Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1996-10-091
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l0(J?Do) Cyberspace, the last frontier The internet unveiled in byte-sized chunks. See Internet page 16 Wednesday, October 9, 1996 Volume 59 Number 16 f i "-"SSJ ' -j f r , V?; , j ?Jr3"7 ' ' C -; , - ; J l ? """l .v. JA - " ' J - - . - v - - - I Tis but a scratch... The clang of a duct tape covered rattan sword strickingthe steel of a suit of armor rang as loud as the clock tower bells on Monday. Two members of the Society of Creative Anachronism demonstrate the S.C.A.'s version of heavy fighting at the Stewart Bell Tower. The S.C.A.'s demonstrations of heavy fighting, fencing, dancing, and costumes during the first part of the week helped to bring the spirit of Came lot to Weber State University as part of this year's Homecoming activities. Don't miss the special Homecoming section in this issue of The Signpost, covering what has happened and what is on the schedule for WSU's 1996 Homecoming Week. See page 7-14. Financial aid file handling leads to investigation By Micah ). Day senior reporter- Signpost The Weber State University's financial aid office is under investigation for its practice of delaying the processing of applications submitted by student athletes. In August, the provost's office launched an inquiry after an employee acknowledged to a university committee that financial aid employees were being instructed, by Financial Aid Director Richard Effiong, to set aside all athletic financial aid applications until advised to complete. Federal law concerning financial aid states all files should be processed as soon as completed. Title IV of the congressional-Higher Education Act of 1965 states all files should be processed equally, with no preferential treatment. According to other Utah universities, their financial aid offices have also withheld athletic files from being processed in the past. Six statements from employees and former employees of financial aid, were submitted to WSU and support the allegations. One employee stated, "Our director's . policy has always been to save all of the athletes files and wait to package them last." Another employee stated, "It has been no secret that he Effiong wanted us to watch for athlete's files and put them in a separate place to be packaged later." Effiong declined to comment. Associate Provost Kathleen Lukken confirmed that Effiong had admitted to segregating the files, but she found no irregularities. Lukken explained that only athletes' files needed to be held be cause, "we have to be careful not to over award athletes." Over-awarding of financial aid funds is considered an infraction of National Collegiate Athletic Association rules. An NCAA compliance committee was established in December 1995 to review all areas of an athlete's education, including academic advisement, financial aid, eligibility, admissions and faculty representation. All financial aid is awarded on a "first come-first serve" basis. If a student's file is delayed, then funds may not exist later. "We need to develop a process where student athletes are treated fairly," Lukken said. Lukken attributed the "glitch" to be the athletic department not reporting scholarships in a "timely manner." She explained that in order for athletes to receive all eligible funds, the athletic department needs to award scholarships earlier. The athletic departments' Compliance Coordinator David Ridpath said, "That is partially correct." He went on to explain the athletic department has signing dates that don't coincide with financial aid deadlines. "The problem at Weber is we're not the first choice for athletes," Ridpath said. He explained athletes need to be signed sooner than they are. Volleyball and men's and women's basketball programs have the ability to sign athletes before the April 1 5 financial aid awarding deadline. Ridpath said sports such as football and track do not have that option. See File page 3 inside post opinion: see page 4 special section: see page 7 features: see page 16 sports: see page 15 classifieds: see page 19 horoscopes: see page 20 WSU Students: take a seat in a Lair chair New furniture in The Lair with engraved WSU logo costs $200 apiece By Alisa C. Rasmussen news editor-Sgnposf There is something new in the Wildcat Lair, and it's not a new dance floor. Students at Weber State University will finally get the chance to sit down, but not on regular chairs. These chairs were $200 apiece, and a total of 100 will slowly make their way into the Lair as they are delivered. "That's what happens when you buy a quality chair," said Mike Ellis, Shepherd Union Building director. "They are good quality, and I think people, when they see quality, will treat them with respect. And they're also comfortable." Ellis said the union building had saved enough funds to buy something nice. "Even standard chairs run anywhere from $130 to $150 apiece, so we got something nice for just a bit more," he said. The new chairs are solid hardwood with the WSU logo laser engraved on each and every one. "We thinkitwill reflect the theme oftheroom," EHissaid. "Wewanted them here to represent the history and traditions of Weber State Uni See Chair page 5 fa r - j lJ!it -ftjjl: Jeff Clark and James Barton do their homework in comfortable, and stylable chairs in The Lair on the second floor of the union building.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1996-10-09, Vol. 59, No. 16|
|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.|