Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2000-09-181
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mm ! 'J onecr Theater opens lJL 1 - (l. ' v J Homecoming The hockey club wins 1 1-3 in I j - f "CL zuuu-m season w, n ,ony . , , - , v - ,veek activities 1 Y" V a physical game against the rM &, "nningUiCKens i.J "T ' 'g.n wr.h 5K rX iM'i (J. of Utah, page 1 0. I; t t.y g Miusicdi, page o. i - - ! race iaturcidy, t i 1 ; i.;.. V. .2; v w VVr-, Volume 63 Issue 14 i j A S j Monday, September 18, 2000 The Signpost w B R T A T U N V R T Y Financial aid policy may cause students to pay money back By Danielle Blaisdell senior reporter The Signpost A new federal financial aid policy that causes students who withdraw from school to pay back a portion of their aid has been passed by Congress and is in effect starting this semester. Students who are receiving federal financial aid to attend school will now face severe consequences if they completely withdraw from the university. The new policy affects every college and university in the country and all types of aid apply to the rule: Stafford loans, Perkins loans. Pell grants, SEOG grants, LEAP grants, etc. "It is an expensive proposition for a student on financial aid to withdraw from school," said Richard Effiong, director of financial aid. Students will be required to return a portion of all financial aid funds students received for living expenses that semester. "If you just drop a class or two you will not return any funds, but if you completely withdraw you'll have to return a portion of money you received for living expenses." Effiong said. Students will be denied further financial aid until theyl use their own funds to make up all the classes you withdrew from. This falls under Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. This consequence goes with the requirement that all recipients of financial aid must maintain satisfactory academic progress toward their degree program. "If you tell us you're going to school full-time, we expect you to complete a minimum of 12 hours with passing grades," Effiong said. "If you don't, you're not making satisfactory progress." The amount students are required to return will be reported to a National Database System that also means that you cannot receive any more federal aid for school at any college or university in the nation until the amount is paid in full. "If a student comes to Weber and then transfers to another school, they can't receive federal aid from that school if they owed money See Financial page 3 . r 1 1 "' j - .-' y ' if- 1 J ' J' x-v I ' v TJ 1 a "- s : -: - f ; S m . ' C r f I A . 5' 1 S , v t " f ,1 .V 'i'Z M 1 t I i v I , . - - IK mi t f ' L wijw.'iiA fc f -. : t f ? t $ ' 1 7 i) 1 i r . - 1 V r - ?-' v ' '--' '- Laughing it up ... "Mission Improvible," a comedy group, started the night off for the Homecoming Kickoff Party. Their quick wit and great improv skills made the audience happy and got them ready for a night of fun. The night also included activities like street painting, laser tag and a Tarzan and Jane look-alike contest. Weber State's SONG HAS A NAME By Leo Tyson Dirr assignments editor The Signpost Alumni who took classes here 60 years ago can name the school song if you give them a few seconds to jog their memories. But Weber State University President Paul Thompson had to look it up. "What is the name of Weber State's school song? That's a good question," Thompson said in a telephone interview. "I haven't been asked that before. Let me see if I can find out for you. "I just stand and sing it," he continued. "I don't know the name of it. I assume it is called The School Song.'" Not quite. The official school song is called "Purple and White," in honor of the school colors. William H. Manning wrote the song in 1917. WSU, at that time Weber Academy, first offered college classes in 1916. This is news to most students. In anticipation of Homecoming Week (Sept. 16-23), The Signpost asked 50 students if they knew the title of the school song. Not one could name that tune. As for Thompson, he later found the song and its title on Page 178 of "Weber State College ... A Centennial History" by Richard Sadler. The lack of knowledge about "Purple and White" says a lot about how university and college campuses have changed since the early 1900s when many school songs were written. Alumni from the 1940s and 1950s have told Thompson they memorized the school song when they took classes here, he said. Some have asked why WSU students have to read the words from the program to sing it at commencement. The song is not as well-known now because students are less interested in activities that promote school spirit than their predecessors, Thompson said. Campuses have lost some of their sense of community as student enrollment has ballooned over the years. The Ogden campus used to have a yearbook and school dances even assemblies in the 1940s and 1950s when about 1,000 students took classes. Those things are no longer practical with today's 15,000-plus students on campuses in Ogden and Layton. Back in the day, a larger proportion of students were involved with student elections and fraternities and sororities. One reason for the decreased involvement is that a larger percentage of students have full-time jobs and are married than students of yore, Thompson said. "I think that the percentage of students who know about Weber State and its traditions is down from what it was 45 to 50 See Song page Lt. LeBlanc reports activities from 'down under' By Tanna Barry managing editor The Signpost Lt. LeBlanc with Weber State Police Department has spent the last week learning how the 2000 Olympics Summer Games operate behind the scenes. His experience has given him a basic understanding of the tempo of crowd flow as well as the functions of a security team. However, he has yet to face any major catastrophes. "It's been pretty quiet," LeBlanc said in a phone interview Friday. LeBlanc has been working with the South Wales Police Department. He has worked on vehicle screening, access to Olympic venues and has discussed how the event services are working. "I'm trying to cover all aspects of the their security plan," he said. This in-depth look at their plan has confirmed that WSU's own Olympic plan for the curling event in the 2002 Olympics is parallel to Sydney's. "It shows me that our plan is right on track," LeBlanc said. Since his arrival in Australia, LeBlanc has hardly had time to take a break. He spends 14 hours a day working on the venues and another hour commuting to and from the Olympic site on the public transportation system. "I go home exhausted every day," LeBlanc said. However, this experience is well worth the effort, he said. "I understand Americans are different, but I'm gaining an idea of what it would be like," LeBlanc added. The onset of the games has brought an enormous number of people into Australia, he said. "I've never seen so many people in one place before," LeBlanc said. Media reports have said that there are as many people 111 ,000 from around the world.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2000-09-18, Vol. 63, No. 14|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University|
|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.|