Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-10-011
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A day in the life Student Body Pres Weber State University See page 4 v - jHf 1 HE IGNFOSTj . .-J n n ra s mis qkso Promontory cafeteria closed for eats 1 X ' - - -s-... , S PHOTO BY MATT CLASS THE SICNPOST An empty cafeteria for Promontory Tower means a long walk for students to find a meal, possibly off-campus. By Hillary Felsted correspondent I The Signpost Promontory Tower resident and elementary education sophomore Kathene Holt left her dormitory the morning of the first day of the semester, walked downstairs and expected to eat breakfast in the PT cafeteria before attending her classes. She said she was confused to find the cafeteria not open and surprised a few days later when she found out PT would not have a cafeteria all year. According to Housing and Residence Life Director Daniel Kilcrease, there are approximately 150 residents in PT and Wasatch Hall in the same situation. Students living in those dormitories have a meal plan that is included in the rent expense. Students make nine $150 payments throughout the year and the money is put on the students' wildcards in the form of flex cash. Flex cash can be used for purchases at any dining services vendor. However, the food services in the Union Building are only open Monday thru Friday and close by 7:00 p.m. each day. . There are no dining services provided Saturday or Sunday. PT and Wasatch Hall residents must find their meals off-campus on the weekends. "It's not that convenient to eat off-campus," Holt said, "especially when you don't have a car." Radiology freshman, Sharee Martin, said she has to eat earlier on weekdays because dining services are not open very late. "It's kinda crappy," Martin said. "I made up my own way to get food." The Promontory Tower cafeteria was open for students through the 2005-2006 school year. Kilcrease said the numbers at PT hit an all-time low three years ago when only 50 residents or less lived in the building. Students were also not using up their allotted meals in their meal plans. Those two problems led to the decision to close the PT cafeteria in 2006. "They need to bring back the cafeteria," said Brian Giles, a WSU sophomore. "It would he more convenient. I practically live at Subway and Burger King." Holt said because fast food is so convenient and close to campus, PT residents are not eating as healthy as they should This semester, Sodexho began providing food services for WSU. Bill Fruth, union building director, is in charge of the contract with Sodexho. He said that, as of now, WSU's contract with Sodexho does not arrange for food services to be provided on the weekends. "Food service was being downsized overall," Frum said. ' Wei are struggling to find the best solution for weekends." . One solution they are looking at is to provide a way for students to use their flex cash off campus. "The program will allow students to use their card with vendors, who agree to work with the university and Sodexho, to buy food off campus," Fruth said. "The value of their card and their food experience will go up." Fruth said the off-campus program was discussed early in the contracting process. However, widi the opening of the newly renovated Shepherd Union Building and starting up a new dining service, Fruth said the start date for the off-campus dining program was pushed back. Fruth said the contract with Sodexho could bd renegotiated. "There are always discussions about creating new options and improving our service," he said. Bill Masullo, Sodexho manager, said that if the contract were renegotiated, dining services would provide food on the weekends. "I'm here to serve," he said. Comment on this story an wsusignpost. com. Hint: DWS offers grants Many students unaware of less-rigid eligi requirements By Jacqueline Jensen correspondent I The Signpost The piling expenses of this fall's tuition and books may have left some students feeling a bit overwhelmed, leading them to already begin to stress on how they will pay for the next semesters' fees and costs. While many students are aware of well-known forms of tuition assistance, it seems that some lesser known resources go untapped. An example of such is federal funding available through the State of Utah Department of Workforce Services (DWS). Students may be under the false impression that DWS works only with people seeking job assistance, yet DWS is an active resource in funding qualified college students with financial aid. The department has several funding streams available to provide assistance with tuition and books to eligible students. "There is a large amount of funding available to students that might have beer, denied other forms of financial aid, but students simply aren't aware of this," said Lead DWS Employment Counselor Lisa Zaugg. "We are trying to get the word out to anyone who may qualify." While so me of the funding streams look at a student's income to determine eligibility, there is one funding stream which looks at whether a student has been laid off or even released from active military duty anytime within two years prior to application. If a student meets these criteria, income requirements do not apply. This opens a door to tuition assistance for students that may be over-income for Pell grants or income-based scholarships. The funding is like a Pell grant in that it is federal monies and no repayment is required. However, one key difference between DWS funding and Pell grants is the student's household size. Any student living on their own can be considered a household of one, thus eliminating their parents' income when determining eligibility. "With FAFSA, you need to report your parent's income," said Public Relations Alumni Melanie Ryerse, "even if you aren't receiving any financial support from them, and even if you're not living with them. So that makes it difficult to receive federal grants or loans. "With this program, you don't need to report parent's income, which makes it possible for some to receive grants who would be unable to