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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Lethbridge Herald Local News Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, September 20, 1974 Pages 15-28 Top marks don't cut ice at vet college A quiet Southern Alberta farm boy with one of the highest university grade averages in the country has been refused admission to Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. Ernie Janzen, 21, of Coal- dale, to say the least, is dis- appointed. Disappointed because two years of striv- ing for the highest grades he was capable of was equated with the results of one personal interview he had with three professors at the Western College. He was refused admis- sion on the basis of the interview, between 20 and 30 minutes duration depending directly on who relates the details. The failure of the veterinary college to admit Mr. Janzen shocked many Southern Alberta educators who were familiar with his academic achievements at Kate Andrews High School in Coaldale and the Universi- ty of Lethbridge. They found it incredible that the results of an inter- view were given as much weight as an exceptional academic record and years of experience working with animals on a farm. The college introduced the interview in the student selection process for the first time this year. Previously, students were admitted on the basis of their academic record, related work experience and character references. Supporters of Mr. Jan- zen have let their discon- tent with the selection process be known from the top of the University of Saskatchewan pecking order of the bottom. Letters of protest have been forwarded to former prime minister John Diefenbaker. chancellor of U of S. the president of the university and the dean of western College of Veterinary Medicine. As a result. U of S ad- ministrators have review- ed the case. However, they have reaffirmed their decision. In support of the newly adopted admissions procedure, college officials argue that they receive so many applications from students with exceptionally high marks that another method of selection had to be introduced to reduce the number of applicants to meet the limited enrol- ment at the college. "We have received a phenomenal increase in the number of students apply- ing with high qual- ifications. N. O, Nidsen, college dean, said in a telephone interview from Saskatoon. Dr. Nielsen said the college "tried to be fair" and certainly didn't dis- Ernie Janzen studying again at UofL he's decided to become a different kind of doctor criminate against Mr. Jan- zen or the University of Lethbridge. Mr. Janzen is qualified to attend the college but so were many others and he was among many deserv- ing students who did not gain admission because they did not fare as well in the interview as the students who were ad- mitted, the dean pointed out. Neither can the rejection of Mr. Janzen be con- sidered a reflection on the quality of graduate produc- ed at the U of L. According to Dr. Nielsen. "Janzen is un- doubtedly a very superior student judged by academic performance." University of Lethbridge has had five graduates ad- mitted to the veterinary college during the past five years. The three students admitted in 1971 are in the upper 50 per cent of their class while the two students enrolling in 1973 have not had their records released to date. All five did not have the academic qualifications of Mr. Janzen. So the basis of disagree- ment with the college ad- mission procedures by those who oppose it is the high weighting the college officials place on its results. A counsellor at the high school Mr. Janzen attended two years ago was par- ticularly concerned that a student was rejected on the basis of a very brief inter- view conducted by a group of total strangers. Ed Ryan believes the "entire situation really becomes fatuous when you realize that the interview, brief as it was, dealt with such irrelevant topics as the political situation in Portugal, the energy crisis in Canada" and a veterinarian's love Cor animals. It is incredible that a short interview could be equated to two years of outstanding academic achievement, he said, when "all psychologists with whom I've spoken agree that interviews are all of questionable value and validity." Phil Butterfield, U of L associate dean of arts and science, calls Mr. Jan- zen's rejection "the most outrageous thing we ever heard of. "There is nothing so gross that he could have done in the interview that could outweigh his out- standing academic creden- tials. His marks are almost unheard of." In his two years at the U of L. Mr. Janzen scored a 3 95 grade-point average- out of a possible 4.00. Mr. Butterfield said he couldn't understand plac- ing such emphasis on an interview unless the college was attempting to improve the public image of veterinarians. The interview was designed to assess personal appearance, personality, attitudes, social awareness, general interests, motivation and concepts of the veterinary medical profession. By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Dr. Nielson claims the interview was not introduc- ed to restrict entrance to the college to students who would, upon graduation, be able to improve the public image of veterinarians. However, he says, graduates from the college should be prepared to dis- cuss world affairs knowledgeably and make their views on issues related to their field known to the public. The veterinarian of the future has to become in- volved in debates issues such as whether people should be consuming grain- fod beef, he says John Best, president of the Alberta veterinarian medical association, in a telephone interview from Edmonton said his associa- tion has not communicated aiy desire to change the pwblic image of veterinarians by encourag- ing the college to produce graduates who arc good public speakers Mr. Butterfield points out that other professional faculties also interview applicants and can exclude students for non-academic reasons but it is only a rare type of student (emotional- ly disturbed for one) who would be rejected on that basis The interview was valued at 50 per cent of the admission requirements by the veterinarian college this year for the more than 120 students who