.
The committee's recommendations on reorganization were passed by senate last week.
Professors allowed students carry out individual projects instead of completing the courses.
They were graded on the projects rather than
on written exams.
"Health centre
should pay to
replace huts"
UBC's Alma Mater Society will ask the board of governors
to replace or relocate residence huts on Wesbrook Crescent, some
of which have been demolished to make way for the new health
sciences complex.
Student council Monday passed a motion by grad student
president John Tilley requesting that the cost of the replacement
be borne by the health sicences complex.
Tilley said Tuesday he wants the board to replace the huts
because over 60 of them have been torn down since the complex
He said 15 of the huts had been built as
permanent housing. (Wesbrook huts housed
married students.)
"When a large division of the university
such as housing has to give up real estate to
another division, there should be a transfer
of funds," Tilley said in an interview.
"The   huts   were   making   money   for   a
while," he said. "There was little overhead and
many students would prefer to live cheaply in
a hut than pay higher rents living in a tower."
ROHRINGER UBC housing director Les Rohringer said
Tuesday he is in agreement with the AMS proposal.
"We should have compensation for the loss of the huts if
the health sciences centre is benefitting from having them torn
down," Rohringer said.
He said while it is possible some of the huts could be moved
to another part of the campus, they are not worth relocating.
Rohringer said the only source of revenue the housing administration has is rents paid by students.
"If the huts cannot be replaced using funds from the health
sciences complex, student rentals will have to pay for their
However, UBC dean of medicine Dr. John McCreary said
Tuesday night the health sciences complex cannot pay for housing because it is financed with funds from the federal and provincial governments.
"The money has been earmarked for medical research and
education," he said. "The complex has no assets of its own."
McCreary disputed Tilley's contention that the huts were
intended to be permanent residences. He said the health sciences
complex has been planned since 1923 and that the huts were only
temporary facilities.
Tilley could not be reached late Tuesday night for comments on McCreary's statements.
Meanwhile, plans are going ahead to demolish the last of
the huts remaining in the health science area.
Rohringer said all tenants will be out of Wesbrook Villa
at Wesbrook and Agronomy Rd. by Friday. He said demolition
of the huts will start next week.
The space will be used as an outdoor therapeutic area for
patients in the complex's psychiatric unit, slated to open in
It was earlier thought that the huts might remain standing
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Wednesday, May 29, 1968
Students given senate go-ahead
on follow-up Arts H program
Arts   I   students   have   succeeded   in      and instructor in Arts I, was nai
New Arts I students have succeeded in
establishing a New Arts II programme.
UBC senate May 22 approved a proposal by
a committee of Arts I students led by David
Bharp to initiate a nine-unit program next year
huiiar to this year's Arts I.
The student committee's plan was contained
;r a senate new programs committee report
whose recommendations were adopted by the
Arts II is approved only for the 1968-69
academic year. It will be evaluated by the committee that reported on Arts I. Well before the
end of the academic year it will be brought before a committee for thorough study, the senate
Dr. Ian Ross, associate professor of English
Health centre
From Page 1
after the tenants were evicted and be used as
office space by the B.C. Medical Research Institute.
However, in the face of criticism from the
grad student association, this plan was dropped.
AMS president Dave Zirnhelt said Tuesday
he will send a letter to Rohringer asking him
to bring the AMS motion to the attention of the
board of governors before the next board meeting June 26.
In other housing news, a long-range housing
committee which met Tuesday voted to ask the
board of governors to appoint a clients' committee to oversee the development of step 2 of
the Acadia Park married student residence
This will be a duplicate of the existing
Acadia Park tower, which has about 100 suites.
Included on the proposed committee will be:
Rohringer; a UBC accountant; dean of women
Helen McCrae; newly-appointed assistant physical plant director R. H. Slipper; and two students, including a married woman, to be appointed on the recommendation of student council.
AMS vice-president Carey Linde suggested
Tuesday that UBC civil engineering and architecture students submit a tender for the construction of the Acadia tower.
"The students could work for less than normal wages to get the tower built," Linda said.
"They might even want to work for longer
Linde said that by submitting a tender that
was far lower than those of private companies,
the engineers and architects could be assured of
securing the contract.
"University officials wouldn't be able to
criticize the quality of the work, either," Linde
"If they did, they'd also be criticizing the
teaching ability of their own faculty."
and instructor in Arts I, was named adviser to
the senate on Arts II.
The theme of the new program will be "the
city", Ross said.
Twenty students from Arts I will be chosen
for Arts II.
Also during the Wednesday meeting, senators
agreed to have the committee on admissions examine this year's failure rates to determine the
success of its predictions and the effectiveness of
compulsory counselling for failing students.
Senate also received the 12-page report of
the committee on the role and organization of
the senate.
The result of a year and a half's work, the
report proposed major reorganization of the
Four of its committees should be reconstituted
as president's committees, it said. Three others
should be amalgamated and four should be
Among those proposed to be added was one
on academic implications, but senators voted to
eliminate it from the report because, they said,
its existence would be only one more barrier
between the faculty and the senate.
