Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-07-291
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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY Former WSU quarterback signs NFL contract 1 B i m mm m . M a, I I T 1 f , I Ik II miSimm v- See page J 1 bOUKLb: KACHtL NtIL University students investigate where water is channeled in an ancient Nazcan aquaduct located in a desert near Nazca, Peru. Wildcats study abroad International travel programs offer WSU students academic credit By Gina Barker asst. news editor I The Signpost Every year, Weber State University students travel around the globe, seeking higher education and enriching experiences through the university. Most students who have traveled acknowledge the difference it made in their education. "My trip to Peru was a great experience," said Rachel Neil, a photography student at WSU. "Not only did I have a lot of fun, but I feel like I learned a lot about Peru while I was there." The Peru trip lasted a 28 days. Study abroad students experienced ancient Incan culture and the Peruvian lifestyle. Accompanying students was Alicia Giralt, a WSU professor in the foreign language department. Giralt helped students earn credit on the trip while experiencing the local culture and visiting ancient sites. "The Inca Trail is a walk to a trail the Incans built," Giralt said, "and is over 1 1,000 feet high which leads to Machu Picchu. Our guides were people that taught at the University of Cusco." The Continuing Education Department works to offer students more programs every year, but other local universities, such as the University of Utah and Utah State, dwarf the size of WSU's study abroad program. "We've set a series of goals, and one of them is to create at least one study abroad opportunity in each of the colleges," said Craig LaRocco, head of the study abroad program at WSU. "And for the upcoming 2009, programs are going out in all but two colleges. We are getting closer and closer to that goal. We're always interested in developing new opportunities for the students." Medical programs at WSU now have a program in China allowing students to learn about traditional Chinese medical practices and explore the cultural aspects of the area. Literature and art courses have offered trips to Europe for years, and the language department offers trips to France, Germany and Costa Rica. Even with more courses being "offered, the program still is not everything it could be, and student participation may be partly to blame. "I would like to see Weber offer more trips to different places," Neil said, "and longer trips too. If the word really got out and more people understood how fun and how valuable studying abroad is, Weber would offer more programs, and more people would be signing up for sure." Most courses offered by WSU are faculty-led programs, and the study abroad office works to create the logistical aspects of each trip. "What we do in the Continuing Education office is we assist the professors with fiscal management, helping to line up accommodations with airlines and travel agencies, or the various tours all those kinds of things," LaRocco said. "The University of Utah has a massive program. They have as many as fifteen employees in their office and here we only have one. To get to that size would require greater institutional support. We would need the staff members to accommodate it." LaRocco said die semester-long programs were less successful than the majority of trips offered through WSU, which are 10 to 30 days long and primarily over the summer. Even with WSU offering mostly shorter trips, students still enjoy going abroad. "I liked trying to immerse myself in a culture for longer than a one-week vacation," Neil said. "To be in a place for a month was incredible, and I still don't feel it was long enough but it gave me an idea of what the culture was about and the values and history tiiere." Giralt and LaRocco defended the importance of the program at Weber, and the immense wealth of experience gained participating in trips with each college. "There are a lot of programs offered through Weber," Giralt said, "students just don't take advantage of them. Whether they don't know about it or can't afford it, or they don't think they'll be able to get the time off, this should still be a priority in any student's studies. Students have to realize what a great investment it is for their lives." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. Lit v. . ''-v -XS,:.,,. Hillside veiw of Machu Picchu, Peru. SOUKCE: RALHtl NbIL J U U MM What will be done before the opening school bell rings? By Jessica Schreifels editor-in-chief 1 The Signpost The tab for Weber State University's facelift of the Ogden campus has reached $100 million, and two of the five projects being funded will be finished by the time WSU opens its classrooms to students for fall semester. First, the project involving the second half of the Shepherd Union Building is slated to be complete by mid-August. "It will be open when school starts," said Kevin Hansen, assistant vice president of facilities management. Hansen said there will be additional construction activity going on around the building, placing finishing touches and doing additional work, but the building will be functional by the time school begins on August 25. The Shepherd Union Building project is the only construction project that is funded by student fees. Students voted on the renovation about four years ago, when the current building did not meet codes of safety or accessibility. Second is the realignment of Dixon Drive. The Utah Department of Transportation has funded 93 percent of project costs. University state fees will fund the remaining 7 percent. The 4100 S. entrance on the south side of campus and the Edvalson Street entrance on the north side of campus are now permanently closed. Two roundabouts will be open on 3850 S. and 3950 S. The roundabouts were created to help with traffic flow and problems that have occurred in the past from having the 4100 S. and Edvalson Street entrances being too close to surrounding intersections. "It improves the traffic flow along Harrison foftjfo Qri0i e .7- J. 11 M PHOTO BY JESSICA SCHREIFELS JHt SICNHOST Construction workers install irrigation pipes near a new roundabout on Dixon Drive. (Boulevard)," Hansen said. "It takes out what was a point of congestion. By increasing stacking distance, we get a better flow through Harrison." The Dixon Drive realignment should also be completed by the time school starts so students should be prepared to use the roundabouts. Bruce Daley with facilities management advised students