Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1983-10-211
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O Weber State College For football trivia, see Sidelines on Wfk page 8. Vol. 44 No. 8 u u Friday, October 21, 1983 Remodeling of Bldg. 1 Creates Headaches fi 1 ' ff Y 1 $ p . 1 1 "V""l by Bill Conlon Contributing Writer Workmen are busy remodeling Building 1. The construction has caused many classroom changes Signpost photoGrove Pashley already, and the work is not expected to be completed until Christmas. Remodeling work on Building 1 caused a passel of headaches for both the foreign language department and the scheduling office at the start of fall quarter, and there are no guarantees the problems will be worked out by the start of next quarter. Foreign language students, expecting their classes to be held in Building 1, were confronted with a long list of classroom changes on the first day of fall quarter. The changes put their classes in seven different buildings on campus. . "It was rather hectic fall quarter, because we had to reschedule all of our classes," said foreign language Chairman Dr. Lee Walser. "We're lucky to have dedicated people to find all that classroom space." The scattering of the language classes has had a detrimental effect on the foreign language department, according to Dr. Walser. "It's pretty tough to run a unified department when you're scattered all over the campus," he said. "When the remodeling of Building 1 is completed," Dr. Walser said, "the building will house the foreign language department offices, the Counseling Center, and the Logistics department, which already resides in Building 1. Three classrooms in the building will be dedicated solely to the foreign language department." The remodeling work, being done by Buildings and Grounds personnel, was supposed to be completed by the start of the fall quarter. However, the work is still not done, and no firm completion date has been given. Dr. Walser said he was told the remoldeling work would be completed by Christmas, and Sam Packer, director of Buildings and Grounds, said he expected to finish the job by the first of the year. Foreign language classes are being scheduled for next quarter in Building 1, and there could be the same last-minute scramble to find classroom space if the remodeling work is not finished in time for winter quarter. "I have my reservations that it will be done by then," Dr. Walser said. Athletic Budget Overdrawn by Michael Bouy Signature Editor Rumors about the WSC athletic budget coming home with a million-dollar deficit last year are untrue, according to Dr. Dean W. Hurst, vice-president for College Relations. Hurst stated that such a deficit "would be impossible to attain. Dramatic program cuts would be implemented long before the budget reached such proportions." The athletic budget was in fact $115,000 overdrawn at the end of last year: the majority of the debt having been accrued over the past four years. The deficit was a result of bad weather, poor winning seasons, governor's cuts after monies had been allocated and spent, and carrying non-revenue programs to meet Title 9, NCAA and Big Sky Conference requirements, said Gary Crompton, college athletic director. Crompton said last year's bill was overdrawn by $38,156, which immediately came off the top of this year's budget. The remaining $87,000 debt is being carried by the school on state monies and is being paid off with one-time funds. He cited an anticipated NCAA TV contract as a one-time fund, which will mean a minimum of $75,000 to Weber State. The greatest stress on the athletic budget comes from cutbacks in state funds and a leveling-off of income revenue, while economic pressures are continuing to drive expenses upward, said Crompton. He said that a lot of the strain on the budget stems from tuition hikes siphoning money from programs into the scholarship fund. The total budget for athletic programs is over two million dollars per year. Of that, the state supplies $700,000, leaving a $1.3 million gap to be raised by other means. Other sources for raising the needed money include student fees, ticket sales, guarantees from playing at other schools, program sales, radio rights, NCAA TV rights and the Wildcat Club. Nearly $400,000 per year comes from student fees alone, and the Wildcat Club has raised $175,000 to sponsor sports this year. Crompton commended the studentbody and the community for their support of Weber State athletics, noting that it would be impossible to run programs without that backing. Crompton noted that the football team is coming out with a revenue surplus this year, whereas in previous years the sport had seldom broke even. To qualify for NCAA and Big Sky Conference standing, colleges are required to host a minimum of sports for men and women. Weber State is currently fielding 300 athletes in eight men's sports and seven women's sports. This results in a substantial setback in monies, as football and basketball together bring in $1.3 million, whereas the rest of the sports combined return only $12,000. Women's sports alone cost the college $462,000 annually. "The administration recognizes that athletics are an integral part of the school and must be maintained," said Crompton, but he also pointed out that Weber has the 'best all-around athletic program in the Big Sky Conference Weber won the All-Sports trophy last year, yet only two schools in the conference have smaller athletic budgets." He cited these figures to demonstrate the quality and dedication of staff and athletes at WSC. If Signpost photoPaul Tanner George Plimpton, writer and editor, was the speaker at Wednesday's convocation. Earlier in the day, he spoke to a WSC journalism class. For the story, see page 3.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1983-10-21, Vol. 44, No. 8|
|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.|