Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2002-07-161
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INSIDE pa oThe n Volume 65 Issue 5 Utah has some culinary items that are unique to the state, see page 5 www.wsusignpost.com Tuesday, July 16,2002 ita By Brandy Lee managing editor The Signpost Many hot topics were discussed during the Board of Regents meeting at Southern Utah University Tuesday. The main point Chairman Nolan Karras and Commisioner for Higher Education Cecelia Foxley wanted to emphasize was that the special legislation done July 8th and 9th was only a temporary fix. A $173 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year 2003 caused the Legislature to scramble for ways to fill the hole. Public and higher education were the first targets because the majority of state tax dollars goes to education. Preliminary numbers looked grim for higher education, cutting 1 .6 percent from the budget. Gov. Mike Leavitt showed an unexpected level of support, telling the Republican party he did not want education to be touched by budget cuts. After several closed-door meetings between the governor and the GOP, the final figure came in at 11:41 p.m. It gave higher education, except the College of Eastern Utah, a 0.56 percent budget cut. This is equivalent to $3,161,600. University presidents must now decide where cuts of about $395,200 per institution will come from. "You have to give the governor credit. He went toe to toe with legislative leadership," Rep. Afton Bradshaw said. The Master Planning for Funding Committee also discussed how to approach the legislature to achieve financial goals in the future. In the past, the Board of Regents used the population growth card as a means of obtaining more funds. "We have ridden the growth horse as long as we can," Kerry Romesburg, president of Utah Valley State College, said. "We need to find something else." "We have ridden the growth horse as long as we can. We need to find something else". Kerry Romesburg Utah Valley State College president University of Utah President Bernie Machen said it is a big job getting the Legislature to trust the Board of Regents. He also said regents were talking around the real issue, which is who going to control higher education in Utah, the regents or the legislature? "Legislators do things for their own purposes, and we get a hodgepodge of action," Machen said. While the regents will continue to contemplate the matter, Karras wants the regents as a whole to come up with a plan to have projections on higher education five years from now. "I do not believe that I will be able to tell you what the budget will look like in five years, but I want to be able to tell you what we can do with it," Karras said. Presidents can breathe a small sigh of relief because the session is over, but they can not relax completely because cuts may not be finished, Karras said. If the economy does not tum by November, universities could be facing cuts all over again. "We plugged the hole with one-time See Budget page 3 Pops concert ends with bang i - i; - , - JSt The New American Symphony Orchestra (top) played the National Anthem and other music, which was followed by a fireworks show (bottom). Despite heat, thousands came out to celebrate community and family togetherness while enjoying in the John and Tclitha Lindquist Summer Pops Concert and fireworks show. Many might have called it an end to a perfect summer night, listening to the sounds of music as the sun putting off hues of orange, red and yellow, is setting on the horizon. Marsha Rich and her family called it "a wonderful night to be with your family while enjoying music and fireworks." "We have been coming for years, and we love it," Rich said. Sponsored by the Lindquist family of Ogden, this year marked the concert's 24th year at Weber State University. The scheduled 60-minute concert featured the New American Symphony Orchestra, along with a batten' of 1 7 cannons. On the steps of the Ada Lindquist Plaza, with the pond in the foreground, the symphony played such songs as the National Anthem and "Happy Birthday" (to John A. Lindquist). Other music-featured included the "1X12 Overture," "American Salute." "Grease" and "The Wild Wild West." To wrap up the summer night celebration, the concert was followed by a fireworks show, complete with background music by the symphony. Video-on-demand alternate training By Carolyn Losee business editor The Signpost Since Sept. 11, 2001, business owners have more options in budgeting for business training programs that do not involve air travel. These training alternatives feature online video, local job services and in-house employee training. Brainware.TV, a syndicated broadband video-on-demand site, is marketing its product toward educated and informed businesses. Whenever business people need to solve business problems VODbrainware.TV offers 130 new business training videos. Offering up to 20 language translations, the video subjects include interviewing, sexual harassment, legal issues, sales, management, diversity, leadership and other business skill categories. Employees in any organization throughout the world can view a training program without leaving their desks or homes. They range from 20 to 30 minute presentations lor less than $50. Workforce Services in Davis Counts', co sponsored by Weber State University Small Business Development C'cntei, oilers two-hour workshops lor $10, which include lunch. These workshops present training topics including workplace safety, sexual harassment, and how to develop training programs. Interested individuals can contact their local job services to schedule for these business training workshops. Beverly King, assistant director of the Small Business Development Center, said businesses arc busy, and online training is immediate and flexible enough to meet their time schedules. "Taking that a step further, business owners are so busy that they may not pursue the training at all," King said. "They just keep going along with the problems. Sometimes live training forces the owner to set the time aside." Another option for video business training can be accessed online at www.learninglibrary.com. The course is a multi-media library, promising comprehensive user-friendly courses and related learning. The average cost to a business owner is approximately $40 for a 60-minutc training presentation. Art Bauer, a business video producer, suggested that video training saves money. "The price is 80 percent less than conventional training, a value no one can afford to pass by," he said. King supports the idea that businesses are iooking lor the most effective and least expensive method of training. Video and woikplacc training could be cheaper than sending employees to out-ol -state training conventions. "If a business ow ncr is tr ing to run large groups of employees through training, I believe live training is more vlteclivc," King' said "If you arc training one or two people in your human resource department, video training woiks wonderfully. It may also serve to build a library that can be resourced over and over." You can reach reporter Carolyn Losee by calling 626-7624.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2002-07-16, Vol. 65, No. 5|
|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.|