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r-i WEBER STATE-2110 OGDEN 84408 TUESDAY 27 OCTOBER 1981 Vol. 42 Iss. 11 I s i : - Photo by Clint Wardlow Jake Garn speaks at Friday's Homecoming convocation. Gam: 'Budget uncontrollable' By Clint Wardlow Signpost Staff The federal budget is "uncontrollable," Senator Jake Garn told students attending the Homecoming convocation Friday in the Val Browning Center. "We are going to have to make sacrifices to bring it under control," said Garn. The Garn speech followed a special presentation of an honorary degree in humanities to George Eccles, a well-known financier. He was awarded the degree for a career in business and for his role as a world monetary advisor. Garn told the audience of more than 300, it is time to put away political partisanship and work together to solve America's financial crisis. Garn, chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, said it is time for the country to back Reagan's economic plan. "We must be willing to take budget cuts in certain programs," said Garn, "not only in the programs that are wasteful, but in useful programs. We must make sacrifices for the future." The federal budget did not reach $300 billion until 1974, Garn said, reviewing the federal government's growth over the past 30 years. It is now over $700 billion, with a current . yearly interest rate of $115 billion on the national debt, a figure larger than what we needed to fund all the national security and all the social programs on 1962." Automatic entitlement programs that index increases to parallel the cost of living, are one reason for drastic budget increases, said Garn. These government spending increases are not controlled by the congress and have produced a "snowballing" effect that has let the budget get totally out of control, said Garn. "There is no tax cut. It doesn't exist," he said of Reagan's economic program, "All we are doing is letting you keep half of the tax increase you are accustomed to getting." If Reagan's program is not approved, warned Garn, the national deficit, lending rates, and inflation are going to get worse. Before Garn's speech, financier George Eccles received an honorary doctorate of humanities. Eccles, a well-known Ogden banker, has worked as a fiscal advisor since his days as a consultant to the Marshall Plan, a program . that helped rebuild Europe after World War II. Controversy results in academic senate vacancies By Bill McGaha i Signpost Staff The WSC Academic Senate has been left without representatives from the Schools of Allied Health and Education following the disputed disqualification of two student senate members. The controversy began last spring, when write-in candidates Mary Anna Clay, from the School of Education, and Don Rodin-bough, from the School of Allied Health, won their seats. Both were winners in the final election, but were disqualified the next day by Cory Larsen, election chairman. In a telephone interview last week, Larsen said the two had not followed the election bylaws. He said they were not eligible to be write-in candidates because no one had officially filed for their positions. In addition, Larsen indicated that he, "could not see letting them have it on that . little a vote," referring to the total number of votes Clay and Rodinbough received. Larsen 'suspicious' Larsen went on to say, "They aroused suspicion because they had not been involved in student government before." Clay and Rodinbough became interested in the Senate last spring, when they were members of the WSC College Bowl team. Rodinbough said that Jeff Stuart; then an ASWSC officer, suggested both should run as senators. Rodinbough said he went out and collected the necessary signatures for a petition to register for the Allied Health seat, but did not have the $25 for the application fee at the time. He asked and received permission from past student president Mike Arave to pay the fee the following Monday. However, when he went to pay the fee one day late, Larsen would not allow him to do so. Larsen said last week he felt Rodinbough had waited too long before coming in. However, he did suggest at the time that Rodinbough could run a write-in campaign. Clay elected Mary Anna Clay last week said her friends in Education had urged her to run for that school's senate position. Clay felt that if anyone else wanted to have the position, they should run for the seat, since she was reluctant to fill the position. When no one filed for the seat, her friends successfully wrote her in for the position, since they felt she was well qualified for it. Larsen last week stated that the bylaws are very vague and left open to interpretation and his intention was to enforce the election laws in an unbiased manner. Therefore, he said he was compelled to declare Clay and Rodinbough ineligible after the final vote was in on the grounds of the small number of votes they had received. He claimed last week that the bylaws disqualified them. Election bylaws The following is a verbatum transcript of the relevant bylaws: -- "Section 7a, Write-in candidates are eligible in all races where elections are conducted."-- "Section 7d, In case a write-in candidate receives the highest number of votes in the final elections, the Election Chairman must establish the candidates eligibility for that office within two (2) school days after the election." Eligibility in this case, according to the bylaws, is the student's GPA and the number of credit hours registered for the Spring Quarter. The bylaws do not, however, indicate the minimum number of votes a write-in candidate must receive, except that it must be the highest total in order to win. Court gives ruling ASWSC Supreme Court records indicate that, three weeks after the election, the court met to decide the appeal of Larsen's decision about Clay and Rodinbough. The court decided the election of Clay and Rodinbough was indeed legal, and ordered ASWSC to install the as senators from their respective schools. Later in the summer, Clay received her letter of confirmation as senator. However, Rodinbough received a letter shortly afterwards from ASWSC, claiming him ineligible to be the Allied Health Senator, due to a question about his declared major at the time of the election. In addition to the new issue of Rodin-bough's ineligibility, both Clay and Rodinbough last week said they felt that some ASWSC officers were throwing up road blocks to specifically discourage them from participating in student government. Not in the 'clique' According to recent statements, both Clay and Rodinbough said, since they were not in the student government "clique," they were isolated from the other student officers and thus were not able to effectively carry out their senatorial duties. When asked about these allegations, ASWSC President Lori Memmott said she did not know of any such attitude on the part of student government and was not aware that a problem existed. Rick Southwick, ASWSC Academic Vice President, said the whole affair was "unfortunate" and was just another hold-over issue from the problems student government faced last year. . In a related issue, the spring ASWSC Supreme Court order installing Rodinbough as senator should not have been reversed by the new ASWSC government, according to ASWSC guidelines stating that all Supreme Court rulings are final. Though no written record has yet been published, the fall '81 Court found that the section that precluded Rodinbough from holding office was indeed constitutional, but recommended Rodinbough be appointed as the Allied Health Senator. Issue still undecided According to Rodinbough, that appointment has yet to materialize. On Monday, October 26, Mary Anna Clay handed in her letter of resignation from the student senate, leaving the schools of Allied Health and Education without representation five months after the elections.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1981-10-27, Vol. 42, No. 11|
|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.|