Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The LetKbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, September 12, 1973 Pages 19-36 Local news Teachers' quality a concern University of Lethbridge money not of great importance to students these days, says U of L president 'Bursaries not way to attract students' By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Giving money to students is not the way to increase enrol- ment in universities, the University of Lethbridge president says. Dr. W. E. Beckel. in an interview, said "money doesn't seem to be that impor- tant to students now.'" If students really want to go to university they seem to be able to obtain funds from their parents, by working or through government loans, he says. He was commenting on the government's two-year ex- perimental bursary program for students who do not live near a college or un- iversity and who must leave home "to begin university studies at the U of L. Only 80 students applied this summer for the grants that were made available to a maximum of 200 students over two years. Dr. Beckel says the govern- ment established the bursary program to assist students financially and to encourage students to attend the U of L. "Whether it has helped the university or not we don't know at the present time, but it has definitely helped some students attend university studies." he said. If the bursary program helped students attend U of L studies who otherwise may not have been.able to attend because of their financial situation, then the govern- ment may have been right in establishing the bursary program, he suggested. But, he also feels the U of L is right in its claim that the bursary program is not an effective method of increas- ing university enrolment. The best method of stimulating interest in the U of L is to establish new programs that will give the university a broader base, thus, making its programs of interest to more people. "We must convince students that the University experience is a good one and that the University of Lethbridge has a good ex- perience to offer them." Dr. Beckel says. Two new programs that stimulate interest are Native American studies and management arts, but govern- ment approval when -or if the two programs will become part of the U of L curriculum has been -delayed until the department of advanced education establishes its new- program policy. Co-operative education, another new program, has received government approval and funding and is presently being developed by the U of L. The co-operative education program will offer students a chance to combine work ex- perience with academic studies. "We hope to have some students registered in it by the next says Dr. Beckel. Only 15 of the 80 students who received the government bursary were from outside the area from which the U of L usually draws its students. "That's what makes us question what benefit it has had" in drawing new students to the U of L, he says. It will be all "guess work" on how much the bursaries have helped the student recipients or the U of L, until a study is completed. During this university year, the bursary recipients will be interviewed to find out how the bursary helped them and if it encouraged them to at- tend the U of L. Dr. Beckel says he would have been surprised if all 200 available bursaries had been given out during the first offering of the burtsary. He estimates that another 20 or 25 students will receive bursaries prior to the spring semester. The remaining 100 to 105 bursaries will be offered for the fall semester next year. Dr. Bill Beckel U of L president Indian association worker claims distort court cases Lawyers to parley over Henderson suit By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer Facts concerning the arrest of a native person are often deliberately distorted in court by the police. The comment was made Tuesday in a Herald interview with Percy Smith, employed by the Indian Association of Alberta to make band councils and individuals on the Blood and Peigan Reserves aware of the Kirby Commission investigation into the lower court system in the province. In court, "facts are "fre- quently distorted by the police, especially by the rookies. The older members are reasonably fair and just "in their treatment of native people. Mr. Smith said. "I think the police are forever on the prowl to make sure we're picked up as soon as we step out of line." He said that while the police often treat Indians hearshly many judges tend to be more lenient towards them than towards whites. "A magistrate is unaware of circumstances on the reserve so he goes easier on us. He has to believe us." But "you can't have harsh police and lenient judges and then say fine, balanced out." everything's Centre forced to make cuts By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer The Lethbridge Friendship Centre has cut back some programs because of a smaler-than-expeeted grant from the provincial government. At a board meeting Tuesday, directors of the centre cut several programs from the schedule and instructed Corey Foster, ex- ecutive director, to seek ad- ditional funds for others. The centre has received 000 from the provincial government, less than it asked for. Programming for the year will be focussed on three areas: native youth, recreation, and a women's group. Recreation and native youth programs each will receive while the women's group will get The native youth program is run by young people, with advice from a board member. Ac- Household goods needed It takes more than tour walls to