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ueber state Volume 31, Number 33 Weber State College, Ogden, Utah 84403 Friday, February 18, 1972 8 Pages is Nader hits three main points Consumer champion Ralph Nader urged WSC students to take up the challenges offered by our troubled world and to make use of their enormous power to change society for the better. "Let it not be said that this generation refused to give up so little to attain so much," he said in an address to an overflow crowd in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium Wednesday. Nader, looking boyishly handsome and using an earnest, witty delivery, developed three main points at the special noon convocation: abuses in the automobile industry, the food industry, and our environment.Emphasis was on the discrepancy between our ability to solve our problems and the actual steps we take to solve them. We must no longer judge society by the quantitative growth of our economy, Nader state. There is too much waiting until disaster occurs before action is taken, and not enough foresight, according to America's most famous critic. Automobile casualities are the leading cause of death for persons between the ages of 5 and 24, yet this problem has received surprisingly little attention, maintained Nader. The Auto Industry The auto industry, he said, achieves a vertual monopoly by keeping the public's expectations down. The emphasis is more on changes in style from year to year, rather than on improvements in car safety or durability. Nader claimed that the remedies for accidents need have nothing to do with the causes, as in the case of the collapsable steering wheel column bringing a decrease in deaths caused by drunk driving. Primary responsibility is on designers to reduce injuries resulting from By Carol Fredlund human error. He also deplored the use of dangerous ornamental features on cars, apparently "designed to protect automobiles from pedestrians." It will cost less in the long run to get rid of all the chrome and decoration, he said. Turning his remarks to the food industry, Nader observed, "The level of fraud in the processed meat industry is staggering." Citing as an example that American institution, the good old frankfurter, the consumer watchdog stated that hot dogs have evolved to the point of containing half the protein and double the fat content of their counterparts 30 years ago. In food production, the rule seems to be, "You scratch my fraud, and I'll scratch yours," said Nader. One company is often unwilling to blow the whistle on unfair practices by its competitors in order to save its own neck. "This is not a practice of competition, but a practice of accommodation," he stated. In advertising In advertising, the focus is on "treating people as imbeciles." Advertising must bear the burden for truth, and the public must be alert for deceptive ads, he urged. Pollution of our environment next came under the Nader scrutiny. "If we could have the revulsion to pollution that we have to B.O., we could eliminate air pollution in five years," he quipped. The major problem is that pollution is not the clear and present threat that such immediate dangers as fire afford. It builds up over a period of time until it is ultimately too late. The law must deter pollution by the practical means of making it more expensive to pollute than not to pollute, he maintained. As a public, however, we have a responsibility. In terms of our refusal to do anything about our victimization, we are no longer innocent victims, Nader observed. Nader called the Public Interest Research Group program "the most important development on campus today." But it is receiving relatively little attention. It is time for young people to grow up, he said. Utah's proposed Public Interest Research Group (UPIRG) can be resurrected, he feels, if enough young Utahns get involved. Information regarding UPIRG may be obtained by writing to: Donald Ross 1025 15th Street NW Washington, D.C. "You don't get democracy by delegating wholesale your responsibilities," Nader concluded. The youth of America must apply part-time citizenship to full-time citizenship roles in their crusade for a better world. , f If I h v. ; , - ' t 5 4 ' Ralph Nader spoke to over flow crowds about consum er protection. Editorship applications are due Editorship of all three publications will open at the end of winter quarter. The publications looking for new editors-in-chief are the newspaper Signpost, the yearbook Acorn and the literary magazine Probe. According to Curtis Smout, member of the Publications Board alleditors-in-chief receive monthly salaries and tuition scholarships. Applications are available in the Student Activities Center, the publications offices and the Com munications offices. Jerry Burns executive vice president and member of the Publications Board said all applications will be due Wednesday, Feb. 23, 1972. William Porter, adviser to Signpost said that application are reproduced for all the members of the Publications Board and are reviewed. Further he stated that all applicants are interviewed by the Board for final selection of the new editors. ; Constitutional amendments see page 5; Model U.N. looks to Seattle meeting By Randolph J. Scott Twenty-seven members of a Weber State political science class are studying the People's Republic of China in preparation for the annual Far West Model United Nations Convention to be held April 19-22 in Seattle. Weber State requested and got the assignment to represent China after indicating a preference for it and being cited for exemplary performance in representing Canada at last year's convention in Los Angeles. Political Science 491, Individual Projects and Research, is designed to educate the potential delegates about the country they will represent. According to professor Ira Ralph Telford study will be broken down into three major areas: First, the students will gain background knowledge about the country through lectures, films and individual study. Second, the students will study and receive practical experience in rules of committee and parliamentary procedure. Third, it will be the delegation's responsibility to formulate a policy statement of China's position on issues to be discussed at the convention. The student's responsibilities include more than knowing their own country's position. According to Professor Telford, "delegates have to know not only their own positions but those of other countries." This is necessary to ensure that each delegation is accurately representing the role of the country it is supposed to represent. Of the 27 persons vying for delegate seats, only 15 will be selected. Professor Telford states that participants will be selected on the bases of class performance, willingness to participate and an exam given at the end of the class. All persons completing the requirements for the class will receive two hours of upper-division credit. In speaking about support for the academic endeavor professor Telford said, "we are indebted to the Weber State College student senate for supporting it financially."The delegation size has increased from 10 last year to 15 for this year. The size increase is due to the fact that the delegation, in representing the People's Republic of China, must sit on more committees and provide more ambassadors than was necessary in representing Canada. Utah college press meets tomorrow The Utah Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Press ASSOCIATION MEETS HERE TOMORROW FOR A WORKSHOP CONVENTION. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with 50 minute workshops starting at 9:30 a.m. Areas to be covered in the workshops are advertising, yearbooks, editing and makeup, photography, sports, magazines, features, graphics arts and information sharing of schools. According to RMCPA Utah State President, Jeannie Young, people with interests in journalism will be presenting the workshops. Some of the workshops speakers are Glen Curtis, business manager of the Signpost: E. Brent Jepperson, editor of Acorn yearbook; Peggy Parker, former editor of Singpost; John Shupe, photographer for Utah publications; Don Spainhower, WSC Sports Information Director; Pam Wilson, editor of Probe literary magazine; Joel Izatt, artist of Gardiner Advertising; and Marilyn Karras, former editor of Signpost. Miss Young said the "hi-light will be the luncheon speaker Art Kent of KSL-TV Channel 5 news." Mr. Kent is scheduled to speak at an 11:30 luncheon in UB 336. The cost is $2.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1972-02-18, Vol. 31, No. 33|
|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.|