Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1977-04-011
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wmw V 1 1 ILJ U . ' ' L I Volume 37, Number 41 Weber State College April 1, 1977 Candidates speak : elections begin by John Watts When Student Government election day arrives, many students may go to the polls and cast their vote for a name rather than a person who represents their own positions. Because this behavior is a political phenomenon and recognized characteristic of many elections, the candidates for Academic Assemblyman have stated a few of their positions and opinions to aide the students in their Candidates say Bishop is doing unsatisfactory job by Mary Woodhead All three candidates for studentbody president feel that WSC President Joseph Bishop is doing an unsatisfactory job and two of the three feel that Bishop should resign. Mike Hunsaker, presently serving as Student Services Vice President, said that Bishop should resign so that Weber could start over again with a clean slate. He said that Bishop's reputation throughout the state has suffered and that the college as a whole has been damaged. Howard Olsen, Ombudsman chairman, said that Dr. Dello Dayton and Dr. James Foulger, not Bishop, control the college and that he has lost all touch with the students. Renee Hellewell, also of the Ombudsman office, said that the Board of Regents should have looked more critically at the problems on campus. She said that Bishop got off the hook awfully easy considering the problems. All three agreed that the day care center should be a top campus priority. Hunsaker said that the center, along with married student housing, "are two of the greatest needs on campus." Olsen said that "both are vital since the majority of students are older and married." Hellewell said that while she felt the day care center is important, she feels that married student housing is not necessary at this time. The candidates expressed dismay at the administration's speculation of the Osmonds as the opening act of the Dee Events Center. Olsen said that the Osmonds are not acceptable for a college audience and that Dan Martino, director of cultural affairs, "should not be associated with the Dee Center since his main concern is with the elite community and he doesn't know what the students want." Hunsaker described the administrative attitude with regard to the Dee Events Center as "poor, really poor. What they're doing is looking at finances rather than students," he said. The administration's attempt to book the Osmonds is "really pathetic" according to Hellewell, who stressed that the first event in the center should be for the students. Hellewell said that she will try to recruit students outside the LDSSA by making them feel that their input is worthwhile and by putting students outside the LDSSA in control of committees. Hunsaker said that this year's election rules will allow more students outside the LDSSA to become involved in student government and that more students become involved, the more attractive student government will be. Olsen said that he feels it is time student government stopped "cow towing" to the LDSSA and started making decisions without any regard to what the LDSSA is doing. Olsen also said that he doesn't think Security Chief Carver should have been considered for suspension since it is consistent with American philosophy that Carver have the full presumption of innocence.Hunsaker said he was unsure about Carver's suspension but that the administration should have consulted students before making a decision. Hellewell had no comment on this issue. Both Hunsaker and Olsen felt that the Bookstore pricing practices should be investigated. Olsen suggested that student money should be used to open a competitive book service to force the bookstore into fairer practices. selection. There are two candidates for the School of Humanities position: Jody Deamer and Craig Manscill. Deamer, an English major, feels that the publication of the faculty evaluations should be limited to a select group of individuals that have been appointed to avoid academic ridicule of the professors. "Then," comments Deamer, "it should be used only for tenure decisions and other items." Commenting on the use of dead week, he said, "This is a term that was used back in the 1940's and does not really apply today. Students abuse it much as the teachers, so they really have no complaint." Deamer says that academic emphasis of the Technical Education areas should be second to the development of the Liberal Arts. "The State has sufficient technical education programs throughout the State, the Arts and Music areas should get the academic emphasis first," Deamer said. Deamer favors a Graduate program but feels it should be developed in the Education Department first because of their academic quality in the area. "As far as a change to a University, I think it should be done," said Deamer. "WSC is growing at such a fast pace that it will eventually happen anyway so it just as well be now as later." Deamer says that he would like to be an Assemblyman to provide an opportunity for students to come to someone when they have a question in the Humanities area and get it answered. Craig Manscill, English major, would also like to see student-faculty evaluations published for the value they would provide in helping students to understand the various grading systems that are used. "I think the