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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 21, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, January 21, 1975 UoJ L employs only woman sports director in Canadian universities Athletic director 'one of a kind' By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor When you're one of a kind, you can't let little things like being called a 'female jock' bother you. That's the attitude Wilma Winter, the only woman athletic director employed by a Canadian university, has gradually learned to assume. Ms. Winter, 31, is in her second year as University of Lethbridge athletic director, and is ready to continue the job for a third year. However. Ms. Winter's casual philosophy of a job that lands her in all male meetings most of the time has not been easily won. "At first I checked and re checked every little she recalls. "I guess I was overly cautious. When I accepted the position, I decided I was going to do the best job I could, because after all, as a woman, everyone would be watching me closely to see if I could handle it." As athletic director, Ms. Winter is responsible for the ad- -ministration of the physical education department, including seven team sports in which the U of L is active (hockey, basket- ball, volleyball, judo, curling and badminton) and must determine if the institution's athletic budget for 1974-75) is spent as it should be. "So much of the job is ad- she says, "that there's really no reason it should be considered male terrain. I look after budgets, athletes' travel arrangements, hire per- sonnel, secure game officials. And 1 attend many, many meeting." Ms. Winter says that although there are women physical educa- tion instructors in other univer- sities across Canada who are in charge of women's athletic PROPER WAY TO HOLD HANDS SHOWN English woman concludes; Britain to be engulfed in 'bloody9 revolution programs, she is the only woman responsible for teams of both sexes. "The women directors aren't really in says Ms. Winter, with a mixture of chagrin and wry amusement. "They can't really speak with authority on behalf of their.in- stitution. If a vote is being taken, many of them have to run off and check with the director of men's programming, as he's their boss." "People are willing to accept a female in my position, once they find out she's doing the says Ms. Winter. "But there's no doubt that some people criticize a woman harshly for an error they would overlook, or laugh off, if made by a man." Women, she says, still don't get the same "benefit of the doubt" from male colleagues as another man would. There've been a few men, such as equipment salesmen, who just couldn't believe she had the power to act and the authority to purchase on the university's behalf, says Ms. Winter. "They were just she recalls. Ms. Winter says that while she tries to promote women's athletics "as much as she she is ever watchful to maintain an overview of the program as a whole and not promote women's competition as the expense of male students. "If a man were to promote women's sports, his colleagues would say he was a great guy for doing she says. "If I do the same, they might say I've got an axe to grind." Women in Canadian sports haven't been discriminated against as much as U.S. female says Ms. Winter. "We had championships for women here almost as soon as we had them for men." She. has no patience with people who equate athletic women with un- femininity, saying that's an out dated attitude. She says women athletes at the U of L are given fair treatment, hut feels some other Canadian universities have only a "token commitment" to women's athletics. Although she meets only those women committed to physical fitness in the classes she teaches, Ms. Winter says a wide variety of women are now concerned about health and fitness and are pursu- ing individual activity programs. And, as more women become more proficient in sports, the old stigma attached to women athletes will die. Universities should examine their reasons for entering com- petitive sports, she adds, saying that one of the main benefits should improve students' perfor- mances, give them a variety of experiences and broaden their education through meeting teams from other areas of the country. The U of L recently became a member of the Canada West University Athletic Association. Ms. Winter says Campus teams have improved greatly because of quality com- petition within the league. A native Southern Albertan, Ms. Winter was born in Milk River, and moved to Lethbridge with her family when she was six. She obtained a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Alberta, a master's from the University of Oregon. "We've made tremendous she says of women in sports. "There are now better Coaches, better texts on how to work with female athletes if we think about where we've come from, the progress is evident. It's just looking at where men are that makes us feel left out..." And she is optimistic that women's progress will continue. "The best way to change anything