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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Wtdnosday, November 24, 1971 THE LETHBR1DGE HERAID-S Philip Dcnuv universries are vorcea to cut b ac s Mr. IK'inic is dean ol arts anil science at the University nf I.clhbihlgi' tinancia! crisis of our universilics through the slowdown in student enrolment is not really the fault of the universities. Society is more to blame. We all believed in the Nine- teen Kifties liv.I United States was ahead of everybody in wealth because it had more university graduates per head of population. So our universities wero given such dkv.yim; amounts of money with which to prow that they did not could no! stop to think about what they were really doing. The result has h-en that though we pro- duced more university grad- uates, we did not achieve our objective of bocominp the fort cif'ecnnomv that Lyndon John- son dreamed rhoui, an eco- nomy comparable- to an over- vie from v.hich all' could have, ever-expanding lion of continuing enrolment acceleration) must be cut, since governments pay universities at much per sttidenl-a not unreasonal'lc form of payment if one thinks about it. Budgetary retrenchment by universities' inevitably means reduction of leaching staff and, therefore, elimination of courses, in some instances. This means that some universi- ties will have to make hard de- cisions on what is essential to leach and what is Rood in itself but n o t absolutely essential. Unless these decisions are made wisely, the whole educa- tional system will suffer. And these decisions will not be even moderately wise if they arc made by people who fear Book Reviews they might summnrilv dis- missed. .'.tall he reduced pi unai ilv th re- tircmenlls and resignations. If rat enough such reductions in- sult in any professors llien IK given the opportunity to retire volun- tarily at v.'i'h the full pension they would have received they worked till M. The v.hole p'.iiilie MM vice now has I he pos- sibility of rt-tirir.g early. Professors who retire early would he paid (or doing nothing but they would he paid less than if remained m: salary: con- siderable amounts of money would he saved. Us methods suggested above respect tenure: no continuing unploymcjil con- would bf l.rukcn on the that professor v, ,i'i a c'-itraci is a I MI; r man. considera- tion dis-i-Mdn! to some by not attaching tenure. I against tenure anil in a situation of high de- mand for the of profes- sor... a very s'rung ease against teni'ie cculd hf made rhy.e. its abolition would not cause intolerable hardship: leaving ore institu- t'c.n could Find employment i-l.-rwhere, in a growth situa- tion. With the current scarcity of potion.-, however, I'j discard tenure and seek pro- cedures for the ef- fectiveness of would create an atmosphere of such Poking about gives pure pleasure was wrong. Education i.- good in i'solf. A student with ilev skills in literary appreciation is not a belter gcii'.rator of wealth bul ho is a 1.- Tiic'- ITIVO-' if he likes b'-r-. r-'.h rr quir Vli forever. to study what intcrc.-ts them. So will people like medical stu- dents attend universities to ac- "ho went ihere because thought that a degree was an automatic guarantee of a job. whatever the degree, whatever the job. J.'cny rniployc'-s who fir-i-vidcd dogrc-i f'--r iob- lhai did iF-t even roooo-e hove tcr. or" hope-. For these good reasons, and possibly for others, enrolments are slowing ciov. n and ur.iver- sitv (mane in cxpecta- of Hiintiiig Antiques" liy Stefan Sailer: illustrated by Hilda Simon! (Hart Pub- lishing Co., 2.-3 pagos, S19.SS, distributed by George J. Mc- I.end L E S proliferate about antique hunters who have found that rare piece of sib-cr, cl-.ina. furniture or i t'.a-hcd awav MI hr-lv's attic, h-cupht i' for a song rnd sold it fcr a fortune. This is not ilr. Sailer's way. He has collected antiques ever since he was a boy in Buda- perl for his own in-ercsl and pleasure. Possessed of a rare aesthetic sense and an ins.tinciive appre- ciation for old handcraftcd ob- jects, from childrcns' toys to old glass, he has poked about in shops all over the U.S. srd n-anv parls cf Eiircpc for the pure picasure ef i! all. lie's a vcr" human individual and tile st-ric- of the people ccnnecicd wi.ii his purchases enliven the pages of this exquisitely illus- trated volume. Mr. Sailer is possessed of genuine taste and considerable knowledge o! his ni.icb of v.hich, he says he has col- lected in of the wo.-ld. (Hi; likes i n c i d i1 n t a 1 ly and why b'.'oukln't i This account of the "hunt.'' how a-id where to look. Inw to gain the mo.