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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta TRAVEL BY CHARTER TO EUROPE IET US ARRANOE YOUR GROUND TOURS SEVERAL SELECTIONS ARE AVAILABLE ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL CENTRE VILLAGE MALL PHONE 328-320, The LctWnidgc Herald SECOND SECTION Lelhbriclgc, Alberta, Saturday, May 27, 1972 PACKS 13 TO 26 NOW IN OUR NEW LOCATION CECIL OXENBURY DISPENSING OPTICIANS LTD. 101 PROFESSIONAL BIDG. 7-10 4th AVE. S. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA Summer is coming. Be ready wilh a pair of Prescription Sunglasses. "Solution to U of L dilemma in hands of Alberta government have h c e n courses are education pro- ey mouse" reputation for tbe more students and more pro- This must mcar By JIM WILSON Herald I'il.v Editor The problems faced by the University (if Lcthbridgc are complex, but unless solutions are soon found the campus faces disaster. Last year's enrolment of about students is almost certain not be met this year; in fact, or less is a more likely figure. Compare this with estimates made three vears ago of about stu- dents in There were graduates this year, and while a few of those unable to find full-time jobs will likely re-turn for an- other year, the total less in- cluding those transferring to other universities, drop outs and others who simply don't return will be at least 500 students. Even the most oplimstic U of L officials don't expect to acquire 500 replacement stu- dents this fall. Alberta's university financ- ing system is tied almost en- tirely to student enrolment, so that if the U of L's enrol- ment drops, so docs its bud- get _ and so does its oppor- tunity to finance new pro- grams and campaigns to get more students. The Herald's study under- taken by reporter Ron Cald- well showed that while some students can see benefits for them in attending the U of L, the vast majority either can- not see any advantages or know so little about the Leth- bridge campus that they pre- fer to go elsewhere. The few factors the U of L has managed to pubu'cize suf- ficiently, particularly its small size and its perhaps freer in- terpretation of entrance re- quirements, were cited by many students as reasons they do not want to enrol at Size is certainly a problem. Because the enrolment is small, many desirable courses are not offered and many specializations are not possible. Furthermore, because small size means a relative- ly small budget, it becomes impossible to make the large financial adjustments necessi- by annualfy DECREAS- ING funds. Some improvement may come from a proposal that the projected, rather than the ac- tual enrolment be used as the basis for the annual grant from another proposal, that budgets be made on a a five-year rather than a one- year plan. Tills would still not rescue the I! of L: at present there are too many negative rum- ors, loo many real problems and deficiencies and too few students. One basic problem, per- haps, is the error of the origi- nal claims by the U of L: tbat it would be a boon for south- em Alterla students. The truth, increasingly, is that students want to get well- away from home for their uni- versity educations get out on their own, responsible for themselves. While the financial aspect can be important for some, wilh the relative ease of ac- quiring university loans and grants today it does not have to be a real consideration. Proximity, in many cases, means the U of L is automat- ically unappealing and it also means that the U of L must encourage students from much farther away to attend, requiring a good public rela- tions program throughout the province. Edmonton students, after all, want to get away from home too so are potential U of L students. So, for that, matter, are Grade 12s and 13s from southeastern B.C. At present, this p.iblic re- relatiions does not exist, because tbe U of L can't af- ford it. Other Alberta uni- versities campaign actively throughout the province. There are increasingly deep schisms growing in the U of faculty concerning the "real" strategy being adopt- ed by university administra- tors 'to cope with its finan- cial dilemma. Many professors insist that the university's education fac- ulty is being increasingly em- pbasized. There have been few cuts of its teachers or programs. "Whatever they wanl in ed- ucation they seem lo savs one senior arts and sci- ence faculty professor, who prefers to remain anonymous, "in arts and science, we just get the cutbacks." The reason so many believe this lies in the provincial grant system. Because some programs cast more to oper- ate than others, there is a nine-level costing factor built into the grants. Simple arts and science courses are rated near the bottom; graduate programs are at Ihe top. Near the mid- dle and above most gen- eral