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c - 3 Tennis season gets O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY I rt- Students petition for Peace Dept. See page 5 into swing DOS 'A See page 6 vi.V3MkJ;v W;V;Ci! wiji ft I I I V . I . XN. II 7 l t 1 l -,.. ' n m M PirOOlSlIrteSn ODODU SIRS M Twenty fewer candidates than last year By Heather Carter news editor The Signpost Primary elections for Weber State University's student government offices have been canceled this year because of the lack of student candidates. With only 24 officially declared candidates on the ballot, there is little if any competition for many of next year's key positions. "It is a dead year," said WSU Student Government Election Chair Justin Hooker, "and we don't know exactiy why." According to I looker, the number of students running in the election dropped by approximately 20 candidates from last year. Only two students are in the running for WSU s student body president, five out of the six offices for student vice presidents have candidates who are running unopposed and several senator positions don't have anyone running for them. "A lot of individuals their involvement lacks I guess," Hooker said. "I don't want to say that they don't care about Weber State because obviously they go to school here and they probably care. They probably just don't know how to get involved." Peter Owen, WSU's current student body president, said he believes more students would get involved if they were aware of all of the benefits they could receive. "I just don't think students realize what kind of impact this could have on their future if they choose to be involved in office," Owen said. Owen said that although it is definitely a sacrifice to be involved, he encourages students who are not yet involved to become write-in candidates because it is a fun and memorable experience that opens many doors of opportunity. WSU sophomore Jake Beus is one of the presidential hopefuls running for office this year. Beus is an accounting major and currently the vice president for clubs and organizations. He said his main goals as president are to help keep tuition rates to a minimum, implement new parking ideas and evaluate the need for student healthcare insurance. "The overall experience I have had and the leadership I can offer, I believe it can enhance die image and the effectiveness of the governing body," Beus said. See Primaries page 7 Visions for campus future ialce shape I ""-"J Draft of campus master plan for 2030 unveiled to community The University Planning Council, led by Weber State University President F. Ann Millner, presented its near-final draft of the WSU 2030 Vision Statement to faculty and staff Tuesday in the afternoon. The image above is part of the plan to redesign the Stewart Bell Tower Plaza. The statement will outline the master plan for the university in a long-range vision to meet the needs of WSU in 23 years. By 2030, it's expected that around 26,000 students, about a 50 percent increase from the SOURCE: JIM HARRIS current population, will attend WSU. Part of the vision is to further develop the service learning and undergraduate research programs, as well as to enlarge both the Davis and main Ogden campuses. The audience was also shown the designs and plans for six ongoing and soon-to-start construction projects on the Ogden campus. Most of the community is aware of the current Shepherd Union Building renovation, but the construction to come includes a new Humanities Building, Hurst Lifelong Learning Center, Stewart Bell Tower Plaza redesign, changes to entries into Harrison Boulevard, and a campus transportation plan. Look in next week's issues of The Signpost for in-depth looks into these new projects. Student Senate welcomes new athlete position passed creates rep for student athletes By Jenalee Berger sr. news reporter The Signpost The Weber State University Student Senate passed a bill in Monday's student senate meeting that will give student athletes their own student senator. The original bill would have made the student athletic senator a co-senator position, and two student athletes would have to be elected to the Senate together, then they would split their responsibilities. Eleven student athletes came to the meeting to show support for the bill. Most of the student senators " were uncomfortable with the idea of having two senators share one Senate seat. "How can we expect these two people to stay together for a full year?" asked Hispanic Student Senator Irma Hernandez Some senators were still concerned about creating another nonacademic seat. "We have to remember that this is an academic institution," said Social and Behavior Science Senator Jason Stout. See Senate page 5 Times journalist describes 'the Disposable American' Writer: Layoffs damage economy, individuals By Deborah Ramsay sr. news reporter The Signpost Louis Uchitelle, New York Times economic reporter and author of the book "The Disposable American: Layoffs and Their Consequences" spoke to a small, but attentive crowd about the myth of the layoff. "People who are laid off blame themselves "for their own layoffs," Uchitelle said. "We have acquiesced, it's our fault. We use the myth to justify." Uchitelle said he believes layoffs are a social problem largely ignored by politicians and corporations who would rather promote the myth than accept responsibility for the problem or repair the damage it causes both individuals and the economy. Young people today grow up expecting to have 10 different jobs. Times have changed and so has job security. A person working for one company for their entire career is rare. Uchitelle said he was told that when he was hired by the New York Times he would spend the rest of his whole career there and he has. His