Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-09-211
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Toilet paper( Weber State University X: - W O A I wars i See page 3 lLDDTIDODU oDQQ in E 51 GNPOST n lj oi u n u f o vv n mm -a uuu f 5S J iv' . . -'jiii . v 1 T-, n m 1 v. 1 i 1 I 7 hx ,, till ' 1 "1 ill . ''! i- I: I 1 i 1 t '""Pi IO'i"0"lj",D5TV"ffl:'Ai:t7 Left: Weber State University President F. Ann Millner uses a pair of 'extreme' scissors to officially open the Shepherd Union Building Thursday. The ribbon cutting ceremony featured the WSU marching band and Las Vegas performing group "Urban Acrobats" Right: The "Urban Acrobats" raise a WSU flag during the ceremony. V '-'. tti - .' : j 1'- .. 7 A, 1. "Nlil 'U- I 1 PHOIOBY CLARK TAYLOR Long awaited renovation finally complete By Deborah Ramsay sr. news reporter I The Signpost Music pulsed, pumping up the energy of the gathering crowd in the atrium of the new Shepherd Union Building as they awaited the start of the extreme ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning. "Wow! It's changed," said Cari Guernsey, a forensic science junior. "This is awesome and there's lots more choices in food and stuff." Energy levels remained high as the marching band, members of WSU dance department, the WSU cheerleaders and special performers, the Urban Acrobats from Las Vegas took to the stage and worked the crowd. The necessary speeches and offering of gratitude started with the student body officers. Past and current student body officers recalled significant events in the process of making the vision of the new Shepherd Union Building a reality. "It was all my idea," said WSUSA president Jake Beus, jokingly as he represented the end of the progression. Bill Fruth, the current director of the Shepherd Union Building, seemed pleased to have the day finally arrive and gave much of the credit for its success to student "Enjoy this building. Take it for all it's worth' Bill Fruth, President, Shepherd Union Building involvement. "Enjoy this building," said Fruth. "Take it for all it's worth." After a few more remarks and a warm welcome to J. Ferrell Shepherd, the building's namesake and first director, President F. Ann Millner brought an end to the speeches. "And now we're going to cut the ribbon," Millner said. Two cheerleaders stretched the purple "meet you at the union" ribbon across the stage. Multiple hands of past and present students and administrators sliced through the ribbon just as two cannons went off showering the atrium with purple and silver confetti. A cheer went up as smiles, hugs and handshakes were shared celebrating the momentous occasion. After the ceremony, former WSU President Paul Thompson shared his doubts that this day would ever arrive. "I was a little skeptical we would be able to get it done," Thompson said. "It was so much money and there were so many other needs. This is great. The students deserve to take a lot of the credit for getting it done." No one seemed more impressed than J. Ferrell Shepherd, who has seen the campus go through many changes over the See UB page 7 mWmm Sty e f iBwes taoto, s Hit By Ryan Larsen correspondent I The Signpost At Weber State University, 47 percent of the students enrolled are nontraditional: married, divorced, parents, veterans, disabled or older than 25. Nontraditional students often have needs and interests different from their younger, single colleagues, and WSU's nontraditional Student Center is designed to meet those needs. "Part of our goal is to provide an environment that is not intimidating and provide services that nontraditional students need, such as childcare," said Cathy Barrow, the secretary for the center. For personal needs, the center has hourly childcare, a kitchenette with free hot drinks, a refrigerator, microwave oven, and toaster. For scholastic needs, the center offers computers, a study lounge, and peer mentors who are hired to help other students navigate campus life. The center also houses the WSU Chapter of the Pinnacle Honor Society. The Honor Society began in 1989 with a group of 100 colleges and was set up to honor nontraditional students for their scholastic achievements, and community and leadership skills. WSU has had a chapter since 1990. Weber State's Nontraditional Student Center is located temporarily in room 154 of the Student Services Building, until the Shepherd Union Building renovation is complete. Misty Hearnesberger, who is studying social work at WSU, does not mind the temporary location though. She is a disabled student and travels around campus by wheelchair. "The Student Services Building is one of the easier ones for me to get to." Moises Leon, 29, finds the center a place to relax and visit. "A place of great conversation," he said. "A 'meeting of minds' type of place." