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n Numbers, numbers and more numbers C WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY Rough week for hockey team V See page 4 See page 6 - -JL-- - 7 s Parking passes available by seniority Student Senate also votes on Web access to professor evaluations By Jenalee Berger sr. news reporter I The Signpost Two resolutions were introduced and passed Monday at (he Weber State University Student Senate meeting. One resolution will make professor evaluations accessible online and the other will make parking passes available based on seniority. The first resolution will replace the current hard copy professor evaluations that are done in class at the end of each semester. The new evaluations can be completed online. "This resolution has been in the works for several years," said WSU Traditional Student Senator Chris Bentley who introduced the resolution. Bentley said that in 2003 the Student Senate had eight course evaluation questions approved by the Faculty Senate. The new evaluation will have the eight approved questions and a comment section at the end. Students will be required to fill out the online evaluations before they can access their grades. The senators hope that the new online evaluations will be a lot more accessible in an online form. "There's only one copy that's stashed away in the archives of the library," Bentley said, "and usually there's only about six students who view those per year." Before the resolution can be implemented it has to be approved by the Faculty Senate. In an effort to make the resolution more appealing to the Faculty Senate, WSU Education Senator Brett Jones proposed an amendment to the resolution so the evaluations are subject to review. "Allow students to be able to report any perceived abuse in these evaluations to institutional research," Jones said. To avoid censoring me evaluations, WSU Veteran Students Senator Nick Mathews proposed another amendment to the bill that allows students to say if they agree or disagree with the comments. He suggested a ; voting system where if any comment receives 50 votes ill disagreement With thr rommenf if will he snhject fnr . review by Institutional Research and they will determine if the evaluation will be removed. After the resolution goes to Faculty Senate it will depend on how quickly Institutional Research can implement the system before it is in effect. The second resolution passed in the meeting creates seniority-based parking and also raises the price of A-and W-lot parking passes. WSU BISHonors Senator Brad Wahlstrom proposed this resolution. "It brings order to a system that's already at times chaotic," he said. Seniors with more than 90 credit hours will be allowed to purchase A-lot parking permits during the registration time for seniors. Any remaining A-lot passes would then be available for juniors with 60-89 credit hours to purchase during their registration period. Any student who did not purchase A-lot passes can choose between W-lot and Dee Events Center parking passes. There will be at least a 5 percent annual price increase for A- and W-lot parking passes. "We cannot build any more parking spaces," Jones said. "We can't build up or down or around or anywhere. The only solution is outside of campus." . The price increase is intended to get more students to park at the Dee Events Center. "I think the more we can encourage people to park at the Dee the better," said WSUSA President Peter Owen. The residence hall parking permits will not be subject to a price increase. WSU Residence Hall Senator McKell Barnett proposed an amendment to the resolution that excludes residence parking permits from the annual 5 percent price increase. See Senate page 8 mm Children find their long-lost father, and discover that he has cancer By James Elmer correspondent I The Signpost For 27 years, both 33-year-old Daniel Watkins and his32-year-old brother Robert were led to believe by their mother that their father, Robin Watkins, had died in Vietnam, but after searching to find his remains and make sure he got a proper burial, they found out the truth: Their father was alive, but dying. After going to the doctor a year earlier in 2005 because he was throwing up blood, the doctors performed routine tests and gave the 53-year-old Weber State University mailroom employee the worst news of his life: liver cancer caused by cirrhosis. Since then his life has been very different. Before coming to WSU in August of 1983, he served in both the Vietnam War and in Korea during hiseight-and-a-half years in the U.S. Navy from March 1972 to August 1980. In Korea, he met his first wife, Penny, who left with their two children shortly before he was discharged. After he was discharged, he met Sandra Scadden, whom he married two montlis later and has been with ever since. Although they had three children of their own, he said he never forgot the children that he lost. "I was always hoping that one day I would get a tap on the door or a phone call from one of them, and one day I did," Watkins said with an ecstatic smile on his face. "It was an exciting experience." See Cancer page 8 ! 1 ! Robin Watkins Bids against cancer r t Y PHOIO BY lYLfcR CAHOON lHt SICNI'OSI Jasem Khaja (foreground) wins the opportunity to go out on a date with Mindy Flint and Karly Stratford for the price of $300 dollars. Khaja's bid was the highest of the date auction, which raised funds for the cancer research. Date auction raises $2,400 for cause By Hilary Schram correspondent The Signpost Potential dates and bidders gathered in the Weber State University Gallery for a date auction Monday morning to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Date candidates volunteered to be auctioned off to the highest bidder and each had something special to offer. In addition to their looks and personality, many of the auctioned dates came with a free dinner, and some even offered a goodnight kiss. Weber State University sophomore and Event Chair of Relay for Life Destry East coordinated the event that raised more than $2,400; more than doubling the original goal of $1,000. "Not only was it amazing," East said, "but people just stepped up to help." John Frampton from Platinum Protection was one of those people. Unexpectedly, Frampton offered his services to auction off