Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1987-04-161
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Thursday, Aprille," 1987 UWEBER STATE COLLEGE Vol. 47 N43 Athletics Dept. stresses new lobby efforts Emilie Bean SignOff Editor Signpost sources said yesterday that certain administrators had been approached by athletes who had been told they must vote in the studentbody election and for whom they should vote by the athletic department. However, Gary Crompton, director of athletics, said that it was not the case. He said, "I in no way force anybody to vote a certain way." "I want my athletes to be informed," Crompton added. According to some of the candidates, Crompton has invited candidates to his office to discuss their position on the student fee funding of the department. The candidates said they were told that Crompton had some 250 votes behind him. According to Crompton the athletic department has a sustained interest in the outcome of the election because of the dependancy on student fees. "1 have to be involved in the political process on campus," he said. For next year the athletic department will receive $453,000 in student fee "money, $120,000 short of the department request. Still, this figure is the exact same amount of money the department received last year. However, instead of paying $14.92 per student to the department, students will pay $14.03. The same total amount is possible because of an enrollment increase. More students will pay into the fund. ASWSC, the Health Center and other groups also took cuts. The student fee allocations committee used a new philosophy passed earlier this year by the student senate. Fee allocation was figured at zero based budget and needs were assessed from there. "1 don't know how much thought went into that process," Crompton said yesterday. Members of the fee allocations committee include: Vice presdient for Student Services Marie L. Kotter; the ASWSC executive officers Jonathan Wright, Scott Baxter and Joni Berger; ASWSC advisor Colleen Garside; and student senators Kevin Bell, Joe Farr, Kathryn Green and Dave Terry. Crompton said, "We live and die by student fees ... athletes merit, warrant and deserve the student fees they get." When questioned as to why a candidate would talk to him rather than speak to the teams directly, Crompton said that some of the candidates do talk to the teams personally. Crompton said he asks the candidates how they felt about athletic and student fees. He then informs the coaches and the coaches inform the "kids." Crompton said, "We make sure they go down and vote ... our coaches take them down to vote." According to Crompton, "more people should do this in their department." "The political process in the world works by informing the electorate," said Crompton. "I am in no way doing anthing I think is wrong." One candidate said, "It's a large lobbying effort ... I've never seen them be this active." t i " V 1 m y " - , 1 v 4 k , J f 5 . . A WSC MARTIAL ARTS student demonstrates a method of self defense against multiple threats, tfignpost photo: Jeff Bybee) Pinched, West Virginia shuts down 76 campuses College Press Service In perhaps the most dramatic effort to resolve budget crises afflicting public campuses in more than half the states, the West Virginia Board of Regents last week proposed temporarily shutting down 16 of its state campuses to save money. The unprecedented shutdown, if approved, would shorten spring term by a week, eliminate the first of two summer sessions and leave 8,300 campus employees statewide without pay for five days. Other states have cut the number of course sections offered, laid off administrators, limited enrollments, dropped athletic programs and even proposed closing single campuses to save money this year. This is the first instance, however, of a proposal to close an entire educational system. West Virginia's regents proposed the shutdown on April 7 in response to Gov. Arch Moore's order that all state agenciesincluding colleges and universitiesreduce their spending by 20 percent through June 30. The board will meet again in May to discuss an alternative plan, which could include using interest income from cam pus investments to offset the shortage. Moore's response, however, came after many students and faculty reacting to an Associated Press story stating that the shutdown was already approved had panicked. "This affects lots of students who wanted to stay on this summer or who needed the first summer session to graduate," said Chuck Scatterdray, a West Virginia University sophomore, before hearing the proposal was not final. "There's lots of concern and disorientation among students. I'm worried about the school's credibility, accreditation, and teacher and student recruitment," he said. "Lots of students have already told me they're considering applying to other universities out of state." Moore earlier proclaimed 1987 the "Year of Education," promising huge funding increases for primary and secondary schools and state-supported colleges. So the cut "provoked lots of gallows humor," said C.T. Mitchell, Marshall University's director of university relations."The indicators for some time have pointed to the state economy entering a critical period, so the order to cut was really no great surprise. But in the lunch room today, I was hearing comments like, 'We voted for Moore and we're getting less." While Price, the governor's press secretary, hints the regents' move is a political protest of the cuts, Schneider argues the board had little alternative. "It's inaccurate to say they were just 'firing for effect," he argues. "We're talking about cutting ten-and-a-half million dollars out in two months. It was an honest effort." "If the governor issued an order today to cut that much for the next year's budget, there would be time to work out a different plan." Write-in candidates A number of individuals are running for ASWSC offices on a write-in ticket. The Signpost was unable to obtain a complete list of these individuals. Those names that were obtained and the offices they are running for include: Thelma Morrison, Native American; Scott Morris, Business Senator; Nicolas Bolano, International Senator; Dorian Coutler, International Senator, Kimberlene Butler, Black Students Senator; Kathryn Wormsley, Non-traditional senator; Stacy Roadhouse, General Studies. Polls for studentbody elections will remain open today and tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 6 to 8 p.m. at various locations on campus including the Union Building lobby.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1987-04-16, Vol. 47, No. 43|
|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.|