Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1974-10-291
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the 7 C Rain?? v Vol. 34 No. 10 Costs present By Dave Midget and Melinda Sowerby "We are going to build that building. We aren't giving up, any of us." President Joseph L. Bishop said of the Dee Events Center. The construction bid for the Special Events Center came in higher than the college expected or could afford. Bishop said, "We were highly disappointed when the bids came in. We had hoped for two reasons that the bids would come in within our budget." Bishop explained that one of the reasons was that the bids did come in "on target for the hospital." The second reason was that the college was working very hard with the state to work out a system whereas the general contractors bid on the actual prices, then the state would warehouse the materials. This alternative was considered, Bishop stated, "because the escalation of costs of materials had gone wild." A 30 to 60 percent increase in materials was projected over a two year period, Bishop said. Steel dome The steel dome was the item which caused the price to go up, moreso than any other item on the building. When the original bids came in, "it was cheaper to have a steel dome than it was to have a wooden laminated frame, so we specified steel," Bishop said. He added, "Since then steel prices have skyrocketed so that in the last few months prior to the bid opening the total cost of the escalation of steel for the dome alone had gone well over $1 million in this one commodity. ' ' "On a project of this size," Bishop said, "and with the uncertainty of costs across the nation, the general contractors were scared. If they missed the bids on a project of this size, it would obviously wipe them right out. It would cause bankruptcy for them and they don't want to put their whole company on the line like that." He then said that they met with the architects and discovered that the dome was the cause of the high bids. The project was then rebid. Bishop said, "We hope everything else stays the same and that the bids come down on the dome. If it doesn't we'll be forced with another dillema, that being the base project overall dollar price." "We're going to see what the second bid looks like then make some decisions." No limit Robert Folsom, director of campus planning, said that the bids would be completed in two weeks then advertised for "about thret weeks. He said, "We don't have to make the 45-day limit Tuesday, October 29, 1974 444kii' . 1 77777. " -77 " - ---7 - - S V W '.-" A ' ' DAVE ROBIN ETTE, LOOKS through the fence to the retention pond. control the runoff from heavy storms, (photo by Dianne Sheldon ) because we're starting over." The bids on the seating for the Events Center will remain the same however, because the college asked to let those bids stand. Another subject covered by Bishop was the replacement of Jan Tyler, last year's Assistant Dean of Students. Bishop said, "As far as I'm aware, the replacement will take place. I think it's been approved." He said, "I put a hold on it because of the three percent budget cut. That is, until we could find out how much money we're going to have, whether it was enough to operate that kind of thing or not." Bishop said, "When Jan turned in her resignation, I indicated to her that we wouldn't be able to fill her position until I could find out how much impact the governor's three percent cut would have on the total system. It would be given top priority after that." Plant grass On he subject of landscaping the Education Building, Folsom was consulted. He said that students will be asked to plant grass seed but probably not until the spring because it can't be done until there is water available. He said the sprinkling system is "partially installed and the irrigation water is near the problem for Center end of its course." Folsom also commented on the landscaping around the Stewart Bell Tower. He said that the designs were done but there was no money to go ahead with the project. He said the plans would cost $500 thousand but these funds were not available now. Regarding a comment by Bishop, "that sounds like a lot of grass seed," Folsom said that the plans included concrete terraces, trees, shrubs and ramps for the handicapped and stairs. He" said there were alternative plans in case they receive funds but not the full amount requested. These include cutting down on the landscape by using existing walks and putting in more grass. He said that it seemed most feasible to complete the bell tower ih portions and packages to build up to the ultimate design. The bell tower project has a high priority listing on projects to be completed. Retention pond Also commenting on the retention pond located near the front of ' the campus, Folsom stated that it wasn't being filled with water yet because the gates to the exit of the pond have not been installed by the highway department to control the water. He said that a third source of water was still needed but a utility modification Ogden, Utah 84403 When it is completed, it will help was needed before the third source could be brought into the area. Folsom said that the pond, when completed, should be used by people so it would not be fenced. He said it would be a decorative feature of the campus and since it would only be two feet in depth, he wouldn't care if students "rolled up their pants legs and went wading." On another matter, Bishop said that he "would be most comfortable to have students serve on the Board of Regents or Institutional Council." Right now students cannot serve on these boards because positions to these both, are political appointments, made by the governor. Input healthy He said, "Some believe there is City requests interns Students interested in a career in government are asked to apply for two part-time work study internships in Ogden City next year. Students desiring an internship should have some basic background on government, qualify for college work-study and be able to work approximately 15 hours per week starting in November. Students may work with Dr. Jean White, associate professor of Political Science, and obtain credit in Political Science )!M A maximum of five credits may be given. Interested students should check with Edward Johnson in t he Kin. in cial Aids Office located in the Continuing Education Building room 207. Applications are also available in the Political Science oilier in Social Science room 2H2. Rain is expected in the valleys with snow in the mountains. The snow level will lower to the 6,000 foot level. It will be cooler throughout the week but warming near the weekend. a conflict of interest by virtue of having a student there. I have not felt that. I think student input would be healthy as a matter of fact." Bishop added that Rex Frasier, studentbody president, has an open invitation to attend Institutional Council. He said Frasier is very good about attending and keeping the council informed how students feel. He added that the input is listened to. The newly passed Senate Bill HR 59 was discussed with Milton Mecham, registrar adding input to the subject. This bill, designed to let students have access to their permanent files goes into effect on Nov. 19. Mecham said some groups have requested a delay in implementing it until they can study it to determine all the ramifications. Mecham said at Weber State, students can see their official files now at any time. However employers are not allowed to see them and the FBI can see them only with authorization. Five percent of the total studentbody are out-of-state students, Bishop said. He indicated that this was five percent of about 8,600. He said that the University of Utah had a 20 percent out-of-state enrollment and Utah State University had a 30 percentout-of-state enrollment. This was because of their location, on the state border and because they had many students using USU's agricultural facilities, Bishop said. Bishop also said that there was a five and a half percent increase in the head count of students attending Weber. He said that those enrolled this year are not carrying as many credit hours, however. The economy was at foult for this decline in credit hours, Bishop stated. He said that many students have to work part time this year to help with their education. Therefore they must cut down on the amount of time they devote to school work. "The increase in enrollment didn't help the budget that much," Bishop said.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1974-10-29, Vol. 34, No. 10|
|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.|