Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1991-05-201
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v (s nWf,F) vy yVyi MONDAY. MAY 20 1991 VOLUME 51, ISSUE 89 :Weber State University Ogden, Utah Policy may prevent memorial greenhouse UUltillUS l T TTC7 i riii By Brent Mark Staff writer of The Sgnpost The Weber State botany club wants to start construction on a memorial greenhouse for Dr. Michael Cousens winter quarter, but WSU President Paul Thompson wants the club to be flexible in their planning. Thompson said that Weber has a policy that does not allow buildings to be named until five years after that person has left the university. Cousens was killed last fall by a drunken driver. Though the rule was instituted before he became president, Thompson said he thought the rule was to avoid having every building and place on campus named after mediocre faculty and neglect moredeserving faculty. "Someone might retire or leave the campus and there would be some sentiment left. The rule lets us put some perspective on whether they were really deserving or not," he said. Thompson added the rule certainly did not take into account Cousen's tragic and untimely death. The president also said that Cousens did a lot for Weber. "He is certainly deserving of a memorial," he said. The botany students wanted to honor Cousens in some way and they needed space (See BOTANY page 5) V i v -Jv y 4 I 8 uw3k X' V "Wind-fest" i MARK RANDAL tW SIGNPOST THE SATURDAY Sunfest at Weber Sfate was overshadowed sagging attendance. Cindy Wilson, an organizer of the for part of the day by threatening thunder clouds and wind event, summed up the troubles when she said, "This has not gusts, but warmer weather in the afternoon helped boost been a good day to be outside." By Lorin J. May News editor of The Signpost There is a big difference between being aware of the world's human rights violations and doing something about them, said Magdalano Rosa-Avilia, Amnesty International western regional director, at Convocation Thursday. "We can give good images, walk good, talk good but it makes no difference unless we do good," he said. "We will be remembered not by what we said, promised, or learned (about human rights), but by what we did." Amnesty International is the world's largest human rights organization, with over a million members worldwide. Members write offending governments about specific human rights violations and let them know their actions have not gone unnoticed. They pressure governments into releasing prison- A, Amnesty speaker encourages students to make a difference in lives of the oppressed "Personal experiences ... have taught me what happens when people don't speak out." "Most of us don't go to prison for our beliefs, color, religion, race or creed, but people all over the world do." Rosa Avilia told of some of the ways Amnesty has helped prisoners. In the mid-1980s, Soviet Nobel Prize-winning scientist Andre Sakarov was released after 16 years as a political prisoner in internal exile. Upon his arrival in the United States, he was asked if Amnesty had wasted its time writing letters. "If you didn't write letters I would be dead," Sakarov responded. He encouraged them to continue petitioning governments. "I'm not the only prisoner in the Soviet Union, and the Soviet Union is not the only place in the world with prisoners." A Soviet author put in prison for writing that there was little difference between the governing styles of Soviet leaders Stalin, Kruschev and Andropov, was also freed (See AMNESTY page 3) - X .: "V - y v V . DANIELLE MASEYTHt SIGNPOST MAGDALANO ROSA-AVILIA ers and changing policies. "When we don't speak or write, we give them the license to kill ... and torture, (because) we are silent," Rosa Avilia said. News Swanson family grants non-: traditional scholarship fund Entertainment ; New play pushes audience to its "Extremities" f 2 Weber leads Big Sky in Ail-Sports Trophy race Explosion in chemistry lab sends student to hospital By Lorin J. May News editor of The Sgnpost An explosion in the WSU chemistry lab Friday sent a student to the hospital for treatment of minor hand lacerations. The student, an early-college senior from Ogden High School, was grinding a solid peroxide compound by hand when it exploded at about 10:25 a.m., said Craig Nelson, WSU public relations representative. The explosion shattered the mortar and pestle the student used to grind the compound, cutting his hands, cracking the plastic light coverings on the ceiling, and shattering some nearby glass beakers. No one else was in the room at the time. The student was rushed to McKay-Dee Hospital by campus police, and an Ogden City fire engine was alerted to the scene as routine procedure. The student was later treated at the hospital and released. "It wasn't exactly a freak accident," said Dr. Spencer Seager, chair of thechemistry department. "You don't grind solid peroxides." He said the amount being ground at the time was aliut the size of a half dollar. The student, who asked not to be identified, said, "I knew peroxides were unstable, but not that they were so shock sensitive." He also offered some advice from experience."Be careful with chemicals," he said. McKay-Dee emergency room personnel say the victim may need minor plastic surgery to prevent scarring.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1991-05-20, Vol. 51, No. 89|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University; 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 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.|