Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-03-051
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Nursin f.K.CS double; whammy See pdge 4 m3 1 ' Wkber State University r 1 I TT TTTT 1 GNPOST n n n u n WSIGTOOG3 Marshall Thompson, an Iraqi war veteran, speaks about the ills of war at the Weber State University Wildcat Theater on Monday. The WSU Amnesty International chapter sponsored the event. By Jestina Clayton sr. news reporter I The Signpost Marshall Thompson, an Iraq War veteran who now calls himself a peace activist, told some 40 people in the Weber State University Wildcat Theater on Monday, March 3 that America should be held accountable for war crimes. Thompson's speech was the first in a series of events organized by the WSU chapter of Amnesty International as part of its "America I Believe in" week to emphasize the importance of honoring the human rights of all individuals. By Becky Rigby sr. news reporter I The Signpost It is elections time again for student leadership at Weber State, but once again there is a lack of candidates. Adrienne M. Gillespie, WSU Coordinator of Diversity and Student Programs, said she thinks many students do not apply for student government because they do not realize the value of their participation as well as the importance of their voice on campus. "Our students lead complicated lives that often involve work outside of the school environment in addition to family responsibilities," Gillespie said. "This leaves little time for homework and extracurricular activities." Student leaders are able to help develop and train v V r t While in Iraq, Thompson said he ran a newspaper for about 30,000 United States troops, geared toward community building. He said his commander often censored his articles. "It was hard to write an article and have my commander cut stuff out," Thompson said, "mainly because the troops knew what happened to them. Stuff like that leads to loss of credibility and cheapens the sacrifice of the troops." Thompson said he believes the Iraq War is "fundamentally wrong." He said Americans need to discuss why the war is wrong, or the country will repeat the others on their committees. Cody Jones is a graduate intern for the Department of Student Involvement and Leadership and was the WSU Student Body President in 2004 "I also think a big challenge we face in getting students to run," Jones said, "is simply getting the word out that these positions are available and also the advantages of being a student officer. "Some of the biggest benefits I gained were a lot of great friendships and a lot of good contacts both here at Weber and from the community. I gained crucial leadership, communication, marketing and organization skills. I learned much about lobbying, how WSU functions, See Election page 5 iiy outgo sksilowuil PHUIU BY BKICE KELSLH I Ht SKMFUI S same mistake. "We should have learned from Vietnam," Thompson said. Thompson also said America should be held responsible for war crimes because the Iraq War is a war of aggression. "A war is justified if you're attacked first no preemptive strikes," Thompson said. Thompson said it is about time America should consider withdrawing from Iraq and allow the Iraqis to govern themselves. "We really need a plan for responsible troop withdrawal," Thompson said. "The Pentagon doesn't currently have one." He said the United States Discussion Leader orrnon group Outsiders want affirmation By Kellen McAffee sr. news reporter I The Signpost The Utah support group Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons requested a meeting with Latter-day Saint Church President Thomas S. Monson in a February letter to the LDS church. The letter called for better relations and counseling for "members who are homosexual." Duane Jennings, president of the Utah chapter of "Affirmation," said the letter was an "olive branch." Jennings said he does not expect to actually meet with Monson. Affirmation was started in 1977 and has chapters throughout the country and worldwide. "We have engaged every president since our inception and haven't received a response yet," Jennings said. "We've gotten support from church social services for many years. "... Homosexuals need a place that is family-centered. Many Affirmation members are in monogamous relationships with children either adopted or from previous marriages. People just want to be part of the religious lifestyle they grew up with." Former soldier says Iraq war is wrong could start by withdrawing some of its troops and observe the level of violence. Depending on how well the Iraqis are governing and protecting themselves, Thompson said America could eventually withdraw most, if not all of its troops. Ann Western, a WSU senior, said she agreed with Thompson that withdrawal from Iraq is the logical approach. "We've accomplished our mission," Western said. "It's time we left." Western said that although withdrawal should be methodical, she believes the time is right for America to allow Iraqis to step up and take care of themselves. In addition, Thompson said Iraq could benefit from "A war is justified if you're attacked first no preemptive strikes." Marshall Thompson, activist federalism, such as what America practices. He said Iraq could be divided along tribal lines wherein each region would govern itself but would also be subject to a central government. Thompson said America should rely less on its military and more on building friendly relations with other countries because that would allow Washington to subtly and efficiently make changes in the international community. Thompson said that because he ended