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Rain?? it Vol. 34 No. 16 Blind students si By Dorothy Montalbano Staff reporter (Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part series dealing with the problems facing the handicapped at Weber. The second part deals with the viewpoint as seen from the builder's point of view.) Dan and Shari Hicks are two freshmen students who exemplify courage and guts to main- Speaker explores theory of evolution Dr. Duane Gish will speak at Thursday's convocation. The topic of the convocation will be the theory of evolution. Gish has studied the evidence related to the question of creation versus evolutionary theory. In the fall of 1971 he resigned his position with the Upjohn Com-Danv to deyote full time to this work. He is now the Associate Director of the Institute for Creation Research in San Diego, California. Registration starts today Registration for winter quarter begins today in the Union Building ballroom. The schedule for registering follows : Juniors and seniors, today, according to the first letter of surnames, U-Z, 8 a.m.; S-T, 9 a.m.; N-R, 10 a.m.; K-L-M, 11a.m.;H-I-J, noon; E-F-G. 1 p.m.; C D, 2 p.m.; A-B, 3 p.m. Registration closes at 8: 30 p.m. Tuesday, November 19, 1974 f - , ' r THE NEW EDUCATION building was mentioned as one campus that is attempting to help handicapped students from class. Picture above shows Braille writing which is elevators there. (Photo by Dianne Sheldon) tain a normal life despite their hangup. Dan, partially blind since birth as a result of cateract surgery and Shari born blind have been married for almost a year now. They represent only a minor portion of the physically handicapped attending class on the Weber State College campus. They discussed some of the barriers in the construction on The institute devotes time to researching at writing textbooks in a framework of scientific creationism rather than evolution and an educational program in the field of scientific creationism and Christian apologetics. Gish has published numerous technical articles and has lectured extensively on the subject of scientific evidence against evolution and on other Bible-science subjects. Sophomores preregister on Wednesday according to the same schedule as above. Freshmen register as follows : On Nov. 21, W-Z, 8 a.m.; T-U-V, 9 a.m.; S, 10 a.m.; P-Q-R, 11 a.m.; N-0,1 p.m.; L-M,2p.m.;I-J-K, 3 p.m. ; closing at 3:30 p.m. Freshmen also register on Nov. 22, with Hat 8 a.m.; F-G, 9 a.m.; C-D-E, 10 a.m.; A-B, 11 a.m. Registration closes at 1 p.m. overcome barriers structure on travel to and found on the this campus that they had to overcome in order to attend classes. Shari gave Dan the floor first. For openers, Dan felt that the construction and layout was bad. He wondered if it was possible the buildings could be moved closer together rather than being so far apart from one another. With this thought in mind, he said, "Blind students could find their way around campus much easier, from one building to another." Ask others Shari said, "that since there is always construction going on campus, we learn our way around by asking others for directions. To do this is rather a last resort because blind people are sensitive and want to retain their sense of independence just like any other normal person, so we learn the pattern of the building and its exact layout." She confessed that she has had less problems than some getting oriented to the buildings because while in high school she was fortunate enough to have a guide that taught her the orientation of the buildings, corridors, and doors and in brief how to get around. Dan put a footnote to Shari's comment by saying, "The attitude of other people and personal contact with them has been very helpful" in overcoming their obstacles to get around." Shari said, "Because we are blind, people often get the idea that we would rather be off by ourselves in some corner with our own click of people or indulging in some physically handicapped peoples pastime that of self pity. But for us that is the far- Ogden.Utah 84403 therest thing from the truth. "We love to socialize and we love to be with people. We would like very much to attend some of the evening activities on campus, but for a lack of trans-portion we are unable to do so. Transportation problems "We also have blind friends that work during the day and would like to attend night classes, but here again because of the transportation problem they are unable to do so." Asked whether or not braille signs on the classroom doors would be advantageous, Shari responded, "Yes to a certain degree." She explained that a blind person's senses are not really keener but just better developed, and that everything is learned by a sense of direction. She did add that the elevators in the newly constructed Education Building have the numbers in braille and that is helpful. Shari said, "Dan and I have three simple rules to abide by to maneuver easily around campus and they are: 1. always try to maintain our sense of direction, 2. if the sense of direction is lost, try to follow the crowd and number three, always try to avoid crowds as they confuse us and make it more difficult for us to get around. We sort of follow i ft THE CIRCULAR DESIGN of these stairs (located in the Science Lecture Hall) were among the problems discussed by two of WSC's handicapped students. (Photo by Dianne Sheldon ) Cloudy and turning cooler with a chance of precipitation throughout Northern Utah. Rain will be turning to snow. them as a last resort." Blackboard problems Asked about real individual problems, Dan replied, the only one he and Shari had encountered is when the instructor would lecture by way of the blackboard. Getting into the topic as to what buildings on campus presented most problems to blind students, Dan said, "The Fine Arts Building and the Science Hall gave him the most problems." Asked why, he responded, "Because they are both weirdly designed buildings. The Fine Arts Center because of the stairways and the Science Hall because it is circular in design. We lose our sense of direction. As far as seasonal problems are concerned Shari said, "Winter does present some problems to us especially when the snow is not shoveled off the sidewalks, we lose our sense of direction." Braille map As far as suggestions for improvements for the blind on campus Dan said, "It might be helpful if a map of the campus was to be printed in braille, so we could find our way around more easily." This would be helpful because in his opinion, the buildings are spread out too far apart and there are too many different routes for one to travel. TV fff !
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1974-11-19, Vol. 34, No. 16|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|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.|