Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1982-01-221
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r-1 WEBER STATE-2110 OGDEN 84408 FRIDAY. JANUARY 22, 1982 Vol. 42 No. 26 LaMotta: you need a good lawyer and a good alibi """' iun mi iiim.Jim iiiui I I " "" ! mi wi .mliiiu Hi I Hi - - X ' : : ' V ) f - J . .. -v ?; t ' . $ Vrf if v NXY Photo by Robert Fields Jake LaMotta, a former boxer whose life story was Weber State students in yesterdays convocation in the basis for the movie "The Raging Bull, " spoke to the Val Browning Center. Legislative action could favor WSC by David Allen Special to the Signpost Among the various issues of this legislative session, two are of particular importance to students at Weber State. The first is Weber State's annua! allotment of state funds. The second concerns the legislature's recommendation on a tuition increase for the school year 82-83. Although final decisions have not yet been made, nor legislation signed, things look good for WSC. WSC President Rodney H. Brady has thus far been successful in receiving funds to handle Weber's student population growth, which has increased 40 percent since 1949. Last Friday, Pres. Brady and his staff made a very persuasive plea indicating that, while other institutions of higher education were projecting student increases, WSC already has the students on campus. Additional allocation The state's fiscal analysts suggested that $202,000 be added to Weber's allocation to handle this growth. The Joint Appropriations Committee for Higher Education agreed. Dr. Brady said he is ''cautiously optomistic" at this point, but the appropriations committee decision is in no way final. The committee has yet to balance the overall budget for higher education and this could lead to further cuts. After the committee has completed its work Friday afternoon, recommendations will be forwarded to what many refer to as the "hatchet committee"-or the Executive Finance Committee-in order to balance the state's fiscal expenditures. The Executive Finance Committee will then make a recommendation to the House and Senate for final passage of the appropriations. Funds can potentially be cut anywhere along the way to the final voting in the legislative chambers. Pres. Brady said, "two other committees had made recommendations favorable to WSC." The Public Education committee has suggested that the WSC Skills Center become the Area Vocational Center. The Center under this proposal would not be governed by WSC, but by an independent board to include representatives of WSC, the Ogden and Weber School Districts and members of the community. Funded by state The Vocational Center would be funded by the state to accomodate 390 students. As a result of tough lobbying by WSC Administrators, the much-needed WSC Business Building has received the number one priority on the State's capital facilities budget. Two attempts to lower its priority have already been thwarted. President Brady is hopeful that the Business building can remain at the top throughout the session. Eight percent increase Representative Kenneth Alford, a member of the Higher Education Com mittee, indicated that the legislature would stick with an 8 percent tuition increase. Alford was quick to note however, that the State Board of Regents has the final say on tuition; the legislature only has the power to recommend. "This isn't the time to increase tuition," Alford said. "Some of the representatives are of the opinion that 'I worked my way through school, why can't they?' They exist in a world of three and four dollar text books and are out of touch with the costs of today's education," he said. Alford also said that, "it was silly to increase tuition at the same time the federal government is decreasing aid to students." Although the bottom line figure suggestion by the appropriations committee is only roughly half the amount recommended by the Board of Regents, Weber State, "came out pretty decent compared to other Utah schools." according to Alford. Brady optimistic President Brady was also optimistic about the fiscal future of Weber State. Brady stated, "the major challenge is to accomodate all the students that want to come to Weber State. We limited the number of students coming this year and will again next year, but we will make sure that those who do come receive a first class education." by Clint Wardlow Former middleweight boxing champion and subject of the nine-time Oscar nominated movie "The Raging Bull," Jake LaMotta was Thursday's convocation speaker at the Browning Center. LaMotta, who lost his boxing crown to Sugar Ray Robinson in 1951, spoke about boxing, past and present, and his life in general. His life was the subject of the 1981 movie, ""The Raging Bull," which garnered Robert Deniro an Academy Award for best actor. LaMotta began the convocation by telling the audience of Weber State College students that his fighting days were over and that he presently wanted to make people laugh. "But if 1 don't hear laughter then I am going to get angry," he said. "I want to tell you all about the art of defending yourselves," LaMotta said, "You only need two things. First, a good lawyer, and second, a good alibi." Though LaMotta said the movie of his life portrayed him accurately, he noted that the brutal character he was portrayed as was in his past. "The mean, tough, selfish Jake LaMotta I psyched myself into to be a championship boxer, I realized had to be changed so I could become Jake LaMotta the human being." LaMotta grew up in America during the Depression. As a kid he learned to fight other kids in boxing clubs. "When rent was only fifteen dollars a month, I found my boxing often supported my family." Depression life was tough for LaMotta, who also spent some time in reform school. After being released from a reform school, LaMotta said there were only two avenues open to him, crime or boxing. He said it was then he decided to become "the world champ." His first opportunity came when he was the first man to defeat Sugar Ray Robinson in 1947. Robinson and LaMotta would fight five more times, with Sugar Ray winning all the fights and finally stripping LaMotta of the crown in 1951. About the final fight, LaMotta said, "If the ref would have let the fight go on for 30 seconds longer, Robinson would have collapsed from hitting me so much." LaMotta, in comparing boxing in his time and present boxers, said that in the '40's, fighters were better. "I had to fight over 100 fights to get a shot at the title. Now a fighter need only fight fifteen times to get a shot at the crown." The LaMotta convocation was both informative and entertaining. LaMotta proved himself to be a man of wit and perhaps a lot of street-wise wisdom.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1982-01-22, Vol. 42, No. 26|
|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.|