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) Iranian Student Views Speaker (Editor's note: the author is an Iranian student attending WSC) We had the chance to hear about an experience from someone that was in the 444-day ordeal in Iran at the Thursday convocation. The significance of the crisis made it meaningful to everyone. The returnee, Richard Morefield, spoke about how he was treated and where he was held. He did not talk much about why he was held. He did say the Iranians wanted to embarrass the U.S. in the press conference before the convocation. Embarrassment could have been achieved without such devastation of the Iranian economic system. As Lynne Lambert, of the U.S. state department, said in 1979, "Iran has been one of the more important markets worldwide for U.S. goods and services. In 1978 Iran's non-military imports from the United States totaled $3.6 billion." The Iranian people needed independence from a foreign controlled government. Classes Monday; Holiday Changed Morefield said that the relationship between the two countries would soon be reestablished. This will only be true if the Iranians feel that the U.S. government is honest with them. This is unlikely judging from past and present policies. In his book "Strategy of Peace," John F. Kennedy said that the U.S. would have to smile at the Middle-east countries but it does not mean the U.S. would have to do what the Middle-east want them to do. Reagan's policy is one of militaristic peace. This kind of policy wi!l only hurt the mutual interest of both countries and in the long run the relationships will be damaged. The returnee gave WSC students some insight into the hostages, but gave them nothing to solve the real problem.The question that needs to be answered is whether anything has been learned that will lead us to respect between countries. TODAY'S QUOTABLES S I G N P 0 ST Let us have faith that right Club Clips 2 makes might; and in that faith Editorials 4,5 let us to the end, dare to do Features 6-8 our duty as we understand it. Entertainments 9 Abraham Lincoln, 1st in- Photo Page 10 augural address, March 4, Sports 11 1861 Unclassifieds 12 If you had been planning on sleeping-in Monday morning because your official school catalog says it's a holiday, better set the alarm clock on Sunday night. The college will be conducting business-as-usual on the President's Birthday Holiday because of administrative juggling to help save staff vacation time, says Dr. D. Parry Wilson, WSC vice-president in charge of administrative affairs.But before you get the feeling that this juggling is stealing your day to sleep in, read on. The maneuver has also been a way to lengthen the break between winter and spring quarters by two days, so you actually get an extra day, instead of losing one. It's just that it has been put in another time slot. The day-off for staff was given to them during the time at Christmas when the school was closed to save money. When the school is closed, staff must use their vacation time in order to keep the paychecks coming. The day off for President's Birthday allowed them to use only five days of vacation instead of six. This allows them to have a full week of vacation time to use later on at their discretion. Students don't lose any time off, in spite of this maneuvering, because the break between quarters has been lengthened. Finals for winter quarter now end on Thursday.March 19, instead of Friday as previously scheduled. Registration for spring quarter has been changed to Tuesday, March 24, instead of Monday the 23rd. So students get a longer break, faculty gets a longer time to correct finals and post grades, and the staff gets a way to save their vacation time. L- J J V L -i t 1 ' 'i CZJ WEBER STATE COLLEGE QGDEN UTAH n J Volume 41 Issue 31 Morefield Holds Conference Richard Morefield, U.S. Consul-General in Tehran when the embassy was seized, praised the American people for their "inherent moral strength and courage during his 444 days of captivity," while speaking to a near capacity crowd in the Fine Arts building Thursday. "The United States showed great moral strength in their restraint during a highly emotional period," said Morefield. " They demonstrated that the strong must restrain and remain rational through a crisis." Morefield, speaking on his own for the first time since his release from Iran, said the support of his family and the American people were his greatest source of strength during his captivity. "When I returned to the States and discovered the depth of support given to me and my fellow captives, I felt a bit of an obligation to lecture and let people know what really went on and what happened to me personally," said Morefield. Morefield labeled the hostage situation a great tragedy for Iran because it overshadowed the real significance of the Islamic Revolution. "The Islamic Revolution was a great event in modern history that could have offered the third world an alternative to both Eastern and Western dominance," said Morefield. "Lessons that could have been learned from the struggle are delayed because of the actions of the militants." The U.S. government was doing all it could to normalize relations with the new government at the time of the takeover through a half million dollar, modern consular section that had begun operation September 9, 1981. 'Prior to the Shah's admittance to the U.S., the Iranian government had assured us that the embassy would be protected," according Morefield. "On the morning of Nov.4, at about 10:30 or 11:00 oclock, I looked out the window and saw some people coming over the wall with one of them carrying a bolt cutter. Within a few moments the compound was overrun by thousands." According to Morefield it took the militants about three and a half hours to reach the consulary. After the hurried destuction of classified documents and materials such as visa stamps, he and other members of the staff went into the street and dispersed. Morefield was taken hostage about six blocks away. During his captivity, Morefield experienced a mock execution, constant harras-ment, and several changes in location of varying distances, the longest coming after the ill-fated rescue attempt. "During my confinment I drew a great deal of information from lessons learned by prior prisoners of war, such as the need for exercise and proper amounts of food," he said. Morefield condemned terrorist acts as crimes against the moral fabric of society. "The use of hostages to blackmail a country must be condemned by the entire world." Superstitious People Due for a Bad Year If you're one of those people who cling to superstitions, watch out! You might be in for a bad year. Today is Friday the 13th, and there are two more to follow this year, in March and November. The fear of the number thirteen, especially when it falls on a Friday, stems largely from Biblical days and before. The early Egyptians believed that life progressed up 12 steps and the 13th step represented everlasting life death. The Bible was what attached the fear of thirteen to Friday in the minds of a lot of people. In Biblical times Friday represented Doomsday because Eve supposedly tempted Adam with the apple on a Friday, and the flood that washed out Noah was thought to begin on a Friday. Jesus was crucified on a Friday after the Last Supper, at which there were 13 present. No wonder the two, Friday and 13, became attached in so many people's mind! So if you are superstitious, take it easy today and observe all the little things you should be careful about. Don't walk under any ladders, or open an umbrella indoors, and watch out for those black cats!
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1981-02-13, Vol. 41, No. 31|
|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.|