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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY 1 T1 The 1 v Tearing up Cougar Classic see page 8 ( n r KB see prtge 5 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2006 wsusignpost.com VOLUME 68 ISSUE 87 i ti i till (iv ri i fc 1 11 III! lit w E XI II V V ... J r I j isa mid itolii tepto By Jason Staley managing editor The Signpost Weber State University police arrested and charged a man Monday witli receiving stolen property. The man was charged for having a laptop that was taken from the Shepherd Union Building on March 1. The laptop was checked out at 8 a.m. and never returned. The next day, the WSUPD received a call from the Union Building informing the police of the missing computer. Before a laptop is checked out, the individual checking it out must sign a written contract. "The contract specifies that if you don't return it within a specific time, the case may be turned over to ' the police," said WSUPD officer Rob Taylor. According to Chief of Police Dane LeBlanc, the ; department conducted an extensive investigation. The investigation included many interviews and search warrants, he said. After a long investigation, the leads went dry and the investigation came to a dead end, but then something happened that turned the tide. With the help of SystemsNetwork Management, and especially Nathan Henne, the network security ,. ;. administrator, Taylor was - "1 able to track when the j laptop was being used. "I was tracking his live movements," Taylor said. According to Alan ' Lewis, systems specialist ' for computing support, several types of software make tracking the movement of a computer possible. He said every time a computer connects to the See Laptop page 3 An out-of-classroom experience By Andrea Bean asst. news editor The Signpost This week, six Weber State University students will be collecting nonperishable food items and toiletries for the Ogden Rescue Mission. "The reason for it is just because we realize that everybody donates during the holidays and everything, but a lot of times people don't realize that they need it all year round," said Eben Smith, WSU software engineering junior. The students will be collecting items at the Bell Tower today, tomorrow and Friday. For each item people donate, they will receive one raffle ticket for a drawing Friday evening. WSU community members will have the opportunity to win a video iPod, a paint job from Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting and a pedicure and a massage from Beyond Spa. This service-learning project is part of the Interpersonal and Small Group Communication class taught in the communication department. Several other departments on campus incorporate service learning into the curriculum such as sociology, psychology, criminal justice and the health professions departments, said Colleen Garside, WSU communication instructor. Garside received the Engaged Faculty award from the Utah Campus Compact, a group comprised of representatives See Service page 3 I' PHOTO HYTRICIA CERRARD Hit SIGNPOST Weber State University clinical laboratory science sophomore Ryan Stephenson donates money to Primary Children's Hosptial while WSU clinical laboratory science sophomore Valentine Ghanem plays the piano. Ghanem is participating in a fundraiser started in his English 2010 class based on WSU nursing junior Robert Fares' daughter's battle with cancer. Playing for a cause Students raise funds for Primary Children's Hospital cancer research By Cory Duclos news editor The Signpost A family tragedy has lead to a campus-wide fundraiser for Primary Children's Hospital. Several months ago, Weber State University nursing junior Robert Fares' daughter Lexis had an unusual swelling in her stomach. Robert, relying on his anatomy education, decided to take Lexis into the emergency room. It turned out Lexis had ovarian cancer. After the initial shock, Robert said things got worse. "Our life came to a screeching halt when they discovered a tumor," Robert said. "We then drove down to Primary Children's Hospital and the news kept on getting worse and worse and worse. Within a week or so we then got the diagnosis, 'It's not just a tumor but it's a stage two cancer.' A week later, 'It's now a stage three cancer,' meaning that it metastasized to different parts of her body." See Fundraiser page 3 Weight winds up career By Jason Staley managing editor The Signpost Whea Toni Weight first came to Weber State University, it was only a two-year college. It was the first year the school was at the current campus; the only buildings were Buildings 1 through 4 and the stadium, and she was only a student. Now she is retiring after 35 years of being an administrator. "One of the reasons I am so comfortable at Weber is because it has a very close interest in students and commitment to students," Weight said. "We - are not a research university, I hope we never are; we're not dedicated to graduate students, we are dedicated to students doing their undergraduate work and trying to prepare them in the very best way possible." According to Bonnie Van Cleave, WSU administrative specialist for vice president of student affairs, Weight has always had a commitment to the students. Van Cleave said she became familiar with Weight in 1994 because of the things she did and had done for students. In 1997, Van Cleave and Weight started working in the same office. "Her concern for the student is unbridled," Van Cleave said. "Her concern for people, her colleagues, is the same way." While working for student affairs, she was instrumental in establishing several programs. She helped establish Services for Women's Students, Services for Multicultural Students and the Crystal Crest Awards. Arnong other accomplishments, Weight ranks establishing Women's Students, Services for Multicultural Students and the Crystal Crest Awards as being some of her greatest accomplishments, 4J cl SOUKLt: SIOUtNl AFFAIRS OFFK E