|Paper||Westminster College Student Newspapers|
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|Rights Holder||Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah|
|Publisher||Digitized by J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah|
|Paper||Westminster College Student Newspapers|
Forum Page 2 February 17, 1984 news Information Booth Begins Operations in Shaw Center by tion or activities. Approval must be obtained in advance from McGarvey, SH 105. Sheri Dearing On Monday, Feb. 6, the Westminster information booth in Shaw Center opened to serve students. Westminster was the only school in the state that didnt have an information booth, said Dennis McGarvey, director of campus life and initiator of the project. students will work in the booth from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Fridays. The booth will be closed on weekends. Work-stud- y A variety of services will be offered to students and visitors. Discount ticket sales will include Plitt and Trolley Theater passes (Mann will eventually be added when budget permits), Brighton and Snowbird ski passes and Eagles hockey tickets. Other services include party pic ordering and delivery, distribution of yearfor Jazz ticket drawings, and books, sign-up- s ticket sales for all ASWC functions. Any organization on campus may utilize the booth and its personnel as a support vehicle for club informa Checks may be cashed at the booth; however, change will not be available. Id like to be able to make change. I just dont have the manpower, said McGarvey. He welcomes any volunteers who would be willing to make daily trips to the bank for change. Xerox copies can be made for three cents each at the booth. The machine was purchased with money from unallocated ASWC funds. Legislative Assembly made the decision on Thurs., Feb. 2, to allocate funds for this purpose. Students always ask where their money is going . . . were coming up with concrete things to show them, said Legislative Assembly member Dave Neidert. Better quality copies than in the library or Bamberger will be available to students at a lesser cost A cash register for the booth was donated by the bookstore when Legislative Assembly denied funds to purchase one. Legislative Student Leaders Wont Enforce Current ASWC Financial Code Schedule by Kathleen be stuck with a budget that somebody else had Hammond done. Budget requests for 1984-8- 5 ASWC funding should have been finalized by all campus clubs and organizations by Feb. 15, last Wednesday, according to requirements of ASWCs new financial code. But Robert Schorr, ASWC treasurer, and Debbie Jenkins, dean of students, agree that the financial code calendar is unreasonable. Jenkins would like to see the budgeting process started about a month later than the dates now stipulated in ASWCs new financial code. The important thing, she said, is that budgeting be completed before spring semester finals. Schorr said clubs and organizations should be aware of the official deadlines prescribed by the current code, which require that ASWCs executive cabinet prepare a master budget request for legislative assembly action by Feb. 22 for the following academic year. Schorr said ASWC officers are not planning to enforce the deadlines, but he encouraged all clubs and organizations to get their budget requests in just as quickly as possible. The financial code is not realistic," Schorr said. Its our position to help these groups as middle men and to try and disperse the funds. W e wont penal ize a group because they cant get the budget in by specific dates. J enkins described budgeting delays which led to the drafting and adoption of the current code, which was voted by students to become effective with a revised constitution and revised this year. Before action was taken to require budgeting in the spring for the following academic year, budget approval was sometimes delayed for up to three months after the start of the academic year for which the budget was effective, said Jenkins. This put the executive cabinet in the position of spending illegal monies to fund activities scheduled at the start of a semester. But the new financial code has attempted to start the process at least a full month too early, according to Jenkins. by-la- Id like to see the budget approved before finals, said Jenkins. During May term, theres no guarantee of a quorum to assure legislative assembly approval; that puts you back into the fall. Both Jenkins and Schorr agreed that new officer elections should be completed and appointed officers named before new budgets are finalized. When I came to Westminster, I inherited a budget for my department, Jenkins said. It was absolutely ridiculous, and put me a full year behind. Schorr said, Id hate to step into a position and Jenkins said that the groups she advises are still in the middle of this years projects. They dont know who next years officers will be, and they havent set next years goals. They cant finalize their budgets yet, she said. Assembly decided that a cash register should be the responsibility of the administration, according to Neidert. We decided at the meeting to buy three typewriters for student use instead of the cash register, said Robert Schorr, ASWC treasurer. The typewriters will be available in Opus Game-rooby the end of March. m Most university information booths add service charges to their discount ticket prices, as well as charges for check cashing. There will be no service charges at the Westminster booth, however, since the booth will operate on a nonprofit basis. Our purpose on campus is to serve the students and were not serving the students by charging them extra fees, said McGarvey. A phone number will be listed for the booth under Westminster Information. Anyone can call that number to have questions answered about the college and its activities. Id like to see organizations start thinking about budgets in February, said Jenkins, but approval during the first two weeks of April would be soon enough. Both Schorr and Jenkins agree that the financial code needs to be revised. Jenkins said the manner of revision necessary depends on whether the code is considered a part of the constitution or If its part of the the legislative assembly can change it, Jenkins