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n i k v Making sense of Utah's liquor laws See page 4 Tl Weber State University 1 v Ik HE POST sea f min(gy I Weber State University weber edu ... biving lo Weoer Stale Universilv Plannea Giv.nq Hor 5- .f-' . 4a 'J SOUKCl: GIFTS.WhBtR.EDU New site makes giving easier By Devin Masters correspondent I The Signpost Weber State University donors now have an improved resource for information. Updates were recently made to the WSU Web site for planned giving. Don Spainhower, WSU interim executive director of development, said the new Web site helps potential donors gather information on how to donate to WSU. "Those folks who are considering arrangements for a future gift," he said, "can find an abundant amount of information about the various ways to make a planned or deferred gift." The Web site covers various methods of donation, as well as donor stories and available online brochures. Carol Ruden, director of alumnidevelopment services, said she hopes students consider donating to provide for the future ofWSU. "As Weber grows and becomes recognized," Ruden said, "the more people realize you received a good education." She also said she thinks many donations are given by alumni out of loyalty to WSU. Spainhower agreed. "Hopefully," Spainhower said, "students appreciate the quality of education at WSU and want to give back to help other students." Such is the case with Jean Anne Water-stradt, a frequent donor to WSU. "I donate to different places," Water-stradt said, "but Weber State is my favorite because I'm a firm believer in the power of education in a person's life." Waterstradt, who graduated from the former downtown campus of Weber College, said she donates out of a love for WSU. "I loved that little school," she said, "that's why I donate to Weber State." Waterstradt also said she likes helping the community by donating to WSU. "Weber State is the greatest asset to Ogden," she said. "When you support the university, you support the area." The money that comes from donations is used for many purposes, including scholarships, equipment, events, lectures, buildings and college and department needs. Craig Gundy, a retired WSU faculty member and also a donor, said people should realize that they can make a dif ference for students. "Talk to a student who has a scholarship," Gundy said. "A scholarship is what allows some students to get a degree." According to Spainhower, since developing a fundraising campaign during the 1998-99 school year, WSU has averaged more than $12 million per year in donations. Since last July, donations have totaled more than $10 million. According to Spainhower, WSU receives donations from many difference sources, including individuals, corporations, and private and family foundations. "Large gifts usually come from alumni and friends who are middle-age and who are in their highest income years," Spainhower said, "while smaller donations usually come from younger alumni and friends." Waterstadt said the donation process is "very simple" and that the development office has always been helpful with questions. "If you have any questions," Waterstradt said, "just call the development office and they can help you." Ruden said an online donation feature on the Web page is planned to be operational within a year, which would make donating easier for many people. Ruden said she hopes the changes made to the Web site will generate interest with the community and help WSU raise more money from donations. Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. Author logs Lincoln's life Making a mark in history By Molly Bennett editor in chief I The' Signpost When she was six years old in Brooklyn, Doris Kearns Goodwin's father taught her how to keep score of the Dodgers' baseball games. When he would come home from work, Goodwin would recount to her father the events of the entire game. Goodwin, author and historian, said that is when she started to develop her love of history and discovered the power of storytelling. Goodwin's father died when she was in her twenties, but she said their shared love for baseball she sees in her three boys; They have come to know their grandfather through the countless stories she has told. Goodwin's art of storytelling captivated an audience of more than 1,000 people who went to hear her speak about Abraham Lincoln as part of the Davis Reads program, Thursday, March 13. Goodwin is the author of "Team of Rivals," a historical novel about Abraham Lincoln. "I wish she were my history teacher," said speech attendee Jim Blaisdell after the speech. "Most usually put me to sleep." Blaisdell and his wife both love history His wife Cathy, who recently graduated from Weber State University, said it was one of her high school teachers who got her interested in history. WSU alumni Darin and Jen Yeager said they enjoyed the speech. They mentioned how quickly Goodwin covered so much ground of Lincoln's life and death. "I thought I knew a lot about him," Darin Yeager said, "but I didn't." Cathy Blaisdell said she appreciates Lincoln's "lessons for life," and Lincoln's qualities that Goodwin said people should use to judge current presidents. "We should also apply to our personal lives," Blaisdell said. Goodwin said the 2008 presidential candidates have demonstrated strength that comes through trial by lire. Certainly John McCain, she said, has done that alter his war experience. I Hilary (J in ton went hack into the public eye alter the Monica Lewinsky issue to face humiliation.Also, Barack Obama, according to Goodwin, went through a difficult time of life where he was discovering personal identity and questioning whether he was black or white. Just like Lincoln did in his own life, Goodwin said, people now should recognize the president's strengths and weaknesses. She quoted Leo Tolstoy in saying Lincoln was not as great a general as Napoleon, he wasn't as great a statesman as Frederic the Great, but his greatness consisted of the "integrity of his character and the moral fiber of his being." After the speech, WSU President FT Ann Millner said because of Lincoln's significant role in history, "we owe a great debt to him." Although she doesn't consid er herself a history buff, Millner said, "People like Doris make history come alive." After studying his life, Goodwin ' said Lincoln's dream was to be remembered; a dream that was realized after Lincoln's assassination. "Now, he belongs to die ages," said Edwin M. Stanton, Lincoln's secretary of war. Goodwin said while people may not be memorialized in stone, diey have another kind of monument to be remembered by. "The chance for our story to be told will not be realized in a monument in Washington," she said, "but through the memories of our children, our children's children, our friends and our colleagues." Cathy Blaisdell said she agreed that everyone should try and make a difference in people's lives in die future. "If you know history," she said, "you can better take care of your present and future." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. , v I . - , 111 MAI I MASS I Author Doris Kearns Goodwin speaks .lboul her book "Team of Rivals" at the Davis conference ( enter as pari of Davis Reads Program. i .. ; SOURCE: TOM JOHNSON A dancer eats fire for a luau. The non-traditional center hosted a luau on Friday March 14 with Polynenian food, games and dance. Non-traditional luau Center hosts celebration By Alyson Robinett correspondent I The Signpost On Friday, March 14, President of the Pinnacle Honor Society at Weber State University Cindy Johnson, and her committee ofnon-traditional students, organized a Luau for students to enjoy traditional Polynesian food, games and a flame and knife dance show. Students brought families and friends to the Luau for a night of affordable enjoyment."I am a student myself," Johnson said, "and know that money gets tight while attending -college, so 1 wauled to come up with an event that was fun and affordable, lis also fun to have something to do with your family over Spring Break." Students willi ID got in free, guests with students cost $1.00, and all others were charged $.1.00. The first 100 people through the door were given free lei's. The committee! was able to get funds from the university which enabled litem to produce (his event at an affordable cost lor students.While eating a traditional Polynesian dinner consisting of pork, chicken, 1 ice and yams, those in attendance ale their dinner while listening to a presentation on the difference in Polynesian culture in countries such as Fiji, Samoa, Hawaii and Tonga. After dinner, performers from Mohekonokono Polynesian Productions demonstrated dances from different Polynesian islands and invited a few audience members to come on stage and learn how to hula. The performing group was founded more than 20 years ago in Bountiful by Marriam Peliti Mohi-Teo, with the purpose of preserving Polynesian culture among young people of Polynesian descent. Students from all over Northern Utah attend weekly practices and, as they improve, they earn the chance to perform with the traveling group. " I he group performs all over, even in other states," PelitiMohi-Teo said, "we fund raise so that we can travel." The show ended with a true ciowd-pleaser, the Polynesian flame and knife dance. "I don't know how those fire dancers put that fire in their mouth and touch it with their bate hands," said Jessica Thur-gooil, an elementary education major, alter watching the dancers, "it looks painful." Peliti Mohi-Tcn explained that training for the fire dancers is quite extensive. " I hey are not given fire without proper preparation," she said. "First, they start with Sec I u. hi page r Mens in Brief Intemstisnsl students bring wertd to HSU Weber State University invites the community to enjoy a night of dinner and entertainment at the international student banquet, "Bringing the World to WSU," on March 22 at 6 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Building Ballroom. The banquet, which is sponsored by Services for International Students and the International Student Club, allows international students to share their culture with the community. The event concludes International Student Emphasis Week at WSU. The dinner will feature food and dessert from around the world, including Middle Eastern, Asian, European and South American dishes. There also will be musical performances, dancers, a fashion show and cultural presentations, Tickets to the banquet may be purchased at the Shepherd Union Building information booth. The price is $10 for adults if purchased in advance, or $12 at the door. Tickets for children 10- years-old and under may be purchased at the door for $8. For more information, call 801-626-6853. Movie shows tradgedy in Darfur On Wed. April 2 at 7 p.m., the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater will show the film "The Devil Came on Horseback." "The Devil Came on Horseback" exposes the tragedy taking place in Darfur, Sudan, as seen through the eyes of an American witness who has since returned to the U.S. to take action to stop it. Using the exclusive photographs and firsthand testimony of former U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle, "The Devil Came on Horseback" takes the viewer on an emotionally charged journey into the heart of Darfur where an Arab-run government is systematically executing a plan to rid the province of its black African citizens. Textbook taxes repealed The Utah State tax Commission has ' repealed tax on textbooks, providing the bookstore is registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit entity. The tax exemption applies only to textbooks, not other items purchased at a state bookstore. The savings to students across the state is approxam-atciy $4.7 million, or about $60 per student. The exemption does not apply to private universities or for-profit bookstores. Women's studies shows survival movie Thewomen'sstudiesdepart-ment at WSU will feature the movie "View from a Grain of Sand: three women, three wars: stories of survival from Afghanistan" on Monday. March 17. Shot over a tlmr-year period in the refugee camps of northwestern Pakistan and in the wat-torncily of Kabul, thive women's personal stories an- portrayed with' the larger context of international inlet feivnee, war, and the rise of religious fundamentalists in Afghanistan. Contact Lisa Aran jo at (iL'(i-7(vl2 for furtherinformation.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-03-17, Vol. 78, No. 73|
|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.|