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j ra cnnrvc j V& 2 1 1 Lady 'Cats lose to University of Utah in season's final game, see page 7. A. British band 'Dum Dums' hits the United States scene with their Crystal Howe, sophomore basketball player, brings potential to season, see page 7. a- f new MCA album, see onge fa. ; a Volume 63 Issue 34 Monday, November 27, 2000 j 4 1 V -1 1 4 -M. L w B MSOD resells Q sippErtouaQ ff By Lisa Roskelley editor in chief The Signpost By Wes Hanna campus affairs editor The Signpost With the passage of the Faculty Senate proposal for student access to two questions off faculty evaluations, students will now be able to find out if classes and their professors are considered effective by student peers. For three years, at least. WSU instructor speaks up for LDS women By Leo Tyson Dirr assignments editor The Signpost Feminism and Mormonism may seem incompatible to many people, but not to Becky Johns. The Weber State University communication instructor considers herself both feminist and faithfully Mormon. She does critical research on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and points out the frustrations some LDS women feel because of their church's patriarchal hierarchy. She also said she values her membership and hopes her research never causes her problems with church leaders. "But I don't believe the church is perfect," Johns said. "So I'm going to voice my concerns. Is that any less than what Christ would do?" Johns is planning to teach a class about women in LDS culture in fall 2001 . She hopes Continuing Education will sponsor the class, which has not been approved yet. Thethree-credit-hour class would include such topics as church doctrine on birth control and abortion, ordinances, Relief Society and women's relationship to the priesthood. "I don't expect to change anybody's mind about religion," Johns said. "I just want to enable students to explore the topic of women and religion in a safe place. You just don't go into Relief Society and start talking about how difficult it is to be a Mormon woman. That's just not appropriate." Women's Studies coordinator Sandra Powell might team-teach the class with Johns. "It certainly is an interesting class because the LDS Church If u ; H R T A The two questions ask students to rate the effectiveness of the professor and the class and will be the only information then released for student access in this three-year pilot program. The three year trial of the evaluation release was suggested by Michelle Heward, professor of criminal justice, when questioning how long the data would be held for public use. No additional expense will be incurred by having the evaluations available to students longer than a year, Faculty Senate decided. seems to be overtly denouncing feminism," Powell said. Religious studies at public institutions often draw criticism from people who think the classes will either promote or bash religion. Such was the case earlier this year when Utah Valley State College administrators received hundreds of telephone calls from people with those concerns about its new Mormon cultural studies lecture series. UVSC received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund the lecture series. Eugene England, UVSCwriter-in-residence and proponent of Mormon studies, said those concerns are unfounded. "There are religious studies programs all over the world that manage to avoid those problems quite well," En-glandsaid. "It's really a matter of people imagining what might happen rather than what actually happens." If Johns does teach the class on women in LDS culture, she will bring a convert's perspective to the topic. She was baptized into the LDS Church when she was 2 1 . Her husband, Brent Johns, is a stake high counselor. Johns will receive her doctorate in communication from the University of Utah in December. She wrote her dissertation on coded messages in the personal narratives of female Mormon missionaries. She studied hundreds of public documents, such as journals, oral histories and autobiographies of sister missionaries, and looked for coded feminist messages. See LDS page 3 Signpost T E U As part of the last minute amendment, the legislation will be reviewed for usefulness and effectiveness after the three year period with the option to change or discontinue student access to the evaluations. The legislation was passed in response to a Signpost request submitted to the university in July for access to all student evaluations of faculty. The request was an attempt to let students know how professors and classes were ranked by their r A A-' ! Camille Cardon takes a box of 'Good Times' By Danielle Blaisdell senior news reporter-The Signpost The Ogden LDS Institute of Religion donated $ 1 , 1 00 worth of food, including 70 turkeys, to the needy last week. The food provided several people in the Ogden area with a Thanksgiving dinner. The service project was started by a benefit concert held Oct. 27 with music groups Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband and T minus Five. People in attendance brought money and cans of food for admission. Jason Wright and Camille Cardon, vice president and secretary of the LDS Institute Good Times Committee, have been greatly involved in the project. "We decided we wanted to do a service project so the Good N V uaoDflaQaeiras reDoas peers in the past through faculty evaluations that are done in every class at the end of each semester. "I try to find as much out about a professor as I can," said Weber State University student Kaylee Gardner. "I don't think the questions they passed in Faculty Senate help students any though." Gardner is not alone in questioning the usefulness of the two questions, either. The Faculty Senate was split on the decision to pass the legislation, voting 14-13 to pass it. h. v J food from Melanie Jolley for Catholic Community Services Nov. 21. make a happy Thanksgiving Times Committee decided it was a good time to do it," Cardon said. Wright and Cardon took on the task of buying food. Cardon said they filled up five to six carts, and was impressed with the stores' hospitality. When Macey's found out the food was for a service project, they helped box everything up, and Smith's gave them a discount on the turkeys."It's neat to see how much people help," Cardon said. Aside from the purchased food, Wright said they also had a couple closets full of canned goods from the concert. It took a car, a Ford Explorer, and a Jeep packed full to deliver the food. One place that received food was Catholic Community Services on 23rd Street in Ogden. "I don't know of anybody who's been turned away," said Linda R T Y One of the objections to releasing the two questions posed by the Faculty Senate was how accurately the information would be in painting a reliable picture of each faculty member. Eric Amsel, a professor in the psychology department, expressed his concerns about how students will interpret the data. "Faculty have the experience to judge the data from the evalua- See Release page 5 tit - '.' A If Fausey, volunteer at the center. She explained that peo ' must obtain a food card by showing documentation and then they are able to come to the center and get the food they need. "They've been doing this since I was young," she said. Members of the Good Times Committee also took food to other places around Ogden, including Your Community Connection, the Ogden Rescue Mission and St. Anne's shelter. Committee member Melissa Grondel was one of the volunteers who helped deliver the three carloads of goods. "It's just nice that the institute can give back to the community some of the things Weber State gives to us," she said. Anyone still wishing to donate canned goods or turkeys can take them directly to the mentioned places.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2000-11-27, Vol. 63, No. 34|
|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.|