Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-02-091
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Wil(l .it'-, ( lint (i spot in sky See patje (, The O WEBER STAT E UNIVERSITY ignpos in tunny See page 4 -: r Red worn to remind women of heart disease Davis Campus supports Wear Red Day last Friday liy Jord.m Yospe ( orrcspdiiili-nl ,,. Sr.'jijn r.l Red is llic warning color meaning (I. infer. l'coilc ai loss the country wore red l.isi I riil.iy to alert women to the threat ol hea i t disease and stroke. "Last year, we discovered an alarming tact: 1 1 lat women still don't know heart disease is their iiuinher one killer," said Alice Jacobs, M.D., president of the American Heart Association in a press release ahout the event. "In fact, more women still helieve that cancer is the greatest health prohlem lacing them today, (io Ked lor Women is beginning to change that." Many people have the notion that heart prohlems are a "male" malady. They are wrong. Heart disease is the number-one killer of both men and women. More women die of heart disease each year than all cancers combined. This yea r's"( io Red for Women" campaign is urging women to know their numbers: cholesterol, blood pressure, waist size, and hours of exercise, liy keeping those numbers healthy, women can keep their cardiovascular systems healthy. Many students on the Weber State University-Davis Campus sported red in support of the American Heart Association's Wear Ked Day last Friday. "Co Red" dress pins were to be distributed, but didn't arrive in time and will be passed out at a later date. The pins represent student support of heart health and the commitment to stopping (lie number-one killer of women. WSU-Davis Campus Special Population Counselor Adrienne Gillespie was in charge of WSU's Involvement with Wear lied Day. She explained that the main focus of the event was to raise awareness of heart disease and other heart-related problems on the WSU campus. See Red page 5 wNi hii txvii i oftiv K !K ! It !K; 1 of v at iKm most CAUSI Ot OtATH ''heart '1 r. ' " ' ': ' ' ' t I t J M v. i. : ; , .v..' ; - V ! "' ' i v viw.s: 'v. moiOSH-i NICHOLE M. ItE 1 1 II ,'()s A contingency of Weber State University students, staff and alumni walk out of the Capitol Complex Building in Salt Lake City. The WSU entourage traveled to the Utah State Legislature to raise support for the university's critical needs. Btasml m WSU alumni make their annual trip to help influence legislators' decisions ite 1 NH5 By Deborah Ramsay sr. news reporter I 77re Signpost Last week, 33 members of Weber State University Emeriti Alumni Council, Student Alumni Association and Alumni Association Board Members combined forces for the third annual WSU alumni trip to the Utah State Legislature on Feb. 1. WSU President F. Ann Millner had briefed the members of the Emeriti Alumni Council at an earlier meeting about the issues that she was most concerned about. Wearing purple and armed with rolls of "I love Weber" stickers, the group boarded a charter bus and headed down to the capitol. When the 104 legislators arrived for work on Thursday morning, they found a Wildcat water bottle and a custom Wildcat Crunch bar sitting on their desk. Realizing Weber State University Alumni would be visiting, one legislator asked to borrow the WSU tie right off Brad Mortensen, WSU's legislative liaison, so he could show his WSU spirit. It took the .efforts of various people to make the trip possible. Two members of the WSU Alumni Association, former Sen. Ed Allen and former Rep. Pat Larson, played important roles in the day's events. "It helps to know your way around," former Sen. Ed Allen said. "The best way to learn is by doing it and that's what you do when vou serve. Both Pat and I know some of the people who are still down there from when we were serving." Down at the Capitol, Rhoda Struhs, a WSU non-traditional political science major who also works at the Capitol, helped make arrangements for the group. Laura Sheridan, one of WSU's Senate interns, served as the group's guide. "We followed her around all day," Larson said. "At times we had to run like crazy." Each member of the group was given a booklet produced by Zion's Bank, which provided valuable information and pictures of each legislator so that the Wildcat supporters woul have an easier time finding the representatives with whom they wanted to speak. Esquibel showed her booklet highlighted in yellow by Larson in an effort to help her zero in on who she needed talk to. "We chose that day Feb. 1 for a couple reasons," Larson said. "First, the political caucuses only meet on Tuesday and Thursdays and, second, we wanted to be there when the Capital Facilities and Higher Ed. Committees met." Larson said she felt the day exceeded her expectations. Larson explained that they got to meet with three of the four caucuses. Hungry students needed to eat or they could have visited all of them. The lunch break gave the group a well-deserved break and the opportunity to meet with Brad Mortensen, who " y - w r. -4 - k- -ii a U. a a Left to right: Weber State University Alumni Council President Ana Eldrige, former senator and WSU alumnus Ed Allen and former legislator and WSU alumna Pat Larson. Allen and Larson are on the WSU Emeriti Alumni Council. was happy to receive the emergency substitute WSU tie Esquibel had brought down for him and answered the group's questions. Former State Senators and Representatives are allowed to go on the floor without permission, so Allen and Larson both were able to bring alumni members on the floor to meet with their representatives. Alumni members took the opportunity to pitch WSU's causes to their representatives. "We went around talking to Senators and told them how much we needed the new building," said Nichole Lee, a WSU student alumni member. In both the Senate and Flouse, WSU