Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1981-09-251
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wbf FRIDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 1981 Vol.42 Iss. 02 WEBER STATE-2110 OCDEN 84408 Contractors stall Construction of the living "W" project on the side of the hill behind Weber State has been delayed due to problems with the contractor, the Architectural Services Office said Wednesday. The project, started last year by ex-ASWSC President Mike Arave, was designed to eliminate the traditional whitewashed "W" and replace it with trees to create an environmentally sound school letter. With delays in construction of the sprinkler system the project still awaits completion. The major delays have come from the contractor, Milligan Brothers, a construction firm operating out of Cache Valley. Fred Kendle of the Architectural Office said the contractors "have not been on the job as often as they should. I've had to call them twice a day to get them to work." According to Robert Folsom of Campus Planning, the sprinkler system is within a few of days of completion. Once the system is finished, Folsom said the 600 sumac trees can then be planted by students. Meanwhile, 180 of the trees Scrub suit craze costs McKay Dee $6,000 By Scott Wheeler Staff Reporter As the number of "scrub" shirts increase in the classroom so does the cost to McKay-Dee Hospital. According to Terry Eshenroder, Central Supply Director for McKay-Dee, "Right now the bill for lost shirts is $6,000 compared to $7,000 at the end of last year. In 1979 we paid in excess of $10,000 not counting shirts that were thrown away, compared to the have already been delivered this summer and are currently stored in the Building and Grounds Department. Folsom said the majority of the trees are in good condition; a few, however, have died. A five to ten percent loss can be expected, but the trees should be planted before Oct. 15 so they will have a good start for the winter. This is necessary to prevent further losses. Folsom also attributed part of the delay to a high alkali content in the soil caused by years of whitewashing. But, he said, the new sprinkling system should help eliminate the major part of the alkali and give the trees a good chance to survive. Funding for the project is currently about $5,000 short of the original budget. The project was originally estimated at $20,000, $10,000 of which was authorized by the ASWSC legislature. $5,000 was donated by the unrestricted funds of the Development Office. These funds were donated by private sources, therefore no state money was used, according to Dean Hurst, college relations vice president. 1 normal cost of only $3,000." Eshenroder said a big part of the thefts were due to hospital employees. "There is simply no single solution. The kids want them and the kids take them. We know someone in the hospital has to be taking them for his friends or telling friends how to get them." The hospital was selling the shirts in the gift shop but had to stop for security reasons. "The only people who should be wearing scrubs are hospital staff and personnel." living 'W The living "W" plan was originally conceived by Whitney Young, a former WSC professor. Young felt that the whitewashing was causing environmental problems, and that creating a "W" out of plants would be an environmentally sound way of displaying the school letter. He tried to create the living "W" himself in the past, using sumac trees once and purple and white iris plants another time. Both attempts failed due to the high alkali content of the soil. If completed, the living "W" would be unique in the state, said Folsom. He said he is unaware of any other landscaped letter in the nation. Although there was trouble in getting the contractors to work on the project, the Architectural Development Office said the contractor has been on the job for the past week and the sprinkling system should be completed sometime next week, then allowing the students to plant the trees in October. photo by Robbie neias A scrub suit costs the hospital $11 and has a life expectancy of four to five years, although many last as long as seven or eight years. Eshenroder said, "The hospital cannot possibly be expected to foot the bill for college and high-school students who like to play doctor. The cost is enormous." H. Gary Pehrson, hospital administrator for McKay-Dee, has sent out letters to local schools asking them to identify members of their student body 4 Photo by Robbie Fields If the project goes as plann- should have its long awaited ed, Weber State College living "W" sometime in October.NEA predicts shortage The National Education Association (NEA) predicts a shortage of 400,000 teachers by the late 1980's, but a Weber State College official says that's an inflated figure. Dr. Roger C. Mouritsen, director of the combined WSC and USU master of education graduate program, said that even though teachers are in demand, there is not a real shortage.But Mouritsen agrees that demand for teachers in the future will be very high. "Predictions are that school populations, which stand at over 200,000 now, will double by 1990. If we have that it will mean a tremendous number of teachers will be needed," he . said. According to Mouritsen, the who consistently wear scrub shirts conspicously marked, ."Property of McKay-Dee Hospital," or "Property of IHC" in a hope to trace the leak Eshenroder spoke of. He doubted the sale of scrub shirts in "High Times" and "Rolling Stone" mail order sections would decrease the number of thefts. "Who would want to buy a shirt when it is just as easy to steal one," he said. Thefts, however, are no longer as easy as they once "'J i - . V "' - v- I,. - 1 i t 7 v ! ' solution is to import teachers from other states. "Right now there is a surplus of 100,000 teachers in the nation," he noted. He explained that the surplus is from "the eastern states that have closed schools and fired teachers without rehiring them someplace else." Currently there are about 1,800 Utah students training to become educators. That figure will rise next year and will probably continue to pick up each year, Mouritsen said. "I see a real positive future for education students in Utah, and I would encourage them to get in now because in four years there will be plenty of jobs." He added, "Teaching is a real glory hole as far as opportunity is concerned." were due to an increase in security by McKay-Dee. "Holding areas have been locked, and delivery times have been changed. Central supply employees are counting the number of soiled suits returned for laundering" Eshenroder said. "We are probably one of the few institutions who have to guard our laundry. It is extremely unlikely that the classroom will see less scrubs but I doubt they'll be stamped with our name."
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1981-09-25, Vol. 42, No. 2|
|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.|