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Enrolment increase on hold says Senate

Members of Senate say they will not give their approval to government-mandated increases in undergraduate enrolment until adequate funding is available to ensure the university can maintain high standards of education.

The Ministry of Education is withholding $2 million in funding for UBC because the university did not meet the ministry's targeted enrolment increase this year.

Faculty, staff dominate YWCA nominations

Ten UBC women have been nominated for the 1997 Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction awards.

The university swept all five nominations in the category of Science and Technology. The nominees are: Prof. Joan Anderson, School of Nursing; Prof. Connie Eaves, Medical Genetics and deputy director, Terry Fox Laboratory; Prof. Sheila Innis, Pediatrics; Maria Klawe, vice-president, Student and Academic Services and professor of Computer Science; and Prof. Rabab Ward, Electrical Engineering and director of the Centre for Integrated Computers Systems Research.

Festival opens Chan Centre to public

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts opens its doors to the public May 11-24 with a two-week celebration of music, theatre and film that showcases the versatility of the stunning new complex.

The Spring Festival features performances and works by Timothy Findley, John MacLachlan Gray, Veronica Tennant, Spirit of the West, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and many others.

Student shows UN eloquence

Second-year law student Justine Wiltshire has received a Most Eloquent Speaker Award for her participation in the Model United Nations (MUN) conferences held recently in New York.

Students vote `no' to new technology fee

Students voted four to one in opposition to the implementation of a $90 student technology fee during a referendum held April 9-16.

"Obviously, given the outcome of the referendum, we are going to recommend to the board that the fee not be implemented," said Maria Klawe, vice-president, Student and Academic Services.

Team hunts icefields for clues to climate

From the air, Trapridge Glacier resembles a pie crust scored and ready for global warming.

This is the view UBC's six-member glaciology team sees before landing via helicopter at its base camp steps from the glacier's edge. The lines visible on the surface are stress fractures in the ice caused by powerful forces under the glacier as it slides over an uneven bed.

Rick Hansen Institute poised to take lead

When Rick Hansen completes the 10th anniversary tour of his wheelchair odyssey around the globe later this month, he will turn his considerable energies to building -- figuratively and literally -- the Rick Hansen Institute.

Free dental clinic fills gap for needy kids

As many as 2,000 underprivileged young people who would not normally get dental care will visit a free clinic at UBC this month.

The clinic is funded by the Ministry of Health and is staffed by third-year UBC dentistry students and dental hygienist and dental assistant students from Vancouver Community and Douglas colleges

Researchers say air bags in Canada need change

Automobile air bags designed for the American market are not necessarily appropriate for Canadian drivers, says a UBC researcher who has been studying accidents involving air bags for nearly four years.

Contributions to profession earn Nursing faculty awards

Five faculty members of UBC's School of Nursing were honoured by the Registered Nurses Association of B.C. (RNABC) at a ceremony last month

Leading minds tackle topics

The origin of life and finding new drugs in dirt are among the topics of a science symposium to be held on campus May 3.