Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-11-101
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TTpH O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY Cross country goes to NCAA region a Is Warming up for i "Resonance" See page 4 See page 6 Utah gW' IT 7 ? wJ u L Li w gc eroor sa ( - : ) ; . A 1 llll-l lift Weber State works with elected officials to fund needed projects PHOIO l)Y MATT CLASS THt SICilOiT Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. spoke to a group of journalism students Nov. 8. Afterward, he said higher education was a state priority By Maria Villasenor editor in chief The Signpost The Utah legislators voted into office Nov. 7 will make critical decisions for Weber State University when they go into session in January. But WSU takes an active role in showing area representatives what the campus needs. "We are a state entity," said WSU President F. Ann Millner. "Our budget, the biggest portion of our budget, is funded by the state." According to Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr., higher education is also important to the state. "It's a priority issue because it's education and because it's training our young people for a highly competitive world," Huntsman said after finishing a question-and-answer session with students in a communication class in Lampros Hall, Nov. 8. "And so, training the mind in terms of building infrastructure should be seen as no different than roads, for example, or water projects." Huntsman said he is meeting with higher education leaders across the state to take in their consideration as he outlines his proposal for the state budget. Although he said he was hesitant to comment on the specifics of the budget, he did say salaries, scholarships and fortifying health science programs are important issues. The 2007 Utah Legislature will be in session from Jan. 15 to Feb. 28. "Many of the incumbents won in this election and we have relationships that we've built over the years with many of the members of the Senate and the House from Weber and Davis counties," Millner said. "They really, in the Legislature, are our champions." WSU has several key goals for this upcoming assembly, according to Millner, which include increasing salaries and benefits for WSU faculty and staff, expanding academic programs, having enough money to pay operating costs, such as energy bills, and funding the replacement for Buildings 1 and 2. Millner said WSU employees' wages and benefits are 13 percent below the national average for other similar-sized colleges and universities. WSU's funding requests are mostly handled through the legislature's Higher Education Appropriations Committee and Capital Facilities Committee. Several Utah senators and representatives from Weber and Davis counties sit on those two committees. Each year, WSU invites Weber and Davis county legislators onto campus, Millner said. Last year, they were treated to a breakfast in Building 1 so the legislators could see the state of the 50-year-old building. During the 2006 legislative session, WSU's bid to reconstruct a new building in the place of Buildings 1 and 2 only received partial funding to finance a design for the new Humanities Building. Those designs were completed in late September, and the building is fourth on the state Building Board's recommendations for funding. Millner said it is important that students not only vote, but also become delegates to bring higher education issues into the political forefront. She also recommended talking to representatives about students' concerns, because their support is crucial to the institution, she said. "The support of our local legislators is paramount," Millner said. "And they can make a real difference for the university' You can reach reporter Maria Villasenor by calling 626-7121. New transportation plan revealed to President's Council By Jordan Yospe sr. news reporter The Signpost A master transportation plan was introduced to Weber State University President Ann Millner and the President's Council Nov. 8. The plan looked at projections for the next 25 years and how WSU can plan for the future and minimize traffic and parking problems. WSU Facilities Management Assistant Vice President Kevin Hansen presented the plan to the Council. It included 60 pages of information prepared by InterPlan Co. Transportation Planning, an independent planning group WSU paid $50,000 to prepare die plan. A committee was organized last spring that included representatives from UTA, Ogden City, WSU faculty, the Wasatch Front Regional Council, UDOT, students and many others to help provide input. "We tried to get as comprehensive look as possible," Flansen said. The plan, which will be revealed to students and faculty in coming weeks, projected WSU Ogden Campus will continue its annual growth of nearly 2 percent, and the WSU Davis Campus will continue to grow annually by 4 to 7 percent. If these trends continue, the Ogden campus will have around 27,000 faculty and students by 2030, compared to around 18,000 today. The Davis campus could reach as high as 17,000 students by 2030, compared to 3,400 today. "The question is what do we hope to and wish to do with the future of Weber State," Hansen said. The committee spent last summer studying the patterns of WSU faculty and staff. Nine hundred surveys were distributed in an attempt to understand the origins and destinations of those coming to campus, the peak demand hours and the parking situation. ' "The plan suggests that we need to change some of our philosophy," I Iansen said. The study showed nearly 72 percent of people drive alone to campus, 11 percent use mass transit and 7 percent carpool. The plan set some specific goals for the future of WSU. The goal is to have just 50 percent driving alone to the Ogden campus by 2030, 1 5 percent carpooling and 25 percent using mass transit. See Council page 5 DM (BdBffBUpi mm suaiB sg9 too- 2 ) V -.W otfv. r-i ' S r n ' f.i r t . :7AiiV l 'rc y,-.,- A y . - IT rr- ; v - . . ... ...