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VOLUME 53, ISSUE 68 Monday, April 12, 1993 (OlThe Signpost weaves maic around enchanted sell out CAB crowd For story see page 7. WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY OGDEN, UTAH A 1 5 VVO.V 1 DANIELLE MABEYfHE SIGNPOST Thank you, Easier bunny THIS LITTLE GIRL doesn't seem too impressed by the Easter bunny that brought a basket of candy Saturday morning to Ogden area children and kids of Weber State University faculty and staff. The Easter egg hunt held on campus attracted kids of many ages. WSU faculty senate committee passes evaluation proposal By NATALIE BOSWELL Signpost staff writer After lengthy analysis, a com-mitteeof the faculty senate passed a resolution that will make results of student's faculty evaluations accessible to students. If all or part of the resolution is approved by the faculty senate, it will take effect next academic year. Part of the proposal says answers to six questions will be made accessible to students. The questions are: O 1 was able to get personal help from the instructor in this course if I needed it. The instructor displayed a genuine interest in this subject matter. The instructor was clear on assignment expectations. The instructor provided adequate coverage on topics which were tested. The instructor stimulated my interest in this subject matter. The instructor presents lecture material in a clear, organized and understandable manner. ' The faculty senate will vote on whether students will have access to past evaluations and whether teachers will be able to decide if their evaluations will be made public. The current proposal suggests that past evaluations should not be made public and that all instructors should have a choice Dances highlight powwow Colorful costumes, pulsating drums featured By JOYCE ZABRISKIE SIGNPOST senior reporter The pulsating rhythm of Indian drums will vibrate Weber State Uni versi ty's Wildca t stadium during the 22nd annual powwow April 30 and May 1. According to tradition, the powwow is a social gathering where friendly dance competitions take place for both men and women. All powwows are celebrated around a circle representing the circle of life and all things connected to it. Unity is shared in the circle as dancers flow in a clockwise pattern, following the sun's path across the sky. The powwow begins when a staff decorated with eagle feathers is carried into the circle during the grand entry of participants. The eagle - V h V -4. .. feather is considered sacred and should one fall from the staff, the dance comes to a standstill until the feather is returned. Indian costumes displayed in a powwow range from very simple to extremely decorated. The ornaments on costumes honor a person's life or display deeply rooted religious traditions and legend. On the men's costumes, yarn or ribbons move gracefully during the grass dances. In dian legend relays that a young man, once lame, loneea to aance. rie stood .. A." : looki ng out across the prairie and watched the grasses sway and the wind play across the surface. He claimed it as his dance, imitated the move-ment,and thegrassdance was born. (See Powwow page 6) 1 Year of change Faculty, student senates hand WSU new legislation By MARK FORSBERG & ERIC MORROW Signpost staff writers Fall and Winter quarter have witnessed numerous changes at Weber State University that will affect students in years to come, although many are unaware of what the WSU governing bodies have planned for the future. The vast majority of these changes have come from thestudentand faculty senates the two major sources of legislation at WSU. The faculty senate normally proposes changes on the bylaws and procedures of WSU and, although much of its time is spent with class alterations and reports from various committees, it also oversees mas-sivechangeslikestudentaccess to teacher evaluations and the enrollment cap. (See Legislation page 3) Signpost News Analysis whether their evaluations be made accessible. It suggests that only instructors of classes numbered 299 or below have their evaluations made accessible. Faculty senate chairman Tom Burton said he believes the proposal will most likely be passed but that some amendments and changes will probably be made. One big issue regarding the accessibility of evaluations has been whether students evaluate their instructors fairly. "By the time eight or nine weeks has elapsed, students usually give instructors fair evaluations. More often than not they tend to begenerousin theirevalu-ations. However, human nature leads some people to be biased, and that is when they can be unfair," said Burton. Another issue has been teacher privacy. Chairman of the committee, Randy Scott said, "I don't feel that teacher's privacy would be invaded given the provision of choice, but I understand there is a wide range of opinion." The question of improved instruction also arises. "Whether improved instruction is an effect of evaluations being made public is speculative. ' Studies have not been done we just have ideas'said Scott. The faculty senate is comprised of 39 faculty members and four students. Thirteen administrators also belong to the faculty senate, but they do not have the power to vote. T ODAY'S ii EWS ARTS Three Weber State University theater arts students garner stage awards. See page 8. PORTS Women's track team places second in recent meet. See page 10.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1993-04-12, Vol. 53, No. 68|
|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.|