Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1973-04-061
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vj Committee out votes Clarke in showdown By Brad Carver Dr. Robert Clarke's attempts to prevent the Signpost from covering the special events center committee meeting were stifled by the committee when it voted 8-3 in favor of allowing the Signpost reporters and other interested students to remain in the meeting. Clarke informed Signpost reporters Dave Midget and Brad Carver that the meeting was "a closed business meeting" and when the time was ready, "the students and the public would be informed of the changes." The meeting's purpose was described by the center's architect Robert Fowler, as "trying to feel our way along" regarding the size and seating capacity of the new center. Midget challenged the right of Dr. Clarke to expel the press and other interested students including Ombudsman Chairman Ron Ray, Nick Crookston, ecology committee chairman, and student senator Gary Carter. The group asked for a committee decision on whether they should be allowed to stay. r; V i.. I I .' - M Ys- .. . k rM" r 11 v Y " p i p kr J .J i ' i , Im - i?$ 1 i DELMAR DIXON, former faculty member at Weber State College, uses magic to demonstrate to a speech class techniques that can be used to make public speaking more effective. The class is usually taught by Dr. Hunker, head of the Communications Department. Clarke informed the press and the other students that such a decision "was not a committee decision" and was "not about to have an audience." Dr. James Foulger, a board member, spoke in favor of allowing the press and the other students involved to remain in the meeting by commenting "we don't want to imply anything secret" and went on to add "we are working for the college." Brent Johns representing the studentbody on the board explained that it was important that the college paper be allowed to remain at the meeting "in order to keep the students informed about any changes." It was at this point that Clarke opened the question up to the committee members where a roll call vote had been asked but was not recognized by the chairman. The committee agreed by a vote of eight to three in favor of allowing the Signpost staff members and other interested people to remain and expressed the opinion that someone should invite the local newspaper to par- ticipate in the meeting. No action was taken regarding the invitation.Robert Fowler, architect for the new center, noted that the present budget of $5 million for the new center sets the limit as to the size and the amount of money spent for the center. Fowler went on to note that the budget allows for a diameter size of 299 feet and generally allows for approximately 10,400 individual seat capacity, and would be of a similiar structure as that of the University of Utah. He went on to note that the types of structures ued previously for such as the University of Utah and others "were very proficient regarding seating," and noted the price of such a center included such things as locker rooms, shower rooms, lights, etc. Senator result in Last Wednesday's Senate featured, after weeks of delay, four Senators, three others were absent, explaining their excessive absences followed by a general censure from the Senate body. Two reasons for the delays in hearing the Senator's justifications was the feelings of some Senators that such a hearing was unnecessary and Senate Bill 35-72. Senate Bill 35-72 created a problem because the statute made the hearings on Senate absences a closed meeting to the public and the press. The first Senator to give a justification for his absences was Sen. Steve Stoker. Stoker, who had a total of seven unexcused absences, said that he had "taken on more responsibility" when he changed jobs. Continuing Stoker said that he was not "expecting this job at school" and that he missed the last Senate meeting because of an accident. Sen. Paul Orton was the next Senator to explain his attendance record. Orton has four unexcused absences and yet only accounted for two of those absences.Orton said that for one of the meetings he was "on a debate trip" and he was absent for another meeting because he i f ,3 '( it- I I mad ii&imiimmmi -mm KEN BURROWS, Dr. Robert A. Clarke and Dave Midget discuss Clarke's threat to have press and students removed from Special Events Center Committee meeting. absence hearings censure mandate "stayed home to study" for an exam. Sen. Sherri Martin justified her three unexcused absences by saying that for one meeting "I stayed home to work on a research paper" and the other two meetings were missed because "I was working." Continuing Ms. Martin explained that "one of those times I missed because of work, I tried to get a substitute but couldn't." Sen. George Dickson who has accumulated three unexcused absences, said that he missed one meeting because "I forgot," one meeting because it was a 'special meeting' and the other absence was caused by "illness." There were some discrepancies between this account made by Dickson and an earlier account he made to the Senate on March 5. At the earlier meeting, Dickson blamed his working schedule and the time of the meetings as factors for his absences.Dickson claimed in that first explanation also to have "just forgotten" about some of the meetings being held on Monday mornings. Three other Senators were expected to give reasons for their attendance records but were absent.These Senators were Randy Scott with three unexcused ab r I V sences, David Wilcox with four unexcused absences and Mark Leach with five unexcused absences.After the four Senators had completed their statements, Sen. Tom Peterson argued that the Senators should at least arrange for substitutes. Continuing Peterson said that he "wouldn't stay home to do a research paper" instead of coming to a Senate meeting. Sen. Farrell Woods then argued that the "problem is these excused absences. As of now, you can come in with five minutes left (in the meeting) or leave early and still be counted present. I don't think any excuse is valid." A motion was then made by Sen. Jon Sanberg to censure the seven Senators who have accumulated over three unexcused absences. The censure is according to Sandberg "just a slap on the wrist." The motion for censuring the seven Senators was then passed by a vote of six to five, with Speaker of the Senate Don Hughes casting the deciding vote. The Senate also voted unanimously to pass the new Weber State College Art Society Constitution after deleting one sentence in the constitution dealing with selling art crafts on campus.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1973-04-06, Vol. 32, No. 42|
|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.|