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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta TRAVEL BY CHARTER TO EUROPE LET US ARRANGE YOUR GROUND TOURS SEVERAL SELECTIONS ARE AVAILABLE ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL CENTRE VILLAGE MALL PHONE 3J8-3201 The LetWnidgc Herald SECOND SUCTION Lclhhridgc, Alberta, Saturday, May 27, 1972 PACKS 13 TO :'G NOW IN OUR NEW LOCATION CECIL OXENBURY DISPENSING OPTICIANS LTD. 101 PROFESSIONAL BIOG. 740 4th AVC. S. LETHBRIDGE, AIDERTA Summer is coming, Be ready wilh a pair of Prescription Sunglasses. Solution to U of L dilemma in hands of Alberta government liy JIM U'll.SON Herald Cily Editor The diced by llio Univcrsily uf Lclhbridgc are complex, bill unless solutions arc soon round the campus faces disaster. Last year's enrolment of about sludcnls is almost certain not be met this year; in fact, or less is a mure likely figure. Compare (his with estimates made Ihrco ago of about stu- dents in 1972-7.'! There were graduates this year, and n few of lliosc unable to find full lime jobs v.'ill likely re-turn for an- other year, the total less in- cluding those transferring lo other universities, drop outs and others who simply don't return will be al 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 lo student enrolment, so that if the U of enrol- ment drops, so does its bud- get and so does its oppor- tunity to finance new pro- grams and campaigns lo get more sludcnls The Herald's study under- taken by reporter Ron Calil- showed that while some students can see benefits for them in attending tlie U of L, the vast majority either can- not see any advantages or know so littfe about Hie Lelh- bridge campus lhal they pre- fer to go elsewhere The few factors the U of L has managed to publicize suf- ficiently, particularly ils small size and its perhaps freer in- terpretation of entrance re- quirements, were cited by many students as reasons (hey do not want lo enrol at it. 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 lo make the large financial adjustments nec-essi- by annually DECREAS- ING funds. Some improvement may come from a proposal that I he projected, rather than the ac- tual enrolment be used as (he basis for the annual grant from another proposal, that budgets be made on a a five-year ralber than a one- year plan. Tins would still not rescue (he of L: at present there are loo many negative rum- ors, too many real problems and deficiencies and too few studenls. One basic problem, per haps, is the error of the origi- nal claims by the U of L: that it would be a boon for south- em AllwrLa students. The truth, increasingly, is that students want to get well- away from home lor 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 TJ of L is automat- ically unappealing and it also means that (lie 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- relaliions does not oxist, because the U of L can't af- Icrd it. Other Alberta uni- versities campaign actively throughout the province. There are increasingly deep schisms growing in the U of L faculty concerning (he "real" strategy being adopl- cd by university administra- tors lo cope with its linan- cial dilemma. Many professors insist that the university's education fac- ulty is being increasingly em- phasized. There have been few culs of its or programs. "Whatever they want in ed- ucation they seem to says one senior arls and sci- ence faculty professor, who prefers lo remain anonymous. In arts and science, we just get the cutbacks." The reason so many believe this lies in the provincial grant sysfcm. Because some programs cast more to oper- ate than others, there is a nine-level costing factor built into Ihe grants. Simple ails and science courses are rated near the bottom; graduate programs are al Ilic top. Near (he mid- dle and above most gen- eral U of L arls and science courses are education pro- grams. A Level 3 course is worth three times as much per slu- dent as a Level 1. course. Thus, 700 education students attracted lo Ihe U of L arc worth considerably more in terms of money than arc 700 arts and science sludenls. Whether or not Ilic rumors arc Irue, the truth is that the education faculty is indeed growing, while the arts and science faculty grows much more slowly where it grows al all. And this, of course, up- sets teachers in arts and sci- ence, who begin lo fear tor their jobs. accusalions ivliicli according to The Herald's survey have lead to a "mick- ey