Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1980-04-251
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Inside Today News Briefs Page 2 Modern Photography Page 3 Letters to the Editor Page 4 ISA Banquet Page 5 Sports News Page 10 WEBER STATE COLLEGE r Vol. 40 Issue 48 April 25, 1980 bi'j o j o Lrn i j OGDEN UTAH JT EJULr U U lL. . . .. j j Ii ri- '-nth--i WiMvriiJ M Negligence, vandalism or horseplay, but who pays? By Robert Whetten and Guy Vocom The site of repeated acts of vandalism in recent years, the Promontory Towers dormitory, was again damaged last Tuesday when a heavy elevator door fell down the shaft from the fifth floor to the basement. Apparently the elevator door was accidentally jarred from its track by fifth floor residents and then plunged six stores two hours later, causing approximately $2,500 damage. Several members of the football team said the accident occurred during horeseplay, when 220-pound sophomore Tom Brothers stumbled into the door. Upon recognizing the damage, they claim they reported it immediately to Head Resident Richard Russo. But nothing was done about the damage, and 1 I. r " -: j ; RESULTS OF NEGLIGENCE It's a long way down that elevator shaft, one fifth floor dorm resident discovers. The elevator door was knocked into the shaft two hours after it was reported to dorm authorities that football players had accidentally damaged the door. when Mark Massey, another football player pushed the door it fell, according to the group. But reports that Massey and the other football players were kicking the door resulted in Massey being questioned by campus police Wednesday. Massey was released when other team members confirmed his story. Massey reportedly admitted pressing his foot hard against the door. Several floor residents blamed Russo for the damage, saying he did nothing even after learning of the potential for further damage. But Russo said the floor members will share the cost of the damage equally, unless it is determined who did it. "There's no way I'm going to pay $150 for that elevator," siad Tim Small when told of Russo's plans. "I'll move out first." Brothers said a maintenance man inspected the damage and concluded that it was indeed the moving elevator that weakened the door enough for it to fall. The elevator car was above the door when it fell, so no one was injured.Housing director Monte Shupe said an investigation by the campus police into the incident is continuing. One of the two doors was pushed in and when the elevator went up it sheared the bolts and let the door drop," Shupe said. Campus police, however, said the dorm authorities claimed they didn't know who did the damage and had not requested an investigation. The police said Massey and the others immediately admitted their roles, but claimed the final result was due to negligence on the part of the dorm authorities and that Russo knew immediately who had done it. - v , - v i i u ' ; '' A LEONARD WEINGLASS, defense attorney in several major political trials of the past decade, spoke Thursday at the noon convocation. Famed attorney talks By Guy Yocom After 15 years of direct involvement with the protection of civil liberties, defense attorney Leonard Weinglass said Thursday that "The lessons of the 1960's are not forgotten. There are honorable lessons to be learned from an honorable chapter in history." Weinglass, who has defended Jane Fonda, Russell Means and Angela Davis, said court decisions directly portray underlying social feeling. This was evidenced by the many acquittals given to anti-war leaders in the late sixties and early seventies.He also said history books do not relate to the aspects of human struggle which are the catalysts of social change. "The problem now is being cut off from the past; our own significant contributions of people in struggle with the authority of law." Weinglass noted that his own views are biased and was most outspoken on the "vast amount of information the government keeps secret from the public." He said only a small percentage of classified information should be kept secret for national security reasons. He recounted the gradual trend toward more civil rights that occured in the sixties, chronicaling the trials of the Berrigan Brothers, the Chicago Seven, the Gainesville Seven and the Pentagon Papers. Athletics to reap main benefits from scholarship hike By Robert Whetten A tremendous increase in the number of out-of-state scholarships allotted for the coming year is unlikely to directly aid WSC's academic programs, scholarship committee members revealed Wednesday.The allotment, which more than quadrupled from 30 to 135 scholarships, will be used mainly to bolster the college's recruiting of out-of-state athletes. According to a recommendation by the committee, 100 would eo to the athletic department, 20 to the music department, and 15 toward academic areas. "We decided Ihey would be best used in athletics," coiM-iiUee member Clay Richardson said. Me 'ioted that the academic areas of the college had never been able to use all the out-of-state scholarships they were allotted. College President Rodney Brady had said the increased number of tuition waivers would be used "to attract to the college outstanding scholars and students with special talents." The increase in non-resident scholarships was accomplished at the Utah Budget hearings in January, mainly through efforts of local legislators, although there were reports of lobbying by the University of Utah and Utah State University athletic departments. The schools were appropriated 190 ami 165 scholarships respectively. There were also indications that only a fraction of the total allowed by the legislature would be funded by the administrative council, according to council member Administrative Vice President Parry Wilson. In coming years it is expected all will be used. "Out-of-state students do not take academic scholarships to WSC," Richardson said, when asked why so many are going to the athletic department. He added that "athletes must meet certain standards; but granted, some aren't that smart." Scholarship Committee Chairman Winslow Hurst affirmed that the academic areas of the campus are unable to use the scholarships currently allotted to them. "Every year athletics picks up scholar ships that the other areas can't use," he said. He added that Athletic Director Gary Crompton, who is on the committee, made no effort to lobby for the scholarships, but that all members of the committee agreed on the distribution. "The scholarships will help minor sports and women," Crompton said. He said approximately two-thirds of the male athletes are out-of-state and that this will help the program to grow and compete better against other conference schools that already have this advantage. "We can use them and we will use them for the benefits of the entire campus," Crompton said. "Every athlete is also a student, so it helps all the academic areas."
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1980-04-25, Vol. 40, No. 48|
|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.|