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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 22, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, May 22, 1973----- by Bill and Harry fit ufeld Convocation guests The chancellor of the University of Lethbridge, Dr. James Oshiro, presented de- grees to 253 education, arts and science graduates at the U of L's convocation Saturday, left, writer Farley Mowat received a little something he didn't expect. He expected an honorary doctor of laws dsgree which he did receive, but this stuffed dead gopher was o surprise. The gopher presentation to the naturalist-environmentalist author was not made at the convocation ceremony. Below, Mr. Mowat chats with Dr. Jim Cousins, who also received a doctor of laws degree. BECKEVS CONVOCATION SPEECH U of L rates with top institutions By HERB LEGG Herald Staff Writer The University of Leth bridge, despite recent reports, is one of the most highly suc- cessful institutions in North America, U cf L president Bill Eockel said Saturday. Speaking during the annu- al convocation ceremonies, 3r Eeckcl said the univer- sity has outstanding facilities -anging from its library and dtchen to its gymnasium laboratories. "The university is, despite what you may have heard, a highly successful institution involved in the interaction between professors and stu- dents in persirit of a liberal, general, specific or profes- sional higher education. "They are assisted by a thorough! v competent sup- port staff and outstanding facilities from library and kitchen to gymnasium and D r. Beckcl said. He described the univer- sity's architecture as "beau- tiful, splendid, uplifting, flex- ible and spacious." Dr. Beckel said he judges the U of L on a basis of dedication to higher learning. "We have an excellent fa- culty, comparable in quality and accomplishment to that of any similar institution in North America. "We have a talented, in- tellectually assured, clever, broad-minded, attractive and spiritually well-developed stu- dent he said. Dr. Beckel paid special tri- bute to the university's non- academic staff, which is now bargaining for a contract un- der the Civil Service Asso- ciation of Alberta. "This element of the univer- sity is too often neglected. Ti'c group that has the most difficult contribution to make to the harmony is the sup- port staff. "Ranging from caretakers to controllers, they are the cement that binds a hishly reactive mixture together. anges will ensure OFY value By JOANNA MORGAN Herald Staff Writer _ Changes in ths Opportuni- ties for Youth organization will ensure communities re- ceive more value than ever for the grouts spent there, says the OFY project officer for Southern Alberta. Scott MacKinnon says he i-. responsible for overseeing 33 projects the first year there has teen supervision on a district level. A second innovation is the local advisory committee This is composed of univer- and community college officials, city hall and provin- cial department of youth rep- lesenla'ives, and members of youth-service groups like the city's birth control and infor- mation centre. Mr. MacKinnon said people familiar with a district and the projects there can detect deliberate abuses or projects that need help. Mr. MacKinnon's district extends from the Crowsnest Pass to the Saskatchewan border, between Calgary and the United States boundary. He plans to visit each pro- ject twice a month in two- week circuits of his area. The advisory committee met in March with Mr. Mac- Kinnon to scrutinize OFY pro- ject applications. It recom- mended projects felt to be of benefit to the community. Mr. MacKinnon, 27, said "Taxpayers will got their money's worth this year." He said the worth of some OFY projects would be diffi- cult to assess. "It's tough to prove community develop- ment. I don't know if it's the right thing we're doing, but at least -we're trying." "I think the agencies are in trouble because they've lost their said Mr. MacKinnon. Some OFY groups are taking over the territory of established insti- tutions wild projects in fields like recreational camping, consumer and legal aid ser- vices. Social agencies- may be funded under the OFY pro- gram but the projects outlin- ed must be of benefit to the community and not to a pri- vate membership. Mr. MacKinnon joined OFY in February en a lO-manth contract. After live years with the provincial department of youth, he worked in drop-in centres, drug counselling and legal aid. Mr. MacKinnon defended OFY as an employer of edu- cated young people m a time of high unemployment. "We train a lot of people to use their minds and then don't vse them. It's really a waste." What is too often forgotten is the amount of efficient, detailed and dedicated work that is done by the staff to help make the intellectual effort of the university go Dr. Beckel said. He said the U of L library, despiLe