Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1993-02-051
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VOLUME 53, ISSUE 48 Friday, Feb. 5, 1993 Russian Andre Safirov comments on the changes that his homeland has experienced. See page 3. WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY OGDEN, UTAH area Signpost wwmmwww? wtwwwwa' mmnhmhihihiminiihm , v V f A ' I V. Alumnus takes flight NATALIE BOSWELLTHf SIGNPOST NASA astronaut and former Weber State University student Richard Clifford visited the Dee Events Center Thursday and shared some footage from a film of his flight on the Discovery shuttle. Clifford was on the five-man military crew that deployed a defense department satellite, tested different ways to fill propellant tanks quicker and perfected laser signal reception. WSU receives bomb threat Wednesday Campus police notify students, faculty By JOYCE ZABRISKIE Signpost senior reporter Weber State University police received a bomb threat Wednesday evening and promptly alerted all night classes. Once notified of the threat, which occurred about 5 p.m., many students treated the threat as a joke and chose to remain in their classes rather than evacuate the buildings.Roger Johnson, campus police, said officers went to classes and called professors out to inform them of the threat. The professors, in turn, gave the students the option to stay in class or to leave. Robert Wallentine, professor of manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology, said three classes were in session in the technology building. Most students, when alerted of the threat, chose to stay, he said. "The life threatening thing is the fact that professors allowed students to stay," Wallentine said. "What would the liability have been had the threat been real?" Lee Peters, dean of student life, and Sid Jensen of electronic systems, said the university has a disaster policy . "Every facility has a person in place who is responsible to know the plan," Jensen said. Peters said one person per building is in charge of implementing disaster procedures. 'The reason only one person is responsible for the information is to limit the confusion, in case of a real disaster," Peters said. Jensen said WSU doesn't want the policy printed in the paper because of fears that someone could use the information to Student fee recommendations declared void really carry out a threat. 'The person calling in the threat can use the policy against us," he said. 'The caller may say, 'Hey I want to get out of a class' and calls in a threat, creating an artificial threat. We feel for safety sake not to print the policy." Jensen said when a threat is received, police and grounds people are immediately summoned to search buildings for suspicious things looking like bombs. Wednesday, "by the time the police went building to building, the search was complete and no bomb was found," Jensen said. Thursday at the Junction, one student who had been in class Wednesday evening said he chose to stay because he thought the class would get more information in case of an evacuation. Cathy Burt, a student in Building 4 Wednesday, said the students chose not to leave, joking that it was probably a Math 105 student who was unha ppy wi th a grade. Julie Gardner, in a human development class during the bomb threat, said her class chose to leave the building. Two years ago WSU experienced a bomb threat during the Desert Storm period. Students who said they were taking a math test at the time said police evacuated buildings until things were all clear. In back of the 1992-1993 WSU telephone directory is an emergency guide on what to do in a bomb threat. Stay calm is the first recommendation. Others are: Notify campus police at extension 6460. Ascertain as much information as possible. Find out where the bomb is, when it is to go off, what is the caller's age and (See BOMB page 2) By MARK FORSBERG Signpost government affairs editor Nearly $4.2 million in student fee recommendations were declared null and void Wednesday in a conference discussing the closure of the Jan. 30 Student Fee Allocation Committee's (SFAC) meeting. The SFAC's meeting was closed to the public and press, although nearly $4.2 million of next year's student fees were recommended to different organizations. A Signpost reporter was told by Marie Kotter, vice president of student services, to leave the meeting before it started. The Signpost protested the closure of the meeting, which they said should come under the Utah open meetings act. According to Utah open meetings law, all results from an unjustly closed meeting aredeclared "null and void." The decision to nullify the meeting was reached in a conference between the Signpost staff and representatives from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Press Association and representatives of Weber State University, including Doug Richards, WSU attorney. Don Baker, of the Society of Professional Journalists, said the SFAC could be considered a public body and fell under the Utah Open Meetings act. The meeting was considered a "work session," Kotter said, in which no final decisions were reached. Because of this she argued the meeting did not have to be open. Baker said the system may be educating students in the wrong direction. "There are open, properly closed or illegal work sessions," he said. 'The public has a right to the final decision and the discussion leading up to it," he said. Kotter began the conference with a description of the system's background. "It is original, as far as I can tell...I know of no other process to disperse student fees this way," she said. Students at most schools have a say in where their activity fees (See FEES page 3) Appeals heard by Student Fee Allocation Committee By MARK FORSBERG Signpost government affairs editor Appeals were heard by the Student Fee Allocation Committee yesterday, the first of two appeals meetings. Five budgets were heard by the SFAC, requesting changes in recommended monies and fiscal notes to be read by next year's committee. The budgets include: Counseling requested more funds to increase their employees' salaries without cutting hours. It was suggested in their fiscal notes for the last two years that they submit a written study of the ramifications of charging a user fee. The Counseling Center did not submit the study prior to the initial hearings. Richard Sou thwick, director of the counseling center, said the Counseling Center misinterpreted the fiscal notes. He added that problems would be caused by charging people a fee when many of the center's patients are impoverished. Southwick said confidential ity problems would result if the center resorted to other offices for billing. "Confidentiality is a major is-sueforus," hesaid. "Weare paranoid of legal statutes thatsay what we can and cannot do." Marie Kotter, vice president of student services, added: "the real message is this; Do you want to (See APPEAL page 3) TODAY'S TEWS PORTS Death of former WSU coach Merlon "The Fox" Stevenson leaves decades of memories. See page 11. ARTS An instrumental, percussion presentation was artfully executed by Don Keipp. See page 8.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1993-02-05, Vol. 53, No. 48|
|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.|