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mm VOLUME 5). ISSUE 48 WEDNESDAY. JANUARY 30. 1991 IGNP WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY1 Students can soon reach the STARRS Funding approved for school computer system By Sue Richey Staff writer of 7he Signpost Additional funding for the Student Accounting and Reporting System (STARRS) was approved by a narrow one vote margin Monday in an ASWSU senate meeting. STARRS runs theTouch-Tel registration system and provides other benefits which help students apply for admission, financial aid, transcripts and grades. It has helped the university cope with increased enrollment without having to hire more personnel for administrative services. As a result of the vote, the school will continue the present registration fee, but will reduce it 33 percent to S4 a quarter. Dr. Emil Hanson, director of Administrative Services, appeared before the senate on Jan. 14 to request an additional $118,000 needed for continued operation of STARRS. The senate had asked to delay the funding vote until Jan. 28 so they could poll their area councils. Matthew Weeks, residential housing senator, said, "I have talked to my area council about this and we all agreed that we can't afford not to finish the program we started. As Hanson pointed out, if we don't complete this, we will really be behind other schools." (See STARRS page 6) News 2 Igloo prompts terrorist attack at dorms Entertainment -j Sound System Jazzes up - the Allred Theatre : Sports i o Ogdenlte pitches In the big leagues 1 y , I T ' : . 0 -V. J Mexican-American Graffiti THESE MEM&ERS OF the Ogden youth group Hispanic Poets use brick walls as the canvas for their painted murals. The group used to call themselves CAM (short for Crazy-Ass QUINN JACOBSONWf SIGNPOST Mexicans), but they felt that title made them sound like a gang. For more photos and details, see the Signature section beginning on page 8. A school day in Lithuania differs greatly A look into the lives of students at WSU's sister school By Necia Palmer Editor-in-chief of 7he Signpost Going to school in Lithuania is as different to the U.S. system as the governments of the two countries. Imagine carrying your performance record around with you, literally, every day from the time you enter kindergarten until you graduate from college. Imagine being ridiculed forthinkingofa new way to handle a problem, or just thinking on your own. Imagine going to school from 8 a.m. to 8 p:m. everyday, six days per week. If you are a regular student in Lithuania, this isn't your imagination it is reality. But the administrators of Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, with efforts being made to make it WSU's sister school, is trying to change this by patterning their school after international schools. This will enable their graduates to transfer their credits more easily to schools throughout the world. Lucija Baskauskas described the Communist educational system to Gary Toyn last December when Weber State sent a delegation to VMU, where Baskauskas is presently serving as pro-rector. She compared education under Communist rule to a production line, graduating a quota of students (competent or not) in each field of study. In Lithuania, each child entering into the educational system is issued a small book in which a daily grade (two being the worst, five being the best) is recorded. This book is car ried with the student until graduation. The problem with this system, Toyn said, is that there are no set rules as to what constitutes a two or a five. . . "You could be a perfect person and get a two because your father is a dissident," he said. Youths with high grades or parents rich enough to bribe administrators are admitted into the higher education system, Baskauskas said. During their finals week, students "cram" for their tests. The day of the final is spent pacing the halls until the professor calls each student in for an oral test. After responding, they are permitted to stay and observe the testing of their peers. The absence of written tests allows bribery to flourish, Toyn said. There's no proof a student's performance. Dr. Deon Greer of the WSU geography department said Soviet students read a lot more than students in the United States. European educational systems give less (See LITHUANIA page 3) y Area i enlarged r- '"y j ' tstonta y , 0 75 y ) I . 1 j Kqunas o I Soviet , Polandry nn Keith Carter. USA TODAY Have a Lithuanian pen-pal While in Lithuania, KWCR station manager, Brad Wilson, gathered the names and addresses of students at Vytautas Magnas University interested in corresponding with anyone at Weber State University. Students have listed some of their interests with their addresses. One student listed "freedom, religion, history and peace" as his interests. Other stu dents listed things such as "rock and roll dance," the feminist movement, body building, canoeing and music such as Depeche Mode and AC-DC as interests tViev would like to discuss with people at Weber State University. Anyone interested in communicating with these students can contact Brad Wilson at 626-6450 or at KWCR, located in Annex 3.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1991-01-30, Vol. 51, No. 48|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University; 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 University|
|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.|