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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE New editor revamps Meliorist By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer I The University of Lethbridge student new- spaper. The Meliorist, has been given a sudden face-lift. Exit an anti-establishment politically left- wing propaganda sheet. I Enter a non-political cultural weekly that also provides the Lethbridge community with information about the university student scene. The change didn't take place without creating a few ripples of discontent from sup- porters of the old Meliorist. In the centre of the controversy is the woman responsible for changing the Meliorist offices, staff and approach to news. When Daniele deVernier was given the non paying job of editor of The Meliorist, she was told that her ideals were too high and she was doomed to failure. It was also suggested that she not be quite so forceful when setting newspaper policy and managing its staff. But it is the nature of the petite native of France to be forceful and enter a face to face verbal confrontation to gain what she sincerely believes must be accomplished. With a shrug of the shoulders, she admits to having developed the capacity to "make enemies before I make friends." However, she also knows change creates discontent among some people and is prepared to live with a few enemies. Miss deVernier began on a collision course with sympathizers of the old Meliorist shortly after she accepted the editorship. First, she acquired her own staff to prevent "impeachment by my staff" and to eliminate anyone who was determined to see the paper fail. Next, she ordered the repainting of the of- fice walls to hide the profanity written on them by the staff of the previous year. "If I didn't know how to swear before, I sure could after reading what was written on the wall." says Miss deVernier with a puzzled expression that indicates her bewilderment with the use of such language for decorative purposes. She has also informed everyone within hearing distance that the Meliorist will be run like a business this year. Last year, she says, the staff would purchase a few cases of beer ana write all night. This year there will be no beer and students will not have to work all night to produce a paper. All articles are to be completed by Friday evening and final preparation of the Meliorist will take place on Saturday and Sunday. While the Meliorist staff is not to be political, articles written by other students will be welcomed regardless of the political tone. "Students really have it made. They live in an unreal world, an ivory says Miss deVernier, who has spent the past 15 years of her life as a university student in Europe, Africa, South and North America. Students, she says, view society with scorn from a position of no responsibility. They ac- cuse the establishment of ignoring social problems and they don't understand the problems nor the process of alleviating them. "It is too easy to criticize when you are do- ing nothing. If we don't have a solution, we don't have to present a problem." Miss deVernier suggests many reactionary students do not really give consideration to those affected by the social problem. They are just "on an ego trip." Leaning forward in her chair and squinting she says "that's what I call verbal mastur- bation.'' The controversial situation Miss deVernier is now in as editor of the Meliorist is minute in comparison to the politically dangerous predicament she faced in Colombia, while editor of a cultural weekly magazine. The church controlled Colombian es- tablishment burned all issues of the cultural weekly and banned it from the country when it printed an article written by a priest. The article disclosed the involvement of the Colombia hierarchy with a prostitution racket. Miss deVernier didn't realize the article would create such a tense political at- mosphere in the country when she gave it her stamp of approval. But she didn't stick around to see what the hierarchy had in mind for her. "I took the first plane she recalled with a nervous chuckle. U of L staff New Meliorist staffers (lower photo) left to right g include: Bill Pratt, photography editor; Robert Waldren film editor; Selma Fomradas, f co-editor; Daniele deVernier, editor; and Raymond Ptak, counsellor. Miss deVernier (above) keeps an eye on staffers as they prepare the first issue of the student weekly. SPECIAL! "Snoopy" PENCIL SHARPENER Runs on batteries. Reg. 13.99 SPECIAL 999 CALL TOYS 327-5767 DOWNTOWN Kimberley schools closing; Nelson school workers go out Today could be the last day Kimberley schools are open, a school official said in a telephone interview this mor- ning. Don Hersey, secretary- treasurer of the Kimberley School District, said schools are open today, probably for the last day. The schools haven't been cleaned up, and CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL OEMTAl HOG. PHONE JOIN THE AIR CADETS No 11 Squadron will commence the New Training Year on TUESDAY, SEPT. 10 at p.m. Pick-up vwll be a1 the usual points as last season We welcome new interested boys who have reached 1heir 13th birthday by September 1. 