Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-09-171
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Day in the life h police officer Weber State University yf IGMPOSTg See pg 4 H J ir Mens in Brief foirffninrnTo que ,j LJ LuJ -1,1 V Traditional Homecoming hike brings students, community together at the summit of Mt. Ogden J V . .. -y . ... "1 v K ,V - 6 l) v 1h i I. -7 r .4 "- f-- PHOTOS BY DEBORAH RAMSAY 7Hf SIGNPOST Above: Health Promotion and Human Performance professor and hike director Gary Willden leads a group of hikers in the "Purple and White" song. The hike is a WSU tradition dating back to 1922 when a group of students climbed to the summit of Mt. Ogden to erect a flagpole. The flagpole was later removed by the Forest Service. Left: Ruth Orton, 87, leader of a group called "the power hikers," and a golden retriever named "Circus," push up the mountain. Orton has consistently participated in the annual hike since 1987. By Deborah Ramsay sr. news reporter The Signpost About 50 hikers attended Weber State University's annual Mt. Ogden Hike Saturday. "Even with the thousands of students Weber has now, we've never had more students than that first hike," said Prof. Gary Willden, hike director. "We usually have about 100 students do the climb." The trek up the mountain has been a tradition to honor the first 375 WSU students who hiked the 9200 ft. summit Oct. 4, 1922 to erect a steel flagpole. Hike director Gary Willden said the task was a daunting feat for the first hikers. Llewelyn R. McKay, student body president at the time, was determined to see the grand scheme come to fruition. He nearly gave up the idea after learning of the resignation of the editor of the school newspaper. Without the newspaper to drum up support and give instructions, McKay thought his cause was lost It was his father, David O. McKay, who gave him the encouragement he needed. "Never give up, my boy," McKay said to his son. "Difficulties will always come your way." Those words from his father and his promise to "go along with you" gave Llewelyn the determination to put out the newspaper with the help of friends and get the word out about the flagpole project. Contests were held to see which class could muster up the greatest number of hikers and a pep rally was "On all sides and ' in every direction were hikers, leg-weary and sore, pulling themselves up by every possible bush and shrub." 1923 Weber State Yearbook, held the day before the big event. The 1000 students Llewelyn hoped for never showed up, but 365 students from the combined high school and college classes did. Early the next morning students gathered at the trailhead. The group was divided by class and given certain responsibilities for the event. The sophomores were to carry the cement, sand and water to be used for the base of the flagpole. The juniors had the task of getting the sections of the 300-pound steel pole to the top. the seniors i-re to set the pole. Ane students had the honorand privilege of carrying and raising the flags. The easy trail of today did not exist and soon the supply horses were unable to carry the loads any further requiring the students to take over the job. The 1923 Weber State yearbook gives a description of the first hike "On all sides and in every direction were hikers, leg-weary and sore, pulling themselves up by every possible bush and shrub." The account goes on to tell how the pole was set and a ceremony held shortly after. "Weberites came to attention while slowly and dramatically the grandest of flags were flung to the clear autumn breezes." The "Star Spangled Banner" and the "Purple and White" song were sung like never before. Faculty gave speeches and David O. McKay, president of the Board of Trustees, dedicated the site. See Hike page 5 WSU bomb.-dog B alou finds explosives; aids so arrest By Molly Bennett editor in chief 7ie Signpost Jogging through a 1500 square foot house for 25 minutes while breathing only through the nose would wear out anyone. But for Weber State University's detection dog Balou, it's a day in the life. Last Wednesday, Ogden City Police called on Balou and his handler, Corporal Dennis Moore to search the house of a man suspected for the possession of explosives. After investing Tuesday's bomb scare across the street from WSU West Center, police were lead to the Clearfield house of Raymond Guzman, 31. Moore said officers searched the 30-yard field of three-foot tall weeds behind Guzman's house for explosives before letting the dogs search the area. "Detection dogs heat up real fast," Moore said. "It's a physical workout." Officers went inside with Balou to search the house. Moore said the basement was unfinished with water damaged sheet rock, but the musty smell didn't affect Balou. When Balou reached a closet in one of the rooms in the house, Moore said gave an alert. "It's a noticeable change in behavior," Moore said, "he will take deeper breaths and his body will stiffen." Balou indicated where there was a possible explosive by sitting and staring intendy at a spot in die closet between a mini fridge and the wall. Drug dogs and bomb dogs react differently when they find what they are looking for, Moore said. Drug