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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY VA t... The Original artwork Wildcats lose close game at Dee see page 5 displayed on library walls see page 6 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2006 wsusignpost.com VOLUME 68 ISSUE 65 (I )) ! ! KEL'JS DfflEFS Tuition increase public hearing Weber State University will be holding a public hearing about a proposed 4.5 percent tuition increase. This increase calculates to $58 per semester for each full-time resident undergraduate student. WSU President F. Ann Millner will give a presentation regarding the tuition increase. The raised funds will be put toward compensation ($370,000 to $500,000), student support ($530,000 to $880,00), mandated costs ($150,000 to $300,000) and capital base equipment funding ($200,000 to $300,000). The open hearing will be held Friday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. in the Wattis Business Building Smith Lecture Hall. Anyone concerned is invited to attend. Watch The Signpost for continued coverage of this issue. Frozen time on campus The clock in the Stewart Bell Tower Plaza, stuck on all four sides at 4:34 since the beginning of the semester, may be repaired as early as next week, said Patrick Malone, manager of electrical systems and repair. . The motor is burned out and must be replaced. Weber State University has a spare motor, but workers can't install it until weather conditions improve. "It's not safe to replace it in the cold weather," Malone said. Temperatures must reach the fifties and conditions must be dry for the repair to take place. Tortured American values Next week the Weber State University chapter of Amnesty International and the Honors Issues Forum will present several events as part of the "America's Tortured Values" series. Several events exploring the issue of war facing Americans will be held throughout the week. All of the following events are free to the public: Tuesday, Feb. 21: Readers' Theatre: Irwin Shaw's "Bury the Dead"; 12 p.m.; Stewart Library Special Collections. Wednesday, Feb. 22: Reader's Theatre: Aristophanes' "Lysistrata"; 2 p.m.; Stewart Library Special Collections. Thursday, Feb. 23: Retired Army Reserve strategic intelligence officer, David Irvine, addressing torture of U.S. prisoners; 11:30 a.m.; Stewart Library Special Collections. The Ethics of Torture; 3:30 p.m.; Stewart Library Special Collections. "Embedded Live" Film Screening; 7 p.m.; Stewart Library Special Collections. Friday, Feb. 24: Theater production: "Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom"; 7:30 p.m.; Shepherd Union Junction. m art draws stiii J U vj L mm By Andrea Bean asst. news editor The Signpost Beginning July 1, the interest rate on federal Stafford Loans will be fixed at 6.8 percent. This change is part of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, which the U.S. House of Representatives passed Feb. 1. President Bush signed the act into law Feb. 8. This act will reduce government spending by about $39 billion over the next five years. About $12.7 billion will be cut from the federal student loan program. Previously, the interest rate for Stafford loans was variable; the interest rate for the 2005-2006 academic year is 5.3 percent. This new fixed-interest rate could result in the average Utah college student who is already $15,000 in debt paying an extra $1,360 in interest, said David Feitz, Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority associate director. A loan with a current 5.3 percent interest rate would result in a student paying about $161 a month to pay off the loan. Students who receive loans with the new 6.8 percent rate would pay about $172 a month. Over the average 10-year life of a loan, this approximately$ll-a-month difference would add up to $1,360 in additional interest. "But what we don't know is where interest rates are going to go," Feitz said. "It could be that interest rates would go really high, in which case 6.8 percent would look very good. But right now, it would in fact be students would end up paying a little bit more for their student loans." UHEAA feels a variable interest rate is more appropriate for the student loan program. "It's more fair to students if the rate is simply variable as opposed to fixing it, because if you fix it you create a group of winners or losers depending on what's happening in the interest rate environment and the economy," Feitz said. UHEAA is also concerned about the size of the cut from the federal financial aid program. Reduced spending See Federal page 3 : S V ... f .. - ... . . Vt - f N '" "' ' I ' . ' ' ' - ' ; : . i ' l M I : ' ' ': ' ,1 J t j . ',.?' 4 3 I U I ' . ... .r -aw h m u-mMi , n-nrili.Y.ilirn ilVinlilll Miim liili rtdYui.. .r, ,ri (Mnri'llm i ' - PHOTO UY TRICIA CERRARD THE SIGNPOST Alumni enter hall of fame President F. Ann Millner (left) congratulates Shauna Turner Watson (right) on her induction into the Weber State University's Athletic Hall of Fame during Wednesday night's men's basketball game against Eastern Washington University. Turner still holds an unbroken record in women's track and field in discus and shot-put. Turner and three other athletes were inducted into the Hall of Fame. "Oh, they were so excited," said Vivian Donaldson of the Wildcat club and helped organize the event. "When they were given the award, they were just delighted." The other inductees include Jimmy Degrafsenried from men's basketball, Halvor Hagen from football, and Chris Jones in cross-country and men's track. The alumni were given the awards at the basketball game and a banquet was held in their honor Tuesday. "It's a lot of work," Donaldson said of organizing the event. "But it's a nice affair. It turned out really nice." Pushing purple Students swap for Weber wear By Rebecca Palmer sr. news reporter The Signpost In an effort to boost school pride, Weber State University student body officers are planning to get more purple attire on campus. Friday, Feb. 3, a team headed by WSU Student Association President Ryan Starks gave away between 15 and 20 T-shirts to WSU students. But there was a catch students wearing shirts from other schools, had to exchange tire old shirt for the new one. 