Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 11, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
- THI ItTHMIDOl HIRAIP - Thursday, March 11, 1*71 Magnificent new university campus started Moat of 1970 was a "mixed tag" (or the University of Leth-nidge, which with CSnderelia-iike propinquity started con-rtruction of a magnificent new campus, but got axed on the way to the bank with its operating budget. The university's $16.5 million West Lethbridge campus is scheduled to open this fall, barring labor difficulties, and should be in full operation by summer, 1972. And as well as winning sev-eral major international awards, Arthur Erdickson, the U of L architect, received wide acclaim for his Canadian pavilion design at Expo 70 in Osaka, Japan - which reflects the imaginative new U of L campus. However, 1970 was also the Year of Austerity for education In Alberta, and university budgets in Lethbridge, Calgary and Edmonton were severely chopped. This factor, coupled with lower-than-forecast enrolment Increases, led to dire financial straits and belt-tightening for Alberta's smallest university. The grants cut brought on the first U of L student demonstration since the university site dispute of 1967. More than 250 students, faculty and members of the university board of gov- ernors held a quiet protest In cold and snowy weather, in front of Lethbridge city hall. The protests did little to alleviate the situation, but the de-parment of education announced shortly after that a bit more money would be made available to the universities as a transitional grant - and the U of L got a substantial share. University officials said they were still short by up to $300,-000. May 10 to 13, the U of L together with The Lethbridge Herald co-sponsored a successful One Prairie Province conference, drawing speakers and delegates from throughout Canada and the United States. The concept of amalgamating Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba into one province - dubbed Canada West by federal MP James Richardson - was thoroughly discussed and a book containing speeches delivered at the conference is to be published shortly by The Herald. In January, Poole Construction Ltd., of Calgary and project managers for the entire university development were given the $2 million contract for construction of the reinforced concrete superstructure, which is the solid shell of the building. The first phase of construction is the academic building, with a 909-foot span over a coulee, dropping 10 storeys to the coulee bottom. The bottom four floors are residence space for 400 students. A $1 million contract for manufacture of the reinforced concrete beams was awarded in May to Bordignon Concrete Ltd., of Vancouver. In July the university called for tenders for construction of $8.5 million in other work, and in September the contract for $2.6 million in mechanical work was awarded to Lockerbie and Hole Western Ltd., lowest of two tenders received. The electrical contract, awarded at the same time went to Hume and Rumble Ltd., of Calgary with a tender price of $915,000. A $260,000 contract for supply and installation of windows and entrances went to Colray Manufacturing and Distributing Ltd., of Calgary; and supply and installation of mechanical controls contract went to Honeywell Controls Ltd., of Calgary at $219,000. In December tenders were called by the university for construction of the physical education and recreation building's first phase. The building was designed by Lethbridge ar- chitect George Watson, of Robins Mitchell Watson. Bennett and White Construction Ltd., of Calgary was awarded the construction contract for the building, at $1.8 million. B and W. submitted the lowest bid of 12 firms, and is to start work this month or early in April. The building will be finished by summer, 1972, and will house the art department and book store in addition to physical education. U of L Vice-President Dr. Bill Beckel has said he expects another $25 million to be spent on the campus by 1980, and eventually it could be worth as much as $60 million. A substantial portion of the physical education building's cost will be borne by the Three Alberta Universities capital fund, the first provincial use of 3AU money. Students too had their big developments, including several changes in the provincial student grants and loans changes which were relatively for the better in 1970 - and were recently revised to do away with grants entirely, stirring up substantial student controversy. In the fail, when Canada was meeting its first quasi-revolutionary crisis with the Front de Liberation du Quebec, the U of L student newspaper, The Mel- Sunlight gives special effect to spire of new LDS church $20,000 spent COALDALE (HNS)-During the 10-month period in 1970 the Lethbridge County southern regional recreation board was in operation it spent $20,400. The co-operative board was formed in February of last year. A report on its revenues, expenditures and activities was presented by W. D. Geldert, recreation director for the area, at a recent public meeting and workshop on recreation held at the John Davidson School. It was attended by more than 70 interested residents. Operating expenses had consumed $17,288. Office and other equipment cost $$1,470. The board contributed $500 each to the rodeo and gymkhana grounds and to the trout pond development of the Coaldale amd District Fish and Game Association. Other expenses amounted to $641. Max Gibb, southern Alberta area consultant in recreation with the department of youth, said the department would give the board a grant of $6,000 for last year's operating budget. It is expected soon. iorist, accidentally published a contentious portion of the FLQ Manifesto of action, making the paper technically break the War Measures Act. the result was several student meetings, suspension of the paper for a week, resignation of the editor and appointment of a new editor - and a change of Meliorist publication dates to make it a weekly paper instead of a twice-monthly issue. Other U of L events of 1970 in chronologic order: Jan. 16: spring semester enrolment up 40, to 