were interviewed for 66 openings. The list was originally reduced to just over 120 students strictly on the basis of grades and ex- perience. Owen Holmes, U of L vice-president, wrote chancellor John Diefen- baker as an alumnus of the University of Saskatchewan requesting the alumni-appointed chancellor take "an inter- nal look into the case." Mr. Diefenbaker acknowledged the letter and is in the process of reviewing the case. Dr. Holmes says he has a "high regard" for his former university. But. he adds, there is definitely "something wrong here." The interview is "a well- established procedure with all professional schools" and the U of L has had no problem with medical and dental schools refusing students with high academic standards on the basis of an interview, he continues. Dr. Nielsen claims the interviews were introduced this year in response to "students and nearly all concerned" who requested that personal qualities in addition to academic per- formance be taken into romsideralion in Dhe admis- sion procedure The interview system used is based on a careful stady of interview methods used by other veterinary s. he says. "I am not of any concern" about the interview system, he adds "I personally took that case back to the com- mittee" that performed 1he interviews for review "I am satisfied there was no discrimination in- volved." Dr. Nielsen, continues. "Nobody said he was un- acceptable. He just didn't meet all the requirements as did the other students. The concern expressed by Southern Alberta educators about this year's selection process hasn't fallen on deaf ears. "I am going to ask per- sonally that it be reviewed next says Dr. Nielsen, who had some doubts about the new selec- tion process when it was first being discussed for introduction at the Western College. He is surprised with the "reaction from Lethbridge" toward the ad- mission procedure. Speaking as vice- president of the U of L, Dr. Holmes says if the Western College doesn't satisfy the U of L's concerns about its admission procedure, he intends to approach the department of advanced education in Alberta about the Janzen case. "I want a proper admis- sion procedure for the future and I want one that I can explain to the he insists. The Alberta government, as do the governments in the other Western provinces, partially spon- sors the veterinarian college. Alberta's financial in- volvement is based on a per Alberta student rate of This year 22 of the 66 students admitted to the college are from Alberta. A telephone check with department of advanced education officials in Ed- monton found they were aware of the change in ad- mission procedure at Western College in Saskatoon. In fact, Alberta has three representatives on the ad- visory council of the veterinary college. However, the advanced education officials indicate the admission procedure used at the college is the responsibility of the college. The Alberta represen- tatives on the advisory council to the college have all expressed concern that the three veterinarian colleges in Canada are not meeting the nation's need for more vets. Those close to the scene suggest Canada's veterinarian population needs to be increased from about 3.000 to to meet the present demand. Some suggest another veterinary college should be established in Western Canada. Dr. Nielsen disagrees. He believes the expansion of the Western College in Saskatoon, now in progress, will along with an expansion of the Ontario veterinary college or founding of a second such college in that province alleviate the shortage of veterinarians over the next few years. Expansion at Western College will allow it to ad- mit 90 students. It ad- mitted 66 students this year even though facilities at the college are only ade- quate for 50 students. The talk of expansion and a review of the admission procedure at Western College may excite students who are thinking of studying to become veterinarians, but it is of little consolation to Ernie Janzen. He doesn't intend to app- ly again. "I don't think I blew the he says. "I believe I had the highest mark you can get So it is back to Oie books at the V of L and a third year of pre-med education ior Ernie, who spent one year in a Bible school after graduaJiiig from high school Mr Janzen still intends to become a doctor, only Ihis time he hopes to gain Ihe training necessary to treaJ people instead of animals Parents don't want trucks on 5th Ave. By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer A petition against the use of 5th and 9th Avenues N. as truck routes will go to city council Monday. The petition initiated by Bessie Annand, a vice- principal at George McKillop Elementary School on 5th Avenue N. at 21st Street, is be- ing circulated by several north-side home and school associations. "My reason for starting the said Mrs. Annand who will take it to council Monday, "is concern for the safety of the great number of children who go to school in the 5th Avenue and 9th Avenue areas." One-quarter of the school population of the city, most of them of elementary school age, go to eight schools in a 10- square-block area roughly between 10th and 20th Streets and 5th and 15th Avenues, she said. "There's a playground and pool on 5th Avenue, and the Adams ice arena on 9th said Mrs. Annand. "Trucks going down either of those avenues add greatly to congestion and hence to the danger involved." Mrs. Annand said the peti- tion received the full support of about '00 people at a home and school association meeting at George McKillop earlier this week. A survey is also being con- ducted through letters sent home to parents of area school children asking their opinion on the two truck routes that were proposed by truckers at council's last meeting. Of the letters returned, nearly all are opposed to use of either 5th or 9th Avenues as truck routes, Mrs. Annand said. Meantime a meeting re- quested by council between the city engineering depart- ment and representatives of the truckers who are seeking for better truck routes on the north-side was held Thursday. No decisions were reached but discussions centred on 5th Avenue N. according to both Randy Holfeld, city engineer- ing director, and Jerry LeGrandeur, a lawyer with Rice, Maclean, Babki and Evans. It looks