Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1973-04-271
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Financial V.P. changed by recount Wheeler cites i illegalities in veto override By Dave Midget News Editor "I feel that the actions the Senate took were illegal," Fran Wheeler, studentbody president stated, "and I am very disappointed in the Senate." These comments by Wheeler are referring to the overriding of his veto of Senate Bill 30-73 on April 18. The bill states that all student -government meetings would be required to remain open to the studentbody and the press. The only exceptions to this bill are Ombudsman, Campus Listening and Information Center, Supreme Court deliberations, Publication Board deliberations and interviews at the request of the person being interviewed. On April 18, the student Senate voted nine to two (two abstentions) to override Wheeler's veto. This was the second attempt to override the veto within less than a week. Illegal Action Speaking on the illegality of the Senate's action, Wheeler criticized the seating of John Loll as substitute for Sen. Tom Peterson. According to Wheeler, Peterson did not contact the Speaker of the Senate before the meeting as required by Senate Statute. Therefore, Loll should not have been seated as Peterson's substitute.Wheeler also commented that he had heard at least one Senator say it was better that he wasn't present at the time of the overriding of the veto because his presence might have influenced or intimidated the Senate. Wheeler then said that if "all it takes is my presence to intimidate the Senate, then I question the viability of that agency." Plot speculated Wheeler then stated that although he has "no specific proof as to being an underhanded plot," he did feel that it was known by several Senators that the Senate should be voting on the veto and he should have been notified. Speaking on some of the changes made by Wheeler was Legislative Vice President Don Hughes. Regarding Wheeler's accusations of "an underhanded" plot, Hughes replied "I wish I could take credit for a plot but there wasn't any." Speaking about Wheeler's absence from the Senate meeting Hughes stated that "he (Wheeler) was told Monday, as was all of the Executive Cabinet, of the possibility of a Wednesday meeting." Wheeler's own choice "If the studentbody president was unaware of the meeting, it was by his personal choice to be uninvolved in Senate affairs." Continuing Hughes commented that if Wheeler feels that he has been excluded from a meeting "I hope it gives him insight into the feelings of others who have been regularly excluded from meetings all year long." As for his not being contacted before the Senate meeting by Peterson that a substitute would replace him, Hughes said that he informed the Senate body that he was not contacted. The Senate, voted however, to seat Loll despite this irregularity. Hughes then commented that he hopes the people don't lose sight of the real issue. That issue is "whether policy and budget decisions and discussions will be in the open on whether they will be made behind closed doors." Kalleen Buttars wins AWS vote Associated women students of Weber State College elected officers in an election held in conjunction with studentbody elections.The new AWS president is Ms. Kalleen Buttars, who won in an unopposed contest. Also in an unopposed race, Ms. Vicki Strom-berg won the position of secretary. In the only real contest, the position of vice president went to Ms. Michele Jenkins who won over Ms. Ann Bawden 384 to 186. Some things in life are still free ... i Photo by Fred Barta Ray vaults to victory in Tuesday's recount A recount, Tuesday, for the ballots cast in the Financial Vice Presidential contest reversed the earlier results and gave Ron Ray a 872 to 859 vote victory margin over Dave Wilcox. The recount was requested by Ray on Monday morning following Friday's election. The elections committed scheduled the recount for Tuesday afternoon.During the recount it was discovered that one tally sheet used in Friday's ballot count had been counted twice in the original totals. This resulted in the total number of ballots cast being reduced from a level of approximately 1900 to 1800. While the tally sheet affected the total number of votes, it was not the reason for the counting descrepency. Adele Watts, elections committee chairman, noted that it was just an error in counting that created the situation. The ballots were recounted three times on Tuesday to insure the best possible accuracy. Watts said that three groups consisting of three people were used. One person read the ballot and two people recorded on separate sheets comparing the results when they were completed. The presidential race was also recounted as a check to see if the tally sheet error would have a sizable effect on the results of the other races. The change resulting from the recount in this race was minimal, the vote margin remaining basically unchanged . The new count gave Read Hellewell 973 votes to Post's 800. Commenting on the change Ron Ray said, "It's unfortunate that such an error was made in Friday's ballot counting. I can understand Dave Wilcox's disappointment."Wilcox stated simply, "What can I say." He went on to note that a lot of things could be stated indiscriminately but that ultimately nothing would come of it and that there was little reason to press the issue. The other offices, created by the new constitution and voted on by the students in Friday's election, remain unchanged. The new government now consists of President. Read Hellewell; Academic Vice President. Brent Johns; Communications Vice President. Becky Sparkman; Student Services Vice President. Ken Lowe; Activities Vice President. Mike Stever; Financial Vice President. Ron Ray: and Public Relations Vice President Jack Helgesen.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1973-04-27, Vol. 32, No. 47|
|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.|