Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-05-181
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O Weber State College u u Vol. 44 No. 54 Friday, May 18, 1984 "Symphony On Ice" to feature WSC student. See Center Stage on page 8. I f ? i rF-oxr) ( J 1 -1 f " - I t ill . . : ''T - " ' ---i.,l. f I r J ' J '" S" "oi t' f . ; ' "'.-' y i : ' r . . v! 1 J- x , .-- 7e results are in The votes have been tallied and the new ASWSC student-body officers have been announced. Yesterday at noon the ASWSC hopefuls gathered in the Union Building to hear the Signpost photoGrove Pashley election results. New officers include (left to right) Executive Vice President Tina Walker, Academic Vice President Craig Jacobson and ASWSC President Jon Southwick. Southwick Wins Majority Of Vote by Steve Fifield Senior Reporter The winners of the ASWSC final elections were announced yesterday at noon in the Union Building. The ASWSC president for the academic year 1984-85 will be Jon Southwick, who stomped opponent Sheldon Allred with a total of 575 votes to Allred's 221. Tina Walker received 433 votes to edge out Jim Harvey, who had 365 votes, for the office of executive vice president. The academic vice president for next year will be Craig Jacobson, who beat Chris Judd by a landslide. Jacobson ended up with 568 votes to Judd's 181. In the senatorial races there were only three contested seats. They were the business, technology and traditional senator seats. Curtis Breitweiser won the senatorial seat, receiving 417 votes, while his opponent Darren Katich received 292 votes. Greg Price is the new senator for the School of Technology. He garnered 416 votes to Leisa Nelson's 239. The new traditional student senator, Kelly Miles, received 444 votes, compared to 221 votes for opponent Blair Campbell. Election Chairman Gordon Chatland said that t!vr-total number of voters was 821, representing approximately 8 percent of the studentbody. This is an increase from the 5 percent voter turn-out for the primary elections. Task Force Studies Image Of Weber State College Professors by Shirley Parker Staff Reporter The Weber State College Task Force on Faculty Image has been working diligently for about six months now, attempting to clarify for the general public and the Utah State Legislature exactly what is involved in being a college professor. Some of the task force's projects are more visible than others, but all are aimed at the same goal. One might ask why such a task force was needed. According to President Rodney H. Brady, one of the subjects discussed at the faculty workshops held at the beginning of the 1983-84 school year was "the matter of image as it pertains to faculty at Weber State College and to the other institutions of higher education in the state of Utah." "It was evident to college personnel that something should be done to increase the awareness of the Legislature and the community concerning the quality, commitment, and workload of college professors," said Brady, in a statement prepared for the Signpost. Dr. Richard W. Sadler, professor of history, said, "Many professors feel like they're caught by the Legislature on both sides. One, no increases were given for salaries, and two, they gave minimal increases for the library, for example." He added that he believes the Legislature does not really understand what is going on. "Otherwise, higher education would be funded better." To deal with this situation, Weber State organized the task force during the latter part of fall quarter, 1983, in conjunction with the faculty senate and the Utah Association of Academic Professionals. The task force is "comprised of outstanding faculty members from all academic schools and several administrators who have responsibility for working on a day-to-day basis concerning relationships with the legislators and the community," said Brady. "The insights of these administrators, as well as their ability to assist in the follow-up on recommendations, are important to the success of the task force." The task force contains four subcommittees whose areas of interest are legislative relations, disseminating information about faculty, research on the image of the college professor, and upgrading faculty development. All individuals interviewed stressed that no one was assigned to a subcommittee, but each was permitted by President Brady to work in the area that most interested him or her. Dr. W. James Smith, professor of economics and chair of the subcommittee on legislative relations, said, "We want to communicate to the Legislature the cost of not supporting certain activities on campus." He indicated that two of the areas about which the Legislature should have great concern are that WSC does not have an adequate library and does not yet have computer facilities for all schools on campus.A closely-related concern for the above subcommittee is the relationship between the quality of teaching done by WSC faculty and the research that they do. Smith prepared a report for President Brady, based upon his own research and upon statistical studies done by Robert F. Allen (published in The Journal of Economic Education, Spring 1980), as well as on other authorities. Smith's findings were that if WSC were to continue to support those professors who want to do research, it would be beneficial to both faculty and students alike, without stepping outside of the college's mandate to provide "the best possible instruction at the least possible cost." First, the results of research can be efficiently transferred into improved teaching. Second, the faculty member is making "significant original research contributions," important to the status and reputation of the college and to the self-respect and authority of the professor. On the other hand, said Smith, those professors who, for various reasons, cannot do extensive research, can still "enhance teaching effectiveness" by more direct instructional development. Smith contacted Allen by telephone to discuss the kind of infrastructure WSC would need to have in order to achieve what Allen had outlined in his research. Two of the most important factors are adequate library and computer facilities, he was told. WSC's library is currently below what it should be, especially in periodical holdings where new knowledge is first reported, said Smith. Professors need to know that students will have easy access to up-to-date knowledge before certain assignments can be made. Computer facilities are gradually being updated but more funds are needed there, also. Dr. Eugene G. Bozniak, chairman of the botany department and chair of the subcommittee on infor- see "Task Force" on page 5.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-05-18, Vol. 44, No. 54|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College|
|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.|