Another proposal in the report, to require
every department and faculty to evaluate its
intentions and to prepare a five-year statement
of objectives which later could be compared with
its achievements, came under lengthy debate,
but passed.
In considering two applications for new
names, senate approved the reclassification of
the faculty of agriculture into that of agricultural
sciences. The new name is a more apt description
of the faculty activities, senate said.
The school of home economics, however, had
its bid to become known as the school of human
nutrition and family sciences deferred.
In advising the senate of this action the new
programs committee said that although it was
satisfied that a change of name is desirable, it
does not favor the proposed name.
Issue is alive'
The issue of an open senate is not dead, Alma
Mater Society vice-president Carey Linde said
in a report to student council Monday.
Linde said arguments for and against an open
gallery had been adequately presented in student-
administration discussions in January and February, but it remained for the new council to air
its views.
"Three segments of the university community
stand to gain from an open senate policy — the
students, the faculty and the senate," the report
Linde said allowing the student to watch the
senate in action would enable him to identify
with one university process.
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PRAISE BE to the Lord God Almighty. Baccalaureate church service held Tuesday for this
year's graduates drew 150 worshippers. Highlight was a rendition of Psalm and Gloria
Patri led by eminent UBC director of ceremonies Sir Ouvrey Roberts. If nostalgia's your bag,
the ceremony was the last official event to be  held  in the almost proverbial  Brock  lounge.
AMS plans election confrontation
Student council Monday night voted to support an Alma Mater Society financed confrontation with Canada's three political leaders when
they campaign in the Vancouver area.
Council vice-president Carey Linde proposed
the idea after seeing its effectiveness in Winnipeg recently.
During a Canadian Union of Students seminar
in Winnipeg, delegates made signs and went
early to political gatherings where Conservative
leader Robert Stanfield and Prime Minister Trudeau were to speak.
Carrying signs reading "50 to 1 He says
Nothing" and, in French, "More Federal Dollars
for Education" more than 100 CUS delegates
argued with people attending the rallies and
forced the political leaders to answer questions
on the Carter taxation report, education, and
other issues.
Council voted to pay the costs of placards
and renting one bus to carry student councillors
and interested students to upcoming political
rallies where Stanfield, Trudeau and NDP leader
Tommy Douglas will speak.
Stanfield is coming to Vancouver June 12.
Trudeau will make a two-day visit June 2 and 3
to Victoria and interior of B.C.
Earlier in the meeting, councillors plunged
into informal discussion about the function of
a student government.
Representatives from the forestry and pharmacy faculties said they could think of little the
Alma Mater Society does for them.
"The only thing the AMS means to us is that
we have to get permission from it to do things
we want to," said the pharmacy representative.
But the tone of the discussion to some visitors
seemed to be that the student government can
become more meaningful if it becomes more
AMS president Dave Zirnhelt has advocated
a student government elected on a political party
Pulleyblank to head Asian studies
A world-renowed scholar in Chinese history
and linguistics has been named head of UBC's
Asian studies department.
Edwin Pulleyblank succeeds William Holland, who resigned as department head last
winter to devote his time to research and
Pulleyblank is a former head of the Chinese
department at Cambridge University in England. He joined the UBC Asian studies department in 1966.
The Alma Mater Society should make education an issue
and promote educational needs politically, AMS president Dave
Zirnhelt said Monday.
"Higher education does not get enough money," he said. "It
must enter provincial politics and become a pressure group. The
ultimate weapon may be the strike."
A tentative budget surplus of five per cent will be set aside
at the end of the year to be used in promoting the cause of
higher education, he said.
A plan for this was outlined in former AMS treasurer Dave
Hoye's mid-year report on the accepted budget, he said..
"This might be about $10,000," Zirnhelt said.
"We are intending to form a common front involving SFU,
UVic, Notre Dame and any other establishment of higher education in the province to defeat the Socreds on educational policy,
whether we act through BCAS or as united councils. We must
think more of ourselves on the basis of students as citizens."
The Canadian Union of Students can be an effective political
group, he said.
"But I don't see CUS becoming a vanguard of any student
movement. CUS should be the representative of Canadian students
and should remain responsible to its constituents."
Board approves budget
for building additions
A $1 million permanent addition to the biological sciences
building highlights a supplementary funds budget approved Tuesday by the UBC board of governors.
A board announcement said the $1,340,000 budget will
finance renovations to some existing buildings as well as new
The projects include conversion of laboratories in the chemistry building to graduate research space, $21,000; conversion of
space in the Wesbrook building to house a new electron microscope for the biochemistry department, $12,000; and conversion
of three annexes for the department of mechanical engineering,
Also, the program calls for the erection this summer of a
$240,000 one-storey portable building to provide 14,000 square
feet of additional space for departments now crowded in the
biological sciences building.
Acting UBC president Walter Gage said plans have existed
for several years for a three-wing addition to accomodate the
zoology and botany department and the Institute of Fisheries
and Oceanography.
