Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1974-04-261
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rvnrvTTNr J, 3 i I: I- i- Ombudsman, 'Signpost' kicked out of meeting "It was a tragedy... a great mistake." ."They (Gary Carter, Ombudsman, and Dave Midget, editor of the Signpost) had no right to do what they did... none whatsoever." "I just wish those television people could have picked two more representative students (to film)." These comments came from Weber State College faculty members regarding the physical expulsion of two WSC students from a closed faculty meeting held Wednesday afternoon. The meeting had been called by Dr. Merrill J. May so that the faculty could establish a policy regarding the recent "reorganization" of the School of Arts, Letters and Sciences. Weber State President Joseph L. Bishop delivered to the assembly a "position paper" regarding his feeling toward the faculty. , This paper dealt with new policy regarding communication between the faculty and the administration.President Bishop defended his reorganizing of the Schools of Arts, Letters and Sciences saying his action "has to be a step forward."Following his delivery, the president and other administration officials left the room in accordance to the guidelines issued by the faculty. Faculty only According to a directive received by chairman of the meeting Dr. Richard W. Sadler, the meeting was to be open to only those faculty members below the rank of assistant dean. As it turned out, however, the meeting turned into a confrontation between students and faculty members. The majority of the members present demanded that the meeting be closed in accordance with the directive. The vote to close the meeting was 124 to 113. After the motion to close the meeting passed, all students and non-faculty members were asked to leave immediately. All but two of the students left. These were Carter and Midget. Midget explained his action to the assembly saying "I believe that as editor of the Signpost I have the responsibility to stay in this room and report what is going on. Responsibility to report "I feel it is my responsibility to the students to report anything that concerns them and their interests."Responding to this, one faculty member said "He may be with the Signpost but I believe as his employers we have the right to a closed meeting." A motion was then made to request the campus security police to remove the, two students. It passed by a resounding voice vote. While waiting for the security police to arrive, two motions were made dealing with voting procedures. One motion requested that all faculty members vote by mailing in their votes to the chairman. Speaking for the motion, one instructor said that it didn't seem proper to penalize those members of the faculty simply because they had a class to teach at this time and couldn't make the meeting. Another faculty member disagreed saying "We're here en-masse. The votes should be taken now. I cannot think of any class. ..that is more important than what we are doing here. I am opposed to any delay." The motion was then voted on and defeated. The other motion called for all voting to be done by secret ballots. This motion passed. At this time Detective Richard W. Christenson from campus security arrived and removed Carter. Carter was then told to stay out of the meeting while Christenson evicted Midget. When Carter replied that instead he would try to get back into the room he was arrested. He was then taken to a patrol car and handcuffed and detained. Back 500 years Following Carter's removal, one member of the audience sited proclaimed that "the actions taken by these students have set Weber State College back 500 years." Christenson then re-entered the room and removed Midget from the meeting. Midget however was released from custody outside the building. Following this disturbance, the group passed a number of motions. Included in these were , a reiteration of faculty rights and perogatives and that the chairman of the Academic Council serve as ex-officio representative to the president. Also passed were motions requiring that the Executive Council of the Academic Council petition the governor to have a member sit on the Institutional Council and that faculty members should have more appropriate input into decisions made by the administration. A motion was made to have a vote of "conficence" or "no con-ficence" in President Bishop and his policies. This motion was tabled indefinitely.Complaining about the method used in tabling the motion, one faculty member said "It was set up. We never did get a chance to vote (against the tabling motion)." (Editor's Note: All charges against Carter were dropped later Wednesday afternoon afternoon.)Weather forecast Outlook for Northern Utah A chance of showers on Saturday. Shower activity will decrease by Sunday and Monday. Temperatures over the weekend will range from 55 to 65, rising to the 70's by Monday. Low temperature will be in the 30's and low 40 s. 1 - ONCE AGAIN THE issue of closed meetings at WSC brought an angry response from students. This time it was the faculty who closed the doors. Ombudsman Gary Carter (left) and SIGNPOST Editor Dave Midget (right) discuss the afternoon's events. Both students were ejected from the meeting ater they refused to leave voluntarily, (photos by Fred Barta). , H - , I . ' V . -v y - v ' ! i v f 7 I I ftliV'-:, j. I I h .. '( I- I : ; V". if 1 v . 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|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1974-04-26, Vol. 33, No. 48|
|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.|