Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-09-191
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M Thp l O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY . HTK T O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY Rugby team st.irls season 2-0 Set- pd'f 6 It i f-- ' zr- rr-j' .TZ7r--T"" " tunm niiii i, i, J lL .wtad 1 S'';,-.,. - -...:.. , i,,;" .mmr--- .-.--- ......-.,,, n n'Himn --run,,. ,, . --- i,t, mn-r- - .t-...-..-.. -....-fa,..Mtllll . ,r,., 4 ... Body Worlds exhibit shows the inner . Worlds exhibit shows the inner workings of the human heart and body "They will never see the body as they will have seen it at Body Worlds' By Ashley Salvador business editor I The Signpost After much anticipation, the Body Worlds 3 exhibit has finally arrived in Utah. Making its first Utah-area debut, Body Worlds is expected to educate and inform people about the human body in an artistic form. BodyWorlds has traveled to more than 47 cities across Asia, Europe and North America, and has been viewed by more than 25 million visitors. Body Worlds is an exhibition of actual human bodies formed into artwork through the process of Plastination. The goal of Body Worlds is not to shock the public, but to capture their imagination with the human body. BodyWorlds 3 is organized according to the cardiovascular system. The designer,' Dr. Angelina Whalley, has worked with the Body Worlds team for the past two decades as the creative and conceptual designer for the exhibitions. This exhibit is her very own creation, differing from that of her husband, GuntherVon Hagen, creator of Body Worlds. Whalley's exhibits showcase many different cases and types of diseases found in the heart. Incorporated along with the heart are many executive director Peter Giles, for the Leonardo other human formation specimens that display the complexity of the human body. The bodies are placed in various poses to show each different system of the body and how it works and looks. "Both my husband, GuntherVon Hagen, and I both wish to show the body in all its beauty in all its intricate design," Whaller said. Every specimen shown at the Body Worlds exhibit are real human parts. Whalley's goal is to shape the way people learn about the human body, and to better show them how beautiful the V PHOTO BY CATHERINE MORTIMER THE SIGNPOST Real human bodies are on display at the Body Worlds 3 exhibit in Salt Lake City. The bodies are donated after the person's death and 8,700 people are on the waiting list. human body really is. Von Hagen developed and patented the formula for Plastination in 1977. Plastination allows desceased organisms to be preserved in their original living state. All bodily fluids and soluble fats are replaced with reactive resins and elastomers, like silicon and epoxy, through injection. The final step in plastination is vacuuming the body once it has been formed with the elastomers and reactive resins. The complex process takes about a year. The bodies are made available See Body page 5 Killer phones: WSU students say it's dangerous to text while driving By Gentry Reinhart asst. sports editor I The Signpost The investigation into text messages sent while on the job by a Metrolink engineer in conjunction with last week's fatal collision of a Los Angeles commuter train and a Union Pacific freight train in Chatsworth, Calif., illustrates a problem that is all too common on the roads and now the rails of the U.S., and it's something many Weber State University students are guilty of. "I've tried it before," said WSU junior Jared Wilkinson "It's hard because I wasn't sure if the letters were keying out right, I had to constantly keep checking on it so I've kind of abandoned the whole thing." In a recent study conducted by the London-based Transport Research Laboratory for the RAC (Royal Automobile Club) foundation showed that texting while operating a motor vehicle can be more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol or cannabis. In a simulated driving study, researchers in the Clemson University Department of Psychology concluded that drivers who text messaged while operating a motor vehicle left their lanes 10 percent more often. Utah is not one of the five states that currently ban text messaging while driving. While text messaging during driving isn't banned in Utah, it's still possible to be cited for text messaging if you break another traffic law at the time. "They've got a new code called 'careless driving,'" said WSU Police SergeantWagner. "If they're committing traffic violations while text messaging, they could be issued a citation for that." But text messaging has important applications that go beyond simple communication. Students received e-mails via their Wildcat mail accounts early this school year asking for cell phone information as part of the Code Purple security procedure. Text messages are one of the ways that students could be notified in case of campus emergencies. Five other states have enacted bans on using any handheld cell phone while driving. Utah again is not among those five. California's ban came in the See Text page 8 I -- v. I f , -. i 4 ! ! ' ' I.':,'-.. ' ,' . 1 v ...... t t I ' i - """"" f. i ' , . , . j : . - . t ' ..' .. 1.4 . ' r. ' )M ' l.ki ll lllTlllWH " . .