Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-05-011
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0 Weber State College r n Vol. 44 No. 49 Tuesday, May 1, 1984 7 - yr- u u 1'' 4 "7 "Putting on the Ritz" was the theme for the residence hall's Casino Night held last Saturday, in order to raise money for the March of Dimes. Diane Calloway, resident director of Wasatch Hall, said that proceeds from Signpost photoBob George the evening amounted to $200. "Everyone who went had a great time," said Calloway. The decor was done well and the prizes were good and next year will be even better because "the word has gotten out," she said. Non-Declared Majors Allowed To Campaign For Office by Steve Fifield Senior Reporter Action was taken last Friday by the ASWSC Supreme Court concerning the bachelor of general studieshonors (BGSHonors) senatorial seat for the upcoming student elections. Brad Howell, ASWSC president, said s that there was a question whether students who had not declared a major and thus are listed as "general" students, could run for the BGSHonors seat. Howell said, "There was a problem with the candidacy criteria for elegibility to run for BGS. . . . There was a screw-up with miss-communication and with faulty bylaws."The ASWSC Supreme Court consists of chief justice Bruce Finch and justices Charlotte Starks and Alan Frankie. Howell said, "They (the Supreme Court) came to the decision that the BGS senator would have to be a general education major, and undeclared majors who show up as 'general' (on the records) would be represented by the traditional student senator." Kelly Miles, a WSC student, was told by the election committee chairman that he could run for the BGSHonors senatorial seat. Miles is an undeclared major; his major is recorded as "general." The ASWSC Supreme Court convened because of the confusion over Miles' situation. As a result of the court's decision, Miles will now run for the traditional student senatorial seat. New program implemented Rollover Program Will Help Increase Faculty Productivity by David C. Wright Staff Reporter The rollover program presently being implemented at WSC is to help make more productive use of faculty time, according to Academic Affairs Vice President Dr. Robert Smith. "What the rollover is, is taking the money that has been spent historically for overload teaching and for summer teaching and rolling that money directly into the faculties' base salary," said Smith. "The extra pay that has been earned has been a pittance the rates are really low." Dr. Robert Smith "We have had a pattern here at Weber in which everybody teaches a certain amount; then if you teach more than the standard 36-credit hours of courses per year, you earn extra pay for that. The extra pay that has been earned has been a pittance -the rates are really low," said Smith. One of the problems faced in an undergraduate college, says Smith, is heavy teaching loads. "This prevents the faculty from doing a lot of professional activity that helps them keep up to date in their respective fields, which most of us believe has something to do with the freshness and vitality of -what is brought into the classroom," Smith said. Smith said that the way the rollover helps is by "cutting back on that extra teaching." Thus far, the schools of business and social science and the math, English and art departments have designed rollover programs. They will go into effect July 1, 1984. The overall affect on faculty pay, according to Smith, will be a slight reduction, but the rollover money will be guaranteed in the base salaries. For schools and departments that have not "rolled over" yet, there will be an increase in extra pay that is proportionate to the rollover addition to teacher salaries, according to Smith. "My real aim is to work the budget around next year so that as many other schools as want to get involved in it (the rollover) can," Smith said. Concerning the affects of the program, Smith said, "There will be fewer classes offered in terms of multiple sections and less frequent offerings of very small elective classes. The class sizes will increase correspondingly," he said. As an example, Smith said, "If there are only six sections of a class available instead of eight, those sections will average 33 percent larger, so that there is as much student capacity." Smith added that the maintenance of student capactiy was a requirement of the rollover "because we cannot reduce enrollment this year," he said. Smith said that the most noticeable feature of the rollover will be less frequent offerings of very small courses that aren't required for a major. Offering courses that will better serve student heeds will be one of the incentives of the new program, according to Smith. Smith said that in the past, the emphasis was on faculty needs by scheduling more sections with fewer students; this allowed the faculty to receive extra pay. Smith added that by spreading the classes out on the half-hour schedule (to begin in the fall) courses should be more accessable. Smith doesn't see an adverse affect of slightly larger classes. He said that a class of thirty-five might increase to thirty-eight. The inital reaction to the program was negative, according to Smith, but as people became more aware of what the program involved, that reaction has changed. "There are some departments and schools, like natural science, technology, music and theater, that are just not funded to get into it right now; they don't have that extra money that they have been paying overloads with that they can roll in," said Smith. He added that in those departments, class size cannot be arbitrarily increased because of lab space. "There are some departments . . . that are just not funded to get into it right now; they don't have that extra money that they have been paying overloads with that they can roll in. " Dr. Robert Smith The rollover will allow greater flexibility in scheduling faculty time, according to Smith. He also said that course offerings for summer quarter might be decreased. "What is really happening in the schools that are doing this is a careful examination of what they have been offering, and finding that they can meet student needs in a more efficient fashion; it's a streamlining affect," Smith said.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-05-01, Vol. 44, No. 49|
|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.|