Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 6, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tutidoy, 6, 1973 THE IETHBRIDG1 HMAID I U of L slaff members The university reviews its. successes CCRUTINY, criticism anil suggcs lion, of whatever sort and from whatever source, should lead an institution to examine ilself, particularly to look to its success in achieving Its objectives. In taking slock, The Universily of Lethbridge finds confirming evidence of success on every hand. The chief measure of success is its graduates, and University o[ Leth bridge graduales have been successful in a variety of ways. Certainly there is no evi- dence that our graduates suffer for having attended Lethbridge rather than any other univer- sity. They compete on equal terms for jobs, positions, and for places in post-graduate pro- grams. But that is only part of it; the degree and quality of their education, enlightenmenl, fulfilment, knowledge, as com- pared with the graduates of other universities, is really the primary indicator of success. University of Lethbridge grad- uates have entered graduate programs all over North Am- erica, entering faculties of law and medicine and other profes- sional schools. Students of Tho Universily of Lelhbridge have gone on to become teachers, businessmen, artists, house- Book Review wives, scholars, musicians, and poets. The main function of a university is the education of ils studenls, the imparting of both liberal and useful knowl- edge. In this we are satisfied that we have done our job. Students this year have car- ried on our young and growing tradition of excellence in scholarship. Of the 224 sludcnls graduating in arts and science in 1972, there is documentable evidence of at least 26 students going on to graduate work rep- resenting the fields of biology, chemistry, applied mathemat- ics, medicine, denlistry, so- ciology, physical e d u c a tion, law, physics, political science, psychology, veterinary mathematics and computing science, history, business ad- ministration, geography, and English. Some specific examples would be in order to humanize this list. A unique married cou- ple graduating in physics this year is Don and Judi (nee Suni) Hall. Both graduated 'with great distinclipn, have done original research as under- graduates, were' offered teaching assistanlships and 5V 800 research assislantships by Queen's University. Both have accepted National Research Council scholarships valued at Poverty portrayed "Asian Drama" by Gnnnar M y r d a I, Abridged edition, condensed hy S e t h S. King. (Random House of Canada, 460 pages, S11.05 clolh, rpHIS is an abridged edition A of the 20th Cen- lury Fund study by the famed Swedish economist, since its publication in 1968 widely used by policy makers, sludents and teachers throughout the world. In it, M y r d a 1 presents the poverty of South Asian nations as it really is. Even the con- densed work makes very un- comfortable reading: truth is often ugly. The poor Asian peasant is the vlcllm of double exploilalion: the 20 per cent of the "have" nations control 80 per cent ol the world's resources, and the 10 per cent "have" people in the developing countries con- trol 90 per cent of the third world's weallh. Myrdal also questions the right and the wisdom of the West to encourage the devel- oping world to copy the ways of life in the West. Whereas the Improvement of their being is essentially the poor nations' own responsibil- ity, they can hardly succeed without assistance from the de- veloped nations. In the final analysis, helping one's neigh- bors is helping oneself. The abridged work, at its low price for Ihe paper edilion, should find a wide readership among those previously unable to afford the unabridged study. JOE MA per year and plan to study physics at Queen's. Another NliC scholarship win- ner is Harry Lilleniit, a grad- uate in mathemalics. He will take up graduate studies at the University of Toronto in com- puter science. With regard to the credibility of The Univer- sity of Lethbridgc's external reputation, it should be pointed out that all those students rec- ommended by The Universily of Lethbridge lo the NHC for scholarships received them. The established academic ex- cellence of The University of Lelhbridge is being carried on by Iwo graduates from chemis- try. Both Gary Knox and Tony Leung have received research fellowships to carry on grad- uate sludies in chemistry, Gary will work at Ihe Universily of Alberta and Tony will work at MeGill University. These stu- denls are contributing to a tra- dition that makes The Univer- sily of Lelhbridge chemistry department unique in Canada and possibly North America. Seven undergraduate students have co-authored nine articles published in reputable profes- sional chemistry journals. No university in Canada can match this record, let alone ex- ceed it. The existence of the above record is in no small measure related to the small- ness of our institution and our emphasis on student-faculty In- teraction. With regard to professional schools, the graduates of The Universily of Lelhbridge this year will be well represented by David Balfour, Kathryn Yamashila, and Bill Preslon entering medicine, Marvin Ir- win entering dentistry, Ron Mc- Kittrick entering business ad- ministration, Eiltje Drent en- tering veterinary science, Vic- tor Kuliska entering theology, Stanislawa Sikora enlering