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! r 1 i rm 'V I, .ft . . Wiiiuut Static Univhrsity workplace WOr.'S Sec page 4 PA H J ..... , , . - -yjt.; JthJ,.-wt a IGN n n ri'i i:r' '7?n nrAn 7 Ttmih ,3 Student Senate gives justice By Lynn Wilde now s editor I ie Signpost After controversy caused enmity in the Weber State University Student Senate, generated many online comments and one follow-up story, anil threatened student government careers, the senate ratified the appointment of a new WSU associate Supreme Court justice. Destry East, former senator, was presented to the hut failed to secure f 1 the associate justice Jj pUMUUH L'Y till 8-6 vote, which, according to the senate bylaws, was not enough; a 23 majority was needed to confirm East. On Monday, Jake Bens, WSU student body president, presented East to the senate for confirmation for a second time in ait attempt to fill thetwo-month-old justice vacancy-Senator Drew Durtschi, of health professions, which was East's former constituency, read a letter in support of East from the health profession's area council. Also, Jared Olsen, social and behavioral sciences senator, changed his position about Mast. I le said alter a question-and-answer period in a one-on-one meeting with East, he got to know him better on a personal and professional level. One of his concerns was about Chief lustice Brett Jones and East's friendship. However, he said he had nothing to worry about. "1 realied politically, Jones and last are a c t u a I 1 y p o 1 a r o p p o s i t e s , " Olsen said. "So that doesn't strike me as a problem any more." Olsen said East didn't mention his scientific background in the confirmation hearing. "A scientist has to look at the facts as they are," Olsen said. "That's something a justice has to do as well. A scientist is qualified be a judge in my mind." Consequently, Olsen recommended East for the associate justice position on behalf of his constituents. Also, Ariana Escalante, nominee for vice-president of diversity, was presented once again to the senate after her nomination failed. In a letter he read to (he senate from the executive branch of student government, Bens said the qualifications of an applicant are not as important as the person's commitment to the job. Bens said she scored higher on her application than any other candidate. Senator Tyler Latham, Students with Disabilities senator, said though Escalante claims leadership responsibilities, be didn't see much. She said in her summer job she works as a high-adventure guide teaching kayaking, backpacking and rock climbing in various locations to people ages 12-21. The senate confirmed both East and Escalante with a vote of 14-2 and 12-4, respectively. Jones then swore each new senator in. Because of her appointment as vice president, Escalante resigned as senator of I lonorsBIS to start her new job. WSU student Elene Kvernad.e was confirmed as the new international senator, and WSU student Daron I lanson was confirmed as the new veterans affairs senator. The senate ratified the student fee recommendation committee's budget presented by Beus. In an interview after the senate meeting, East said he would be the associate justice who reports the senate meetings to the Supreme Court. Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. I'MOIOS HY KILfcY SMI I H 1 1 II SK.NHAI Weber State University Supreme Court Chief Justice Brett Jones swears in Daron Nelson, veterans, (top) and Elene Kverna-dze, (bottom) international senators. fm ' " I, 4. -V Weber State University j professor Adam Johnston j and WSU student Justin Williamson snowshoeing. J A i Spinning Yarns tadeets walk Ie Backcountry hiking shoo-in By Devin Masters correspondent I The Signpost Weber State University professor Adam Johnston loves snowshoeing "I've never had a bad day on snowshoes," Johnston said. These words held true for a group of WSU Honors students as Johnston, along with WSU professor Carl Porter, led them on a snowshoeing trip Saturday morning. The group traveled just less than four miles on a loop that started at the Art Nord trailhead. The group then made its way to the Wheeler Creek trail, to the middle of Middle Fork. From there, the group followed the Old Snowbasin Road back to the trailhead. "My hope was simply to get myself outside, along with students," Johnston said, "and introduce them both to snowshoeing and to the area that they have right out their backdoor." McKenzie Oldham, a WSU clinical laboratory science junior, said she was a little surprised with her first snowshoeing experience. "I expected to go for a nice easy stroll through the wilderness and see the sights," she said, "but it was a lot of work to get up the mountain." Lindsay Huss, a WSU junior art major, said she had never been snowshoeing before either. "I didn't know what to expect," she said. "I didn't think it would be as physically demanding as it was." Oldham, who serves as the socialcultural chairperson of the Honors Program, planned the event. "I wanted everyone to be able to spend some time outside and see the beautiful mountain," she said. Although Oldham said she would have liked to have more people attend the event, she said she was happy with how things went and thought the event was a success. "Once we got the snowshoes, the rest of the day went perfectly," she said. "Snowshoeing was a lot harder than any of us thought, but everyone seemed to have had a good time and enjoyed the experience." Johnston said the best part about snowshoeing is that it's easy and fun. "The hardest part is packing for the trip and getting the snowshoes on," he said. Johnston said WSU students should know that the WSU Wilderness Recreation Center offers them an opportunity to go snowshoeing without having to buy the necessary equipment. "Students have a great resource in the WRC for rentals and great areas to snowshoe close to home," he said. Johnston said students need to be aware of avalanche dangers before they go snowshoeing. "Simply asking someone at WRC about safe areas to go is easy enough," he said. IIuss said she enjoyed the activity so much that she is considering trying it again. "I thought it was fun and a good idea for a winter activity," she said. "I think I might go again so I can do it at my own pace." Johnston said he hoped students left the event with a positive attitude about snowshoeing and the experience. "Maybe people have a greater awareness of the land around us," he said, "and how far your own two feet can take you." