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mm VOLUME 51. ISSUE 76 FRIDAY. APRIL 19. 1991 IGNPO : Weber State University Ogden, Utah THE Funding approved for new WSU building By Joyce Zabriskie Senior reporter of The agnpost Funding for Weber State's student services building was approved by the state legislature during a special session Thursday. Bids for the project will be sent out immediately and an architect could be secured as early as July, said Rep. Grant Protzman of WSU Student Development, who was in attendance at the session. Groundbreaking has not yet been scheduled, he said. Protzman said the school was awarded $19 million for the project, less than the re- "We got our (student service) building. It was a lot of work and it was worth it." Dr. Marie Kotter, vice president of Student Services quested $3.2 million for this session. "We accepted the lesser figure as a compromise with the Senate," he said. "All items were trimmed to come up with the needed funds for the different (state building) projects."Dr. Marie Kotter, vice president of Student Services, said the legislature will award funding for the building in phases. She said the initial $2.9 million will get the project started. The total cost of the student services building is estimated to be nearly $1 2 million, and half of that figure will be paid for by student fees. The building will be located between the Union Building and the Miller Administration Building and will centralize all student services in one complex. "We got our building," Kotter said. "It was a lot of work and it was worth it." Police brutality may be more common than most realize By Paul B. Johnson Managing editor' of The Sgnpost Though the problem of police brutality may not be as common locally as in other : states, a Salt Lake City attorney said Thursday that excessive force is "more than a casual or occasional problem in Utah." Brad Rich, who has defended clients and their allegations of excessive force, said Utah citizens do not take the problem seriously enough. "It is very hard to get the average person to be aware of and concerned with problems where they exist," he said. Rich was joined by Ike Orr, director of Utah Peace Officers Standards and Training, in debating the prevalence of police brutality during an Open Hour Honors Issues Forum at Weber State. Orr said he felt it was rare officers in Utah used unnecessary force. Meanwhile, Officer Ryan Hogensen of the Weber State police department said he doesn't know of any campus complaints of brutality during his three yea rson the force. "In most cases you can handle situations without using force," he said. r - " i i ' 1 i $ ' i 4 '' y I ' i J :j : I ill iir, mi. II- oiH.iil Vn iHHI' iltiiiw ( i Mi . m i i i' ...... ' n'MW il ii I iii ii'V'! i HY i n- - n i T JIM SAWDEYWf SGNPOST ATTORNEY BRAD RICH makes a point during Thursday's Honors Issues Forum. "You ve (only) got to use as much force as ; necessary to make sure no one else is going to get hurt." ; : He said he's only had to use force twice during his career, and both times the arrested individuals were intoxicated and "I had to force their hands behind their backs to handcuff them." Hogensen also said that the videotapes of a beating by Los Angeles police that has received wide national attention "just made me sick." : : "I can't even stand to watch the : tapes," he said. "What it's done is just put law enforcement in a bad spot." Orr said he and other officers were also surprised at the videotapes. "We are as offended by the incident in L.A. ... as anybody else, possibly more offended," he said.:: He also agreed with Rich that brutal- : ity does happen in Utah, adding. That level (of violence) you saw on television : could happen in Utah, I suspect." However, Orr said that during his 26 years of law enforcement and "thousand s of arrests," he has never seen officers use night sticks to club people as in the video, though he has seen some use their fists. "Is there anybody here who hasn't been mad enough to hit somebody if they thought they could get away with it? I expect not," he said. (See BRUTALITY page 3) Arts fj Weber Instructor's works are real jewels Sports 7 WSU soccer team to face Salt Lake Sting Language of Utah abortion bill changed By Joyce Zabriskie Senior reporter of The Sgnpost Changes in the technical language of Utah's controversial abortion bill were approved in a state legislature special session Thursday, removing the controversial "homicide loophole." Critics said the original bill contained vague language making it possible for women who have an abortion to be charged with murder.lt also did not answerquestions of third-party liability of anyone assisting a woman in getting information about abortion.Third-party legal liability was removed from counselors or clergy who instruct women on where they may obtain abortions. Parties performing abortions may still face prosecution. Incest was also redefined as sexual acts among any close family members. The definition is no longer limited to victims under 18 years of age. Kara Dayley of Planned Parenthood said the bill won't stop abortion. "It will draw lines. I think it is a bad deal," she said. Dayley expressed concern over the use of birth control implantation devices or IUDs, which keep fertilized eggs from attaching to the uterine wall. Rep. Grant Protzman of WSU Student Development said, "Any concerns over such issues as birth control devices are considered as red herrings by the legislature." (See ABORTION page 2) Allied forces security and paved way for Kuwaiti freedom, official says By Lisa Ivey Asst. News editor of The Signpost Kuwait continues to reel from the destruction of essential resources and the polluting of its environment, but coalition forces have helped pave the way for peace and security in the nation, said Nazeeh Al-Nahedh, cultural at-tache' to the Kuwait Embassy in Washington, D.C. "The action of the past eight months has created a new understanding between our two nations and all who fought for the liberation of Kuwait," he said. Al-Nahedh spoke during Open Hour Thursday in conjunction with In ternational Students Emphasis Week. Even though the future looks optimistic, there are "great challenges that lie ahead for Kuwait," he said. Among the many attrocities of the war were babies left to die in incubators while being transported to Bagdad. Many Kuwaitis were abducted from their homes by the Iraqi Army. "Some were imprisoned in their homes without food, electricity or proper medical care," he said. Al-Nahedh said Kuwait's greatest concern is the pollution from the burning oil wells. Oil and ash cover a great expanse of the land, polluting the sea and air, endangering the health of the people. It will take about 10 years to restore everything to its original condition, he said. Searches continue for buried bodies, and thousands of Kuwaitis are still unaccounted for. Though water and electrical services have been restored, Kuwait remains in a chaotic state, he said. Al-Nahedh said the reconstruction of Kuwait will be an "awesome task" to accomplish. It will take one to two years to extinguish the fires and up to nine months after that to begin oil production and exports. Beyond human costs,it is estimated thecost (See KUWAIT page 2) r OVL 8- ' v DANIELLE MABEYWf SIGNPOST NAZEEH AL-NAHEDH from the U.S. Kuwait Embassy said there are great challenges ahead for Kuwait while at Weber Thursday.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1991-04-19, Vol. 51, No. 76|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University|
|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 University|
|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.|