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-a ( cr7nr r I Volume 37 Number 25 The power struggle continues by John Watts There seems to be restlessness among the natives here at WSC only it's not among the students. The restlessness is stirring within the faculty and the current problems that are arising over "room space and prime time slots" for classes. A number of faculty members on campus feel that the English department is getting the favorable nod when it comes to class schedules. An established professor inside the Social Science building says that the English department continually schedules all of their required classes at the peak hours, between 9 a.m. and noon. "It's impossible to get an elective to be successful at 1 p.m., but it's even worse trying to compete against a class that everyone on campus has to take," declares the first source. "If everyone is forced to take English 101, 102 or 103, andor a literature class between 9 a.m. and noon, then the elective classes are usually sacrificed. Besides that, if we can't get a large enough enrollment in the elective classes then they are I ) V A t L SURROUNDED : John Dean, the Watergater whose testimoney began Nixon, will be the convocation speaker noon in the Fj.C. Jan. 27. cancelled and those required English classes survive and get all the classroom space." Henry Ibarguen, History professor, has differing opinions but related concerns. "I think they have been pretty good about their classes. They have generally moved to another area if there was a conflict between our classes." "But office space," continues Ibarguen, "seems to go to them when it's available." "I think WSC just needs a Humanities building for them." Dr. Floyd Woodfield, English department chairman, said that the English department gets shuffled around more than any other department on campus. "If we should have to move around, then possibly other departments could also." Woodfield says he realizes that much of the movement is because English classes do not require a great deal of specialized items such as maps, lab rooms, and instruments. "Dr. Dello Dayton, Academic Vice President and former Dean of Arts, Letters, and Sciences says, "The Business department n if0 4 .a. 1 y I fy x x , i I 4 ' . " t '. ? ! " S1T 1 X , 'V- , .- jt" 't. "' - 1 Weber State College moves as much as anyone because their building is only large enough for their offices." "What I would like to see," says the first source," is required English classes taught at 7-8 a.m. and then again at noon to 3 p.m. That way the students would be able to take the electives they desire plus the required English "It's impossible to get an elective to be successful at 1 p.m., but it's even worse trying to compete against a class that everyone on campus has to take." classes, thereby providing rooms for everybody. Dr. Dayton said, "there have been suggestions to hold required classes at earlier and later hours they they are still under consideration." Most all of the various subjects have to be taught in the morning hours because the majority of students are commuters and need to be able to work in the afternoons. Photo: montage bjr R. Stephen Mrflow the fall from power of Richard "All schools want the prime time hours," stated Dayton. The first Social Science source suggested a comparison could be made using the declared major" statistics to see just how the various departments differed in size but who is the actual majority in the Social Science building. "They're not tremendously larger in declared major students than the rest of the departments but yet it seems they manage to get the prime time slots and space," he says. These enrollment figures were published at the end of fall quarter, 1976-77: ENGLISH 95 students HISTORY 98 students PSYCHOLOGY 176 students POLITICAL SCIENCE 155 (incorporating 50 pre-law) POLICE SCIENCE 394 SOCIOLOGY 225 (Estimated by the dept. chairman; they refused to release their actual figures.) "We have never intended to disregard the priorities of the Social Science people," says Dayton. "The assignment of rooms is done centrally, not individually by departments." Dr. Robert Mikkelsen, Dean of Humanities, says that "the English department is the largest on campus. This can be substantiated by the fact that we are located in a number of areas, mainly because we take space wherever we can get it." "Right now we are located BinffWffl 'MIT "" THill"'-"W'1"LtM Inside Today WSC Activities P. 3 Crime Lab P. 10 Editorials P. 6 Pat Paulsen P. 2 January 25,1977 J mainly in the Social Science building but we are long overdue for a building of our own. We would like to look into the possibility of moving into the Math building should they get to move into the new Technology building. We have not heard anything about the possibilities of moving into the west wing of the library since it's completion," says Mikkelsen. Dayton said that the English department's largest resource materials are located in the library so this would have been a good focal point. But, he added, the need for aides to assist students were in greater demand, so the space was used accordingly.A second source instructing within the Social Science building said, "The English department is becoming a threat. They have so many instructors on their staff that they require offices on two floors of the Social Science building and some offices in the Education building. They have offices in the Police Science area, 'ulitical Science area, Psychology area, Social Work and their own area that used to be valuable study space." "I guess the administration, or someone, forgot who this building was built and designated for. After all, they are a Humanities area and the rest of that school is in the Fine Arts," he stated. According to Dayton, the Social Science building was built for this area of emphasis, but it was originally designed to be a general lecture building. "However," states Dayton, "the Social Science classes always receive priority. We've just never been able to accommodate everybody happily." "I feel sorry for the English departnent in a way," says Dr. Kim Wheatley, Professor of Psychology. "They're strung out all over this campus. I would like to see a general lecture hall built on the grass east of the Social Science hail." After all of this discussion it could possibly be inferred that certain members on the faculty would like to see some changes in the Social Science building while others have mixed concerns. But if they have a legitimate complaint, one wonders how the Physical and Life Science departments feel about their classrooms being occupied by the Humanities visitors from the bottom of the hill.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1977-01-25, Vol. 37, No. 25|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|