-l personal pleas- rirs to he made, and even if you ccrae home emnty- handul th? jay of the search is in end in i'rdf. Mr. Sailer will give you JAM-; IIUCKYALE. Cultivating a memory -3 "Supei- .Muiiory" by llarry Lorayne {Ci'orge .1. Limited, J17 pages, ST.fill I. isomevy exalai'cd in tl'-is hcok in a fc-w io follow lessons. If you wish to b? happy, successful and rich, ye.ii do what some of Ihe famous people hi history did, you t-r'n your ef th" r'.cps is Io p v date1'. f-c's. etc. if you mui't write things down then your interest is ret strong enough. Things in which you are vitallv interested you us- ually can r e m e m h e r very vividly. Harry Lora.uie is the man who has the most phenomenal in fyj world and he to -' h s system wi'.'i cu in his hack. He claims that there is no limit to Ihe ca- pacity of memory, and fear of overcrowding it is sheer super- s'.! Your memory is like a r-v.i r c 1 e nmrt be con- Ei.-nilv and clcvclou- c-1 10 scr- r fact the more i'. is irr 1 e m-re reliable i; vi'l f'c'low his ad- in Ills hook ar.'l see for ycurseif hc.-.v easy it is to train your GERTA PATSON. suspicion, dissension and des- pair in the ranks of the profes- soriate that the positive aspee-ts of the retrenchment would be lost: instead of devoting their time to trimming their pro- grams to a satisfactory, effec- tive and economic minimum, too many professors, fearing for their livelihood, would seek to protect themselves through rigidity, inaction and unseem- ly politicking, trading votes on selection committees. This f r i g h t en e d reaction would be only too human, sim- ilar to wlial would happen in any non-educational institution. The cancellation of contracts and the attempt to weed out the poorer professors would do such damage to morale in the universities thai they would not recover for years. I have argued in the past thai tenure enabled people to resist necessary change; and I argued for Ihe abolilion of len- ure. Retrenchment will force the universities to re-think their programs and improve them- selves, tenure or no tenure, pro- vided the universities are al- lowed to reform themselves with son.e feeling of security and We should see the opportun- ity presented by Ihe present retrenchment in universities to upgrade the quality cf univer- sity-equivalent courses offered by community colleges and ju- nior colleges. In many prov- inces, such courses are taught by underquaiified instructors (and that doss not necessarily mean not having the right Excess university staff while retaining their university affiliations and sal- ary scales should be sec- onded to community or junior colleges to upgrade courses there: if we do not do this, wa cheat community and junior college students by giving them inferior courses. 20lh AVE. tmcl MAYOR MAGRATH DRIVE Opon Dnily 9 to 6 9 n in. Io 1 p Tltuisday ond Friday 9 Io 9 p.m. Telephone 327-2243. After a period of service with a college, seconded profes- sor would return to hi- univer- sity. This may mean, of course, that some of the high school teachers who teach "univeristy- equivalent'' courses in com- munity' colleges would be dis- placed. They should go back to high school teaching. There is a large enough turnover of teachers in pre-coilege educa- tion to accommodate tcachers who would return to high fchool teaching from commun- ity colleges provided we slow dawn somewhat Ihe expensive production of new high school teachers. We should also put a ceiling on the production of uni- versity leachers and pick only candidates who can become ef- fective teachers. One suggestion that has been made I find abhorrent: that we expel professors who arc C.S. citizens. They served Canada when we needed to expand. We owe them a debt and we should treat them no worse than any Canadian professor. Bul wa should not hire any more Am- ericans or, indeed, any more foreign professors if it is at all possible to hire a Canadian, and this rule should be adhered te rigidly if necessary by transferring professors from where there is a surplus to where there is a capacity. Finally, we should stop the imiversity building spree. The government ol Alberta has wisely decided to postpone in- definitely the building of tlio new Ath'abaska university near Edmonton. This does not mean that the exisling university at Edmonton lias to keep growing even assuming lhal enrol- ments at lhat inslitulion up. The geA'crnment of each province subsidizes each stu- dent and so docs the federal Government subsdize each stu- dent. The student himself