1974 For new boys, parents may bring their boys on their first night and see our training program and facilities and enquire about courses and career opportunities available Parents are welcome at any of our parades PARADE LOCATION 20fh IndtpcrMtom Flew Arroortw Ewy 7.15 p.m, prxnrWcd no wrrroftmwrrt some are getting messy, he said. Pupils will be given home assignments, said Mr, Hersey. Non-teaching employees in the district have been on strike since Aug. 19. Geoff Watson, president of the Kimberley unit of Local 343 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, said no new talks have been set. A meeting of local represen- tatives from the East Kootenay. West Koolenay and Okanagan was to be held in Trail today, he said ir, a telephone interview. Meanwhile, a news report said non-leaching employees in the Nelson School District voted Sunday to go on strike, joining a walkout in other parts of the Okanagan and the Kootenays CUPE spokesman Clarence Lacombe said the Nelson workers voted 87 per cent in favor of strike action and were to serve strike notice toda> Unless the school board returns to the bargaining table with an acceptable proposal before Thursday, the workers will go on strike. Mr. Lacombe said. He said the union is entering its seventh month of bargain- ing with the B.C. School Trustees Association and the next move is up to management. In Fcrnie. non-teaching employees voted Friday to re- ject the board's latest conlrarl offer They voted 97 per cent against the offer, which would have raised basic wages to 55.27 an hour from CUPE locals in Windermere. Kimberley and Creston have also rejected the offer. The latest offer, made Thur- sday, called for a 16-per-cent increase retroactive to July 1, another 12 per cent March 1, 1975. and an additional four per cent Nov. 1, 1975. Tom Borass. CUPE representative, said Friday that workers want a cost-of- living increase instead of the two-year contract proposed by board. Man recovering after fall FOX DENTURE CLINIC PHONE CT-4565 E. S. f. FOX, C.O.IW. FOXLETOBfflKEOBITAlUkl 204 MEDICAL DENTAL VLDG. A 23-year-oid Leln- bridge man is in satisfac- tory condition in Foothills Hospital at Calgary with in- juries sustained after jumping from a moving truck Friday. Alan Batty, 536 21st St S jumped from a moving vehi- cle driven by Melvin Hurrell, 17, of no fixed address Lelhbndge r Ky police say Mr Batty jumped from the back of Mr Hun-ell's truck hit the pavement, rolicd forward and did not move for two to 30 minutes. He was unconscious for that period of time When he came to he refused to be taken to hospital and went home Tfie accident occurred about I a m. The next day he complained to his mother of a sore neck and head and she took him to hospital about 6 p.m He was transferred to Foothills about 9 30 pm A 21-year-old Cardston woman remains in fair condi- tion in GrneraJ Hospital, Calgary, after a Jal3 Sept. 8 from a iiftfi floor window in a downtown Calgary apartment buridmg Manna Alice Riding At The Door is suffering from several broken bones and internal in- janes as a result of the fall. Calgary city police regard the fali 3 Jumpers pleased crowd at Rotary horse show The jumper stake provided an exciting opener for the final night of the Rotary Horse Show at the Exhibition Pavilion Saturday. Sweet William, entered by Judy Bystrom of Poison, Mont., was back in form and took first place and the prize. A winner in the first go- round, Sweet William had slipped to second place Friday evening. Of the 10 horses in Satur- day's competition, two finish- ed the course with no faults on the first go around. In the second, challenger Ria Richelle, a G. W. Golden Ranches horse from Edmon- ton, seemed close to a winning performance but met with dis- aster on the last jump. The bad fall hindered neither the horse nor the rider, Sharon Humphrey, seriously and a few minutes later they contested the western pleasure class and took first place. Some people attended the final night of the show that saw East Lethbridge Rotary Club President Gordon Paterson make a special presentation to Robert Hironaka for service to Rotary and the horse show. Two high-stepping Montana horses took first and second place in the Tennessee walk- ing stake, with first place go- ing to Watch Me Go Boy Shadow, entered by Mrs. Jack Newman of Great Falls, and Ebony's Royal Heir, entered by Art Harlow of Whitefish. In the fine harness stake, Bourbon's Carbon Copy from Royalta Stables, Mill Bay, B.C., took first, while another Royalta animal, Just Luck, came second. Stonewall's Rexingo, entered by White Saddlery, Sandy. Utah, didn't give an inch in the Alberta cham- pionship five-gaited American saddle bred stake. He took first prize as he'd done the two City Scene Education poll proposed previous nights, this time coming ahead of My Majestic Bourbon, a Royalta horse. In competition for senior trail horse, Lil' Zip, entered by Bill Stronski of Claresholm, proved the most suitable for a country ride. Se- cond place went to Hawk, entered by Audrey Westrop of Pincher Creek. Second place in the western pleasure class went to Brown Pet, entered by Larry Gray of Fort Macleod. Gaily-decorated rigs entered in the children's fancy turnout drew warm response from the audience. Terry Jeans Charming Lady, entered by Bar G. Ranch, Regina, Sask., took first, while Pony Vista's Dutch Colonel, entered by Lee Anderson, Havre, Mont., took second. In competition for pairs un- der western saddle, Cherry Bar and another entry by Roy McLean from Pekisko took first, while Sage and another entry from Jow Bews of Longview came second. Judge of this year's show was Roy Register of River- side, Calif. Junior jumpers go another work out Saturday evening, vying for a special purse. Winner was Dugan, entered by Una Rose Howell of Poison. Mont. Outdoor, driver, and family life education are three topics the public school trustees will consider placing on an opinion poll to be held in conjunction with the Oct. 16 school trustee elections when they meet today. v 341VI c; The trustees will also consider soliciting public opinion on the board's objective-based