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Tuesday, February 18, 1986 V 1 Vol. 46 No.32 5 7 i Signpost photoScott Miller Actors from the Shakespearean play. Merchant of Venice , mance. Seen (L to R) are Rick Hamblin (Bassanio), Brian W. are busy preparing for Thursday night's opening perfor- West (Shylock), and Sharon Rowlette Chapman (Portia). Thursday is opening night Students tackle Shakespeare Editor's note: This is the fourth article in a four-part series that looks behind the curtain at a Weber State College theatrical production. by Leona Vandre Arts and Entertainment Editor "Granted it may be a classic, but I treat The Merchant of Venice as a play done now for people now," said Larry West about the Shakespearean comedy he is directing. "Classic has a stodgy squint. This is good entertainment some laughs, some tears, all the good stuff for which we come to the theater," he said. West described it as a dark comedy about the world of high-risk finance shrouded in commercial Christianity. Although the "quality of mer cy" speech is quoted by many characters, the Christian value of mercy is not shown to very many people, he said. This creates the ironic twist which is sometimes comic and sometimes tragic. It is not necessary for the audience to read the plot before seeing the play The Merchant of Venice, anymore than it is necessary for them to read the book before seeing the movie, The Color Purple, said West. If the plot isn't clear to the audience, then it is the fault of the production, he said. The A. L. Rowse edition of the play was used. West said Rowse is an incredible Shakespearean scholar who has taken the archaicness out of the language while maintaining the rhythm. The changes he said are virtually unrecognizable and help make sense out of the play. (See DIRECTOR on page 8) Committee okays partial funding by Loretta Park Ass't News EditorGov't Affairs The general government and capital facilities subcommittee approved a proposal to fund part of the physical education building this year, according to Karen Waite, secretary of the committee. The proposal approves $4,970,000 for the addition. "It will be a phased project," said Waite. The proposal needs to be approved by the Utah State Legislature before WSC receives the funds. The rest of the funding will be approved next year, she said. The estimated cost of the addition is $9 million, according to J. Robert Folsom, director of WSC architectural and engineering services. The addition is number eight on the priority lists of the following personsgroups: the Board of Regents, the presidents of institutions of higher education, Governor Norman H. Bangerter, and the Utah Department of Facilities, Construction and Management.The additon will take three years to complete, according to Dr. Gary D. Willden, chair of the health, physical education, recreation, and dance (HPERD) department. "This is a good alternative," Dr. Willden said, "because we can not spend all the money in one year anyway." To fund the addition in phases should be fine, Dr. Willden said, because he assumes that one-third of the money will be used the first year and the remaining used the following two. If the project was not funded this year, the possibility of getting funds next year will be slimmer, he said. With the project being partially funded this ye r, the possibility of obtaining the remaining funds is good. Weber has waited eight years to build the addition. The facility is for academic purposes and is not a building for athletics, Willden said. The current gymnasium was designed when WSC's enrollment was 3,500 with a capacity of 5,000, he said. Enrollment is now up to 10,000, and projected enrollment is 14,000-15,000 for the year 1990. The new addition will be built on the north end of the playing field. The playing field will be shifted to the south, taking out part of the existing unfinished parking lots, said Folsom. Additional parking lots will be built in the future but are not part of the addition's plans now, he said. Total square feet of the addition is 81,400, according to Folsom. The plans show six additional rac-quetball courts, a martial arts and dance studio, a sport and fitness assessment laboratory and an inside track with an open area for tennis and volleyball nets. Corridors will run underground from the new building to the existing one and open up at three different levels. An elevator will be placed in the connecting section for the handicapped, making both buildings accessible, Folsom said. The roof of the corridors will house a patio and garden area. The entranceway will allow for control of students, said Folsom. Students will have to enter through the building through the lobby area in order to gain access to the rest of the building. This will facilitate instructors in helping them control their classrooms, he said. Students will not be able to go in and out of the different areas unnoticed. Portals are designed to emphasize the entrance point, he said. The lockers in the existing building will continue to be used. The HPERD department prepared a written report several years ago explaining to the architectural and engineering department what their needs are, Folsom said. The addition was designed to meet their needs.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1986-02-18, Vol. 46, No. 32|
|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.|