Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1981-10-091
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f 1. cm r7 WEBER STATE-2110 OGDEN 84408 FRIDAY 9 OCTOBER 1981 Vol. 42 Iss. 5 1 1 Regents recommend 1 8 tuition increase i :: r 14 . . - 5- i, r j The newly fallen snow on the mountains above Weber State is sure to start an epidemic Photo by Robert Fields of "ski fever" among students rushing to wax up the boards for the upcoming ski season. Professor's tent provides shelter with a clear view Sleeping under the stars can be a pleasant experience. However, battling bugs, snakes and other woodland creatures can put a damper on the outdoor experience. Dr. Stephen Stanford, a Weber State sociology professor, has solved the problem by creating a tent that can be seen out of, but not into. The tent, while opaque, is constructed of a light, porous nylon material that allows for a fresh flow of air, said Dr. Stanford. The invention of the tent came from a 1976 field trip into the desert that Dr. Stanford took with his Boy Scouts. "The tent was so hot that it was stifling," said Stanford, "and I decided then that I would make my own tent out of a lighter material." The discovery of an opaque material was accident, said Stanford. He admitted he was just looking for a lighter tent material when he came upon the fabric, which could be seen through in one direction. "The tent is also a boon to observers of wild life," said Stanford, "All you have to do is go inside the tent and wait. The animals won't even realize that anyone is around, and will often wander right up to the tent." "This fabric has a very fine weave," said Stanford, "It's like putting on a pair of sunglasses, you can see out, but no one can see in." The fabric also serves as a filter, Stanford said. It cleans the air that goes into the tent. "Because of the tiny holes, there is a constant flow of air. There is no draft or dust, just fresh air." Stanford also pointed out that the tent is perfect for backpacking because it is easy to fold up and light to carry. He also said the tent can be laundered in the washing machine. The tent is made out of a nylon material, much like ladies lingerie. There is an additional waterproof covering for rain. It cuts down on visibility, but it is still thin enough to see the "hail stones bounce off the tent," said Stanford. Stanford said he designed the tent to fit in well with the wilderness setting. He said he was inspired by architect Frank Lloyd Wright's work that was designed to blend with the terrain. Stanford displays an interest in architecture, and is currently working on a tenf design book for his company. Stanford started marketing the tent this past summer, under his own company banner, Visidome. He said the response has been good. "We're really doing a booming business. Nine out of ten people who see the tent want one." The price of the tents run along the same lines as that of regular tents sold in stores. The tents range in price from $200-$700. They come in three sizes, an eight foot, two man model; a ten foot, family size; and a 15 foot, group model. The tent is dome shaped, and designed to keep insects and other pests out. Stanford describes his tent as perfect for experiencing the wilderness. "At night, you can look up and see the stars perfectly, including shooting stars. Every now and then a squirrel or other small creature will run across the top. It is truly a wonderful experience."Those interested in more information on the tent should contact Dr. Stanford by writing Visidome, PO Box 1542, Ogden. UT 84402. or by calling 621-2588. Increasing resident tuition by eight per cent and out-of-state tuition to 3.2 times resident costs for the 1982-83 school year was recommended by the Utah State Board of Regents Thursday. In the meeting held at the University of Utah, the board approved the tuition increase which will now be forwarded to the Utah State Legislature for action. The regents were originally asking for a 10 percent increase in tuitions, but students, under the banner "8 is enough", successfully campaigned to keep the boards recommendation to eight percent. The Utah Council of Student body Presidents spearheaded the campaign which supported Utah Commissioner of Higher Education, Arlo Van Alstyne's proposal for limiting the increase.In addressing the board, Alstyne said the eight percent increase when coupled with the 12.5 percent increase for the 1981-82 year totaled a 21.5 percent tuition hike over a two-year period. Alstyne stated it was the largest increase in tuition cost, for that period, in Utah's history. The recommended increase comes at a time when Utah's higher education institutions have suffered budget cuts totaling 13.5 percent in the past three years. The Council of Student body Officers stated that tuition increases, along with escalating costs of books, supplies, and other student costs adversly affect the ability of many students to attend school. Despite a large amount of attention from the media, student turn out was much less than expected at the board meeting. Less than 100 representatives from Utah colleges appeared. The delegation from Weber State College was one of the largest in attendance.ASWSC president, Lori Memmottt.was please with the group attending from Weber, but said "that more help will be needed from students in the future if we are going to keep tuition down." Ms. Memmott suggested students contact members of the State Legislature before the January 1982 session, expressing their concern over the eight percent increase. 'W tree planting slated By Scott Wheeler The faded "W" on the hill behind Weber State College is expected to be replaced with a living "W" made out of growing trees this weekend, according to ex-ASWSC President Mike Arave. Arave was appointed chairman of the project last year, but due to the inconsistency of the contractors the living "W" could not be planted until now. "I can't believe we hire professionals to install a sprinkling system and it takes them almost a year to complete a simple project like this," Arave said. The reason for trying to get the trees done before the 15th is that water to the sprinkling system will then be turned off for the winter and the trees will have a reduced chance of survival, Arave said. The planting of the trees is expected to continue today from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until completed. Arave said students are invited to help plant the trees and "this Saturday there is going to be an all-out party. Refreshments and fun for all who help will be given, as well as satisfaction for the completion of a 'W we can all be proud of." Arave said students wishing to help are asked to bring their shovels and gloves and "dig in." The project, however still has some problems to overcome. The 'W is still $5,000 short in funding. Arave said he may have the answer to the deficit. "We would like to sell the trees to students and members of the community as well as local businesses, and then ask them to donate the trees back to be planted in the their name," Arave said.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1981-10-09, Vol. 42, No. 5|
|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.|