Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1988-04-201
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Z3100Y EARS nil,,.. J j L-J tvi S ..W S, n,. Wednesday, April 20 Weber State College Vol. 48 No. 56 Little action in student senate DEC floor suffers water damage Reva Smith Managing Editor 1988 V- fc-J i t w IK ...,., 4. 'env& ' f 'Tfi r r t T l ' ' I mm if THE DEE EVENTS Center recovers from a close call. Above, the court surface is examined for damage. On the right, workers pump water out of the hallway. (Signpost photo: Hal Moore) Chris J. Miller Editor-in-Chief A broken water line that feeds into the Dee Events Center broke Sunday night, sending gallons of water down the west entrance and onto the floor and lower concourse. The resulting damage might cost as much as $100,000. However, officials say it could have been much worse if not for an alarm which alerted authorities almost as soon as it happened. According to Dee Events Center Director Lou Johnson, the water line, connected to a fire alarm system on the west side of the DEC, broke about 2 a.m. A large amount of sand, silt, and water rolled down the west tunnel and onto the gym floor. The water got as far as the center court before crews arrived. Approximately 200 square feet on the floor and lower concourse were covered with water. "We are extra fortunate, because that line has a floor sensor, and the fire department responded within fifteen minutes. If that alarm had not been there, we'd have shown up at 8 a.m. and there would have been three feet of water on the floor," said Johnson. .Tuesday,- crews still had not been able to get all the water out from under the gym floor, and concern was great that the floor would begin to warp and buckle. "Things are starting to look better today,' said Johnson. "But the floor is still a question. It is starting to bulge and a lot of boards are beginning to curl. There is still water under there," said Johnson. According to Johnson a floor like the DEC floor could cost between $50,000 and $100,000 to replace. Other costs, such as excavation costs and replacement of lower concourse carpet could add to the damage total. Johnson said a similar situation had occurred recently at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, and DEC officials have been in contact with UCLA representatives to help with the cleanup. Family background a factor in students' SAT, ACT scores (CPS) Students who take similar courses and who come from families with similar incomes will get similar scores on standardized achievement tests like the Scholastic Aptitude Test, a University of Iowa professor contended last week. Professor George Chambers, who did the study of why some students get better scores than others on the mass exams, said his work indicates that "when opportunity becomes equal, so will student achievement." In the past, researchers have blamed or cited everything from family size to bad high schools to working mothers to even the cessation of atmospheric nuclear testing for students' performance on the tests. Chambers pins it on students' courses and their family backgrounds. He compared the 1987 ACT (American College Testing) program scores of 964 Hispanic and 964 Caucasian students with similar family size and income and comparable educational background. Chambers also paired them by gender. "Family income and courses taken affect test scores more directly than any other factors, including ethnicity and race. When Hispanics are in a comparable position in terms of income, school size and courses taken, their scores actually increased more than the Caucasian students," Chambers reported. With all else equal, Chambers found high income Hispanics outperformed all but the highest-income white students. Course work was more important than family income or school size in affecting ACT scores for all the students. Chambers also found that gender was unrelated to achievement when girls took the same courses as boys. He found that, when family and school backgrounds are the same, Hispanic and Caucasian students achieve the same test scores. As a result, Chambers determined the best way to even out test scores is to give all students an equal educational opportunity, although that would mean uintupling federal aid to students from S8 iion to $40 billion a year. Two resolutions were tabled in a short meeting held by the ASWSC student senate Monday in the Union Building. A resolution, proposed by Natural Science Senator Dan Alsup to establish a Natural Science charter was tabled to allow more time for discussion. In addition, a resolution was introduced bv Technology Senator Mike Syme that would require all student senate candidates have previous club or activity experience. "In order for student government to run smoother, I feel a candidate should have had previous experience," said Syme. He said a large amount of time is spent learning how to do the job, and by then the year is almost over. Social Science Senator Jim Puffer suggested drafting a resolution that would enable current senators to work with incoming senators, instructing them about their specific positions. ASWSC President Ron Robinson said Syme's resolution would requireme an amendment to the constitution. The resoluuon was tabled. Three Weber State employees honored Three Weber State employees received a pleasant surprise from President Nadauld when they were notified they were this year's winners of the Presidential Outstanding Staff awards "I'm going to pass out," said Jody G. Lake. Lake, assistant to the director at the Dee Events Center, and Laura L. Dittmore of Campus Life, were given the Presidential Outstanding Classified Staff awards. In addition, Deanna S. Hall, an employment manager in Personnel, received the Oustanding Professional Staff Award. Dittmore said "I'm honored. It's awfully nice that someone thought enough of me to nominate me. I was touched." "I'm very honored," said Deanna. "There are so many outstanding people on this campus. I feel almost embarrassed." President Nadauld said he wishes the college could do more to recognize outstanding employees. "We have such a dedicated working group of professional and classified staff members," he said. "These three award recipients really epitomize the dedication of the college staff," he added. The award consists of a presidential plaque with a seal of Weber State, a $1,000 cash prize and a reserved parking stall for the 1988-89 school year. Inside... Arts & Entertainment page 7 Classifieds page 12 News page 2 Opinion page 4 Sports' page 9 "It is a nice accomplishment to go through the regular season undefeated. See page 9 For "divine" entertainment, see page 7"
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1988-04-20, Vol. 48, No. 56|
|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.|