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INSIDE 4V 11 An exhibit showcasing works of art from across the nation, See page 5 K ") SrrI M M I f ! .X Volume 65 Issue 58 wsusignpost.com Friday, January 3 1 , 2003 iLii. yT xTn T,l Another round of Higher Education budget talls Tug-of-war for tuition funding at Capitol By Wendy Leonard special assignments editor The Signpost ' Determining the worth of tuition , Utah State Legislature's Higher Education Subcommittee met Wednesday afternoon. At the Utah State Capitol, issues including skyrocketing enrollment, tuition increases arid financial aid were subjects of heated debate. As the third meeting of the 2003 Legislative Session was underway, students throughout Utah had to trust that representatives, senators, commissioners and student leaders alike would come to an agreement on how tuition dollars are best spent. Boyd Garriott, senior fiscal analyst for the committee, estimates Utah's higher education institutions will experience an increase of at least 25,000 students in the next seven to 10 years, unless enrollments are capped or admission standards are altered. In good economic times, institutions of higher education can more easily absorb increases in enrollment. However, when combined with a flagging economy, surging enrollment cannot support itself in higher education costs and spending. "The Regents' "This is a system starved to death." that is coming close to getting David Gladwell senator 4 ti tflml ' SSil it milt 3m new growth funding formula takes into account both growth and inflation. Here in Utah, we have not funded inflation before," said Steve Bennion, Southern Utah University president. Members of the committee openly pondered the possible results of implementing an enrollment cap: alteration of admission standards, redistribution of student populations to other institutions, discouraging high risk or disadvantaged students from pursuing a college education and a reduction in r'.-- . w N :: t t n A 4 offerings of remedial courses offered at the college level. "This is a system that is coming close to getting starved to death," said Senator David Gladwell. "You can't accomplish a strategy unless you have some way to implement it." Referring to the socioeconomic status of Utah, Utah Student Association President Billy Edwards told the committee that more students in Utah pay their own tuition and have less access to available financial aid than in any other state. "Students in the state of Utah face unique situations compared to their peers in other states," Edwards said. Edwards voiced understanding about onetime tuition increases, but raised concern about the trend of these increases. "It is the perpetual increases, year-in and year-out, that are troublesome," he said. He asked the committee to recognize the ongoing tactics of tuition increases and the spiral effect it has on students when there is a lack of state support. "For students living paycheck to paycheck, this (increases) make all the difference in whether they continue to go to school or prolong education and get back into the workforce," said Ryan Vogel, Utah Valley State College student body president. See Budget page 3 i-Toress or chanqes stereotypes By Suzie Clayton sr. news reporter The Signpost Despite reputation, the math department has more to show for itself than disgruntled students. Especially with professors like George Kvernadze, many students said he is the variable in an equation for student success. "If I was going to grade him, I'd probably give him an 'A,'" said Cindy Rolfe, a Weber State University freshman. "He tries to involve the class and he's willing to work with students." With the help of a friend, Kvernadze came to the United States in 1993 to study at the University of New Mexico, where he received a doctorate in numerical analysis. This was in addition to a doctorate in approximation theory he had received in his home country of Georgia. For Kvernadze, America truly is the land of opportunity. "I am very grateful to this country," he said. "I feel like I have two homelands." After receiving his degree, Kvernadze planned on going back to Georgia, but found more opportunities in the United States. Georgia is still trying to recover from the Soviet Union's fall in 1991. "The economic situation was getting worse in Georgia, and there was a great opportunity here. I could help support my family in Georgia," he said. "We're still trying to rebuild our country." After graduating from the University of New Mexico, WSU was one of the first to offer him a job. He came to WSU in February and loved the mountains covered in snow; he's been here ever since. "I really like it here," Kvernadze said. "I like my colleagues and the students are great. I see people with open hearts, eyes and ears. They are open to learn." Along with the courses he teaches at WSU, he is also part of a program which helps local i A George Kvernadze teaches a Calculus III class. His teaching method has changed students' perceptions of math. math teachers further their education. Tamas Szabo, a WSU math professor, is the head of the Bridging the Gap program. "When picking people for the program, there was one person I never hesitated on," Szabo said. "He keeps his standards high and students still like him." Kvernadze was a willing participant and enjoys working with local teachers. He feels as though teachers don't receive the credit they deserve in society especially junior high and high school teachers, where they have such an impact on children . "I believe it's very important," he said. "I'm proud to be a part of this. A good teacher can make a difference. I am a mathematician because of a high school teacher." See Stereotypes page 3 is A discussion of opinions Expressed opinions, some with a heated response of war with Europe, concluded Thursday's honors issues forum, as those in attendance questioned those on the panel. Robert S. Perry, a retired colonel in the U. S. Army, and Richard Ulibarri, a history professor who specializes in war, participated in a panel discussion which focused mostly on the possibility of a war in Iraq. "I don't think we should go to war unless someone has found weapons of mass destruction," Perry said. "But, there is a timetable in taking military action." How long should the military occupy without taking action, he asked. "We just should not slide into war without our feet planted, knowing where we arc," Ulibarri said. Perry said the war on terrorism does not solely occupy Iraq and the middle east. "Osama bin Laden, al-Qaida, and Saddam Hussein, are just a subordinate part of a larger issue," Perry said. Over the next few years, America will become a major player on the world stage. America could help shape the world, he said. If we are not on the side of tolerance, then America is sowing their seeds for the future. Although, Perry did poiny out, "We should not flinch from regime task in Iraq "We are the sole super power," Perry said. In discussion of the politics of past wars, in comparison to the politics of presents wars, Ulibarri was apprehensive of supporting war in Iraq. "I am opposed to going to war on a hunch," Ulibarri said. "That is not a particularly learned opinion, it's just an opinion."
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2003-01-31, Vol. 65, No. 58|
|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.|