Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1973-11-021
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Open letter Bishop denies 24-hour policy by Dr. Joseph L. Bishop President, VVSC A Un Oct. 18, I met with a group of students representing the residents of Promotory Towers. Their concerns, while central to dormitory living, raise issues with campus-wide ramification. I thought it appropriate, therefore, to let the entire studentbody know the thinking and rationale behind the administration's response to the student requests. I would first like to thank the student representatives for the mature manner in which they presented their requests. Their . discussion was forthright, sin cere, and honest, and their bearing was courteous and polite. I feel keenly my obligation to respond with the same courteous honesty. 1. Communication I saw early in our discussion that undergirding the stated issues was a perception on the part of the students that no one has been listening to their concerns. I recognize that it is im- perative that the administration listen to students and that students listen to the administration. Good ideas can be and should be generated from both sides. This vital sharing of ideas and concern can only take place if we have a process for communicating and interchanging ideas. Consequently, as my first response, I have asked Dr. Dwight Burrill, vice president for academic development, to meet with the appropriate students and administrators and establish a procedure which will insure communication and interchange on a regular, recurring basis. Such a procedure will have as its basis student participation in establishing priorities for the expenditure of dormitory funds. These priorities would relate to matters such as social affairs and maintenance and repairs. This procedure of communication would provide a platform for immediate student input into discussions vital to them. This system of regularly scheduled meetings would provide feedback to the students regarding the rationale for administrative decisions. It would involve aninter-dormitory council to act as a recommending body to the administration.I have asked Dr. Burrill to establish this procedure of communication as quickly as possible. I anticipate its accomplishment within a month's time. Dorm students interested in having input into setting up this procedure should contact Dr. Burrill at Extension 676. 24-hour visits 2. Visitation rights I come next to one of the major specific requests - dormitory visitation rights on a twenty-four hour a day basis. I respect the motive of the students in making-this request. I believe that their request is not aimed at a license for immoral or illegal acts. Rather, it asks that the administration show its trust that the dormitory students are mature and responsible adults. I recognize the maturity and responsibility of our studentbody, but there are reasons why granting this request seems unwise. I am concerned first that this proposal, if carried out, would be severely misunderstood by the larger public and academic community of which we are a part. I mention this because I have talked to people about it, and even with explanation it is misunderstood. It will be viewed less as evidence of our trust in students and more as a degrading joke giving Weber State College the image of a college where academic pursuits are a minor consideration. Such an image would be grossly unfair to one of the finest faculties in the state. A little over a year ago, the administration met with the department chairmen representing faculty groups to examine the ' problems of the institution. The second highest priority of these faculty representatives was to improve the image of Weber State College. They wanted the College to be known for what it is, a four year, student oriented college which demands high academic and technical quality. We took the building of our image as a high priority, reallocating our internal resources, changing programs, and reassigning personnel. Innovative instructional programs came forth, in a record unequaled on any other campus in this state. Recruitment took on new dimensions. Enrollments, predicted to be five percent below last year, are two percent above. Most other colleges in the state have decreased enrollments this year. This favorable enrollment position is largely due to the recognition the college has achieved over the past few years. Who is responsible for the stature of Weber State College? Many people -- faculty, staff, and students have helped create the image of Weber State College as an institution of high quality. I am most concerned to maintain this deserved image. Maintain image I am also concerned that Weber State College maintain an image that will attract the financial grants that we so desperately need. We are automatically disqualified from receiving federal or state funds for research relating to -graduate programs. In addition, large donations from wealthy alumni are hard to come i out. on p;i,ue 2 THE COMET KOHOUTEK will make its appearance in the night time skies Monday. This picture of the comet, which is estimated at . traveling 70,000 miles-per-hour, was taken in the WSC Planetarium through the efforts of Dr. Robert Capner and Signpost photographer Fred Barta. Three projectors were used to similate the comet's approach, (photo by Fred Barta) Comet coming in to eyesight; visible for over two months by Fred Barta Comet Kohoutek is expected to be visible to the naked eye one and a half hours before the start of Astronomical twilight next Monday. The comet at this time is located toward the west close to the meeting point of the con-stallations Leo, Virgo and Crater. By the end of November Comet Kohoutek will be located in the south, of the star Spica in the constellation Virgo possibly as bright as magnitude 2. The bigger the magnitude the dimmer the brightness and vice-versa. The sun is a magnitude of LET YOUR Name (optional ) Fr. . Soph. Have you ever lived in the dorms0 ves . J 3 -26 and the full moon is a magnitude of -12. Comet Kohoutek will reach it's brightest stage about Dec. 28-30 with a maximum brightness between magnitude -5 and -10, which will be somewhere between the brightness of Venus and the full moon. Last June, more than 30 astronomers and other scientists attended a meeting in Tucson at the University of Arizona, to coordinate their observation plans. Astronomers at Kitt Peak National Observatory have already reserved time on the 300-foot McMath solar telescope in order to make very high- VOICE BE HEARD ! Jr. Sr. -no r-t I support Dr. Bishop's statements and actions concerning 24-hour open house policies on Campus. r-j I do not support Dr. Bishop's statements and actions concerning 24-hour open house policies on campus. Interested students wishing to voice their feelings concerning this campus issue should fill this ballot out and return lo the Signpost oil ice in L'B 269 by Friday. Nov. 2. 1973 at noon. The Signpost will deliver them to Pres. Bishop's office. resolution spectroscopic observations of Comet Kohoutek. There are prospects of valuable observations from aboard Skylab shortly before and after the comet's perihelion, during the third visit to the orbiting laboratory. Several unmanned spacecraft will be involved in observing Kohoutek. NASA's space craft designated as OAO 3 is expected to make spectrum scans of the comet, and a special white-light coronagraph photography will be performed by the NASA spacecraft OS07. Mariner 10. to be launched toward Venus this fall, should gain supporting data on the inner solar systemenvironment.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1973-11-02, Vol. 33, No. 11|
|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.|