what he termed as having "blind spots, irritating blanks." helps promote the ease of any action within the inrtitUtion. Dr. Beckel said the univer- suy kLchen '-hcs the reputa- tion in Alberta of producing some of the best tasting stuff available in any provincial institution, at times rising to heights that would impress the chef of the Ritz." He said the U of L gymnasi- um and laboratories are an essential part of the valuable faccls of good university ed- ucation. "I have one further hope. That is somehow we will also elicit (.he same altitude (of optimism) in the Alberta gov- and the cleparimcnt of advanced Dr. Beckel said. He made no reference to {he recently-announced gov- ernment program to subsid- ize students wishing to at- tend the University of Leth- bridge. The two-year government program will involve a mini- mum expenditure of S200 000 up to a possible million. Campers overload all park facilities on busy weekend Southern Alberta's provin- cial and national parks were not the places to avoid crowds over the holiday weekend. "It was one of the busiest weekends we've ever said local provincial parks su- pervisor J. U. Erickson, as he tabulated figures on the 10 southern parks in his Loth- bridge office today. "All our facilities were completely said Air. Erickson. As just one example, Beau- vsis Lake, 15 miles southwest of Pincher Creek, which is de- scribed in parks literature as having roam for 50 teats and 25 tnailer-camper units was jammed by some 400 camping of one sort or another. All campgrounds open at 'Waierton i, a k e s Jva.ional Park were also reported full. Park Superintendent Tom Smith said it was a very busy weekerd but only the usual problems like lost hikers and traffic jams in the townsite were encountered. looked like a slightly disturbed said Mr. Smith of the traffic in the town. While the good weather leading up to and during the weekend was one factor in bringing out the campers in droves for the first big week- end of the summer season, both Mr. Smith and Mr. Erickson are predicting a busv summer. "With the increasing num- ber of recreation vehicles sold, it appears as though we're going to need more camping spots to accommo- date them said Mr. Erickson. Some relief for campers, who today must battle the crowds as well as summer heat and mosquitos, is on the way. A private campground just outside the Waierton Lakes park boundary is under con- struction and is expected to open by the July 1 holiday weekend. Mr. Smith said the camp- ground will have 130 camp- ing spots initialy and should be able to take a good deal of the overflow from the park. Navy cadets awarded merit badges The special year-end ser- vice awards for the Leth- bridge Navy League Cadet Corps were given out this week. Best all around cadet of the corps was presented to Gary Hurkens, while most im- proved cadet of the corps was Brian Bennett. The commanding officer's award for work in, both the corps and the community was received by Barry Doe. Awards for highest marks received in corps examina- tions were presented to Louis Mate, with a mark of 91 per c e n t: Cameron Middleton, with a mark of 92 per cent and Brian Bennett with a mark of 86 per cent. Receiving merit award badges were Garry Hurkens, Cameron Middletoa and Neil Sinclair. Perfect attendance awards were given to Collin Camp- bell, Raymond LJsun. Pat Manning, Darren Cook and Russell TurnbuM. District teacher gets U of A post Erwin Miklos, a former teacher for eight years for the County of Vulcan, has bean appointed chairman of ifae educational administra- tion department in the faculty of education at the University of Alberta. Dr. Miklos will take up the post Jiilv l, 1973. Dr. Miklos joined the U of A education department af- ter teaching in Vulcan. He received his master's degree in education from the U of A in 1960 and his PhD in 1963. He graduated from the Saskatoon Normal School in 1947. Waterton Park itself has 300 sites which can hold people. Mr. Erickson said the prov- ince is beginning a five-year upgrading and redevelopment program on all its parks this year to increase their capac- ity to their maximum poten- tial. In the meantime parks of- ficials are doing their best to accommodate everyone they can. "We don't like to turn any- one Mr. Erickson said. "Some people come a long way to the parks and if they're willing to make do, so are we." Weekend rainfall blessing for some The weather disturbance which dumped more than a half inch of moisture on parts of Southern Alberta daring the weekend has been term- ed a blessing where it hit. Blair Shaw, district agri- culturist for the County of Vulcan, said this morning the storm seemed to move on a southeasterly pattern from his region. Just north of Vulcan there was very little moisture while south of the town was .33 of en inch. Reports indicate very little moisture fell north or east of