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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 8, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbridge Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, February 8, 1975 Pages 19-36 MAKING UP BUNKS FOR ATHLETES ARE. DARLENE RIPLEY, KERRY RATLIEGE Village will be off limits to outsiders Tight security will be in force in and around the athletes' village during the Winter Games to keep un- authorized people from 'entering the complex, says the Games' security boss. Bery Allan says most of the village, Lethbridge Collegiate Institute, Catholic Central and St. Mary's schools, will be off limits to all but athletes, managers, coaches and provincial representatives. Special rooms in the village are being set aside for visiting areas and the public will be restricted to these areas. "There will be a lot of in- terest in the village com- plex ant! dormitories and we just want to keep peo- ple he says. The Games' organizers here are following a recommendation made in the final report of the last Winter Games in. Saskatoon. First athletes expected Monday Work will continue today and part of Sunday on setting up the Canada Winter Games village, but most of the work was done Friday by teachers and students from the schools, village "mayor" Eric Mokosch said today. Winter Games staff just dropped off the equipment at the schools, said Dr. Mokosch. The boys set up the beds and the girls made them. The whole operation was "fantastically he said. At the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute it took only about two hours and the same at Hamilton Junior High School. Between half and three-quarters of the students were directly involved. At'St. Mary's School, the work was done by volunteer students from Winston Churchill High School, he said. Student volunteers and Winter Games staff will con- tinue today. Personnel from Drisdale's Catering are setting up food preparation and cafeteria facilities, he said. Alberta Government Telephones is installing a media centre at the LCI. Security and janitorial services also begin today, said the mayor. i About beds and footlockers were moved into LCI, St. Mary's School and Catholic Central High School. What remains is to set up directional signs and an in- formation booth, administrative offices and lounges for athletes, managers and coaches and clean up the area for the participants. Crews are lined up to move couches and television sets into the lounges. There will be a large mixed lounge in St. Joseph's School, and a girls' lounge in St. Mary's, said Dr. Mokosch. Equipment for the nightly cabaret and coffeehouse will be moved into St. Francis School. Two drop-in centres in nearby churches will be prepared. Food and soft-drink dispensers have been delivered to the village and will be connected today, he said. Final briefing for missions and village staff will be held Sunday at LCI. The first athletes are expected at 5 a.m. Monday, with arrivals continuing till about 2 a.m. Tuesday, then picking up again Tuesday morning, he said. About half the athletes will be here for Tuesday's opening ceremony. That report stresses: "Admission to accom- modation must be controll- ed to keep out undesirable 'non participants." Mr. Allan says the public here will, however, be able to view all operations of the village except dor- mitories. CURFEW HOURS This will only be done during the day; and when night falls so does heavier security for both athletes and the public. The security committee, with co operation from other Games' organizers, has formulated a booklet of regulations and informa- tion by which the village residents will be ex- pected to abide. The rules include a ban on alcohol and drugs in the village and curfew hours. The rules booklet, which was sent to athletes several weeks ago, stresses village residents must be in the complex by 1 a.m. Anyone trying to enter the village between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. will be detained and only allowed entrance by his coach, manager or village duty officer. Anyone attempting to enter after 2 a.m. will only be allowed access by the duty officer, a provincial representative who will be on duty each night. The village will be patrolled at night by security personnel in- cluding commissionaires and specially hired super- visors, Mr. Allan says. SNOW FENCE "We aren't trying to run a super durper secret police force, but would just like to keep the .public away from the dor- he adds. By Monday, the village, will be ringed by a four foot snow fence to stop un- authorized vehicles from entering the compound during the 13 day event. Art Batty, transportation boss, says the fence will close off 18th Street between 3rd and 5th Avenues. the fence will also divide 5tfa Avenue, between 16th and 20th Streets, in two. The north side of the avenue will be within the compound, off limits to all but official cars. The south side will be one way, west to east, for residents living along the divided road, Mr. Batty says. RIVALS Mr.' Allan says he. does not expect any trouble within the village that will cause any major dis- ciplinary problems. The only apparent dis- orders in Saskatoon's village, says Mr. Allan, in- volved a fight between two rival hockey teams and athletes returning to the village after curfew. EARLIER THIS WEEK BEDS WERE BROUGHT TO SCHOOLS Games village for springing up A portion of Lethbridge will have a new mayor during the Winter Games. He will reign over some sub- jects for 13 days, And his kingdom will include about six city blocks. Eric Mokosch, a University of Lethbridge education professor and of the Games athletes' village, will be soon faced with the task of operating one of the major facets of the event. The Games' village will be the centre for athletes' lodging, food seryices, registration and departure. The village will include the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute, Catholic Central and St. Mary's Schools with a portion of Hamilton Junior High set aside for emergency use, Dr.. Mokosch said in an interview. The initial task facing village organizers was to recruit about 700 volunteers to set up the complex after students left the schools Friday. The first athletes will be arriving early Monday, Dr. Mokosch said, giv- ing workers only two days and a half to transform the schools into a tiny town. 'It's a big operation and planning has gone on for more than a year the mayor said. "We have had a few dry runs at setting up a room and any similarity it will have as a school will be purely co-incidental when we're done." The complete complex will be fenced for parking control and security pur- poses, he added. The compound will be closed to al! but official vehicles and the general public will not be able to roam'about the complex. About athletes will be staying at the village during the peak days, in- cluding'580 girls. Because St. Maiy's school, to be used as the female dor- mitory, can only house about 420 people, part of another school will have to be used. However, co-ed dormitories will be forbidden, he said. Facilities being established in the complex will include a large infirmary, extra shower and washroom facilities, lounges and TV areas, extra cafeteria services and washer and dryer facilities. AGT INSTALLERS Each classroom in the schools will be used mainly as dormitories with about 20 athletes staying in each room. About' beds are being moved into the schools to accommodate the athletes. RANDY VAN ZWQL, LCI GRADE 12 STUDENT, STOCKPILES SOUP FOR WINTER GAMES ;