Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-02-151
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r. I -lihlights ' of the t Lowe i show See f wge4 Weber State University - V; NPO SVtoiniew out, wcm3 n ME S r -"- ape sinew ymnsieB" Removal leads to more problems 'il: O V Hi mOlO H-r UKICE KfcLSCH IHt blLNfuif A Weber State University truck plows snow by the Promontory Towers. Snow funds are used up and in the red. By Shirrel Cooper asst. news editor I The Signpost The funds throughout the state for snow removal are running low, as the last two months has had record-breaking snowfall. Weber State University is just as stretched for funds when it comes to the snow. "We ran out of money in December," said Rick Wade, Facilities Management services group manager. According to Norm Tarbox, the annual budget for snow removal on campus is $75,000. However, just because the money is used up, WSU is not excused from clearing the snow. Tarbox said WSU has an obligation to remove snow with their best possible effort. With the budget exhausted, WSU must find a way to remove snow. "You rob Peter to pay Paul," Tarbox said. Rick Wade said Facilities Management is authorized to run a deficit when it comes to snow removal. "We have a budget, but we're not tied to it," Wade said. "It's like toilet paper, you have to have it." Facilities Management spends the money that needs to be spent, then at the end of the year the money will be sourced to replenish the budget. The final cost that will need to be refunded is currently unknown; it won't be known until the end of the snowfall. According to Wade, Weber State University hasn't had tiiis problem since 1983. "The last six years we have operated -under budget," Wade said. " This is record-breaking snowfall. We've had one year's worth of snow in two months." Snowstorms range in categories depending on amount of snow that falls. Category 1 storms have only light dustings of snow, while Category 5 storms verge on blizzard. Wade said statistically Ogden only gets one Category 5 storm every 15 years. Utah has had four Category 5 storms in December and January alone. All of the storms have been north of Salt Lake City. Wade said die problem with the snow in December and January wasn't just die record snowfall, but also the temperature. The temperatures in die two months were below normal, so when die snow fell it was unable to melt; the mounds of snow in die parking lots, roads, and around campus got bigger and bigger. "There were literally hundreds of car stalls under mounds of snow," Wade said. The snow had to be trucked out of campus, which also added to the removal expense. Wade also said Weber State University has more expenses dian cities do, when it comes to removing the snow. Not only do they have to pay to plow die roads, but they also have to keep the parking lots and die sidewalks clear. "We have acre upon acre of parking lots to maintain, and miles upon miles of sidewalks," Wade said. "They are very labor intensive and expensive." Crews used in snow removal are being forced to work overtime, and diough no one is quilting, they are getting tired. "The law says that a snow plow operator can only spend so many hours in a plow," Wade said. "There has never been a storm this year tiiat we could keep the law." He said that some workers have spent between 16 and 18 hours in the plow keeping die roads and parking lots clear. The snow' has also been a cause for injuries; people have fallen and sprained body parts. Wade said he is hoping that it will be another 20 years before Weber State has to go dirough this again. Due to the snow, the podioles around campus are more prevalent and Facilities Management is waiting for tar plants to start producing material so die roads can be fixed. The spring snowmelt will also create a need for salt cleanup, as well as grass maintenance. "We'll be paying for this winter for years to come," Wade said. Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. Employers, workers seek match Career fair brings both together By Andreas Aguila correspondent I The Sign- On Thursday, representatives from over 120 companies gadiered in the Shepherd Union Building at Weber State University to recruit prospective workers at this year's career fair. Many people representing potential employers said attendance at this year's career fair was larger than anticipated. Besides information and job opportunities being presented to students, free gifts were given out by attending representatives, and WSU Career Service employees and volunteers were present to answer questions and offer advice to students. Karma Henry, with the Clearfield Corps. Center, said P,.. w I , i ') r I, if": .:: A . ' I i i ir w -i" ju i ii ii PMOIC) HY MATT CLASS IHt M.NPOSl Weber State University senior and Business Administration major Kris Lightfoot discusses job opportunities with ConAgra Foods production manager Mark Peterson during the career fair Thursday. that she was happy with this year's fair and the turnout of prospective employees. "We're here every year," Henry said. The Clearfield Corps. Center is currently focusing on offering human resources and accountancy positions to graduating students. Henry also said that the Clearfield Corps Center depend a lot on the word of mouth, which was one of the reasons they attended this year's fair. Alisson Fullenkam was representing Comp Health, one of the nation's largest healthcare providers. Fullenkam said she was happy with this year's fair, but said that it had gone a little slow at first. "I'm really happy with the professionalism of the attending students," Fullenkam said. Fullenkam said that she has encountered many students in the past who only show up to career fairs for the freebies, and do not have any interest in the jobs being offered. This