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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY The Basketball team eets ft 1 Student art j exhibit open j j see page 5 tour transfers j see 6 FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2006 wsusignpost.com VOLUME 68 ISSUE 85 Former neo-Nazi recruiter speaks -no-no i! 3 J 3 ; 1 : 1 -rr - ? -) 3 j - - t ' By Brad Fidler sr. news reporter 'Ihc Signpost "Don't worry, (he reason I shave my head now is hecause my wife thinks it's sexy," said former neo-Nazi, TJ Leyden. Leyden was a recruiter for the neo-Nazi for 15 years, but has since changed his ways and now looks at life differently, lie now gives presentations where he speaks out against the neo-Nazi movement. He shared his story in front of about 100 students at the Shepherd Union Building Ballroom. Mis presentation was sponsored by the Weber State UnivcrsityStudent Association Convocation lecture series in conjunction with Holocaust Commemoration Week. "There are over 50,000 hardcore white-supremacist groups recruiting your kids every day," Leyden said. "There are now 801 racist groups in the United States. In 1995, there were only 256." Leyden shared how he used the "tear down, rebuild" strategy on his recruits. Many sports coaches and military leaders use the same tactic. "There is a major difference, however, between a coach who is trying to teach his players to work as a team, and the military who is trying to keep his troops alive than a gang who is messing with a 9- or 10-year-old kid," he said. "They too are striving for a goal, but the goal is negative." Leyden said young people between the ages of 12 and 18 Don't worry, the reason I shave my head now is because my wife thinks it's sexy' TJ Leyden, former neo-Nazi recruiter are the easiest to manipulate. Me himself joined hate groups when he was a just a teen. He told stories of attacking and kicking his victims with his steel-toe boots. Me spent his time and energy recruiting others to his group to promote violence and racism. "Those groups had one thing in common," he said. "They enjoyed separatism, anarchy and violence." Leyden joined the U.S. Marines where he learned recruiting and organizational skills. He later married another white supremacist, and they had two sons. Leyden remembers a turning point when he first began to change his mind about raising his children to be racists. At a separatist convention in Idaho, he asked his separatist leader after the plan to separate inferior races, what was next? A person sitting next to Leyden joked that hair color would be next. Leyden said his biggest life-changing event came when he heard his 3-year-old son say a racial slur after seeing a black person on television. "When a 3-year-old tells you that, there's no innocence," Leyden said. , Gradually, , Leyden . began . to realize the various -mtributiqiis by people from other cultures and races. His mother, who was once inflicted with polio, was saved from a vaccine that was invented by a Jewish doctor. His See Hate on page 3 X 4 t. " W- - PHOIO n't MATT GLASS I THt iCi'POsT Spring fever WSU visual communication majors Guy Skocki and Tim Odland enjoy a picnic with WSU fine arts major Jacqui lannone on the grassy knolls of Weber State University's campus. 1(D) UH (. vnsncDim . . . PHOTOS BY JASON STALEV THE 5CNPOST ........ . ' ..A - ' : . 1 .. i ... S U, V'-'."' H-i'-'ivi., . ... , ( , - , . , : ' .. . ' ' V '" iu ,-.;-.:, '."f -: - " . ' " '"'--r J1 c' ' ? 'V 1 - ' J . , . , " " !:; - .' ' ' ... , - ,J ' v :- .- - :-:' : 'v -r - . SOUKCE: CURT EHLE Top: Pattie Ehle practices figure skating at the Ice Sheet on Wednesday. Ehle lost her vision to retinitis pigmentosa and has been completely blind for about two years. With the help of friends, such as WSU adjunct professor Jan Hamer (inset), Ehle has started figure skating and skiing again. Bottom: Patti Ehle skis in front of her friend Linda Dudley April 9 at Snowbasin. Dudley was a major factor in getting Ehle back on the slopes. Former WSU student skis, skates blind By Jason Staley managing editor The Signpost On May 25, 2001, Erik Weihenmayer was the first blind person to climb Mt. Everest. With the help of friends, Ogden resident and former Weber State University student Patti Ehle, who is also blind, is climbing past her own mountains. In January, Ehle skied for the first time in many years, and in February she started to ice skate again. "I kkiriof quit skiing just a few years ago," Ehle said. "I was legally blind a long time ago, back in the '80s, but I lost all sight just two years ago." Like Weihenmayer, Ehle was born with sight, but lost it to disease. Hers is retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited disease that attacks the photoreceptor cells that collect and process light. Over the years, her vision progressively worsened, but with the aid of friends and her guide dog Sonoma, she is finding her way back to some of the things she loves. In the beginning Ehle grew up in Ann Arbor, Mich., where she fell in love with ice skating. "I used to diink I would be in die Olympics," Ehle said. "I used to dunk I would be a professional skater, and-when we moved here, I decided there really wasn't a place to skate, and so instead I would become a very good skier." Ehle and her husband moved to Ogden 26 years ago. She said she'd always wanted to live in the west because of the outdoors, fewer people and the climate. As her vision worsened, she started limiting her activities such as skiing, but she was able to hang onto others like hiking. Ehle hikes every day in the foothills of Ogden's East Bench with Sonoma and occasionally with friends. "I do lot of hiking; I also do that Bikram's hot See Vision on page 3 oumnsy caooioaes presem on cammpys 1 y ' I I ' . ' ' . PI K , M( J li MARIA VILLAS! NOR Hit. Ml Community members and other candidates listen to candidates for the Weber County commissioner speak at Meet the Candidates Tuesday night in the Shepherd Union Building. By Maria Villasenor editor in chief The Signpost Weber State University hosted candidates for Weber County seats Wednesday to a packed Shepherd Union Ballroom A. Attendance was so large, seating spilled into Ballroom B, but many seats weren't filled with students. "I want students to come and hear," said Leah Murray, WSU political science assistant professor who helped organize the event with the College Republican and the College Democrats. "These are all candidates who make decisions that will affect Weber State University in a big way." Murray said the candidates will be the ones making decisions at the state level, like funding the replacement of Buildings 1 and 2, or at the county level deciding on transportation issues. Of the few students, one who did attend the "Meet die Candidates" night was Dennis Miller, WSU psychology senior and republican delegate. For positions that have multiple candidates from the same party, delegates select the final two candidates to am in die primary elections later diis year. "They need to get to business," Miller said, who took about four pages of notes on the candidates' two-minute speeches. "Being a part of politics, you can sing and dance all you want, but if you're a doer, and you present yourself as a doer, you go and do what needs to be done, I'm going to be more drawn to that person because actions speak louder than words." Many candidates mentioned theirWSU roots, but Miller said he wished more candidates had talked about WSU and what they could add to the university. Many of the republicans said the 200f legislative session had gone well, while (he democrats stated the need for balance in Utah politics. Murray said she hoped more candidates had gone right into die issues and their opinions. She said rather than going over tireir resumes, she would have preferred die candidates to discuss state funding of higher education or why the sales tax on food wasn't eliminated. The two-minute maximum for speeches isn't something Murray said hampered die candidates from addressing the issues. "They had two minutes, which they knew about before they arrived, and I think they'd all do die same speeches if diey had 10 minutes," she said. "You could get up there and very specifically say, 'These are four issues we need to address.' In two minutes you can do that." Lynn Ferrin, another republican delegate, former WSU student and former FBI worker, said he was looking for each See Candidates on page i r'
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-04-14, Vol. 68, No. 85|
|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.|