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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 28, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta August 28 !77I THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD IS New Earth Village experiments with human co-operation By HERB JOHNSON Stan Writer "Do not adjust your mind; Ihr-rc is a fault in reality." These words, which were quo- ted at Ihe first New Rarlh Vil- lage in Holland last year, serv- ed as a credo for a similar experiment near Sundre, Alta., Ihis summer. Clair Foreslcll, a Lclhbridge high school student, was there for the 18 (lay project. He came away with a deepened appreciation of some of the dif- ficulties involved in achieving a world in which r.ll nations live together in peace. When he first arrived at the village, he said, he was a "typ- ical idealist" who was in a rush to change the world. The ex- perience gave him .some first- hand knowledge of the magni- lude of Ihe problems involved in reducing the disparity be- Iwecn the rich and poor na- tions. The New Earth Village, lo- cated in an undeveloped area on the Red Deer River south- west of Sundre, was a project o1 the Calgary and Dislrict In- (-jrnalional Development Soci- ety, who also sponsor the an- nual Miles for Millions walks. Ill Modelled on a simialr vil- lage experiment in Holland last, year, the project set up an en- vironment lor about 70 Allier- la students thai approximated the conditions raced by man- kind today in his efforts to cre- ate a peaceful world. Organizers termed it a "si- mulation program concerned with human conditions on a glo- bal scale." The aim was to fo- cus the students' attention on the problems of affluence and poverty in the world, and the opportunities and restric t i o n s which are part of changing the world for the belter. As in other simulation "games" now used in cl a s s- rooms, the aim is to set up the game in as real a way as pos- sible so as la get the partici- pants involved. In this case, the student.1; were supplied with tents, but had to earn anything else they needed for survival. The group was set up in three "h e m i spheres" industrial, mineral and agricultural. Each had access to certain things, at a price in terms of work cred- its. The mineral hemisphere had exclusive water rights; agricul- ture had food rights (with the sole exception of roast beef, which belonged to the mineral In order to survive, f, a c h hemisphere had to produce some kind of useful work for tiie "world" and earn the cred- iLs necessary to supply their hemisphere by "world" trade. A highly structured set o[ rules ensured that the micro- cosmic world was as close as possible to a re-creation of the real, global world. The three nations had to find out, on their own, how to structure their so- cieties so everyone could not only survive, but do so with- out engaging in open warfare. War was an option open to the students. Paint bombs could lie used to kill or injure (he en- emy. Death was two days in "hell" a tent isolated from the others in which the "dead" person was fed water and CSM, a substance described by Clair as nutritious but lasting like chalk. How did the experiment work out? Clair said about CO per cent of the students got in- volved to the point where they took the project .seriously a good average in view of the dif- ficulty of forgetting that it real- ly was a simulation and not the real thing. Despite a genera] Jcc ling among the residents of the three hemispheres that peace should IK preserved, there were some problems. Two students dropped out and became "guerillas" after the first week. Thoy lasted I wo days outside the group and then left the site. Two more simply became bored and decided to opt out. Clair agreed that the dropout rate was probably about aver- age for a society, real or not. The students also developed an appreciation of what consti- tutes real peace. As Clair put ii, pci.ce is much more than just the absence of war. A release prepared by the students, rather than the organizers, sets out plans for following up the summer ex- p c r i e n c e with commi.L-.ity awareness programs such mul- ti-media shows and weekend si- mulation gamc-s. H notes that the students are "less naive" alwut world prob- lems, but "more enthusiastic" about solving them. Curator to be sought o Advertising for a curator for Ihe Sir Alexander Gait Museum is expected to slart in mid-Scp- lember. City council recently ap- proved Ihe hiring of a full-lime qualified curator and Ihe terms of reference for the posilion are currently being drawn up. City hall administration is also working on the problem oE how best to locale staff so the cura- tor has access to other stalf members, particularly secre- tarial help. Details of an administrative reorganization are being work- ed out and one result may be the location of community ser- vices in the parks and recrea- tion building, near the museum. students at college More llian