Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-02-281
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O Weber State College INSIDE... Tune in to KWCR FM 88. For the story see the Signature section starting on page 7. Vol. 44 No. 35 Tuesday, February 28, 1984 JUUVi J u u The Ogden Fire Dept. responded to a false alarm at 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning at WSCs Promontory Tower. Marty Mobley, resident assistant of the 9th floor, who was on duty at the time, said a glass covering was broken and the alarm pulled in the lobby of Promontory Tower. Mobley said that the protective Signpost photoBob George covers had been put in barely a month ago. "It aggravates students having to get out of bed when they know it's probably a fake alarm," said Mobley. He said that although there have been several false alarms this year, they haven't been as numerous as in the past. "We have had good luck this year," he said. Not much time for academic research Research Bows To Teaching Editor's Note: The following story is the first of a two-part series exploring the emphasis or lack of emphasis on academic research by WSC faculty. by Shirly Parker Staff Reporter Weber State is a teaching college, not a research institution, so, with their 12 hours per quarter teaching loads, are professors also required, to do research and have it published? The answer is yes, that is, if they would like to be promoted or to be awarded tenure. "The requirement to publish is a college-wide requirement approved by the college tenure and promotion committees," said Dr. Sherwin W. Howard, dean of the school of Arts and Humanities. Professors should be able to provide evidence that their work has appeared in "regional or national refereed publications," he added. A refereed publication is " a journal where three or four other scholars have reviewed the article to say it's good enough to be published." WSC professors are therefore, under some pressure to do research. How much this pressure is felt varies with the personality and circumstances of the individual but it appears to be always there. Howard pointed out, however, that "the pressure to publish at WSC is miniscule compared to research institutions like the University of Utah. I might not teach at all at the University of Utah. But that's why WSC is such a good teaching institution. The emphasis here is on teaching." The word "research" encompasses both keeping up with current events so as to keep lectures fresh and students informed, and developing new knowledge or creating a new product. In the area of art, for example, a faculty member who is creating new works and exhibiting them is counted as the equivalent of publishing, according to Howard. On the subject of pressure, Dr. Robert B. Smith, vice president for academic affairs, said, "It is my perception that professors are not under a lot of pressure to do disciplinary research. Of course, expectations and values vary quite a bit from department to department around the campus. The reward system has changed in the last few years. My desire," he continued, "is that every faculty member be professionally alive and active in some way in order to keep up with what they're teaching." Professors are not expected to do any specific amount of research or publication at Weber State, said Dr. Eugene G. Bozniak, chairman of the department of botany and member of the Faculty Senate. "There is more research being done today here than ten years ago, a lot more. There's a greater committment and this is a healthy trend. We're aware of the 'publish or perish' pressure at large research universities, and part of the attraction of Weber State is that we don't have to take on pressure to qualify." Dr. Lawrence C. Evans, former dean of the school of social sciences and former chairman of the political science and philosophy department pointed out that pure research is not permitted at Weber State. The Board of Regents says that WSC faculty, "should stick to teaching-related research," he said. Evans feels that "a lot of things can be done under that heading," however. "Any time spent doing research in philosophy helps me as a teacher," said Evans. "That kind of research is a necessary condition of becoming a Master Teacher, in President Brady's words. Some people don't see how writing a Master's thesis, for example, can help them become a good teacher or a better teacher. But all that work and research adds critically to a person's depth and breadth." Evans has been on the WSC faculty since 1946. To the observer, there often seems to be little see "Research" cont'd, on page 3 Ad Hoc Proposal To Restructure Nears Vote by Joan Wilcox Editor-in-Chief The ASWSC ad hoc committee, that has been meeting throughout the quarter to restructure ASWSC, has completed its discussions and will issue its final proposal by the end of this quarter. The restructure proposal includes a consolidation of the six vice president positions into two, the separation and distinction of the legislative and executive powers, and the expansion of student representation in the student senate. Traditionally, the ASWSC executive branch has consisted of a president and six vice presidents. The ad hoc committee has proposed that the conflict of interest and duplication of duties that often occurs among these vice presidents can be eliminated if the positions are cut from six to two: an academic vice president and a student services vice president. Brad Howell, ASWSC president, said the ad hoc committee's proposal will serve to "consolidate interests as well as positions, hoping that three people (the president and two vice presidents) can function as executives better than seven can (a president and six vice presidents)." This consolidation will open the way for a finer distinction between the executive and legislative powers of student government. Currently, the executive officers make up the legislative council, which has most of the decision-making power, and they have, in effect, usurped the power of the student senate. The ad hoc committee proposal will reassign the legislative powers back to the student senate. Under the new structure, the student senate will reassume legislative powers, including funding decisions. The budget will continue to be drawn up by the executive officers, but it will be subject to the senate's approval. Howell said that this proposal will be "reverting the senate back to the the way it was generally intended to function. Through time and tradition," he said, "the legislative council, "which is the executive body, has taken over the legislative duties." Howell said that if the new proposal is accepted, the senate will be given more responsibility and that this will expand student representation by giving the senate more power to make decisions and set policy. . Another major change suggested by the ad hoc committee is that the number of student senators be increased. In addition to the traditional senator from each school, various campus groups will be allowed senate representation. The criteria for senate representation has not been finalized by the committee at this time but will be explained in its report. That final proposal should be forthcoming in the next two weeks as Howell indicated that the committee has an end-of-quarter deadline. The proposal will be put to a referendum vote of the student body during the first week or so of spring quarter. In order to be adopted, the proposal will need a two-thirds majority vote.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-02-28, Vol. 44, No. 35|
|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.|