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T VOLUME 50. ISSUE 54 WEDNESDAY. MARCH 28. 1990 WEBER STATE COLLEGE 'Bloodlines' bill discriminatory By J.P. Nielson News editor of The Signpost The ASWSC Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that resolution 90-51, entitled "PURE BLOODLINES", is unconstitutional and void. The resolution states the only people allowed to be ASWSC elected officers must qualify under the current requirements and "in addition be one who has no teaching andor administrative ! j affiliation with the college." The resolution which was v passed unanimously with one . abstention by the ASWSC Senate on March 5 dealt with guidelines that specified who is or is not eligible to run for an ASWSC elected position. - r - The resolution would have rL.i i i i prevented any student who has "teaching andor administrative affiliation" from running for any elected position at ASWSC. William Vicars challenged the resolution in the Supreme Court, because as an adjunct faculty, he would not have been allowed to run for the physically challenged senate seat. The WSC junior teaches two courses through WSC's division of continuing education: course number 245, "Manual Communication Techniques," and course number 345, "Advance Manual Communication Techniques." Vicars is paid for both courses. "I am also a full time student," said Vicars. "I pay my tuition, and would like to run for the senate." Melvin Feller, physically challenged senator, sponsored the original resolution on the basis of protecting the rights of students from the threat of faculty or administration manipulation. The Supreme Court met on Monday to decide the issue. During the court both Vicars and Feller(as sponsor of the resolution) were allowed to state their positions. "Up until four weeks ago," said Vicars, "I could participate in ASWSC. Now that right has been taken away from me. I'm asking you to nullify this resolution." "We already have numerous restrictions on these (ASWSC) positions, as outlined in area charters, the constitution and the bylaws of ASWSC," said Feller. "Just because something is unfair to one individual does not constitute it to be illegal." "It is not an absolute right for everyone to run," said Treg Julander, defender of the resolution and former ASWSC senator. "Without a separation between student and faculty, we could have some serious conflicts of interest." After asking several questions to both parties, the Supreme Court retired to deliberate and rendered its decision on Tuesday. The decision was delivered "per curiam" which means it was a decision of the court issued by and for the entire court. The statement reads in part, "All changes in general eligibility requirements should comply with the amendment process outlined in Article DC of the ASWSC constitution. This court therefore rules that resolution 90-51 is an unconstitutional subversion of the amendment process." (See COURT page 12) 5 i 1 WSC STUDENTS WAITING in registration lines this week don't know how good they have it, according to Emil O. Hanson, dean of student adminstrative services. Hanson said in the early '80s students stood in four hour lines. "Registration lines went past the Moench statue and up the sidewalk; compared to that we don't have lines anymore," he said. Before the telephone touch-tone registration system went on-line in 1987, every student taking classes at WSC had to fill out a scantron and wait in line to have it read by the registration office, Hanson said. Prior to the scantron system, students registered in the union building ballroom where they picked up a card for every class they wanted to register in. Hanson said the card system created "ghost" registrations. "Students would pick up two or three extra cards if they thought they wanted a class. By the time the quarter started, every class would be full but not every student who picked up a card would attend. So people thought they couldn't get into a class but actually there would be empty seats." The touch-tone system has paid for itself several times, Hanson said. . "The registration office used to hire an extra 15 to 20 people during the first six weeks of every quarter to help with class changes. But since the system has been in place, registration only hires three extras for the first three weeks of each quarter."
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1990-03-28, Vol. 50, No. 54|
|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.|