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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8-THE LETHBRIOOE HERALD-Tnuredey, October Revived interest may be due to current economic situation Record number of students on campus this year The Canadian Press Many Canadian universities report record numbers of students on campus this autumn and some spokesmen attribute the revived interest in higher education to the current economic situation. Kelvin Andrews, assistant admissions officer at the University of Toronto, said first-year students are most interested in professional courses. They are seeking a degree that will guarantee a job when they graduate rather than one that leads to the unemployment line, he said. John Evans, registrar at Hamilton's McMaster University, agreed that young people are more interested in professional courses because of inflation and the uncertain job market. The result at McMaster has been "a real influx of first-year students into science, engineering and business courses." A Cross-Canada Survey by The Canadian Press indicates the apparent temporary dis- enchantment with post-secondary education, reflected in a general decline in university enrol- ment in 1972-73, has disappeared in most areas. An exception appeared to be Memorial Univer- sity in St. John's, Nfld., where total un- dei graduate enrolment this fall was estimated at a drop from the last year. However, a Memorial spokesman noted first- year enrolment this year was about 100 higher than in 1973-74, and he said the total was down only because of the fewer number enroll- ing in the university a couple of years ago. Women's liberation was suggested as another possible reason for higher enrolments this year by an official of Mount Saint Vincent, a women's university in Halifax. "More women are interested in careers these he said. Dugal Blue, registrar at the University of New Brunswick, said there were about full-time students at the Fredericton and Saint John cam- puses this year, approximately 50 more than in 1973-74.. "The slight increase, I think, is coming from he said. In British Columbia, the maximum limit on government bursaries available to students has been increased to from and the province also has a campaign for more teachers. As a result, the University of British Columbia in Vancouver anticipated the number of un-1 dergraduate and graduate students this year would be as much as 10 per cent higher than the registered last year. A spokesman for the University of Victoria also expected enrolment would be higher than last year's Victoria's enrolment record of was set in 1972-73, the year that many other Canadian universities registered a drop in students. In Ontario, applications from all first-time students- including high-school graduates, mature, transfer and out-of-province students-are processed by the Ontario Uni- versities Application Centre. Students are requested to state first, second and third choices of institutions they wish to at- tend and the applications then are sent to the un- iversities concerned. Volunteer youth worker studies Chinese system Canadians short-changing their children An admissions officer at Ottawa's Carleton University said the number of non-high-school graduates wishing to enter Ontario universities this year is up 15 per cent over last year. At McMaster University, total 1974-75 enrol- ment is estimated at and the number of first-year students both records. University of Toronto anticipated a record total enrolment of about more students than last year. Mr. Andrews said the most popular courses among first-year students are all branches of engineering, pharmacy, dental hygiene and nur- sing. Estimated enrolment at some other Canadian universities this year: University of Prince Edward Island, previous record in 1971-72; Dalhousie Halifax, record students last year and application "a little ahead of normal" this fall; St. Mary's, Halifax, previous record in 1971-72 and an official said, "I guess that we are headed for a record" this year; Acadia, Wolf- ville, N.S., estimated this year, previous record in 1973-74; Universite de Moncton, N.B., almost 300 more than last year. University of Montreal, first-year students accepted, 300 more than last year, and total enrolment expected to be a record; Uni- versity of Slierbrooke, first-year students' compared with last year and record total enrolment expected. Carleton, first-year students compared with last year; Laurentien, Sudbury, Ont., compared with in 1970-71, the previous record year. University of Manitoba, about full-time students last year and same number expected this year; University of Winnipeg, four per cent more students expected than last year's University of Regina, compared with record in 1969-70. University of Alberta, Edmonton, small increase expected over last year's record University of Lethbridge, enrolment expected to be down slightly from 1973-74's Simon Eraser, Burnaby, B.C., increase ex- pected over 1973 record fall enrolment of TORONTO MacKay, president of the Canadian Council on Children and Youth, returned from a visit to China more convinced than ever that Canadians are shortchanging their children. Mrs. MacKay, a 20-year vet- eran of volunteer youth work, said that the Chinese system for integrating children into the work ethic at an early age is a more realistic approach than the Western concept which isolates youngsters from the work world until their education is completed. "That she said, "often