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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 13, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta A THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, February 13, 1975 Female seafarer working towards captain's ticket ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. (CP) Elizabeth lloss, a 19-year-old mariner from Chatham, N.B., was never asked to go with her ship- mates when they went ashore. Miss Ross said she didn't mind too much as her main purpose for being aboard the British cargo ship Samantha M was to serve some of (he sea time she will need to qualify for her captain's ticket. She is in the second year of the nautical science program at New- foundland's College of Fisheries, Navigation, Marine Engineering and Electronics. She is the first woman to take the course and the only female in a class of 13. As part of the first year she was required to spend three months at sea. The 12 male members of the class had no problems finding seago- ing berths. It wasn't easy for Miss Ross. "Many ships were just afraid to take a woman on board and offered the excuse that there were no female accommodations. "Others just didn't even bother to reply to my application." She wound up aboard the Sa- mantha M, a vessel on charter to a linerboard mill at Slephenyille, Nfld. Except for a three-week period when the second engineer's wife was aboard, Miss Ross was the only woman among 11 British deck and -The Herald- Youth engine room officers and 15 Spanish crew members. She said the captain had been in contact with female seafarers before and was willing to have her as a cadet to stand watches with the first mate. After a few weeks the officers and crew treated her as "just another person on the ship." Before leaving the vessel at the end of September to return to classes Miss Ross asked some of the crew if they had disliked having her aboard. The only thing they objected to was that she didn't get dressed up and become "more ladylike" after working hours. She said she became interested in the sea at an early age and during the summer in the years 1969-1971 sailed with her brother in a small fishing craft off the New Brunswick coast. Aboard the Samantha M she had a private cabin near the bridge with a shower and washroom. "I'm not going to sea because I'm a woman's libber or just to prove a point. "It's my career and I love it." Company of The Cross offers society options and a Christian bias COME INTO DUNLOP FORD AND SAVE DURING OUR Special factory rebates plus our inventory reduction discounts guarantees you the best deal on a 1975 car! OUTSTANDING VALUES ON THESE A-l USED CARS 1974 PINTO SQUIRE STATION WAGON MUSTANG II Cash Bonus Rebate 1974 GRAN TORINO BROUGHAM MUSTANG MACH I STOCK NO. 1973 CHEVROLET BISCAYNE Cash Bonus 1973MONTEGO STOCK NO. 79 1975 FORD LTD SQUIRE STATION WAGON DEMO. 460 V8 automatic P.S., P.B., radio, rear seat speakers, roof rack, radial tires, deluxe wheel covers, air conditioning, approx. 3600 miles. 1975 LTD LANDAU DEMO 4 door pillared hardtop, silver blue, vinyl roof, split bench seats, power windows, dual power seat, AM-FM 1971 F-100 RANGER XLT Reg. NOW f Reg. NOW On The Spot Financing Available! 1510 MAYOR MAGRATH DRIVE A 16th AVE. DIAL 328-8861 Sill Hours: Bt.M.-Bp.M lo ll.M.-Sl.lR GENESEE, Alta. (CP) For Jl a day and the necessities of life, those who work for the Company of The Cross offer alter- natives to a society they believe needs their bias. The bias is Christian and the alter- natives so far lie in the fields of education and communication. Keith Bennett, a 36-year-old father of three who spends his working day in a plaid jaeshirt, heads the company in Alberta where it operates St. John's School for Boys and publishes the weekly Edmonton Report. The magazine, which has been in cir- culation for about a year, started as a job- printing operation at the school. One of the instructors, Ted Byfield, thought a news magazine should be produced to offer an alternative to the conventional Edmonton media and spread the Christian faith through reports on the community. Like the magazine staff of about 35, the 14-member staff at the school are members of the Company of The Cross and are paid a day for their labors. They also get a clothing allow- ance, insurance benefits, housing, food and such things as medical and dental costs. Members with families get separate accommodation, single members can't even depend on getting a room to themselves. The company is associated with the Anglican Church and accepts full members after a two-year initiation period. The three basic rules of the order are spiritual, requiring regular attention to religious duties, economic, setting down the income of members; and social, out- lining codes of behavior one member must follow in dealing with the others. While the company's latest venture is the Bennett said the next one could be a crack at broadcasting (if the right people and the money can be boys' school remains the mainstay of the operation. The Alberta school is the company's second. The first began full-time at Selkirk, Man., in 1961 when two Winnipeg men decided they could teach boys to think, not only in an academic sense but about their religion and could give them something of a tradition of physical work which would show them they could meet challenges they normally would have con- sidered impossible. The schools, Mr. Bennett said, give the boys, ranging in age from 12 to 18, an education, a chance for adventure and an introduction