Interim Vice President of Student Affairs Toni Weight will be retiring this year. Janet C. Winniford will fill her post. but she does not take all of the credit. Weight said if one were to take a step back and look at her role as a whole, she was a part of the team that made student services what it is now. While at WSU, Weight was a member of several teams. When she returned to WSU after finishing college at Utah State University and graduate school in Texas, she started as the advisor for women's studies. After six months, she became the director of the counseling center. "I had only been here about six months and the director of the counseling center quit, so they asked me to do that," Weight said. "So I had kind of split appointments, I was still doing the other and the director of the counseling center." After the counseling center, she became the associate dean of students, then the dean of student development, then the dean of resource management. Under Anand Dyal-Chand she became associate vice president of student affairs. After Dyal-Chand left, she was the interim vice president of student affairs and the associate vice president. Once Janet Winniford was hired as vice president of student affairs, Weight returned to her associate vice president job. "During some of that period while I was acting vice president, I was the also the coordinator of the women's center," Weight said. "A lot of the times I had dual appointments." Karleton Munn, WSU Student Association chief of staff, said Weight has definitely earned her retirement, especially with her working in two roles for the last two years. Because of her experience, Munn said WSU will be at a loss for a while. "Her excitement with students, the university is going to be at a major loss," Munn said. "I don't think anybody can foresee how much loss it will be, because she has been here for so long; when you think of student affairs you think of Toni Weight." In the meantime, Weight is not sure what she is going to do while in retirement. Her husband is also retiring as a teacher in the Weber County See Weight page 3 Student senate meets for last time this semester By Bruce Davis sr. news reporter The Signpost The Weber State University Student Association Student Senate held its final meeting of the school year Monday. College of Applied Science and Technology Senator Christopher Lim's BS06-12, which would reword the duties of the senators, passed. "This would clarify the role of a senator in the senate," I.im said. Senator Urn said many constituents aren't aware of what exactly their senator is supposed to do. Lim's bill will change the language in the bylaws to explicitly state a senator's duties and what students can expect from their representatives. In that hill, I.im also proposed changing the number of votes by which a bill needs to he passed. Currently, legislation needs to pass by a two-thirds vole, or at least 12 senators. I.im proposed a majority rule vote, needing 10 of the 19 senators to rule in favor. "Taking away the two-thirds of voting takes away the minority voice of voting," said Nonlraditional Students Senator James West, who supported the hill in general, just not that amendment. After some debate, the bill was amended to stay as a two-thirds vote instead of a majority rule. The bill was passed with 15 votes. Eliminating senate seats Native American Students Senator Dustin Shoemake presented a bill that passed to reword previous legislation that would eliminate a senate seat. Last semester, a bill was passed that would eliminate a senate seat if for two years in a row no one ran for the position. Shoemake's bill requires instead that the seat be unfilled for at least 75 percent of the school year for two consecutive years, allowing for the scat to be filled by an appointed student. Reduction of appeals process Senator Matt Johnson's BS06-10 bill discussing the supreme court's appeals process time limit, which was currently three days, was voted on and passed unanimously and was amended to two days instead of three days. End-of-year business During the senate meeting, senators talked about the annual committee reports WSU students had parlieipatec! in the committees where student affairs, Academic Affairs, Internal Affairs, anil Campus and Community. Senators of each committee hriellv described some of the problems students were having with WSU services and the good things about WSU this school year. The 2006 Student Association Election Report prepared by Election Committee Chairwoman Christy Butler was presented during die meeting. The report also included election statistics and expenses of each of the candidates and voting results. During die primaries, only 4.65 percent of the eligible voting population voted, while in the final elections only 7.37 percent voted. Last year's final elections yielded a turnout of 8.58 percent. Compared to last year's 49 applied candidates, only 38 students applied to run in this election season. Butler also reported the amounts each candidate spent. Of those elected, one person spent $754; another spent $50. Butler said a positive in the report was that the announcement party for the elected officers at the University Village was a great success. During the Senate meeting, Legislative Vice-President Chris Russell introduced Chris Ross, Business and Economics Senator, as Senator of the spring semester and Andrea Guff, Davis Campus Senator, as the Senator of the Year. Ynti (,) reari reporter Bruce Davis hy (.illing (J(-7( rr. ; ... , n , , - Jr- - ' " T-" : " " """ n ic mi m uric I M i sin ml vi i BISl lonors Senator Brad Wahlstrom looks over the election report as Legislative Vice President Chris Russell and Elections Committee C hairwoman Christy Butler report on the final election results. The student senate met Monday for the last time this semester.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-04-19, Vol. 68, No. 87|
|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.|