facer while about half aa inch fell on the town. In the moisoiire starved Municipal District of Fore- most, district agriculturist Dalton Jensen reports no rain fell during the weekend. He said it has continued hot and dry although the summerfallow in the region contained sufficient moisti're to germinate crops. "The farmers are just hoping for rain." Reports from the Milk River region show about a heli of an inch fell. Murray McLelland, district agriculturist for the counties of Lethbridge and Warner, said farmers in his district were badly in need 01 rain, adding "they should all be smiling now." The Lethbridge weatfeer of- fice reported that .6 of an fcch fell in the vicinity of the city. Sherry Clark, regional di- rector in Southern Al- berta for the provincial de- partment of agriculture, said the rain fell slowly, allowing the moisture to soak into the ground. He said this would help the farmers throughout Southern Alberta. Mr. Shaw said the rainfall has allowed many fanners to continue with previous seed- ing plans. Many farmers apparently were afraid of the lack of moisture ar.d vrere changing from oilseed crops to the tra- ditional barlsy crops which don't need as much rain. He said, "there are lots cf bushels of flax in the bins now which will be in the ground this week." The flax crops are seeded close to the surface of the ground and without the moisture, tha top of the land is dry and crusty. Crops would be unable to germin- ate or protrude through the soil, he said. A review Double bill launches Playgoers' festival By LYKNE VAX LUVEN Playgoers of Lethbridge were definitely not groping the dark" Monday eve- ning when "Black Comedy'' launched their week- long 3Kh anniversary festival of arts at the Yates Memorial Centre. Directed by Dick Mells, Peter Shaffer's guffaw-laden farce was just what the pro- gram promised: hilarious. A cast of eight equally tal- ented and proficient people seized their roles with relish, attaining deft and humorous characterization. Without giving away the lighting in the play was a 'character' in itself. Kirk Jensen is aoi inimit- able Brindsley Miller the hapless young sculptor whose well schemed plans for fame turn into a com- edy of errors. Also excellent are Edward Bayley as Har- old G o r r i n g e, Brindsley's foppish neighbor. Mr. Bay- ley has boned to a fine edge the role of aggrieved friend who becomes a hysterical foe. Sheri McFadden is suit- ably coy and giddy as the fiance, Carol Melkett. And Bill Matheson as her father, is the epitome of the out- raged, bugle-lunged military martinet. In smaller roles, but not stinting on their talents, were Ray Mercer as the ver- bose electrician Senuppan- zigh and Sheila Pisko as Clea, the old flame who re- turned to scorch poor Brin's plans. Cherie Bauntcm as Miss Furnival is priceless as the strait-laced spinster who "discovers" the enjoyable sin of imbibing spirits. The cast captured the ca- dence of the English accent with just the right degree of hyperbole. Unfortunaiely, "Black Comedy" shared the double bill presentation with "Pine- apple a comedy ballet by the Jolliffee Academy of Dancing. The comedy ballet took itseif too seriously and though enlivened by excel- lent sets and costumes tended to limp, rather than leap, along. Mark Litchfield as Jasper danced with vigor aaid grace whenever his role demanded, but Carol Jolliffe as Poll gave a somewhat un- even performance at times dancing with style but often seeming to "work" too hard to create an effect. Between the two presenter tions on the double bill, there was a total of 25 minutes in- termission time 10 min- utes to change the set for scene three of "Pineapple and 15 between "Poll" and ''Black Comedy." It meant a rather long eve- ning. The double bill presenta- tion continues at the Yates this evening. Curtain time is 8 p.m., as it is for all festi- val productions, except Sat- urday's. Wednesday, the students of Kate Andrews High School under the direction of Frank Feather- stone, present four one-act plays. One of the plays is "Fanny of Funny Brook a melodrama en- livened by such characters as Murgatroyd Murton, "a mendacious Lord Foppffigham and Lola La- moar, "a luscious lascivious lady." It's nostalgia-time Thurs- day evening when The Big Band presents a selection cf music of all kinds from 20's through to the long-ago days of the 60's. Playgoers return again Friday and Saturday (May 25 and 26) with their version of the musical comedy, "Oa, What a Lovely War." The cast of 21 includes Wendy Burrows, Jack Warburton, Tom Moiling and Sardi Balcovske, to name just four. The festival comes to a fit- ting culmination Saturday with a free performance of Theatre for Children by the Lefchbridge Youth Theatre, under the direction of Joan Waterfield. in a.m. pro- duction includes such skits and playlets as "The Royal "The Princess and the Pea" and "The Land of Same." ;