Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-10-081
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A day in the life of a restaurant entrepreneur Weber State University s 4 ' DflW 2 l. m j j to Weber Visiting Rev. speaks on the power of words By Cynthia Loveland managing editor I The Signpost Reverend DeForest Soaries' words about words moved diversity conference participants to their feet at Friday's Diversity Conference keynote speech. "When I say democracy, some think elections," Soaries said. "When I say diversity, some think quotas. When I say citizenship, some hear legal status or green cards." Democracy, diversity and citizenship are much more than words, it's tough to have a meaningful discussion about those things until we come to a mutual understanding of the context, Soaries said. He stressed the importance of integrity and words used in a context that both speakers and hearers understand. "If you don't define the context," Soaries said, "then you'll be talking on AM, and I'll be listening on FM." According to Soaries, it's the difference in people's perceptions of meaning that gets in the way of true communication. Soaries said oftentimes it's simply the words that stop us up. We can't seem to get See Soaries page 5 '' " ' ' ' - : V' V . : ....... ' ' - PHOTO BY BKICE kELSLH Hit iofvrtJi f Reverend DeForest Soaries Jr. delivers a speech at the Diversity Conference. Soaries is the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, N.J. r . f f ! ..: . . . i ' I u. y -. ( . ' v r'i'"',', jf Y J- t I ! A r 'V : , II - - - - l i ....- i . . . .. . iu . n Weber County Jai safe, secured PHOIO BY BKICE KElStH IHt SIl.NI'OST Su Chin Pak addresses the crowd at the diversity conference. Pak's speech was one part of the Diversity Conference last week. MTV personality speaks about Asian-American diversity By Deborah Ramsey sr. news reporter I The Signpost MTV personality, Su Chin Pak, spoke to Weber State University students about her struggle to be the ideal American and how that experience has shaped her life. "I struggled with identity and beauty when I was young," Pak said. "Double folds in the eye lids are very important in my culture, so it's expected that you go to college, get a degree and get your eyes done." Pak said eye lid surgery is the most popular type of plastic surgery in all Asian countries and that small crease makes the eyes look bigger and more Western, which many believe gives them a better chance of success in American society. Pak felt cultural pressure from her family and used to tape her eyelids and cover the tape with heavy eyeliner to get the look. No matter what she tried, she never looked like her best friend, a Caucasian. See Pak page 5 By Lindsay Poll correspondent I The Signpost With the recent escape of two dangerous inmates at the Daggett County Jail, it raises the question of how safe our local jails are. The Weber County Jail holds over 800 inmates, and for those watching over them, there is a lot of responsibility. Along with employees working day and night shifts, there are 76 sworn employees who provide specific custody functions. They go through several trainings to learn how to maintain custody within the jail. "In our facility we say 'if the door has a lock on it, the door is meant to be locked,'" Capt. Kevin Burton said. "So if you're not going in and out that door, there's no traffic in and out of that door, it's to be closed and locked. And that's just the philosophy we've always run on." Inside the jail, staff members are aware of the number of inmates at each shift, and keep track of inmates so they know who's in and out of each housing unit at any point during the day. Routine unscheduled walkthroughs are conducted hourly in the staff members' assigned areas. There are also three scheduled count times during the day, where security verifies the counted number of inmates with the actual number they are supposed to have. Inmates always wear wristbands with their names and pictures on them, so they can be identified at any given time during the day or night. Not only do these inmates have to get through the employees to escape, but also meet the challenge of the building structure. "There's a barrier from their cell out to the day room," Burton said. "There's a barrier from the day room out to the hallway. There's a barrier from that hallway into the main corridor, another barrier down to the release corridor where the property office is, where they exchange their property, and then a final barrier. So, six or seven steel doors and a lot of steel and concrete between them and freedom." Since the jail opened seven years ago, they have not yet seen an inmate escape. With these security procedures in place, residents should feel safe about the steps that are taken to ensure the safety of the public. "With respect to the Weber County Jail or any correctional institution for that matter any breach of security, such as the Daggett County incident, is always a good reminder to review," said Bruce Bayley, associate professor of criminal justice at WSU, "and if needed, revise policies and procedures regardingtheclassification, transportation and security of the inmates. Again, however, if you look at the number of individuals under correctional jurisdiction (inmates being just part of that population), you'll find that Utahans in general, and Weber County residents in particular, should feel confident and secure in the job these departments are doing." Corey Taggart, business administration major, is one of the WSU students who are confident with the security at the jails. "I feel safe about the Weber County Jail or any jail in Utah because they do take a lot of precautions to make them as safe as possible," Taggart said. "What happened with the incident in Daggett County was one isolated incident, so .mistakes happen. They'll correct them and make them safer. I think even Weber County can learn what happened there and make their jails even safer. I never have felt threatened by them jails or in danger, and I think they are doing the best they can." If an inmate did escape, the jail would call the county, the state and the U.S. Marshal's office to help with the search. However, Burton said he is confident they won't have an escape at the jail and doesn't anticipate one anytime soon. Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. liens in Brief Raising awareness of domestic violence Weber State University Services for Women Students (SFWS) is sponsoring three weeks of workshops, speakers and events for domestic violence awareness month. Carol Merrill, the director of Sendees for Women Students, said there are many individuals who experience domestic violence at Weber. She said students often come in looking for stress management, but underlying issues of domestic violence are found. Merrill's primary concern is, "people think domestic violence is not real." Like years past, SFWS will place red wooden figures across campus to represent Utahan's who have lost their lives from domestic violence for the Silent Witness Campaign. To balance a mostly female issue with information about men, SFWS will also be running The Real Men campaign. This campaign displays posters across campus with pictures of male WSU students saying what it means to be respectful of women. "We don't want to be seen as anti-men," Merrill said. While violence against women is a huge issue, Merril said the majority of men are not abusive. The majority of men are respectful of women. Oct. 9, 12 tol p.m. Self defense workshops University Village Oct. 10, 1 and 2 p.m. Film "Spouse Abuse: A Global Perspective." Student Services Center South Lobby Leadcrsnfr program everted fcrir.na-.cn Weber State University's Lessons in Leadership and Civic Responsibility Seminar was recently awardedas most innovative program by the Utah chapter of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. The eight-week leadership seminar was created to encourage increased involvement in leadership opportunities at WSU for underrepresented student populations. Depression screening The Counseling and Psychological Services Center will be sponsoring National Depression Screening Day on Thursday, October 1 1 from 8:30 to 2:30. The event will be held in the Student Union Building on the second floor terrace mezzanine. The event will feature games, prizes, and other activities that will allow students to understand depression as well as other psychological illnesses. There will also be a drawing for those in attendance for a free iPod nano. Students can also fill out a form to be screened for psychological illnesses. This event is open to everyone. In the wake of Virginia Tech, the Center hopes to draw students to the event that is promoting mental health awareness so as to prevent something like Virginia Tech from happening at Weber State.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-10-08, Vol. 78, No. 26|
|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.|