Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 5, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
J8 THE IFTHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, September S, 973 LCC denies instructor's favoritism charge By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The Lethbndge Community College Tuesday denied a former part time instructor's charge that it "played fa- voritism" when choosing in- structors for college courses. Blair Orr, of Orr Karate and Kung-Fu studios in the city, made the charge Friday in an interview with The Her- ald following the college's de- cision not to hire him again as karate instructor for the 1973-74 fall and spring se- mesters. The karate instructor posi- tion is put up for bid each year as are all part-time in- structing positions at the col- lege. The applicant chosen by the college to instruct karate for- the coming year was a former student of Mr. Orr and was the karate instruc- tor at LCC two years ago prior to returning to continue his education at the Univer- sity of Lethbridge during the past year. Mr. Orr, holder of a karate black belt, was instructor of the course last year and has taught the only two other in- structors to teach karate at LCC since the course first began four years ago. He claims to be more quali- fied to teach karate "rm the successful applicant who only possesses a light brown belt (two ratings below the black belt) and holds no recognized tournament competition vic- tories. Mi-. Orr claims to have rep- resented Canada in interna- tional competition. He recent- ly returned from competing in an International Kung-Fu tournament in Long Beach, California. Because his superior ka- rate qualifications didn't get him the job at LCC this year, Mr. On- feels the successful applicant was chosen because he was a friend of an LCC administrator. "It's not what you know, it's who you know over he insisted. 0. D. Alston, LCC school of liberal education director, Tuesday denied the charge saying, "if one of the ad- ministrators tried io in- fluence me to hire a friend. I would make sure the other person got the job Dr. C. D Stewart. LCC president, retorted "we play no favoritism here." Ke said the successful ap- plicant was a friend of an ad- ministrator at the college, but the administrator was not in. a position to hire the karate instructor nor was he in a position to influence the hir- ing of the instructor. Mr. Alston said the suc- cessful applicant was chosen over Mi-. Orr for several rea- sons. The successful applicant has a Bachelor of Arts degree and has an excellent physical background, he said. Mr. Orr has not completed any secondary or post sec- ondary schooling. Mr. Alston also claimed some students objected to Mr. Orr's aggressive karate instruction that was geared for tournament competition. It is the wish of the college to have karate taught as a method of self-defense rather than for competition, he said. Mr. Orr insists that most students wanted to be taught competition karate when he questioned them at the be- ginning of the course. He suggested the college administration should have approached him during the year if they felt he was not teaching the type of karate the course was designed for. Mr. Alston admitted that he didn't approach Mr. Orr dur- ing the year because he wasn't aware of the type of karate being taught until the .students reaction to the course was recorded at the end of the year. "I still am not at all cer- tain that he didn't do the job required of he said. But. he claimed, the college turned down Mr. Orr's reap- plication because it felt the other applicant was more ca- pable of instructing the self- defense-type karate. Mr. Alston also suggested the successful applicant was able to communicate better with students. Mr. Orr claims he was very popular with the stu- dents and has received sev- eral telephone calls, from for- mer students and students surpass in importance Most Lethbridge Commu- nity College dropouts left the college because they found "a job was more important than a according to a study to be presented to the LCC board of governors tonight. The study was conducted by the college to find out why 386 students dropped out of LOG during the last school year. Students who leave the college because they find suitable employment shouldn't be considered as dropouts and the college should take pride in the fact that it's training students for jobs and they are being em- ployed, Jim MacNeil. direc- tor of LCC student services, states in the report. He is more concerned about the students second most prevalent reason for withdrawing from the college poor academic achieve- ment. The college hopes to re- duce the number of students who withdraw because of academic d i f f i c u 1 ties by teaching study skills and put- ting students through com- prehensive testing to find po- tential areas of difficulty while they still may be remedied. The college's new method of dealing with the dropout problem will be activated this fall. Most found employment Even though there were a significant number of drop- cuts last year, less than five per cent of them expressed dissatisfaction with their course of study, instructors or the college. In another report to be pre- sented to the board of gov- ernors tonight, it is found that most 1973 LCC graduates have obtained employment and three-quarters of them are working in a job related to their field of training. The summer telephone sur- vey, administrated by the college and performed by LCC student council pres- ident Robb Gregg, polled 145 of the 190 1973 graduates. The study showed 92 per cent of the graduates polled were employed full time with 75 per cent of them employ- ed in a job related to their field of training. The 45 students not polled weren't seeking employment or were foreign students who had returned to their home- land for employment and could not be reached by the survey. The students not seeking employment are continuing their education this fall in another educational institute. Mr. Gregg said in an inter- view. He claims the employers of the graduates "were more than satisfied with the train- ing the graduates had re- ceived." The majority of the grad- uates contacted expressed a positive attitude toward