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WSU Baseball 4"77 opens conference -r play on the road t 44. r . see page 6 ' ' 1 ' Pi X U AT A GLANCE . .. 2 EDITORIAL 3 BUSINESS & SCIENCE 4 SPORTS 6. CLASSIFIEDS 9, O TH E 1934 2eiy ltic tfbcz'J 2009-10 "SI WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24,2010 WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY WWW.WSUSIGNP0ST.COM III W K vrf Vr v VOL 80 ISSUE 74 J .. is fer ct 3 Some avoid filing because of the process By Camille Safsten correspondent I The Signpost Weber State University offers financial aid in many ways to students; however, they all are based around a form called Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). As the economy has struggled, more students have leaned on the financial aid process and filed FAFSA forms. Sam Harris, a WSU sophomore majoring in political science, is one of those students. "I never thought that I would have to rely on financial aid, because I really wanted to work hard and pay for school on my own," Harris said. "After I was laid off from my job at a plant working the line, I decided to fill one out and am waiting to hear back to see what will happen or what I will get." According to the WSU financial aid Web site, WSU gives more than $50 million in funds for scholarships and financial aid each year. There are many options that fit into many students' lives and provide them with opportunities for I X t ,. -,' ir.4 ' . . i PHUIO BY BRYAN BUTTERFIELD Iiil xAi'cbJ Horizon Elementary students practice for their singing presentation "Rock 'n' Roll is Here to Stay." Children participating range in age from pre-school to 12 years old. The girls in bikini-style shirts are singing "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini." For more photos see page 1 0. grants, scholarships or student loans. Jan Klars, a WSU junior majoring in technical sales, was able to use the financial aid program. "I knew from the minute I came to Weber that I could get financial help, so I applied and got some money," Klars said. "Even though it wasn't a lot, it is really nice to have some help, even a little bit at this time, and I'm really glad I took advantage of the money because I didn't have to stress about money as much and could concentrate on school." The WSU financial aid Web site lists options, instructions and frequently asked questions to help students with the process. Jaime Terrace, a WSU freshman majoring in business administration, said she had a hard time filling out the financial aid form even after looking on the Web site, however. "Money was out there for stu-dentsnd I bet I could qualify, but it was such a long process and so confusing that I just gave up, because I would rather work a job and pay myself than work so hard for a scholarship that really only gives me $5 an hour over the entire semester," Terrace said. "It's awesome that students can get help, but it is so impossible to get done." " Among other requirements, the amount of financial aid depends on a student's credit hours, income, academic progress and the correct completion of all required forms and information. "It took me almost two months to get everything processed," Klars said. "I had to have all of my tax information and my parents' too,' plus sign papers electronically, which is a joke. I guess if they See Aid page 5 $30,000 in USTAR gratis coma to WSU for research By Camille Safsten correspondent I The Signpost Six Weber State University student and faculty groups have received $139,600 in grant money to fund research projects in hope of creating higher-paying jobs for the state of Utah. The Technology Commercialization Grants (TCG) program is funded by the Utah Science Technology and Research Group (USTAR). The average award size for TCG grants is $30,000, which helps schools to test, commercialize and prototype new products and services in markets. One of the grant award-ees from WSU is Kolbe Corporation, a graphical presentation of HT optimization data. This product would be used to mathematically match employees to jobs or forecast how a business will perform. Chris Parsons, a WSU freshman majoring in chemistry. first heard about the grants this year and said he plans to participate in future events. "I am glad that someone out there is going to give people from Weber money to work on projects and really understands that we have ideas that can help the community," Parsons said. "I won't use the grants for a few more years, but because there have been people from Weber before me doing it, I plan on asking them for help on how to write the grants in order to get the money." The grants go to many different fields of study and vary in topics; however, they all go to students working with local industries. The next TCG deadline is March 31. Kelsey Einburough, a junior majoring in English, said she is looking forward to seeing more WSU projects in the running