Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1974-01-291
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uj I T TP r Co rter chosen "I will seek to lay a true foundation in the hearts of the pupils upon which they may build their ducation." - Louis Frederick Moench (photo by Fred Barta) u-A Post replies to allegations over Ombudsman dismissal by Kim Cooley Staff reporter In a Signpost interview ousted Ombudsman Chairman Brad Post replied to some of the allegations made by Student Services Vice President, Ken Lowe. In answer to Lowe's statement that the number one reason for firing Post was that he had been "ambulance chasing" Post said, "There was a requirement in the office. A student must sign a complaint, written in his or her own handwriting, never under the direct or indirect coercion from myself or my staff." Answering Lowe's statement that Post sought out hot issues or developed a minor issue into something hot by alluring someone to sign a complaint, Post stated, "The reason we very often had to develop a case into a structured set of arguments is the very nature of this system here on this campus, many people are nearsighted and unreasonable and are unaccustomed to understanding the student point of view." Dorm issue Concering Lowe's citation of the dorm issue ( the 24 hour open house policy) as an example of Post's enticing someone to sign a complaint, Post said, "Ken Lowe went to the dorms, Ken Lowe bragged about his success in recruiting student signatures on complaints from the dorms following a night of door knocking carried out voluntarily by himself. Tne man is telling students that I did something that he, in fact, did himself. Neither myself nor my staff ever once went over to the dorms to solicit complaints." Replying to Lowe's statement that it wasn't important whether the case was won or lost Post said, "It's contradictory to say that we are to handle grievances and at the same time we aren't supposed to be concerned with winning or losing. We can't effectively resolve student problems and grievances when we have a "loser's attitude." Last resort In reply to Lowe's statement that Post's firing was done as a last resort Post said, "First, if in fact my firing was a last resort, it was so only because Lowe and other student government actors could not be civil enough, honest enough, or open enough to confront me to earlier in the year when apparently they had problems with me. Ken Lowe and I, as well as other student government actors had throughout the year several disagreements over my persistence in pursuring justice. Their arguments were always based not on what was "right" or best for the students, but rather what was best for student government, when I know that student interest was. in fact, my concern. I was told ten minutes before the meeting that I would be fired." udsmon 5-2 vote divides Executive Council by Melinda Sowerby Staff Reporter Garrison M. Carter has been appointed as the Ombudsman chairman for the remainder of the year. The decision was made by Executive Council at their meeting of Jan. 23. The vote was 5-2. Carter was appointed over Steve Ericson after both were interviewed by the council. In his interview, . Carter said that he found no disagreement with Executive Council philosophy. He said, "I know my way around the college, I know which channels to go through to accomplish what has to be done." He added that, "I'd like to serve." Previously, Carter had been accused of not following through on projects he had started. Carter said that the accusations were invalid. Some of the projects he had planned and carried through include; the Psychology Seminars, which he claimed were a success; the group encounter Seminars, the English Seminars, and "the largest most successful art show Weber State has ever had." When asked why he didn't follow through with CLIC, Carter said that during that quarter he was having trouble financially. Viable complaints Carter stated that he felt an Ombudsman chairman should be able to discern whether or not a student's complaint is viable. He also said that the chairman should tell the truth to everyone involved in a situation. He said that the chairman shouldn't have to handle every case, but that committee members or Executive Council could handle most of the cases, and that one of his goals was to get others working. First Stone' Steve Ericson, in his interview said that he felt the Ombudsman Committee's most important duty was to help resolve individual student grievances, he stated that he derived satisfaction from helping students. He noted that he could work well with Executive Council, faculty, staff and students in solving all cases. His leadership abilities include being Studentbody President of his high school, where he pulled the studentbody out of debt. He also pointed out that he had been chosen rush president of blue key the year he was accepted. His goal for Ombudsman was to publicize it more, "because many students are far removed, and don't realize they can get help." Artist Guild In other business, Jim Nicker-son, a student representing the Artist Guild asked about participating in the planning stages of Spring Fever Week. He stated that the guild was a young organization that wanted to become active and found that the Spring Fever Week ran along the same lines as something they had been planning. They wanted to "get a committee moving because it takes alot of time and effort to get something like this moving." Representing himself, Nicker-son said he wanted to protest the way Brad Post had been eliminiated as Ombudsman. He said that it seemed like somebody was mad at somebody. He asked how he could get Post reinstated, and was told by Reed Hellewell. that Executive Council would have to reverse its decision by a two thirds vote or by taking the case to the WSC Supreme Court. Submissions due Feb. 1 Deadline for First Stone submissions is Friday, Feb. 1. Submissions should be turned in to the Signpost office no later than 4 p.m. on that day. First Stone is a creative arts supplement to the Weber State College Signpost and is published quarterly except summers. Art, photography, poetry and short stories make up the bulk of First Stone, however, three dimensional works such as pottery and weaving will in some cases be reproduced with photographs. First Stone welcomes contributions from faculty, staff and students at Weber State College.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1974-01-29, Vol. 33, No. 27|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College; 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 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.|