"We have not been able to proceed with this project because
of the shortage of capital funds," Gage said. "By erecting a portable building we will give some immediate relief to these departments, and by beginning construction of one of the three
permanent wings we can at least make a start on a long-range
solution of their problems."
Also Tuesday, the board announced that the student lounge
and cafeteria in Brock, when the Student Union Building opens
in the fall, will be used to provide undergraduate study space for
300 students.
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GETTING abreast of the situation, photography buff meets
sun buff for tete a tit at English Bay. Ubyssey photographer Fred Cawsey needed
no flesh-bulb for this shot, but
he sure as hell could have
used a telephoto lens. Page 4
Wednesday, May 29, 1968
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MAY 29, 1968
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No carbon council
Recent student rioting in the U.S., in Germany, and
in France, among its local ramifications, throws into
perspective a change of a less violent sort now simmer-
in at UBC. The change so far is peaceful, and will probably remain so, but it is nonetheless dramatic.
For the first time in memory, intensely vocal forces
on student council are shaking situations like academic
pop bottles to make complaints fizz on faculty and administration members.
Largely generating this enthusiasm are members of
the council executive.
Most of these have been hired by the Alma Mater
Society for varying fulltime periods ranging from six
weeks to the whole summer to co-ordinate and prepare
for implementation of their aims during the fall.
Typical of the new viewpoint they bring to responsive council collegues was a prompt and unanimous
censure council gavei this week to administrative bodies
suspected of misrepresenting plans about housing huts
on Wesbrook Cresecent. Realizing that many members
of the administration are cynical about the responsibility
of students, the sensitive advocates of student responsibility are proving themselves by making repeated visits
to administration to convince them.
And it's working. When full-time university staff
employees realize that the young men and women confronting them with logical and legitimate complaints
will be persistant, the student leaders become recognized.
This tone of outspoken reminders of students' rights
and handicaps is spreading beyond the campus. Awareness that the AMS is not a bureaucratic body, but rather
a potential weapon and loudspeaker for students, marks
the new council swing.
Cheers, grads
Well, ya done it.
Following are passages from the Chancellor's
Address by John M. Buchanan. The insight into
the reality of a university education by the speaker
is self-evident.
My second year as Chancellor of this rapidly
growing university, has been challenging and rewarding. Of course, as in many universities on this
continent and elsewhere the uneasy winds of our
time have caught our sails and buffeted us about
On three successive days, we on this dais will
look into a sea of youthful faces, each reflecting
individuality of soul, mind and body. Each has completed a course of study with merit. From the same
course different students extract different values
according to ability, purpose and outlook.
Today, by a simple phrase, "I admit you", and
by a gentle tap on the head, each of you is changed,
as it were, in the twinkling of an eye from a student
to a graduate. A cynic can scoff at the ritual and
symbolism of such a ceremony, as he can at many
other cherished traditions — the ceremonial raising
and lowering of our flag, the opening and proroguing of Parliament, and the ceremonial tributes
honouring the dead on Remembrance Day. But
the cynic is eternally wrong and cyniscism itself is
negative and destructive. Wise men cherish their
traditions, which are to life what music is to song.
We are nil enriched by them.
Each of you stands at a new gateway — to
post-graduate work, to business, to industry, or to
travel. It is primarily upon people that the future
of Canada depends. These people in terms of the
next 50 years are the graduates of our universities
and our high schools of today.
One cause of general unrest is the rapid change
in society, to which adjustment is difficult, for
parents and students alike. The student's desire
for involvement in all areas of university life is
apparent and we must endeavour to understand
such concern. Student involvement, to me at least,
is better than indifference, and we must be receptive
to their suggestions and ideas. We must be careful,
however, not to tear down fences to tinker with new
ideas before we understand why the fences were
We cannot afford to be indifferent to the enormous task of reconciling freedom with discipline.
It is obvious that freedom, divorced from discipline,
is anarchy; and discipline without freedom is ruthless regimentation. Freedom must units to enact
just, respect-commanding laws, backed with sanctions
strong enough to deter the lawlessness. Let me urge
you as graduates to throw your full support to the
task of preserving for yourselves and your children
the priceless blessing of disciplined freedom.
Staggering stupidly, staunch stalwarts
struggled strenously. To wit, this paper.
What's more, the nitty gritty are the
people. Such as, Lawrence Woodd, who
photogged about, as it were, taking pictures. In addition, Mary Ussner, who
did things like interview and talk and
write and so on, which, to be sure,
made things easier all round. And not
to be outdone, Leo Tolstoy, who didn't
graduate, but who cares. Godfrey tripped out, which means, he fell while
leaving the office. But most, lest we
forget, Ann Arky, who visited more this
time than ever before and, furthermore,
frittered around. But wait, Hilda came,
the circumstances surrounding which
we will not discuss. Finally, the others,
who are foisting themselves on the big
city rags as intelligent and learned
people. That's it, so keep a stiff.
