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Something new: Orchesis f I I Weber State University A: : U GNFOS See page 4 I '; c is ii HE Visiting general lambasts Bush administration Demonstrates torture tactics By Jestina Clayton sr. news reporter I The Signpost If a gunman places a hood over someone's head and forces him to squat for four minutes with a rod across the back of his knees and orders him not to move or he'd be shot is that torture? At a lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 14, without using a hood or a gun, retired Brigadier General David Irvine placed Ryan Jessen, a volunteer for the mistreatment, in that position to demonstrate one of the torture techniques that America is allegedly using on the war on terror. "That really hurt. That was absolutely torture. My legs didn't go numb - all I could feel was the pain," said Jessen, co-president of the WSU chapter of Amnesty International. He said he stayed in that position between two and four minutes. General Irvine, who taught interrogation techniques in the U.S Army for 18 years, was on campus to present at one of the discussions that Amnesty International WSU Chapter held as part of its Human Rights Week. According to the Armed Forces Officer Manual from which General Irvine quoted, America should not engage in "wanton killing, torture, cruelty or the working of unusual and, unnecessary hardship on enemy prisoners." General Irvine said the Bush administration has eroded the civil rights and liberties of prisoners. He said the Abu Ghraib prison photos revealed that, contrary to the Geneva Conventions, America has See Irvine page 5 tew 3go -v) S v .. M t v -m'h . . - ' ; , :wiggg4 ----- K - L: 1 , , The Boston-area band Boys Like Girls played at the Dee Events Center Wednesday, Nov. 14. Lead singer Martin Johnson performed for the band's largest crowd ever. More than 4,000 fans stood for the entire 60-minute performance, which included their hits "The Great Escape" and "Five Minutes to Midnight." The Weber State University Student Association organized the concert along with 88.1 KWCR, WSU student radio station. PHOTOS & CAPTION BY CATHERINE MORTIMER I THE SIGNPOST i V ' , .... il . - - - - Mi linn 1 0U ODD GUlOGDg Students get a sense of common third-world meals By Molly Bennett editor in chief I The Signpost Rice, beans, water and four big Hogi Yogi sandwiches were on the menu yesterday at the Hunger Banquet. In the comfort of a heated building with padded chairs, the Hunger Banquet was held to "illustrate the standard of living in first and third world countries," said Nancy Haanstad, adviser of Amnesty International. "It's seeing things through the eyes of others," Haanstad said. Four students were chosen through a lottery to receive a "first world" meal, a sandwich from Hogi Yogi. The rest of the attendees at the banquet were served rice and beans. Haanstad said they wanted students to experience what a typical meal would be like in many third world countries. WSU political science major Aaron Moon was enjoying the experience while he ate a four-inch tall sandwich. "I was prepared to eat rice and beans," Moon said. He looked at his sandwich and laughed. He said it was a good object lesson. WSU political science major Colby Vogt sat down in front of Moon with a plate full of rice and beans. Vogt said it reminded him of being in Mexico where he served an LDS mission. The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, "Right to food is a human right." Yet, 1.2 billion people living on less than a dollar a day means many are not enjoying that right. With their bellies full of rice and beans, some students at the banquet said the experience was not completely realistic. "The beans are actually pretty good," said WSU anthropology student Emily Stevens. "These are pretty big portions." Suzanne Hogan, who is renewing a teaching certificate at WSU, said to make it more realistic, some people should get nothing. ? r s i -'v I I. r v a . . ' i HI P , ' r s f ..V t PHOIO BY ANICA DEHART THt SICNHOST Amnesty International co-president Colby Bone dishes up rice to hungry students at the Hunger Banquet. Hogan witnessed third-world living conditions. She said she lived in South Korea when it was a third-world country. Because her father was in the military, she said she ate well while there, but saw many who did not. "It was a hard thing for me when I was in high school," Hogan said. Having witnessed poverty first hand, Hogan didn't complain when, having eaten her tortilla, she ate her rice and beans with her fingers. She said, "There are a percentage of people who go without food." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. Video game developing comes to Weber By J.J. Trussell sr. news reporter I The Signpost Game development may be coming to Weber State University. The gaming industry, which is now one of the most profitable entertainment mediums, will likely see a steady stream of developers from WSU because of the new certificate approved by the Faculty Senate yesterday. The computer science department will introduce a game development certificate into its software engineering bachelor's program, said department chair Greg Anderson. "What we hope to do is set Weber State as the place in this area that you go if you want to be game developers," Anderson said. In order to better understand the demands of the industry, Anderson sought advice from the industry itself. "I went to Avalanche in Salt Lake, which develops games for Disney," Anderson said, "and sat down with the president, and we came up with a skill set that is needed to enter the game industry." The certificate would require only one more semester of study for software engineering students, Anderson said. "Careful planning would be important for