Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-03-201
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r- TTlP C WEBER STATE UN WSU ( ..!( Iici ,i j.u k of -ill i r . r Jr .Sec pi;;c 6 IVERSITY Lv W J V v- J LIT Ik. J haw i n . n Gong 11 ons in mm 4 t f ; i j "Zi,". 1 4r-: ,w . V. Above: With several WSU ROTC cadets strapped in for the ride, one of two Blackhawk helicopters takes off from the soccer field on the west side of campus. Below: Two cadets recite the Army Oath of Enlistment, a commitment to defend the Constitution. For more photos, visit The Signpost Facebook page: WSU Signpost. Helicopters carry WSU ROTC cadets to training exercise on Mount Ogclen By Frances Kelsey managing editor I The Signpost The Weber State University ROTC conducted its fourth annual land navigational exercise yesterday using two Utah National Guard Blackhawk UH60 helicopters. Every year the ROTC Cadets are given an opportunity through their leadership lab to ride in a Blackhawk helicopter up to Mount Ogden in order to practice tactical skills that will help them in their career in the Army. Major Ammon Campbell with the WSU ROTC said there are two main reasons for the exercise. "The first and foremost portion is ROTC is a leader i'V or : Woolen Women's fair and speaker celebrate increasing role of women in higher education By Jessica Schreifels editor-in-cheif I The Signpost Booths dotted the Weber State University Shepherd Union Building Atrium and Mezzanine Wednesday for the Women's Fair. The fair, which ran most of the day. featured many vendors geared to women's needs, including Single Mom Connection, services to assist women, candles for the home and fashion pieces such as hats. Carol Merrill, director of the Women's Center, called the event a definite success. "The students have really enjoyed the fair," she said. "I think we are really pleased. We had more attendance than we thought we would have. It's been a very big success." Sarah Dawn Lowry, a WSU staff member, attended the fair and said she enjoyed it. "I got a lot of information," Lowry said. "People were very honest with me. They were very open, and I could talk to them without feeling like I was under pressure and got some very good information. I liked that it was so relaxing and open and anyone could go." Josh Kirkham, a WSU student who visited the fair with his wife Amy, also said the fair was eniovable. She said she enioved the Diessure-free :u ..--4 y . .. ' I. . r development program with the idea to build the future leaders of the Army," Campbell said. "This is their training, Cadets don't go to basic training, they don't go to AIT which is additional individual training. They don't do any of those service-oriented tilings that you do when you join the Army because you do it little by little over the course of four years. So you need to have this training so at the end of four years, you'll be able to lead whatever number of troops you're assigned." The Cadets boarded two Blackhawk helicopters, which then took them roughly 15 miles from WSU to Mount Ogden where they were dropped off with little more than a compass, map and a protractor in order to practice orienteering for the possible times beat the odds feeling she got from vendors. "So far, we haven't been pressured into buying anything," he said. "We've just gotten a lot of information." A guest speaker advocating women's issues also came to campus this week to help celebrate Women's History Month. Debra Humphreys, the vice president for communications and public affairs for the Association of American Colleges and Universities, came to WSU Thursday to speak about women in higher education. In her presentation, Humphreys outlined trends that have been seen in enrollment numbers in colleges for women, and the effects of race and class on college enrollment. "We do definitely have a majority of women at the undergraduate level," she said during her presentation. "That progress is not coming at the expense of men, although we do have some clear problems with minorities." Humphreys said that while women may be enrolled in college more than men, women are still not as well paid as men when they get into their job fields. She said that many times the problem is not with gender, but rather class and minorities. There is more of a gender gap in graduation levels in lower income brackets, but with those who have a large income, there is relatively no gender gap in college enrollment levels. White men have the largest number of See Women page 5 'I PHOIUSB'i UIOAN BUI ILKFIELD I Hi SK.NI'US I where they could be stranded with nothing else. The second reason for the exercise is to aid the juniors who will participate in a 28-day training, in which they will receive a score that could aid them in landing a high up job in their careers of choice. "The second reason which is just as important, is the summer between junior to senior, all Cadets go up to Fort Lewis, Washington, and they'll be evaluated on a 28-day camp called leader development assessment course," Campbell said. "What it does is it assesses if they have land mass skills, if they can shoot their rifle, if they can lead others. So that's why we're doing this, this spring, even though we did it in the fall, so that the MS3s or juniors will go and score very well this summer because the jobs they get as an officer is dependant on their grades at WSU, how they perform in Cadet ROTC and See Blackhawk page 5 0 O r' Budget cut asking staff By Cimaron Neugebauer sr. reporter I The Signpost A $12.2 million cut from Weber State University's budget means offering something rare: a payout to staff wishing to retire early. The Voluntary Separation Incentive Program ( VSIP) is put in place to save the university money. The ' The goal program isn't new to universities trying to save money; other institutions across the state have already enacted their own ultimately, is to help us reduce the number