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v- : l- The O O WEBER STATEJJNIVERS1TY . Play time at Weber State University Technology camp See page 4 r r mi ro t I V. II f f JK. 1 mMB- : . n lCLtDO f0 LT oJlOuU ; t ' It Diesel burden WSU buses PHOTO BKICt KtLiH (It ll,iIUM While students cringe at gas costs (above), according to wildcat driver Janae Larue ((pictured below) a WSU bus will go through between 20 and 25 gallons of diesel fuel on the average school day. By Jessica Schreifels editor-in-chief I The Signpost ' ; Rising gas prices make everyone cringe even Weber State University. But WSU gas tanks are a lot bigger than the average college student's. While a student may fork over about an extra $30 in gas per fill up since five years ago when gas was about $1.80 a gallon, WSU is spending $320 more a day. Diesel was $1.72 back in 2003. "It begins to add up in a bit of hurry," said Ross LaRue, assistant fleet manager for the shuttle busses at WSU. Like so many people seeing their extra cash being pumped into their gas tank, even WSU is starting to niake some sacrifices to make ends meet and stay within budget. "There are just a tremendous amount of areas where the dramatic amount change in fuel prices is affecting the University," said Norm Tarbox, financial vice president for WSU. "We have to be more careful with travel dollars. The University is making very similar decisions to what consumers are making right now." . But Tarbox said the rise of prices hasn't hit WSU's pocketbook quite yet. All of the rising costs will be reflected more on next year's budget, instead of right now. "It's just barely starting," he said, "We know it's coming." Mike Fletton, WSU fleet manager, said there's not a whole lot WSU can do at this point. .. - "We just have to deal with it with our budget," he said. "It will cause a bit of an increase with the budget." . . But LaRue said WSU will take measures to try to cut the costs of running the buses. ; ; "We are trying to rearrange things so we can be more economical," he said. "But we're trying to make it as minimal as we can." Things they are trying to rearrange include reducing idle time witii the shuttle buses, downsize to smaller buses, and increase the rate for chartering out buses. He said they're also going to realign the routes of die shuttle buses on campus because the Dixon Drive realignment will affect where the shuttle buses used to be going. Whetton said that as of now, they are unsure of exactly what routes the buses will take. . "We're not sure of the routes until Dixon Drive is done," he said. "They are closing 41st Street. We don't know how that'll affect things until we see it." But WSU is at least partly safe from the gouge of gas prices because they have contracts which designate a set price of fuel for the year for the university lawn care and die construction projects. "It takes the profit out of the contractor," said LaRue. "But it will affect die following year's contract." Tarbox said WSU is lucky to have all the construction happening now because they signed the contracts on them before supplies and materials skyrocketed. "Although the contractor is feeling the pinch, it does not change the price that was previously negotiated," Tarbox said. "We're very lucky that all those projects are underway, or we would feel the full of the fuel increase." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. -'.::. ' ' "" m,m N UlXJ' err; -v I : ir 4 t r ; I f; i 1 c PHOTO BRICE KhLSH THE SIGNPOST Fuel theft risks increase as prices peak By Heidi LeBaron news editor I The Signpost After hanging out with her friend for the afternoon, Rebecca Dinsdale approached her car in the Layton Hills Mall parking lot. She found her fuel cover unlocked and gas cap removed. "That's strange," the Weber State University sophomore said, "I usually do keep it covered." The idea of possible being robbed shocked her. Fuel theft incidents rise as gas prices increase. Dinsdale said the alerts she heard in the news made her concerned. "It makes me worried," she said. "I'm paying for gas, not someone else's. Being a college student, it's hard enough to pay for my own gas, not another person. That's just not very cool ... If it were me, I would definitely be stealing gas this summer if it didn't mean I'd be arrested." Around the world, fuel crime continues to grow. Drivers have been reported using false plates at the pump, trying to lift a few liters. Drivers of cars that require diesel fuel endure the brunt of the gas price hike, since they pay more a dollar more than unleaded per gallon. Gas station owners have come up with their own solutions. Sinclair manager Barbara Mcintosh said they converted the whole station into prepay to avoid the problem completely. Now black tape covers the "pay inside" button. "People were really upset at first," Mcintosh said. "Some out-of-towners still get upset, but now most are used to it. Now it's the credit card limits that are the problem." Mcintosh described how she wasn't immune to the hike. She owns a Chevrolet pickup that takes $140 to fill and her credit card limit is $100. "We have to do it in two loads," Mcintosh said. "We're not . thrilled." The impact spread to WSU. Campus police reported some gasoline stolen out of a Hyundai Elantra parked in the Promontory Tower parking lot between Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20 and the case remains under investigation. WSU police Sergeant James Wagner advised students to park in well-lit areas and find a lockable