Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
_ THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID Solurday, June 3, W72 Letters to the editor Graduate extols the V niversity of Lethbridge Grain tie-up at ports In April tile Mariime Employers' Association in Quebec announced that a three-year contract had been signed with the longshoremen's union. The news was regarded as singularly im- portant as for years the docks at Montreal, Quebec City, and Three Rivers have been the scene of too many crippling walkouts. Unfortunately the peace move didn't last long. For the past two weeks the longshoremen, in defiance of their contract, have been out on strike in support of Quebec's dis- tressing labor rebellion and the union- ists have consistently ignored a court injunction which ordered the men back to work. Although most of Quebec's labor problems haven't touched people in other provinces, the longshoremen's strike, freezing all movement of grain in and out of eastern ports, has wide-spread ramifications, For the strike comes at a time when all facets of the grain storage and move- ment industry are working diligently to meet the target of an 800 million bushel export level this crop year. Although export shipment through west coast ports is becoming in- creasingly important, 60 per cent of grain destined for overseas still goes through the St. Lawrence river ter- minal elevators. Freighters shuttle between Thunder Bay and Great Lakes ports refilling the terminals at those points as soon as the larger, deep-water boats empty them. At present, all boats are waiting to un- load at ports idled by the strike. Prime Minister Trudeau's recent announcement that railway hop- per cars would be purchased to facili- tate the movement of grain was a welcome announcement to everyone in the grain business. But there is little use in having additional box- cars if the railways are permitted to be hit by walkouts or the docks on Canada's coasts are tied up by labor troubles. I was deeply shocked and dis- turbed by Ilic recent Herald series (May 23-27) regarding anticipated enrolment nt the University o! Lethbvidge. As a 1972 graduate in Ihe faculty of arts and science at this institu- tion, I feel 1 am qualified to to speak from a student's view- point, and thereby correct many of the fallacies and mis- conceptions surrounding tliis uniquely different university. When a prospective student chooses a university, prime consideration should be given to the quality of instruction of- fered. A new professor once re- marked to me Hi at he had chosen to work at the Leth- bridge university primarily be- cause of respect for its distin- ulshed faculty, many of whom were among the "best brains in Canada today." And my own personal experience over the past three years has verified this statement. Not only aro these instructors vastly knowl- egeable, but they are also free thinkers in every sense of the word, unafraid to experiment and out new avenues ot truth. Perhaps in no other uni- versity in North America at the present time does the fire of free Inquiry bum as intense- ly as here. And perhaps no- where else Is to be found such a singular harmony and friend- ship between professor and stu- dent, as both work closely to- gether in the noble pursuit of learning. In this remarkable climate the student can better come to know himself and his potential by coming Into contact with many different fields of study. la tome cases a student may enttr university with sincere in- tentions but without a clear-cut goal. Hence such wide exposure to new ideas can be of immeas- urable benefit to these students, Exploration must of necessity precede specialization. And where belter to explore? At the U of L the independent and colloqium studies program, the semester system, the possibil- ity for multldlsciplinary ma- jors, as well as sludent-inillated Reds or experts? With few exceptions, travellers who have been admitted to Red China re- cently, have spoken about the insist- ent and never ending propaganda message, bellowed from loud-speak- ers, taught in the schools, made the subject of almost every theatrical production. Even a reporter of the stature and experience of Joseph Kraft, was unable to hold a genuine discussion on any political or social topic. He got only the trite, pat an- swers, characteristic of Maoism, a frustrating experience for any news- man. Mao is the fountain of all wis- dom; one needs no other father than Mao. From him come all the an- swers. A recent book, called "The Making of a Model Citizen in Communist China" has recently been published by the Hoover Institution Press. The authors, an Asian language special- ist, a professor of political science, and a sinologist now with the U.S. Defence department's section for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, have collaborated in analyzing the contents of primary school reading texts as- signed to Chinese children in the first five grades. Their opjective; to dis- cover and identify some of the parti- cular problems which the Chinese communists face in socializing their children. The authors found that to some ex- tent Chinese schools try to impart many of the same things pur own schools do honesty, consideration for others, love of country, etc. Love and respect for parents is scarcely mentioned. Children are also admon- ished to keep themselves clean and given instruction in practical skills like reading, writing and arithmetic. It is in the propaganda field that the big difference comes in. Children are introduced to the terrible evils of imperialism and capitalism notably the kind that emanates from Ameri- ca. The virtues of bravery and cour- age are taught in the context of the evils of Japanese militarism which must never be forgotten. Devotion to Chairman Mao is the central theme. A first grader learns to read with texts such as this. "Chairman Mao loves us. Chair- man Mao tells us to study hard and advance upward every day. We must be obedient to the'words of Chair- man Mao and be good children of Chairman Mao." The