EDITOR: Stuart Cray
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Calm UBC could blow in two years
For 10 days this month, representatives from nearly 40
Canadian universities met in Winnipeg for a Canadian Union
of Students seminar. The 250 student leaders met to consider
one topic: Education in Society, Rhetoric vs Reality. The rhetoric
is the worn out phrase: "broadening horizons while searching
for truth amidst a community of scholars." The reality of education
in this country is now a system of "degree-mill institutions which
serve the vocational and manpower needs of the society."
There was soon general agreement among the participants
that no longer educational institutions remain, but instead training
areas managed by the corporate elite, who run everything else
in the country as well; so the seminar quickly focused its attention on the crucial need to bring about the educational revolution.
Such a revolution is intrically wrapped up in a general change
in all of society.
While we were in Winnipeg, both main party leaders, Stanfield and Trudeau, came to town. The participants in the seminar
took buses to the rallies and there confronted the leaders with
a large demonstration of signs and demands. We recognized that
the political process in this country, while perhaps not yet
corrupt, has become involved in advertising techniques, in that
it is clearly a matter of games and personalities, and no clear
issues. The two main rallies were thus disrupted, and the leaders
forced to either give up completely (Stanfield) or face us and
answer our specific questions (Trudeau).
Under pressure, the Prime Minister said he was against implementing the Carter Commission, something students want
He was against lowering the voting age to 18, despite his totally
false appeal to the youth. (He his since publicly considered
changing his view on this point.)
Before the 10 days were up, the need for immediate action
on the whole problem of schools and universities was recognized
by most seminar participants. They decided that society and its
institutions are so authoritarian and undemocratic, a major change
must come if universities are going to return to the function of
educating. Tapes of Rudi Dutschke were played, as well as a
series of tapes of the Columbia student demonstrations, brought
by people just up from New York.
France, West Germany and Czechoslovakia are showing the
world's students the logical result of educational systems that
are undemocratic and authoritarian. The CUS students concluded
that the University of Toronto, the biggest multiuniversity in
Canada, would sooner or later come to this bursting point. Their
concensus was that is would be sooner rather than later.
As for UBC, this great hunk of concrete and cubicles, where
students are incredibly bored and where administration, faculty,
and student government still thinks in terms of offerign more
coffee machines and incidental services to solve the problem,
well ... all eyes are on us. It amazed me to realize how aware
the rest of Canada is of the fast that Bennett has virtually a
fascist government in this province. The executive position of
Gordon Shrum on B.C. Hydro and his SFU Chancellorship is
very well understood by eastern campuses, and is regarded as the
most blatant example of the corporate elite putting the screws
on education. Eastern Canada cannot believe that the students
of this province could just sit by and see one man hold the
portfolio of education and labor. The fact that Peterson, after
this week's changes, now haw law and labor, is an even more
frightening example of where the society is heading.
What of UBC's future? Events that have occured in the
world in the past month, and the events that most likely will
occur this summer mean that student awareness of himself as
nigger on campus will increase. Greater demands will be made
for a meaningful role in bringing education back to the university.
Students must be given a complete and total capacity in
making the decisions that affect them on this campus. Faculty
members must wake up to their immense social responsibility
and stop hiding from facts of life in an attempt to hold on to
their meal ticket. Student government must immediately stop
playing around with side issues and face the fact that UBC is
a boring place, filled up by humans who don't want to be the
products in a degree mill. Otherwise, this campus will blow
within two years. *. Wednesday, May 29,   1968
Page 5
Lewis, 21, is among the hundreds who get their
B.A. from UBC today. He graduates with a high second
class in economics, and has been granted a fellowship
in grad studies at the University of Wisconsin. He
switched to arts from science after second year at UBC.
This, briefly, is how I screwed the system. In
every one of my five years on campus there has
been at least one course, often two, in which incompetent lecturers have forced me to do almost
all the work on my own. This has led me to miss
nearly all the classes, from October until the end
of the year.
The many evenings that I have spent on campus, with good intentions about working, often
degenerated into long sessions in the coffee shop
or were spent in the library browsing or reading
something more interesting than a tedious textbook. Yet I am graduating with a good second
class average and going on to a good American
graduate school on a fellowship.
To be fair, the university system has not actually treated me too badly. It has even put very few
obstacles in the way of me getting an education.
Nobody made me come to any bad lectures (although I did waste an hour a week for three years
in language labs) and almost nobody insisted that
essays be handed in on time. I had a library card
and could use it to read whatever I found interesting. That reading, wide and almost random;
an ability to write coherent essays; and a certain
critical ability are the real products of my university education.
The main way in which the university did let
me down was by letting me drift aimlessly for
almost three years. I entered university as one ot
many students who had the physical sciences heavily emphasized in high school and who knew nothing of the other fields open to them. As a result
I started in first year science and only later discovered that I didn't really like chemistry and
found physics boring.
