Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1980-01-081
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Li Li LJLZ2 WEBER STATE COLLEGE 1 O o i J EN UTAH Volume 40 Issue 23 January 8, 1980 ..... ,. ...un V. .... ... Butwhere? Typhoid By Robert Whetten The School of Allied Health Science, not the microbiology department of the School of Natural Sciences as was previously reported, is the probable exposure site of the medical technology students who contracted typhoid last November. Dr. Lee E. Jackson, chairman of the Department of Microbiology, insists that although the department does work with the virus, they did not use it in any experiment fall quarter, and therefore the students could not have been infected there (see Letter to Editor, page 4). The students, senior Alan Bybee and junior Kim Thompson, contracted the virus during the week of Nov. 5-9 and both were discharged from McKay-Dee Hospital several days after confirmation of the disease on Dec. 8 and 14 by the State Health Laboratory. Dr. Maureen Kotter, director of the School of Allied Health Sciences, emphasized that final results of the testing have not yet been released, but that circumstantial evidence points to the infection having occurred in a med-tech lab. The students apparently had an advanced coagulation course during, the afternoon in a laboratory where other lab students had worked with the virus that morning. Although typhoid fever was a feared disease before the chlorination of water including in its deadly path an epidemic in Brigham City in the 1930's all of the reported cases in the past three years have been students working with the virus. Nine cases were reported last year, according to Kotter. Both Kotter and Jackson indicated that the virus is safe to work with when handled correctly, but because of the repeated incidents, the commission for control of communicable diseases in Alanta is currently attempting to develop an avirulent strain of the virus for microbiology course use. The med-tech students claim they are taught how to take care of the microbes and that the rules are "fairly well-enforced." The virus generally must be still to be found source ingested before the victim is infected. It then suppresses the formation of blood cells in the bone marrow and causes internal bleeding. Thompson complained that she felt only as if she had a bad case of influenza, but Bybee said he had more serious complications, in part caused by the disease, but also by the antibiotic used for treatment. He also said he was forced to accept 18 hours of incomplete (I) credit for fall quarter of his senior year because he missed finals while ill. Jackson said, "There has never been a typhoid infection in the Department of Microbiology," and added that the main concern after the student's health has been considered is the probability of one of them, becoming carriers of the disease. Final results of the tests are expected soon. Dorm security raises enough to By Michael Tupa Is the security at the dorms sufficient between the hours of midnight to 6 a.m.? A resident charges that many outside doors are left unlocked at night and that this constitutes a danger of burglary or personal harm. The resident said that flimsy doors on the rooms provide a minimum of security. Desk students, hired to stay at the desks all night, are often not at their job, according to the resident. In discussing these issues, Rick Russo, Housing Authority of Promontory Towers, says that doors are left unlocked because of policy. Supervisor seminar scheduled A workshop designed to help supervisors "get in the driver's seat through positive supervision" will be held Jan. 11 and 12 at Weber State College. The workshop will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days in Room 352 of the WSC Union Building. According to Dr. Gordon DEEP IN CONCENTRATION, a student calligrapher creates an alphabet combining beauty, style and clarity h his own shadow. Signpost photo by Dave Barrett. prevent crime? Russo also said that there are people paid to sit at the desk all night, and he indicated that these people do stay on the desk until 6 a.m. He said a new locking system is on order for Promontory with which the outside doors would be locked at night and only residents would have the key to enter. He's not sure if these have been ordered for Wasatch, as someone else placed the order. A representative from the campus police said she is aware of an "open-door" policy at the dorms and that an officer makes a routine check of the dorms every night, plus answers any calls. This reporter has had the ex Jacox, associate dean of the WSC School of Business and Economics, and instructor for the course, the list of topics includes: "Positive Managerial Attitudes," "Management Responsibilities," "Avoiding the Activity Trap," "Effective Time Management," "Developing Your Leadership Style," "Effective Skills query: is it perience in the past of delivering early morning Sunday papers as a substitute, a year ago, and found the bottom desk unattended. The campus police representative said however, that the desk watch progress has been in effect less a year. While speaking with one of these desk students, who wasn't aware that this reporter was writing the story, he casually remarked that he slept all day in his classes because he had to stay up all night to watch the dorms. Upon investigation, this reporter went into the dorms at 1 a.m. one night and found quite a few people still in the main lobby and a student at the desk. Training," and "Motivation, the Success Key." This is one of nine similar courses which will be offered between now and July. Those interested can obtain more information or register at the WSC Division of Continuing Education. Hostages receive packages By Maggi Holmes Five gift packages were airmailed to the American hostages in Iran over the Christmas holidays by Student Body President Bryan Steele and his supporters. The package should have arrived by today, according to Steele. A sixth package will be mailed to Tehran in the near future. Financing for the project was supplied by community and student donations and a loan taken from student funds, according to Steele. The loan totaled $500, while donations came to $1,000. Some money was used to purchase buttons and American flags. Steele said they were used to promote the project and that some were mailed to the hostages. He added that postage for the packages cost $205, which was taken from the fund to pay for them. Also contained in the packages were toiletries, games, books, magazines and candy, said Rex Leetham, cultural vice-president."We have received assurance from the Iranian embassy in Washington D.C. that the packages will be allowed in to the hostages," Steele intoned, noting that they should be received by now. Said Steele, "The money left over from mailing the first five packages will be used to purchase and mail used paperback books." He said Joan Walsh, an Ogden resident, had suggested that books would be appreciated by the hostages. Walsh was one of the hostages released earlier by the Iranians. Donations were collected during a dance on Dec. 21, and a rally Dec. 22. Free advertising was given to the project by several radio stations in the area. Leetham said an Iranian student was going to be used as a carrier to get the packages to the hostages if all other means failed. "Iranian students were very cooperative," Steele said. "I respect them." "The project was started to help generate support for the hostages and the U.S. Presidential Office," Steele said. He added he got the idea when he read an article dealing with President Carter's request for support of the hostages through the mail. "We will not forget them," Steele concluded. "I plan to follow up for the hostages, but have no ideas."
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1980-01-08, Vol. 40, No. 23|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|