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Canadian Brass will blow their horns at Weber Oct. 8 - Arts, page 8 It was a real 'cat fight at Weber Stadium Saturday - Sports, page 10 college days News, page 2 VOLUME 51, ISSUE 12 MONDAY. OCTOBER 1. 1990 Tips to ease those stlfM Tffi IGNPOST WEBER STATE COLLEGE : Sign language does not fill bachelor of arts requirement Debate continues on whether or not Sign Language should be recognized by Foreign Language Department By Necia Palmer Editor -in-chief of The Signpost A move to recognize the American Sign Language as a foreign language to fill the requirement for a bachelor's of arts degree at Weber state has met opposition in the foreign language department. Dr. Robert Belka, head of the department, said ASL is not recognized as a foreign language because it does not meet the four criteria inherent to a language: being able to hear it, read it, write it and speak it. The sound of a language is "probably the most important" aspect of a language, said Belka. "If you take sound away from a symphony, you have nothing. Take away sound and where's the beauty of language?" he asked. Weber's Physically Challenged Students SenatorBill Vicars, is the student spearheading the move to have ASL recognized. Not mentioning the need for sound, he said all aspects of a foreign language exist in ASL. It has an identifiable French-based grammar system, Vicars said. A French teacher of deaf students brought a system of sign language to America in the 19th Century. However the language has evolved over the years and has taken on universally New service provides late night escorts By Paul B. Johnson Managing editor of The Signpost If students are leery of walking to their cars on campus after dusk, all they have to do is pick up a phone and request an escort, thanks to a new program at Weber State. "It's a very simple system," said Dave Maxson, director of the Physical Plant and part of Buildings and Grounds, which helped implement the system. Maxson explained that students may be escorted by the night custodial supervisor, Rich Wade, by calling from any campus phone. Wade will go to any location on campus, and will ask students to sign a log-in sheet. The idea originated two years ago from then Student Body President Stephanie Jessen, said Dr. Marie Kotter, vice-president of Student Affairs. "I think it's a very good idea," Kotter said, calling the program "an example of one student making a difference." To request an escort, call 5511. Then, after the tone, enter 692, which will contact the custodial supervisor via radio receiver. State your name and where you're located, and your escort should arrive within a few minutes. recognized mime aspects, said Vicars. "It is the lowest level of language," said Belka. All languages "sign" inasmuch as they incorporate body language, therefore it is a means of communicating a language rather than a language itself, he said. Belka said foreign languages are required because when a student learns them, he learns that there are other ways to do things; there are other thought processes to accomplishing something. Learning another language gives students the opportunity to think and do things in a different way than he has always done them. The student can experience his world through new perspectives - those of the people whose language he is learning. Sign language "opens no new vistas because it doesn't let the student see what it is like to not hear sound," Belka said. Literature appreciation is another reason foreign languages are taught. A language is manifested by literature. Belka said a person using sign language does not learn a separate culture's traditions, myths, and perspectives on life because they are reading English. They still see the world as an English-speaking person would see it. In an article that appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Herman Wilcox and Stephen Wilbers said, "Deaf people have their own values, patterns of daily living, politics, folklore, and world view." Belka said a written work is not literature unless the prose is so beautiful that people want to listen to it. It is also a critical element of literature to have been around for centuries, Belka said. "You can't call something a language if there's no literature because there's no mythos, no ideas of creation, no stories of gods or heroes," Belka said. Trashy novels and texts on computer information were examples of written works Belka considered non-literature. Vicars said the "literature" aspect of the language is "not as old," as traditional languages, but that it is evident on video tape. "You can make a definition to include anything," said Larry Doman, Spanish professor at Weber State. Doman said he is "quite ambivalent" about the situation. 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|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1990-10-01, Vol. 51, No. 12|
|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.|