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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-21,Lethbridge, Alberta DMrtct SECOND SECTION The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta. Monday, January 21, 1974 Local news Pages 11 to 20 STANDOFF ARTIST TO RECEIVE DEGREE A Southern Alberta artist vUl bt granted an honorary doctor of laws degree at the University of Lethbridge convocation iu the q>rlng> the senate decided Saturday. Gerald Tailfeathers, of the Blood reserve, has not only touched Alberta but Canada and the U.S. with his artistic wurk, the chairman of the hoi»rary degrees committee told the senate. Joe Lakie said Mr. Tailfeathers ranks high among all artists who have chosen the West as their theme. In addition to his talent as a painter, Mr. Tailfeathers has shoiwn a creative talent foir illustrating books and more recently for scut Mr. Tailfeathers does his mrk in a studio on his randi near Standoff. He was the only person recommended Saturday' hy tte honorary degrees committee.    ^ . . Along with Mr. Tailfeathers, Dr. Immanuel Velikovsky, American scientist and author, will receive an honoraiy degree at the U of L 1(74 convocation. U of L state of affairs bleak in senators’ eyes By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer A crisis situation, poor faculty morale, and awful public image were just some of the more shocking descriptions of the University of Lethbridge voiced Saturday as its senators took a close look at the university’s present state of affairs. The senate gave signs of shedding its own rubber stamp image as several senators not only oi»nly criticized the university but also offered constructive advice on what action should be taken to convince the government and tiie public that a restriction on U of L funding is hindering its progress. The senate became vocal Saturday when the president of the U of L faculty association, in his annual report, suggested morale at the university is on the decline. Dr. Frank Schaffer claimed the uncertainty of-the university's academic future has drained faculty morale for the last three years.    .. .. He suggested “crisis” wasn’t too strong a word to describe the university's present state of affairs. When Senator R. C. Ellison said he hadn’t seen any deterioration at the university during the last three years. Dr. Schaffer immediately pointed to cutbacks in faculty, programming and the library. ‘“Faculty have left and not been replaced . .. many courses are offered every other year rather than every year... and our library has been hard hit by budget cuts. “There is no way you can sustain five years of drought in the library and not have it show in ^e quality of student the university graduates,” Dr. Schaffer insisted- The institution has fallen on hard times with the govern- Lonely daybreak ;>^unrise adds flavor to the icing on the lake a® a forlorn park biifth Swatches the I eastern clouds part'for a riisvif'day. The scene will be repeated often for some tirne te come is 60 days away. • Jhe iirst ofiicial Most stores not short of paper By JIM LOZERON Herald Staff Writer Major city food stores, with one exception, have not felt the full impact of a paper shortage which seems to be causing problems for Calgary retailers. Only one of five stores sur veyed reports a shortage of paper bags. Others have had no problem in stocking them but some have had problems in keeping a regular stock of toilet tissue. In Ca^ry several city food stores are running out of conventional large-sized Suit against county alleges improper road construction A $12,000 action alleging Improper road construction against the County of Lethbridge has been filed in Alberta Supreme Court. The claim, as yet undefended, was brought by Fred Johnson, who was involved July 27, 1973, in a single-car traffic accident on a district road south of Coaldale. Mr. Johnson states in the action that the road makes a 'T’ intersection with an arterial highway at the top of a hill. grocery bags and the shortage is cutting into ot paper products as well, including paper towels, tissues and toilet pper. Here shortage of paper bags is being felt at the LrMart Store at the College Mali, a Herald survey shows. The store has resorted to using boxes, an official said, because it did not receive its shipment of ^per bags last week. Only a few bags were left for the weekend, he said. Assistant manager John Kowal was crossing his fingers that this week’s shipment of paper bags would arrive on schedule, because “they have been really short.” Other paper products at the store are in regular supply. Other stores report minor problems in stocking toilet tissue. The downtown Safeway store did not receive some of its stodc of toilet tissue last week, but since then it has received its regular supply. le C^tr Vi^ report stocking paper products. The official from Value Village, reading of the Calgary shortage, was assured by his Edmonton supplier he would receive his next regular order of paper bags as ordered. Assistant manager Walter Currie at Currie’s Foods said the store has had problems in stocking a normal supply of toilet tissue and facial tissue during the past two weeks. He said about half of an order of toilet tissue came in a shipment two weeks ago and about the same amount last week. But last week a higher proportion of the order came through, said Mr. Currie. The firm has turned to local suppliers to bring its stock up. One local distributor of paper products attributes the shortage of paper to a shor> tage of raw materials at the manufacturer’s level.' The official who asked not to be named, supplies paper bags to smaller stores, and meat trays as well as other products to Canada Safeway. For two or three weeks, said the official, more people have been