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Bulletin, 1950.

Looking back at The Bulletin (headlines)

October 23, 2013 — 

A look at some of the past headlines — and people — that shaped the U of M and our university community.

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The Bulletin headlines (by decade)


Before 1970

  • Military Training at the University (Jan. 6, 1941)


  • The University On The Air (October to December, 1943)

Radio schedule of the University Radio Broadcasting Committee—programs heard on CKY, Winnipeg and CKX, Brandon—including such series as “Founders of Canada,” “Better Towns Tomorrow,” “Happy Accidents in Science,” They Saw A Better World” (Arts), “Seasonal Farm Problems,” “The Wartime Homemaker,” “The University Question Box” and “The University Music Hour.”

  • Registration as at November 6, 1946: Total 6, 919
  • Student Center Campaign Underway (Jan. 6, 1947)

“Plans for the construction of a Students’ Union and athletic center at the University have recently crystallized into action and a campaign to raise the necessary funds is currently being launched. With a goal of $500,000, some $300,000 has already been assured as outlined below, with $200,000 still to come from a canvas of the Alumni and others.”


  • Alumni To Back First Homecoming (Sept. 26, 1947)


  • Junior Division to Move to Fort Garry in 1949 — “Steps of Broadway” To Be Abandoned (June, 1948)

“Announcement has been made of plans to consolidate the University on the Fort Garry site at the beginning of the term in September 1949. This will be made possible by the expenditure of some $800,000 on the construction of a new engineering building and other improvements…. At the time of going to press, no word is available on the planned fate of the 20-year-old “temporary” buildings at Broadway site.”


  • New Record Expected — Membership Booming (Sept. 1949)

Alumni Association: “Active membership (i.e., those paying their annual dues) increased last year over the previous year by 75%. One immediate effect of this increase in the interest and activities of the Association was reflected in the increased size and scope of the Alumni Journal.”


  • Largest Crowd in History Attends Convocation (spring 1949)

“In a colorful ceremony held in the Winnipeg Civic auditorium on the morning of May 18, the University of Manitoba reached a new peak in its progressive record of achievement when degrees, diplomas and certificates were granted to 1,520 successful students. The 70th Annual Convocation marking the largest graduating class in the University’s history, easily surpassed the previous record of 932 established in 1948. A capacity crowd of relatives and friends witnessed the conferring of degrees to a class composed largely of men and women who served in the Canadian forces in the 2nd world war.”


  • First Woman Graduate Gives Her Impressions (1950)

“News of the recent death in Toronto of Mrs. J.E. Munro (Jessie Livingstone Holmes, BA/89, MA/92) will recall to the graduates of the [18]80s — now thinned to a corporal’s guard — the pioneer spirit that made Manitoba a great institution.”



  • Zoology museum (1970)

“The zoology museum opened about a year ago when display items and zoological specimens were culled from the nooks and crannies of the old Buller building.”


  • Best gallery in Canada (1970)

“Gallery 1.1.1, in the School of Art Building, is reputed to be the best equipped art gallery in Canada. Although very small, it features temperature, humidity, lighting and security controls that are unusual for a gallery of its size.”


  • Moon rocks on campus (August 12, 1970)

“For 14 hours in early September, Manitobans will have the chance for the first time to look at some real moon rock in a display that will be set up on campus.”


  • Pressure of tradition stifles student initiative (Dec. 2, 1970)

Student commentary: “Ken Brown (one of the seven original student senators and first student member of the Board of Governors) is back on campus after a summer research project which took him to 44 Canadian universities.”


  • Computer terminal opens in library (Feb. 25, 1970)

“In mid-January a computer terminal opened off the Fletcher Argue Tunnel of the Elizabeth Dafoe library for the use of arts, science and commerce students. At present there are four key punch units (another is on order) available for use. These units can be used to set programs which are then fed from the terminal to the sixth floor of the engineering building where the computer centre is.”


  • Free-You is learning for all (Sept. 29, 1971)

“The Academic Affairs Commission of UMSU is sponsoring “Free You,” the largest attempt at a free university in Winnipeg.”


  • New Director For Nursing (March 29, 1972)

“Dr. Helen Glass has been appointed to the position of director of the School of Nursing effective September 1, 1972.”


  • Police College proposed (Mar. 21, 1973)

“The president has received a letter from the Manitoba Police Commission advising that the commission contemplates the establishment of a Manitoba Police College and considers that it might be best located at the University of Manitoba.”


  • A saga of food at the university (1973)

“The hardest thing to overcome in college food service is the sameness of food, especially to resident students and ‘one of the things we want to do is provide flexibility in the food services at this university,’ said Gary Knox, the new director of food services throughout the university.”