his contract with the Army Reserve, he has been working to increase the awareness of Americans, particularly young people, about the Iraq War and offer some possible solutions to ending the conflict. of gaylesbian In part, the letter was sent to open dialogue, because according to Jennings, many of Affirmation's members have strong ties to religion. "When people get estranged from their church and their families," Jennings said, "sometimes it destroys them." Samantha Hyde, Weber State University Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Vice president said she doesn't think the group will have any luck meeting with Monson, but that "every stand counts." Hyde agreed with Jennings. She said it's easier to be gay at WSU then other Universities in the state. "At BYU students can't even have a Gay Straight Alliance," Jennings said, "otherwise they can be expelled from school." Hyde said she knows some, but not many, people at WSU who were raised Mormon and are openly gay. WSU theater graduate Brett Palmer described himself as "queer." Palmer grew up in an LDS family who struggled with his lifestyle. He now works with Cirque de Soleil in Las Vegas, an entertainment empire based in Quebec that puts on such shows as "Zumanity" and "O." "More than anything my "He is not just a critic speaking from a different lifestyle," said Nancy Haanstad of the WSU Political Science Department who is also the adviser for the WSU chapter of Amnesty International. "He served his country. "Even if we disagree, the question remains what next? Should we create a permanent base or withdraw?" Ryan Jessen, co-chair of the WSU chapter of Amnesty International, said the "America I Believe in" week is geared toward helping students voice what they think America should be. "It's time for students to say what they think America should be," Jessen said, "and stand up for their America." Thompson said the United States was created on several "major beliefs," such as "we believe that all men are created equal." He said the founding fathers of America didn't fully grasp the meaning of such a statement because they still had slaves and did not grant civil rights to women. However, he said America has continued to make progress. Thompson said a year and a half ago he marched across Utah to protest the Iraq War. He said his walk across Utah was made into a documentary, which will be shown in the Wildcat Theater this Saturday, March 8 at 4 p.m. Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. speaks SOUKCb: AI-HKMAIKJN.OKG Duane Jennings family didn't want things to be difficult for me," Palmer said. In response to Affirmation's letter, Palmer said, "It comes down to fundamental beliefs. They could work for more tolerance, but no matter what we're less human. Organized religion in general gives justification for prejudice." Palmer said he wouldn't want to continue a relationship with an organization that doesn't approve of him. "On the other hand," Palmer said, "being raised Mormon, it is part of who I am." Rachel Cox, a WSU student who said she is "straight and Mormon," said, "Everything See Affirm page 5 liens in Brief Brain awareness during snring break WSU students in the psychology department will join the Society for Neuroscience to celebrate "Brain Awareness" during Spring Break. Starting March 10 through the 16, volunteer students from WSU will visit junior high schools and elementary schools along the greater Salt Lake area to educate children about how their brains and nervous systems function. Kimberlee Taylor, who is one of the volunteer students from the psychology department, said her team would also be working in concert with students from the University of Utah to teach children about how to keep their brains healthy. Taylor said volunteers would show graphics about the human brain and dissect the brain of a sheep to demonstrate the similarities that exist between the brains of humans and other animals. Further, Taylor said they will also have a model of the human eye to help explain its functions. "We will also be talking about optical illusions," Taylor said, "which are also very fun." WSU employees win awards Weber State University professor and chair ofWSU's Department of Health Science Marie Kctter, as well as John Knight, recently retired executive director of student life, are the recipients of the WSU Alumni Association's 2008 H. Aldous Dixon Awards. Both began teaching at WSU 35 years ago and both have made outstanding contributions to students, faculty and staff. They will be honored at a luncheon on March 18 at noon in the Shepherd Union Ballroom. The H. Aldous Dixon Awards, named in memory of the former Weber College president, have been presented by the WSU Alumni Association annually since 1970. The award is given to faculty and staff members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to support students and to demonstrate careers of excellence. Dixon was president of Weber College from 1919 to 1920, and 1937 to 1953. Drill alarms visiters, students Afire alarm on Monday at the Union Building caused a massive evacuation. The building was host to the Utah History Fair, which featured hundreds of elementary school children. The alarm interrupted some presentations, and forced the participants and staff to leave, along with hundreds of WSU students, during peek lunch hours. The cause of the alarm was believed to be smoke from the kitchen, which reached a detector. After about ten minutes the building was reopened.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-03-05, Vol. 78, No. 71|
|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.|