Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-02-271
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f WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY - Thp ' ? , I : X V Jazz owner .V . v ; V , V speaks to f y . I Feds propose . . n 1 N. r ' v; stuclents Tl (TflTTl T? credit reiief ' 1 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2006 Vs ;a wsusignpost.com VOLUME 68 ISSUE 68 WSU preside By Andrea Bean asst. news editor The Signpost Second-tier tuition rates could increase by 4.5 percent at Weber State University for the 2006-2007 academic year. This would mean each full-time resident undergraduate student would pay an extra $58 per semester, said F. Ann Millner, WSU president, Friday. About 35 people attended a public hearing in the Waltis Business Building Smith Lecture Hall where Millner explained the second-tier tuition increase. This year, the state legislature is using the surplus of money to fund areas other than higher education and initiate tax cuts, Millner said. When WSU first started calculating tire second-tier tuition increase, it seemed the state legislature would allocate more funding to higher education than it appears they will now. "I think we will get back to the basics of what we need, but I'm a little bit concerned right now," Millner said. "You might find me having to come back and talk to you again if tilings don't get better in a couple of days." This proposed 4.5 percent tuition second-tier increase is the lowest increase ever proposed at WSU, Millner said. The university's priority is to keep second-tier increases as low as possible. Tuition at WSU is currently the lowest of the public state universities in Utah. "We have had such a strong value on trying to maintain our tuition at an affordable level for our students that we've tried to be very careful with that and that's why today we still have the lowest tuition at Weber State," Millner said. Over the past decade, the amount of tax funds WSU receives from the state per student decreased by nearly $l,200,or21 percent. Of the money raised from the tuition increase, $370,000 to $500,000 would be put toward compensation, or increasing faculty A31L kspr-Qti and staff benefits. The planners have allocated $530,000 to $080,000 to student support. The WSUstudent-to-advisor ratio is currently 1,000 to 1. The money would improve advising and other student services such as the testing center and financial aid. The cost of natural gas used for campus heating increased by 53 percent since the 2003-2004 academic year, and the cost of electricity has risen by 16 percent. These bills must be paid, but the state legislature isn't 'providing enough money to do so. Because of this, $150,000 to $300,000 will be put toward these mandated costs. The planners are building a fund to refurnish classrooms; $200,000 to $300,000 would be put toward tire fund this year. The money will be used to replace floorings, purchase new desks and update the technology in the classrooms. Universities and colleges in Utah are allowed two tuition increases each year, said Norm mm twtmn inioreasi Tarbox, WSU vice president of administrative services. WSU doesn't have any control over first-tier increases, which are set by Utah State Board of Regents and budgeted by the state legislature. The money from the increase is primarily used for compensation packages for the faculty and staff. Universities and colleges regulate second-tier tuition increases. "Second-tier is somediing that's important to us because it gives us a chance to respond to the unique needs that we have here on this campus," Tarbox said. In 2001, the state legislature passed S.B. 210, which requires the institution proposing a second-tier tuition increase to explain the increase and the reasons behind it in a public hearing. The institution must also publish two advertisements in the student newspaper within 10 days of the public hearing. You can reach reporter Andrea Bean by calling 626-7655. m4 " br 21 , in U ' last decace 'ipfisf-'nn- it li itti I ' miusteo . t 1 PHOTOS BY TRICIA CERRARD IHt SIGNPOST WSU President F. Ann Millner speaks to students about upcoming tuition increases at a public hearing held Friday afternoon in the Wattis Business Building Smith Lecture Hall. Tuition is expected to rise by 4.5 percent in the 2006-2007 academic year. This would mean each full-time resident undergraduate student would pay an extra $58 per semester. '"W J?'.- I'niWWWiSM" 1 111 - J U...,a J.X. WyiUMIUIIAUU,. Ull II HIM iu ui a 11,11 lu ; - i y ;i ; r f u - rT-T lLLn - , i f r it - HHOIO HV DYLAN COOMtR THE SIGNPOST Utah State Congressman Larry B. Wiley (second from left) discusses upcoming topics of the legislature with WSU interns (from left to right) Karen Nielson, Rebecca Smeraldo and Jared Hardy. Hardy currently interns for Rep. James Ferrin, Smeraldo for Rep. Mark Wheatley and Rep. Wiley, and Nielson for Rep. Roger Barrus and Rep. David Cox. WilcJeals on v fi - " -" i v., - i " fe hill By Andrea Bean asst. news editor 7ie Signpost PHOIOHY DYLAN COOMtR IliiMlArUM WSU students (from left) Karen Nielson and Rebecca Smeraldo conduct phone calls and organize topics of discussion for their respective representatives as part of their internships with the Utah State Legislature. For the past six weeks, six Weber State University students have been serving as interns in the Utah State Legislature General. Session, which began Jan. 16. Karen Nielson, WSU political science junior, works for Congressmen