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O Weber State College Who dunked who? For results of the Wildca tBronco game, turn to page 8. Vol. 44 No. 36 Friday, March 2, 1984 if " . . s U U Seventh Clue Leads Lucky Student To 'The Rock' by Colleen Mewing Editorial Assistant The Farr's Jewelry annual 'Find the Rock' contest always draws a lot of participation from wishful diamond seekers. The Signpost received several false documents saying that they had found the rock, but Dan Harrison was the one who finally came up the rightful winner.Harrison, who found the rock on Friday, Feb. 17, didn't claim the prize until the following Monday. And after claiming his find, he didn't want anyone to know because he was going to use the diamond ring as a surprise for his wife on their fifth wedding anniversary.But, as it turned out, his wife found out about his having found the rock before he intended her to, due to a communications mix-up. Harrison found the official certificate saying that he was the winner of the rock behind the movie marquee on the Union Building. He said that there are metal straps which bolt the marquee onto the building and that the certificate was folded behind one of the metal straps. "I thought it was just a gum wrapper stuck behind there," said Harrison. "I wanted to jump up and down, but I didn't because there were too many people there." Harrison found the rock around 9:20 a.m. "I didn't concentrate very Well in my next class," he said. Harrison said that he told his wife all along that he was going to find the rock. He said that he didn't even see the first find the rock clue and that it was Clue No. 7 (If you are at a special event . . .) which finally told him where to look for the rock. Yet, he didn't have time to look for the rock and didn't think about looking for it until he grabbed the Signpost on the Friday of his find and headed toward If "j i' Dan Harrison (left) presents the certificate declaring him the winner in the Farr's 'Find the Rock' contest. Dave the movie marquee. He said that since he didn't have time to look he was afraid that the rock would have already been found. He said that the certificate that he found said that the rock was worth $550, but that when he went in to Farr's Jewelry to pick up the ring, the paper that Signpost photoGrove Pashley Wilson (right), manager of Farr's Jewelry, hands the wrapped diamond ring to Harrison. came with the diamond said that it cost $637. "My wife used to sell diamonds," said Harrison, "and she says that it's a really good stone." Harrison said that his wife, Diana, is presently in the cosmetology program at WSC. "She'll be wearing the ring if anyone wants to see it," he said. Despite Demands, Profs Find Time For Research Editor's Note: This is the second and final part of a series dealing with academic reseach at Weber State. In this story, faculty members discuss the problems they encounter and the actual research they conduct. by Shirley Parker Staff Reporter Despite Weber State's focus on teaching, an enormous amount of academic research is carried on by faculty members. They don't have an easy time of it, however. One reason that professors have difficulty doing research is lack of funding. Some projects simply cost a lot and outside grants from organizations like the National Science Foundation are very hard to get. These monies tend to go more often to larger institutions, and especially to those in East Coast, West Coast, or Midwest locations. Many professors here find themselves at a disadvantage in competing for large grants because WSC is small, not well- known, and in a rather out-of-the-way location. Some large grants that have been offered to WSC involved matching money, explained Dr. Eugene Boz-niak. The grants could not be accepted because the school was unable to provide those matching funds due to low budgets and tight budgets. "Being the little guy on the block hurts," he said. "It is still possible to obtain funds from smaller sources," said Professor Conover-Phillips. "You might have to make many applications to get partial funding from each for the project or you might have to sacrifice part of the project." As with certain other departments, anthropology research can get expensive at times. Bozniak said that in his area "many research projects can be done on a shoestring, with creativity and imagination. For example, field ecological work doesn't necessitate a lot of fancy laboratory implements. It just requires time to do things on a regular basis." Bozniak also suggested that since Weber's strength is teaching, "Why don't we do pedagogical research? That's virgin territory. Especially in the sciences. An example of this is science anxiety -do we know all the reasons why this exists and can we overcome it?" The Administration at WSC has three ways in which it can help professors who are interested in pursuing a particular project. One is by hiring part-time teachers to release a professor for a specified number of hours per quarter. In order to do this, however, a proportionate salary must have been figured into the amount needed in the grant request so that funds are available to pay the new professor.A second method of assistance is by grants from the Faculty Senate's Research and Professional Growth Committee. According to Dr. Bozniak, $15,000 a year is divided among faculty who submit proposals for research. Dr. Robert Smith confirmed this and also said that the Instructional Development Office has grants per taining to teaching improvement, some of which are of a research type. "That is," said Smith, "experimenting with new ways of teaching a particular subject, to see-if it is successful, is a research type of project." "You have to have better quality stuff because of the stigma against smaller institutions, but if you're persistent, you will make it." Dr. Eugene Bozniak After WSC professors complete their research, they face the further hurdle of trying to get their results published. Dr. Bozniak and Professor Phillips agreed that the publishing world is very cliquey. Time and persistence are required to make the right contacts, to get a foot in the door. Phillips added that one of the biggest problems is availability. There are few open see "Research" on page 2.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-03-02, Vol. 44, No. 36|
|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.|