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A; . nn . , s I 3 "TT -77- Tl "1 rl Weber State University Crossing over See page 4 V -r V !Um ,.,., " . . 0 Student numbers By Gina Barker sr. news reporter I The Signpost Weber State University's enrollment in die 2007-08 school year is following the Board of Regents' projected trend similar to nearly all of Utah's state institutions. Since 2003, WSU has seen a decline in student enrollment, not as a result of raised tuitions or lack of programs, but because enrollment is in decline state-wide (excluding smaller schools like Snow College) simply because there aren't as many graduating seniors. Even with die steady decline over die last two to three years, diere are expectations for Weber State, as well as die otiier state colleges, to dramatically increase enrollment as we move into the upcoming decade. 5 ! Tibetans Chinese ws 0 i Mo Vb M ! WW I l II J , j ; j ' f . - 'r ' ;.. Threats of Olympic boycott loom By Jestina Clayton sr. news reporter I Tlie Signpost With claims that more than 120 people are dead, and accusations that the Chinese government is dealing harsher punishments to protestors, the international community has remained reluctant to deal directly with China to bring an end to the Tibetan conflict. On March 14, Tibetan protestors demanding self-governance clashed with police officers. Exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai l.ama, who lives in India, has advocated -die use of non-violcnl protests to appeal to the Chinese government in hopes of establishing autonomy in Tibet. However, the conflict has persisted wilh accusations of China violently crushing protests and imprisoning many Tibetans, including religious monks. While there has been some international outcry against the violence, human rights organizations have called lor tougher action against China. oiroilmeot fl down at major Utah universities According to College Board studies, from 1987 to 2002 die total enrollment of students jumped from roughly 22,000 to more than 30,000 high school graduates in Utah alone. The dramatic increase of students in die college market coordinates with the expected leap in number of college students in the near future. WSU's enrollment numbers have risen since 1987 from 12,002 students, to its peak in 2003 at 18,498 students. Over the last few years WSU has seen a "trough" period in student decline. For this school year, Weber State had a total of 18,081 students enroll, a decrease from 2003 's 18,498. But a College Board study projected 38,877 seniors graduating by the year 2017, leaving a large new market of in-state students for WSU protest rule Nancy Haanstad, a political science professor at Weber State University, said diplomacy and pressure from non-governmental organizations might be one option that the international community has in order to end the violence in Tibet. Haanstad, who teaches international politics, said (he world cannot afford to antagonize China since it produces goods and services that are utilized worldwide. She also said China is not only a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, but a "powerhouse" in Asia and across the world. Because of this, world leaders have been reluctant to take a strong position on the Tibetan crisis. "If there is a far more violent crackdown beyond the level we have seen however," Haanstad said, "thai could change things." In an interview wilh BBC News, U.S. Secretary olSlateCondolce..a Hice said: "We urge China to respect the fundamental and universally recognized right of all of its citizens to peacefully express their political and religious views, and we call on China to release monks and others who have been detained solely for the peaceful exnression o( their views." to obtain. "Tuition is one of several inputs to our budget process each year," said Vice President of Student Administration Norman Tarbox. "Tuition decline would slow growth, but we have not made any departmental cuts." Tarbox said that while tuition intake is decreased, it has not affected die university in any harmful way. Even with the declining enrollment, WSU is still growing as an institution, adding more buildings, classes and graduate programs to students. "Have we reduced the number of sections at Weber? The answer is no," Tarbox said. The marketing department is See Numbers page 5 w 1 ' Tv - W ' S Jl 'Kl I ASM Jl IAI I I ) I'KI YS Tibetan exiles chant prayers as they participate in a candle-lit vigil in Dharmsala, India. Kealon Cerard, a WSU freshman, said he agrees with Hice that China should respect the rights of its citizens. "I personally think that our government should intervene," Cerard said, "not militarily of course, but using diplomacy to end the violence," In addition, the governments of Britain, France, Austria and Belgium have said they would boycott the opening session of the Olympic (lames if China does not hall the violence against Tibetans. Meanwhile, member stales of (he European Union will meet this Friday to adopt a common policy regarding (he crisis in Tibet. On die other hand, Jacques Kogge, the president of the International Olympic Cm 1 1 mil lee, has said a boycolt may not end the violence in Tibet, bill it could "hurt" tin? athleles. Sec libel page r Sows tends vSrii-i s-Ltvji my list tv 2003 18,821 2004 18,498 2005 18,142 2006 18,303 2007 18,081 (P- - ' - ' ' ' i - i u ' 1 ; -A-- 1 n -: - ' ' - - . t r 7 ! 