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.f.. St " y "Jlg O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY Wildcats raise the bar with strong showing See page 6 Students juggle demands of school and children nu o s See page 4 flim IMaB) siir Son S T) Tr f. y BoaDon Beus is president, By Heather Carter news editor The Signpost Cheers erupted as presidential candidate Jake Bens was announced on April 6 as the 2007-08 student body president of Weber State University. "I am stoked," Beus said. "Two years ago I wouldn't have imagined this in a million years to be honest. But I think windows have opened, and I have taken advantage of those. I feel like I could really do a lot for this university. No, I didn't see this coming, but I am glad it did." Beus received a total of 797 votes, while his opponent, Brad Wahlstrom, obtained 385 votes. In total, seven percent of WSU's student body voted in this year's elections. "I feel that the election went well," said WSU Spanish sophomore Melissa Millvvard. "Most of the people that should have won, did win fairly." See Votes page 5 Ewww, they found what? Botany club picks up clothes, contraceptives and other garbage during river cleanup By Jennifer Landers sr. news reporter The Signpost In their second semester, the WSU Botany Club helped clean up the paths along the Ogden River on Saturday. The 35-mile-long Ogden River starts at Pineview Reservoir and flows southwest through the Ogden Canyon and Ogden City. It's been in better shape since the construction of the Ogden River Parkway in 1992. With the increase in foot traffic along the river, it's up to groups like the WSU Botany Club to encourage the community to keep those paths clean so that the river and its habitat remain healthy. "Clint Brown, he was our previous president, came up with the idea and it turned out really well and we thought we'd do it every year," said WSU Botany Club tie ft S3 History professor receives inaugural Lindquist award for service Kathryn MacKay honored for inspiring students to give back to community By Amber Hall sr. news reporter The Signpost After years of commitment to helping students get involved through community service, Weber State University History Professor Kadiryn MacKay received the first John A. Lindquist Award. The award was established to honor a teacher who, like John Lindquist, is invested in the community and in helping their students to be involved in it. "It is so important to create that sense of commitment to giving back to the community and school that has helped shape them." said John Lindquist's daughter Kathryn Lindquist, who set up the award to recognize professors who give students the opportunity to give back to their communities. John Lindquist was actively involved in giving to the Ogden area communities like the Union Station, the Air Force museum in Layton, Peery's Egyptian Theater and WSU. Because of his involvement in the community, the award honors election has 7-percent voter turnout .... T "-.. ,' x 1- f y s. t y - . . I ( i - . J ! ) ...- ;.. if . - .' . . V. ' i;' . I. . ,. i m Mn.nr.it- m - i W " . Jake Beus (center) is announced the WSU Student Association President for 2007-2008 at an elections party in the University Village. See page 7 for complete election results. President Beth Anderson. "We get garbage bags from the city, they provide them, and we pass them out to everyone who comes and we walk along the trails and pick up all the garbage." According to the Manager of Public Ways and Parks for Ogden City, Jay Lowder, since the 1992 construction of the Ogden River Parkway, the river has been substantially healthier than before showing an increase in fish habitat. In 1996, the fish habitat had increased so much to the point where fishing became a "catch and take" rather than a "catch and release." This semester the club cleaned up the paths on the west side of Wall Avenue, rather than the east side by Monroe Boulevard, which was their task last semester. "We did it in September and about that r t Lindquist as well as a teacher who has helped the commtinity and helped students give to die community. "I wanted to do something that showed die whole institution how important diis was same time there was an article in the Standard-Examiner about how dirty the Ogden River was," said botany major Leslie Patterson. "We picked up dirty needles, lots of cans, bottles just any kind of trash. There was tons of pop bottles especially behind walls where it's hard to see the river; I swear people just throw things ovc" According to Lowder, while the fish habitat has increased and the area itself has improved by forcing out prostitution and transients, people still like to dump their trash in or along the river despite the signage and numerous garbage cans along the paths. This year the club filled 15 bags up with garbage. They found condoms, beer cans, cigarettes, even a couple of shopping carts and lots of clothing. "Where are these people going without their clothes?" said WSU social work major Amber Christiansen who was a volunteer Saturday. The 35-mile river is long and needs cleaning done more See River page 5 . . " : V-' I - - -s - ' t, . f y " SOURCE: WWW.ilNCjLbIKACMKtlvS.COM Kathryn MacKay also received the 2007 Distinguished Humanities Award earlier in the year. The Utah Humanities Council gave Professor MacKay the honor because she "has worked tirelessly to help Utahns tell their stories and understand how their experiences fit into the history of their local communities, the state, the nation, and the world." wnat tney were doing," Kathryn Lindquist said. "It's a big award; I wanted to make it big so people would recognize really how important die work is." MacKay has been involved with Utah Campus Compact, the Office of Academic Service Learning, the American Democracy Project and helping students in her classes to get involved. Each one of these organizations promotes service learning. She also used part of her salary to set up the Office of Academic Service Learning, which will have an office in the new Shepherd Union Building. See Service page 5 (BGDDDftuDD&D Candidate DQed, reinstated, then DQed again By Heather Carter news editor The Signpost Weber State University's Supreme Court overruled the elections committee's decision to disqualify Arts