Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1968-01-191
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Weber Vol. 27, No. 10 Weber State College, Ogden, Utah 84403 January 19, 1968 it 11 Peace Corps representatives John Keaton and Kats Nishimoto and NAACP Ogden Chapter Pres. James H. Gillespie were among the speakers featured during the first annual "World Affairs Week" at Weber. Final speaker Phil Hansen to address Students Topics ranging from racial discrimination to serving as a volunteer in the Peace Corps were discussed this week during the first annual Weber State College "World Affairs Week." Lead-off speakers were-John Keaton and Kats Nishimoto, former Peace Corps volunteers on Monday; James H. Gillespie, president of the Ogden Chapter of the National Assoc. for the Advancement of Colored People on Tuesday; and former Idaho Gov. Robert H. Smylle on Thursday. Final speaker of the week will be Utah Atty. Gen Phil L. Hansen who will address students today at 11 a.m. in the Little Theatre of the Fine Arts Center. Topic for Hansen's speech will be - - "Judicial Rights." The week's activities, sponsored by the WSC World Affairs Forum, also included a film on Vietnam by the British Broadcasting Corp. on Wednesday and a banquet honoring Smylie Thursday evening. Jolyn Spaeth, forum president, said the week was organized to bring speakers on a wide diversity of subjects to the Weber State campus. The first speakers of the week were John Keaton and Kats Nishimoto, former Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Thailand and Columbia. Both commented the majority of Americans are not aware of the problems of developing countries abroad or simply do not care. Keaton, a 1963 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley told the small audience In Fine Arts Center Little Theater that when the Peace Corps was formed three needs were seen for it. "First," he said, "that we could help in the great problems facing developing countries around the world, second, that we could teach foreign countries the correct Image of America and Americans, and third, that we could teach Americans what the world is all about." Each of the speakers related some of their personal experiences, asserting that their stay overseas was a very rewarding experience. Nishimoto, who worked in community development in Columbia said that through the -work of the Peace Corps In that country that the peasants are learning to govern themselves and to deal with state officials. He described the 1948-1956 revolution when between 150,000 and 200,000 people were killed simply because of their political allegiance. Keaton closed his speech by stating, "The problems facing the world can be solved by Involved Americans." "It's hard to get an open case of racial discrimination in the Ogden area. You never know from day to day how the Negro will be treated here," James Gillespie told a crowd of students on Tuesday.Gillespie, the Ogden Chairman of the National Association for Advancement of Colored People, spoke on "Civil Rights" as part of the annual World Affairs week. He discussed the problems of employment , housing, education, and the draft from the Negro point of view. "If you are un-emp loyed, you can forget everything else," he declared. In pointing out the discrimination in Ogden area employment, he told the students that longtime discrimination is the greatest problem. "Employment agency off icials find jobs for people they know," he said. "Officials are white people and so they get jobs for other white people." The answer to this problem, according to Gillespie is incorporating minority specialists In employmentestablishments. The housing situation Is "more critical in this area than employment," Gillespie asserted. He described Washington Boulevard as the "Berlin Wall", separating the Negroes "shacks in the west side suburbia" from the better-developed "white" section of town. The financing of a new home is made practically impossible for the Negro, Gillespie illustrated this assertion with examples from the Ogden area. "We are not trying to move into "white" neighborhoods." he said. "But if we are to get good homes and educational facilities, we must move out of the west side ghetto." Although "by law" there are no segregated schools in Ogden, de facto discrimination through the housing situation is a real problem, according to Gillespie. The schools in the Negro section of Ogden are "old and dilapidated." "The Negro children actually need more help because of their lack of educational background In their homes," Gilllspie said. "It Is said that the draft is for the poor and the members of minority groups," Gillespie said. Although he claimed to be neither anti-draft nor anti-Vietnam, he pointed out several inequities in the draft system. A documentary film on Vietnam produced by the British Broadcasting Co. was the Wednesday offering of the World Affairs Week at Weber State College. The film showed the effect upon the Vietnamese people of the American troops, resistance of Buddhist monks to the South Vietnamese government and the search and destroy missions of the Americans for Viet Cong In native villages. Thursday's speaker was former Idaho Gov. Robert E. Smylie, who addressed a seminar meeting and a banquet on the topic "Human Rights - - An American Blind Spot." Activity fee proposed for married students "It's riduculous!" That is how Neil Robinson, school of technology senator, described the new spouse card proposed by Executive Cabinet to help Weber State's married students. Robinson's comment was echoed unanimously by 35 additional married students interviewed this week by the Signpost. "It's not the Idea, but the price we are rejecting," said Lynn Bailey, acting head of the newly formed married students committee.The $15 (per quarter or $45 per year) spouse card would allow legally wedded students' partners to sit with them In football and basketball games, use the library, and get student rates in other campus activities. The proposal was approved Monday by Executive Cabinet upon the recommendation of financial vice president Brent Wilson. He said he thought his plan was fair. The charge was based upon a regular student's athletic and activity fee. Student leaders decided earlier this year to establish a spouse card following numerous request by married students. Under present rules, if a married student wants to attend a basketball game, he must buy his wife a general admission ticket. Then she is forced to sit In the balcony, while he sits in the section reserved for students. "This is also a ridiculous situation," said Jack Suttlemyre, former studentbody president, "and the married students are happy to see that something is being done to alter this problem." Students Dismissed Three Weber State College students have been suspended and two others placed on probation for alleged use of marijuana, College President William P. Miller said Thursday. The action was taken following several days of investigation Into rumors that students had been smoking marijuana In the residence halls. President Miller said Weber State campus security police and later Ogden police officers conducted the Investigations, that began shortly after the beginning of winter quarter Jan. 8. Two of the students suspended were from California and one from Wyoming. William E. Carver, head Weber State campus security officer, worked with representatives of student personnel and housing departments, and representatives of the Ogden police force In conducting the investigation. Mr. Carver said only a small quantity of the drug was used in the residence hall. Source of the drug has not been traced, but apparently it came from out of state, Mr. Carver said. "Weber State College Is In full support of the law which prohibits the use of narcotics and will cooperate fully with law enforcement officers In upholding the law," President Miller said. "The Executive Cabinet's proposal, however, will certainly be rejected by all married students as too costly," he added. Bailey reported, "If we paid full price to all football games for our wives, It would cost six dollars less than the spouse card. So why should we buy one?" He Indicated the card also would offer no saving during winter quarter, when basketball games are played. According to Bailey, 24 per cent of all students on campus are married. "This spouse card would Involve 1500 students, and we demand some reasonable action from our student leaders," he said. A further breakdown shows that married students represent 50 per cent of the seniors, 38 per cent of juniors, 21 per cent of sophomores and 13 per cent of all freshmen.Tom Welch, senator-at-large, promised to lead a fight against the proposal when it goes before the Senate Monday night for final approval. The married students committee has invited all campus married couples to attend another meeting Monday to discuss alternate proposals for the spouse card. In response to the Irate married students, ASWSC officers are scrambling to dump their controversial plan and present a new proposal which would lower the charge for a card from $15 to a nominal fee and would allow wives to attend functions with their husbands for half price. ft ( .4 ,i Gerald Grove Chairman Appointed Gerald R. Grove, an instructor in the WSC English Department has been appointed as head of the newly re -organized Publications Council. He earned his Associate of art degree at Weber College in 1958 in English and then transferred to Utah State University where he obtained his B.S. degree in English on 1960. In 1961 he was awarded his master's degree also from Utah State with a major in English and a minor In French.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1968-01-19, Vol. 27, No. 10|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College|
|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 College|
|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.|