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'Cats miss chance at Montana see page 6 r CALENDAR . EDITORIAL FEATURES SPORTS CLASSIFIEDS """l O THE 1 93 4 a'fiy CTVi't tfcrKi 2 009 J- S f MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2009 VOL 80 ISSUE 35 L, WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY WWW.WSUSI6NP0ST.COM a j i Faculty and staff informed about new background checks By Jessie Holmes news reporter I The Signpost Human Resources held a meeting Thursday, Oct. 29 to discuss new employment procedures for Weber State University. "Every one of the changes we made in this past year were made based on a specific articulated need," said Holly Hirst, assistant director of Human Resources. "Our new hires' needed more timely access to ser vices and information." One of the new changes is that every adjunct professor and other employees in specific jobs dealing with students have to have a background check before they can begin work. The change was made after the state legislature passed a law stating certain positions need background checks. Now, instead of hiring just anyone, certain jobs require a background check before they can be filled. This process can take any where from two days to two weeks. "It's kind of a pain for the people 'cause it's been a lot easier to just hire who they want," said I leather Jones, an hourlyadjunct hiring specialist. "But in the long run I think it's really helpful, because we are more careful who we hire and it's a more fair way of who we hire so people aren't being discriminated (against)." Current employees and adjunct professors will not be reviewed. Only those adjunct professors who have been gone for more than one year will be required to have background checks. If an employee transfers from one job to another within the university, they will have to have a background check. Other state legislatures across the country are putting die same policy into action. "It's in response to sort of the environment we live in," Hirst said. "We have a need for greater security. We have a need to better protect our property and our populous. I think it just is a really good indicator of the times." If a person has a criminal record, a council will be held to decide if that person could be a threat to the university. That person writes a letter about their life and hands in three to five recommendations. The person hiring will not know if the person they hired has a criminal record. See Changes page 5 Amnesty Week begins University chapter of Al plans events to educate and liberate By Gina Barker managing editor I The Signpost Genocide in Darfur, extreme poverty, Israeli-Palestine violence and banned books in the United States are only a few of the topics the Weber State University chapter of Amnesty International (AT has brought to campus in their 20-year history as a club. Once a year the club organizes and sponsors a Human Rights Week with events and guest speakers to promote human rights issues across the globe. This week, events are held Monday through Thursday, beginning with WSU professor Kay Gillespie speaking on the death penalty. The lecture begins Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. in the Wildcat Theater. Wednesday's event will be a free screening of the film, "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," about a group of Liberian women who brought about political change in their country though peaceful activism. The main feature of Human Rights Week on campus focuses on healthcare and healthcare reform in America. "We've never done any kind of healthcare as far as a human rights campaign," said the president of WSU's AI, Ryan Jessen. "Due to the national pressure and publicity plus internationally ... healdicare has become a huge focus." On Tuesday, WSU's AI will have a table outside the Shepherd Union Building from 9 to 11 a.m. to inform students on the healthcare issue and promote their final event Thursday, which will feature Dr. Scott Leckman, who will speak on health care issues in America. He is a general surgeon in the Salt Lake City, president-elect of the Utah Medical Association and lead physician for the Health Access Project, speak in lindquist Auditorium in the Kimball Arts Building. "Before, when we talked about the death penalty or something it was like, 'OK, that's kind of the social science people,'" Jessen said. "But now its like . . . the business school cares because of insurance executives, hospital administration program would obviously care. It seems to cover much more on campus and different colleges than some of the issues we may have covered in the past." Originally started in 1961, AI started as a non-profit organization that worked to free political prisoners and prisoners of conscience. Today, they define themselves on their Web site as a "worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights to be respected and protected for everyone." Since its inception, the nonprofit has grown into an internationally recognized non-governmental organization working in dozens of countries to promote human rights globally. See Amnesty page 5 , . A "J PHUIOBV BKVANBU1 IbKHRD lilt M,il'ial Microbiology professor Craig Oberg spoke during WSU's Sixth Annual Faculty Forum on Thursday. Oberg gave a lecture as if it would be his last. The event at the Shepherd Union Building also featured 1 6 oral presentations and 1 1 poster presentations. Turn your epigenetics on Professor encourages those who have lost facination for science to reactivate the gene. By Monalisa Wald correspondent I The Signpost Craig Oberg, microbiology professor in the College of Science, gave his last lecture on Thursday. Oberg was the honorary lecturer chosen to highlight Weber State University's Sixth Annual Faculty Forum. Oberg's last lecture, the lecture he would give if he never lectured again, kicked off the event in the Shepherd Union Building, followed by a forum featuring 16 oral