Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1993-11-241
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Wednesday, November 24, 1993 Volume 56 Number 32 Will WSU tear down the goal posts? i H Tempers flare as team's future hangs in balance By Jared Page & Laurie Albrechtsen Signpost editors With standing room only in the Wildcat Theater Tuesday, Weber State University President Paul Thompson and ASWSU President Brett Chugg asked whether or not to drop the football program. "I would very much like to see us deal with the challenges so we can continue to play football at Weber State' Thompson said. "But we do have financial problems in the athletic department at this university. They aren't new, they've been here for at least 10 years or maybe longer than that." The Utah State Board of Regents is putting pressure on WSU to cut $200,000 in tax funds, Chugg said. "Also, discretionary funds of the university do not exist any more. Thus, we also lose $300,000." "The university has some discretionary funds," Thompson corrected, "but it has gone down dramatically." The investments of WSU which were drawing 10 percent interest in the past are now getting about 6-7 percent, Thompson said. Gender equity is also an issue in the decision. Currently 65 percent of the scholarship money is given to men, while women receive 35 percent. WSU is being pressured to have the amount of funds equal to the men a women enrollment ratio. There is now of ratio of 53 percent women to 47 percent men. "The federal law PHOTOS BY STEVE CONLINTHE SIGNPOST WSU football fan Chad Loosemore points at administration officials for financial problems being faced by the university (above). President Thompson speaks on the football team's possible demise (left). Players of the endangered football team rest before a game (right). says that we will provide an opportunity for women and men on an equal basis, with equal funding," Thompson said. The Board of Regents said in July 1992 that WSU must reduce tax dollars to athletics by $1.8 million. "Weber has the largest amount of tax dollars going into athletics of any school in the state," Thompson said. "Last year, the regents said, 'the next time we review this, Weber State will have a lower amount of tax dollars going into athletics," he added. "The regents have said we can't continue to put all that E & G (educational and general) money there," Thompson said. "We agreed with the strategic planning that we would reduce the discretionary money. One way to deal with that is to produce revenues,"he said. Thompson said football has been subsidized by $3.5 million since he has been with WSU. "That may not be support, but it sure feels like that." Thompson cited options that could save football and raise $500,000. One was to increase season ticket sales. "If we can sell a lot of season tickets our problems would be solved," Thompson said. He said student fees could be increased by $15-20 a quarter. But he said that would be a lot of money for some students, he said. Chugg said, "I don't support student fee taking the brunt for the support. I don't want See Football page 3 Stewart Library suggestion box heeded By Lisa Day Signpost staff writer The Weber State University Stewart Library will stay open until midnight on weekends next quarter as a result of suggestions in the library's suggestion box. The library decided to implement a suggestion box at the end of spring quarter last year at the suggestion of a student, said Joan Hubbard, university librarian. The suggestion box is located on the main floor of the library just inside the main doors on the west side of the building. There is also a bulletin board where the suggestions are posted, along with responses from the library, near the suggestion box. "We get suggestions every day and the amount of suggestions we get is increasing," Hubbard said. "Students really like to read the suggestions and responses. There's always a number of students gathered around the bulletin board," Hubbard said. The library gets the most suggestions about extending library hours at night and on weekends, collecting additional resources and creating a quiet study area. "There has been a strong desire from the students to extend the hours of the library at night and on weekends. We have been wanting to do this, but were dependent on funding. We now have the funding, so starting next quarter, the hours will be extended."The hours have been Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. tolO p.m.; Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. The new hours, which will go into effect winter quarter, will be Monday - Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to midnight, Friday, 7:30 a.m. to8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m. The library has also received complaints about resources. "When the students give us suggestions for additional resources, they usually aren't very specific. They say 'you need more books.' We need to know more specifically what is needed to help," Hubbard said. Another common suggestion is the need for a quiet study area, Hubbard said. "In response to this suggestion, we've created a quiet study area on the northeast corner of the second floor. We've posted signs throughout the library to inform students of this new area. We've also publicized this in The Sign-See Suggestion page 2 k 7 , GAdE Virtual Reality: It may look a little strange but proves itself as a worthwhile diversion. See Page 7 News A time of feasting: WSU Multicultural Center hosts charity meal at Marshall White Center. See Page 2 Opinion Coach Arslanian fights for WSU's football program via The Signpost. See Page 4 ri Sports Volleyball players lose final game of season, miss the Big Sky Tournament. See Page 10 Weather Today has chance 7 of snow flurries. Thanksgiving Day clear and cold.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1993-11-24, Vol. 56, No. 32|
|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.|