Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1993-04-231
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VOLUME 53, ISSUE 73 Friday, April 23, 1993 ECTION PARTY JJJJ ISl Features the Passing Zone (PIThe R 5 WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY OGDEN, UTAH See page 7. 5 V J,.,. V - - 1 f V K VS&Z ; - J, . 4 Tyng oose ends DANIELLE MABEYW5 SIGNPOST MARGENE PENDLETON and Jean Wall pass the time knitting while waiting for Weber State University students to cast their ballots for the student body elections. The duo has volunteered to oversee the voting booth for four years. Semester debate Student senate to discuss switch to semester system By NATALIE BOSWELL Signpost staff writer The ASWSU Student Senate will start debatingMonday the passage of a resolution that Weber State University convert from a quarter calendar to a semester calendar. Integrated and general studies Sen. Tom Lakey sponsored the resolution because: the nationwide trend in higher education is to use a semester calendar; more widely-used semester credit hours are easier to transfer to other schools; textbooks are designed for semester use; a semester calendar provides a thorough education because of in-depth study time and faculty focus on class development; the semester calendar saves administrative and some student costs. In addition, the 1992 Utah Intercollegiate Assembly passed a resolution requesting statewide conversion to the semester system. If passed by the student senate, the resolution is scheduled to be presented to the President's Council for approval and implementation, but ASWSU President MelindaRoylance says the resolution may go to a strategic planning task force instead. Some debate on the resolution has already taken place and some feel it would be a good change. "I agree with the resolution and believe there are advantages to the semester system. There must be something right with it if 75 percent of the schools in the nation are on the system," said Roylance. In the past when the issue was debated, students and faculty voted approximately 50 percent for the semester system and 50 percent against. Based on those figures, the issue at WSU didn't surface until the intercollegiate assembly passed the "Semester Success" resolution, said Vice President of Student Services Marie Kotter. (See Semester page 3) Faculty senate passes new legislation Senate approves resolutions about access to evaluations, early registration By ERIC MORROW SIGNPOST govt, affairs editor Meeting for the first time this quarter, the Weber State University faculty senate passed legislation addressing faculty evaluations and early registration. A debate over making faculty evaluations public sparked debate.The debate was quelled after the senate passed a resolution that only slightly altered a committee's report by requiring a volunteer, one-year pilot study to encompass all courses rather than those numbered 299 or below. Randolph Scott chairman of a faculty committee studying the resolution said the most contentious issue has been that of whether there would be an infringement on confidentiality. In support of the resolution, L y a I 1 Crawford, professor of said evaluations should make instructors accountable for their teaching. "The main thing is that we as instructors are being held publicly accountable for our performance in the classroom," Crawford said. Voicing his concerns about evaluations, committee member, Frank Guliuzza, professor of political science, said he felt the faculty senate should take a substantial amount time to look at the program before adopting it because of the crucial issue of privacy."The group that offered the seminar in San Fr.ancisco had spent 10 years looking at their program. Since we've only spent oneyear, I think approving the pro gram now might be premature," said Guliuzza. The committee also altered a draft of legislation allowing the physically challenged and early college students to register with seniors to permit veterans to also register early. A poll sponsored by integrated and general studies sena tor, Tom Lakey and implemented by non-traditional senator Randy Minton, provided pertinent information.Of the 451 students recently polled, 61 supported early registration for the physically challenged.Thirty seven percent of the students polled thought veterans should continue to be allowed to register early. Early college students received only 7 percent of the polling. "The results we were able to compile directly reflect the concerns of the students,"he said. " The only reason the early college students were included is becauseof contractual obligations with local school districts," Minson said. TODAY'S Mews NEWS WSU supreme court releases ruling and opinion on Benard protest. See page 6. PORTS Men's golf team takes 2nd in recent Boise State Invitational. See page 10.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1993-04-23, Vol. 53, No. 73|
|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.|