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Friday, May 30, 1986 Vol. 46 No.57 Computer proposal approved A . 4 Signpost pholoOscar Sosa Kickin' back WSC student Mark Laslow decided he was headed out to enjoy the outdoors and a little "finally fed up with classes and evrything," and home-style music. by Loretta Park News Editor The faculty senate yesterday passed a recommendation that gives faculty members a guide line for purchasing computers. The recommendation, proposed by the faculty ad hoc committee on academic computers, suggests that faculty members consider certain types of computers. There were no students on the committee when the they voted on the recommendation. Next year, there will be two students on the committee. . The committee will be in charge of distributing the computer literacy funds for next year. The committee surveyed the needs of academic computing within the various schools on campus, and they found three general areas of computer hardware and software requirements. The first area concerns the need for microcomputers to run custom applications software, statistical packages, database, management systems, spreadsheets and graphic systems. The recommendation suggests that the microcomputers be set up within a local area network so students can have access to program and data files. It is suggested that faculty members consider IBM PC architecture for their microcomuter needs. But an amendment to the recommendation also recognizes the individual meeds of each faculty member. Before the amendment was passed, faculty senate members debated the wording of the recommendation. Some members of the faculty senate felt the recommendation could be considered mandatory. "This could be interpreted as a mandate," said Samuel Zeveloff, assistant professor of zoology. "It could become increasingly difficult for faculty members to purchase what they want." "I don't see the need to justify to a committee why a faculty member needs a certain piece of equipment," said another faculty member. "I'm concerned with the message we are sending students: You don't have to think what computer system is best for you, we have already decided what is best for you," said another member. It is Weber's administrative policy not to mandate what faculty members purchase, said Dr. Robert B. Smith, vice president for academic affairs. The second area the recommendation looked at was the need for a large centralized data processing facility. The committee recommended that the DEC VAX architecture system be considered as the central computer system. The reasons cited are several: it is used widely in industry and other institutions of higher education throughout the country. Students will be trained on a machine that has become a standard, the recommendation said. The exchange of data and programs by faculty with colleagues at other institutions will be facilitated by a com-(See FACULTY on page 2) Students question education modules Editor's note: This is the first of a two part series that examines the problems some students encounter with WILKITS by Loretta Park News Editor Since their conception in the 1960's, WILKITS or modules have been criticized by some students of the School of Education. A WILKIT is an acronym for Weber Individual Learning Kit. "They are a package of materials designed to assist students to learn specific tasks," said Dr. Richard V. Jones, dean of the School of Education. The name WILKITS was changed several years ago to modules. "They are designed to achieve a level of competence," he said. They were implemented as part of the education program in 1970. Students of elementary and secondary education do not receive a letter grade for their course work. The reason, according to Jones, is the minimal standard of competency is equivalent to the letter grade of a B. "Most of our students achieve better than the minimal standard," Jones said. Because education students do not receive letter grades, it could "foul up" their chances of graduating with honors, he said. Students who enter the program with a high grade point average leave with a high grade point average, Jones said. Secondary education students do not have the same problems as elementary education students, because elementary education students receive creditno credit in their major field. Secondary education students receive letter grades in their major field. But some students feel they should receive a letter grade, and they are not sure if creditno credit is enough. (See STUDENTS on page 2) General education reviewed by Bryan Growcock Staff Reporter "There is much complexity and there are no easy answers when talking about general education," said Dr. Randy Chatelain during "Issues Forum" yesterday.Chatelain, assistant professor of child and family studies, was one of four who spoke during open hour. Referring to Weber's general education requirements, Chatelain said he likes the idea of having some courses required and others optional There are currently many courses to choose from for general education credit, and Chatelain pointed out that although 172 general education courses exist, only 17 of these cary more than 20 students. Dr. Emil O. Hanson, assistant vice president for academic services said he believes that by reducing the size of these classes, they would be more effective. "There would be more participation and critical thinking from the students." (See EDUCATION on page 8) Inside Campus update . . . page 9 Classifieds . . . page 11 Editorials . . . page 4 News . . . page 2 Sports . . . page 10 sports bnets spomgni , page 11 page 9 See mystery of Tunnel Man on page 6 Get your Signoff on Tuesday This Tuesday's edition of the Signpost will include this year's SignOff. SignOff is a year-end supplement of the yeur't activities. Linda Nimori is the Editor of this 72-page, four-section paper. We invite everyone to pick up one copy.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1986-05-30, Vol. 46, No. 57|
|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.|