like the matter won't be resolved until after the civic election. "I'm going to send another letter to the city outlining what took place at the meeting and hopefully it can then be put in front of council again after the said Mr. LeGrandeur. The truckers' original sub- mission to council said they needed a more direct access from the river bottom area to the construction areas of northeast Lethbridge and the industrial park than provided by the present routes. Fifth Avenue N. would provide the most direct route to the industrial park, said William Bikman, president of Speedy Storage and Cartage Ltd. who appeared on his own behalf at the meeting. Ranch family 'didn't understand land deal9 By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer An elderly ranch family did not understand a land deal they entered into with Lethbridge MP Ken Hurlburt, a Fort Macleod lawyer testified Thursday. The testimony came as the Hunter family of a sister and three brothers, opened a counter suit against the MP in Alberta Supreme Court here. Mr Hurlburt's suit against the family to honor sale of their ranch to him for concluded Thursday after seven hours of testimony from the MP, his lawyer at the time of the deal and his accountant. Members of the Hunter family have, confirmed they signed a lease-option agree- ment with Mr. Hurlburt for their ranch seven miles west of Fort Macleod. "I don't think they under- stood how the option function- ed duration of the lease... provision for termination of the Chester Davis, a barrister and solicitor in Fort Macleod, testified Thursday. "I don't think they under- stood this particular option the duration of the he told Mr. Justice W. K. Moore, who is presiding over the civil trial. It is expected to conclude today after three days of testimony. Mr. Davis said he had acted for the Hunters "from time to time" before they made the agreement with Mr. Hurlburt June 15. 1972. They brought the agreement to him during the spring of 1973. he said. The Hunters are suing to have the agreement cancelled. They also want in general damages and in rent from the MP they claim is in arrears. Howard Hunter. 67. and Charles Vere Hunter. 71. testified Thursday they did not read the agreement before signing because they trusted a verbal summary proffered by Mr. Hurlburt of its contents. Both said they believed they were entering an agreement only to give the MP first chance to buy their property if they ever decided to sell. The agreement actually gave Mr. Hurlburt the right to buy the ranch for if either the Hunters or he cancelled the year-to-year lease. He was given one year to raise the money after the date of termination. Earlier testimony from Richard Davidson, Mr. Hurlburt's lawyer at the time of the deal, was that the MP "was aware 1 felt it was somewhat unusual." He said he understood the terms were primarily to facilitate the Hunters. Mr Davidson, who drew up the agreement to the MP's specifications, said he was acting on behalf of Mr. Hurlburl and no one else. Mr. Hurlburt told Mr Justice Moore he felt his lawyer was acting for both the Hunters and himself in the deal, although he had suggested the Hunters might want to use their own lawyer. Howard and Vere Hunter said the MP suggested it would be most convenient to use his lawyer to act on behalf of both parties to the agreement. Mr. Hurlburt testified he never explained to the Hunters that he considered an option to be "the right to purchase at the termination of the lease at a set price." "I thought it was first chance to buy if we decided to Howard Hunter testified Thursday. "If we didn't want to sell, we thought we would stay there." "We always just took word of Vere Hunter testified. "We trusted that Mr. Hurlburt had read the contract to us." The MP testified earlier that the Hunter family of Howard, Vere, Martha, 74, and Joseph, 79, studied a copy of the agreement he passed across their kitchen table dur- ing the final negotiations on the night of June 15, 1972. George Leslie, an accredited land appraiser, told the trial he had estimated the value of the ranch for the Hunters, in June 1972. at Mr. Leslie also said he had met the Hunters socially and was "very familiar" with con- ditions on the Hunter ranch for the last 20 years. Mr. Leslie claimed the property had "definitely declined" during Mr. Hurlburt's tenancy. He said damage including loss of production from overgrazing amounted to James Lore, an agricultural consultant, also testifying for the Hunters, said he con- sidered the ranch had been overgrazed since 1972. He es- timated losses "in the vicinity of But he conceded to counsel for Mr. Hurlburt that he had not examined "acres and acres and acres" of land being cleared of weeds he had said were damaging productivity at the ranch Two neighbors of the Hunters also claimed they had seen the ranch deteriorate during the last two years. The MP has outlined measures including acquisi- tion of about worth of equipment to improve the premises as required in the lease. The trial was expected to conclude today. ATA sets election forums The local Alberta Teachers Association will sponsor two election forums next month to provide the public an oppor- tunity to hear the school board candidates' views on education. The forum for separate school board candidates will be held Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. in Catholic Central High School. It will be co sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. The Lethbridge Collegiate Institute will be the location of the public school board can- didates forum Oct. 9, also at 8 p.m. The association intends to invite all parents to the forums so they have the chance to speak to candidates about their children. There are 13 candidates running for the public school board and 10 for the separate school board this year in hopes of retaining or gaining a seat in the Oct. 16 election. United Way on its way Did yon know Nine hundred people received first aid training in Lethbridge last year from St. John Ambulance through the United Wav. 1974 campaign results to date: National Selected Local firms Education Civic Provincial Federal employees....... Banks and Real estate firms. SO Agency staffs UW bd Total" Objective 790.000 750.000 100.000 United way ;