Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1979-11-201
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1 raIKn3 Trvfn- t Volume 40 Issue 1 6 High court By Beverly Taggart After almost two years since the "Signpost" orginally requested faculty salary information, The Utah Supreme Court heard arguments Friday which will ultimately determine whether those salaries should be made public. "The public's interest is not enhanced by knowing specifically what an individual makes," said Assistant Attorney General Brinton Burbidge. Last year, former "Signpost" editor John Redding requested a list of all employees' names and individual salary from Weber Slate College administrators. The college refused to comply so the former editor filed suit and successfully won in Third District Court in Salt Lake City. The college then appealed the decision. The assistant attorney general told the court that "employees in liigher education are not public servants because the college receives federal grants and private donations." He said because of this, the high court should rule in t mm-mmmumMmtA i mmmbSjam -'fi un i nam i it r " -1 " ------ - IIN CASE YOU'RE not aware of the date and the holidays are slipping up on you, the next one in the offering is Thanksgiving as this big bird attests. Although rumors are rampant that there are many turkeys around campus, this big bird has priority because some are not for eating - GOBBLE, GOBBLE, GOBBLE . . . Photo by Rod Boam. WEBER STATE COLLEGE I "if weighs arguments "protecting privacy rights of individuals in not releasing identifiable salary information." "If the public had that information," Burbidge said, "there is a substantial likelihood that outside colleges will make a liigher bid and take away employees in higher education in Utah." "It also reduces the chance of embarrassment to these employees if the information is not made public," ne noted. "WSC has dedicated and qualified employees and if the information was made public, it would create problems. "It should be private to prevent infighting to enhance employment," Burbidge added. "If it was released, it would hamper and reduce the effectiveness of the college administration." "However, Redding's attorney, John Preston Creer, told the court, "It is a constitutional right for citizens to have salaries of public workers. "How can people go to the polls and vote effectively if they don't know how public officials are Pa O O Lrrn ( OGDEN UTAH J) 1 November 20, 1979 spending taxpayers money?" Creer asked. "There is not one case in the United States of America that says salaries of public employees are private. There is not a single reference to privacy in the Constitution concerning public employees. "It's ludicrous to assume a professor is not a public employee," he said. "If the payroll is not public record, then there is no public record." Creer noted that abuses could lake place in government if the public did not know how much stale employees were being paid. He also added that the state attorney general, Robert Hansen, as a member of the Utah Records Committee voted to classify all state employees' salaries as "public information." "We urge this court to rule that it is unconstitutional for a body not to release gross salaries of public employees in higher education," Creer concluded. The Supreme Court will now consider the arguments and rule on the appeal. Iranian students get legal status check U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service agents will be on campus today to check the legal documentation of 181 Iranians enrolled at Weber State College. Foreign student advisor, Tony Spanos, said the agents will determine if the Iranian students are complying with legal requirements relating to student visas, passports, addresses, work, and college attendance. Spanos said the Immigration employees are starting with WSC, but all Iranian students in all Utah colleges and universities will also be checked. More than 40 Iranian students Businessman named as council member Ogden businessman Kent B. Petersen was sworn in as the newest member of the Institutional Council last week. The appointment came following his election as president of the WSC Alumni Association. Current business responsibilities include president of. Petersen Motor Company; secretary-treasurer, Petersen have been ordered to leave th United States or face legal actior in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota. Also, some WSC Iraniai students say they are concerned that the official "asserts freeze' ordered by the government las. week might tie up some of their income. At least four students here art receiving partial scholarships from the Iranian governmen; through the national oil company.But, action by the - federal government last Tuesday eased the freeze so it will not affect that aid. Marine Supply, Inc.; president Red Rock Recreation, Inc. president, Petersen Management Corp.; general partner in Petersen Investment, Riverdale Associates and The Coalition. He is also president- of the Denver zone, Chrysler-Plymouth Advertising Association, and secretary-treasurer of the Utah Datsun Dealers Advertising Group Association.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1979-11-20, Vol. 40, No. 16|
|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.|