Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1970-11-171
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Weber State: It's growing great! (Photo by John Shupe) r. .7 Volume 30, Number 15 Weber State College, Ogden, Utah 84403 Tuesday, November 17, 1970 Library inadequacies retard e committee charges By Merlin Calver The WSC student senate investigating committee met last Wednesday to discuss and prepare their recommendations on the new library hours. Their recommendations will then be presented to the full senate. The senate has already voiced their displeasure at the administration's action. A report was presented at the last meeting of the senate by Dean Parry Wilson. This report stated that the student usage of the library did not warrant such long hours. The report stated much money would be saved if the library were to shorten its hours. Mike Sanders, chairman of the committee, opened the meeting by stating the main function of the committee was to make recommendations telling why the library should have longer hours. Senate okays up becomes credit - Weber State's student senate has unanimously passed a bill to up-date the pass-fail grading system instituted by the student government last year. The proposed system, which now has to pass the Academic Council on the faculty level and the Institutional Council on the administrative level, will no longer be called a pass-fail system, but rather a credit-no credit system. Changes Records Favorably The new bill changes the records of a student favorably, since a "failure" will not be recorded as such and therefore will not affect the overall grade point average. If the new bill passes administrative review, sophomores (students with 45 or more hours) will be able to participate in the program and a total of 30 hours of credit-no credit will be accepted for graduation. In the program as now constituted, only juniors and seniors are eligible and only 18 credit hours of pass-fail can be accepted toward graduation. Declare at Registration In other aspects, the system will operate -date on pass-fail; no-credit system nearly the same. Students wishing to register for Cr-Ncr classes must declare such at registration. This is noted on the registration card, and when the teacher sends in the students final grade, it is then recorded on the transcript as either credit or no credit, depending upon the grade received. (Any passing grade will be recorded as credit) P.E. Exception Under this system, Cr-Ncr classes cannot be counted toward a major or minor requirement or toward the general education or specific area requirements except Physical Education. This PE exception has also been written into the present bill. The Pass-Fail grading system originated with last years, executive cabinet after they met at a student government conference in Atlanta. Increase Range Without Competing This system allows a student to increase the range of his education without the necessity of competing with majors in the grading system of classes in which he has an interest but only limited background. Bill Chyne proposed that the reasons for shorter hours, presented by the administration, could be attacked two ways: financial and statistical. The report of the administration didn't tell who ran the test and made up the report. The period of time the test was run wasn't stated. The report didn't take into consideration repetitive use nor did it consider peak hours, such as dead week or Thanksgiving weekend. The main argument on ths study was that it was a study to show the library wasn't being used, it wasn't objective. The administration showed how they could save from five to eight thousand dollars, this the committee felt was an overstatement. The committee felt that all that could be saved was $8.10 a week and this was by cutting the hours of work-study students. Mike Sanders stated that Dr. Hoffman, academic vice-president, felt that if the senate wanted longer hours they should pay the difference. Mr. Chyne commented strongly that "this was a ridiculous proposal." The report stated that only a small percentage of the student body used the library, the committee added that the library only holds a small percentage of the student body 500 students. It was stated that if only one student wanted to use the library it should be avilable. Craig Boswell added that he felt the library was completely inadequate in all respects, without the hours being shortened. A copy of the investigation committee report will be sent to Governor Rampton, as it was felt that the state was responsible for a lack of funds to support our library. This lack of funds, not only for the library but for the school in general, was felt to be retarding our educational process at Weber and showing our growth and academic standards. A unanimous decision was reached that the library go back to its hours as of the first day of school. A copy of the report will be sent to the president of the studentbody, Dr. Hoffman, the head of the student senate and Governor Rampton. It is now up to the administration to decide if the libary will maintain the longer hours. The administration, according to the committee, has to decide if our education will be interfered with. The student senate feels that something should be done and that the students should agree.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1970-11-17, Vol. 30, No. 15|
|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.|