U of L arts and science courser, are education pro- grams. A Level 3 course is worth three times as much per stu- dent as a Level 1 course. Thus, 700 education students attracted to the U of L are worth considerably more in terms of money than are 700 arts and science students. Whether or not the rumors are true, the truth is that the education faculty is indeed growing, while the arts and science faculty grows much more slowly where it grows at all. And this, of course, up- sets teachers in arts and sci- ence, who begin to fear for their jobs. Further accusations which according to The Herald's survey have lead to a "mick- ey mouse" reputation for the li of 1, are that it welcomes students who can't get into other Alberta universities be- cause of deficient high school grades, and that the U ol L marks exams easily so that few students fail. According to regulations, neither is necessarily true. Entrance requirements arc almost identical for Alberta's three universities, although local interpretations can vary. And a student's marks are based on assessments made by each professor, not on the whim of an administrator. Obviously, going by the comments made to The Her- ald by Grade 12 students, the U of L needs better publicity, more students and more pro- grams. And, more money. And this is a vicious circle under the existing system, because in order to gel more money with which to attract more students, it has lo get more students to get the money In order to get more courses the U of L has to have more students, who don't want to attend unless there are more courses. And more courses cost more money, which means more students. 11 appears that the Alberta government holds the key to the U of L's luture, and that only by taking the situation very seriously can it pull the li of L out of its dilemma. This must mean a commit- ment by the government as lo whether or not it really wants a university in Leth- bridge. If it does, it must provide the U of L with the finances and other basics needed to make il attractive to stu- dents. This means constantly recognizing tbe special case of a small, young university. And it means tossing the entire, unworkable per-stu- dent grant system out the window and substituting an over-all, how-much-is really- needed budget without refer- ence to other universities. If the government doesn't want a university here, all if may have to do is leave things as they arc. The University of Lethbridge presidential view By DR. W. E. DECKEL President University of Lcllibridgc We note your article. "U of L enrolment likely to drop and here's why." With that kind of all nega- tive reporting it would be surprising if our enrolment didn't drop. You comment that our pre- dictions of enrolment for this fall are overly optimistic. We contacted high school counsel- lors all over the south, and asked them for their best esti- mate of bow many matricu- lating Grade 12 students might be coming to the University of Lethbridge tliis fail. They asked ail their stu- dents, looked at the patterns of past vears. and estimated 35 per cent. We always in- tended to wait and see if their predictions were correct. We are always optimistic, but rarely overly optimistic. You make the point over and over that our program and facilities are inadequate and that students won't come to our university because tilings are so much better at the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta. We know that things are dif- ferent up north, but how do you decide that they are bet- ter? We have always presented our case for a good education at Lethbridge, based on our excellent academic facilities, now that we are in our new quarters, ar.d the opportunity for very special teaching, in close academic contact with professors and in small classes. We do have a first-class gym and facilities for gym- nastics and weight training among many other sports, but it is true that don't have a swimming pool or bowling alleys or billiard rooms or squash and handball courts. We want these things, and knowing that the people of Al- berta supplied them for Cal- gary and Alberta, we are asking for them and hoping to get them. With better recreational fa- cilities we will certainly be more competitive for stu- dents, but we don't know how much better the education we offer will be. Education, you see. is our concern. We are not selling soap. We appeal to people who are putting their money on education first and fringe benefits second. You are right that are not satisfied yet with our course range. I doubt that you would find a university any- where that is satisfied. Those offerings that we have are generally first-class, taught by some of the best professors in Alberta, or for that matter in Western Canada. But we do need to develop our program. We have asked for that development