Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-02-041
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O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY WSU dives for garbage See page 5 V: - v r 0- -PIJ pep) WO TheH M i ii-M c::jkjJ od aa en bi ! I '0 J LJ LJ LJ Xy "i yj Mr : L- 5IGN IT,'! 1 pi ? Weber responds to USU's budget-cutting strategy PHOfO BY TYLOR LARSEN I HE UIAH STAItSMAN Renee Ransom, a sophomore from Dallas signs the petition on display in the Utah State University Student Center. The petition will be sent to legislators as the session continues. Forced vacation without pay for USU By Rachel Christiansen courtesy of The Utah Statesman All USU employees will be required to take leave without pay during Spring Break, March 9-13, in order to make up for the recent additional cut of about $5.65 million from the 2009 budget, USU President Stan Albrecht announced Monday at Faculty Senate. . 'It was a very difficult decision," Albrecht said. "We've been looking at additional options for a long time. Most of the year's budget has already been spent so that makes it much, much more difficult." The pay cut from the mandated furlough will be spread across five months from March 1 to July 1, Albrecht said. This way the cut affects a single day per month, he said, which will be easier for employees to handle. "They're trying to pay mortgages, buy groceries, pay tuition," Albrecht said. The furlough will account for about 60 percent of the additional 2009 budget cuts, Albrecht said, and the other 40 percent will be cut from other areas on campus. Albrecht said the university has already eliminated many unnecessary positions on campus to make up for the previous 4 percent taken from the budget at the year's start. USU has been putting money into savings accounts for new technology and telephones, he said, but these projects will have to be delayed due to the additional budget cuts. A portion of the cut, .65 percent, will also be equally distributed to the deans and vice presidents, he said. They will have the responsibility of creating a plan outlining where this cut percentage will come from their departments, Albrecht said. According to the Utah State University Guidelines for Further Budget Cuts, Fiscal Year 2009, these plans are due Feb. 11. A six-member Budget Reduction Committee will review and revise the plans from the vice presidents and deans and will make recommendations on how to proceed to Albrecht by Feb. 25, it states. At tire beginning of discussion, the university discussed laying off employees as a way of locating the needed money, Albrecht said, but the furlough protects these jobs for the near future and faculty has responded positively. "They see the impact on them-, selves, yet the sense is that we're in an enormously difficult economic situation," Albrecht said. "There's a willingness to say 'We are a university family, we will step up and accept the cuts.'" The furlough will not affect student employees, including undergraduates, graduates and postdoctoral scholars, the guidelines document states. Albrecht said he sees the furlough as a temporary solution. However, the 2010 school year brings a larger budget cut, Albrecht said, and die furlough might con-See USU page 6 By Molly Bennett correspondent I The Signpost Utah State University announced Monday a mandatory five-day furlough for all part- and full-time employees starting March 9. Over Spring Break tire university will close and each employee will be required to leave without pay. The announcement on die USU Web site says the furlough was decided "in an effort to stave off immediate widespread layoffs as a result of a second round of budget cuts." In reaction to the university's decision, Weber State University legislative liaison Brad Mortensen said WSU felt like it was the best option they had available to them to minimize die pain. "Spread the pain across a lot of people," Mortensen said, "to keep it from being too severe for any one place." Aldiough the furlough diminishes pay for faculty, it is bound to have an impact on students who planned to spend their Spring Break catching up on homework or studying on the USU campus. As far as any future furloughs for WSU, Mortensen said that given where the cuts are now, with die backfill, there is no furlough planned for WSU. However, legislators are still waiting for the mid-February revenue estimates. Depending on the outcome, there is a possibility they would cut more out of the current fiscal year budget. "If things were to get worse again with additional cuts," Mortensen said, "it could be on the table." Spread the pain across a lot of people to keep it from being too severe for anyone place." Brad Mortensen, WSU legislative liason Based on what information the legislators have now, Mortensen said they feel the actions they have taken are sufficient. "There's some concern diat those numbers could change come February," Mortensen said. "We're hopeful that they don't." The bill passed by the legislature yesterday for a $350 million cut to die current year budget. The 3.625 percent budget cut for higher education means $2.8 million in cuts at WSU. The gcvernor will most likely sign diis bill right away, according to Mortensen. "We are very appreciative to the governor and legislature of backfilling half the cuts," Mortensen said. "That really mitigates it to a point that we here at Weber don't have to take the kind of actions diat other schools are taking." No higher education institution is in die clear yet. Talks on the 2010 fiscal year budget have yet to start. WSU plans to present to the Higher Education Appropriation Subcommittee Thursday at 2 p.m. USU will also be presenting that day. "I think every institution of higher education in the state is different," said F. Ann Millner, WSU president, "and have different issues and they are the best judge for what works best for them. For Weber State, it was one of die things that were on the list for possibilities for us, and widi die budget that was passed yesterday, we don't plan on doing institution-wide furloughs. Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. An interview with the president aOnc By Jessica Schreifels editor-in-chief I The Signpost Weber State University President F. Ann Millner was recently named in The Salt Lake Tribune as a "power player" on the Hill for Utah Legislature. The Signpost sat down with the university president Tuesday and talked with her about the Legislature and WSU's involvement with making decisions during Legislation sessions. The Signpost: Do you think of yourself as a heavyweight in the Legislature? Ann Millner: The Legislature is very important to Weber State University. They provide a significant portion of funding to this institution. When I began this position, I felt it was very important to build a relationship with legislators and that we would work closely with them. They are the ones who have to balance all the competing priorities. So having them understand the needs of higher education and the contribution that higher education makes to the development of our future leaders, our workforce, is vital. I have worked very hard. Probably for the last 15 years, before I was in this role, I was already working with legislators i . rv ' . " - - a I f f , naT i . -i WSU President Ann Millner on issues. I knew them as we've seen changeovers. I think that one of the things that happens when you have been around for a long time is that you are able to build those relationships. You have an understanding of how the process works, and you learn how to be effective in terms of working with people and communicating your message. And that's what I've tried to do with Weber State University. My goal is to make Weber State University successful in the legislative process, and to have people really understand our needs to make sure they are helping us, and meeting the needs of the students and of the community. So that's the focus. The focus is not about me, the focus is on Weber State University, and frankly, I have no idea how I was selected in this process, but I do think it indicates that as a team at Weber State University, we've been working very hard to work with the Legislators and to help them understand our needs. SP: Do you see the University of Utah or Utah State University having a presence in the Legislature? See President page 6 t" F"w p.w.M..r hi ii i,. in . ' - . an- - i J v ; t si-. .... m v . ; r- . 1 moid BY RYAN SMI DINC llll My n I Two Northridge High School students dissect a heart during a class presentation where several Weber State University students volunteered to teach the inner workings of the heart. Heast to heart WSU students teach high schoolers about the heart By Ryan Smeding correspondent I The Signpost High school students' eyes were wide with amazement and shock when an almost 7-pound beef heart was placed in front of them. The students from Northridge High School were given a candid opportunity for a hands-on experience by participating in a cardiovascular dissection procedure involving boine hearts. The program is part of an outreach effort by the Northern Utah Area Health Education Center to improve access to health care through education. Kristy Jones, director of the NUAIIHC, heads the endeavor by advising high school students of the different options and career opportunities in the health profession. This is accomplished through providing health care exposure activities to students ranging from lung, chicken wing, eyeball, and cow heart dissections and special demonstrations that enable students to become more competitive applicants. "What we do is really valuable to Weber See Heart page 6 EIoujo in Grief Beginning March 1, 2009, it will be necessary to dial the area code of all parties within the 801 and 385 area-code region. The requirement is due to the introduction of the new 385 area code that will serve the region in order to accommodate the influx of phone service customers. For outgoing calls, dial the party's full 10-digit phone number (area code xxx-xxxx). Internal on-campus calls will continue to require only the four-digit extension, while any calls made from campus to off-campus locations must use the 10-digit format. For any questions regarding how this change will impact campus phones or equipment, call Allison Knowlton at extension 8510. Visit the Utah Division of Public Utilities Web site at www. publicutilities.utah.gov area-code-overlay.html for more information. I WW lit.Mt.J IWI The "Your Community Connection," (YCC) of OgdenNorthern Utah is looking for nominations for the annual "Spirit of the American Woman" awards for 2009. YCC is a non-profit, community-based organization whose mission is to support and enhance the quality of life for all women, children and families in Northern Utah. The recipients of the award traditionally goes to women, but men may qualify for some awards as well. The selections are based on the ability to be a role model to others, community involvement, personal achievements and similar criteria. Nominees need to either work or live within a 50-mile radius of Ogden. The awards will be given in the Allred Theater at Weber State University at 7 p.m., May 16, 2009. For any more information and to request a nomination form, contact Lesa Essary at 689-1702 or e-mail at secoordinalord'' yccogden.org. assessed fey everts The Wasatch Fault Line, which runs directly behind Weber State University, is overdue for an earthquake, according to experts. On Wed., Feb. 11, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and the Western States Seismic Policy Council will host a joint annual meeting at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center Hotel. The three-day conference will see the U.S.'s foremost earth quake engineers, scientists, emergency planners, and policy experts discussing earthquake risk reduction.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-02-04, Vol. 79, No. 62|
|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.|