UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 11 | Sep.
5 , 2002
Editor's note: In the last issue of UBC Reports we ran
a Time Piece photo asking whether anyone knew what happened
to the UBC bowling alley.
The Bowling Alley was relocated from the War Memorial Gym
to the SUB.
At the time the building opened (in 1968 I think) the Bowling
Alley was located in the east side of the lower floor. I think
it was removed sometime in the 70's due to a decline in the
popularity of bowling and the pressure for space in SUB. I
believe the pin setting machines and the lanes were subsequently
Byron Hender, Executive Coordinator (retired), VP Students
The reaction of Nancy M. Forhan (August 1) to the article
"Our Favourite Spots" (July 4) is sadly typical.
Such sexist stereotypes of men, especially white men, are
now extremely common and widely tolerated. Forhan's claim
to be "overly sensitive" is especially interesting,
seeing as Forhan seems not to have read the article, which
writes not of four middle-aged, caucasian males, as Forhan
claims, but of eight persons, two of which we may assume (but
not take for granted) are women, and all of which are wholly
human. How are we to presume which ethnic group persons in
photos belong to, or even what exact age or sex they are?
If one must cynically analyze the text, it is possible that
the article writer, or UBC Reports editors, are guilty of
political incorrect demographics. However, the only direct
proof we have of callous racism, sexism, and ageism is from
Forhan's hand. Such snap political judgements are the rule
in today's academia, and I applaud the rare independence of
mind and courage of women and men who, by standing up indiscriminately
for all persons, struggle to avoid such hypocritical traps
in the face of overwhelming societal pressure to submit to
its current dogma, and in the charge of violating the very
justice they defend that is sure to follow.
Clearly equal ascription of human dignity to all persons
of any outward appearance, until someone proves herself or
himself undeserving on an individual basis, still has a long
way to go. I welcome any opportunity to discuss the issue
further with Nancy N. Forhan.
Allen Haaheim, UBC student