Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1971-02-191
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Stele Volume 30, Number 32 Weber State College, Ogden, Utah. 84403 Friday, February 19, 1971 f i 1 : r f" .4 .4" ff i Library GppirpE'ie3tiEi (pans syfiipeafllhy 'jfOCi'i gOUG5'Gu porGEOEiS COE2afiliftG r " - ' - : (. W 7 1 w By Glen Curtis SALT LAKE CITY The million dollar appropriation request for the WSC library gained "sympathy" from the Joint Legislative Appropriations Sub-Committee on Government Operation Tuesday morning according to Chr. Brian Florence (D., Ogden), but action has been deffered until the legislature has a "better picture" of income. Weber State Senators Mike Don Cooper Don Cooper lectures Mon. Don Cooper is back, and will be appearing at Weber State on Monday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center auditorium. Don Cooper was classed by Fine Arts officials as the best film-lecturer of the year after his appearance at WSC last year, during which his "Mark Twainish" hilarious film lecture brought raves of pleasure. This year Don Cooper brings "Canadian West" which was filmed, and will be narrated in the "unique style of Don Cooper. Cooper, who claims to have several degrees from the "School of Hard Knocks" will lead his viewers through "rugged and scenic grandeur rarely seen first hand." The filming follows the route of Alexander Mackenzie, the first man to cross the North American Continent. Seraatfe bill caflOs Cor tfesfl c'gQgcisg peSisy Faculty members who refuse to allow students to review their tests came under student Senate censorship this week. The controversy began when student Terry Wirth complained to his Senate representatives that some professors on campus are not permitting students to see tests after they have been corrected. The Senate Investigations Committee headed by Mike Sanders subsequently introduced Senate Bill 25-71 which calls for a faculty test release policy. The bill cites "recent complaints" about the failure to allow students to review their tests and says: "realizing that an examination is a useful and important tool, used by both faculty and students in the academic society, we -Xhe Weber State College Student Senate do hereby recommend that all Department Chairmen impress upon their colleagues to make available all completed class work used as a basis for grading to their students, upon request." Unanimous passage of the measure followed a debate in which some senators called for a more specific recommendation. Senator Kim Slater said, "It's so ambiguous that it doesn't say a thing. ..We ought to at least say how we feel about a specific uniform policy which could be followed." Senator Bill Chyne responded to Slater's remarks by stating, "it is the role of the taxpayer and the administration to set policy how an instructor should act." In calling for the not specific recommendation which passed both Chyne and Dean of Students Alan J. Dayley quoted from the Academic Rights and Responsibilities concerning student grievance procedures. Dean Dayley pointed out that those grievance procedures provide the needed specifics with which a student may protect his rights. Upon passage Slater said, "well, it's better than nothin'." Senator Max Flinders noted that, "we've come a long way if the faculty will take this recommendation to heart." Dr. Ralph Telford, Faculty Advisor to the Senate, made the observation that controversies of this nature often arise because the "student often doesn't raise questions on the policy of his instructor on returning tests soon enough in the quarter." He urged students to clarify such questions with their instructor so as to prevent misunderstandings.In other action the Seante passed a resolution to "establish better communications between students and faculty or administration councils. The focal point of the Bill which was introduced by Craig Boswell and Fran Wheeler was an added resolved clause which recommended to the Academic Council that one position be given to students on the curriculum Committee and also one seat on the Admissions, Credit and Graduation Committee. The added clause made the proposal a much bolder step. It was introduced by Senator Mike Joseph. Joseph and Fran Wheeler approached the committee with WSC Senate Bill 11-71 requesting favorable library action. They supplimented the bill with facts from the Northwest Ac-credidation Association showing that the WSC facility was "woefully inadequate" in seating, space and volumes of books. The major problem, according to Rep Florence, was funding. Three and a half million dollars are already committed to the Utah Technical School to complete a structure already started. Fear of a similar situation confronts the legislature with the WSC library which will require an additional two and a half million in a year or two. Other priorities which the Governor placed before Weber were items such as the new U of U Service center which has little correlation with academic ac-credidation but has a strong University lobby, and an addition to the Utah School for the Deaf in Ogden which will present Weber County legislators some conflict on priority. Even if the Weber State library is given a high rating by the subcommittee, the action must also be passed by the steering committee before being placed in the final budget request. One member of the sub committee from Provo noted that three Weber students from his area had called him and other committee members said they had received correspondence concerning the school. Rep. Ron Halverson (R., Ogden) also felt that the major obstacle was money. He said that the library's only hope is passage of the proposed graduated sales tax. The sales tax was opposed by Ogden's Greater Chamber of Commerce and has been vocally opposed by a member of the Weber State Administration. The same Weber administrator had privately told some legislators that Weber's library was presently adequate. In other committee action the appropriation sub-committee on Higher Education reviewed college budgets. Dr. G. Homer Durham, Commissioner of Higher Education, said unless the legislature meets their requests, they would have to turn to student fees for money since other items are fixed. Dr. Durham suggested fee increases for residents and nonresidents at the U of U, residents at Weber, and a "nominal" increase at USU. Fees were formally based on students paying a certain proportion (approx. 