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n WEBER STATE COLLEGE r r " O O o ODDEN UTAH Volume 40 Issue 22 January 4, 1980 Capture UNLV tournament Wildcat nationwide top 2 By Guy Yocom America's sportwriters finally took another glance at the state of Utah and saw that one of it's teams (not BYU) had won 11 straight games, beaten the defending national champions, and won the prestigious UNLV classic. As a result, Weber State College jumped into the United Press International top 20 rankings. They're currently 18th. The Wildcats earned similar recognition last year when they occupied the rankings for one week before being upset by Boise State in the Dee Events Center. However, Neil McCarthy's crew could be tough to unseat now that they face a Big Sky Conference schedule that doesn't seem too tough at all for the defending league champions. Weber is 11-1 on the season now, but have failed to attain national recognition because of what may be termed as "easy" schedule. But the Wildcats have won convincingly on most oc-' casions and were the dominant force of the recent Nevada-Las Vegas tournament. Title IX : By Rob Whetten Weber State officials indicate there should be no major immediate difficulties in complying with the latest Title IX interpretation handed down by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance, is a controversial section of the Education Ammendments of 1972. The latest supplemental interpretation, made Dec. 4 by HEW Secretary Patricia Roberts Harris, demands that any school receiving federal funding must provide "substantially equal average per capita expenditures for men and women athletes and future expansion of opportunity and participation for women." Intercollegiate athletics has been the area struck hardest by the Title IX rulings. The most recent ruling means, for example that, if 70 percent of a school's financial aid dollars made available for athletes. Also included in the legislation; although in a less rigorous manner, are sections concerning equitable provision of equipment, cagers vault into The Wildcats defeated a Michigan State team there that won the national title last year, but one that was weakened considerably with the loss of Earvin "Magic" Johnson and smooth forward Gregory Kelser. But a closing comeback by the senior-laden Wildcats put both victory and national acclaim in their pocket. Christmas season was good to the Wildcats. Since early December, the 'Cats walked on New Mexico, St. Francis, Seattle, Illinois-Chicago Circle, Michigan State and UNLV. And it's been the seniors that have done most for the 18th ranked Wildcats. Balance and maturity have been their calling card. Bruce Collins, besides taking over the number one position as the all-time leading scorer at Weber State, has turned in one stellar performance after another. For one three game stretch, Hi-C averaged 26 points a game. David Johnson was directly responsible for the narrow. Crompton lauds allocation of travel expenses, opportunity to receive coaching, and availability of facilities. Weber State athletic director Gary Crompton says WSC has taken great strides in the last five years to provide equal opportunities for women and is therefore ahead of many colleges in complying with the ruling. He adds, however, that an immediate attempt to match the per capita criteria could seriously and permanently damage the school's athletic programs. A recent NCAA study reports that it will cost a typical I-AA college with football, such as WSC, over $500,000 a year to comply with the regulations. Many schools have been forced to simply eliminate intercollegiate athletics since the 1975 issuance of the final Title IX legislation. Schools not complying with the new regulations may loose all federal funding if immediate rectification attempts are not made. Cromptom expressed dismay at some of the inequities such legislation causes. For instance, there has yet to be a comparable number of quality women athletes developed at the high school level. While young male poll tournament clinching win over UNLV. He scored 26 points and was named to the all-tournament team. Gerald Mattinson has been scoring lately in addition to his good rebounding work, and Richard Smith has been a picture of consistency. And Mark Mattos has been dishing out assists and running the floor game as good as he ever has. Overall, Weber State is simply a good, sound basketball team. They play excellent defense (emphasized by the 43 percent shooting percentage by the opposition), operate with selflessness that should win the medal of honor (four starters average in double figures), and have played patiently and maturely when it comes to taking the good percentage shot from the floor. Chances are, when the NCAA tournament comes around, Weber State is going to surprise some people with perhaps the finest team in the school's history. athletes now often face severe competition for men's athletic scholarships, college women's coaches are searching for female athletes prepared to compete on the college level. Also, Decause of the necessity of keeping the revenue producing sports (basketball and football) well funded, men's minor sports are expected to suffer in order to bring men's per capita spending to the women's level. Already several women's minor sports offer opportunities and travel expenses exceeding those in the comparable men's sports at WSC, but this situation is expected to worsen in an attempt to balance football and basketball per capita expenditures. Cromptom reports that 26 percent of the total athletes on scholarships are women, and 23 percent of the scholarship money goes to wv"m. .ysv-jVr veare deficient in eas, such - as full-time- women's coaches, but in most areas, including facilities, grants-in-aid, equipment, and opportunity to compete we are doing quite welland are moving as q"i"My'aS"possible to also staiofy the letter of the law in these areas." " 'A r ) i i: .' :: H . TO THE HOOP, WITH STYLE Bruce Collins gets two more points with a patented slam dunk in action over Christmas holiday. Collins, the all-time leading Wildcat scorer, is netting 18.2 points per game. progress Attempting to balance these problems are Crompton, assistant athletic director Rich Ordyna, and women's coordinator Jane Miner. In the past five years five new women's sports have been added as compared to one new men's sport. A study conducted by the athletic department indicates a number of needs yet to be satisfied to be in compliance. These include addition of a full-time women's athletic director, assistant coaches for women's basketball, volleyball and soft-ball, an athletic trainer for women, and a softball field on campus. It is estimated that the above changes will cost WSC $150,000. This includes $50,000 in increased budget support for women's athletic scholarships. An oddity in the cutbacks is the elimination of gymnastics as an intercollegiate sport for women here. The men do not have gymnastics and in order to meet the regulations the school was 'orced to drop the sport for women. Continued on page nine Columnist speaks Jan. 10 Noted columnist and self-described "muckraker" Jack Anderson heads up the list of noon convocation speakers at Weber State College during the winter quarter. Anderson will speak Jan. 10 in the Austad Auditorium of the Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts. Anderson is a Utah native who ganied national prominence in the fifties when he and the late columnist Drew Pearson uncovered some of the famous scandals to come out of Washington D.C. He attended Granite High School in Salt Lake. Other convocations speakers scheduled for the rest of the year include: Dick Gregory; job-hunting expert Kirby Stanet; Ruth Bebee Hill, author of "Hanta Yo", noted attorney Leonard Weinglass; and Wilson Bryan Key will will discuss the influence of "subliminaladvertising."
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1980-01-04, Vol. 40, No. 22|
|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.|