1,300. Jan. 20: appointment of three new members to the board of governors - Jim Gladstone Jr., of Cards ton; Dr. James Oshiro, of Coaldale; Ralph Thrall Jr., of Lethbridge. Jan. 30: Students' Society Council installs contraceptives vending machines in men's and women's washrooms on campus. Feb. 4: Dr. Neil Holmes, board of governors chairman, predicts "rough sledding" for the university due to low government grants; Dr. Beckel calls grants "unbelievable," and students hold protest meeting. Feb. 14: Robin Dann, a second-year arts and science student is elected student president for 1970-1971. May U: university faculty salaries settled for 1970-1971, but figures not released. May 20: announcement that U of L colloquium studies department, in which students design their own degree programs, is to have its first graduate - Les Forczek, an art major. May 31: 182 U of L students including 50 members of the original university classes, in the university's third Convocation ceremony. Honorary doctors of law degrees awarded to A. E. Palmer, a southern Alberta pioneer, long-time superintendent of the Lethbridge Research Station, and the originator of strip farming technology; and to Murray Adaskin. University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon composer - in residence and a noted Canadian composer. Featured convocation speaker, elected by graduates, was Jim Cousins, chairman of the U of L history department, June 11: university announces its definite participation in the $10 million Westar telescope project, In which seven . Canadian universities are co-operating to buiild a 157-inch reflecting telescope in B.C. July 2: university announces installation of $150,000 timesharing computer. July 24: a $2.3 million Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation loan is made to the university for its residence. Fall, 1970: student housing shortage termed "critical" by university officials, who unsuccessfully sought a city council relaxation of basement suite restrictions. Sept. 9: Dr. Beckel says the U of L may have graduate programs by 1975 to some subjects. Sept. 10: university institutes Potatoes up Alberta's potato industry gained a boost in 1970, with the establishment of a $1,800,000 potato processing plant at Vauxhall. The province's acreage Increased largely due to the new plant to 29,000 acres from the 1969 figure of 24,000. The plant, Vauxhall Foods Ltd., provides permanent employment for 75 persons and seasonal employment for another 25 persons. It produces potato granules which are distributed throughout Canada and overseas. Potato chips produced in Alberta are also finding expanded markets in B.C., and French fries made in Alberta are gaining acceptance in the major market areas of Montreal and Toronto. This increasing demand for fresh potatoes is being met by southern Alberta's three fresh potato packing plants; Golden Top Potato Sales, Brooks;' Pak-Wei Produce, Vauxhall, and Alta-Fresh Produce Ltd. of Ta-ber. Alta-Fresh re-opened last fall, after a two-year shutdown. Alta - French packages baker potatoes they buy from Sun Alta Potato Processors Ltd., Taber, a subsidiary of Carnation Foods Co. Ltd. With the exception of a severely hailed zone near Vauxhall, southern Alberta potato growers enjoyed a good growing year in 1970, with yields averaging about 10 tons per acre. "$1.49 day" approach to student course registrations, allowing students to try out any courses they chose for several days before making their final registrations. Sept. 11: Lethbridge radio, television and stage personality Bill Matheson named to university senate; as was Dr. G. N. Beste, of Fort Macleod; Lyman Jacobs, of Raymond; Larry Lang, of Cardston; and Dr. Sid Slen, of Stirling. Sept. 30 to Oct. 2: international teacher education conference held at and sponsored by the university. Oct. 14: Survival Day at the university, emphasizing the need for pollution and environmental controls. Oct. 19: Meliorist-versus-the-War Measures Act conflict starts. December: University President Dr. Sam Smith returns to campus following a nine-month health and sabbatical leave. Jan. 12, 1971: 170 sew students swell university enrolment to 1,500. Jan. 22: students protest over-crowded university classrooms. Feb. 1: The Meliorist If allowed by Students' Society Council to continue publication, following an earlier and inconclusive referendum. Feb. 16: 1971 university grant figures released as $4,818,000 - up about $1 million over last year. However, officials say they are still $500,00 short with their $5.6 million total budget. Feb. 20: Ken Runge, a political science student, is elected SSC president for 1971-1972. March 4: Dr. Phillip Deans, of Bishop's University, Lennox-ville, Que. is appointed U of L dean of arts and science, effective July 1. Dr. Owes Holmes, current arts and science dean, will return to teaching when his term in office expires in July. FOR THE FINEST IN CARPETS and LINOLEUM Call The People Who Know at Hamilton's Floor Covering Ltd. -FREE ESTIMATES- 909 3rd Ave. S. Phons 327-3454 Lethbridge Community College Where Creative Tomorrows Are Made ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING The Lethbridge Junior College opened In 1957 and the 36 students were housed in -the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute. The first building on the present site was erected In 1962. The present campus has expanded from the original building of 98,320 iquare feet a� an initio) cost of $1,465,777 to the present. Complex of 311,314 square feet at a total cost of $6,468,793. Student enrolment for the present temester number over 1,000 full time students. Students are offered one and two year programs In the Schools of Agriculture, Business Education, Liberal Education, Nursing, Technical-Vocational Education and Continuing Education. Various special programs are offered in each of the schools. In 1970 the lethbridge Junior College became the lethbridge Community College under the terms of the College* Act of 1969. The College is administered by an appointed board. Continued growth in all areas of learning is assured under the present organization and facilities.