mouse" reputation lor the U of 1, are that it welcomes students who can't get into other Alberla 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, neilher is necessarily Irue. Entrance requirements arc almost identical lor Alberta's three universities, although local interpretations can vary. And a student's marks are based on assessments made by cacli professor, not on the whim of an administrator. Obviously, going by (he comments made lo The Her- ald by Grade 12 students, (he U of L needs belter publicity, more students and more pro- grams. And, more money. And this is a vicious circle under [he existing sysU-m. because in order lo gel more money with which to altract more students, it has lo get more students lo (lie money In order lo gct more courses the U of L has to have more sludenls, who flon'f want fo attend unless there are more courses. And more courses cost more money, which moans more students. U appears that (he Albcrla government holds the key lo Ihe U ol L's iLiture, and by liking UK: K'nua'i'm very seriously can it pull the li of L out of ils dilemma. Tr.is must nican n commit- ment by the government as (o ubother or not it really wants a university in Lcth- If it does, il must provide the U of L wilh Ihe finances and basics needed (o make it attractive to stu- dents. This means constantly recognizing the special case of a small, young university. And il means tossing the entire, unworkable per-stu- dent grant system out the window and subslituiing an over-all, liow-much-is really- netded budget without refer- ence lo other universities. If the government doesn't want n university here, all it may have (o r'o is leave things as they arc. The University of Lethbridge presidential view By DR. W. K. DECKEL President I'nivcrbily of Lcllibridgc We r.olc your article. "U of L enrolment likely lo 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 Liint our pre- dictions of enrolment for this fall are overly optimistic. We contacted high school counsel- lors all over tha south, and sshed them for their best esti- mate of how many matricu- lating Grade 12 sludonts might he coming to the Univcrsily of LeLhbridge tliis fall. They asked all their stu- dents, looked at the patterns of past years, and estimated 35 per We ahvays in- tended to wail and see if their predictions were correct. We arc always optimistic, but rarely overly optimistic. You make the point over and over that our program and facilities are inadequate and thai students won't come to our university because tilings are so much better at the University of Calgary and (he University of Alberta. 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 thai we are in our new quarters, aiid the opportunity for very special teaching, in close academic contact wilh professors and in smalJ classes. We do have a first-class gym and facilities for gym- and weight training among many other sporLs, but iL is true that we 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- hcrta supplied Uiem for Cal- gary and Alberla, arc asking for them and hoping lo get them. With better recreational fa- cilities we will certainly he more compeliUve for stu- dents, hut we don't know how much better Hie education we offer will be. Education, sec. is our concern. We are not selling saap We appeal lo people who are putting their money on education first and fringe benefits second. You arc right that we are not satisfied yet with our course range. I doubt lhal you would find a umvei-sity any- where thai is satisfied. Those offerings that we have are generally first-class, taught by some of the best professors in Alberta, or for that mailer in Western Canada. But we do need to develop our program. We have asked for lhal development and hope (o gel You raise that old Iwgey man of credit for Lcthbrirlgc courses al Calgary or Alber- ta. There is nol one documcn- table case of credit being de- nied anywhere our students with appropriate courses have transfciTcd within the univer- sity system in Canada. V.'e do know of cases where semester course sequences were nol followed against our advice, and where a student has tried unsuccessfully lo gel credit within a course for or.c semes- ter (equivalent to one-half of a one-year course i taken at Lethbridge. We try to avoid such disap- pointment by advice and warnings lhal a student mu.si take a hvo-sejn ester swjucnc? of courses to get credit for a year course elsewhere, You also raise the question of lower entrance standards at