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. o n u c ) V 1 i V If i 111 V 1 WEBER STATE-21 10 OGDEN 84408 FRIDAY. JANUARY 8. 1982 Vol. 42 No. 22 V. . S L -..,J I Photo hv Rolvrt Dummar fails to draw WSC crowd by Clint Wardlow Signpost Staff Melvin Dummar, named in the highly controversial "Mormon Will" of Howard Hughes, spoke in the Browning Center Thursday, to begin the winter quarter convocation series. Dummar, speaking before Weber College students, said that, although the Hughes will has brought him notoriety, he has yet to receive much money from the experience. Dummar contends that in 1967 he picked up Howard Hughes in the Nevada desert, giving him a ride back to Las Vegas. As a result, he was named as a prominent beneficiary in a will that was later delivered to Dummar's Brigham City gas station. Though a jury refuted that Hughes had written the will, Dummar said there was much evidence presented in the Las Vegas trial to support his story. "Melvin and Howard," a movie based on the events in Dummar's life since the time he allegedly picked up Hughes in the desert, was made by Universal Studios in 1979 and directed by Jonathan Demme. Despite critical acclaim and two Academy Awards, Dummar said the movie was withdrawn from circulation about a month after release because Universal said "someone doesn't like it." Since the movie, Dummar also kicked off a night club singing career in Reno, but it closed shortly after opening. Dummar was a student at WSC when the will was delivered to his gas station. He said he then steamed it open and read it, and what he found inside scared him Dummar stood to get almost $150 million if the will had been authenticated in court. Not knowing what to do with the will, Dummar went to the LDS church office building in Salt Lake City to see the president of the church. Unable to see the president, Dummar said he left the will at the reception desk. Dummar denied having any connection with the will until the FBI found his thumb print on the envelope. He then confessed to delivering the will, to the Mormon office building, but said a mysterious man from Anchorage, Alaska delivered the will to his gas station. Dummar was exhonerated for forging the will, but a Las Vegas jury ruled that Hughes had not written the will despite what Dummar said was "overwhelming evidence supporting my story." During the convocation, Dummar showed clips from the movie "Melvin and Howard." comparing them with the incidents as he said they happened to him. Though Dummar said he liked the movie, he noted that some liberties were taken with the story and presented him as "more naive" than he is. Although Dummar describes his life as frustrating since the will, he said it has also made life interesting. Quoting one of the songs from his Reno review, Dummar said, "Thank You Howard." "I don't care if anyone believes me anymore," said Dummar, "both Howard Hughes and myself know I told the truth." Council recommends bid for business building by Jill Niederhauser News Editor The Executive Committee of the Weber State College Institutional Council voted Thursday to recommend to the State Building Board a $3.28 million bid from Spindler Construction Company for construction of a proposed business building here. Fifteen construction firms had initially expressed interest in the bidding, however, three of these did not submit bids and one withdrew its initial bid. The 11 bids that were considered by the Council ranged from a low of $3.28 million to a high of $3.73 million. Included in these figures were the base bid, nine additional alternates and a temporary roof to be used during the construction period. The low bid was submitted by Spindler, home based in Logan. The construction company has contracted several buildings on the Utah State University Campus including the USU Spectrum. Members of the Committee indicated the State Building Board had in the past exhibited a fairly positive reaction towards the Spindler firm. WSC President Dr. Rodney Brady said the bids submitted were far less than the initial projected cost of the building, which was a base plus alternate bid of between $4.4 to 4.8 million. In addition to the cost estimates, the bidders were also required to submit an estimate of days required for building romoletion. These estimates ranged from 400 to 73U days, with the Spindler estimate at 520 days. Assuming that construction goes according to the projected schedule, the Spindler Co. would have the building completed in June of 1983. Due to a State Building Board regulation the committee must go with the lowest bid unless they can prove a loss of revenue because of an excessive projected completion time. As the proposed business building is not a revenue producing facility, after discussion the Committee voted unanimously that the lowest bid, that of Spindler Co. be recommended.The recommendation of the Committee will now be passed on by Brady to the State Building Board which has the authority to award the contract. Robert Folsom of WSC Architectural Services indicated that although the State Building Board is not required to abide by the Committees' recommendation, they most likely will. In addition to the actual building costs, the architect's fee, construction contingency fund, furnishings and equipment will bring the total cost of the building to $4.2 million which is still far under the initial total projection of $5.8 million. The funding for the building will come from private contributions, a transfer from the St. Benedict's Hospital Account and from the Utah State Legislature. Dean of the School of Business, Sterling Sessions, indicated that the goal of $1.5 million in private donations would be "achieveable." The Legislature, however, may only require private donations totaling $1.2 million, leaving $300,000 to "enhance the business -proaram." Brady said. In response to a question by Brady as to whether the new building would enhance the WSC Business program, Sessions indicated the facilities would be "adequate." l: :i ! " J 1 3f Out imier ? ii Photo by Kodney Wright Winter Qtr. begins with blizzard Students attending Weber State on registration, day and the first day of classes were greeted with what the National Weather Service is calling the worst snow blizzard in Utah in 30 years. The college, following the example of Hill Air Force Base, closed down at 1 p.m. Tuesday, but despite the heavy snow fall, many students braved the bad weather to attend the first day of classes. As one student said, "It may have been miserable, but I wanted to go to school anyway."
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1982-01-08, Vol. 42, No. 22|
|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.|