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. Q F1 " i Student- and 'V f I U fK O WEBER S TAT E UNIVFRITY I ' ' faculty-designed VU 1116 P . IVE R SIX V , lf Wildcats staying costumes on display I jj ( ) ( f 7 (O ll V on toP v:r J vJ I HI 1LU5L s .'c;.c::in'i-VM .-.' .f!;vi; ' Jf i 1 1 1 ' ii i i ii Wofldcalts oitd OapotoD HSDl Legislation on undocumented immigrant students stirs debate By Deborah Ramsay sr. news reporter The Signpost The Utah Legislature ended an emotional debate on Jan. 30 by defeating House Bill 224 that sought to repeal the 2003 law which made it legal for Utah's undocumented students to qualify for in-state tuition. The vote ended in a 37 to 37 tie, not giving either side a majority, but the fight wasn't over. Early Wednesday another vote was taken. "The motion to reconsider the bill was defeated," said Dirk Anderson, a policy and budget analyst covering Higher Education from the Governor's office. "In order to bring it back it would have needed a motion and the motion to reconsider failed." Natalie Hale, a reporter from the University of Utah described requirements and attended Utah's nine public colleges. "The first year after the new law we only had six students, but each year the number grows a little," Chris Rivera, Admissions Director said. "We have had about 50 qualifying students since 2003. This year we have 16 students." Hb 144 became law in 2003, moHnfr;tr,n..n;i,lfn,..J . t J . . students to qualify for in-state tuition. To Qualify, eligible S students had to attend high school in the state for three or more years, graduate from high school or Sir j "jlegis!at.;:r. Weber budget's top priority is better faculty salaries By Deborah Ramsay sr. news reporter The Signpost 1 in I. See Immigrant page 5 Weber State University was one of nine higher education schools to ask the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee to recommend funding their budget requests on Jan. 31. WSU President F. Ann Millner was back at the Capitol accompanied bv Brad Mortensen, Norm Tarbox and Brian Shuppy, WSU's budget director. Millner explained the mission of WSU as a dual-purpose school serving the region as a community college and a university with multiple campus locations, which . AO" Wednesday's vote. Red and green lights slowly lit up the voting board. "The last ten votes trickled in, keeping the tension high," Hale said. "The final vote was a red. The motion was defeated 38 to 36. Two Democrats and one Republican switched." Rep. Glenn Donnelson, who sponsored the bill, vowed not to give un his four-year fight for what he feels is a matter of following federal law that he said denies undocumented students postsecondary education benefits. In the 2005 to 2006 P year, 182 undocumented students met the Sf .1 f- -K nj-" graduates students who are productive in the workforce and as citizens. "It's a string of words," Millner said, "but an important string of words." After impressing the committee with facts and figures about enrollment, the top-degree programs like nursing and WSU's current partnerships, Millner described the stark reality of continuing to provide the same quality education for the future. Millner explained that WSU is a teaching school, but that over the past 10 years, WSU's faculty salaries have fallen 12 percent behind their university peers. "Graduates are finding jobs making more than professors," Millner said. "Two hospitals just across the street are offering higher wages." Last week, WSU Communication , Professor Colleen Packer invited I one of her former students, Debra Farka, to talk to her senior seminar class. Farka -. . graduated four years ago with a communication degree in public relations. Farka recently landed a position working for Intermountain Health Care at McKay-Dee Hospital and encouraged the students to 4 not sell themselves short, i but to leave their comfort I zones and not be afraid to . L. go after the jobs they want. Uncomfortablewithsharing ' 1L her exact income, Farka , . .""ix, gave the figure as being 1 somewhere between -a, $50,000 and $80,000. See Budget page 7 SOURCE: UTAH5TATECAPITOL.UTAH.GOV I 1 Student dropped from classes back in She is trying to finish degree this spring By Maria Villasenor editor in chief 1 The Signpost Victoria Sethunya is back in school. After being unable to register in the fall to finish up her master's of criminal justice degree, the Weber State University international student spent last semester meeting with WSU administrators to repair the computer glitch that caused her to be labeledout-of-status. Though she has submitted her papers to the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System SEVIS and was able to register for the spring semester, last fall ended with Sethunya protesting against the WSU administration for what she called discrimination against her. "The whole thing is just bizarre," said Sethunya, who is originally from the African nation of Lesotho. According to papers WSU lawyer Richard Hill sent to Sethunya and which she made available to The Signpost, the university-wide conversion from an old computer program to the new Lynx-Banner system in 2005 did not transfer her international status codes. Although she registered for fall 2005 classes, the Banner system did not identify her as a registered current student. Due to the computer glitch, Sethunya's F-l status under SEVIS was terminated in November 2005, but she only find out about that when she tried to and could not register for fall 2006 classes. Early on during the fall semester, Sethunya said WSU tried to help her reinstate her F-l status, but a series of events caused her to question the university's commitment. "I was happy that they were doing that," Sethunya said, "that they were taking the responsibility for their glitch." up . ::UU , PHOTO BY MATT GLASS Hi 30vJ03T Victoria Sethunya protest outside Miller Administration Dec. 5 after a computer glitch caused her to be dropped from classes. WSU issued a statement late December detailing the steps it had taken to help Sethunya, but Sethunya said those steps were not very helpful.. According to the statement, WSU scheduled two meetings "to explain the situation and offer to assist her in resolving the problem. Ms. Sethunya declined to participate in either of those meetings." According to Sethunya, she was not made aware of what the agenda would be for those meetings and said she was not interested in discussing the situation but just wanted to know what to do without a meeting. The statement also mentions that WSU generated 1-20 forms to help her get reinstated with