Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1992-11-061
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VOLUME 53, ISSUE 26 Friday, Nov. 6, 1992 1 Is college athletics worth the $? v W I p. 10 WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY OGDEN, UTAH Signpost Utah college pregnancies triple the national average, increases health premiums By BRAD KENDRICK Staff writer of The Signpost Weber State University needs to enroll more non-pregnant and other healthy students if they're going to keep their insurance costs down. Weber State's family insurance is up more than 20 percent from last year to $604 per quarter or $2,416 per year, while single coverage has seen a 37 percent increase from $54 per quarter to $74. "The reason for this is students at Utah uni versi ties fi le more than triple the amount of pregnancy related claims than other institutions nationwide' said Beverly Sanchez, assistant vice president for independent insurance broker Rollins Burdick Hunter of Utah, Inc. "Such high student birth rates are jeopardizing the chances of the state's three universities offering insurance plans next fall," Sanchez said. "It's astounding. The schools don't have enough healthy people to spread the risk around. It's a problem really unique to Utah because we have such a high birth rate." Sanchez links rising insurance rates to the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1988, which requires companies to cover pregnancy in all student plans. "People are under the misconception that insurance companies are ripping them off," Sanchez said. "But the insurance companies are doing the best they can." Especially since the cost of medical services is rising 18 percent annually, she said. At WSU, "859 students were covered last autumn quarter, and this year there are some 1,000 students presently covered," said Elaine May, administrative secretary to Dr. Emil Hanson, who negotiates the school's insurance rates. "The 145 student increase is due to a larger percentage of students seeking coverage, not just to higher enrollment at Weber this year," she said. "The university recommends that students carry some type of insurance and students should look at their options with their private employers and compare that to what the university offers," May said. "We would be happy to answer any questions or assist students with insurance needs." For more information, students can contact May in room 306 of the Miller Administration Building. Student access to teacher evaluations discussed By MARK FORSBERG Gov't affairs editor of The Signpost A group of students, faculty and administrators discussed a proposal Tuesday that would allow students access to teacher evaluations and student participation on retention, promotion and tenure (RPT) committees. The proposal was requested to go before the executive committee on Dec. 3. This decision prevents the proposal's being appealed on a state level. "Now that we've received some cooperation we will not appeal," said Melinda Roylance, student body president. However, if the system started to slow down, she said she would consider appealing again. One of the executive committee's options would be to form an ad hoc committee to gather information on the proposal, said Dr. Burton, chair of the Faculty Senate. Another option would be to decide the issue in the executive committee. The formation of an ad hoc committee would require the approval of Faculty Senate in January. Robert Smi th, vice president of academic affairs, said he hoped the proposal would be decided by winter or spring quarter. Hail, Sleet and Snow it o-- a I . ( 1 1 ,'", ! V Is ) "s. -1 CHUCK BOWHAYTHE SIGNPOST IT WAS HOT drinks and umbrellas Thursday morning as students trudged to class In the first snow storm of the season. "This is the beginning of a process," he said. Roylance said she had expected the group to accomplish more than it did. "I expected Dr. Burton to come prepared with information about the faculty's feelings on the issue. I was disappointed at how far we got," she said. "I was not aware she came to the meeting with any preconceptions," Burton said; "My impression was that the meeting was the beginning of a process." Correction This story is a correction to the story which ran in the Wednesday, Nov. 4 edirionof the Signpost enti tied "Committee approves student access to teacher evaluations, waiting for final nod." The group that decided the issue was not a committee and it did not approve anything. The Signpost regrets this mistake. Friday, Nov. 6 Accu-Weather forecast for daytime conditions arid high temperatures Ogden Salt Lake City 50 Provo Moab 43 Cedar City 52' Olympic rink scheduled complete by Dec. 93 CAMPUS RINK: Olympic ice rink is scheduled to be finished by Dec. 93. The facility will be accessible for public and school use. By SCOTT D. SUMMERS Managing editor of The Signpost The long-awaited Olympic ice rink to be built on Weber State University property will begin contruction as early as Decem ber 1993, said Allan Lipman, Jr. of the Utah Sports Authority. While the rink is intended to host preliminary skating and hockey events of the 2002 Winter Olympic, if Utah is the host, WSU students, facul ty and community residents will be able to use the rink before and after the Olympics, said Lee Peters, WSU dean of student life. "We are negotiating with the county to get as many recreational and intramural hours of skating as we can," Peters said. The $5.9 million ice sheet will seat 2,000 people and be located just to the northwest of the Dee Events Center. Funding for the project will come primarily from the Utah Sports Authority, who has $56 million in sales tax revenue to help Salt Lake City's bid for the Olympics. The majority of the local funding for the Ogden facility, about $2 million, will come from a 1 percent sales tax charged by restaurants in Weber County. Local donations for the project total $625,000, the majority of which came from well-known Ogden resident Val Browning. Plans for the campus-located rink have (See RINK on page 2) InsidO Editorial: Pregnant students are forcing others to go without insurance. ThQ Signpost Arts: The Weber State Symphony Orchestra opens its season Sunday. p. 4 p. 7 01992 Accw-Warr. Inc.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1992-11-06, Vol. 53, No. 26|
|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.|