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Sports Galore! Hasketball, hockey and track. Plus lots more. Pi V n T i 9 X'V e .J LJ J Wednesday, February 24, 1999 catsis.weber.edusignpost Volume 61 Number 50 See Sports special section inside C" "11 Coach 'A' must go By Preston Truman senior sports reporter-The Signpost With public pressure mounting, the Weber Slate University Board of Trustees announced Tuesday morning that head basketball coach Ron Abegglen will dellnitely not return as coach for the 1 999-2000 basketball season. The decision Tor Abegglen not to return was officially announced Aug. 8 by WSU President Paul H. Thompson, after a domestic altercation ' between Abegglen and his wife, Nedra. But with the team's winning season and pressure from players, fans and contributors to keep Abegglen, the Board of Trustees decided to look into the matter and called a special session to vote. The Board voted unanimously to support Thompson's 7-month-old decision. "In our last session, there was a lot of interest in the Abegglen matter, so we scheduled a meeting," Thompson said. "We both reaffirmed that we would honor the agreement we made with Abegglen. Right now, we just want to focus on helping the team win, and let Abegglen be coach." Board of Trustees Chairman Richard Richards said he was sorry to sec Abegglen go, but said he wanted to back Thompson's decision."No one was really down on Abegglen," Richards said. "There has been a lot of feeling to keep him. He's done a good job, but we decided to leave the decision the way it was. We saw no just cause in overturning the deci sion. We just wanted closure on the subject, for Ron and the university." The question now becomes, who will be named the new head basketball coach'.' Thompson said the decision will be made alter the season concludes, and current assistant coaches Guy Beach and Joe Cravens are "strong candidates."Thompson is aware of recent comments made by star-forward Harold Arcencaux. On Feb. It), Arcencaux told The Signpost that he would transfer if cither Abegglen, Beach or Cravens were not named head coach for the 1 999-2000 basketball season. "We are concerned," Thompson said. "They are great players, and we want them to stay. We'll look for the best coach possible." Richards said he feels the players have gotten emotionally involved, and he said they will not be bound by their comments down the road. "The players have great affections for Abegglen and his staff," Richards said. "I think emotions get involved and sometimes things get said that aren't truly meant." Abegglen has never had a losing season in his eight seasons as WSU's coach, and will be paid a $95,000 contract buyout after the season is complete. The competitive coach has coasted through what probably should have been a tumultuous year. His team is 20-7 with two games remaining, and in contention to host the Big Sky Tournament. Many fans have voiced their opinions on the situation throughout the sea-See Coach page 6 Learning at all ages A f J. I f ' : . '' :" - t .: .. V 1 i 8 Shelly Brown and her daughter Yani listen to a presentation from the scholarship office at the Multicultural Youth Conference held Tuesday on campus. The conference was sponsored by Weber State University and the OgdenWeber Applied Technology Center to provide opportunities for potential students from various ethnic backgrounds to learn more about higher education. Students push for more child care on campus By Leo Dirr campus affair's editor-The Signpost Weber State University students may begin to find more space for their children in the university's Melba S. Lchncr Children's School, because right now things are coming together. "With the senate coming together as they are, with the funding available, with President Brian Brown and Anand Dyal-Chand behind us, and the work that Margarita Gucrra is doing, and the needs of the students being voiced, the time is right for this to happen." said Sally Farrar, nonlra-dilional student senator. In Monday's senate meeting. Farrar introduced a resolution asking the administration to provide nunc day care. "1 speak to you today, not onlv as a senator, but as a mother. You take care of my children. I'm going to be a successful student." Farrar told the senate. Farrar's resolution calls for the un i c i si l to increase its child-care capacity from 40 to 150 children. It also requests the facility he open year-round, admit infants to 5-year-old children of students and faculty and provide care during day and evening classes. Currently, the learning center isn't open summer term, accepts only 3-and 4-year-olds and closes at 5 p.m., according to Farrar's resolution. The only senator who noted a problem with the resolution, Jonathan Dawson, applied science and technology, said he felt it was asking for loo much at once. Dawson suggested the resolution should actually be two pieces of legislation. One resolution could ask for more day-caie slots and the other could ask for evening care. Farrar responded to Dawson's remarks h saving increases in both numbers and times are necessarv. The daycare at the OgdenWeber Applied Technology Center has 85 child-care slots. That's more than WSU. Farrar said. "I think that's sad." she added. "I would personally go for 300 slots. If it's too much for them, they find the daggum money." WSU should also respond to students who take ev ening classes, Farrar said. "They don't not become parents in the evenine. And. thev don't not be come students in the evening," she said, j And while increased child-care opportunities for WSU students isn't a new issue, it seems like now the climate is right for progress, said Margarita Gucrra. coordinator of Services for Women Students. That climate includes students w ho hav e voiced a concern. "Students have expressed an interest, and not just a lew students, students from different pockets of the campus." Gucrra said. Dy al-Chand. v ice president of student affairs, has also made the climate more conduciv e to increased child care. "When Vice President Anand Dyal-Chand came on in the summer, he talked with me and was support- See Care page 6 Basketball, hip -hop, laughter, love to fill Wildcat Weekend By Christian Coombs news writer-The Signpost Weber Slate University students will have a variety of events to choose from this week as the sixth-annual Wildcat Weekend begins today. "The weekend is like a mini-homecoming," said Kristen Wolfe. Associated Students of WSU executive vice president. For those students who've always wanted to try their luck on MTV's "Singled Out," the activities w ill begin tonight with WSU's own version of a dating game at 7:30 in the Shepherd Union Gallery. "We chose diverse candidates to bring students together." Wolfe said. "We'v e dime the dating game before, and it w as a lot of fun for participants."Rapper Ice T w ill be the featured speaker for Tlnu sdav 's Conv ocalion at Id a.m. i n the Shepherd 1 'moil Building ballroom. As students exit the lecluie. the men's basketball team and mascots will greet the students with doughnuts and purple grape juice. "We are very excited to have Ice T for Convocations." Wolfe said. "We anticipate a huge student turnout." Association of Registered Organizations members w ill give students the opportunity to bleed purple Thursday as they sponsor a spirit day. Various groups w ill compete for prizes to be aw arded during the prc-game party Thursday evening. The prizes will include VIP tickets to Thursday's basketball game and dinner that will he catered during hall-time. The WSU men's basketball team w ill host Cal-Stale Northridge at 9:05 p.m. "The activ ities ale not just foi the ARO groups." said Matt Darker. ARC) dnectot. "Any students ili.it w ish to get a ci i 'iip 1 1 lV her are w el come to pat t icip.it e in the ,k ti v iocs." The pie-game party is scheduled to begin .a (..45 p.m. ASW SI' will See Weekend pone 6 inside post calendar see page 2 news.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1999-02-24, Vol. 61, No. 50|
|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.|