the date candidates and began by selling Jaron Bain for $160 and a kiss on the cheek. "This is the most any girl has ever paid for me," Bain said. "I'm excited for my date." WSU freshman dance major Heather Robinson offered her date a free dinner and a kiss on the lips. Frampton said to the males in the audience, "I can guarantee you've never kissed a girl who looks like this." WSU freshman and mechanical engineering major Hasan Khajah yelled out an offer of $150 before the bidding even opened, and ended up buying Robinson for $180. "She will be my future wife," Khajah said. "I picked her because she looks like the girls from my home country and had a nice personality." See Auction page 8 Jazz legend Joe McQueen to perform at Union Station 'Jazz at the Station' hosts saxophonist, friends By Jared Wangsgard correspondent The Signpost At age 87, one might expect to find the "King of O-town" relaxing to the sound of jazz rather than performing it. However, the legendary Joe McQueen is still blowing strong and continues to entertain Utah residents with his popular jazz ensembles. The music of Joe McQueen's saxophone has been heard in Ogden for more than 62 years now. I le has performed throughout the West and played with several jazz luminaries, such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie. McQueen got started in jazz at an early age. In high school, he played the saxophone and tuba. He was also on the football squad. When he was 16, he put his skills on the saxophone to use and started playing professional jazz. Seventy years later, McQueen continues to entertain, performing with other local musicians at local Northern Utah venues. Prior to coming to live in Ouden. McQueen was a member of a band in California. "I can't remember the name of that band, but we were good, and people really enjoyed our style," McQueen said. The band toured throughout the West, performing concerts and jam sessions. In 1945, en route to Ogden, they made a stop in Las Vegas. The band's leader at the time gambled away the group's earnings, causing the band to fall apart. Later on, McQueen reorganized the band and went to Ogden with his wifeThelma. "We really weren't planning on staying in Ogden very long," McQueen said. "We got here though and just never left." McQueen described early Ogden as being very similar to the South. "Back when I first came here, Ogden was damn near like the deep South," McQueen said. "Restaurants were segregated and Jazz was a big hit." At the time when World War II was coming to an end, Ogden was a bustling railroad hub and had become a hotsDot for 1 -Ls: ... -s - . J!i!,.i-J. "7. """"""" PHOTO BY WINMON WHI IE From left to right: Joe McQueen, Clayton Furch, Lars Yorgason and Don Keipp play in a jazz ensemble. jazz music. "Ogden was booming," McQueen said. "Big names would pass through; there was a lot of opportunity for musicians in Ogden." Early on, McQueen played at the Porters and Waiters Club on 25th Street. It was one of the few places in Ogden that was open to black people at the time. "I would have jam sessions there all the time," McQueen said. "Sometimes dcodIc would listen to us and join in. I have always enjoyed the opportunity of helping young musicians get started in their career." McQueen said he would play with anybody. Throughout his career he has played with professionals and amateurs alike. Aside from entertaining, McQueen has See Jazz page 8 News in Brief WSU.USU engineering partnership could be approved by legislature Utah State Senators voted Friday 28-0 in support of fundingWeberState University and Utah State University's electrical and mechanical engineering partnership. If passed, SB53 will provide WSU with $375,000 in annual financial support and an additional onetime startup funding of $100,000. USU will offer both bachelor's and master's engineering degrees at the WSU-Davis campus. The partnership will help fill the current shortage of engineers in the state. Recently, I Iill Air Force Base has experienced difficulty replacing the large exodus of retiring engineers. The WSU-Davis Campus in Layton is less than a mile away from IIAFB. Classes would be offered in the afternoon and evening to attract students who are currently working. Graduates of the program wouldn't have to go far to find good-paying jobs engineering salaries pay between $50,000 and $160,000. Learn the five love languages Weber State University students can celebrate Valentine's Day by learning .more about the language of Jove. The Nontraditionai Student Center will present the "Five Love Languages" workshop with Joyce Buck and pianist Valentine Ghunem on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Alumni Center. In die past, the "Five Love Languages" seminar has been the most popular workshop hosted by the Nontraditionai Student Center. The event is free to the public, and cheesecake will be provided. Prizes will be given away, and free childcare will be offered by the Nontraditionai Student Center. For further information about the event, contact the Nontraditionai Student Center at 626-7794. Potluck offers students a taste of international flavors The Weber State University Services for International Students along with the Nontraditionai Student Center will host an international and American potluck get together on Feb. 9 in the Student Service Center Room 154. WSU students are encouraged to bring their favorite dish and enjoy an assortment of food from noon to 2 p.m. For further information, contact the Nontraditionai Student Center at 626-7794. Students' art exhibited at WSU gallery The 2nd Annual Northern Utah High School Art Exhibition will present more than 150 works of art created by high school students until Feb. 17. Students from 26 Northern Utah high schools have paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and jewelry on display in the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery. A reception and awards ceremony will be held on Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. The public can view the artwork Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For further information, contact the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery at 626-6420.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-02-07, Vol. 69, No. 59|
|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.|