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II lm Friday, December 3, 1993 Volume 56 Number 35 Rink funding on target Ice sheet one month behind but now fully funded By Cheryl Jensen Signpost news editor Foundation members are in the process of raising the remaining $150,000 needed for a new ice rink under construction near the Dee Events Center. Max Thompson, chairman of the North-em Utah Sports Foundation, said a payment of about $1.2 million, some of which will be county money, will be made Dec. 16. The ice rink will cost a projected $6.1 million, he said. "That puts us right on budget and right on target in keeping our commitments so far on the rink," he said. Weber County will fund $2 million and the state will fund $3.2 million for the rink. The county will manage the facility, which is being built on land leased from Weber State University , said Allen Simkins, vice president of administrative services at WSU and a member of the governingboard of the ice rink. It will be completed Feb. 7, a month after the targeted completion time of the end of December. A "gala" opening with a major event and world class ice skater is scheduled for April 2, Thompson said. After that the rink will be open to public ice skating and for Olympic events like the Pan Am games. "That building will be used regardless if we get the Olympics or not," he said. Thompson said the rink will be boon for economic development for Weber County. The rink, the Ogden-Weber Ice Sheet, will have an Olympic-size hockey rink, seating for 2,000 spectators, an equipment rental and pro shop, a public changing area, four team rooms, vending areas, a lounge and general purpose area and rooms for support, storage and equipment. The facilities will be useful for community activities.Robert Folsom, director of architectural and engineering services, said the building's exterior is mostly completed but finishing work and completion of the floor are behind schedule. Setbacks were due to delays in material deliveries and underground problems, he said. Work on the rink began last December. m I 1 Illl Ull .1-1.1 I I m ! STEVE CONLIN7HE SIGNPOST Workers continue contruction on the new ice sheet. Constuction is expected to be completed near the beginning of February. WSU nurses to visit Chernobyl disaster area By Cheryl Jensen Signpost news editor Children affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster may get a visit from Weber State University nurses in April. The nursing department is trying to raise funds and untie bureaucratic knots to send five nurses to Chernovsky, the Ukrainian city of 300,000 which was affected by the Chernobyl radiation disaster in 1986. They will join members of the humanitarian organization Veterans Association for Service Activities Abroad (VASAA). A trip to Chernovsky would be a milestone a first of other trips abroad for WSU nurses, said Maryanne Anderson, assistant nursing professor. The nursing department is looking for international opportunities that would teach "the value of humanity, that people survive with minimal health care," Anderson said. John Vickroy, coordinator of veteran's affairs and a member of VASAA's executive committee, said the group has gone to other countries. The trip to the Ukraine will go as planned and VASAA has asked the nurses to join, he said. Up to 15 people altogether will go, he said. The opportunity to volunteer is still open, but they don't have their complete list yet," he said. "We're raising money for it, or people can pay their own way." "We will visit a children's clinic in Chernovsky that has 1,500 children with a variety of diseases related to the Chernobyl disaster and another disaster that was never reported," Vickroy said. Children suffer mostly from leukemia and blood diseases, he said. Nurses would help as well as learn from the experience, he said. VASAA asked Igor Veschunov, surgeon from Chernovsky who is attending the University of Utah, to speak to nurses at WSU Tuesday to tell his experiences with Chernobyl. He was one of three doctors who treated Chernobyl victims. He stayed a month. The others stayed four, he told the class. Now the others are dead. Vickroy said Veschunov told of the conditions that can be expected in Chernovsky. See Nursing page 6 Coach Arslanian reveals last-hope plans By Mark Forsberg Signpost managing editor The football program's role at Weber Sta te University can change if it is allowed to continue, said football coach Dave Arslanian. "Right now foot- ball is draining other sports, but football now has an opportunity to help," he said. This idea was one of several Arslanian Arslanian listed the reasons football was targeted above other athletic programs. First was lack of attendance at games, resulting in a lack of revenue. Other problems included reduced discretionary funds, reduced money from "I've talked to enough people to feel this plan is on target." Dave Arslanian expressed as part of a plan to earn $500,000 to save WSU's football program. Recently, the football program was put on alert when informed they had to earn the half-million dollars to play nextseason. the state and problems with the gender equity statutes of the NCAA. Deteriorating facilities were another problem the program faced. Arslanian and other administration and faculty responded by piecing together a plan that relies on community, students, faculty and administration. The plan was introduced to President Paul Thompson Wednesday night. "He said it sounded like a good plan," Arslanian said. "I've talked to enough people to feel this plan is on target." The plan focuses on five areas for support and money. The first is student participation and lists student fees as one method of revenue. "We could trade-off student fees with certain benefits for students," he said. The program could hire students to fill roles normally taken by off-campus entities, he said. "The sales and marketing people arranged a nice package for promoting the team last year. I don't see why we shouldn't use it," he said. The second facet of the plan would be to market the program in the community and encourage more community involvement on campus. Season ticket sales, the third facet, could be increased by advertising in local papers, approaching donors, publicizing through telephone solicitations and a variety of other methods. Corporate and business sponsors may also boost the program's rev-See Football page 6 Quick Takes ' i wlx; : A&E Wayne and Garth embark upon another tastefully questionable adventure. See Page 7 News Weber State University professor serves double role as Morgan city's mayor. See Page 3 Opinion Student throws a little mud in the eye of pessimistic faculty members. See Page 5 W '- -IT 4 J?"? V-lr". --.VI rp Sports Battle of the Wildcats: WSU downsCentral Washington University Wildcats by 20. See Page 1 0 Weather j-.o&SZ? Don t han that Ty coat up yet! t-VA.Jii' Chance of snow today.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1993-12-03, Vol. 56, No. 35|
|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.|