pays only a minute proportion of tho costs of his education. If a student from out of town wants to join the university at Edmonton, for example, and there is no room there, instead of buiiding room for tlu's stu- dent, the government i.s tied to direct him to a univer- sity where there is space. In Ontario, that might have meant directing some non-Torontonian students to Brock, where there- is room, rather than allowing; York to lace tbe headaches of growth so precipitous that the problems of each year's growth were not even understood be- fore the following year's) growth caved in on the unfor- tunate staff of York (which has managed to do pretty well, con- sidering Ihe problem, but at great cost to Ihe health and peace of mind of many'. And if anyone should argue thai lirock may not be as good as York, for undergraduate students and this would havo In be proved then Ihe solu- tion is not to build more sky- scrapers at York but to im- prove Brock, if it needs im- provement. (Torontn Globe and Mail) Iirdigest-ille charges riVKR the >cars ti..: cleiii.'lij'ul corn, cultural action :o m to rei d lent ra-.v knr-w-ncthir.g atta ers. In [jyi-ticuliir, ti persons ar.d ir.r.di. religious Such invoive.-r.-nt h: heretical i.s r.o easy mai chief doiic by such Digest, with over I has the- large-si 'ire zine in America circulation of ihi-, mi .Mere-over, the less barrage's ff 10 which admits readers' responses, can send hi Jake-- dotes, bul not critic! Hie Digest has t cai.or Ckrtne-e cf as a supporter of and "de- serters." That is some roving! With shrill; 2c, spe-cicus charges, and sujierficial analysis. Hall's piece tikes off from a Di- gest'tag line which read-: "Preaching the gospel of racial justice, the World Council is using church power and church funds to hack insurrection in the United States and Africa. Is this what Christ The rigal answer to that question, of course, is No: Christ taught a purclv individualistic gospel. Christ's gos- pel, obviously, is a white gospel first. Christ's gospel fvcrybody knows 1 teaches reverence for the status quo in all things social and political. And, of course. Christ's gospel has nothing to say for those young v.ho aren't man enough to fight for tiicir country against atheistic commu- nism in Vietnam: Such, evidently is the gospel according to Clarence W. Hall, and ibs Reader's Di- gest. Lest Ihe commitment of Ihe maga- zine itself be misunderstood, the article is no reprint of one appcarirg elsewhere: this is the Digest's own thine. Cheap offered, assuring a propaganda blitz against th3 We-ld Council. "The direct objects cf the Digest's anti- WCC crusade are the Program to Combat Racism (which in 1970 made grants to-all- The i: ..di-i-'a Digest to independence n. of in Africa and clsc- and political ar.-.l mmiotric-s to draft and i.' us have exiles and Sweden. to some do.'.n't th" racism grants at on religious ior ami educational v- 'A has lit not or that the exile directed t.'l: ha VI! or promoted or er.ecrjr- it ..ooial .d e'-.ile i, programs, and the '_ ol are certainly t---i 'o indo the anrl outside tho ..'la- The have al- 7 subscribers, uf any maga-r.i a: ly 500 times received MI hing to find dale, '.-a debate that it is at this late whs! real issues ,'ii'y in th. Th- I'ornn-oltee on In- I can indulge in redoubtable :ion of th York ollico World cfiarued Hall iU'er.-to-tbe-cditor making ported .-.pparcntly, "sarl-l-'St'of ail." 1 'i' i.s Hail elves "legiti- --i heartwarming i nv.T th- liliL-r-li'in of long- r -.I'lrrn Africa. They i-iu- it again. Ttoving M !lv, d tyrar. which cf the grants now support thini, or that most African churchmen support them. The Century i., neither flattered nor an-u.--.-d that two of its own editors are prominently featured ar.d grossly order to shrre tin this in- rcd-baitir: V.e'd kke to the i- awed by the prestige -f the Century, if not by our editorial opinions. In a reply simply signed "The Editors." the 1-Xgrsi is tolling complaining readers ihst Ciarviiec1 "as you may know, is exec'.vlvj editor of the Well! Neither recollections nor records can sustain that fantasy. (Hall was executive editor cf Ihe then right-wing Chris- tian Herald in the K'.'is.i That letter'y is cur ef that Clarence Hr'i's article? en t i t World Council d ir.ea are to the DigcMs's f.ric; ceiitorir.l rtaTlarcs." We're still looking for evidence Uiat such stan- dards exist. (See eelitorial on pace fnnr.l ER C N1COL IF you had mail from Ottawa lately, 1 you know that the postal department's new zip csde is already operational there. Information Canada, for