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m d u; V--- The O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY The i Phone how Big win for DI Hockev atininst iNteresting See page 4 See page 6 M "!,M:v A ignpost Key university issues rely on legislators' decisions New building, employee salaries are priorities By Maria Villasi'fior editor in chief I The Signpost Keep an eye: on Salt Lake City for the next six weeks. That's where 104 Utahns will be making the decisions that will affect Utah and Weber State University. The 2007 legislative session began Monday and will continue to Feb. 28. During that time, Weber State University Vice President of University Relations Brad Mortensen will spend each day at the state capitol speaking with legislators to promote several WSU goals. One top priority, Mortensen said, is a salary retention fund. According to salary statistics, pay at WSU is below the national average by 1 3 percent. Mortensen said this discrepancy is an issue in keeping faculty at WSU and also attracting new hires. "It's a problem, not only with retaining faculty, but when you have a position open and you re &1A competing tiil .. nationally and an individual has an opportunity at different schools when our salaries are behind it makes it harder to attract people here," Mortensen said. The number-one facility priority is eninine the funds for a humanities building to replace the 52-year-old Building 1 and Building 2. This project was in sixth place on the Utah Building Board for funding; the top five projects received complete funding, but WSU was given about $2 million to commission a design for the building. This year, the humanities building project is fourth in the Building Board's priority list, and, though the building will cost a total of $30.2 million, WSU is asking for $22.9 million. Several senators and representatives from Weber and Davis counties visited with WSU administration in December at the WSU-Davis Campus to discuss the university's goals. "They were very optimistic for the chances of getting the new classroom building funded this session," Mortensen said of the legislators. "They also were very supporting of a number of other issues that we discussed with them, including the need for salary increases for faculty and staff, and also the I lill Air Force Base-engineering partnership." One new legislative ticket item is an electrical engineering program to be See Legislators page 5 " ' " -. " y ... ,f , . TSi' . SOORLh: LLL'BS.CALVIN.bDU Celebration also tackles health issues By Hilary Schram correspondent I The Signpost Participants in the annual Munch and March braved cold temperatures Monday morning to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. and diversity. Free health screenings were provided by Intermountain Health Care and the Ogden Clinic to promote the theme "Social Justice and Health." Betty Sawyer, president of the NAACP Ogden branch, said even those with health insurance cannot afford the medications they need and reminded the audience that the black community was given a bad check from America. "We can look all around us and find places where that check is still coming back marked 'insufficient funds,'" Sawyer said. Miss Black Utah and a Johns Hopkins University graduate student Sara Hogan promoted her platform for the reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program. She motivated the audience to be proactive about their health. . . At the annual prayer breakfast, reverends and ministers offered prayers for leaders, love and peace, and the Rev. Dennis Brown brought audience members to their feet with his deliverance of King's "I have a dream" speech. "We've come a long way and yet we have a long way to go," Brown said. "We'll walk hand-in-hand today. We shall overcome someday." He urged audience members to "keep the hope alive; keep the dream alive." With signs and coffee or hot chocolate in hand, audience members left the Marshall White Center, at 222 28th Street, marched through downtown Ogden, and arrived at the Ogden Amphitheater, on 25th Street and Washington Boulevard, to hear more speakers. Jessica Sims, Weber State University art major sophomore and director of diversity at WSU-Davis Campus, said the march was a good way to honor Martin Luther King Jr. because it was peaceful and non-violent, something King strived for in his marches. The event was sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and co-sponsored by WSU's diversity and volunteer involvement programs, and Delta Psi Nu. Other organizations including the Ogden Area Community Action, Marshall White Center, AmeriCorps, Ogden City Housing and the Mid-Town Clinic supported I .ft:,-. , , I . J - rv v. - l S v, - - j .-'; ' u SOURCE: PHIL SKINNER MCLAICH1 IKIBUKt (Jop) Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington D.C. on Aug. 28, 1 963. (Above) Tanji Hopper reads a brochure while waiting to enter the Atlanta History Center to see the "I Have a Dream: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection" on . opening day, Jan. 1 5, in Atlanta, Georgia. The exhibits includes historic papers written by Martin Luther King Jr. the event. WSU Director of Diversity Keith Wilder said they achieved their goal with the event because it gave people from all backgrounds, religions and races a chance to come together, communicate and be united on issues that really matter. "Martin Luther King wasn't here just for African Americans," Wilder said, "He was here for everybody. His message transcends all of that." You can leave a message for reporter Hilary Schram by calling 626-7655. Student fees Committee starts evaluating requests for money coyDdl stretch thorn By Jennifer Landers sr. news reporter I The Signpost The request for student fees began Friday. Jan. 12, when the Student Fees Recommendation Committee had its first meeting. Seven of the 25 Weber State University groups presented their budgets from last year and justified their need for additional funding for the 2007-2008 fiscal year. "Things went well and smooth," said WSUSA President Pete Owen. "We asked good questions, and we got the answers that we needed." Eleven of the 13 committee members were appointed a certain amount of the 25 WSU groups to represent