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- 0 r fYj ESPNU coming HTh p (f WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY Secure Wireless f " f '"n!1 to campus -L11C . -y v network Y W d () I L.-..:. ).:':; J WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2006 . Kar -i-L wsusignpost.com VOLUME 69 ISSUE 21 HILO 2200 nstead : RMT n Proposal to include philosophy course for quantititative literacy requirement under review By Man'a Villasefior news editor The Signpost Starting spring semester 2007, students will have an alternative to mathematics courses for completing their general education requirements. Last week, Weber State University Faculty Senate approved a philosophy course on deductive logic to be the equivalent of Math 1010 Intermediate Algebra, and to fulfill quantitative literacy requirements; 22 professors approved the substitution, 13 were against and one abstained. "We'll do our best to make it as accessible as possible, but it's just not easy material," said Department of Political Science and Philosophy Chair Frank Guliuzza of student success in Philosophy 2200. 1 le added the course won't be an easy way out of math there is a nearly 25-perccnt fail rate. Students need all the prerequisites to be in Math 1010 before they can take Philosophy 2200 Deductive Logic. "I think it sets a bad precedent; mat's all I want to say about it," said Kent Kidman, Department of Mathematics Chair, who submitted a response to Faculty Senate against allowing the philosophy course to be a quantitative literacy (QL) requirement. In his letter, he wrote all the statewide standards for QL will not be met by the philosophy course. Guliuzza said the class only sets a bad precedent if this substitution is considered as lowering standards; he added that a deductive logic course, not fourth-year French, is replacing math. A message from State-wide General Education Task Force Chair Norm Jones was included in the course proposal in which he wrote, "There is no inherent reason why deductive logic cannot be used in lieu of math. Its symbolic logic can be just as rigorous, and might be more appropriate for students in some programs." Guliuzza said faculty in other WSU departments have studied why students See Math page 5 Free speech might be restricted Zones could be created for safety concerns By Deborah Ramsay sr. news reporter The Signpost Utahns rallied to protest limits to their free speech on Capitol Hill Sept. 25. Many criticized proposed legislation aimed at creating "free speech zones," areas especially designated for any free-speech activity, When they spoke to the Utah State Capitol Preservation Board. "This is a government of the people, by the people and for the people," said Linda Hilton. "I am incensed that you can tell me where I can be in a house that my tax dollars built." The Capitol is often referred to as the "People's house." It is a place guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution to allow citizens the right to protest and exercise free speech. "There's not much sense of warmth or invitation," said Jan Bartlet, referring to the map of the proposed free speech zones. People lined up at the start of the meeting to sign up for their chance to speak to the board for three minutes. Some were dressed for business, but others did what they've always done: They wore their messages printed on their t-shirts, had signs hanging around their necks and freely passed out stickers, cartoons and information sheets to any who would take them. They wondered if these practices would be allowed in the near future. "We're all for free speech," said Alan Bauchman, Assistant Utah Attorney General and member of the preservation board. Bauchman explained the reason for the proposed rules were to help eliminate potential conflicts and confrontations, aid in security and optimize and protect citizens' right to free speech. He gave an example of a proposed change to R31-1 1 that would eliminate the old fee and waivers rules concerning free speech. "We thought free speech should be free," Bauchman said. It became apparent that common ground gave way to confusion and concern about where the free speech zones would be, what constituted free speech, and how ordinary citizen could i : i V V 1 X -t r I t ... People like Disabled Rights Action Committee member Leon Johnson (left) wear signs around their necks to catch the attention of anyone who will hear them. The Utah Capitol Preservation Board (above) listen to people's concerns over "Free Speech" zones issues. reach their Legislators. Ken Wulle explained that he already feels he is at disadvantage compared to lobbyists. "I can't take you to lunch or to a Jazz game," Wulle said. Lobbyists have become an essential part of the business of politics. A lobbyist is hired by organizations to persuade and present arguments to the legislators. "It's all about getting a seat at the table," said Michael Ostermiller, lobbyist and former instructor at Weber State University. Ostermiller explained that legislators are busy people, and sometimes the only way to get a chance to present your case is to do it over breakfast or lunch. "I can persuade them only if I can make my argument," Ostermiller said. Many in attendance just wanted to be assured the opportunity to plead their cases and concerns. Other citizens claimed there was a clear "pattern and practice" of discrimination against unpopular or uncomfortable views and wanted to be assured all voices would be heard. See Zones page 5 J' i - K J - possibility STUDEUT SEfJilTE Voting quotas eliminated Candidates required to win by simple majority By James Elmer sr. news reporter The Signpost TheWeber State University