alumni members had the opportunity to stand while key members of the group were formally introduced. An unexpected highlight came when Sen. Greg Bell's SB52 providing funding for See Alumni page 5 Students explore the world through study abroad opportunities K Departments offering students a variety of trips abroad for the summer semester r COKE 5TE ESS Weber State University students enjoy the hot waters at the Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort in Costa Rica during the 2006 study abroad trip organized by the Spanish department. Bv Cassie Adams sr. news reporter I The Signpost Looking to leave the country? That's a service Weber State Univeristy offers. WSU offers many opportunities to students for foreign travel. Summer semester 2007 holds many possibilities for students to broaden their horizons through studying abroad. This year the school will be hosting trips to France, Costa Rica. London and Germany. "They became acquainted with German and European culture beyond the trivial level," said Erica Daines, WSU European studies coordinator, "which enables them to be better graduate students or employees of international companies and organizations." There will be four German language students going to the University of Bayreuth in April and they will study there through August. The cost for the trip will be SI, 200 to live in the dorms and take courses according to their proficiency with the language. Dainesalsoreportedmoststudents as having a profoundly improved outlook upon their return. "The students from previous years improved their language proficiency by leaps and bounds," Daines said. The trip to Costa Rica will take place between June 21, 2007 and August 16, 2007. The students will be living with host families and attending the Instituto in San Jose. Most meals will be provided by the host families, but the students will have to provide their own lunches. The tentative cost for the trip is S2.850. "To me, being immersed in a different culture is one of the most enriching experiences a human being can have," said Alicia Giralt, WSU Spanish associate professor. "It is impossible to guess how much you can learn and in which ways you will be transformed. You not only learn about different peoples and traditions, but your own values and view of the world become much more clear." WSU FrenchFamily Studies senior Kevin Nielsen said he has fond memories of traveling to La Rochelle with the school. "What excited me the most w as the experience of the ocean and beach," Xielson said. "Of course it was something that I had never experienced before, but having that experience in France enhanced the experience." The trip to France will consist of one week in Paris, and students will be staying in La Rochelle, a historical city located on the Atlantic coast of France. The Universite Centre See Abroad page 5 News in Grief Fundraiser to help liver cancer patient Robin Watkins, a Weber State University mailroom employee, was diagnosed with liver cancer. WSU Communication Secretary Virginia Stevens organized a fundraising effort to help Watkins pay for the increasing medical costs, which his insurance no longer covers. WSU Credit Union can accept donations under the "Watkins Transplant fund." For more information on how to get involved in the fundraising efforts, contact Virginia Stevens at (i2(i-8!)2 l. Refund could help with rising tuition costs On Feb. 5 a Senate panel voted to approve SB(i2 sponsored by Weber State University Senator Greg Bell, R-Fruit I leights, which would give college students a $.'!()() refundable tax credit for tuition. The refund would help counteract the rising tuition costs. WSU Provost Michael Vaughan recently shared some eye-opening statistics about tuition costs. Students now shoulder a greater percentage (40 percent) of the cost of tuition. It's getting harder for students to earn the money to pay for rising tuition and fees. "Back in 1960 a student could pay for tuition and fees by working two hours a week at a minimum-wage job," Vaughan said. "It takes 33 hours now." History Dept. kicks off Black History Month Weber State University's Flistory Department will explore various aspects of black history in a lecture given by Larry Tye. "Rising From the Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class" will examine the black community's involvement with the railroad and growth in American society. The lecture will highlight theprogressionofblackhistory from blacks who worked as Pullman porters, established the first black trade union, and progressed toward civil rights. The discussion will also focus on the growth and progress of what is now today's black middle class. The lecture will be presented on Feb. 12 at noon in the Alumni Center, and it is free to the public. For further information, contact the WSU History Department at 626-6706. Students needed to help at Career Fair Weber State University's Career Services Center is looking for volunteers who would be willing to lend a helping hand during the Career Fair. WSU students who help out for at least one hour will be placed in a drawing to win a S250 Tuition Assistance Scholarship or an iPod Shuffle. The deadline to register as a volunteer is Feb 14. Students who aren't able to volunteer can also have a chance to win the scholarship and iPod Shuffle by registering on the WSU Career Services Electronic Job Board during the Career Fair. A Career Connect table will be set up for students to help them sign-up for the benefits of being able to search for job openings on campus. The Career Fair will be held at the Dee Events Center on Feb. 15. Students can sign-up to be volunteers by visiting the Career Services Web site at weber.edu careerservices.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-02-09, Vol. 69, No. 60|
|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.|