and Lectures Vice President Candidate Jacqui Anderson on Friday based on her violation of campaigning in a religious institution. Later that day the election committee decided to re-disqualify Anderson because of the conduct she displayed throughout the elections. "She broke the rules," said WSU Elections Chair Justin Hooker. "To me, it's black and white." ' Hooker said the elections committee felt she should be disqualified due to her overall conduct, behavior and conscious effort to bend the rules. "She was not acting like a student government official should," Hooker said. "What we saw during the elections, we felt would reflect how she would serve the students, and we felt that she did not conduct herself well during the elections, and that's why we felt it was better to disqualify her because of her overall conduct." According to the official 2007 election rules, the elections committee "reserves the right to eliminate individuals from candidacy or t . inflict general fines, if so determined necessary by the committee." When Anderson heard that she had been re-disqualified an hourafterbeing "my DiggesT concern is getting my name cleared." Jacqui Anderson disqualified vice president candidate reinstated as the candidate for arts and lectures vice president, she said she felt like she was being personally attacked by the elections committee. Anderson said even though she appealed the election committee's second decision to disqualify her, she doesn't know if she wanted the vice presidency anymore. WSU's Supreme Court determined on Saturday to uphold the elections committee's right to disqualify candidates as they deem necessary. WSU Associate Justice Barry Stratford, who dissented against the majority ruling, said the justices were divided over the complex situation, and it was a difficult decision to make. The Supreme Court also decided that since Anderson had received the overwhelming number of votes and was disqualified, neither of the two other write-in candidates could be announced as the majority winner. Stratford said the court ultimately decided to make the arts and lectures vice president position an appointed position because there was no majority winner. Anderson and the two other write-in candidates for the arts and lectures vice president position will all have the opportunity to apply for the appointed position. "My biggest concern is getting my name cleared," Anderson said. Anderson said she feels she has always been upfront and honest throughout her campaign, and she followed the rules to the best of her knowledge. Anderson said she doesn't think she will apply for the arts and lectures vice president position, but she plans to stay involved by applying for other positions within the student government. "That whole position is bittersweet right now," Anderson said. "I am just kind of like, 'you know what, maybe it is cursed.'" Dani Bettison, the WSU vice presidential candidate for service who lost, said she had filed many of the grievances against Anderson and other candidates because she felt that the election rules needed to be followed. "I let a lot slide before I was finally like, T am just fed up with it. I am going to say something now,'" Bettinson said. "So See DQ page 5 News in Drief Events presented as Lessons from the Past This year's theme for Weber State University's 1 lolocaust Commemoration Week focuses on learning from history's mistakes to have more awareness for today's issues. The first presentation is the film screening of "The Rape of Europa," to be held April 10 at 7 p.m. in the Val A. Browning Center's Allied Theater. The movie depicts the Nazi art plundering during World War II. A panel discussion featuring WSU professor Angelika Pagel and Leah Murray will follow the film. Darfur Peace and Development Organization Co-founder and President Suliman Giddo will speak April 1 1 at 10 a.m. in the WSU Wattis Business Building's Smith Auditorium. There will also be a presentation Thursday; all events are free. For more information and a schedule of events, visit weber.edu holocaustcommemoration. Men and sexual assault Weber State University's Davis Campus invites students to a special Lunch and Learn seminar widi Lawrence Helmbrecht to discuss sexual assault from a man's viewpoint and the impact it has on the male culture. The lecture will be held on April 10 at 11:30 a.m. in Room 117 of the Davis Campus. Pizza will be provide nn a first-come, first-serve basis, and attendees will be entered into a drawing to win a free movie. For more information, contact Adrienne Gillespie at 393-3514, or adrienne gillespieweber.edu. International student concerned with employment status A computer error in late 2005 terminated Weber State University internadonal student Victoria Sethunya's immigration status, preventing her from registering for the fall 2006 what would have been her last semester at WSU. "I'll be graduating," she said, "and I'll be unemployable by immigration because of a computer glitch." Because of the error, she had to wait another semester to file for a work permit. Set-hunya, originally of the African Kingdom of Lesotho, said she mailed what should be the last papers to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) last week. USCIS's response regularly takes between 30 to 60 days; she's hoping the process will be expedited because of her circumstances. Sethunya said she wasn't able to file the papers earlier because there were several errors in her student chronology, like her being a bachelor's of science student instead of a bachelor's of arts. Sethunya said she received the corrected papers at the end of March even those still contained a few errors, but she wanted to send the papers off. According to WSU spokesman John Kowalewski, the university did correct the mistakes Sethunya first found, and she has not raised any new concerns to the International Students Office. Kowalewski added that the new records she was given were substantiated independently with her other records. Sethunya said she did not want to go through another "runaround" with the university, plus she isn't a WSU employee, and so shouldn't be held responsible for their mistakes.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-04-09, Vol. 69, No. 81|
|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.|