Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-02-261
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Women's track team races to win Big Sky See page 6 Thp ffl WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY. healthv See page 4 ..!: KNif y.; : ' O A - 'J , 'J I' If Educa umet inc uonb Legislature establishes the largest budget for education in Utah's history reases by $440 million c By Deborah Ramsay sr. news reporter I The Signpost Utah's President of the Senate, John Valentine (R) was all smiles as he opened the door and invited the press to come inside for their regular press conference in which he made the announcement that lawmakers were increasing the education budget by $440 million. "I never thought I would be able to see something like this," Valentine said. "It's so astronomical. The house and senate decided this year we would make a major investment in education." Sitting in a circle with the legislators and the media was Weber State University Communication Professor Sheree Josephson's investigative journalism class. All pressed forward listening or taking notes documenting the details of the landmark announcement. The main message of the lawmakers was simple. "This is the session we have kept that commitment," Valentine said. "Every teacher will get a raise of $2,500. Not one time it's a raise across the board. Our teachers deserve that." Comparing himself to a kitchen knife salesman he said, "But wait there's more." In addition to the permanent raise in pay, teachers would also be receiving a one-time $1000 bonus similar to bonuses received with other economic business in the state. Other one-time expenditures approved by the lawmakers included $50 million for computers in the classroom, $10 million for teachers' supplies and materials and $50 million on the capital outlay program. More than 40 other items on the proposed 2007 general session budget changes list for public education would also be receiving funding. Speaker of The House Greg Curtis (R) beamed as he shared his feelings "Last 2V- f year was a ul rrl - udiiuei vear Pt5I with S242 ijld J million for "1 Legislature! education," Curtis said. "This is $200 million higher." Curtis explained that the lawmakers had listened to their constituents' concerns about public education and their announcement was proof the lawmakers had heard. "We want our best and brightest to stay here with their families and teach here" said assistant majority whip, Brad Dee (R). "We don't want them leaving the state to go teach in Wyoming, Nevada, or some other state. We want them here." Valentine promised higher education was not forgotten. More than $68 million dollars was proposed for more than 40 budgeted items including institutional partnerships, financial aid for students, engineering and computer science initiatives, utility increases and compensation funding. No additional new money was earmarked for class reduction. Instead, the legislators have ordered an audit be done on the handling of the money they had dedicated for that purpose since 1992. There was a sense of frustration among the lawmakers that money they had intended to reach classrooms in the past had not been used on their intended purpose. "We want to know what happened to that money," Dee said. "There won't be any additional money or new See Legislature page 5 WSU president explains need for tuition raise Proposal to increase tuition by 3-4 percent By Mar fa Villasenor editor in chief I The Signpost Tuition increases nearly every year. Part of that conies from the statei.J3p.ard of Regents, which mandates the "first-tier" tuition increase for all public universities and colleges. But where the regents decide that money goes often leaves holes for each individual institution to fill with its own "second-tier" tuition increases. And the university tries to be mindful of how those increases will affect students, said Weber State University President F. Ann Millner at the annual public "Truth in Tuition" presentation last Friday in the Smith Lecture Hall of the Wattis Business Building. During the presentation, Millner proposed a three- to four-percent, or $42 to $56, raise in tuition. The exact number, she said, depends on the regents' first-tier increase, which should be confirmed in the early weeks of March after the end of the Utah State Legislature's general session Feb. 28. Millner said that for the 1985-1986 year the state allocated tax money to fund about 19 percent of the Utah System of Higher Education's budget; the state funded 13.2 percent of this school year's budget. For each average student, the state pays $658 or 11.5 percent less this year than it did 10 years ago. Although the cost to attend WSU has increased, Millner also presented figures that show WSU's 2006-2007 tuition and fees, $3,432 for resident undergraduates, as being the lowest of Utah universities and also lower than die average at comparable institutions in die west, about $4,319. "If you look at those numbers," she said, "i think it shows that at Weber State University we have a commitment to keeping tuition as low as possible while still maintaining a quality educational experience." Millner also said that while the proportion of money die state gives to WSU has decreased, the amount of federal and state money available to students through financial aid and scholarships has increased. She estimated between 60 to 70 percent of WSU students receive some form of tuition assistance through financial aid and scholarships. If approved by the Utah regents, WSU's three- to four-percent increases would affect tuition for the fall 2007 semester. "I think they're necessary and they're reasonable," said WSU Student Association Vice President of Service Marci Rigby, who attended die presentation, about die increase. "The statistics show that we're already paying so little compared to other universities for a quality education. I think the things they have planned are very important for the university." Millner said the tuition increase would go to faculty and staff compensation, student support services, fuel and other operating costs, equipment funding, and critical course needs. The exact amount of money going to each area depends on what the legislature decides to fund. See Tuition page 5 V III ;M ki i it 5 rA ) I I j, "XVlrX.--: n I i ; j , "A"?-'. - "1; p ) c ) I : -... -A."