otherwise. So it is unique in that sense." There is no deadline by which a student must apply for DWS funding, which allows students to pursue tuition assistance at a time that is convenient for them. DWS will obligate funds based on the student's needs, up to a specified amount for tuition and books for the two-year period of qualification. "It's nice for people who are paying for their own education," Ryerse said. DWS funding is also available to students during summer semesters, when Pell grant funds cannot be accessed, which can be a lifesaver for students struggling to pay for summer classes. DWS funding does not affect Pell grant eligibility in any way. In fact, application for a Pell grant is one of the requirements for approval for DWS funding. See DWS page 7 Foam ills foeedatioe of iiew beildie Lightweight fill eases stress on utilities tunnel By Deborah Ramsay sr. news reporter I The Signpost Curious observers looked on as giant Styrofoam blocks were stacked against Building 3. The blocks are going to serve in the construction of the new Elizabeth Hall Building. Questions arose about the use of the blocks if they were being used to help make the building meet earthquake requirements and if they pose any danger to the environment. Jacobsen Construction, the same contractor who built the new Shepherd Union Building, is erecting the new four-story humanities building. "It's called Geofoam," said Dirk Zenger, project manager for Jacobsen Construction. "It was used to reduce the weight over existing properties, in this case the tunnel that houses the university's utilities." Geofoam is a lightweight product made from polystyrene with approximately 1 percent density of soil or stone backfill and can be used in places where obstacles and obstructions make the use of regular soil backfill too heavy, timely or expensive. The foam blocks were used to make the SUB book store receiving area because it made the job much easier. "It's very stable and very solid," said Jim Harris, from WSU Facilities Management, "and you can cast concrete right on top of it." Working with Geofoam is quick. The most common way to work with it is to cut it with a hotwire. "You just cut it, fit it and put it in,' Zenger said. Geofoam is not being used to meet any seismic requirements as some suspected. "The Geofoam doesn't have any seismic properties," Zenger said. "It's being used because of the weight factor." According to the Geofoam Research Center at Syracuse University, Geofoam has been used in construction for about 25 years and has proven to be both lightweight and long-lasting. A site in Norway reused Geofoam blocks exhumed after twenty years of being buried to use in another construction project because they were still in good condition. Both the manufacturer and the research center claim the product to be environmentally friendly. Geofoam does not degrade and is inert, meaning it will not leak anything into the soil or ground water around it. "Geofoam has no formaldehydes," Zenger said. "It's an environmentally-friendly product." The Geofoam can also be recycled. Approximately 5 percent of Geofoam is made from recycled shreddings and cuttings from the foam process and previous jobs. The projected completion date for the Elizabeth Hall Building is no mystery. It's November of 2008. While the building was badly needed to meet campus needs, some students are tired of seemingly endless construction projects. "I think it's annoying," said freshman Ariean Fabrizio. "You have to go all the way around to get to classes instead of going straight up. I'm anxious for the construction to be done." "1 Comment on this story at Project manager Dirk Zenger, for Jacobsen Construction works wsusignpost.com. with Geofoam for new building's foundation. News in Brief WSU Nursing chair gets nursing award Catherine Earl, chair of WSU Department of Nursing, recently was selected by the Utah Organization of Nurse Leaders as the 2007 recipient of its Excellence in Nursing Leadership award. The award is considered the highest and most prestigious recognition given to a nursing leader in Utah. Recipients are recognized as leaders in the health care community, who enhance the image of nursing and foster excellent relationships both within their organizations and in their communities. Earl will receive the award at the Utah Hospital Association's annual meeting on Oct. 4. Former chairman of National Republican Cenimitee visits HSU Weber College alumnus and former Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Richard Richards will speak at Weber State University Oct. 4 at 1:30 p.m. in the Lindquist Alumni Center. Richards is the author of "Climbing the Political Ladder One Rung at a Time." He held prominent roles in the Nixon, Reagan and Bush presidential campaigns. He will discuss the history and nature of political campaigns. E-mail scam targets WSU Credit Union Two fraudulent e-mails were broadcast Thursday, Sept. 27 from a criminal organization pretending to be Weber State Federal Credit Union to an unknown number of local residents. The e-mails inform recipients that their accounts will be suspended unless immediate action is taken to "reactivate" the account. Users are then given a link to follow to remedy the problem. Following the link takes the user to a "spoofed" Web site where they are asked to input their account number and password. After submitting an account number and password, users were asked to provide their debit or credit card information and PIN. WSCU President and CFO Vickie van der I lave said no intrusions to the credit union's system were made and it will never contact members for account numbers, PINs, Social Security numbers or other confidential information. Members who suspect fraudulent e-mails may file formal complaints with the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) at www.ic3.gov. The IFCC is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National White Collar Crime Center.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-10-01, Vol. 78, No. 23|
|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.|