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r A mirQ)(D) iL Monday, April 8, 1996 Volume 58 Number 67 V - Few candidates running for 1996 WSU By Marc Fuller Signpost asst. news editor The list of candidates filing for this year's ASWSU positions is short; in fact, shorter than it has been for several years. "I don't know why there aren't many candidates filing this year' Brent Richardson, Election Committee membersaid. "Idon'tknow if people knew when to file, or even how." There are 11 uncontested candidates for senator positions, leaving one seat, the international student seat, that no one has filed for. The only primary election will be held for studentbody president. "I wonder if students know you also get a tuition waiver," Richardson said. Richardson also said the committee may have been trying to emphasize more students need to vote rather than encouraging students to file. A Not enough being done to prevent hate crimes in Utah By Paul Whitney Signpost news writer In the Wildcat Theater on Thursday, students spent their free hou r listening to Ron Cokman, a professor at the University of Utah, and Forrest Crawford, a professor at Weber State University, talk about what they claimed as being hate crimes taking place in Utah. Cokman spoke about the history of blacks in Utah. He said although blacks may be in the minority in Utah, they did not have had a major part in News: Complete list of candidates running for ASWSU offices. See page 8 Opinion: Library adventures bring excitement. See page 4 Sports: Spring football practice about to get under way. See page 10 offices I don't know why there aren't many candidates filing this year. Brent Richardson 99 Russ Rampton, another committee member, said he thought the low number of candidates was due to the lack of a big controversy this year. "Last year, for example, we had a big debate over student fees," Rampton said. "Also, some people came in with their own agendas for change. That just didn't happen this year. If people don't feel the need to change something in See Candidates page 8 the settlement of the state. Cokman said, like the Mormons in 1847, there were blacks that came here exploring and trapping many years before the Mormons.He said while most people believe the Mormons didn't practice slavery, there were many Mormons that came from the South into Utah, and they brought their slaves with them. Cokman said, "It was generally expected that most blacks from 1847 to 1850 were slaves, even though there wasn't many statutes that legally sanctioned the institution enacted until 1852." Cokman was quick to point out African-Americans could not sit on juries, vote or even receive a local marriage license for a mixed marriages. Utah would honor a mixed marriage that took place outside of the state, however. . He said this law didn't change until 1965. After Cokman gave some history of African-Americans in Utah, Crawford expanded on it. He said there are many prejudices in Utah today against blacks; and because of these prejudices, a number of crimes are committed each year based only on them. Crawford also said he still receives mail addressing these issues of hate crimes, and not enough is being done to prevent See Crimes page 8 ( f Sarah Bartholomew and her companion get ready to run for the nearest egg at the Easter party on Saturday, sponsored by the Zoology, Botany, Microbiology and Geology clubs. Children search for perfect egg during annual Easter celebration By Lisa Hess Signpost news writer Hundreds of children gathered together early Saturday morning to search for Easter eggs and a variety of other goodies the Easter bunny left on Weber State University's soccer field. This is the fifth year WSU has hosted the Easter Egg Hunt. The event started at 10 a.m. and by 10:05 a.m. there wasn't an egg unfound. The children quickly gathered as many goodies as their baskets would hold. There were anywhere from J" ' w ' '" 400 to 500 kids participating in this years hunt. "We had more kids than the previous years. This has been the biggest family turn out this year," said Julie Best, WSU family program director. The Easter Egg Hunt is put on by the Campus Activity Board. The hunt is for WSU alumni, Junior Wildcats, students, faculty and administration. Ron Robinson, WSU's 1987-88 studentbody president, enjoyed watching his children Whitney and Trek participate in the Easter Egg Hunt. "It's well worth it,;we enjoy coming every year. We think it is i - i 4 , . : '4 RYAN SHUPEWE SIGNPOST a great program and enjoy bringing kids here," Robinson said. "This event is great for non-traditional students with kids. It's totally fun," said Rich Erekson, a WSU student. The Easter bunny stayed and tookpictu res with the kids, and drawings were held for Easterbaskets to be given away. The Easter Egg Hunt has become a tradition for WSU, and it wasenjoyed by everyone who participated. "It's a lot of fun, and the kids always have a good time," said Michelle Heward, criminal justice professor at WSU.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1996-04-08, Vol. 58, No. 67|
|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.|