Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1973-02-131
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Tj T " "Y anderson d by bonnie cantwell political editor Stolen documents, arrested reporters, leaders twisted with power and the press's struggle to secure the truth rang through the Fine Arts Center auditorium as columnist Jack Anderson interpreted "freedom of the press" -day's convocation. ' iom of the press is your "hct-. i and mine," Anderson told the capacity crowd, "It is my freedom to report and uncover the news, but it is your freedom to be informed!" Anderson's convocation speech was followed by a press conference and later a luncheon and rap session in the UB Skyroom. Government by its nature tends to oppress the people, Anderson said, but a democracy works best when there is tension and opposition. Power tends to corrupt, and the press serves as a watchdog to check corruption. Anderson said it doesn't matter how good the leaders are. He has ih president since-Roosevelt; each was a dedicated, patriotic man. "But something happens when a man reaches the Olympian heights of the White House. He has a taste of power; he breathes that high, exhalted air and his attitudes change. He's treated like he's important and has everything at the snap of his fingers. "He has an armored car and an escort of secret service men. He has jets at his disposal. If he's caught in a traffic jam that we mortals must suffer through in Washington, a helicopter comes down and rescues him. "And after four years of this, the man we elected to be our servant doesn't feel like a servant anymore. He feels like he is our master." Anderson said that our leaders become twisted and perverted with power. Our founding fathers understood this and guaranteed us in the first amendment the freedom of the press. Leaders do not want anyone to know of their failures and embarrassments. "They have tried to keep you from finding out and are still trying to keep out of the newspapers what they don't want you to read," Anderson said. Anderson compared Russian censorship with United States notice Applications for the position of editor-in-chief of the Signpost are now being accepted. The final day for submitting the forms has been changed from Feb. 26 to Feb. 19. The Publications Board will meet and take action on the entries Feb. 21 according to Ken Burrows, board chairman.The Editor will take office starting spring quarter. He or secrecy. The Russian officials in the Kremlin meet and make policies in secret. Then they ask "What'll we tell them?" The White House does the same thing, he said, only what the Kremlin STAMPS "top secret." "Now the FBI has done what has never been done before in the history of the United States democracy," Anderson said of the recent arrest of his reporter Les Whitten. "For the first time since 1735 on this continent we have a reporter in jail charged with the crime of covering the news." Anderson told students of Les Whitten's arrest on the streets by eight FBI men "Sworn to uphold the constitution." Whitten was writing the Saga of Broken Treaties Papers for which he had gotten his information from two tons of secret government documents that had been stolen by the Indians. The documents told of 100 years of government neglect and broken promises. The Indians had stolen the documents and - then told Anderson of them. Whitten had read the papers and wrote about them. - The FBI accused them of possession of stolen government property. "We will be able to prove without a shadow of a doubt that the FBI knew that in fact these documents were being returned by the Indians and moved in fast to make sure. they did it before the documents were returned," Anderson told newsmen. Anderson accused Nixon of ordering the FBI to get something on him. "I believe that Nixon is more worried about me than I am about him," he said. Anderson targeted his criticism at many officials specifically. "Nixon is hostile,, but Johnson was a con artist. He loved us and took us into the White House one at a time. He sent us Texas pecans for Christmas."Anderson said that had Johnson told us the turth about his war plans for Vietnam, public opinion would have kept him from esculating the war. We are worse off now than we ever were before the war, both militarily and diplomatically, Anderson claimed. We have lost 55,000 lives and $150 billion dollars. Never before has the she will receive a tuition scholarship and a monthly salary. The position is open to all full-time students of Weber State. There is no requirement that the applicant be majoring in journalism or have past experience on the Signpost. Application forms can be obtained from the studentbody secretary in the Student Activity Center. r B & United States been so condemned by the world, by our friends. "Nixon started bombing again to obtain peace with honor; never before have we been so dishonored," he stated. Turning again to freedom of the; press at the rap session, Anderson said that people are often outraged at bad news. "They criticize the press for printing what they don't want to hear. The government is presently taking advantage of the mood of the public. "Give up your birthright; turn your conscience over to your leaders, they'll take it eagerly," he said. On reporting ethics, Anderson said he constantly tells his reporters that a fact isn't a fact unless it can be proved. He also said the press must work inside the law. "I would not and do not tolerate any of my reporters stealing documents. However, if someone else steals then, I will read them," he stated. Anderson said that he has found a reporter can't learn from the government what is happening. He gets the information from a reliable source and then tells the officials about it. The press serves the governed and not the government. The press isfree to oppose and expose, to criticize and demand. The press is imperfect and fallible, but it is the people's defense against the corruption of government. Anderson cautioned his listeners to watch out for suppression of the press. "take care, take care," he advised. spring advance registration scheduled to start feb. 27 Advance registration for Spring Quarter day classes is scheduled to begin Feb. 27, at' Weber State College. Only day school students presently enrolled are eligible for advance registration according to information received from the. Registrar's Office. Registration packets and class schedules will be available from the Registration Office in the Administration Building Feb. 20, but course cards will not be distributed until advance registration begins on Feb. 27 and in accordance with priorities and instruction printed on page-one of the class schedule. Briefly, these instructions include the following: - Course cards will be distributed in the north section of the ballroom of the Student Union Building. -- Juniors and seniors (those - iwh W ' ; 'jl I i 5 ... . ".. ! !.,." i I f 1 ' : I t r ! JACK ANDERSON makes a point during his convocation speech Thursday. with 90 or more credit hours as of the end of Autumn Quarter) are scheduled for course card distribution Feb. 27. - Sophomores (those with 45 credit hours but less than 90 credit hours) are scheduled for Feb. 28. -- Freshmen (less than 45 credit hours) are scheduled for Mar. 1 and until 1 p.m. Mar. 2. - Some departmental cards will be distributed by the departments concerned (see instruction 4 on page one of the class schedule). -- All course cards for variable credit courses will be distributed by the departments. - When approval and signature of the instructor is necessary before course cards can be issued, this requirement is shown in the class schedule by a plus sign opposite the instructor's name. -- Classes should be listed only on the pink reference card until all course cards have been obtained. Once all have been obtained, classes should be listed on the official course card before payment of fees. -- Payment of fees may be made during pre-registration or may be deferred and paid at the cashier's window in the Administration Building through Mar. 16. After this date, students must pay fees on Mar. 20. at regular registration to avoid the late fee penalty. Any student unable to obtain course cards during the period Feb. 27 to Mar. 2 may complete registration in the Technical Education Building. Mar. 20. at the regular registration period. Though advisor approval is not required for course selection, registration officials encourage students to counsel with their advisors prior to registration.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1973-02-13, Vol. 32, 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.|