great question now arises. How well has the constant exhortation, the consistent and continuous indoc- trination succeeded in overturning centuries old Chinese attitudes to- wards family life and individuality? Will this concerted effort to deny the mind a life of its own, survive the death of Mao and the exposure of a once-isolated people to the facts of the world beyond? China is committed to a course of rapid industrialization which will in- evitably involve its society with the technological changes and develop- ment in the world. This will inevit- ably lead to a dichotomy between the political purists and the "ex- perts." It's known as "Red vs. ex- a dilemma which led to an intra-parly feud and the ensuing Cul- tural Revolution. In future years the clash is almost bound to lead to questionings and yearnings that even the thoughts of Mao cannot answer. A reckoning when the theoretical values of China's greatest leader will clash head on with reality and when the crisis be- tween socialist idealism and techo- cratic bureaucracy are bound to meet head on. The struggle will be a long one. The advantage is with Mao's team, but the last set has not been played. It could mean defeat for the political purists. ATTORNEY GENERAL Weekend Meditation Youth and the revival success of the great Wesleyan movement in England owed more than is generally recognized to the involvement of the very young. Indeed children from nine years of age up were among Wesley's most ardent followers in their tens of thou- sands. The Moody revival similarly owed an enormous debt to the young people. As a matter of fact there has not been a re- ligious revival in history that did not have as its major force the youth of the country. This is so even in bad causes. It was the youth who made Hitler supreme in Nazi Germany and youth who made Mussolini supreme in Fascist Italy. Now Billy Gra- ham claims that a new revival is coming through the youth and he is tremendously enthusiastic about the prospect for a youth movement. Arthur Blessitt recently wrote his life story, "Turned on to Jesus." In November he carried a ten foot wooden cross through Britain and Ireland attracling attention to his evangelistic campaign. He says, "My definition of The Jesus People is anybody be he pastor or hippy, if he is filled with the loving compassion of Jesus Christ. The Jesus Movement is anyone filled with Jesus, who is moving for God." This is very typical of the theology of the youth movement. It is very simple and the is taken very seriously and directly. They believe in a life free from materialism and practise a simple piety which distrusts in- tellectualism and any philosophical formu- lation of faith. They are quite emotional and naively romantic in the worship Jesus. In downtown Vancouver a number of young people on a street corner hand out tracts and a fine-looking young fellow pushes tracts through an open car window while it waits for the light to turn asking, "Do you know Jesus? Jesus loves you." Numberless cars drive through the city with the question, "Do you know who is coming or "Jesus loves you." Linked arm in arm a group of young pent- pie corns thiough Stanley Park very joy- singing some evangelistic hymn. Their favorite is "Amazing Grace." Un- doubledly they are reading against the materialism of our time and they have re- jected the way of violence and political activism for a personal mysticism. They also have a deep unrest and in many cases a dissatisfaction with the formal, organized church, allhough they send back their young people into their own churches to try to change those churches into more vital and relevant faith. Their meeting place is most frequently a coffee house where they sing their songs with guitar or banjo ac- companiment and talk very simply about what their faith means to them and how they came by it. They have little respect for denominational lines, the whole empha- sis being on an immediacy of relationship with Jesus Christ. One great feature of the movement is their desire for community and one always finds them in some kind of group. They are usually gentle people and emphasize above all theological doctrines the compassion of Jesus. They scoff at tra- dition and show their disregard by their dress and haircuts. Surely there are fea- tures of similarity between the life style of the hippies and that of Jesus. The lowuigj- kindness that reaches across all social and racial lines, the contempt for coTiform- ism, and their revulsion to the evil and vio- lence in our social and political structures are reminiscent of Jesus. One would be happier if they were harder thinking and went deeper in their theology, but if they are not a hundred percent right they are far from being entirely wrong and they have much to say to the modern church.' Prayer: 0 God help us to see Christ coming rrt whatever guise so that He does not como to us unrecognized that we do not know Him. May it not be said of us that "Ha came to His own and His own received Him not." K. e. M. "Your application for incorporation of a Ku Klux Klan confederation has been accepted how- ever, you'll have to get a special permit for your quaint cross-burning University student disillusioned by reaction As a .University of Lethbridgo student and booster, I am shocked and more than a little disillusioned at the juvenile re- action from the university's faculty and the people of south- ern Alberta to The Herald's ex- cellent series of articles on the plight of the university. Mr. Caldwell and Mr. Wilson are to be congratulated for the honest and forthright way they presented the small univer- sity's dilemma. It is something which I have felt The Herald was remiss In not doing for so long that if any fault lies with the newspaper it is that you didn't publish this sort of series sooner. The university should have given the articles the intelligent consideration they deserved, and then said to the commun- ity, yes, we are in trouble, but we are working with the gov- ernment to get out of it. Of course, they would have to use The crafd