Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1993-10-111
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-A j v: j 1 j i i . r - . t Monday, October 11, 1993 Look into my eyes Jennifer Hill Is transformed Into the bride of Dracula for her stint In the vampire crypt at Rocky Point Haunted House. Ogden's Rocky Provost addresses sexual diversity at WSU 3y Jeff Haney Signpost editor in chief Sparked by a recent letter to theeditorinTTieSigMpost, aWeber State University administrator wrote in a memo to the WSU faculty addressing sexual orientation as part of diversity. "Now we have a new frontier to cross on the heels of gender and ethnic diversity comes issues of sexual orientation'WSU Provost Bob Smith wrote Oct 7. "The writer of a recent letter to the Signpost editor put on paper what I'm hearing with unsettling frequency: complaints from stu-dentsand faculty,lessaboutovert personal attacks than about unicorn fortable or hostile clima tes cre-ated by casual talk that ranges Task force distributes WSU By Cheryl Jensen Signpost news editor i An informative pamphlet, "Strategic Perspective," sent out last week to advertise a public hearing on a possible name change will not be the last of its kind. Helen James, chairwoman of the Weber State University Strategic Planning 'Task Force, said this will be a busy year for reviewing programs and making changes both for identity and accreditation of WSU. Changing the name to Weber Un i versify is a suggestion of a study by New UPM iJ 1 ! xT"- M LI from demeaning to threatening against gay and lesbian persons."Smith said WSU should n' t take heed from the military a don't ask,don'ttell policy in creating an attitude toward the sexual orientation of students or faculty members. "I'm encouraged to think we at WSU can approach the presence of gay and lesbian members of the university community more openly. I say that because I believe we have been strengthened in recent years by our ability to assimilate a new generation of faculty members." WSU has progressed, Smith wrote, toward a tolerant, accepting atmosphere, and at the same time, matured as an institution of York consultants who did an identity study in 1992. Hearings for faculty, staff and students will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Smith Lecture Hall of the Wattis Business Building and 10:30 a.m. Thursday in ballroom A of the Shepherd Union Building. The pamphlet contains opinions from WSU history professor Gene Sessions and English department chairman Levi Peterson. Sessions said removal of the word See Task page 6 ' 1 . U'L . . vi IJil.v'i'i; Hi Point Haunted House is located Street and Washington Blvd. higher learning. Smith warned the members of the fa cultyaboutdistancing themselves from lifestyles feared or not fully understood. "One lesson I learned from the 1960sbacklash againstscienceand technology is that we tend to fear whatwedon'tunderstand. Naturally, we then put distance between ourselves and what we fear. Distance ensures continuing misunderstanding and the vicious cycle spins on,"he wrote. Homosexuals, he wrote, present no reliable physical clues as to their sexual orientation and thus, become even more invisible and remote. "From official pronouncements on sex education and tasteless jokes in public speeches to 1 1 I Vj V.. '- t;i name change pamphlet Task force lists good, bad By Chfcryf Jensen Signpost news editor One of the recommenHa tionsi in a 1 992 id en rity study of 'Weber State University by private New: York consultants Downey, Weeks and Toomey was to change the image of WSU by dropping the "sta te" from the name. The Strategic Planning Task Force, which has been reviewing programs and some of the identity study findings, has listed some advan- See Change page 6 ' Mi, Q7 Till JIT, (TT) iflllll HI llllliliii lliiliii ruffes - STEVE CONUWTHE SIGNPOST on the northeast corner of 23rd common conversation, homosexual stereotypes are regularly enforced. No doubt a few of us are intentionally hostile to students or colleagues labelled gay or lesbian. But most affronts are simply thoughtless,"he wrote. The First Amendment guarantees the right to free speech, and academic freedom reinforces that right with respect to classroom speech relevant to to the course, he said. And although WSU policy doesnotprohibitoffensivespeech, a correct university atmosphere should foster careful thought and speech, he said. "But in an academic community, where careful thought is See Sexual page 6 Volume 56 Number 13 Quick Takes A&E Haunted Houses provide the frights for thrill-seekers during the Halloween season. See Page 10 News WSU professor Dolly Sampson pedals crosscountry for a cause. See Page 2 Features Homecoming activities featured inside. SeePages8&9 i&ij&iv:;;:-;.-:: A Sports WSU soccer team triumphs against ths BYU Cougars. See Page 10 i Weather Highs in the 60s. Lows in the 40s.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1993-10-11, Vol. 56, No. 13|
|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.|