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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY A gnu o o o FREE COMFITEK KE rE 81 o o FR1F. rOMFI'TEK cr pwf. si JL MONDAY, AUGUST 21 , 2006 wsusignpost.com VOLUME 69 ISSUE 9 News in brief Second annualWild-cat block party The(p 1 hey Ye d3C Swenson Gym, Stromberg to reopen doors By Cynthia Loveland managing editor The Signpost August 28 marks the opening date for both the Swenson Gym and the C. William Stromberg Center. The Swenson Gym has undergone major renovation for a year and a half - shifting its focus from a gymnasium to an academic facility. New classrooms, faculty offices, teaching laboratories and an elevated track have been added, and the pool sports a new liner and gutter. TheStrombergCenterreopens with newly resurfaced track racquetball floors. Normally tracks need to be resurfaced every eight - 10 years. It has been 16 years for the Stromberg Center track. According to Wendy Jones, Weber State University fitness program coordinator, because the track resurface took so long, the basketball floor resurface will have to wait until the holiday break. After the Swenson Gym closed, all classes that were held in the Swenson Gym moved to the Stromberg Center or Wasatch Hall. When the Stromberg Center closed, patrons had to find alternative places to work out. Some have taken their workouts to the Promontory Tower fitness center, which offers stationary bicycles, ellipticals, weight machines and free weights. Jessica Dyer, WSU athletic training student and Promontory Tower fitness center employee, said although the volume of patrons has increased since the other gyms closed, people have remained positive about the renovations. "I think most people realize that it'll be worth it having the gym closed for remodeling," Sft undies V. n ."1 PHOTO BY MATT GLASS THE SIGNPOST (Upper left) Caitlyn Anderson plays volleyball in the Swenson Gym. (Upper right) Jonnie Gale jogs around the old track in the C. William Stromberg Center. The Swenson Gym has been closed for 15 months and the C.William Stromberg Center has been closed for one month. It will re-open this fall. she said. "There were a couple of people when it was first announced that were wondering why it needed to be closed, but once it was explained why, they were in support of it." Dyer said students have found new places to work out, not only at the Promontory Tower fitness center, but also the fitness centers at the University Village Community Center and Davis Campus fitness center and the William H. Child outdoor track. But some students feel the frustration of the temporary displacement. "It's been a pretty big step down," said Jon Schade, WSU communication student. "Kind of like a demotion - a pretty big demotion at that." He said limited space at Promontory Tower fitness center is an issue and the stationary bikes are outdated. He looks forward to the new basketball floor the renovated Stromberg Center will offer, and the racquetball courts and ' equipment it offered before. WSU alumna Jennifer Garcia-Barragan works out in the Promontory Tower fitness center since the Stromberg Center closed and said she's looking v forward to trying out the newly resurfaced track in the Stromberg Center. Other patrons moved their workouts to the University Village fitness center, which offers stationary bikes, ellipticals and exercise balls. Because student fees contribute to gym operating costs, students don't need to pay additional membership fees to use the fitness centers located around WSU. And students are not the only ones who can take advantage of the newly renovated fitness centers. Spouses and children of WSU students can use the facilities for a fee. Weber State University alumni and community members can See Fitness page 34 Wildcat athlete gets scratched from men's basketball team By Jon McBride sports editor The Signpost In his initial press conference last spring, new Weber State University Men's Basketball Head Coach Randy Rahe said he would do everything he could to keep as many of the WSU players who played under former Coach Joe Cravens to stay and play under his leadership. But he made it very clear he was not going to put up with any players who did not want to be here. According to Rahe, Junior Forward Tyler Jones did not want to be here. He was recently released from the team. Jones disputes Rahe's decision to release him, stating that he did indeed want to play at WSU. "First of all, Tyler I don't think was totally comfortable with where we wanted him to play on the court," Rahe said. "He decided to go home and kind of went AWOL on us for about two weeks." Rahe said his going AWOL was evidence Jones did not want to be here. Jones was one of only four players who actually stayed to play under Rahe. In an interview with The Signpost in April, Jones said he was extremely excited to stay at Weber State and play under Coach Rahe. He was the only player to attend Rahe's initial press conference. Jones said in an article in the August 3 edition of the Standard Examiner he had the coaching staff's "blessing" to go home to Colorado to be with family. He said he probably wouldn't have gone home if he knew he would be kicked off the team. In an interview with The Signpost after that article ran, Rahe said that Jones stating he had his "blessing" is a "crock." He said Jones never received the coach's permission to go home. it ii.r OA r on Weber State University basketball player Tyler Jones shoots a free throw in the purple and white game last season. That game would turn out to be the only time he got to play in front of a WSU crowd. Jones was released from the basketball team after red-shirting