prerequisites, like physics and calculus, but its basically four new classes on top of those they already have to take," Anderson said. See Gaming page 5 Utah corrections in need of correcting Chabries: Convicts need to be rehabilitated, not just imprisoned By Jestina Clayton sr. news reporter I The Signpost More than just imprisoning people as punishments for crimes they commit, society should be willing to invest financially and otherwise to integrate ex-convicts into communities. Attendees reached this conclusion at the end of the discussion, "Corrections: Hot Issues for the New Millennium," that the Honors Issues Forum held on Wednesday, Nov. 14. "You'd think going by the name 'corrections' that they'd be correcting the behaviors of inmates," said Mike Chabries, faculty member of WSU's Criminal Justice Department. Chabries is a former chief of police for Salt Lake City and the state of Minnesota. He was also in charge of Utah's correction facilities for six years before he joined the WSU Criminal Justice Department in 2004. During his tenure as head of Utah Corrections, Chabries said he was able to keep the rate of inmates going in and coming out of the system flat. "Corrections should be focused on providing treatment, job training and helping inmates learn how to setup their households," Chabries said. He also said the inmate education process should be geared toward integrating ex-convicts into the community. Chabries said the state should focus on teaching inmates how to develop interpersonal relationships and control their anger so that they don't resort to violence. Kevin Tenney, a criminal justice junior who attended the forum, said corrections should be focused on teaching people to stay out of prisons. Tenney also said the states should be willing to fund parole programs in order to monitor inmates and reduce the number of people in Utah's prisons and jails. However, Chabries said politicians as well as the public do not want to increase taxes in order to build prisons or improve the rehabilitation program. Yet he said the public wants the "bad guys" off the streets, and do not want ex-convicts to live in their neighborhoods. "Corrections should be focused on providing treatment, job training and helping inmates learn how to setup their households." Mike Chabries, instructor, criminal justice Of all the people who are imprisoned in Utah, Chabries said 65 percent return back to the system three years after being released. He said Utah needs to examine why the 35 percent stay out of prison and become successful citizens. Chabries said Utah could expand on the measures that these successful ex-convicts use and restructure its program accordingly. Michael Fisher, chair of the Honors Issues Forum, said, Americans need to admit that there is a problem with the correction system in the country. "We need to be more forgiving, be more accepting and not reject them ex-convicts as human beings," Fisher said. Chabries said if Utah implements inmate rehabilitation programs, the number of people in Utah's prisons and jails would decrease by about 20 to 25 percent. "Crisis drives policymaking," Chabries said. He said some of these policies are sometimes wrong. Even though Utah Correction has been under pressure recently because two convicted murder inmates escaped from Dagget County Jail last month, Chabries said such things rarely happen. "There's hardly any good news from corrections," Chabries said. Chabries questioned whether Utah's new policy of transferring less violent felons from prisons to county jails is the right reaction to the escape of two prisoners from the Daggett County Jail. He said jails are less equipped to provide convicts the necessary rehabilitation programs that could help them become better citizens. "I've been to jail and many of my friends have been to jail. It's not that uncommon," See Corrections page 5 lews in Brief Weber County fifth in population growth - v.. t 'Vi"1)'?!'' ,, Salt Lake- ' j 2.3 3 Weber County increased by 4,911 people during 2007, according to a release from the Utah Population Estimates Committee, making it fifth in the top eight counties in Utah for population growth. Utah's population reached 2,699,554 people in 2007 after an increase of 84,425 people, approximately the population of Ogden. The most rapid growth occurred in counties on or adjacent to the Wasatch Front and in the southwest corner of the state. The population growth continued the trend of a large number of births that started in 1997, broke briefly in 2005, and continued in 2006. The number of immigrants to Utah surpassed the record amount of 40,647 in 2006 and represents 52.4 percent of Utah's population growth. WSU professor passes away y . PHOTO SOURCE LINUQUISIMOKIUARY.COM WSU professor Wayne E. Andrews, passed away Sunday, Nov. 11. Andrews was born Aug. 6, 1935 in Ogden, Utah. He was raised in Green River, Wyoming. He attended Weber State College and, following his marriage to Barta Gay Potter in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Feb.l, 1957, served with the U.S. Army. After returning home he completed his electronic engineering degree at Weber State College and his Masters degree at University of Southern California. Andrews was at one point head of the electronic department and a professor at Weber State University from 1968 until the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, three children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services and interment were Thursday. E-mail condolences to the family at www.lindquistmortuary.com i'rTlIESiGNPOSt Send news releases to thesignpostweber.edu Comment on stories on wsusignpost.com.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-11-16, Vol. 78, No. 42|
|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.|