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Alternate universes? See page 4 TheO O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY O-line gets prepped See page 6 sishdosi JL - Easter Csioilsir (gam Gas DM Former WSU student arrested allegedly confesses to numerous campus thefts By Mari'a Villasenor editor in chief I 7V? e Signpost In the past three years, tools from the Weber State University Automotive Technology program have been stolen around the time of faster weekend. On April 7, 29-ycar-old Brandon Nelson Thomas was arrested near the Technical Education Building; he was intoxicated and had a screwdriver as a break-in tool. "He admitted his intent the night we caught him was to break in again," said Patrol Sgt. Mike Davies, of the WSU Police Department. "And then he also admitted to the prior burglaries." Davies said WSUPD already had its sights on Thomas because of a burglary on March 27. Surveillance equipment showed the thief's face, and auto tech staff identified the person as Thomas, one of their former students. "Oh, I was surprised for sure, especially this guy," said WSU Automotive Technology Chair John Kelly. Because of the recurring nature of the burglaries, WSUPD encouraged the auto tech program to install a video surveillance security system. Kelly said the system cost almost $30,000, and that even more than that had been stolen already. "And I'll be darned that we caught the guy," Kelly said. The March 27 video showed a man, who Kelly identified to be Thomas, checking every closed door to see if one was unlocked, crawling in through a window and then leaving with students' tools. Kelly estimated a tool kit can easily cost students $3,000. Those kits were left in a locked area in the locked Tech. Ed. Building, but Kelly said Thomas was able to get into those areas and steal the mechanics' tools. "There's more than just stuff stolen the damage he's caused," Kelly said. "He's broken windows and doors. I bet just in damage alone it's $10,000. But in tools and equipment if he's the one that's been stealing the whole time he's been going to school here I bet we've had about forty- or See Burglar page 8 I " " ) Brandon Nelson Thomas Senate decides winner of election tie for senate position Other resolutions include Columbus Day, animal control policy By Jenalee Berger sr. news reporter I The Signpost The Weber State University Student Senate voted in their Monday meeting to determine who would be the next .WSU Social and Behavior Sciences Senator. There was a tie in last week's election between Nathan Carroll and Jake Peters each candidate received two votes. Peters said he and a friend wrote himself in as a write-in candidate. "I feel as though I'd be well-qualified," Peters said. Peters has been the parliamentarian in the senate for the past year. Both candidates were invited to Monday's Senate meeting, and were notified that the senators would be voting at the meeting. Carroll did not attend the meeting, and Peters won with a vote of 16 to 0. During the meeting, a resolution was introduced that would take Columbus Day out of the school planners and calendars. WSU Education Senator Brett Jones and WSU Native American Senator Dustin Shoemake sponsored the bill. Jones said he didn't want Columbus Day to be recognized as a holiday on campus. "I think that it reflects several historical inaccuracies," Jones said, "and as a university we shouldn't reflect those inaccuracies by listing this day as a holiday." Shoemake said that for many Native Americans on campus, Columbus Day is an offensive holiday. "For Columbus Day to be recognized," Shoemake said, "is kind of recognizing genocide. Columbus is viewed as a mass murderer and a rapist." WSU Veteran Students Senator Nick Mathews said he was proud of America and if the resolution passed, he didn't want it to appear anti-American. "I wouldn't want the motivation to be that we're ashamed of America," Mathews said. WSU Social and Behavior Sciences Senator Jason Stout said America has many things in its history to be proud of, but he See Senate page 8 - 1 Mini WIOIO M BRICE KfcLSCH i hit mc. Weber State University Business and Economics Senator Aaron Cleveland address the student senator on Monday. Mir-" " . Discovering a native heritage H T ..5 j -s - f- i l ,a n 51 p1" J 1 -nn pu 1-1 PHOTO BY DEBORAH RAMSAY IHt SIGNPOST Rodger Williams displays a Navajo rug made for the Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program during Weber State University's Second Annual Native American Symposium on Monday. Williams was just one of the many presenters who displayed his Native American artwork and discussed its meaning at the symposium. Students learn about the Native American culture at annual symposium By Deborah Ramsay sr. news reporter I The Signpost Putting a spiritual experience into words is never easy, but participants in Weber State University's Second Annual Native American Symposium had the opportunity to learn about the Native American culture. Lessons intentional or incidental were taught through the mediums of native prayers, songs, stories, rugs and dances. Prayer leader and guest speaker Rodger Williams (Navajo) spoke about growing up listening to the clack and rattle of the batten, rods and comb music of the loom, he called it. "I learned to honor the rug," Williams said. "Rugs fed us. It's how we survived." He said that early on he learned the loom was sacred. "You don't reach through the warp strings," Williams