  • Sociologist heads Medical Faculty department (Jan. 9, 1974)

“Dr. David G. Fish has been appointed the first full-time head of the department of social and preventive medicine in the Faculty of Medicine.”


–          Concert features composer’s work (Jan. 23, 1974)

“Dr. Robert Turner, School of Music, will be the featured composer in a program of three of his chamber works to be presented by the School of Music on Sunday, January 27 at 3:00 p.m. in Eva Clare Hall. Pianist Diana McIntosh will perform the Sonata Lyrica …”


  • Photography as an art medium (Jan. 30, 1974)

“Senate and the Board of Governors gave their approval to photography as a new area of study for the School of Art this past December.”


  • Mosaic conference focuses on crisis of literature (Feb. 20, 1974)

More than 70 people from across Canada and the U.S. will be attending the Mosaic conference of the Crisis of Literature in the University Today…. This conference is organized by Mosaic, the university’s journal for the comparative study of literature and ideas.”


  • Madness is a sane response to an insane world (Feb. 20, 1974)

“ Dr. R. D. Laing, a psychiatrist interested in altered states of consciousness, who ahs become almost a cult-figure with the youthful counterculture, will be held in Winnipeg on Tuesday, February 26.”


  • First native studies head appointed (August 13, 1975)


  • A walking visit (1976)

“Visitors to the University of Manitoba will soon be able to visit the university and have a tour guide that has all the time in the world. This guide is actually a booklet entitled A Walking Tour of the University of Manitoba.”


  • Bisons win Canadian basketball championship (March 17, 1976)


  • Poetry reading, (March 17, 1976)

“Al Purdy, the current writer-in-residence at the university, and Dorothy Livesay, last year’s writer-in residence [the U of M’s first writer-in-residence], will be reading their poetry on Thursday, March 18, in the lecture room of the Winnipeg Art Gallery at 7:30 p.m.”


  • Art School Celebrates 25 Years at University (January 21, 1976)


  • Convocation dinner cancelled (April 14, 1976)

“There will be no convocation dinner during this May’s convocation. The decision, taken for budgetary reasons, was announced by the President with the concurrence of the Chairman of the Board, W.R. McQuade.”


  • New barns a boost for poultry research (November 15, 1978)

“The university’s two newly constructed poultry buildings were officially opened when Agriculture Minister James Downey, President Campbell, Dean Shebeski and Animal Science Head Marvin Seale went on a tour of inspection on November 3. The … $375,000 project was funded by the Manitoba Department of Agriculture under a 1970 agreement.”




  • Networks to tie computers together (March 11, 1987)

“Installation of the first phase of a network to support communications between computers, both large and small, within the university is now underway.”


  • New lab enhances materials research — Electron Optical Research Laboratory (April 22, 1987)


  • History, economics combine to study land claims (1987)

“At first it seemed unusual and that arts and agriculture would be working together on a research project on Native Indian land claims and treaty rights. The reality is that two staff members, one from each faculty, have a lot in common on this issue.”


  • University-wide safety plan implemented (August 23, 1989)


  •  Units find ways to accommodate smokers (Nov. 29, 1989)




  • Informed support staff opinion on the Board is necessary says McVey (April 23, 1992)

“Moray McVey is the first support staff member to become an assessor on the Board of Governors as of the Board’s February meeting. He is representing 2,800 full-time and part-time support staff.”


  • Nursing becomes a faculty as it heads into its 50th year (April 23, 1992)


  • International conference on environmental services planned (Sept. 24, 1992)

“The physical plant department is hosting an international symposium on Environmental Services, from Oct. 4-6, on the theme Combining Human Resources and Technologies to Meet the Challenges of the Nineties.”


  • New chancellor champions cause of the university community (Oct. 22, 1992)

Instalment of Arthur Mauro


  • Architecture students publish journal, their first since the mid-60s (1993)

“The first comprehensive student publication in the Faculty of Architecture since Perspectives ceased publication in the mid-1960s, was launched Friday, January 8…”





  • It’s a dream come true! $25 million research centre will be built in SMARTpark (Nov. 15, 2001)


  • Pharmacy is a good fit for Bannatyne campus (July 13, 2006)

June 27 groundbreaking for the new Faculty of Pharmacy building


  • One perfect season (Dec. 6, 2007)

“It was the perfect end to a perfect season. The University of Manitoba Bisons Football team captured the 2007 Desjardins Vanier Cup with a 28-14 win over the Saint Mary’s Huskies in front of 27,000 football fans at Rogers Centre in Toronto on Nov. 23.”


  • Creative writing centre opens (fall 2008)

“The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture (CCWOC) is up and running. The CCWOC held its grand opening on Sept. 10 and introduced the university community to its 2008 writer-in-residence, Rody Gorman…”







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