Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1997-07-081
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Where's T7 Tarantino? Yj Without Samuel L. ' Jackson, Travolta , faces Cage in Face Off. See a&e page 5 ( Tuesday, July 8, 1997 www.weber.edusignpost Volume 60 Number 3 Campaign 'Fast Forwards' enrollment enthusiasm By Patrick Parkinson campus affairs-77ie Signpost Although the official numbers have yet to be unveiled, it is believed summer enrollment is up at Weber State University, and a clever, widespread marketing campaign may be largely responsible. "We had a lot of student input with this campaign, and I thought that was cool," said Sandy Sowerby, director of public relations at WSU. Students contributed to all different aspects of the campaign. The initial slogan "Fast Forward your Education this Summer" was changed after being presented to a focus group North meets South -Alabama comes to Utah Alabama, who performed at the Dee Events Center July 1, has sold over 40 million records and produced 40 No.l hits. Teacher education program raises By Sherry Holmes news writer-The Signpost In an attempt to draw the best candidates to the teacher education program. Weber State University has raised their admission standards. A WSU student must have a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.0 or 3.25 on the last 45 credit ,'.':,' .t .,.,,.,. "' ... ;., ; : , ,, , . editorial .see page 4 'a&e . :seepage'6' t" Sports . . . . : .see page 7 news. . . , , see page .2 & 3 classifieds .seepage 8' comprised of WSU marketing students."The students didn't want to link the words education and summer; they didn't think that sounded like a whole lot of fun," Sowerby said. The group changed the slogan to "Fast Forward your Education," and the date the quarter began was placed somewhere else in the layout. The logo bearing the fast forward button was designed by Joel Morrison, a WSU student. The school purchased five billboards for presenting this campaign to the public. Ads were ran in all Utah college newspapers at the end of April and throughout May. .,-vr i $ ' -' 4 v) t " V ;h' Xf J hours to be admitted into the program. Applicants must then pass a strict entrance test and be interviewed with three faculty members to be accepted into the program. "We have high admission standards, because we can't take everyone who applies to our program," said Cordell Perkes, chairman of the teacher education department. "The common perception that "The idea was, when you're home for the summer take a class," Sowerby said. "Not come be our students forever, but when you're home for the summer, take a look at what we've got." Ads also ran in the Standard Examiner and several weekly papers throughout Weber, Davis, Box Elder and Morgan counties. Students at KWCR, WSU's radio station, also produced ads for the campaign. Tom Turner, the station's sales director, wrote the scripts and helped produce the spots which were aimed at local high school students. Ads were also ran in some local high school papers, and a flyer was designed and X anyone can be a teacher is incorrect," said Perkes. He half-jokingly admits that many of his faculty, including hintself, might not have been admitted into their own teacher education program because of such high standards and stiff competition. Students at WSU realize that only the top candidates are admitted into the program. The average GPA of a student entering the teaching pro i distrubuted to many high schools throughout the four counties. Each department on campus joined in the campaign by distrubuting flyers geared solely towards their specific disciplines. Two WSU students starred in a television commercial that was ran on several TCI Cablevision stations. The ad was written by the school's public relations office and appeared on such stations as MTV, ESPN and the Discovery Channel. Reasons for attending school in the summer are as diverse as WSU's student-body. "I want to get done a lot quicker," Michelle Pehrson, a WSU ft standards gram at WSU is 3.34. while a comparable group of students with similar clases and number of credits is 3.04. The ACT scores of students in the education program are significantly higher than other WSU students. The students' qualities are shown within the program. Last See Teacher page 3 senior said. "I only have two more quarters, so I figure this is a lot more convenient than coming back for fall and winter." "They're longer classes," said Patrick Ballard, a WSU freshman. "But, I got to get it done sometime.""I am pleased that we had as much participation and involvement as we had in this campaign," Sowerby said. "From our students and faculty as well; everybody helped. It wasn't just me, and it wasn't just the campaign that we put together. There were a lot of people involved in making itsuccessful." Religious act opinions scarce By Patrick Parkinson campus affairs editor-The Signpost Students contacted by The Signpost about the United States Supreme Court's controversial defeating of the Freedom Restoration Act expressed little knowledge and interest for the issue. The opinion of most of the students upon realizing what the act and its defeat involved generally favored the side of the First Amendment. Weber State University students were concerned for their First Amendment rights, and many feel government intervention in the spiritual lives of its citizens is unwarranted. They also feel special rights in religious matters are not necessary. "They already have the right to do whatever they want; why infringe on somebody else's rights," Shane Huston, a WSU senior, said. The court defeated thefour-year-old act citing that it unconstitutionally steals power from federal courts. Congress passed the act in reaction to a 1990 Supreme Court ruling which said laws neutral toward religion may be valid even though they may sometimes infringe on someone's religious beliefs. "As far I am concerned, for America's sake, the ruling had to go down," Justin Lowery, a WSU student, said. "It was inevitable." At this year's annual Freedom Festival in Provo, Gordon B Hinckley, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, expressed concern over the Supreme Court's ruling. He blessed the court and expressed his desire for them to sustain a measure providing the same protection for a person's religious freedom as provided by the now non-existent Freedom Restoration Act.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1997-07-08, Vol. 60, No. 3|
|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.|