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INSIDE The o The human brain is very powerful because it controls every bodily function, see Page 6. t imp sic Volume 64 Issue 64 wsusignpost.com Wednesday, March 13, 2002 " pi?!? By Casey Cummings campus affairs editor The Signpost Weber State University English professor Neila Seshaehari died unexpectedly on Sunday morning at her house in Ogden. She was 67 years old. "She was an important part of the department," Gary Dohrer, English department head, said. "She was a prolific writer. We will miss her a great deal. So will her students." According to Dohrer, the exact cause of her death is still uncertain. She showed many symptoms similar to having a stroke. "No one is quite sure what happened," he said. "There are not a lot of facts." Seshaehari felt ill last week and had low blood pressure and a loss of peripheral vision. She decided not to teach classes on Friday, hoping to restore her health. Kara Toone, a student in one of Seshachari's classes, said she could not believe the news. "We didn't have class on Friday," she said. "They said she would probably be fine on Monday. I went to class Monday and found out. I was just shocked." Dohrer said that Seshachari's classes will be taught for the remainder of the semester by other English professors. "We've had several faculty members volunteer to take over her classes, but they can't replace her," he said. Seshaehari was a native of India. She received a doctorate in English from the University of Utah and began teaching at WSU in 1973. She taught 20th-century American literature, critical theories and other English classes. She was very active both on campus and in the community.For many years Seshaehari was the editor of Weber Studies, an interdisciplinary humanities journal. She was a recipient in 1996 of an Asian-American Achievement Award f 1 . Neila Seshaehari given by the Utah Office of Asian Affairs.In 1997, she published a book titled "Conversations with William Kennedy." Seshaehari also wrote fiction, creative nonfiction, research articles, short stories and, occasionally, poetry.In 1 999, she wrote a chapter titled "Asian-Indians of Utah: The First Recognition" in the book "Asian-Americans in Utah: A Living History." She was working on a book-length study on the same subject. Seshaehari also served on the Utah Arts Council, was a board member of the Association for Mormon Letters and was recently nominated vice-chair of the Ogden City Multi-cultural Advisory Committee. You can reach reporter Casey Cummings by calling 626-7655. Hallmeyer pleads guilty to drug charge By Tanna Barry editor in chief The Signpost PAROWAN More than five months after his drug-related arrest, former Weber State University debate team member Daniel W. Hallmeyer pleaded guilty Monday to the charge of use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Iron County District Judge J. Philip Eves sentenced Hallmeyer to pay a fine of $350 and a 12-month probation after he pleaded guilty. Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail. However, because Hallmeyer is a first-time offender, Chief Deputy Iron County attorney Paul Bittmenn asked for a lesser punishment."The only thing that we agreed on is that we would stay the sentencing," Bittmenn said. "He got a standard fine and a standard probation."Hallmeyer's charges stem from an instance w hen the debate team was at a tournament at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, Oct. 6 and 7. Police arrived at former debate Coach Michael Bryant's hotel room at the Econolodge after receiving a report that a smell of marijuana was emanating from the room. Bittmenn said that Hallmeyer was in possession of marijuana pipe. "1 le admitted that it was his," Bittmenn said. Both Hallmeyer anil Bryant were arrested in connection w ith the incident. As part of a plea agreement. Bryant pleaded guilty on Nov. 27 to two of the three misdemeanors with which he was charged. In exchange for Bryant's guilty plea, the prosecution dropped one of the three charges. A $550 fine was imposed as punishment for the remaining charges, according to the minutes of the plea hearing at the 5th District Court. Because both Hallmeyer and Bryant are first-time offenders, they received less than the maximum for their crimes. Hallmeyer could not be reached for comment. You can reach reporter Tanna Barry by call-ins 626-7121. i I'm . V - - vv-' i - i I , - . A ft s ; I I V " ' V "X J 1 - - . - -' I , z:-.-. .; . v "i- I fa - . - N C- ' :- - f v y Alumnus, uiymp WSU alumnus Bill Schuffenhauer (middle) won the silver medal bobsledding. nan cancels visit By Jose Carvajal , managing editor The Signpost Olympic athlete Bill Schuffenhauer will not be speaking at Thursday's Honors Issues Forum after all. Instead, he will be speaking at a conference in Chicago. Schuffenhauer, a Weber State University alumnus and an Olympic silver medalist, was scheduled to be this week's Honors Issues Forum speaker, but he had to back out because of another obligation. According to Cathy McDermont, a representative for Schuffenhauer, the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation has first rights to Schuffenhauer and needed him to speak at one of its events. "At this point, he's kind of owned by the federation," she said. Because this week was originally scheduled to be an open week for Honors Issues, another speaker will not be sought, said Bryant Thompson, Honors Issues Forum chair. He added that when he was scheduling this event, he did so with the understanding that something like this could happen. "They let us know beforehand that this federation controls what he does," Thompson said. McDermont said that Schuffenhauer w anted to return to WSU after the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter (James, but he has been waiting for t he federation to set his 5 schedule so that he could find a tune to visit 5 wsu. i Thompson said that he will continue to i work w ith McDermont to get Schutfenhauer - to speak on campus. 5 "There are spots we can fill." he said. ; "That's the beauty of 1 lonors Issues Forum; i uc can be flexible." You can reach reporter Jose Carvajal by calling 626-7614.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2002-03-13, Vol. 64, No. 64|
|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.|