Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1981-10-301
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WEBER STATE-2110 OGDEN 84408 30 October 1981 Volume 42 Issue 12 1 f X ' M Weber State campus police officer Roger Johnson walks out of student's room where several types of drug paraphernalia were confined. The police were called to Promotory Tower by a resident assistant who smelled marijuana coming from the student's room. No charges have been filed, but four students are being investigated. Photo by Scott Wheeler Operation California friend to refugees by Clint Wardlow Operation California, a West Coast relief organization helping refugees, was the subject of Thursdays convocation in the Browning Center. The convocation speaker, Richard Walden, told the Weber students how he started the organization and the various things Operation California does to help refugees. "The operation is a verysimple-minded, pragmatic approach to giving relief," said Walden, a California civil xights lawyer. The operation began in 1979 when Walden and a friend were reading about the drowning of boat refugees in Malasia, said Walden. On a whim, he and his friend tried to organize a campaign to send supplies to the refugees. Walden said he had to go through several government agencies from various countries before Operation California got off the ground. "There were over 900,000 people living in makeshift refugee camps in Thailand," said Walden. "Over 40 percent of the refugees that left Vietnam did not make it." Walden showed a slide presentation that contained pictures from his 1979 trip to refugee camps in Cambodia and Thailand. He said many refugees that enter the camp come in carrying various diseases such as leprosy, malaria and hook worms. Operation California airlifted many medical supplies to refugee camp areas in Thailand, Walden said. Walden emphasized the importance of helping the refugees. He said that about 130,000 refugees will enter the United States in 1982. Walden also warned that Central America will be the next site for a large refugee population to form. "With the situations in Guatemala and El Salvador about to blow, southern Mexico will be the site for refugee camps to form next," said Walden. Walden concluded by saying it is time for the American government to take a new approach in dealing with refugees. He accused the American political system of taking a "morally bankrupt" position dealing with the new Vietnamese government by refusing them aid of any sort. Tuition change postponed by Steve Largent Signpost Staff The ASWSC Academic Senate, meeting in a special session Wednesday morning, decided to delay acceptance of Dr. Robert Smith's proposal concerning a change in tuition policy until further student input on the situation can be obtained. Dr. Smith had offered the proposal to the Senate in response to a Senate resolution which had called for a decrease in present late charges and a grace period before charging a fee to add or drop classes. Smith had stated at a previous Senate meeting that he would go ahead with the Senate resolution if the Senate would, in return, back him on the tuition policy change. The tuition structure change entails moving from the current plateau structure to a linear fee structure. With the plateau structure, a student pays the same tuition when registering with anywhere from 10 to 20 hours. Under the new proposal, an initial load fee would be charged and tuition would then be computed according to the number of credit hours for which a student was registered. Under the proposal, students taking fewer than 14 credit hours would actually pay less tuition than under the current structure, while students registering for 14 or more credit hours would pay more. Dr. Smith had set a deadline of November 2 for the Senate to accept or reject his proposal, because winter quarter schedules needed to go to print at that time. If the Senate had given approval, a grace period and decrease in late fees would have been initiated winter quarter with the linear fee structure Coed assaulted at Weber State Three foreign students are being sought for the forcible sexual abuse of a white female student Monday night, according to Kip Ingersoll, campus police. Ingersoll said the victim was walking from Promontory Towers to the gym at 8:30 p.m. when she heard three men using "foul language implying sexual desires" approaching her from the rear. The victim ran from her attackers but was caught by the east side of the gym. The attack was reported the next morning after the victim said she was threatened by one of the suspects. The victim said she was told to "keep her mouth shut, or else." One suspect is described as middle eastern, 6'2", thin scraggly mustache, black hair, long side burns and unshaven. Ingersoll said that, although the description could fit many middle eastern students, other leads are being followed. beginning next fall. Because the Senate delayed action, however, the current policies with regard to late fees and class change fees will remain in effect at least through winter quarter. In reaching its decision, the Senate felt it was important to gain student input and information about the proposed change before making a commitment to Dr. Smith. Assignments have been given to the Senators to contact students and various faculty members to learn their feelings. The possibility was also discussed of organizing public forums and printing the pros and cons of the new policy in order to inform the student body of the situation. Dr. Smith believes the change in tuition structure would have the same impact as do the current fees for late registration and class changes. This is why he was willing to make the deal with the Senate to trade the decrease in fees for the linear structure. According to Dr. Smith, the main reason the policy was instituted was to enable the college to offer sufficient sections of courses in many areas and to fill those sections to capacity. Dr. Smith would like to substantially reduce the number of people registering for more hours than they plan to take. Individuals who do this take up space in the classroom and possibly deny a seat to an individual really interested in taking the course. Two senators said the change would be of obvious benefit to part-time students and a monetary disadvantage to students who register for a heavy class schedule. The Senate is concerned with making sure that the policy which would have the greatest benefit for the largest Inside Today Campus Update Pg. 2 The Right Fright? Pg. 3 Editorial Pg. 4 Sports Pg. 6 fj HALLOWEEN pf ' I FromTh. SIGNPOST number ot students is tne one implemented. Among concerns voiced by several Senators were that the proposal may penalize the serious student who registers for many hours to the benefit of part-time students. Still others have questioned the degree to which overbooking of classes is a problem and whether or not this justifies the change. Mr. Ralph Telford, chairman of the political science department, indicated he questioned the justification for the change. He stated that closing classes before they are really full is "not a common occurrence on campus except in the general education classes, particularly English courses." If the problem is an isolated one, a solution could be found that deals specifically with the problem areas. Telford also stated that an underlying assumption of the change is that "part-time students are part time because they don't want to pay full time tuition; this however is not the case. Most part-time students are part-time because they work during the day or have other conflicts." Telford said the burden was on Dr. Smith to show the proposal will be to the benefit of the students. He said, "The bottom line is whether or not you are serving the student. If it serves the student, I'm all for it." The Senate and the Administration both claim to have the best interests of the students at heart. The outcome of the proposal will, to a large extent, be determined by student feedback. Students wishing to express opinions concerning any part of the proposal should contact a member of the AcademicSenate.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1981-10-30, Vol. 42, No. 12|
|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.|