their LCC education, he said. Training ample for jobs "They seemed to think the courses they took gave them ample qualifications for their jobs and that they were able to-qualify for their position o! employment without too much of an adaptation prob- he adds. There were some programs in the technical and nursing Class set on children The education and psychol- ogy of children with special abilities is the top of Uni- versity of Lethbridge evening course to be held in Blair- more beginning next Wednes- day. The course, Education 4920, will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Ilsabelle Sellon School, instructed by Dr. Bob Gall of the faculty of educa- tion. The course is designed to enable teachers and others to work with gifted youngsters within the regular school sys- tem. Deadline for registration is Sept. 21 and further informa- tion on this course can be ob- tained by contacting the regis- trar's office at the university. fields that didn't provide enough lab and practical training, according to the graduates surveyed. Mr. MacNeil says the sur- vey was conducted to find out if there was any training the graduates didn't receive at the college that was later found necessary in their em- ployment routine. The results of the summer study indicate LCC is com- plying with its basic phi- losophy of preparing students for employment, he claimed in an interview with The Herald. "I can see a greater de- mand for technical and voca- tional schools and commu- nity colleges in the future because employers are look- ing for students specifically trained for a he says. He suggests the education- al institutes will have to be consistently "on the move" to fulfill the requirements of in- dustry. If some graduates in a par- ticular field of training find they lack the skills or practi- cal experience needed to han- dle their jobs efficiently then the college will investigate the situation and make the proper adjustments, Mr. MacNeil said. Back alley maze This car appears to be disappearing i nto a jungle of poles, wires and electricity transformers. Actually the jungle is the back alley between 3rd and 4th Avenues S. Similar scenes have been held by environmentalists as examples of urban sight pol- lution. Re-enacts Model T trip promotes ?ieii> cars enrolling In the fall semester karate lessons at LCC, asking him why he isn't going to in- struct at the college this year. Dr. Stewart said the college also frowned on Mr. Orr's practise last year of offering students, who missed some lessons, a chance to make-up the lost lessons at his karate studio for a price. Mi-. Alston said some stu- dents complained about hav- ing to pay the additional fee because they felt the only fee they would have to pay is the college tuition fee. Mr. Orr insisted that all students using his studio knew beforehand they were going to be charged for any lessons in addition to the in- struction offered at the col- lege. A letter from Mr. Orr to be presented to the LCC board tonight, says a letter he re- ceived from Dr. Stewart in March congratulated him and his karate team for a job well done during the year's competitions. Mr. Orr has mistaken the letter to mean that he was being commended for his method of instruction in the classroom. The letter of con- gratulations was directed specifically at his involve- ment -with the karate team, Dr. Stewart says. Mr. Orr suggests it was his classroom instruction that al- lowed the team to do so well in competitions. He disagrees with self-de- fense karate because it teaches students to be pas- sive in life. And, there is already too much of that being taught in schools, he said. "That type of course breeds the type of people who like Jjf, to collect unemployment in- surance and I'm not in favor of that type of crap in life." "no favoritism" In the fall of 1923 an ad- venturer named Dr. Perry D o o 1 i 111 e. who believed a trans-Canada the national interest, drove a car from coast to It was the first time any- body had attempted such a feat and it was no easy jour- ney, taking 40 days. The car Dr. Doolittle drove happened to be a model T Ford. Eager to promote their new 1926 model, just off the production line, Ford Canada supplied the car and a cam- eraman named Edward Flick- enger to the good doctor. The silent film Flickenger produced of the trip may have helped sell model T's that year, but the follow- ing year Ford switched to the model A and the film record of the epic journey was ap- parently put away on some dusty shelf and forgotten. No one at Ford Canada knew it existed, at any rale, until it turned up last year in tho archives of a Toronto ad agency. But Ford Canada knows a good thing v.-hen it sees one and company public relations men were soon planning a re- peat trip to promote the new of the Mustang and Cougar models. The tour came through Leth- bridge Tuesday and newsmen and local Ford dealers were treated to an edited version of Flickenger's movie, which contained incredible footage of the trusty model-T bumping down country ruts, over north- ern Ontario rocks, through Prairie gumbo and where no roads existed, turning to rail- road tracks on special flanged wheels. There were also a number of shots of Doolittle shaking hands with the dignitaries of the various cities and towns he went through. In Leth- bridge, we were told, he shook hands with the Vice- Mayor M. Freeman, who af- fixed his signature to the commemorative scroll. And Dr. Doolittle drove his car across the CPR High Level bridge, but that part of the film had unfortunately been edited out. By coincidence, Mayor Andy Anderson was in Ed- monton for the aii-port pres- entation Tuesday so Vice- Mayor Freeman's modern- day counterpart, Deputy Mayor Cam Barnes, signed the 1973 scroll and then drove off in the 1974 Cougar for a test-run. While the Cougar ha? also been completely restyled, it is the new Mustang, renamed Mustang II that will probably get the most attention. Owners of the old version muscle recognize it. The Mustang II is billed as a luxury small car and the most powerful version is a V-6 2.8 litre model while a four cylinder model is standard. It's 10 inches short- er than last year's model and seven inches shorter than the original 1964 Mustang. asks land swap