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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Communes struggle through change By JURATE KAZICKAS TAGS, N.M. (AP) Com- munes, once the promised land of the dropout generation, struggle on. Some have outlasted bitter winters with firm com- mitments to till the land while others have shifted emphasis, from drugs to Jesus, farming to handicrafts. Many, however, have simply dis- appeared. How many have survived is guesswork. There are com- munes of one sort or another in most parts of Canada and the United States. At the height of the move- ment, the focus was on northern New Mexico, with its wooded hills, arid land and desert vistas. There were about 30 communes in the region several years ago. Now there are about 12. Morningstar is four years old and nearing the end. Once it was an open-air haven for hundreds of itinerant drifters and a home for dozens of com- mitted land-lovers. Now its adobe huts are crumbling and the 12 remaining residents are moving on. DREAM FAILS "It was such a dream com- mune in the said Mark, 17, who came to Morn- ingstar three years ago after fleeing his California home. "We worked in the gardens, helped with the mudding of the houses, dug ditches, raised horses Then all these people started corning and took a lot of our energy away. "There were the winos who did nothing but sit around and drink. Then came the LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. Campus Corner By PHILIP JANG Lethbridge Collegiate In- stitute The LCI band finally has its overlays, hats and plumes to wear with their concert un- iforms, even though it was late in 1972 when the band received the slacks and jacket portion of the outfit The accessories for marching were scheduled to arrive in May of this year. However, the manufacturer experienced labor difficulties and reported that it would not be able to have the accessories delivered until a later date They arrived just prior to the beginning of school The concert uniform has already been worn for a number ol performances The Whoop-Up Days' parade was a notable appearance, though only a portion of the band's members were at that session A few uninformed people said 'blah' after comparing the straight forward uniforms to the glitter of those of other bands The overlays, hats and plumes will rectify the situa- tion by converting the un- iforms into a more compatible condition for future marching performances Large schools can be troublesome, especially if they are built like the Lethbridge Collegiate. At LCI, there are three wings: the first built in 1949, the second in the mid-fifties, and the third in 1970. The trouble is that the 1950's wing is built on a hill and is higher than the rest of the school. What results are third floors connecting onto second floors and room numbers on the same level going from the 200 to 300 series. It is rather confusing even after a term in the building. However, it does add a rather minuscule amount of intrigue The World Affairs Club, organizers of the annual Model United Nations Assembly at the Collegiate, are into the preliminaries of organizing that event April 15 and 16, during the Easter break, are the perspec- tive dates this term. Over 100 delegates from the sur- rounding area attended last term's assembly. About in renovations have been applied to LCI. Win- dows in the 1949 wing facing 5th Ave. are now reduced in size. To improve insulation, was spent walling in the extra window area and in- stalling smaller windows. Fluorescent lighting has replaced power-gorging in- candescent bulbs as part of a electrical renovation in the west wing. A bus lane, to alleviate the traffic jams that often occurred last term, has been paved behind the school. Proceedings are underway to elect this year's Miss LCI Ram. Nominations were open- ed last week and the election will take place Friday. The winner will be announced Saturday at the LCI Ram's (football version) season opener against Medicine Hat High. AMPLIFIER CLEARANCE SALE '73 MODELS Special on over 50 units GARNET, GIB- SON, VERLAGE, DARIUS, RAVEN, TRADES conilderad financing can ba arranged. FREE T Shirt with each amp aala. Reduced 10% to 50% Special 239.00 Revolution 70 watts Revolution 100 watts watts, 2 channel Enforcer One PA Sessionrnan 270 watts Lil Rock 70 watts Rebel Reverb 100 watts Pro 270 watts Verlage 135RMS G bson Bass Russell 2 70 watts Darius 70 watt PA Garnet 6 Channel Power Mixer Garnet Mixer Rebel 100 watt PA Reverb Rebel P A Labyrinth Speakers Pro P A Selective Revefb Sessionrnan Vocal System 459.00 595.00 209.00 695.00 345.00 585.00 775.00 835.00 400.00 300.00 350.00 325.00 65.00 49.00 669.00 850.00 Sale continues until stock reduced shop early for best selection, they won't last long at these prices. DOWNSTAIRS at LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. 715-Paramount Thaatra Building metaphysicals who kept turn- ing on with their peyote. "And then about a year ago the revolutionary trip began. Everybody had a gun. It was just something else to do." Mark has left the commune several times to return to his mother's nome in California. Now he doesn't know what he's going to do because the owner of the land has told the residents to leave so a guru can take over. Wayman Russell, 23, looks back with joy on the beginning in 1969. He says: "We had 60 acres of gar- dens. We grew corn with cobs as big as my wrists. "Now, nothing grows here. Everyone started doing his own thing and no one cared anymore." OLDEST SURVIVES Morningstar was an open commune. No one was ever turned away and Wayman feels that may have been its undoing. New Buffalo, by contrast, the oldest of the Taos communes, looks upon itself as a tight family, dedicated to farming and communal sharing It has sur- vived some lean years and now has about 50 members. Reporters are barred from visiting. Lama Foundation, located a few miles away, welcomes visitors once a week but only permits