Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1980-11-251
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Americans Are Suffering A Language Crisis by Kevin Okleberry "The language barrier of the United States is like the Great Wall of China" says Dr. Oren Moffett, professor of Foreign Languages at Weber State. "The barrier impairs trade and U.S. interests abroad. The American people need to learn another language to overcome this barrier." His paper on the subject, Effective Communication: an Option for a Civilized World, was a winning entry in the Cortez Faculty Awards Competition last spring. ( o4MGi)Q? WEBER STATE COLLEGE j1 - If-tzZl D 56 o n o 1 o Lrn r- j i OLDEN UTAH 7 November 25,1980 Volume 41 Issue 20 met W vN , a. w , 4.1 " The lure of the slopes proved to be greater than that of the classroom for many students Monday. Joe Davies and Mike Hill stopped in at the campus before heading up to Park City for the first skiing of the season. Photo by Charlie Pomerleau. Jfappy Dr. Moffett believes that we must "increase the foreign language requirement in the schools." He pointed out that only 4 percent of the major colleges require proficiency in a foreign language, and over the past years 11 percent have dropped their requirements. Because of this wall, U.S. Industries have suffered abroad. In the earlier years . of this century, no country was on a competetive plane with us. However, with the emergence of Germany and V .T by Bryan Shiffer Japan as major competitors on the world market, the 'language wall' has affected the U.S. trade abroad. For example, Dr. Moffett points out "The Japanese have over 10,000 industrial representatives in the United States, and all of them can speak English. However, the U.S. has only 900 there, and very few can speak Japanese." With representatives who can speak the language of the country that they are in, transactions can be finalized easier. Due to the multilingual nature of today's world, Dr. Moffett believes that "it would be beneficial to take at least one year of a foreign language." As well as learning a new culture, he believes that "it would enhance your present understanding of English." According to Dr. Moffett, the 'language wall' is caused by "an arrogant attitude towards other people who do not speak english." He pointed out that only 10 percent of the world speaks Firmage Criticizes MX Edwin B. Firmage, a law professor and former democratic candidate for Dan Marriot's seat in the House, called the proposed shell game basing mode of the MX missle,"an immoral, unethical, and impractical disaster for the state of Utah," at a presentation Monday in the U.B. lounge. "I oppose the present basing system for many reason," said Firmage. "The foremost reason is that if nuclear war was to occur it would result in a much more massive strike by the Soviet Union. In the linear grid basing mode now being proposed there would be 4600 potential targets that would have to be attacked by the Soviets. This would result in the targeting of 4600 warheads to the area, which constitutes 75 percent of the Soviet land based missle fleet." According to Firmage the Air Force, although changing their tune publicaly, saw the MX as a "Great Sponge", strategicaly designed to attract a major portion of missiles. This would allow the existing Minute Man system to survive the attack. "If such an attack were to take place, all life would be abliterated in the Mountain English, and the rest a host of other languages. Due to this, he believes that the schools of the United States must begin to change their requirements of their curriculum to include foreign languages. In conclusion, Dr. Moffett believes that America must become in part multilingual to keep up in a changing world. West, but of even greater consequence, a huge cloud of radioactivity would drift eastward with the wind, much like Mount St. Helen's volcanic ash, laying waste to the Midwest and the cities of the Eastern seaboard. Firmage also sited the MX basing proposal as a destroyer of the environment, living communities, and the defense budget "This nation is about to undertake one of the greatest public works projects in history and the Soviet's can render it ineffective merely by increasing its production of nuclear warheads," said Firmage. According to Firmage, four times the warheads would create the need for four times the number of shelter on the grid to keep the stategic value alive. "Conceivably the whole Nevada-Utah desert would be covered with shelters," he added. Firmage emphasized that he is not against the development of the missle, but merely the basing mode. "Defense spending and development is vital to the country, but this method is a third rate stepchild to other Air Force options, such as the B-l bomber, that were scrapped by the present administration and Congress.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1980-11-25, Vol. 41, No. 20|
|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.|