teachers are getting away with a lot in the grading procedures because they are too subjective," said Manscill.Manscill feels that the teachers' abuse dead week by not recognizing what it is for. "It's just another week of the year for them," says Manscill. Manscill feels that WSC is not ready for a Graduate program: "It would probably set the college back if we did acquire one. I don't think there are enough professors holding Doctorate degrees. It may even be a deterent to progress," stated Manscill. Along this same area of change Manscill feels that WSC should wait a while in its attempts to become a University because "professors do not really have the background for the changes that it would bring." Manscill says he hopes to provide more service in the academic areas for students. He thinks there should and could be more student cohesion in the area of academics which would ultimately bring the professor down for a better communication system. The position representing the Social Sciences is also being sought by two individuals: Ronald Wilde and Doug Wade. Wilde, a Political Science major, thinks that publishing a faculty evaluation is a good idea because it will aid the student in selecting a good professor. As for dead week, Wilde states that "It is not being used to its potential. It is abused quite often."Wilde said, "That if WSC should start to emphasize the academics of the Technical Education more than the Liberal Arts then we would be doing a disservice to Ogden itself." The enrollment in the Social Sciences has been increasing enough to merit continued emphasis in this area." Wilde feels that if a Graduate program is to be started at WSC, it should be on a limited basis and only in a few areas. "WSC doesn't have the faculty for a Graduate program," said Wilde. However, he thinks the title of "University" sounds good and WSC does have enough students to become a University. Wilde says that he would just like to be of service to the students and he feels that he would be by seeking more seminars in the Social Science area, while seeking to have a better advisement system set up. Wilde said, "I would like to get a program going that will provide every student with an advisor to assist in planning their schedules. I also favor the publication of a yearly class schedule listing classes to be taught during the year." Doug Wade, majoring in History and Political Science, sees a definite need for publication of faculty evaluations. "But I am concerned about the way the professors would be evaluated. A tough professor," continues Wade, "may get a bad rating for that reason alone and not because they are a poor instructor." Wade thinks that dead week could be respected more by the professors and if their not going to, then he would favor obedience to the rule of announcing these plans the first week of the quarter. He feels that the academic emphasis is not favoring the Technical Education, but if there is any academic stress on certain areas, then he would favor stressing academic development in new areas that are not already on campus. Wade thinks that the question of obtaining a Graduate tv-""-.""" is beyond the students or the college, "It's too political for college determination," said Wade. But he does look toward supporting an University rather than a College. "It would be able to serve the academic needs of the community better," said Wade. Wade would also like to see a program working toward a tenure system for the faculty, plus, he would also push for a new advisement program so each student could have an advisor for help in planning a meaningful academic curriculum. He also favors a yearly schedule publication. Bryan Gilbert, Zoology major, gives credit to the usefulness of the evaluations but feels like they place professors in a bind. "I don't think we really need them. If a student wants to know something about a professor then he can just ask another student," commented Gilbert. Gilbert sees the concept of dead week being followed and not misused. "The only complaint I hear is from the Lab finals being given during this week, but the students know that they are always given at this time," said Gilbert. He says that he will support a Graduate program in the Science areas. "Many students that attempt to go to Medical or Dental school end up going to a graduate school and they are all out of state," declared Gilbert. However, he does feel that the Education Department should receive the first one because they are the most prepared. "Changing the college to a University appears to be a big change for the overall academic status of the school and would probably result in hiring more professors," he said. "If students feel they have to go to a University, then they can always go to the University of Utah," declared Gilbert. He says that he hopes to establish better communication with the faculty and students to help eliminate some of the academic problems that currently exist. Some of the candidates for the Natural Sciences and School of Business were not available for comment at this time. Their comments will be expressed next week in the Signpost. With this additional information presented by the candidates, various alternatives appear for the students to decide upon concerning various avenues of action in the future.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1977-04-01, Vol. 37, No. 41|
|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.|