Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-11-211
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.French air car : (O Weber State University f 'JiJs See page 4 , i I i i r 7 I i x i i 1 7 -t x i r i t f r r I I i i 5. x IK II : Sen pas Z? S1UDEHT ate una es els nirnously ctions bill New light shed on tax break for textbook By Seth Durfee sr. news reporter I The Signpost Weber State University Student Body President Jake Beus has until Monday to veto the election reform bill that was unanimously voted for by the student senate Monday. If the legislation is not vetoed the bill will go into immediate effect. "President Beus said that he would veto any legislation passed concerning elections this year," said Michael Kofoed, who proposed the bill. "But because there was a majority vote, the bill would probably pass anyway." If the bill is signed by Beus within three days, it will go into effect. If the bill is unsigned and not vetoed, it will also go into effect. If the elections reform bill is vetoed then it will return to the Senate, to be voted on again. Though Beus said he would veto any legislation on elections, he said he feels good about the bill. The bill would make the rules concerning disqualification of a candidate, who is running for office, clear. In past elections the decision for disqualification was up to the elections chair. The new legislation would remove the chair's singular decision making powers "and give that power to a body of people instead. It also defines the amount of time in which a candidate can expect a final decision about their disqualification. The senate also discussed new information brought to light about the no tax on textbooks issue. Kofoed spoke witha representative of the governor's office and found information about the state budget and how a no tax on textbooks policy might affect higher education. "I think the proponents to the issue haven't studied it out enough," Kofoed said. The reform's supporter's argument for See Senate page 5 Honors for :on Pukinqt v- I i.. Ml "71fK r I .10" 1 rr.-: l.:.r- OHO v V- ' 1 n ' ... SOURCE: PAUL PILKINCTON Seth Pilkington won Ail-American honors and placed 26th of 250 runners at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. This is the second consecutive year that he has won this honor. His posted time on the 10K course was 30:21.1 IMaiw law huIIGBd in 1 PI 5 F '! f T PHOIO BV CATHERINE MORTIMER I IHt iONPOiT ROTC cadets watch as students, faculty and community members take aim in a temporary range set up in the Social Science Building. Winners walked away with a real turkey. All participants contributed to the family support center, which makes care packages for soldiers in the Army Reserves and Army National Guard who are currently deployed in Iraq. By Deborah Ramsay sr. news reporter I The Signpost Shooting turkeys and sharing has been a tradition since the first Thanksgiving feast and Weber State University Army ROTC carried on that tradition with their 10th Annual Turkey Shoot Tuesday. Members of the campus community paid two dollars to shoot five times at a target, with the best shooter out of 12 winning a turkey. While participants had fun shooting the pellet guns, money was being raised to donate to the family support center to help make up care packages for soldiers in the Army Reserves and Army National Guard who are currently deployed in Iraq. "The best part of this is the 145th (Field Artillery Battalion of the Utah Army National Guard with units in the Ogden area and at Camp Williams,)" said Cadet Jordan Whitaker, who organized this year's event. "I know a lot of people in the 145th and it will be nice to give them the money for the deployed soldiers' for the holidays. Lord knows they've earned it. They deserve it." Room 10 in the northeast corner of the basement in the Social Science building was transformed into a temporary shooting range for the fundraising event. Camo netting of greens and browns were draped against the back wall creating a jungle feel behind the waiting targets. Contestants first received a quick military-style briefing on the parts of the pellet gun and the proper use of the guns. "We haven't had any injuries today," Whitaker said with a smile. Once the briefing was over each contestant entered the range and found a chair to sit in opposite their targets. Again, a cadet showed the correct way to load and fire the guns and the key signals to "fire" and "cease fire." Three practice rounds were handed out giving an experienced shooter the opportunity to sight in the gun. Some participants shooting a gun for the first time found the pumping action surprisingly demanding. Grins, grimaces, and giggles accompanied most of the rounds. Most folks went away entertained, but empty handed. The lucky winners of each round walked away with their choice of a real frozen turkey or a gift certificate for a turkey and bragging rights. After calculating the scores from a round Russell Burrows, a professor from the English department was named the winner. "I can hardly believe it," Burrows said walking away with his frozen turkey. "I was up against the ROTC guys." Others took the competition quite seriously. The secret of winning is breathing, according to Nathaniel Leonard, a senior majoring in history who also won in last year's competition. "You have to breathe regular, and then hold your breath," Leonard said. "When "I know a lot of people in the 145th and it will be nice to give them the money for the deployed soldiers' for the holidays. Lord knows they've earned it. They deserve it." Jordan Whitaker, Cadet you breathe, your