Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2001-03-191
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editorial lrW coUenesii M II sports mm mm . II. II II I Ml III II II i t Preston McConkie talks about guns as protection and his right as a husband, homeowner, page 4 As a heads up for the Olympics, the Jr. Curling Championship is at the Ice Sheet, page 6. Volume 63 Issue 54 ilpJA, 1 School of Business' " competition gives - , v-' students chance to " ! s ad win cash, page 5. Ly S H "" """ Monday, March 19, 2001 Signpost w E B R T A T U N V R I T Y TToiintlnffDirQ Bmjciresis approved! r spmcjj BuirosiCi By Lisa Roskelley editor in chief The Signpost While students were away at spring break, the regents were in St. George raising tuition 5.5 percent for all of Utah's higher education institutions. In addition to that base hike, Weber State University students will aJso be facing a 1.5 percent second tier tuition hike, totaling a 7 percent increase, $58 a semester, beginning next fall. The new second tier of tuition hikes, just approved by the legislature last month. allows individual institutions to request additional tuition increases to address their specific needs. WSU was on the lower end of that deal, with only 1 .5. Regents approved a 7 percent increase for Utah Valley State College giving those students a 12.5 percent increase. But, the legislature had more of an impact than approving a second tier. It is also because of the funds allocated by the legislature that regents decided to go to a 5.5 percent increase rather than the 4 percent increase approved in November. The legislature requires tuition increases fund 25 percent of money allocated for salary compensation. So in order for the regents to use all of the money offered to them for salary compensation, tuition had to be raised 5.5 percent. WSU's additional tuition revenue, which is expected to be around $300,000 next year, will go toward acquiring a new computer system. "In the next few years we're going to need a lot of money to fund our computer systems," Thompson said. Thompson is also hoping, in addition to tuition money, the legislature and higher education system will help fund the new multi-million dollar system needed to update the system used for registration and other student records. . And while the institutional increase did not happen without a fight the fight did not come from the expected candidates, students, or for expected reasons. In order to request a second tier increase from the regents, WSU adrninistrators had to talk to faculty senate, student senate and hold a public hearing. The latter is yet another thing courtesy of this legislative session. The hearing was held March 9, the Friday before spring break began, an unfortunate time according to WSU President Paul Thompson. With only a handful, about 10, of students and three times that in faculty, staff and administrators, Thompson met little opposition here. The fight came when he presented the increase to WSU's Board of Trustees Tuesday. Trustee Seldon Young, the only nay vote, was upset that he had read about the proposal in the newspaper instead of getting a phone call or e-mail from Thompson. sBbOEBG pFDG3llQC8DD!iD By Melissa Mikesell managing editor The Signpost Passion is the epitome of theater, and Tracy Callahan, an associate professor of theater at Weber State University, is anything but passionless. Callahan's recent successes as director for 'The Serpent" and "The Birthday Party" show signs of her passion for her profession. "Serpent" was one of eight plays invited to nationals at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. last year, and "Birthday" went to rcgionals this year. "I think Tracy's many successes arc a direct result of the level of commitment and passion she puts into the productions she directs." said Brett Palmer, a WSU theater arts major. "Success is worked for in my opinion, and she definitely deserves every bit of success that comes her way." Palmer also attributes her success to her willingness to confront and discuss issues not everyone wants to discuss. Callahan is considered a fighter in a world that doesn't have much fight left. "We don't seem to have a lot of issues that we really want to fight anymore, and I think it's important on college campuses that we take a stand." Callahan said. "I feci that there is a certain amount of apathy throughout the country in young people, but I think Americans have become really lazy about taking a stand." Teaching and directing theater is Callahan's way of taking a stand. She hopes that when people attend her plays they are confronted with certain issues and learn ,. ,? .4 Ji, " X 5 ' ; ; 3 f """" " ) - r-z- i I y Y i ! - " Tracy Callahan something new while being entertained at the same time. "I hope audiences walk away wondering what they could do or even just have an opinion on ... what has just been presented in front of them," Callahan said. 'To me that's a step in the right direction." Experimental and contemporary Edgy it's only one word, but it is a strong one and is often used to describe Callahan and her productions. "I'm one of those people that if you say 'You can't do that,' then I have to go do it or conquer it," Callahan said. According to Corey Atkins, a WSU theater arts major, she follows her heart and puts it into her work with full force. Tracy is. simply put. a brilliant director." said Corey Atkins, a WSU theater major. "I think her success comes from her style as a director, which is, I guess, an extension of her style as a person." Callahan prefers more experimental and Opening eyes across the world By Melissa Mikesell managing editor The Signpost Those who can afford something as simple as corrective lenses often take vision for granted, but for others who are less fortunate, a used, old pair of glasses could be a life changing experience. Hope Alliance, a Utah-based humanitarian group, provides medical aid and other services needed in third-world communities with the desire of helping those who can't afford health-care. The organization travels to these poor areas and serves what they call medical missions where they distribute donated goods such as medicines or health-care products. Several Weber Slate University students are involved with Hope through organizations such as the Pre-mcdical Society. This year they want to collect used glasses before going to several impoverished places. "Glasses are a readily available resource because a lot of people have old glasses that they aren't using and they don't know what to do with them," said Todd Grunandcr, vice president of WSU's Pre-medical Society. "We hope to have these glasses donated instead of just sitting around and collecting dust." When glasses are donated they are sent with groups going on different medical missions and given to people in third-world countries. Many men, women and children have their eyes checked and receive a free pair of glasses if the right prescription is available. "Some kids have had cloudy vision since age two or three and when you put these glasses on, they can see for the first time in their life," Grunander said. "People who have changed their prescription and have old glasses they aren't using should donate them." Last year nine WSU students went on a 10-day medical mission to Belcn. Peru where there was a great need for glasses, as well as medical attention. There were so many people that wanted to be seen," said Melissa Bentley, a WSU pre-med student who was part of the medical mission last year. "There was a line when we got there in the mornings and it was still there when we left to come home." While there they taught people about see World page 3 : 74 .;- t A t. ft: '1 see Professor page 7 Melissa Bentley, a WSU student, went to Peru on a medical mission last year. Here she is helping in the pharmacy of the clinic that was set up in Belen, Peru.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2001-03-19, Vol. 63, No. 54|
|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.|