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n WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY .... f V The Basketball team bounces to Bikram see page 5 O if WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2005 Ogden City Council declares Weber week see page 6 - o J-' ' t. M t? wsusignpost.com VOLUME 68 ISSUE 26 ags encourag Organizers hope to raise $5, 000 for hurricane-affected school e students to Fill the Jug' By Anita Zampedri correspondent The Signpost College students devastated by Hurricane Katrina will get a boost from donations made to the Wildcats for Katrina Relief fund, the Weber State University Student Association president said. Ryan Starks, WSU Student Association president, said money donated to the "Fill the Jug" campaign and other fund-raising efforts on campus this month will go to the University of Southern Mississippi, which received some damage from the hurricane but is still mostly intact and functioning. He said even though USM was 60 miles inland and wasn't hit as hard as some of the other nearby universities, it still needs help. "We, as students, felt like we could relate better to fellow students," Starks said. "This university is serving as the hub, or central location, for other college students that are coming from out of the area like New Orleans and out of state where other universities have been destroyed. University of Southern Mississippi is housing these students." Starks said the money is to be turned over to USM to be used wherever it is needed, whether for supplies or scholarships for displaced students. To remind WSU students that Hurricane Katrina victims still need help, state flags from the affected areas have been placed on light poles around campus, said Karleton Munn, WSU Student Association chief of staff. The three states being represented are Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, with 15 flags from each state to remind WSU students of the devastation in these states. "It's a constant reminder," Munn said. "From every place on campus, you should be able to see at least one flag." The goal raising A Wildcat is a person who goes out of their way to help another person and doesn't mindgetting their feet dirty and UtJtiSi VIJIt of the fund-efforts is to . ft snevoeo.' Karleton Munn, , WSU Student Association chief of staff raise $5,000 by Oct. 31. Munn said $1,600 was donated in the first two weeks of fund-raising, but with three weeks to go, the goal has still not been reached. He said that if every WSU student were to donate 25 cents, the goal would be easily reached and exceeded. "I'd like to see us smash our goal," Munn said. "I know we can do it just because of the students we have here at Weber State University. That's what a Wildcat is; a Wildcat is a person who goes out of their way to help another person and doesn't mind getting their feet dirty and doing what's needed." Stark said he believes the goal is achievable, and hopes students will donate simply because there are people in need. "Keep in mind that this is going to a good cause, that there are people who need us and it is our responsibility to help them," Starks said. "I think it would be a good thing for students to do a self-reflection and reflect on the many things they have, such as the opportunity to go to school, and think of how they could share the opportunity with other people." Jessica Wozab, WSU Student Association vice president of service, said hurricane victims will be in need of help for a long time, not just for a week or a month after the disaster occurred. "It's not our community that was affected, but it's people in our nation, so I think that by donating you're obviously affecting someone else's life," Wozab said. She said campus service organizations are trying to find additional ways to help Hurricane Katrina victims. The director of the WSU Best Buddies organization is working on collecting Halloween costumes for young hurricane victims who were evacuated to Utah, and Alternative Spring Break project organizers will probably build houses or perform other service for those in the affected areas of the South, Wozab said. You can leave a message for reporter Anita Zampedri by calling 626-7655. Making new 1 f -A ! j: I t 'A I Majesta Gagne (left) plays a video game at the Wildcat Lanes arcade last Friday with her Best Buddy volunteer Amanda Holbrook. Volunteer students make a difference in disabled people's lives See page 10 Old cell phones help support domestic violence victims By Nicole May sr. news reporter Now that the next greatest cell phone is out with a video camera, unlimited Internet access and more MP3 memory than can possibly be useful, many people wonder what to do with the old phone. Take it to Psi Chi: They want it. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology students, is doing its part to help fight domestic violence in Utah and provide Weber State University's student body a chance to get involved. "I'm hoping to see a big turnout," said Parker Cherry, Psi Chi fund-raising vice president. "We are hoping to get as many cell phones as possible." The Utah Domestic Violence Annual Report released in February 2005 said there were 23 deaths in Utah in 2004 resulting from The Signpost some form of domestic abuse. Psi Chi is coordinating a cell phone drive that will continue throughout the remainder of the year. Anyone may drop off an old cell phone See Phones page 10 A 7 Domestic Violence Awareness Month wmSss raltes wm mm Senator considers eliminating seats for special constituencies, including African-American, disabilities By Chris Ripplinger campus affairs editor The Signpost The science senator said Monday special interest seats could be removed from the Weber State University Student Association. If this idea were submitted as a bill, it would eliminate the African American, AsianPolynesian, Hispanic, International, Native ' American, traditional, nontraditional, Davis campus, veterans, residence halls and students with disabilities senate seats. Those constituencies would receive representation on the WSU Student Association by a "special constituencies senator," I larper said. This would leave only 10 senators, who would represent honorsBachelor's of Integrated Studies; special constituencies; and the colleges of applied science and technology, arts and humanities, business and economics, health professions, science, social and behavioral sciences and education. Harper said he isn't certain if this is the right thing to do, but he wants to research the idea. He said he is trying to keep himself neutral, and he is just doing preliminary research. "It kind of blew up; people grabbed it and ran with it," Harper said. "They thought I had already written legislation, which wasn't true." In researching the removal of the seats, I larpcr's theory is that those special interest groups presently receive multiple voices in the student senate. For example, someone who is a veteran and who has "a certain ethnicity" would be represented by a veteran senator and a minority senator, as well as the senator from his or her college, he said. James West, the WSU Student Association nontraditional senator who opposes Harper's proposal, presented a bill Monday to the association that is an amendment to the bylaws during Monday's senate meeting. This bill is co-sponsored by Christopher Lim, WSU Student Association applied science and technology senator. West's bill states, "If it is determined that a senate seat is no longer necessary, then the group of students who belong to said constituency should: (a) bring to the WSUSA Senate a petition bearing the names of at least 50 percent plus one of that constituency ... and (b) be eliminated by three-fourths majority vote of the current WSUSA Senate." West's bill was written in an apparent response to a rumor of Harper's possible legislation. "People are making legislation in the dark corners of Weber State," Harper said. The purpose of West's bill is to prevent the senate from eliminating seats without Sec Seats page 3 T . Yi - Y . i 5 i i yj ; i j v Y 1 i '- I Chris Ross, Weber State University Student Association associate justice (left), swears in Wcsly Amosa as the new AsianPolynesian student senator. Under sooivtivbe proposed legislation, that seat could be eliminated from the student senate.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2005-10-12, Vol. 68, No. 26|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University|
|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.|