Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1993-03-081
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VOLUME 53, ISSUE 59 Monday , March 8, 1993 The explorers NASA money gives flight to WSU geospatial program. See page 5. WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY OGDEN, UTAH SPACF (T5 5 3t MP" NATALIE BOSWCLL THE SIGNPOST Hitting the books WITH DEAD WEEK quickly approaching Weber State University, students are forced to hit the books and pull all-night study sessions to pour over homework, textbooks and lecture notes. WSU students, Karrie Blair and Titan Trimble relax for a moment in the Stewart Library while preparing for their final exams. Dead week begins Tuesday, March 9 to make up for the Jan. 1 1 cancellation of classes because of heavy snowfall. Higher education to receive more money WSU student body president's efforts beneficial to university Utah Legislature decision good, bad for WSU, Thompson says By MICHELLE NICOLSON Signpost news editor The Utah State Legislature's funding decision for higher education was both good news and bad news for Weber State University, said President Paul H. Thompson. He spoke to WSU faculty, staff and students on Thursday. The bad news came for WSU's faculty and staff. The Legislature provided only a 3 percent compensation increase this year, less than the 4 percent increase last year. The increase includes the rising cost of benefits, which leaves about 2 percent for actual salary increases, Thompson said. "Anything you can do to lower medical and dental costs will help everyone," he said. Although average salary increases at WSU last year were greater than other Utah institutions, WSU salaries are still lower across the board, Thompson said. ... Additional funding for salaries may come from the surplus of other areas, Thompson said. "The people in the budget office are looking highand low to supplement those funds," he said. The good news for WSU includes an increase in the enrollment growth funds to $2.9 million from $925,000 last year. The increase will fund an additional 1,054 students. "However, about 580 of those students are already here," Thompson said. "We don't have to take in another 1,000 students to justify those funds." (See Thompson page 3) By MARK FORSBERG SIGNPOST government affairs editor Utah higher education students have the efforts of Utah's student body presidents to thank for more money for student services. Although the school always got the money through urgent student support funds, this year the funds were earmarked to go towards student services, like financial aid, academicadvisement and the library, said Grant Protzman, minority whip. He attributed this to the efforts of student body presidents lobying in the state legislature, including Melinda Roylance, Weber State University student body president. "I don't think higher education would have received as much money," Protzman said. "Melinda and other student body presidents did a very effective job on urgent support services." He spoke about a demonstration in which the presidents used a juggler to show the effect of supporting too many programs 'i X t A... - Melinda Roylance with too little money. "I think it got the point across," he said. "It's a tribute to Melinda and the other student body officers."Roylance said she didn't go as often as she would have liked, but felt higher education fared better than last year. On Feb. 8 she made a presentation to the higher education appropriations subcommitteeon the greatest concerns facing higher "Melinda and the other student body presidents did a very effective job on urgent support services' - Grant Protzman, minority whip education. On Feb. 10 Roylance was asked by President Thompson to deliver WSU's presentation to the subcommittee and was the only student to give a presentation. On Feb. 20 Roylance spoke at a legislative student rally attended by approximately 75 students and two representatives, althoughonly about fivestudents were from WSU. "I came prepared with a lot of facts and figures, and then I saw I couldn't give tha t kind of speech," she said. However,she received thequote of the week in Uni versi ty of U tah's student newspaper. She spoke about tuition increasing faster than minimum wage, forcing students into using financial aid. "There are more and more students on financial aid," she said. Allen Simkins, vice president of administrative services, said he felt higher education did well in this year's legislature, a! though higher education didn't get as much as it asked, and didn't ask for all it needed. "We were one of the few agencies to recei ve re-a 1 1 oca ted f u nd s," he said. "I think that says something for thestate's committment to education." He said there was only enough money available to cover mandatory costs, compensation and enrollment grants. Sal aries, insurance, health plans and other necessary costs fall into these areas. nn ODAY'S JEWS ARTS "Blue Window," a play to premiere March 9 at WSU, focuses on adult situations, themes. See page 6. Opinion Should any group retain early-registration privileges?See page 4.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1993-03-08, Vol. 53, No. 59|
|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.|