Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1975-12-051
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. , . til y V jf 1 S J I I I VJL jLJ UrVZ' f i- 1-5- V - ft- Vol. 36 No: 19 Weber State College Friday, December 5, 1975 Student government--on trial today by Vaughn Roche News Editor The ASWSC Supreme Court will rule today at 1 p.m. whether or not Executive Council violated Senate Bill 30-73 when it appropriated money in an unscheduled meeting Nov. 17. The Court met Tuesday to hear the case but voted 3-2 for postponement after Craig Thorsted, fending party or parties." Plan the defense At Tuesday's meeting, Thorsted requested the postponement because, he said, Executive Council was not formally presented with the complaint until that morning. As a result, he said, the Council did not have time to "properly orient our defense." "Although to some individuals it's a black and white case," Thorsted said, "we're entitled to due process." Chief Justice Jon Vanderwood then said, "Mr. Thorsted has shown me sufficient reason for postponement" and granted the request. Associate Justices, 5 A however, objected saying there should be a discussion and a vote on the request. The Court then agreed to go into executive session and cleared the room. . After 15 minutes of closed discussion, the Court announced that it would postpone the hearing until Friday. The vote was not unanimous. Going "full gun" "But I might add," Associate Justice Gene Beuhler said, "that the case will be presented in full on Friday and we will make our ruling then. We'll be going full gun." Thorsted responded, "We (Executive Council) think it is our right to know the reasons for the dissenting votes." The Court explained that because the vote was made in closed session it would be kept secret. Bulletin On Monday at 2 p.m., Executive Council will vote on a resolution to appropriate $835 for council member Mark Masur and advisor Ray Meyers to attend a convention in Washington, D.C. Students interested in having input on this decision can attend the meeting which will be held in the council room in the student activity center. representing Exeuctive Council, argued that the Council hadn't been given sufficient time to prepare its case. Ombudsman Chairman Billy. Bommer will argue in behalf of plaintiff Dennis Neel, whose formal complaint, filed Nov. 21, charges that Executive Council appropriated $500 to Academic Assembly in violation of Senate Bill 30-73. Prohibits closed meetings The bill prohibits any "secret, closed or executive sessions or meetings" by any segment of ASWSC government with few exceptions. , Bommer testified Tuesday that on Nov. 17 Executive Council defeated the appropriations resolution in its regularly scheduled Monday meeting, which adjourned at 3:30 p.m. Bommer told the Court that the minutes of that day show the Council reconvened at 4:04 p.m. and passed the resolution, 75-35. Bommer's formal complaint states that the Council's actions "in and of itself could be considered a secret meeting" and a violation of Section one of Senate Bill 30-73. Reasonable notice According to that bill, "reasonable notice of meeting times and agendas must be given to the press and studentbody at large in all cases," by any body of student government. "The spirit of this act," the bill states, "is to promote and insure the accessibility of all ASWSC operations and functions to student input and communications.""Violations of this act," it continues, "shall be considered sufficient grounds for initiating recall action against the of- Playboy on order; but not on shelves As a result of possible legal pressures, the Bookstore will continue its policy of not stocking Playboy. It will, however, be available to students, faculty and staff by special order. James Barker, assistant attorney general for the State of Utah, told the Bookstore committee Wednesday that some of the material carried in.sorne issues of Playboy might be a violation of the city's pornography laws. He said that the bookstore has no way of knowing whether any given issue of the magazine is or will be a violation of these laws. As Commissioner of Public Safety in Salt Lake City 4 years ago, Barker was active in the enforcement of Salt Lake's anti-pornography legislation. Continue policy Members of the committee representing the students, faculty, administration and bookstore voted unanimously to continue the present policy of.not stocking Playboy at least until they had a more sound idea of the laws regarding pornography in Ogden. Student representative Murray Olsen said "let's leave it the way it is until we know about the law." Scott Mickelson, an employee of the bookstore, said that he thought it "would be opening a can of worms that would be best left closed," although Col. Robert Ladd, the administrator who is in charge of the bookstore, felt that the can of worms had already been opened by the story and editorial in the past two issues of the Signpost respectively. No ethical decision The consensus of the committee was, however, that no ethical decision could be made until the committee was sure that there would be no legal problems. The bookstore defended its right to sell LDS and other religious books whose educational value had been questioned by the Signpost. Bookstore manager Dee Schenck said that these books met the needs of a large number of the students here. Olsen also pointed out that "LDS books are only available at one or two places in Ogden." . :. .Si l ' v j rtf.,. sis. I , - - ifr r - -. - At Weber: While magazines such as Playboy and Playgirl will not be displayed in the Bookstore, you can still special order them.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1975-12-05, Vol. 36, No. 19|
|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.|