law, etc. Areas other than the Nat- ural Sciences and Ihe profes- sions are well represented among our continuing grad- uates. Terry Robinson, who graduated this year from colloquium study, has, with Ihe guidance of Ihe psychology de- partment, accomplished signifi- cant original research. He will be enlering graduate sludies at the University of Saskatch- ewan and lias been awarded a scholar ship. Garry Miller, a philosophy graduate, is atlending school al Ihe Uni- versity, of Pittsburgh and has been awarded an Andrew Mel- lon Fellowship. Howard Alex- ander (hislory) will pursue East Asian sludies in the grad- uate school at the University oE British Columbia where he has been given a scholar- ship. David Iwaasa (econom- ics) was the winner of a Jap- anese Government Ministry of Education Fellowship and will pursue post-graduale work in East Asian sludies at Kyolo University in Japan. Only two of Ihese presligious fellowships are available in Canada and not only did a sludent from The Universily of Lethbridge win one, but both David and How- ard were among the four fi- nalists in this competition with- in Canada. Further, among the graduates in the humanities and social sciences this year are Vernon Smith entering so- ciology graduate work at Washington State University, Lee entering English grad- uale work at The University of Calgary, Robert Best entering polilical science at Carle! on University, and Khan Rahi in sociology at the University oE Manitoba. There are 607 graduates of arts and science of this young institution. Of these, about 85 studenls have gone on for high- er degrees. This figure only in- cludes students about which we have information. The true fig- ure is in all probability higher. Our 14 per cent should bo com- pared with the national aver- age of 11.3 per cent (Statistics Canada Again in order to exemplify the dry statistics, some representative studenls from past years should be men- tioned. In 1971, the very presti- gious Lord Beaverbrcok Fel- lowship went to The University ol Lethbridge grad- uate, Doug Maxwell, who is now receiving top marks in the law school at the University of New Brunswick. Only three of these fellowships are available in Canada. Brian Slemko, win- ner of a fellowship and re- cipient of a teaching assistant- ship together valued at per year, is studying political If you have something that has to be shipped, this man is after your business. He's Trev Jones and he's CP Rail's servicing of all your transportation District Manager in your area needs. If you ship anything anywhere- Backed by the full resources of fresh meats, bulk products, manu- CP Rail, Trev is in a unique position to factured goods -Trev and his help you with your problems and to team can help you. Call him soon, provide fast, efficient, on-the-spot Call Trev Jones at 328-3373, Lethbridge. He wants to go to work for you. CP Rail science in (he graduate school at Queen's. Former students in chemistry pursuing graduate studies and all winners of fel- lowships are Richard Wilton, Brian Erno, Joe Clung, Jim Elder, David McVean, and Don Hurkot. Don Vanden Berg, for- mer graduate of physics, is studying astrophysics and as- tronomy in the graduate school at the University of Victoria. Students from The University of Lethbridge are not limited to studying for advanced degrees on this continent. John Patrick Cowan, a former graduate from The University of Lelh- bridge in modern languages, is now in the graduate school at the Sorbonne in Paris. Al- though this review is just rep- resentative and could be ex- tended manyfold, it does pre- sent some of the flavor of our students' accomplishments. Our programs are not as rich and various and copious as we would like them to be, but they'll grow; and if they were not at least adequate now, the clear evidence of success would not be there. In choosing to at- tend a small university rather than a large one. a student will experience both advantages and disadvantages. The disad- vantages are well known: re- latively few courses to choose from, a smaller library, a degree of academic isolation, a relative lack of social and r e c r e ational richness. These are a lot like the disad- vantages of choosing to reside in Lethbridge rather than Mon- treal or Toronto. Tho concomitant advantages presented by a small university like a small population centre are every bit as real, if less generally well known: smaller classes, more opportunity to participate, more (and less for- mal) contact with the profes- sor, more freedom in different approaches to learning, and more independence for the stu- dent in terms of what he may study. We are able to provide alternatives such as student- initiated courses, independent studies (where the professor- student ratio U one to and colloquium study (in which the student may choose to have no contact whatever with the tra- ditional 'straight system' of courses, classes, and The University of Lethbridge is in the national vanguard of curricular innovation and ex- perimentation in higher educa- tion, Anyone watching with real interest the development of this university in southern Alberta will not have failed to observe these and other signs of worth and success. At the same time, one must realize that Leth- bridge is part of a provincial network of higher education, and that unnecessary duplica- tion is not likely to occur wilh- in that framework faculties of