Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-10-221
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A day in the life fighter pilot A ' rzL-lz H Weber State University IGNP0S1 V 2, 1 See page 4 4Xi 7 V- .... V-' ... i - - ,v it N'-iv":'"" 3 r. -;) :t;x-: 'f'... ' . - KMUIU BY INAMt tit iOvrUiiT An unidentified student protests the use of these signs to block off parking stalls in the A9 lot, south of the Browning Center. They were used to reserve parking stalls for participators in the construction symposium Thursday. The writing says "Screw you Weber! I need to go to class!!!" VfflBO SfflW WBBO TOlHfltt Professor calls for 'economic boycott' By Deborah Ramsay sr. news reporter I The Signpost Weber State University Botany Professor Stephen Clark wants to start a nonviolent revolution. Clark has chosen Nov. 6, Election Day, for his revolt. "We need a nonviolent stoppage of the economy," Clark said. "Gandhi made it work, why can't we?" Clark, a quiet unassuming man sat in his office surrounded by pictures he's taken from his travels around the world, to discuss the uprising he hopes to ignite. Clark believes our current government isn't listening to the people or their needs, but bases political decisions and policies on serving multi-national corporations. "How arrogant can they be?" Clark said. "The leaders say, 'we don't base our decisions on the polls or the demands of the people.' The president says he knows what's best for us, but it's not just Bush. This has been happening over a longer period of time." According to Clark, our government is more like a fascist state these days, and the change began under the guise of commerce and free trade. Clark said our government is nonfunctional. Only an economic boycott or strike will get attention and show the government leaders that the power still rests with the people. Leaders would be forced to respond to problems the people want addressedsuch as engaging in wars people don't support, caring for the environment, health care, education, minimum wage, exploiting resources, outsourcing, giving away military secrets, NAFTA, CAFTA, and destroying our national treasures. "I'm trying to get Americans to stop fighting each with each other as people and start to unify to fight their own government," Clark said. "They are our enemies." Clark is not advocating a "What we need is something like what Gandhi did. If we didn't go to work, didn't go to school, didn't drive our cars, or buy anything,, it would scare leaders of government to death." Stephen Clark, Professor of botany violent revolt, but wants to draw attention to the problem in a way that will be noticed. "Stop the economy, Clark said. "What we need is something like what Gandhi did. If we didn't go to work, didn't go to school, didn't drive our cars, or buy anything,, it would scare leaders of government to death." One day would draw attention, but a week would really have the kind of impact Clark would like to see. Clark said the only way he sees his revolution working would be if the roads had no traffic, the skies no airplanes, businesses no customers, schools no students, and jobs no workers. See Revolution page 5 Low student turnout leaves some 'frustrated' By Deborah Ramsay sr. news reporter I The Signpost Student leaders wonder why participation is so low at events. After a widely publicized event featuring MTVpersonality SuChin Pak attracted just 50 students, Cassie Adams, arts and lectures vice president, said she felt frustrated more students didn't attend. Her feelings were shared by Jessica Sims, the diversity vice president, who cosponsored the event and Michael Fisher, who organizes the Honors Issues Forum. "The ntimbers keep going down," Fisher said. "I really advertised the last honors event. I've held them consistently at tire same time and day to help people remember, but it still isn't working." Sims worries students won't come out to her next important and highly sensitive diversity convocation, "NWC derogotive racial terms Three Hateful Words- A Dialog on Language and Respect," being held off campus at the Peery's Egyptian Theater in Ogden, Nov. 7 and 8. "I worry die word isn't getting out," Sims said. The Ralph Nye lecture seriesiield in the business building Oct. 1 1 featured a panel from Ogden's Women in Business. The 50 students in attendance sat attentively listening to the four women panelists explain die realities of working as a professional woman in the business world, giving advice, lessons and tips on how to succeed and how the genders interact on a professional level. The advice was positive and helpful, and the students were reminded of die importance of networking and finding a mentor to get the best start in a career. The students seemed to enjoy the panel and asked plenty of questions at die end, but the pink attendance slip on die desks in front of diem revealed diat all die students in attendance were required to be tiiere for class credit as part of dteir Executive Lecture Series class. Marketing instructor John Hoffman confirmed die lecture series was open to all of campus community. "We don't get too many people," Hoffman said. "We'd like to get a lot more." There seem to be as many reasons for students not attending out-of-class events as diere are snidents. Schedule conflicts, work, lack of interest and odier personal commitments can leave many students feeling tiiey can't fit in even one more tiling. Oct. 12, Weber State Davis campus hosted a lecture featuring a criminalist from a local police department. Between 40 and 50 students attended die event. "This is my first out-of-class event I've attended," said Linda Pieraldi who is majoring in crime-scene investigation. "I work, and I have a son, so it's hard for me to find die time. In fact, I have to leave die moie early because my sister needs me to go pick up my son." But for some students, lectures feel too much like anodier class. "I really hate lectures," said Michael Mason, freshman criminal justice major. Mason sums up die way many students feel. "I have a pretty busy schedule," Mason said. "And I like to plan my own extra auricular activities." