Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1970-11-241
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State Volume 30, Number 17 Weber State College, Oijden, Utah 84403 Tuesday, November 24, 1970 f. r. x - .-. 4r i. V -A V Y v. vi-' A , 1 w y t J ! V ? r v t 1 - .. " '-' , loaf. - -s . f . . i ': ' J t ' 1 i i . 0 "',.,7 (":''' . I .' ,,--iKr - - V? .Mir-.v- it- ,; T5 '- -.yJ y . : - An associate professor of psychology has been recognized by the Student Government's Education Committee as being an outstanding educator. Dr. Merrill J. May was chosen for his methods of education which the committee feels improves not only his students' education, but the educational reputation of Weber State. A major determinant in the committee's decision to give recognition to Dr. May was his contributions to the improvement of the Psychology department. X Soon to be a part of history is the writing on this infamous wall. A sandblasting project sponsored by Blue Key Honor Fraternity and supported by community groups will soon erase the names scrawled on the walls of Ogden Canyon. Weber State students watch as the sand-blasters go to work, (photo by John Shupe) Dr. Merrill J. May was recently chosen as an outstanding educator by Student Governments Education Committee. (Photo by Jeannie Young) Gclcpcgos scenes set for Audubon Nov. 30 Gigantic, 400-pound tortoises, lizards that swim in the sea, and scenes characterized by a weird, tortured landscape will be the setting for the Audubon wildlife film November 30 in the Fine Arts Center. This film will show the land of Galapagos (meaning Tortoise) which is apart of the enchanted islands of Ecuador. The film is presented by Martin Bruce who spent five weeks at the island filming the wildlife and landscape. Mr. Bruce is the author of "Rapids of the Damned."Other wildlife in the film will include sea lions at play, land iguanas, and numberous birds. Admission is $1.00 for adults and $.50 for students. The program will start at 8 p.m. Opinion research committee formed Primary among the relevant issues in Student Government today are the opinions of concerned students in connection with a variety of questions. Under the direction of Senate leader Glen Curtis, the Executive Cabinet has formulated a proposition for an Opinion Research Committee to "make student government more effective through proper two-way communication." The proposal as presented to the Executive Cabinet last Tuesday provided for the establishment of a committee composed of a chairman (appointed by the ASWSC President), a faculty advisor who is well-oriented in scientific opinion polling, and committee members to be designated by the chairman. Under the direction of this committee, a census would be conducted as necessary to provide a volume of general information to interested persons concerning the student population, including such pertinent facts as location of housing, student employment, etc. After compiling this general information, the committee will then utilize it in formulating random sampling polls of student opinion on a basis of concern with issues. The poll results should result in guidance for the student government in formulating working bills to improve the effectiveness of that body in representing student needs. The results of these polls when compiled would be released to any interested parties at the descretion of the Executive Cabinet. According to the orginators of this bill, the eventual effect should be to facilitate student representation in the decision making bodies of Weber State. Student participation is of vital importance in effecting this or any other student government action. Any student with an interest in opinion polling should feel free to contact Glen Curtis or any of the student officers concerning participation on this committee. When Dr. May arrived on campus in 1967, psych majors were scoring between 35 and 55 per centile on the Graduate Record Exams which are national qualifying entrance exams for graduate schools. Last year psych majors taking these same exams scored between 60 and 93 per centile. According to psych major Brent Holbrook who is chairman of the Education Committee, "Dr; May will not 'give' out a grade You earn it." Dr. May stated that some teachers on campus operate their classes on the Hedonistic principle: what is pleasurable is good. "I do not feel that a class should be considered good just because the students enjoy it," declared the professor. "I believe that memorization of classroom material is not the only element in a student's education. A student learns as much in the classroom from interaction with classmates as he does from a lecture," remarked the educator. "In my introductory psychology classes I test my students on the material from the book, but class time is spent discussing such subjective questions as 'if man's responses are are conditioned, is he responsible for his actions?" "In other upper-division psychology classes such as physiology, it would be impossible to discuss subjective questions. So, I have to spend class time solely lecturing." When it comes to grading, Dr. May believes in an "absolute system of critereon rather than a curve which lets the students set the ultimate level of poor performance.""If a student deserves an A grade, he gets it and vice versa," concluded the instructor. Dr. May received his Ph.D. in 1965 from the University of Arizona. He did post doctoral work at Brown University in Province, R. I. This year he won the Cortez Award for his paper entitled "Education: It's Failings and Promises." For what the Education Committee feels are Dr. May's outstanding contributions to Weber's educational qualities, he will receive a certificate of award from the Education Committee. Dr. May will also receive a letter of congratulations from the Academic Vice President, Dr. Helmut Hofmann.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1970-11-24, Vol. 30, No. 17|
|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.|