Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1992-03-091
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MONDAY, MARCH 9, 1992 VOLUME 52, ISSUE 52 Aaron George excels on court and in class p. 10 The TVTIP s IG OST WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY OGDEN, UT Thankless job JEFF JONES of Parking Enforcement patrols the lot above the Science Building. Some enforcers have been known to write out over 20 citations in an hour. .hi .jut a I, t W A. ,; i -. I 1 - Parking tickets: everyone else deserves them Some don't know how good they have it with 7,000 parking stalls to choose from By J.STANLEY HOWARD Senior reporter of The Signpost Jon Corpany, Weber State parking enforcer, said he's been called "every name in the book" by angry parking violators who don't relish the idea of parking tickets. Corpany, one of Weber's eight student parking enforcers, said he's given as many as 82 citations and as few as 15 citations during a four-hour shift. He does not particularly like handing out tickets, but said he does not feel bad about it. "I'd expect to get a ticket if I was parked illegally," he said. Frequently, a student will come back to the car while he's writing the ticket. He said the most common excuse for parking illegally is, 1 was only in there for 5 minutes." If the student is polite, Corpany usually tears up the ticket, even if he knows he's being lied to. "But if there's any type of hostility on their part, they fail the personality test and get a ticket," he said. Brad Smith, a parking enforcer majoring "Parkmg is like taxes. If you can' t find anything else to complain about, you can always complain about parking. And you'll always have a sympathetic ear." -L.G. Bingham, WSU parking judge in chemistry, said he once gave out more than 120 parking citations in lots A-l and A-2 during a four-hour shift. "As for as jobs go, it's fun," Smith said. "The best part of the job is working outside." Smith said he doesn't fancy giving most people parking citations but actually enjoys giving tickets to "problem parkers" who continually park wherever they want. Students who believe they were wrongly given a ticket or had to park illegally due to unusual circumstances can see L.G. Bingham, associate professor of criminal justice. For 15 years, Bingham has been Weber's main parking judge. He spends 2-3 hours, two days per week, hearing as many as 30 cases in a day. - "Much of what I do is not decide whether or not they were in violation of the parking regulations, but decide if there were mitigating factors that should reduce or excuse the fine that the regulations call for," Bingham said. There was a young woman who lived in the dorms and had only a dormitory permit. She drove her car up to Wildcat Stadium to meet her friends to go jogging. It was after 4 p.m. so it was OK for her to park there, Bingham said. They jogged down to 7-Eleven and got a Coke, then jogged back to the dorms. The woman forgot she had left her car at the stadium because she usually never took it (See TICKETS page 2) WSU's space education programs will continue PARTNERSHIPS: Nasa cutbacks won't stop Weber from bringing space age science into area schools By ALICE M. CRITTENDEN Staff writer of The Signpost Weber State is forging ahead with space-age educational programs, despite recent reductions in NASA funding for such activities.Officials have slated two satellite technology workshops this summer for all public school teachers. The objective of the two-week sessions will be to promote the use of weather satellite receiving stations in primary and secondary classrooms, said Dr. Wayne Wahlquist, professor of geography and director of WSU's SEDRC program. The new educational program and workshops are dubbed SEDRC, an acronym for Space Education Data Resource Centers. It is a successor to STEP, the Space Technology Education Program for school children previously funded by NASA. SEDRC is supported by grants from local donors and class tuitions. The SEDRC workshops at Weber will teach public school teachers how to assemble receiving stations for data from weather satellites, using existing classroom computers and additional equipment costing about $3,000. "This program provides a marvelous way to bring space technology into the classroom," Wahlquist said. "With a direct readout capability, teachers and students will have a window in space that permits them to view the earth as it is seen from a satellite at that very moment." The workshops will also add ress interpretation of incoming weather information and other educational applications of the receiving stations involving math, science, English, geography, history, aerospace technology, radio communication and computer science. Wahlquist said he expects the SEDRC program will spawn more than 10 receiving stations in Utah schools by December. (See SPACE page 2) Tree Utah honored as one of Bush's Thousand Points of Light' By JOYCE ZABRISKIE Staff writer of The Signpost Last week Tree Utah, a nonprofit organization with close ties to several Weber State faculty and students, became President Bush's 712th Point of Light. The honor recognizes citizens who improve their communities without prompting from the government. Russ Murdock, a Weber State botany student and director of Northern Utah's chapter of Tree Utah, said the organization's goal is "to plant 2 million trees in Utah by the year 2,000" entirely through volunteer labor. Many of the trees already planted are provided by the U.S. Forest Service. For each $1,000 worth of trees they receive, Tree Utah must organize $1,000 of vol unteer labor to plant them. Tree Utah, based in Salt Lake City, was organized in 1989 by Pepper Provenzano, who helped get an injunction to prevent Salt Lake City from cutting down trees. The organization grew from that movement. Murdock chairs a board of Weber State faculty and students who oversee the area from Tremonton to Davis County. Murdock said one the his memorable achievements with Tree Utah involved a hillside burning in Midway, Utah that claimed the lives of several firemen. Murdock said that the trees Tree Utah volunteers planted had an 89 percent survival rate, instead of the usual 40 percent. Ogden Mayor Glen Mecham recently appointed Murdock to a committee which oversees Ogden's urban forestry meetings. Murdock said cities don't have the funds for urban tree planting like they used to - for every two trees they cut down, most cities can only afford to replant one. Murdock labels himself somewhere between a conservationist and an environmentalist. "I am concerned about the ecology, but do not agree with the radical approach that some groups go to to make a point," he said. WEATHER Fair to partly cloudy Tuesday through Thursday. A little warmer Wednesday and Thursday. Highs mid 40s to mid 50s Tuesday becoming 50s to mid 60s by Wednesday. Lows 20s to mid 30s. NOTEBOOK On Friday Ron Holt, Director of the honor's program at WSU, announced his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives in an attempt to unseat Republican incumbant Jim Hansen. See Wednesday's issues for his views and campaign strategies.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1992-03-09, Vol. 52, No. 53|
|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.|