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Friday, January 10, 1986 Vol. 46 No. 21 ! -' ---..........U...-,,! .,.,. ., ,,,1,1 .,.,.,.....,,,,..,., Inside... Classifieds . . . page 11 Campus Update . . . page 3 Editorial . . . page 4 Entertainment . . . page 7 News . . . page 2 News Briefs . . . page 6 Sports . . . page 9 Sports Briefs . . . page 11 Coach is handed a new car see page 2 See what's coming out in entertainment at WSC see page 7 Big Sky. MWAC seasons begin iunighi According to WSC's Dr. Brad Carroll, Halley's Comet will be visible now through April 11. Experts say Monday, Jan. 13, will be the best time for viewing the comet. Comets aid understanding of solar system by Linda Nimori Copy Editor Every 75-to-77 years, a cosmic phenomenon appears in the night-time skies, trailing a filmy veil of gases composed of frozen water, carbon dioxide and dust. This giant, dirty "snowball" attracts scientific and amateur astronomers who have carefully organized themselves for years to study this once-in-a-lifetime happening. The last appearance of this particular heavenly body occurred in 1910 when the earth passed through its filmy tail. At that time, scientists estimated the earth to be a distance of four million miles from its nucleus, which is the tiny pinpoint of light that can be seen at the center of its misty, cloudy coma. According to Dr. Brad Carroll, assistant professor of physics at Weber State College, Halley's Comet is right on schedule and will display itself to the earth in all its solar- inspired glory from now through next April 11. Dr. Carroll explained that during its own orbit, the comet passes between the planets Neptune and Pluto and travels in an elongated, cigar-shaped path towards the sun. As it nears the sun, the gases that compose the nucleus start to heat up. The solar winds, continuously blowing away from the sun and directly onto the comet, cause the melted, misty gas structure of the coma to stream out behind the comet, thus creating the long spherical tail. The tail itself covers millions of miles of space and always points away from the sun, due to the pressure exerted on the comet from the solar winds. Halley's Comet has appeared continuously over thousands of years, said Dr. Carroll. Its first sighting came in 86 B.C. when Julius Caesar was 14 years old. In those days, most people believed that the heavens were un changing and, when an unusual traveling ob ject of mysterious origins appeared in the skies, the majority of the populace interpreted it as a bad omen. In 60 A.D., another comet was sighted while the Emperor Nero was in power. The people of Rome, feeling that this was once again an unlucky sign from the gods, began to wonder who the next ruler would be. But Nero was not dead yet, and this speculation caused him much anger. The result came in the form of recriminations, and Nero caused the nobility of Rome to be slaughtered in a wholesale massacre. The most noteworthy appearance of the comet occurred in 1066 A.D. during the rule of Harold of England. In the spring, just before Harold met William of Normandy in the decisive Battle of Hastings, Halley's Comet appeared once again, and the general populace became uneasy over the significance of the sighting. Harold was defeated in this (see HALLEY'S on page 5) WSC computer proposal compared to others' by Rae Dawn Olbert Editor-in-Chief Weber State, Utah State and the University of Utah have all presented computer proposals to the Utah State Board of Regents. The purpose of each proposal is to upgrade computer capabilities on the individual campuses.The proposals will be set before the Legislature in a few weeks for their consideration. The schools are asking the state to match funds generated by a tuition surcharge for the computer proposal. Weber State's computer proposal differs from those presented by the University of Utah and Utah State in several ways. According to Kelly Miles, ASWSC academic vice president, Weber State has a better proposal than the other schools. The proposal is front-loaded, with half of the tuition surcharge coming in the first of the three-year charge. This provides more money up front, which means the Legislature, if deciding to match funds generated by the surcharge, will match a larger portion. This also provides for a built-in elimination of the surcharge. The sunset clause decreases the surcharge each year, finally eliminating it after a three-year period. Both of the other schools have no such built-in elimination, and according to Miles, have committed students at those schools to paying the surcharge indefinitely. Also, Weber's surcharge is contingent upon the Legislature matching surcharge monies. If the Legislature puts up matching funds, the surcharge will begin next fall quarter. The other schools have committed to the surcharge; the U of U began the surcharge this quarter, and USU will initiate one this spring quarter. WSC students will pay an average of $12 a year for a three-year period, while U of U students pay $30 and USU students $20 for an indefinite period. Weber has placed an emphasis on practical course development and student participation in the program, while the other schools' proposals emphasize hardware and software. WSC's proposal outlines a yearly evaluation and adjustment process for the program, and sets up a board to oversee the program and determine how best to meet campus needs. Twenty-five percent of the board members is to consist of students. Miles said this proposal could help to keep tuition increases down; instead of an eight percent increase, the Legislature might mandate a six percent increase as students are already paying a surcharge. Students discuss proposal Students, faculty and administration met to discuss the ASWSC computer proposal and whether or not students should finance it yesterday during open hour. According to Todd Anderson, ASWSC president, approximately 40-50 people showed up to voice their opinions. Many of those present, he said, were more concerned with how the money should be used, and not whether, students should help fund the computer proposal. Anderson said no one present objected to the fee increase. "It was a pretty constructive meeting," he said, and students suggested a systems analysis team work with the various programs on campus to see that their needs were met. The area councils will meet tomorrow at 12:30 in the Wildcat Theater to discuss the computer proposal. Each ASWSC senator has an area council, made up of students representing different programs in the senator's constituency. Area council members will provide senators feedback on the feelings of the students in their constituency. The senators will vote on the computer proposal in the Monday senate meeting.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1986-01-10, Vol. 46, No. 21|
|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.|