make a house a home. After spending many months looking for a new home, and finally finding one, the Lethbridge Friendship Centre has made two simultaneous discoveries.. Its funds are "very, very low" and its stock of furniture and recreation equipment is almost non-existent. So it is asking Herald readers for some of various ar- ticles to help them foster bcttter relations between whites and native people. The warehouse where the centre now makes its home needs an interior paint job. and it needs paint. To keep young children hap- py, they need toys, and to keep the place clean enough for young children to play with the toys, the centre needs a vacuum cleaner. The last pool table was stolen, so another would be appreciated. A television set, a radio, a ping-poing table, and tables and chairs are all lacking now. From time to time, the centre also holds rummage sales, so donations of clothes and other rummage-sale type things would be appreciated. These articles can be taken to the centre, 324 4th St. S. tivities run under it are the responsibility of the people in- volved in the group. Under the recreation heading, the centre will hold dances, bingos, films, a pow- wow, and a Christmas dinner. The women's group encom- passes handicrafts, sewing and quilting, and a and tots" group. The "moms and tots" program will be held in the morning, with toys, games, and crafts to entertain the children while the mothers listen to guest speakers, watch films, or get involved in other activities. The centre had planned to run a Blackfoot language Class but because programm- ing funds are short. Miss Foster was asked by the board to approach the Indian affairs department for money to hold the Course. A music education program was also dropped from the program because of a shor- tage of funds to hire a teacher. The board also decided the centre will stay open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. In order to keep the centre open longer and provide more staff for their programs, the board will apply for a local initiatives grant. Mr. Smith, and five other fieldworkers in the province, will spend the next several months attempting to per- suade Indians to present briefs to the Kirby Commis- sion because "the system we have now is not working for us." The commission, headed by Justice W. J. C. Kirby. of the trial division of the Alberta Supreme Court, will travel to major centres in the next four months conducting an inquiry for the provincial attorney- general's department on the administration of justice in the lower court system, including provincial courts, inquests, and family court. Mr. Smith said the Indian association hopes to learn from the Kirby investigation why so many Indians are in jail. "Some of us might say magistrates are too lenient or that the police are picking on he asked. The Kirby Commission will sit in Lethbridge Dec. 3 and 4. Lawyers representing former Alberta Social Credit House Leader James Henderson and Lethbridge businessman Fred Weatherup in a defamation suit against Mr. Henderson could reach an out-of-court settlement within two weeks. Or the suit could go before the November sittings of the Alberta Supreme Court in Ed- monton or Lethbridge. Mr. Weatherup's counsel. Laurie Mac-Lean of Lethbridge said Tuesday. Examination for discovery in the case was held in the Lethbridge courthouse Friday attended by Mr. Weatherup. Mr. MacLean. Mr. Henderson and his counsel. Derek Spitz of Edmonton. "Certain documents and written materials are to be exchanged." Mr. MacLean said. "Before any further- court appearances, the solicitors will be meeting for the purposes of determining the real issues and consider- ing the place and nature or even the necessity of a trial." That meeting should be within two weeks, he said. Mr. Weatherup continued the defamation suit launched April 19 after he said he was not satisfied with a public apology from Mr. Henderson. Mr. Henderson said: "I apologize unreservedly for mentioning that a person sponsoring a dinner for Premier Lougheed was in- terested in a company which had received a loan from the Alberta Opportunity Co. for Mr. Weatherup feels the original comment may have been construed as casting aspersions at him. Health care course to commence Oct. 3 A continuing education course for health care professionals and middle management personnel in the Southern Alberta area will begin Oct. 3 at the Lethbridge Auxiliary Hospital. Sponsored by the University District health unit to keep meetings closed The Barons-Eureka Health Unit Tuesday night decided not to allow The Herald to cover their monthly board meetings. The refusal was made on the grounds that much of the discussion at the meetings concerns staff salaries and matters of a confidential, per- sonal nature, spokesmen said. However, the health unit, which covers both the County of Lethbridge and the Municipal District of Taber. will allow the board secretary. Earl Foxall, to give out authorized releases from the meeting. Board members expressed the view that many matters discussed at the meetings were too sensitive to be released. of Lethbridge, the 10-week seminar course will give par- ticipants an opportunity to ex- amine their attitudes toward leadership and management and improve their ability to cope with administrative duties. A university release says the non-credit course is designed for persons working in health care settings who are or may become responsi- ble for supervisory functions. The course, to run Wednesdays from to p.m. at per person, will be co-ordinated by D. L. Smith, director