and hope to get it. You raise that old Iwgey man of credit for Lethbridge courses at Calgary or Alber- ta. There is not one documcn- table case of credit being do- med anywhere our students with appropriate courses have transferred within the univer- sity system in Canada. We do know of cases where semester course sequences were not followed against our advice, and where a student has tried unsuccessfully to get credit within a year-long course for only one semes- ter (equivalent to one-half of a one-year course) taken at Lelhbridge. We try lo avoid sucli disap- pointment by advice and warnings that a student must take a two-semester sequence of courses to gel credit for a year course elsewhere. You also raise the question of lower entrance standards at Lelhbridge. In this prov- ince, all universities the same entrance standards set by the co-ordinating council as per the Universities Act. Where does this comment about us having lower stand- ards come from? Maybe it is because of our special pro- grams for gifted high school students who can take courses with us prior to complete matriculation, or, maybe it is because we allow mature stu- dents who don't have com- plete high school to come to us at age 19. instead of 23 as it is in Calgary or no age limit at Alberta. We think our special pro- grams merely offer better service to our community, not a lower standard. As we read your article and the others that you promised, we wonder, with your fertile imagination, whet you could do if you beard or thought of something good about the Uni- versity of Lethbridge. How come you missed meeting those people who we talked to who are enthusias- tic about coming to the Uni- versity of Lethbridge this fall? Public interest is lacking in historic preservations Bridge decision Thursday? Public Interest in preserving the province's archeological and historical resources seems to bo at a low ebb. Only 15 people turned out at an Environment Conservat i o n AIR CONDITIONING Alcun Refrigeration ltd. For the best buy in Air Conditioning Phono 327-5816 Authority public hearing on the matter at the Lelhbridge Com- munity College. However, although the turn- out was low it was pointed out that at least 300 people are in- volved in the Lethbridge area groups concerned with preserv- ing tbe historic and prehistoric sites and artifacts. All those organizations pre- senting briefs noted that virtu- ally tens of thousands archeol- ogical and historic sites exist in this province. Dr. J. F. Dormaar, presenting a brief on behalf of the Archeol- AGENTS FOR ALLIED VAN LINES CUFF BLACK, Certified Denial Mechanic SLACK DENTAL LAE lower Level MEDICAL DENTAL BIDS. PHONE 337-2822 PARK'S-KEILSON'S Dry Cleaners Ltd. SUPERIOR DRY CLEANING 311 6th St. S. and 1514A 9th Ave.S. PHONE 327-4141 327-5151 327-7771 hour service Expert tailoring blocking ond leather processing pleat drapery processing ogical Society of Alberta. Leth- bridge chapter, noted Alberta's uniqueness in pre-hisloric times. Existing evidence shows that Alberta may have been used as a migration corridor by ancient peoples around the Ice Age era. Glaciers hemmed the north- ern portion of the continent in from the east and the west, pos- sibly leaving an ice-free corri- dor through Alberta, he said. Positive evidence shows that this could have occurred be- tween and years ago- More recent evidence shows that this could reach as far back in time as lo years. Dr. Dormaar lold the hearing. Dealing with recent lustory, he urged the recording and doc- umenting knowledge from liv- ing pioneers. In a second and private sub- mission to the hearings Dr. Dor- maar urged Crown ownership of all artifacts including build- ings and manuscripts. To overcome the problem of ownership rights, a "custodi- an" system should be adopted to allow those individuals cur- rently owning such artifacts to keep them within the family structure. Any destruction of such his- toric artifacts should result in severe penalties. He said Alberta should adopt similar protective legislation as currently exists in many Euro- pean countries where there is an active consciousness on the part of the public in preserving historic material. Dr. Walter Trost. chairman of the authority, warned that sug- gcslions to allow the govern- ment to expropriate such mat- erial could conflict wilh the Al- berta Bill of Rights which is currently before the legislature. J. A. Spencer of Magrath, told the hearing of the importance of amateurs in collecting arti- facts from surface sites. The amateur archeologist and historian plays an important role in collecting and document- ing information about the past, he said, because experts simply could not afford to cover all the known and yet to be discovered surface sites. However, no amaleur should invade another individual's property without