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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta District The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Monday, September 24, 1973 Pages 11-20 Local news Threshing bee Don't just read about it. Get in there and pitch. This was the theme of a one- day threshing bee northwest of Nanton Saturday when Norm Edey took the wraps off a steam engine and threshing machine, arranged for wagons and horse teams and started harvesting a field of stooked grain. The field opera- tion started with the traditional harvest crew march including buckboard, grain tank wagons, steam engine and thresher from one job to another. An average crew at the turn of the century consisted of 14 men, including the cook. Saturday hundreds of oldtimers and an equal number of novices bridg- ed the generation gap and took part. WALTER KERBER photos Association for retarded plans fund-raising show Will talk to LCC The Lethbridge Association for the Mentally Retarded will hold a show of hypnotism at the Exhibition Pavilion Oct 24 at 8 p.m. Hypnotist, magician, and entertainer Cole, who spends his time lecturing, researchi- ng and giving public demonstrations will be featured Advanced tickets are on sale at 50 each at the Canada Trust Building, room 417 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., or at the door for or from 7 45 p m the evening of the perfor- mance The advanced tickets are for seats in the section. Gov't watching advertising The Alberta government will not interfere with the amount of money colleges and universities spend on media advertising providing the spending isn't abused, says the minister of advanced education Jim Foster, in an interview with The Herald, said he didn't believe educational in- stitutes would intentionally abuse budget spending on advertising because people in the community would likely react to excessive spending and their concerns would reach his office. As an example, he said he will be approaching the Lethbridge Community College's board of governors about the amount of money the college spent on radio and television advertising in the two-week period prior to fall registration LCC spent on radio and television advertising in Lethbridge and spent ad- ditional funds to advertise its programs outside the Lethbridge district during that two-week period. It will still be up to the LCC board of governors to regulate any controls that may be needed to control the advertis- ing dollar, he said. "It is not our role to directly interfere with college management problems." He questioned the validity of colleges and universities spending funds on a saturation advertising campaign during the two weeks prior to registration. He wonders if a student who enters a particular program of studies as a result of a com- mercial he heard or saw shortly before registration is entering a program really suited to him. To assist colleges and un- iversities in the promotion of their programs, the depart- ment of advanced education is planning a provincial-wide post-secondary promotional campaign. Winners Winners at the annual Jaycees Pedal Pushers program Saturday were Penny Johnston, right, Grade 2 student at General Stewart Elementary, winner in the Grades 1 and 2 class, and Philip List, Grade 3 student from Fleetwood-Bawden Elementary, winner of the Grades 3 and 4 class. The winners received individual trophies as well as large trophies to be displayed at the winners' schools. Crime total down from 672 A general decrease in crime for the first eight months of 1973 is indicated in the August statistical report of the Lethbridge City Police Criminal cases handled by the police to this date last year totalled 2.608 The total so far this year is The number of cases handled in August, 323. is the same as in .lulv Nine sexual offences, most of them indecent exposure, were reported in August compared to no such reports in July Extra men have been assigned to this problem and investigations are continuing, reports Chief Ralph Michelson A slight increase in thefts was noted for July, and Chief Michelson cautions drivers, especially hunters, not to leave ex- pensive equipment such as guns and binoculars in their cars A slight increase in frauds is expected to continue between now and Christmas, says the chief if merchants do not become more careful about the cheques they cash. One arrest in August involved more than m worthless cheques A drastic drop in holding of intoxicated persons overnight is shown on the report July saw 326 persons held in police cells for intoxication, with only 221 in August. Mr. Foster says brochures identifying career oppor- tunities and the institutions who provide the educational programs that lead to those careers will be sent to every home of high school students in the province It will be delivered to homes so parents will also be aware of what the post-secondary in- stitutions have to offer He said the information may even be supplied to Grade 9 students and their parents because it is impor- tant for the student and the government to know as early as possible, what post- secondary education the stu- dent may wish to take upon graduating from high school. If the student decides on a career early in his high school education, he or she can then be assured of taking the high school courses that will assist them the most. An early deci- sion will also help the govern- ment plan post-secondary education to suit the students' needs It would be too costly for each college and university in the province to produce its own program brochure and some institute's have asked for the department's assistance in promoting their programming The University of Lethbridge. in a brief presented to