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ft v' Wildcats lost two on the road O WEBER STAT E UNIVERSITY Wildcats lose to BYU See page 6 DOS See pjgc f 51g U A r Professor explores history of U.S. warfare Book compares Iraq to Vietnam conflict By Amber Hall sr. news reporter I Tlw Signpost Weber Stale University Associate Professor William Allison, as a guest of Weber Historical Society, spoke about his recently published book, "Military Justice in Vietnam: T he Rule of Law in an American War," Monday night in the Alumni Center. As a professor of military and diplomatic history at WSU, Allison has also published a textbook and is in the process of writing two other books. He spoke of military justice, the nature of war and the war in Iraq compared with Vietnam. One of the first things Allison said was, "It's a big deal when societies go to war." He explained that war is more about social configuration than battles, stating, "War is for political objectives to be achieved by military objectives, but we did not marry those well in 2003 or in Vietnam." Speaking of military justice, Allison said, "It tries to control a barbaric act and maintain discipline, but during war you can't have the same judicial system that we hold clear in our society ... The rule of the law is how justice should function during war and we can't do anything till it is established. In Iraq we don't have respect for it." Allison made some comparisons between the Viet :VJ.iY.i nam War and the war in Iraq, stating that at the beginning of the war he would not have made any comparisons, but he could at this point in the war. The war crime and drug prob lems that were so prevalent during the Vietnam War are different now because the soldiers are volunteers as opposed to the draft; wherein the Marine Corps was almost disbanded after Vietnam because of the moral and discipline problems. "It has become a failure of national will and is the result of failed strategy," Allison said. Of the war in Iraq, WSU history major Angie Knudson said, "It's a mess. You hope for a good situation but that might not happen." ' Like Vietnam between 1969 and 1970, Allison said, "This war is lost. We lost and now we are trying to maintain grace and prestige as we come out of it." Knudson and WSU history major Adam Hood compared what the U.S. is trying to do in Iraq, saying, "It's like trying to throw a touchdow n when you are 14 points behind in the last ten seconds of the football game. It's impossible to win, but you have to leave feeling you kept some dignity." In April of 1970, Richard Nixon gave or- See Warfare page 5 Demolition Derby rolls onto a Performance to depict the struggle of coping with alzheimer's disease By Jordan Yospe correspndent I The Signpost National touring performer choreographer and Weber State University Performing .Arts Professor Erik Stern is bringing his production "Demolition Derby, When a Mind Loses its License to Drive" to the WSU campus. Stern, with the help of colleagues and friends, has recently created a production which portrays the experience of having to be the caretaker of parents suffering with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The program features five dancers and two musicians, including faculty Thomas Priest of the music department. The show had a successful run in late November at the Rose Wagner Theater in Salt Lake as it teamed up with the Utah Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association in informing Form r ) A. PHOIU B-l BkLb ktLMH lilt Ml'Uil Former student body president Ryan Starks is sworn in as the new arts and lectures vice president during the Jan. 22nd student senate meeting. f t r i i t r- II X V 1 people and giving a portrayal of the struggles and difficulties of coping with loved ones with Alzheimer's Disease. "My father had garden-variety vascular dementia and my mother has Alzheimer's disease," Stern explained. "I moved them up from Los .Angeles a little more than four vears ago to care for them. My father died recently." Stern said he had diought about creating a production that was inspired by the experiences he had caring for his parents, but he initially decided not to do it. "I was afraid," Stern said. "I decided not to do it. But then my mailman entered my car, a 1977 Concord, into a demolition derby, and things started clicking. I remembered the last car my father bought and how he drove it. He put 350,000 miles on it, and then he couldn't drive anymore. I began seeing a metaphor between what mv parents were r f er president is new VP 1 I' i i Young fans get tips from a Jazz star Utah Jazz guard Dee Brown showed up at the Dee Events Center last night to talk to a group of Jr. Jazz players about sportsmanship and being a team player. Brown also signed autographs for his young basketball fans. t i , i ' going through and the automobiles." Stern said that the goal for "Demolition Derby" is to go beyond the conceptions of mental illness and help people see it in a different light. "I want the production to be engaging and enjoyable. As a caretaker, you find yourself in many strange situations," Stern said. "You see a person who you always thought was on top of things and find they are on the bottom of things." "Demolition Derby" uses dance, spoken word and live music to convey its message and uses actual scenes from discussions that Stern had had about his parents with physicians. Stern uses the production as a way to show people what not to do as a caretaker. Dancers convey feelings of frustration, denial, misery and other emotions typically associated with such hardships. Stern also used video in projecting these emotions, using clips from an actual demolition derby. "A lot of dmes an artist, a performing artist, can relay a message about something See Derby page 5 x- - . f V f 2005-06 student body president now in arts and humanities role By Jerialee Berger sr. news reporter I 77)e Signpost Ryan Starks was sworn in as the Weber State University Arts and Humanities vice president during Monday's WSU student senate meeting. Three people resigned including one senator in the relatively short 40-minute meeting. Before the senators voted to approve Starks as the Arts and Humanities vice See Senate page 5 ' Jt. V V- ; PHOTOS BY TRICIA CERRARD THE SKMPOhT WSU stage Dancers act out Erik Stern's production of "Demolition Derby, When a Mind Loses its License to Drive," which will be presented on Jan. 27th at the Allred Theater. 7 Mews in Brief U.S. president speaks on taxes, Medicare in State of the Union President George W. Bush gave the State of the Union addressed yesterday evening in the U.S. Capitol. Parly in his speech, the president said, "we will not pass along our problems to other Congresses, to other presidents, and other generations. We will confront them with focus and clarity and courage." He proposed to make permanent the income tax reductions set for 2004 and 2006. "Lower taxes and greater investment will help this economy expand," President Bush said. He also said his budget will commit an extra $400 billion over the next decade to reform and strengthen the Medicare program, and encouraged Congress to pass medical liability reform to help reduce the cost of health insurance. Another goal he stated was to promote American energy independence while improving the environment. President Bush says he is supporting Clear Skies legislation that will mandate a 70-percent cut in power plants' air pollution over 15 years, as well as budgeting $1.2 billion in research for a hydrogen-powered car. President Bush also addressed the deficit, saying "the best way to address the deficit and move toward a balanced budget is to encourageeconomicgrowth, and to show some spending discipline in Washington, D.C." Faculty, staff help university president create 25-year vision Weber State University PresidentEAnnMillnerspent her lunchtime on Jan. 23 with eight faculty members from across campus discussing questions, concerns and insights about the university and its future. This meeting was part of a two-year process, which is drawing to a close, to have a conversation with all the university faculty and staff members. The president said she wants to create a 25-year vision for the institution, its students, faculty and facilities. A recent study of various groups on campus and off campus found general satisfaction in keeping the university primarily focused on teaching, but with an increasing emphasis on research. Milner said planning is critical because there is a surge of Utah students just entering elementary school who will reach the university in about a decade, so the institution must be ready to handle the increase. Debate team hosts tournament at WSU Over the weekend, the Wfeber State University Debate team hosted and competed in the Val Browning Round Robin policy debate tournament. The rounds were held Jan. 20 and Jan. 21 at the Eccles Center in Ogden, with 16 teams competing. Some of the schools included the University of Wyoming, Idaho State University, Pepperdine, and Gonzaga. Two teams from WSU also competed. The University of Wyoming came out on top with one of their teams winning die tournament. WSU's top team made it to quarterfinals before losing to ISU.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-01-24, Vol. 69, No. 53|
|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.|