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O THE AT a GLANCE 2 EDITORIAL 3 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT .4 SPORTS . 6 CLASSIFIEDS 7 High expectations for football see page 6 n V VOL 80 ISSUE 10 WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2009 WWW.WSUSIGNP0ST.COM E hangEiai Foreigners experience cultural differences and language barriers A1 3 mi i r i Z3 2C students adapt to Weber live By Spencer Garn news reporter I Vie Signpost Two weeks ago, Yun Yang boarded a plane in her homeland of China to fly to Utah where she will spend the next two years away from family, friends and her native culture as she studies international economics at Weber State University. Her trip was among the first of many that students from Shanghai, China are expecting to make in the coming years. On Tuesday, only a week after arriving, Yang, along with 18 other students from Shanghai Normal University, experienced cultural differences and language barriers that surfaced during their English 1010 class. As their American classmate, freshman Leland Vance, introduced himself and explained he was the father of 10 children, jaws dropped and the air filled first with gasps, then with laughter. "It was a little bit of shock," Yang said. Vance said that he was aware of cultural differ- Pliolo by BKYAN BUl'I fcRHtLD THL6IO.hJiT A group of students from Shanghai Normal University discuss language during an English lOlOclasson Tuesday afternoon in Elizabeth Hall. The students flew all the way from Shanghai, China to attend WSU for a year in Ogden, Utah. ences between the United States and China, because he has heard that the number of children in China is limited. "It's probably a shock that people here in the United States can have so many with a blended family or even within one marriage," Vance said. Professor Cheyney Wheelwright said she encouraged the students to ask questions and share their opinions about dif-' ferences in each country's culture. "I know from their Chinese culture that they don't participate in class," Wheelwright said. "My goal right from day one was to engage them, pull them in and let hem know that it's OK to talk back and forth." In addition to the cultural differences that surfaced during the class, there were a few communication issues. After struggling to pronounce the students' names as she went through the roll, the class erupted in applause when Wheelwright pronounced correctly Onja Manny See Shanghai page 5 n Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy, D-Mass., stands with then Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-ul., during a rally for Obama at American University in Washington on lan. 28, 2008. The end of a Kennedy era The legacy of Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy By Cimaron Neugebauer news editor I The Signpost On Saturday.the end of an era will be laid to rest. Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy D-Mass., died on Tuesday night at the age of 77 at his home in Massachusetts after a 17-month battle with brain cancer. His family held a private service Wednesday memorializing the man known as a 'liberal lion.' After a Saturday mass the body will be taken to the nation's capital. Kennedy will be buried that afternoon near his brothers President Kennedy and former Sen. Robert E Kennedy, at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. The private service will take place at a gravesite oxer-looking the Senate chamber where Kennedy made his life's work for more than 45 years. VVliile colleagues and family honor the life of Kennedy back east, professors and students said he impacted more than just politicians on the hill. "I'm not sure who will replace him, but no one has that same presence he had," said John Sil-lito, professor of library science archivist and curator of special collections. Sillito said Kennedy could "electrify" a crowd during a speech and said the Kennedy family has formed a presence for his generation. "My entire life, literally, a Kennedy has either been in the House or the Senate until the other day," Sillito said. Kennedy became known not only for his work in civil rights, but also as a figure in the debate over healthcare reform. Sillito saw Kennedy on a few occasions during different campaign runs in the '60s and '80s in Utah. One of Kennedy's friends, the late Utah Sen. Wayne Owens (who was elected by Utah's second district in 72) said that when he was with Ted Kennedy during the 1980 campaign for President, "there was never a day that Ted Kennedy did not call home and talk to and check on his children, no matter how busy he was, or where he was every single day." Sillito said that anecdote shared by Owens always stuck with him as a mark of Kennedy's character and helped demonstrate he had needs to attend to like everyone else. See Kennedy page 5 Cash for Appliances Government OKs another incentive program to promote energy conservation By James Dohnert news reporter I The Signpost Starting Oct. 15 the government will implement another