Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1979-04-201
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f Vol. 39 No. -Mi Wliy don't Dee Events Center concerts sell to students? by Leslie Ann Hansen The lack of student participation in recent concerts has caused Scott Applonie, ASWSC Cultural Vice President, both disappointment and concern. Two well-known groups, Firefall and Jethro Tull featured in the Dee Events Center the beginning of April, were treated with a lack of interest from the majority of the studentbody here on campus, according to Applonie. Reporting on sales of Firefall tickets, Applonie said Monday, April 16, "We felt that we could sell 3,000 tickets. We only ended up selling right around 1,900 tickets, and out of that 805 were student tickets," Applonie noted. He said that the student sale of tickets did rather well for that concert. Concerning the Jethro Tull concert, he said about 5,200 tickets were sold for this concert but only 716 were to students. Applonie concluded these reports by stating that between The Weber State College Media Board declined to take disciplinary action against Signpost . Editor, John Redding, during its Tuesday meeting, resulting in a 7 to 1 vote. Last April 3, Board members Dale Hull and Scott Applonie requested to have the editor removed from his post. They stated in a letter they felt Redding was irresponsible in his actions concerning a March 27 edition of the Signpost in which a potentially libelous word was inserted. They also said they objected to a campus news service column called "Sex-planations."More controversy then surfaced with the paper a few days later when the Media Board Chairman, Dr. Jean White, threatened to stop the printing of the newspaper if the story on the April 3 meeting did not appear in the next issue. Responding to the complaints last Tuesday afternoon, Redding said he had taken every possible course of action to make amends for the March 27 edition of the newspaper. Redding explained that all copies of the paper were pulled off the campus news stands by 9:30 a.m., and a new edition with a public apology and retraction was released the next day. He also noted ihe reporters who wrote the story were placed on probation the day 'lie incident Vi eber Suite College Ogden, two shows 1,521 student tickets were sold, and of those he estimated 20 percent weren't sold to students (they were bought for dates, friends, etc.) and 20 percent were for students who went to both shows. He said it figures out that there were 800 to 900 students who actually supported one or both shows which is just one-tenth of the studentbody. Applonie cited three problems which might be the cause of this: 1) The students and people of Ogden are not used to going to concerts in the DEC2) People have other conflicts which would cause such a difference in ticket sales here in Ogden. 3) The concert committee realizes that there were some students who weren't interested in either shows and there will be some that won't be interested in future shows, but they felt these two concerts pretty well covered 60-70 percent of the studentbody's interests and the music they listen to. Greg Garfield, studentbody president, estimated the Firefall Media Board exonerates Signpost editor occured. The editor also told Board members that reasons proposed for seeking his removal were "vague, unsubstantiated, and border on emotion rather than M 1,1)1 HO 1 O m mi 1m is otrd 7-1 complaints. IMmlo li Jan Sadc. .cSS -V: :M "S?; -v. : r" ' if j ,0 i - - 1 Si'" fit "-, " . ! a - J f , , -z- i! r - .. f g I ' " ' - l . 1 f - ! r1 ICS1!; Lull April 20, 1979 concert lost $9,000. The Jethro Tull concert, because it was sponsored by an outside booking company, did not lose money for the college, but had to absorb its own losses. Rex Leetham, cultural affairs vice-president elect, called the situation of two concerts within one week a "strange coincidence." After ASWSC arranged for the Firefall concert, J.C. McNeil found he could bring Jethro Tull to this area on that Friday night. "You have to take them when you can get them," Leetham said. Applonie hopes students will support shows better in the future than they have in the past. He pointed out that other colleges in the state have twice and even four times as many students supporting their concerts as WSC. Next year the concert committee will try for both large and small concerts. A jazz show featuring Tom Scott has been tentatively scheduled for Homecoming '79. reason." "I have not attempted to whitewash anything," Redding noted. "I admitted that an error was made, and I publicly explained the reason." not to rr trim and or lire John Hcdd inii. Task force to create Signpost guidelines BY BEVERLY DEVOY-TAGGART The college Media Board voted 6-2 last Tuesday to appoint a task force that will formulate general guidelines for future Signpost staffs. Some students attending the meeting voiced strong objections saying they saw the formulation of guidelines as a possible move toward censorship. However, the chairman, Dr. Jean White who proposed the task force and requested a motion be made to formulate one, told the students that the guidelines will not attempt to dictate specific content of the student newspaper. She said the guidelines could enhance the freedom of the newspaper and help student journalists avoid serious errors of judgement by providing "an approximate idea of limitations." One student noted the guidelines could be construed as a reactionary movement to censor the content of the Signpost.The chairman replied that it could be construed that way, but it would not be done that way. She then noted the Institutional Council had empowered the Board to set up specific guidelines. "I hope we never lose our independent college newpaper," "With regards to Sex-planations," he added, "The reason it was printed in the first place is because it is a campus news service, and over 100 college newspapers print Sex- S U M 'OS rd t lor. Iia -rd on arioiit Dr. White added. We do have a right to guidelines, she noted, but we do not have a right to censorship. Appointed to the task force are Dr. Geraldine Linquist and Dr. EIRay Pederson of the faculty, Media Board representative Jonathan Morrell and a future student representative to be appointed to the board next year by student government president-elect, Bryan Steele. Also, if he will accept, last year's Signpost editor, Val Williams will be on the task force. Ex-officio members who will serve without vote are ASWSC President Greg Garfield, Chairman Dr. Jean White, and next year's Signpost Editor Linda Ferguson. Dr. White said the new guidelines will probably not be completed until next fall quarter. After the session, Linda Ferguson said, "I sincerely hope to have a say in the guidelines to keep them general and fair." "The idea of guidelines smacks of prior restraint," she noted, "but I hope to remain impartial until I gradually see what the task force intends to put in the guidelines." John Redding added, "It's like a python constricting, it doesn't crush you all at once, but each time you relax it tightens a little until pretty soon it boggs down in progressive censorship." planations as did last year's editor, Val Williams." Redding noted his intention for printing the column was not to offend anyone. Strong support for the editor was voiced in a letter from the Signpost staff and from a petition with. 744 faculty, staff, and students signatures. Brad Hart, who presented the petition and who was last year's Signpost news editor, said "This petition also includes the signatures of persons who also signed the petition of ASWSC President Greg Garfield, which he undertook to prepare as an official representative of the studentbody of the college, but did not understand the implications of his document." "I would like to emphasize the fact that the signatures here represent a broad cross section of Ihe campus," Hart added. "They were not collected exclusively in any one area." Board member Dr. EIRay Pederson said in his motion "that I lie Board does no! want to reprimand or does not want to formally try to remove, under our present guidelines, John Redding." He also noted there were areas of concern regarding the newspaper, "Libel, matters of tasle, and errors in the copy."
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1979-04-20, Vol. 39, No. 46|
|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.|