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Today's word on journalism

Friday, May 12, 2006

THE FINAL WORD

PETERSBORO, Utah -- Gloom like a Bulwer-Lyttonesque pall hung heavily over the Cache Valley as word came that the WORD had gone.

"As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire. . . ." No, wait. . . . That's actual Bulwer-Lyttonism. Scratch it.

We conclude, with joy and trumpets and a tankard or two, the 10th season of TODAY'S WORD ON JOURNALISM. What began in 1995 as a professor's strategy to get his students to read email (guess that worked!) now has spread, birdflu-like, far beyond that unwilling audience to self-flagellating WORD volunteers on five-and-a-half continents. But the willing and unwilling alike--the halt and addled and addicted and deluded--will have to get a life and smell the roses, for a while anyway.

Today marks the end of the WORD for this academic season. Even ere the rosy dawn that didth bust o'er this glade, this vale, this happy home. . . . ooops. Avert already, Sir Bulwer, you mangy cur!!!!

See you in the fall. . . TP

ASUSU president looks at improving judicial role in student appeals

By Aaron Falk

April 28, 2006 | Less than a week after ASUSU President Noah Riley was sworn into office, Riley says his priorities are already changing. In its second year since the student government was restructured into two legislative bodies, Riley said Friday one of the top priorities of his administration will be to include a third, judicial body.

"The idea behind the restructure is checks and balances," he said. "I think we need to improve the judicial side of things."

Riley said he will try to stimulate the little-used hearing pool as a means for students to appeal alleged violations of the student code.

Former Academic Senate President Spencer Watts focused much of his attention on improving the student code to allow for student appeals, and Riley said he wants people to take advantage of the 17-member panel that includes four students.

"A lot of the time (the panel) works in the student's favor," Riley said.

Riley said he was surprised by the minimal legislation produced by the outgoing council, saying he thought the multi-body government would produce twice as much as previous years. Last week the new senate members created an informal list of legislation they would like to see passed next year. Riley said he plans to get that same head start with the Executive Council. Among Riley's other top priorities are support of the U-STAR initiative and the yearly push to lower residency restrictions for Idaho students.

Having shadowed outgoing president Quinn Millet over the past few weeks, Riley said he has gained a better understanding of the process, but said his priorities may again change as he becomes more comfortable and involved.

"I have a better perspective of things, but there are so many issues that you have to jump in first before you figure it out," he said.
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