to the harsh realities of life. He said the experience of dealing with those realities gives the boys a chance to mature in a way not possible in a conven- tional school system based on memory i work and minimal expectations. Once a boy's parents have paid the 800 first-year tuition (it drops as a boy gets enough training to be able to contribute some skill to the he joins about g 100 other lads on the remote 250 acre site g on the North Saskatchewan River and i? immediately sets out on a 10-day back- Si- packing expedition in the Rockies. g The 150-mile trip during the usually rainy Alberta fall provides a good shake- down for the newcomer, Mr. Bennett said. S Then it's straight into classes with g regular Saturday snowshoe expeditions of g 40 miles or so for first-year students. Other boys go on dogsledding trips over g various kinds of terrain and camp out Fri- g day and Saturday nights, leading to a 10- :5 day excursion in February. The academic program ends in May and the boys spend June canoeing as much as miles from g the Alberta school to the Manitoba cam- S pus. In all cases, Mr. Bennett said, instruc- ;s tors are expected to do as much as the boys and no one has the option of staying in the dormitory. To keep the boys responding to the school's demands, strict discipline is necessary and Mr. Bennett said instruc- tors carry wooden sticks with which they administer "spankings" that ensure po- lite, honest and fair-minded graduates. The school has no uniform but the boys buy their clothes from the school and rugged blue jeans, warm shirts and school sweaters abound on students and teachers alike. Between 1967 and 1970 the school was feuding with the provincial department of education but since then the two have agreed to disagree about the need for cer- tified teachers and course content and the province merely treats St. John's boys as out-of-province students, Mr. Bennett said. The school accepts boys of all :g denominations and it's not too important whether an incoming student declares himself a Christian but he is required to attend religious classes where teachers seek to jar him into thinking about morali- ty and God and the instructors themselves g are expected to set an example with their own behavior, the headmaster said. S: Mr. Bennett interviews all boys and 3: their parents before an applicant is S: accepted. The idea is to explain just what S can be expected at St. John's and to es- 3 tablish whether a boy will stick with the program and meet its challenges. g The school doesn't want boys who don't :5; want to come to it, boys with a serious g record of crime or boys with physical or g emotional handicaps which will prevent -3 them from meeting the standards the g school demands, he said. Tuition fees provide the operating ex- penses but St. John's in Alberta depends on donations to pay debts and undertake capital projects, he said. The school gets no money from the Anglican Church and wants none from the province, fearing it will mean interference in its program. Entry deadline extended for local science fair Deadlines for receipt of entries to the Lethbridge Regional Science Fair have been extended until Feb. 19, organizers have announced. The fair, to be held April 5 and 6, is open to all Southern Alberta students living in the region from Medicine Hat .west to the B.C. boundary and from Calgary south to the U.S. border. Organizer Hank Vanderpluym says the contest is open to students in Grades 7 through 12 inclusive. "So far, we have received 72 entries, which is just about the same as last he says. "But last year the entries came in sooner." This year, four winners of the Science Fair will receive an all expenses paid trip to competitions in Jonquire, Que. More information is available from Mr. Vanderpluym, at 328-9633, or from John Dormeyer at 327- 4561. Carnival queen chosen Lethbridge Communi- ty College's Chinook Winter Carnival wound up last week with the crowning of the carnival queen at a dance in the 4-11 Building. Judy Modrzejewski, a business administration student, was crowned queen, and Darlene Terry princess. Marie Therriault received the title of Miss Congeniality. Student council ad- visor Wendy Rasmussen said there was a good turnout at the dance. A new carnival record was set earlier in the week at the pancake eating contest. College preparation student Paul Cohen ate 46, one more than the previous record. love is... appreciating all the letters she writes for you. Female air cadets slighted WINNIPEG (CP) The officers of 220 Red River Air Cadet Squadron are bucking the odds to accommodate girls -into a male-oriented organization. But the 32 girls in the 80- member squadron still find themselves getting the short end of the stick along with about other female cadets across the country. The department of national defence has yet to recognize the girls officially and until they receive such recognition, they can only be half cadets, says Lieut. Allison Slade, in charge of girls in the squadron. "Girls aren't allowed to take flying, gliding instruc- tion, be eligible for flying scholarships or travel in any department of national defence vehicle because they aren't insured." What is even more distress- ing to the girls is that no provisions are made to supply them with uniforms. However, the local unit overcame the problem by supplying each girl with material and they made their own uniforms. CASSETTES 8 TRACK REEL-TO-REEL SPECIAL! get one free. LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. Ptrtmount Thwrtrt Bid. 327-2272 ;