you're not happy she adds, "is not to just criticize, but to study the situation and come up with some alternatives for improvements." WILMA WINTER TEACHING SOCIAL DANCE CLASS -The Hcrald- In his new book Otto Bettmann argues: LONDON (CP) Mrs. coup she confidently pred Marie de Roland Peele, a will come next August. French-born Englishwoman But she acknowledges with a taste for adventure, faces some problems, believes her hour of destiny main one is recruiting has arrived. after hours of persuasion o In her elegant tea and cuciiml ment overlooking placid Wim- sandwiches, the 47-year bledon Common, Mrs. de Ro- commander is still 999 lande Peele has concluded women short, that Britain is about to She has, however, built u become engulfed in a bloody stockpile of eno Communist revolution. tinned food to withstanc So she appointed herself two month siege, "and thi commander-in-chief of a just the start." group she calls the Women's Mrs. de Roland Peele, w Resistance Movement, with usually wears a jungle-gre plans to recruit a million bush hat and a French an ladies in preparation for the badge on her blouse, fouj with the French in with her immediate neighbors, a reporter for the she Daily Telegraph has dis-he covered. and Apparently there was some-ver thing less than an enthusiastic er response when she proposed old digging up all the stately munal lawns to plant fruit and vegetables for the emergency. PJj "My neighbors were not ign very she .a acknowledged. "In fact some s is were qujte about ;t "Eventually, we'll have a nationwide network. We will en be able to man essential vices when law and order 'ht break down. But we shall also as be ready to fight. The Communists are already organized and the army police will not a" be able .to stop them when the CK balloon goes up." nd Mrs. de Roland Peele, who owns a .double-barrelled es shotgun and a commando a" knife, plans to concentrate her future recruiting on the 116 mothers' union and the women's institutes, diagnosis distorted to suit laws on abortion SASKATOON (CP) Dr. J. F. O'Keefe, a member of Saskatoon City Hospital's Abortion Committee, says medical diagnosis have been stretched and distorted almost beyond scientific meaning to accommodate current abortion laws. "We pretend that we are treating medical conditions when it is common knowledge that the object of the abortion committee's assessment is the elimination of the unwanted fetus." Dr. O'Keefe said he has written to government and health officials in rebuttal to recent statements made by the hospital's board of directors. Last month, the board issued a statement saying that it was satisfied the abortion committee "has been acting, honestly and conscientiously on various applications for therapeutic abortions" in accordance with the criminal code definition. Dr. O'Keefe said the board had implied in its statement that since the term "health" cannot be defined, "we cannot produce any useful guidelines as to when abortion is medically necessary." In the criminal code definition outlining cases where .abortion is legal, the phrase "likely to endanger the health of themother" is open to interpretation Dr O'Keefe said. He said abortion can also be interpreted as being legal when giving birth to a child could "possibly" endanger the health of the mother. a young PUBLIC vorced two English te BINGO planters in Ceylon in qu 16 GAMES succession. "I was very fo BLACKOUT of tea, she insists. won) Mrs' de Roland Peele dc LETHBHIDGE ELKS her ty to LODGE ROOM the women she meets in I (Upiuiri) shops, on buses and at t EVERY 8 P.m. hairdressers but she has LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE 1234-3rd Ave. North REGULAR WID. NIOHT BINttO 8 P.M. 25 GAMES _ DOUBLE MONEY CARDS MANY EXTRAS This week's Jackpot in 53 rights 5 GAUDS 11 il CARDS PAY DOUBLE DOOR PRIZE Wo one under 16 years allowed to milk may contaminated AMES, Iowa (AP) Beer for plastic Junk said, nd milk may be con- The research team says mmated with potentially plasticizers, which are used to ngerous chemicals picked make garden hoses, up-) from plastic tubes during holstery, food ocessing, scientists at Iowa packages and children's toys ate University report. soft and flexible, could A team of chemists says aggravate some common sts on purified water run ailments, rough plastic tubing such as at used in food and beverage ants shows contamination comes more dense as the ASKS QUEEN'S HELP w is increased. BERGEN, Holland One of the researchers, Dr. (Reuter) A man of 79 who egor Junk, said indications has been paying 184 guilders e that beer, wine and milk (about a month alimony uld reach even higher for 44 years has asked Queen vels of contamination Juliana for help. "Somebody cause the plastic chemicals with a life sentence has a right c more soluble in those to he wrote. The mpounds. man, Jan Bierbrauer, who 'If I were going to have an remarried seven years ago, ravenous injection, I'd just said five-sevenths of his pen-soon have some substitute sion goes to alimony. utNKtt. Riunn Fish 1 GUM Assw. DlllUU JACKPOT IN S3 NUMBERS 3 