medicine and engineering will not be established in a centre where the population does not warrant them. There is nothing inappropriate or half-baked about our function of preparing those of our stu- dents with professional aspira- tions to go to a larger centre for the bulk of their training. Indeed, such a student is the richer for his experience of two institutions. Many of our students are part-time students working to- ward degrees, and they vary greatly in age, occupation and rate of progress. It is surpris- ing that an institution as young as The University of Leth- bridge has already, in many cases, enjoyed the privilege of educating both the parent and the child. In some cases, two generations of one family have graduated together.. The University of Leth- bridge has also begun to offer a widening range of non-credit public service courses such as the southern Alberta series un- der the guidance of the geo- graphy department for the in- terest and enjoyment cf the en- tire community. We also offer courses for credit at a variety of centres in southern Alberta. Not to be overlooked, in briefly tallying the value and success of The University of Lethbridge, is that contribution which the university and its employees may make to the over-all culture of the commu- nity. An art gallery, a concert scries, plays, an inter-collegiate athletics program, also a va- riety of conferences (eg. Seven- teenth Annual Meeting of the Genetics Society of Canada, Pa- cific Northwest Conference on Higher the very arcliilecture of the university campuses all of these things and others help to make Leth- bridge and southern Alberta a richer and more interesting place to live. But more than anything eke, It's a question of whether student or professor, parent or child and the fact that they are belter and richer and wiser after the process o( education than they were be- fore it. The Great Falls soap opera 'PHE INCREDIBLE SOAP opera drama of the Great Falls financial crisis be- comes more difficult to understand week by week. Mayor McLaughlin and the city council have known for a long time the city was in deep financial trouble. The city officials went on spending as usual, dreaming soap opera dreams about a handsome hero or a superman coming in at the critical mo- ment to save the virtuous city. Well, no hero or superman has come to rescue the city. City officials are merely postponing a sad and inevitable day of reckoning by using funds from city Special Improvement Districts, the police pension tund and bond issue sinking funds to meet current costs. They are doing that because local banks set a limit on the amount of city warrants they would honor when the city lacked money to pay current expenses. Using trust funds to cover the deficit re- sembles the easy steps a soap opera villain would take to avoid a common sense, hard- working policy. A special committee named recently by The Great Falls Tribune Mayor McLaughlin lo consider Ilia city'i problems has returned its recommenda- tions. The committee said a cut of up to 30 per cent in the current general fund budget might be required to start straight- ening out the city's financial siluation and that a cut of up to 20 per cent must be made to balance the next general fund budget. The committee said the cuts and the budget must be projected IMMEDI- ATELY. The cuts should have been made weeks ago. It's almost two full months since the city officials met with bankers lo re- view the crisis. If 100 workers had been laid off the following week, a saving of a week could have been made. That would have meant a saving of for the current fiscal year. Mayor McLaughlin and the city council might as well give up dreaming about a superman or a handsome hero rushing in at the last moment to rescue the city. The realistic answer is to cut department costs IMMEDIATELY. On th e use 01 words Theodore Bernstein TVEW OLD-WORD: One of these columns mentioned the word groovy and that caused Mrs. G. R. Friese of Bixley, Ohio to write in to recall that the word appeared near the end of the bobby sox era in the early IMOs. True enough. But the word dates back even further than that. It was in use in the 1880s and then it meant set- tled in habit. The guess here is that a groove at that lime was thought of as being a rut, and one who liked being in his rut was groovy. More recently a groove has been associated with phonograph records. A musician who performed well was in the groove and then anyone, musician or not, who performed well was In the groove. Nalurally enough, the good per- formance was termed groovy, which then became a general expression of approba- tion. Thus do slang words somelimes per- sisl through the years, even though their meanings may change. Real poor. Here are two headlines from the same page of a Montreal newspaper: '76 Olympics' Boss real calm, cool" and "Elephants on annual toot some real The use of real as an adverb to mean very or truly is branded in just about every dictionary as either informal or colloquial. It is fairly common in casual spoken English, hut It is frowned upon in careful written English. So if you want to write real well, you'll write "really well." Word oddities. One doesn't wrack one's brains; one racks them. The verb wrack, as ils spelling suggests, is related to wreck. The verb rack, on the oilier hand, is related to the noun rack, which in one sense was an instrument