Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1978-04-071
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u Volume 38, Number 43; Weber State College - Ogden, Utah April 7, 1978 J ; " l ' f . - " V .(. V . ."' '$ ft. Ko m v ,v1 r v - WSC WAS CITED for "Outstanding Participation" for the last blood drive fund. From left to right are Jeff Brow, student; John (Jack) Hardman, Chairman of the American Red Cross blood fund; Darnel Haney, Assistant dean; and Gordon Ilaun, assistant faculty member. The blood drive will be conducted April 10 to 12 at the LDS Institute. Photo by Mike Schoenfield Sociologist says family unit is here to stay By Eunice Schlenker Dr. Reuben L. Hill, sociologist, told a Weber State College convocation audience in the Union Building Little Theatre, Wednesday, "The implication is that if there are alternate life styles, there must be something problematic about it." He added that the family unit is not in the trouble the mass media would have us believe. For example, in movies such as "Future Shock," the author, Alvin Toffler, makes dire predictions for family life. By contrast, Hill predicts the family will not be banished nor disintegrated as the media suggests. Hill has taught and directed research programs in Puerto Rico and Belgium, and also worked in North Africa. He has compiled family data from scholars all over the world, and says in terms of class, ethnic background, and region there are strong similarities. "Although structural forms varied in regions, the functions carried out by families showed high similarities and direction," he said. Marriage rules and methods of kinship showed marked variations between societies, "but in no country is the family regarded as functionless," he said. "My attitude is one of respect for family resiliency and its capacity for growth." There are more options for experimentation and innovation within our society, and "family life is not an endangered species, but one that thrives," he said. According to recent U.S. Bureau of Census findings, 96 percent of women and 95 percent of men marry at least once as compared to 70 percent, in other countries, he said. He traced the trends in marriage rates past and present and parenthood in terms of percentages of people and ages of marriage. He noted that the parenthood level of three to four children in 1950's and '60's has declined slightly in the last ten years. He discussed a study made over three generations and observed that the "average years of school of each generation surpasses its parents." Also the grandparents had the slowest mobility and made the least amount of gains during their lifetime, but the "younger generation is the most colorful and interesting," according to the study. Relative to education, he said college educated women in career fields are happier than their colleagues who are housewifes. He concluded saying, "Don't send them to college." VA reviews legality of WILKITs ByJohn Efdard Staff Reporter Does the Weber Individualized Learning Kit (WILKIT) meet the Veterans Administration guidelines for conventional residency classes? This question seems easy enough to answer, yet it has invoked mass hysteria among veterans and WSC officials. Veterans involved in the school of Education's Teacher Education program, along with Weber State College Veterans Association President Dan Welsh, have challenged the regional VA office's decision to terminate benefits for veterans studying under the WILKIT program. The decision to terminate benefits came in a letter from State Approving Agent Dr. Sterling Provost. Provost said he sent the letter at the direction of VA officials in the Salt Lake City regional office. Milton C. Mecham, Dean of Admissions at Weber, made a telephone call to Reed Black, Assistant Regional Director, in which Mecham reported Black as having confirmed the termination order. Black, in a later confrontation, denied having said anything about termination. At that time, veterans enrolled in the WILKIT program began preparations to serve legal papers on VA officials. Veterans made phone calls to senators and congressmen and began to express themselves verbally to the press. Regional VA officials and seven veterans met in Salt Lake City on Tuesday in an emotion-filled two-hour meeting in which veterans and officials exchanged remarks. The officials claimed lack of knowledge as to what a WILKIT actually was, so veterans in attendance gave an introduction to the WILKIT program and showed officials an example. Provost was not present at the meeting, and so was unable to present or defend his position. The VA regional office made it clear they were interested in complying with the letter of the law, while veterans wanted them to look at the "needs of the veterans." At the close of the meeting, officials assured the veterans an attempt would be made to clarify the issue with Provost, and reminded the veterans they were not in a position to affirm or deny any actions. They added their appreciation to the veterans for helpful comments and asked them to have patience until April 24, when Provost's report of the program is due. Afterwards, veterans in attendance voiced their opinion of the meeting. Most were feeling intimidated and threatened by the VA. Unconvinced of the results of their efforts the WSCVA has contacted Brenton Burbidge, Assistant Attorney General of the State of Utah, and is preparing a case against the VA. . Dan Welsh, President of the organization, said, "We feel that we earned these benefits, and think it's time we were allowed to pursue a legitimate educational program without restrictions from the VA." A WS elections Library use studied The WSC library staff is participating in a project to evaluate utilization of the library during weekend hours. The new weekend hours are as follows: the library will be open until 8 p.m. on Fridays, 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays. Library staff members encourage students to make use of the library during the new hours. The new hours reflect the students' desires as expressed by a survey conducted on campus. held today The Associatied Women Students (AWS) of Weber State College will be conducting voting for members of their organization. Those seeking office are: Cindy Belnap and Diane Leathern for the office of President, Suzette Ahrendt-Blue, Margaret Hamer, and Nancy Hornsby for the office of Vice-President; for the position of Secretary the hopefuls are Nancy Browning and Debi Jensen. AWS elections will be held in the U.B. lobby today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All students are encouraged to vote.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1978-04-07, Vol. 38, No. 43|
|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.|