Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1987-01-081
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Vol. 47 No. 20 Weber State College Thursday, January 8, 1987 Alumnus donates property for science studies Christopher Gamble Staff Reporter On Dec. 9, Weber State College became the proud owner of three-and-a-half acres of land at Powder Mountain. The land is located just east of the Hidden Lake Lodge. A new field station and observatory is planned to be built there The three-story field station will be occupied by classrooms and labs for all areas of natural sciences. Dr. Ronald Galli, professor of physics, said the observatory which is to be built would be the highest placed observatory in Utah. "The observatory will be at the 9,000 ft. elevation and will be open to students and the general public," he said. Galli also said the observatory would complete the third stage of an emphasis in astro physics. Computer committee creates lab Heather Forsgren Assistant News Editor A micro-computer lab will be established and a VAX mainframe purchased with money raised from the computer literacy surcharge. These decisions were made during winter break by the faculty senate ad-hoc committee for academic computing. At the present time there are four micro-computer labs located on campus. These will be upgraded, and a new one will be established in the Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts. The labs will be open to all students, but faculty will be able to reserve them during classtime, according to James A. Bird, committee chair. Bird said that at any time students should be able to find a computer to use. "I would like to see the day when a student could not find a computer on campus available," he said. "That would mean that the faculty are intregrating computers, and students are using Inside. g I Happy SjNew YearlJ Both the field station and the observatory will be open year-round with easy road access. This drawing by J. Robert Folsom, director of Architectural and Engineering Services, is a blue print of the Weber Sate College . . Miss America visits campus (see page 2) Resolve to do. . . (see page 7) Cats break eight game losing streak (see page 9) Cobabe Mountain Science Park will be the name of the facilities. The park is named after the computers; then another lab would need to be established." However, Bird cautioned that since the present labs are not being used to compacity, it would take a lot for another lab to be created. The labs are located in the education building, the technology building, the Wattis Business Building and the English writing lab located in the social science building. The lab in the social science building will be further developed so that it can be shared by both English and the social sciences. The development of the social science lab is being accomplished with a grant from AT&T. With the purchase of the VAX 8700 system, the committee hopes to be able to sell the HARRIS system. Money from the sale of the system will be given to the committee for allocation, said Bird. However, the committee at this time, does not know how much money it will be able to get from selling the HARRIS. The cost of the VAX system is tentatively over $450,000. However, this cost could rise with a decision on whether or not to purchase special software for the engineering department. Larry W. Leavitt, assistant professor of engineering technology, plans to present a proposal in the committee's meeting tomorrow that would ask the committee to purchase ANVIL software and set up an engineering work station. Leavitt called the software package "imperative" to the department because at the present time, with the HARRIS system, they are compatible, and the present system is not compatible on the VAX mainframe. The cost of the system is approximately $20,000. This cost includes software, two terminals with four modules each, and one terminal with six modules. The third terminal would be a complete engineering work station. (see COMPUTERS on page 3) donator of the land, Dr. Alvin F. Cobabe, who is a lifetime resident and a physician of WeberCounty '-mi'. observatory and field station to be Powder Mountain Ski Area. Cobabe is also the owner and manager of the Powder Mountain Ski Resort and an alumnus of built on three-and-a-half acres i Publication days change Today's issue of the Signpost is the first of the quarter and is also the first of issues to be released on Thursday rather than on Friday. This end-of-the-week edition date has been changed in an effort to better serve the readership of the paper. Less classes are taught on Fridays and therefore, the staff believes that Thursday is a better day to reach students, faculty and staff members. The paper's Tuesday editions will continue to be distributed in the same manner. Funding woes across nation Leaders tell views College presidents generally think colleges are doing an "adequate" to "excellent" job overall, but worry that federal budget cuts will keep them from improving, a new survey by the State University of New York (SUNY) reveals. The feelings of 216 college presidents were unveiled in the survey, "Public Higher Education in America," released last week. "When asked to identify the most pressing problems facing higher education now and in the future, the presidents felt that fund-raising issues dominated," said Dr. Clifton Wharton, Jr., SUNY's chancellor and author of the survey. In addition to financing, respondents identified "inadequate" faculty salaries, state regulations and (see PRESIDENTS on page 6) Weber State College. "I've always had a great interest in the well-being of the community, and of Weber State," said Cobabe. Howard Noel, Director of News and Public Information, said Cobabe was looking to do something for the college. "Dr. Cobabe feels that a land donation was a good way to express his feelings towards the school." School officials are seeking funds for the research park. The date for the ground breaking has not been set. "There is no funding available for construction to take place as the construction depends on private contributions," said Noel. The school plans to locate its mobile field station and laboratory on the property in the immediate future.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1987-01-08, Vol. 47, No. 20|
|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.|