Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-09-281
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Sticks and stones j stops sterotyping 1 ! See page 4 ; ft 9 o, .LJ L. L. Weber State University 1 J H IGNPOST WEA block-party blocks traffic r 1 . 1 I -- -- - - - -i Street barricaded for gathering sponsored eber Entreprenurial Association by By Shirrel Cooper assist, news editor I The Signpost Last night a section of Lincoln Avenue in Ogden was closed down so Weber State University's club, The Weber Entrepreneur Association, could host a party. The WEA invited the community to the Atrium building on the corner of 12th Street and Lincoln Avenue in Ogden. The party featured food from vendors like Costa Vida, a live band, a long board course, an atomic ski machine, an outdoor skate park, as well as a snow-less rail competition. Last night's party, headed by WEA leader Audrey Penrod, was just a taste of what the club has to offer. "Our initial goal is to give young entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurs first hand," said Audrey Penrod, current president of the WEA. The club helps put students who have great ideas in touch with the right people, Penrod said. It gives club members the opportunity to expand their networks. The WEA has been working with young entrepreneurs for three years, since Matt Peterson stumbled upon an event advertised in The Signpost. The event was a meeting that was being held by Bryan McDonald. McDonald was interested in meeting with Weber State University students who were interested in starting their own business. McDonald and Peterson decided that there needed to be a club at WSU for entrepreneurs. "Michael Vaughn was the Dean of the Business school at the time," Peterson said. "He was happy about the club, and gave us a couple hundred dollars to start off." The WEA builds its entrepreneur relationships through different projects that they do. They have guest lectures where entrepreneurs speak about their experiences. Recently they were able to meet with Dave Checketts, former owner of the Utah Jazz. The WEA also holds business tours for its members. Their next tour will be with Rico's Mexican restaurant. He started his business out of his home and it has grown into a multimillion-dollar business, Penrod said. Ben Bauter, a junior who is majoring in Spanish and business, was representing the Wilderness Recreation Center at the Atrium. He believed the event the WEA was putting on was a great idea. "It's going to bring new talent to Utah," Bauter said, talent that wouldn't have been showcased if the WEA hadn't been involved. Nevertheless, the WEA See WEA page 5 3 By Jestina Clayton sr. news reporter I The Signpost Like other colleges and universities in the country, WSU has signed on to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. "This is an environmental commitment wherein members work to minimize global warming emissions to achieve climate neutrality," said Myron Wilson, a green building consultant who has been working with the university on its construction projects. "One of the goals of this commitment is to ensure that all new campus construction will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED silver standard," Wilson said during the Sept. 26 honors issues forum centered on green building, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design JLEED) is used nationwide to rate the 'greenness' of buildings across ; the nation. In his introductory speech, Michael Fisher, chair of the honors issues forum, said green technology is good for businesses because it "makes financial sense." Wilson, who was a presenter at the forum, said over the next 20 years, WSU will save more than See Green page 5 . -r 9 1 1 i? , L Kv,: 1 .... I 1 . ( i 'Get Into Weber' photo fails to represent nontrad, international students y--- j it :.srzfr- PHOTO BY MATT CLASS I THt SIGNPOST Band "Powerpops" in to WSU radio Left to right: Nick Maybury, Stella Mozgawa and Neal Carlson of the RockPowerpopPsychadelic music group "MINK" guest starred on 88.1 KWCR Thursday. The New York based band is on tour and performed at Gray Whale and In The Venue in Salt Lake City on Thursday night. The band will make stops in NV, CA, and AZ before they return to New York. By Misty Evans sr. news reporter I The Signpost It's nontraditional students emphasis week but some nontrad and international students say they don't feel emphasized by the photo on the University's Web Site. Those who have recently logged on to their Weber State University student accounts have seen a photo of six smiling male and female students with the "Get Into Weber Logo" below them. "I find it ironic" said Monica Guzman, Psychology major WSU, "that they fail to represent our student body in an important photograph while saying that Weber takes 'great pride' in the school's diversity." According to the "Fast Facts" on the WSU web site, "the university recognizes that a diversity of cultures and perspectives enriches our learning environment." There are currently about 18,000 students studying at the university. Of the 18,000 students: 14,102 are Caucasian, 602 are Hispanic, 330 are Asian and pacific islander, 152 are African-American, 128 are Native American, and 261 students are non-U.S. citizens. About one sixth of the student-body is not Caucasian. Morteza Emami, WSU director of international students, said the photo does represent the student body because there are not many international or minority students on campus. "Weber doesn't have a lot of international students," Emami said, See Photo page 5 P, 0 r v. . '" - .... i t , " i j f : 1 ; j. . . .. . . ' - - - - ri