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IRADEWIND Volume 6 No. 8 UTAH TECHNICAL COLLEGE IN PROVO November u. 1977 j ByMerri Bilbrey Editor-in-Chief Gunn McKay, Congressman from Utah, visited the UTC-P Orem campus on Wednesday. Roger Plothau, Director of Extended Day and Continuing Education, was in charge of the event. Congressman McKay toured campus with Mel Rogers, Director of Public Relations, at 10 a.m. Mr. Rogers indicated that Congressman McKay was especially interested in the campus. Years ago, Congressman McKay was in the state legislature when they started discussing the expansion of the campus. He had never seen it before. Congressman McKay was especially thrilled with the new campus. "I think it's great. I was in the state legislature when we were pushing to buy, and I wanted to come on campus and see how things developed that we had dreamed about and talked about." Congressman McKay feels very strongly about technical education. "The planner may be great, but we need someone to carry them out." He feels that vocational education is essential for economics and brains in this country. He spoke in a special session today to students gathered in Room 131 in the business building. After a few minutes the room became too crowded to hold all the people and they moved it to another room. The session was held at 11. One of his responsibilities is to represent the people of Utah in the National Capitol and defend their interests. His other responsibility is to come to Utah, and get feedback from the people on certain issues. He also feels that it is his responsibility to relay back to the people the things that are going on in Washington, D.C. He feels that they are only getting a small synopsis, a 'headline,' from the press and other sources. It is his responsibility, he said, to let the people know what is really going on. Meeting of this type are essential for him to relay the activities in the National Capitol and to obtain information about the people's feelings about certain issues. Congressman McKay revealed that he based his decisions on four basic criteria. The first was "Is it right? Which is most important? and How many are involved in it?" He described politics as "the art of compromise" in this aspect of decision making. His second criteria was "Will it hurt or help my constituents?"His third criteria was "Is it basic to the constitution?" And his final criteria was, "Will it get me re-elected?" He indicated that after a politician's been around a while and mixed with the people that he begins to develop a sixth sense about decisions, and the process becomes easier. Congressman McKay spoke briefly about his responsibilities as a congressman and his feelings about the campus, then opened the session up for questions from the audience. One of the first question asked regarded the Equal Rights Amendment. The interrogator revealed that President Carter was endorsing a policy whereby those states already in favor of the ERA could not reverse their decisions, but those opposed to it could. He asked Congressman McKay about his feelings regarding the matter and what the reasoning was behind the new move. Congressman McKay indicated that the policy was currently under debate and was based on a former Supreme Court decision. Once a state has voted on a Constitutional amendment, it cannot reverse itself. There is a great split in the Congress now regarding this matter. Congressman McKay also answered questions regarding the steel situation, soybeans, . and the expansion and growth of Utah County. He encouraged the students to get involved in their government. He quoted Thomas Jefferson who said, "This is the worst government in the world except for all the other ones." He urged the students to learn about their system of government. He revealed that the founding fathers purposely US limited the powers, of the president and made a balance system to insure the freedom of the people. He said that a student should participate in the party system. He feels that the combination of parties into a third party is good, too. "Do something about your government. If you don't, those who do participate will determine your destiny. If you participate you will do a great service to America," he said. He urged the students not to vote on a candidate on the basis of one issue. He explained that that particular issue might never come to the foreground. He said that it was better to investigate the politician's background and base their decisions on that. He revealed that a politician makes hundreds of decisions affecting his constituents while he is in office. The original policy may agree with their convictions, but some of his later decisions may not. - - r J ? $ - i. rf tm ' ! " ' - ' f . ' f J . N ft ' f Congressman McKay visited the Orem campus on Wednesday. Here he is talking to one of his constiuents. He says that meetings like this are his way of communicating with his constiuents. Congressman McKay divides his time between Washington and Utah. He comes about once a month unless the congress is not in session: He will be in Utah until November 15. Congressman McKay said that he was available for people with complaints. He urged the students to write to him. He said he received around 100 to 300 letters a day. He could not read them all, but one of his staff members would. He said at the end of each week a layout of the opinions derived from the letters was given him. Grievance committees can also arrange meetings with Congressman McKay through his local office. After leaving UTC-P Congressman McKay attended a luncheon at BYU. His time here is monopolized by meetings. "Once in a while, though, I take off an afternoon for horseback riding " he laughed. j (Photo by Richard Braun) "ST f Congressman McKay toured the Orem campus recently to discover for himself how it has changed. He says that he's very pleased with the new campus and considers vocational education very important Events Listed for Scdie IMvhins Day By Merri Bilbrey "What in the world is Sadie Hawkins Day?" ask confused students. Sadie Hawkins Day is a creation from the Lil Abner comic strip. On this day, according to the comic strip, women may marry any man that they catch. It's kind of like a "preference marriage." Activities for UTC's Sadie Hawkins day will be going on all day today. The dance will be tonight. It costs $1, and is a preference dance. Water Brother, a rock dance band, will be providing the music. There will be several "interesting booths" featured. Some of these include a kissing booth, a marrying booth, a divorcing booth, and a food- ok... f V A 7 (hi ! : f ' U i J (Photo by Kichardbraun) fcj booth. Marrying Sam will be on hand to perform the "marriage ceremonies." A professional photographer will be there to take pictures. Along with the booths, there will also be a Lil Abner and Daisy Mae look-alike contest and the traditional Sadie Hawkins race. Judging on the beard growing contest will also take place. "Hopefully the guys will have their beards grown by then," commented Elissa Poulsoa "It's going to be great. It should be a lot of fun. Girl's choices dances usually don't go over too well here. People usually go stag to the dances. I just hope lots of guys and girls show up," she finished.
|Description||Tradewinds was the name of the student newspaper for Utah Technical College at Provo, between 1971-12-14 and 1984-11-15.|
|Publisher||Utah Valley University|
|Subject headings||Utah Technical College at Provo--History; Utah Technical College at Provo/Orem--History; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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