Roger Barrus (R-Davis County) and David Cox (R-Utah County (Lehij). She assists the congressmen with the bills they sponsor throughout the legislative process. Barrus sponsored H.B. 46, which outlines Utah's energy policy. "That was pretty cool because it outlines everything Utah should be working on and what we should be focusing on using our energy sources," Nielson said. The bill was recently passed in both the Utah House of Representatives and the Senate. Cox is the sponsor of 1I.B. 77, which would allow cities to create their own school districts. Currently, the counties create school districts. This bill passed in the House and has been sent to the Senate. See Hill page 3 Search begins for campus best By Maria Villasenor editor in chief The Signpost March 1 is the deadline to nominate Weber State University students, faculty and staff for campus-wide recognition. "I'd like to tell people to get off their butt for the three minutes it takes to make a nomination and say thank you to someone," said Allen Piatt, WSU Student Association vice president of diversity. "It takes three minutes to tell somebody, 'Thanks. Thanks for - making Weber State great.'" Piatt manned a table Friday where students could access the Crystal Crest Web site and submit names. Crystal Crest is an annual award show for Wildcats, and this year it is scheduled for April 29. There are 12 categories that recognize various achievements, from Master Teacher to Female Athletic Achievement to Man of the Year. Piatt is pushing for more students to nominate Wildcats during the last three days nominations are open. "To keep the prestige the awards, you need to have the participation of the students on it," he said. Though students walked past him and said they did not know of anyone to nominate, he said exemplary people are everywhere. All students need to do is look arpund in class and see those students who make great efforts in their schoolwork, the professors who engage and help students outside of class and the behind-the-scenes staff who make the university great, Piatt said. This year Piatt said he voted for a person in each category and made an effort to find qualified individuals. He made a big effort to notice athletes in all sports for the Athletic Achievement categories for men and women, he said. "There are some really good people out there," Piatt said. Piatt has firsthand awareness in Crystal Crest awards; he won last year's Wildcat Achievement award. "It was overwhelming; I didn't think I'd get it," he said. "I was real honored to get that as an award." That award is given to an individual who shows discipline and dedication in having achieved excellence in academics and extracurricular or community activities. Piatt said when he heard he was nominated, he was not going to respond because he didn't think he deserved it. But he responded to the nomination and was selected for the top five finalists for the award. After the top five are interviewed, one winner is selected for each category, and the announcement is made at the Crvstal 1 A- i of Crest awards show. "When there are so many incredible people, just to be in with that group of people with that caliber, and then to win is such an hpnor," Piatt said. Tim Koster, WSU music education senior, nominated his music professor Betty Jo Basinger for Master Teacher. "She managed to make one of the most difficult classes, music history, actually interesting and fun," Koster said. Koster is taking his fifth course with Basinger, who he says is able to organize her classes to teach the subjects with depth, while still leaving time to explore questions and tangents. "I want everyone else to recognize her efforts," the tuba player said. "I don't think she has as much recognition as she should." Piatt worked on last year's committee to choose a Master Teacher. He said he was impressed with the five finalists, especially when he sat in their classes to watch them work with students. He even found himself interested in the inner workings of the ear with the temporal lobe in a psychology class. That professor, Lauren Fowler, ultimately won the award. "Dr. Fowler was just, she was incredible, she was on top of her game," Piatt said. He said the great professors knew their students by name, even in large classes, were available for extended hours after class and had a love for teaching. "You strive better in their classes because of who they are," Piatt said. " They motivate you by their standards and meeting their standards." Great friends are other good contenders for the Crystal Crest awards. Richard Brooke nominated his friend, Suzy Mead. Brooke said Mead was his first friend at WSU and helped him get involved in campus activities. "Now I'm on the student council and am more active on campus," he said. The WSU Lnglish junior nominated his friend for Woman of the Year. The other 11 categories are Female Athletic Achievement, Male Athletic Achievement, Talent of the Year, Personality of the Year, Man of the Year, Wildcat Achievement, Volunteer Service, Master Teacher, Registered Organization, Friends of the Students and Scholar of the Year. Students can submit their nominations at a table near the Shepherd Union Building information desk until 1 p.m. each day nominations are open, or at weber.educrystalcrest. You can reach reporter Maria Villasenor bv calling 626-7655.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-02-27, Vol. 68, No. 68|
|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.|