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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 6, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 - THI LETHBRIDGI HERALD - Salurday, March 6, 1971 Year-round university Sharp^s proposal draws mixed reaction By THE CANi\DIAN PRESS Reaction from university officials was mixed to a suggestion this weelc tliat year-round operation of universities miglit re-lieve student unemployment, but those universities with extended terms indicated there is definite merit to the idea. External Affairs Minlstesr Mitchell Sharp said in the Commons Wednesday that student employment and training programs will be necessary every year unless the imiversity year is changed to provide year-round education. The statement followed an ani-Douncement that the federal government iwas to provide Eummer jobs, subsidized travel and trainiiig programs for at least 70,000 students this year. A survey by The Canadiaii Press showed some univemsity officials bad reservations about what year-round operations might do to relieve student unemployment. But officials at those universl' ties who now have some form of tri-semeters system indicated that it worlced well in that students filtered into the labor market at intervals rather than all at once in the spring. Dr. John B. Macdonald, exfec-utive director of the Committee of Presidents of Universities of Ontario, said there was some evidence from two universities now operating a tri-^emester system-University of Guelph in Ontario and Simon Fraser University in British Columbia-to indicate it was more costly tbao the traditional system. But, he added: "There would be some, advantages such as the spread out of students lookii^ for work." Dr. A. W. R. Carrothers, president of the University of Cal-gaiy, takes a different view. "If we were to go to a trl-se-mester system we would have substancial enrolment in the fall ' and spring terms, and consider- able falling off of enrolmeut in the sununer," he said. STILL JOBLESS "The students would still be out of imiversity looking for employment." Magnus Flynn, dean of students at Sir George Williams University bi Montreal, forsees another problem. "Most university administrators and academics would i^ree that education suffers qualitatively if extended for an entire calendar year," he said. "A student who wants to have the most effective education should have the opportuiUty to return to society periodically. Otherwise he becomes wrapped up in a sort of academic cocoon and loses his perspective. The university suffers accordinly." Programs at the universities of Guelph and Waterloo are attempting to counteract these criticisms. Waterloo president Dr. Burt Matthews said the courses take ^You don^t hargain with bandits^ five years rather than four to complete but no additional time is spent in university. A student is free to attend any two of the year's three 15-week long semesters. When it comes to looking for work, either to pay for schooling or when he graduates, he can more or less pick his time. SAVE A YEAR The system also enables a student to complete a course at his own speed. He can, for example, obtain a pass degree by working for a straight two years and so save an entire year on ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - United States Ambassador William Handley appealed Friday night for the safe return of fout kidnapped U.S. servicemen held for $400,000 ransom. But the deadline for paymeuf set by their kidnappers passed today with no word about their fate. "It is my fervent hope that those who are holding the four airmen have heard my appeal end will release them soon and aafely," andley said in statement today. He said the Turkish foredgn ministry arranged the broadcast over the state radio. The kidnappers, leftists called the Turkish People's Liberation Army, demanded payment by 6 a.m. today-11 p.m. EST Friday -and said they would shoot the Americans if the money was not forthcoming. The Turkish government refused to bow to the demand and after a meetfiig of the cabinet Friday night Labor Minister SeyH Ozturk said: "You don't bargain with bandits." The only official coocdli-tory gesture was the radio report of Handley's appeal. WON'T APPLY PRESSURE President Nixon told a Washington news conference Thursday that the administration wouW not apply pressure on the i The TOWN CHEF LOCATED FN PROFESSIONAL BUILDING DOWNTOWN LETHBRIDGE Serves Afernoon Tea (or Coffee) EVERY AFTERNOON by The Dining Room Fireplace Turki:^ government to negotiate with terrorists. A mammoth search for the kidnappers by police and Turkish troops led to a gun battle between students and troops Friday in which a student and a soldier were killed and more than a dozen persons wounded. Troops tried to enter a dormt-tory of the Middle East Technical University and wew met by a fusillade of shots and dynamite sticks from rooftops and windows. About 2,000 students were rounded toe questioning. The four U.S. Air Force radar technicians were seized Thursday as they went from a radar station to their billets in An-Icara. All of them-S.Sgt, Jim-mie J. Sextra of San Angelo, Tex., and Airmen Richard Car-aszi of Stamford, Conn.; Lany J. Heavner of Denver, and James M. Gholson of Alexandria, Va.-were in civilian dothes and unarmed. The airmen are reported to have sent letters to Handley through a Turkish newspaper office, asking that the ransom be paid. The Wdnapperat' test rtate-ment, delivered with the letters, said that if the Turkish government did not broadcast acceptance of their demands "we will wait resolutely for the deadline." the traditional system. Year-round education also Is available at the University of Saskatdiewan's Regina campus and Memorial University in St. John's. At Regina, says campus principal Dr. John Archer, it has proved a definite asset. "We have adopted our system on a tri-semester basis to meet flexible needs and while it is not infallible it has worked for us." Dr. Archer said the tri-semes-ter system was particularly take hailf a class, go out and get adaiptable in courses such as enr gineering when students could practical working experience, and then return to complete their studies. STUDY YEAH ROUND At Simon Ftaser, the trt-se-mester system enables students a degree in 2 2-3 years, says information officer Dennis Roberts. �Hie Uidverslty of British OA-umMa on the other hand has no plans to enter the tri-aemester field, nor has the Univenity of Alberta. Both have courses atvallable to students who want them. In Ottawa, Carleton University President Davidson Dunton says there are 5,000 students on campus every summer speeding their education. "P e r h a p s the government should consider giving some financial support to these students who choose to go to school instead of woric in the summer," he said. SERIOUS PROBLEMS Dr. Owen Holmes, University of Letiibrtdge dean of airts and science, said studies on the tri-semester system have indicated it would produce "serious financial problems", mostly because of difScuIties of staffing universities year-round. Dr. Holmes said a couple of American undversities which had tried the system" had just about gone broke," and some of the political problems at B.C.'s Simon Fraser University appeared to be the result of its tri-semester format. He suggested the U of L's current program of a yearly sununer session and Interses-sion comprised "just r.bout another semester." Jim Fishbounte, U of L coordinator of community rela-tions, suggested it was "debatable" that the minister of external affairs would know more about the efficiency of a tri-semester system than the umversities who have' cUidied the matter. "Maybe he wants to get the government out of its unem-playmeat dilemma" by implying the universities take le-sp