Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1993-11-171
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L j ! 4 Wednesday, November 17, 1993 1 ! ) : I :j , l - , "'jv . Dilemma: Higher salaries vs. health benefits By Lisa Day Signpost staff writer Richard McDermott has proposed that Weber State University cut health care costs by $900,000 and apply the money toward salaries for faculty and staff. "Health care benefits and salaries come from the same pool of money. The price for health care has been increasing 20 to 30 percent a year and now consumes 26 percent of employees salaries," said McDermptt, of business administration, who also received his master's degree in health care. McDermott, along with Joan Ogden, an actuary from Salt Lake City, performed a study on the SFAC open meeting vote today By Laurie Albrechtsen Signpost campus affairs editor The Student Fee Allocation Committee will meet today to decide if the final work meeting allocating funds will be open or closed to the public. Marie Kotter, vice president of student services, said "I am taking a low key approach because the students have to face their constituents about their decisions. I have no advice for the committee except to listen and to talk to each other." "Each of the committee members need to be able to think about the subject themselves and talk among each other to come to a consensus," said Kotter Tuesday, in response to the meeting See SFAC page 2 medical benefits at WSU and the reasons for the increases. "We looked at the areas companies spent the most money and the national trends. We found that the most money was spent on hospital admissions and chiropractors. Fifty percent of the inpatient care was found to be unnecessary," McDermott said. McDermott presented 46 recommendations to the President's Council to prevent health care costs from consuming salaries. The four programs being used are: The Advantage Plan, Health Care, Health Choice and FHP. One of McDermott's recommendations was to do away with the Advantage Plan, and replace it with a plan that would be more Professor looks back By Cheryl Jensen Signpost staff writer Geography Chairman Don Murphy said he's been at Weber State University "since the glaciers receded." But he's actually been here 29 years. He's been a lot of other places in his life; teaching, studying climatology and leading field expeditions of students. His six years as chairman of the department will be up next summer. He wants to devote more of his time to teaching, he said. Geography is "what's going on around us," he said. "It affects the environment and atmosphere. If there's an earthquake in Tokyo it could affect our economy," he added. He teaches physical geography, meteorology, aerial photo interpretation, climatology and the geography of Africa and North America. Murphy, who focuses right now on desert climatology and is preparing a text on regional climatology, won some fame in the "1970s when his explanation of STEVE CONLINTHE SIGNPOST beneficial and cost effective. "The Advantage Plan gives the least benefits, but costs the most," McDermott said. "If the Advantage Plan were allowed to continue at its current rate of yearly inflation, this one plan alone would consume the entire wage and salary pool by the year 2002." "The biggest problem with the health care plans, especially the Advantage Plan, is that they offer too little preventative care. My recommendations for the new plan would be to provide more preventative care and have managed care cost controls," said McDermott. Doing away with the Advantage Plan and replacing it with a more managed plan would save f "- 4 V ERIC JOHNSEN7HE SIGNPOST Geography Chairman Don Murphy looking at pictures with a stereo viewer. daylight savings time made it into the Congressional record. When Congress voted for daylight savings, Murphy wrote letters to local and national lawmakers and to school officials and newspaper editors. He explained that on daylight savings, noon is actually 12:30 p.m. by the sun in some places. In one part of the country, children were going to school at 8 a.m. would be going in the dark, and in another time zone children going to school Oh the lookout A lone Border Patrol agent scans the Rio Grande south of Del Rio, Texas. During fiscal year 1993, over 42,000 illegal immigrants were captured in the Del Rio sector which encompasses over 110,000 square miles. about $500,000 a year, McDermott said. Redesigning the Health Care and Health Choice plans would save about $325,000 a year. Changing prescription procedures would save about $31,000, and cutting down on emergency center visits, $35,000 a year. "Co-payments would be raised from $5 to $10 in order to reduce unnecessary utilization under the new plan," McDermott said. "I would also like to see an after-hours clinic opened in the area to give patients an alternative to the emergency room." Administration feels that employees and staff should be able to decide how much money goes to salaries and health care, McDermott said. at 29 years at 8 a.m. would be going in sunlight, so daylight savings time did not save daylight in some places. His letter appeared in theStandard-Examiner as an editorial and U.S. Rep. Gunn McKay picked it up and read it to Congress, which changed its decision on daylight savings time. "He sent a letter to me saying, 'when we passed, it we didn't know what we were doing.' Can you imagine Congress not knowing what they're doing?" Fittingly, his office has a view of the Wasatch fault which runs through a maintenance building at the foot of the mountains. Murphy said he can see weather patterns over the mountains and other geographical interests. He inherited the view with his position of chairman, he said. But he said he just wants to be in the classroom. Six years of doing paperwork as chairman is enough, he said. Murphy has applied for sabbatical forsummer 1995-96 to visit the Sahara Desert and work on a text he is preparing on desertclimatology. Volume 56 Number 29 v j ' r i r s " v Ll News Raj and Priti Kumar head to India to teach and lecture throughout the country. See Page 2 : I ik W -is- Rent-a-composer visits Weber State University, Thursday, featuring Marvin Hamlisch. See Page 7 IZ Features NAFTA from a different point of view: the Texas Border patrol. See Page 6 lj Sports WSU running back Markeith Ross was selected as Big Sky Player of the Week for the third time in four weeks. .See Page 10 7 A T Cold, clear with chance of snow. j ' - y ' '
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1993-11-17, Vol. 56, No. 29|
|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.|