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. By Ryan Larsen correspondent 1 7e Signpost A lecture in the Weber State University McKay Education Building emphasized storytelling as a teaching method Monday. In a packed classroom on tire third floor of the McKay Education Building, storyteller Elizabeth Ellis, with long silver hair, glasses and a green ribbon pinned to her chest, entered at the front of die room and took off her shoes. In a' distinct soft southern accented voice, Ellis asked if there were any questions before she began. A young woman in the audience asked why she took off her ; "r"""",,;j shoes. Suddenly the soft southern voice became more pronounced , and lively and she answered, speaking of the Bible, when Jehovah spoke to Moses. She said Jehovah told Mosestoremove his shoes, for he was on hallow ground, and when she was storytelling she said she felt as if she was on hallow ground and that it was the most sacred activity she had ever been a part of. Ellis said she has been storytelling since before most of the audience had been born, which is more than 30 years, and has told 406 stories. Ellis quoted Albert Einstein, saying, "Imagination is more important than knowledge," and said it is a concept she has tried to convey to her audience throughout her years of storytelling. She said storytelling to cliildren in schools and at home is important because it helps children develop an active imagination. She said a good story would create students who care about die material and want to learn more, as well as developing an effective relationship between students and teacher. "A person who does not have an active imagination is a spiritual cripple," Ellis said. "A story is like a workout for a child's brain." She said that while telling a child a story, the child's face will be in constant motion because everything tiiey think will be on their faces, and telling a story is a special activity tiiat does not require electricity. "No bulb can ever burn out in the middle of a storv." Ellis said. SOURCE: ELIZAHb I H tLLIS.COM Elizabeth Ellis "Imagination is more important than knowledge " Ellis said she felt there is not anything that cannot be taught with a story, but admitted science and math are a little more difficult to include in stories. For an example, she spoke about the movie "Forrest Gurnp." She said almost every important event that took place in the United States in the last half of the 20th century can be learned through the telling of a story about one man's life. Ellis said that to teach through storytelling, a person must create an interesting character who lived through the event being taught. "Through storytelling," Ellis said, "people will learn without knowing they are learning." She said she has a method of applying her craft. "Tell it, don't read it," Ellis said. She said that when storytelling, a person must learn to speak slower so people, especially children, have time to make the pictures in their mind that go along with the story. Ellis said it is also important to add as much vocal variety as possible while telling a story. WSU elementary education junior Tiffany McMillin said she learned somediing new. "I would have never thought to weave information into a story to teach a concept like that," McMillin said. Ellis is in Ogden for the WSU Storytelling Festival, and came from Dallas, Texas for the event. The festival, now in its 12tii year, is devoted to the presentation, preservation and interpretation of memories and oral traditions, and is the only storytelling festival in the nation sponsored by a university in partnership with local schools. Today is the last day for the festival, which will take place at the WSU Davis Conference Center, area schools, and the WSU Ogden Campus. For specific times, events and ticket info, visit http:community. weber.edustoiytellingschedule default.htm Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. Inside How to overcome a phobia Editorial page 3 Economy shot not stimulating students Business page 4 'Cats can't get past Montana Sports page 6 liens in Brief Gun scare at WSU not scary OGDEN Police received a report at 1 p.m., Monday, of a man carrying a gun across Weber State University's campus. The man was entering the Social Science Building carrying a rifle in a case. The man, a current crime lab employee, was carrying the rifle to the crime lab on the second floor for forensictesting. Bystanders in the building were concerned about the rifle and notified police. WSU spokesman John Kowalewski said the situation had the appearance of being serious, but it turned out not to be. Once police identified who the man was, they realized he was not a threat. The rifle never left the case it was being carried in. College locked down FERRUM, Va. The students at Virginia's Ferrum College were taken to a secure lockdown location yesterday after a man was seen with a gun in the resident's hall. Officials said that the president of the school ordered the lockdown after a member of the housekeeping staff reported seeing a young man walk into the building with a handgun. Two men who fit the description of the man with the gun have been questioned, but neither was held. The school, which is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains about 35 miles away from Roanoke. Fatality on Harrison Boulevard A wreck involving three vehicles on Harrison Boulevard Tuesday afternoon resulted in the death of a high school girl and serious injury of another, according to Ogden City Police Li eutenant Dave Tarran. The girl, whose name will be released today, was traveling with other high school students from the Dee Events Center where a high school basketball tournament was taking place. Tarran said two vehicles with high school students from West High School and Granger High School were traveling southbound on Harrison. One of the vehicles quickly stopped, and veered, clipping the backside of the victim's car, which was traveling the same direction. It. was sent spinning into oncoming traffic where it was struck directly in the passenger side by a third vehicle. Bodi victims were in the same vehicle. Tarran said traffic was blocked on Harrison for three hours while police crews investigated and cleaned up the scene.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-02-27, Vol. 78, No. 68|
|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.|