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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY The Basketball: up . one coach, down two players. see page 8 Three years in Iraq see pge 6 r 1 ... i WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2006 wsusignpost.com VOLUME 68 ISSUE 78 we.'- V 1 i biaaio)OBiL (C3J h - City planner proposes a Ogden By Steven R. Mouritsen sr. news reporter The Signpost In his presentation "Resolving Transportation Problems at Weber State University," Spense Havlick discussed a different perspective on the transportation issues Weber State University and Ogden City are exploring. Havlick has been a key figure in transforming Boulder, Colo., home of the University of Colorado at Boulder, to a more pedestrian-oriented community. Havlick, former dean of the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has overseen changes in the campus and the city to accommodate bicycles, buses and carpooling. The University of Colorado at Boulder was altered with the construction of 54 underpasses, providing safe access for cyclists and pedestrians. Around Boulder, bicycle lanes including a "buffer" zone, guarding bicyclers from automobile traffic, were implemented to encourage the use of bicycle transportation. The opportunity to ride a bicycle around Ogden is possible for about half of the year due to snow accumulation and other weather conditions. Another problem is parking a bicycle in a secure place on the WSU campus. "I need someplace safe to keep my bike," said Sara Ewert, WSU history associate professor. "I have a computer on it so I bring it inside my office when I ride it." I Iavlick explains bicycles and pedestrians are a priority for die budget in Boulder. "We decided to move 20 percent of the budget away from automobiles," Havlick said. "Because the pedestrians are king and queen, guess what gets shoveled first? It's the bike paths around town, before the snowplows shovel the street. So I can commute on my bicycle all through the winter." According to Havlick, the cost of an average parking spot on a surface lot is about $3,000 in Ogden, while a stall in a parking structure ranges anywhere from $25,000 to $32,000. Havlick pointed out it is possible to fit 15 bikes in the same spot. I Iavlick briefly mentioned the idea of a streetcar in Ogden. "This isn't San Francisco so a cable car is See Transportation page 3 Low turnout expected in By Rebecca Palmer sr. news reporter The Signpost The Weber State University Student Association Elections Committee doesn't have high hopes for voter turnout during this week's primary elections, which started Tuesday and will be open through Saturday. In 2004, a record-high 14.04 percent of enrolled students voted in primary elections, according to statistics provided by Elections Chairwoman Christy Butler. The next year, 2005, voting dropped to a five-year low only 8.58 percent. "My gauge this year is I don't foresee turnout being high," Butler said. "As the economy increases, student involvement decreases." One reason Butler expects low interest in the primary elections has to do with the number of candidates. Only 38 people applied for candidacy this year, leaving 10 seats uncontested. Forty-nine applied in 2005. There may also be a problem with students being aware elections are going on, said WSU junior Jacob Peters, presidential hopeful. I le is f,. .... 1 ...... ..... - - . ?r r..r -. - - - ' . I .t . ...... , ; t ' , i ' ' ' ' ' ; . I '' ' ' " " ' "" ' ' " ' v " ' ' ( : n i - . s ' " . ; . x ; f ' ! ...-.,. n,. ,, ,,, - .- - - (Above) Senators vote on motions for the proposed bill BS06-07 to restructure special constituency seats in the student senate. The bill, proposed by business and economics senator Chris Ross, would replace the special constituency seats with four diversity senators who would represent these constituents. (Below) Adrienne Gillespie, WSU-Davis Campus representative speaks out about some of her concerns with the new bill proposal. The senate will continue to discuss the issue next Monday. New IS By Maria Villasefior editor in chief The Signpost Legislation to eliminate and condense special constituency seats was introduced in Monday's Weber State University Student Association Student Senate meeting, but a motion was made to extend debate to next week's senate meeting. "This will make the senate stronger," said Chris Ross, business and economics senator and the bill's sponsor, during the senate meeting. Unlike other proposals in the past which have sought to eliminate all non-college seats, this bill welcomes the BIS honors, traditional, non-traditional and WSU-Davis Campus student senators as well as four diversity senators to represent African-American, Asian and Pacific Islander, Hispanic, International, Native American and Veteran students, students with disabilities, and those who live in the Residence Halls. The bachelor's of integrated sciences honors seat would stay because it represents a field of study. Ross said the traditional and non-traditional seats are also important because they make up a large percentage of the WSU population, and the Davis Campus seat was important because it would grow in the future. A Diversity Panel The bill proposes creating a diversity panel, on which would sit the four diversity senators. Each senator would be assigned to represent three of the special asked regularly why he is dressed up and must explain that elections are going on, he said. Measures have been taken to make students more aware, Butler said. I ler committee has spent more than $2,000 this year for tilings like signs, banners, pens, miniature flashlights and advertisements atop tables. It has also worked to overall work done by the elections committee, but he said it should have done more work to make students aware of elections rather than leaving the job up to political parties. One problem the elections committee had was people dropping out of the publicity committee, Butler said. make information access online easier. 