Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1983-04-081
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Photo by Rodney Wright Officers give reasons for few candidates by Kathy Kendell Gov't Affairs Reporter Poor publicity, more interest in degrees and lack of contacts were some of the reasons given by ASWSC officers for , the disturbingly low , number of students running for 1983-84 offices. Out of seven offices, four are being sought by unopposed candidates. ASWSC officers expressed concern over the lack of interest and none were sure exactly what factor accounted for such a dismal showing. All officers interviewed blamed lack of publicity as the major reason. "The publicity was poor and very few students were aware of the deadline for petitions," Activities Vice President Greg Richens -said. .. ASWSC President Bruce Richeson also attributed the low interest to lack of publicity. "The real shortfall was that there was not proper advertising." Brett England, Executive V.P. was in charge of elections. He agrees there were problems with information, however he feels students must also share some responsibility. "If someone wants to run for an office and is serious they will take the time to find out when elections are and what is required." According to Academic V.P. Dave Allen, students' priorities are changing. "Students now concentrate on getting in and out of college, they don't make time to be a part of student government." Richeson echoed that same idea. "The fact that the job market is so tough has students focusing on grades and schoolwork rather than being involved in student government. According to Richens there is a certain group on campus who controls everything. "People within the group decide who will run for certain offices," said Richens. "If you aren't part of the group, you aren't part of that process." See Elections.. .on page 5 DeVries talks hearts, surgery and Dr. Clark by Lisa Wright Managing Editor Last December a team of surgeons in Salt Lake held the attention of the entire country while they successfully implanted the first permanent artificial heart into their patient Barney Clark. Thursday, Dr. William C. DeVries, the head of that surgical team, held the attention of a large audience assembled in the Browning Center while he spoke of the historic operation, Barney Clark and some of the history of heart surgery. "We had a long three months, a long 112 days of life," Dr. DeVries said of the time Dr. Clark lived with his new heart. Before Dr. Clark's operation there had been only two other implantations of artificial hearts; both of those patients had lived less than 67 hours and neither had gained consciousness. Whether or not he wanted to face that kind of death was a decision that Dr. Clark had to make. According to Dr. DeVries, the Utah Heart (as it was named) had gone through much more rigorous testing than had either of those that had been implanted before. Dr. DeVries said that U.S. regulations are very stringent. There are several phases that the U of U Medical Center had to go through to be given permission to implant the heart. First, research with animals had to be conducted. Second, ethical matters had to be examined and resolved. The third step in the process was to have the heart and implantation procedures passed by an Institutional Review Board. This process took over nine months. The final and longest step was to gain approval from the FDA. It took over one year for approval to be finally granted. Dr. DeVries described the Utah Heart as "basically a simple device. The complicated part is that the patient Photo by Jfflery Bybee Dr. William C. DeVries during Thursday's convo has to be connected to two tubes that are connected to the drive system." Dr. DeVries said that many people asked how good the quality of life could have been for Dr. Clark, attached to the drive mechanism as he was. Dr. DeVries said that before the articifial heart "he (Dr. Clark) was tethered by his disease to his bed." Before the artificial heart, Dr. Clark's own diseased heart was pumping virtually no blood according to Dr. DeVries. His blood pressure was drastically lower than the norma! 12080. Dr. Clark's own heart was so far gone that it stopped 30 seconds after the operation started. If we would have been 30 seconds later, he would have been dead, DeVries said. Dr. DeVries stated that the terrible condition of Barney Clark's lungs due to many years of smoking was the primary reason he was never able to return home. "Should there be an offon switch." was one question facing the medical team working on the artificial heart. Dr. DeVries said the FDA found that a switch could be a problem because it would be too easy to turn off. Suppose a man with an artificial heart were taking a Sunday afternoon nap and one of his children flipped the switch off? The use of an onoff switch was decided against and what is used now is a key. That posed another perplexing question, who should have the key? It was decided that the patient is the one who should keep it. Dr. DeVries paid tribute to all those who had been a part of the development of the Utah Heart, the operation and the aftermath. He also stated the importance of UnaLoy Clark (Dr. Clark's wife) and the Clark family's support. It is an essential part of an ordeal like this. Dr. DeVries said. As he concluded. Dr. DeVries stated that Dr. Clark had given them "the stimulus for research."
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1983-04-08, Vol. 43, No. 43|
|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.|