While I was lucky in having a good lecturer
in an introductory course in economics, others of
my friends were not so fortunate. One failed
science in his first year and after a second, equally
unsuccessful try drifted off to Vancouver City College to fail there. Another drifted, on a sea of
alcohol, from honours chemistry to a chemistry
major to a general program and still hasn't graduated.
These people reflect the appalling lack of direction which afflicts so many undergraduates, especially in their first and second years. With huge
classes, often inaccessible professors and companions who are equally dazed there is nowhere to
turn. Except the UBC counselling office, if you
don't mind waiting a week. In my second year,
when I was wavering between entering engineering, going on in economics and dropping out, the
counsellor to whom I talked had little to say except that one of his friends had graduated in economics and was now making $35,000 a year.
Perhaps Arts I, if continued and expanded, will
give first and second year students the sense of
intellectual dlirection that the often shallow survey
courses now fail to provide. While a student is
ultimately responsible for his own education, the
university system should not hinder it, as it does
all too often at present.
Sympathy of unrest in the student revolt
UBC assistant zoology prof. Robin Harger examines discontent
at the university in an article written with the aid of French teaching
assistants Virginia Harger and Marilyn Conley.
A university education: this phrase to a graduating high
school student holds more than his mind can comprehend. Here
at last he feels that what lies sleeping within him will be
awakened through contact with he knows not what; sought for
and discovered as the first professor topples under the weight
of a responsibility too great for his shoulders.
The causes of disillusionment are many and varied. At first
a university strips from all who care to listen the patina of home
morality, religion and attitudes. Ideals are then grasped at; but
who to run to? Without direction most begin to flounder. Often,
however, direction is provided by faculty members who have
been torn apart by their own unrest. Confined by frustration
and poorly adapted abilities to the fringes of their professions,
they may take part in either stripping or worse in savagely redirecting lost souls into the activities of unrest.
The search for meaning is made even more difficult by the
"temper" of today. Within "the establishment" expediency is
the catchword and integrity is a pale shadow reflected by constitutions already buried in the history of nations such is the
United States of America. Since it is then not possible to trust
the leaders of the most powerful nation on the face of the earth,
how can many professors have something of value to contribute
themselves? Most of what is said serves only to prop up some
fairly academic discipline from which a concern for people has
long been lost. Again the question—how can we possibly justify
institutions in a human society which do not have any relevance
or meaning to the human condition—presents itself; and so unrest.
The form of the unrest varies according to the feelings of
the participant.. Those driven to seek a better world without
benefit of a stable ideal use techniques of violent revolution
and may only later realize that "things done before have no
ending" (Country Joe). At this point the frantic bleatings of a
university administration are put in the same category as the
solemn proclamations of government—no one listens.
A second group seizes such opportunities to relieve the pent-
up frustrations of blindness to slash at authority in all its forms.
A final few. concerned and considerate, act in accordance with
higher ideals.
What happens elsewhere? Most European universities offer
conditions which are, by contract to those in North America,
suffocating. To most of these students the open vistas of American
schools seem like freedom indeed, and yet, even in these surroundings there is unrest. So in spite of a heavier social yoke
but with much more to protest against, students there have at
last taken to the barricades. The sympathy of unrest seems to
be widespread indeed.
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rightly do so because it provides something for
THEM, each and every one. Until computers
start turning out people, people will continue to
differ from each other in tastes and attitudes in
a most disorderly and human way and The Sun
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The Wilfred Sadler Memorial Gold Medal, B.S.A.: Ian
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The Association of Professional Engineers Gold Medal,
B.A.Sc: Clark Howard Wear
ver. New Westminster.
The Kiwanis Club Gold
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The University Medal for
Arts and Science, B.Sc: Khoon
Hock Chew, Malaysia.
The Daw Society Gold Medal and Prize, Call and Admission Fee, L.L.B.: Arnold Murray Abramson, Vancouver.
The Hamber Gold Medal
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The Horner Gold Medal for
Pharmacy, B.S.P.: Sylvia M.
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The Helen L. Balfour Prize,
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The H. R. MacMillan Prize
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The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Medal,
B.Areh.: Donald Irwin Gutstein, Ontario.
The Ruth Cameron Medal
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The Canadian Association
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Robert G. McGill, Vancouver.
Special University Prize,
$100, B.H.E.: Margaret Elizabeth Howell, New Westminster.
Special University Prize,
$100, M.S.W.: (Mrs.) Nancy
Lee Stibbard,  Vancouver.
Special University Prize,
$100, B.Mus.: Michael M.
Longton, New Westminster.
Special University Prize,
$100, B.S.R.: Judith McDonald
Cleaver,  Kelowna.
The Rhodes Scholarship,
Richard D. French, Clover-
The Dean Blythe Eagles
Medal, Norma Jean Scott,
The Architectural Institute
of British Columbia Prize,
books ($100): Alan S. BelL
West Vancouver.
The Ahepa Prize, $100:
Mary K. White, Vancouver.
British Columbia Psychological Association Gold Medal:
John Robert Anderson, Vancouver.
