Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-09-261
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Women's soccer Weber State University team has tough weekend E See page 6 .It !C"( 1 GNPOST LUr No new crosswalks planned for this year By Colette Davis correspondent I The Signpost Using crosswalks can be a matter of life and death. Last April early college student Adrian Maxson was killed on Harrison west of Weber State University. It was after dark, and he was not at a crosswalk. His tragic death brings home the reality of the need for extra care when driving and walking around campus. Students who hoped UDOT would add more crosswalks on busy streets around campus will have to wait until at least spring of 2008. During the final weeks of spring semester, UDOT officials talked about the possibility of additional crosswalks when students voiced concerns about the limited number of crosswalks and sidewalks available for use. WSU senior, Katherine Cadwalder said the problem is particularly acute on Dixon Drive, Edvalson and 41st Street. "All down the hill from up near the Credit Union, there are no sidewalks or anything," she said. "People are constantly walking between the road and the cars to get to the buildings to class." Eric Pope crosses Harrison daily because he lives across the street. "It's kind of like frogger," he said. Clint Jeppson also crosses Harrison each morning and said Shorter semesters for WSU Administration considers change from a 15- to a 14 -week semester By Jestina Clayton sr. news reporter I The Signpost Weber State University administration is debating about changing the academic calendar from15-week-longto 14-week-long semesters. "I think it'd be wonderful if the calendar is arranged so tiiat WSU's holidays coincide with the school district's," said Debbie Cragun, coordinator for nontraditional students. On Monday Sept. 23, Associate Provost for Enrollment Bruce Bowen presented the proposed academic calendar to WSU's student Senate. Bowen said his office had been researching the idea since January diis year. "It became clear that Weber State is closer to a 14-week academic calendar, and the momentum grew to explore the possibility." Bowen said. The proposed 14-week-long academic calendar will Flu season falls ----- - ....... Nurse Brenda Dussol prepares to administer a flu shot to Weber State University sophomore and Hospital Administration major Guadalupe Gil. Flu shots are limited and are given on a first come first served basis. mm Su I Students watch for cars as they cross the street near Wasatch Hall Monday. The crosswalk has been identified by some students as being dangerous. "It's kind of like frogger. " the trip reminds him of another childhood game. "It's kind of like a game of dangerous dodge ball," Jeppson said. TheonlycrosswalksonDixonare the two found by the information booth at the main entrance to WSU. However, many students do not use the crosswalks. Marisa McPeck-Stringham, also a senior at WSU, said both pedestrians and drivers are in danger on the roads. "It's pretty scary," McPeck-Stringham said, "especially when PHOTO B MATT CLASS THt fICSftVT safe if you see people when you are trying to drive, and they are darting out in front of you because there's really no safe place to cross." WSU officials are aware of the situation. Part of the problem stems from the fact that Dixon Drive, Edvalson and 41st Street are actually the responsibility of the Utah Department of Transportation. Kevin Hansen, VP of campus planning said even though these roads are state-owned WSU helps out. "It's a shared responsibility," allow students to attend summer semester full-time just as they do in the fall and spring semesters. Also, the new calendar will move fall break from the third Friday in October to the Wednesday just before Thanksgiving break. "Nontraditional students are a large part of this university, so the more WSU supports them, the more likely they'll succeed," Cragun said. She said having fall break just before thanksgiving could help students have enough time to travel and visit with family. Bowen said spring break will be reduced from five to three days starting from the middle to the end of the week, and each semester will end a week earlier. Chelsie Baumgartner, who doesn't take summer class, dislikes the 14-week-long calendar. "I'd rather have breaks during the time I'm in school." Baumgartner, a senior studying dental hygiene said. See 14 week page 7 fast on Health Center has limited number of flu vaccinations for students By Lindsay Poll correspondent I The Signpost As the warm weather is winding down, health officials are gearing up for the upcoming flu season, so is the Weber State University Health Center. The center will get between 300 and 800 shots to give to the students. However, the shots are first-come, first-served, and are usually gone within two weeks. "The No. 1 preventative students can take to avoid sickness this winter is to to u ' I PHOTO BY CATHERINE MORTIMERI THE SICNPOST Hansen said. "They are state highways, but because they are very low priority in the state highway system, we do a lot of maintenance to make sure