Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1983-10-071
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O Weber State College Inside... Meet the new dean of Natural ' Sciences.. .Page 5. , v k- Vol. 44 No. 4 Friday, October 7, 1983 u u Convo s controversial Plane Downed for Espionage by Michael Bouy Staff Reporter Signpost photoGrove Pashlcy The snow is beginning to descend down the mountains behind campus. It's time to start thinking about winter. Regents to Hear Bond Proposal by Lisa Wright-Largent Editor in Chief A possible $1012 million equipment bonding proposal will be introduced by Utah State Commissioner of Higher Education, Arvo Van Alstyne, to the State Board of Regents on Tuesday. The proposal is aimed at seeking legislative authority for the Regents to establish a bond paid for by the students, according to Dr. Harden Eyring, executive assistant to the commissioner. The bond, if approved by the Regents and the state legislature, will go toward replacing obsolete equipment at the state's colleges and universities. The proposal by Commissioner Van Alstyne requests that all students statewide be assessed one dollar per credit hour, in addition to the regular fees and tuition Of the monies generated, Weber State will receive approximately 20 percent according to Dr. Robert Smith, vice president of Academic Affairs. 'The bonding idea originated from Pres. (Rodney) Brady in August as a way to get up-to-par equipment," said Dr. Smith. The bond Dr. Brady suggested was from general appropriations and would be paid for by the taxpayer. . Dr. Smith stated that Higher Education had been trying for years to get legislative appropriations for the badly needed equipment, but thus far the legislature has been reluctant. Originally, Commissioner Van Alstyne requested a $30 million bond, but with the funding problems from last year's session of the legislature, he is now suggesting that the bond be paid for by he students. "In these hard economic times, it is possible to suggest that the students be called upon," said Dr. Eyring.The Council of Studentbody Presidents is meeting on Saturday to disscuss the proposal and to decide if they will support it or not. 1 According to ASWSC President, Brad Howell, he would like student input so that he can make recommendations to the council with the students' views in mind. He will be available in his office in the UB from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. Presidents Draft Tuition Resolution by Kathy Kendell Gov't Affairs Reporter The Utah Council of Studentbody Presidents drafted a resolution which was approved by the Utah State Board of Regents. The resolution recommends that Utah students match, in a tution increase, the legislatures increase in appropriation, up to eight percent. The proposal is unique in that it offers a challenge to the state legislature to increase funding for higher education. If they meet the challenge, students will match the increase through higher tuition. According to the council, over the past two years students have paid a 14.5 percent increase in tuition each year. While this proposal mandates another increase, it would not exceed eight percent, and the increase would only be instituted if the legislature acted first and increased their apprppriation. The increase in funding is sorely needed. Quoting from the resolution itself: "The quality of education among Utah's institutions of higher learning has been deteriorating over the past several years as a result of inadequate funding. . . .". The resolution will be presented in the upcoming budget session of the Utah State Legislature where there will be significant pressure to pass it. ASWSC President Brad Howell wants to begin educating students on the funding process for higher education. At an Oct. 4 meeting of the legislative council, he presented a resolution aimed at doing just that. The resolution expressed the concern that many students are unaware of tuition issues and that there is a need for larger appropriations from the state legislature. . Howell proposes that the ASWSC "student senate assume the responsibility of educating the student-body to current issues regarding tuition increases and budget reductions." It is hoped that these efforts will give WSC and other institutions the support needed to gain larger budget appropriations for higher education. "The Soviets shot down Korean Air Lines flight 007 for deliberate espionage," said retired CIA agent Ralph McGeehee in Thursday's Convocations. Students both protested and applauded McGeehee's allegations against the CIA during the controversial speech. McGeehee, who calls himself the only authority on Southeast Asian communist activities, testified that the flight of KAL 007 "was a joint U.S. - Korean endeavor to incite Soviet radar activity." McGeehee said it was a pre-planned activity and "there is no explanation for it." The audience was informed that KAL 007 penetrated Soviet airepare as part of an operation involving a U.S. surveillance plane, as weil as a satellite and U.S. intelligence bases, to monitor Soviet testing of a new intercontinental missile. McGeehee said it was unexpected that the plane would be shot down and questioned why the RC 135 aircraft that was monitoring the activity didn't warn the Korean plane of the intercepting Russian fighters. "This was not an isolated occurrence," said McGeehee. "There are nine recored protests by the Soviet Union of penetrations of their airspace." He also cited numerous incidents of Korean fly-overs of Russian installations and U.S. probes of Soviet air defense, all using passenger airliners. McGeehee emphasized the fact that these activities have been in operation since the 1950's and said " the CIA does not report accurate information to either the American government or the public." He said, prior to his retirement, he fought a 10-year 'war' with the CIA bureaucracy to get them to report accurate information. "The House Intelligence Committee investigated the CIA and called the information they report 'atrocious'!" said McGeehee. "They (CIA) created an illusion of what was really happening in Vietnam, and that epitomizes what the agency does throughout the world." He said that communism was popular as a movement in Vietnam because the U.S. didn't want to withdraw from Vietnam."McGeehee also charged the CIA with running operations to overthrow governments in Nicaragua, Libya, Cuba and Iran and of subverting democratic or popular governments in order to install military dicators "who will work with American industry and government." He said the dictators are easier to work with than a democratic legislature. As a consequence of exposing this information to the public, McGeehee said, his phone is tapped and agents monitor his home and activities. "Once, they didn't like what I was saying on the phone, so they broke in and started yelling," he said. McGeehee said he doesn't fear for his life, however, because the CIA does have a 'code of honor.' The next Convocation is scheduled for Wednesday, October 19, and will feature former football player, George Plimpton.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1983-10-07, Vol. 44, No. 4|
|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.|