Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2000-06-201
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-MtoJ Volume 63 Issue 2 Tuesday, June 20, 2000 1 J w B R T T U N R Y Signpost ; hi ! i i hi in ii hi i i ii m AH A ' , Swts SIDE foatoros H 2 Water skiing has a new competitor as wakeboarding grows in popularity, page 5. UMT's opening show proves to be an energetic crowd pleaser, page 6. J . V A 1 Dustin Volk, a WSU student, won the Davis County Amateur, page 7. nast&ar Today High: 78 r Low: 54 Mostly Sunny Wednesday yiV High: 84 Low: 58 Mostly sun Thursday High: 86 Low: 60 Partly sunny WeatherAlntanac information provided by. NASA. Naiional Weather Service, Intellicast, and US Naval Observatory. LiTJirjr.wetier.ediisignpostJ Off J7oo tanQaO nfl9 QDneoi raDusiQ WSU to build campus housing for 400 students By Leo Tyson Dirr special assignments editor The Signpost The Promontory Tower Play Field Is Weber State University's "field of dreams," so naturally the ghostly lf-you-build-lt voice is communicating with the administration.'If you build it, will they really do their laundry here?' the voice seems to ask. A cryptic question at best for those unaware that the administration plans to begin building student housing on the play field, located just inside the 4100 South entrance, as early as September. The university wants to build enough apartment-style housing for 400 students. University housing officials estimate the project will cost $9.5 million. WSU has contracted Century Housing to manage the student housing after it has been built and will repay bonds for the project with rent revenues. The housing project highlights the administration's desire to create more of a campus community at WSU, traditionally a commuter campus. "What they're trying to do is develop a feel of a residential campus -mum te! -n. - SSEi! Ml !rz j.'ri . ' 1 ill WSU's administration plans to build student housing on the PTPlay Field. and a community and a culture, if you will," said Craige Hall, associate vice president for administrative services. An additional 400 campus residents are not exactly going to make WSU a shining example of a residential campus, Hall acknowledged, but the new housing will be a step in that direction, if only a baby step. The University of Utah, for example, has roughly 15 percent of its 25,000 students living on campus in single and married housing. In contrast, WSU has about 3 percent of its 15,000 students living on campus during fall and spring semesters. That said, the ghostly voice from the play field has a question: If you build it, how will it differfrom what you have? "We will not build anything but See Build page 3 Gov. Leavitt faces strong opposition in primary By Mark Cray news editor-The Signpost A "wounded" Mike Leavitt will be victorious over challenger Glen Davis in the upcoming Republican primary according to a Weber State University political science professor. Roydon O. Julander, chairman of the department of political science, said that Gov. Leavitt has a good chance of gaining the parry's nomination in the June 27 primary because he has not made anyone angry. "He has been very careful to do nothing that would bring him negative publicity or offend voters," he said. Of course, in politics, it's impossible to make every person happy. One of these unsatisfied people is Davis. Davis has attracted voters with his "conservative political philosophy" according to Julander. In Monday's Salt Lake Tribune, Davis said he felt the current governor was too wishy-washy for the job. He said the people "are ready for a candidate who supports Republican values." See Primary page 3 New technology degree combines software and hardware By Wes Hanna campus affairs The Signpost A new bachelor's degree approved by the Board of Trustees at their last meeting will make It possible for students to better compete in the expanding workplace of future technologies. The computer engineering technology degree would combine computer science instruction with a core of electrical circuit and computer chip engineering that is on the cutting edge of the technology Industry today. This degree fills the gap between software and hardware. We have a 50 50 match," said William Clapp, chairman of the Computer & Electronics Engineering Technology Department. It will also offer students hands-on microprocessor development according to Clapp. Microprocessors are appearing in technologies ranging from automobiles to telephones to kitchen appliances. The development of microprocessors is now Incorporating internet accessibility and networking for a new generatilon of single chip microprocessors that can function as independent computers. "Twenty-one microprocessors interact in the new Corvette. This is amazing technology," Clapp said Clapp has worked on the approval of this degree for two years, and has seen the demand for this type of education grow. A computer engineering technology emphasis has only been in place within the Computer & Electronics Engineering Technology Department since last year, but has already attracted 60 students. Employers are also looking for students with a composite background in engineering and computer science. Stephen Wlrlck, a section chief in the Hill Air Force Base Software Engineering Division said that the degree would save him both training time and money. "We hire a lot on the electronics side and have to train them on the software side," WIrick said. "The students would be more readily available to accept " would say that 10 percent of the computer science students are misplaced. A lot want to play with hard ware. William Clapp, chairman of Computer & Electronics Engineering Technology the responsibilities of the workplace." Citing sources from the Utah Information Technology Accoclation, the proposlal for the new degree showed projections for 24,000 new Jobs to open in the next three years within the Utah information technology field. It also listed the average annual wage of an Information technology employee as just over $42,000. "It's the technology Industry just booming. It's growing very fast," Clapp said. Nationally, computer related fields have been growing at an estimated 16 percent per year. At this rate, 1.3 million information technology workers will be needed in the United States within the next six years. Some of the biggest employers of computer and engineering graduates in the area include Iomega, Hill Air Force Base, and Cabletron systems,- according to Clapp. Representatives from each of these companies addressed letters in support of the new degree to the Board, of Regents.However, the department is watching the first graduate of the CET emphasis, Vern Hardy, now work with Boeing as an nuclear engineer. One predicted effect of the degree would be a reduction in the crowded Computer Science Department that has seen dramatic growth in its enrollment over the past several years. "The computer science faculty are delighted to have it reduce their load," Clapp said. According to the Computer Science Department, 733 students have declared their intention to seek a degree. Computer science classes spread over four classrooms and four lab rooms. "I would say that 10 percent of the computer science students are misplaced," Clapp said. "A lot want to play with hardware."If approved by the Board of Regents, WSU would be the only university in the state to offer this specific degree. Each university in Utah now has a chance to voice their concerns about WSU hosting this degree, but Clapp is confident that it will meet with final approval.The computer engineering technology degree, if approved, would be In place for the fall of 2000. An associates degree in computer engineering technology was also passed to complement the bachelor's degree.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2000-06-20, Vol. 63, No. 2|
|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.|