year's students had shown a genuine interest in die job opportunities at the fair. Fullenkam also said that she was happy with the physical layout of the fair, and the organization and set-up of the hall. Matt Planord, a junior English major, saidhewas happy witii the information being presented. "It's a pretty big turnout," Planord said. Unfortunately he had not been able to find any job opportunities that he had applied for so far. "I'm interested to work with technical Titing," he said. Although he did not find a job he was interested in, he said he acquired some leads. Charlie Louise, a WSU sophomore, attended the fair for die first time. She said she was both happy and excited about the information being offered at this year's fair. "I'm not sure which applications I'll fill in, if any, but I've picked up information from a dozen of places," she said. Being undecided on her major has made it more difficult for her to narrow her choices down. Louise said the fair has presented her with an opportunity to learn more about potential jobs that match her personal interests. Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. ' V- SOLKLL ASSOUAILD KKtSS Law enforcement personnel discuss matters outside Cole Hall, a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008, in DeKalb, III. A man opened fire with a shotgun and a handgun wounding several people Thursday afternoon before apparently killing himself, authorities said. IBwoyjidiedl By CARYN ROUSSEAU Associated Press Writer DEKALB, 111. (AP) A man dressed in black opened fire with a shotgun and two handguns from a stage of a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University on Thursday, injuring as many as 18 people, four critically, before he killed himself, the school's president said. Witnesses in the geology class said "someone dressed in black came out from behind a screen in front of the classroom and opened fire with a shotgun," according to school President John Peters. Peters said he couldn't confirm any fatalities other than the gunman. University Police Chief Donald Grady said the gunman was not a student at the school. "It appears he may have been a student somewhere else," he said, adding that police had no apparent motive. The university had issued a statement on its Web site about an hour after the 3 p.m. shooting that "the immediate danger has passed. The gunman is no longer a threat." Kishwaukee Community Hospital spokeswoman Theresa Komitas told WLS-TV in Chicago it received 17 victims all with wounds from the shooting or flying debris, including three with serious injuries. One victim was airlifted to another hospital. George Gaynor, a senior geography student, who was in Cole Flail when the shooting happened, told the student newspaper the Northern Star that the shooter was "a skinny white guy with a stocking cap on." He described the scene immediately following the incident as terrifying and chaotic. "Some girl got hit in the eye, a guy got hit in the leg," Gaynor said outside just minutes after the shooting occurred. "It was like five minutes before class ended too." Witnesses said the young man carried a shotgun and a pistol. Student Edward Robinson told WLS that the gunman appeared to target students in one part of the lecture hall. "It was almost like he knew who he wanted to shoot," Robinson said. "He knew who and where he wanted to be firing at." Jillian Martinez, a freshman from Carpentersville, told the Chicago Tribune she was in the auditorium when the gunman entered through a door to the right of the lectern and opened fire about 3 p.m. "He just started shooting at all the kids," she said. "He just started shooting at people, and I ran out of there as fast as I could. I ran all the way to the student center; when I got there I could still hear shooting (from the classroom). Agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were assisting local authorities at the scene, spokesman Thomas Ahern told the Chicago Tribune. "We will be urgently tracing the firearms and learning the history of the weapons," Ahern said. All classes were canceled Thursday night and the 25,000-student campus was closed on Friday. Students were urged to call their parents "as soon as possible" and were offered counseling at any residence hall, according to the school Web site. The school was closed for one day during final exam week in December after campus police found threats, including racial slurs and references to shootings earlier in the year at Virginia Tech, scrawled on a bathroom wall in a dormitory. Police determined after an investigation that there was no imminent threat and the campus was reopened. The shooting was the fourth at a U.S. school within a week. On Feb. 8, a woman shot two fellow students to death before committing suicide at Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge. In Memphis, Tenn., a17-year-old is accused of shooting and critically wounding a fellow student Monday during a high school gym class, and the15-year-old victim of a shooting at an Oxnard, Calif., junior high school has been declared brain dead. raEBGD p00 (poll? Troy Cahoon Troy Cahoon, who was arrested Feb. 4 for groping a female worker in the Weber State University Shepherd Union Building, pled guilty to two counts of sexual battery in a hearing Feb. 13. Cahoon will wait in the Weber County Jail with a $5,000 bail until his sentencing date April 9. Pam Allen, clerk to Judge W. Brent West, said the sentencing date was set in April in order to give sufficient time for a psychologist to analyze Cahoon to determine if he is a sexual predator. After the process of his sentencing, Cahoon will have to register as a sex offender.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-02-15, Vol. 78, No. 65|
|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.|