Lelhbndge, In tliis prov- ince, all universities have the same entrance standards tot by the co-ordinating council as per the Universities Act. Where docs (his comment, about us having lower stand- ards come from? Maybe il is because of our f-pecJal pro- grams for gifled high school students can take courses wilh us prior to complete matriculation, or. maybe it is we allow mature stu- dents who don'l have com- plfiu high school lo come to u-s at age 19. instead of 23 as il is in Calgary or no age limit at Alberta. We think our special pro- grams merely offer belter MTvice to our community, nol a lower standard. As we read your article and 'lie others that you promised, we wonder, wilh your fertile imagination, yon could do if you beard or thought of something good about the Uni- versily of Lethbridge. How come you missed meeting those people who we talked lo who are enthusias- tic about coming lo the Uni- versity of Lelhbndge (his fall'1 Public interest is lacking in historic preservations Public Interest In preserving the province's archcologica! and historical resources seems to bo at a low ebb. Only 15 people turned out at an Environmcnl Conscrvat i o n AIR CONDITIONING Alton Refrigeration Ltd- For (he besf buy in Air Condilioning Phone 327-5816 MOVING? Aulhorily public hearing on Hie matter at the Lelhbridge Com- munity College. However, allhougb Ihe turn- out was low it was pointed out Ihct af least 300 people are in- volved in Ihe Lethbridge area groups concerned with preserv- ing the historic and prehistoric sites and artifacts. All those organizations pre- senting briefs noted that virtu- ally lens of thousands archeol- ogical and historic sites exist in this province. Dr. J. F. Dormasr, presenting a brief on behalf of the Archeol- AGENTS FOR ALLIED VAN LINES CUFF BLACK, Certified Dental Mechanic BLACK DENTAL LAfi tower Level MEDICAL DENTAL BIDS. PHONF 337-3852 ogical Society of Alberla. Lelh- bridge chapter, noted Alberta's uniqueness in pre-hisloric times. Existing evidence shows that Alberta may have teen 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 casl and the west, pos- sibly leaving an ice-free corri- dor through Alberta, be said. Positive evidence shows that this could have occurred be- tween and years ago. More recent evidence shows thai this could reach as far back in time as lo years. Dr. Dormaar lold Ihe Dealing wilh recent liislory, he urged the recording and doc- PARK'S-NEILSON'S Dry Cleaners Ltd. SUPERIOR DRY CLEANING 311 6lh 51. S. and 15 MA 9th Ave.S. PHONE 327-4141 327-5151 327-7771 -2 hour service -Expert tailoring -Hot blocking -Suede and leather processing -Perfect pleat drapery processing JUNE, JULY, AUGUST MONDAY TO SATURDAY 8 "20 a.m. to 5 p.m. K FRACHE'S FLOWER SHOP 322-6lh Si. S. IQRNA'S FtOWERS 1508 -9lh Avc. S. MARQUIS FIOWER SHOP 614 4tli Avc. S. NORTH PLAZA FtORIST 618- 13lli St. N. 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 lo allow those individuals cur- rently owning such artifacts lo keep tliem within the family structure. Any dcslruclion of such his- toric artifacts should result in severe penalises 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 Trosl. chairman ol the authority, warned that sug- gestions to allow the govern- ment to expropriate such mal- erial could conflict with the Al- berta Bill of Rights which is currently before Hie legislature. J. A. Spencer of Magrafh, lold the hearing of the importance ot 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 cxperte simply could not afford to cover all the known and yet to be discovered surface sites. However, no amateur should j n i1 a d c another individual's property without consent. Man y amateurs currently have in their possession numer- Rural teacher talks break off ous anilacLs they he will- ing to donate to a government- recognized historic body. Up lo 90 per cent of Llie known artifact.0 in existence today were collected by amateurs, lie said. Many sites arc found and then lost to the plow or development because the government does noi act quickly enough on ob- taining information. Mr. said tlie govern- ment should supply the nec sary material lo document sites before the land becomes used again. Others are to offer their artifacts (o government if they receive some type of ac- knowledgement. The Fort Maclcod Historical Association and the LeLhbridge Community Services Advisory Committee also submitted briefs. Bridge decision Thursday? A decision on Hie Ijomin Ihe full amount and