Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1977-03-221
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r Volume 37 Number 38 Weber State College March 22, 1977 J lie same Id qnuiesllicDini Now asked by federal grand jury .. - - . ,s " ' " --C - : A .... .. , ?v,V ; ,x V JfSw . ' -"'- ' ' -l4 .-'-:.:::V:':V..'1. - M .?.. V . X -' '"1 i-i?; - ... - , ;i ' ! k - ' j i A Photo by Clyfe Mueller CHIEF CARVER will continue to work until the wiretapping incident has been settled. New chairperson for elections New elections chairman Pamela Lansford has announced changes in election procedures which she hopes will increase student participation in that process. Because only 98 students voted in the recent constitutional referendum. the elections committee has reviewed previous by-laws in an attempt to locate the problem. The major change announced by Lansford is that polls will be-open for two days for primaries and two days for final elections. Declarations of candidacy, which require a S20 filing fee. can be picked up on Thursday and must be turned in by Friday. Primary elections will be on the 5th and 6th of April and finals will be on April 12 and 13. Other changes will be approved by the Executive Council during meetings this week. Students will have the opportunity to run for any one of the seven Executive Council seats. The Council handles approximately SI 10.000 of student money which can be allocated however the council wants. Two weeks ago Weber State College Campus Police Chief, William E. Carver, was indicted on two counts by a federal grand jury that had been impaneled since May 3 of last year. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Ward said Carver was indicted on one count of wiretapping a telephone in Ethnic Studies Department between November 1 and December 15, 1973. The second indictment is for the bugging of room 410 of Promontory Tower dormitory with a microphone and amplifier on or about November 30, 1973. The filing of an indictment and the issuing of a summons was approved by Judge Aldon J. Anderson at the request of Ward. Carver has stated in earlier interviews, "I am not concerned in the least about any indictments." At a speak-out in Nov., 1975, Carver told students that "I did not use wiretapping on the faculty or staff and it didn't work (the device) when I went to use it against the students... that's why I'm not in jail." WSC President Joseph Bishop has maintained that it would be inappropriate for him to comment on the matter while it is before the courts. He did, however, announce on March 10 that Carver will maintain his job. Carver has beenworking for the college for 11 years. Ward said the delay involved in taking action on the matter is "unfortunate," but the matter didn't come to his office "until last fall." "We didn't step in until we could see the state wasn't going to do anything," he said. "Then the FBI took over." Last summer Bishop and the Institutional Council publicly opened the incident when they requested the Utah Attorney General's office to begin an investigation.Former Attorney General Vernon B. Romney then assigned Assistant Attorney General Steven Randall and investigator Ronald Todd to look into the allegations. That investigation concluded that there was no basis for bringing charges in connection with the wiretapping incident. David Nelson, a former WSC security officer, opened the wiretapping allegations. He went to attorney Richard Richards who initiated an investigation into the charges in early 1974. The former security officer received six months severance pay and was terminated in August 1975. Richards, representing Nelson, said he told Bishop that Nelson had a tape purported to contain wiretapped conversations. Bishop has stated earlier that he took the matter to the Institutional Council and they decided to reach a settlement with Nelson to avoid a law suit. The Council recommended that Nelson receive six months' severance pay and that Carver be "terminated or otherwise disciplined." Bishop has said Carver's reprimand involved being told never to use wiretapping equipment on campus without abiding by all legal requirements and obtaining the permission of the Institutional Council.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1977-03-22, Vol. 37, No. 38|
|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.|