Student Senate approved two bills that are designed to ban quotas in student elections on Monday. The two bills, which were both passed unanimously by all 18 senators, are part of an effort by the WSU Student Senate to reform the elections process. In summary, the bills "There's a sponsored by WSUEducation StudentSenator that 3 Brett Jones will ban minimum qualified quota or percentage perSOU Can requirements Campajpn for candidacy ' ' for wsusa but because Student Senate, r . i . and allow for OT Student the elections apatny tney committee to ' recognize a will HOt be majority vote . , as the guideline eleClCQ. for being voted intooffice. Brett Jones The bill , serves a very Education Senator valid-purpose, according to Jones! - - - According to the two bills, rninimum quotas and percentages in an election undermine the basic principles of democracy something Jones and many of his constituency have spoken up against. "There's a possibility that a qualified person can campaign, but because of student apathy, they will not be elected," Jones said. "In that case, the voice of the few students who did vote would be ignored." Election reform is a hot topic for the senate as of late, and it is something WSU junior Stanton Nielson commented on during a recent senate issues open forum in the gallery. "The election of WSUSA officers is fundamentally flawed," he said. Nielson said candidates aren't held accountable before they declare their candidacy, and that requiring a year's or semester's worth of guidelines prior to elections season would yield high-quality officers. There is more legislation surrounding elections reform at Weber State that will be introduced by WSU HonorsBIS Student Senator Brad Wahlstrom and Health Professions Senator Destry West Monday, Oct. 2. "I have two goals for this year," Wahlstrom said. "First, to increase voter participation and increase student involvement in WSUSA activities and to get all students to vote in the student elections; and second, to make sure that there is more than one qualified candidate for each seat in the next student elections." You can leave a message for reporter James Elmer by calling 626-7655. PHOTU UN DEBOKAH RAMSAY IHt SK.NfOSI Worldwide Asian studies experts to meet in conference on campus ) (i ; ') Y, i i I f''" Professors Greg Lewis and Huiying Wei-Arthus provide the Weber State University community a wide array of events to teach more about Asian culture. The 1934 silent Chinese film "Goddess" appeared last Spring in the "50 Great Chinese Films" film festival. By Heather Carter correspondent The Signpost Asian experts from all over the world will descend on Weber State University for the annual meeting of the Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies. WCAAS is an independent, nonprofit institution whose goal is to encourage scholarship and interest in Asia through academic exchanges of information. WSU faculty and students will have the opportunity to attend the conference's free panel discussions in the Shepherd Union Building Friday, Sept. 29. A wide variety of topics will be discussed that range from "An Exploration of Chinese Medicine, Health Care, Tradition, and Culture," to "Europe and Asia, Then and Now" and some of the speakers are WSU faculty. Asian enthusiasts are coming to WSU to hear panel discussions that will be addressed by accredited Asian Studies professors from universities like Duke, Purdue, Berkley and Washington State, as well as from Vidysagar University in India. "We are- bringing experts to campus," said Greg Lewis, co-chair of the WCAAS conference. "Another great tiling about this conference is that it will be here on campus where ideas can be traded and discussed freely and without prejudice." Lewis is the Asian Studies Program Director at WSU. Since 1999, Lewis has been a strong advocate for getting WSU students interested in the various histories and cultures of Asia. Lewis said he hopes that WSU students will attend the WCAAS conference to acquire an awareness of how interesting Asia can be "As you get a taste of Asian Studies, it really draws you in," he said. Huiying Wei-Arthus, WSU professor of sociology, is the other co-chair of the WCAAS conference. Wei-Arthus was a professor at WSU when the university last hosted the WCAAS conference in 1996. She said the conference brings a great amount of recognition to WSU. "Weber State is a small-sized university, and in 10 years we have hosted the same conference twice," Wei-Arthus said. "That actually says something. If you really want people to know who you are, you have to really be visible. You have to let people know who Weber State is." Students on campus are also enthusiastic about having the chance to listen to the Asian experts. "It is going to be a really interesting experience," said Kristina Nelson, a WSU junior in the Mia Studies minor program. "I am fascinated with Chinese history and culture, and to hear Chinese experts from China like Professor Li Suyuan will be really interesting. I can't wait!" Brennen Snell, a WSU junior studying Japanese, said students should attend this conference and other conferences offering knowledge about other world cultures. "Students should go to these types of conferences to get an all-around perspective of cultures," Snell said. Snell also stated that students should learn about Asia because "it is just so different." For more information about the WCAAS Conference, contact Greg Lewis at glewisweber.edu or go to weber.eduWCAAS. You can leave a message for reporter Heather Carter by calling 626-7655.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-09-27, Vol. 69, No. 21|
|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.|