UTC Press, 1987-02-17
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HHE UT.C PRES to1 CI3EC33 Tuesday, February 17, 1987 Utah Technical College ProvoOrem, Box 1609, Provo, Utah 84603 Volume 15 Number 16 Student Center Conference Room Nears Completion by Repine Holfeltz In order to meet the ever-expanding needs of Utah Technical College, ProvoOrem, UTC President J. Marvin Higbee ordered the renovation of an existing conference room. The area under construction is located in the Student Center, across from the TV lounge. According to Higbee, UTC has to attract vital private funding to ensure continued growth. Up until now, UTC has not had a viable area to entertain and woo corporate leaders for desired money. Dick Chappell, UTC vice president of Administrative Services and Planning, said the purpose of the extensive work is to "entertain people who will become donors for the college." In order to establish an impressive image with these people, the new conference center is being refurbished with a plush interior. The furnishings include a grand piano and leather furniture. The total estimated cost is $60,000. The money comes out of a combination of student fees, private donations, and a, small amount of state-appropriated funds. The UTC Officials Help Disabled Skiers Handicapped bv Caroline Chapman The icy roads, cold temperatures and cloudy skies of Utah's winter are no deterrant to the thousands of skiers that make their way to the slopes each year. They ready their equipment and look with anticipation to a day or night of exhilerating action. Among the skiers at Park West or Sundance, however, might be found a relatively new and innovative type of skiing. Headed by Tom Hover, director of Student Services and Dr. Wayne Kearney, vice president of Student Services at UTC, the Handicapped Ski Program gives those who are physically disabled a chance to excel in a sport that has previously been closed to them. The program started about four years ago. According to Hover, "Both Dr. Kearney and I were concerned about the need for activities for the handicapped. We saw the same type of program elsewhere and felt we could develop something like it here." Park West Ski Resort offered a school for handicapped skiers. Both faculty members enrolled in the course and learned how to teach it. They have worked with both Park West and Sundance Ski Resort since that time, Sundance being the more recent addition. "Sundance has been very helpful in that they have made the program exclusively ours. They refer all interested people to us." Hover reports that both are "super to work with," and "They see it as a civic responsibility on their part" The results of the work of Hover and Kearney are well worth displaying. Every Wednesday when the weather permits, Kearney, Hover, four or five skierr ana a few volunteers leave around noon. They head up to Sundance, ski, and return about 5 p.m. furniture that was in use, will be redistributed elsewhere throughout the college. ...According to Dick Chappell, the purpose of the extensive work is to "entertain people who will become donors for the college." There have been some concerns about various aspects of the construction of this room. It will replace a conference center that, according to Student Services Director Tom Hover, served 3500 people and over 100 different groups last quarter. Right now, there is not enough space to house all the activities that take place here at UTC. According to Chappell, however, next quarter two more conference rooms will be added. These areas, which are located in the Trades Building and the Learning Resource Center, are now being utilized as classrooms. The shortages will probably continue, however, until the proposed expansion of the Student Center takes place. ...Tom Hover, director of Student Services, refers to it (tethers) as "the buddy system, one of the beneficial aspects of the program. By working this closely with each other, you become very close, very good friends..." The disabled skiers utilize a different type of equipment than the average skier. First, there are Another concern was the lack of student imput Because of the location of the room (Student Center), many felt the timing of the construction should have been open to discussion. According to Hover, "I believe people should be aware of what's happening and people's imput should be sought." When questioned about this, Chappell said, "All (UTC) college buildings fall under the jurisdiction of the president He has the full authority and opportunity to use them." ASUTC leaders were concerned that the conference center would not be open to student use. They have drafted a compromise proposal on possible student use, limiting it to formal banquets, forums and other programs. Higbee said, "Probably the students will be using it more than other groups." George Marshall, ASUTC president, said such a conference room is long past due, and in the long run, will help the school raise millions of dollars. He felt the long term monetary advantages to UTC outweighed the short term inconveniences. The conference room has been under construction during all of Winter Quarter and is scheduled for completion around March 1. Athletes Hit "-;..v.:.:.:..'; . . 1 m) UTC PRESS Photos the sleds created for the paraplegic, those with complete paralysis of the lower half of the Senators Provide Summer Fun 'ft hv Paul Vazaldua On the spring-like day of February 6, the ASUTC Senate provided hotdogs, drinks, chips, popcom, lollipops, and cookies for the entire studentbody. The idea originated when Michelle Atkinson, vice-president of Academics, heard over the radio a disc jockey wishing to hold a barbeque in the midst of winter. Atkinson felt that would be a great thing for the Senate to provide for the by Glen D. Nelson body; and second, there are the outriggers for those who can stand and walk with the use of I . , f' , j " i students. At the barbeque the Senate received help from all members of ASUTC, "It couldn't have been so much fun without everyone's help. It ran much smoother with every member of ASUTC there. We worked as one team serving the student body, and that is what we are here for," said one ASUTC senator. Together with the Outpost, the Senate put up a volleyball net, frisbee throws and music for the Slopes "Among the skiers ...might be found a relatively new and innovative type of skiing. ..the Handicapped Ski Program gives those who are physically disabled a chance to excel in a sport that has previously been closed to them." crutches. The sleds have runners with metal blades. There are straps 'A 4t M X '( 0 m-i 1 UTC PRESS Photo by Michael Shinee the students to enjoy. Within the three hour period, students devoured 1,500 hotdogs, 5 cases of potato chips, 2,000 chocolate chip cookies, and 8 tanks of soft drinks. The Senate was pleased with the turnout and participation at the barbeque. The barbeque allowed a nice change of pace during the winter. ASUTC is planning for another barbeque during the Spring and is hoping for even a bigger and better turnout. that go across the knees and the" hips, strapping the skier securely to the sled. The., skier is protected from unwanted moisture by a canvas covering that reaches to his chin. The sled is guided by two short poles or "daggers." The skier uses his body to guide the sled by leaning from side to side. Outriggers are poles with skis attached. The skier uses his arms for direction. Both types of skiers have a "tether." A tether is a non-disabled volunteer who skis behind the handicapped skier attached to him by a rope or harness. The tether may actually support the outrigger skier with his own body, holding him from behind, until the skier has enough confidence to attempt it on his own. The tether does not interfere with the skiing unless he foresees a problem. Hover refers to it as "the buddy system, one of the beneficial aspects of the program. By working this closely with each other, you become very close, very good friends." Clinton Graham, a13-year-old from Provo, has been participating in the program for about five weeks. The first couple of times out, he used the sled. Now he is on his own pair of skiis and it "makes me feel great!" Clinton said on his second time out he "had a bad spill. My skiis started going every which way, then they tangled up and I ended up in a snow bank on top of Dr. Kearney." But he got right back up and since then has been holding his own. What are his future plans? "I just want to keep skiing and skiing well. It's great," he said, "I love it!" Another participant is Tane Glaus. Originally from New Zealand, Tane has lived in the United States for a number of years and is currently from Continued on page 2...
|Title||UTC Press, 1987-02-17|
|Description||UTC Press was the name of the student newspaper for Utah Technical College at Provo/Orem from February 07, 1985 to June 1, 1987.|
|Publisher||Utah Valley University|
|Subject headings||Utah Technical College at Provo/Orem--History; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
|Source||The U.T.C. Press, 1987-02-17|
|Rights||Copyright 2013 Utah Valley University|