lasts 25 years until a child finishes university." Mrs. MacKay, 50, who visited schools in Shanghai, Nanking and Kwangchow with 20 representatives of the Canadian Association for Adult Education, said Chinese children are taught self- reliance at an early age. "They are also taught the value of along with their academic learning." She said she was shocked at first to see five-and six-year- olds spending part of their school day doing simple assembly work, until she realized that what they were doing was no different from Herald Youth youngsters here who assemble blocks in play hours "Only the work the Chinese children were doing was valu- she said. Once Chinese youngsters reach the age of 10 they have to spend a half day a week in factory production. "They work quite happily in groups. Honest, physical work is a value in their society. Be- fore a teen-ager can enter uni- versity, he or she must spend two or three years working on a farm or in a factory. His co- workers then decide, if attending university will further his contribution to the country. "China comes first, the indi- vidual second." Mrs. MacKay says cultural values are often a matter of semantics. The West's in- sistence on the right of the in- dividual and acceptance of competition as a means, of gaining success are called conditioning. She wonders what the difference is between so-called brainwashing and con- ditioning? Mrs. MacKay said that within 25 years China has eradicated a once overwhelm- ing drug-addiction problem. AT THE RIGHT PRICE. RIGHT NOW. At Pacific 66 dealers displaying Snow Tire Value Signs. GET READY FOR WINTER WITH WHILE SUPPLIES LAST HAYDN DAVIES DEMONSTRATES METRIC SYSTEM B.C. youngsters learn metric system this year TOWN COUNTRY SOP WTED Backed by the FIRESTONE policy: "YOU GO OR WE PAY THE TOW If you fail to get traction with a Firestone tire or winter retread and you require a tow, return tow bill to the Pacific 66 dealer from whom you purchased the tires, and he will reimburse you for the tow charge to a maximum of TOWNS COUNTRY E design F G to go Sup-R-Seft construction gives extra long H tree mileage SNOW CHAMPION WRed strength, extra T.tteage PLUS traction tread guaranteed to 90 F G G We Care USE" YOUR PACIFIC 86 CflEOIT CARD. OR MASTER CHARGE. VANCOUVER (CP) Schoolchildren in Grades 1 to 6 in British Columbia are be- ing taught the metric system this year for the first time. And Haydn Davies, a Grade 5 teacher at Kerrisdale ele- mentary school, said they're lapping it up The youngsters, and other teachers, agreed. "It's a lot said 10- year-old Mike Soy. "You don't have to remember so much." The system simplifies calculations. In the metric system, units are always related to factors of 10. For example, there are 100 cen- timetres in one metre. "I must admit I was leery of the metric said firstgrade teacher Gloria McCrae. "But there's nothing to it" First-graders are taught to think in terms of the new un- its, said Mrs. McCrae. "We never compare the two systems." She said the students spend much time measuring parts of their bodies. "They learn more if it's a personal thing. They see where they fit in." School principal Gerry Staley said it had cost between and a class to convert the school to the metric. system. Teachers attended three to four hours of special classes last year to learn to teach it. Last year, metric instruc- tion was offered to Grades 1 to 3 This year, it has been ex- tended to Grade 6. "We're hoping that dy 1978 the whole program will be said Bruce Naylor, director of the curriculum development for B.C. schools. Scouts meet Oct. 22 PINCHER CREEK Pincher Creek Cub and Boy Scout groups will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Scoot Hail here under leaders Mike Prokop, Frans Maliy and Stan Pernn. The 25 registration fee will be accepted at this meeting. Gordon Burns has been named president of the local group. Other officers: Kay Janzen, secretary; Valerie Bougerolle. treasurer; and Ralph Halvorson, vice president. The committee meets at 8 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the hall. Sunshine Beaver Colony holds promotion event FOREMOST (Special) Two young Beavers swam between the "river banks" for the last time, and joined a pack of Wolf Cubs on the far side. This was no wildlife adventure but the first "swim-up" or promotion ceremony for two youngsters in Foremost'? Sunshine Beaver Colony. The Beaver colony, for boys aged five to seven and one half years, was formed almost a year ago. Paul Egli and Stephen Tagg, two of the founding members are the first to reach the up- per age limit and transfer to the Cub organization. Fellow Beavers lined the hall forming river banks, and members of the Cub pack waited as the tranformation from Beaver to Cub uniform was brought about in the darkened room. Cub leaders presented the boys with new chum scarves which they will wear until their formal investiture in a few weeks. The ceremony held at Foremost Community Hall, was led by Beaver leaders Hazel Tagg, Jo Street and Darlene Stafford, assisted by Kevin Street, a senior Cub who acts in a liaison capacity between the Beavers and Wolf Cubs. Receiving the new Cubs were Akela Irene Walunan. and her assistant leaders Paulette Garber and Dorothy Dyck. The boys were welcomed into the pack by sixers Perry Senate and Ricky Walsh. "MICROPHONES" Drop in and lot in help you select the right MIC for your system. Fteo booklets available. 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