Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-09-081
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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY Wildcat football in Waikiki See page 4 m bignpos p3, , l?e) Students help clean up local nature center By Devin Masters correspondent I The Signpost A small group of Weber State University students went to the Ogden Nature Center Saturday morning to participate in a service project. Students spent the morning weeding flowerbeds, spreading bark chips, and painting picnic tables and benches. Jason Loveless, Service Chairperson for WSU's Honors Program, planned the event. "I was just thinking about different places around Ogden that we could do service at," Loveless said. "I wanted us to have a variety of options for what we were going to do and the nature center appealed to me." Loveless , a WSU senior majoring in athletic therapy, also said he liked the setting and atmosphere that the nature center presented. Jenny Frame, the volunteer coordinator at the Nature Pedestrians under pressure Campus contruction plans for Dixon drive lack in walking access areas By Eric Turner correspondent I The Signpost Nursing program junior Lori Burgett looks over her shoulder as she walks north along the west side of Dixon Drive every morning. She watches traffic and waits for that perfect moment to cross the road. "My perfect moment this morning," Burgett said, "was when I saw a truck coming from one direction and a car coming from the other direction but thought I can beat them across." . Burgett is only one of the many 'students who risk their safety by crossing Dixon Drive and the other roads around Weber State University. ! With only minutes until class starts, dozens of students who park on the outskirts of campus or walk to school look left, then right and then jog across the busy streets. ; Meanwhile, dozens of other students who are driving on the same roads tunnel their vision and stomp on the gas as they hope to find parking spaces close to their first class. The result is a dilemma where pedestrians must decide between two choices: walk sometimes a quarter-mile to the nearest crosswalk or risk their safety by jaywalking. Freshman Leilani Child said she usually chooses the second tactic. "You just have to watch until you have a break," Child said, "and then you take a deep breath and run for it." Freshman Giovanni Espinoza, on the other hand, said he wants to use the crosswalk whenever he can. Espinoza said he tries to come to school at least 30 minutes before class starts so that he can park at Smith's and walk a half-mile to use the only crosswalk across Dixon, located by the 1 s 7 Pedestrians on campus have limited options, such as the crosswalk on the north end of campus, for crossing Dixon Drive. Sift ilCom DMBDira north-side roundabout. Despite the scarcity of crosswalks and sidewalks, pedestrian-vehicle crashes have been an infrequent occurrence on campus in the past. Sergeant Jim Wagner of the Weber State Police Department said the department takes a proactive . approach . toward . ensuring pedestrian safety. "Officers who are on patrol will stop and educate drivers who violate crosswalk traffic laws," Wagner said. He also said that the officers do extra patrols in the roundabout and crosswalk areas to slow down traffic. Wagner said that the department's proactive approach has been highly effective in the past. The last reported incident of a pedestrian-vehicle crash was in November 2006. However, he was unsure about how the new roundabouts would affect pedestrian safety. Burgett said that she thinks the distance between crosswalks is a result of poor safety planning. Bryan Dorsey, a Regional and Urban Planning professor in the geography department, said he agrees. "Roundabouts are effective at improving traffic flow," Dorsey said, "but they are problematic for pedestrian and bicycle safety." As an avid bicyclist, Dorsey has noticed an increased hazard for pedestrian and bicycle traffic on the residential roads north of campus since the installation of the two roundabouts. Dorsey said that this problem is compounded by the lack of sidewalks along many of the high-pedestrian traffic roads on and around campus. "University campuses," Dorsey said, "are supposed to be examples of walk-able communities." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. ... :-, 5 a. I'HOIO B ERIC TURNER , it ifCM'Oif Center, said that she was looking forward to having help from WSU students. "We were more than excited to have the Honors students come," Frame said. Frame said the center has had quite a few clubs from WSU help them in the past and Frame praised the students for their volunteer work. "We love Weber State students," she said. "They bring lots of energy and are smart." Frame said that with the Ogden Nature Center's largest fundraiser taking place next Saturday, the assistance came at the perfect time. Loveless said that while he would have liked to have more students come to volunteer, he was pleased with the results. "Those that came out were great," he said, "so it was a success." Denae Hoog, a WSU sophomore majoring in composite elementary and special education, said she enjoyed the time she spent at the service project. "It was really fun painting the benches, weeding, and See Volunteer page 5 v Racers take off from the Dee Event University second annual Race For i Vision for r 1 I J iM! M i Expanding student body, and increasing national recognition among addressed objectives By Heidi LeBaron news editor I The Signpost Weber State University President Ann Millner has a vision for Weber State University's future. At the beginning of the school year, Milner shared those goals at the Vision for 2030 meeting and presented an outline of how WSU will meet the challenges facing a growing university. "We want to stay true to what makes Weber State University 1 ! 