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r r r x Vol. 35 No. 27 Weber State College February 6, 1976 Students take over convocations Studentbody leaders have assumed complete control of Convocations with a resolution that was introduced in their Monday afternoon meeting this week. The reorganization structure of the lectures, also changes the office of cultural affairs, an administrative function of WSC. Drafted by Mark Masur, communications vice president, the bill stipulates that the Associated Students are sponsors of the Convocation Series and that it is desirable that the Convocations meet the needs of the studentbody and community. He also said that this task can be accomplished if student government participates directly in the booking and expenditure of the monies for the individual speakers. Fund transfer Student government has asked that it be "resolved that the Convocations budget for fiscal r c: v pKoto by Saphn Mottow Reorganization Explained: President Bishop during his meeting with faculty Tuesday. year 1976-77 shall be transferred to the ASWSC (student) account."Keith -Wilkinson, student services vice president, said the reorganization issue is due primarily to student money being controlled by the administration. "We never see the budget," says Wilkinson, "all we go by is what we hear from Mr. Martino (Dan Martino, director of Cultural Affairs). Before the resolution was passed, there was a co-chairmanship between Martino and Masur, for all convocations. The convocations committee is now, after the passing of the resolution, chaired by Masur with Martino doing the majority of the booking for all scheduled performers and speakers. Martino's integrity "We're not doubting Mr. Martino's integrity," says Wilkinson. "We think there are a lot of problems that do exist." "Like in the screening 1 process," he said, "sometimes there will be a convocations speaker the students would like to have and the students on the committee will offer that suggestion to Mr. Martino and he will come back the next week and say this man's not available." "We really don't know that," says Wilkinson, "and sometimes we wonder." "What has happened in the past," says Masur, "is that Mr. Martino has established a fantastic cultural program." "We feel that if we could bring it down to the student level we would gain more student accountability, convocations which the students would rather have, and, we would be able to gain grass roots support for the convocations," Masur said. Masur stresses that he wants to accomplish what he has planned for convocations, in the three areas outlined above, and that he has thoroughly investigated other schools at various schools throughout the state of Utah. Administrative views "The major ideas raised by the Administration," points out Masur, "against the transfer of the budget is the student booking agents could get scalped." Masur upholds that this is not possible and the Administration is not taking the positive approach to the reorganization plans. "We've proved ourselves in Issues Week," says Masur. "We've had successful concerts in the past where we not only broke even, but where we actually made money." Masur stipulates that there is adequate continuity in student association programs and this is due to the advisors helping with the planning of activities. We ha ve the competence "We have the competence to take over the series," points out Masur, "and I don't see why the musicians and the speakers can't be booked on the level of the students ... who are the ones footing the bill." Masur says Dean W. Hurst, assistant to President Joseph L. Bishop, was receptive but against the idea of reorganization. "Mr. Martino had no comment whether it was a good idea or not," adds Masur." ' Pointing out that Martino has done an admirable job with the convocation series, that the assemblies are sponsored by the associated students, Masur says: "The students should take the Bishop announces restructuring plan Another restructuring of the administration of WSC was announced on Tuesday by President Joseph L. Bishop. The changes included the appointments of Dr. Dello Dayton as permanent vice president of academic affairs and Dr. Perry Wilson to take the place of Dr. Robert Clarke after his resignation at the end of this school year. Bishop said that the administration could disregard Affirmative Action requirements in the appointment of vice presidents especially if they represent a move upward. Affirmative Action A question as to how the college could meet Affirmative Action requirements had caused difficulties in determining the viability of Dayton's appointment. As a result of the two appointments announced on Tuesday, there is no minority representation in the administration. James Barker, WSC's representative from the attorney general's office confirmed Bishop's statements on affirmative action requirements. Financial change The major change in the structure of the administration is in the financial area, with the dunes that were formerly consolidated under Dr. Robert Foulger now being divided with some areas remaining under Foulger but the planning and preparation of budgets will be handled under Bishop's personal direction through vice president Jerald Storey. Bishop said that the reason for the changes was because the budget had become so complex that two people were needed to handle it. Guidelines Bishop noted that all changes had been made along guidelines suggested by the Board of Regents. At a meeting with students in the U.B. snack bar yesterday Bishop said, in response to a question from a student that he had received very little input from the faculty on the appointment of Dr. Wilson. He said that the appointment of the vice presidents is the President's job, not the faculties. initiative effort instead of a secondary effort, as to who and when the speakers shall come to the school." When Martino was approached on Wednesday for his views, he said he didn't fully understand the reorganization being conducted by the studentbody leaders. It's not new Martino talked about the Associated Students "handling their funds" and said "This is not new it's come up every year I have been at Weber State College." Martino has been with WSC for 11 years. "The issue of student money is not only convocation fees," Martino says, "it is also the bookstore, athletic fees, parking, health service anywhere where the students pay fees." Martino is chairman for the Utah State Board of Fine Arts. He also works closely with the Utah Symphony, as well as the Ogden Symphony Guild. "We've always been very grateful and very appreciative of the associated students in bringing the convocations to the college," points out Martino. "We have received the students and expressed our thanks to them."
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1976-02-06, 1, Vol. 35, No. 27|
|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.|