1 r. i , JJ . 1 i Weber Stale University ROTC held their Spring Navigation Lab for cadets on Thursday. Cadets and WSU faculty took flight in the Blatkhawk helicopters. Faculty senate passes enviromental initiative By Molly Bennett editor-in-chief I The Signpost Interest in the Faculty Senate ineetingThuisdaywasforchanges to come. Announced were the newly elected Senate Chair David I 'ei ro from the Computer Science Department and Diine Beighout from the Chemistry Department as vice chair. The two men will lake Iheir positions starting next school year. A major focus of the meeting was the environmental resolution proposed by the WSU Student Association. The WSUSA is moving toword decreasing carbon emissions on WSU campus. The Carbon Emissions Reduction Initiative! identifies ways campus has and will reduce electrical consumption, carbon dioxide and natural gas. Planned projects to be completed in the next (wo years should save 2,.r)t!.r),.r.72 KWI I of electricity annually. The Senate voted to support and endorse (he Environmental issues resolution as passed by the student senate, thai student senator ohn I lill sponsored. "The purpose of (he resolution was lo build a base of support," said I lal Ci immel who is pai l of the Ad hoc Environmental Issues ( iommiltee. Fl H )lu Hi MA11 CLASS Olt .vi.At.) VicePresidentofAdministrative Services Norm Tarbox said die project identifies dozens of places on campus where energy can be saved. "From the efficiency of our chilled water distribution to turning off lights when no one is in a room automatically," Tarbox said. lie said with die money saved through the energy saving initiative, projects will pay for themselves. "We won't have to ask for money from the stale or school," Unbox said. "We capture the savings and reinvest to make the campus even more efficient." . Professor )ohn Sohl from the Physics Department voiced an environmental issue that requires more thought for the WSUSA. Senate members laughed as Sohl told how he was almost ticketed for riding his bike on a campus sidewalk by a WSU police ol'licer, who was also on a bike. "The bicycle racks are cleverly located and accessed by going down the sidewalks," Sohl said. In addressing the issue. Tarbox said (here is a "tug and pull." "We do want to keep our sidewalks safe," 'Tarbox said. '.'We strongly encourage people riding Iheir bikes to campus. " See I acuity page r Mens in Brief WSU commemorates the holocaust A series of presentations and discussions have been planned for the 2008 Holocaust Commemoration. The discussions will be examining how art reflects, depicts and draws attention to the atrocities of genocide. This year's commemoration, "Art as a Mirror," will feature presentations by Sharon Siskin, an artist, and Donald Byrd, a choreographer and director. There will also be a screening of the film, "The Devil Came on Horseback," and a discussion of the book "Maus." WSU English professor and Honors Director Judy Elsley and Visual Arts professor Angelika Pagel will lead the discussion. All four presentations are free to the public. The events will be held April 2, 3, 7 and 9. Snusdrcnrr.snftsrs trains for death march Six members of Hill Air Force Base 75th Security Forces Squadron have been training since December to run in the 19lh annual Bataan Memorial Death March marathon at the White Sands Missile Range in Las Cruces, N.M. The memorial march was started in 1989 by the Army ROTC Department at New Mexico State University. More than 70,000 soldiers were tortured in the march to the prison camp in 1942 and somewhere between 6,000 and 11,000 soldiers died. The marathon Sunday will require participants to dress in full military gear and carry a 35-pound rucksack. President cf Cixie Ststa resigns ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP)-Lee Caldwell resigned as president of Dixie State College, and the former president of Weber State University will take over. Caldwell was president of the St. George campus for nearly three years. The State Board of Regents says Stephen Nadauld will be president on an interim basis. In a statement Thursday, Caldwell didn't explain why he quit. He was vice president of academics at Dixie State before becoming president in July 2005. Nadauld, a professor at Brigham Young University, has a long career in higher education. r.'.siMSe school evacuated WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) - A middle school was evacuated after an anonymous caller heard reports of a man with a gun in the parking lot. Officials sav West Jordan Middle School's 1,000 students were sent home early Thursday afternoon as a precaution. Jordan School District spokesman Michael Kelley says officials veix working with police to determine whether the story was a hoax. Police weiv searching the school. West Ionian police could not immediately be reached for comment. t Wasatch County schools weiv evacuated Wednesday after someone called wilh a bomb tlnvat. No bomb was found.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-03-28, Vol. 78, No. 78|
|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.|