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O Weber State College International students host an international banquet. Food, fun, entertainment and more. For more information, see the Signature section, starting on page 7. Vol. 44 No. 53 Tuesday, May 15, 1984 U U 11 h . Kv--. r S ' 4 ' .- 12, ........ s, . .".-. . ' . Signpost photoDonna Layton Weber State students who had to drive to school via Riverdale Road found that it took a little longer than usual. Birch Creek (which runs behind Maple Gardens restaurant), overflowed its banks this weekend due to the increased run-off caused by the warmer temperatures. The intersection has been flooded since Saturday, and drivers should exercise caution when passing through the area. General elections draw nearer ASWSC Candidates Hold Open Forum by Steve Fifield Senior Reporter Yesterday an open forum was held in the Union Building for next year's student officer candidates. Specific questions were asked of the senatorial, presidential and vice presidential candidates. The president and vice presidential candidates were asked what their past ASWSC experience has been. Tina Walker (executive vice president candidate) said that she hasn't had any ASWSC experience but has been active in public relations of the LDSSA. She said, "I feel I'm a very well-organized person," and she feels that she's a fast learner. Jim Harvey (executive vice president candidate) said that he has been an ASWSC supreme court justice and has worked as the high school relations chairman under Brad Glines, ASWSC publicity vice president. Chris Judd (academic vice president candidate) said, "Currently, I'm very active in my fraternity. I'm active in what goes on on campus, because I live in the residence halls." Craig Jacobsen (academic vice president candidate) said that he planned on running for office along time ago and that he has been Brad Howell's assistant this year. Sheldon Allred (candidate for president) said that he's currently involved as ASWSC executive vice president. He said that he's written every major change in new student government by-laws and charters. John Southwick (candidate for president) said that he's been involved in CAB (College Activities Board) Southwick said, "I don't think it's a list of past positions that make a good leader. It's the desire to do the job." When asked if they have sought the advice of the current ASWSC officers, Walker said that she has spoken with all but Laurie Bonnell and Brad Glines. Harvey said he's talked with everyone but Tami Jones. Jacobsen said, "I've talked with all the officers off and on all year." John Southwich said that he talked with John Morris and Brad Howell before ever deciding to run for office. When asked what they would do about apathy on campus, Judd said that he would support the groups on campus that want to do things (activities). He said he would have more dances. Jacobsen said that he would, "get student government down to the student's level." Walker said that she thought publicity is the key to getting around apathy. She said that she would "try to get publicity around so that people know what's going on." Harvey said that he feels that communication with different groups is important so that there are not conflicting activities. Southwich said that student government should "utilize the Signpost and have a student government column a week." Allred said that better correlation between the three major groups on campus will decrease apathy. Allred feels that the major campus groups are the resident halls, ASWSC and theinstitute WSC Students Ask: "Where Are We?" by Dr. Deon Greer Geography Dept. What's in a name? Obviously not much according to a recent survey conducted by Dr. Deon C. Greer of the WSC Dept. of Geography. The ability of WSC students to recognize the location of some well known and some not so well known places in the world, as shown by the results, indicated a surprising lack of understanding of locational geography. The memorization of place name is no more geography than the memorization of dates is history. An understanding of world place is, however, a barometer of general interest in and knowledge of world geography and current events. The recognition of geographical place names and their locations by students taking beginning courses in Physical Geography (not a course that emphasizes the learning of place names) proved to be rather appalling. The results were not strikingly different, however, from those in other institutions in the U.S. Numerous studies taken in recent years have shown the average American to be sadly lacking in geographical knowledge. For example, a study taken a few months ago, which was published in many newspapers and broadcast over national television, indicated that a majority of Americans do not know what the major language of Latin America is (most thought it to be Latin). Most do not know which is the most populous state in the U.S. and many could not name the countries bordering the U.S. on the north and south. In order to test the knowledge of WSC students in place name geography, an examination was administered to three beginning 101 Geography classes. The exam was identical to one given to students at the University of Miami, Florida. This exam required students to place a number taken from a sheet of geographical names onto a blank outline map of the world. The accuracy of the location of each number was then determined by an overlay allowing a good deal of latitude in terms of acceptable clearance of each place name location. The results of the examination (in which 153 students participated) were then collated and compared with those made by students at the University of Miami, as well as with students currently enrolled in World Regional Geography at Weber State (a course that places more emphasis on regions and countries). The results of both studies indicated that the students who took the examination, whether in Miami or Ogden, did not have a very good knowledge of world place location. This is particularly true of African locations. In both studies, Kenya and Sahel were the least known places. The Sahel in sub-Sarahan Africa has been in the news lately becuse millions of people have starved to death in that region due to drought. In addition, the lack of knowledge of Cairo's, Algeria's, and Cape Town's location would lead one to believe that Africa is still the dark continent as far as most students are concerned. Perhaps the exam's greatest surprise is the students' inability to locate Quebec (right next door in Canada) and Sydney, the home of so many recently famous rock groups. The Soviet Union, on the other hand, was the best known place in all the studies, as well it should be. Surprisingly, Miami see "Geography" on page 2.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-05-15, Vol. 44, No. 53|
|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.|