of torture. Wrack, therefore, means to wreck or ruin, and that isn't something you'd be likely to do to your brains. Rack means to torture or torment or stretch or strain, end that you might well do to your brains. It should be clear by now that this discussion has not been nerve-wracking (it hasn't wrecked your nerves, one likes to but it may have been nerve-racking (that is, it may have strained your Chauvinism, narrow and broad. Origin- ally, chauvinism meant simply blind, mili- tant patriotism. The word originated in the name of Nicolas Chauvin, a soldier who was blindly devoted to Napoleon. In recent years usage has broadened the word so that it now also denotes (in the words of Webster's New World Dictionary, 1970) "unreasoning devotion lo one's race, sex, elc. with contempt for other races, the op- posite sex, etc." Hence, we have these days male chauvinist pigs. The word chauvinist is not thus misused, though ths label msy sometimes be misapplied. Tricky Infinitive. Judging by a couple of tellers, one grammalical problem that is bothersome is how to use the perfect in- finitive. Don't let the technical term floor you; the perfect infinilive is simply the one with a have in it and it is normally used lo indicate a time level earlier than that of the main verb of the sentence. This item won't solve all the problems of the perfect infinitive, but the following three sentences may be of some help: 1. I would be happy (now) lo have met her (last night or a year 2.1 would have been happy (last night or a year ago) lo meet her (same level of 3. I would have been happy (last night or a year ago) to have met her (the night before last? two years Generally, senlcnces 1 and 2 take care of most situations. Sentence 3 is usually disapproved of by grammarians. Still there are rare occasions when it would be clear and sensible. Example: "Last summer when he applied for a job as tennis coun- selor he would have found it profitable to have won at least one tournament." Word oddities. A couple of almost-sound- alikes that are sometimes confused are inure and immure. A man who is inured to his work on the assembly line is accus- tomed to it or disciplined to accept it. If the job were to drive him off his rocker, he might be immured in a mental hospital that is, confined within walls. Immure is based on the Latin munis, wall. Of course, afler the poor chap was Immured in the hospital be might well become inured to life there. (The New York Times) JIM FISHBOURNE A game two can play Grace Maclnnis is a Member of Parliament, from Vancouver I be- lieve, who recently endeared herself lo all haters of junk mail by dropping a batch of the stuff onto the Minister of Consumer Af- fairs. Please note that, being brighter than most of us, she laid it on the Consumer Af- fairs man and not the Postmaster General; the PMG only delivers the stuff, he's not responsible for what's in it. Now this charming lady docs not cam- paign in my constituency, so I can't vote for her; in any case, her political persua- sions are not Ihose you shout about in South- ern Alberta. But I'd like to encourage her noble crusade against junk mail, so per- haps it would help a bit to pass along an idea. It's one dreamed up by a chap I know, and I think it has interesting polcn- tial. As you know, Ihe purpose of about 99 per cent of junk mail is lo sell you something and thus make money for whoever send it out. You are also aware that the post of- fice, which handles the stuff, is owned (sort of) by us taxpayers, who therefore pay off its annual deficit. The trick, then, is to frustrate the sender of junk mail so as to discourage him from sending more, but at the same time to avoid adding to the ex- penses of the post office. I think this chap's idea does bolh. A necessary feature lo most junk mail is some device for the addressee to return lo Ihe promoter his entry blank, order form or whatever admission of tudterhood the promoter happens to favour. Usually this is in the form of an addressed envelope, with guaranteed return postage affixed. So this chap just shoves in as much of the junk as this envelope will hold, and mails it back. Just as simple as that. Oh, there's one small step he takes before sealing the envelope, and thai is lo remove his name or any serial number or olhcr identifying mark from the junk. This isn't because o( any concern as to what the junk-mailer might do, but rather to ensure against be- coming the unwilling recipient of a 97-vol- ume anlhology of Carthaginian nursery rhymes, or a matched set of piano stools, or whatever it is the promoter happens lo be peddling that week. The result would seem to be salutary on all counts. First, our post office gets a little business al Ihe prevailing rales, which Ihe PMG claims is profitable, so we taxpayers do all right. At the same time, the instiga- tor of the junk mailing gets back his junk, which he not only has lo dispose of, but lo pay postage on. 1 like to visualize, loo, Ihe clerk or whoever il is lhal has to open the envelopes and search for the names and addresses of the vicl er, customers. Admittedly a single envelope would only cost a few cents postage and a few seconds of the clerk's time. But if a few people did it, Iben a few hundred, and Ihen a few thousand, it could make Ihis a prelty ex- pensive way to do business. It might even make it unprofitable. That would slop it, and nothing else is likely to.