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r Friday, October 8, 1993 &I1OT Volume 56 Number 12 t - -1 1 "v . N I Ik " 1 1. I I STEVE CONLINTW SIGNPOST Boris Bolshakov, a member of the Russian Parliament and deputy chairman of the Committee of Defense and Security Issues, says education and persuasion are necessary for Democracy to take hold in Russia. Bolshakov spoke at Convocations Thursday. Persuasion, not rule, key to democracy By Cheryl Jensen Signpost news editor It is too early to claim democratic victory in the Russian Fed era rion d espi te go vernmen t victory this week in ousting opposition members of parliament, a member of the Russian parliament said Thursday. "We will win victory when attitudes of people are changed," Boris Bolshakov told a near-capacity audience at Convocations in the Austad Auditorium. With his wife Marina Bolshakova interpreting for him, Bolshakov said persuasion is now the key to democracy.Now that communism is no longer the political system, the country should switch from destruction of the old to construction of the new, he said. He said he would like to see young politicians who have a new philosophy of persuasion rather than rule voted into parliament. Bolshakov is deputy chairman on the committee of defense and security issues in Russia, a committee that has been abolished since the governmenf s storm of the Russian parliament this week. He said, now that parliament as it was has been abolished, he does not know what his position will be when he returns to Russia, but he will try to persuade people to be patient and wait. President Boris Yeltsin was, ironically, to blame for the oppo sition he faced by parliament, Bolshakovsaid. "He destroyed his own majority," he said. Bolshakov said Yeltsin invited his most avid and talented supporters into the executive branch. As a result, parliament was left with members who would not vote for Yeltsin's programs. Only 30 percent of parliament supported Yeltsin so reforms could notbe passed. Thebudgetand the constitution became "the weapons of opposition," ho said. Members of parliament who opposed reform and are now in jail following a government siege this week should be investigated and tried in a court, Bolshakov said. But he said there may be a problem in getting that to happen inlightof Yeltsin's admission that he has used"non-constitutional methods to enforce the constitution." Bolshakov said 70 years of communism had left Russians with an attitude that workers would be guaranteed a job, although they were also guaranteed of poor pay and poor health benefits. There was no thought of the the results of the job, he said. People became willing to jump into reform where nothing was guaranteed, he said. But with theoverthrowof communism, the country is now "trying to find the proper way to fit in the reforms." He said a lot of people are not read y to See Russian page 2 Keynote speaker urges increased diversity Education officials meet at WSU for conference By Laurie Albrechtsen Signpost staff writer The Utah System of Higher Education will request $50 million in additional state tax funds from the 1 994-95 Legislature, said Cecelia Foxley, commissioner of higher education. She reviewed the budget requests of the USHE See Assembly page 3 By Laurie Albrechtsen Signpost staff writer Affirmative action is not just tokenism but real action, asserted Afesa M. Adams in her keynote address for the Higher Education Assembly at Weber State University Wednesday. A graduate in psychology from WSU, Adams now is professor of psychology at the University of North Florida. She is a strong advocate for diversity in education and the work place. There are very few women in high positions in education and there are no women presidents among the nine col leges and universities in the state, she said. Of thenewentrantsin the work force, 85 percent are minorities and women. These people are being relegated to low status jobs causing the feeling of low status people, she said. "Ethnic jokes are inappropriate. Things that we take for granted are no longer funny," she said. "They are insensitive and in bad taste. We still have a long way to go." Now is the time for taking diversity seriously, she said. Diversity is more See Keynote page 2 Quick Takes ( ? 1 Arts WSU artist Sean Hardman struts his stuff at The DailyGrind. See Page 7 Opinion Parking is foremost on student's minds. It is worse than ever this year. See Page 4 News Learn a little more about Hispanic Heritage Month, in progress this month See Page 3 a Sports WSU's Rugby team is ready to take on a new season of rough and tumble. See Page 10 Weather 1L th ghs in the 50s. Lows in the 40s.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1993-10-08, Vol. 56, No. 12|
|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.|