Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1981-09-221
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wbf TUESDAY 22 SEPTEMPER 1981 Vol. 42 Issue 01 3750 HARRISON OGDEN, UTAH UB -1 An Army ROTC student rappels from the Stewart Bell Tower during freshman orientation Monday, in an effort to recruit members into the WSC Army ROTC program. Photo by Robbie Fields Construction intended to remodel the Union Station for use as a new space for the Career Placement Center has been temporarily halted while disagreements as to how the space could best be utilized are ironed out. Construction began Aug. 18 on a plan that would move career placement from the basement of the library to the Union Station. The move was designed to provide additional space in the library's basement for the four remaining services including Testing, Counciling, Upward Bound and the library reserve desk. Members of the Union Policy Board interested in a proposal by Food Services Director Richard Hofman to utilize the space for an expanded ice cream shop discovered that plans for the present remodeling effort and the construction had been undertaken without the approval of the previous policy board. During a March 12, 1981 meeting, the board approved a motion to investigate the possibility of remodeling the station and relocating career servos to provM" more space for their operation. The investigation was undertaken, plans drawn up and construction started but the issue was never returned to them for approval. Kay Evans, dean of student affairs, said the board had made the motion and "just simply failed to return to vote on final approval." Ms. Evans said career placement had volunteered to ise reachei move into the area even tnough it was considered uninhabitible due to air conditioning, ventilation, and heating problems. "I feel the move was a positive one and had the best interests of the students in mind. It would provide better service and accessibility," Evans said. "My feeling is that career placement is more beneficial than an expanded ice cream shop." The students originally planned to utilize the area for a "mini mall" which would include the ice cream shop, two gift shops, and an expanded copy center. Both proposals for space utilization in the Union Station were presented before the board Sept. 16 in an attempt to make a final descion on who would occupy the space. Richeson, said in his presentation that space in the Union Building should be used for entertainment based activities as well as student service organizations.He said the expanded ice cream shop would be a revenue producing addition to the UB and would provide a needed service to students because it would remain open to coincide with the bowling alley hours. Richeson also stressed the need for the copy center to be placed in a m'ore visible location. "Most of the students, faculty and people involved with organizations on campus don't even know the copy center exists," Richeson said. "We could get better utilization if it were in high traffic area." Also included in the proposal was the relocation of the Student Health Center which would occupy the office area now used by the International Students Advisor.Jim Kelly, representing career placment, presented the organization's reasons for wanting to move into the Union Building, stating that he believed the job placement and career placement are one of the most important services offered to students attending Weber State. "That's why most students are here, to recieve and education and land a good job," Kelly said. "We have the highest rate of student contacts of any organization on campus, including registration."He said that several organizations in the library, including testing, counciling and the reserve library had already made plans to utilize the space left by career placement. Campus architect Bob Folsom spoke to the board briefly indicating that the college had already committed a total of $4,200 to contractors involved in the remodeling process. Following presentations from both parties, a compromise was approved that would give the students the first 12 feet of space facing the bowling alley -for the ice cream shop, and the remainder to career services. A meeting will now be scheduled with President Brady to present the board's decision and discuss its feasibility Council balks at seats for donors The Weber State College Legislative Council voted unanimously to deny a request by Athletic Director Gary Crompton to allocate 48 padded seats in the student section of the Dee Events Center. Crompton appeared before the council Sept. 15, requesting that the ASWSC officers extend the Wildcat Club section two rows to provide season basketball seating to contributors for football stadium lighting and the $90,000 weight room; currently under construction. The Wildcat Club seating section, located in the student seating area, is provided for $l,250-$2,000 donors to the college. Rick Southwick, ASWSC Academic VP, said Crompton promised donors padded seats in the DEC that weren't his to give. When asked by the council why he didn't approach them before promising the seats, Crompton admitted that he should have, but didn't, added Southwick. "Gary should have come to us first," said Bruce Richeson, ASWSC Executive VP, "and we could have worked with him to provide the seats he needed." Crompton denies promising donors specific seats in the student section. "I promised them the best seats, and I will get the best seats I can," explained Crompton. An average 800 of the 2522 student seats were filled during past basketball games according to statistics compiled by the Athletic Department. Even when the Wildcat basketball team was ranked 18th in the nation, students didn't fill half of their allotted seating, stated Crompton. Taking this into account, "I don't think my request was out of line," he said. "If I felt that students were being cheated I never would have requested the seats," explained Crompton, "the students would never have missed the seats." Richeson questioned the accuracy of Crompton's seating statistics, noting they showed a better students attendance to last year's losing season than the year Weber had a winning team. However, he acknowledged that last year the Athletic Department had upgraded their system used to calculate attendance. "Lack of filling 1he student seating is not the issue," stated Richeson. He fears that is students relinquish seats, in the future they won't have them when needed. Crompton said- he doubts whether students will ever completely fill the seats allotted them. After turning down Crompton's initial request, the council offered the Athletic Department alternative seating in the upper decks and in the'pit area, provided the donors be moved outside of the student area into seats not renewed by season' ticket holders next year. Crompton then asked that half the seats in the pit section be turned over to him to seat donors. At this point in the meeting, Farrell Shepherd, Union Building Director, said that in 1979 students had released 400 seats out of the "T" section to be used by the Athletic Department in exchange for pit seating. It was agreed upon by the 1979 council that no more student seating be given up in the future. This provision, said Richeson, prevents the council from giving up any student seats on a permanent basis. "The 'T' section was given to Gary with the stipulation that it could be returned if student demand merited it," said Shepherd, "Those seats were sold on a lifetime basis and the students will never get them back." The council them postponed the discussion of the seating issue to consider Crompton's pit seating request. The issue was to be re-opened at the council's Sept. 17 meeting. Crompton failed to appear, and the issue was again postponed until the council could have Crompton available to discuss it. Concerning his failure to appear at the second meeting, Crompton stated he believed the council had already decided against him. "I gave it my best shot (in the first meeting), but the council had already made up their minds not to give me the seats," he said. The council denies Crompton's allegation, and in a Sept. 21 letter sent to him by the council, state their willingness to work with him on alternatives that would not diminish student seating on a permanent basis. Crompton also expressed his willingness to work with the council, and said he holds no animosity against them. "They were doing their job in a way they thought best served the students," he said. Crompton has been providing financing for the stadium lighting and the weight room without using college funds. In soliciting donations, he admited using season tickets to acquire money. "Funds are not donated altogether for the love of Weber College," explained Crompton, "and season tickets are good bartering items." "When I see seats unused by the students, I think of the $1,250 to $2000 those seats could bring to the college," Crompton added. "I would love to see the students use all their seats," said Crompton, "but they don't, and I could use those seats to bring donations to help better the college."
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1981-09-22, Vol. 42, No. 1|
|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.|