of nursing at the Aux- iliary Hospital. Ms. Smith will be assisted by members of the U of L sociology and psychology departments. Topics to be dis- cussed include tpnets of leadership, characteristics of a healthy working environ- ment and how to work with groups. By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer There are some teachers who are doing less than the job than they are capable of and something should be done about it, a few trustees suggested at a Lethbridge Public School Board meeting Tuesday. The suggestion was made during a lengthy discussion on the function of the school board within the present school system. When introducing the dis- cussion, trustee Reg Turner insisted that it was the job of the local school board to in- sure that every teacher is competent and qualified academically, actually providing a high quality learn- ing experience for the students. Every teacher should be considerate and fair with every student and should observe school and school board policies. "I think we have some in- competent teachers that have been here for a long time and at the present time we don't have a method of evaluating he said. He also claimed that some low performance teachers get promoted because their at- Reg Turner worried titude suits the school they're working in. There are some schools that have "a happy staff" because they support the principal and the principal supports them, but that doesn't mean they're getting the job done, he said. What teachers doing? Mr. Turner said he would like to have enough informa- tion presented to the board so that it would know that teachers in the public system are doing the job they're paid for. "I don't want to know which teachers may not be' doing their duties. I just want to know that it is being he explained. Trustee Bill Brown said the board should attempt to set up criteria for teacher evaluation. "I would be happy if someone can come up with a method of evaluating teachers in the he said. Trustee A. R. Mont said Mr. Turner's concerns reflect his feelings too. Trustee Carl Johnson said there are a "percentage of teachers who tend to slack off." But, that is not the only reason for having a criteria for teacher evaluation, he warned. "There are a fair group of teachers who are conscien- tious and would like to be evaluated.so that they could know whether or not they're doing a good said Mr. Johnson. Doug McPherson, board chairman, said there is no doubt some teachers are doing less than they're capable of, but the term incompetent teachers should not be used in reference to them. Common problem He claimed the failure of the teacher to live up to his or her abilities in the Lethbridge public school system isn't a major problem. The problem is common to all school districts across the nation, he suggested. Dr. McPherson said it was the job of the school board to assist that type of teacher so as to make him a more com- petent teacher. Dr. O. P. Larson, superintendent of the public system, said the trustees concern with the evaluation of teachers is a common concern of trustees throughout the province. "We try to make sure they are competent when we take them on staff, but it is dif- ficult to evaluate whether they're rendering proper ser- vice after they have been he said. In order to handle the evaluation of all teachers in the public system, "we would have to increase our staff sub- he said. Some trustees also express- ed concern that some of the board's policies are not being followed by some schools. Trustee Doug Card said the board has no method of learn- ing where or how its policies are being implemented or if they are still valid. Dr. Larson suggested that the management by objec- tives concept now being con- sidered by the public school system may answer some of the concerns. Authority to doers Management by objectives is a system that establishes common goals then gives the responsibility and authority for achieving them to those who must do the work with the necessary direction. The concept thrives on input and feedback from all levels of the school sytem. It gives the school board guidance, but doesn't prevent the board from making its own decisions on school matters. To assist the school board in gaining a better insight into how its policies are being ad- ministrated and to obtain more background on matters concerning the board, the trustees passed a motion to utilize special committees more than in the past. In other board business, only trustees Reg Turner and Dorothy Beckel favored a mo- tion to accept a policy that would specify the number of trustees allowed to attend board approved conventions and conferences at the public's expense. Mr. Turner felt some type of control should be put on the number of people going to the same convention and Mrs. Beckel suggested that it may suffice to have just one board member attend the conference and then have the trustee report back to the board. The board approved a mo- tion to raise the trustees meal allowance, while on school board business, from to The transportation mileage allowance will remain at 12 cents per mile, hotel or motel accommodation expenses will be paid at actual cost and the daily rate for trustees who leave Lethbridge on board business will remain at the trustees also decided. The trustees also approved a 10 cent a rnile increase in operating costs for The city of Lethbridge's bus service to its schools. The increase raised the mileage rate to 85 cents per mile. The next public school board meeting was rescheduled to Sept. 18 from its regular Sept. 25 date.