Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1974-02-191
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I a Y I I J Y VM L D j Tuition could affect Weber State College A vx y - v. X" f' -W i I'l PRESIDENT JOSEPH L. BISHOP chats with newly installed Ogden Mayor Steven Dirks following dedication services for the recently completed Education Building on the WSC campus. (Photo by Doug Wooley) ' ' ' i 1! Ln r'jv ' PRESIDENT JOSEPH L. BISHOP discusses the program with Utah Governor Calvin Ranipton prior to the beginning of dedication activities for the Education Building. Others pictured are Ogden Mayor Steven Dirks, and WSC Administrative Vice President, Robert Clarke . ( Photo by Doug Wooley ) hikes under consideration I - ir jr.. -v v Weber State College students could be faced with a tuition increase in the near future, depending upon the outcome of current deliberations by the State Board of Higher Education. Under a recently enacted bill passed by the Utah Legislature, the Board has had its name changed to the Board of Regents, and along with the new title came the power to set minimum tuition standards at colleges within the state system. The Board of Regents are currently in the process of analyzing appropriations received from the 1974 session of the Utah Legislature to determine if current tuition levels need to be revised. The idea of a tuition hike at the state colleges received stiff opposition at the Dec. 19, 1973 meeting of the Higher Board. The University of Utah was at the head of the opposition. Associated Students President Clark Campbell from the U of U read a resolution from the Utah Studentbody Presidents dated Dec. 1, 1973. The resolution called for organizations concerned with higher education to reject the proposals of the Committee for Economic Development and the Carnegie Commission, and to reaffirm the principle of equal opportunity for higher education to all. The resolution staunchly stated disapproval of economic discrimination ingrained in these reports. Retain programs The resolution, while reaffirming the U of U's rejection of Students confront candidates in open session Wednesday For the second time in history, students at Weber State College will be allowed to express opinions and ask questions of the candidates for Signpost Editor. An open meeting for students of the college will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. It will be presided over by the chairman of the Media Board and members of the Media Board will be present to hear students as part of the selection of the new editor. The open meeting concept was instituted last year during editor selections as a result of actions by the former student senate. The senate overrode a veto by then Studentbody President Fran Wheeler, making all student-oriented meetings open except the final deliberations of the Supreme Court and interviews where the interviewers request a closed meeting. More insight Present Signpost Editor Bonnie Cantwell s-ajd, "I felt that last year's open meeting was very beneficial. It gave students a chance to inform the ' Media Board of just what they wanted in their newspaper and also gave me the opportunity to respond to their opinions. It allowed me more in the Carnegie and CED reports, also stated that quality programs should not be jeopardized because students cannot afford them. State monies should insure the high quality of education in Utah. Campbell then presented information representing the position of U of U students. They stated that resident tuition rates are higher at the university than the average for major universities in the Mountain States and are also higher than the average for universities and land grant colleges in the 15 western states. Besides the tuition rates being higher, the average income levels in Utah are lower than those in the 15 western states and about equal to the average for the other Mountain States. Also, the rates at the university are the highest in the Utah state system. Campbell cited information from a research opinion poll conducted by Wasatch Opinion Research Corporation during November 1973. The poll shows that 97 percent of the students of the University of Utah feel that in terms of the financial resources available to them, tuition is either presently bearable or is too high. Only three percent feel it is too low. Another factor presented by Campbell showed that a higher percentage of non-resident students received money from home and fewer held part-time jobs in comparison to resident students. The U of U also claimed that state and philanthropic con-ributions would decline because the pressure of their necessity would be lost. The University claimed that an increase at their school- would force them to help subsidize other institutions while not equally increasing academic quality at the University of Utah. Rex Lund, president of the Associated Students of Utah State University, said that in addition to tuition and fees, some 80 percent of the students at Utah State University also must pay room and board, which is an extra financial burden. Lund said he believed that students should pay for a percentage of their education; however, if tuition is raised to the point where students drop out, it is a loss of investment. The Higher Board stated at the conclusion of the discussion that the matter was still open and decided to go ahead with their current requests and postpone a final decision until after the Legislature had acted on their proposals. Brent Johns, academic vice president at Weber State College, said it does not appeau,there will be an increase in tuitions this year. He stated, however, that an increase was inevitable in the near future. He also said it was a strong possibility that nonresident students would be faced with an increase this year. In general, tuition at Utah colleges and universities run lower than in most states. However, Johns noted that tuitions in the entire Mountain States region are lower than the national average. sight to the studentbody, and, as a result I feel that we have a more responsible newspaper this year." Cantwell noted further, "For too long the selection of the editor was completely in the hands of a select group. There was no feedback from the general studentbody to help this group in their decision. Student involvement "It was harder for the board to see how the candidates' philosophies matched with the general concensus of the studentbody and gave them no insight as to the direction the new editor would take in relation to studentbody additudes. The open meeting provides the students with an opportunity to be involved in the selection of the editor of their newspaper." The open meeting will be held in the Executive Council meeting room located in the student activities area of the Union Building. The candidates for editor are Brad Carver, present editor of the LDS Institute newspaper. Focus, and Dave Midget who is currently the news and wire editor of the Signpost. Both have served previously as political reporters for the Signpost.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1974-02-19, Vol. 33, No. 33|
|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.|