Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1980-02-151
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HEW arrives to begin CORE investigation By Rob Whetten A team of inspectors from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW), Civil Rights Division arrived on the Weber State campus Wednesday to U I William Van Dyke begin an investigation of alleged race discrimination against black students at WSC. Citing the near-unprecedented aspects of the complaints, regional HEW civil rights director Dr. Gilbert Roman indicated the investigation will begin immediately and continue with interviews in various WSC departments until enough information has been gathered to reach a conclusion.Dr. Roman will not participate in the investigation, but said he felt it necessary to be present because of the special nture of the charges. He said this is the first time the words "sexual harassment" have been used in a complaint. He noted that the choice of this wording may be crucial. The class-action complaint precipitating the investigation was filed on Dec. 21 by the Ogden chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and am-mended to include more complaints on Jan. 4. The complaint alleges race discrimination in: allocation of financial aid funds, work-study positions, counciling, grading and that black female students were sexually harassed when applying for student financial assistance. Local CORE chairwoman Shirley Thomas met with the inspectors, headed by Ray Smith, Wednesday and afterward reiterated her belief that the charges are well-founded. "We don't want the college to have a bad image," she said, "all we want is some changes made . . . we want those people to stop what they're doing." Another key figure in the investigation is financial aid director William VanDyke, whose office bares the brunt of the discrimination charges. Van-Dyke has recently been singled out in changes made ' by both Thomas and several black and white women as being discriminatory and having perpetuated the alleged harassment. A KUTV Channel 2 News series on the alleged sexual harassment has drawn a libel suit against KUTV from VanDyke. VanDyke's legal counsel, Richard Richards, said Wednesday the suit is immediately forthcoming. Richards gave KUTV the allotted three days notice to retract the allegations while preparing a suit claiming malicious damage. Thomas denied that she organized or coached the women who went on television, although she said many of them had come to her with complaints. "The girls got started on their own, and we found there were not just blacks, but also whites involved." According to a Feb. 4 Time magazine article, sexual harassment by college faculty is widespread, but punishment has been minimal. As in the WSC case, the names of accusers have often been withheld. At least one professor, at San Jose State was fired because of sexual harassment allegations. An investigation of CORE requested by the college is con tinuing with a second visit by inspectors expected sometime next week. College officials first requested the investigation in late November because of possible misuse of work-study funds by CORE, possible forged time cards, and mounting unpaid bills. CORE reportedly owes the college over $3,500 and is under suspicion for violation of federal nepotism and kickback regulations.Both Thomas and VanDyke have accused each other of requesting investigations to cloud the issues and cast suspicion on the other's organization. Smith, director of the HEW investigation, held a meeting with college officials Wednesday and asked them to release data as requested. Smith also said the inspector's role is to remain neutral and that the decision will be made within 90 days after leaving the college. Inspectors are forbidden to talk to media representatives concerning a pendinginvestigation. iuM'illilil Hill-ill J j.ii.iMniU.w .mt "' U LfljVS o Iltl 3 WEBER STATE COLLEGE o o Lzzn in i-fcij(tiiWTt Vfctfn- i'M,ae.iUMts - thin -irmiw nvi-''--- im r OGDEN UTAH Volume 40 Issue 35 T February 15, 198? Council mulls Survey reveals various propensities of students WSC issues Budget appropriations, savings from the recent campus shutdown, and several -other issues were tabled at the monthly Institutional Council meeting held Wednesday. President Rodney Brady spoke at some length on his recent trip to Washington D.C. and his meeting with President Carter, and then reviewed budget matters dealing with the college. Brady termed the recent campus shutdown a success, saying "we saved about $50,000, and when all areas of saving are considered it's possible we saved up to $70,000." Dr. Parry Wilson said the largest area of savings came in salaries, with hourly and contracted salary savings coming to $19,194. Other areas which saved the college money were in power and light, $8,133; snow removal, 7,329; and smaller savings in heating gas, telephone service, plant-supplies, and use of agsoline by college vehicles and other equipment. Council members termed the savings significant and lauded the school administration for the shutdown. Brady also discussed the college's financial treatment by the Utah legislature. In a statement issued by the President, Brady said "higher education did not fare well in this legislation, in neither op-perating funds nor in capital facilities funds. However, I am pleased that the legislature recognized at least in part WSC's challenge to meet the requirements of a projected huge enrollment increase." Brady said the college was treated as fairly as could be expected, but that it will take managerial toughness and academic ingenuity to further WSC's quest to become "one of the higher quality undergraduate colleges in.America." Although the college's 1980-81 Education and General appropriation was 12.95 percent higher than the 1979-80 appropriation, Brady said that inflation is increasing at a rate of between 10-15 percent. Increased student enrollment could justify more money needed to teach them. An increase of 744 students indicated that a substantial amount of more money would be needed to educate them. The solution to this, Brady said, is an achieving more productivity to meet the 17 percent productivity increase required this year. As for the recent court decision ordering the school to release salaries, Brady said it is still being studied and a conference on the matter is scheduled with the staff of the Utah Commissioner of Higher Education. The school will obey all legal mandates on the matter, Brady said. By Michael Tupa Old is beautiful. That's the principal finding in a recent survey taken among Weber State College students in which traditional entertainment such as movies, roller skating and softrock concerts registered strong against disco, rock concerts andluncheon-entertainment. The survey included 13 WSC students and only a minute percentage of students and may not be representative of the student-body as a whole. It included categories of types of entertainment, work and free-time schedules, views of the Signpost and student goernment. Also included were questions about favorite kinds of music. Subjects were rated on a scale of one to five, with one being favorable, two appealing, three indifferent, four not favorable and five unappealing. In the favorite entertainment area there were basically four categories which were musical, activities, drama and socials. Disco was pitted against small rock, concert and rock band in the musical category and came in dead last. Concerts was the winner with 11 votes in the one and two area, small rock was second with 12 votes in the one-two and three areas, rock band had 11 votes in the one-two and three areas and disco garnered six votes in the four and five areas. The activites area included ski club, roller skating and volleyball tournament. There was no clear cut winner in this category because of a tie between the ski club and roller skating. The ski club received five first place votes compared to two for roller skating, but in the area of one-two area, roller skating received six votes compared to five for skiing, and in theone-two-three area roller and volleyball tied with nine votes each. Movies were the overall winner in the drama area with all 13 votes in either the number one or two area. Second in this category was dinner with eight votes in the one-two area as compared to seven for theatre. In the social area, luncheon won with 11 votes in the one through three areas. Nightclub-coffee house took second with seven votes in the one-two-three area and fashion show received six votes. Of the 13 students interviewed, eight or 61.5 percent said that they read every issue of the Sign post. Three or 23 percent saI they read one issue a week, or, ; person said they read more than one issue a month and one person said that they read one issue a month. Each eaualed 7.2 percent.In the work area , five reporter! that they work full-time, five have a part-time job in the day, two work part-time in the evenip and one said they don't work cX all. The percentages are 38.5, 38.5, 15.3 and 7.2 respectively. The present student government council received nks favorable remarKs and four vev-favorable or undecided remark:'. The breakdowns were fiv students who said that studes government tries to further th needs of students, three sa- student government provider favorable benefits for student-;, one person said that this group r representative of students. One student said that studert government is difficult to at-proach for help, and two said th;-t the officers don't accompli' much at all . One was undecided On student's favorite music, soft rock led the list with 13 vv-.: in the one-two-three n.- followed by ten for sympbo;; ', nine for rock, eight for coi'-it? ; and seven for jazz.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1980-02-15, Vol. 40, No. 35|
|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.|