Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2001-01-311
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' ' UV'JI Ar,hurCCUkeau.hor Jj . 1 Th,s week s Mature s tiwZ'o pl X - o, 2001 A Space - . " seCon explores energy ft i I J Matadors of Cal State r " . Odvs,oy vvH narrate r"- u.iucn. vehicles, J . . .'C orthridge. page 12. ? J f, - N the WSU planetarium s 7. " I lhqoq t . - -,.. -' 4 "V , i . ; Wmmkw. . i pages 6 & 7. - . star show A New . , JlL ' I Cosmos," page 8. " " L T n ; ,v J ... ' ' ... ...... Volume 63 Issue 44 A Wednesday, January 31, 2001 WEBER ST ATE UNIVERSITY . : :M j if ' '1 ' ' i Li - , , ; i , ! I ; i i , , j mi utf President Paul Thompson shows legislators a chart during WSU's budget presentation to the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee Monday. By Lisa Roskelley editor in chief The Signpost President Paul Thompson presented the Weber State University budget to a legislative committee Monday, emphasizing the Board of Regents' pet project, formula funding and Gov. Mike Leavitt's Engineering and Technology Initiative. "Weber State is strongly supportive of formula funding," Thompson said. "We need help on salary equity." Formula funding was created by the Board of Regents as a solution to the erosion of higher education institution's base budgets. The increased funding coming from the legislature, in past years, did not account for the rise in cost for continuing students, it only allocated new funds for new students. The formula accounts for all new and returning students and the cost of providing public services and applies a base Increase. The regents are asking for that base to be 6 percent. see Push page 9 IlliPill Livingston lobbies WSU to legislators By Lisa Roskelley editor in chief The Signpost With a bag slung over his right shoulder, his hand in his pocket and a perpetual smile, Jeff Livingston strolls through the rotunda of the Utah State Capital. He stops or calls out every few steps and says hello to various people: representatives, senators, staff members and others. He calls almost everyone by name and has a handshake or a pat on the back ready for anyone close enough and a friendly wave and a smile for the rest. Legislatively speaking, experience is everything As Weber State University's legislative liaison, Livingston is no stranger to the capital, especially now that the 54th legislative session is in the middle of its third week. Lobbying WSU to legislators and working closely with other higher education institution representatives, Livingston is working to help WSU get its piece of this year's surplus pie. While this is only his second year as the liaison, Livingston has been at WSU off and on for 20 years. After six years in abstincntia, Livingston returned to WSU in 1999 to become Dean of Continuing Education, which he resigned from earlier this month. Stating health problems as his primary reasons, Livingston will continue as liaison and return to teaching for the school of business once the legislative session is over. The legislative liaison assignment was not born out of his deanship, rather out of his connections. He is credited with bringing a wealth of experience by all that know him. "What Jeff has is white hair," said WSU President Paul Thompson. "But. really, the white hair is to say he is very experienced." White hair and a white beard to match, Livingston served at the Utah System of Higher Education as the associate commissioner for academic affairs and technology and as chief executive officer for the Western Governor's University. Livingston is familiar with many ' i ' $ V f v 1 Paul Thompson and Jeff Livingston talk to Rep. Richard Siddoway before a committee meeting. aspects of higher education and a whole lot of people to boot. Connections are key "What's impressive about Jeff is he really likes people," Thompson said. "You go to a basketball game with him and he's over here talking to this person and then over there talking to a person from that department. He's just saying hello to everyone." Even more than being overly friendly, Livingston has worked with a lot of the lawmakers in the state through his other positions in higher education. And knowing see Livingston page 11 rrrmrtmr-.rftm Senators: too many meetings By Wes Hanna campus affairs editor The Signpost A bill sponsored by senator Steve Starks which received wide support from the Student Senate Monday proposes that the senate have official meetings every two weeks instead of every week. The senate will vote on the bill at next week's meeting, and if passed it will be implemented this semester. "This will allow further time as WSUSA senators to seek the students' needs, to conduct research, and to generate appropriate decisions," Starks read from his bill. "How much of our senate meetings are tied up in the formality of having a meeting?" Starks asked. While senators like Rhett Jones, Senator for Students with Disabilities, stood if full support of the bill, Debbie Sheldon, senator for the Davis Campus, brought up many concerns. One concern that senators brought up was that with the frequent holidays on Mondays during the semester, there could easily be a full month between senate meetings. Another concern voiced by the senate was that it would take twice as long to pass a bill with half as many meetings. The ability to call emergency senate meetings was considered. Despite these concerns, the legislation was supported by Student Body President Dee Hansen. "Let's make the time spent here effective, Hansen said. The purpose of these meetings is to pass bills and implement policy." . Also submitted by Starks was a second bill to the senate that. worked in tandem with the new schedule of sen-ale meetings which would require weekly standing committee meetings with a minimum of 80 percent senator attendance. So even with half the number of official meetings, the senate would still be meeting weekly. "If there are no standing committee meeting requirements this is going to be a joke," Starks said. The standing committee meetings have taken the place of legislative requirements and are now the primary means by which the senate address WSU issues. Each senator is assigned to one of the standing committees. The senate also has special committees that focus on specific issues that the senate decides to take on. These committees meet at their own discretion.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2001-01-31, Vol. 63, No. 44|
|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.|