said. If its a part of the constitution, the judiciary will need to start action which would lead to a vote of students at large. by-law- s. by-law- s, Planned Parenthood Will Argue Legal Cases On Campus During Future Noon Seminar by Laurie Sullivan "If you went into Skaggs to buy condoms, they wouldve checked your id. and called your parents ... Linda Sable, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah on the 1983 Squeal Law It was 1983, and government-enforce- d morality was in vogue at the Utah State Capitol. Legislation that scrutinized cable television for pornographic content was passed, later to end up in judicial limbo. And House Bill 343, which required druggists to notify parents if their minor child attempted to buy contraceptives, passed into law and right back out again, courtesy of the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah. The PPAU successfully argued in court that H.B. 343 dubbed the Squeal Law violated teenagers constitutional rights to privacy. Overturned the day it was to go into effect, the Squeal Law never breathed life. But according to Linda Sable, Education Coordinator for the PPAU, there is still a great deal of ambiguity circulating around the laws ghost. First we have the Squeal Law; then we dont. It has resulted in confusion, especially for the population in question, she said. Another bill, Senate Bill 3, has been in effect since 1981, but has never been directly challenged in court It requires written parental consent before a minor can obtain contraceptives through public funding. But this law has been superseded, Sable said, by a Federal regulation that states consent may not be required if the organization is funded by Title X money which Planned Parenthood is. Theres enough ambiguity in these laws to make people nervous, Sable said. Sable will address both topics and hold an open discussion at a noontime seminar, tentatively scheduled for March 1 in Syme Lounge. Questions about the Planned Parenthood organization itself are also encouraged, she said. We are a medical facility, and we feel very strongly that we should provide information so people can make informed choices, she said. However, such information has often led Planned Parenthood into stormy waters, as the organization has had more than a few volleys of outrage leveled its way. In addition to its court fight in 1983, the year was also marked by protests at the opening of a new West Jordan facility. And later, the PPAU lost its Federal funding. The funds were reinstated, and the protests subsided. The resistance was a small but vocal minority, Sable said. There was a perception that were just handing out the pill to and its incorrect. She said people are surprised when they find out what we do and dont do. Several of the donts include abortion and the giving out of free birth control pills. We dont do abortions thats not our bag, Sable said. As for the pill, she said there is a fee and tight medical stipulations are involved. could conceivably obtain contraA ceptives through Planned Parenthood, perhaps more easily so since the overturning of the Squeal Law, but Sable claims that 85 of all PPAU patients are adult women. She added that a series of psychological and behavioral events must take place in a teenagers mind before they realize the magnitude of their sexual activity and even consider contraception. Y ou still hear teenage girls say they shouldnt plan on contraceptives because that means theyre planning on having intercourse, and thats supposed to be bad they think. Sable believes that passage of the Squeal Law wouldve made a bad situation worse. "Teenagers interviewed said they wouldnt quit sexual activity, but would just quit getting contraceptives and take a chance on pregnancy, she said. Planned Parenthood stresses responsibility and options, and education is a major part of both. Sable said. in front of the new information booth in Shaw Center. V. A. Releases 1984 Benefits Handbook DENVER (Feb. 3, 1984) - The Veterans Administrations 1984 edition of its basic benefits handbook, Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents, is available for cut to half the price of last years edition by die Government Printing Offices (GPO) new pricing formula. $2.25, Produced annually by the VA and printed and sold by GPO, the enlarged booklet provides a summary of benefits available to 72-pa- ge veterans and dependents. Benefits include medical care, education, job training, compensation, pension, insurance, loans and burial assistance. There is also information on Agent Orange, radiation and consultations provided by Vet Centers. assistance and other Labor Department benefits for veterans are described plus benefits provided by the Department of Defense, Small Business Administration and other government offices. Also included are sections on eligibility, infore number for mation in Spanish, the and former prisoners of war information for women veterans. Job-findi- toll-fre- While women veterans are entitled to the same benefits as male veterans, a law enacted last fall assures that appropriate care is provided in a timely fashion to any eligible woman veteran for disability. any gender-specifi- c local Addresses and phone numbers of all VA medical centers, Vet Centers and offices, national cemeteries are listed in the back of the book. Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents (IS-- 1 Factsheet) is available from the Superintendent of Documents, GPO, Washington, D.C. 20402. The stock number is 05 Squeal Law Could Be Revived per Cromar by Laurie Sullivan Utah Representative Kevin Cromar (R-Jordan), sponsor of the Squeal Law claims the law wasnt deemed unconstitutional and could still be resolved through appeal. But the bill is buried under many more pressing cases, he said. There was nothing wrong with the law as far as constitutionality goes. It did not violate the privacy of minors, said Cromar. Rather, it was federal rulings in other states that set precedents for the Utah court ruling, according to Cromar. Utah couldnt get around the supremacy clause, which simply means federal law takes supremacy over state law, Cromar said. He added that he has no plans to reintroduce or sponsor any revived action on the bill in the future.