Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-10-031
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The skinny on health care See page 4 r Weber State University X HE 51 r&s nN r 2U UlL i2 UJCdU u By Jestina Clayton sr. news reporter I The Signpost Anger and frustration are the emotions that the staff and students of the honors program are expressing over the statement that Eric Carver made in the "Get Into Weber" photo story printed in the Sept. 28 issue of The Signpost. "I was mad when I read the story," said Jo Overton, a WSU senior who is in the honors program, "because his statement makes it appear as if students who aren't white are incapable of being in the honors program." According to the article, Carver said, "If you go into the honors department, all of the students are upper-class white kids whose parents can afford to front the bill for their education so they can focus all their time on their studies to get great grades, while others have to work full-time in order to eat." However, Carver has memory problem. Carver said in a more recent interview that he didn't remember saying that all the students in the honors program were white and upper-class. Overton, a Native American majoring in social work and mother of six children, said, "honors students don't get credit for all the work that they do. It's not just that they are smart they work hard." She said Carver should reevaluate his opinion. "We have between 220 - 250 students in our program, with a one-to-one male to female ratio," said Honors Program Adviser Marilyn Diamond. She said for the most part every race, religion and region of the world is represented in honors. She also said about one-fourth of students in the honors program are non-traditional students. Diamond said many of the students in the honors program have worked or are working "at least part- or full-time jobs." She said immediately after reading the article in which Carver was quoted, "I surveyed the 12 or so students who were in the honors lounge at the time and every one of them works 20 or 40 hours a week" Riddle said their students have earned their places in the honors program. She said honors students are hardworking and they organize their time well so that they do well in their classes. "His statement is a slap to the honors program," Diamond said. "It's hurtful to everything that the program stands for." She said the honors program has worked hard to be open and inviting to everyone. "I think I said that the student body of Weber is generally Caucasian and middle class," said Carver, who is a junior studying criminal justice. "Off course I believe that honors students have jobs because they have to eat." Riddle said Carver should visit with the students and staff of the honors program to understand what they offer. "We invite Mr. Carver to join the honors program," said Riddle. She said Carver should visit with the students and staff of the honors program to understand what they offer. "It was probably wrong on my part to make that statement," said Carver. "I was really trying to paint a picture of the general makeup of the university and not so much the honors program. Comment on this story at wsusignpost. com . the boom A 120-foot high tower crane was assembled on campus Monday and Tuesday for the construction of the new center for the arts and humanities building. The crane sits on a 27-square foot, five-foot-thick concrete padding. Dirk Yenger, the project manager, said the tower crane can be used to erect structural steel, instil aluminum window frames and transfer masonry material, it can extend over an entire project. The boom can rotate 360 degrees. With smaller cranes, they would have to move them around the construction site. The crane operator sits on top and must be particularly careful on windy and snowy days. -) (Wit 7S . - I .. I v 1 - V ' Y m titfcs V 1 1 - ",'' C ' ; " "'"!" - i , PHOTO BY Matt Class IHt SIGNPOST Skateboarding banned By . Molly Bennett editor in chief The Signpost A learning institution by day, Weber State University turns into a skate park by night, or so some think. r C 4 Aftpr snpnHincr millions nf t dollars on construction and renovation on campus, Ric I Wade with WSU facilities i management said thousands t; of dollars worth of damage is ( done to the stairs and rails, , mostly after class hours. "It's skateboarders." . Wade said. "No question about it." , They are not , ; " WSU sUidents. Wade said the ,, skateboarders are generally in high school and they come to campus at night. "You can see damage where they slide down the handrails," Wade said. He said there are chips out of the nosing of the stairs and grooves and scratches on the handrails. "We have given several citations in the past year," said WSU police chief Dane LeBlanc. According to WSU campus policy, "the use of rollerskates, skateboards, bicycles on campus sidewalks is prohibited." LeBlanc said people could also be cited for damage done to campus. Consequences for using "human powered vehicles" are withholding students' transcripts, degrees andor certificates, grades or permission to register. Students could be fined andor dismissed from school, according to the campus policy. LeBlanc said the consequences are clear for students caught violating the rules, but the non-students who are caught can expect a penalty. Under the traffic code, "a person may not operate a bicycle or a Vehicle or device propelled by human power on a sidewalk, path, trail, across a roadway in a crosswalk where prohibited by a traffic-control device or ordinance." "It's a $50 ticket," LeBlanc said. People may not operate these "human powered" vehicles in a negligent manner so as to collide with pedestrians. LeBlanc said the WbU campus -S)fc, police will start confiscating , r skateboards. He said they will 'v give a warning, then a citation and then take away the - skateboard. The law applies to all y campus sidewalks including the area surrounding the Dee Events Center and University Village. LeBlanc also said they are working on making signs that would prohibit the use of skateboards. Wade said he is all for putting up signs. He said the bottom line is enforcement. "But you can have all the signage you want," Wade said. "It doesn't deter anyone unless it's enforced. We don't need signs on campus that say vandalism is not allowed." Peterson Plaza, on the north side of Building 4, cost about $1 million; it has become a favorite spot for skateboarders Wade said, and it shows. Stairs crack, Wade said, but if it is chipped, that means something has hit it. Sometimes kids roll garbage cans down die stairs too, Wade said. Either way, the chips in stairs become a tripping hazard. Patching up the chips in the concrete lasts about two or three years according to Wade and then the patch pops off. The only permanent fix is to replace them. The new stairs in Peterson Plaza cost about $100,000. Wade said he was worried about the new Bell Tower area when it is done. "All we're doing is building Ogden's new skateboard park," Wade said. "I'm not anti-skateboarder. I'm anti-skateboarder damage." