Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-10-051
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How much do YOU pay for your monthly electric bill? To find out how much Weber State pays, see the story on page 8. October 5, 1984 Weber State College Vol.45 No. 2 Weber State Is Seeking New Computer System by Steve Fifield Senior Reporter Weber Stat College has accepted proposals for a new computer. Requests for proposals were sent to over 160 computer vendors nationwide. The college currently utilizes two Harris H-800 computers. Norm Wismer, WSC director of computing services, said it is likely that the Harris computers will remain on campus with the new computer and "may in fact be enhanced." Wismer said the Harris is an "excellent science and engineering machine . . . used heavily by the government, specifically the Army Corps of Engineers." He said the Harris has general uses in academics. 'The Harris helps 10 percent of the students (at WSC)," said Dr. Robert Capener, WSC computer science associate professor. He said the school definitely needs two different computers to train students for the job market. According to Capener, "The business people really need an IBM. Computer science needs a DEC-VAC from Digital." Capener said, "The Computer Science Department (COMSC) requires specific equipment from . a specific vendor. Four of the COMSC courses have text's written by the vendors."In order to purchase a new computer system, WSC is anticipating spending five to seven million dollars in the next three to five years. Wismer said, "The amount may be more than that." "The whole process (of purchasing a computer system) got started last November," according to Wismer. He said the parallel needs of both the administration and academics were looked at. Wismer said these assessments were then taken "to the administration to develop a cohesive plan for a new computer (at WSC)." He said, "President Rodney H. Brady adopted the stance that the objective of Weber State College is to emerge as a leader academically and administratively with computers." Wismer said Weber State has to position itself to deal with the increasing number of high school graduates wanting to attend college. He said, "One of the ways that we can do this is to increase the college's computing abilities . . . make computing an ally of students, faculty and staff in the areas of instruction, research and the administration of the institution." "We're talking about more than com-. puters and terminals around campus, we're looking at the whole communication process ... so computers can (eventually) be as pervasive as telephones. The network should ultimately include audio, video and data communications," Wismer said. A computer management committee that is co-chaired by WSC Vice Presidents Robert Smith and Jerald Storey is supervising the review of the proposals. Sub-committees are review-see "Computers" on page 2. f - ,, i i i I. ... '1 ' Here comes the King -Bud, the mascot for Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, looks on as students engage in Welcome Week activities, held throughout the week on Signpost photoMatthew Brown campus. Welcome Week is sponsored by ARO, and serves to inform students of the many different types of activities and groups on campus that may interest them. Starmakers: Debater's Handbook Used Nationwide by Cherilyn Kawa Staff Reporter The WSC debate team, ranked fourth in the nation last year, is receiving national recognition for its third issue of Starmakers, a debate handbook. "It's become the prominent debate handbook in the United States," said David Berube, debate coach and editor of the publication. Colleges and universities from Florida to Alaska have requested the book, he said. The handbook is a "sophisticated cookbook on how to debate this sememster's resolution, 'That the" method of conducting Presidential elections in the U.S. is detrimental to democracy,'" said Berube. Debate team members contributed much of the material for the book, spending ten days working on it. Berube feels the team is better prepared because of their research. The Starmakers is an independent publishing organization and has turned into a gigantic project, said Berube. All monies received from the publication goes into a fund for scholarships for students and is also used for tournaments. The organization is planning to publish the American Journal of Applied Forensics for coaches and professionals, hopefully in May, according to Berube. In addition to publishing Starmakers, the debate team was also busy preparing for their first tournament which was held on Sept. 29 at the University of Utah. Berube feels confident that this year's team will be ranked in the top five nationally when rankings come out at Thanksgiving. He feels that this year's team is a lot "deeper" than last year's team, adding that he also has a large and talented group of freshmen. The veteran of the team, Kevin Boyer, who Berube said is the "team's strongest debator," was named best speaker at the season opener. Boyer and freshman Tom DeGarlais, 5-1 in prelims, were successful over BYU in quarterfinals before being defeated by Southern Colorado, the winner of the tournament. Berube commented that DeGarlais reacted well to pressure in the tournament. The freshmen team of Treg Julander and Kerri Christenson placed first in junior level competition. Christensen, a recent graduate of Hillcrest High, is a "natural," said Berube. She is the best woman on the team and I have never seen a more competitive woman, he said. Julander, a Weber High graduate, is someone who would work in the debate room forever if you didn't send her home, he said. Varsity team members Steve Estes and recent transfer student Tony Justman were 5-1 in preliminaries and defeated the Air Force Academy and Eastern New Mexico before dropping to Southern Colorado in the final round. "Justman has more raw talent than anyone I've ever seen," said Berube. Estes is described by Berube as someone who takes on everything. Grant Burningham and Julander tied for 6th speaker in junior divison and Christejison tied for 8th at the tournament. According to Berube, a lot of students transfer to Weber to debate. "It may sound corny, but the team is more family based -a tight group of people," he said. He said that the new individual events coach, Kathy Kendell, and assistant debate coach, Susan Malone, both WSC graduates, are really helpful to the team. He added that professors are also very cooperative because team members miss a lot of class. On a given week, students spend 30 hours preparing for a meet and four days on the road. This weekend the teams of Estes -Justman and Boyer DeGarlais will travel to Oklahoma City to compete at the first of many national tournaments on this year's schedule. The tournament, hosted by Oklahoma Christian College, attracted national attention last year when it propelled Central Oklahoma into third place in the national rankings. According to Justman, "This year we plan to keep Central out of the top five. If they want to be in the top five, they're going to have to get past us to do it."
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-10-05, Vol. 45, No. 2|
|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.|