Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1977-03-051
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Amendment voile Monday A referendum ballot will be voted on Monday to amend the ASWSC constitution. Students may pick up the six item ballot in the UB Lobby Monday. A simple majority of students voting is required to ratify the amendment. The first item on the ballot would change the official titles of two Executive Council members and would define their duties. It would also make provisions for a professional business manager. If passed, the first item will : A. Change the title of Communications vice-president to Cultural vice-president. B. Change the title of Financial vice-president to Administrative vice-president. C. Redefine, clarify and update the duties of the various ASWSC Executive Council members. The newly defined duties of the Executive Council would be as follows : A. The President shall serve as chairman of the Executive Council. B. The Academic vice-president shall contribute to the development of Academic programs and services affecting the studentbody. C. The Activities vice-president shall develop extracurricular and recreational activities. D. The Administrative vice-president shall supervise opinion research and to facilitate ASWSC and WSC administration, related to various campus segments. . E. The Cultural vice-president shall develop programs to entertain, and stimulate the intellectual and aesthetic awareness of the studentbody. Items two and four alter the wording from the original constitution. Item three will give only elected members the right to vote. Presently, the Coordinator of Student Government has full voice and vote on the council. Also, the Professional Business Manager will serve on the council next year with voice only if the amendment is ratified. Item five will provide a line of succession in case any member of the council is unable to complete their term. Item six will determine when the results of the referendum will take effect. All students are encouraged to vote Monday. Mb by Brent Aguirre The debate program at Weber State College, with regard to intercollegiate debate, will be totally cut for next year, says Dean of Humanities, Dr. Robert S. Mikkelsen. In a meeting with the debate students last Monday, Mikkelsen told the students the program at present is "not a productive program." The decline in debate growth has been under consideration for a year by the Communications Department and Dr. Dello Dayton, Academic Vice President at WSC. "The enrollment figures in debate are bleak," Mikkelsen said; "this brings down the student-teacher ratio needed to be maintained by a department. There is no indication of enhancement of the program." In protest to the dissolution of the debate program, the debate students have written a petition SI .lie bfo stating, "The program was dissolved with vague reasons, and specifics were not disclosed." It also states, "The purpose of Debate was not considered ... scholastic achievement was ignored." "We were all resting fairly easy," said Pat Gonzales, a debate member. "The rumor was going around but we hadn't heard anything, so we figured the program wouldn't be cancelled." She estimates 150 signatures as of Thursday morning, on the circulating petition. The contention of the debate students is that they were not informed about the dissolution of the program soon enough to apply for scholarships to other schools. Also they fear they will be "forced to leave WSC" and may have to quit college until they can afford to go back to school. The classes to be dropped for next year are Communications Volume 37 Number 36 l ILJ M I i j . U i f i kir-v Lp ( J ( s photo by Cljde Mueller STUDENT OFFICERS Mike Hunsaker, Jeff Flamm and Howard Olsen discuss proposed amendments to the ASWSC constitution with students during an open hearing on Wednesday. gram 222 and 421. The half-credit hour intercollegiate debate team workshop is presently being coached by John B. Hebestreet of the Communications Department.However, other debate courses will still be offered at Weber, such as 220 and 321, beginning and advanced debate. In addition to these courses, Mikkelsen said the school is requesting student government funds for in-state debate tournaments "hopefully at four different schools, including Idaho State." In making the final decision to-drop the program Mikkelsen said, "What we're considering are the instructional costs. Whether or not we can come up with another program, we just can't afford this one." No additional debate scholarships will be given, however the Humanities dean said the department is working to retain the scholarships presently in force for next year. Weber State College dissolved A meeting was planned for Thursday afternoon with Dean Mikkelsen and President Bishop to discuss the possibility of finding resources to retain the student scholarships for next year. "I think we're obligated," said Mikkelsen, "because of the lateness of informing the students that the program would be cut for next year, we should try and continue the scholarships."Also, Mikkelsen explained that he had informed Hebestreet on Dec. 15, 1976, of the program cut and that his contract would be rewritten for part-time instruction next year. The students were not formally informed of the dissolution of the program until the Monday meeting. Even if the program was continued, Hebestreet would not be the one to coach, Mikkelsen said, "I'm not questioning his competence, but I am questioning his enthusiasm." He said Hebestreet had told him, "he doesn't want it." March 5, 1977 When asked to appear on the television program, "The Other Side of the Coin," Mikkelsen said he declined because he was invited with "you are going to be the goat whether you appear or not," by George Gonzales, host of the Channel 4 weekend program and father of one of the debate students. "I doubt the objectivity of the program by Gonzales," Mikkelsen said. "I didn't mean it derogatorily," said Gonzales. "I meant it just as a person being questioned." What he had planned was to relinquish his time over to the WSC debate students to ask questions of Mikkelsen about the program cut. "I'd hate for the kids to be harrassed or have to suffer the consequences for sticking up for their rights," said Gonzales. "Debate is beneficial for the community and I think we need it at Weber State College." He said the music program will be cancelled for Saturday in order to give the students time to air their complaints.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1977-03-05, Vol. 37, No. 36|
|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.|