Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1978-10-201
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e C " i' j""""BJ"J J ""2 ) vJ r 1 'I '1 - V olume 39 Number 7 "Secrecy is power" editor tells students By Beverly Taggart "Secrecy is power," remarked Gerald Crawford, Editor for the Albuquerque Journal. "When you freely distribute information, you then freely distribute power." "If you oppose the people's right to know, then the government will have more secrecy and more power," Crawford said during the Rocky Mountain Student Editors Conference in Keystone, Colorado. His speech concerned Freedom of Information.Crawford told the journalists they "shouldn't let the government get by with not releasing information: you should "Nail'' them if they try to." "It's a reporters duty to watch government and disclose governments' business," he said. "Public officials should grant the public's right to know, and if they don't, the press should be willing to go into court to fight against "prior restraint." He noted that newspapers should be relentless in gaining information to inform the public. "The concept of "Freedom of Information" is the people's right to know." "No matter how strong the law is, both federally and state, the Latest in WASHINGTON Another step is being taken to improve U. S. North-South relations, 113 years after their armies stopped firing at each other. The latest in detente between Union and Confederate is this: more than 1,600 graves of rebel soldiers killed during the Battle of Vicksburg, Miss., will soon be marked for the first time-with headstones provided by the U. S. government. The graves are in a special three-acre plot in the Vicksburg City Cemetery, land owned and maintained by the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC). In 1906, Congress authorized stones to mark Confederate graves in national cemeteries M.WGR silenced Complaints have been made at the information desk in the Union Building concerning KWCR. "Our student fees are paying for the radio station," remarked one student, "yet the Union Building refuses to play it." According to Kay Holmes, union building secretary, government always finds a loophole somewhere," Crawford said, "so you must keep on top of them" "Without freedom of information," he noted, it will make your job more difficult to obtain information. Reporters are entrusted with constitutional responsibility in informing the public." Concerning State Board of Regents refusing to release information, Crawford said that boards of regents can not make policy, only recomment policy to the state legislatures. However, Utah Board of Regents have stated that they will set policy during their meeting next month regarding releasing "personally identifiable salaries," which is classified by state law as "public" information. Crawford helped organize the New Mexico Freedom of Information Council and was a prime mover in the passage of that state's open meetings laws. Journalists from Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, and Wyoming attended the conference sponsored by Exxon Corporation. detente and Confederate plots, and in 1929, Congress authorized stones for Confederate deceased buried in private cemeteries. But graves in the Vicksburg plot have remained unidentified by headstones of markers since 1863. Now, at the request of city, state and UDC officials, the Veterans Administration will provide headstones for all 1,604 graves in the Confederate section " of the cemetery. VA expects the first 260 gravestones to arrive in the once-beleaguered Confederate stronghold in late October. Plans call for a dedication ceremony-possibly next April 24, Confederate Memorial Day. October 10, 1978 students are upset when she turns the dial from KCPX FM to KWCR. "Students don't want to listen to it," she said. "We played it once, and after it was on the air for a few minutes, people called up and told us to turn that 'crap' off." Weber State College RELAXATION IS in orclttr for ilon- day. School will not be held due to Inside Today's Signpost Editorial page 4 Executive Council . . . page 3 Sports page 11, 12 Photo feature page 8 Dedicatory salute . page 2 Holmes noted she listened to the college radio station one time and all that was playing was opera. "It's not a good radio station," she remarked. "It's the students' radio station," she said, "but if they don't want to listen to it, then we won't play it." the Veterans Day celebrations. It's time to catch up on your back log of ASWSC The William Kunstler convocation was not held yesterday as scheduled. Scott Applonie, Cultural Vice President ASWSC, said the convocation had been cancelled due to Kunstler having to appear in court. Applonie says the convocation will probably be rescheduled for about two weeks from now. The cancellation was received at the last minute. The Weber County commissioner race will make it's way to Weber State College Tuesday at noon. Candidates will attend a political forum in the Union Building Little Theater. October 20, 1978 : 7 n studies or just to relax, activities Jeff Cunningham, CAB current events chairman, says the forum is "Open to all students, faculty, administration and everybody else on campus." Cunningham said that all candidates will get a turn to speak and answer questions. The candidates are running for 2 year and 4 year commissioner posts. Candidates for 4 year commissioner are Democrat Roberts F. Carver and Republican Boyd K. Storey. Two year commissioner candidates are Democrat Ronald Sessions, Republican Bob Bowen, and Independant candidate Robert A. Eldard.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1978-10-20, Vol. 39, No. 7|
|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.|