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Jean Bolocan Memorial Prize,
$25: Gregory John L arming,
The Canadian Association
of Geographers Book Prize:
Douglas John Caruso, Vancouver.
The English Honours Medal: Geraldine Sinclair, Vancouver.
The English Honours Prize,
$300: Geraldine Sinclair, Vancouver.
Frank de Bruyn Memorial
Prize, $100: Rosemary Elizabeth  Webber,  Montrose.
French Government Bronze
Medal: Ellen Janet Hunter,
The J. H. Stewart Reid
Medal in Honours History:
Harvey Chisick, Vancouver.
Prize of the Ambassador of
Switzerland: Marie-Luise
Schoenfeld,  North  Vancouver.
1958 Graduating Class Memorial Shields: Dorothy Anne
worth Memorial: Kathleen K.
Campbell, Trail. Matthew Henderson Memorial: John Joseph
Cameron, Vancouver.
The Edna Baxter Memorial
Fund Prize, $75: Patricia O.
Miller, Salmon Arm.
The Stella Shopland Memorial Fund Prize, $75: Ingrid
Barbara Kallus, North Vancouver.
The Amalgamated Construction Association of B.C. Graduation Prize, $50: James R. Lund-
gren, Vancouver.
The Anna Margaret Armstrong Memorial Prize in Metallurgy, $300: Alan Munro Ross,
The Letson Memorial Prize.
$100 plus book prize: William
R. Clendenning, Vancouver.
Merrill Prindle Book Prize
in Engineering, books to value
of $50: Lynn Dickson Spraggs,
Society of Chemical Industry
Merit Award: Lynton S. Gor-
mery,  Vahcouver.
The TPL Industries Ltd.
Prizes: First Prize, $100: James
Norman Lightfoot, Vancouver.
Second Prize, $60: John Victor
Maras, Vancouver.
Canadian Forest Products
Ltd. Prize in Forestry, $100:
Harold A. Jolliffe, Cranbrook.
Commonwealth Forestry
Bureau Book Prize: John Nicholas Cosco, Kamloops.
British Columbia Dietetic Association Scholarship in Dietetics, $100: Carolyn Dawn Ritchie, Fort Langley.
The Allan S. Gregory Memorial Prize: David Alexander
Nichol, North Vancouver;
Stephen D. Gill. Vancouver.
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Law: Mohan S. Jawl, Victoria.
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The Insurance Company of
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Special Prize Labour Law,
$100: Arnold Murray Abramson, Vancouver. Wednesday, May 29,   1968
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Vancouver-New Westminster
Newspaper Guild Prize in
Labour Law, $125: Russel Walter Lusk, Victoria.
The Marion Harlow Prize in
Librarianship, $25: David G.
Jones, Nanaimo.
Memorial Prize, $150: Dietmar
E. Raudzus, North Vancouver.
The Dr. W. A. Whitelaw
Scholarship, $250: David
George Haegert, Victoria.
The Hamber Scholarship in
Medicine, $750: John Allan
Cairns, Trail.
The Samuel and Rebecca
Nemetz Memorial Scholarship,
$200: Richard Owen Hooper,
I.O.D.E. Fine Arts Foundation Scholarship, $500: Gertrude H. Silvester, Penticton.
Maurice Taylor Scholarship
in Music, $450: Daniel P. Kra-
vinchuk, Vancouver.
Vancouver Symphony Society Scholarship in Music,
$200: (Mrs.) Denise L. Phillips,
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C.I.B.A. Prize in Psychiatry,
$100: John Allan Cairns, Trail.
The Dean M. M. Weaver
Medal: David George Haegert,
The Dr. A. B. Schinbein
Memorial Scholarship, $250:
_John Allan Cairns, Trail.
The Dr. A. M. Agnew Memorial Scholarship, $200: Martin G. McLoughlin, Vancouver.
The Dr. Frank Porter Patterson Memorial Scholarship,
$150: Martin G. McLoughlin,
The Dr. Lavell H. Leeson
"Memorial Scholarship, $100:
Dietmar E. Raudzus, North
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Bristol Award: David F.
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Cunningham Prize in Pharmacy, $100: Sylvia M. G. Wallace, Burnaby.
Poulenc Gold Medal: Sylvia
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David E. Little Memorial
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Thanks for the $53 million, Les, but it just
ain't enough.
Presidents of UBC, Simon Fraser University
and the University of Victoria have all criticized
ex-Socred education minister Les Peterson for
what they called the paucity of the 1968-69
operating grants, announced last Thursday.
Peterson this week was suceeded by former
mines and resources minister Donald Brothers.
UBC received $31.2 million,
SFU got 13.5 million, and UVic
$8.3 million — a general increase of about 18 per cent.
Acting UBC president Dean
Walter Gage said Thursday
UBC's grant was $3.1 million
less than the amount requested.
"Our reduced budget means
that we will not be able to
reduce the size of many classes
. . . and we will not be able to
upgrade . .. some of our obsolete facilities
equipment," he said.
Gage reassured students who last spring were
told of a possible restriction on enrolment.