- : """" - - 1 - - PHOTO BY JESSICA SCHREIFELS IHtSIGNI'OSI WSU student Peter Zalit takes a swing at an old Bonneville that was brought on campus by fraternity Pi Theta Xi on Wednesday. Fraternity members encouraged passing students to take a swing at the car, which was placed to raise awareness of Greek life. ,mn wm? hum kiiiujjyL Rush week hits campus; new campus fraternity hosts a smashing debut By Eric Turner correspondent The Signpost Construction workers weren't the only ones swinging hammers at the Weber State University main campusWednesday. Morgan Turner, the pledge educator for the WSU Pi Theta Xi fraternity, held a 25-pound sledge hammer and stood on top of a late 80's model Pontiac Bonneville in the middle of the sidewalk just west of the Bell Tower at 8 a.m.; he was challenging all the passers-by to "de-stress" by participating in the fraternity's car smash. Pam Sanders, a senior at WSU studying social work, said this week is the perfect week for extreme de-stressing activities. "The Greek community wants to help college students get the most of their college experience. "Papers are due, we are taking our first tests, financial aid money is disappearing and getting up early is starting to get very tiring," Sanders said. "The reality of the semester is finally setting in and it helps to get rid of some of the built-up tension." More than 100 students got rid of their built-up tension by smashing the car that day. The fraternity purchased the inoperable car andhadit towed to campus from a junkyard for $100. When it first arrived at 8 p.m. the night before, the car was completely intact, with the exception of the windows, which had been removed for safety purposes. By the time the vehicle was towed away at 2 p.m. its hood had been completely removed, the steering wheel was hanging out of the driver's Luke Marshall Pi Theta Xi President door, and pieces were scattered all over the grass and sidewalk. President of Pi Theta Xi Luke Marshall, a WSU communications junior, said the event was a lot more than just a simple and fun de-stressing opportunity. "The purpose of this event is to gain attention for our fraternity and for the entire Greek ' community," Marshall said. Some students, however, didn't think smashing a car was a constructive way of gaining attention. Jaime Frank, a student who passed by the baby-blue Bonneville between classes, said, "It just makes no sense why they are beating a car. If they want to raise awareness they should do something productive like painting faces or handing out balloons. "This just seems needlessly violent for 10 a.m." Oddly enough, one of the primary goals of this event was to advocate a fight against domestic violence. The faculty adviser to the Greek community, Fred Meaders, said that it's part of their rush See Beat page 5 We, the Wildcats Weber students commemorate the U.S. Constitution By Heidi LeBaron news editor I The Signpost Kjerstin Myers stood in the atrium of the Shepherd Union Building on Weber State University's main campus. Students and faculty passing through could hear her reciting the words of the Founding Fathers and the U.S. Constitution. "We had a dramatic reading to refresh them of the Constitution and what they wrote," said Myers, the president of Pi Sigma Alpha. Myers' reading was part of a weeklong campus commemoration of the Constitution. "Its cool that our nation is one that is founded on a constitution," Myers said. "It's really neat to see that the United States can be based on this one document and the words that the founding fathers wrote down for us and we are still following that today." The week of events included faculty panels. Lt. Governor of Utah Gary Herbert's visit to WSU campus on Constitution Day, Sept. 17, was the keystone event and addressed issues of the Electoral College. Americans have questioned the system's ability to reflect and elect legitimate candidates. "It has become apparent that there needs to be reform in the American election process," Herbert said. "I wouldn't say it's broken. It's because there are three areas that need to be addressed." Herbert said the three areas are the concerns of the voter being informed, candidates' opportunity to compete, and those who have to run the elections. Herbert worked on a committee with Secretaries of State and Lt. Governors to form a proposal to correct those issues. "Rotating regional primaries we think would solve some of those problems," Herbert said. The plan would ensure that candidates recognize all voters at some point. Leah Murray, WSU Political Science professor, said she noticed Utah is often seen as irrelevant in national elections and the new system could help Utah increase influence. "If we were to say, 'you have to come to talk to Idaho, Utah, Arizona and Nevada together,' that's a huge block of delegates and we're going to get some play," Murray said. "All of a sudden, our small-state status loses some of its liability." Students who participated in the week said they've liked the open discussion about elections. Throughout the week, political science professors met in the fireplace lounge and formed discussion panels on various topics, which often had a recurring theme of the issues in voting and elections. Ryan Jesse, a WSU double major in political science and English ,said he appreciated knowledgeable people sharing with students. "I have difficulty with the electoral college system," Jesse said. "I think its good to exercise my right to vote, but as we saw in 2000, 1 don't really see much change occurring because the popular vote didn't go to the president so the person who won the popular vote wasn't the president for those next four years. So it really makes me wonder as a single voter about being part of the Electoral College." Murray, who was in charge of organizing the events of the week, said she was pleased with the results. "The students were engaged and talking about it which is what I care about the most," Murray said. "You could come out of this constitution week having an informed opinion about elections and the constitution, and maybe some groups that were left out, in a really neat way." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-09-19, Vol. 79, No. 18|
|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.|