1 ri 1 - i i i jw"v i in win i V 7 . A v.- ' W v ' - v - V . ; , ; '""7, 7.. J ' 7 ' ' 77 -..i'S- 7 " ' :t- y:-:--'r' .:' " ; ' 7 - . ' ' ' 7''-. 7" "''--- '--i.w 7, . From left to right: Carli Sitzman, Jessika Aardema, and Jack-lin Ralphs volunteer by weeding and spreading bark at the Ogden Nature center on Saturday. Running for funds s. A 7f f 1 i 11 Center parking lot Saturday for the 5K portion of the Weber State Dylan, a fundraiser for victims of Leukemia and Lymphoma. iOUK(.t: VVfcBtK.tUU special," Millner said, "that we are an exceptional comprehensive university focused on that personalized interaction." WSU has stayed true to that goal so far. Millner said graduate students and alumni often write her to mention the value individualized education had for them and she said t was crucial to preserve. Her plan was broken into several categories, including improving national recognition, research efforts, and environmental interaction and the i rate" PHOTO BV OEVIN MASTERS IHt iCJ03 3 i A -7 , '' VJ if V PHOTO BY CATHERINE MORTIMER I IHt SICNI'UST looking ahead local community. She said the University has shown excellent strides towards these goals since the creation of a short-term planning period (2007-2010)."We've had performing arts, national community service, posters on the hill and national mock trial and ethics bowl, as well as athletics with the Big Sky Presidents' Cup," Millner said. "So we've really had that national recognition in many areas." She also mentioned the success of Olympic athlete and WSU alumni Lindsey Anderson as a remarkable credit to WSU on a national scale, and reported on increased diversity, enrollment retention, and academic publication for the university. But challenges are popping up as the university grows in an unstable economy. A recent national survey said Utah has the youngest population in the United States. Within 20 years, thousands of elementary school students will put pressure on higher education institutions. Millner said that the 2030 WSU student body would likely need to accommodate 26,000 students. Business and economics librarian Ed Hahn said he thought the projection was likely. "I haven't looked at it closely," Hahn said, "but I would say it's a possibility. It would challenging, but I think it could present both Jens in Brief WSU salutes outstanding Alumni Weber State University will honor outstanding alumni for community andcampuscontributions. The WSU Alumni Association is hosting an award ceremony Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballroom during the 39th Annual WSU Salutes program. This year's recipients will include Distinguished Alumnae Jodi L. Smith and Billee K. Petersen; Emeriti Alumni Homecoming Royalty Richard E. and Gloria J. Myers; Vickie L. McCall, recipient of the Emeriti Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award; and Utah Rep. Brad L. Dee and Sens. Dan R. Eastman and Sheldon L. Killpack, who will be honored with the Lewis W. Shurtliff Award for Contributions to Education. WSU faculty diversity fellows announced David Akombo, Julie Buck and Vickki Vickers were formally announced as the first WSU faculty diversity fellows this past week. Diversity Fellows will work with the the Director of Affirmitive Action and Equal Opportunity as well as the Office of the Assistant to the President for Diversity. The Diversity Faculty Fellows are expected to assume a leadership role on the Affirmative Action Advisory Standing Administrative Committee, represent WSU at conferences and diversity-related professional meetings and increase WSU's visibility in diverse community circles. Interested individuals submitted applications near the end of spring term and were officially selected last week. opportunities and challenges to the university." Another challenge facing the university is inflation. The state budget does not allow for swings in die economy. Warren Hill, Dean of the College of Applied Technology and Sciences said a fixed budget could cause problems for colleges with high operations costs. "In the time I've been here its gone up roughly fifty percent," I Iill said. "With 4500-5000 students a year and all of the classes involved with computer literacy, that's a lot of paper and toner. The question is how do you cover those increased operating costs." Hill said, as a labor-intensive service industry, the only probable; solution to covering costs is decreasing amounts available tq salaries. That presents a double bind, which could hamper the teaching capacity in future years. . "This fall we have a ton of sections that are closed," Hill said, "particularly intro classes. How do we cover those classes to allow for increased enrollment? If a student cant take those classes they can't go on. But that's the issue, so we have to figure out how we can cover these operating expenses without affecting everything else to do with the rest of the college." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com'
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-09-08, Vol. 79, No. 14|
|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.|