articles to actually get the government to work with the university and grease the squeaky wheel. Instead they accused The Herald of trying to destroy the university and being against it. What short memories! In first year at the Univer- sity of Lethbridge I remember the one prairie province con- ference financially backed by The Herald completely, but organized jointly with the uni- versity. Before that The Herald was a big booster of the univer- sity in its site dispute and even before that, in getting a univer- sity here at all. Now The Herald sticks its neck out to show that the uni- versity has a new need for better support from the govern- ment and our childish uni- veristy community calls it ir- responsible and anti-university and other red flag words like that. It makes me wonder what kind of education I'm getting, if that's the limit of the facul- ty's mental capacities. I think it is time for a lot of growing up, and a lot of soul- searching at the university. Be- ing inside the university I know for a fact that there are many problems. They involve exactly those things that the students in the articles were quoted as saying. (I would like to point out to your critics that it was the grade 12 students who point- ed them out, not Mr. Caldwell.) Perhaps many of their fears and criticisms are groundless, but the mere fact that the stu- dents outside believe them as do some of the students in the university shows that the university has been doing a lousy job of advertising what it really has to offer. Perhaps It U time to at the univer- sity's whole system of meeting prospective students and mak- growing up ing friends. Perhaps it is also publicly adi time to see if our information services are adequate for the job they obviously have to do i[ we are to keep getting new stu- dents. I think the University of Lelhbridge is a good one, and that it can have a good future if it grows up. But part of up is to be able to ".rnit to making mis- takes." I hope the university admin- istration is sufficiently grown up to admit it spoke too hastily, and to thank The Lethbridge Herald for its articles. I apologize for not signing my real name to this letter, but I have another year to go here, and I'm not willing to join The Herald in suffering the paranoid attacks the university seems to want to dish out to people who tell the truth about it. A VERY CONCERNED STUDENT Lethbridge Negative picture unwarranted As a University of Lethbridge student, I would like to express my opinions on the recent ser- ies of ai-ticles regarding the University of Lethbridge. I find it intolerable that The Lethbridge Herald should paint such a negative picture of tha U of L based solely on the opin- ions of high school students. Such students, in general, pos- sess neither experience with the U of L, nor do they possess experience with other post-sec-. ondary institutions. Therefore, their opinions of the University of Lethbridge do not afford a legitimate basis on which to judge this institution. Such opinions are merely outside im- pressions of the U of L, not meaningful conclusions based on experience. Please do not misinterpret me: I do not question the right of high school students to their opinions; I question the policy of The Herald in so narrow- mindedly using these opinions to indicate the calibre of the U of L. It seems as if a major com- plaint was that the U of L did not afford sufficient informa- tion to potential students. I am not in a position to indicate the exact degree of in form- lion distributed; perhaps there was Indeed littla information. Within this realm, I was shock- ed to read the opinion of one student. That student indicated that if the U of L was not in- terested in going to him, he saw no reason to going to them. But does that student realize that magnitude of his future educa- tional investment in terms of his time, his money, and money of society in general? In view of this vast investment, that stu- dent must realize that he him- self must dig to ensure that this investment will be a good one. Therefore, it is he who should assume the greater initiative in seeking a post-secondary ed- ucation in the interest of a truly high quality education. If, as The Herald implies, this opinion is prevalent in south Alberta, then I fear the calibre of such students. A good edu- cation does not como begging to them, they must seek it. Another thing which bothers me is this question about a university education and status. It appears as if The Herald interviewers are married to an idea of going to an established centre to achieve status, an idea which provoked students' comments on universities of status. If a person is going to seek status rather than a good education, what useful purpose will his education serve? Most likely these society-minded, status-seeking types are the more affluent ones who are going to havens for the econ- omically privileged. Such ha- vens promote the big name ec- onomic elitists who continually sap strength from the less for- tunate. Withdrawal of support from a smaller, poorer institu- iton such as the U of L is cer- tainly a step in such a direc- tion. With regard to lack of ade- quate courses and subsequent difficulty in transfer programs, I take issue. I am currently in- volved in a transfer program and I have received assurance from the office of the dean of U of Us thing Congratulations to Ron Cald- well on an Interesting series of articles concerning University of Lethbridge enrolment. One oversight appears in his discus- sion, however. He writes, in ef- fect, that a number of students felt if the U of L is going to survive it must develop "its own thing." Earlier he stated, "In fact, it Uhe U of L) is known in some quarters as 'a mickey mouse university.'" What has been missed by many is that from all appearances, including the lowering of en- trance requirements, the Uni- versity of Lethbridge's "thing" is precisely to be a "mickey mouse" university. What has been so particularly disturbing to the administration is that there have not been more "Mousekctcers." A