that things are getting done." Andy Neff, UDOT media correspondent said every request, including those for crosswalks and sidewalks that are submitted to UDOT are looked at very closely. He explained that the process is lengthy and not something that can be fixed overnight. See No go page 7 Josh Eastman, Weber State University marching band drummer, practices before the bands performanceat the Band review on Tuesday. bands from Utah schools were scheduled to perform at Stewart Stadium. FT campus consider a flu shot," said WSU's physician Dr. Shawn D. McQuilkin. He emphasized that those with chronic conditions, particularly diabetes and asthma, should especially consider a shot. McQuilkin said the ways to avoid the illness are hand washing, at least eight hours of sleep each night, and taking one multi-vitamin a day. i Two different types of flu attack people: influenza flu and the stomach flu. The symptoms of influenza consist of a sore throat, aches, pains, weakness, 'jmrm m - rL,-i r7 f eross? Unsafe drivers a problem By Hyrum Rappleye correspondent I The Signpost The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and Weber State University have placed several crosswalks on campus for the benefit and safety of students. "We have increased the number of marked crosswalks," said Norm Tarbox, vice president for administrative services. "We have placed flags at most crosswalks, and had a light installed in the crosswalk between campus and the LDS institute." Although the flags have been placed and crosswalks have been painted, some students feel the crosswalks are unsafe. One area of concern is 41st street, near married housing. There are two crosswalks, one is located at the bottom of the hill at married housing and one is at the blind corner in front of Wasatch Hall. "I have almost been hit in the crosswalk by married housing four separate times," said Cindy Balzomo, a history and English double major. "I have almost been hit twice by regular cars, once by a WSU bus, which was scary enough, but the WSU police car that almost hit me last year, really wanted to make me stop walking anywhere on campus." The crosswalk by married See Safe page 7 y 0i i PHOIO BY MOLLY BENNETT UIL iK.NIfJSI victims chills, and a high fever. The symptoms of the stomach flu are nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The stomach flu is caused by a virus and usually lasts 24-72 hours. Four members of the faculty and staff in the Communication department recently came down with a severe stomach flu, which lasted about 24 to 48 hours. One of those employees was Department of Communication Chair Randy Scott. See Flu page 7 Hons in Drief Mayer announces restrictions on r.U. Ogden Park area Ogden City Mayor Matthew Godfrey recently announced the implementation of land-sale restrictions to the Mount Ogden Golf Course and Park. Restrictive covenants will be placed on the area to assure its future as open space and its availability for public use. According to a press release from the Mayor's office, the signed legal document should be completed in the next two to three weeks. The purpose of the document will be to restrict the use of this property to public purposes in perpetuity. It will not allow for homes or other private uses and will secure the public access to trails and open space on the land. Deadline for D.C. internship applications Oct. 5 The deadline for applications for internship positions at Senator Hatch's Washington D.C. office is October 5. The internship will take place during Spring semester of 2008. Candidates must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and not complete their baccalaureate degree prior to December 2008. Candidates must schedule an interview with the Career Services Center and must bring a current transcript and writing samples to the interview. Battle over school vouchers escalates Utahns for Public Schools (UTPS) launched two new television ads Tuesday, featuring Utah teachers as part of a broad effort against the proposed school voucher law. The voucher law will come before voters in November. The law provides for a scholarship of $500 to $3,000 for qualifying families toward private school tuition. Utah currently has over 120 private schools. Average private school tuition is less than $4,000. Utah currently ranks last among states for per-student spending with less than $5, 000 per student. Utah also has the largest teacher to student ratio in the nation at 22:1. Utah currently ranks 48th in the nation in teacher pay with average teacher salary around $37,000 and starting pay around $26,500. Nontraditional Programs hosts The Drive to 850' Nontraditional Student Programs will host a workshop on how to improve credit scores, 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday in room 220 of the Shepherd Union Building. T he workshop will feature Al Bingham, author of "The Drive to 850." Bingham will present more than 30 factors that affect credit scores and strategies on how to avoid those that are damaging to credit.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-09-26, Vol. 78, No. 21|
|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.|