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While balancing a full course load, Western student Katie McKnight expresses herself though modeling.
Less than one percent of students voted in the election. More campaigning could have boosted voting.
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Western football players demonstrated their skills for NFL recruiters on Pro Day held March 21. Page 10
March 28, 2013
Vol 95 | Issue 19
Weiberg named men’s head basketball coach
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Kyle Inman | Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Athletic Director Kurt McGuffin hired 38-year-old Brett Weiberg as head coach of Western men’s basketball from a pool of over 200 applicants. Weiberg will become only the fourth coach in the history of the program. Weiberg brings 15 years of coaching experience to Western, including his last job at Northern Oklahoma where he spent five years as an assistant and then took over the head coaching duties from his father. He is fresh off leading them to a 27-4 record and a regular season conference championship. While he hopes to turn the program back into a winner, academic success is a also a priority for Weiberg who graduated 80 percent of his players at Northern Oklahoma with associate degrees and is a two-time member of the Southland Conference All-Academic Team as a player at Sam Houston State. Weiberg has won 125 games in the seven seasons of his head coaching career.
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Senator frustrated with administration’s reaction to parking proposal Albert Shelby | Asst. News Editor email@example.com SGA has voiced the idea of extending and improving parking for students to administration. A proposal has not been made yet but members of SGA are hoping that administration will make a decision soon. SGA Senator Travis Hart believes that once they get a sure answer from the administration, the process of proposing extended parking will be official. “Currently the Student Government Association is waiting on the administration to get back with us to proceed fourth with imple-
Sisco, Williams win election, Inauguration set April 19
menting the solutions to improve parking and accessibility on campus,” Hart said. “The issue is that administration is a little reluctant to get started right away and it’s taking time for them to get back with us.” Hart noted that parking has been one of the more important issues on campus that students have voiced their opinions about. “Administration has other things on their agenda and it seems that they put parking, the number one complained issue on campus, basically on the back burner,” Hart said. “In particular, Lonnie Johnson.” There has not been any accurate estimates but they are
patiently waiting to move forward and get something started before April. “Cale Fessler is the vice president of financial planning,” Hart said. “And I have been working with him to figure out the numbers. I’m waiting to hear back from him about our possibilities.” SGA hopes to expand parking in different areas, as well as helping with the accessibility around buildings like Potter and Griffon Residential hall. “We want to put a drop-off zone in Potter because currently there is not one,” Hart said. “We also want to improve residential hall parking by changing the barriers, making it more accessible for
students living in the halls.” Hart and other members of SGA plan to implement a drop-off and pick-up zone for students with disabilities at Potter, Griffon and Scanlon hall, which they state is another top priority when dealing with parking. Students have been concerned about where they can park and there have also been complaints about the lack of parking spots. Lot G known as Blum Union parking lot is designated for staff, faculty and non-resident students from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m Monday thru Friday. Parking is prohibited from that parking lot from 2:00 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. Blum is a popular place
for students and sometimes the parking area is full, leaving students having to park somewhere else that they may not be permitted to park at. Parking Lots H, E, F, O and Q are restricted for students living on campus with the proper decals on the back of their cars, open also from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. After 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, reserved parking lots B,E,F,H,I,J,K and N are open for general parking to all faculty, staff student and visitor parking.
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A school divided:
Fine art to split from college of libel arts & science Joyce Stevenson | Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Katy Sisco and Dillon Williams ran on a platform of change, as shown in this campaign poster. *Submitted Photo
Matt Hunt | News Editor email@example.com It’s not even the end of the school year, and the newly elected President of Student Government Association is already working on issues for next school year. President-elect Katy Sisco and Vice President-elect Dillon Williams were elected to SGA. Sisco and Williams received 268 votes, compared to presidential candidate Mary Beth Rosenauer
and Derek Thompson, who had174 votes. A total of 443 students voted in this year’s SGA election, which showed a decrease compared to last year’s numbers, where 1,065 students voted. “I feel very honored and excited for this opportunity to be elected the President of SGA,” Sisco said.
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Walking through the halls of Potter, it is obvious that students have outgrown the building. They sit on the floor using laptops or playing instruments. They are overflowing classrooms and studios. They rehearse outside to escape the cramped building when able. Finally, change is on its way. The Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Jeanne Daffon has submitted a plan to achieve two things: splitting the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and renovating Potter Hall. “Its an area on our campus that is growing. The number of students has probably closed to tripled in the last few years so there’s a lot of energy there, a lot of new things going on, a lot of new students,” Daffron said. While the original plan included dividing LAS into
a College of Fine Arts and Humanities, and a College of Social and Natural Sciences; however, that plan has been reworked to propose a School of Fine Arts instead. “This is still really in the discussion state so right now it’s looking more like we will end up doing a School of Fine Arts but still could change,” Daffron said. Daffron went on to explain that although the proposal could change, the proposal would most likely be finalized within a week. Aside from forming a new school and the renovation of Potter Hall, the administration would also hire a new dean to facilitate the proposed changes. Daffron said the university would like to have the dean position filled by July 1, but realizes this is “an aggressive timeline.” The new dean would help with fundraising events,
writing grants, contacting benefactors, earmarking gifts, and assisting the administration to make the plan happen. The money appropriated will not only compensate for the new
position but also fund the Potter renovation. Potter Hall has needed renovation work for many years.
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Sisco ready to get the ball rolling SGA hopes for administration’s approval for improvements ELECTION