United States Citizenship & Immigration Services USCIS and SEVIS, but Sethunya refused to sign the forms. Sethunya said she did not sign the forms because the first time they were blank and the second time they included wrong dates, and she also was told she See Dropped page 5 usDinns, Enmpsaiis fey fio casuist Honors Issues Forum explores the effects of Muslim integration into European society By Jacqueline Jensen correspondent I The Signpost The Muslim population is on the rise in France and the Netherlands and that is raising questions about European identity, according to Weber State University English Department Chair Kathy Herndon. Herdon talked Jan. 31 in an Honors Issues Forum on the Muslim community in Europe. Herndon spoke on the seminars she attended in Paris and Leiden last summer, which were sponsored by the Council on International Exchange. Herndonspokeabouttheefforts the European nations have made to coexist with the rising Muslim immigrants in those countries, and that this coexistence can mean assimilation into the secular state. Kathy Herndon "School systems expect to make you become French," Herndon said. "You're expected to be French because you're living in France, same as in the Netherlands." Herndon spoke of the French and Dutch governments' efforts to convert all immigrants to become French or Dutch and to take on the French or Dutch way. "I came today to get informed of what was going on in these countries," said WSU bachelor of integrated studies junior Kristina Nelson. "I can see concerns on both sides, the Muslim communities as . well as the European." Herndon addressed the history of how the Muslim immigration began in these areas. "Although Muslim immigration has been going on even before the Second World War," Herndon said, "European countries have recently begun to notice the growing population of the Muslim community." This trend raises many questions of who should be considered truly European. The Muslim immigration boom in Europe coincided with the post-WWII economic boom and the reconstruction, rebuilding and colonization in Europe. Young unmarried Muslim males were the majority of Muslims coming to Europe to find work mostly in construction after the war. Muslims from Algeria, Morocco, Turkey and other Muslim-concentrated countries came to Europe in search for work. The men later married, establishing themselves in Europe, and then brought over their families. "First- and second-generation French Muslims are still being See Muslim page 5 Students hope to make a difference Social work students gather men's clothes and children's diapers for community members in need By Shayla Craig correspondent I The Signpost Thanks to a class assignment, Weber State University social work students are making a huge impact on less-fortunate members of the community. Assistant Social Work professor Kerry Kennedy wanted her students to experience making a difference in the community, and to show them that groups of even three or four can do something positive. "I can't tell you how proud I am of these students," Kennedy said. "I gave them an outline, told them to go and do, and they just did!" The three groups in class are each working on different projects to help the community. Kim Mack's group has teamed up with a local correctional facility gathering coats, gloves and hats for men. "We hope to accomplish the task of giving the men winter clothing so they can be better prepared to obtain employment and keep it," said Mack. "It is much more likely they will not re-offend if they can maintain employment." They hope to be able to provide all 150 men residing at the Northern Utah Community Correctional Center with ample supplies of winter clothing. The class assignment has been floating around the Social Work Department for some time now, and Kennedy modestly took very little credit for the design. The group projects were entirely chosen by the students, and Kennedy provided them with only encouragement and guidance. " "I am amazed at how much it's taken off," Kennedy said. "All these students are seniors and work in See Difference page 7 Mens in Brief Committee in legislature lists WSU building in fourth The Capital Facilities Appropriations Committee met Feb. 1 to finalize its building fund recommendations and included Weber State University's bid for a new humanities building in fourth place. The committee adopted all of the State Building Board's recommendations, which had prioritized WSU in fourth. The list also included building proposals from all state organizations. Last year the Legislature approved complete funding for the top five projects. WSU barely missed that funding; this same project was in sixth place. However, last year WSU received $2 million to fund architectural designs for the building. The next step is a presentation to the Senate. The humanities building would replace Building 1, Building 2 and also include a chilled-water upgrade. Nominations needed for outstanding WSU staff members Weber State University's President's Office is requesting nominations for the Outstanding Staff Awards that will honor exceptional staff members at the university. The contest will choose two classified staff members and two professional staff members to receive $1,000, an honorary plaque and a reserved parking space for a year. The awards will be given to the recipients during the Staff Awards Luncheon on April 11. WSU staff, faculty, administrators and students can nominate an individual by filling out a nomination form, attaching a letter of recommendation and supplying the names of three references in with the o n to the the agreement nomination. N o m i n a t i applications need be submitted to President's Office in Miller Administration Building Room 302. The application deadline is Feb. 9 at 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Donna Hernandez of the Human Resource Department at 626-7230. Free hypnotist show presented at WSU Davis Campus The Davis Campus Student Council will present a free evening of hypnotist Kerry Sharp on Feb. 3. Sharp will only hypnotize members of the audience who are willing to volunteer. The show begins at 7 p.m. at the Davis Campus in Room 1 10. WSU students and non-students are encouraged to attend, and bring their families and friends. The show will be appropriate for all ages. The Davis Campus is located at 2750 N. University Park Blvd. in Layton. For further information, con tact Adrienne Gillespie at 395-3514.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-02-02, Vol. 69, No. 57|
|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.|