Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-04-061
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O Weber State College u u Vol. 44 No. 42 Friday, April 6, 1984 An imaginary culture comes to life! For more information, see the story on page 8. Understanding the issue Adhoc Proposal Causes Confusion by Joan Wilcox Editor-in-Chief Editor's note: There has been a lot of controversy concerning the constitutional amendment to restructure student government. Today's the last day to vote, and in the hopes of quelling rumors and misinformation I will try to explain some of the more controversial points of this bill. As a member of the adhoc committee that drew up this proposal, I feel I can express the original intent of this amendment. After weeks of debate and discussion, the adhoc committee and the current student officers unanimously passed the proposal that is now before the student population. The constitutional amendment to restructure ASWSC was designed to do two things: decentralize and streamline student government in an effort to avoid duplication of effort by officers, and improve representation in the student senate so that all students have access to student government. By reducing the number of student officers from seven to three, student government will be less unwieldy; instead of a president and six vice presidents, there will be a president and two vice presidents. Editorial Analysis Under the present form of government, the numerous vice presidents are little more than committee chairpersons. These persons are "vice presidents" in title only. The base of power is spread over a wide area. There is too great an opportunity for petty power struggles, favoritism, and independence among the members of the executive branch. Each vice president has little contact duty-wise with other vice presidents. Each person is, in effect, working in a vacuum. There are, in reality, too many chiefs and not enough Indians. Under the new proposal, there will be a president and two vice presidents -an executive and an academic vice president. By necessity, these three people will have to work together; they will have to form a cohesive team if they are to be effective. Their duties will be clearly defined: the academic vice president will preside over the student senate and involve himself in' academic affairs, the executive vice president will involve himself in cultural and studentsocial oriented activities. They will report directly to the president, who will retain the executive power that he currently holds. These three, by necessity, will have to function more as managers, which is what an executive officer should be. They will have to manage student committees that will fulfill the functions that are now performed by "vice presidents." This can only result in more student participation and in a more effective management-style operation of the executive branch of student government. The most controversial issue concerning the constitutional amendment has been the increase of membership in the student senate. First, it is important to note that the reduction from six vice presidents to two will result in an in-see "Proposal" on page 2. 'i I I" r v i I t ''. A I i 1 v V-? i -tr ' ; i ' 4 I J . f ; , . " I I iv ' - Signpost photoBob George Voting to restructure WSC's student government began with their ID cards. Students voted at various booths set yesterday. Students turned out to take part in the up across the campus. Students who haven't voted can election and those who didn't vote can still vote today still vote today with their valid picture ID. Weber State Nears Accreditation Review by Kathy Kendell Gov't. Affairs Reporter Beginning next Monday, April 9, WSC faces the most thorough examination of its resources and facilities since 1974. Weber is due for an accreditation review, and for three days next week, a 13-member committee will be examining every aspect of the college. The Commission on Colleges for the Northwest will conduct the review. The 13-member committee consists of individuals from all areas of study. The members are faculty and administrators selected from four-year colleges similar to WSC. Becoming an accredited institution requires certain standards to be met. Whether an institution is accredited or not is a reflection on the excellence of the college. According to Dr. Marie Kotter, Assistant Vice President for Academic Support, the decision to seek accreditation is voluntary. "This is a voluntary process which educational institutions themselves set up," said Kotter. "This is in contrast to many other countries, whose educational institutions are government controlled." The accreditation is important for several reasons, explained Kotter. "It is important for the public we serve to be aware of how we manage our resources and what our curriculum involves." Kotter also emphasized that accreditation is vital to students who plan to take any of the graduate or professional exams. "Students who take the GRE, for example, must be graduated or attending an accredited institution," she said. The accreditation team takes into account all factors pertaining to a particular college in making their decision. In the accreditation handbook used by the committee, over thirty guidelines are listed. Some of the most important, according to Kotter, are those linked to faculty and administration. "They will examine the qualifications of our faculty and how we use them," she explained. "Do our faculty teach too many hours? Are class loads too large? How are faculty salaries?" These are some of the questions the accreditation team will look for, said Kotter. Weber State has an accreditation review every 10 years. The last review came in 1974. In '74, Weber's lowest marks were in the area of faculty salaries, administrationfaculty communication, goals clarification, and library resources. Many of those areas are much improved, said Kotter. The administrative structure has been reworked; goals and responsibilities are more clearly defined, she said. Kotter explained that for the past year and a half a special WSC steering committee has been working on a massive self-study report. The report is required by the accreditation committee. The report examines the weaknesses Weber faced in 1974 and updates the progress made in those areas. An area in which Weber still remains weak is library services, said Kotter. "We have not been able to generate adequate funds for keeping the library up to standards." However, Kotter does not believe the library situation is critical enough to damage the chances for a favorable review. Kotter feels Weber's committment and excellence will be evident. "We expect the review to be positive; we view the process as a way to get more information. The committee can offer an outside view and help us to see things we otherwise might not notice," she explained. "We can use the information given to us by the committee to persuade the legislature to increase library or other funds. Ideas can emerge to help us better use our resources." The review will begin Monday morning and finish up on Wednesday, when the committee will make final recommendations.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-04-06, Vol. 44, No. 42|
|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.|