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n , A i Both divisions lose 'i over the weekend I pk J 1 VV t U t r r I m I t. u in I v t n D I I T 4 McFarland close to breaking school record Scv p ige 5 .Sec '.!!,'(' 5 (I U if 1 1 t r r - 1 r i Support for those who give support Group helps faculty and staff caring for ill or aging family members and within community. "It the By Jennifer Landers sr. news reporter The Signpost Some call it the "sandwich generation." They are a group of individuals not only acting as caregivers for their children, but also for ill or aging family members. Weber State University's Barbara Wachocki, botany professor, and Carol Merrill, Services for Women Students coordinator, are a part of this generation and said they know how stressful a caregiver's life can be. To help relieve this stress, they created a new support group for caregivers in order to bring much-needed support and resources. "My mom lived in Michigan," Wachocki said, "and I had to bring her out here to move in with my husband and myself because she had developed Alzheimer's and she couldn't live alone anymore. I was a caregiver for about three and half years before she passed away." During the time when Wachocki had her mother living with her in Utah, she looked for information and resources on campus wasn't really easy to find," Wachocki said about the information and resources available to caregivers. Five years had passed since Wachocki's mother had died, and she said she knew there were others just like her on WSU's campus who needed help just like she had needed during caregiving years. "I just really, felt there must be other caregivers on campus," Wachocki said, "and actually I know that there were because people that I knew, they knew my situation Help for Caregivers Call the WeberMorgan Area Agency on Aging at (801) 625-3370. If you are faculty member who is interested in joining the caregiver support group at WSU, please call (801 ) 626-6090. and so when their parents became ill they would come and talk to me. They would come to me as a resource, hoping to find some information." After talking to more and more people, Wachocki said she felt there was a need, and decided to approach Merrill and a few other staff members at the counseling center about putting together a support group for caregivers. Merrill, who had been a caregiver before her husband had died, said she was very interested in starting the program See Support page 8 Jr :g a More students in dorms as rent goes down Student occupancy up by 27 percent By Amber Hall sr. news reporter The Signpost Last year, JVeber State University's residence hall University Village was about 70 percent full. This year, the occupancy rate is 97 percent, according to Wendy Craggs, who is in charge of marketing for student housing, which includes UV and Promontory Tower. The increase of students living in on-campus housing was affected by several changes made in rules and in pricing. Last year, the price of living in UV was $365 per month, and this year it has dropped $20 to $345 per month. The rates for PT have also decreased from last year to be $15 less per month. Some rules have also been changed to make student housing more appealing to all students. This includes allowing incoming Rent on campus Prices have dropped from the 2005-2006 year to 2006-2007 by $20 per month at University Village and $15 at Promontory Tower. freshmen the choice of whether they want to buy a meal plan, as opposed to last year when all incoming freshmen who lived on campus were required to purchase the meal plan with their housing. Students living in PT now have the option of having furniture supplied by housing, or they can bring their own furniture. There is also housing offered for married couples. Couples living in UV pay $600 per month for a three-room apartment. Even with the price drops, some students stated their reason for not living on campus is still the price. Craggs said the "pricing between on and off campus is non-comparable" because on-campus prices include everything from utilities and electricity, to wireless Internet and phone hookups. Craggs said on-campus housing is "pretty cheap for what they look like." She stated UV was built in 2002 and is new compared to other places off campus. Closer to campus, PT was built in 1963 and has been lived in for several decades by WSU students. However, there are upgrades being made to make the building fit better into the 21st century. Accented walls are being added so students can have variety instead of four white walls as a bedroom. Students can also have microwaves and small fridges in large, single rooms. Along with the improvements to the buildings, activities are also held at the dorms to benefit students living there. Sarah Wilkes, a student who is in her second year at WSU, is from Washington and said she found it was easier to apply See Dorms page 4 - I I V A I I 1 J l I L J l...J I L. I V I V. V S Jt- j C ZJ I 7T 3 L J ' ( OAs "rtrli'a T H :v ' v V I'HOIO BY BRICE KELSCH IHt VCVCOS Aimal Aziz explains to others on campus about the Muslim religion Oct.! 6 outside the Shepherd Union Building Gallery. MUSlim Student ASSOCiatiOn Ramadan dinner raises awareness of Islam By Deborah Ramsay sr. news reporter The Signpost Weber State University's Muslim Student Association is trying to clear misrepresentations many Westerners have about the Islamic religion by meeting with students as part of Islamic Awareness Week. "I was not expecting so much interest," said Aimal Aziz, the MSA representative manning the display table outside the Galley. "I have more than 20 names of people who are very interested and plan on attending the Ramadan dinner." A steady stream of students stopped to pick up literature and talk to Aziz. "When I first met Aziz, I had a whole list of questions for him," said Chrishell Woodruff, WSU sophomore majoring in clinical lab science. "I asked him if they beat their wives and other things I'd heard." Woodruff