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INSIDE The o Volume 65 Issue 17 www.wsusignpost.com 1 n Monday, September 16, 2002 First home game of WSU football season, See page 6 7 i By Daniel Hammer correspondent The Signpost On Wednesday, the Greenbacks Inc. Bringing Hope Foundation and services for women students will begin a ten-week program at Weber State University to teach single moms self-reliance. This program entitled, "The Road to Self-Reliance," will feature classes on finances, parenting, employment, legal issues, housing, survival skills and related topics in the areas of self-esteem and self sufficiency, finding resources and gaining emotional support. Participants will meet on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in suite 150 of the Student Services Center. These meetings will be co-facilitated by WSU students Amy Park and Tammy Meadows. Park, a social services student working in the services for women students office, is overseeing the program. Meadows, a psychology major, is a single mother of four and a past participant in the GBHF program. Though her classes are on WSU campus, she remains active on the Davis campus. "I loved the classes," she said. "It is very empowering for someone going through something like a divorce to know where to go for programs and help." By the time the classes end on Nov. 20, participants will be paired with a mentor who will assist them in developing and implementing their goals. Mentors are volunteers who commit to four hours a month, for a year, to the program. Meadows is especially appreciative of the mentor program which is "wonderful, absolutely wonderful." She said her mentor was a "lifesaver" who provided valuable life experience that helped her become more self-reliant.While taking an introduction to the university course at the Davis campus, Meadows formed a bond with other single moms in her class and with the help of Judy Hurst, the Davis campus assistant dean of students, they started a student group called SOLO. The mission of SOLO is to "provide support for sanity and survival, formally and informally, for single women." '7 loved the classes. It is very empowering for someone going through something like a divorce to know where to go for programs and help' Tammy Meadows co-facilitator Meadows said it is based on "single ladies flying solo." The Road to Self-Reliance was developed by GBHF executive director Karen E. Mecham. In 1998, Mecham, formerly a single mother herself, worked with Greenbacks Inc. President and CEO Brent L. Bishop to form the nonprofit organization. Greenbacks Inc., which is the parent company of Greenbacks All A Dollar stores, is the founding sponsor for the foundation. GBHF had their fourth annual Single Moms' Conference on Saturday at Granite High School in Salt Lake City. This single mom only conference brings "single mothers together to learn life and job skills, to find resources, to network and to set goals for meeting their primary needs for employment, health care, housing, child care and education." The Road to Self-Reliance classes at WSU are open to a limited number of single moms in northern Utah who have great need and limited resources. Moms must be over 2 1 with children under 1 8 and have a desire to advance in self-sufficiency. Single moms interested in registering for this program can call Wendy Stephens at 626-6090, or e-mail her at wstephensweber.edu. Additional information on the Greenbacks Inc. Bringing Hope Foundation, can be found atbringinghope.net. You can leave a messge for reporter Daniel Hammer by calling 626-7655. Losing one of their own Morris Lynn Nelson, 50, passes away By Devon Crus editor in chief The Signpost A friend was lost to students, faculty and staff on Sept. 1 1 . Morris Lynn Nelson, 50, passed away in his Ogden home. An employee of Weber State University Wildcat Lanes, he was a campus fixture for more than three years. His death was very unexpected to his friends and family, some of whom had spoken with him the Tuesday before he passed. "It's unreal, like it couldn't have happened," said Fred Meaders, Wildcat Lanes coordinator. One of the reasons it has seemed so unreal to those who knew him was because Nelson's health seemed fine the day before his death. "Lynn had a supervisor seminar Tuesday he sat in all day but he wasn't feeling well," said Ben Johnson, a coworker at Wildcat Lanes. Complaining of a scratchy throat and pain in his underarms, Nelson scheduled an appointment the same day to sec his family physician; he was diagnosed with strep throat and prescribed antibiotics, Johnson said . However, within the next day Nelson passed away. Wildcat Lanes remained empty until 2 p.m. Saturday so employees could attend Nelson's services. "I was in shock," Johnson said. It was difficult when Nelson's wife of 25 years, Ruth Marie, picked up her husband's personal items from work. "It was hard, I almost started crying," Johnson said. Nelson's sudden death has also been very difficult for his wife. "Her comment to me was 'I'm just empty and alone,'" Meader said. Wildcat Lanes, which usually opens at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, did not open until 2 p.m. so his coworkers could attend services. Funeral services for Nelson were held Sept. 14, in the North Ogden Cemetery. Nelson began working at Wildcat Lanes in November 2000 and prior to that he worked on campus for a year and a half for buildings and grounds. Prior to WSU, he was a member of the military and worked at Dugway. He also spent time in Korea serving the United States during the Vietnam War. Nelson is also survived by four sons: David L., Scott A., Timothy J. and Devin T. Of all the traits described by Meader and Johnson, Nelson was best known for helping everyone in any way he could. "He would help people out whenever he could. He was just that kind of guy," Johnson said. You can reach reporter Devon Crus by calling626-7121. Program spreads purple pride By Trent Dortzbach sr. news reporter The Signpost The talk about purple being bled on campus and in the community is becoming more common as a result of a joint effort from the athletic department and student government. Adopting a phrase used by sports at Weber State University, the "Do you bleed purple?" slogan has begun to spring up both on and off campus. It is a part of the Paint the Town Purple Club, started by Brody Barnes, WSU Student Association president. "This is one of our main focuses; getting more pride in the community," Barnes said. "Our motto this year is, 'We are more than just Weber,' and this is just one of several meaningful projects we will be doing." In an effort to promote WSU athletics all year, local businesses are being solicited by members of the student government to buy specially made T-shirts. Purchasing the shirts is a busincss's first obligation to join the club. Employees are asked to wear the "Do you bleed purple?" T-shirts at least twice a week, including on game days, and the managers arc asked to help advertise upcoming games and events on their marquees. For their participation, businesses receive free ads in the football and basketball programs, as well as recrifnitinn Hnrinp the halftime "This is one of our main focuses; getting more pride in the community' Brody Barnes WSUSA president also given to business members. Businesses that have joined the Paint the Town Purple Club include Smith's, San Francisco Sourdough Pizza, Carl's Jr., Chili's and Wingers. While this promotion and advertising does cost money, students are not paying the bill with their student fees. The athletic marketing and promotions department has secured sponsors to pay for the extra posters, calendars and drink coasters available at certain businesses, and the student government is earning back all money spent on the production of the T-shirts. WSU's latest trip for the club was to Rooster's last Friday where Ogden Mayor Matthew Godfrey helped in promoting WSU. In an effort to increase student attendance to home games, Keith Saycrs, assistant director of athletic marketing and promotions, tries to remind students athletic events arc free with a Wildcard.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2002-09-16, Vol. 65, No. 17|
|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.|