'A lot of times, there are a lot of people on campus that wear clothing from different schools," Starks said. "This will instill in their minds a sense of purple pride." Starks wishes the attitude that WSU is sub-par was not so prevalent. He wants people to be proud of die institution they attend. The day T-shirts were given away, hot dogs were also given away to anyone wear ing purple or who sang the WSU fight song for their prize. This was a change from previous years, where student leaders swarmed the campus with buckets full of candy on Fridays, giving away free pieces to people wearing purple. "We feel like this is a good thing, but we want to take it up another step," Starks said. Starks hopes that he can do T-sliirt exchanges in future Fridays, maybe each Friday. With the bookstore moving because of die Shepherd Union Building renovations, Starks hopes the bookstore will eidier sell die WSU Student Association merchandise at low cost, or donate it. Karleton Munn, WSU Student Association chief of staff, was in on the decision to start die T-shirt exchange. If people see more purple around campus they will think, "I want to get one of those," he said. "I just want to increase awareness of what we have here." One of the tools diat will further die goal, Starks hopes, will go alongside die T-shirt exchange, is called die "Utah College Quiz." The quiz, developed by Gene Sessions, WSU history department chairman and WSU alumnus, asks questions like, "At which Utah university are you most likely to take all your classes from highly qualified Ph.D. professors?" and "Which university spends die most overall on its students?" Of 10 questions, die correct answer to each is . WSU. Wrong answers are Brigham Young University, University of Utah, and Utah State University. Starks hopes to have cards made of the quiz and pass diem out as the T-shirt exchange takes place. "I diink its an attitude, I diink pride starts here," Munn said. "The students, the faculty who wear purple exude diat pride. I think it's like a chain reaction." The shirts from odier schools collected during the exchange will probably be donated to the needy, Starks said. The suggestion of making a bonfire of them was brought up by die cabinet, but probably won't happen, he said. You can leave a message reporter Rebecca Palmer by calling 626-7655. ..( .V : " I'IIUIUIJ UKlCt ktlM-H I IIILSIl.,IXSl Don Porter, editorial page editor for the Standard-Examiner, speaks Wednesday about his personal decision not to run the cartoons which have sparked protests around the world. Local editors discuss comic controversy By Maria Villasefior editor in chief The Signpost Rioting and protests still continue in many parts of the Islamic world because of editorial cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad. Many Muslims considered illustrations of their prophet to be sacrilegious. But the five-month lag between the September printing of the cartoons and the February riots left editors at the Simidanl-Lixaminer questioning the motives behind the protests. "This is the product of cynical people who want to manipulate peoples' emotions," said Don Porter, Standard-See Controversy page 3 Caller harass es radio station By Cory Duclos and Jason Staley staff reporters The Signpost KWCR radio station reported to the Weber State University Police Department yesterday that they were receiving some obscene phone calls. A male caller has repeatedly been calling the radio station since it made the move from the Shepherd Union Building to the Stewart Library. "These calls have been going on pretty much since we moved here," said die station's general manager, Mark Howard. The caller made obscene comments during die day and left obscene messages at night. I Ioward and Program Director David Caulford felt die calls were getting out of hand and decided to report the incident to the police. 1 Ioward said he mosdy hopes die police will get the calls to stop. "The plan is to call the police and give them the information and let them take care of it," Howard said. "I'm more interested in having them just telling him to just cut it out. I'm more interested in just having it stopped. There arc enough 25-year-old knuckle heads here that I don't expect that prank calls are anything unusual." Sgt. Robin I Iclton of the police department said die case is in early stages of investigation and no charges have been filed yet, but it appeared die caller could be charged with telephone harassment. "If they're continuing to do it, especially if they've been told to stop doing it, then it's telephone harassment," Helton said. "And if diey're using obscene language, it just makes it a little easier to say this is telephone harassment." Caulford was able to track down die name and phone number where the calls came from. 1 lelton said she will help the investigating officer, Rob Taylor, as he looks into die case. "They tracked this guy down, and so basically he's just got to put the report together and I think he's doing a little bit of - ! . . . :.,y-..-.- .:. ,,: ,.jK...w "' "V ! 1 ., ..... :r ': : 5 r - 1 ' : -. - A ; II n III ) Hi MAkIA VII I ASI NOK III, Sl ,fvl'(.'i Officer Rob Taylor finishes interviewing KWCR General Manager Mark Howard Thursday. The radio station has received threatening messages in the past few days. a background investigation on this guy and then we'll just take it from there as far as if we w ant to charge him and what we want to charge him with." Howard said the caller used obscene language but rarely stayed on the line long enough for the disc jockeys to ask him not to call back. "1 le really doesn't give you the opportunity," he said. "There are some prank calls where it's a back and forth for a minute, he just calls up and it's three, four seconds, and he hangs up." Howard said other DJs have had problems with stalker-type phone calls in the past. "A student that actually knew the morning show host, we didn't realize diis until later, but he cot die host's full, first, middle, last name, his license plate number, his home address, his mom's name, his home number, his cell number," I Ioward said. "It just went down the line and it was a little bit concerning for a litde while." In this case I Ioward said they were able to resolve die problem and actually turn it into a positive aspect of die show. "It changed from being somediing menacing to actually he became a bit player on the show," he said. '"Stalker Matt' became something diat die listeners were actually listening for." The current case is still under investigation witii the police and no charges had been filed as of yesterday afternoon. You can reach reporters Cory Duclos and Jason Staley by calling 626-7655.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-02-17, Vol. 68, No. 65|
|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.|