Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1980-05-131
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Inside Today WEBER STATE COLLEGE f1 wrmwk . p.- --.. .......... -.-.--.T-T-r.j - 101 j j QGDEN UTAH IT Fighting the energy crisis page 2 Styles of learning page 5 The day it rained page 8 Sports page 11 Volume 40 Issue 53 May 13, 1980 Rally emerges as anti-climactic debate Plagued by rain and a low student turnout, the much-publicized 'Deport Iranian Students' rally Friday wound up as an anticlimatic dabate between students favoring retaliation against Iran and a small but vocal minority in favor of a more conciliatory position. Threats of violence highlighted pre-rally publicity, but there was no sign of white supremists or militant Iranians as local and campus police, including several plain clothesmen, looked on. Heavy morning rains had soaked the fields and rally organizer Edward F. Devlin II, better known as the Kool-Aid Kid for his role in the Jim Jones Kool-Aid party, was able to obtain only about 60 signatures from the crowd of approximately 150 WSC students and northern Utahns. Devlin called for the deportation of all Iranians who speak against the American government and then invited others to speak out on the issue. But the speakers found themselves continually interrupted by those with differing opinions and cries of "Nuke Iran" were cheered widely. Students who called for a "swallowing of pride" and an apology to Iran for the U.S. involvement in that country were quickly shouted down and a "Nuke Iran" banner hung from the eighth floor of Promontory Towers dormitory served as a reminder of the growing impatience Americans feel about the Iranian situation. The rally broke up when a call of "take it to the Iranians" led to a march to the Union Building cafeteria where a group of Iranians had met to answer the questions of the many media representatives on campus Friday. Approximately 50 Iranian students, sitting in a circle, were hurriedly discussing ine Persian the questions, which they asked to have written out. After looking on for several moments, one of the angrier Americans interrupted the meeting, calling out to the Iranian students to "answer-what should be done." But at that moment any potential danger of a violent confrontation disappeared, as Associate Dean of Student Darnell Haney placed his considerable frame between the two groups and called for a rational exchange of ideas between members of the two groups. Farhad Iravani, who served as a representative for the Iranians, said the Iranians feel they are generally treated well here, but indicated that they support their government's policy and that Americans have failed to understand the issues surrounding the taking of American hostages. S L r i Northern Utah candidates file for office at last minute Whether for political impact or because of procrastination, many northern Utah candidates have once again waited right up until the registration deadline to officially file their candidacies for public office. Ogden Mayor Stephen Dirks was among the candidates filing during the week before yesterday's 5 p.m. deadline. Dirks will run for U.S. Senator on the democratic ticket. Also filing last week was County Commissioner Doug Hunt, who will challenge for the Utah Lieutenant Governor slot. Dirks and Hunt were two of eight men to enter the campaign for public office last week, while several other announced candidates have yet to file. Among the new entrants are Bruce Bangerter (Independent) and Jake Garn, Republican incumbent for the U.S. Senate, James McConkey and incumbent Robert Hansen (R) for State Attorney General ; Lynn C. Baker (D) and W. Val Ovalson (R) for State Auditor, and Leonard McDonald (D) and Golden Allen (R) for State Treasurer. Candidates who still hadn't filed for office as of 9 a.m. Monday, included: Jed Ricard-Cont. on page 12 Women don't belong in combat, asserts retired Army general The administration is playing with the safety of the country in considering women for combat duty in the armed services, General Andrew Gatsis told a WSC convocation audience Thursday in the Union Building Little Theatre. Gatsis has received some of the highest military honors and as advisor to the South Vietnamese army was the first American to cross into Cambodia during that controversial invasion.Gatsis said in spite of denials at high levels, there is unrelenting pressure from backers of the drive for equality for women and the Equal Rights amendment to get women into combat positions, mostly to prove that women are equal in every respect. The top military command in the U.S. is saturated with women's lib supporters, he declared. Women lack the physical strength and endurance for combat duty, Gatsis said. Their presence in combat units would introduce grave problems of both morale and morality, and multiple tests conducted by the military have proved women definitely less effective in many military assignments and situations, he said. Violence, for example, calls for physical strength simply to survive. He challenged the statement being made in some circles that wars of the future will be push button wars in which physical strength will not be of major importance. Future wars will continue to have a large element ofin-the-field combat, he said. The Soviets, he said, used women in combat positions when they had to in World War II, but as soon as they could they went back to the utilization of women in non-combat situations and as only a very small fraction around 3 percent of their military forces. No one who has seen real heavy combat would want women to be involved, or want to see the dignity of women washed away, he concluded. Gatsis received a standing ovation at the conclusion of his talk. " . o.w-.o ' " i . 1 i m. f r i Hut POST-RALLY CONFRONTATION American students Involved in the 'Deport Iranian Students' rally Friday arrive at the Union Buildinng to confront Iranians. The Iranian students had met to discuss questions posed them by media representatives. Associated Dean of Students Darnell Haney defused the situation by pairing off Americans and Iranian students into small groups to discuss their opinions.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1980-05-13, Vol. 40, No. 53|
|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.|