Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1973-10-301
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Open meeting held; 24-hour issue aired . 1 8 W9 X. rhiiii iitii --Aia,-Js PRESIDENT JOSEPH BISHOP speaks with students at meeting to discuss the 24-hour open house policy being requested by the residents of Promintory Tower. ( Photo by Ira Hatch ) Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy next convocation speaker The Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy, who succeeded the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, will be the convocation speaker Thursday at noon in the Fine Arts Center auditorium. Dr. Abernathy, who also became the central figure in nonviolent protest after the assassination of Dr. King, has Rev. Abernathy 'First Stone' due date tomorrow Weber State College's, First Stone, the creative arts edition of the Signpost will soon go to press. The deadline for all submissions is tomorrow at noon. Any student, faculty or staff member may contribute to this edition. All copy must be typewritten on a sixty space line and must have the donors name. . I jr4" V" t "'i , t ! W - i i - w'-ftft been described as a "firey and persuasive" Southern Baptist preacher-orator, who lashes out at what he terms the "ills of America racism, poverty, militarism and violence." Calling for student involvement in politics, Dr. Abernathy deplores government policies that benefit the wealthy few and continue to drive down the poor and the minorities. He also feels that the government's present policy of subsidizing farmers and paying them not to grow food while millions go hungry, is a "madness which must stop now . ' ' Defining American subsidies to major corporations, banks, oil companies and wealthy families as "welfare," Dr. Abernathy says that the welfare system is not abused by the poor, but rather by the rich. He also denounces the misplaced priorities of United States war spending saying, "We've got to stop building bombs and start rebuilding our by Melinda Sowerby Students met with President Joseph L. Bishop, last Thursday night in an open meeting to discuss further the possibility of a 24-hour open house in Promontory Towers. The meeting, held in the Union Building, was attended by approximately 70 students, most were from Promontory Towers, and most favored having the liberalized open house policy. A major . complaint of the students was that last spring, a poll was taken which indicated that about 23 of the students living in Promontory Towers were in favor of new open house standards. The results of this poll were then sent . to President Bishop. Many of the students had the idea that due to the results of the survey, and an election held this quarter, a 24-hour open house would be allowed this year. One student stated that he moved cities; stop making napalm and start building housing for our citizens." Dr. Abernathy first rose to national prominence when he and other young black leaders, including the late Dr. King, led the famous Montgomery bus boycott of 1955-56. It was that protest that acquainted the world with the practice of non-violent direct action against the cruelties and hardships of segregation and discrimination in the United States. Since Montgomery, Dr. Abernathy has been jailed many times and has endured constant abuse and threats against his nonviolent activities. As an internationally known civil rights leader, he is in great demand for speeches, lectures and sermons, and is constantly called upon for advice in organizing and directing civil rights programs. Dr. Abernathy is one of the leading spokesman for the Freedom Movement and the Negro people and has served as an educator at his alma mater, Alabama State College at Montgomery, where he was Personnel Counselor and an instructor in the Social Science Department after graduate study. into the dormitory on the assumption that this policy would be -liberalized. Many of the students indicated that this situation was frustrating, to which Bishop replied, "It was not my intention to frustrate ... to misdirect your efforts, but there are other considerations."The image of WSC was one consideration which was discussed. Some students thought the administration was worried more about the image of the college than they were of the students now living in the dorms. Bishop replied that the image of the campus in the eyes of the community was relevant to the generations to come. He pointed out that a half million dollar endowed chair is pending, and another $1V2 million would come from a donor if the college could match funds for an allied health center. Bishop in BEWARE OF GOBLINS! The full moon is a traditional element of an eerie Halloween night. The Signpost urges students to take care tomoiToe evening while driving so that the little Halloween ghosts will not become real ghosts! (Photo bv Fred Barta dicated that this type of funding may be jeopardized. He said the matter was not simple and the administration had to deliberate the matter carefully. Another point that was mentioned by various students was that they were adults, and could decide when they wanted guests and who would be allowed. Most of the men indicated that they could work out their problems with their own roommates. Some of the students felt that if the open house policy were relaxed, there would be more students desiring to live in the dorms. One student said that he moved out last spring quarter because of the policy, but said he would rather live in the dorms. After reviewing his notes from this meeting, Bishop indicated he would respond to the students in writing, which he would submit to the Signpost for publication.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1973-10-30, Vol. 33, No. 10|
|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.|