Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-10-241
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Weber State University St-V' Ritchie back in IGNPOST h ' the net in H See page 6 J Tr Tl , Jl Jill tuny m A f r : I - A Is)' , 5 , '.'ft ;f .! r:,.- . ::i t i e !.' ot nj.i . -i i;. t'w a:ifttf$8:r.sine.lMi r , . - ( i t a "V . , ., ' t- ' ' r -5, ' . i. ,..,!-,, '(, , f..,i ,f I , t , ,v ,J .'fr. I . Mil , , v , , 'f , jN - f ' i'i r "- 1 - ? r1 ,tt,i r I, i I ( - "" - , , t it-.,. iliU' 'i t - t lf i -, , , , ,f , ,sat( . . - ft t.,4 (-.!! -aft i.. r-. v it-i- 1.' 4. '; ' H ' f llevjs in Brief Make a Difference Day1 needs help Americorps members are organizing a drive for needful items for St. Anne's Shelter. Volunteers are needed as well as donations of toiletries, non-perishable food items like canned food, cereal, rice, potato flakes, etc. To volunteer to collect donations, put , kits together and organize items, go to St. Anne's Saturday, Oct. 27, at 9:30 a.m. The shelter is located at 137 W Binford St. in Ogden. Donation boxes are on the WSU main campus and around the community. For more information about Americorps or Make a Difference Day, contact Cindy Johnson in the Community Involvement Center at 626-7737 or e-mail her at cindyjohnsonweber. edu. Ewaeratsesi plan tested First test since the Emergency Operation Plan was introduced By Molly Bennett editor in chief I The Signpost . At 11:14 a.m. Tuesday, all was quiet in the Engineering Technology Building. Students were studying in the halls and printing out their assignments in the computer labs. At 11:15 a.m., the halls were ringing with a piercing alarm as people filed out of the building. Fire Marshal Dennis Montgomery had pulled the fire alarm, but it was no prank. Roger Anderson, the maintenance technician for the Engineering Building had planned the whole thing. "No one knew it would be happening," Anderson said. "That's what I thought would be the best way to do it. We want it as real as it could get without starting a fire." Anderson is the Building Safety Coordinator (BSC) for the Engineering Technology Building. He is the first to exercise an evacuation plan on Weber State University campus since the assignments were given in the summer. "It's a big responsibility," said WSU Police Chief Dane LeBlanc. As part of the Emergency Operations Plan introduced by the WSU Police, each BSC has to create an evacuation plan for their assigned building and exercise it by this time next year. "We can anticipate people not wanting to do it," LeBlanc said. "We are trying to make it the least cumbersome for these people." Anderson said he had to coordinate with 60 people, including both faculty and staff, to plan the evacuation process. He had put maps up in the classrooms and hallways and sent out an e-mail asking faculty and staff when would be the most convenient time to test the evacuation. "This is supposed to be a job that takes a few minutes," Anderson said. "They said it won't take a lot of time." Anderson said he understood the importance of the evacuation plan. "It's necessary," Anderson said. "It's pretty disruptive." Police Lt. Mike Davies was waiting outside the building on Tuesday. "Without being exercised," Davies said, "it's just a stack of papers." A few minutes after the alarm sounded on Tuesday, students, faculty and staff trickled out of the building and met at the respective evacuation points outside the building. Some'people took advantage of the break to talk on See EOP page 5 In ttihi New facility offers a place of relaxation, solace for stressed-out students By Seth Durfee sr. news reporter I The Signpost The new stress . management lab in the Swenson gym, which opened on the first of this month, aims to help people cope with stress, and promote wellness. "It seems like people's idea of wellness seems to lack the stress component," said Dr. .Michael Olpin, a professor in the Health Promotion and Human Performance department at Weber State University. Olpin founded the lab and is in charge of its operation. "I've just always wanted a place where people could go to kind of hang out and turn off their stress," Olpin said. The stress lab is designed to help people find ways to deal with stress in a healthy and productive manner. Any student or faculty member of Weber State University can use the stress lab for free. People can either go online to the stress management Web site at programs.weber.edurelax, and make an appointment or stop by any time the lab is open; the hours are also listed on the site. The lab has several pieces of equipment along with other stress assessment tools that not only help people relax when they are stressed, but teaches ways to deal with stress in the future. Some of the effects of stress are very physiological, explained Olpin. One piece of equipment the lab has is the biofeedback machine. The machine detects the patterns of heartbeat variability and displays them on a computer screen. "It shows you your coherence level, or how your body is reacting to stress," Olpin said. "The Biofeedback Machine shows you how your thoughts and emotions effect you specifically," said Michelle Rogerson, an intern at the lab. "It can help you control your thoughts and emotions now, while you're here and can see the effects, then it can carry on afterwards too. You can use , - " o ' PHOTO BY CATHERINE MORTIMER llll SK.NI'OSI Weber State University freshman Patricia Hotchkiss, pre-med, relaxes in one of two large recliner chairs while listening to an iPod that is provided. The recently-opened Stress Management Lab offers different stress-relief techniques free of charge to students, staff and faculty in the Swenson Gym Room 60. that later on in your life." Along with the biofeedback machine, the lab has various tools to reduce the negative effects of stress. One tool is the inversion table. "You hang upside down on it," Olpin said. "All day long we kind of slump. Our spine is compressed because of gravity and the table realigns your back and removes pressure from your spine." Some other stress-relieving tools are the leather recliners and sound-canceling headphones, the chi machine, and the light and sound stations. "Turning off the stress response is something people don't know how to do," Olpin said. "That's what we try to do here for people, so they can get back to regular activities, to be more alert and more alive. Everything in here is designed to recharge your batteries." The field of stress management is gaining momentum due to the increasing need. Stress affects all people, and negative stress has gotten to the point where it has been reported that 60-85 percent of the reasons people visit physicians have a stress component. This has inspired businesses to cash in on the growing market. Companies like Vyro-Games and HeartMath have recently released hand-held products designed to help people learn to reduce and control their stress. HeartMath's product, the emWave Personal Stress Reliever, reads the heartbeat of an individual and displays their stress levels to them. It's designed to teach people how their body reacts to stress and how to control it. Vyro-Games created a Bluetooth-enabled device that reads things like heartbeats and perspiration levels in the hand to create a composite stress image. The device communicates that information to other Bluetooth-enabled devices such as cell phones and computers. The user plays games on his phone or computer and the performance of the characters in the game is linked directly to the stress level of the person playing. With advances in technology, along with services like the stress lab, people are having an easier time finding ways to cope with stress. "The world isn't stressful,". Olpin said, "it's how we interpret the world that is stressful." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-10-24, Vol. 78, No. 32|
|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.|