Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1987-10-201
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Inside the SignpOSt See Non-trad column See Bloom County Gridders win third trtrJnv on page 5 on page 11 straight in Big Sky TOaay ... See page 12 Tuesday, October 20, 1987 Weber State College Vol. 48 No. 7 Amnesty International forms group Chris J. Miller Editor-in-Chief The recently formed Weber State chapter of the Amnesty International (AI) began recruiting volunteers Monday on the WSC campus. After receiving a charter to organize from the Association of Registered Organizations (ARO), the local group officially formed on Friday with 15 members. Christopher Wold was elected president; Douglas Saab, vice president; and Bob Ledbetter, secretary. Dr. Nancy Haanstad of the political science department is the faculty advisor. "Basically, we are trying to promote a greater awareness on campus and in the community about the fight for human rights," said Wold. "Amnesty International offers an opportunity for a single individual, making a small investment of time and energy, to make a difference in our brutal world," Haanstad said. AI is a London-based international human rights organization that seeks to protect people whose human rights have been violated by their government. AI advocates the immediate release of all "prisoners of conscience" who have merely exercised their intrinsic human rights and have never advocated violence or been charged with crimes of violence. AI also demands an end to torture and the right to a fair trial for all prisoners. Amnesty International was founded by Peter Benenson, a British lawyer. Benenson witnessed the arrest of two Portuguese students. The pair were arrested (see AI on page 6) i i D 9 WW., SMOKEY THE BEAR visits the kids at VVcbcr State's Children's School and hands out fire safety tips. (Signpost photo by: Chris Griffis) Will legislation make bookstore prices soar? Hal Davis Asst. News Editor Will the prices at Weber's Bookstore rise? If the U.S. Treasury Department has its way, they might The federal government wants to change a small portion of the tax code that if changed by Congress would eliminate the special advantages allowing all bookstores to charge less for what they sell. Small businesses that operate just off campus are the ones pushing for the change. Here at Weber, the students may see little difference at first. Bookstore manager, Dee L. Schenck, says that if the bookstore loses its tax exempt status with the federal government, the only difference will be less operation surplus. The campus bookstore operates as an auxiliary of the Utah state government, but must be totally self-supporting without using tax monies. Schenck says that while the bookstore operates on a break-even basis, surplus is left after all the bills have been paid. He said the surplus is returned to the general student fund. If the bookstore loses its tax advantages, then there will not be as much money turned over to the general fund each year. This could result in either a reduction in services or an increase in student fees to offset the loss of revenue. Schenck stated that he doesn't think the situation will be bad enough that the students will face a price increase or an increase in student fees to keep the bookstore operating in the black. The operator of a small computer store just off the campus of Washington State University told a House subcommittee last summer "that private, for-profit, taxpaying organizations would be overjoyed if they could develop an 80 percent membership base in the community, enjoy special postal privileges, have direct access to the line of credit of the state university, receive discounted advertising rates in a local newspaper, have all utilities provided from a central utility service, have access to a government telecommunications service, plus have the good reputation of a university." Congress is expected to issue its opinion on the change soon. Senate sends bill to committee Chris J. Miller StqjfReporter Following a heated debate in Student Senate yesterday, ASWSC leaders postponed vote on a resolution to amend Dining Service procedures by referring it to committee to further explore the issue. . The bill, presented by Social Science Senator Jim Puffer, called for a change allowing campus groups to contract food services with off-campus organizations if WSC Dining Services was not able to meet competitive prices. According to allegations made by several of the senators, the Dining Services on campus have not met the expectations of students and consistently charge higher prices. These allegations were defended by Rick Sline, Dean of Campus Life. But the amendment to break the monopoly and allow student and staff groups to go off campus, if Dining Services could not come within ten percent of off-campus prices, was sent to committee to explore other avenues of solving the problem. It is expected that the Senate will discuss the issue in the next meeting. If passed, the bill would need Faculty Senate approval before going on to the Administration for action. "It is not a new issue," said Puffer. If we don't do something the monopoly will continue, the costs will continue to rise, and the food service problem will continue to develop." Puffer and other senators cited examples of less than quality service. Sline, who was present at the meeting, later defended Dining Services, saying "I'm concerned with students feelings, and I'm willing to work with them. We want to be responsive about quality, timeliness.and service. What concerns me is the attempt on the part of some to set us up," he said. Sline felt that his people had not been involved in any type of meeting or consultation about the problems brought up before the Senate prior to the Monday meeting. Puffer said the reason for the bill was to get some kind of action out of the Senate. "We couldn't get a committee because they said we were too vague ... The only way to get anything to happen was to produce some legislation," said Puffer. "If students don't want it, I'll bag it." "I think it is ironic that a non-profit self-sufficient organization can charge hundreds of percents more than off-campus groups. When I asked about it, I was told there was nothing I could do; that it was a WSC policy." Cliff Passey, another Senator, lauded Puffer's efforts. "I think he should be credited for his pioneering efforts, and not being afraid to take a stand," said Passey.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1987-10-20, Vol. 48, No. 7|
|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.|