1 tovvever, no information about candidates or election times was available on r the WSU Student Association Web site, weberstudents.com, until Tuesday morning. "I think the elections committee needs to advertise more about how and when to vote," said Peter Owen, WSU junior, current vice president of events and presidential hopeful. "I think people want to vote; I just think they don't know how," he said. James West, WSU senior, current nontraditional senator and presidential hopeful, agrees. He declined to comment about the changed in the WSU Student Association bylaws, 5 percent of each constituency must vote for any ballot candidate to be elected) For example, 5 percent of the student body must cast a vote for president, and 5 percent of Arts and I lumanities students must vote for their senator. The 5 percent is total votes, not votes for the winner. In addition, any write-in candidate must receive 5 percent of nay h sm constituencies that no longer have senate seats, but instead would have a chair within the panel. Ross said the budget will stay the same because the salary of the special cons: ency senators in question would be divided to pay four diversity senators the same amount they are currently paid, and nine chairs a $300 stipend. Ross said in his experience in the elections committee and WSU Supreme Court, he has seen consistently that certain seats have no candidates. Rather than just eliminating a senate seat, they would still have a voice through this bill. "So what I've tried to do is say, 'OK, if we want to not get rid of the representation of those seats, but empower the representation for those seats, how do we do that?'" Ross said. Ross said the bill was not introduced to criticize or deride any constituency, rather to create a more effective senate with representatives who are not being appointed. But opponents to the bill said the special constituency seats are already working effectively, more so than the college seats. Pacome Zokou, international student senator, said his and other special constituencies often have large turnout for area councils 20 or more students where the college seats might have five or fewer. Zokou also said events sponsored by the special constituencies often have better turnouts, such as the Native American Pow-Wow and the International Student the total votes. Otherwise, candidates will be appointed. "I think one of the things students don't realize is this is die most local it gets," said Leah Murray, WSU political science associate professor. "This is your community. What happens here greatly affects your life." Murray said students elected in the WSU Student Association have much power on campus. Elected representatives attend faculty senate and talk about student opinions, Murray said. "When we're talking, the student voice is as important to us as other faculty voices," Murray said. Elected representatives also have weight where student fees are concerned, Murray said. Students do not feel the WSU Student Association handles issues relevant to them, West said. If elected, he hopes to change that. "It disheartens me that students aren't being given good enough issues," he said. "I want to find things students are really interested in." Peters also hopes to increase involvement, if elected. I le will Owen tried to have a resolution passed that would improve the iirformation students get, but failed, he said. After this week's primary elections, final elections will begin next week. Under new rules HHOIOi B1 BR1CE KtLSCH IHt SIGNPOST V I V L. Banquet, which was held last Saturday and attended by about 350 people. The special constituency area councils are stronger, Ross said, and his bill would be a good way of channeling that to the college area councils. If students work with their diversity senators and as panel chairs, they can later be encouraged to run for a college seat and improve those areas. See Senate page 5 student elections Percentage of enrolled Percentage of enrolled 12 r I 200 0 2001 do so by increasing chances for students to learn about what elected representatives do, he said. "If students aren't informed, how can we know what the students really want?" he asked. In order for students to be informed, especially in terms of campaigning, Murray said they must demand it to be informed, they must be involved. Now, only about one in 10 students are being represented, because they are Students showcase research to faculty, peers By Corina Laufiso sr. news reporter The Signpost Walking down one row of presentations, there might be anything from the marital patterns of polygamy, to "Biedermann and the Firebugs" lighting concept and set design. The Undergraduate Research Symposium and Celebration commenced for its third annual event in the Shepherd Union Building Monday afternoon, bringing the unique and broad-ranging, work of WSU students and faculty. The symposium is designed as a forum for students to present their research findings and share experiences with the campus and community. This year, the event included approximately 80 presentations by more than 120 students. Some examples of projects presented were, "The Influence of 'Emo' Music on Self-Harm Behavior among Northern Utah Adolescents," which discussed the connection of cutting with the lyrics and performance of "emo" punk rock music. Another showcased "Relationship Breakups and Attitudes of Romance and Mate Selection," a study linking the effects of breakups on the resulting attitude of mate selection. Moving away from social sciences, another presentation focused on "Acclimation to Heat during Fall Football Practice at WSU," where the effects of dehydration and heat illness were studied. Yet another project discussed "Prevalence of Escherichia-coli 0157:H7 in Free Range Cattle." The diversity highlighted through each research project describes one of the themes of the symposium. "Every academic discipline on campus has the potential to do this," said associate professor John Cavitt, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research at WSU. "We span the gamut from creative activities to visual arts to, of course, the standard research-oriented disciplines from science and social behavior sciences." Cavitt stressed that aside from the vastly different projects presented each year, another advantageous aspect of this symposium is the practice students gain learning how to effectively present original works of research. "This provides a really good opportunity for students to get their foot in the process of disseminating information," Cavitt said. One of the biggest things for the students to learn at this forum is how to present an attractive and enticing presentation. Many students motivated by varying reasons came throughout the day. Some were there for a class, others for enjoyment or support of a fellow student, but most agreed the information presented needed to be up to par with professional credibility. See Research page 5 students who voted in primary elections students who voted in the final elections 2 X o Z ci C o GO z 2002 200 3 2004 2005 the only ones who vote. Elected officials do not pay attention to non-voters, she said. "If you show up, your issues will become the issues that are talked about," Murray said. Overall, Owen wants to encourage voting. "I think it's important to have a civic duty ... and at least to vote," he said, "(let educated and vote." Vol cm hiv a nivswiy for Kvlnnxa lilnwr In iwlliim 0( r( S .
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-03-29, Vol. 68, No. 78|
|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.|