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NEWS . . 2 EDITORIAL . . . 3 BUSINESS & SCIENCE 4 SPORTS 6 CLASSIFIEDS ... . . 11 O THE 1 934 3ij'ty iSt'i'c Vcrrj 2009 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2009 VOL 80 ISSUE 25 WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY WWW.WSUSI6NP0ST.COM Freshman finishes 17th 4:K in Oregon p V J" see page 6 (C j i j i e r- o nZ n n f . Y . '7.:" 'Y v , ; I . . - J V . A - Student Senate President Elene Kvernadze (far right) speaks with the student senate in a previous senate meeting at the Shepherd Union Building. Director of Student Involvement and Leadership Nancy Collinwood told senators they should focus on the issues and topics of the students rather than just planning events and activities. Receding University appoints campus energy manager and works to become greener By Brad Williams correspondent I The Signpost Weber State University has been recycling for more than 15 years, so how green is WSU? According to Rick Wade, Director s of Campus Services for Facilities Management, we may be greener than some think." "The majority of our waste is office waste," Wade said. WSU has more than 800 tons of -waste per year, according to Wade, and 34 percent of that waste is recycled. "One of our real challenges is keeping people informed," Wade said. Because of the change in recycling technology, there is more of an emphasis to educate people than before. Wade said six to seven years ago, options for what could be recycled were very limited and challenging. Now there are a wide variety of Workshop discusses becoming 'Diversity Center for Diversity educates about the need for hate crime laws in Utah By Craig Halbasch correspondent I The Signpost Weber State University students are working together through discussion to build a stronger and more unified community. The Center for Diversity and Unity at WSU is holding "Diversity University," a series of workshops designed to help students see the perspective of others. Adrienne Gillespie, coordinator for the Center for Diversity and Unity, said the goal of the workshop series is to encourage students to build a stronger community that includes everyone. "The goal of the series is to encourage community building," Gillespie said. "My hope is that this series will create an environment where all participants can express their views without attacking each other or feeling attacked." The latest workshop in the series was held on Tuesday, Sept. 29, with a discussion centered on hate crime laws. A hate crime, according to the United Slates Department of Justice, is an offense against a person or society that is motivated by the offender's bias against PIIOIO B CHKISTA BOVD IHL lON'Oi mpus gets added attention on ca trash items that can be recycled, from plastic bottles to building materials. Some building materials were recycled in buildings 1 and 2 when they were torn down to make room for Elizabeth Hall. Changes are also underway with recycling management at WSU. Facilities management recently made Jacob Cain the campus energy manager. His duties will be organizing and overseeing the recycling program for the campus. Cain is concerned with the four R's Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Remanufacture. "We want to go with an overall approach," Cain said. He said that recycling is third on the list of what individuals should be doing. First, people need to reduce what they can and where they can, and reuse what they do use. According to Cain, recycling is a Band-Aid for the overall problem. He said the See Recycling page 5 race, religion, gender, disability, ethnicity or sexual orientation. The Center for Diversity held the discussion due in part to the rising numbers of hate crimes committed in Utah over the past few years. From 2006 to 2007, the incidence of hate crimes rose significantly, according to the FBI's annual Hate Crimes Statistics Report. The report showed 55 hate crimes were reported in 2007, up from the 35 reported hate crimes in 2006. Hate crime figures for 2008 have yet to be reported but are expected later this month. "Hate crimes are an outgrowth of fear," Gillespie said. "A fear of what we don't know, what we don't understand and sometimes of what we ourselves are." The state of Utah currently has a hate crime law but many people are calling for the law to be enhanced. Proponents for a new hate crime law have said the current law is too vague and doesn't protect the status of hate crime victims. Gillespie said she would like to see a law that protects people based on their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, political Senators urged to focus on needs and issues of constituency By Shauna Westergard news reporter I The Signpost The amount student senators get to spend for their activities won't change, but the way they plan activities could change based on information they are