at each of the meetings. Committee members were given 15 minutes to speak on behalf of small groups, and 20 minutes for large groups. The WSU Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Team requested the same amount they were allotted last year with no increase. The WSU Intercollegiate Ethics BowlTeam is an award-winning team that competes with other universities by analyzing ethical problems. The money being requested would go toward traveling expenses so the team could travel to competitions in California and Ohio. The Davis Center not onlv requested the mandated 5.2 percent salary compensation increase, but additional money for supplemental instructors and tutors. The center had a negative carry-over from last year due to the lack in funds to cover the cost of supplemental instructors and tutors. According to WSU-Davis Campus Academic Support Centers & Programs Assistant DirectorLeslieLoeffel.theDavis campus is growing and will be offering be allocated less money due to an employee's salary being removed from their budget. The Sendees for Students with Disabilities requested one of the larger requests out of the seven groups that were presented on Friday. Campus Recreation's main increase request was for hourly wages ana Learning Student Fee Requests made Jan. 12, 2007 Weber State University 2006-2007 2007-2008 Organization Budget Request ru. p : $400 S4,500 Ethics Bow 1 Z-l . Davis Campus Academic Support $50,329 alOS,020 TcjdirSr ST59,003 S380,790 UnionuTlding" 713,265 S750,354 Sen-ices for Students with Disabilities 569,299 S74,239 Davis Campus Services S148,671 SI 08, 326 Campus Recreation S678,462 S712,481 additional night classes next fall. Also, the campus not only serves the Davis students, but also the West Center in Roy. "We have a demand as it is for more tutors," Loeffel said. "Especially math tutors." Both the Counseling and Psychological Services Center and the Union Building only requested the mandatory 5.2 percent compensation increase, while the Davis Campus Services made a request to the mandated 5.2 percent increase. The group seeks to be competitive in hiring its staff by raising their minimum wage to S7. A portion of the hourly wage increase would fund the development of the a mandated compensation increase of 3 percent and a small increase in hourly wages to allow the group to be competitive in hiring student aides and senice providers. Campus Recreation made outdoor experiential education program, and to hire a certified athletic trainer required for risk management purposes within the club sports. An additional See Fees page 5 News in Brief Governor: Education begins with paying teachers Education was the main focus of the State of the State address Utah Gov. Jon M. Huntsman r. gave yesterday at the Utah National Guard Salt l ake Air Base. Educational excellence begins witli the recruitment, retention, and commitment of teachers who are passionate about educating our youth," I Iimtsman said. He said increasing teacher compensation will secure better and more teachers for the state. "If we hope to produce first-rate students," the governor said, "we must have first-rate teachers." He proposed adding 18.2 percent to education funding, including $25 million for one-time bonuses for Utah teachers. Huntsman also discussed the economy and said that in 2006, a handful of companies either transferred their headquarters to Utah or expanded their operations here and, for the first time in the state's history, a World Trade Center was established here. "Because of a strong economy and low unemployment, personal income growth in Utah was among the highest in die nation in 2006," he said. Tax reform was mentioned in the governor's plan make use of the state's strong economy. Established last year was a dual tax system granting tax relief to all Utahns in the form of an income tax flat rate of 5.35 percent. Utahns may choose between the flat rate or the rate as was set forth in the old system. This year, the governor suggested reducing the flat rate to 5 percent along with a low-income tax credit. Gov. Huntsman also addressed the quality of living. He wants to alleviate congestion on our roads, improve the healthcare available to children, and strive to eliminate addiction to mediampetamines. "It is an irony diat we live in a country which mandates insurance for our cars, but not for our children's health." He also discussed increased compensation for state employees and allowances for managers to offer rewards and retain employees who consistendy go above the call of duty. In closing, he said "we all want a state equal to its promise. A state with more dreams than memories one that is responsive, open and accessible. University responds to claims of discrimination Weber State University media relations sent on Dec. 14 a response to The Signpost after student Victoria Sethunya's protest outside of the Miller Administration building Dec. 5. Sethunya claimed the university was discriminating after her immigration status was dropped due to a computer problem. According to the press statement, WSU attempted to help Sethunya be reinstated into the Student & Exchange Visitor Information System. "Despite best efforts on the part of university officials, Ms. Sethunya has refused to sign the reinstatement 1-20," reads the response. To view the statement in its entirety, visit wsusignpost.com. Raising breastand cervical, cancer awareness The Utah Breast and Cervical Cancer Task Force will discuss the facts and myths that are associated with breast and cen'ical cancer on Wednesday, Jan. 17 in the Shepherd Union Building. The seminar is free to the public, and will begin at 2 p.m. in Room 347. Breast and cervical cancer are the two leading causes of death among women in the United States. The event is designed to provide women with helpful information about the prevention and detection of these diseases. For more information about the upcoming event, contact Philip Brown at 892-6634, or e-mail him at philip2307yahoo.com. Additional information concerning breast and cervical cancer prevention can be found at health.utah.govucan.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-01-17, Vol. 69, No. 50|
|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.|