Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-12-031
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v. f '"1 D .1 in t h r eber State University A; :U 1 . U,e A lawyer See page 4 ' i t),,U . :) : Christmas show entertains, edifies r HE I I I t 1 II I I Is m 1 1 rv-- By Shirrel Cooper asst. news editor I The Signpost For most students at Weber State University, the last week of school is devoted to final papers, final tests and preparing for finals week. But for over 200 of these students, it's a time to prepare for a show ushering in the holiday season. For 30 years, the Ogden LDS Institute has been putting on a Christmas show for the community to help students, friends and family get into the Christmas season. For each of these students, the stresses of the last weeks of school get overlooked while trying to create an experience audience members will remember throughout December. The annual Christmas show features the coming together of actors, dancers and singers to create a Christmas event that is unlike other holiday concerts. "The show is patterned after the 1960s variety show," said Jerry Simon, one of the show's music directors. The show combines all different aspects of performing. "This show fills a niche in family entertainment," Simon said. "It's entertainment that not only entertains, but also edifies." This year's show, " Witnesses of His Birth," features four students who are given the challenge of finding witnesses of Christ's birth. As the show progresses, each student finds it in a different place. Tfje show is peppered with Christmas songs performed by the audition-based choir, as well as the non-auditioned choir. J Richard Maxfield, a choir member, is preparing to perform in his second Ogden LDS Institute show and enjoys participating because he not only gets to be involved in a choir, but he also gets to spend time with his friends. "I just enjoy singing," Maxfield said. "Music has always been a part of my life." As the show draws nearer, he wants people to realize how much time is being put on behind the scenes to make sure the show is up to par. "People don't recognize what goes into making a show, all of the sacrifices students make to show the importance of the true meaning See Institute page 9 Ogden LDS Institute Christmas show. The dancers and actors. PHUIOB1 JlANtlllBAKiUO !lLMnl folk dancers rehearse for the annual event featured singers, Santa Claus comes to town ... on skates By Jestina Clayton sr. news reporter I The Signpost Santa Clause had an ice skating date with Weber State University students and their families at the Weber Ice Sheet on Saturday. WSU Vice President of Events, Angela Perkins and her committee members put together an Ice Skating with Santa Event for WSU students who would become even more stressed as finals week approaches. More than 150 people attended the event. Perkins said she was pleased with the turnout, and not just because a lot of students and their families attended. Unlike the Halloween event in October when she had to call on friends to help out because her committee members were "absent," Perkins! said all r.'hw helpers are accounted for this time. "This place is full. It's just nice to see everyone enjoy themselves," .Perkins said. Perkins said she began planning the Ice Skating with Santa event in May this year. "Last November, when I called in to book this place, there was no opening," she said. As a result, Perkins said she planned this year's events early. "I wanted to have the skating event early in December because there are not as many family parties to attend as there would later on in the month," Perkins said. Students who read the events posters around campus last week understood that diey had to pay a $2 fee to rent skates. However, skates were given free of charge to everyone who attended. "It's an early Christmas gift for everyone," Perkins said. Ice-skating with Santa is another early gift. Perkins said when she was shopping for Santa, she wanted someone with "ice-skating skills." A WSU alumnus, who must not be named, volunteered for the job. He said he volunteered because he wanted to give back to the school. On. ... IuesjaxJind . ..Wednesday.. this week,' the'. Events; Committee' will have professional massage' therapists in the Union Building who will give free neck and back massages to WSU students. The therapy sessions will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Perkins said students who are interested should sign up as early as possible. . Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. III l'HOK)B (.AlMI.KINtMOKIIMLR IHtSICNPUST Santa Claus and his elf Erin Buechert skate around the Ice Sheet together. Graduati By Lindsey Poll correspondent I The Signpost With less than two weeks away, several students are preparing for that long-awaited day college graduation. It's that time of the semester when things on campus get a little busy; the graduation office is making sure students have all the requirements met in order to graduate; students are cramming assignments, projects and tests to make sure everything is complete while the rest of the student body are preparing for finals to finish another semester. Weber State University student Brad Denney, a communication major, thought t ( pf it ,'' " 'i U T A I 17 J c PHOTO BY RILEY SMITH THE SIGNPOST The Missing LImc By Seth Durfee sr. news reporter I The Signpost The Utah Transit Authority (UTA), invited local media, government officials and select members of the community last Friday, to ride the commuter rail line, Frontrunner, on one of its test runs. "These ride days we will be doing once a month are to get some of the local community to come see what they invested in," said Andrea Packer, the communications officer for UTA. The investment Packer mentioned was the .25 cent raise in sales tax recently approved in cities across Northern Utah including Taylorsville, Salt Lake City, Roy, Clearfield and Ogden, to support the new commuter rail. The FrontRunner will have at its opening inApril of 2008, eight platforms fromPleasant View to die intermodal hub in Salt Lake City. There will be a total of 1 1 locomotives, with six to eight on the rail at any given time. In addition to die locomotives the fleet will include 20 new bi-level cars and 29 used cars UTA purchased from a company in New Jersey. "What we plan to do is open with train sets that include one locomotive and three passenger cars. This car, that we are on now, is one of our new cars. We have 20 of these cars. We also have a fleet of used cars from New Jersey," Packer said. "What you will see on opening day is one locomotive, a New Jersey car, and at the end of the train, one or two of these bi-level cars," UTAhas designed a simple schedule. "The ride from Ogden to Salt lake will be 50 to 52 minutes," Packer said, "Our service plan is to run every thirty minutes, all day long. We want to provide that service so people don't have to look at a schedule." The train will also help reduce die traffic congestion. "On the first run today, traffic was backed up along 1-15. People asked if we planned that for this morning's run," Packer said widi a laugh. Packer explained in Salt Lake it will be easy to transfer to other forms of public transportation when you get off die FrontRunner. "We are building an extension from Trax over to the inter modal hub. So when people take die train into Salt Lake, tiiey will just walk across die platform and they can get on Trax. That extension is going to open at the same time as the train in the targeted time inApril." Some members of die Weber State University Student Senate on die test run had concerns. Chris Bentiey, executive vice president for Weber State's Student Senate said he had questions if the "EdPass" would work witii the FrontRunner. Carrie Bohnsack-Ware, the UTA spokesperson said details of each school's EdPass contract varies. Bohnsack-Ware explained the details would have to be worked out by each school individually. However, each student widi a current EdPass should be able to use die FrontRunner from April to September. Senator John Hill said he tiiinks riding die train would be a much more efficient way for people to travel. "You get an extra two hours of work if you ride the 'jain to Salt Lake for work or school every day," Hill said. "You could use your laptop to send e-mails or work on homework. It would be really convenient and safer tiian driving." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. on just around the "We love celebrating the success of our students." Mark Simpson WSU registrar's office things were in line for him to graduate. What he missed was the deadline for graduation applications to be turned in. "I thought the deadlines would be a month before graduation," he said. The graduation deadline was actually the fifth of October. Although Denney did not have his application turned in by the deadline, he will still be able to graduate but will not have his name in the program. "I would encourage those who will be graduating to plan ahead," Denney said. If students know when the deadlines are ahead of time, they will be better prepared for when it arrives. Denney was the music director for WSU radio station, KWCR, and the news director for Weber State News. "I was so busy," Denney said. "But I got so much experience. They even told me I had too much experience for what I'm going for!" Denney wants to eventually produce his own entertainment TV shows. Students are not the only ones preparing for See Graduation page 9 k.4 ft.- .. I ,i t i 1 1 j Caps and gowns can be picked up at the Alumni Center Dec 12 and 1 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. No pre-ordering or payment is necessary at the time of pick up. Tickets are not required to attend the commencement exercises. Graduation line-up begins at 1 2:30 p.m. at the Dee, and the program starts at 1 p.m. Campus parking will be open to the public free of charge, and a shuttle bus will run every five minutes ali day, beginning at 7 a.m.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-12-03, Vol. 78, No. 48|
|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.|