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GOT MILK? Wildcat tops the fl charts at public Weber State University The O O 1 j relations J competiti See page 5 r Volume 66 Issue 59 wsusignpost.com Wednesday, February 4, 2004 o Political party offers student involvement in government By Wendy Leonard editor in chief The Signpost Politics is fast becoming a hot topic of discussion in the nation. Weber State University is joining the multitude with its own political affiliation. The "Nation ot Wildcats party promises to support low costs and unity in quality education, as they turn out candidates familiar with leadership skills and issues on campus. "This gives an opportunity to students to really make a difference, to get involved in student government because they care and because they believe they can make a difference," said NOW President Trent Hooper. Hooper said most students font know what the university s doing about parking and :ther issues facing the campus. The party hopes students could be informed and provide suggestions and critiques about how things are done. In November, WSU senators passed a bill that allows party organization by any group of students who wish to do so for the purpose of gaining political influence and governmental control within Weber State University Student Association, and directing student government policy. The "Party Time" bill was passed in hopes that allowing VonofWiid CJNi ( (1 n m m n n i r -a c - VJ n v political parties into student government will dramatically increase the visibility of student government. Aaron Nail, author of the "Party Time" bill and WSUSA elections committee chairman, has researched other campuses and found WSU is one of the last to implement the political process on its campus. "We're trying to get more students involved in student government," Nail said. "It gives them a chance to organize all year round, fight for issues, become sort of a lobbying force or political action committee and have a say in student government." Nail hopes party affiliation will encourage more students to get involved, which will lead to more candidates on the ballot for the upcoming spring elections. Requirements for starting up a political party include submitting a petition to the WSUSA elections committee with at least 25 signatures, filling out an application, and founding a party platform. The NOW Party will be WSU's first organized political party. The platform of the party is identified in three parts: service, communication and unity. "We want to serve students more, and truly be in our positions as student government," said party organizer Ben Joe Markland. The responsibilities of the positions within student government are to serve and represent the student body. In order to better serve students as leaders, NOW supports the saving of student funds. The See Party page 3 WSU student Samantha Bautista studies as she and Christie Dykstra donate blood. Karlie Asahina of the Red Cross is bandaging Dykstra after her donation. The Red Cross visited Weber Slate on Monday, taking blood donations. Bautista donated because she wanted to help save a life and also find out her blood type. -'A J V1 i J S i V ' JH J P 4 Is i ; v s System overhaul Camus -evaluates new $6 miHion computer program By Geoff Liesik special assignments The Signpost In the next year, Weber State University will complete the implementation of a $6 million information management system that is-drawing criticism from at least one campus administrator. Funded almost entirely by second-tier tuition over a five-year period, with some monies provided by the university, the school will convert from the soon-to-be-obsolete STAARS system to SCT's Banner system by early 2005. The new program will link student services, human resources, finance and alumni together .with , the . intent of providing students, faculty and staff with improved access to the information they need. Jean Fruth, WSU director of administrative computing and project manager for the Banner conversion, said implementing a new program is necessary because the STAARS system is based on a dying computer language. "The biggest problem we , have, that was the impetus to all this," Fruth said, "was that our legacy student system (STAARS), as good as it is, has not been able to sustain veiy well the advent of the Web and the growth of enrollment at Weber State." Faith, who recently returned from an SCT-sponsored conference in California where she presented WSU's Banner implementation experiences to attendees from 30 other schools, said the adoption of Banner has raised WSU's profile with other universities and colleges around the nation. "Since Weber State has this vision, and SCT has other schools struggling with how to pull it together, they had asked if I would go out and just help them," Fruth said. "We'll go out there to conferences and share what Weber State has done." WSU is not the only school in Utah moving to Banner. Utah State University, Southern Utah University, Utah Valley State College, College of F.astem Utah, Snow College and Dixie College arc also making the change, which Fruth said gives the schools more power when dealing with SCT at the bargaining table. ' " I drink tiiis is a very exciting opportunity," she said. "The consortium of other schools in the state has been a great benefit, not only to Weber State, but to all the colleges and universities. In terms of sharing and learning and cost sharing, it's been a huge plus." Not everyone agrees with Fruth's positive outlook for the new system. WSU Financial Aid Director Richard Effiong, whose office is included in the student services module of the conversion, said the ongoing transition from the homegrown STAARS system to Banner is a step backward for. his office and tire students it serves. "It's like you are driving a Cadillac and they take it from you and give you a Pinto," Effiong said. Student financial aid applications are currently processed and packaged by financial aid technicians and counselors on only three computer screens. Using Banner, employees will have to use 12 screens to complete the same job, adding more time entering data into a computer See System page 3 Senate takes administration to task over EdPass, parking fees By Paul Garcia managing editor The Signpost EdPass and the move to online course brochures for summer semester headlined A londay's meeting of the Weber State University Student Association. EdPass will allow all WSU students, faculty and staff to ride UTA buses for free by showing their WSU Wildcards. This year it was free thanks to a grant. Next year it won't be; it will cost WSU $140,000 to $160,000 peryear according to NormTarbox, vice president of WSU Administrative Services. Tarbox began the meeting by to a letter from the senators expressing their displeasure with the way EdPass was initiated. He said that last spring, he and WSU President F. Ann Millner devised a plan to reach a final verdict for EdPass and WSU. After surveys and meetings, the plan for this year was to decide how it was finalized. Tarbox said that's how it played out at other venues, but not for the senate, where some members misunderstood the process. "There's been some angst expressed by representatives of this group," Tarbox said. "We've heard that angst, we apologize for that, and re-commit ourselves to work better with the student senate." He wanted suggestions from the senators as to how EdPass should be with last spring's student government elections. He said 900 students responded to the survey and they had the responses of 500 faculty members. "Sixty-two percent of the individuals responded, 'Yes, I would be supportive if the ultimate costs of this program is $15-25 per person, per year,'" Tarbox said. However, there was some dissent about the number of participants Tarbox said were surveyed. "Of the 2,340 students that voted in elections last year, 811 participated in the suvey, not 900," said Jo Overton, the Native American Student Senator. She added that 63 percent of the respondents felt the cost should be funded primarily by those who use the UTA. idea of how we feel about it; 8 1 1 students is not that many," Overton said. The cost will be spread among a large number of people, Tarbox said. It will be $15-25 per student, regardless of who rides, and driving wilLbecome more expensive to encourage mass transit use. EdPass funding possibilities include the revenue from increased parking pass costs (next year an A pass will be $10 more, and a W or RW pass will be $8 more) and WSU subsidy. The $20 charge to pay for Dee Events Center parking will go toward shuttle bus leases and maintenance. Student fees will not be used to pay for EdPass, Tarbox said.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2004-02-04, Vol. 66, No. 59|
|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.|