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WEDNESDAY , FEBRUARY 26, 1992 VOLUME 52, ISSUE 48 Paperboy gives advice on how you, too, can find time to do your homeworkp. 4 The IGNPO WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY OGDEN, UT 0,1 KWCR format debate starts up and dies ASWSU SENATE: Format bill expected to die; other bills discussed and passed By LAURIE M. WIRTH News editor of The Signpost After 40 minutes of debate, student senators postponed voting on a bill which would require the campus radio station to change its format by offering at least four hours of diverse programing each day. If passed, the bill would require that all KWCR funding for next year be cut off if format changes are not implemented. "I am here today pushing for multicultu-ralism and diversity in KWCR's programing format," said student John Mowrer, a supporter of the bill who spoke at the meeting. "If this means resolving this issues by enacting a bill ... that someday might add to the inexistance of discrimination, segregation and racism, that's how far we will push," he said. Mowrer circulated a petition around campus which he said was signed by 210 members of the student body who would like to see KWCR's format changed to one promoting more musical styles. Broadcasting only one music format runs counter to the university's mission of promoting diversity, said physically challenged Senator Brad Allen, who sponsored the bill. But Shane Stewart, ASWSU president, said that to hide the issue behind the smokescreen of multiculturalism is wrong, adding that if Martin Luther King were there he would say "shame, shame, shame." Democracy is majority rules, and people must work towards the correct answer without setting up quotas, Stewart said. "We do have the need to change (the format). It is not the majority rules. This is an education issue," Allen said. Multiculturalism means different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, Allen said. "If multicultural or diversity gets a bad name for this, I apologize," he said. Allen said he sponsored the bill because Mowrer spent a lot of time obtaining petition signatures and felt he should be represented and should be allowed to go through the process. Allen said he felt he would lose credibility as a senator if he did not give him a chance. Jennifer Klingler, residence halls senator, said the problem with the bill's definition of multiculturalism is it could be interpreted to mean that every department on campus would be required to cover all issues and views. She questioned changing the radio station's format to change racism. Klingler said she asked her constituency if they would listen to KWCR if its format was changed, and their feedback was that they would stick to their favorite station Allen said diversity, or changing the radio station's format would mean playing any type of music outside of top-40's four hours a day. The radio station has a format of contem-(See SENATE page 2) Dance from the heart r t : it ! .. - COURTESY PHOTO VISITING DANCE INSTRUCTOR Pattl O'Neil views her art as a vehicle for social commentary. See sfory on page 6. Student fee budget passes without a word STAARS registration system only budget item to get less than recommended funding By LAURIE M. WIRTH News editor of The Signpost The 1992-93 student fee budget, proposed by the Student Fees Allocation Committee two weeks ago, was approved by student senators Monday without one word of debate. The committee's budget, which recommended ho w $4 million in student fees will be spent next year, received only one "No" vote. In addition, senators passed a motion to give STAARS, the telephone registration system, $3 each quarter per student instead of the requested $4. The computer system will have to operate next year with $44,000 less than requested unless the university administration chooses to fund the shortfall. Brad Allen, physically challenged senator, cast the one "nay" vote against the fee allocation budget because he disagrees with the process entirely. The student senate is given limited choices how the money will be distributed because the Student Fees Allocation Committee chooses how to distribute the money. They only ask the Senate for approval of their decisions he said. Although senators have the option to approve, disapprove or allocations, Allen said he has never seen it done. 'To say senators really have the power to do with student fees what they will is not an accurate statement. I feel students and senators are misled," Allen said. Tad Purser, businesseconomics senator, who made the motion to cut STAARS funding said the system's need for student fee monies was supposed to be phased out two years ago. "I think this will send the message that we don't think we should pay for this, that the administration should fund it," he said. But Julie Batchlor, traditional student senator, asked if students would be hurt by the cut and if classes would be dropped. The ASWSU Senate is sending the message they will not pay for something that does not work, said Shane Stewart, ASWSU president. Purser said he doesn't think administration will let it fail after so much money has been put into it. Emil O. Hanson, dean of Student Administration Services, said the administration will just have to work harder. "We will (See FUND page 2) "Japan bashing" not strong at Weber State By J. STANLEY HOWARD Senior reporter of The Signpost Japan bashing in the United States has become a popular sport. The Feb. 10 issue of Time reported that "with the Soviet Union on the dustheap of history, Japan is the only serious adversary around." Despite this, AmericanJapanese relations on Weber State's campus seem to be pretty good according to a recent survey conducted by several members of Dale Oberers' Advanced Journalism class. Nearly all the Japanese and American students surveyed said that strained U.S.Japan relations on an international level have not affected their view of the Japanese or American students at Weber. One Japanese student said: "As for me, the U.S.Japan relations doesn't affect my view of the American students at WSU ... A country is a country. A person is a person." An American student said, "I feel a need to explore the good things Japan has to offer and why I don't defect to Japan. They're doing something right. Both countries need to learn from each Most Japa-other." nese work-While Japanese and American stu- ers put In dents on campus seem to be getting more hours along with each other, they have differ- and get ent perspectives. paid much Over 70 percent of the American less for their studentsat WSU said they admire Japa- efforts than nese people for their work ethic. But U.S. workers only 9 percent of the Japanese students performing said they admire people in the United similar States for their work ethic. tasks. American students want to dispel (See BASHING page 3) WEATHER For the period Thursday through Saturday, fair through Saturday. Highs generally upper 40s to low 60s. Lows mid 20s to low 40s. 1992-93 FINANCIAL AID APPLICANTS: Only one financial aid seminar remains, if you do not attend one of the one-hour seminars, you can expect delays In receiving financial aid. The final seminar is today at 12:30 p.m. in the Union Building Ballroom.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1992-02-26, Vol. 52, No. 48|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University; 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 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.|