whole chest moves." Leonard was so confident; he hadn't even bought a turkey yet this year. "I own my own firearms and I know how to use them," Leonard said. "Let's just say I would never starve." Leonard technique worked for him and he walked away with a grin carrying his twelve pound frozen bird. Whitaker and the ROTC cadets felt the fundraiser had been a success. They had given out about 24 turkeys, sold over 520 tickets and had about 400 people participate. High score for the event went to Col. Stuart, the ROTC Enrollment and Scholarship Officer, with a score of 46. Whitaker said the turkeys for the fundraiser had been donated by local merchants including Top 10 Reviews in the Freeport Center, the Commissary at Hill AFB and the Brigham City Wal-Mart. Not everyone realized the money raised went to care packages for Utah's deployed soldiers. "If people still want to give they can," said Capt. Jason Grider, WSU's Army ROTC Recruiting officer. "There's still time." For more information about donating contact Capt. Jason Grider at 626-6518. Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. International holidays celebrated By J.J. Trussell - ' sr. news reporter I The'Signpost WSU has 179 international students from 43 different countries. For some of these students this holiday season will be their first in America. Only seven other countries officially celebrate Thanksgiving; Brazil is one of them. "We don't really celebrate thanksgiving in Brazil like Americans do," said Kenya Beecroft, an Freshman. "But we see the parade on TV from New York." The important holidays, according to Beecroft, are Christmas and New Years. "Christmas is not as big as it is here," said Beecroft, she pointed out that it is summer there during Christmas, and very hot. "We have Christmas Eve dinners at relatives, but we don't all exchange gifts." Beecroft's father has 15 brothers and sisters, she said they each draw names and purchase one present for each sibling. ' In Taiwan, the Christmas is not an official holiday,- but that doesn't stop cousins May and Fan, ESL students from Taiwan from celebrating. They said they are looking forward to their first Christmas in America. "In Taiwan we do Christmas different. It's only the young people who celebrate, and we don't go home to our families," said Fan. May said young Taiwanese people have embraced some American customs and have Christmas trees and exchange gifts among friends and couples. "The old people don't have Christmas," said May, explaining that the older generations tend to celebrate national Constitution Memorial day, which is also on Dec. 25. She also said that young people like to be in exclusive relationships for Christmas time, and treat it like Valentine's Day. Fan compared Christmas in America to the Chinese New Year celebrated in Taiwan. "We go home to our families on New Year," she said, Taiwanese children receive money for the New Year. "New Years is the biggest party ever!" said Beecroft, emphasizing the difference between the Brazilian celebration and the Taiwanese celebration. "It's dead in Utah at New Years. In Brazil, huge, huge party, the whole country." Beecroft described some See International page 5 Mens in Brief Judge grants Bruckman's request Mark Bruckman's counsel requested a continuance for Bruckman's preliminary hearing. The judge granted the request and moved the preliminary date to Dec. 4. Bruckman will have to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty on that date. Bruckman is being held on charges of the attempted kidnapping of four girls, ages 10 to 11. Artists submissions for Elizabeth Hall A budget of $306,000 will be available for the artist or artist team commissioned to design site-specific art for the Weber State University's future center for Arts and Humanities. ThePercent-for-Art-Act, passed in 1985, allows 1 percent of construction costs of new andor renovated state public buildings toward the commissioning of site-specific art, at, on or in the building, according to the Utah Arts Council Website. Elizabeth Dee Shaw Stewart Building (Elizabeth Hall) will' " be three-stories, --94,300 square feet with 31 classrooms, three computer labs and 83 faculty offices. Departments of communication, English, foreign languages, telecommunications and business education. The competition is open to individuals or artist teams from states with reciprocal public arts programs, ; Those interested need to submit a letter, qualifications for the project, a resume and proposed budget. Deadline for . submission is 5 p.m. Jan. 9, 2008. Information about the project can be found at www. utahpublicart.org. Utah offers driver safety course Utah is one of the first states to adopt the National Safety Council's "Alive at 25" program. According to statistics from the Utah Safety Council, 58 Utah teens are killed in traffic accidents each year. The survival course will be offered to 700 students and is for 15 to24-year-olds and will be held at Roy High School throughout the year. Chief Greg Whinham of the Roy City Police Department will introduce the course before the first class at 1 p.m. Nov. 27, 2007. Students who complete "Alive at 25" are 96 percent less likely to be killed in a car crash, according to the National Safety Council. In Colorado, the fatality rate for drivers and passengers under the age of 20 has dropped each year since 1999. Plans are under way to expand the program to Syracuse, Viewmont, San Juan and Cottonwood High Schools.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-11-21, Vol. 78, No. 44|
|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.|