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VOLUME 51. ISSUE 42 FRIDAY. JANUARY 11. 1991 JL1 JIG WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY POST Deadline looms near, but war is not certain By Joyce Zabriskie Senior reporter of The Signpost Two Weber State University professors expressed their opinions on the Gulf Crisis as the United Nation's deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait nears. Professor Gene Sessions, of the history department, said bringing a whole delegation to the table ended any chance for that meeting to accomplish anything. "Everyone has their back up," he said. "We offered Saddam Hussein no way out and save face. To an Arab saving face is very important. We didn't do it." Sessions said that if the United Nations could support a with-, drawal from Kuwait while offering some help to the Middle East problem, then Hussein could say, 'We have a promise for negotiation on the Middle East problem' and save face. Secretary of State, James Baker and Iraq's Foreign Minister, Tariq Aziz, met in Geneva, Jan. 9, to discuss the occupation of Kuwait by Iraq. The talks lasted about six hours, without producing much hope to end the situation. Bush had Baker deliver a letter for Hussein which Aziz refused to deliver because the language was inappropriately written. Aziz said that Iraq would attack Israel if the United States attacks Iraq. Aziz clearly and calmly stated Iraq's opinion of President Bush's repeated statements that the Gulf crisis is not linked to the Palestinian issue. "When it comes to Israel, you are calm, and wait, you do nothing. But, when it comes to Arabs you are quick to raise the stick," he said. Dr. Richard Alston, professor of economics, agreed with Aziz's statement. "When it came to helping Germany and the Eastern Bloc countries, we wasted no time or efforts to help the process along," he said. "But when it comes to the Middle East or Africa we have been slowtohelp. Iraqcouldviewthisas a racist point of view." Alston said. Iraq felt Kuwait provoked the attack when it repeatedly broke its promises to the OPEC cartel to limit oil production in the region. "There is a big oil field that straddles the Iraqi-Kuwaiti border," Alston said. "Both countries pump from the same field. When Kuwait refused to reduce its pumping and kept it up, Iraq felt threatened that all of the oil was being drained from their portion of the field, further weakening its already devastated economy." "Saddam is saying. How can we condemn Iraq's occupation of Kuwait when we allow Israel to continue to occupy the Palestinian territories?" Alston said. He said president Bush has created a no-win situation through rhetoric and getting the United Nations to adopt resolutions of no compromise. "The reason is that the press whipped up the wimp factor to the point that he (Bush) was willing to do crazy things, like the invasion of (See IRAQ page 3) -S xx - X XX. r " X srrifrp r- X : x .... ! i v-' V 3k p x r r? " x X i -, - -v' N A V A A a A X . : f a XX XXX X A V - . AVAV, .. y x " s ,' A JIM SAWDY7Hf SIGNPOST Smokers light up in Union Building Garden Room quietly opens doors in Junction By Cheryl Jensen Asst. News editor of The Signpost The new smoking area in the Union Building cafeteria is cold, isolated, noisy and has no ventilla-tion, a cafeteria manager says, Nonetheless, smokers are pleased to have an approved smoking area, said Kalifa Aboudra, cafeteria night manager and smoker. The smoking area in the main floor Union Building cafeteria was switched this week from the larger, more open, "Junction" room, to the Garden Room, a smaller room behind the cashiers. The decision was made last week by the Union Building Advisory Board. The Garden Room has hard, rock-imbedded floors off which noises seem to echo, large windows and a glass door leading to an outside eating area and a double, glass-door entrance. Aboudra said at night, the Junction is empty now most of the time and there are more people in the Garden Room. He said people don't seem to mind going in there, but he does hear complaints about the noise and cold. "It needs better ventilla-tion," he said. Board members voted unanimously to allow smoking there now,, although the room needs added ventillation, because it wanted to make the change at the beginning of the quarter, said Board secretary Jill Smith. Recently more students in the Junction have complained about smoke because more have been eating inside, she said. A regulation against eating in the hall outside has been enforced lately, she said. New ventillation has been ordered and should be installed by the end of the quarter, she said. Utah avoids recession effects by maintaining weak economy By Lorin May News editor of The Signpost The recession which is causing unemployment in other parts of the country has not and will not affect Utah as heavily as other parts of the nation, according to two WSU economics professors. The reason for Utah's stability, they say, is that the state was not doing very well in the first place. Both agree that Utah must rethink its educational objectives if the state is to enjoy any kind of long-term economic growth. Dan Fuller, associate professor of economics, says that Utah did not participate heavily in speculation during the '80s, and therefore doesn't have to deal with the debt load more deeply-affected regions are suffering.The economy of every region is based on what it can sell to foreigners," he said. "Our economy is based mostly on government services and tourism. We need to find other things." "People in the state don't want to pay for a child's education only to have him move out of state for a high-paying job." -Dan Fuller WSU economics professor "The consensus among economists is that this is a debt-led recession," Fuller said. "The government, business and households ... all acquired debt in the '80s at record levels." Richard M. Alston, professor and department chair of economics, said that although Utahn's jobs are presently somewhat "recession-proof," they are not jobs that will build the economy in the future. "We're in a permanent recession," he said. "What happened was that people in the rest of the country had real jobs. Now they have to learn what its like with the jobs of the lowest per capita income state in the country." Fuller explained that government, organizations and individuals in affected regions must spend a greater portion of their money to pay back debt. "They forego the purchase of a new car, the new refrigerator ... the first segment to get hit is the Northeast where the manufacturing jobs are." For the past few years, the state government has been actively trying the recruit businesses to relocate in Utah. Executives tend to relocate where they believe they will find the highest quality of life, Fuller said. In the last few years several large companies have set up major operations in Utah, but they do they do not provide the kind of jobs which will help the state's economy in the long run, Fuller said. "Utah is not in the long run going to be successful trying to beat Mexico for low-cost labor," Alston said. "We do not provide a technically skilled labor force," Alston said. "Utah is not, in the long run, going to be successful trying to beat Mexico for low-cost labor." -Richard Alston WSU economics professor He pointed out that the new jobs created in Utah have typically been low-paying service professions such as telemarketing, bank card services and data entry." "Utah is a net exporter of labor," Fuller said. "People in the state don't want to pay for a child's education only to have him move out of state for a high-paying job." He suggested that a regional headquarters for IBM or 3M, or a research park are examples of the kind of white-collar businesses Utah could use. However, Alston said more companies do not locate in Utah because the state doesn't have a workforce trained to handle the technical aspects of many operations. The plentiful supply of educated labor and the Utah work ethic doesn't provide enough drawing power for the businesses Utah needs. "If you want to see work ethic, look at the migrant farm workers - they work harder than anyone ... (we need) people who can run and service complex machines. We need technical and computer training," Alston said. Alston told of a machining firm which recently relocated in Park City from the eastern United States "precisely to provide the living atmosphere that its corporate people wanted. But they also had to bring in their machinists from out-of-state, because there weren't any in Utah," he said. Alston said that Utah schools tend to provide a liberal arts education in high school, and are railing to provide technical training for the jobs that make up the back-(See UTAH page 2) News 3 Weber State Alumnus wins major national award Arts c Start your day with a Deep Breakfast (Sports i Q Pick your basketball picks before deadline.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1991-01-11, Vol. 51, No. 42|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University|
|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 University|
|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.|