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The 'Encore' onen- J O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY ing performance tonight See page 4 1 ' i . i v rL IF K ) S U : Eteuati court case completed $98,000 restitution total much lower than originally anticipated By Jessica Schreifels editor-in-chief I The Signpost Six months after his initial arrest in October, former Weber State University wide receiver Bryant Eteuati has finished his case in the Farmington 2nd District Court for multiple charges incurred in the last year. Eteuati was charged with communication fraud, reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident, all misdemeanor counts and was sentenced in early January to 90 days in jail without school or work release, $555 in fines, $1,239 in fines for the communication fraud charge and an undetermined if it amount in ...if ii were more accurately portrayed with the injuries, then (the judge) may have done something different." restitution to victims who were injured after a July incident where Eteuati ran over four people with his vehicle after a fight in a Kaysville park. Thursday, the price tag for the restitution was named at a grand total of $98,509. This was significantly - Deven ess tnan tne . number one ' victim's family Eteuati 's attorney gaveatEteuati's January sentencing, which they guessed to be in the $300,000- $400,000 range. "It was fairly obvious what happened today that the bills weren't anywhere in the neighborhood that was originally contemplated," said Deven Coggins, Eteuati's attorney, after the Thursday hearing. "Unfortunately, that was part of, I believe, the decision-making process for Judge (Thomas) Kay." Coggins said he believed the inflated estimated amount of damage and bills caused by Eteuati might have caused the court to give him the sentencing he received. "It's pure speculation," Coggins said, "but from the way I took it when I was in there, the medical bills weighed heavily on the court's mind. My impression is, from Judge Kay, if it were more accurately portrayed with the injuries, then he may See Eteuati page 5 n n n n n n n V 'jyn , f X PHOIOS BY BRYAN BUTTERFIELD 7 Hi SICNIVSI Guitarist for Plastic Metal, a WSU Rock Band group, rocks out Wednesday. Visit our Facebook page for more photos: WSU Signpost. Wildcats win big at Rock Band-O-Rama By David Freeland correspondent I The Signpost Those who walked by the Shepherd Union Building on Wednesday between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. were blown away by competing bands playing plastic instruments of the video game phenomenon called Rock Band. The crowd was overflowing the Wildcat Theater, everyone i j. ... . .. ., , . , cheering wildly for each band. This was the second-annual Rock Band-O-Rama. Wildcat Tech of the WSU Bookstore organized the event. The first RockBand-O-Rama was put on to promote the sales of video games at the bookstore. "We started this event last year to introduce the video gaming options we have in the Book store, said Brad Beazer, the manager of Wildcat Tech. "It was so successful last year that people were asking A- V: ! See Rock page 5 ry ;yH .... Ycu I r . V" Y 'atit I r. i : - i -I T - - L, .a . (Left) WSU Student Body President Dan Schwab reacts to one of the the Rock Band bands as he was judging Wednesday. Many bands such as ZON (center) competed for a chance at an Xbox 360, but it was Plastic Metal (right) who ended up taking the crown. UTA includes public in campus travel solution Project managers propose streetcar system for WSU By Spencer Garn sr. reporter I The Signpost The Utah Transit Authority is in the early stages of planning a project to improve transit service between the Ogden FrontRunner hub and Weber State University. As part of the planning process, UTA held public meetings Tuesday and Thursday to discover the pulse of the Ogden community. UTA public relations representative Gerry Carpenter explained that gathering feedback from community members will help the project 'reflect the desires of the community" and gain the ridership support it will need to be sustainable. "It's really important to get input from the public," Carpenter said, "because they are the individuals who live here, who work here and who travel here every single day. Your average citizen may have insights into this area that an outside consultant of UTA may not have." From the public meetings, UTA learned community preferences on such things as the mode and route of the transit service. A handful of WSU students and faculty attended the open house at the Ogden F.ccies conference center on Tuesday to voice their preferences. One of those students, Rachel Coleman, is taking an urban planning class and said she lias spent time studying the project. Coleman said she would like UTA to build streetcars similar to the TRAX system in Salt Lake City, instead of improving the bussing system through increased service or bus rapid transit. "Streetcars will help economic growth," Coleman said. "Business owners want to be where the people are going to be." Coleman then explained that owners are more likely to establish their businesses alongside the fixed route of streetcars rather than the unfixed route of a busing system. As a student, Coleman said she is excited for the impact streetcars may have on the university. "WSU is isolated from the rest of the community," Coleman said. "The most inviting campuses' are a part of the community. If the campus is connected to the community, enrollment may increase. WSU Professor Eric Ewert, who teaches geography and classes directly related to urban planning, encouraged his students to get a firsthand look at this stage of the planning process. "I encouraged them to come (to the Ogden Eccles conference center)," Ewert said, "so they could see that it's not just boring professors and boring textbooks, it's real world stuff that effects real world people. It's a great laboratory." Ewert also explained how improved transit service will help university students who don't have cars. "If you don't have a car, we basically say in the U.S. you don't get to play completely; you're partially paralyzed," Ewert said. "Mass transit allows people without a car to fully participate in the landscape." Based on the information gathered from the open houses from this week, UTA will be preparing an environmental impact document and an alternatives analysis report. Both reports will be submitted to the federal government who will then determine whether or not federal funds go toward supporting the project. The reports will also be submitted to the stakeholders or community leaders who represent the people who will be impacted by the project, f rom the reports, the stakeholder group will choose a mode and route of the transit service. For detailed information about the project and the planning process, visit the UTA Web site at www.rideuta.com. Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. lens in Grief Primary voting bsllot Glitch corrected The Weber State University Student Involvement had a minor problem during the first few days of primary elections. An encoding error on studentvoice. com, the Web site through which WSU runs its student elections, caused 6,000 students to receive a link leading to another university's voting portal. When the students went to entire their W numbers, they were unable to access the site to vote. This problem has been fixed and those 6,000 students were sent a second e-mail with the correct link to vote. Primary elections will close today at 5 p.m. Weber State University Best Buddies presents the annual Best Buddies 5K Walk Run on Saturday, March 28, at Davis High School. The event is scheduled to begin with . registration at 9 a.m.' and the 5K is slated to start at 9:30. At 10:30, an Easter egg hunt is planned for those who have registered, followed by an award ceremony at 11 a.m. Opportunities for pictures with characters and celebrities begin at 11:30. Pre-registration is available at www.bestbuddiesutah. org5k. Registration is $15 and includes the entrance fee, food, entertainment, the egg hunt and one raffle ticket. E-mail wsubestbuddiesfrTyahoo. com for more information. C::iTc.::rpr.rtyto LkiiauUiiUU L IU hkih&uiJ Wednesday, April 3, local bands will perform live at the Stewart Bell Tower Plaza from 7-9 p.m. During the free event, the 2009-10 candidates will be announced after the ballots from the primaries are counted. Fundraiser for WSU HiKd Enseals The Weber State University Wind Ensemble has been invited to play at Carnegie Hall in New York City on April 8. At that concert they are playing "Cantiphonia," which will be the North American premiere. In order to raise money, they are hosting a silent auction before and after their concert on Friday, March 27. Band members went to various businesses and received almost 100 donations including two Discover Scuba classes, a cedar chest, a guitar, Banana chairs, passes to il ly and iRock , a futon, an MP3 player, movies and many other miscellaneous items from the community. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in the Austad Auditorium in the Browning Center for the Performing Arts. Concert tickets cost $4.50 for general public and $3.50 for students.The auction will start at 6 p.m. earlier that night. For full story, see die Arts and Entertainment section, page 4.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-03-27, Vol. 79, No. 80|
|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.|