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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta .Wednesday, July 11, 1973 THE UTHMIDOf HIRAIO V of L answers questions Theatre, bursary projects explained M976 AUTOMOBILE EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM] Improved Corbuntion and Choke Altitude and Temperature GonpeftMnoit Hydrocarbons and Carbon 'Monoxide Calayit Catalyst Much has been said in recent weeks in Lethbridge about a government bursary program to boost enrolment at the Uni- versity of Lethbridge and the university's attempt to gain approval from the department' of advanced education for a multi-purpose theatre. Lethbridge city council has endorsed the theatre proposal. However, much controversy and much confusion in the minds of the public, still sur- round both projects. In an attempt to clarify and put the issues in perspective The Her- ald, as a public service, recent- ly asked the following ques- tions of university officials. The answers were provided by Dr. Neil Holmes, chairman of the university's board of governors. Q: Why has the U of L re- quested a multi-purpose theatre) auditorium when enrolment crucial issue? A: The theatre is required specifically for the university's teaching program. We now have only one room on campus which will hold to 150 people. There just isn't enough time available at the Yates Centre to meet our .varied needs. Last year the Yates was in use about 250 days of the year. U of L courses are scheduled for a time table which does not lend itself to changes. We need annual theatre space of about SO hours per week on a fixed basis which would dis- rupt regular community pro- gramming at the Yates. Q: Why are local theatre faci- lities not sotted to the univer- sity's purpose? A: We need a building to ful- fil, as the name suggests, many purposes. Drama, music and a variety of credit and non-credit students would use the facility. We need space to seat as many as 400 people who attend our public service courses, to show films and give lectures; we have large classes in B.A. and B.Ed. credit courses, where all students must be taught at once, several times a week. We need space to hold special guest lectures attracting large num- bers of people. Q: So it will not be just drama students who benefit from the multi-purpose A: Exactly, as I have just indicated. Our music students and faculty must perform in recitals, before audiences of 200 to 300 people, as part of their education and profession- al development. And of course, have an active, enthusiastic and growing drama depart- ment. We must have over 50 hours a week throughout the year, in a flexibly designed small theatre, where acting, directing, lighting, sound and stage management can be rea- dily taught. Then too, the drama students put on many productions each year. This year approximately 900 people attended student plays in the limited space of basements and hallways at the U of L. So, for proper teach- ing and production we need a theatre with a fly loft, excel- lent acoustics, lighting, space for rehearsal, workshops and a good-sized audience. Q: Does the community enter the picture, as a user of the facility? A: Certainly. We see the community as a major part of the audiences. We also see community drama groups or music groups to name but two wanting to use the space. At times, the U of L may need as many as 125 hours a week for use of the space. But that doesn't mean that other groups couldn't be ac- commodated. In other words, our plan is a university plan, but also, it a plan that involves the com- munity and it has been right from the beginning, Q: How