for the grant money. "While I don't think I will ever use the money myself, it is good to see tons of Weber people getting it," Einburough said. "We don't get a lot of money from the slate through other things, so it is nice that these smaller and larger projects are getting' the attention they deserve. I'm happy for those who have gotten it and excited to see if more will get it again." Other schools received the grants as well, such as Utah Valley University for Hypersphere Graphics. However, WSU received the majority of the grant money for various projects. Jason Shelton, a sophomore with an undecided major, said he is unsure whether the money will help or not. "Yeah, it's nice to get 30 grand for a school project, but who all gets to have that kind of money?" Shelton said. "Not everyone can just get the money to work on fun projects and then get good grades because of the money they put in. I would rather see all that money going back to where we were cut this last year from the overall Weber budget." See Grants page 5 ii 1 r; - A Turning innovation into industry l.UHI'l WXOM Senators fill vacant positions with candidates Josh Meservey chosen as new Supreme Court Associate Justice By Thomas Alberts news reporter I The Signpost The Weber State University Student Senate focused on bringing in the new senate for next year on Monday, March 22. As the meeting started, Legislative Vice President Elene Kvernadze took the opportunity to praise the student senators for their work over the past year. "We're kind of getting a hang of what works best for the senate and how we go about finding issues and how we go about solving issues," Kvernadze said. Aware that the 2010 legislative session is now over, the senate met Monday and swore in the last vacant senatorial and judicial positions that need to be filled. After the meeting began, Senate President Tyler Lathem started off the process and gave the oath of office to and swore in the new Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexandra Allen. Afterward, the senators called up the candidates for the WSU Supreme Court Associate Justice position and asked them to make one last statement as to why they felt they were qualified for the role. Lisa Francis was the first of the candidates to present herself to the senators. "I know some of you are hesitant to vote for me because of my lack of experience," she said. "But from what I understand, student government is a way to gain experience and make what we do known around campus. I believe that I would do a really good job and I'm a fast learner. So 1 believe I would be a good Supreme Court Justice." Senate Parliamentarian Josh Meservey was the other candidate considered for the job, and laid out the reasons he felt he was most qualified. "I feel I'm well prepared for this," Meservey said. "My major is political science. I've taken numerous constitutional classes about how rights are decided upon, and how we go about making decisions on those rights and keeping our Constitution correct so that it's not infringed upon. This is just something that I am really excited about, because, like I said, my future aspirations are to be a lawyer and go to law school in the not-too-distant future. To pursue a law career and to be a judge is my ultimate See Senators page 5 The Weber State University newspaper, 77t? Sig?ipost, recently took top honors in the annual Better Newspaper Contest, hosted by the Utah Press Association at an annual conference held in St. George, Utah, over the weekend of March 20, 2010. The Signpost is one of 10 community newspapers across the state competing in the Group II category. The staff of The Signpost received a total of 14 awards;, five third place awards, four second place, four first place and the award of General Excellence, which is given in recognition of die newspaper mat wins die most individual awards. UPA Awards General Excellence-Tlie Signpost staff First Place Awards: Special Section-Tlie Signpost staff Sports Photograph-Nathan Caulford Sports Page-The Signpost'staff News or Features Series-Cimaron Neugebauer Second Place Awards: Photo Page-Tlie Signpost staff Feature Photograph-Nathan Caulford Use of Ad Color-Hunter Saiz In-House Promotion-Hunter Saiz Third Place Award: Front Page-Tiie Signpost staff Feature Story-Erik Olsen Editorial - The Signpost staff Editor's Column-Gina Barker In-I louse Produced Ad-Hunter Saiz Newspapers in Group II Millard County-Chronicle Progress Box U.lder News Journal TheWasatc r Wave The Tu nes-h i dq icndent Vernal Express Uintah Basin Standard TheU'aclcr Sun Advocate Springt'illc Herald The Signpost SPJ Mark of Excellence finalists: Sports reporting-Malt Gerrish Editorial writing-The Signpost staff r-ammmmmi 11 j . .wn . w- ; i s, t ' i 1 - - . J f!
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2010-03-24, Vol. 80, No. 74|
|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.|