Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1968-11-221
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mm JBeber tate Volume 28 Number 9 Officers Clarify Prof Evaluation Clarification of the proposal to evaluate faculty was made by studentbody officers yesterday. A senate appointment made last Monday cleared the student legislators, creating a special committee to investigate various phases of evaluation. The "Course Evaluation" Committee consists of three students, appointed by the Associated Students Legislative Vice President, three faculty members appointed by the academic council, and one administration member appointed by WSC President William Miller. Among the problems of the new committee will be a study of other colleges' evaluation programs. Howard Collett, Legislative V. President, stated that the committee will establish no program, merely open the idea up for full discussion. He mentioned that committee members were eager to examine suggestions from both faculty and studentbody. As this is a student initiated committee, the chairman will be appointed by Collett. "Upon completion of their investigation and formulation of a tentative Course Evaluation Program," Collett said, "the committee will make a written report to the student senate and to the academic council." Although the course evaluation is planned to be made by students, no exact proposal has yet been made. One of the proposals to be examined is the University of Utah plan; however, many other types are under consideration. Full publication of the evaluation, if made, is not yet anticipated, according to Collett. One administrator in a recent class conference stated that a course evaluation could serve as a basis for determining salary increases and promotions. Many objections had been voiced by faculty members, classifying any evaluation program as a "popularity contest." One faculty member objected that course evaluation by students would nearly force him to lower standards of his field by "watering down" his tests and liberalizing high grades. Not all faculty members have thus far agreed on the proposal. Several stated that it would serve a "good competitive tool" to upgrade teaching methods. Some voiced their approval in institutionalizing the procedure so that professors would have basis for self-evaluation. A former teacher, now an administrator, stated, "I have always in the past requested my students to make a course evaluation. Student opinion continually aided me to assess both the strong and weak points of my handling of a course." Another faculty member stated, "It's about time some of the tired ones in our ranks are put on the spot. Course evaluation could give them a needed burst of energy." (Ed. Note: faculty members and administrators are quoted for their opinion to express both sides of what seems a growing controversy. Names have been eliminated to focus on differing ideas.') November 22, 1968 Forum Meets At High Noon In UB Lobby At noon in the lounge, today a round table discussion will be held. Since the cancellation ofSound-Off, this is the last outlet available for student vocal opinions. ilk) y &'&3kl DAVE YURTH David Yurth, editor of Probe and chairman of the Open Forum expects "a very stimulating discussion to take place today at the open forum. President Miller and other administration officials are expected to attend this informal conference and voice their opinions on the student evaluation of professors and the veto of the senate bill." Howard Collett, Legislative Vice-President, who initiated the debate on student evaluation of professors, will open the meeting with a short summary of the bill as it is outlined in the senate proposal. After his remarks, questions may be asked or opinions related. The floor will be open for any other suggestions or programs which relate to this idea, but are executed differently.Yurth has arranged to have two traveling microphones so that there will be no podium. "Accordingly, everyone may express his views without being on the spot. With these two main issues facing us, and the variety of views on them, this forum should bring out both student, faculty, and the administrations ideas." liiliilll""' liillliiil llilf . m-W9l ffffif ffVfiii mmmmmm m lilt PPiy 5vi: lililll r.vn vv i A veto and a critical analysis of a senate bill was delivered by Tom Welch, studentbody president, Thursday morning. The act, which had passed the student senate Monday evening, established a ruling which would have allowed the senate to govern the budgets of campus groups which were subsidized by the Associated Students. Welch's veto was his first since taking office at the beginning of the quarter. , ....... - - : I: .' f " TACO MUNCH ERS Jack Durrani and Kay Powell tear into a juicy morsel practicing for Toco Time, during intermission at the Thanks-, giving Stomp tonight. With 15 minutes to gorge yourself, you could win from 15 to 50 bucks if you represent a campus group. The munch-in will help theChatonellesandcheerleadersgetto Hawaii . . they get a five spot for every taco finished. Naturally quantity is the winning key. Red Revolt in China Discussed by Pair A young Australian couple, Neale and Deirdre Hunter, who taught in Communist China for the past two years will be featured in today's Convocation as they discuss the Cultural Revolution in Communist China. The pair will describe what they learned from living the Cultural Revolution through their students who became Red Guards, at 11 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium. Neale Hunter gained his first degree in French Language and Literature at Melbourne Univer sity and followed it by three years of graduate work in Chinese and Japanese at Canberra. He then deferred further doctoral work for a time to travel. Living and working enroute, Mr. Hunter hitchhiked through Japan and Southeast Asia, and then from Singapore to France. Deirdre (nee O'Connor) received her first degree in English and Philosophy at Melbourne and then did graduate work in Indian and Chinese Political Science. She also taught in both high school and college disciplines. The Hunters were married in Paris and spent three years teaching in England, France, and Spain. Upon hearing it was possible to teach in China, they applied. They were interviewed by the Chinese Charge d'Affairs who were more interested in academic qualifications than political purity and thus asked no awkward questions. Within a month the Hunters were in Shanghai teaching English at the Shanghai Foreign Language Institute.From 1965 to 1967 the Hunters watched the Cultural Revolution of Communist China build-up to the turbulent birth of the Red Guard movement. The Hunters had access to a China that no visiting diplomat or journalist could reach because they were two young teachers living and working in a Chinese city, and were not merely professional "China Watchers." Also their education in Sino Affairs and their fluent language abilities enabled them to visit Shansi and Kiangsi Provinces. " r I ) V 1 f ' fi- - ' V I t s F - '""If i " " t . IX r - l 4 ' . j- j RIPPED TO bits by crazed cuties is Hal Myers, being selected as a date to the Excelsior's "Pilgrim's Panic" in the union building Wednesday, November 27th at 8 p.m. The traditional stomp is open to all, costs under a buck, date or stag. Imagine poor Hal, stuck with four honies. Luckily, the cost includes refreshments, Hal. Four sections were included in the bill. The first would allow a senate review of any budget which was subsidized by senate funds. A second section would make all records of any group available to the senate for review. The third article of the act, apparently, was the weak link. It would allow the senate to stop payment on any intended expeni-ture "w.hich it deems unjustifiable" according to the terms of the budget allowed to any group. The wording of the fourth area was' also disputed by Welch. It read "that any student subsidized budget may be voided by the senate at such time that misappropriations are found to have been made from that budget." Welch stated "misappropriations " should have been "misalloca-tions."Welch issued the following statement to the Signpost to clarify his veto action: "After careful consideration I vetoed senate bill SB-2-69 for the following reasons: 1. If the senate wants to ear mark funds it should be done at the time of appropriations, not after a lump sum. has been appropriated. If this is the intent of the senate, this should be done through itemized appropriations during budget hearings. 2. tinder this bill the senate would be assuming the power of the executive branch to execute the budget once appropriations are made. The bill would assume the responsibility of the financial vice president. 3. The senate could intimidate the individual organizations for fear that their programs would be cancelled. Once a budget is set up the organization should have the latitude to operate within its budget unless the senate earmarks money through itemized budgets. This they haven't done in the past. Suppose the senate didn't want the newspaper to print a picture of them. Should they have the power to cut off the funds? What image would it present of Weber State if the Junior class signed a contract to bring in Peter, Paul, and Mary and the senate stopped payment because they didn't like the group?
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1968-11-22, Vol. 28, No. 9|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College; 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 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.|