be city can RO ahead con-: responsible tor the repayment slruction of a bridge lo West i ol Ihe estimated 56 million loan, that the city Ixnrow (he full amount with the province Lethbridge before 1016 is pected to be made by thn pro- vincial government In" Thurs- day. Mayor Andy 'Anderson guaranteeing repayment, and said today. that tlie prounce share the cost The mayor will meet with of the bridge on a 75 per cent highways minisler Clarence] province and 25 per cent city Copithorne and municipal af-1 basis. He said he is 'pretty fairs minister Dave Russell1 cl" IVl" Wednesday in Edmonton to put j in another pilch lor possible construction of the bridge laic 1973 and 197J. Last week. Mr. Copithornc said survey work will begin this year for the bridge crossing. Mayor Anderson said tliree proposals have been submitted lo the province: that the city sure" the government will ac- cept Ihe third proposal and wilh (he advanced constnicton date. Bv C.AUWEU, Ilcrald Staff Writer Secret conlrad tallcs between Ihe Albcrla Teacher's Associn- lion and the board represent- ing all 18 rural school districts south of Vulcan and Brooks broke down Friday after four days of negotiations. Beth sides agreed that mon- ey was one of the main stum- bling blocks. "In light of the strong financial position of SASAA. I am very disappointed that the hoards have failed to make any significant said Bill Casanova. "We are just too far nparl on money mailers." said liny bead of the SASAA no- go'.ialing loam. Mr. Clark said Ihe boards of- fered iK-twcen four and per cenl, the teachers arc go- ing afler salary and fringe CONDITIONERS STARTING AT Charlton Hill Lid. 1262 2nd Ave. S. Phone 328-3388 benefit increases that would re-1 suit in a 10-pcr-cenl bike. RoL lo slay (he six-pcr-cenl guidelines sef by Ihe provincial said Mr. Clark. ''If we go over thai, we would have to go to a plebiscite, which we would lose, and then wouldn't even be able to of- fer six per cent." Several other issues are still unresolved, including: length ol (he contract, pnymcnt par- tial years oF university cdiica- lion, allowances for sabbatical leave and security of evalua- tion of teacher education. The Iruslccs have already ap- plied lo the Alberta departtncnl of bbor (or (he services of a conciliation officer. H is expected (hat (be offi- cer may arrive on the scene as early as next week in an at- tempt to bring the two sides lo an agreement before the end ol June. The current contract expires at Ihe cud of August. "We want to get it settled be- fore Ihis contract runs out." said Mr. Clark. "That means by Ibc end o[ i June, because Icacbcrs away in July and August and j won't be able lo vote on any- thing.'1 He said he feels that if the talks, which began in Lelh- foridgc Tuesday, had continued, "we could have gotten a rea- sonable settlement." SMILEY'S PLUMBING BASEMENT BATHROOMS REMODELLING Phone 328-2176 ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Sclnvar'z Bldg. Ill 5lh SI. S. Phono 328-4095 THRIFTY BUYERS CHECK WITH US BEFORE YOU BUY. AIR CONDITIONERS and FANS ANGLO DISTRIBUTORS STEREO i PHOTOGRAPHIC CENTRE 419- 5lh Slrcul S. Phone 323-6661 YOUNGEST OHANDPA Lincolnshire builrtijig foreman Gordon Grant recently became Britain's youngest grandfather 3D. Anglo Distributors SERVICE CENTRE Slh Slreel Soulh Phone 328-6922 NOW OPEN Government tlcrnscd Technician Repairs to Televisions and lope Rrcardcts, i SONY LLOYDS DUAL NORESCO 'KEYNOTES' Thys People used to hesitate to go o brood because of I lie stronnc conditions. Now they're reluctant lo slay home for the some reason. The way kids dress now, il's dangerous lo put them out on Ihe curb in the morning. One kid we know was picked up three limes for school, and Iwicc for porbogp. Husband to wife: "Well, no, djdn'l qef raise but the boss pointed out a lax loophole I didn'l know about." Psychiatrist: a doctor who specializes in Uying lo find GUI whai's booking. Ms particularly cmbarras- sinq wJion someone af a nariy says, "Excuse me, but I've forgotten your firs) and your las' name." Introduce yourself at MUSICIAND SUPPLIES LTD. 13lh St. nncl 3rd Ave S Lethbridqe. Phono J27-1056 "ann1 (HI us the kind of homo orqon you liove in mind." INSURED PUB STORflGE NEW YORK FURS 604A 3rd Ave. S. Phone 327-3276 NEW IMPROVED WEEDEX WONDER BAR The chemical weed killer with Covers approxi- mately square feet. For the control of broadleaf weeds and dealhs fo dondc- lions. 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