consent. M a n y amateurs currently lave in their possession numer- Rural teacher talks break off ous artifacts they would be wili- ng lo donate to a government- recognised historic body. Up lo 90 per cent of the known artifact? in existence today were collected by amateurs, he said, Many sites arc found and then ost to the plow or development wcause the government does not act quickly enough on ob- taining information. Mr. Spencer said the govern- ment should supply the neces- sary material lo document sites jefore the land becomes used again. Others are willing to offer their artifacts to government if .hey receive some type of ac- knowledgement. The Fort Macleod Historical Association and the Lctlibridge Community Sen-ices Advisory Committee also submitted )riefs. A decision on v.'hcther ilie. city can go ahead with eon-; struction of a bridge to Lethbridge before 1976 is ex- pected to be made by the pro- vincial government by Thurs- day. Mayor Andy Anderson said today. The mayor will meet with; highways minister Clarence! Copithorne and municipal af-j fairs minister Dave Russell Wednesday in Edmonton to put in another pitch for possible construction of the bridge in; late 1973 and 1974. j Last week. Mr. Copithorne said survey work will begin this year for the bridge crossing. Mayor Anderson said tliree proposals have been submitted to the province: that the city jorrow the full amount and be responsible for the repaymen of the estimated 56 million oan: that the city borrow the full amount with the province guaranteeing repayment, and that tbe province share Ihe cost of the bridge on a 75 per cent province and 25 per cent city basis. He said he is 'pretly sure" the government will ac- cept the third proposal and with the advanced constmcton date. SUMMER STORE HOURS JUNE, JULY, AUGUST MONDAY TO SATURDAY 8B3CI fl'W' to 5 P-m- R FRACHE'S FLOWER SHOP 322-6lh SI. S. LGRNA'S FLOWERS 1508 9lb Avc. S. MARQUIS FLOWER SHOP 614 4th Ave. S. NORTH PLAZA FLORIST 618- 13th St. N. By RON CALDWELL Herald Staff Writer Secret contract talks between tbe Alberta Teacher's Associa- tion and the board represent- ing all 18 rural school districts south of Vulcan and Brooks broke down Friday after four days of negotiations. Both sides agreed that mon- ey was one of the main stum- bling blocks. "In light of the very strong financial position of SASAA. 1 am very disappointed tiiat the boards have failed to make any significant said Bill Casanova. "We are just too far apart on money matters." said Hay Clark, head of the SASAA no- go'.iating team. Mr. Clark said Ihe boards of- fered between four and t'.i per cent, while the teachers are go- ing after salary and fringe AIR CONDITIONERS STARTING AT Charlton Hill Lid. 1262 2nd Ave. S. Phono 328-3388 benefit increases that would re- suit in a 10-per-cent bike. "We have got to stay within i the six-per-cent guidelines set j by the provincial said Mr. Clark. "If we go over that, we would have to go to a plebiscite, which we would lose, and then we wouldn't eyen be able to of- fer six per cent." Several other issues are still unresolved, including: length of the contract, payment for par- tial years of university educa- tion, allowances for sabbatical leave and security of evalua- tion of teacher education. The trustees have already ap- plied to the Alberta department of labor for the services of a conciliation officer. It is expected that the offi- cer may arrive on the scene as early as next week in an at- tempt to bring the two sides to an agreement before the end of June. The current contract expires ill the end of August. "We wanl to get it settled be- I fore this conlract runs out." said Mr. Clark. "That means by the end ol June, because teachers will Ix; away in July and August and j won't be able to vote on any- J thing." He said he feels that if the talks, which began in Leth- bridge Tuesday, bad continued, "we could have gotten a rea- sonable settlement." YOUNGEST GRANDPA Lincolnshire building foreman Gordon Grant recently became Britain's youngest grandfather 33. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Bldg. 222 5lh SI. S. Phono 328-4095 THRIFTY BUYERS CHECK WITH US BEFORE YOU BUY. AIR CONDITIONERS and FANS ANGLO DISTRIBUTORS STEREO S PHOTOGRAPHIC CENTRE 41 9 -5th Street S. Phone 323-6661 Anglo Distributors SERVICE CENTRE 419 5th Street South Phone 328-6922 NOW Government Licensed Technician Repairs to Raoios, Televisions and Tape Recorders. SONY LLOYDS DUAL NORESCO SMILEY'S PLUMBING BASEMENT BATHROOMS REMODELLING Phone 328-2176 1.97 KEYNOTES" Matt Thys People used to hesitate cjo abroad because of lln strange conditions. Now they're reluctant lo stay home for the same reason. The way kids dress now, ii's dangerous to put them out on the curb in the morning. 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