education planning scheme. The specific question under consideration asks if voters, at taxpayer expense, approve the establishment of minimum standards at grades and 12 for basic skills and a testing program based on the standards. The proposed questions on education programs ask tax- payers if they wish to support driver education for all students and they approve of a family life education program that would include instruction on family finance, child rearing, sex educa- tion and nutrition. Other questions may be added to the list by trustees tonight. truck farm proves out Wreck flies 80 feet A 22-year-old Lethbridge man is in satisfactory condition in St. Michael's Hospital after the car he was driving struck a dirt pile, flew about 80 feet through the air and came to rest against a light pole. Lethbridge city police say the car driven by Mark L. Haslam, 3507 Forestry Ave. S., came to rest 100 feet from where he hit the dirt pile. Mr. Haslam was going south on the 2200 block of 13th St. N. about 3 a.m. Sunday when the accident occurred. His car, was demolished. A car drove through the front door of Vanda Beauty Counselor, 720 13th St. N., on the weekend causing about damage. A witness told police the driver of the car drove away after the accident. automobile taken A 1964 turquoise Pontiac, valued at was reported stolen from 1425 23rd St. N. Saturday. Stan Smith of Hays told Lethbridge city police he left the car parked on the street Saturday night and it was gone the following morning. A tape deck and tapes valued at were reported stolen Sunday from an unlocked car belonging to Dave Clark, Suite No. 19. 1619 Scenic Heights. Five bicycles valued at nearly were reported stolen on the weekend. Philatelic counter to open The Lethbridge Post Office will officially gain its stamp counter Sept. 23. The philatelic counter will open at 10 a.m. with the presen- tation of special stamp albums to Jim Carpenter of the Lethbridge Philatelic Society and Mayor Andy Anderson. The albums will contain the 1976 Olympic Games keeping fit stamp, to be issued that day. The counter will carry items of interest to stamp collectors. Sisters participate Catholic sisters participate in a liturgy each Sunday at a.m. for residents of Edith Cavcll Nursing Home. A caption in Saturday's Herald was incorrect. Court cases cut in half The number of people appearing for liquor offenses in provin- cial court within four days after the Labor Day weekend has dropped by more than SO per cent from last year, according to provincial Judge L. W. Hudson. Judge Hudson said in 1973 at that time there were 61 cases volving people who either spent the night in jail or appeared in court on liquor charges. "This year within four days after the Labor Day weekend there were only 26 he said. He added that he didn't think the beer strike has anything to do with the drop as most arrests involve wine, bay rum. rubbing alcohol and other forms of liquor. Judge Hudson did attribute the decrease in liquor cases after the long weekend to the work done by the alcohol and drug com- mission in the city. "Also, the new idea of giving offenders a chance the first time and then sending then for four month treatment has he said. Second arrest logged A second man has been arrested and charged with 10 counts of break, enter and theft following break-ins in the Fort Macleod and Carmangay districts in the third week of August. Duncan Harris, of no fixed address, was arrested in Calgary Friday after a Canada-wide warrant was issued for his arrest Thursday in Lethbridge. Harris was remanded in custody until Fiiday in Fort Macleod. Appearing with Hams will be Gordon Edward Tomlinson, 23, of no fixed address, also charged with 10 break- ins in the same districts. Two Lethbridge businessmen have turned a hobby into a paying proposi- tion in the fruit industry. Dick Gray, co owner of Valley Feeders Ltd., a head capacity cattle feeding operation, and John Friesen, a local reflexologist, started growing watermellons, can- talopes, tomatoes and pumpkins "to prove that it could be done here." See photo on page 2. They had a poor crop on a two acre patch of land on Valley Feeder property in the riverbottom west of Lethbridge in 1973. But they gamed valuable experience and the two men are selling a near bumper crop of fruit in Calgary and Lethbridge. About pounds of vine ripened tomatoes sold in Calgary, said Mr. Gray. And the tomatoes sold well in Lethbridge, door to door and from a parked truck. Mr. Gray said they have been eating watermellons for four weeks. And he credits ex- perience for early maturation of the plants. Mr. Friesen started the watermelon plants in a greenhouse in individual peat pots. These pots were then the soil to prevent damage'to the roots. Mr. Friesen said the other secret of watermelons is hot weather. To achieve this, he covered the plants with plastic. With the peat pots and plastic, Mr. Friesen was able to get the plants into the ground in the middle of May instead the middle of June. The critical growing period for the watermelons was July. On real hot day; one could almost see the plants growing, said Mr. Friesen. He said people can grow watermelons in any soil using the peat pots and plastic. Sandy soil is best because it warms faster. Mr. Friesen said with better weather conditions in 1975, he expects to sell about worth of fruit from each acre of land. The iand used to grow the fruit was irrigated only once. Fertilizer was not applied since the iand had been well manured from the cattle feedlot ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC fcfcBWte ZZZ Mb ft. Phont32t-40tS PENNER'S PLUMBING 1209 S 327-4121 ;