He said the $31 million grant will provide a
place for any B.C. student who qualifies under
the admission standards — a 60 per cent average
on provincial exams.
University of Victoria president Malcolm
Taylor said lack of money will force the university to pack up its year-old nursing school and
postpone the opening of a social welfare school,
slated to open this fall.
"I am at a total loss to understand why the
discrimination against the University of Victoria
about which we protested so vigorously last year
should be repeated by the advisory committee
this year," Taylor said.
SFU president Patrick McTaggart-Cowan said
Thursday its operating grant is $2.4 million short
of the $15.7 million requested.
He said the lean budget will mean cutting
back on funds allotted to the library and not
hiring any new faculty members.
Peterson also named the members of the new
advisory committee on inter-university relations
which is to integrate operations and reduce competitions and course duplication among the three
Deputy education minister Neil Perry heads
the committee with UBC board of governor member Richard M. Bibbs, head of industrial relations at MacMillan Bloedel, representing UBC.
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PUTTING THE FINISHING crunch on fieldhouse removal, bulldozer clears way for SUB site
development. Tarpaper monstrosity was jacked up and arted off to the vicinity of C lot.
Crush for books this September will occur in the armory.
Bargain services eyed
for campus residents
Student council Monday night took a step towards providing
students living on campus with low-cost services.
John Tilley, grad students representative, proposed setting
up a commissary, or low-cost store on campus.
Council referred his suggestion to a committee for study.
At present, about 800 students in university-owned housing,
rented suites in the endowment lands, and in fraternities buy
food and other items at off-campus stores.
By September, 1970 a further 1,200 students, residents in a
planned room-only housing project located behind SUB, will be
added to that number.
Tilley suggested to council that it acquire the Acadia camp
dining hall, slated for demolition in December, as a location for
the store.
A saving in overhead would be obtained by shorter business
hours tailored to local buying habits and by hiring students and
student wives at rates similar to UBC's rates for casual labor.
Other proposals for the subsidiary company to undertake
include a low-cost day care scheme for married students with
children and, once the day care centre and commissary are established, an AMS bookstore, vending machine service and some
concessions in SUB and the residences.
Award Gaged
A $500 scholarship honoring
Acting President Walter Gage
has been announced by UBC's
* board of governors and senate.
Board chairman, Mr. Justice
Nathan Nemetz said the award
will be first made in 1969 and
continued for 10 years.
Gage will be succeeded Saturday by Dr. Kenneth Hare,
who recently left his post as
master of Birbeck College, the
University of London.
Conditions of the scholarship will be suggested by
Gage, Nemetz said.
Police to day broke up a
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university level by an estimated
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The Provincial Government
The University
of British Columbia
On the occasion of another Convocation at the University of British
Columbia, the Government of the Province of British Columbia offers its
sincere congratulations to our largest and oldest university.
On behalf of all the people of the Province the Government
extends its particular good wishes fo the graduating class of 1968. Its
members enter their lifetime careers in an unsettled world which will
demand, as it has never demanded before, qualities of leadership and
dedicated service which alone will lead to higher levels of stability and
reason. We are confident that the Class of r68 will provide those qualifies in abundance.
The Government also congratulates the Board of Governors and
Senate, as well as the student body, on the appointment of the new
president. Dr. Hare is a distinguished scholar, scientist, educator and
administrator. His presence will enrich the University and indeed the
Province as a whole. The Government joins with the University in extending to him, on the occasion of his installation on May 31, a warm
and hearty welcome.
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Deep   and   mysterious,   yet    **■ Ubyssey in awards mood
pretty simple, it is yeast
of university fermentation
Here are excerpts from the congregation address
given by Canadian novelist Hugh MacLennan today.
He is also at UBC to receive an honorary doctor of
literature. MacLennan is a member of the faculty
at McGill University.
I shall speak now as a novelist who works
with students, who literally swims in hundreds
of undergraduates. I share with them the
discontents they feel with the current society,
but remembering two wars and the depression,
I cannot really share their pessimism, though
often I can be pessimistic enough. The best of
them — there is no question at all about this —
have more maturity, originality and dedication
than many I remember in my time, even at Oxford, though I can't say they have an equal
What is brewing among them is not the froth
on the surface, nor can they be judged by their
extremely competent and highly trained agitators. There is something deep and mysterious
here, something pretty simple, I think, which is
the yeast in the ferment. What they are rejecting
is a concept of life I had never hoped to live
long enough to see rejected, but which I myself
have always rejected.
This concept was perfectly expressed by that
cantakerous American thinker, Albert J. Nock,
some 25 years ago in his Memoirs of a Superfluous Man. Nock lumped together the meaning
of Russian and Western civilization in a single
word which he called "economism", and this he
defined specifically as "an ethic which reduces
all the values of life to the production, distribution and consumption of material goods, and the
moving of large objects from place to place at
ever-increasing speeds".
