Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2001-12-051
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jy - i v. ' INSIDE r Antonio Ortiz is an outstanding graduate, see graduation special section, Page 6 Volume 64 Issue 47 wsusignpost.com Wednesday, December 5, 2001 oTlie n SlCT.Tp(IDSlL MdloiTDfi S(Braatefe soffsnostioir m wsmtgw By Casey Cummings campus affairs editor The Signpost Lemonade, R-rated movies, attendance and Harry Potter mania are just a few of the words that could be used to summarize the Weber State University Student Association senate this semester. "This semester has been really great," said WSUS A Academic Vice President John Valletta. "We have got some phenomenal senators and I can't be anything but grateful." He also said that senators did accomplish their main goal this semester to be the voice of 17,000 stu- "This semester has been really great. We have got some phenomenal senators and I can't be anything but grateful' - John Valletta WSUSA Academic Vice President dents. According to Valletta, senators should also be visual on campus and create legislation that helps not only senators, but also the student body. Anand Dyal-Chand, vice president of student affairs, said that he is most impressed this semester with Monsyandathl The bottom line By Rich Boman correspondent The Signpost It takes more than X's and O's to have a successful athletic department at the university level. Last year, it cost almost $2 million to fund the athletic department at Weber State University. Some of the costs involved in running the department are staff and coaches' salaries, travel, operations, recruitment and scholarships. The top two salaries in the athletic department belong to head football coach Jerry Graybeal xand head basketball coach Joe Cravens. John Johnson, WSU athletic di rector, said staff and coaches' salaries make up the bulk of the costs, which is typical of any athletic program. "That can also be said for any department on campus," he said. "Salaries are the biggest cost associated with running any department." Football is the most expensive sport because of all the players, equipment and travel. However, the most expensive sports per athlete are basketball and volleyball. Football has nine coaches for 85 athletes, compared to basketball, which has four coaches for 16 athletes and the volleyball team, which has three coaches for 12 athletes. Plus, the basketball and volleyball teams travel more because they have more games than the football team. Although WSU athletic teams try to offset the cost of travel by reserving plane tickets, hotel rooms and meals well in advance to get the cheapest possible rates, team travel can still be expensive. Operations costs include everything from office supplies to facility upkeep to uniforms and are usually the first to be cut in tight times. The WSU recruiting budget varies from year to year depending on how many scholarships are available. The two main factors that determine the number of scholarships that will be available are the number of student athletes who graduated the previous year and the number of current WSU athletes who have earned a scholarship lor the upcoming year considering scholarships are given on a yearly basis. If there are a lot of scholarships available, the recruiting budget will be larger. - "If the recruiting budget is larger for any particular year, then we have to cut somewhere else, like operations," Graybeal said. "It's important to stay within our budget because if I'm a student, I don't want the football team to be over budget. It's important that we keep our community, and I'm talking about our community right here at Weber State, on our side, supporting us id believing in what we do." Graybeal said he and his assistants do most of the preliminary scouting of potential recruits by watching tapes of players that high school coaches and players have sent to WSU. When the coaches find a player they would like to recruit, one of the coaches has to visit the athlete. The cost of recruiting an individual athlete depends on where the athlete lives. If the athlete lives in Utah, the recruiting trip is inexpensive because the only costs involved are gas and food for the coach. If the athlete lives out of the state, the cost of recruiting is much higher. Often the coach has to fly to the athlete's city or state, rent a car and get a hotel. "We book flights and hotels well ahead of time to get the cheapest fares," Graybeal said. If the school and the athlete are still interested after the initial meeting, the athlete is invited to the campus. WSU pays for the athlete's plane ticket and, according to National Collegiate Athletic Association rules, WSU must entertain the athlete for 48 hours, See Money page 3 how the senate's new committee structure is working. "In prior years, legislation was brought to the floor without being fully researched," Dyal-Chand said. "Now legislation is worked over and researched in committees before ever being presented. I am very pleased with how it is working." He also mentioned that the senate started off somewhat slowly at the beginning of the semester, but he expected that from a group of new people. "I hope to see an even better semester," Dyal-Chand said of next semester..Both Dyal-Chand and Valletta mentioned that internal issues at the end of this semester hindered the senate. The problem was the lack of attendance by some of the senators. Applied science and technology Sen. Katie Bush missed most meetings due to an internship she had and social and behavioral science Sen. Emily Shuman missed many meetings due to an illness requiring hospitalization. According to Valletta, at least three other senators were absent more than the two times they are allowed. Although impeachment seems to have been avoided, the situation has not been completely resolved. Another issue that the senate handled came from a student who complained about having to watch R-rated movies in a film studies class. After researching the topic, the senate felt that the majority of students were not in favor of professors being forced to censor their own classes. The senate halted their actions against the class. See Review page 3 FH ;T"7r I: L I ' ' i: i i ? f M v - . -' " ,,- - - , - r; .t . : i I i : , A s 1 r t rv - i t : ! . ' v - i 4 P. , ! ' ! 1 . i t . V i ; . . i "H" !' V ' . . i . "!, V ' A1 i.i l i - r ; I ! . a ! : i I 'I i . . s' --" 1 1 ' r A ' ' s T !u '' " .v'-l v; V' H V - ,; V' , If I A , 1 ..J .!? " 8 f Wl iAlllii i.n. ir . -" fc At liit . . 1 .. i. 'I i! Art Bonanza Sponsored by the Education Department of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, the Utah's Cool Winter Games Art Project will be at Weber State University Dec. 1 through Dec. 1 4. All of the art was created by Utah elementary through high school students and the theme was "inspiration." The project is in its third season and travels through all of Utah. It began traveling in August and will end in January.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2001-12-05, Vol. 64, No. 47|
|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.|