Mr. Foster this week, asked for the government's assistance in advertising its existence, character and role. The university is achieving a satisfactory level of credibility within the Lethbndge community, but beyond this region it has found that prospective students are almost totally unaware of the U of L, the brief states Mr Foster also believes students should have a choice as to what institute of learning they wish to attend. V of L more confident minister By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The two-year experimental bursary program at the University of Lethbridge significantly re-established confidence in the university, the minister of advanced education says Something had to be done to reverse the declining enrol- ment trend at the U of L so the bursary program was es- tablished and has reversed the trend, Jim Foster said in an interview He said he noticed a more confident attitude among the university board of governors and the U of L administrators now that the university is showing an increase in enrol- ment again. Even prospective university students will likely have more confidence in the U of L now that its enrolment will remain at more than 1.000 students. If enrolment had dropped again this year, many students would likely have been saying "900 students a university doesn't he suggests Some students are leery of attending a small university, he feels. Jim advanced education minister. The number of students receiving bursaries didn't im- prove the enrolment total by much at the U of L, but Mr Foster says the province-wide publicity the U of L received through the promotion of the bursaries may have had a sub- stantial effect on enrolment 6WeIl worth the expense' Only 68 of the students who registered at the U of L this fall qualified for the bursary grants that were made available for a maximum of 200 students over two years "If the bursary program even brought half that number of students to the U of L who wouldn't have otherwise attended it, then it was worth the Mr Foster says He also feels the bursary program may have encourag- ed rural-Alberta students to leave their home areas and at- tend university. The par- ticipatory rate of rural- Alberta secondary school graduates in university educa- tion is very low compared to that of city high school graduates. The remaining 132 of the 200 bursaries offered to students who must leave home to begin university studies at the U of L will again be offered to students entering the spring and fall semesters in 1974 The department of advanc- ed education may even increase the number of bur- saries available if the demand exceeds the supply, Mr. Foster suggests. And the two- year bursary program may be extended for a year or two if demand warrants it, he says. Dr Bill Beckel, U of L president, told The Herald earlier this month that the bursary program was not an effective method of increasing enrolment at the university level. New programs suggested He suggested more interest in the U of L could be stimulated through new programs that would give the university a broader base, thus, making its programs of interest to more people. Dr Beckel again emphasiz- ed his concern for new programs in a brief he presented to the provincial cabinet this week The university needs "a careful, calculated, modest and appropriate program development to establish a broader base We have men- tioned two such programs previously in this he stated. The two programs were Management Arts and Native- American Studies. Approval of the programs has been delayed by the department of advanced education until the government establishes new policies governing approval of new post-secondary programs Mr Foster's refusal to give immediate approval to the Native-American Studies program has disturbed a native researcher for the proposed program. Leroy Little Bear calls last week's cabinet tour of Southern Alberta a public relations it "ignored" at least seven briefs that requested im- mediate consideration be given to the Native-American Studies program Despite the support the program received in the briefs presented, the government gave no rational reason for delay in approving or re- jecting the program, Mr Lit- tle Bear claims 'Researchers not fair9 Mr Foster felt the program's researchers weren't being fair in their demands to have the program approved immediately. The researchers and the U of L spent about 18 months preparing the proposal and are suggesting that it will take another 18 months to set it up after approval is received from the government. If it takes them three years to prepare and establish the program then they should also realize that it takes the government time to give the proposal sufficient con- sideration, he suggests. The Native-American Studies program was first submitted to the government in March, 1973. Mr. Foster says he has program proposals from colleges and universities throughout Alberta. "How can we make an ex- ception for the U of L program when everybody else wants programs approved he asks He says approval of all programs will be withheld un- til his department has es- tablished a program-approval policy. The department hopes to have its policy established by the end of the year. Mr Foster says the Native- American program will be given first consideration after the new policy is established Neepawa wheat most popular The most important wheat variety grown on the Prairies in 1973 was Neepawa, ac- cording to a survey conducted by the Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba Wheat Pools. Neepawa was seeded on a little more than two-fifths of the 21 6 million acres seeded to bread wheat Other varieties used included Manitou, 26 5 per cent, and Thatcher. 10 6 per cent ;