trying to compile this week. The senate had its weekly meeting Monday afternoon at the Davis campus. Senators and other campus committees, such as the homecoming committee and student involvement, plan several activities each semester. Specifically, senators must plan three activities each semester for their college or constituency. Nancy Collinwood, Director -1: Y PHOTOS BY BRYAN BUTTERHBLD IHL bK.NVUSI WSU Environmental Club member Chris Bentley takes advantage of the recycle bins available around campus. CUT' - I Federal Bureau of Investigations annual Hate Crimes Statistics Report 60 p " " 50 40 1 30 j j l j L J t - i 2006 2007 Number of hates crimes for 2006 affiliation, gender and age. She continued by saying that a new law should show real harms that were committed, and the penalty for the crime should be enhanced based upon the hate demonstrated. Josephine Estrada, a sophomore majoring in radiology, said she also feels Utah needs a new law that better protects certain individuals and groups. "A law is definitely needed in Utah that protects people from of Student Involvement and Leadership, said she wants to make sure they aren't just holding activities for the sake of the event. "You weren't necessarily elected to be activity directors or activity coordinators," said Collinwood at the meeting. "Focus on the issues and topics that are relevant to your constituency." Collinwood said she wanted the senators to pay attention to the needs of their constituencies, which is the group of students entitled to representation by a senator. It is important that students have a voice in the student senate and their voice is heard. ' Student Senate President Elene Kvernadze said senators should r University' and 2007. being harmed just because they are different," Estrada said. "People should not feel threatened because of their beliefs or their way of life." Critics of hate crime legislation cite, however, that hate crime laws are too hard to prosecute. They say there is no way of knowing whether a victim was targeted because of the victim's particular affiliation with a group. Daniel Edinger, a See Workshop page 5 become aware of the issues tire students under their jurisdiction are currently facing. She urged senators to meet with their constiUiencies and learn what their issues are. "Things that keep coming up, that students keep repeating, write them down and we'll bring it back for the next meeting," Kvernadze said. "We'll decide if there is anything we can do to solve these problems. We'll give it to a specific committee or work on it as a senate as a whole." Kvernadze suggested that senators talk to their students this week to learn what their concerns are and then take those concerns to the proper committees. Students can get involved and voice their See Bang page 5 Mews in brief WRC Rock Climbing Trip to San Rafael Swell Over fall break the Wilderness Recreation Center (WRC) will be hosting a rock climbing trip to southern Utah's San Rafael Swell. The trip will be Oct. 15-18. Those interested in attending must register at least 24 hours in advance and attend a mandatory pre-trip planning meeting Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. at the WRC. The cost of the trip is $30 for both studeiits and non-students. For more information visit the WRC, call (801) 626-6373 or visit www. weber.eduWRC. Gear Sale and Swap The annual Gear Sale and Swap, hosted by the Wilderness Recreation Center, is being held this Friday, Oct. 9. It will be held in the A7 parking lot, next to the tennis courts on campus. Many different vendors will be coming, including Black Diamond, Canyon Sports, Alpine Sports and Z-Works. There will also be many local vendors supporting this event. According to the Wilderness Recreation Center's Web site, the Gear Sale and Swap will include great deals on new and used outdoor equipment. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and will go until 8 p.m. Phi Alpha Theta Book Sale The History Honors Society of Phi Alpha Theta will be holding a book sale on Friday, Oct. 9, from H:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the east side of the Social Science Building. Books, videos and maps will be sold. Moab Car Camping Trip The Wilderness Recreation Center will lie hosting a camping trip in Moab Oct. 15-18. l or 560, stiH.lenls and non-students 18 and up can explore Moab, hike its various trails and camp along t he-Co I o i' a do River, 'transportation is provided and necessary equipment is available for rent horn ihe KG. 'those planning to attend must register at least 21 hours in advance and aitend a mandatory pre-trip meeting Oct. 8 at (;:0() p.m. in the WW. I. Register online or at the WRC. Call V.2C,-(,:7'J or visit www.w rber.eduwrc for more information.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-10-07, Vol. 80, No. 25|
|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.|