all of last year. "I wouldn't have given him my blessing when he had a test the next day and he had weights and conditioning and then two days later he had another test and weights and conditioning," Rahe said. "He did not have anybody's blessing to go home, he just decided to take off and just wasn't comfortable with what we've asked him to do and he's decided to go. After I didn't hear from him for quite a few days I just assumed that he wasn't interested in coming back and "After I didn't hear from him for quite a few days I just assumed that he wasn't interested in coming back and so we just dismissed him along the way." Randy Rahe, men's basketball head coach so we just dismissed him along the way." Jones said he was under the impression that since he was taking an online course, the coaching staff was fine with him taking his tests from Colorado. Jones came to WSU from a very prestigious basketball program at St. John's University in New York City. He red-shirted all of last season at WSU with the hope of playing under Cravens this season. Many throughout the Big Sky Conference thought he had the potential to be the Big Sky Player of the Year this season. Rahe's disciplined approach he preached from day one does not appear to be fading. "So basically we put some expectations on him, he didn't meet those, and we decided it was probably in his best interest to pursue some other stuff," Rahe said. "I think it's best for everybody, I really do. We're going to do things a certain way around here and we're not going to cater to anybody. I don't care who you think you are, everybody is going to be treated the same and be held accountable, and if somebody can't meet See Jones page 34 Students and community gear up for crowded parking By Maria Villasenor news editpr The Signpost Casey Parrish is trying to avoid buying a parking permit. There's no big problem while it's still warm he rides his motorcycle to Weber State University. "It's better parking than handicapped people get and don't have to pay," said the mechanical engineering junior about the free-for-motorcycle parking spots. But when the weather is not so swell, Parrish drives. He used to leave his car at the Dee Events Center and shuttle in when parking was free there. But last year, parking permits were required at the Dee, and Parrish decided not to buy a pass and risk getting a ticket. ' He got five of them. Parrish said he then called WSU Parking Services to tell them he would pay those off, and the day he went to pay the fines he left his car in the Pay Parking Lot and it got clapped with a red boot. After spending $200 paying off his tickets and boot fees, Parrish said he would probably spend the extra money to park at the Dee for the semester. But he didn't say that would be the end to his parking problems. "Even when you get here at 7 o'clock, all the parking spots are gone," Parrish said. "It drives me nuts." Only those willing to pay the extra money for an "A" pass can guarantee themselves a parking spot since only one permit is sold for every spot. See Parking page 28 Weber State University Student Involvement and Leadership sponsors the second annual wildcat block party at the Stewart Bell Tower. The party will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 1 and will continue until midnight. The party will be home to several activities throughout the day starting with morning yoga and a mile run at 6 a.m. From 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., students can get stuffed on pancakes, also at the Bell Tower. Booths will then be allowed to set up and may remain open until 3 p.m. Other events will include a pep rally to liven school spirit, contests and demonstrations, give-a-ways and informational booths. At 11 a.m. Students can enjoy BBQ cooking for no charge. The charge for acuity and staff to eat is $1 per person. Everyone els is $2 to eat. Night activities will commence at 6 p.m. and will include a concert, Dance and a movie. Accelerated Nurs-ingprogram ready to speed away in fall The Weber State University department of Nursing begins a new program this fall at the Weber State University Davis campus. The program was designed for students who already have college degrees and want to get through nursing school as quickly as possible. Demands from the community to provide more people in the nursing career has allowed for the program to take place. A degree in nursing that would normally take two years to complete will now take only one year. Thirty students will participate in the program. MastersofartsinEnglisli appro ved to begin infall The Master of arts in English program was approved last month by the state board of regents. Applications are already being accepted and students have already been accepted into the program and are already registered for classes. The proposal set before the Board of Regents to request the program was called a model example of how all proposals from universities should be. Classes will begin in the fall for the new program. Shepherd Union Buildinggels divided The Breezeway which once connected the west and east wings of the Shepherd Union Building is gone. Construction workers have been working diligently throughout the summer to remove the breezeway. Summer students were able to watch the face of the SUB breezeway change drastically from day to day. The breezeway was torn down to allow construction crews to begin construction on a new commons area that will allow the SUB to become one building and give students more places to socialize and study.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-08-21, Vol. 69, No. 9|
|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.|