Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1986-02-281
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Friday, February 28, 1986 J -1 Vo1- 46 No3 Legislature mandates more tuition, less funds by Loretta Park Ass't News EditorGov't Affairs The legislative gavel fell at midnight Wednesday leaving higher education with a slight increase in their budget for the fiscal year 1986-87. The Legislature also approved a six percent increase in tuition for the coming year. This is over the seven percent increase approved last year, according to Barbara Git-tins, financial officer for the Board of Regents. U 1 w - 1 X "J it V i. cm This does not include the one-time two percent surcharge established last year for this year, she said. The net increase is actually four percent because of the loss of the two percent surcharge, according to Dr. Robert B. Smith, WSC vice president for academic affairs. . The total amount higher education is expected to generate from tuition and fees is $58,508,100, she said. Weber State is expected to receive $8,226,100 in tuition and fees for the fiscal year 1986-87, according to Gittins. The Legislature did not cut tuition waivers, as orginally proposed by the fiscal analyst, according to Gittins. The total general fund appropriated for higher education is $256,905,300, according to Gittins. This is close to what the legislative executive appropriations committee recommended, Gittins said. Weber State will receive $30,489,900 in general funds from the state. This is an increase of $589,900 from last year, but is a decrease of $12,259,831 from what the Board of Regents requested. "This has been a very difficult session," said Robert H. DeBoer, WSC assistant to the president for government affairs. A benefit that came out of the session, DeBoer said, was that legislators restored Weber's base budget from what the fiscal analyst had recommended. "This was a real benefit." "A very small increase for higher education salaries was approved. The total amount is $887,100 increase from last year, which amounts to .36 percent increase. It is pretty dismal," Gittins said. "It is almost nothing." The total amount requested by the fiscal analyst was a one percent increase across the board. It equaled $2,423,700. The total expenditure cost for all of higher education approved by the Legislature is $334,938,500. This is approximately $38 million below what the Board of Regents requested for all of higher education, but approximately $4 million above what the fiscal analyst approved. (See LEGISLATURE on page six) 7 ; ; 1 y Si , if.- 'IS- - 13 Signpost pholoRory Easley Photo on the left shows Senator Brent C. Overson (R-Salt Lake) debating a bill during the last day of the session. Signpost photoLoretla Park Photo on the right shows spectators in the gallery listening to the legislators debate and vote on various bills. Gym addition loses final battle by Loretta Park Ass't News Editor The Legislature did not approve funding for the addition to the physical education building. The general government and capital facilities subcommittee had approved a proposal for partial funding of the physical education building last week. "This brought the projects higher than some of the legislators liked," said Robert H. DeBoer, assistant to the president for governmental affairs.Governor Norman H. Bangerter and the Utah Senate agreed to the higher level of bonding, but the House of Representatives did not approve the level, said DeBoer. A compromise was reached between the House and the Senate allowing only $30 million to be used for capital facilities. Approximately $6.9 million will be taken out of the flood fund and $23 million will be bonded, he said. But the addition was not part of the compromise.The new addition would have helped WSC be at least equal to the local high schools, said Dr. Gary D. Willden, chair of the health, physical education, (See GYM on page five) Harris: Today's top-of-the-line is tomorrow's antique Editor's Note: this is the second in a series of articles examining the Harris computer system at WSC. This installment will look at why the Harris waspurchased. by Rae Dawn Olbert Editor-in-Chief In the rapidly changing world of technology, "you can never make a computer decision that's right," said Dr. Robert B. Smith, WSC academic vice president. Computer capabilites are constantly being upgraded and what is top-of-the line today is obsolete tomorrow.: The Harris computer system, the current system in use at Weber State, was installed in December of 1982, according to Dr. Kim Wheatley, former director of planning and information systems at WSC. ; Prior to the Harris' installment, WSC utilized only one computer; a DEC 10, according to Wheatley. DEC stands for Digital Electronics Corporation. He said all other non-university colleges in the state were using the DEC 10 at Weber in order to meet their needs. At the time the Harris was purchased, "all heck was breaking loose" in the computer market, Wheatley said, and "there was an incredible demand from the student sector, and DEC said they were going to discontinue manufacturing the software that linked all the schools to Weber's computer system. After researching the needs of the school system, WSC and seven other schools went to the Utah State Board of Regents with a request for $4-$5 million to upgrade computer capabilities in each school. They wanted to meet the student demand, upgrade the computers, and wean other schools from using WSC's system. "It couldn't handle the load," anymore, Wheatley said. The Regents granted $170,000, to be used among all the schools, according to Wheatley. Weber State them formed a committee to assess departmental needs and make recommendations for the college. When the college began accepting bids from computer manufacturers, many needs had to be considered. The VAX wouldn't run administrative software; the businesseconomics department needed IBM equipment to run modeling software; data processing just needed quantity in order to- get students on the machines and learning the language; the English department wanted word processors everyone wanted something different. The interim strategy was to buy horsepower, Wheatley said. "What would do the most for the most people." Wheatley said no one walked out of the final meeting in disgust or disagreement. "Everyone agreed, happy or not, that's the way we had to go," he said. With the need for increased computer technology increasing by 1,000 students a quarter, the system was upgraded to include two DEC 20's and the Harris. The Harris company donated one of the machines when WSC purchased the Harris system. Others agree that, while the Harris may not be the best comuter for everyone's needs, it was financially the best offer at the time. Dr. Eric Jacobsen, assistant director of computing services, said "No single computer can do everything . . . it's too much to expect from one computer." He feels that in order to increase the Harris' efficiency, more, varied hardware is needed. He said his department is there to help faculty, staff and students with their computer needs and problems. Norman A. Wismer, director of computing services, said the Harris computer is used at various schools, such as UNLV and Utah State, and companies with no problems. "People who have had exposure in other areas . . . don't have any trouble with the Harris . . . it's easy," Wismer said. Wismer also said that, while the Harris can support up to 190 users at one time, there are never more than 75-80 using the computer at a time. "Right now, we don't need to upgrade" the Harris.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1986-02-28, Vol. 46, No. 35|
|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.|