J.ckpoH _ 4th ltd 10HI t2S In 7 Numbtn OOLD CARDS PAY DOUBLE FREE CARDS EAQLES HALL. 13rtl STREET N. FREE GAMES No Children Undw 11 death MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) Ten men have been sentenced to death for oppos- ing a new law giving women equal rights with men, convicted men were ac- LEGION BINGO EVERY WEDNESDAY It 8 P.M. '500 JACKPOT BLACKOUT IN 55 NUMBERS OR LESS (Increasing ona vnMfc unti: wen) HI GAME tU JACKPOT QAHE 12S (X) 10TH GAME JACKPOT IN 50 NUMBERS FHII MM tIRVICI HOMi AFTIR WNOO MEMORIAL HALL PUBLIC MEMBERS AND GUESTS NORMANDY LOUNGE CHILDREN UNDER NOT ALLOWED Sponsored by Ladies' Auxiliary to Canadian of spreading propa- df ganda against the law at reli- u[ gious ceremonies in mosques, pi They were charged by the Si National Security Court with subverting state authority and te creating national disunity. th Four were sentenced Sun- th day. The other six were told pi Saturday night they would die be 1 by the firing squad. flc Religious officials previously held that men had Gi more rights than women, in- ar eluding a 2-1 ratio in their fa- W( vor in inheritance settle- le ments. Last Sunday, Presi- be dent Siad Barre announced ar the decision of the Supreme co Revolutionary Council and the Council of Ministers to int equalize rights. Family People's view of past warped by nostalgia NEW YORK (AP) The good old days were terrible, says Otto Bettmann, social historian and founder of the Bettmann Archive. With illustrations from the archive's collection of old prints and photographs to make his points, Bettmann argues in a new book that nostalgia has warped people's view of the past. Among other things, he notes: were three million horses in American cities at the turn of the century. The horses in Rochester, N.Y., produced enough manure to cover an acre of ground with a layer 175 feet deep. 1890, the police com- missioner of New York said there were prostitutes in the city. Assemblyman Teddy Roosevelt branded as "communistic" the demand of streetcar drivers for a 12- hour work day. They were working Ifj-hour days for a week. the 1880s, close to 40 per cent of American farmers owned neither house nor land. They were tenant farmers. About 50 per cent of the in- come of city families went for food. -On Feb. 22, 1898, F. B. Baker, a black man, was lynched at Lake City, S.C. He had accepted the job of post- master. -Only 20 per cent of the students in the teacher-train- ing schools of the. 1890s had high school diplomas. In 1903, only 18 U.S. cities had public playgrounds of any sort. In 1905, a sanitary engineer in Glasgow coined the word smog to describe the condi- tion of the air. "It is a mechanism of our psyche to forget all the bad things that happened in the old Bettmann. "We look at the little trimmings of the time but not the essential cruelties and hardships." Bettmann, 71, came to the United States from his native Germany in 1935 with two steamer trunks full of old pic- tures. There now are three million items in the archive's picture library, including a substantial collection of old- time Americana. His book deals with what has been called America's .gil- ded age, the era from the end of the Civil War to the begin- ning of the First World War. It is titled, The Good Old Were Terrible! It is, said Bettmann, "a per- sonal attempt to redeem our times from the aspersions cast upon them by nostalgic comparisons." The Gay Nineties were gay, said Bettmann, but only for the privileged few. It was also love is trying to under- stand people who don't have any. a time when a sweatshop seamstress made for an 84- hour week, when locusts ob- literated the entire harvest of the Dakotas in a single day and when thousands of fami-, lies lived in tarpaper boxes on the Pennsylvania coalfields. In this gilded age, children made up one-third of the la- bor force in mills, heroin was sold as cough medicine and teaching jobs in Philadelphia were obtained by payment of ?120 to the local political bos- ses. "Even if we cast but a cur- sory glance at the not-so-good old days and bring them into alignment with our own, we will find much to be grateful Bettman said. For almost every complaint of the modern day, Bettmann offers anecdotes and statistics to show how much worse things were in the good old days. If teachers complain now of unruly students, they might consider the fate of Etta Bar- stow. A schoolteacher in Can- ton, Mass., Miss Barstowkept four boys after school on Oct. 1870. They stoned her to death. And if traffic is a hazard now, consider the report of the National Safety Council: The horse-associated fatality rate of the last century was 10 times as great as the motor vehicle fatality rate of modern times. HELP US TO HELP OTHERS! The Salvation Army Welfare Services NMd Clothing, Furniture, Toys, Household Effects CALL 32I-2HO FOR PICK-UP SERVICE or LEAVE AT 412 1.1 AVE. S. Have your Carpets and Furniture Hand-Cleaned Flower-Fresh! Process is KiMMnlcod l> The brents' se.il Recommended by editors of House tieaulidi! ,ind. 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