expertise on the subject of layoffs has come from his in-depth reporting for the Times. Uchitelle did a seven-day series on the issue of layoffs and later used his extensive research to write his See Disposable page 7 War in Iraq: Four years later Student soldiers share experiences By Deborah Ramsay sr. news reporter The Signpost Since the war in Iraq began March 19, 2003, Weber State University has had around 500 students serve in the military. "About 70 percent of WSU vets have served in either Iraq or Afghanistan," said Coordinator of Services forVeteran Students Charlie Chandler. Some students are home, some are still serving, some have been wounded and one will not be coming back. Internal or external, the scars of war have left their marks. Two WSU vets who returned from their tour of duty in Iraq recently shared their experiences with The Signpost. Specialist Emily Warburton, a member of the Utah Army National Guard 144th Area Support Medical Company, served in southern Iraq, close to the city of Nasaryah. Warburton was a medic giving medical support in the clinic on the Post and rode in an ambulance offering EMS support. The majority of her patients were U.S. military or coalition forces, but they also gave care to some local Iraqis. Beside shots and stitches, one of Warburton's duties was to ride along in the ambulance up to the front gate to meet injured victims seeking medical attention. There were very strict guidelines to meet in order to be treated at the base hospital. The main criteria was that the injury had to be life threatening. Warburton sadly watched most of the Iraqi children carried there by their parents turned away. "Ninety-nine point eight percent of the A T -: r 3 SOURCE: EMILY WARBURTON Specialist Emily Warburton treats a patient in Iraq. people we had to turn away," Warburton said. "Most had burns from kerosene lamps or stoves." While some Iraqis have TVs, . the Internet and all the conveniences we have, Warburton explained others chose to live without modern amenities and live in tents, cook over an open fire and live a simpler See Soldiers page 5 Many faculty express grim outlook of future By Cassie Adams sr. news reporter The Signpost March 19 marked the four-year anniversary of the war in Iraq. Weber State University faculty and staff shared opinions on the beginning and progression of the war. "Ifyouconsiderall of thereasons initially cited between Iraq and international terrorism," said WSU Philosophy Professor Robert Fudge, "it's not justified to invade a country because we believe their government to be corrupt." One main issue presented was the reasons for the war to begin with, and if America was justified in the Iraq invasion. "The reasons given for going were not accurate at the time," said WSU Foreign Language Professor Gary Godfrey preparing to list the reasons. "One: A preemptive war is without precedent in U.S. history, which becomes a serious philosophical and political problem. Two: The intelligence on weapons of mass destruction was seriously flawed. Three: We did not have adequate plans to carry out the war in Iraq." Another issue is the question of whether the U.S. troops should still be in Iraq and whether the American presence in Iraq should continue. See Grim page 5 News in Brief Student needed to speak at spring commencement Weber State University students who will receive their associate's, bachelor's or graduate degree are invited to audition for the opportunity to speak at WSU's 2007 Spring Commencement. This year's spring commencement will be held May 3. Students need to submit a copy of the speech they would like topresent and a current re-sume including statements concerning their future plans. The speech can be no longer than four minutes. Students interested in auditioning can sign up at the Student Involvement and Leadership office in the Shepherd Union Building in Room 419, or the Dean of Students office in the Student Services Center in Room 150. Submissions are due March 25 at noon. Auditions will be held in the afternoon on March 28 and the morning of March 29. For further information, contact Cherryl Haralson at 626-7256, or e-mail her at charalsonweber.edu. Shakespeare comes to town The Eighth Annual Celebrate Shakespeare! Festival will present Shakespeare's most popular comedy, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ogden High School auditorium. The interactive lecture "What Fools These Mortals Be: Mirth and Magic in a Midsummer Night's Dream" will be presented by Michael Don Bahr, the education director for the Utah Shakespearian Festival, on March 22 at 10 a.m. at Weber State University's Stewart Library outside the Honors area. Both the performance and the lecture will be free to the public. The Celebrate Shakespeare! Festival is sponsored by Friends of the Stewart Library, the Ogden School Foundation, Jean Anne Waterstradt and Suzanne and John E. Lindquist. For parking information at WSU, call 626-6975. For more information concerning the events, contact Jamie Weeks at 626-6405 or jweeksweber. edu. Philosophy 2200 question-and-answer session Weber State University Philosophy Assistant Professor Richard Greene will hold an informational session March 23 at noon in the Student Services Center in Room 285 for students interested in taking Philosophy 2200. The new course started this spring semester, and fulfills the quantitative literacy requirement for WSU students. Students who are thinking about registering for Philosophy 2200 are encouraged to attend the meeting and ask questions. For further information, contact Donalyn Sessions of the Student Support Services at 626-7009, or dsessionsweber.edu.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-03-21, Vol. 69, No. 73|
|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.|