oflayoffs' separation incentive 1 program to help cut costs and layoffs. Since the Utah State Legislature announced a 17 percent budget cut, WSU has been looking for ways to cut back. WSU President F. Ann Millner said, "The goal of this ultimately, is to help us reduce the number of lay-offs." . Salaried staff members were the only ones eligible for the incentive. Faculty, hourly and temporary workers were not eligible. Those eligible were given a memo stating a window of opportunity Feb. 23-Mar. 9 to apply. Another criteria stated on the memo required employees "must have been offered the ws U football team wins MCM appeal 'Cats get waiver keeping them eligible for postseason play 2009 By Matt Gerrish sports editor I The Signpost The Weber State University Football Team received good news on Monday as the NCAA granted the Wildcats a conditional waiver request, which for the time being, will keep WSU eligible for postseason play in 2009. Just after the team added new players during the national high school signing day in February the Wildcats were rocked with a warning from the NCAA, which announced it was preparing to hand down postseason bans for academic deficiencies to nine Division I schools, with WSU being one of them. "This is obviously a good thing," said WSU Head Coach Ron McBride, "but just because we got the appeal, doesn't mean that we are over the hump. We still have a lot of work to do to get where we need to be." About two weeks after the warnings, WSU officials traveled to Indianapolis, Ind, and met with the NCA-Ys Board of Directors to appeal the possible sanctions. Before Monday's ruling, the Wildcat' football team had been under fire for unsatisfactory academic progress dating back nearly a vear. Last Mav, the has WSU to retire early opportunity to participate by way of the announcement of this program and must have followed the process for application within the published timelines." One employee who contacted The Signpost, who wished to remain anonymous, said they had announced their retirement two days prior to the beginning of the program. Even though the staff member did not know about the incentive program, they were not accepted because they had forfeited their eligibility by retiring early without using the correct process for application of this F. Ann Millner, WSU President of the program. Some may have lost out by retiring before this program began, but in regard to keeping a solid deadline for everyone, Millner said, "you have to be as consistent as you can be." WSU Human Resources Assistant Vice-President Cherrie Nelson said, "We have met with those who were accepted, to give the actual agreement and give them time to think about it, as required by law." Applicants are given 45 days to accept the approval. Nelson explained the approval is based on turnover savings. For someone who has worked at the university for 30 years, they will be making See Quitting page 5 Hit: V 5 ATS J (J 1 I'M! nu Hi USSKA SCHKUFHS ; lilt ,S( ,.( S1 Football Head Coach Ron Mac-Bride at a game last fall against Portland State University, Nov.1. The team faced NCAA sanctions. NCA- implemented sanctions on WSU for their Academic Progress Report of 853, which was in the bottom 10 percent of all Division I football teams at the time. l ive scholarships were taken from the Wildcats and the team's normal practice time of 20 hours per week was reduced to 16. WSU used lost See Football page 5 This Thursday, March 24, a panel discussion will be lick! in the Weber Slate University Shepherd Union Building Wildcat Theater addressing "Hip Environmental Impact of the Food Industry." Professors at WSU and company owners will be on the panel. The discussion will revolve around the environmental impact of herbicides, pesticides, animal husbandry and sustainable food sources. The event will be held at noon, and is free! All arc welcome to attend. The Utah Transit Authority will hold two meetings in Ogden March 24 and 26 in order to seek the public's input involving transit options between Ogden's Intermodal Hub Frontrunner station and Weber State University. Topics will cover streetcars, bus rapid transit, improved bus service and routes and stations. The end result of the information is to support early planning activities for an upcoming alternatives analysis and environmental ' review. The meetings will be held in the Ogden Hccles Conference Center on Mar. 24 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and in the WSU Shepherd Union Building Ballroom on Mar 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. FcrK!cri:nOTEl2';cr IUUl(tl k'vtiJ As part of AsianPacific Islander Emphasis Week, Vai Sikahema, a former Brigham Young University and NFL star, will speak Friday, Apr. 3 at the Weber State University in the Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts. Sikahema will discuss the importance ofsettinggoals and pursuing a college education. Sikahema is a Tonga native and spent eight seasons as a running back and kick returner in the NIL. The event will take place at 11 a.m., and is free. ccnccrtctSl'3 Fsiy Doub'e or Nothing will be hosting a debut concert in the Wildcat 'I healer in the Union Building for their album "Live it Loud." Doors open Friday. March 20 at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. CDs are $5, shirts $15 and posters are $3. Admission is free. I-i-f P'r-fjf !-rn p o r-"-. I A paper airplane ('ont'-.i will be held in tin- Weber State University Shepherd Union Building Ballroom from 12 to 2:30 p.m. oi: Friday, Mar. 20. 'I here ;;;e three categories for the May 2009 world finals: Longest airtime, longest uisianee and acrobatics. The winner of the event is eligible to win a trip to Austria. The event will also include free Heel Bull.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-03-20, Vol. 79, No. 77|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University|
|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.|