i ! Ml Fake radio representative attempts scam on campus By Lindsay Poll correspondent I The Signpost Students and residents of Weber and Davis Counties, beware. A new scam recently surfaced and has Weber State University ties. Someone himself as a staff member of WSU's radio station, KWCR, has been soliciting fake magazine subscriptions. The suspect promised victims the money would go to the radio station or local hospitals, but instead they went into his pocketbook. Police believe the suspect has. been on campus since the first week of school and is targeting young women. "The area mat we had the report was near the north end of the Wattis Building and, of the other reports that were off campus, was one at the Barnes and Noble in Layton, and one at the Wal-Mart in Layton," said Lt. Davies, WSU police. The scam artist approached representing "He came up to me on campus... and he asked me if I wanted to vote for him to be DJ. So I said sure how do I do that'" Shay Bonney, WSU Student Shay Bonney, a WSU student. "He came up to me on campus as I was leaving to go to my car," she said, "and he asked me if I wanted to vote for him to be DJ. So I said 'sure how do I do that?' He said 'well what it is, is we're actually selling magazines and whoever gets the most magazines will be able to be a DJ.'" Some people who were approached said the man had business cards to show them so they would really believe he was from the radio station. He was so convincing that the people he approached didn't realize they were scammed. "Even I was just unaware until recently because I've heard about the scam going on and I didn't even connect that I could have been one of the victims," Bonney said. Concerned residents outside of campus complained to KWCR about the suspect selling fake magazine subscriptions, however, they didn't realize at the time they called that this man wasn't really from KWCR. Ty Sanders, adviser of KWCR Weber FM, received some of these calls. "You know, one of the things that are really frustrating is that there is not much that we can do to fix it," he stated. "They are using our good name to try and scam people out of money, but there is no way that we can stop that." KWCR insisted they too are victims of the scam and urge people to be cautious. "We never have tried to raise money through selling magazines or through voting for favorite disc jockeys or anything, and we never will do anything like that," Sanders said. "If somebody approaches people they should be very cautious." Police have had a hard time locating the suspect because there is little information to go on. The suspect is described as a white male wearing a T-shirt and shorts. "Ifanythingseemssuspicious, it probably is," Lt. Davies said. "Trust your gut instinct and call the police department and we'd be more than happy to take care of it." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. Hons in Brief Mayor cancels drought order, water surcharge The recent rain and cooler weather have allowed the Mayor to cancel the drought order. The surcharge to the water rate will be removed as of September 24. The surcharge was in effect for two months, while we faced one of the worst water years in history. The Mayor expressed his appreciation for the water conservation efforts taken during this time of drought. Viruses, snyware affecting students who illegally download, file-share More than half of college and university students who download unlicensed software and other digital copyrighted files reported they are experiencing negative consequences from their downloading activities, according to a survey recently released by the Business Software Alliance (BSA). The survey, conducted by Ipsos ' Public Affairs, shows that 55 percent of the students surveyed who illegally download have personally experienced virus and spyware problems. Furthermore, students who or file-share illegally also have experienced hard drive crashes (20 percent) and document and file losses (18 percent). The Business Software Alliance is an organization dedicated to promoting a safe and legal digital world. Utah Attorney General sues drug companies Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has filed a lawsuit against ten pharmaceutical manufacturers, alleging the companies defrauded Utah's Medicaid program of approximately $114 million over the past decade by inflating prices for generic prescriptions for Medicaid patients. An investigation by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) revealed that the companies enabled pharmacies to be reimbursed for amounts that far exceeded the cost of drugs prescribed to Medicaid recipients. Cited in the suit are: Actavis US, Inc.; Barr Laboratories, Inc.; Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; ETIIEX Corporation; Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Par Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Sandoz, Inc.' Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.; and Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The Medicaid program reimburses pharmacies, physicians and other medical providers for the drugs they give to Utah's Medicaid recipients. The reimbursements are based on what is referred to as "average wholesale price." According to MFCU the companies inflated prices of the medicines, causing the tax-payer funded Medicaid program to overpay, sometimes as much as 500 times the actual cost. The lawsuit is the first of its kind brought by the Utah Attorney General's Office against drug manufacturers.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-09-28, Vol. 78, No. 22|
|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.|