Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1986-03-041
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Tuesday, March 4, 1986 Vol. 46 No. 36 System receives partial funding by Loretta Park Ass't News EditorGov't Affairs ASWSC senate discussed computer systems and open hour in yesterday's meeting. According to A. Dee Vest, WSC director of budget, the Legislature approved $311,000 for academic equipmentcomputer systems for Weber. ASWSC originally proposed implementing a fee surcharge next fall quarter in order to upgrade computer capabilities on campus. Part of the proposal stipulated that the fee would not go in effect unless the Legislature appropriated matching funds. The original academic equipment request was for three times the $311,000, according to Vest. "The Legislature chose to combine the two requests and how the funds will be used will be determined this week, possibly by Thursday," Vest said. The decision the administrators now need to make is how to divide the money between the two areas. "It is up to the administrators to decide how to divide the fund," said J. Todd Anderson, ASWSC president. After the administrators determine how to distribute the funds, the ASWSC senate will decide how much to increase student fees. The original fee increase was to charge students $1.50 per credit hour (pch) for the first year up to 12 hours, $1 pch the second year, and $.50 the third year. "The feeling right now, is it won't be the original amount," said Anderson. "The fee will be raised to the proportion designated for computer systems. It may be raised lower than was proposed." The ASWSC senate is preparing a report concerning open hour to submit to the faculty executive committee.The packet will include quantitative statistics and evaluations, according to Anderson. The senate reviewed the process for decision making and 'discussed their contacts of faculty members, preparatoryfor making the packet, Anderson said. The faculty and the ASWSC senate will give their , recommendations to Dr. Robert B. Smith, WSC vice president for academic affairs. The faculty executive committee will be voting on their recommendation Monday. "In the end it is Bob Smith who will make the final decision," said Anderson. Open hour could be continued for next year, discontinued, changed to another day or time, or even expanded, he said. Open hour policy under evaluation by JaNae Barlow Ass't News EditorFeatures Open hour has been in effect for two quarters. Originally implemented for one year, information regarding the success of the activity is currently being gathered in preparation for its March 13 review by the faculty senate. I At first, open hour was designed to be two hours a week. Because of faculty opposition last year, it was changed to one. The activity triumphed by a narrow margin in the faculty senate. Later, the petition was signed by members of the faculty ordering a vote by the general (See OPEN HOUR on page 7) x , r . t J s . ; : kj . i Signpost photoOscar Sosa t'l f . .n.,,,,m ( s ; f. . - . .: V i : """ . -, 1 V " i ! ' K V J' -i i ... ... x What's As finals approach, dedicated . students head to the library for gOing heavy cramming. These shots, taken in the Stewart Library, Qf? show students using their time to the fullest. Harris fagged as inefficient Editor's Note: This is the third in a series of articles examining the Harris computer system at WSC. This installment will focus on the needs of the individual departments. by Rae Dawn Olbert Editor-in-Chief All things to all people. According to Dr. Eric Jacobsen, assistant director of computing services, this is an impossible expectation of the Harris computer system. "No single computer can do everything . . . it's too much to expect from one computer," he said. Each department on campus has individual computer needs, and the Harris is incapable of meeting all of them. The COMIS department, (Computer Information Systems) a department of the School of Business and Economics, would like IBM equipment. Their need is for increased software capabilities. According to Dr. Gordon Jacox, assistant dean of the School of Business and Economics, the Harris does not have the ability to store DATABASE, the stepping stone to running certain business programs. "We've moved as many COMIS courses onto personal computers as we can," he said, in order to combat this problem. "But we're limping along on one leg." - The department has 600 majors and, according to Jacox, their marketability is hurt because of the Harris. He said the COBOL language used is substandard and the computer will not sustain an updated version. The computer itself is not an industry standard and students will have to re-learn operations once in the job market. The response time is extremely slow, he said, and attempts at upgrading the Harris have not helped in that area. Faculty in the computer sciences department are extremely unhappy with the Harris computer. According to Dr. Robert L. Capener, the purchase of the Harris set WSC back five years. With the Harris system, the school is unable to exchange information with other schools, as would be possible with Digital Electronics Corporation's (DEC) VAX machine. Capener said DEC machines are the most widely used in the industry whereas less than seven percent of computer users are employing the Harris. He said all the programs had to be thrown out, some reworked, as the Harris will not sustain them, and they are working from scratch in his department. Capener also said the response time on the Harris is slow and students are spending more time than they need to on the computer. There are approximately 600 majors in the computer sciences department. The student lab in the technical education building, the largest student lab on campus, houses approximately 50 terminals for student use. Computing services, headed by director Norman A. Wismer and assistant director Dr. Eric Jacobsen, is a department designed to help students, faculty and staff with their computer programming. This department is a source of dissension among various faculty members. They feel the computer services department is in charge of all the computer needs on campus, arid is not attuned to individual needs. Dr. Robert B. Smith, WSC academic vice president, has stated that the department is separate and does not make decisions concerning the other computer departments.Computing services feels the computer problem can be solved by updating the current system and supplementing it with additional equipment andprograms.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1986-03-04, Vol. 46, No. 36|
|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.|