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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Tuesday, Februory 20, 1973- 'For the first time in my life, I was really alone..,9 A desp sense of isolation from the community and a reluctance to introduce more creative courses to the class schedule are two issues concerning students at the University of Lethbridge. This year, the U of L continues to battle a decline in student enrolment - despite a surprising campus attraction for 128 foreign students and 41 out-of-province students. Three of the I'iversity's visiting students recently told The Herald why they prefer the lethbridge facility and included some suggestions on liow more students from Southern Alberta could be encouraged to register here. - John Lubert is a 20-year-old arts and science student from Oakville, Ont. He bas studied at the U of L since Jan. 8. , Before registering at the U of L, John spent a year in England and Europe. He applied to the University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph before moving west to Lethbridge. "My idea of education wasn't sitting with 400 other kids being taught by two speakers on the wall. It's preity impersonal," he says of universities larger than the U of L. John is now seeking government aid to continue his studies in psychology, music, English and sociology at Lethbridge. He wants to stay. He thinks the small number of students at the U of L can be an asset to education in this JOHN LUBERT JENNY CUSAK province - and an attraction to other students, even if enrolment should jump to 5,000. "If it's properly handled, tightness at the university can be a great asset. If they start to emulate a larger university, Lethbridge is going to blow it," he says. Nineteen - year - old Don Thompson has bean at the. U of L since September as an arts and science student. He graduated from Wgh school at Ottawa. Don says the best thing about life at U of L is the small en? rolment and the opportunity for university ad^Mstrstors to provide, innovative urograms - an opportunity he thinks is being lost. "Because of the attitude that some people have toward innovation, the university seems to have been thwarted in its attempts to change. "If they can't innovate, they're going to lose interested students and interested professors. "A university this size is a very inefficient size. An extra thousand students wouldn't hurt the university if they could push it as an innovative institution. "But they're all very aware that if they fail (in providing different study concepts) they have to face a very conservative group of people in the community," Don says. He said it is difficult for U of L faculty to introduce original teaching ideas because "the local conservatism is held over the heads of the people down here." Don believes more independence for faculty and students is essential if U of L is to attract students from its home area. Jennifer Cusak, 20, graduated from school in Quebec before travelling throughout the Mari-times. -She came west to Lethbridge in July, to visit friends "and just never left. "In August they put a notion in my mind that I should settle, down for a year. I always lenew I wanted to go back to school." Today, she is a pre-edueation student at the U of L. Jennifer believes . the rural atmosphere of university life at Lethbridge appeals more to students from centres Hke Montreal and Ottawa than it does to students from Pincher Creek or Coleman. "There are some things here that do bother me. I'm used to being either really remote or in a big city. But it's good because it's rural. "The social life In Montreal kills your studying. Farm people are used to bard work and they put that into their studying," she says. - All three students believe U of L should not be concerned with a lack of enrolment from the Southern Alberta area. They all say students from this district are going to register at schools in Calgary, Olds or Edmonton simply to make that first break from home. The answer to sagging UdL enrolment, they say, lies in stronger student recruitment from Calgary and Edmonton. Enrolment will also be boosted, they say, if the university and the Lethbridge community taVe a m o r e personal interest in students. "Here you are, 2,000 miles from home. There's not even a room here for kids to go and meet other kids who are here for the first time. There's � no attempt made at orientation of new students. "I consider myself emotionally stable. But it took me three days to get over the feeling that for the first lime in my life I was really alone. "A kid who's shy is going to Continued on Page 4 n....................................,.z......._......................... Headcaunt Students from the United States, England and Hong Kong comprise more than half the. foreign enrolment at the University of Lethbridge this semester. Leading the out-of-province students are British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario. In total, 128 foreign students and 41 out of province students have been attracted to the U of L. A glimpse at enrolment charts shows: FOREIGN STUDENTS United S t a t e s, 34; England, 33; Hong Kong, 14; Australia, 4; Czechoslovakia, 4; Phillip-pines, 4. Trinidad, 3; L-elamd, 3; Nationalist China, 3; Denmark, 3; Netherlands, 3; Barbados, 2; Indonesia 2; Japan, 2; Northern Ireland, 2; Scotland, 2. One student each is enrolled from the British West Indies, Chile, East Germany, West Germany, Italy and Peru. OUT OF PROVINCE British Columbia, 12; Saskatchewan, 7;" Ontario, 6; Northwest Territories-, 5; Quebec, 3; Manitoba, 3; Nova Scotia, 2; Newfoundland 2; and the Yukon, L DON THOMPSON Story by HERB LEGG Photography by RICK ERVIN E ;