Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1976-03-231
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el (Co V 36 No. 35 March 23, 1976 i: i i Candidates Tell Opposing Views Student voice in student government is emerging as the central issue as the' race for Student Body Offices approaches the primaries this Friday. All of the candidates interviewed by Signpost reporters voiced concern over student apathy and lack of communication by current officers, but specific plans for dealing with the problem were put forth by only a few of the potential office holders. Presidential hopeful Elva Siler mentioned that her main campaign issue was fair representation. Siler mentioned that Weber State College should be representative of everyone's needs and feels that she has the' experience background, and maturity to handle the job. Siler did not comment on her age, but mentioned she was over 25, and felt that although activities for younger people should be maintained there should be different campus organizations for students who are over 25, to review their needs and negotiate terms for an organization from there. Presidential candidate Howard Olsen mentioned that his bid for the presidential office lay on the premise of making student government more efficient. Olsen, Chairman of the Student Evaluation Committee, mentioned that he would like to improve continuity in student government in order to maintain a Sense of direction from year to year in each of the presidential offices. Howard Olsen Olsen stated that as president he would like to build more councils within the realm of the ASWSC, represent a wider variety of people and cross section of ideas, therefore serving the students better. He also mentioned that he would have one Executive Council meeting free of parliamentary procedure so interested students could come in and give council criticisms. "I want to improve the in-. volvement in student government," said Presidential campaigner Jefferey. Flamm. Flamm, who served as Financial vice-president in 1974, feels that there are four main issues in his campaign. They are involvement, married student housing, improvement of the student's outing center. Flamm mentioned that the best way he could serve the public was to carry through with all his promises, meet with each of the vice presidents weekly to insure that they don'ti get involved in their own things, losing their sense of direction and that they meet their goais also. Jon Vanderwood Jon Vanderwood was unavailable for comment but an active member of his presidential campaign mentioned that one of the issues Vanderwood would be actively campaigning for was an improvement of married students housing. Vanderwood, a married student himself, mentioned that Married Student Housing is part of long range goals of the college and that student government must make sure that it is a priority, in a previous Signpost interview. Vanderwood, said the campaigner, "intends to make recommendations from his own knowledge and draw from other students knowledge and then try to make known the importance of married students to the WSC Campus." Another issue of major importance said Vanderwood's supporter, was that he wanted to improve the quality of feedback from the students so that he can truly represent the needs and interests of the students. Russ Swain Russ Swain, a senior at Weber State College, mentioned that as president he would like to see student government more service oriented; that Weber State College seems to be more activity oriented. However,' said Swain, "I also feel that a college can and should provide for social growth as well as academic advancement."Swain also mentioned that he "sensed a growing gap in the student-teacher relationship, and felt that that administration exercised too much control governing, and feels that their function should be to serve and to administer those things that the students and faculty decide upon." Other issues in Swain's campaign concern more student polls reflecting the feelings of the students. The primary responsibility said Swain, "is that of building harmony and a high feeling of morale for the students and the faculty of our college as a unit." Communications V.P. Both candidates for Communications vice president, Chris Davis and Vince Owens thought that there should be a wider variety of student input into convocations. As an example, f. - " twmmwi.s - -., " - J if i 'TF ffff fTTrTTTTTTF 4 H (J II Z sr T 2 -x- - 1 (if Mil III ft - School Costs Going Up? : Weber students may face another tuition increase next fall if the Institutional Council's $5 raise is approved by the Board of Regents. Increase also depends upon how much money Gov. Ramp ton releases for higher education. Weber Tuition Goes Up $5 Tuition increase for Weber State and retention of Joseph L. Bishop as president of the college were acted on by the Institutional Council this past week. "We weren't advocating any tuition increase," said James R. Foulger, vice president for Business and Finance, after presenting a financial report to Weber late College's Institutional Council. ' We were asked by the Board of Regents to provide a budget that would provide for an average nine percent increase for faculty and ten percent increase for staff, and to bring into their meeting Miis budget worked out on the tuition increase that would do that," he stated. "The tuition increase necessary to do that would be five dollars per quarter, which is the same as the University of Utah and Utah State have already approved. So the idea was to try to keep the tuitions as low as we possibly could, but there was no way of going less than five dollars per quarter resident tuition increase and comply with the Board of Regents' request," he added. Weber increased non i resident tuition $12.50 per quarter, a figure less than either Utah State, ($30), or University of Utah $15). The inflationary factor was cited by Foulger as being a determinate, "... the inflationary factor is around 7.8 percent for the past year and all other state employees have their pay increases built-in by law, so that they're getting ten percent plus three and a half percent for merit, and so they're getting considerably more than the people in higher education. So this was a compromise figure, the nine and ten percent." "One of the other determining factors," continued Foulger, "will be what the governor does; whether or not he is going to cut the appropriations the legislature made, but that depends on what the state's revenues look like at the time Rampton makes that determination." Since the governor is waiting until May to see what the State's financial picture looks like, the Board of Regents' final decision will have to'wait until then. The effect for Weber students is that the tuition hike will not go into 1 ! I effect until fall quarter this year. "If the Governor cuts the budget," Foulger warned, "there's a possibility that tuition may go up higher than five dollars, 'to get by'." Student body president Kyle Mattson, the only student member of the Institutional Council, stated that he hopes the Board of Regents doesn't vote for the proposed tuition increase, but added that he thinks they will anyway. Says Mattson, "There's no such thing as a free lunch, we need more money in the system whether we get it from tuition increases, legislative appropriations, or from private endowments. Higher education needs more money." Institutional Council also voted on the renewal of Joseph L. Bishop's contract as President of Weber State College for the coming year. Council members requested a second ballot vote, resulting in affirmative action to retain Dr. Bishop. Their recommendations concerning both Dr. Bishop and the tuition increase will be given to the Board of Regents later this week.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1976-03-23, Vol. 36, No. 35|
|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.|