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vober state Volume 31, Number 18 Weber State College, Ogden, Utah 84403 Tuesday, November 30, 1971 8 Pages D (0) (6 Conservatism-Liberalism defined for weeks activities Editor's note: The following are views, opinions and definitions expressed by a liberal student and a conservative student. These articles are presented as a preface to the liberalism-conservatism week, now being held. The week will climax Friday In a debate between the liberal J.D. Williams and the conservative M. Stanton Evans. Liberalism . By Jake Hoogland The liberalism of Wilson, FDR, Kennedy, and Humphrey is dead. In its place is a new liberalism, a "radical liberalism." The old liberalism didn't die a natural death, it was murdered by the actions of liberal leaders Leaders who told us we must always be first and involved us in Vietnam and the Bay of Pigs; leaders who denounced the use of deceit, violence, and hatred by the "other side" while sanctioning the use of the same methods by "our side;" leaders who tried to make the state serve the individual but in the end only tied us to bigger and more dehumanizing government. The new liberal is not essentially political, that is, he is not ultimately interested in government or governmental function. The new liberal is more action oriented, aware that the individual can have a great impact on the society. Certainly, if political action can further the cause of the new liberlism then that course will be taken by the new liberal. Politicians have shown the new liberal that all too often political legislation is slow and unreliable, only shaking loose a few benefits around the edges while the core of the problem remains unsolved. Direct action more often aiieviates the problem than does political, non-direct action. Realizing this the new liberal often takes the direct action route rather than the more accepted but slower political solution. The new liberal is involved in a new American revolution. A revolution waged against making the individual a thing in a mindless uncontrollable industrial process rather than the center of action and life. Control of local business and political affairs is of prime interest to the new liberal. In the past, control of American business and government has steaily shifted from local communities to large cities in which "managerial decisions" control the fate of the people in the back country. Millions depend helplessly on their "judgment." Through monopolistic use of power by business and government people have lost the power to control their own economic well being and their political future. The new liberal is involved in changing this, bringing power to the people rather than taking the power of his life away from him. The new liberal has a basic faith in the wisdom of the people. He believes that when the facts are given to the people they can make the best and wisest decisions. It is well to remember that our "leaders" lead us into the Vietnam quagmire by manipulating the people through the use of lies and propoganda. The recent revelations of the Pentagon Papers show us how much faith the government has in the people, and in turn the people are losing what faith they did have in a deceit ridden government. The new liberal is engaged in a non-violent struggle. A struggle that will being about the reassertion of the individual, an honesty in government, and a new hope for all the people of the world. Conservatism By Richard Andrews The late Richard Weaver, in a capricious moment defined conservatism as "the paradigm of essences toward which the phenomenology of the world is in constant approximation." Although this definition may be clever, it does not convey the meaning of conservatism to the layman. It is my hope that I will be able to give you a workable definition. This does not mean that there will be uniformity of thought among conservative intellectuals, in fact there is probably more divergence of thought among conservative than liberals. There are, however, certain unifying stances that conservatives will take. A Conservative stands in opposition to liberal establishment and the socialistic drift toward the welfare state. He places the cause of most of our social ills upon liberalisms reliance upon the public sector to solve our problems. Conservatives stand against government interference in business, even if, it aids business with tariffs. Conservatives believe that political freedom cannot long exist without economic freedom, that the government that is big enough to give you everything is big enough to take it all away. Conservatives believe in limited-constitutional government and fear all central governments as a threat to individual freedom. Conservatives believe in the superiority of liberty to equality in the hierarchy of human values and progress. Conservatives stand for augmented firmness toward our enemies abroad and for a position of strong national defense. Last, but not least, conservatives reject civil disobedience as long as the avenues of freedom of speech and press exist for social change. The choice between conservatism and liberalism is one of freedom or social planning. Which will you choose? Pres. Miller to retire President William P. Miller announced his desire to retire last Tuesday before the Utah Board of. Higher Education. President Miller stated this action was taken after much consideration and that he would support the new president in every way possible. ; .... v s. v f. W"" ' q . W i t i I . Dr. William P. Miller, who Tuesday asked to be released as president of Weber State College during an appearance before the Utah Board of Higher Education, was lauded for his service by the Weber State Institutional Council Wednesday.Frank Francis, Jr., council chairman, said "...We all feel his leaving will be a great loss. He is a dedicated man who has given great service to education. Difficult to Replace "It is going to be very difficult to replace him." Dr. Robert A. Clarke, WSC administrative vice president, said he would concur in the statement, speaking in behalf of the college administration and faculty. President Miller was ill and did not attend the meeting. In his remarks before the Higher Board Tuesday President Miller asked that his release be effective next July 1 and that he be allowed to remain at the college as a professor of education until his full retirement at age 68. He will be 65 next July 4. In the Letter In a letter submitted to the WSC Institutional Council Wednesday, President Miller stated his offer to resign "was made after considerable thought and a sincere conviction that this action will be the best for Weber State College and also for me. "If my health were better I might consider requesting an additional year. I sincerely feel a younger person is needed to direct the affairs of this fine institution. "I offer my full support and cooperation to the members of the Council and the person who succeeds me in this important position." Dr. Miller took office as president of Weber in 1953 while the institution was a junior college. He is now serving his 19th year as president, a record length of continuous service as president of the institution which has a history dating back to academy and junior college days. Watched campus Grow President Miller noted in his letter that he had been President of the institution during prac- ; tically the entire development of the present ; campus. ; Weber State was authorized to add upper ; division courses by the Utah Legislature in 1959, which resulted in the first junior class in 1961-62 and the first senior class in 1963. Eleven major buildings have been erectea since, and an additional two structures are under construction, and student day enrollment during that span increased 230 percent. He noted in his letter, addressed jointly to Peter W. Billings, chairman of the Higher Board, and Dr. G. Homer Durham, commissioner of the Utah State System of Higher Education that: Expresses Honor "I have very strong feelings concerning this institution and have appreciated very much the privilege that I have had of being in this position during these years. "I have had opportunity to leave for higher paying positions during this period but have chosen to remain here. "It has been an honor to have served with our highly professional administrative officers, faculty and staff, our outstanding students and the many dedicated citizens who have served on our advisory committees, Board of Trustees, and Institutional Council." The letter was read to the council by Dr. Clarke. Donald B. Holbrook, acting chairman of the Board of Higher Education, stated Tuesday that the Higher Board's search committee will work closely with Weber's Institutional Council, faculty, students, and segments of the community in the process of selecting a new president. A Search Committee Dr. Clarke said Wednesday that it was indicated by the Higher Board that a search committee would be organized within the next two or three weeks, and that a successor to President Miller would not be announced until next February or March.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1971-11-30, Vol. 31, No. 18|
|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.|