Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1987-03-031
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Tuesday, March 3. 187 Weber State College Vol. 47 No. 35 Inside Halfway House offers second chance see page 6 "X WSC basketball: Is there life after loss? see page 9 Adult fights: a new kind of child abuse see page 4 1987 legislature Education funded JaNae Barlow Managing Editor The legislature ended with an "extremely positive outcome compared to what it could have been," said President Stephen D. Nadauld in his address to the faculty and staff last Thursday. At the recent legislative session, five objectives of the college were, for the most part, accomplished. These objectives were: 1. Re-allocation. "It was ciitical to us that the budget that had been cut mid-year to 95 percent did not remain so low," said Nadauld. Education received 101 percent of last year's base budget. According to Nadauld, this figure gave Weber back all of the SI. 8 million cut this year, plus another $300,000. Part of this money will go to closing 14 of the salary gap between WSC and comparable institutions in other states. 2. Money for growth. Utah colleges with growing enrollments were given high priority for additional moneys. To Weber State, this meant a new physical education building. The building was first brought up to the legislature in last year's session but was not granted funds at that time. Construction will begin on the building in July or August. 3. Funding of a four-year baccalaureate nursing program at WSC. This will involve Weber State faculty taking over a program that has previously been taught at the college through the U of U. Nadauld said the first dollar spent on education at the session was on this program. (see lkgislaturk page 3i Sex education spawns conflict Stephanie Mencimer Senior Reporter More people than chairs filled SSI 03 to hear a debate on sex education in public schools Thursday. Speaking in favor of sex education in the schools, Richard Jones, dean of education at Weber State, began by defining sex education as the principles of human reproduction. He stressed the need for cur rent, careful education of children. y To support his point, Jones cited the fact that the average age for first intercourse is 15 to 16 for girls, 14 to 15 for boys. The average age for first marriage is 22 to 24. This leaves up to nine years of potential danger since problem of AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases is growing rapidly, he said. Sexually transmitted diseases can only be understood with a biological knowlege of their origins. Taking this into consideration, said Jones, the schools should assist the students in making sound judgments about sex and the consequences. Most children are in public school at some time in their lives, said Jones. At this time, sex education can be taught by prepared individuals. According to a Dan Jones survey, 80 percent of Utahns want some kind of sex education in schools, said Jones. However, when attempting to initiate a program in the schools, the values involved with sex are debated. Parental involvement with the schools then becomes necessary, said Jones. "I believe it is immoral to leave young people ignorant and unprotected from the pressures of the modern world," said Jones. To counter Jones, Joy Beech, director of the conservative Families Alert organization, said the goal of all sex education is to raise moral children. She said states have the right to enact moral laws according to the Constitution, and all sex education must be within the bounds of these laws. Beech relinquished the remainder of the time allowed for her speech to provide more time for questions at the end of the presentation. She had volunteers pass out a newsletter from Families Alert to give a better understanding of her organization. "No issue generates more interest in the community than human sexuality," said Alvin Carter, from the Ogden City Schools health department. According to Carter, sex education is being taught in the public schools, however, teachers are not allowed to teach about contraception or homosexuality. He believes schools will be pressed to teach in more detail because of the AIDS crisis. Sex education, said Carter, is a tough issue, because of varying concepts of education. Some people want more taught, and some want less. The question is not whether it should be taught in schools, said Carter, but to what degree. (see KDUCATION page 3) Tf V CAUTION RADIATION: Picltired are instruments Tor measuring radiation: a geiger counter, which shows general area and a dosimeter, which measures personal exposure to radiation. iSianpol photo: Jeff Bybeel WSC danger zone? Radiation studied for practical use Yun Hui Pak Staff Reporter CAUTION ... DANGER ZONE ... RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL. Signs with these messages are posted in various areas in the science lab building at Weber State. ... . .. Selected students of the science department use radioactive material to conduct tests on radiation and the application of nuclear energy in various areas of science. - Plutonium 239 is the most common radioactive chemical studied by Weber students. "There are only 32 grams of the plutonium source stored at the college, but that amount is sufficient enough for students to conduct their scientific studies," said Dr. Dennis M. Travis, dean of the School of Natural Sciences. The radioactive materials are stored in a vault in case bins which are 6 feet deep and surrounded with a reinforced concrete wall that is 16 inches in width. Dr. Darrell J. Graff, the radiation safety officer at the college, is the only person allowed to enter this room and the only one with a key. Graff is responsible for the release of docimetry badges to qualified students to handle chemicals which emit radiation. These badges show a percentage reading of the amount of radiation the person is receiving. These badges are sent each quarter to T.M.A. (Thermal Analytical Inc.) where the apparatus is treated and the percentage readings are recorded. The projects undergone in the science department using nuclear energy are highly technical. The science department received its "materials license" to obtain and use radioactive chemicals through the Nuclear Regulatory commission (NRC), which regulates the supply and testing of all radioactive materials in the U.S. In the areas of physiology and zoology, the tracing of radioactive isotopes in living plants and living systems are studied. The researcher follows one isotope into a specific area. For example: an isotope of a plant is followed or "traced" into the human body through the digestive system. This study leads to the practical medical application of scanning concentrated sources of cancerous tumors in the glands or the brain, using radiation to destroy the cancerous cells. In geology, the technical application of the nuclear source is used in the sophisticated mechanics of what is called an X-ray defractometer. This mechanism allows the researcher to explore chemical structures and molecules in rocks. In physics, the plutonium source "is used to react with a chemical called berillium to produce neutrons, which are used to bombard chemicals to make them radioactive," said Graff. The application of this study, called "neutron activation," is useful in the field of criminology where crime lab specialists scan objects of evidence for vital proof and information. Neutron activation is also used in forensic medicine to establish information such as the naming of biological parents. "People are uninformed and carry myths and fear about nuclear energy," said Travis. He stressed the importance of the support for science education. "There is so much development and technological advances to be learned, and nuclear energy is definitely here to stay," heconcluded.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1987-03-03, Vol. 47, No. 35|
|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.|