Of such a society he wrote, "Economism can
build a society which is rich, prosperous, powerful, even one which has a reasonably wide
diffusion of material well-being. It cannot build
one which is lovely, one which has savor and
depth, and which exercises the irresistible power
of attraction that loveliness wields. Perhaps by
the time economism has run its course, the
society it has built may be tired of itself, bored
by its own hideousness, and may despairingly
consent to its own annihilation, aware that it is
too ugly to be let live any longer."
As the generation now emerging from universities, now studying in universities in numbers
previously undreamed of, is the one which will
save the world or even may preside over its destruction, I would say that its only chance of
saving it is to admit a truer and better picture
of itself and of man's potential than many of its
spokesmen now profess.
Psychiatrists and child-trainers have been
asserting for years that the cure for nearly
everything is love, but the old puritan ethic, or
perhaps man's genius for discontent, is still a
barrier to love, for the puritans condemned any
aspect of self-love.
In so doing they opened the gates unnecessarily  wide  to  an unnecessary  degree  of self-
Programs pop up
UBC's Senate has approved new programs
for a master of arts degree in comparative literature and a doctor of philosophy degree in business administration.
The comparative literature degree will require students to take seminars and reading
courses and write a thesis. Students accepted for
the course will be required to have fluency in
one foreign language and a grasp of the rudiments of a second.
The business administration degree will offer
specialization in finance, marketing, and organizational behaviour.
contempt, which inevitably was projected  into   !j
aggression and hatred against others. §
John Donne, for all his fascination with sin   ||
and fear of damnation, knew better than this  §|
when he said, "Do ye first but love yourselves",
meaning that otherwise we cannot love our fei-   ,*■
lows. For surely it is only through a self-love,
and a true self-respect, that any man can release
himself   into   others,   can   forget   himself,   can
escape from one of the most hellish of prisons —
the self-regarding, self-obsessed, dissatisfied self.
In recent years my own profession has been
a horrible example of this vice. While fiction,
like any other art, is often a true reflection of
the times, it can also be a slavish follower of
fashions, and if the novel is in trouble today, I
think it clear that it is in trouble for much the
same reason as that which causes many individuals to be certified and committed to asylums.
It has followed to a dead end this fashion of
being totally self-centered. It has confused the
the search for truth with sheer exhibitionism.
It has reduced love to various repetitive exercises in mechanical engineering. With the acclaim
of critics who should know better, it has abandoned, or turned over to non-fiction writers, its
traditional role of occupying itself with human
beings of personal value and with affairs of large
and general importance.
It seems to me that this current attitude of
negative self-abasement is not much more than
a fashion, but this does not mean that it cannot
be lethal. It reminds me of that disastrous period
at the end of the Roman Empire when it became
the fashion to execrate Socrates, to banish the
sunshine of the classic Greeks, to wear hair
shirts and cry mea maxima culpa. This is to yield
to the Death-Wish and to put Eros into prison,
to lock the door on him and throw away the
key. If more people had been able to laugh in
the fourth century A.D., there might have been
no Dark Ages.
I began by saying that man is a fantastic
creature and in no way is he more so than in his
capacity to persuade himself of anything. To
know yourself, for example, does not mean invariably to know how bad you are. Equally, it
can mean to know how good you are, which often is better than you think. To be confused for
a time does not mean that we are doomed to be
confused forever.
Canada, for instance, is far less confused
right now than she was three or four years ago.
While on the one hand we live in a period self-
conscious in the Freudian sense, we live also in
one where it is possible to recognize an objective
pattern within history itself. We live in a tragic
time, certainly. So did Shakespeare. But there
is not a single Shakespearean tragedy which does
not end upon a note of-renewal. Megalomania,
egotism, and blind wickedness run their courses
in Shakespeare, but a Fortinbras, a Montano, a
MacDuff, or an Edgar — previously almost bit-
players — enter at the end to restore sanity and
recover the state.
It has nearly always been like this with men,
because it is the simple truth that however mixed
man's nature is, more people wish to do good
than evil. The generation now at college or leaving — of this there is no doubt — passionately desires the truth. But my own association
with students in recent years makes me think
that far too many of them assume that a thing
cannot be true unless it is bad.
What matters, surely is our attitude toward
the truth, whether we search for it positively or
negatively. The university, which grew over the
centuries from the Grove of Akademos and the
Stoa Poikele, has in this regard a prime duty. It
must be the guardian of The Word which St.
John said was in the beginning and was with
Ubyssey has won a certificate of superior production.
That's Ubyssey as in Ubyssey Valboy Heaven, not The
Ubyssey, Canada's greatest university paper.
A junior three-year-old cow, also known as Reg. No.
19043430, Ubyssey Valboy won the certificate for pumping
out 24,377 pounds of milk in a year for the UBC animal
husbandry division.
The award came from the Holstein-Friesian Association
of Canada, whose Brantford office accompanied the framed
yellow certificate of superior production with a letter of
"Nothing is more useful in extending the reputation of
our breed than the completion of great lifetime records,"
wrote G. M. demons, secretary-manager of the association.
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