Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1969-04-041
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Presidential Candidates Look Yoiwrd Bi & A ? S ,... ,,,, ' David Yurth "Student apathy'- is the dominant problem facing next year's student body president according to the candidates. Dave Yurth and Paul Neuenschwander have both stated solutions to this problem. "I think there is a lack of communication between the stud-entbody officers and Joe Student," Paul said. "I would let students know how the student government Is related to the activities the student takes part in." Paul recommends that a board Weber or. Volume 28 Number 21 Weber State College April 4, 1969 be set up to meet with officers of any organization on the Weber campus. " I would meet with the new officers of every group which has a constitution," he began. "This meeting would be held as soon as they are elected so the student body officers could find out what goals these groups have and let them know what our goals are." This board, . according to Paul, would be a kind of "sounding board" where students can come with questions or problems. "I don't want to hold this board to meeting at a certain time, like every week," Paul pointed out. "This would only meet when some group or Individual students came to us." "I think we need to maintain a balance between social and academic life at college." Asked what changes he would Literacy Standard Needs Upgrading A resolution attempting to bring the standard of literacy of Weber State College graduates up to the level expected of a lour year institution was introduced recently to the student Senate. The reason for the resolution was the number of letters coming to Weber Stale from graduate schools across the country stating that the applications sent to them from Weber State graduates were, not only written in inappropriate form, lint showed a definite lack of education in areas of English grammar and form. The resolution provides for a revision of the English series into a vertical structure. English III would be taken during the student's junior year, and would be oriented toward the individual student's major. An English proficiency test is also included in the provisions of the resolution. This test would be . required of all students who do not complete the ertically structured series. At least half of the test would be essay, and the remains of the test would be on spelling, best choice of sentence questions, and reading comprehension.Those students who fail the test would be required to take a follow-up class offered by the School of Continuing Education. This class would be for no credit and would be graded "pass-fail". Successful completion of the class should constitute successful completion of the test. Also included in the resolution is a suggestion that all other departments of the college put more emphasis on literacy, especially in upper division classes. Because of the controversial character of this resolution, Senate members have asked that students give them their opinions on whether the resolution should be put into effect. If any student has any ideas or thoughts about what parts, if any, should be incorporated into a school program, they are asked to voice their opinions to Senate members. r ) " . THESE FRESHMEN are preparing for the freshman class party and competition in the beard-growing contest. Bermudas for both girls and boys are the thing for the party, as these freshies demonstrate. He doesn't have much of a beard, girls? Well, after all, he's only a freshman. I - 4 V Paul Neuenschwander Hare's Where It's At For Frosh Party Sat. "Hare's Where It's At" has been announced by the officers and council members of the freshman class as the theme for this year's frosh party. Tomorrow night's the night, the time is 8 p.m., and the dress is casual with everyone spoiting bermuda shorts - - no cutoffs, tho, please. . The cost is fifty cents per person, even for upper classmen, and the place is the U.B. cafeteria. Music will be provided by the Viscounts, refreshments will be served, and various games, including an Easter egg hunt, will add to the fun. Winners of the beard growing contest will be announced, and there will, of course, be prizes for the hairiest legs. According to Dave Thomas, freshman class president, the frosh party "should tie one of the most enjoyable activities of the year. It can be a night for everyone to forget the pressures of college life and celebrate the arrival of spring." Dave also mentioned that the officers and members of the freshman council have worked hard to make the event a success, and it should be one of the high lights of the spring quarter. The officers extend an invitation to all students to help the frosh usher in the warm weather by attending the party and having a great time. Prof Evaluation Gets Green Light The chairman of the Senate committee on teacher evaluation, Bill Washburn, announced that plans for an experimental evaluation program will go into effect this quarter. Washburn stated earlier this week that, " in approximately six weeks, a tentative program involving all interested teachers will begin. Our proposal will be presented to the academic council this month." The experimental teacher e-valuation program will represent a cross section of teachers in all fields. The committee expects the series to be a success, according to Washburn. The teacher evaluation resolution was referred to committee some time ago and has been brought before students and faculty for approval. make in the present activities of student body officers, Paulstated, "The College has a Community Service Bureau. 'This bureau is now devoted mainly to providing entertainment for groups in the community. I would expand this service into a real service organization. I would possibly provide a tutoring agency which would offer tutoring to high school or college students. We could offer our help to the community for curbing juvenile delinquency and things like that." Paul emphasized that Weber should adopt a college image, instead of being known as a large high school. "I think Weber should continue to march forward," he said. Asked how he would deal with any problems coming up next year, Paul answered, "I don't anticipate any problems, although every year is different. Nobody is trying to put anyone else down," he concluded. Dave saw several problems concerning student apathy and the present methods used in sudent government. "The student government doesn't represent the students," he said. "Government now comes from one segment of the student population - - the social clubs." Though active, clubs aren't the whole. He continued, "The students don't want to be represented by the kind of government we have now, so the government must change." "The student government thinks small," Dave emphasized. "The officers are not thinking in terms of university status. Student government should be working with the clubs to help them attain national affiliation. No college can become a university until the fraternities and sororities go national," Dave pointed out. Dave endorsed several new programs. "Faculty evaluation and an English proficiency test are programs which are absolutely essential," he said. To curb these problems Dave plans to form an Executive Cabinet. "Representatives from the dorms, clubs, the LDS Institute, the technical education department, all minority groups, and the general studentbody will meet with the studentbody officers whenever any student body activity is being considered. This would include any trips planned by the student-body officers." Dave's Executive Cabinet would have more contact with students. "The Executive Cabinet would communicate with a representative of each group. Too often officers wait for students to come to them, when it is the responsibility of the studentbody officers to contact the students. I would make sure that the minority groups were represented." "Now that Weber is under a state controlled board, we must have student representation on the Academic Council, and the Board of Trustees. The students must have some means to make their needs known to the state," Dave said. Other solutions to the problem of student apathy and lack of communication were voiced by Dave when he said, "I would make sure that when the government plans to do something in the name of the school, they would first announce it publicly far enough in advance to find out if the students are in favor of It. These plans would include trips for student officers, changes in schedules, and expenditure of funds." Concluding his statments, Dave set up his slogan as "Yurth for Unfft" "I promise to work for total campus involvement," he added.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1969-04-04, Vol. 28, No. 21|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College|
|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 College|
|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.|