Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1992-10-051
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VOLUME 53, ISSUE 12 Mon Jay, Oct. 5, 1992 TV SThe IGNPQST WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY OGDEN, UTAH Low crime rates h n Shanghai Acrobats to perform as part of the 1992 HomecomingEvents. Page 7 stir up questions of WSU diversity By MARK FORSBERG Asst. news editor of The Signpost The statistics WSU reported to the Bureau of Public Safety for the Crime in Utah report surprised more than one person on campus, with no cases of rape, aggravated assault or burglary reported. Mark Luna, a sociology professor, said the low crime rate may be due to a lack of diversity in the police department. "Police departments are typically male and primarily white." he said. Luna suggested minorities might feel left out by the WSU police department, which is entirely Caucasian -and has only one female officer. "Perhaps the less successful police organizations "Perhaps insofar as police departments are diverse, we will expect to see those Utah Crime Reports rise. They (minorities) will feel included," -Mark Luna, professor are at achieving diversity, the less successful they are," Luna said. He said the low numbers in the report could be due to a lack of faith on the part of minorities, who are uncomfortable reporting crimes to police who may not understand their problems. Luna suggested that minority officers could give minority crime victims more faith in the department. With greater faith, he said, more crimes would be reported and the Crime in Utah Report's numbers would be a more accurate representation of reality. "Perhaps insofar as police departments are diverse, we will expect to see those Utah Crime Reports rise. They (minorities) will feel included," he said. The problem is not just isolated to the WSU campus, Luna said, but a problem among police departments in general. Open Up J 3 mff if CHUCK BOWHAYTHf SIGNPOST (See DIVERSITY page 3) Campus security officers open car doors as a service to students, faculty and staff at Weber State University. INSIDE News: WSU's debate team beats 1 Texas. Page 2 Editorial: Amnesty Internatioal protects freedoms through peace. Page 4 Arts: Art or obscenity-Part two of a three part series on censorship. Page 6 Sports: Football: WSU vs. Eastern Washington University. Page 1 1 Afternoon classes hoped to offer options By CHANDRA SMITH Managing editor of The Signpost A student's options in registering for classes were greater this quarter than they had been in the past. In an attempt to accomodate the growing student population, WSU is testing out the idea of incorporating more afternoon classes in the fall schedule. The university hopes that by moving some sections of the morning classes, traditionally 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., to afternoon times, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., they will be able to meet requests of some students, said Dr. Bob Smith, vice president of academic affairs. In the past, students have requested the school offer more afternoon classes in order to allow more opportunities to work in the morning and attend school in the afternoon. The university won't be adding any more classes, but rather will move some of the morning sections to afternoon slots, said Smith. In the past, some of the classes students have been required to take have overlapped, making it impossible for a student totakeall of the classes needed. By creating more afternoon classes, the uni versi ty will cut the number of overlapping sections. Congested parking is a third problem Smith said they hope to solve by moving morning classes to the afternoon. A student coming in at 12:30 p.m. will find more parking than someone coming in at 8:30 a.m. Smith said. A complete set of general education introductory courses will be offered in the afternoon along with multiple sections of introductory courses for majors. Traditionally, laboratory science and technology classes, performing arts and education labs have been held in the afternoon. These will continue to be held in the afternoon, Smith said. Smith believes the afternoon classes will be targeted to freshmen students, mainly because they have not yet established a pattern of classes. Once they establish a pattern of afternoon classes, they are more likely to stick to that pattern. "After the fact, there will probably become a definite group," Smith said. For the time, he said there isn't a particular group of students it will affect. "One thing that may happen," Smith said, "it may reduce the enrollment during the afternoon. We are hoping to offer a more comprehensive program to help this."
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1992-10-05, Vol. 53, No. 12|
|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.|