Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1993-02-221
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VOLUME 53, ISSUE 53 Monday, Feb. 22, 1993 WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY OGDEN, UTAH TRACK Field See pase 7 for look at Wildcat Invitational Signpost t If !; I "w-1 fK 4 i - .. TX, c wv- ' - ---- ""-l1 DANIELLE MAYBEWE SIGNPOS1 Under the hood Weber State University mechanical engineer student Kory Yelderman observes and explains the intricate parts of a truck he engineered and designed. Yelderman's truck was showcased at the WSU Engineer Fair Friday. Experimental women-only class offered Class designed to focus on learning capabilities in same gender setting Residential area source of parking contention By LAURIE ARENSMEYER Signpost staff writer While possible solutions to WSU's parking problems are being scrutinized, many students are parking in residential areas and finding themselves in a battle with the city and some residents. George Benford, traffic engineer for Ogden City, said he typically receives requests from a resident or group of residents for a "no-parking" zone. However, the request cannot be honored simply because the situation is a nuisance to the resident, he said. "A 'no-parking' zone must enhance pedestrian safety, traffic safety or general traffic flow," he said. "Students aren't doing anything wrong as far as I'm concerned," he said. "It's public parking. Kids ought to park where they want. ' "" "The residents ought to be willing to give a little. The campus was here before most of them. They should have known theconcernsof havingstudentsin thearea," he said. On the other hand, Captain A.K. Greenwood of the Ogden City Police said, "the people (residents) havea right to expect the streets to remain open. The streets are marked (with no-parking zones). They have the law on their side." However, he said, "my heart goes out to the students. I know it's a problem." See Parking page 2 By REBECCA McCORMACK Signpost staff writer An experimental women-only economics class, designed to measure women's learning capabilities in all-women classroom settings, will be offered by Weber Sta te Uni versi ty's College of Busi-nessand Economics duringspring quarter. The Social Science 101 course, Principles of Economics, will include a women-only section in addition to its other sections next quarter in order for economics professors to see "if there's anything we need to know about the way we teach women versus men in mixed groups," said Dr. Sarah Tinkler, associate professor of economics.Tinkler, who will teach the course, originally suggested the idea becausesheattended a single-sex high school and an all-women college at Cambridge in England and was very aware of the differ ence between learning in single-sex groups compared to mixed groups, she said. One difference is that men are more likely to dominate conversation in mixed groups, Tinkler said. "In mixed groups, women tend to be silent compared to men and men are more likely to interrupt," she said. "There's a lot of research from the fields of education, psychology and communication that in single-sex schools women learn better than women who are in mixed schools," she said. Substantial research conducted on elementary, secondary and uni versi ty levels suggests women tend to perform better academically in all-women settings, said Dr. Richard Alston, department of economics chairperson. "The course is designed to further test that (theory) in economics," Alston said. The course is a "research endeavor" with intent to publish results in trade publications if findings are substan tial, he said. The women-only class will give Tinkler and other professors an opportunity to see for themselves if there are any real differences in women's learning capabilities in all-women settings, Tinkler said. The course is very limited and should not be overstated, she said. Tinkler will teach two sections of Principles of Economics. The courses will be identical, except for who a ttends the class, she sa id. "I will use the same textbook, give the same lectures, assignments and tests. The educational experience will be identical to the mixed section," she said. Several sections of the course are offered in order to assure that every student who wants to take the class has the opportunity, Alston said. The department didn't seek approval for the special section from campus administrators or committees because no student will be in the situation of not being able to enroll in one of the available sections of the course, he said. "We saw no gender discrimination implications for thecourse. There is nothing here to discriminate against males or females," he said. Response to the class has been generally positive, Tinkler said. Several women have called to express excitement and interest in the course, she said. "There are some women who arereallyexcitedand planning to take the course. Even women who've got the requirement and don't need to takeit think it would be fun," she said. The first negative response to the class was in a recent letter to the editor of The Signpost, Alston said. The letter criticized those holding the class of showing prejudice and sexual discrimination. "Thestudent whowrotethe letter has totally misunderstood and didn't think to ask," he said. "Literally, we're just trying to learn more about how our students learn," he said. TODAY'S Mews NEWS Negative stereotypes limit and prevent success, Open Hour speaker says. See page 3. AKTS Hollywood celebrities brightened some of the NBA All-Star game activities in Salt Lake City. See page 5.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1993-02-22, Vol. 53, No. 53|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University|
|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.|