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v Music Weber State University A: - W See page 6 on m E IGN r . f - i V PHOIO BV MATT CLASS IHtilUNFUif Matthew Godfrey explains first moves for his third term in office. By Molly Bennett editor in chief I The Signpost The votes are in. All of them. Ogden city can breathe again. After waiting a week while counting ballots for the mayoral election, Godfrey came out on top with 7,244 votes, 449 more than challenger Susan Van Hooser. "I'm relieved," Godfrey said, "ready to get back to work." Godfrey was ahead by only 181 votes when the regular voter results were counted by Ogden City Recorder's Office on Nov. 6. But Ogden City was not finished voicing its opinion. A representative from the Recorder's office said there were 1,461 absentee and provisional ballots left to count. "It's unusual to have so many ballots left to count," the OGDEN MAYOR 7244 GODFREY 6795 Hooser TFT" representative said. "Everyone's been on pins and needles for a week." After the results were given on Nov. 6, Van Hooser said a reporter asked her if she would concede defeat. She said absolutely not. "We were aware of all the absentee and provisional ballots that had been cast," Van Hooser said. "Those are significant votes." She said a lot of people were challenged at the polls, either by the list that Mayor Godfrey had, or the poll watchers. "It would make no sense that I would concede." Van Hooser said she was very optimistic. "I think it's great that it's close," Van Hooser said before the final votes were" counted. "It shows people have a keen interest in what's going on in Ogden." Van Hooser, who has been going about regular business this week taking care of her house, said, "I feel assured that whatever the Ogden voters decide will be the best decision." Godfrey said he felt fine this past week. See Election page 5 r-. STUDENT Textbook tax debated President Be us answers questions By Seth Durfee sr. news reporter I The Signpost Discussion of the petition for tax reform continued in Monday's Student Senate meeting. The petition was not met with complete support in the Senate when it was presented earlier this month. The petition is intended to spread awareness and gain support for a potential tax reform that would remove the sales tax from textbooks for institutions of higher education. Jake Beus, the Student Association President, spoke to the Senate in an effort to answer questions and concerns brought up over the last two weeks about the potentially adverse effects of the tax reform. One concern was whether the reduction would ultimately raise the cost of higher education because state support for higher education would be reduced. Another concern was if other important beneficiaries who function on support from the general fund that is in part supplied by sales tax would be hindered because of the sales tax removal. Beus said that he was confident in the reform and presented information on the tax in order to answer the concerns of the senate. "It is actually a reinvestment because of the large impact college students have on the local economy," Beus said. But some senators remained uncertain of the adverse effects the reform might have on the state budget. Mike Kofoed, the senator over residence halls, asked what state institutions would be affected from the reform and what cuts would be made on their budgets. "We are asking the state to narrow its support base," Beus said. Beus also said he didn't know which state-funded groups would be affected or how they would be affected but that Greg Hughes, the legislator who is supporting the bill, wouldn't support it if it would be harmful. In other Senate business, while acting as a member of the elections committee, Mike Kofoed presented a bill that would alter the way student elections are executed. The bill, which Kofoed sponsored, is intended to remove the ability of the elections chair to unilaterally disqualify a candidate from the race. The bill would also provide a way for disciplinary action to be timely. The bill was met with little resistance and will be voted on next week. Senator Ariana Escalante, die senator of honors and B.I.S., said she supported the bill because it would clarify the process of disciplinary action. "I was really excited last year about elections," Escalante said, "but because there were people in and out all die time, I almost dropped out of the elections last minute. I think this legislation is die perfect way to fix that." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. Is' t : "fcw v...'' ' " SjWRbu. : ' M Mir r:.- """ 1 t 1 i i N , -OSt, -i PHOTOS BY BKICE KELSCH I IHt SICNFUSf i IS.' 'Lost Boys' discuss Darfur The genocide in Darfur, which has claimed over 400,000 lives in western Sudan, was the topic of a panel discussion on Monday. The event was sponsored by Amnesty International as a part of its Human Rights week and featured the Lost Boys who fled the war-wrought country. Abraham Gai (Left) uses his experiences to raise awareness of the mass killings across his nation. He discussed the history of the conflict. It's evident the crisis has left permanent scars, as Wilson Wol (right) lifts his shirt to reveal a large scar he received while serving in a rebel militia. Cedyce, iry, recycle New building a move toward the 'green' By Hyrum Rappleye correspondent I The Signpost Students and faculty create 15 12 tons of garbage a week or roughly 800 tons a year at Weber State University. WSU has contracted with Waste Management to remove the garbage on a weekly