Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-01-261
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O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY I ins for f Irivinj' on snowy ro.uls .Sec ).i,'e 4 rl v )) i 1 I t - MSI GssiDffi) sfiMO Tanner Hoist, bassonist, dies after battle with hemolytic strep By Heidi Le Baron news editor I The Signpost Tanner Hoist, aseventeen-year-old sophomore majoring in music performance at Weber State University, died Friday Ian. 23. "It's a huge loss for us," WSU Band Director Thomas Root said, "and an unexpected loss for us as well." Root said Hoist was a brilliant student with great potential. "He was always had kind of a twinkle in his eye," Root said. "He was somebody who pushed the envelope a little bit he would kind of do Obama tackles education President nominates new Secretary of Education By Spencer Garn sr. reporter 1 The Signpost In a speech announcing the nomination of Arne Duncan as the nation's Secretary of Education, President Obama outlined some of the major challenges facing students and schools nationwide. "Our high school dropout rate is one of the highest in the industrialized world," Obama said. "Americans are getting priced out of attending college." In addition to soaring college costs, and a high dropout rate, Obama said that many students are unprepared for the demands of college and that there is a shortage of teachers, especially for high-need "Our high 1, a"d School According to , , . Jack Mayhew, dropOUt rate department is one of the chair for T 6 9. c h. 6 r highest in the Education at industrialied Z", WOrld. President Obama has Americans are getting priced out of attending college." already made a promising step toward addressing these complex, long entrenched problems with his nomination Barack of Arne Obama, Duncan. U.S. President "Duncan seems to be very highly regarded by many people," Mayhew said. "Including republicans." Mayhew explained that such support could have a positive impact. "That will help a lot if they (Congress) can put away partisan politics and be more pragmatic," he said. WSU Dean of College Education Jack Rasmussen stressed that the public doesn't really know what impact Duncan will have on the education system. If Obama takes a more progressive approach to education reform, Rasmussen said he believes Duncan would have a big impact on the shape of any education legislation that comes before congress. But if the Obama administration is more traditional in its approach to education reform and only tinkers with the status quo, his opinion is quite different. "I don't think it matters who the education secretary is," Rasmussen See Education page 5 things his own way because he knew exactly what he was doing. 1 le was very imaginative." Root said this was the first lime in his 25-year career at WSU that a band member has passed away (.luring the school year. Heather Carlson, Hoist's classmate, said llolst would be remembered for his love of playing the bassoon. His mother, Mary Hoist, said the same. "He said his goal was to have a bassoon in every home," she said. Carlson recognized him as a great musician. lam? ' : 1 iff (J Weber State University guard Tonya Schnibbe drives to the basket past Northern Arizona University defender Katie Pratt. Schnibbe finished the game with 12 points and eight assists. The Wildcats dominated the Lumberjacks 73-51 . The win snaps WSU's eight-game losing streak, giving the Wildcats their first Big Sky Conference win. igden City Report released showing success of year-old OPD Crime Reduction Squad By Jessica Schreifels editor-in-chief I The Signpost A newly implemented squad in Ogden City may be helping to keep crime off the streets in the downtown area. The Crime Reduction Squad was introduced into Ogden in November of last year. The goal of the squad is to patrol areas in Ogden that have the heaviest crime rates primarily the square between 20th and 30th Street, and from Washington Boulevard to Harrison Boulevard. Before the squad was initiated, 24 percent of all reported offenses took places within that area. Officers on the squad do not respond to dispatch calls, but rather, work on monitoring parolees and habitual offenders, along with increased n "He was an inspiration lo me," Carlson said, "he was just such a good musician it made a lot of us want to be better." Carlson said she got to play duels with him a couple of limes and enjoyed playing with him in the wind ensemble. She said he was (he principle bassoonist for both band and orchestra. "lie's just very intelligent, very talented, very fun to play with," she said, "lie's always kind; just a great person." , Calson said llolsl was in class last Wednesday, but when he left class he looked like he was not feeling well. He had pneumonia that week, bul was well enough to attend classes. Brecklyn Smith, a family friend, said he had a fever Wednesday evening. Thursday llolst was rushed to- the See Hoist page 5 (cm iwi umisiii J' s , 4 . C' : 1J 3. crime sqita monitoring of juvenile offenders and gangs in the area. The Ogden Police Department (OPD) recently released a report analyzing the effectiveness of the new Crime Reduction Squad. According to the numbers, the squad is making a difference in Ogden. Robbery, aggravated assault, domestic violence, burglary, vehicle burglary, theft, auto theft, and drug offenses all decreased significantly in the last year. The highest decrease was in auto theft, which decreased 35 percent. All theft went down 22 percent, burglary decreased 29 percent, and auto burglary went down 24 percent. The area that experienced the least decrease was drug offense, down only 12 percent, as well as domestic violence, which was ) Y1. r k v iv v. C -1 . 