Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1976-04-161
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Convocations battle over Students victory? 2 LTU 03 In a landmark attempt to give more control of Convocations and student money to the students themselves, a new charter was approved this week which calls for the Convocations Committee to have a student as its chairman beginning July 1. The charter, which was approved by the administration and the student Executive Council this week, was largely the result of a major lobbying effort of Communications VP Mark Masur. The results have been met with mixed reactions from student government and members of the WSC Administration. ASWSC President Kyle Matt-son felt that the decision was not so much a victory for the students as it was an opportunity for the students to prove themselves capable of handling the responsibility of booking quality Convocations. Masur said the decision was "absolutely a victory for the students." He emphasized that it was not a matter of a cold war existing between student government and the administration as much as it was the need for the students to assert themselves and their rights. He said that this is a good case to testify that the administration is willing to work with the students and their desires. According to Dr. D. Parry Wilson, Administrative Information Services, the desire of students to have more input into where their money goes is a good one and the committee, chaired by a student, will be on a "trial basis for the coming year." Activities advisor Ray Myers will act as Convocations advisor and will work with the new Communications Vice President Chris Davis in establishing a set of It ,A V. -A. Ml WSC President Bishop: Little funds for Yets. policies and in selection of the committee. Daniel Martino, who has been the mainspring behind the Convocations program at WSC for 14 years and involved in entertainment" and cultural programs at several colleges for 35 years, has received a change of assignment according to Wilson. "He will be retained as the Director of Cultural Affairs and will be largely responsible for cultural activities and Fine Arts Center evening programs. He will (also) work very closely with whoever or whatever becomes the managing group of the Special Events Center." He also indicated that Martino may act in a consultant capacity with Myers. Wilson said that it is the desire of President Joseph Bishop that "it be given a trial run for a year. There is a question in the minds of some as to whether it will be as effective chaired by a student." . He added, however, that "there will be input from all segments of community life." Masur had not been informed of the trial factor. "I've not received anything in writing and I am going to assume that it is not a trial basis," said-Masur. Masur also added that Martino has been important to the success of the Convocations program. "We do appreciate what he's done and he is valuable in cultural affairs, but students should take over that which they pay for." About his change of assignment, Martino said that he had received no official word. "I've received the (information) by word of mouth, but not from the administration." He added, "I would like to have it in writing." Weber State College i v f V photo by Mary Woodhead Waiting for a Judgement: Defense Attorney Doug Young (right) shown here with student government members Mattson (left) and Rich during recent trial brought by students concerning election irregularities. Continuance given by court The Supreme Court has granted a continuance in the case Ombudsman Billy Bommer presented last week against the Executive Council elections held recently. The court's decision gave the ombudsman office one week to produce 91 witnesses with corroborating evidence to permit further investigation by the Supreme Court. The defense, presented by Beautification at tower hour Rick Libby President Joseph Bishop and Director of Campus Planning Mr. Robert Folsom spoke at last Tuesday's Tower Hour on the completion of campus beautification. President Bishop said that the campus beautification project was the result of an Ogden City ordinance requiring Weber State to have their own water run-off system. Bishop said the proposed pond will be a retainer basin for all water run-off on campus, it will add an extra dimension of beauty. In the pond will be constructed a $90,000 fountain paid for by a donation. Bishop said that in no way will the students have to absorb any of the cost. Bishop said that the project would be completed by the opening of school in 1976. Bishop added, however, that the grass and trees will not be in by this date, but he hopes that students will take an interest in helping out in this area. During the question and answer period, students expressed - . Doug Young, had motioned the trial be dismissed on the grounds of lack of evidence and tardiness of the appeal. The tardiness issue came from the election by-laws stating a 24 hour limitation for an election appeal followed by an 82 hour limitation on a court decision on the appeal. Betty Marsh, assistant attorney general, said the Ombudsman have a valid case," concern about the parking situation this summer. The Fine Arts parking area will be torn up to be replaced with an expanded parking area extending toward Harrison Boulevard. Bishop said that the contractor promised to finish the new-parking areas before working on the Fine Arts area. This will give the students a place to park this summer. President Bishop said that the College is running low on funds, meaning that there will be little relief in student housing in the near future. Money was also the problem in establishing a Day Care Center, although he said that he is doing everything within his power to get one started. President Bishop said that the Dee Events Center will be completed next March 1 with an entire side of the building solely for student seating. He also said that contrary to any rumors, the students will not have to pay for any of the escalation in prices for the building. Landscaping of the Bell Tower will also have to wait, said April 16, 1976 X 1' however, "The one legality which could prevent the continuance of this trial would be the 24 hour statute of limitations." Jon Vanderwood and Lance Ziegler have both stepped down from their Supreme Court benches following a statement by Doug Young that the court might be influenced by Vanderwood's presence on the bench. The court will reconvene Monday, April 19, -in the Executive Council room at 2 p.m. Bishop. "Each year," he said, "We ask for funds to complete landscaping around the tower. We get plenty of sympathy, but never any money." Bishop said that there was nothing he could do about the Veterans on campus. He said he would try to give them as much support as he could even though the funds are low for any monetary support. Bishop also said that Weber State would remain both a liberal arts college and a school of technology. He said the school could reach the needs of more students by being as versatile as it is right now. He also said that he had no intention of raising the academic requirement of a 2.0 for acceptance. "Many students don't settle down early in life, and I don't consider it fair to penalize these people by not giving them an education," said Bishop. Bishop also said that Tyler Avenue will remain closed until a walkway is put in for the dorm students.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1976-04-16, Vol. 36, No. 45|
|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.|