Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-04-131
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O Weber State College CM Is Spring finally A v7 " here? It's supposed x f ' to reach 70 tomor- YJt row. Keep your ?r-? fingers crossed! M. -fx u Vol. 44 No. 44 Friday, April 13, 1984 LJ y I . I f Signpost photoLaurie Call Mewing Named Editor Colleen Mewing has been appointed as the 1984-85 Editor-in-Chief of the Signpost. Mewing will assume her new position on April 24, 1984. Mewing is a senior journalism major. She has worked at the Signpost for two years, first as a reporter, then as sports editor, and most recently as editorial assistant. Current Editor-in-Chief Joan Wilcox will be graduating in June and will attend grad school at Purdue. Administration Responds To Weber Rape Issue Editor's Note: This is the final story in a two-part series dealing with the problem of rape at Weber State. In the first installment, JoAnn Chernach, rape crisis coordinator for the Ogden Women's Crisis Center, discussed the problem. In this article, the administration and campus police respond. by Rae Dawn Olbert Managing Editor In regard to JoAnn Chernac's allegation that there are at least three rapes per quarter on the WSC campus, Dr. Kay Evans, dean of Student Affairs, said, "There is a possibility of that many rapes happening at Weber, but the probability is very low." Dr. Evans said she doesn't believe that JoAnn Chernac of the Ogden-Women's Crisis Center receives between five and seven calls per quarter from victims of rapes that occurred on or near Weber State College. When asked if she had any plans to verify the number of reported rapes with the Women's Crisis Center, Dr. Evans said no, but after talking with this reporter, she said she might give the crisis center a call. Dr. Evans said she didn't understand why, if that many rapes occurred, the victims didn't turn to the on-campus services such as the Women's Educational Resource Center or the counseling center for their emotional needs. She felt that since the victims were WSC students, they would feel more comfortable using the services Weber provides. Dr. Evans said that she doesn't feel that lighting on campus is that much a factor in the deterrent of rapes. Darnel Haney, associate dean of Student Affairs, said he "doesn't believe today's woman would let something like this happen without reporting it (to the police)." He said he fears that Chernac's labelling of Weber State as a 'rapist's paradise" will cause potential rapists to see Weber State as a "preying ground." Haney said that last year, after a rape occurred on campus, all the fraternities volunteered to escort girls to and from places on campus, but no one ever took advantage of this service. Evans and Haney both stressed the need for students to watch out for and protect each other. Rick Sline, director of Campus Life, said he had "no plans whatsoever" to contact the Women's Crisis Center to verify the number of reported rapes. "I feel there is no need to confirm numbers -I'm concerned about how it (rape) affects our students." Sline was not surprised at the number of rapes that occur on or near campus, saying that he felt there were more rapes than were reported. Sline said his department deals in preventative measures. They sponsor a program every fall on sexual assault and how to deal with it. He said they will continue to do so. Sline mentioned that' one reason WSC rape victims might turn to the crisis center is because a lot of the rapes occur at night. The campus see "Rape" on page 2. Accreditation Team Evaluates Weber's Programs by Kathy Kendell Gov't. Affairs Reporter WSC Administration heard praise as well as constructive criticism from the accreditation review board during the board exit interview last Wednesday morning. The review committee was on campus last Monday through Wednesday examining the quality of education here at Weber State. Dr. Patrick O'Rourke, chairman of the committee, commended Weber's administration and students for their initiative and public relations. He praised the high degree of community involvement and interaction between the college and Ogden City. Dr. O'Rourke and the committee pointed to the high level of human interaction within the campus and the caring demonstrated for the students by faculty administration. Nevertheless, said O'Rourke, Kthe committe did feel some areas needed improvement. In their report the committee listed the following seven general areas the college should emphasize and improve:1. Faculty salaries -while acknowleging the gains made in this area, the committee cautioned against salaries becoming inequitable. The report also suggested the college address the disparity between the outside job market and college salaries with the aim of making college salaries more competitive. 2. General education program -'There seems to be no clear philosophy for the general education program," said O'Rourke. According to O'Rourke, the college should identify those areas which would offer a student a holistic education. This could be done by narrowing the range of options and by adhering to a plan. 3. Equipment update -science and technology equipment is outdated and has not kept pace with trends. A policy of equipment acquisition needs to be developed. 4. Goal realization -the goal of the college to be one of the finest undergraduate colleges in the nation should be pursued in the following ways: A. Develop model for identifying quality teachers. B. Develop closer relations between faculty members, encourage sabbaticals. C. Too many A and B grades given out to students. ACT scores slightly below national average. Tighter grading standards would improve and encourage scholarly growth. 5. Library -some areas of library commendable. In many areas support is inadequate. 6. Computer Programs -above average access to computer skills and imaginative use of facilities. College should adopt a go-slow approach in this area, develop closer analysis. 7. Graduate programs -development of graduate programs must be weighed in light of available resources. These programs should not detract from undergraduate goal. The review board complimented WSC's student-body as mature and impressive. They spoke positively of Weber's ancillary programs, such as veteran affairs, honors, and academic improvement and advisement. The hope of the committee was that Weber would be able to positively apply the reccommendations. WSC Vice President for Academic Affairs, Robert Smith, said the college intended to do just thai. "Many of the criticisms were no surprise," said Smith, "these have been areas of concern for some time." Smith cited particularly the general education program and library as areas the college has been concerned about. According to Smith, the report gives the college an opportunity to improve weak areas. The report and self-study can serve as a guide for upgrading the quality of Weber for the next ten years, said Smith.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-04-13, Vol. 44, No. 44|
|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.|