Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1985-05-211
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Si i f 2 s r t 1 1 Siiyipust photoEric CliristeiiMjii Weber State College recieved a visit from members of the was on campus to check Weber's facilities for possible use United States Olympic Committee, yesterday. The group in future Winter Olympic Games. Update on NUSAT by Mark Espenschied Managing Editor Weber State College's NUSAT team is still hard at work, trying to refine the communication systems with its satellite. As of Monday, the problem still exists in up-linking a message to the spacecraft. According to Robert Twiggs, faculty advisor in the Electronics Department, contact with the satellite involves several parts; up-linking is the next stage after initial contact is made. "First we send up a short message, basically asking the satellite 'are you there'," said Twiggs. ' The NUSAT team accomplished this on Saturday, May 4 when the satellite answered, "NUSAT 1." Up-linking involves telling the satellite a message is about to be sent. The satellite should then respond that it has or hasn't received the message. To this point, Weber has received no message at all. "We can't upload a program yet, but we think that it's close," said Twiggs. Following a communication attempt yesterday, Twiggs told a collegue that things appear to be better but still not very good. Over the weekend, the NUSAT team experimented with the amplification of their signals, increasing amplification, decreasing amplification, attempting to create the best signal possible. The project is progressing and the communication problems are expected to be worked out soon. Tuesday, May 21, 1985 Weber State College Vol. 45, No. 54 Channel 9 relocates- Utah schools now share Weber's television station by Rae Dawn Olbert Editor-in-Chief Channel 9, Weber State's VHF TV station, will now be shared with all the higher education institutions in the state. The Utah State Board of Regents approved a pro-, posal Friday to turn the station over to a consortium of Utah schools. The consortium will act as one, carrying out the interests of the station and its service. According to Dr. Marie Kotter, WSC assistant vice president of academic affairs, a special committee consisting of presidents from the schools of higher education in Utah suggested the consortium as an alternative to letting the license on the station lapse. Kotter said, in order for WSC to receive funds from the NTIA (National Television Instructional Association) which would help build the needed transmitter, Weber would have had to raise $75,000 to obtain the $300,000 grant. She said "there was no extra money to start a project" of this kind at Weber. A proposal from KSTU TV Channel 20 in Salt Lake City to "swap" stations with Weber was turned down. Channel 20 is a UHF station. In addition to the swap, they would have donated: one million dollars; their transmitter; $500,000 a year for 10 years for operating costs; all legal services; and various technical equipment, according to John Peterson, communications (broadcasting) instructor at Weber. Peterson said if the swap were approved, KSTU would build a new transmitter (needed for the VHF channel) next to their old one, offered to Weber, and provide the engineering needed for the maintenance and care of both transmitters. Kotter said the offer was turned down because "swapping has not been approved by the FCC." Although there have been a few cases where the FCC has approved station-swapping, Kotter said the question is still pretty much undecided. She said Weber would not be able to count on getting the grant if they swapped stations and construction on the station must be completed, or at least begun, by the November deadline or the license would be lost. VHF channels (channels 2-13) are very scarce. They are valued more highly than UHF channels as they transmit a stronger signal. According to Peterson, the FCC allocated Channel 9 to the Ogden area as a commercial station in the late 50's. After a few years, the owner donated the channel to the Ogden and Weber school districts, thereby making the channel non-commercial. After unsuccessful attempts at running the channel, the school districts discontinued broadcasting in 1963. WSC, along with another group, applied for the license to run Channel 9 last year. It was issued to Weber as non-commercial. In bidding for the license, Weber promised the University of Utah's KUED Channel 7 that they would not solicit funds over the air, would not duplicate KUED's programming (mainly PBS) and would not seek state funds. Channel 9, under the direction of the consortium, will now be housed at the University of Utah. Peterson feels the FCC will not approve the U. of U. housing two VHF stations (7 and 9) and will then put the channel on the commercial market. "This is a fast-paced business -students need a chance to play TV . . . you can't get a job if you have no experience. This is a disservice to WSC students," said Peterson. Weber reaches out to high school seniors More news to come ; Even though Sign -Off, the Signpost's special, year-end section, comes out today, it doesn't mean the quarter is over for the Signpost. Weber State College's own newspaper will continue to be printed through Friday, May 31. ; :; The Signpost staff appreciates the support it has received from the students, faculty and administration this year, and looks forward to your ; help in completing our last three issues. by Loretta Park-Senior Reporter The School of Arts and Humanities has started an Outreach Program which offers different educational opportunities to local high schools. According to Dr. Dick C. Davis, program bureau director, "This was started for two reasons, as a recruitment effort, and to improve the image of WSC." Some high school studeents perceive WSC as a place that's no better than a high school, said Davis. This program will bring high school students and WSC faculty face-to-face. The program offers presentations to high school classrooms in areas such as: field trips to the campus; entertainment for assemblies or special programs; and workshops for secondary teachers. There will also be special exhibits held on specified dates at WSC for the high schools. This program is for all high school students and does not cost the student or school district anything, Davis said. The workshops for teachers will be similar to those currently offered by the Math Department, Davis said. The workshop will be designed to update the teacher's skills in their specified areas. WSC students could be involved by either going to the high schools .to perform or participate on campus, Davis said. The Outreach Program is also developing a series of programs for the gifted student, Davis said. Other schools on campus offer similar programs, Davis said. He said he would like to see in the future all the programs coordinated together so there would be no cross-overs.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1985-05-21, Vol. 45, No. 54|
|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.|