turning to the firm because they have been unable to get their paper products from their regular suppliers. ‘Too many parents ignore education’ Home and school association presumes to speak for many By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer It is not the educational system that is iraoriog parents ~ it is parents wno are ignoring education. The provincial govenunent and other policy makers in education are encouraging parental Involvement but most parents are “afraid” to take advantage of the opportunity to become involved, the president of the Lethbridge and district home and school association says. As a result, Mabel Byam says "the biggest problem facing home and school association is getting parents involved." “Parents are even afraid to go into the schools" even though most schools in Lethbridge welcome parents “to walk in at anytime of the day." People don’t reali» schools are not the closed shops they once were, she said in an interview. The image change alio applies to home and school associations. "We're not a tea-drinking fundraising group anymore. We are now an education group — providing education for parents,” Mrs. Byam plains. ffen are now becoming more involved in the association "because it is no hmger considered to be a gossip group,” she said in-respondhig to the suggestion that very few fathers show interest in home and school associations. She claims home and school associations will continue to increase their memberships as long as they inform parents about the changes in education and act as the voice for those who have an interest in the education of children. "We as parents must continue to be knowledgeable of what our youngsters are learning,” says the active mother of six school children. She claims a child completing elementary school today has “learned as much as her parenu did in tne Grades 1 to 12 when they went tn school." That is why she thinks it is so important for parents to stay involved in education. Also, Mrs. Byam believes the children of parents who are involved in school are much more interested in obtaining an education. "If you don't care, it is also likely your chiktren don’t care." She also estimates that the communication among the school, the stndent and the home is "about 10 times better” when the parenu are involved in the home and school association. Even though many parents are what Mrs. Byam calls "stick in the muds” because they have failed to become involved, there are also many other parents who have become association memlwrs and accepted the responsibility of providing parents with a voice in education policy discussions. “Our membership is maybe small, but we take the attitude that we represent a lot of people.” The provincial government, Mrs. Byam says, looks very favorable on home and school associations and accepts and studies association hri»fs presented to it. Last year, the province held a conference with members of Alberta’s home and school associations and paid for all enenses involved, according to Mrs. Byam. She also commends the public school system for establishing the planning development council which includes a parent and student representative from each of the Junior and senior high schools. Through the council parents and students are «Me to express their views «I new progrtms and other changes that may be consMered for the public schooM. Mrs. Byam says tht separate school system doesn’t have even one MABEL BYAM home and school association. However, she predicts the situation will soon change because the separate school administration has recently expressed an interest in establishing home and school associations at its schools. Six of the public schools have associations. the ______the university in its battle for additional funds wiUi the provincial government because the U of L hasn’t “paid enough attention to public relations ” Not plugged into city Senator Hugh Campbell immediately agreed by proclaiming “the university’s public relations are God-awful.” The university, he continued, “is not plugged into the city of Lethbridge."    , He put much of the blame on the university faculty for not making public relations their “prime responsibility.” “Faculty who look like you must get out and be seen... and not the ones that walk around in blue jeans and sweat shirts,” he told Dr. Schaffer, who has short hair and wears a businessman's suit.    ■ Mr. Campbell said the public image of universities being institutions that breed long haired communists is not unique to Lethbridge.    * It is common to universities throughout North America, he said. Senator Jessie Snow suggested it was the duty of the senatoti to encouriige their ‘liomd commuhitijes” to ask the faculty members to speak to clubs and orgahizaiions so that a better understanding of the type of person teaching at the university will be established. Senator Greg Hales then warned the senate that it should be cautious about encouraging the faculty to accept a public relations role when the financial situation at the universitv has already increased the faculty’s academic work load. He told Dr Schaffer, “You are all contributing admirably and 1 would hate to see research and other work here suffer because you were trying to satisfy a few businessmen.” Grant system sought The University of Lethbridge wants to establish at least one entrance scholarship at every high school in Southern Alberta, its senate was told Saturday. The senate was then asked by Dr. Bill Beckel, president, to help the Friends of the University identify potential donors in the Southern Alberta communities that they reside in. The potential donors wrald then be asked to sponsor a $900 scholarship at a high school in their community. The donor could be involved In the selection of the scholarship