33 percent) while the state covered the rest at any school in the state. Editor to be selected applications available Editorship of the WSC student publications will change hands at the end of winter quarter and applications are now available for all positions. New editors for SIGNPOST (newspaper), ACORN, (Yearbook), and PROBE (literary magazine) will be chosen for the coming school year by the publications board at the end of this quarter. All matriculated students carrying at least 12 credit hours are eligible to apply for the positions. Applications for the editor of SIGNPOST will be available at the main desk, the SIGNPOST office, and in William C. Porter's office F.A. 455. ACORN applications will be available at the main desk, in the ACORN office and in Curtis Smout's office U.B. 240. PROBE applications are available in the PROBE office in the UB. Applications should be returned to William C. Porter. Student speakout sees library issue as problem "The, library is just one concern that Weber State students can direct their energies and interests towards," stated Dan Hunter, Weber State Ombudsman Committtee Chairman, in opening the first in a series of Student "Speak-outs" now being held on the WSC campus. The present and future status of Weber State's library was selected as the topic for discuusion for the meeting held Tuesday in the student union annex lobbby. Speaking to a group of more than 200 students were Academic Vice President Dr. Helmut Hof mann, Professor of Psychology Dr. Norris Bancroft, Professor of History Dr. Donald Moorman, and Student Body President Fran Wikstrom. "Speak-out" is a creation of the just recently formed Weber State Ombudsman Committee. "Its purpose," according to the committee chairman Dan Hunter, "is to let the individual Weber student voice his own views, suggestions, and criticisms of current issues on the campus. It is hoped that students, faculty, and administrators can benefit from such interaction in a constructive way." "The library is presently short 85,000 square feet in total space, is 250,000 volumes short in the stacks, and has a deficiency of 2,000 seats for Weber students," emphasized Fran Wikstrom. He further stated that, "as far as I know, there is no other campus in the state that has a library that is below the standards of the Northwest Accreditation Association standards." "We've had many students write letters to our State Legislators, including all of the Senate and Executive Council, to which I have had many reports of positive sincere reply coming back from Salt Lake, related Mr. Wikstrom regarding positive measures of both the State Legislators and studentbody. Mr. Wikstrom, mentioning further projects of the school stated, "we have worked very closely with the local news media on this issue, posted posters throughout the campus, handed out literature explaining our library situation to the students, and successfully activated the Senate on this issue." Speaking for another segment of the campus, Dr. Norris Bancroft of the Psychology Department stated that," the problem is obvious, we need money. Each one of you here cac reach into your pocket and give at least a dollar." "You can talk to fellow students about this, convince them to contribute, make up lists of the books you feel the library needs, go into the community and tell people about our library, and finally approach your instructors on this," suggested Bancroft before the audience. Concerning the last suggestion he explained the most college professors receive "many free books each year from the publishing companys, very often the teacher never uses these books, and possibly they would be needed in our own library." Tony Carrera, a student in the audience, raised objection to the idea of giving his own money to support the school, and stated, "I'm not going to give a goddamn dollar to the library, I've already been assessed for it, once when I paid my fees," exclaimed Carrera. In opening his talk before the crowd of students, Dr. Helmut Hofmann stated his satisfaction with the State Legislature's response to the appeals for funding. "We have had a very fine response from the legislature. We are hoping for one million dollars of the 3.5 million requested, "said Hofmann. "You must recognize that the State of Utah has a certain economic base, and it just doesn't have all the money needed for all the building needs in the state," emphasized Hofmann in regards to the expected partial funding of the library. Students in the audience raised questions regarding the WSC library's needs versus, the capabilities and priorities of the Utah Senate. Hofmann replied," you ought to recognize that you can make all kinds of recommendations, and proposals, but somebody has to put up the money, and if the state can't, who will - you?" Dr. Moorman of the History Department argued that, "Power moves everything, dialogue is fine in this sort of situation, but ultimately talk must turn to action and power, if you hope to get what you want. The students of this campus must take the power if anything is to be done."
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1971-02-19, Vol. 30, No. 32|
|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.|