basis. The contract requires WSU to pay per yard of trash. "Each container is eight yards," said Rick Wade, services group manager for Facilities Management. "It costs $50,000 a year, and we are charged whether the container is empty or full. Each container is usually 80 to 90 percent full when emptied." All campus auxiliaries, such as Housing and the Union Building pay for the waste produced in their respective buildings, but the removal of their garbage is all under one contract, Wade said. Often times, where there is a provided trashcan, there happens to be more trash on the ground around the can than in it. At WSU, this is not the case as Facilities Management ensures a clean campus. To ensure the campus is clean, it is "policed by grounds crews every day," Wade said. "Five years ago we purchased exterior trashcans with lids, which help keep the magpies away. We had a problem with the magpies spreading trash in the past. We also keep the campus clean by deterring people from posting fliers that are not campus related. We have a strict policy on where things can be posted." Some students have noticed the hard work Facilities Management puts into ensuring a clean campus. Some have seen the grounds crews cleaning and others see the outcome. "I think WSU is a clean campus for sure," said Whitney Hancock, a sophomore studying athletic training. "When I walk around I don't see trash anywhere. We've got garbage cans around every corner." Students can help keep the campus clean by picking up trash and putting it in a garbage can or dumpster. Not all of the trash removed is garbage. "33 percent of our waste is recycled," Wade said, "but we can recycle up to 70 percent. It is easy to see we have a long way to go. I think we put too much of an emphasis on recycling. The emphasis should be on not producing so much. A quarter to a third of our trash we don't have to generate, it can be eliminated." Along side the recycling effort and the reduction of trash, WSU is working toward going "green," meaning WSU is taking steps to better the environment by reducing waste, energy and water consumption. "Although funding has been an issue," Wade said, "we are conserving water better than we ever have, and we are planting more trees every year." WSU is also focusing on recycling and conserving energy to help the university to go green. "We have a huge emphasis on recycling and energy conservation," said Kevin Hansen, associate vice president for Facilities and Campus Planning. "Ways we are going green include the new chilled water plant being designed to be the most efficient for our operating system. We are also fine tuning our distribution systems for water, heat and electricity and downsizing our vehicles from large vehicles to smaller-sized ones." The new Elizabeth Hall Humanities Building will be a "green" building. It will be certified by the U.S. Green Building Society with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. LEED recognizes performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The Elizabeth Hall Humanities building will have elements to it that will be environmentally friendly and energy efficient. Another step toward the "green" is the "huge effort to reduce our carbon foot," Wade said. A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of See Recycle page 5 liens in Brief Trustees approve various requests The WSU Board of Trustees met yesterday to hear findings by various university committees, including the Business Committee and the Personnel and Academic Policy Committee. The Business Committee discussed finances, investments, and an athletic report, which included future plans for further improvement of the women's soccer field. The committee also presented information on a new firewall system, which will enhance security for sensitive information on the university's networks. The Personnel and Academic Policy Committee presented program reviews, personnel changes and sabbatical leave requests. The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the university and approves any major decisions or policy changes. The Board approved all items on the agenda. Hinkley Fellow to speak on media English professor Michael Wutz will deliver the annual Hinkley Lecture this Friday in the Weber State University Stewart Library's special collections room. Hinkley Fellows are invited to speak on a topic based on their interests or expertise. Wutz's presentation, "A (Literary) Walking Tour Through the Modern Media Ecology," will be free to the public, on Nov. 16. Valeika named Player of the Week Weber State University men's basketball player Arturas Valeika was named Player Of The Week in the Big Sky Conference. The 6'9," 225-lb. forward from Vilnius, Lithuania recorded back-to-back "doubledouble" scoring and rebounding games. On Saturday, Nov. 10 he scored 15 points and had a game high of 12 rebounds during WSU's 78-71 home court win over Utali State University. USU was picked by league coaches as the pre-season favorite to win the Western Athletic Conference. On Monday, Nov. 12 he scored 10 points and had a WSU career high of 14 rebounds in a game against Cal State San Bernardino in the opening round of the O'Reilly College Basketball Experience Tournament in Los Angeles. Valeika had five "doubledoubles" last season as a junior. rIiii: SicNi'osT Send news releases to thesignposfsweber.edu Comment on stories on wsusignpost.com.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-11-14, Vol. 78, No. 41|
|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.|