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(; v i ...i New noop V w pages 13 and -7 ,6"' 1 R Friday, April 26, 1985 Weber State College Vol. 45. No. 47 Pictured (left to right) are Mike YValdron and Mike Navidomskis, finalists for executive vice president. The final election will he held next Tuesday and Wednesday, April 30 and May 1. Included on the ballot .S'i'n-, plioio- li'f! Byhiv will be Proposition S. This proposition asks the studentbody if the present basketball ticket policy should be retained. The policy puts student tickets on a first come-first served basis. Despite controversy, Smith implements open hour policy by Rae Dawn Olbert Editor-in-Chief Last Wednesday, April 17, the general faculty of WSC voted 187-89 to rescind the faculty senate's passage of the open hour. I Dr. Robert Smith, WSC vice president of academic affairs, said despite faculty opposition, the open hour will go ahead as planned. Smith said the vote of the general faculty rescinds the vote of the faculty senate, and not the vote of the student senate or the dean's council. ' "Of course I'm taking a risk" in going ahead with the open hour, said Smith, speaking of the opposition to the policy, but the overriding value of the open hour, if supported, will be worth the risk. "The timing is right" for this type of program, he said. In a memo to the faculty, Smith pointed out three factors in favor of implementation of the open hour: a combination of the new class schedule with its expanded prime hours, the current decline in total enrollment and the completion of faculty salary rollover. This means there will be fewer classes to place into more hours than was the case previously, according to the memo. Smith said he has recently returned from visiting other institutions which are currently using an 'open hour.' "I couldn't find anyone in certain departments after 2:30 p.m. one day," lie said. Faculty and students together were attending departmental seminars to explore problems on the forefronts of their discipline, he said. Smith feels the open hour would facilitate interaction between faculty and students. Smith said if the open hour succeeds next year, he would hope to see it extended to two days a week, as was originally proposed. He said the reason he amended the open hour to one day a week instead of two was to gain support for the idea and make its passage by the faculty senate easier. Smith said he hopes to see the open hour extended to twice a week because, if it were left as one day a week, everyone would use the day for their own purposes; meetings, studying, etc., which would defeat the purpose of the open hour. He said if it were two days a week, then people would use at least one of those days for the seminars, etc. that are scheduled. Paul Richins, a senior majoring in business, said, "The one hour a week doesn't bother me. The issue comes with the two hour a week proposal. In my school, most of our classes are held four times a week -if they go to two hours a week, students in the school would not be able to take any classes during the 10:30 time." He also said that Weber is a commuter college -everyone knows it -that's why they attend WSC. Richins feels if that characteristic were changed, enrollment would drop. ACT test not required for non-traditional students by Loretta Park Senior Reporter Students 23 years old or older will not be required to take the ACT (American College Testing) examination in order to matriculate at WSC, according to Dr. Emil O. Hanson, assistant vice president for academic services.This proposal was brought before the faculty senate by the admissions and standards committee. The faculty senate passed the proposal in their April 18 meeting. The committee felt the ACT was keeping some students from enrolling in certain courses that didn't require the ACT. According to Diane Kawamura, chair of the admissions and standards committee, the proposal will open the door for older students to enroll in college. Kawamura said the ACT is designed to predict college performance, not college placement. "It gives the college a management tool to help with enrollment," she said. The ACT measures the student's predicted ability in math, English, social science and natural science. "This will not eliminate the basic skills a student needs to have in order to take upper division courses or graduation requirements," Kawamura said. Hanson said the ACT can be a barrier for a non-traditional student. A non-traditional student, in this context, is defined as one who has worked since high school and for one reason or another has decided to further his education. He said some of these potential students might feel intimidated by the ACT and not enroll at WSC. "This will open doors for people who want to come back," said Hanson. The policy at the University of Utah states that if the student completed high school seven or more years ago, the ACT is not required for matriculation. Utah State University has a similar policy. "The correlation between high ACT scores and success in college significantly drops the older a student is," Hanson said. Older students tend to have higher grades even when they have low ACT scores, becaause they are more serious and more mature, he said. Dr. Merlin B. Cheney, English professor, said, "The ACT might still be easier to take, because they (students) will still have to take a math placement test and an English placement test. It might be cheaper as well." Students who come to WSC just to take a few courses might change their mind and decide on a major and be more willing to take the ACT later, Kawamura said. Kathy Brown, 34, is a sophomore majoring in business management at WSC. She said, "I did terrible on the ACT. To me, it reflected I was dumb and incompetent." She said it did give her an idea where she needed to start her college education, although she feels her scores do not reflect her capabilities. Also, she felt she could not compete with students straight out of high school. Marva Rampton, a junior majoring in English, has been attending Weber part-time and full-time for several years. After being on campus eight quarters, she said she found that records had thrown her ACT scores away. "I was told they did not keep them after 20 years, so I had to take a test that challenged freshman English," Rampton said. Two professors encouraged her to take the test so whe would not have to take freshman English. (see ACT on page 5) This weeks blood drive, held at Promontory Tower, was the most successful yet. About 75 people turned out, 95 percent coming from the Residence Halls.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1985-04-26, Vol. 45, No. 47|
|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.|