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. By Shirrel Cooper assistant news editor I The Signpost 1 j j PHOTO B1! CATHLRINE MORTIMER it-it ili.,tX5l John Boom reads "The Scarlet Pimpernel" during a read-a-thon sponsored by the Nontraditional Student Center Thursday. Urxroming activities include: Now-Oct. 3 1: Sub-for-Santa Donate stocking sniffers such as small toys or candy. Drop off contributions at the center. Volunteer Project Day Thurs, Nov. 1, 12-1 p.m.. SC 141 Project co-sponsored by Pinnacle I lonor Society and Americorps Read-A-Thon Nov. 8, 12-1 p.m., Nontraditional Center "The Scarlet Pimpernel" or bring your own favorite book Free Book to tlie first 20 people Portfolio Preparedeness Marilyn Diamond Leanna Riddle Thurs, Sept 27, 12-1 p.m., SC141 Prepare for graduation, grad school, and life Yesterday, the Nontraditional Student Center hosted aread-a-thon, which Rachel Cox hopes will be the first of many. Cox, peer mentor for the Nontraditional Student Center has never read "The Scarlet Pimpernel," but has always wanted to. She decided to host aread-a-thon where all nontraditional students were invited to come read the book and later discuss it. "I figured we needed a break," Cox said. "A chance to rest our mind." She feels there is not enough emphasis on the classics and wants to combat that by starting a book club that focuses mainly on reading classic literature. John Boom, a senior majoring in zoology and mathematics, heard they were giving away free books and said he couldn't help but show up. "I read my entire elementary school and junior high libraries," Boom said. "I also have a pretty good-sized library at home." When it comes to reading, he said he reads anything and everything. He believes that books open "entire new worlds." "Books are central to our daily lives," Boom said. "They pass on information." Boom has never read "The Scarlet Pimpernel" but looks forward to reading it. "It should only take me five hours," Boom said. WTien C.J. Johnson, a junior majoring in social work isn't reading textbooks, she's reading literature. She said she loves the Nontraditional Student Center because it is a nice place to get to know people. The read-a-thon is just one of many activities offered. The "non-trad" students, as Johnson calls them, are a nice group of people with regulars and new members coming and going. Johnson thinks people should become See Read page 7 " read my entire elementary school and junior high libraries. I also have a pretty good sized library at home' John Boom, Senior zoology major Hews in Brief Computer systems choked by spam A concentrated spam attack on Weber State University's information system for the past several weeks has flooded systems with e-mail messages addressed to invalid users such as userl weber.edu, user2weber. edu, etc., according to Don Gardner, chief information officer. Gardner said in an e-mail that it is a malicious attack on WSU that is succeeding, at least in part. During peak times, the multiple threads feeding into e-mail spam filters become "clogged" so that some legitimate messages "bounce." In most cases, bounced legitimate messages are automatically resent by the sender's e-mail system. However, many systems do not instantly resend the "bounced" e-mail. The delay may be between 15 minutes to a few hours. Multiple "bounces" may result in delivery delays of many hours. A small number may not be delivered at all. Gardner asked WSU students, faculty and staff to be patient. The spam filters are tuned to check for valid recipients, which blocks most of ,the invalid messages. Most messages are being delivered quickly and efficiently.The messaging team is working hard to find a solution including consultation with external experts. Unfortunately, some recommended defensive measures also block legitimate messages. WSU will be notified if there is a significant change. Lampros lecture features goats' of Civil War Weber State University's Department of History will host the eighth annual Lampros Lecture, featuring National Defense University International Relations Professor James S. Rob-bins. He will present "Last in Their Class: The Goats of West Point and the American Civil War," Sept. 27 at 1:30 p.m. in the Lindquist Alumni Center. Robbins refers to cadets who graduated last in their class at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point as "goats." Robbins will focus on "goats" who went on to high-profile careers as well as the heart and soul of the American soldier. Robbins is in the National Security Affairs at the American Foreign Policy Council. The event is free and open to the public. Utah wen portal wins national award .Utah's web portal, Utah, gov, won the National Award for the 2007 Best of the Web competition. The annual awards program sponsored by the National Center for Digital Government recognizes the most innovative, user-friendly state and local government portals. Web portals are judged on efficiency, economy, functionality andWeb-delivery of public services. The state of Utah was also given the same award in 2003, making it the only state to win the award twice.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-09-21, Vol. 77, No. 19|
|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.|