explained that she and her husband were gaining a whole new understanding by reading a book about the Prophet Muhammad. Iftar, the special meal served during Ramadan, will be held in the Shepherd Union Building Gallery tonight at 6:30 p.m. To attend the dinner or join in during weekly Friday prayers or other Muslim Student Association activities, contact Omar at (801 ) 529-432 1 or Nadia at (801 ) 528-2712 or go to http:www.webermsa.com. "It's amazing," Woodruff said. "It sheds lots of light on the true religion, not what the media portrays." Matt Hewlett, senior dual psychology and business major, picked up some literature and stopped to chat with Aziz. See Muslim page 4 Department emphasizes research projects Clinical laboratory science students learn through application By Danielle Eslcr correspondent The Signpost Weber State University Clinical Laboratory Science students and faculty are gearing up for what looks to be another exciting and successful year for the department. Students in theCLS program are required to complete a research project during their senior year. These projects are correlated with people and organizations in the health profession. "All of the projects arc real-world based, with goals that could impact patient care throughout the Wasatch front," said Wyatt Palmer, WSU CLS senior. "The group with which I am involved is investigating the types and dosages of antibiotics that would treat urinary tract infections in women. We are hoping to find more narrow-spectrum drugs that could be used in place of broad-spectrum drugs, reducing the chance that bacteria will become resistant to antibiotics." ' The research lasts two semesters, and students have four chances to present their projects throughout the year. One would be at the WSU Undergraduate Research Symposium, and from there selected students will present at a state professional meeting. Depending on the outcome of the state meeting, students will then have a chance to present at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research to be held in California this spring. There is also the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science's student posters competition, where WSU students have done well in the past. "It is our job to get out of the way," said Scott Wright, WSU CLS professor and faculty mentor, about the students' control of their projects. "We don't answer it for them, we let them figure it out." Students are given full discretion as to what problem or topic they want to research. Students during the CLS 4401 and 4442 research class said many of the topics are based on Ogdcn's population and that they are trying to help answer questions that clinical partners have. "We are tying to find new ways to research problems in Utah," said WSU CLS senior Rodney Sparkman. "It is beneficial to the professionals we are working with because it saves money for other labs." Although some of these projects are funded by the organization the students are working with, other funding comes from the WSU College of Undergraduate Research. Students must prepare a paper to go in front of the grant committee to see how much funding each group wi get. See Research page 8 Hews in Dricf Arrest made in campus robbery case A 24-year-old South Ogden man has been charged with aggravated robbery and leaving the scene of an accident, following a Friday theft in the W-5 parking lot near the Stewart Stadium. Campus police put out an All Points Bulletin when a student reported that a driver in a burgundy-colored SUV had stepped out of his car, leaned into the passenger-side window of the student's car and demanded the student's cell phone. When the burglar sped away, the student followed, until the suspect car reversed into the student's car, causing serious damage. Weber State University police received numerous tips, but said it was the suspect himself who called Friday evening to report the incident. Saturday, Shane Huang was booked in the Weber County Jail. Student not admitted for last semester International student Victoria Sethunya was on track to receive a master's degree from WSU this December, but was denied admission for Fall semester this year. Sethunya, who is originally from die Kingdom of Lesotho, said that on Sept. 14, she was told she was out of status with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, and, therefore, wasn't allowed any university services, such as counseling and registration for classes. She claims that none of die university administrators she has contacted will give her details as to die reason for her lapsed status, and neither will employees of WSU's International Student Center. Bodi entities also declined an interview from The Signpost until Sethunya's case is setded later this week. A full story will follow when Uiat information becomes public. Students to work through break to build homes Weber State University's Construction Management Technology Program and the Student Athlete's Advisory Committee, in conjunction with I Iabitat for I lumanity, will demolish part of two homes in downtown Ogden. The demolition will mark the beginning of a restoration project that will continue for a few months. The project is organized by I Iabitat for I lumanity for families that are unable to obtain quality housing. The project includes demolishing select parts of the home, while leaving the underlying structure and the exterior walls intact. The shingles and roof sheathing will be torn off as well. Work will begin on Oct. 21 at 8 a.m. at 127 and 133 Doxey St. in Ogden. All WSU students are invited to help. The Weber State Parson Construction Management Technology Program was established in 1995. The construction management program at Weber is set apart by the emphasis placed on real-world experience. For more information contact Steven Peterson at 626-7556 or speterson9 webcr.edu.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-10-18, Vol. 69, No. 29|
|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.|