presentations and 11 poster presentations. Through 30 years of "picking up rocks," Oberg presented to over 100 students, faculty and staff his life's findings through historical facts, picture slides and diagrams, while displaying his favorite collection of rocks acquired since childhood. In an hour-long lecture, Oberg entertained the audience with what he said was the new field of "epigenetics," or "the gene that causes people to have a fascination for the world and which can get inactivated over time. My metaphor is to encourage you, if this gene is off, to turn it back on." According to Oberg, microbes rule the world, and have been a determining causal factor of historical events, from dinosaur extinction or the fall of civilizations to current issues, such as cheese fabrication or the H1N1 virus. "Microbes rule and astronomers drool," joked Oberg, as he showed slides of microbes tiiat looked very similar to nebula from outer space. In Oberg's presentation, he entertained the audience with multiple stories from past experiments in the lab or the outdoors. "It was nice to take your mistakes home, grow them on some toast and eat it," he said, referring to cheese fabrication. He also told of a time when he tried smearing on toadfish mucus ointment to see if it was anti-microbial, but to no avail. Philip Burnett, a senior in the microbiology department who aims to become a dentist and continue oral microbial research, attended the lecture to honor one of his favorite teachers. "Dr. Oberg is one of Weber State's best lecturers," Burnett said. "He is able to communicate and engage students with humor to great effect." See Lecturer page 5 International chef cooks at WSU Kik teaches Sodexo workers Lebanese cooking By Spencer Cam asst. news editor I Vie Signpost Lebanese Chef Georges El Kik would have likely never set foot on the Weber State University campus if it wasn't for a conversation the North American Sodexo President had witii a Chicago-based university president a few years ago. Their conversation led to the creation of the Sodexo Global Chef Program that brought Kik to the university from Wednesday to Friday of last week. The program began after the Chicago-based university president told Kik that Japanese students wouldn't eat at the university cafeteria because die Japanese food was not audientic. That was a problem for the university because 20 percent of its students were Japanese. Sodexo quickly moved to authenticate their Japanese food. "The head chef of Japan came for a month to retrain chefs on how to cook Japanese food the right way." said Sodexo chef Jeremy Goldsmith. "In turn, (the Chicago-based university) was able to retain all those students and dial's how the (Global Chef) program started." The French-based Sodexo Company, wliich operates in over 80 countries, has continued die Global Chef Program in order to bring a few W N BL See Chef page 5 Lebanese Chef Georges El Kik teaches a Sodexo food worker cooking International news in brief Thousands evacuated in Philippines as 4th typhoon in month hits, spins toward flooded capital MANILA, Philippines (AP) The fourth typhoon to lash the Philippines in a month brought pounding rain and winds to the eastern coast early Saturday as it barreled toward Manila along the same path as an earlier storm that left the capital still partially submerged. Thousands were evacuated from their homes in the eastern province of Quezon, where Typhoon Mirinae made landfall after midnight, as rains threatened to unleash mudslides. In Manila, residents hunkered down in their homes as rains beat down on dark, deserted streets. The typhoon was expected to pass south of the sprawling city of 12 million later Saturday morning with winds of 93 miles (150 kilometers) per hour and gusts of up to 115 mph (185 kph), said chief government forecaster Nathaniel Cruz. Mirinae was tracking the same route as Tropical Storm Ketsana on Sept. 26 when it dumped the heaviest rains in 40 years in and around Manila a month's worth in just 12 hours leaving hundreds dead and thousands stranded in cars, on rooftops and in trees. Forecaster Rommel Yutuc said the storm slammed ashore near Infanta town in Quezon hours before dawn Saturday. There were no immediate reports of damage. They did what? sircngo news Officials find gator that escaped at show and tell PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) Officials believe they have found an alligator that escaped from a wildlife officer who brought the animal to his daughter's school for show and tell. Stan Kirkland, a spokesman for the Florida wildlife commission, said officials think the 5-foot alligator is in a Panhandle pond. Authorities weren't able to ; capture the gator Friday. Searchers scoured a wooded area surrounding the school Friday afternoon after the alliga- ; tor jumped out of the man's vehicle with its mouth taped shut. : Kirkland said alligators have "amazing" jumping ability and that allowed it to escape. Man convicted in orange rabbit pedicab hit-and-run PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Mercedes driver testified he didn't see the 6-foot-tall orange rabbit driving a pecicab because he was fumbling for a dropped cell phone. Pedicab driver Kate Altermatt tells The Oregon inn she finds that hard to believe, noting she was wearing a bright orange bunny suit for Faster and her Cascadia Pedicab was lit up with reflectors and a blinking red light. She said the crash sent her flying and totaled the pedicab. She confronted tin: driver Wednesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court. After a day-long trial, Judge Karin Immergut found Edward Cespedes-Rodriguez guilty of hit-and-run driving for leaving the scene of the crash last April 12. The 34-year-old Portland man was cleared of recklessly endangering another person.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-11-02, Vol. 80, No. 35|
|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.|