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S " t ; r WSU Weiser State University n -" J ; Concealed weapons: House Bill uncovers gun issue By Hyrum Rappleye correspondent I The Signpost Concealed weapon permit holders may be able to carry their gun in the open if House Bill 473 is passed in the Utah State Legislature. On Feb. 18, The House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee unanimously passed HB 473. Sen. Curt Oda, representative of Clearfield and the chief sponsor of the bill, said he expects it to be debated on the House floor within the next week and expects the bill to be passed. However, he said he doubts people will begin to carry their weapons in the open. The purpose of HB 473 is to clarify the current lawpertaining to concealed weapon permit holders. For now, many law enforcement agencies interpret the law to mean that permit holders must keep the weapon concealed or could face serious charges. "At this point, police officers can arrest you for brandishing," said Sam Riley, a Weber State University design graphics and engineering technology junior, "but with this bill, it's good because you would have to be waving the gun around to be arrested. You couldn't be arrested for accidental visibility. I hope it goes all the way through the process." The highlighted change to HB 473 provides a definition for the concealed firearm permit that allows, but does not require, the concealment of the firearm on the person with the permit. If passed, concealed weapon permit holders could openly carry their guns and may not fear See Guns page 5 V v. 1 v ' ! V ' ' r -V A Find out on page 6 what Thursday night's matchups meant for WSU's men's and women's basketball teams' post-season positions. Un-stimulating economy WSU students plan for refund checks By Becky Rigby correspondent I The Signpost Keith Egan, accounting major at Weber State University, said he's excited to get $600 back from the government. But he doesn't know how effective it will be in stimulating the economy because of a general lack of trust in the market and the increasing prices of fuel, food and housing. Egan said his $600 is going into savings. An Associated Press-Ipsos poll found that only 19 percent of people surveyed said they planned to spend their rebate checks., compared to the 45 percent who said they would pay bills, and the 32 percent who said they planned to invest the money. Roger Wood, WSU graduate in computer science, said part of the plan is to raise the government-backed conforming rate from $417,000 to $729,750. What used to be jumbo loans can now be backed by the government, and ultimately the taxpayers. Therefore, instead of letting the market forces put downward pressure on prices in markets like San Francisco and Washington D.C., the government is throwing money at the problem. "I think the economic stimulus plan is a cheap payoff to screw our children," Wood said. "We will be bailing out people that spend way more on a home than what they can afford. When they ultimately default on their loans, the burden will be shifted to the taxpayers. So, to sum it up, we'll give you $600. In exchange, we need you to pay the mortgages for the rich people in California; it should only be a few hundred billion dollars." Wood said his $1,200 will probably go toward finishing his basement. Flowever, he said he really wants to see if his wife will let him invest in gold or foreign currencies since he said inflation is going to destroy his savings. WSU alumna Hollie Fisher said she plans to use her $1,500 to pay the mortgage for her home that is "sitting on the hopeless Las Vegas market." She said she has been See Spend page 5 Leaplings get dealsfrom Bahamas to zoo Leap year folklore, fun, food, economy "Having an By Kellen McAffe sr. news reporter I 77)e Signpost The Summer Olympics and presidential elections aren't the only things that make leap year special. "Leaplings," those born on leap day. can cash in on area giveaways and women may be seeking to tie the knot. Leap years are necessary to offset the fact that years aren't quite 365 days long. An added day is needed every four years to offset the lag. According to Leap Year Capital, there is an Irish tradition for women to ask men to marry them on Leap Day. In Scotland, if a man refused a lady's proposal, he had to either give her a kiss, a pair of gloves or a silk dress. Ashlev Wiberg. a Weher State University junior, said she will be attending a WSU couple's wedding at the Mount Timpanogos Temple. Wiberg said they are specifically getting married on leap day so that it will be more special. Anniversaries are also easier to re me inner. "Having an anniversary only every four years in e a n s it's easier for him to remember," Wiberg said. Wiberg. who works in the WSU cashier's office, said tier ottice is having a party in observance of leap day. "I'm bringing gummy frogs and we're supposed to be having something called 'Leapin' Lizard Guts,'" she said, "but I'm not auite sure what that is." anniversary only once every four years means it's easier for him to remember." Ashley Wiberg, WSU junior Any person whose birthday falls on Feb. 29 will be allowed free entrance to I logic Zoo on Friday the 29th and Saturday, March 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to kick off the zoo's "Year of the Frog." Special events at Utah's I logic Zoo are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. FEBRUARY (o) J n r and are free with zoo admission. The events will include craft activities for children, education sessions and opportunities to meet zookeepers. There are other specials on this once-evcry-four-year event. Papa John's is offering a free Papa's Perfect Pan Pizza for those born on leap day. This offer is only good online and only on leap day. The chain has dubbed this event "One Giant t 1. ,v v J Leap for Pankind." They also have other leap week specials for those not born on Leap Day. Boston Market is offering free lunch to those born on Leap Day. Electronics retailer Circuit City is offering a "2008 Leap Year Sale" online this week, with discounts sometimes 29 percent or more on goods from DVD players to high-definition 'I Vs. In the Bahamas, Club Peace & Plenty is calling its promotion "out of nowhere, you get a whole-extra day," and is offering a free room I eh. 29 for guests with a minimum two-night stay. Dan Fuller, WSU economics professor said he is unaware of any studies on the economic impact of Leap Day. "It would make sense that one more day of retail sales and production would add to GDP," Fuller said. "'Hie question is whether that day borrows sales from other davs. Peonle who 4- ... ' work hourly will benefit by the extra hours in the month, but those on salary will actually make less per day." Comment on this story at wsusifinpost.com. Hens in Grief YJSU honored for community service For the second year in a row, Weber State University has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. WSU has received the honor for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth. The Community Service Honor Roll, which was launched in 2006, is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement. Nationally, WSU was . oneof six Universities to be named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. WSU honors professor Weber State University has awarded the 2008 John S. Hinckley Fellow Award to WSU geosciences professor Jeffrey Eaton. WSU also awarded 28 faculty members who teach "Interpersonal and Small Group Communication" with the 2008 Exemplary Collaboration Award. Since 1991, The Hinckley Award has been bestowed upon a member of the WSU faculty who has excelled in teaching, scholarship and service. The award is named in honor of Ogden businessman and WSU supporter John S.I linck'ey, who died in 1990. Eaton has partnered with his students to prepare them for success in graduate school and the workplace. He has taught at WSU since 1995 and holds a doctorate from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Historian questions if Mormon thought taken seriously Richard Lyman Bushman, author and historian, will present "Rough Stone Rolling and the Intellectual Prospects for Mormonism," March 5 at 7 p.m. in Weber State University's Shepherd Union Building Ballroom A. Fhe presentation will address the question of whether Mormon thought is being taken more seriously in academic circles. Bushman is the author of "Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Polling" and the follow-up work, "On the Road with Joseph Smith: An Author's Diary." Bushman is a Columbia University emeritus history professor, and taught at Brigham Young University as well as Boston University and the University of Delaware. He lias written many works dealing with the LDS church. The event, part of WSU's History Lecture Series, is sponsored by the WSU College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the WSU Department of I Iistory. Bushman will sign copies of his books after his presentation. The event is free to the public.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-02-29, Vol. 78, No. 69|
|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.|