By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer City council Tuesday quick- ly acceded to a Woodwad Stores Ltd. request to change the location of the 10 acres of Marshall Auto Wreckers land the company will event- ually get for "commercial non retail" development. Woodwards asked for the switch because the land it was to get under the original ageements with the city is riddled with old mine shafts and the company's engineer- ing tests have indicated it would not support buildings more than two or three storeys high. That 10 acre parcel west from 2nd Street S. be- tween 4th and 5th Avenues S. The new 10 acre plot runs north and south along the west side of 2nd Street be- tween 3rd and 5th Avenues. Under the original city- Woodwards agreement for- malized in two letters and a council resolution last tall, the citiy agreed to develop the 10 acres for Woodwards into a paved parking lot. Woodwards was to have 20 years to pick up the land from the city for the cost of development up to It can then use the land for non retail commercial de- velopment. Hotel, apartment and public housing develop- ments were mentioned at council Tuesday, as the type of development being consid- ered This same ageement holds for the new 10 acre parcel except the city will now ask that Woodward's pay the cost of development within 10 years. According to Aid. Vaughan Hembroff, who has partici- pated in negotiations with the company, this would mean considerable savings to the city by cutting half the carrying charges on the loaps the city will have to get to pay for the development. However, at this point the city doesn't know what it will cost to develop the land in question into a standard paved parking lot According to one source Woodwards has an estimate of the cost but is keeping mum about it Aid. Hembroff said the de- velopment costs as initially estimated will certainly be up to the limit. Wocdwatds is not prepar- ed to pay more than that, however, according to Aid. Cam Barnes, who has also been in on the negotiations for the city. But he says G M. Mc- Laren, director of special projects for Woodwards, indi- cated in a telephone conver- sation Tuesday that the Woodwards board which is meeting Thursday noon in Vancouver on the matter will agree to the 10 ar rather than 20 year time period. Tuesday's at council came as the zero hour for the downtown rede- velopment project d r a ws very close. The citiy has al- ready begun the work of re- locating utilities. Charles Woodward, chair- man cf the board of Wood- ward's stores, has told the city he will announce the company's detailed p 1 a ns here next Wednesday. The 6th Avenue S bridge project from which fill will bs takan for the parking lot is scheduled to begin this month Last week Aid Barnes said the meeting was merely to fomalize" the city's agree- ment with Woodwards. Tues- day night he termed the 10 acres under discussion "the only reason we got them here." Woodwards is paying the city for the 10.5 acres between 4th and 5th Avenues and 2nd and 5th Streets it is to develop for its store. Aid. Vera Ferguson said she has always been concern- ed that the city get the best deal possible But the down- town development is urban renewal that wouldn't have gone any w h e re without Woodwards, she said. Talks pending on airport study A date has not y-at been set for talks in Ottawa between city council's airport study committee and the ministry of t r a n sport, committee chairman Aid. Steve Kotch said Tuesday But ministry officials got an indication of the city's position and the airport com- mittee got an indication of the department's problems in a preliminary meeting held in Edmonton Tuesday. Aid. Kotch said. Discussions t o u died on such things as terminal facil- ilitss for the 1975 winter games, runway extensions and upgrading of runways, he said Besides Aid. Kotch. the city w as repres e n ted by E. H. LaBorde, of the trans- portation consulting firm that recommended expansion of the city's airport, Mayor Andy Anderson, chamber of commerce presi d e nt Leo Singer and city economic de- velopment officer D e n nis O'Connell. Meet-the-cabiiiet dinner in Lethbridge Sept. 18 A "meet the premier and his cabinet'' dinner will be held in Lethbridge Sept. 13. The Lethbridge East and West Progressive Conserva- tive Associations are sponsor- ing the dinner scheduled for the El Rancho Motor Hotel at 1 p.m. Plans for the non-partisan banquet call for a short add- ress by Premier Peter Loug- heed to be followed by a ques- tion and answer session. Tickets are selling for per person and are available from constituency executive members. Province's physicians to consider 20 .reports than 20 reports done by committees of the Alberta Medical Association will be presented to the membership of the AMA during its annual meeting in the Calgary Inn Sapt. 26 through 28. An area of recent concern in Southern Alberta which will be discussed is ambulance services. The association has investi- gated ambulance services across the province and has made recommendations on how services can be improv- ed from training to opera- tic. The total membership of the AMA will vote on the committee recommendations. Another area of growing interest the association has been investigating is acupunc- ture. Ths AMA hopes to formu- late a policy regarding the use of acupuncture in the province. Speakers at the annual meeting include Msx. Johnson, president of the Lethbridge Historical Society, and Dr. Peter Banks, president of the Canadian and British Med- ical Associations. Panel discussions at the meeting include the topics "Law and the profession" and Alberta Medical Associa- tion professional body or union." President of the AMA, Dr. James Oshiro of Coal- dale, will chair the latter dis- cussion. 280 donate The Lethbridge blood donor clinic had its third greatest turnout in the last 10 years Tuesday as 280 donors turned up at the Civic Centre to give blood. Eleanor Holroyd, secretary of the clinic, said many of the donors came with their whole families. Babysitting service is available at the centre during the clinic and transportation to and from the centre is provided by call- ing 7-7117, she added. The clinic is open today from 1 to 3 p.m. and again in the evening from 6 to 9 p.m.