1 -i. 1 r,-r l i - i t :- '(! I ' i ! '-'.. 1 i ' r - 1 i 1 i '; ' J t - ----- . , , i Tanner Hoist, pictured here with his basson. He was 17-years-old. L PI lO'lOHY NATHAN CAULFORD Tl II SIC.NI'OS I down only 13 percent. "Criminals need both a target and the opportunity to commit a crime." said David Weloth, OPD's crime analyst, in a news release. "The Crime Reduction Squad eliminates the opportunity-part of that equation by having officers visible and available in the area who can do street checks and investigate suspicious activity." Of all of the arrests made in the target area within the year of the Crime Reduction Squad's activation, 558, or 3 1 percent, were made by Crime Reduction Squad officers. Of the 400 drug offenses, 100 were Crime Reduction Squad cases. Additionally, 32 percent of On View incidents (3,461) and 34 percent of Street Checks (1,329) are credited to the Crime Reduction Squad. "The men and women of the Ogden Police Department care very much for this community and appreciate the effort of all employees in helping See Crime page 5 0 3 OCOSisS Legislative session opens WSU administration expecting budget cut of more than $5 million By Molly Bennett c 01 respondent I The Signpost Today is the opening of Utah's 2009 General Legislative session. Money, and the lack thereof, is on the mind of Utah higher education officials. The possibility of an additional 7.5 percent cut from the current fiscal year budget has had Weber State University administration concerned since Utah legislators introduced it at the end of last year. And the worrying is ' not over. WSU legislative liaison Brad Mortensen said the budget issue is at the top of the agenda, but die executive appropriation meeting that was to be held Friday has been cancelled. Either way, WSU administrators have been preparing for the worst-case scenario, which would be handing $5.2 million back to the state this fiscal year. Arts and Humanities Dean Madonne' Miner said that, during a Jan. 7 meeting, WSU Provost Michael Vaughan provided deans with a specific amount of money he expected them to cut from dieir fiscal year 2010 base budget, or from the money they get from the state. For the College of Art and Humanities, that figure is 5675,914. "Mosdy we've been scrambling," Miner said. "By July 1, we have to figure out how to cut 5675,914 from the budget permanentiy." In such a short time, Miner said it is difficult to determine the wisest method to protect classes and people from being affected by die budget cuts. "We are going to have to cut personnel," Miner said. "That's how we have to do it." Vaughan said the deans have put together alternative plans in order to deal with budget cuts of different sizes. I le said after reviewing some of diese plans, a majority of the budget cut, at least with Academic Affairs, would be absorbed tiirough normal turnover, faculty that retire or leave for other reasons. "That's not to say tiiat tiiere won't be some faculty with one-year contracts that aren't renewed," Vaughan said. "But right now in Academic Affairs, I don't anticipate that number to be very large." But die different divisions of WSU are coping with die budget cuts in different ways, Vaughan said. For the college of Arts and Humanities, Miner outlined in an e-mail to faculty a "short version" plan for how die college is responding to the cut. It includes returning budgeted salary from eight faculty positions that have been opened through retirement, resignations or non-renewal. The college also plans not to renew two one-year contract positions. Other parts of the plan are: eliminating all travel funds and some staff positions, downsizing one staff position, not approving sabbaticals and returning about half of die college's instructional wages (salary) budget. WSU KVice President of die Information Technology Division Bret Ellis said tiiey are cutting as much as tiiey can; tiiey have already left five or six positions unfilled. "A lot of out money goes toward maintenance contracts," Ellis said. "So we are determining which would be most important to keep." Ellis also said tiiey are extending die life of die computers by replacing them every five or six years instead of diree to four. "We are creating greater risk," Ellis said. "For example, by not hiring new people we were already pretty lean, so we might not have a back up if someone can't come in." Jan Winniford, vice president of WSU Student Affairs, said the division has a lot of die same issues as others in planning for die cuts. "We are trying to maximize die use of our students," Winniford said. "Instead of one-on-one, we can do group tutoring or cut hours in some of our computer labs and testing centers." Winniford said tiiey have thought to combine responsibilities of positions and go without replacing equipment. "People are so nervous about this," she said. "We are doing everytliing possible to protect people in our organizations." But overall complaints are minimal. "1 don't think anyone is saying poor me or the sky is falling," Ellis said. "It's something that helps up reprioritize. It's not the world we would like to be in, but no one is trying to escape." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-01-26, Vol. 79, No. 58|
|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.|