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I i 3 .. fl Vol. 43, No. 27 UEDER STATE COllEqE f:J " . t- Wildcats trounce Southern Louisiana i s See page 11 ; s or ine excmng results Tuesday, February 1, 1983 WSC operating budget hangs in limbo Brady makes plea to Legislature for funds by Kathy Kendell Government Affairs Dr. Rodney Brady, president of Weber State College and two of his vice-presidents, pulled out all the stops in their budget request for more staff and resources at the Utah State Legislature's Joint Appropriations, Subcommittee for Higher Education's meeting yesterday afternoon. The Board of Regents presented a recommendation of $34.6 million, a $4.2 million increase over last year's budget. The office of the legislative fiscal analyst recommended $30.7 million, an increase significantly lower than the college's or the Regents' request. In his presentation President Brady stressed the lack of staff on the WSC campus. According to his figures, enrollment has increased 22 percent in the last five years, faculty has increased 13 percent and support staff has increased by only nine percent. The college recommended an addition of seven staff members; however the legislative analyist has funded for only five. President Brady's theme throughout the request was the desire of WSC to serve the state of-Utah and its people. i Pholo by Rodney Wnyht G. LaMont Richards (left), co-chairman of the Utah State Legislatures'. Appropriations Subcommittee for Higher Education, listens while President Rodney Brady presents Weber's proposal for the fiscal '84 operating budget. "Over 90 percent of the students at Weber are Utahns, they are Utah taxpayers and will live and raise their families in this state," Brady said. To provide the highest quality to the greatest number of people at the lowest possible cost is the goal of Weber State, according to President Brady. Weber is making every attempt to meet this goal, but financial realities are taking their toll. "The break in growth at Weber since 1981 is intentional to meet budget restic-tions," said Dr. Robert Smith, vice-president for academic affairs. "Weber has been enforcing rigid application policies and also limiting courses in an at-tmept to slow enrollment." Such steps are necessary because budget appropriations have not kept . pace with enrollment. Holding the lid on enrollment, streamlining support services and limiting administrative personnel also helps Weber achieve the goal of quality at a low cost. The concern was echoed by several members of the committee regarding educational quality versus tight budgeting. President Brady was asked whether he felt students should be paying higher tuition in order to compensate for lack of funds in other areas. Currently, tuition accounts for 21.5 percent of college operating costs at Weber State. The general fund covers 76.1 percent, with the remaining 2.4 percent coming from other sources. President Brady said he felt it fair for students to pay the 21.5 percent and possibly a little more for their education. Brady said that it would be unwise to change the 6.5 percent tuition increase recommended for next year. The committee will consider Weber's budget request and those presented by the eight other colleges in the state beginning Wednesday. Until the final vote, the exact figure for the WSC fiscal '84 budget is in limbo. How does the NCAA ruling affect athletics at Weber State ? by Kevin Wiser Staff Reporter The recent National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) ruling concerning the academic standards of future college athletes has received a variety of reactions from educators and colleges across the country. While some find the ruling too strict and imposing in regards to present academic requirements, reaction to the ruling at Weber State has been favorable. The new academic requirements, which go into affect in 1986, state that a student athlete must have completed in high school a core curriculum of math, English, social science and physical science and received a score of 700 on the SAT exam or 15 on the ACT. In addition, the student athlete is required to pursue a course toward graduation and must determine a major within two years. According to Dean Hurst, vice president for college relations, the action taken by the NCAA was greatly needed and represents a step upward in the quality of higher education. WSC Athletic Director, Gary Crompton, agrees with Hurst that the new academic requirements are needed and will be good for higher education and athletics alike. According to Crompton, however, the part of the ruling that may require some refinement and definition in the future is the minimum score requirements placed on the ACT and SAT exams. Crompton feels that these exam requirements may restrict some athletes from attending college who otherwise have the ability to go to college and receive good grades and graduate. Crompton believes that in order for the ruling to be a success and act to strengthen and upgrade the quality of higher education, attention must be focused on pre-college education, where it is necessary for students to receive the academic skills that will prepare them for the new college academic requirements. So how will the NCAA ruling affect athletes at WSC? Presently the academic requirements for athletes on scholarship require that the athlete graduate from high school with a 2.0 GPA and then maintain that level throughout college. According to Crompton, of the 300 athletes that attended fall quarter, all had GPAs above 2.0 and the overall average was 2.78, which is identical to the overall GPA of the WSC student body. Kurt Miller replaces 'dad' The old adage, "like father, like son" will be put to the test in Thursday's convocation as Warren Miller's son Kurt will be replacing his famous dad in a "ski flicks" show. Convocation chairman John Engle said Miller was unable to attend due to an emergency in New York. However, Kurt, who emcees his father's shows and also produces water-skiing films himself, was available. "Students who have seen Miller's show in the past have said it was the best convocation we've had," said Engle. "His son has emceed a lot of his shows and knows what he's doing. He produces films also and is a four-time world champion sailboat racer." Police close unusual case Campus police have closed the case of James D. Burton, the student reported missing since Dec. 28. . George Ulrich reported Burton missing after he failed to return to Wasatch Hall after traveling to Salt Lake City for a Utah Symphony concert. According to Roger Johnson, the campus detective assigned to the case, Burton had just picked ud his $600 grant check before he disappeared. Evidence indicates that Burton is a transient and has a history of this type of behavior. Although the case is closed, Burton's name is still on file for a nationwide search by the National Crime Information Center. If he is found the case will be opened long enough to submit the new information and then it will be closed again.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1983-02-01, Vol. 43, No. 27|
|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.|