to watch signs and slow down while they are getting used to the roundabouts and the new changes on campus. "The speed limit is going down," Daley said.'Take it nice and slow until people get used to the roundabouts. Signing will be around for everyone. Slow down and watch the signs." The remnants of the closed road of Edvalson Street will be converting into an extra parking lot. Parking services manager Lisa Allen-Martinez said in an email that this lot will be a "W" lot. Daley said they expect to have 60 stalls in the area where the old entrance used to he: "We're trying to open that lot with the road (Dixon Drive) on the first day of school," Daley said. Of the five construction projects, one has not been scheduled for completion until the end of spring semester. The Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning, which is located between Promontory Tower and the Lindquist Alumni Center will be finished by Campus Entrances n ' v - i iC5St4 I 4' ' --y:xx i ; - : ; Hornson Blvd. - . - , . .jp ' - - pwwJiWi 1muu.11. . m.y.m,sm t yuuuumnm i .., ) u 1 .... l l i wmm .wwrnmw - ,mwwmmmmv wu.i.-. March or April of 2009, and will house Continuing Education and University Relations. The remaining two construction projects, Elizabeth Hall and the Stewart Bell Tower Plaza, are expected to be completed by spring semester. Elizabeth Hall construction will be finished in November, ready to have furnishings moved into it so courses can be taught. "There will be classes in that building starting in January," Hansen said. Elizabeth Hall is being funded by the state and also by private donors. The Stewart Bell Tower Plaza is affected by the construction of both Elizabeth Hall and the Shepherd Union Building, and can not be completed until those building are done. It is expected to be completed in late November or early December. There are various sources paying for the Bell Tower renovation, but no student fees are paying for the construction, which was reported incorrectly in the July 15 edition of The Signpost. "The Bell Tower Plaza has been fronted by a lot of different sources," Hansen said. "To the best of my knowledge, there are not any student fees involved." All of the entrances at the Stewart Library are currently open, including the west entrance that had been closed over the summer because of the Bell Tower Plaza construction. "There will still be a fair amount of detours and interruptions until that project is finished," Hansen said. "There's no way to avoid it." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. Wildcats face McCain vs. Obama dilemma Election opinions open up on campus By Gina Barker asst. news editor I The Signpost The Obama campaign is in full swing as the democratic nominee tours the country to begin addressing American concerns. With Obama securing die democratic nomination, die battle between parties is quickly becoming a focus in the news. "I am really quite exuberant that Barack Obama won the Democratic nomination," said Colby Bone. Bone is a Weber State University political science major currently interning in Washington DC. with the Middle East Council Policy. "I have supported Obama almost since he first declared his candidacy," Bone said. But some students remain unsure about the elections still to come in November. "I don't really like either candidate," saidWSU criminal justice major Justin Moats. "I just don't like anything they have to say." Melanie Jones-, a junior at WSU, said she was also unsure of who she would vote for in November. "Obama seems to have a large amount of people excited," Jones said, " but I'm a republican so in a way, I want McCain. But I don't know enough about the candidates to personally know who to vote for." A growing issue between Obama and McCain are their differing opinions on economic problems. Obama said he supports implementing more taxes on the upper class bracket, households with incomes greater than $250,000 to pay for his programs. McCain, on the other hand, said he intends on continuing many of the same elements as the Bush economic policies. "Students' votes matter," said Lea Murray, a WSU political Science professor. "What is really interesting, especially with the Obama candidacy, is the number of young people that have shown up to vote for him. The under-thirty crowd is a winning puzzle piece in this election, and it is drawing young people like crazy. Students should be aware dtat people are paying attention to them. Whatever side of the aisle you are on, your interests will be met or talked about at least." The vote on November 4 will decide the forty-fourth United States president. And as more issues come to the forefront through debates and campaigning, each candidate will gain or lose voters. "Senator McCain is increasingly adopting the same policies that have typified the Bush administration," Bone said, "especially regarding the war in Iraq and the economy." As gas prices continue to soar, with a rise of 34 percent since last year, the economy is increasingly on Americans minds. The gas prices continue to affect every aspect of American life. The Consumer Price Index, a government measuring system for inflation, shows gas prices influencing a 0.5 percent increase for all products over the last month, which, during the last year, has influenced food prices alone to rise by 5 percent. "When the economy goes bad, the elections become very important," Murray said. "We're kind of struggling right now with a bad economy and a war that will make the election very important" Democrats are taking advantage of the failing economy as a way to promote the differences between the current president's policies and McCain's policies from Obama's plans for the economy. "Because Bush's approval rating is so low," Khuels said, "and the state of the economy is so high on so many Americans list of important issues, it is definitely a key issue for the democrats." Obama's base supporters include a large chunk of college students, the wealthy, and the African American voters. As these new demographics are starting to play a larger role in this year's elections, a re-evaluation of how to draw in more of these voters will continue to be an important issue for both candidates. "There is a long time between now and November," said Thom Khuels, a professor for the WSU political science department. "The other day I saw a poll that showed Obama and McCain tied in votes, but it's June. A lot happens between now and November, and the real race won't start until September." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-07-29, Vol. 79, No. 8|
|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.|