Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2002-12-041
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L oTEie Volume 65 Issue 50 M ".!" Cl" -21 www.wsusignpost.com Wednesday, December 4, 2002 IUSIDE I - Organ donation : gives life to others, See page 8 a is? (oiiu iyuis? iu trucsfc By Devon Crus editor in chief The Signpost While recent reports show crimes at Weber State University are at an average rate, the statistics for areas near campus look grim. "I don't believe crime is going down," said Gary Heward, chief criminal deputy in Weber County. "There used to be four of us that did nothing but prosecute felonies. Now there's 15 of us that do nothing but felonies." While reports from Mayor Matthew Godfrey's office are optimistic that crime has dropped in Ogden, the numbers from the county attorney's office tell a different story. "This year we're at the highest we've ever been," said Sherry VanderHeide, victim assistance coordinator for the Weber County attorney, who has been compiling statistics for 15 years. The number of charges filed in the county was at 5,960 at the end of November. This is up from the 4,594 charges filed last year. The majority of the charges stemmed from crimes in the area around WSU. "Most cases definitely happen in Ogden city," VanderHeide said. 4 "This year we're at the highest we've ever been." Sherry VanderHeide victim assistance coordinator for the Weber County attorney Often crime doesn't go down; while some types of crime decrease, others increase. For example, while assault charges may go up, domestic violence charges go down, she said. "My feeling is crime isn't going down, it remains fairly constant," Heward said. In Weber County, there are usually 8-10 homicides a year, most of which are in a cluster in Ogden. Homicides are one area that has seen a slight decrease this year. So far, the county has seen about six homicides this year, most of them in Ogden. "We have more than our share," Heward said. Those outside of the county attorney's office also believe crime is on the rise. "The last indicator I saw showed crime - ."J "2 - ' - Reported Crimes t: 'i- : it t .; t v Qgden's - inner City was going up," said Craig Dearden, WSU public safety director. While crime may be increasing, it does not mean all areas of the city feel its impact. This is because crime usually occurs in clusters, said Mike King, director of crime analysis for Ogden City. Which means crime tends to occur in specific, concentrated areas. Ogden's inner city is where most cluster crimes occur. The inner city consists of 20th Street to 30th Street, from Wall Avenue to Harrison Boulevard. The closer to the inner city, the higher the concentration of crime and crime clusters, King said. See Crimes page 3 $70, 000 given to programs Money earmarked for college of health professions By Jennifer Larson news editor The Signpost To the sum of $70,000, McKay-Dee hospital will help students graduate with nursing and clinical laboratory sciences degrees sooner than later. The donation was presented Tuesday at McKay-Dec Hospital to Weber State University's Dean of the College of Health Professions Lydia Wingate and WSU's chair. and professor of clinical laboratory sciences, Yasmcn Simonian. "We need to make enough money to cover the capital, and by the end of the year, if we have a little more than needed to cover that year's expenses, we like to contribute that money to the community," said Terry Phillips, education director for McKay-Dee ! lospital . WSU does not only educate locally, but also has stale-wide outreach programs. "Weber State is all over the state," Phillips said. Through the help of WSU online, the WSU clinical laboratory sciences is the only program in the country that offers associate and baccalaureate degrees online. Al thou ch there is a 30-40 f Ml At Representatives from Weber State University and Intermoun-tain Health Care hold checks totaling $70,000 which will be given to hire nursing faculty and to the clinical sciencelaboratory. perccjit shortage of clinical laboratory personnel for the next three or four years, this money will go directly to help run the online classes in hopes of narrowing this shortage . "The advances WSU has made in the last few years and the support WSU gives us and the foundation with the WSU online program has made this possible," Simonian said. With this money, the clinical laboratory program can maintain the online coordinator, the Internet cost accrued by the adjunct faculty and the software and computer costs that make this program so successful . In order to take these classes online, students have tobe working in a hospital. However, students may still take classes at WSU, which provide the hospital training required. This year, including the 570,000 presented Tuesday, McKay-Dee 1 lospital has donated SI 33 .000 to the See Programs page 3 Preliminary hearing today for UV-related charges By Devon Crus editor in chief The Signpost A preliminary hearing is set for a Weber State University student charged with forcible sexual abuse. Naim-Sediq Mustafa Crosley, 19, is scheduled in 2nd District Court before Judge Brent W. West at 9:30 a.m. today. Crosley is charged with the alleged abuse of a female University Village resident on Nov, 1 of this year. Forcible sexual abuse, a Second-degree felony, is defined by Utah law as taking indecent liberties such as touching the breast, genitals, buttocks or anus of someone 14 years or older. If found guilty, Crosley could be sentenced between 1-15 years and fined $10,000. Crosley, a freshman, was immediately suspended from the university as well as banned from all WSU grounds upon allegations of the crime. Regardless of the case's outcome, he will not be readmitted to the university without review. "A removal of the legal charges would not mean automatic reinstatement," said John Kowalewski, director of public-relations at WSU. In response to the attack, the "The dorms are probably at a higher rate because people are there 100 percent of the time." Craig Dearden director of public safety UV distributed a memo informing students that a sexual assault had occurred and included tips to increase safety awareness.The WSU Police Department would not comment on the Nov. 1 incident due to the ongoing investigation. However, WSU Safety Director Craig Dearden said this is not a reflection of crime on campus overall . "We have a lower crime rale than other universities," Dearden said. Although he did acknowledge that more crimes tend to happen in the residence halls. "The dorms are probably at a higher rate because people arc there 100 percent of the time." You can reach reporter Devon Crus by calling626-7121.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2002-12-04, Vol. 65, No. 50|
|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.|