dogs will scratch and dig at the area, bomb dogs don't make a commotion. Moore went outside and asked Guzman who's room had the mini fridge and Guzman said it was his. Another bomb dog was sent to search the area to verify and according to Moore, the odier dog gave the same indication at the same spot. The officers did not see anything where the dogs had indicated, but Unified Fire Authority, K9 Handler and bomb tech, Mike Montmorency found on the shelf of die closet two blasting caps. Blasting caps are explosives that also set off odier explosives. The caps were in aTupperware. "Tupperware doesn't block the odor," Moore said. Guzman was arrested for the possession of explosives According to Moore, Curtis Beeman, arrested for the bomb scare on Tuesday, and Raymond Guzman had broken into a Layton storage shed and stole bombs and blasting caps. The owner of the storage shed, Raymond Bradley Parr works with Hill Air Force Base. He was also arrested for possession of an explosive device. The blasting caps were taken to the back yard where officers detonated them in a hole under ground. "It's like a loud firecracker," Moore said. Moore keeps Balou in a kennel at his house. He said he constandy trains him. He said Monday night he and Balous spent three hours searching the Salt Lake City County building before elections Tuesday. Weber State University acquired the three year old German Shepherd Balou only last year. "It's fun for him to get out and work," Moore said. Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com 1 wife s v fK USE - V - . r - " : " - J .... rr j . 'w ! y-- . 1.1 v I PHOTOS BY MATT CLASS Till SIGNPOST A WSU service vehicle parks across the sidewalk southeast of the Student Services building. Recent construction has limited the number of parking spaces reserved for such vehicles. n a tight spot Restricted area causes frustration for WSU personnel, students By Molly Bennett editor in chief The Signpost One inconvenience on campus can affect many people. At 9 a.m., having many people on Weber State University campus is the inconvenience. Aside from regular student traffic, WSU sendees are going about their business. Lately, the smaller spaces caused by construction have affected everyone on campus. Close to the pay lot on the northeast side of the Student Services Building there used to be a parking lot with three spots for service vehicles. Since construction started on the Shepherd Union Building, this space has been all but eliminated. Vehicles that previously used this space to access the buildings end up parking on the wide sidewalk area. "It's really annoying," said WSU student Penny Stiverson. "It's a tight-cramped space." See Tight page 5 i I Mark Bruckham Alleged kisSnwer arrested Saturday Twenty-two year old Mark Bruckman, Ogden, was arrested Saturday afternoon at the Weber State University Homecoming Kickoff party at Lindquist Field, according to WSU Campus Police Lt. Mike Davies. Bruckman attempted to grab a young girl who was walking on WSU campus with three friend Friday night at approximately 8 p.m. The girls managed to cause a scene and he left the scene. The girls called 911 and WSU campus police responded. The all four girls identified Bruckman, who is not a WSU student, from a still photo from a surveillance camera. Police recognize Bruckman from a previous arrest for exposure. Bruckman is charged with kidnapping and forcible sexual abuse of a child. Qsvsrnzr Huntsman calls fcrstsic.vf 23 'lights-out' Utah Governor Jon Huntsman is teaming up with local business and city governments in support of "Lights off Utah." On Sept. 19 from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Utah residents are encouraged to turn off all lights in tiieir houses and businesses. The purpose of the demonstration is to show die positive impact of cutting energy consumption in the state. State and local governments will show support by turning off all non-essential lighting. Streetlights, traffic signals, and hospital lighting will remain on during the demonstration. According to Rocky Mountain power, if 750,000 residential and commercial units turn off just five 60-watt light bulbs for one hour, the energy saved will be enough to run every appliance in 1,300 homes for a week. The demonstration is organized by eCube Energy and the Nightside Project on KSL NewsRadio. Many other organizations are offering support. For more information see www.lightsoffamerical.com or call eCube Energy at (801) 231-1202 Volunteer guides needed for cauitol The Capitol Preservation Board is asking for volunteer tour guides to provide interactive tours of the newly renovated Utah State Capitol Building. There an open house at 2 p.m. Sept. 20 in the East Building of the Capitol Complex and one at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in the same location, Volunteers must be over the age of 19 and willing to learn detailed information regarding the history of Utah, the Capitol Building, and the Capitol Restoration Project. Guides will be asked to volunteer between eight and 12 hours per month.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-09-17, Vol. 75, No. 17|
|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.|