Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2003-03-121
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INSIDE m oTJie - n Volume 65 Issue 74 Bring it on, boxing comes to Utah, See page 8 cr. , "''V I frt fn' if' i ,' wsusignpost.com Wednesday, March 12, 2003 DO0()gDGD3S DUD (3 GOG fa pDD(3 Geese, other animals abandoned pets By D. Louise Brown correspondent The Signpost The pond south of Weber. State University's administration building is, officially, a retention pond, engineered and built to collect run-off water from nearby parking and concrete areas. But to the ducks, seagulls and geese that live there, it's home. And to most students and faculty, it's the duck pond. The ducks have arrived at the pond by a couple of routes. Most of them have been dropped off, while others simply fly in on their own power and take up residence, according to WSU Landscape Manager Ronald Curtis. And although Curtis's crew keeps an eye on the ducks, they do not take care of them. The ducks belong to the federal government. "We are not allowed, by law, to feed them, touch their eggs, touch the ducks, catch them, or interfere with them in any "We've never found a live alligator, only dead ones. And they're so little, they'd never be able to hurt a duck." Ronald Curtis WSU landscape manager way or form. We can pick them up when they die, and that's about it. They're protected by the Federal Bird Act," Curtis said. The ducks choose to stay because although Curtis' crew can't feed them, the public can, and does. Most days the ducks get treated to bread, crackers, cookies, whatever people have to toss to the bright-eyed birds in exchange for a chance to see them up close. WSU senior Stacie Harris, a single mother, takes her three children to feed them old bread, buns, "or whatever we happen to have at the moment that needs to go." During summers, she and her three A, -t: S.'- ( - - Weber State University is not allowed feed or interfere with the ducks in any way. have packed along a picnic and stayed to watch the birds. "The kids love it best in the spring because they like to see the babies. They've counted as many as ten ducklings following one mother duck. Those moms really protect their babies," Harris said. Unfortunately, mother ducks aren't always successful in protecting their ducklings. Curtis' crew tries to keep raccoons and skunks from marauding the nests. Dogs occasionally wander into the area and have to be chased away before they do damage. The alligators that Curtis's crew find each year when they drain the pond never grow to a size that See Duck page 3 v. - VV " S' iff n f .r"! , Q.Hj U fa il 'M Pat Danley (50) reaches over Sacramento State University players, rebounding the ball and assisting theWildcats to win 82-60. Pat Danley went 2-4 inside the key and had three rebounds in the 15 minutes he played. The 'Cats will play tonight against Eastern Washington for the Big Sky Conference Championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. See full coverage page 5. Election candidate numbers alarmingly low Twelve of 1 9 senate seats unopposed feel very disappointed because I feel these are fantastic opportunities to get involved." By Brandy A. Lee managing editor The Signpost Despite the heavy push since December, student government still had a low turnout for election candidates. Eighty packets were handed out, but only 30 students obtained and handed in the 50 signatures necessary. This means 12 of the 19 senate seats will run unopposed. It also means there will be no primary elections, with the exception of the executive cabinet. "I feel very disappointed because' I feci these are fantastic opportunities to get involved," said Brody Barnes, Weber State University Student Association president. Not only did they get a low turnout, but one position went completely without any student bid. the residence halls senator. "1 feci concerned that no students have taken the opportunity to get involved, especially over in the residence halis," said Jared Pnsbrey, WSUSA academic vice president. The senate is new struglini.' to fill the seat. It needs to be filled in order lor the constituency to keep the scat and have a vote in the student senate. If nobodv runs for the seat lor two consecutive Years. then it shows there Brody Barnes WSUSA president is no interest, said Mandy Medina, coordinator of student government. However, to fill the seat now, a student would have to run as a write in candidate. While the epidemic plaguing WSUSA is students running unopposed, other boundaries arc being crossed. Something new to the recent scene of student government is a female who is running for the presidential scat. Naliely Ruiz, I.atinoChicano1 lispanic senator, will be running against Kyle Poll, executive vice president, during the elections in April. "It's awesome," Barnes said. "1 think diversity in leadeiship is awesome." While it may be easy to get into the cabinet and tin: senate, next year's senators may hav c to abide by-more stringent standards. Senate Hill BS2MI3-I4 "A Wmking Senate." sponsored by African American Senator l-.kanem f II long . w ill put the senators on a jwiinis system Son Election ;ve-" !
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2003-03-12, Vol. 65, No. 74|
|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.|