example, lives at Ottawa, Ont.. KIA OS9. Catchy, isn't it? 0 mistress mine, pray make me thine s-1 KIA OS3. The Canadian zip cede will gradually spread to other communities across Can- ada, like a slow, inexorable tide of alpha- bet soup. No one will ba spared. The re- motest trapper.slcgging it out in the Arc- tic tundra, will be required to memorize the location of his cabin at 12M SOB. Home may never be the same. The post office boasts that our new zip cede will out-zip the U.S. zip code in Uiat it identifies the addressee right down to the block he lives in. This will eliminate several procedures in mail sorting, mainly the drop-kick, the running lateral, and of course the eld Statue of Liberty play in which a large dog takes tbc direct hand-off from the postman. Tho past office denies that the eoele has already been broken by the Germans. They are as baffled as we are. This is a real tribute to the cipher department of the post office, which is credited with expan- sion of the dead-leller office. Thanks to the computer-operated sorting made possible by the zip cede, mail will be delivered only a day or so later than it is now. Each previous improvement that the post office has made in its mail handling has made delivery competitive with 1'e.ny Express. The zip cede will make it possible fcr a letter mailed in TYronto to be delivered to a Vancouver address in almost the same elapsed a; a runner carrying it in a clef: stick, cr a carrier pigeon with an in'.paircd sense ef direction. Despite (he great leap forward, or side- ways, a few sentimentalists will rn'tirn the demise of ye olele English postal address that wcr.t something The Crofts Ok] Cuddling Lane Ham-on-Rye. Bucks. England. This kind of address, which survives around Victoria. B.C.. thanks ta a defence network of rural c'Tcaiies delivery bu; depends en a low turnover ef postmen. Today postmen change routes almost as frequently as they change seeks. They don't have time to absorb the fact that you are White Walls, or Chez When, or in- deed anything but picturesque, iv-cover- ed Z9Q 24D. This means that every Canadian will shortly have to memorize a sequence of numbers and letters that has ns relation whatever to any geographical feature ex- cept the postman's feet. Fcr the. person of average mental retention ime'. the zip will be interchanged with his auto licence number. Living in a mobile home could b? hell One thing is sure: Canada's new zip code will zap the custom of sending Christ- mas cards. It is bad enough trying to re- member the names of the multitudinous fruit of Cousin Xcllia's loins whhout having also to ch.-ck on the kinky coordinates of her postal address. Well, it's an ill wind, li the zip code dis- courages junk mail, seasonal or otherwise. wib be the best thing to happen to the postal system since Sir Rovlrid Hill stuck his finger in a g'ue p. it ami came with the postage stamp. Provincial featurrl "Batting Hy .ludi "THE gymnasium smelled of week old s.vcr.t. Lined up along the volleyball court and before 111.' whole Grade in gym class stood the 1-1 of us. Marching in front of us and talking, with her whistle stuck in the corner cf her mrath. was the gym teacher. The c-ecnsi.m: a "pep talk." We wore the under-achiovcrs. Physical education disasters. Co-ordination catas- trophes. And we were having our confidence bol- stered. She Iv.-jwn her onomragirg speech In- telling us that we had all failed our ex- amination. We all looked down at our grayish uliite sneakers "Smolivi.'-li.vl" she banged out "trot 0.1 over to that mat ar.d show us h.iw to turn a forward nil We all looked di.v.n at our sneakcrs. We all kr.ew Sm-.ilensky couldn't turn a summersault forward roll rolled M ie'.uns The instructor giar.eed first ai us, then at the class. "Some people." sho Walkor said "ar- not achieving as highly as they should in this" re; c: the -rigr-rcd; we look- rd dawn at cur frayi.-h white speakers. Th.'n she cal'rd to >h--w the ch'i.-s in kr.od; over hraiorsc; Christie to show how to kind in th? ropes of Iraimxilhic: to show how- to sit on the- knot on the Ivttom of the climbing repes: lYcke to sh.iw how to riribhic the until 1; dnhhled it- self out. We each g.M our (urn 1 showed the class how to soru- a back- wards. Aller each pcrlorn.anoe. the leaf her stressed tin1 ol fact that not h.-m rs vu.k in this class. A: the eal -'-1 swatted i: i .00 (O the i o i v 1. to 1. f.' co-ll.o.-'iu-i1. p. p tall; is a 1'il remember ar.d r'-. -nsb fi-r .1 1-r-r, I hat is the lalk that made me the I am today a disaster in clean, white sneakers. ;