arc expected to register for the fall semester at Lelhbridge Com- munity Colicge. Gordon Colledge, LCC inform- ation offiecer said this repre- sents an increase of 10 per cent over the previous year. About 900 students have regis- tered to dale, including 580 who pre-rcgislercd. The final late registration date is Sept. 8. A late penalty charge of per day is current- ly being enforced. On Wednesday students filled out timetables and had identification pictures taken, Mr. Colledge said. Regular classes began yester- day. Among the new courses intro- duced this semester are hotel- motel management, and a social service program designed to l-ain social service aides. A wildlife management pro- Information trailer Sept. 3-4 A mobile information trailer, describing the objectives and programs of the federal de- partment of regional economic expansion, will be open to the Hard of Hearing- Take advantage of thla special offer: FREE! ZENITH PORTABLE RADIO with any Zenith Hearing Aid purchased through September 15, 1971. Take an Important step toward beller hearing today! Come in and have your hearing tested tree of charge. See our wide selection of quality Zenith hearing aids. ue fill oul and bring coupon to LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. Paramount Theatre Blrfg. Clly Stato Zip ino quality E In before Ihe name goes on. public in Lcfchbridge S'ept. 3 to 6 The mobile exhibit, which has been here previously, will be located at Gth St. S. and 5th Ave. It will be open daily from noon lo 10 p.m. The unit, touring Western Canada, will also be located at Kimberley Aug. 27-29, Fort Macleod Aug. 31-Sept. 1, Brooks Sept, 78 and Medicine Hat Sept. 9-12. gram has been added to the outdoor recreation course. Enrolment in nursing and broadcasting is heavy, while .agging in agriculture, Mr. Col- ledge said. Tlffi two year agriculture di- jloma course is designed to .each the latest management and technical advances to as- 3iring farmers. Law enforcement is another course in which many stu- denls have registered, he said. Students are instructed in fin- erprinling, areas of crime de- and laboralory work. "The adventurous type of fe- male finds this program quite Mr. Colledge said. Students from Pakistan, Afri- ca, India, the United States and 75 students from Hong Kong have registered at LCC. All administrative depart- menls have moved into the ad- ministration building this year, Mr. Colledge said. This permitted workers to en- large some classrooms during the summer. Neiv dump regulations New regulations at Ihe city's sanilary landfill go into effect Saturday. Dispose-All Sendees, w b o now operate the landfill, will begin a controlled hours oper- ation that will see (he dump closing at weekdays and at Saturday afternoon. The landfill will be closed all day Sunday. Private citizens who want to deposit refuse may do so in 20- cubic-yard containers which will be set up at the gates. There will be no curtailment of dump- ing privileges. The landfill will open at 8 a.m. and. as in the past, there will be no charge for private citizens. THE MERCHANTS OF CENTRE VILLAGE MALL WISH TO EXTEND A WELCOME The college had previously shared its facilities with Uni- versity of Lethbridge, but most U of L activities start this fall at the University's n e w West Lethbridge campus. QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Certified Dental Mechanic Capitol Furniture Bldg. 328-76B4M Appointed William Ward, who worked for the Unemployment Insur- ance Commission in L e I b- bridge and Grande Prairie and as a temporary manager of the Calgary districl office, has been named district manager of the St. Catharine's UIC office, by the Public Service Commission. Ecology project is ending flic Lelhbridge Ecology Corps picked up its last piece of garbage from the riverbot- lom Friday as the provinc i a 1 summer employment program for youths concluded. At one point during the sum- mer, 21 young people were on the staff to help clean up and put in trails and fences in the riverbollom area. That number has dwindled to the 10 present- ly working on the project. The provincial govemm e n t paid 5250 a month to each per- son employed by the Ecology Corps with the city providing for materials and a su- pervisor. Bill Brown, parks and recrea- COUGH'S AUTO BODY LTD. AUTO 206 llth STREET SOUTH, LETHBRIDGE PHONE 328-5145 AFTER HOURS PHONE 326-9812 lion superintendent, said the the youths were reasonably sat- corps cleared up endless amounts of trash on both sides of the river. Contrary to earlier reports of dissatisfaction with the jobs given them, .Mr. Brown said isfied that the project was' ecol- ogically relevant. He said he believes similar projects are possible for next summer and that Lelhbri d g e: could benefit from them. i Try Before You Buy UP TO 3Q.DAY TRIAL ON YOUR DOCTOR'S RECOMMENDATION MAICO SMITH-JONES HEARING AID SERVICE RiPlEY OPTICAl 61B 3rd Ave. S. 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