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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 10, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Red Deer College board failed to heed 'danger sig Montlay, 10, 1972 _ THE IE1HBPIDGE HERAID 13 RED DEER (CP) Com- missioner Dr. T. C. Byrne said here he was not sure lie could find answers lo the problems of unrest at Red Deer College, but he was going lo try. Dr. Byrne made the comment as he extended (lie hearing for (he second lime since it opened Ap.'il 3. Originally scheduled to end today, il was extended (o include Monday ancE Tuesday when the one-man inquiry moved into iis .second day. Dr. B y r ti e. announcing it Would be extended lo April 12, said Ihe additional time was made necessary because of the receipt of more unscheduled briefs. But, Dr. Byrne said the in- quiry could have been avoided had the hoard of governors heeded "danger signals" late last year. He referred to a student for- um called College 71 and a faculty gathering both held before Christmas at which board members found them- selves fielding questions from a the situation and has the college and that the faculty and hot seal. "These were attempts by stu- dents and faculty to express Dr. Byrne said. "What they wanted was the opportunity lo talk to the board directly and I would have ex- pected discussions at the next hoard meeting would have been devoted entirely to the problems expressed at these the hearing. "If that had occurred, 1 wouldn't be sitting here today." The commissioner said there was talk of lied Deer College needing ati ombudsman. "This institution is small enough that you should be able to walk into a man's office and say, Look Joe, what's going on Rut because the University of Alherla has an ombudsman, "Therefore Red Deer college must have an Ur. Byrne said. problems that seem to be evi- j administration were so involv- dent here, what's I ed in an internal feud they ig- l.ater, Dr. Byrne said he had j the expectations of the a "feeling that communications j community, arc blocked in manv wavs" at "Wc not at all respon Uiu college. Vincent Richards, the col- lege's chief librarian and form- er faculty association president, told the inquiry that every at- sivc (o I tie needs and prefer- j eiices of (he community." he said, adding that in some cases there bad heen "ontrjght" op- position among some staff to' Ihc commmiily concept of the things our crisis