Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1976-05-141
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V ff y n ft ft fCHS J Vol. 36 No. 53 4 & 5 m Ml rT t ! V I V' .-. --.'J : . - - z : i i A Indian Week events: Monday, May 17 8:00 Traditional Indian Flag ceremony -Lower quad Arts and Crafts Display - U.B . F.A ., Library Free Movie : Solider Blue - UB Little Theatre Tuesday, May 18 8 :00 Flag Ceremony Lower quad by Administration Bldg. 12: 00 Navajo Medicine Man - UB Little Theatre Arts and Crafts Display - UB, FA., Library Free Movie : Soldier Blue Wednesday, May 19 8 : 00 Fla g Ceremony Lower quad , by Admin bldg 12: 00 Bill Halliet -- Indian Housing Development UB Arts and Crafts Display - U.B. , F.A. Libary Free Movie : Soldier Blue UB Little Theatre Thursday, May 20 8 : 00 Flag Ceremony Lower Quad, by admin bldg 12:00 Speaker for Recovery House UB Foyer Arts and Crafts Display - U.B., F.A., Library Free Movie : Soldier Blue UB Little Theatre Friday, May 21 8: 00 Flag Ceremony 11 : 00 Bruce Perry, Div of Indian Affairs, UB Foyer 12: 00 Entertainment - Intermountain Indian School UB 7 :00p.m. Dance EXIT UB 49'er TURKEY FLATS Indian Rock Group Saturday, May 22 8 : 00 Fla g Ceremony Admin Bldg 9: 00 Mountain Man Rendevous - All Day - Upper Quad 4: 00-6: 00 FEAST 8 : 00-12 : 00 p . m . POW WOW Promontory Towers Cafeteria Prize money, men and women fancy dance 49'er TURKEY FLATS see story, page three Weber State College May 14, 1976 Ethnic funds, offices in danger Indians in war paint and Chicanos wearing traditional sombreros appeared on campus yesterday to emphasize the boiling controversy over the ethnic student organizations' place and role here at Weber State. Following close on the heels of Chicano Emphasis Week and on the eve of Indian Emphasis Week, the ethnics' budget for next year was frozen, and the bitter war over the groups' offices in the Activities Center was escalated. " Student Government Coordinator Dave Rich summed up the situation as, "Touchy," but declined to say anything further. "No Comment" Indian and Chicano spokesmen declined official comment, preferring to concentrate their energies in the coalition group which is currently engaged in negotiations with the Executive Council. Sources present at the Budget Hearings reported that in turning down increased budget requests and freezing the ethnic funding at this year's level, the Executive Council stated that they felt studies should be made into how effectively the minority groups spent their money before approving any increases. Freeze ridiculed The $500 "budget freeze" figure was termed "ludicrous" by one student, who pointed to the expensive stomps held after WSC games that are attended primarily by area high-schoolers, or the costly "Issues Week" which had an average attendance of only 200 students at its sessions. "If they want to see money used inefficiently, all they have to do is look at their own record," said the member of the white majority. The contention over the walled ethnic offices, bubbling on and off since last fall, has boiled over into full-scale negotiations. Craig Thorsted, Student Services Vice President, reported yesterday, "Negotiations are continuing, but we are not ready to issue any kind of statement yet." Issue at head According to Thorsted the walls issue is being forced now because "There will be considerable remodeling taking place in the Activities Center this summer, including new carpeting, walltex, and we have sixteen new desks coming in." "The Activities Center's purpose," stated Mr. Thorsted, "is to provide a place where student activities can be planned and coordinated. The remodeling will go on whether or not the walls come down." New View Mike Hunsaker, Thorsted's successor-elect, offered his views: "I'm glad I don't have to make the decision because I can see both sides of the situation. The ethnic groups have fought hard for what they have and if I were a member of one of their groups I would fight like crazy to keep it." Having separate offices for special interest groups i" the Activities' Center violates the whole purpose of it, remarked Hunsaker. "I'd like to see the offices moved now because if they're not, they won't ever be," he said. "But if I was in on that decision I'd make certain that other offices were provided close by in the Union first, and that desks for ethnic representatives were kept in the Activities Center, before the old offices were removed," stated the new Executive Council member. Elections repeated In recent Supreme Court hearings, Ombudsmen brought witnesses testifying to flaws within the electoral proceedings and the Supreme Court eventually ruled in their favor, casting Academic Assembly elections invalid. Since that time the Elections committee has been writing and revising a new referendum to bring before the student-body and has introduced it to the Academic Assembly for approval. The referendum is as follows : Candidates for Associated Student officers and for Student Academic Assembly membership shall be elected by secret ballot. The ASWSC officers and the Assembly persons will be elected before the last six weeks of Spring Quarter. If any or all offices of the Academic Assembly are not filled by election before the last six weeks of Spring Quarter, the office (s) shall be filled by appointment before June 1 by the ASWSC Executive Council then in power. Doug Young, Academic Vice-president in charge of the Academic Assembly, says now that the referendum is written and passed, there is no more he can do and that the responsibility of elections now lies with Kim Heaton, chairperson of the elections committee. Darcel Stucki, Academic Vice-president elect commented that he saw many problems with this year's Academic Assembly operational system, but conceived ideas to alleviate some of them. One of his hopes, said Stucki, is to build enough contacts during the year through himself and the academic assemblymen so that at the termination of their office and when elections are again being put before the studentbody, five names will be available for placement upon the Academic Assembly ballot from each school. Stucki stated that both executive councils wanted the Academic Assembly to remain an elective position, primarily because they are to represent the students, and secondly because each elected student is the recipient of 23 tuition waiver. Mr. Stucki asked rhetorically what would happen if members of the assembly started appointing their own friends just to rttain a tuition waiver, and commented that another answer to the operational system of the Assembly may just lie in the tuition waiver. "The waiver may be the only reason people are running for this office," he continued, "and it's possible they don't really care about the office at all and we'll end up with a bunch of 'do-nothings' like we had this past year." - Kim Heaton, elections committee chairperson, could not be reached in time for publication, but students will be notified of the student election.Applications are available at the Student Activities Center from the student body secretary, Ila Jean Corkey. The Academic Assemly also passed legislation regarding fulfillment of responsibilities of assemblypersons and rights to Gil any office of an assembly person left vacant.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1976-05-14, Vol. 36, No. 53|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|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.|