Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1980-01-291
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i r j x i Ji i I Li LJ WEBER ETATE COLLEGE r o GDEN UTAH 1 Volume 40 Issue 29 January 29, 1980 ' jl : ': - ft C if. I ti tV 1 'j , ' t j: y , ,' V- . ; L 1 ST. BENEDICT'S interior shows decay and peeling paint as a syymptom of its former role. WSC administrators, eyeing their eventual use of the facility, plan to convert the hospital to married student housing and continuing education. Signpost photo by Dave Barrett. T Utah representatives quadruple out-of-state scholarship allotment The Utah House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday increasing the number of out-of-state scholarships the Weber State president can award. The bill, which increases the college's allotment from 30 to 135 full tuition and fees scholarships, passed the House by a 46-14 margin and now must go to the Senate for approval. Weber State College President Rodney H. Brady indicated the tuition waivers would be "used to attract to the college outstanding scholars and students with special talents." Assistant to the president Dean Hurst said the bill was "long over-due." Last year the College's attempt to increase the number died in the House as the session ended, so WSC had to settle for 30 scholarships while the University of Utah received 100 and Utah State was awarded 65. Utah's allotment for the 1980-81 school year will be 190, while Utah State will receive 165. Hurst said the bill is expected to pass the Senate, after which college officials will decide how the scholarships will be distributed. He indicated the moneys will be used forout-of-state recruiting in both athletics and academics will put WSC on a "more equitable basis," with the other Utah schools. College to use hospital for housing, education By Mike Tupa "We support what Senator Halverson did," was the comment of Dr. Jearld T. Storey, WSC administrator, on the St. Benedicts bill the Senator introduced in the Utah Legislature last week. Storey, Vice-President of Planning and Administrative Services, is the man assigned to keep track of this bill, SB 72, which would give the old St. Benedict's Hospital complex along with a $2 million appropriation to Weber State for use or disposal. Present Status The present status of the bill is that it has passed the rules committee and is yet to be introduced on second reading on the floor. Storey said it might come on the floor sometime this week. As of writing of this article the bill had not yet come up. A definite decision about WSC's use of the St. Benedict's facilities would have to be made after passage of the bill but Storey indicated the college is seriously considering using the four-and six-plex apartments for married housing and other facilities for a continuing education building. Storey said this will depend on cost findings still to be made. Appropriations The $2 million appropriation, earmarked for construction of a new Business and Economics Building, will be invested, collecting interest, while WSC waits for more appropriated funds to help pay for the $5 million building. According to Storey, the advantages accrued to WSC through passage of this bill include; 1) Making sure WSC gets access to the $2 million appropriation, 2) Having economic advantages of the hospital property, 3) The possibilities of having married housing and more office space, and 4) Proceeds to help take care of the Skills Center. The Skills Center is a technical learning extension of WSC located on 12th and Washington. Storey said he feels the state would be in favor of this bill to keep the benefits in this area. Allocations depend on lobbying efforts Weber State College's share of allocations will depend to some extent on the lobbying efforts exerted by the administrative and student input, Ken Stiltner, assistant to studentbody president Bryan Steele, said. Stiltner is intern for Senator Haven Barlow (R-David County). Barlow is chairman of the Joint Appropriations Committee for Public Education. .Stiltner opted for stressing the positive aspects of WSC such as the student-teacher ration at Utah schools, the percentage of placement of WSC graduates, and the annual support received per full-time student . Graduate placement has been high, he said. Weber's optometry placement, for example, was 100 percent last year. Pre-dental placement was 86 percent. Pre-law placement was just over 86 percent. Pre-medical school placement was 50 percent compared to the national average of under 35 percent. Teacher-student ratio, however, was not so impressive. At University of Utah there were 15.7 students per teacher. At Utah State University there were 17.7. Evan at Southern Utah State College, there were less than 18 per teacher, but at Weber State College, there were almost 21 students per teacher. Annual state support per students was almost $4 thousand at the U of U. At SUSC it was almost $3,800, but at Weber State the average was less than $3,200. Why the difference? Why has Weber State been handed so little funding with which to work? Stiltner suggested part of the answer lies with us. "We need to make a conscious effort to become involved," he said. "Each of us is responsible for our collective success. Perhaps our efforts will prove futile. But, if nothing else, we must make Salt Lake City realize we are here.'"
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1980-01-29, Vol. 40, No. 29|
|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.|