Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-02-171
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O Weber State College b Some frogs have a iniru aye. iu ma ' , . . . , , , j i um mure, rtzuu MK story on page 5. Vol. 44 No. 32 Friday, February 17, 1984 w X w:a ch -r x -n tx X t I 1 f TH u u Mayor Madsen Believes WSC Is Center Of City Editor's Note: This is the final story in a two-part series dealing with Weber State's role in the Ogden community. In this article, Mayor Robert Madsen expresses his views. by David C. Wright Staff Reporter Ogden Mayor Robert Madsen said that Weber State College is a catalyst for the community. "Everything we do is centered around the college," he said. Madsen believes that Weber State has a role of cohesiveness to play in the community. He said the community he speaks of is much of the nothern Utah area. Madsen said that the athletics and the cultural activities of the college help to pull the community together. "The college is the focal point for almost every cultural event, with few exceptions, that comes into the community," he said. The mayor feels that the involvement of the students attending Weber add to the community spirit. Madsen said that WSC is an academic resource to the area. According to the mayor it is also a resource for local industry to pick up graduates. He said, "It (WSC) is a resource for part-time work for those attending school and it's a resource for interns." Madsen said that while WSC is the setting for many community activities, it also serves another purpose: "It (WSC) sets the spirit of community beauty. It has a very pretty campus; there is an awfully lot of green space; and it is kept up nicely." Weber State has a leadership role and because of that, said Madsen, "We can draw from the college's students and faculty to join groups and committees. We draw very heavily from the professionalism of the teachers and also a number of students. I think that comes from President Brady's leadership."Madsen said that the local leaders count on advice from the college. "We get a lot of free, educated input into city administration that we could never pay for out of a budget," he said. There have been times when the city has hired WSC faculty for specific studies, Madsen said. He added that these reports have been extremely valuable in helping officials make city decisions. As an example, the mayor cited the sales tax issue. Madsen said that there had been a dispute over who would receive the sales tax revenue. To help settle the question, the city employed some faculty members from thecollege. Touching on the economic impact of the college Madsen said, "The college has a tremendous financial impact on the community." He added that the community would suffer "immeasurably" if the college were to "pack up and leave." Madsen said the current Ogden city budget is, $30 million. In an earlier interview with WSC's President Brady, it was found that the school's budget is nearly $40 million. Madsen said that those figures give a good indication of the massive impact the college has on this area. Another advantage to the community, according to Madsen, is Weber's continuing education program. "The continual offerings from the college, both professional and-nonprofessional, will always be of benefit to the surrounding area." Madsen was asked what WSC could do to further benefit the area. "One thing that President Brady has already started that others (presidents) didn't do very well is a communication through constant relationships with local leaders and citizens. I think there is a liason situation that could be increased further than what he (Brady) has already started. We have seen how beneficial it has been." Madsen said that having a concern about specific problems in the area is another way the college can help. "As an example, look at downtown Ogden. For the business department, that could be a unique study with student involvement. We have more businesses downtown now than five years ago. We have a bigger sales tax than five years ago, so it's booming. But you walk down and see three streets with of a lot of empty buildings. It would be nice to have some information coming out of the college saying this is what we find." As to the support the city can give the college, Madsen listed several. "We are a back-up fire department, back-up police department. We try to zone and plan to protect the college." Madsen said that the city and local area must support the college in legislative matters. As they (WSC) go to the legislature they go with the Weber County legislators and communities totally behind what they are trying to accomplish at the college." Madsen said that the community has an obligation to support and participate in the offerings of the college, such as seminars, convocations, concerts, etc. The community can benefit WSC by enhancing its own image, according to Madsen. "If the community is visible, if the community is viable, if people know Ogden . . . then that assists Weber State College," he said. 0H 0iM CERAMICS VlTATiONAL r - ' ' i - czT" '"' " - . ' , - i"" Wk & v l rr i 5 i iL-iJ .- j.w....v.-4 t j I i j- I v,. J V. f j c; j I i j . I i i i i f : 7k I j C - I ' i J . . , , f I . " i f -. -. . j ,"" 1 ' I v. ' 1 Signpost pho!oBob George The Weber State Art Dept. is sponsoring the 10th Annual Ceramics Invitational in the Collett Gallery. For the story see the Arts and Entertainment section on page 7. Registration Update Registration for spring quarter will begin on Feb. 27. Spring quarter class schedules will be available on Feb. 21. Vouchers for students receiving financial aid will be mailed from the financial aid office on Feb. 27. Vouchers will not be available for pre-registration. Students receiving financial aid may register at their appointed time. They will be put on deferred payment until their vouchers arrive.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-02-17, Vol. 44, 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.|