- j V C y v- y j ' , -y . '- 1 - - f-' a LJ Y ' (V CY tx ' y . ' . ' i i - a - - , " - f i .,,'-" ----- 7 SOURCE: KRISHNA LENZI Artist Kristina Lenzi's 2005 painting entitled "Clumsy Cakes Version 2" depicts a child with toilet paper on top of her head. Lenzi is one of the avant garde performers depicting the Seven Deadly Sins throuhout Weber State University's campus. isra iiis to Ess a U LlGSfcU Artists will spontaneously depict each of the Seven Deadly Sins in front of live audiences saps By Molly Bennett a&e editor I The Signpost This week, Kristina Lenzi, together with Mari Novotny-Jones, will perform a seven-part series of The Seven Deadly Sins on Weber State University campus. "This is considered pretty avant-garde," said Monika Del Bosque, curator of the WSU Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw gallery in the Kimball Building. "Xodiing like tit is has ever been done at Weber State." Lenzi and Jones will interpret through their performances the seven deadly sins at different sites on campus. The first sin to be performed is envy; it will take place on Feb. 28 at noon on the green in front of the Yal A. Browning Center. Exactly what they will do may change depending on audience response and their own instincts. This uncertainty is part of performance art. Stemming from the visual arts, performance art began to be identified in the 1960s. It involves the artists' body, elements of time, space and a relationship between the artist and the audience. Novotny-Jones said in performance art, the audience is witness to and part of the process and the final product. Novotny-Jones has been involved in performance art for almost 30 years. She teaches at The School of The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She said she was a classically trained actress, but she had another voice inside of her and she wanted to find it. One of her notable works is the "Mobius Cult Classic," Persephone and Hades. It is an interactive performance where the audience controls the actions of Persephone by using cards that have objects in space and actions written on them. Since 1980 it has been performed all over in the U.S. and Canada. Novotny-Jones has traveled extensively throughout Eastern Europe and China where she said people attend live performances like Americans go to movies. "It's like a painting that is alive,"Novotny-Jones said. "The body becomes the material. That's what is difficult for people." Sometimes this is difficult for people to understand, or they don't know how to react."Audience members have jumped on me, tried pulling off my clothes or tried tricking me," Novotny-Jones said. "It doesn't work." She and Lenzi draw the line at any intentional or unintentional aggression or harm from audience members. Performing in front of an audience is difficult for many people. Kristina Lenzi said performance art is different from the performing arts because it is not acting; it is being oneself. She was a painter studying at the SMFA where she graduated with her MFA in 2002. She said she had lost interest in painting about six years ago. She said she had a lot to say and painting alone was not satisfying her need to express herself. Marilyn Arsem suggested to her to try performance art. She took the class and Mari r " " 11 - - H ? : ' . 4 - VAOiM-iO.NtS Kristina Lenzi (left) and Mari Novotny-Jones (right) investigate the interaction of the medieval and contemporary mind. Novotny-Jones was her professor. This was the first time they met. "It instantly clicked," Lenzi said. "But something was still missing. I am now and always looking for the intersection between painting and performance. I'm doing a painting, but I'm in it." Now Lenzi and Novotny-Jones will come together for their first collaboration effort in this one-of-a-kind performance art series. They will hang up their costumes after each performance in the See Sins page 5 Jens in Grief WSU English professor is this year's Hinckley Fellow Michael Wutz, a Weber State University English professor, was named the John S. Hinckley Fellow for 2007. Wutz is presently an Eccles Honors Teaching Fellow, and has also been the College of Arts and Humanities Endowed Scholar. In 2002 he was awarded the Crystal Crest Master Teacher Award, and in 1996 he received die Ralph M. Nye I Ionors Professor Award. The Hinckley Fellow was created in 1991 in honor of John S. Hinckley who was an Ogden businessman and a WSU patron. The university will also award die Exemplary Collaboration Award to the faculty, students, alumni and staff who helped exhibit die "Demolition Derby" performing arts production. For furdier information-about the John S. Hinckley Fellow award and the Exemplary Collaboration Award, contact Michael Vaughan at 626-6006, or mvaughanweber.edu. Events to celebrate Hispanic Emphasis Week Weber State University will team up with the Hispanic Area Council to - kick off Hispanic Emphasis Week with an issues forum panel discussion, movies and Hispanic food. On Feb. 28 at noon in the Shepherd Union Gallery the "Latinas on the Move" issues forum will consist of Hispanic WSU alumni and students who will discuss their experiences with campus support services. Throughout the day, Chartwells will cater Hispanic food during the "Taste for Diversity" event, and a drawing for a book scholarship will also be held. The first film showing will be "Mi Familia" on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in Room 347 of the Shepherd Union Building. Maria Parrilla de Kokal, a psychology lecturer, will moderate the film. The second film, "The Motorcycle Diaries" will be presented on March 1 in Room 347 of the SUB at 7 p.m. The moderator of the film will be WSU history professor J. Henry Ibarguen. For more information about WSU's Hispanic Emphasis Week, contact Michiko Nakashima-Lizarazo of the Services for Multicultural Students at 626-7331, or mnakashimaweber.edu. Orientation meeting scheduled for student elections All Weber State University students who are interested in carnpaigninginthisyear'sWSU Student Association elections are invited to attend a meeting on Feb. 26. Several positions are available, including WSU president, Diversity VT and 19 student senator positions. The orientation will begin at 1 p.m. in the Gallery of the Shepherd Union Building. Election packets areobtainable at the Student Involvement & Leadership Office in Room 419 of the Shepherd Union Building, or online at weberstudents.orgelections apphy For further information, contact Jackie Edwards at 626-6349, or e-mail her at jedwardsweber.edu.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-02-26, Vol. 69, No. 66|
|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.|