Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-12-071
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WSC Budget: Departments Must Cut $38,000 by Kathy Kendell Govt. Affairs Reporter WSC is once again the victim of a tight budget. Due to a drop in expected enrollment, many programs have been directed to find ways to cut their budgets. The cuts are being directed by Academic Vice President Dr. Robert Smith. According to Smith, Weber needs to build up a reseve fund in order to combat decreased enrollment. "This fall we had hoped for an increase in enrollment of 500 (full-time equivalent) students," said Smith.. "Instead, we had a drop of 300, this caused a total decrease of approximately 1,000 students, along with the tuition revenue they would have generated." Smith said the administration, at this point, can't be sure if there will be another enrollment drop winter quarter. According to Smith, last year Weber felt the crunch of a very large decrease in enrollment between fall, winter and spring quarters. Graphic illustrationSteve Thorpe r ASWSC $15,000 Other departments $8,000 School of Business $5,000 Signpost $5,000 School of Technology $5,000 "According to phone surveys we conducted among those students that didn't return to the college after fall quarter, we found that over 50 percent cited job opportunities as their reason for not returning," said Smith. He said there appears to be a very real corollation between a good job market and a drop in enrollment. The current round of cuts are designed to protect the college in the event enrollment drops as it did last year. "The approach used was designed to cut approximately $5,000 from 12 different budgets in a way which would do the least overall harm," said Smith. Nothing was cut from the budgets of the School of Education and Student Affairs because, according to Smith, those budgets were already tight. The amount of cuts will total $38,000, with $15,000 coming from ASWSC, and $5,000 being cut from each of the budgets of the Signpost, the School of Business and the School of Technology. The balance of $8,000 will be cut from various departments such as the School of Arts and Humanities and the social sciences. According to Smith, the cuts will come largely from areas that do not harm services. For example, unfilled teaching positions and services not yet instituted will be dropped. The reserve fund will be set aside in an effort to soften the blow if future enrollment declines significantly. If enrollment holds fairly steady, the money will be reallocated, explained Smith. r ; m mmjm i Friday, December 7, 1984 Weber State College Vol. 45 No.20 Good luck on your finals! Collection Creates Controversy by Steve Fifield Senior Reporter "Students were 100 percent behind me," said Eulogio Alejandre, ASWSC Hispanic student senator. A controversy over whether or not his group should be allowed to solicit funds for the needy in Ethiopia at the upcoming basketball game has caused some concern on campus. International Students Senator Blane van Pletzen said, as of last Tuesday, there was only $5 in the relief fund, which was started twso weeks ago. Alejandre felt it would be a good idea to take up a free-will collection for Ethiopia at the game this Saturday. He said he has spoken with several of his fellow senators, faculty, staff, advisors and students who were all in favor of the idea. He said the only dissenting vote came from the WSC administration. Robert DeBoer, assistant to the president for governmental affairs and director of administrative services-college relations, saidTaking up a collection at a game would be bad for WSC's image." DeBoer said the college would be responsible for any injury incurred by a collection container in the Dee Events Center (DEC). "I was upset. ..to break a fingernail is more important than a life in Ethiopia," Alejandre said. Alejandre said his plan was to pass a container up and down the rows in the DEC. Louis Barraza, an usher at the DEC, said there would not be a problem if they did so. Students from the ASWSC association of registered organizations, the college activity board, the international students center and the ASWSC student senate have volunteered to pass the cans. Wednesdsy, WSC President Rodney H. Brady said, " It has been our policy not to pass the hat at functions at the college . . . there may be an image effect involved. I don't want people to think that each time they come to the college, they're going to get solicited for certain things . . . they don't expect that at a ball game." Brady said there would be "a little bit" of peer pressure if cans were passed around at the DEC. He said, "I feel that people should be given the opportunity to contribute in a free-giving sort of way." Brady said he would be willing to consider placing collection containers at DEC portals, "so long as such a proposal goes through the proper channels so all those involved could consider the situation." "I'd like to see something like this sponsored by ASWSC in general, rather than an individual organization." Van Pletzen said the money would be donated to Ethiopia through the Ox-fam fund. Oxfam is a British-based relief organization with a U.S. office in Chicago. This organization was chosen because of their low operating costs, which are two percent. ! t "- ,,,,1 f j i 5 - Signpost photoJeff Bybee WSC President Rodney H. Brady visits with students Becky Langaas and Nate Oliver during lunch. Langaas, a resident assistant for the residence halls, showed Brady through the halls after lunch in Promontory Tower's cafeteria. Brady took the opportunity to visit with students and look over some of the on-campus apartments. Brady will host an open house in his office, AD 302, today from 1 1 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. He encourages all 1 1,000 students toattend.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-12-07, Vol. 45, No. 20|
|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.|