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. Wattis brothers impact millions every day Utah Construction WSU business By Molly Bennett editor in chief I The Signpost Approximately 50 people gathered in what felt like a small family reunion in the Special Collections Library on Thursday. They were a small representation of the millions who have been impacted by two men, William H. and Edmund O. Wattis, according to Stanford Layton, a Weber State University history professor. People are impacted, Layton said, "Perhaps simply by taking a class in the Wattis Building or maybe flipping on a light switch in a Las Vegas hotel room, or enjoying fresh apples grown in irrigated orchards of central Washington, or boating Pineview Reservoir." The brothers Edmund O., born in 1855, and William H. Wattis, born in 1959, were the common connection in the group who gathered in their honor at the Utah Construction symposium. Layton said he wonders why the names of the two men are not better Symposium honors namesakes known in the Ogden community, considering the scope of the projects done by their construction company Utah Construction, later named Utah International. The "granddaddy of all construction projects," Layton said, was when the Utah Construction Company joined with other companies in 1931 to complete the Hoover Dam. "It is a measure of the reputation enjoyed by the Wattis brothers that William was named president of this huge conglomerate and Edmund was named second vice president," Layton said. Although the brothers had no formal training in engineering, Layton said they were managers and grasped the "big picture." "They were comfortable with dust in their nose, blisters on their feet, calluses on their hands and dirt under their Fingernails," Layton said. In his presentation, Layton See Wattis page 5 I i !7 A WSU history professor Stanford Layton speaks about Edmund O. a William H. Wattis at the fourth annual Utah Conslruction Sympos Layton identified six factors of success exemplified by the Watlis'. I'HIIKIHI BKK t kl I S( H sit .NI'USl nd um. Lecture offers answers to Iraq War questions By Jestina Clayton sr. news reporter I The Signpost As questions remain as to what constitutes "winning" the Iraq War, one expert says it may be as simple as providing enough security for the country to be stable, and allowing Iraqis to solve their own problems. Omar Kadar Ph.D., a former member of the White House delegation diat accompanied President Clinton to the peace signing between Israel and Jordan, said the U.S. should withdraw from Iraq after providing "some degree of security" to allow the Iraqis to fix dieir own problems. This fall semester, Kadar joined LaRae Larkin Ph.D. of die history department and Nancy Haanstad Ph.D., of die political science department to teach a seminar on U.S. foreign policy and the Iraq War. "I met Dr. Kadar 18 years ago while I was working on my doctorate degree," Larkin said. She said Kadar agreed to lecture after she asked him if he was interested in teaching seminars at Weber State University. "Since then, he's been working with us," Larkin said. Kadar was born in Provo to Palestinian parents. He got his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. He calls himself a Mormon-democrat, and was once an assistant dean in the college of social sciences and taught political science and international relations at Brigham Young University. Kadar also received an honorary doctorate from Weber State University. "I think he missed the classroom." Haanstad said. "The seminar gives him the opportunity to do what he enjoys doing." She also said Kadar has been very good to WSU students who have worked as interns at his management consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Mike Dickman, a WSU senior studying international economics, said his internship at Kadar's firm was educational and enlightening. "We'd brainstorm and he'd ask our opinion," Dickman said. "I really felt like my opinion mattered." Dickman said his internship offered him a "firsthand look at current events in the Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy." Dickman was among more than 40 students who attended the seminar. He also assisted Kadar in preparing instructional and informational materials for the class. Haanstad said Kadar deserves whatever payment he receives because he's worth more. "He is an incredible asset for our university and students in the political science department," Haanstad said. Kadar said the class offers enough research information to allow students to question the establishment and to form their own opinions. Dickman also echoed his mentor's sentiments. He said students should get involved and form their own opinions. "Before I left for D.C, I thought I knew something, " Dickman said. "It wasn't until 1 researched the issues that I realized how much more there is out there." Brant Hanson attended Kadar's five-day seminar and said he thinks Kadar is intelligent and understands current events. "Personally, I think he gives his opinion and tries to make others believe it," I Ianson said. Hanson is a WSU senior with a double major in history and political science. Although he didn't serve in Iraq, he is a veteran who "likes to argue" in order to gauge the opinions of others. He said the class gave support to his opinion. Hanson questioned whether the U.S. is making actual progress in Iraq. "Yeah, we build schools and hospitals in Iraq," Hanson said, "but they will all be destroyed after we leave." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-10-22, Vol. 78, No. 31|
|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.|