|Paper||Southern Utah University Student Newspapers|
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|Publisher||Digitized by J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah|
|Paper||Southern Utah University Student Newspapers|
THE THUNDERBIRD MONDAY NOVEMBER 9, 1987 PACE 3 Library plans continue BY NICOLE BONHAM Steps are being taken toward receiving a new library, says Michael D. Richards, vice president for college relations. In a Thursday meeting, the State Building Board considered 41 requests from state agencies, including the State Board of Regents, potentially amounting to $245 million worth of construction, says Richards. "They receive all these requests from the agencies, with the total being $245 million, and then pare that back, dramatically. What emerged were 16 priority projects that will be submitted to the governor." Richards says that the Board also established priorities for future planning projects, which included the plans for new libraries and land purchasing. According to Richards, the Building Board established a requested amount of $500,000 for planning projects, with $100,000 to $125,000 being earmarked for libraries in the state. Richards notes that the Building Board has organized a statewide study examining, among other things, library organization and technological fixtures that can be provided in each library for greater efficiency. Once planned, a request will be forwarded back to the Building Board for their review, and then on to the governor and legislature for approval. "We're at least a year away from that review and analysis process being completed, and we're certainly three to four years, in addition to that away, from a library. It's going to be a total of four to five years," says Richards. Male, female faculty wages show gap in state; SUSC stays equal BY RAJEEV BHASI "A comparison of the average faculty salary between men and women in the state of Utah shows a discrepancy," said Lu jean Flint, a research analyst with the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education. e According to statistics gathered by this office, a female professor who taught for nine months received 84.31 percent of the salary a male professor received. These figures improve for those who teach 12 months to 86.20 percent. For female associate professors who teach nine and 12 months, the figures are 92.54 percent and 99.32 percent. On the other hand, female lecturers receive 124 percent of the salary their male counterparts receive. Flint was quick to point out that this was a comparison of only the average base pay. Factors like rank, length of service, terminal degree, whether it is full-tim- ASSUSC appoints Harris to head judiciary branch BY LISA ROBINSON Members of the ASSUSC Executive Council who attended the Utah Intercollegiate Assembly (UIA) "represented SUSC quite well," said Darin Bird. The assembly taught students from Utah colleges how bills are passed, said Bird, and although they were mock bills, they have a chance of becoming procedures used by the Board of Regents or laws in Utah. SUSC presented a bill that would have all textbooks used in colleges or universities in Utah taxed. Bird said it was one of the few bills to make it through both houses of the mock legislature. The council approved a of the Education Club, which was represented by President Margene Davis. There will be no executive council meeting this week. Marty Harris replaced Todd Tuttle as Chief Justice for ASSUSC. Harris was appointed by ASSUSC President Monica Moe and approved by the senate last week. Immediately following his appointment, he swore in Laryn Jones as the newest senator. Friday Odong of the Black Student Union, Kris Johnson of the Society of Professional Journalists, and Eulail Pickering of the Literary Guild were present to request funding. These bills will be voted on in the next meeting. a research or nonresearch institution, market factors, and other such factors were not taken into consideration when these figures were compiled. How valid are these figures when considering the faculty here at SUSC? According to Provost Terry Alger, faculty members who join at the same time with the same qualifications and experiences receive the same salary. However, here at SUSC there are far fewer female faculty than male faculty. Paul Daniels, director of personnel and the colleges' affirmative action officer, stated quite firmly that when there was a vacancy in the faculty, they would hire the most qualified applicant regardless of gender. The college advertises nationally for 30 days in such publications like the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the salary is mentioned in the advertisement. Both Alger and Daniels emphasized the fact that there were very few applications from women. Reasons for this varied from the rural location of the college to the fact that until recently the numoer of women with advanced degrees were few to the difficulties faced by their husbands in getting jobs here. One such case being Merry Kruse, an assistant professor in the business department. Kruse resigned after a year, as her husband was unable to obtain employment in Cedar City. However, despite these factors, over the past five years, there has been a 5 percent increase in the number of female faculty members, said Alger. Currently, SUSC has about 23 1 e and 10 part-tim- e female faculty members which works out to about 20 percent of the total faculty. "Salaries of faculty members are based on rank, length of service, terminal degree and to a slight degree on market factors. These factors are reviewed on a yearly basis, and a report is submitted to President Gerald R. Sherratt. This helps the college to close any discrepancies that may exist," said Alger. full-tim- Cedar sees large turnout for elections BY ANNETTE GROOMS Municipal elections were held Tuesday to find three candidates, from the six who were running, to fill openings in the City Council. A strong popular vote resulted for Alan Hamlin, SUSC business professor, who led the city council race with 1,610 votes. In second position was Dennis Johnson with 1,568 and third was Evan Vickers with 1,520 votes. Voter turnout was 58 percent of Cedar City's registered voters, up from 39 percent in the primary election. Hamlin said that he did not advertise excessively or spend much money on his campaign, but he credits and strong support. his success to Vickers said he also depended on support. Johnson was not available for comments. The three new council members begin their terms in January with their inauguration. "Right now, we will try to be educated on the various issues, and we will meet with existing committees," said Hamlin. The new and existing members of the council are interested in the student needs, according to Hamlin. word-of-mou- th word-of-mou- "Student input is necessary." th Vickers said that students are largely ignored by the business and government concerns in Cedar. "A good cooperative effort is needed in the region and that includes students. Students need to convince business and government leaders that they can contribute to our community too," he said. The special debate, held over a week ago involving student leaders and Hamlin and lohnson, was a disappointment because none of the students attended. "Students need to speak less and act more," said Hamlin. Hamlin said that once the members meet at the beginning of the year, they will determine which committees would be of interest to the students. "Some (committees) will make more sense to students than other committees," he said. Vickers said, "We got to look at the college as a resource. Students can prove what they can do by helping out with city projects." For example, Vickers would like to see college classes taking an active part researching or surveying for various community proposals. Hamlin said that he and the new members are working on an internship idea which would enable students to earn college credit while working in city offices or helping the council. This project would have to voted upon by the other council members after determining if it would be feasible in the city budget. Hamlin said he also believed that agricultural needs should be met in addition to the student needs. The most important part of the councilstudent interaction, according to Hamlin, is open communication. "The students will have a voice in me." To get involved in the committees or other activities, students may attend the open council meetings held Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.