recipient and would also participate in thé presentation of the scholarship at an annual awards banquet, Dr. Beckel told the senate. Hé said he would like to see potential donors identified within the next month so the Friends of the University, an organization that promotes the U of L, could begin to es* tablisb scholarships in the 35 Southern Alberta high schools. Senator Geoff suggested the best méthm at obtaining donors in the smaD communities may be to contact service clubs and ask them to sponsor a U of L entrance scholarship at their local h^h school. Dr. Beckel welcomed the ¡estlon and said "We Long-hair lashes out Senator Geoff Tagg wasn’t about to let the public relations discussions conclude without first attacking the image a minority group of students were presenting to the public. He said through the university newspaper, the students were presenting an image of university students that is not representative of the majority of students attending the U of L. After listening to the debate for about 40 minutes, a longhaired students representative on the senate finally opposed the views voiced earlier by other members of the senate. “I am so angry ... 1 don’t quite know how to put it into words,’’ he said in an emotional outburst. He felt the senators had not grasped the real needs of the university, “You must reach out and get students in here — not businessmen in here.”    ^ He also claimed there were “a lot of apathetic students learning facts” and they “were not doing anything” for the V of L. “If you know of young people who have a lot of spark ... please get them here,” he pleaded to the senate. The frustration of an uncertain academic future is likely to continue to mount at the university until the provincial government satisfies the plea for more money. GovH still undecided The university’s formal pleas for additional funding began in November when its board of governors presented a brief to the department of advanced education asking for an additional $650,000 for the operation of the university in 1974. The governors expected a reply from the department by the end of 1973. Instead, in December the department indicated it was still considering the U of L financial situation but would not make any decisions on additional funds for post-secondary institutions until it had the opportunity to speak to ail the institutions seeking more money.    ' And then Jan. 21 became the tentative date for final government decision on post-secondary financing. Now. according to President Bill Beckel. further delays in a decision from the government are expected and the uncertainty of university financing will continue at least until March. The delays have forced the university to become more vocal, Dr. Beckel told the senators. When other universities were screaming for funds last fall, he says he deliberately avoided making the financial woes of the university public knowledge because he felt potential students may be discouraged from attending the U of L if they thought its programming was being restricted. Even though the U of L did express to the government its need for additional funding, the impression of the seriousness of the university's finances was not made until the university made its need for funds public. The government then expressed surprise that the U of L really needed additional funding because “we really didn’t make any noise in September.” Dr, Beckel said, Owen Holmes, vice-president, claimed the other universities in the province don't have to worry as much about making their financial problems public knowledge because they are larger and have been established longer so are not as likely to frighten away potential students. ' He even expressed the fear that news of the senate debate Saturday may discourage students from attending the U of L. ' However. Dr. Beckel was much more aggressive about letting the public know about the university's financial woes. Dr. Beckel admitted that the university wouldn’t be in a disastrous academic situation. •We can’t say It is a disaster and we can't say its all right," suggestic would be delighted to attend a meeting of a service club” to explain the scholarship program. In a recently-printed pamphlet promoting the entrance scholarships, the U of L claims it lost students to other universities because it only offered 12 entrance scholarships last year. The scholarship program, it states, may even be in a more critical situation next fall when only seven to nine entrance scholarships will be offered if new donors are not found. City, CUPE agreement reached Agreement has been reach* ed between the city and the Canadian Union of Public Employees giving the city’s inside workers a 20.9C per cent wage increase over two years. The agreement gives the 118 inside workers a 10.96 per cent increase as of Jan. 1 this year and an additional 10 per cent increase Jan, 1 of 1975. The agreement has been accepted by CUPE members and ratified by the city. . It covers about 100 inside workers who have a salary range of between $349 and $1,020 a month. The agreement covers all inside workers from cleaning women to sewer and water technicians. One of the highlights of the contract is maternity leave for female employees. It provides for two months leave before delivery and three months afterwards. Medicine Hat, Calgary and EdmontMi all have maternity clauses in contracts for the employees. The contract also gives inside workers three weeks ^ioiiiiitys after two years. It was originally three weeks after five years and the inside workers were negotiating for three weeks after one year. Pay for overtime has been increa.sed from time and a half to double time with the new contract. The city’s contract with CUPE inside workers is for two years. 'Kw* Nb'’«-“ W'A.1 ;