Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-09-121
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i WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY Wildcat foolball prc-f j for homecoming See page 6 A; . ... &imMjk.2,jutMjmX...MmJKStt& Id tolrwf5 MfflMl u The(Q A OTLDQSI yw , i . , Mlmir- -"i"!-- v. , I - ; -"V " . . . - . , .. A bottle of Vodka on the counter of a University Village apartment Wednesday on Weber State University Campus. Students appear undaunted by anti-drinking laws and policies By Cina Barker asst. news editor I The Signpost Many underage students complain they can vote, serve jury duty, sign a legal contract, and even enlist in the military, but cannot buy a drink. The 21st birthday is a birthday many college students look forward to because they can drink, bar hop and hit the clubs legally. "Some people go to school so they can party," said Weber State University junior Sam Martineau. "Universities are about education." The legal drinking age in the U.S. has been 21 since 1984, under President Reagan. Before that, individual states could make the call, and in some cases it was as low as 18. Laws were created to lower the number of drunk driving accidents, and, while the policies accomplished their intended purpose, the amount of alcohol-related underage deaths and accidents increased dramatically. All colleges in Utah, except for the private liberal arts school Westminster College in Salt Lake City, are dry campuses. A dry campus prohibits any alcohol consumption on the premises, including within the dorms and at events. At WSU, drinking on, campus is not uncommon. Each year, the WSU Police and Housing Department deal with violators of the policy. In 2006, the police cited 35 offenses. Both wet and dry campuses have to deal with drinking as part of college life. "We usually have a three-strike policy," said Sarah Trescott, the Assistant Director of Housing and Resident Life, "and most often if a student is caught with alcohol on campus we will send them to the II EDA program, which is our drug and alcohol program." I IEDA, or the Health Education Drug and Alcohol Office at WSU, often deals with offenders of the dry campus policies. According to HEDA's Web site, "25.7 percent of WSU students say other students' drinking makes them feel unsafe." At Westminster College, the only wet campus in Utah, students of legal drinking age are allowed to have alcohol in their rooms as long as all the other roommates are at least 21. Underage drinking is strictly prohibited. See Dry page 5 Mens in Brief Jazz Dancer car wash for trasn tumor patient The Utah Jazz Dancers will hold a car wash on Saturday, Sept. 13, at RB's gas station in Clearfield, across the street from Job Corps. The car wash will benefit Marisa Galvan, a senior at Northridge High School who was diagnosed with acoustic neuroma, which is a rare brain tumor located in the back of her head. The money raised from the dancer's car wash will go to Marisa's family to pay for surgery costs. The car wash will start at 10 a.m. and will go to 3 p.m. Wildcats remember WSU remembers Sept. 1 1 By Gentry Reinhart asst. sports editor I The Signpost On the fourth floor of the Weber State University Marriott Allied Health Building on Thursday, a memorial was constructed to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The annual memorial was started by Professor Emeritus Chair Evelyn Draper in 2002, and it has since become a joint project with other departments in the building. "The whole thing has a great deal of meaning," Draper said. "I personally think it's something that we shouldn't forget because there are many people in the country that are still suffering from that day." The Emergency Care and Rescue program and the College of Nursing are just two of the departments on campus with close ties to the rescue efforts in the aftermath of 9 1 1 . "I ran the emergency care and rescue program for years," Draper said. "I had known some of the firefighters in New York who went down. I also know many nurses who went with the Red Cross who helped people that were rescued." Jeff Grunow, chair of the WSU Emergency Care and Rescue Department, is an Air ' Force reservist who was working as a flight nurse in Charlotte, N.C. on that Tuesday morning. Grunow traveled 10 hours to Dayton, Ohio, and arrived at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to a chaotic scene. "We were on threat con Delta," Grunow said. "That's the stuff you usually only see in the movies. I had never seen anything like that in my military career." Grunow was part of the 445th airlift wing and while he was getting the details about his assignment he learned of the death of a pilot he had previously flown with. "I was getting ready to turn away from the desk," Grunow said. "When the lady asked if I was from the 445th, I said 'Yes I am.' She reached over for a little card and read, 'We regret to inform the members of the 445th airlift wing that Lt. Col. Homer was the copilot on United Flight 93 and died in the ensuing attack on the flight deck.' At that point it got personal for me." Grunow also supports and helps with the memorial on the fourth floor along with several other faculty in the building. 