Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1994-07-121
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r Tuesday, July 12, 1994 Fow caz 'f ge The time it takes to get from on driving on main street in ottba By Laurie Albrechtsen Signpost news editor The Weber State University football program and the community are on a one-year probationary period. "We have committed to the 1994 football season, but it lies in the hands of the community now," said Bruce Handley, chairman of the athletics subcommittee of the Strategic Task Force. Handley was appointed chairman of the committee as an outgrowth of the need to look seriously at athletics became apparent in December 1993. The committee met two-three times a week to put together the draft for presentation to the Board of Trustees on Thursday. Many Title IX has effect on athletic Laurie Albrechtsen Signpost news editor In a report to the Weber State University Board of Trustees, gender equity under Title IX clearly became a subject of concern to the university. In the area of Title IX issues, the university is out of line with national standards, and mustbe comparable. This has to do with football because it is contingent on the performance of football, said Bruce Handley, chairman of the athletics subcommittee for the Strategic Planning Task Force. "We have to increase women's sports. There is very imminent trouble without compliance. Be-cau'se of a complaint lodged against us, we are under scrutiny, as is one other Big Sky school. The com p 1 a in t was f i led two yea rs a go . Title IX will not go away. Cal- i- - . t ' S ) I! therefrom here point A to point B is in direct relation to speed and distance traveled. And if you are planning Layton, speed becomes a crawl with all the road construction. fac ideas were hashed out before the final considerations were drafted for consideration, he said. "We have had a severe cost constraint because of running in a deficit over a number of years. There has to be a financially sound status. The costs have to be reduced a minimum of $500,000. With that, a study of the impact, need and cost effectiveness has to be looked at," Handley said. "Because of the factors of cost and gender equity, eventually there will be only about 60 schools playing football," Handley asserted. "We are in a catch-22 position, we could make a quick cut and be done with it, but we have given the community notice. The community is the only way to save Sta te will be in compliance by 1996. This is hanging over our heads and won't go away. It can't be amended, we are more in n o n-compli-a n c e more than anyone in the state," asserted Handley. "With rising costs, Nearly 53 percent of the student body is female. About 28.5 percent of WSU's intercollegiate athletes by head-count are female. About 34.4 percent of WSU's intercollegiate athletic opportunities are filled by females. About 35.5 percent of the net cost of the individual programs is attributed to female sports. we don't have choices. We have a three-year time table," said Tom Stewart, WSU athletic director. A loss of discretionary funds and compliance with an Office of Civil Rights gffilJgXQ) "3 ' is a '111. : ,. . I f football and have a viable program," Handley said. The university must make adjustments in order to strengthen the program. Times have changed, so it is difficult or impossible to do what the university needs to do, he said. "There have been 1,307 season tickets sold as of Thursday, with more orders coming in. We are encouraged. We are a long way from where from where we want to be," said Tom Stewart, WSU athletic director. "The situation makes it difficult for the coaches. We have had a number of good athletes leave. It is difficult to have a winning program if we make promises to the recruits. The community is (OCR) report would increase the athletic department's budget by $200,000-$500,000, he said. "It is the hard est thing we have gone through. It is a no-win situation.""There is potential to turn around some sports. Women's volleyball with a better configuration and marketability is one example," Handley said. WSU President Paul H. Thompson presented a charge to the subcommittee to remember gen es one year trial CHUUK tJUWHAY fHfc blUNHUiil expecting a chance to support the team. We have to meet the criteria or face the consequences," said Fred Ball, chairman of the Board of Trustees. "As far as cost cutting, comparing levels of support, we are in the bottom two in the Big Sky. We have put more money into sports and not into repairs. That is why the facilities have deteriorated so much," said Allen Simpkins, vice president of administrative services.Promotion was discussed as a possible way of gaining support for WSU football. "Promotion hasn't changed. The market has changed. When Brigham Young See Football page 2 proposal der equity is a significant issue, especially since WSU is currently under review from the OCR. He charged the subcommittee to: Clarify the role of athletics to the mission of the university. Review the criteria that have been developed for evaluating athletics programs by a previously charges subcommittee to establish the criteria that will be used. Make one of four recommendations: a- Enhance b- Maintain c- Reduce d- Eliminate Identify the level of state allocated money and discretionary money that should go into athletics.The criteria were developed by See Equity page 2 Volume 59 Number 90 Quick Takes ;fV, " "r, - "V! , r5! 1A&E "Red Hot and Cole" heats up the Monson Theater. See Page5 News Clix Byrne serves as the eyes of blind students in several ways. See Page 2 Features Generation Xers: Have they failed to live up to baby boomer ideals? See Page 3 Sports Baseball mania has invaded theaters and video stores as well as the ballpark. See Page 7 Weather THIS WEEK Hot with chance of afternoon thunder- showers. Fire danger high.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1994-07-12, Vol. 57, No. 90|
|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.|