Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1980-02-011
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College absent at public hearing Civil rig his office to By Robert Whetten An investigation of racial discrimination at Weber State College will begin soon, officials of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) said at a public hearing Monday evening at the City-County Library. They claimed Weber State officials are guilty of the charges as stated in CORE'S class-action complaint, received by HEW in Denver on Dec. 21. CORE chapter president Ed Thomas also complained that the request for investigation of CORE by the college was "groundless" and has seriously v. Volume 40 Issue 30 Ordinance bars minors from Ogden head shops By Matt Cole Head shops are under careful scrutinization by the Ogden City Council since an ordinance was passed to restrict the sale of head shop merchandise to minors. Head shops deal primarily in merchandise used to smoke marijuana or "snort" other drugs. With the popularity of these two drugs, head shops have opened in cities across the nation. Ogden has two: The Store, 3374 Washington Blvd., and Head West, 309 24th St. The majority of store items consist of bongs (water pipes) and regular pipes. They come in assorted sizes, styles and shapes. They range in price from $2 to $100, while the bongs cost the buyer between $1.25 to $40. Each pipe and bong work on the same principle, but the more expensive ones may be larger and more artistically designed with elegant inlays of rare metal or precious stones. Legitimate These stores have gained the reputation of running a legitimate business, according to an employee of The Store. She says "the business is a good, respectable way to make a living." Not until about two years ago did the stores come under careful examination by city councils across the country. They were soon evaluated as detrimental to the youth of the community, according to Ogden City councilman Scott Sneddon. In Lakewood, Calif, two years ago, a council member voiced his belief that youth should not be associated with the merchandise of a head shop. The Californian felt minors loitering in the stores, seeing posters of persons inhaling hurt CORE'S operation. "These charges have so completely damaged us in our ability to carry out our operations . . . that the college may be liable for defamation of character," he said. Thomas said that if the college really felt they had a case against CORE they would have taken the issue to civil court, because CORE, does not receive money from HEW. Utah CORE director Shirley Thomas said upper administration officials have tried to treat these cases as though they were dealing with "dumb in r r f drugs through devices sold at the stores, were encouraged to try the merchandise for themselves. The councilman then designed an ordinance for the city government to evaluate for adoption. The ordinance briefly stated that no one under the age of 18 could be in a place or area that sold devices for the use of smoking marijuana or hash, and the administering of any other illegal drug. Ordinance Passed After careful evaluation of the document, the ordinance was passed in the California town. With the ordinance now in effect, the councilman of Lakewood concludes that there has not been so many minors loitering in the stores; consequently the youth is not compelled to engage in the use of illegal drugs. When Ogden City councilman Sneddon heard of this, he proposed an ordinance that reads as follows: "An ordinance of Ogden City amending title five of the 1979 municipal code by adding a new section 23 to require business proprietors to exclude minors from any room or place where devices, contrivances, instruments or paraphernalia for the smoking of marijuana, hashish or a non-controlled substance is displayed or offered for sale, and prohibiting the gift, sale or delivery of such devices to minors; and providing that any violation shall constitute a misdemeanor; and providing that this ordinance shall take effect 20 days after publication after final passage." The final passage was approved in early December, 1979. The passage amended chapter 5.23 of the city code. investigate discrimination blacks" who were ignorant of federal requirements. Mrs. Thomas said that they know the regulations inside-out and that they mean every work in their suit. No college representative was present at the hearing. Mrs. Thomas said that the discrimination issue had little to do with federal regulations, but, in fact, was "downright racism." Concerning the recently conducted investigation of CORE students at the meeting insisted that the inspector was deceived by the college administration into believing that he had come on behalf of the students working for WEBER o Serves Purposes Councilman Sneddon teels the ordinance will serve many purposes. Foremost, the ordinance will prohibit minors (under age 18) from observing and purchasing the paraphernalia. ."Controlling the display ought to relieve the use of illegal drugs by the youths in our community," Sneddon said. Is 1 Y u - t J- i I I " DRUG PARAPHERNALIA collection at campus police features a variety of bongs and pipes, including some homemade equipment. Signpost photo by Lee H taken. CORE. The students claimed that the inspector had been led to believe that Mrs. Thomas was taking their money in kickbacks. One of the students, former Black Scholars United president Brenda Turner, said that the inspector presented her with a questionnaire listing 17 questions that comptroller Robert H. DeBoer had supposedly asked each of the students. She said that she told him she had never seen the questionnaire before, but that the questions were similar to two questions asked by DeBoer at an earlier meeting when the college wihheld the students' work-study STATE COLLEGE r GDEN UTAH Sneddon also contends that the ordinance should help the task force and law enforcement control the circulation of drugs in the community. The final reason for the ordinance is to "show the community the elected city officials don't want these devices sold in our area. We wish the whole thing could be banned, like the adult X, - -r US" ' o Ln v ) L , , - r ) i i f checks. "There was a questionnaire for each of us students," Turner said, "and each had a signature." When I said I had never seen it before, the (inspector) nervously put the papers away." The other students said they never saw the papers, and Turner was questioned first. Among other charges, CORE officials and Weber State students said there were discrepencies in the amount of aid received for identical opportunity grant index numbers, and information is knowingly withheld from blacks that could help them. 7 February 1, 1980 bookstore." Comply with Law In spite of the aggressive attitude of the Ogden City Council, the proprietors of the Ogden head shops are complying with the newly passed ordinance. Vance Murphy, the owner of The Store, said "It won't hurt business as most of our customers are about 25 anyway. It may hurt some stores that deal in items besides paraphernalia." Bob Jensen, manager of Toad Tape in Ogden, said "We did carry paraphernalia, but since the ordinance we got rid of it all," he continued, "I am surprised the Utah cities didn't instigate the ordinance sooner. It is happening all over the country." Chuck Borjanski of Head West stated "The way the ordinance hurt us is that we had to close down to remodel for one week; therefore we lost one week of business." At Head West other items are sold which are legal for minors to buy. So the smoking accessories had to be moved to another area of the store and guarded by a partition. Positive Benefits Both Murphy and Borjanski spoke of positive benefits the law has incurred for their stores. "Shoplifting has stopped, and the media coverage has been an excellent advertisement," said one. An employee of The Store stated, "We are happy to comply with the law. I check everyone's I.D. as they enter the store and if he person is not of legal age I am lappy to ask them to leave. Most ' f the junior high and high school leople only come in to see what they can rip off." In effect, then, the new ordinance is benefiting both the community and the businessman.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1980-02-01, Vol. 40, No. 30|
|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.|