Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1983-02-181
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r: Art. I 1 1 nr j 1 iir ; IN i ' j k "" if I i,la'''llrt'i'"""L,''",'wj . .... . .. . j j t-i-i T-yHWB!faiiiniri r,.. : j I ij ' - - - J-- - u yn 3- ' i r I .. ; I i . &m nfer m wiUyh- -1 . - . -v - ..- , , . -.?5 3 Lt-..w-.... , !5waeagayj'-. , . , - , l '"' r- IS S wsJ - --..J Guenevere sings 'The Lusty Month of May' to her sub-jects in this scene from the Weber State production of 'Camelot.' The show runs through Saturday. Election system good convo audience told Trust fund proposed by Lisa Wright Managing Editor by Barry Kawa Staff Reporter Former Oklahoma senator John Harris said in Thursday's convocation that while our present presidental election system isn't perfect, it's the best way he knows how. Harris, speaking before a sparse audience of about 150 on the subject "Is there a better way to pick a president," used his experiences to prove his point. "Our system may be awkard, clumsy, time consuming, and often makes a spectacle of itself, but it's better than it used to be. Reforms have improved things. I don't know if it picks the best candidate, but I don't know any other way," he said. Harris spoke of past times, when a powerful few controlled the caucuses in each state. "I was in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, when Humphrey was a candidate in 1968. The mayor of Philadelphia, a Humphrey man, brought all his town's delegates to the party convention. They were all hand-picked. There was only one delegate for Robert Kennedy. The mayor called for an open vote. 'How many are for Kennedy?' One. 'How many are for Humphrey?' All. So they adopted the unit rule, which meant all their votes went for Humphrey. That's how it used to work." Harris said one major complaint against the present system is that long elections tend to wear down candidates. ' "I used to pick cotton. Running for president is easier than that. You get up in the morning and fly to Boston to make a speech." Harris' presidental bid in 1976 ended in the Illinois primary when he won only eight percent of the vote. He remembers the first Iowa campaign in which dark horse candidate Jimmy Carter won. "From going around Iowa, I knew that Carter was going to be a major candidate. I'd hear people say, 'I met this fellow Carter, and you know, I kind of liked him.' He was so low in the polls, and that victory burst him on the scene." Harris says that, like everyone else, he doesn't know if President Reagan will seek re-election. And Harris says if he does, he might be challenged in his own party. "In '76 he challenged the president in his own party. In '80 Carter was seriously challenged by Kennedy. Our system doesn't guarantee anything. If Reagan is to be nominated, it will depend on what the economic situation is at the time." On the Democratic side, Harris says that while the press has already nominated Walter Mondale, he thinks Colorado's Senator Gary Hart is in a 1976 Carter-like position. "If I were Gary Hart, I would encourage the notion that he doesn't have a chance. He's positioned out of the pack, ready to burst on the scene in Iowa and New Hampshire." A resolution calling for the establishment of a trust fund for the Stewart Library has been introduced to the ASWSC Legislative Council by Academic Vice President Dave Allen. According to the resolution, a portion of the $49,000 originally collected for the Student Services building would be transferred to a trust fund established to improve the periodical section of the library. Allen has estimated the amount to be allotted at approximately $10-15,000. The money from the trust fund would be used to purchase an additional 40-50 titles for the periodical section of the library. Allen specifically named the periodical section to be the beneficiary of the fund for two reasons: first, he said, the periodical section is deficient. Secondly, that periodicals contain the most recent information and, unlike books, they are -V. ' ' v. v - r. Today is the final day of activities for Black History Week. Shown here, members of Black Scholars are presen- Ktiolo by Kodney Wright ting an award to Mrs. Scott Mathe'son, Utah's first lady, for her humanitarian work. being continually updated. There are periodicals dealing with every field that students are studying and almost everyone that is researching a subject has used the periodicals to get their information, Allen said. Allen first introduced the trust fund to the Legislative Council in resolution form to find out how the Council would react to such a move. Allen stated that the feeling so far in the Council, as well as the administration, has been very positive. In conjunction with the resolution Allen is working on a bill with WSC Legal Adviser Mark Moench. The bill, if passed, will set up the trust fund indefinitely, using only the interest drawn from the $10-15,000 endowment. The resources of the Stewart Library is one aspect of the college that has been under fire by the Northwest Association Accreditation Committee. Allen stated that if the resolution and bill are passed, the endowment fund will be a very positive step toward improving the library. WSC employee killed in crash A traffic accident on a dangerous stretch of 1-15 claimed the life of a Weber State employee yesterday afternoon. LaRee L. Raty, 34, the R.N. in charge of the Student Health Center, was killed in a rollover on 1-15 south of Nephi at 3:15 in the afternoon. Utah Highway Patrol officials report that Ms. Raty was thrown clear of the vehicle. Further details were not available at press time. Ms. Raty, mother of three, had her 10-year-old daughter Angela with her at the time of the accident. Angela was treated and released from Juab County Hospital. The scene of the accident, south of Nephi on Interstate 15, is a narrow and winding stretch of road which has been the scene of numerous highway fatalities in the past.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1983-02-18, Vol. 43, No. 32|
|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.|