911 profoundly affected not only the people of New York City, but had some kind of impact, whether economically, psychologically, or emotionally on people throughout the world. Utah and WSU was no exception. In 2001, Delta Airlines operated a call center on the ground floor of Promontory tower. The office employed more than one hundred students as part of a call center Delta used to service passengers flying domestically. The office gave students unique opportunities for travel and employment with a student job that paid well. In the wake of 911, the call center was permanently closed as part of cost-cutting measures taken by the airline, suddenly leaving students, some with up to five years with the company, jobless. For younger students, such as WSU freshman Branson Duke, that Tuesday in September may be tough to remember. But even younger students have noticed changes during the last seven years regarding issues that arose directly after the attacks. "In a respectful aspect," Duke said, "there are a lot of people even here in Utah that were See September page 5 r m : i 1 ' 1 Jin! i I 17 , : p;i : ijl I i ' ' I j - ' - I 1 n i i si n " ' i I ' :! if .. -1 i g if . pMi I n -f , : r --v - Wt U. KJMIMKLR fJ ' j i nasi: who i.or ' 1 n ! . . u ls... , , 7 II j 1 jS. D I ; wriiosoirinosi: ; V - j who iiw d to mm U ' I Ir " j -'s ' Rescue gear of emergency personnell arranged with flowers and plaques were set up as a memorial on the fourth floor of the Marriot Heath Building. Evelyn Draper started the tradition on the first anniversary of the attacks and has continued to set it up every year since. Hugging group grips Wildcats; tied to 91 1 By Matt Deamer correspondent I The Signpost Students at Weber State University were caught off guard on Wednesday when a group of hugging bandits were seen roaming around campus looking to give anyone a big squeeze. Because of their "free hugs" T-shirts and happy carefree attitudes, these students received a lot of attention. Several people on campus said they wondered why they were being so affectionate to complete strangers. "Anyone can have a free hug that wants it," said WSU student Catey Breckenridge, who was a hugger participating in the event. "It's fun to kind of connect with someone on even the tiniest level." The group chose to celebrate a national hugs day on Sept. 10. "It's the day before September 11th," Breckenridge said, "not a very happy day in our nation. So we just want to uplift everybody and give out as many free hugs as possible." Breckenridge, along with about 15 other students, first heard about the idea from a guest speaker while taking part in the Academy of Leadership for WSU. Guest speaker Kevin Prentice lectured to WSU students about the National Free Hugs campaign as a way to help people feel happier and to help make a positive influence on those around them. Though the hugging campaign originally started out by one man as a small act of kindness, today many people are catching on and it is becoming a huge hit across the nation. "A guy in New York started it just standing on the street with a sign saying, 'free hugs,'" Breckenridge said. "It became widely popular on YouTube and then they made National Free Hugs day on September 10th." See Hugs page 5 ODD (M 9 Wildcats wade through mess of mixed political messages. By Chelsea Archibald correspondent I The Signpost This year's elections seem to be about breaking boundaries and bringing change. Weber State University students are taking it in stride. Casey Mortensen, a WSU senior, said he sees obvious differences in this election, such as a woman vice presidential candidate and a black presidential candidate, as well as more marketing on the web, but he is not certain the political issues have changed. "It seems as if we are still dealing with conservatives and liberals and a few side players," Mortensen said. "Most seem extreme to society." WSU Political Science Professor T.R. Reddy, said he finds most students in Utah tend to lean toward McCain because they are Republican. "My observation is that there is not that much of a change in attitude," Reddy said. "However, there is a difference in the personalities and quite a bit of contrast between McCain and Obama, which makes this election very interesting." Some students tend to shy away from the labels of conservative or liberal; others are changing their voting style. Even a student who served as a Specialist in the U.S. Army, Mark Barlow, a senior at WSU, said she is ready for change. Barlow said she saw a difference in Obama. "My family has always voted Republican," Barlow said, "but I am a strong supporter of Obama. Almost every high level General during the planning and initial push into Iraq has condemned the Bush Administration for its failure to plan for any contingencies." Barlow said she thought the parties are becoming more polarized and are losing the ability to have a rational discussion. "We are also trying to decide if, in the age of sound bites, we can have a real discussion about the problems facing this country," Barlow said. She also said that she thought open communication lead by Obama could benefit society. "I believe we are ready for Obama," Barlow said, "and the general population has the ability to engage the problems we are currently facing." Some WSU students are questioning whether or not change is inevitable. Most are trying not to let either party's fancy words fool them. "I always try to vote for the best candidate regardless of party," Mortensen said. "I don't think its possible for one political party to have all the answers. I'm just looking for the best leader." Reddy said that his class focused on the difference in personalities and differences in policies. "Obama is young, energetic, dynamic, and new in the political scene," Reddy said. "McCain is more experienced and has a Maverick type attitude has been well received at different times. Senator Obama is in line with the traditional Democratic Party and McCain is the same with his party." Reddy saidhethoughtthecentralbattleground states will be the. most important for canditates to consider. . "I think Ohio will be key in the election," Reddy said. "Three out of four states will determine the election. Pennsylvania, Michigan, possibly Wisconsin and Virginia. Obama feels that he can win here and so does McCain, but being a battleground state, it is hard to tell at this point." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-09-12, Vol. 79, No. 16|
|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.|