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. Community Involvement Center forms from union By Becky Rigby correspondent 1 The Signpost Weber State University's Academic Affairs and Student Affairs recently merged to create the Community Involvement Center. Professor of Sociology Brenda Kowalewski and Kari Peterson from student affairs, were selected to fill the part-time co-director positions for the Community Involvement Center. "Weber State University had a strong volunteer program," Petersen said, "but wanted to incorporate service learning on our campus." It has taken about five years to accomplish this "intentional partnership." The new Vice President of Student Affairs Janet Winniford and Provost Michael Vaughan are what finally made the merge possible, according to Peterson. "Both of these leaders understood and appreciated the positive effect of volunteering and service-learning on both our students and our surrounding community," Peterson said. TheCommunitylnvolvementCenter represents an intentional and strategic partnership between Academic Affairs and Students Affairs to facilitate a civically engaged experience for WSU students. The mission of the center is to engage students and faculty members in a process that combines community service and academic learning in order to promote civic participation, build community capacity and enhance the education process. The center will act as a clearinghouse ofresourcesandreferralsoncommunity agencies, service opportunities, service learning, community-based research and the AmeriCorps Education Award Program. Spanish professor Craig Bergeson's students will be working with organizations that address some of the issues facing the Hispanic population in the Ogden and surrounding area. "Our WSU students who study Spanish are such an asset to our community," Kowalewski said. Bergeson and Kowalewski are working together on a list of organizations that will collaborate with Bergeson. Kowalewski said that Spanish professor Alicia Giralt "has engaged her students in service-learning assignments like this for many years now and has engaged her students in international service-learning projects as well." Students enrolled in Giralt's classes are going to be translating for Midtown Clinic, when Spanish-speaking patients visit specialists. Other students will translate fliers for the police and will teach officers basic Spanish while other students will be working with Hispanic hospice patients, giving them support in their native language. A group of high school students from across the country is coming to Ogden to paint and repair homes that belong to the elderly, handicapped, or single moms. "My students' job is to obtain applications from these populations," Giralt said. "They will be setting tables at areas frequented by I lispanic individuals in these situations.' This will give them a better understanding of our local I lispanic community while they practice the language." Other students who are enrolled in Isabel Asensio-Sierra's Spanish class will be mentoring in some after-school programs in Ogden. Spanish major Joseph Reyna had the opportunity to go to Ecuador as part of a service-learning project. "The best part," Reyna said, "was serving the people and the feeling that it gave me knowing that those people really did appreciate our help. The country and its sites were beautiful as well, and it was awesome getting to know my fellow students from here at Weber State while I did all this." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. lens in Brief Voter registration to close soon Oct. 7 is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming local elections. Any US citizen,18-years-old or older, who has been a resident for at least 30 days before an election and plans to make Utah their principal residency, can register to vote. To register, voters may go online to elections.utah.gov erregistrationinformation. html and print out a form or take the form out of the back of the blue government section of the phone book. Mail the completed form to the county clerk along with a photocopy of your driver's license or some other picture ID. The form must be postmarked at least 30 days before the election in order to vote in that election. Go in person to the County clerk's office 15 to 18 days before the election to register. Reregister is required for those who have moved, changed their name, or want to change party affiliation. Muslim Student Association hosts (SERnsr ts end f ast The Weber State University Muslim Student Association is sponsoring a dinner to break their fast during Ramadan on Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. There will be speakers, international dishes served, Henna tattoos and items for sale. The dinner will be held in the Shepherd Union Building. There is no cost, but donations are appreciated.Honors program raising funds for scholarship; cow on site for kissing, humiliation The Honors Program is hosting a book sale and "Kiss a Cow." The book sale will be held at the Tracy Plaza located southwest of the Library from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, Oct. 3 through Oct. 5, 2007. The book sale is a fundraiser for book scholarships. In conjunction with the fundraiser, the Honors Program will have a live cow on campus Friday that will be kissed at different times throughout the day by some of the honors professors. Breast cancer awareness month sponsored by employee wellness October is breast cancer awareness month The Employee Wellness team is sponsoring an informational get together at 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 4 in the C. William Stromberg Complex Room 11A. The team will be learning about the facts of breast cancer, self care, how to talk to a doctor and what to expect from a mammogram. Light refreshments will be served to the first 25 guests and there will be a prize drawing.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-10-03, Vol. 78, No. 24|
|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.|