KEEN OBSERVER Lelhbridge. the professional faculty con- cerned that my courses are be- ing accepted without prejudice. But I listened to advice of both U of L and U of A counsellors and I have obtained semester courses with follow-up courses such that my program is com- patable with the U of A upon transfer. Some high school stu- dents, however, who have not even attempted such programs do not seem intent upon listen- ing to advice otherwise they would not so rashly denounce U of L courses and transfer pro- programs. And The Herald appears to be using this to de- mote the U of L for lack of ad- equate courses and facilities. Many students appear to re- ject the U of L simply because it is too close to home. Here, it docs not seem fair to judge a university training inade- quate simply because one wish- es to be independent of one's home influence. Again, the in- telligent student should seek a training which promises high quality; he should not reject it simply because he does not ap- preciate a ctose-to-home envir- onment. To promote a negative view of the U of L because of this is therefore an unfortunate position lo lake. Perhaps the U of L, with its small campus, low 'enrolment, less generous facilities and shortage of finances is in such respects a mickey mouse uni- versity. But lo those who pro- mote such a feeling about the calibre of U of L education I slate the following: I would rather go to a humble, less for- tunate centre than get a mick- ey mouse education. GARTH WARNOCK courses all provide rare oppor- tunities for the ambitious ana creative student. There are no 'Mickey-mouse' courses at the University ot Lethbridge. I would like lo make this point very emphati- cally. High marks and high standings are attained only through hard work and rigid self-disipline. Of course there will always he the 'hangers-on' and the 'society-owes-us-an-ed- ucallon but such individ- uals are in the minority. In its short history, tills umversiy has graduated many unusually gifted people who have subse- quently made significant con- tributions in their chosen fields. Therefore the question of infer- ior status must be dismissed. Also the new campus and tha inspiring educational opportun- ities at the U of L have gener- ated publicity both at the prov- incial and national level. Commendable too, is this un- iversity's attitude t o w a r ds learning in general. In our ma- terialistically-minded society, education has too often been sacrificed to the golden idol of wealth and soulless prosperity. Is it not against just such ster- ile and meaningless values that the youth of today is rebelling? Yet it is surprising how many of the youth of southern Alberta deliberately shun the very insti- tution which likewise abhors all superficiality where education is concerned. Joy. in learn- ing and sharing with like-mind- ed intellects is the guiding stim- ulus behind .this university com- munity. As expressed in their manifesto: Flexibility and openness to innovation will be the distin- guishing feature of The Univer- sity of Lethbridge. Notwith- standing its intention to offer diverse subject matter contrib- uting to the acquisition of pro- [essional skills, the university regards learning as an end in Us elf, not merely as a means to material ends. Its primary aims are to foster the spirit of free inquiry and the critical inter- pretation ideas." Education should be a great adventure for the mind and spirit. The U of L is a great adventure. There is no need for riots here. Nor is the Lethbridge univer- sity an 'ivory-tower1 retreat of the typical cliche variety. Ot all the universities that I have investigated in the past few years, and I have become ac- quainted with quite a few, it is the most community-oriented. For this reason alone it se- serves the moral respect and support of those it serves. Too students plan to go else- where merely to 'get away from or to 'have fun.' Parents also frequently encour- age sludents to attend other universities for a variety oE reasons, often quite outside tha realm of education and often quite different from the fabrica- ted excuses that were given to The Herald reporter. The U of L is one of southern Alberta's major assets. If indeed, it is the sincere wish of this com- munity that our university de- velop into a 'great university within five or six years' as some have prophesied then it must have the full support of this community. Despite be- liefs to the contrary, a great range and variety of subjects are offered, including the total of four degrees: BA, Ed, B Mus, and BFA. With an In- crease of enrolment and finan- cial support, we could shortly have those graduate programs that are so eagerly desired, as well as specialization in an area such as 'fine arts.' It has been said that youth enjoys a challenge. What great- er challenge than the building of a strong community and a university to stand with the best! As a member of today's youth generation, I am eager to open up exciting new frontiers. I sincerely believe that the Un- iversity of Lelhbridge is a new frontier in education today. It deserves our support, not only because it is but because it has proven worthy of the ideals of youth. I feel honored to count myself among its grad- uates. And in the future I have no intention of abandoning either this young Institution or the promise it holds. May others do likewise. Together let us work for the University of Lelhbridge as it fulfills its function as southern Alberta's symbol of 'The Age of Aquar- ius.' Lelhbridge, R. R. R1NGLAND The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD no. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second oaw Man RegistcaHon No. 0012 Member of The Canadian and the Canadian Dally News pa pw Publishers' Association and the Audi I Bureau of Circulations CLEO W, MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager DON PILLING WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Associate Erfilor ROYV MILES DOUGLAS K. WALKER Advirllilng Manager editorial Page Editor "THE HERAID SERVES THE SOUTH"