Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-02-031
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O Weber State College S0CMX3M 'Cats cage the Vandals. For the story, see the Sports Slant starting on page IB. Vol. 44 No. 29 Friday, February 3, 1984 u u Brady Reaffirms Pledge To Raise Faculty Pay by Kathy Kendell Gov't. Affairs Reporter In an attempt to head off "rumors and inaccurate statements," WSC President Rodney Brady met with col- . .v6vv...rvjv . J I the affect the legislative budget ap propriations will have on staff and faculty. The bulk of Dr. Brady's presentation was devoted to the issue of staff and . faculty salaries. "On the average the legislature has provided us with monies for an 8.3 percent salary increase," said Brady. "Legislative deliberation coming to an end does not end our commitment to salaries. " President Brady He was quick to point out, however, that WSC's commitment to a salary in- crease does not end with the 8.3 per- cent figure. "Legislative deliberation coming to an end does not end our commitment to salaries," Brady stated. "We will find every way possible to come up with the monies to increase the 8.3 percent figure." The methods which Dr. Brady proposed for generating extra revenue for salaries were many, some involving sacrifice and trade-offs: 1. Foregoing the hiring of new faculty, thereby increasing class loads. 2. Attrition: when one professor leaves allowing a time lag before replacing himher. 3. Hiring new, younger professors at a lower salary than the retiring senior professor. 4. Restricting the number of personnel: when one leaves allowing the position to remain vacant. -: Dr. Brady also listed the shifting of monies from one area within the college to salaries. This option, however, will be difficult to carry out. According to Brady, the costs of running the college have risen dramatically in the past 10 years. The state legislature appropriated a 23 percent increase over last year to cover fuel and power costs. "While the 23 percent figure may seem like a dramatic increase, it is barely enough to cover actual costs r and may fall short," said Brady. Brady then showed figures which proved his point. WSC's fuel expenditures have jumped over $400,000 in the last 10 years. Power comsumption, while showing a decline, is costing the college $800,000 more than it did 10 years ago. "As homeowners you are seeing these same huge increases in your own bills," said Dr. Brady. He made a plea to all employees: "I would plead with every person here to do all we can to minimize consumption: flip a light off if it is not being used, if a space heater is not absolutely necessary, turn it off." He then invited employees to submit their own suggestions for helping the college operate more efficiently. Efficiency is a quality WSC is praised for. Weber is one of the most efficient institutions in the state. The cost to educate a full-time student is $3,349 per year. That figure is lower than Southern Utah State, Utah State, Eastern Utah, U of U, and Snow College."The goal of this institution and this administration is to provide the highest quality education to the greatest number, at the lowest cost," Dr. Brady explained. Brady's concern is that if WSC cannot keep valuable faculty because of low salaries, quality will suffer. "Our employees deserve the best salaries possible," said Brady. He said that an additional concern of his was the impact a higher salary increase would have on next year's legislative budget battle. "In order to justify this level of salary increase (8.3 percent) we had to show a gap between WSC salaries and comparable institutions," explained Brady. "Suppose we were to come up with an increase above 8.3 percent, the higher that figure goes the closer we will be to other institutions and the less of an argument we will have next year for more salary funds." That concern did not seem to bother most of the college employees present. "I say we go for what we can this year," said one professor. "We have no way of knowing what the legislature will do next year anyway." "My personal feeling is that we ought to get whatever salary increase we can into the pockets of our people and cross that other bridge when we come to it." President Brady President Brady indicated that he shared that sentiment. "My personal feeling is that we ought to get whatever salary increase we can into the pockets of our people and cross that other bridge (next year's session) when we come to it." This statement was greeted by a round of applause. Brady said he could not guarantee a salary increase of more than 8.3 percent; however, he made it clear that his administration considered salaries its top priority. r "jar" ft ' f S 1 1 5 I Henry Marsh was the guest speaker at Thursday's noon convocation. Marsh spoke before a sparse audience in the Browning Center, telling them about the Signpost photoGrove Pashley experiences as a world class athlete. Marsh, a Salt Lake attorney, holds the world record in the steeplechase event. He is considered the top contender for the history of the Olympic Games and his own gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games. Tuition Hike Approved, Eight Percent More by Rae Dawn Olbert Managing Editor The Utah legislature has, in effect, approved an eight percent increase in student tuition. Students could be feeling the effects of the tuition hike as early as summer quarter, according to WSC Academic Vice President Robert Smith. The legislature has not actually approved the tuition increase as of yet, but Smith said this is only a technicality as the increase has already been figured into the '84 budget. John Morris, ASWSC academic vice president, said that some members of the Board of Regents felt that college students should shoulder more of their tuition costs, as they are currently paying only 17 percent of the total. This figure varies, however, depending on whose side you're on. Morris said that from the students' viewpoint, students pay 24 percent of their total tuition costs. Originally, students were going to be asked to pay a 16 percent tuition increase, but a proposal made to the Regents by the Utah Council of Student Body Presidents provided for students to pay eight percent and the legislature to fund the other eight percent.The Regents took this proposal to the legislature where it was approved and will be put into effect shortly.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-02-03, Vol. 44, No. 29|
|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.|