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Friday, February 14, i986 V .J , Vol. 46 No.31 Leg. decides fate of gym addition by Loretta Park Ass't News EditorGov't Affairs Weber State plans to build an addition to the existing Swenson Gymnasium. The Utah State Legislature is responsible for making funds available to WSC for the addition, but it is uncertain what will happen now, according to Robert H. DeBoer, assistant to the president for governmental relations. The estimated cost is $9 million, according to Robert J. Folsom, director of architectural and engineering services. It is part of a $30 million bond that is before the Legislature now. The addition is number eight on the priority lists of the following personsgroups: Governor Norman H. Bangerter; the Board of Regents; the Utah Department of Facilities, Construction and Management; and all the presidents of institutions of higher education. Doug Snow, legislative fiscal analyst, placed the addition as number 12 on the priority list that he submitted to the general government and capital facilities subcommittee. There are some senators and representatives on the subcommittee who feel Weber's need is not even that high. Areas such as skill centers and youth correction centers need new facilities, too. Some of the committee members believe the addition will be more of an athletic facility and not the physical education instructional facility that it is designed to be, said Dr. Gary D. Willden, chair of the HPER department. Weber has waited eight years to build the addition. "The current gymnasium is not even equal to some of the area high schools in usefulness to its students," said Folsom. (See GYM on page 6) y;v tr - ' ' . .If i '"If V V)6 1 ' :. . :: "To daddy" Kelly Westenskow, age four, puts all her concentration into her art work. Kelly took part in the Lady's Auxiliary Signpost pholoj Oscar Sosa Brown Bagger Wednesday, where she constructed her first valentine to her "daddy." U.S. Senator shows off shuttle by Emilie Bean News Editor "A man once asked, 'What will be the first planet we explore in space?' The answer was 'The earth,'" said Senator Jake Garn in yesterday's convocation. I ... 1 f ft ' o "! f j 1 Sinnpusi pholoScou Miller Senator Jake Garn explains why he believes the Shuttle program should continue. In his speech, Garn address the subject of the space program. He spoke on his experience in space and the current problems of the media's role in the explosion of the Challenger. "The thing that bothers me most is what I would call vultures who seem so intent on finding someone to blame," said Garn about not only the government investigators but also the media . . . those needing to find a scapegoat to blame the tragedy on. "What is important in this is to have an objective analysis of the problem," Garn said. He added that he disliked the idea that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has to account for "what they knew and when they knew it." The media's idea that NASA officials knew that the shuttle had serious structure defects "is hogwash," said Garn, noting that Congress would be supportive of NASA's request for money to redesign, if necessary. In actuality, said Garn, NASA's budget is .7 of the national budget considerations. Additionally, Garn said that one must understand the "NASA family" to realize the depth of what they felt and how the media is affecting the program. "Everyone is a family. Not just the astronauts, (it includes everyone) from the janitors to food service workers. Talk about rubbing salt in their wounds. If I sound angry, I am. It bothers me. It bothers me greatly," he said. Garn was also unhappy with the insinuation that the astronauts do not know of the danger involved with the shuttle mission. He said that was totally false. "Nobody is ever drafted to fly on the shuttle. We're all volunteers," he added. The second half of Garn's presentation was a film on his (see SPACE on page 5) WSC Faculty updated on budget crisis by Chris J. Miller Managing Editor WSC President Stephen D. Nadauld and his staff presented an update on projected budget cuts at WSC during a general faculty meeting Wednesday. Nadauld and Academic Vice President Robert Smith presented statistics concerning the proposed 1.2 percent budget cut, amounting to about $360,000. They then entertained questions from members of faculty. Approximately 150 faculty members were in attendance.According to Nadauld, the Utah State Legislature had asked for a two percent cut because of a tax revenue shortfall throughout the state. He likened the situation to one faced by the airplane and automobile industry in recent years. "It's our industry's turn now. We are going to have to tighten our belts," Nadauld said. Nadauld said his number one priority going into the Legislature was to avoid budget cuts to the base revenue, the revenue that Weber operates with yearly. His second priority was to accept the analyst's budget with the intent to deal with the overall problem. Smith explained to members of the group that one reason Weber is faced with the present situation is because expected enrollment did not materialize the past two years. Nadauld said they decided to deal with the continuing problem of enrollment instead of waiting any longer. "I think we'll see the problem again if we don't address the overall problem," he said. Although the number of enrolled students at WSC has stayed static, there are some differences in the make-up of the students, according to Smith. "The character of the studentbody has changed. Off-campus enrollment has increased, and although the number of students has increased, credit hours remain about the same," Smith said. Some faculty members expressed concern as to whether the expected cuts would be across-the-board or tied to enrollment of each school. Smith said the college's philosophy has been to share equally in the cuts. Smith also said the rumor that there would be a two-percent salary decrease was untrue. -According to Smith, his department receives approximately twothirds of the overall WSC budget each year. His department includes the individual schools at Weber and their programs, continuing education, and all instructional-related areas. His department must absorb two-thirds of the 1.2 percent cut. The deans will examine their school's budget and prepare a proposal of where to cut. The decisions of how and when to implement cuts has also been left to the deans.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1986-02-14, Vol. 46, No. 31|
|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.|