Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1979-11-091
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n n WEBER STATE COLLEGE r o EN UTAH Volume 40 Issue 13 November 9, 1979 hrA Council alters constitution by Michael Reberg The Executive Council, in a marathon meeting held to draft a new ASWSC constitution, came up with a compromise proposal for a new form of student government. If the proposal passes as is, students on campus will have a form of the three branch system of government used by this country. The present system of student government has only two branches, with the executive and legislative combined to form Executive Council. Opponents to the present form had expressed concern over the lack of checks and balances it contained The new form will do away with Executive Council and create a legislative student council and separate executive branch with a president, vice president and appointed cabinet. The system will also include checks on each branch. The judicial branch will remain as is, with the new executive branch appointing the court. During the meeting last Tuesday night several proposals were heard from many council Black students participate According to a survey done by black students at WSC, services used least by blacks are : student clubs including fraternities, soroities, rodeo club; intramural sports, veterans, student government, outing center, and placement center. The services most used on campus by blacks: financial aids, minority student center, campus housing, academic advisement, testing, and ethnic studies. Survey coordinator and WSC counselor, Forrest Crawford, initiated the survey with the assistance of five peer advisement students. Fifty black students were randomly selected to participate in the survey. Freshmen Participated Crawford noted the reason these students conveyed that they used those services least was probably "due to the fact that the majority of the students surveyed were freshmen. "It was not surprising that financial aids was used most, members in discussing the legislative branch. Ground rules, that were laid at the beginning of the meeting to speed the process, broke down as confusion and questions arose on the various proposals. In a four to one vote, the proposal sponsored by student body President Bryan Steele became the form that will be used to develop the legislative body. The new legislative body will begin from the department level up with the schools having meetings to elect officers and delegates. During the school meetings, each department will group separately and elect a chair and vice chairperson and two to four people that will form a department council. The various departmental councils will then meet in a school meeting and elect a president and delegates (the number of delegates will be determined on the population of the school) that will gather at a student assembly. At the student assembly that will be comprised of between 75-100 delegates, the members will the nominate candidates for the which suggests that these students rely heavily on financial resources existing here," he added. Assessing Needs He noted the survey was not scientific but it was a start in assessing black needs. Black Profile Crawford said the black profile revealed the majority were male, freshman, between the ages of 17 and 21, full-time and day school students, and single. The following is a list of some of the questions and majority responses of the 50 American blacks surveyed. Do you feel the faculty as an educational resource is sensitive to the needs of blacks? The majority said that faculty members were generally sensitive to their needs. However, Crawford noted that the majority responding to the survey was freshmen, "so the response for other classifications of black students may be different. This also suggests that the faculty generally gives good first impressions to frosh." seven seat student council. The nominees will be elected from a campus wide vote. The assembly will also mke resolutions to the student council and will be able to pass. laws. The assembly can also meet in emergency sessions if they feel the need. The student council will be comprised of the seven voting members, the president, who will act as a non-voting chairperson, plus several advisors who will have a voice but no vote. The only 'no' vote to Steele's proposal came from Mike Arave who claimed the system was too complicated. Steele agreed his system was somewhat complicated but added it would involve many more students in the governmental process and that student involvement outweighed the complexity. Arave proposed a system in which - one person from each department on campus would be elected to a 45-member house that would meet on a regular basis and act as the legislative body. Cont on page 3 To what degree do you think a good social climate is condusive to learning? The majority said they felt it was a high degree because it was part of the educational system. Why did you come to WSC? The majority reported that the college had a specific academic program for their needs. They also, said their first goal was to get a degree and then either get jobs or go into advance education. To what extent do you participate in Black Scholars United? The majority said never, with the next group saying they participated occasionally. Crawford said the reason for this could be that most participants were only freshmen and might not have been aware of the black organization. He noted that the black scholars are setting up a "conscience effort in tracking these new students to get them involved." ' T. f , f Jss IMSST g iv. f ry ynt X ' . uo . ' 1 THE MAJORITY of black students on campus reported that the reason they attend WSC is because the college had a specific academic program suited to their needs. Photo by Rod Boam. in campus survey What should be the role of BSU? The majority said it was a greatly needed organization and should be used for social, cultural awareness, and for a general academic advisement purposes. As an observer or participant, how important have you seen BSU programs? The response varied, but the majority said it appeared people were rarely interested, others said that campus residents were not interested, and others reported they felt it was needed and important to the campus. Assist Students Crawford said the main reason for conducting the survey was to "assist students in the development of an accurate black student profile, and to conduct this as an ongoing process by which they can see their state of existence on this campus." He added this was the first major survey conducted with black students on this campus, using themselves as data collectors. Black Involvement After looking at the results, the counselor said his main area of concern was getting black students more involved with campus activities. Another concern is toget black students to use the placement center as a resource to get jobs because of the high unemployment rate among blacks in the United States. Career Aspirations He noted he is now in the process of putting a class together to help black students explore in detail their career aspirations and how it relates to their personal values. "Black students do have special needs," Crawford concluded, "but they are beginning to recognize the whole ideology of 'self help.' With this survey, hopefully, I along with the campus at large, can take these symptoms and begin extracting accurate data to upgrade the quality of service rendered and thus upgrade the quality of students attending WSC."
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1979-11-09, Vol. 40, No. 13|
|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.|