Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1973-02-161
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new proposal achievement based t- - sen by dave midget political writer The proposed grading change, a report on the status of student government re-organization task force, an explanation of actions regarding a Senate bill, and more funding requests were all discussed at Monday's session of the Senate. The Senate body dissolved itself into a committee of the whole to discuss the proposed grading change. The plan which was presented by Fran Wheeler, Associated Students of Weber State College President, was a summary of the proposed change. Under the new system, if enacted, grading in classes would be based on the competency of a student's performance. The only grades which would appear on a student's transcript would be "A" (outstanding achievement, the highest grade), oto ho "B" (excellent "C" (adequate), and "D" (passing). There was some discussion on "C's" and "D's". Originally these grades would mean competent and inferior, respectively. Ron Ray, Ombudsman, argued that the purpose of the change is to bring a positive reinforcement attitude of learning into effect instead of the current rewards and punishments systen. Therefore the use of the words competent and inferior would defeat the whole purpose. If any one of the four designated grades is not earned an "NC" (no credit) would be reported to the student. This "NC" would not, however, be placed on a student's record. All courses taught creditno credit would remain as at present, except that an "NC" would not be recorded on record. When a student repeats a class only the last grade received would appear on his transcript. ars grading ideas Instructors or departments would be encouraged to establish the basic standards of competency required for each letter grade given in each course at the beginning of the quarter. This proposal should be adhered to in assigning grades. The acceptance of this criteria would mean the elimination of "curve grading." For example, all students in a class could receive all "A's" or all could get "NC's". Faculty members would be encouraged to contact students that are not achieving at least competent work early in the quarter to make them aware of their performance and the faculty member's office hours. An appointment should then be made with a student who does not receive credit in a class, with a view to possible referral to counseling.The only courses which would appear on a student's official transcript would be those courses completed for which credit is given. A student may or may not wish a "D" to appear on his record and depending on his decision credit may or may not be given. The new system could be made retroactive only in those instances where a student presently attending the college requests the change. In arguing for the passage of the proposal, Sen. Randy Scott said that "while at first I was against thir; proposal, my opinion has changed. I now favor this change for two reasons. "First, I think the elimination of "E's" is a good idea. Up to now the grade "E" stayed on a student's record even after he had re-taken the class. "And secondly, I feel that this change would help do away with any curve grading. No teacher v would feel obligated to give a cer-' tain amount of A's, B's, C's, D's, J and E's." By a vote of nine to six the Senate passed the grading proposal (which signifies a favorable recommendation to the Academic Council). Regarding Senate Bill 19-73, which appointed a Senator to be designated official Senate representative to the Executive Cabinet, Wheeler explained his refusal to sign it. Wheeler said that "since Curtis Smout, Don Hughes, and Dean Dayley already sit on both the Cabinet and Senate, I felt this bill was unnecessary." However, since Wheeler did not choose to veto the bill and merely chose not to sign it, the bill went into effect without his signature. Sen. Jon Sandberg announced that the student government reorganization task force will have its work completed sometime this week. Funds were requested by the Student Committee for Campus Ecology by co-chairman, Nicholas Crookston. In explaining what the $273.53 would be used for, he said that the funds would be used to improve our campus ecology by recycling papers and tin cans, promoting bicycling and planting trees on campus. The request was sent to Finance Committee for furtherinvestigation. emphasis week to start monday stress black culture, contribution by ira hatch staff writer Films, Jazz concerts, fashion shows, and guest speakers will highlight the annual Black Emphasis Week, being held Feb. 19 through Feb. 24, at Weber State College and the surrounding community.According to Charles Harlan, coordinator of Black Emphasis Week, the purpose of the week is to make non-Blacks aware of Black culture and unify the feelings of Black students. He explained of a "certain magic" about Black literature, music, and life styles, saying that Black Emphasis Week will make this magic visible to all students. "Institutional racism," said Harlan, "exists even though people are not aware of it. . . people do it out of habit . . . through Black Emphasis Week we hope to make people aware of the Black culture." Besides activities planned for each day during the week, there will be a Black art exhibit in the notice Monday is the last day applications will be taken for the position of Editor-in-chief of the Signpost. The position is open to all full-time students of WSC, there is no -requirement that the applicant be majoring in journalism or have past experience on the Signpost. Applications forms can be picked up in the Student ActivityCenter. Library and Union Building browsing room. The Library will also exhibit a special Black literature display during the entire week. Monday there will be a Jazz concert performed by the Symbolic Sounds, from the Clearfield JobCorpatnoonintheU.B. After the concert a modern Black dance class will be conducted in room 348 of the U.B. for those interested in learning steps to present day music. The Black Arts Unlimited will perform African songs and dances at 8 p.m. Monday in the Fine Arts Center Cellar Theatre sponsored by Darnel L. Haney of the Sociology Department. The Northern Utah Gospel Chorus of The Church of God and Christ will perform this same evening, as will local Black poets from WSC, Ogden, Salt Lake City, and Clearfield Job Corps. Tuesday, the movie "Purlie Victorious" will be presented in the UB Auditorium at 2 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. with this movie "Now is the Time," a history of the Civil Rights movement will be shown. Ella Jenkins, Black folk singer will present a special concert sponsored by the Family Life Department in the FAC Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.Thursday in 'the Fine Arts Auditorium at noon Lorenzo and Ruth Graham, noted husband and wife combination 'of distinguished authors, lecturers, and consultants will speak. Thursday at noon the Reverend Davis, of the New Zion Baptist Church in Ogden will speak to students in the U.B. theater. A "rap session" will be held in the U.B. at 1 p.m. where there will be a general discussion of problems facing Blacks at WSC and Ogden. The movie "Sounder" will be presented Thursday evening at the Country Club Theater at 7: 15 p.m., donations of $2 will be accepted for purchasing Black literature for the WSC library. Friday, the modern dance class will again be held at 1 p.m. in room 348 of the Union Building. At 9 a.m. Friday, a Black Dance Social sponsored by the South Ogden Kiwanis will be held. Saturday, "Raisin in the Sun" will be presented in the Fine Arts Auditorium at 8 p.m. j v" V i ... - - , n . i 't -k v . Vi I '' sS J y , " - - .it"" . - v V BLACK ARTS UNLIMITED will perform African songs and dances Monday night in the FAC. This is one of the many programs set for the week and designed to explain the Black culture and its contributions to American society.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1973-02-16, Vol. 32, No. 33|
|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.|