said. "You don't play around it or even eat near the loom." A rug is not a hurried task. Some rugs take years. A weaver may spend eight to nine hours a day on it or just a short time once a day between tending animals and caring for a family. A 3x5 rug generally takes about 400 hours. Children are often used in the first step of making a rug catching the sheep. "They were not weak sheep, especially when you are young," Williams said. "We would get all dirty chasing the sheep around the corral and there was that special smell." The Navajo believe it is a privilege and an honor to care for their sheep and over time children learn the important role they play. In their later years, missing elders are often found out back by the corrals quietly talking to their sheep. Williams shared how as a child he learned to not only catch the sheep, but cut and card the wool as well. When he was a little older, he learned which herbs made the right color dyes and how much he could take from each plant, always blessing the herb and giving thanks to the earth for the "4-i v PHOIO BV DEBORAH RAMSAY IHt SKjisHjSl Terry Pacheco, a fancy dancer, displays an eagle feather headdress and explains the leadership qualities the family heirloom symbolizes. gift. Rubbing white sand turned the wool a brighter white, other herbs made a light purple, black, red or yellow. Native children learn many lessons as they learn about the rug, said Shirley Weight-Silversmith, who is Apache, of the Utah State Office of Education. They learn about history, science, language and math advanced math. "It's all there," Silversmith said. "You bring it all together." Linda Myers, WSU Program Director ofAdopt-A-Native-Elder Program, which helps to sell and preserve native Navajo rugs told the group the history of each rug displayed. One rug with a light purple background had taken four years to make because it took that many seasons for the plant to produce enough dye to color all the wool needed. For most weavers, the rugs are a way to earn money. They don't think of them as art. One grandmother made her rugs as a means to put both of her granddaughters through college. Only her granddaughters knew how many rugs their grandmother had made to provide them that opportunity. $ve Native page 9 36th Annual Contest Powwow Saturday, April 14 Dee Events Center 1 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. S3 adults; $1 students; seniors, under 6 free lens in Brief Jurors to decide fate of man who killed student The sentencing trail of Robert Cameron Houston, 18, began Monday for the rape and murder of22-year-old Weber State University student Raechale Elton. Houston pleaded guilty last month to aggravated murder in 2nd District Court, and he could face 20 years to life in prison, or life in prison without parole. On the night of Feb. 16, 2006, Elton was alone with Houston as she drove from a Youth Health Associates' building to his residence at a YHA independent living center. Houston admitted in a recorded interview with Clearfield Police Detective Mike Valencia that he lured Elton into his bedroom, threatened her with a knife and removed her clothes. Houston said he did not intend to kill Elton, but slit her throat because he was worried that her screams would be overheard. Testimony during the trial revealed that Houston had attempted to rape at least three women before he raped and killed Elton. Houston is not eligible to receive the death penalty for his crime of aggravated murder because he was 17 years old at the time the crime took place. A&H dean candidates visit campus Five candidates for die Dean of Arts and Humanities will be visiting Weber State University this month. All candidates will present on die topic 'A Vision for the College of Arts and Humanities and What I Can Contribute to that Vision." Aquestion-and-answer session will follow die candidates' presentations. The public is invited to meet the candidates during the informational drop-in sessions, which will last 90 minutes for each candidate. As candidate, Michael Holmeshasalreadypresented, and held a drop-in session on campus. All candidates will hold their presenations from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and attend a drop-in session where students, faculty and staff can drop in between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and ask the candidate a one-on-one question in the Kimball Center for the Visual Arts, Room 106. Madonne Miner will give a presentation in the Kimball Center, Room 120 on April 13. John Kijinski will present in the Wattis Business Building, Room 206-207 on April 16. Catherine Zublin will present in the Kimball Center, Room 120 on April 17. Dennis Rich in Wattis, Room 206-207 on April 23. The Signpost will print an article about the candidates and their presentation on April 25. Holocaust sunrivcr to speak on experiences Irene Katz, a Holocaust survivor, will give an account of her personal experiences during World War II on April 12 at noon in the Shepherd Union Building Gallery. Katzwasl7yearsoldwhen she and her mother were arrested by the Nazis and deported to a concentration camp in Riga, Latvia, in 1941. While in Latvia, Katz' job was to repair cables under the supervision of the Nazis. The presentation is part of Weber State University's 2007 Holocaust Commemoration, and is free to the public.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-04-11, Vol. 69, No. 82|
|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.|