fuel cover to prevent thieves from siphoning fuel. "Anything that deters them is likely to help," Wagner said. "As with anything that locks, if someone is determined to get through, they usually can. However, those looking for a quick easy target won't usually mess with it." Dinsdale said she sympathizes with those desperate enough to steal fuel. "It takes me $40 to fill my tank halfway," she said. "I remember when it was $30 to fill it the whole way. It's unfair to the public. Traveling for people is a have-to. We can't go around on bikes and stuff. These prices have to come down." ' Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. Nous in Brief New director of Use Office of Sponsorted Projects named Melvin Carr has been appointed as the new Director of Sponsored Projects. Carr recently served as the Associate Director in the Office of Research and Creative Activities at Brigham Young University. Carr has a BA in Spanish, a master's degree in business management and is currently working on the completion of a dissertation for a PhD in Education Leadership and Foundations. OttReach science in the Parks program begins summer tour 10 ! From June 23 dirough Aug. 1, the Science in the Parks will visit six Ogden-area parks, and hold interactive science activities from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each weekday except holidays. Schedule: Lorin Farr Park (June 23-27), Liberty Park (June 30-7uly'3), Marshall White Park (July 7-11), Monroe Park (July 14-18), Jaycee Park (July 21-23), and 4th Street Park (July 28-Aug.l). Planned activities include making musical instruments, playing with soap bubbles, and building objects with magnets. Themes vary from day to day. All activities are are hands-on and playful, while introducing them to basic scientific concepts. Signpost staff sponsors summer blood drive During summer, only 3 percent of people are willing to donate blood, while the need for blood is higher because of increased accidents in summer months. The Signpost will be hosting a blood drive on July 14 in Ballroom C from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and help save a life this summer. Contact Georgia Edwards to sign up at 626-7974. CO mmmm m DlKO n dnv e going m circles 0 i i ix v Round-abouts slated for entrances PIIOIO BKK L KLLit 1 It il'0.s 1 Summer semester traffic, including UTA buses, struggles to navagate the Dixon Drive construction project at the west border of WSU campus. The finished project plans to include two traffic circles at the Harrison Blvd. entrances. By Scott Chamberlin sr. reporter I The Signpost The commute to Weber State University usually involves a drive down Dixon Drive. But the road is torn to shreds at the moment and people are wondering if there will remain only one entrance to WSU campus permanently. "Freakin' ridiculous," WSU sophomore Jerrica Jordan said in response to the idea. "It is hard enough to get on and off of campus when there are multiple entrances." Lisa Down of the Utah Transit Authority said the bus system is coping with the problem. "UTA has had to stop using the bus stop that is located on Dixon Drive all together," Down said, " yet will continue to Dick ud students at die Edvalson street stops." These stops are located west of the Institute building, outside of the north entrance of the Wattis Business building and next to Lind Lecture Hall. Modifications to the most busy streets are often essential as population grows in an area, 1-15 being a prime example. Every year, more students enroll at WSU, filling up the already beyond-full campus parking lots and streets. A series of round-a-bout circles with traffic signal lights will replace the old Dixon Drive to filter traffic in and out ofWSU campus. The popular European solution to cluttered intersections will be used. They are planned for east of the 3850 South and 3950 South entrances along Harrison Blvd. The new traffic pattern and signal system should help the bottlenecking of traffic at the intersection of Dixon Drive and 4100 south. Kevin Hanson, assistant vice president of facilities for WSU has taken part in the planning of the Dixon Drive realignment. "The UDOT and campus expectations are that the road construction should be completed mid to late August," Hanson said, "and should have no affect on commuters for the fall semester." Hanson said the construction was a decision made by UDOT and Ogden City because the previous traffic pattern did not support sufficient traffic stacking at the lights. As for now, parking along I larrison Blvd. should remain normal and people planning on parking in the Al, A10, W6, and Pay Lot will have to use a few detours in order to get to their destination. Pedestrians entering WSU will have to use the Edvalson and 4100 South entrances as there Dixon Drive construction will not permit any pedestrian traffic to cross the construction zone. The Information booth, normally located at the main entrance of campus, will temporarily be located at the mouth of Edvalson as well as at the Parking Services building (Annex 5). The total project cost of the Dixon Drive realignment, $342,900.00, has been granted from state capital improvement funds and the rest of the project is paid for from federal funding, which include a new irrigation system for the property surrounding the streets. Once completed, there will finally be more than one entrance to campus. Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-06-24, Vol. 79, No. 3|
|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.|