new members who are committed to a religious search, and they must be ap- proved unanimously by the members About 60 people now live at Lama, which was founded in" 1967 They pray together, work and eat together at fixed hours of the day, then retire for meditation and reading to one of 12 homes or individual tents on the 130-acre property. Surya commune assistant- director, said it is the strong religious and ecological bond that keeps the community together. "There is enough mutual re- spect that no one has to be told to work We cultivate the land, experiment with solar heat and wind generators and each person looks for his own definition of God." "The people who come to Lama have said Surya "They're less the flower children, less frivolous, more sober and experimental in their religious search." DECAY PREVAILS In sharp contrast to Lama is the Hog Farm It jolts the vis- itor with its decay, the debris of broken dreams. Old tools, parts of engines, cans, empty bottles, rags, tat- tered mattresses, shredded blankets and boxes clutter the yard, the tiny wooden house, and a once-lovely A-frame that served as a communal dining room. The original Hog Farm was one of the earliest and largest communes in California. It shifted its sleeping bags into crazily painted psychedelic school buses that criss- crossed the country like a happy travelling party. They bought land in 1969 in New Mexico to serve as king of an ancestral home. Today, some members of the Hog Farm are still moving around the country. But here, near the village of Penasco, those brightly colored buses are rus- ty and inert now, without wheels. There are 12 persons on the farm, men in frayed jeans and buckskin vests, the women in torn skins, dirtv skirts or jeans Memorial bursary established COALDALE A bursary in memory of her late daughter is to be established by Mrs Maki Nishimura of Coaldale at Kate Andrews High School this year To be known as the Kim Nishimura Memorial Bur- sary, it will be a perpetual award offered annually to a Kate Andrews student who plans to enter the medical field. Preference will be given to students entering nursing. The bursary will be award- ed on the basis of academic performance, financial need and character. Its value will be the interest drawn from a bond placed in trust for this purpose. During the first year, the Kim Nishimura Memorial Bursary will be valued at Thursday, September 13, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 8 Herald------------------------- Youth Too miiny HamiltonSchool has overload III M OWKN Sworn into Canadian Armed Forces These three local youths were recently sworn into the Canadian Armed Forces by Lt.-Col. Mark Egener at a ceremony conducted in the Officers' Mess, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, Canadian Armed Forces Base, Calgary. They wilf be attending the Canadian Armed Forces Military College Royal Roads in Victoria, B.C., where they will take engineering. Gordon attended Winston Churchill High School; Douglas, the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute: and Owen, Picture Butte High School. By BARBARA HOWE Enrolment at Hamilton Junior High School this fall is 778. The maximum load stan- dard, as set by the school board office, is 730. This overload has put a heavy burden on both staff and students However, the counsellors have done an ad- mirable job in setting up flexi- ble timetables making the number of students in each class fairly even The average number of students in each class is 34. This year there are four more full-time teachers and one part-time Also, three other rooms have been converted into classrooms Various problems have arisen from the overload. Since there are not enough lockets, the Grade 7 and 8 students had to double up. In the shop there are only 23 desks to accommodate 33 students Cooking labs in the home-economics class may have to be cut due to the limited money allowance, too many students and rising food costs Most teachers agree the students are going to have a difficult time because the overload reduces the amount of individual attention and limits the activities. Pizza, for breakfast? RENO, Nev. (AP) In- stead of pancakes or eggs for your next breakfast, why not wake up to a pizza or a taco7 And instead of bacon or toast, try a chicken salad sandwich or a hot dog. A University of Nevada- Reno nutritionist says the value of a traditional bacon- and-egg breakfast is over- rated. "Everyone knows you should have said Marjorie Stevenson "So why are people missing it9 Maybe they're tired of a sterotyped breakfast." Mrs Stevenson said in an interview Tuesday that pizza, macaroni and cheese, chili, tacos, even ice cream or cus- tard pie, make nutritious breakfasts "It's unnerving to see my daughter sitting there with a tuna salad sandwich at 7.30 a.m But she's getting her nutrients." She said it's not important what you eat, as long as you get the right nutrients. The body needs protein, but what's the difference if it comes in scrambled eggs, a hamburger or peanut butter? Mrs Stevenson said break- fast is the meal most often skipped and one reason is be- cause of the stress on the ba- con, eggs, milk, cereal and orange juice meal. She said an experiment at a nearby scout camp in which tomato soup, hamburgers and french fries were served for breakfast showed that people expect traditional breakfasts, but could adapt to change "Some of the kids thought it was she said. "But others were stunned because it didn't mean breakfast to them." Mrs. Stevenson said eggs are loaded with protein and cholesterol, bacon has protein and fat, but a pizza provides meat for protein, cheese for a dairy product, plus bread and vegetables A GIRL WITH DESIGNS ON HERSELF stands cozilv with the designer, Spider Webb, in Mount Vernon, N.Y "Show-through tattoos are a new thing with the he says. The attire is remodeled to reveal the parrot and Mower. 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