Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2003-10-291
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PLAYING WITH TOYS. The toy craze continues for f-S adults. The See page 5 L Volume 66 Issue 35 wsusignpost.com Wednesday, October 29, 2003 Program receives national accreditation Online courses spark disputes O weder tate university rtl Dig 'DOS Jlr ,. f.,tnwmnn l.Mypiw mini wii wipi mm mu By Natalie Cutler news editor The Signpost After completing a three-year process, the Weber State University Athletic Training Program was awarded national accreditation on Oct. 19 by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. "Without being accredited there's no way to be certified as an athletic trainer," said Josh Brown, WSU senior and athletic trainer student. Bobby Herrera, WSU Athletic Training Program director, said it was mandated about four years ago that at the end of this year the only way a student can take the athletic training certification exam is by going through an approved, accredited program. "We were established as a major in 1998 and we kind of after that worked on all the accreditation material," Herrera said. The three-year accreditation process began with the initial athletic training curriculum based on classes that were established at WSU. Then the program went through a candidacy phase for about two years. "Self study was written up on the program and we had a site visit this February," Herrera said. "Our report was sent off after that." A subcommittee of the Commission of Accreditation, called 1 A I B T- . 9r: , . - , . Dave Clawson, president of the WSU Rock-Climbing Club, ascends "The Appendage," a rock in Rock Canyon, Provo, Utah. Q . g '' Weber State University soccer player Sarah Cortez has her ankle taped by assistant athletic trainer Billy Cotts. The WSU Athletic Training Program assists with all campus sports. the joint-review committee, interviewed students and faculty members in February to make sure they were accomplishing the necessary accreditation requirements. "They came so they could see what we have been doing throughout our years here," said Robbie Rauvi, WSU athletic program senior student trainer. "They asked us our opinions and what we liked and what the program could improve on." - - fit W'af Rauvi said several students were interviewed in the spring, and they also showed their clinical workbooks to the accreditation committee. The athletic training program has approximately 40 students. Every fall the head trainers conduct interviews to determine which new students will be admitted into the program. This year Herrera said they See Program page 3 Rock-climbing By Shane Farver correspondent The Signpost The City of Rocks in southern Idaho is a dream for rock-climbing enthusiasts, with its vast array of granite spires. However, Dave Clawson, Weber State University junior, and Jeff Bodell.WSU sophomore, learned last summer that it can also be a nightmare. As the pair prepared to descend the summit of the estimated 300-foot spire known as Stripe Rock, it was getting dark, the wind was picking up and they had to get down. The wind took the rope with which the climbers would rappel down the spire and tossed it into a messy tangle. Bodell went down first, to descend down the rope and fix the tangle. "I hope I don't die," he thought. After several failed attempts, the climber put his faith in God. "I prayed really hard, tried again, and it came loose," Bodell said. The pair finally descended Stripe Rock in approximately a half-hour to 45 minutes, a trip that would normally take only two to three minutes at most. Rock climbing can be a demanding and sometimes dangerous challenge. That's exactly what Dave Clawson and Jeff Bodell, founders of the WSU Rock-Climbing Club, love about it. Bodell and Clawson said joining the club is a good opportunity for climbing enthusiasts to meet others with the same interests. By Paul Garcia managing editor The Signpost Burgeoning technology has enabled more than 5,400 Weber State University students to take online classes this semester, and professors like Becky Jo McShane, assistant English professor, are worried about the uniform quality those classes. Students have told McShane the quality of online course runs the spectrum from excellent to poor. She is worried professors may be using online courses as a way to earn extra money. "My experience in developing my own online course and teaching the online course that was given to me has been that we've received minimal training, and the great incentive of teaching online appears to be extra money for the professors that do it," McShane said. She added that the interest ought to be the pursuit of an engaging new way of presenting information to students. Cheryl Hansen, WSU associate professor in the foreign language department, is a member of an ad-hoc committee that tracks student performance and opinions in online classes. Last fall semester, the committee received and analyzed the com- club reaches "It's very much a thinking person's sport. It's not so much brute strength, like most people think, as it is technique." Gary Willden WSU professor of recreational activities "Some of my best friends, I met in rock-climbing class," Clawson said. Clawson warns that the sport is not for the faint of heart. "Some of my best friends from high school, I can't even get them to do it," Clawson said. "They just won't even try it because they're scared to do it before they try it." For him, the rush a climber gets from the sport is well worth the fear. Clawson began rock climbing regularly after taking arock-climbing class from WSU professor of recreational activities" Gary Willden. Willden, who is referred to by some students as "Dr. Fun," began rock climbing almost 40 years ago. His passion for rock climbing lies in his desire for challenges. "I certainly enjoy a sense of challenge or achievement," Willden said. "It's very much a thinking person's sport. It's not so much brute strength, like most people think, as it is technique." In May Clawson began to teach Bodell how to rock climb, and the pair can't get enough. Clawson keeps a Students at the Shepherd Union Building computer lab utilize the technology provided. WSU is one of the leading universities in the nation in regards to offering online courses. ments of 4,869 students. Most of . them were satisfied with the classes. This survey also compared all online courses, unlike theend-of-semester surveys students take in traditional classes. Hansen said the courses are doing well overall. The problems they do have are not online-specific; they apply to traditional classes as well. She added that the biggest problem with online classes is the lack of caps on class sizesr Professors are paid per student per credit hour. The more students in the class, the more a pro See Courses page 1 1 new heights record and photos of his climbs and hopes to red-point (lead climbing a route in one push without falling) as many routes as possible. Bodell said he hopes to get to the point where he can climb anything. There are several types of rock climbing. Top roping, the safest type of climb, involves securing a rope to the top of the peak before beginning the ascent. Lead climbing requires that climbers secure safety devices such as cams, hexes and stoppers to the rope and rock wall while they ascend. Free climbing is rock climbing at its most dangerous, without the use of a rope. Bodell said he won't be trying free climbing in the future. "I think that I value my life too much," he said. The club held their first meeting Tuesday and will be planning climbs in the Ogden area as well as trips to different locations. For more information, contact Dave Clawson at 710-1 622 or Jeff Bodell at 643-1 863. You can leave a message for correspondent Shane Farver by calling 626-7655.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2003-10-29, Vol. 66, No. 35|
|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.|