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O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2006 wsusignpost.com VOLUME 69 ISSUE 10 Paroled bo mate walks trf SUE moss an; O JL n h n n By David Fairchild editor in chief The Signpost Thirty-sLx-year-old Scott Taylor showed up to work at Weber State University as part of a team of inmates that was helping out with the initial abatement and asbestos treatment of the Shepherd Union Building. Taylor disappeared during his shift. "They don't suspect that he's anywhere in the area of Weber State anymore," said campus police Sergeant Mike Davies. Student senate: Give seniors top parking picks By James Elmer sr. news reporter The Signpost Parking at Weber State University might be changing in the near future, at least that's what HonorsBIS Senator Brad Wahlstrom is pushing for. The WSU Student Association Student Senate has presented a proposal for seniority-based parking. If the proposal passes, the 'A" lot pass will be available only to WSU seniors, with any remaining passes offered to juniors, sophomores and freshman. The proposal does not address parking for the faculty and staff. Second-year WSU Freshman Paul Webster, who drives to Weber State from his home in Brigham, Weigh in: To give input on the proposal to give parking pass preference based on a student's year in school or for more information about the proposal, contact a student senator by visiting www. weberstudents.org and click on the e-mail link, or call 626-6349. said the faculty should have the first crack at the 'A" passes along with the seniors. "It would be incentive for faculty to work hard," Webster said, "as well as well-deserved reward for their hard work in the past. They work hard to help students be successful, so they deserve recognition as well." However, Wahlstrom said he would not support an amendment to the proposal that would address a specific set of students. Wahlstrom said he feels any amendment addressing specific group could potentially compromise the integrity of the bill, something he said he feels could delay the necessary changes that would improve the parking situation at WSU. "I want to build the frames of the house before I build the walls," he said. The proposal would allocate parking passes according to part-time and full-time status: seniors would be allowed to choose among the available passes: "A" pass, "W" . UW... . UUm v. 1..il..l.HJ.IliUim)'UKIlMUU. !' ' UUJM.-U A.H'U-JH '.I H V ' . - ; . ' ' ' f - U J v 4 ' ' J - ' . PHOTO BY TOM HAMILTON THE SIGNPOST Weber State University Davis Campus Senator Senator Jim West speaks to the Student Senate. West co-sponsored HonorsBIS Senator Brad Wahlstrom's proposal to give upperclassmen first dibs on parking passes. After Taylor didn't appear for a check-in around 2 p.m., campus police received a call that Taylor was missing. "Theyjust advised us that he had walked away and gave us his information so that we could be on the lookout," Davies said. "And pass, or Dee Events Center pass. . However,aseniorwithl20credits will not receive any preference over a senior with 90 credits. Despite the minor details, Wahlstrom said he believes the proposal, which was co-sponsored by former Non-Traditional Students Senator and current Davis Campus Senator Jim West, is a step in the right direction in solving WSU's parking issues. Members of the Student Senate seemed to agree, and se the proposal to a committee for further polishing. The proposal will be brought up for approval sometime during the fall semester. The passes are a matter of supply and demand; something West says is simply a fact of life. "The only other option," West said, "is to raise the rates for the passes to make the money to pay for the parking garage.!' However, he said he believes the current proposal would be a much better solution to the parking problems at WSU. Under the new system, students would be able to purchase their parking pass when they register for classes. If the proposal passes, the new system should be in place by the start of the 2007-2008 school year. Until then, anyone can purchase the "A" pass, pending availability. The parking issues have caused WSU to lose some students to other universities, according to Wahlstrom. "We campaigned on solving the parking 'phenomenon' for four weeks last year," Wahlstrom said. From there, he spent the summer lobbying for support of the bill. "This is a retention effort to keep students here at WSU." You can leave a message for reporter James Elmer by calling 626-7655. Taylor was participating in a program that allows inmates with less than a year and a half of time in prison to be able to work off facility grounds. Inmates work for the State of Utah Department of Corrections and are subcontracted by commercial contractors. Jacobsen Construction has been the subcontractor on campus working with the Department of Corrections and has been working on the Shepherd Union Building since June. Scott Taylor we have been.' 5 A t ' "i. . -i "i Contestants Kurtis Wilkinson, Justin Mitchell and Ryan Braithwaite answer questions during 88.1 FM's Dating Game held Tuesday by the Stewart Bell Tower. Until the end of the week, the bell tower plaza will be the site for several Welcome Week activities. Events ease students back to school By Amber Hall sr. news reporter The Signpost Things that help students feel more welcome on any school campus are fun activities, free food, contests, games and, of course, other students. That is just what students will get coming to Weber State University this week. This Friday there will be the annual Wildcat Block Party at WSU'smaincampus.The daylong . event will last from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., starting with breakfast and ending with a late-night movie. All day long there will be events going on around campus. Along with the activities there will be plenty of free food, which is perfect for the starving college student. There will be a pancake breakfast from 7-9 a.m. at the Lindquist Plaza and a barbecue One year later: Hurricane survivors pick up lives By Maria Villasenor news editor The Signpost Forrest Crawford, Weber State University assistant to the president for diversity, has watched his two older brothers go through the pain of rebuilding their lives after Hurricane Katrina destroyed their homes. "You could sense that sadness," he said of talking to them. "You could sense that feeling of being disconnected." His oldest brother, Kermit, was pretty lucky, Crawford said. Kermit's New Orleans house was damaged, but they were able to move hark in. Welcome back F iiL n i - n V starting at 1 1 a.m., which is free for students with their Wildcard. One of the highlights for the day is a concert by pianist Jon Schmidt at the Austad Auditorium in the Browning Center. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a showing of the movie "Over the Hedge" at the Ada Lindquist Plaza at 9 p.m. There will be other activities going on, such as rock climbing, canoeing on the Lindquist Pond, and two entertainment stages. NotonlyistheWSUBlockPartyfun, it is also helpful to students looking for information. Local businesses, academic departments and student services will have booths set up for information and free giveaways. The Block Party is an easy and fun way for students to get involved and have a good time with other students. Speaking on the value of students getting involved during His brother Ken's house was completely destroyed like all the others in his neighborhood. Though he's still in New Orleans for work, Ken is trying to relocate his position to Oklahoma, where he has relatives and the rest of his family now lives. "They decided that it was not worth it for them to go back to New Orleans and rebuild," Crawford said. He added that although his brothers have to face the hardships left behind when Hurricane Katrina blew by last year, they keep their spirits up knowing they are luckier than many. On Aug. 29, 2005, the category-5 hurricane hit the southern In the past, Weber State University has had construction contractors who work with inmates come on campus. "We've never had a problem in the past with any of the inmates that have worked with us," said John Kowalewski, WSU director of media relations. "We've had inmates come in and they're the ones who have worked on other buildings that have had to go through asbestos treatment." See Inmate page 4 M t i f college, Kurt Hanniger, Wilderness Recreation coordinator, said, "This is an experience they are only going to have it once in their life; this is the time they connect." Besides just to have fun and get free stuff and information, one of the purposes of the WSU Block Party is to celebrate the kickoff of WSU's fall sports season. To get students excited about the new sports season, there will be a pep rally at noon to support Wildcat athletics. This year, WSU started off the school year with the Ultimate Kick-off Party the Friday before school started. The Kick-off Party was designed for freshman and transfer students to get associated with WSU and excited for fall semester. Events included games, contests, free food and helpful information about WSU programs, services, and the campus. See Welcome page 4 American coastline along Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, hitting Louisiana and Mississippi the hardest. Hurricane Katrina killed 1,695 people, displaced more than 700,000 others and caused about $96 billion worth of damage. Some families have had difficulty .rebuilding their homes. Several high-profile lawsuits have been fought in court against insurance companies that have given out only partial hurricane damage claims due to the wording of a homeowners' insurance agreement differentiating between wind, water, flood and hurricane damage. See Hurricane page 4 lews in Urlsf Former presidential candidate, magazine editor to speak on campus today Steve Forbes, editor in chief of Forbes Magazine, will speak today at Weber State University. The former 2000 presidential candidate will discuss flat taxes, an tssue in which Forbes has well-known expertise, and it's a tax approach that is being considered or adopted by several states. "Utah is looking at moving in the direction of a flat tax," said David Hard-man, president and CEO of the OgdenWeber Chamber of Commerce, which is sponsoring Forbes visit. He added that Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. has proposed a move that requires all taxpayers to pay an equal percentage, like 7 percent, from their annual income and does away with deductions. "We have people making $250,000 not paying any taxes, but you and me do," Hardman said, explaining how the current tax forms allow people to make many deductions. Hardman, a WSU sales, service and technology' adjunct professor, said students should be exposed to different ideas from those they hold. "One of the most important things a student does is to receive diverse ideas and concepts," he said, and added that students' ideas will be constantly challenged in the real world and that they need to know how to "sell" their opinions. Forbes is traveling up north to Ogden today, after visiting Salt Lake City Tuesday to speak at a mo- tivational seminar. Today's speech is part of the annual EDCUtah (Economic Development Corporation of Utah) convention, is cosponsored by the OgdenWeber Chamber of Commerce, WSU and Zions Bank. Forbes will speak at noon in the Val A. Browning Center Allred Theater. For more information, call the chamber of commerce at 621-8300. President Bush to Speak in Salt Lake City, Protest led by Rocky Anderson President Bush will be in Utah Thursday to give a speech at the American Legion Convention in Sail Lake City. Mixed welcomes are expected for Bush in the state that many feel is the strongest Republican slate in the country. A protest "Rock Against "Rumsfeld" led by Salt Lake Mayor Rocky Anderson will take place to protest the Iraq war in Pioneer Park 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tonight. A pro-Bush rally will also be held nearby. Rallies are scheduled to take place in various locations throughout the day. "Death to Israel," "Freedom Rally," and "Support Troops. Mission Rally" arc just a few of the rallies that arc scheduled to take place. Utah CiOP has put out several radio ads telling residents lo call Mayor Rocky Anderson and "tell him to stop embarrassing Utah." Many stale politicians are viewing Anderson's scheduled participation in an anti-war rally on Wednesday as being against the opinions of the majority of Ulahns.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-08-30, Vol. 69, No. 10|
|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.|