Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1983-09-271
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O Weber State Cofleae Tjc Career Center is - an important place ' ' .? to visit before going '-. or j'jo r?e rea ; . i world! Check out ' page IB. r , V.- . ! f if : Vol. 44, No. 1 Tuesday, September 27, 1983 1 1 ! Lu t I 3 F" II , i ir Signposi pholoGrove Pashleyj The Wattis Business Building hosted it's First throng of students Monday. The $4.4 million structure was funded with SI. I million from state appropriations, $2 million from the sale of the old St. Benedict's Hospital by the college and the rest came from private donations, the Wattis family contributing $500,000. For the story on the building's dedication held Sept. 19, see page 2 officers Set Goals by Kathy Kendell Gov't Affairs Reporter This year's ASWSC officers are well into planning upcoming student activities. According to Brad Glines, public relations vice president, this year's Welcome Week is designed to be the biggest and best ever. The activities begin Sept.28 and continue through Oct. 4. On Sept. 29 there will be a welcome back barbeque for all students and staff, and on Saturday a welcome back stomp will be held. Oct. 3 and 4 will be the biggest days of the week's festivities. "There will be a variety of get-aquainted activities, "said Glines. "All organizations on campus will set up booths in an effort to make students aware of all the activities availible on campus." In addition to the welcome week activities, ASWSC has created a media coordinator. This position is an expansion of last year's press secretary position. Jeff Hoerr will be assuming the duties of press secretary in addition to other responsibilities. According to Hoerr the position was expanded in an pffnrt to raakc me Studentbodyaild--iVacaeK- FroTll- community aware of WSC and the activities going on her?. ' '"We'll - coveroc on rfljio, I-.C' newspaper, and on T.V. " said Hoerr. "The best part is that much of the advertising time is free." The officers feel that if more students are aware of activities on campus there will be more support. They are also interested in keeping alumni abreast of events at the college. See "ASWSC" page 5. 12.5 Pereenf Surcharge Posstfol for Utah Schools by Mike Bony Staff Reporter A multi-million dollar shortfall in the Utah System of Higher Education budget has caused the State Board of Regents to announce that it will likely impose a 12.5 percent tuition surcharge on Utah's college and university students for winter and spring quarters. The Board of Regents announced the tuition surcharge following advisement from Governor Scott Matheson that a reduction in funds in all areas of state government will be imposed unless state tax revenues improve significantly in the third quarter of 1983, with a $3.5 million reduction facing higher education. The Regents said it cannot accept such a cut "without incurring serious, tragic, lasting and totally unacceptable damage to the system," and that it will call for a special session of the Legislature to approve a new tax for education. If such a tax increase is not forthcoming, the .12.5 percent tuition surcharge will be approved and implemented for winter and spring quarters of the 83-84 school year. At least one Utah lawmaker, Lamont Richards of the state's higher education appropriations subcommittee, says the Board of Regents will not get its request for higher taxes. According to Dee Vest, WSC director of Business Affairs and Budget, there is no foreseeable increase in state tax revenues, which may spell a certain surcharge on tuition. "Any tuition surcharge will only cover cuts made by the Governor," Vest said. "As yet there have been no staff cuts, but the school is taking action to gear up for the tentative cuts recommended by the governor. Nothing will be solid until mid-October." Vest assayed any student fears of a retro-active surcharge on fall quarter, but noted that any surcharge will affect early registration to winter quarter. "It is a crisis situation," affirmed Dr. Robert Smith, WSC vice president of Academic Affairs. "A 12.5 percent tuition increase will not meet college needs for the year." In real-money terms, the surcharge will only raise about $280 thousand for the college. Weber State has need of $10 million more than its $30 million budget appropriated by the Board of Regents, according to Dr. Smith. "The major part of my summer has been spent . . . debating surcharges, budget cuts, and finally deciding to lock-up 1.8 percent of our funds to meet any future needs caused by the governor's cuts." Dr. Smith said that government Financial aid will cover any tuition increases for those students who qualify, but any set-dollar scholarships or tuition wavers will have to pay for any surcharge.It was also pointed out by Dr. Smith that all the disasters experienced by the state in the past year, such as flooding, slides, flood control repairs and road repairs, all drain money from the state higher education budget, and "the outlook for the next year or two is not much better." "What keeps the place healthy is a high degree of loyalty by the administration and staff. They have had no salary increases, have faced budget cuts, and should be in open rebellion!" Dr. Robert Smith Noting that the University of Utah has cut off enrollment for this year, Dr. Smith said that Weber State will not cut off enrollment, but has been controlling its enrollment for the past three years, primarily by cutting back course offerings and off-campus programs. "We've cut $60,000 to fund outside teachers and sections, but the college is committed to accomodate all students who apply for basic math and English classes." Dr. Smith said there have also been a number of faculty cuts by not filling open positions. Another victim of budget trimming was the elimination of the Women's Softball team. "We are surviving with remarkably good morale. What keeps the place healthy is a high degree of loyalty by the administration and staff. They have had no salary increases, have faced budget cuts, and should be in open rebellion!" Dr. Smith said. He attributed this attitude to the Utah Association of Academic Professionals, who, rather than fighting administration, are cooperating and attempting to get public help and cooperation. "The faculty works an average of 60 hours a week, which seems to be a 'standard of excellence' general throughout the country," Dr. Smith concluded. Seemingly as a reward for such loyalty, the Board of Regents has approved cost of living raises of nine percent for all faculty and staff, plus an "equity adjustment" that would double that figure, pending legislative approval of a new education tax. In further action being taken by administration and studentbody officials, Dr. Rodney Brady, president of WSC, has commissioned a study to be made of tuition increases over the past 40 years, and comparison with inflation rates for the same period. Dr. Brady said the study will be available later in the, fall See "Surcharge" page 2.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1983-09-27, Vol. 44, No. 1|
|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.|