Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-12-041
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Read about new sight for the blind,-starting on page 8. Tuesday, December 4, 1984 Weber State College Vol. 45 No. 19 f t "k ; Many different types of booths were sponsored at the Harvest Bazaar, held in the UB ballroom Friday and Saturday. The bazaar was sponsored by the Women's Educational Resource Center and offered many different types of gifts for those, early Christmas shoppers. Pictured above is George Buchanan, "Mouse Man," showing off his wares. Pictured below is another participant, showing her mini-wreaths to an interested shopper. 7 Signpost photoBob George 1 V Datatix To Open WSC Outlet by Steve Fifield Senior Reporter The Browning Center may be receiving a Datatix outlet, which is a computerized ticket service. Rather than . having a limited allotment of tickets for patrons to choose from, Datatix provides for the purchase of the best tickets available. Dave Felt, senator for the School of Arts and Humanities, sponsored a bill during the student senate meeting yesterday to provide $1,200 of ASWSC funds for this project. Felt said, 'This will be a one-time (ASWSC) funding . . . the Theater Arts Department and the dean of arts and humanities each committed $1,000 to the endeavor." Felt said the yearly cost will be $6,500. It is hoped that the administra tion will "pick up the tab," after seeing the benefits, he said. Lou Johnson, Browning Center director, said the existing Datatix facility at the Dee Events Center (DEC) does not receive as much traffic as the one at ZCMI in downtown Ogden. Johnson said the purpose of having the facility on campus will be twofold. First, to serve the needs of WSC faculty, staff and students. Secondly, Johnson said currently all tickets for Browning Center events must be purchased at the DEC. He said a great many people desiring to purchase tickets on the night of performances cannot do so and are complaining. This facility will alleviate the problem. Johnson said his office is working on an agreement with the Utah Sym- see "Datatix" on page 6. '84-85 School Year Will Test Effectiveness Of IDEA Survey by Steve Fifield Senior Reporter Editor's Note: This is the final story in a two-part series dealing with the IDEA teacher evaluations. In this installment, the survey itself is examined. "Student reactions to instruction and courses." This is found in the title of the IDEA evaluation form. Full-time instructors will have to administer this new evaluation in two of their classes this school year. The IDEA evaluation consists of 46 questions which are answered on a scale of one to five. For example: 1) Hardly ever, 2) Occasionally, 3) Sometimes, 4) Frequently, 5) Almost always. The questions asked cover five areas: the instructor, the student's progress, the course, self-rating and the student's attitudes and feelings. According to Dr. Joanne Kurfiss, WSC director of instructional development, the survey was administered last spring and it took less than 20 minutes for the entire class to complete.Kurfiss said, "I did a lot of reports (to the faculty senate) on what was awilable (in the way of teacher surveys)." She said in order for teachers to improve, "evaluation is necessary, but is not inherently punitive." She went on to say, "Keep in mind that these are subjective opinions, student's perceptions. Nonetheless, it is possible to make subjective yet valid judgments." She said, "Professors should carefully choose what two classes they want this to go to it's for them." When she received the survey results from her class, she said, "I learned things about my class's perception about me that I didn't know." Kurfiss said instructors will not be permitted to administer the survey to their own class, nor will they be allowed to be present when their class is being surveyed. She said completed surveys will not be seen by instructors.see "IDEA" on page 3. Without leaving the living room Computer Research Possible A computer system at Weber State College makes it possible for computer owners to research almost any subject from their own living room. The system is part of WSC's Stewart Library and Scott Birkinshaw, associate professor of library sciences, -said that it contains information about what's happening in Ogden, news and weather information, and provides an avenue to tap into local and national research groups for an almost unlimited amount of information. Birkinshaw said, "A person can call in using any computer as long as they have a modem." The telephone number, for what Birkinshaw calls the electronic library, is 626-7905. He said that some services, such as national library search for research information, cost because the college is charged, but other services are free. Apart from the research aspects, those who use the computer can send or receive messages, trade non copy-written software, review step-by-step instructions on how to be admitted and register at Weber State and get a run-down on college happenings. "We're trying to get our library into active participation in the electronic age," Birkinshaw said. He said the WSC library was the first to allow access by computer, but added that there are many computer owners that don't know about the service.The system is in operation after normal working hours, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, and runs 24 hours a day on weekends and holidays. Currently, there are about 150 people who call about 500 times a month. He said, "We get callers from all over the United States. They leave messages for each other, trade recipes and ask each other trivia questions." He said that for about $25 an hour people can use the college's computers to search national data banks. The college is also in the process of adding a system that lets home computer owners research the WSC library. Birkinshaw said, "One of the reasons we have our system is to give people a chance to use free local calls to research information. Once they get used to that they can use their computers to get information from national sources in about five minutes and not have to pay as much." He said the college offers a class on computer research and has started a telecommunications group that meets regularly to discuss computers. He noted, "We're being highly innovative here. Weber State is the only one I know of that is offering this kind of a class for credit and we're one of the few offering this type of computer service.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-12-04, Vol. 45, No. 19|
|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.|