- r-:', -r-'"-,.--t, y,u,. y zzz-: ,., ' . .- i I'l U)l() BY 1RICIA GERRARI) II II SK.NI'OST The west wing of the Shepherd Union Building has been under construction since the end of the 2006 spring semester, and planners anticipate this portion will be completed by next June. The east wing construction will start shortly after. The building is expected to be finished in 2008. Renovation progressing since its start in May 2006 By Jenalee Berger correspondent The Signpost For almost six months, the west wing of the Weber State University Shepherd Union Building has been under construction, but it should be finished by June 2007. Some WSU students said they are anxious for the new building to be completed. "I think it will be way good once it's done," said WSU general studies freshman Kali Cloward. Other WSU students said they aren't in a hurry for construction to be finished. "It will be nice to get it all done with," said WSU general studies freshman Bryce Rudd, "but it's not like it has to be done." According to the Union BuildingWeb site, when the renovation is finished, the new building will provide an environment with upgraded technology. There will also be upgraded food service and comfortable meeting and lounge spaces. "It's kind of hard to imagine that we've created such a mess on campus," said Shepherd Union Building Director Bill Fruth jokingly. Although the renovation may look like a mess, progress is being made. "You can see, you know, from one side all the way through the building to the other side and see nothing but structural steel," Fruth said. "It's been a pretty neat thing to see happening." . There have been few problems with the construction so far. There were some challenges with sewer lines and asbestos removal, which Fruth said should be expected when refurbishing a 45-year-old building. There have also been some problems with construction disturbing traffic. Some companies trying to deliver materials to the construction site have run into traffic problems. Coordinating a time when the big trash bin by the Union Building can be See Union Building page 5 Psychologist teaches stress management techniques Positive and negative stress discussed during last week's self-help workshop By Gina Barton correspondent The Signpost The word stress is no stranger to the students at Weber State University. With the fall semester of 2006 more than half way over, tests and due dates seem to crop up fast, and the pressure begins to build. The dreaded finals week is just weeks away, and students may be starting to feel the effects of stress. There can be both positive and negative kinds of stress, according to Craig Oreshnick of WSU Counseling and Psychological Services. Stress will help or destroy people, depending on how they react to it. "Our goal is to learn how to manage stress," said Oreshnick at a workshop held Nov. 2. "Finding the optimal amount can be beneficial to our life." Positive stress can help motivate people to take action. It can add anticipation and excitement to life. Examples like deadlines and competition create a healthy kind of stress that can motivate students rather til an overwhelm them. The negative kind of stress is when people experience feelings like anger, anxiety, and depression, these kinds of things can take a physical toll on the body. The negative influence can lead to health problems like an upset stomach, headaches, ulcers, high blood pressure and heart disease. Stress usually affects people when they are dealing with a major change in their lives. Things like a new job, death of a loved one, new living quarters or new relationships can have an affect on students. So, when adjusting to these new changes, it's important to know how to handle them in a positive wav. "If you help yourself first, you are then better apt to help others," Oreshnick said. lie said people often rush to the needs of others while putting themselves on the backburner. By doing this it causes people unneeded stress and puts them in no condition to help others because they themselves are feeling the effects of stress. Oreshnick said it's important to take care of the body, emotionally and physically. Eating healthy, exercising regularly, socializing and getting good amounts of sleep are all things that can minimize stress. Stephanie Burr, a WSU senior, said she can tell a difference in her day when she receives at least seven hours of sleep. "I'm wide awake for my classes," Burr said. "I find it easier to participate and retain what I learn much easier when I gel a good amount of sleep." "Your mind is where you are" is something to keep in mind when alleviating stress. Students should focus on one thing at a time and shouldn't let their minds run wild on things they can't control at the moment. If people are worrying too much, their bodies take a physical hit, according to Oreshnick. Students should rap their minds around something relaxing and try not to let distractions enter, he said. WSU junior Brandon Ashton said it's easy to let the mind wander while sitting in class. "It's easy to feel tired, get easily distracted or focus on anything but what the teacher is saying," Ashton said. There are going to be distractions, but remember to focus on what's currently happening and eliminate excess thoughts and worries. Such a small thing can eliminate the stress people encounter daily. You can leave a message for reporter Cina Barton by calling 626-7655.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-11-10, Vol. 69, No. 37|
|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.|