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Volume 30, Number 14 Weber State College, Ogden, Utah 84403 Friday, November 13, 1970 Pisoicgrcphy mqc? under consideration Students supporting the establishment of a major in photography are presently circulating petitions on campus to determine how many would enroll in a baccalaureate degree program. Weber State currently offers a minor in photography for a variety of fields such as journalism, police science, art and other areas of instruction, but an increasing number of students have expressed their desire to major in photography. Nearly all the photo classes offered are stuffed to overflowing this quarter and the present demand vastly exceeds the number of classes available. Professor Fred S. Rabe, head of the photography department, estimates that "we could easily double our present curriculum with meeting the demand for classes." "A request for the expansion of our present curriculum is now under consideration by the administration. If it is favorably acted upon, it will be forwarded to the appropriate curriculum committees of the college and then to the Board of Higher Education for action." "At the present time, we have 12 courses comprising 46 credit hours," said Mr. Rabe. "This is a good program to provide majors or strong minors, but once a major is established, it would be advisable to add some new classes and build new facilities as soon as possible." "There is a need for professional photographers and a four-year program based on our present courses would set high standards to insure all graduates are competently trained and have personal characteristics that will contribute to their success in ths field of photography." Mr. Rabe recommended that long range plans for the expansion of the program here include the hiring of another full time teacher, purchase of additional professional equipment and possible consideration for a technical associate degree when opportunity and funds permit. Brigham Young university and Utah State both have photography programs, but their curriculums are vastly different form the professionally - oriented program Mr. Rabe envisions. The University of Utah also has a small photography program. A progressive program at Weber State would alleviate the crowded conditions of the present photo classes and give this college a baccalaureate program that is virtually unique in this state, according to Mr. Rabe. The growing need for highly trained photographers is not being met by the educational community in spite of the public demand for formally educated professionals. There are just over 50 institutions in the United States offering a B.A. or B.S. in photography. In 1967, these schools graduated a total of 478 students with photo majors. Interested students can support the request for a photography major by signing the petition in the Photography Dept. located in the Technical Building. IIP! ; ; J ' I ! - l :. ... j Mr. Fred Rabe, photography director and instructor hopefully contemplates the prospect of a photography major at Weber State. The proposal is presently under administrative consideration, (photo by John shup) : 1 ,1. I ..- L1L (J m'. i mi: ft,.-. B.S.U. communicates, translates, mediates BSU Communicates By Veronica Washington Photo by John Shupe The Black Student Union is what the name implies no more no less. The Black Student Union Constitution is a document detailing the goals and objectives of the group. These details can be divided into three main areas: (1) association (2) better communications (3) better relations. The BSU gives the black students on campus group identification and a feeling of group strength. The BSU is a force to help bring about academic and social conditions more conducive to the black student on this campus. In this capacity it serves as a communicator, translator and mediator between the black students and the administration. The BSU works to better the relationship between campus and community because the campus is a cross section of the community plus. "The BSU is a collective concern which does things that would be very hard to do on an individual basis," stated Daily Oliver black student advisor. Leaders are: Major Sessions Chairman of Executive Council; Charles Harlan Ethnic Studies Representative; Byron Warfield Graham Public Relations and Publicity man; with Reda Jones secretary and Lorraine Chambers treasurer. With statements from Major Sessions and Byron Warfield Graham it can be concluded that the BSU is not an antithesis of any group on this campus but a force designed to combat and affect deep routed racism overtly or covertly detected on this campus as far as racial minorities are concerned. Library hours debate continues The Student Senate continues to challenge the Administration's action in reducing weekend library hours. The Dean's Council was represented by Dean Parry Wilson and acting Librarian Craige Hall at last Monday's senate session. "Mr. Hall and I are like the proverbial ping-pong ball," Dean Wilson stated, "we're caught between the students and the administration." The administration justified the shorter library hours as an economy measure when it initiated the shorter hours nearly two weeks ago. "It is strictly a matter of economics to us," Dean Wilson said. He explained that the library budget has been cut $15,000 from its total of last year. "We can save $5,000 to $8,000 by shortening the weekend hours," Dean Wilson asserted. Senator Bill Chyne challenged those figures and stated that there is little "dollars and cents justification for cutting library hours." Chyne said that the actual savings from cutting hours will be only "$8.10 a week." He said that in computing the $5,000 - $8,000 figure the library counted expenditures which they would like to make, but which they aren't spending now anyway. "The administration is willing to consider recommendations from the student Senate," Dean Wilson insisted. He added, however, that the decision is one of economics and therefore an administrative prerogative. The Senate's investigation into the matter originated from the fact that students weren't consulted on the action before it was taken. Some Senators felt that since the extended hours were initiated by the Senate that the Senate should have been consulted when the administration reversed the practice. Senator Fran Wheeler said that he sympathizes with the administration and that the problem originates with "the attitude of the State Board of Higher Education relative to Weber State College." He said that in cutting Weber's budget proportionately more than cuts handed to other schools the state board is "propagating a pursuit of mediocrity." Senator Rosalie Hutchinson probed the possibility of manning the library with work-study students who are already available when professional librarians are not available during extended hours. Dean Wilson responded, "we cannot leave the responsibility for the library with a work-study student." Dean Wilson pointed out to the senators that the regular Librarian, Mr. Tolman, is on leave this year, and that Mr. Hall has been working from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. in the library. Mr. Hall doesn't get overtime compensation, the dean said, "because-!.:- is a professional." When asked what the results would be if longer weekend library hours were continued, Mr. Hall said "a divorce." Senator Chynesaid that with all due respect to Mr. Hall's marriage, he doesn't think that Mr. Hall's personal situation was an adequate reason to shorten college library hours.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1970-11-13, Vol. 30, No. 14|
|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.|