COVER
NEWS
Budget provides more financial aid
Budget backgrounder
Anniversary celebrations
New chancellor has strong community ties
Panel explores climate change issues
Phone survey seeks solution to youth injuries
Work underway at several campus construction sites
A job well done – new awards honour staff
Grant boosts engineering and computing science
Provincial grant fuels eight UVic projects
UVic scores hat trick with third Rhodes scholar
Awards salute the dedication of four community stars
Student law centre remains open for business
United Way campaign soars to new high
Meet UVic's 2003 party planner
UVic team removes barriers to kayaking
FEATURES
Mistletoe Man
2003: the year in review
PHOTO
Lord of The Ring
COLUMNS
Around the ring
In memoriam
Newsmakers
Ringers
EVENTS

 

In Memoriam

Claire Minkley, the Victoria teenager who worked with the University of Victoria Assistive Technology Team (UVATT) to develop a communication system based on brainwaves, died on Dec. 9. Claire was born with a rare genetic disorder that left her with formidable challenges that most of us would consider insurmountable. She was unable to speak and had virtually no voluntary muscle control. Despite this, Claire in her short life accomplished a huge amount. She graduated from Oak Bay High School with an A average and enrolled in two classes (physics and mathematics) at UVic. Meanwhile, she worked with members of UVATT on a major research project to develop a communication system that would allow her, as she said, “to put words to my music.” This project was ambitious and very challenging, and some members (all volunteers) of the team put in literally thousands of hours of work. There were moments of exhilaration and some of extreme disappointment. Claire and her family never gave up hope. On her last visit to the university, Claire undertook some tests which gave very encouraging results. She and her father went home in high spirits. That night Claire died. She had been due to return to the university the next day. Claire brought extraordinary joy and pride to her family. She was a huge inspiration to all who met her, and it was a privilege to work with her. We are all deeply saddened by her death.

Contributed by Dr. Nigel Livingston (biology), co-ordinator of UVATT.


Phillip T. Young, former chair of the department of music and namesake of the university’s recital hall, died Dec. 9 after a brief illness. Born in 1926 in Massachusets, Phil was a graduate of Bowdoin College and subsequently Yale. After teaching for some years at the Taft School in Connecticut, he came to Victoria in 1969 as department chair. Phil refused to accept the notion that a first-class music school could only exist in a large centre, and he persuaded the UVic administration to let the department—later the school of music—assemble the nucleus of a complete faculty, including performers as well as academics. His energy and unshakeable optimism saw the school through many difficult days. Phil was a bassoonist and an organologist—a specialist in the history of musical instruments. Two of his publications, 2,500 Historical Woodwind Instruments: An Inventory of the Major Collections and 4,900 Historical Woodwind Instruments, have become standard reference works in the discipline. In 1980 he organized The Look of Music at the Vancouver Museum, an exhibition of musical instruments assembled from collections in Europe and Russia. In 1989 he was given the Kurt Sachs Award, the highest honour for a musical instrument historian, and in 1991 he was elected president of the American Musical Instrument Society. He retired from full-time faculty in 1991, but for several years after, taught the occasional course.

Contributed by Michael Longton, director of the school of music.