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1 ava V-.1VO 1UII SELLING BOOKS ONLINE Weber State University The O n "CV TV See page 5 Volume 66 Issue 86 wsusignpost.com Friday, April 16,2004 1 2J k 4 v Drug court inspires direction for addicts By Christine Harms asst. copy editor The Signpost Living with addiction: Part three of three In 2001, Weber County' began its first treatment-focused way of dealing with drug addicts charged with multiple drug-related nonviolent felonies. These are people from all walks of life students, prostitutes, mechanics, doctors and police. All share a common bond: the disease of addiction.. The drug court concept was established by former Attorney General Janet Reno in 1995. 'These programs will free up prison space for violent offenders," Reno said as she announced the availability of federal grants for states to implement local drug court programs. "At fee same time, they'll help . young, nonviolent offenders get the intensive supervision and drug treatment they need to kick their drug habits and break fee cycle of drug use and crime." Qualified participants enter a guilty plea for their charges. This plea, called a "plea in abeyance," is put on hold while fee offender is enrolled in drug court. Upon successful completion, fee guilty plea is wifedrawn and charges Sh opping for By Tracy L. Chartier sr. news reporter The Signpost Environmental organizations from across Utah came together at Weber State University on Wednesday for the annual Earth Awareness Mall that featured booths by a variety of government, nonprofit and private organizations. Representatives from the Audubon Society, Ogden Nature Center, Division of Wildlife Sendees, Envirocare, WSU Wilderness Recreation Center and several other organizations came to address environmental issues. This was a chance for die campus and community to receive information on topics from xeriscaping to wildlife preservation. Heather Kralik, Ogden Nature Center's public relations coordinator, said they wanted to present their organization at fee Earth Awareness Mall to show what they have to offer students and the community. are dismissed. If however, fee offender does not complete treatment, he or she will face sentencing and imprisonment. Statistical evidence supports fee proposition feat drug courts reduce criminal activity. A study conducted in 1998 by fee University of Utah School of Social Work revealed feat recidivism rates for local drug court graduates remained at a steady 7 percent. In, contrast, the U.S. Justice - Department estimates diat approximately 45 percent of offenders convicted of similar charges but who have not participated in drug court will relapse and commit another crime. This recidivism rate is even higher, over 60 percent, for offenders imprisoned for their convictions. "The whole concept of drug court is to try and get people off drugs," said Ernie Jones, Weber County Drug Court judge. "If 5'ou get people off the drugs, then they won't .commit fee crimes." : : - In many cases ding addiction may not be die, only problem faced by offenders. Poor reading skills, low levels of self-respect, and troubled family relationships are just a few of die issues faced by offenders. Drug courts often require feat participants develop skills that allow them to survive following treatment. See Drug page 3 "We are trying to convey the importance of nature and wildlife and what we need to do to nurture the environment for future generations," Kralik said. The Ogden Nature Center sent an outreach specialist to educate people about birds and the importance of wildlife preservation. A Great Horned Owl was showcased. "We brought a Great Horned Owl named Chitters," Kralik said. "He has actually been a resident at the Ogden Nature Center for 25 years. He is used for educational purposes." Envirocare of Utah also provided educational material. Envirocare specializes in providing a safe location for die disposal of environmental cleanup waste from bodi government and commercial sites. "We want people to understand diat we live in a world wife a lot of radioactivity," said Bette Arial, director of government affairs at Envirocare. The wastes Envirocare deals with tend to be high in volume but low in radioactivity. Of Holocaust survivor, By Wendy Leonard editor in chief The Signpost Recalling events that led to a world war, Holocaust survivor Netty Havas, along with Weber State University student actors, portrayed for an audience life in those days. In a presentation of Hollywood film, Broadway and reality, events of die Holocaust were discussed during Honors Issues Forum Thursday in die Wildcat Theater. Bruce Cohen, adjunct professor and director of Utah Musical Theatte at WSU, led die Associated Actors and Technicians in a preview of "Cabaret," a play written to show die world through die eyes of bystanders and spectators during fee rise of Hitier and fee Nazi regime. Cohen said he at first questioned die purpose of commemorating die Holocaust in Ogden, but added feat since fee event is one of die most well-documented in history, it is possible and worthwhile to examine fee available records and understand what actually happened, all die while banishing misconceptions. "It gives us an opportunity to bring up fee otiier elements of fee world," Cohen said, "and be interested in what happened and what can happen again in our future." Thursday's event was .an examination of theatrical entertainment and its treatment of fee Holocaust. a better environment wT 'v. '' ?Uiy-"- Karry Case, right, Utah House' program coordinator, talks to Weber State University students Eduardo Montero, left, and Nicholas Germer, center, about the Utah State University extention in Kaysville. Case was one of the representatives presenting at the Earth Awareness Mall Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Stewart Bell Tower. the nation's Class A low-level radioactive waste, Envirocare disposes of less than 4 percent. "The message we want to give is for people to understand our 7 i, f Student actors read part of "Cabaret" while Netty Havas watches. A film version of "Cabaret" was shown, then contrasted with the scene performed by the student actors. Following was a commentary from Havas, who related the real-life situations she experienced to what was shown in the film and play. Cohen said die performances portrayed significant changes in die atmosphere in Germany, among civilians and soldiers, tiiose prideful of tiieir countiy and tiiose who let feat pride consume them. Havas is now 86 years old and resides in Ogden. She recalls being arrested, imprisoned and persecuted for her beliefs along wife her husband and two young children. Referring to her non-Jewish neighbors in Amsterdam, Havas said, "We were friendly to people, operation is very safe, and it is good for the environment," said Karen Watson, public relations assistant at Envirocare. "It is very important to have a place students ass ire "1 y ' A" V i V and people were friendly to us." In one instance, her neighbors actually defended her husband against the German police. "That meant diat our neighbors were very nice to us," I lavas said. Despite neighborly attitudes, Havas said diat when she returned to die family-owned barbershop in 1945, "There was nothing left." Havas spoke of the minuscule food rations they received, redemption coupons from the newspaper, being allowed in stores only from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and receiving identification cards diat would later sell for thousands of dollars if they lacked the "J" marking a Jew. As die only Jewish mother widi two children to survive die See Holocaust page 3 to dispose of radiation in a safe manner." Envirocare offers tours to help people understand the process' they go through in disposing of low-level radiation. "People sometimes say we're just a radiation dump," Arial said, "and that sounds like we just dump it on the ground. There's always a lot of controversy about us. When people go on our tour and see it with their own eyes, the most common retort is that there's no issue here." Alanah Iiyding, WSU sophomore, visited the Earth Awareness Mall and was particularly interested in the Utah Stale University Utah House booth. "The ones that I've seen (environment-friendly houses), they look really funny because they're completely recycled," Ryding said. "This one's just a good idea because it looks like a normal house it seems like someone would actually buy. it." You can leave a message for reporter Tracy L. Chartier by calling 626-7655.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2004-04-16, Vol. 66, No. 86|
|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.|