clunker-type stimulus program for your refrigerator. To boost sales ofenergy-efficient home appliances, they will authorize $50 to $200 rebates on all high-efficiency household appliances when the old one is traded in. The $300 million program hopes to lift appliance makers like Whirlpool and Electrolux out of the worst downturn in the sector's history. "The Cash for appliances program had two objectives," said Weber State University economics professor and department chair Doris Geide-Stevenson. "One was to get people to spend money immediately and to stimulate the economy." Shipments of washers, dryers, refrigerators and ovens dropped 10 percent in 2008 and are down 15 percent through July, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufactures. "The second objective is to get rid of energy-ineffiecent appliances," Geide-Stevenson continued. In 2008, about 55 percent of newly produced major household appliances met the Energy Star standard set by the Energy Department and Environmental Protection Agency. "A benefit of programs like the Cash for Clunkers and Cash for Appliances programs are you get people spending very fast," said Geide-Steveson. The Department of Transportation reported a total of more then 400,000 dealer transactions took place under the Cash for Clunkers program. Major appliance makers hope that similar success works its way into their industry with the new program. The news of the new program brought an increase of 6 percent -w!r- - Older ovens, like this one at the McKay Education Building, are being replaced as part of an energy efficient program. for the Whirlpool Corporation on Aug. 6 and another increase of 5 percent the following session. "It's a good way for the consumer to get back into the marketplace," said J.B. Hoyt, director of governmental relations for Whirlpool, which controls about 40 percent of the U.S. market but has seen a 20 percent sales drop through the first two quarters of this year. Rival appliance maker Electrolux has seen a steep decline over a dozen consecutive quarters. "I think the Cash for Clunkers was a good idea but not this Cash for Appliances program," said Erica McDonald a WSU clinical laboratory science major. Unlike the clunkers program, which See Cash page 5 News in brief "Rock Around the Block" Wildcat Block Party On Friday, Aug. 28, the annual Wildcat Block Party wall be held at the Bell Tower Plaza from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Following the President's Purple Pancake Breakfast at 8:15, over 120 activity booths will be open to guests, including a rock-climbing wall and performances by local artists.Barbecue will be served at 11:00, followed by a pep rally at noon and the Wildcat Water War, which event managers hope will set a Guinness World Record as the largest water fight ever organized.The water fight will begin directly after the pep rally around 12:30 and will be held on the lawn northwest of Elizabeth Hall, where the first 500 participants will be provided free water guns. Friday, Aug. 28 Events Wildcat Block Party will be held at the Bell Tower Plaza from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. President's Purple Pancake Breakfast at 8:15 a.m. 120 activity booths will be open to guests, including a rock-climbing wall and performances by local artists. Barbecue will be served at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. pep rally 12:30 p.m. Wildcat Water War, by the lawn northwest of Elizabeth Hall (the first 500 participants will be provided free water guns). Wilderness Recreation Center Fall Rafting trip The Wilderness Recreation Center is hosting a back to school Snake River cooperative rafting trip on Sept. 11-13. The cost for this trip, which includes transportation, camping gear and all rafting equipment, is $81 for WSU students, and $100 for non-WSU students. If interested, contact Daniel Turner at Campus Recreation by phone (801-626-6373) or by e-mail (danielturnerlweber. edu). But sign up soon as space is limited. Foam Party The Student Involvement and Leadership department is sponsoring a foam dance party Friday, Aug. 28 from 9:00 a.m. till 1:00 pm. This event will be held at the Bell Tower Plaza and admission is free. Along with other attractions, there will be food, a mechanical bull and Mad Chad a chainsaw juggler, If there are questions, please contact Nancy Collinwood at 801-686-0668, or jennypetersonfn'rocket.Tiail. com. Softball Tryouts The Weber State University Softball Team is holding tryouts starting Sept. 1 and going through the 4th. There is also a mandatory information meeting at 3:00 p.m., Monday, Aug. 31 for all potential softball participants held in the softball office in the Dee Events Center. All those who want to try out need to be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours and have had a physical within the last 6 months. Those interested need to contact Assistant Coach Sara Mason at801-626-8974 or at saramason weber.edu by Friday, Aug. 28.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-08-28, Vol. 80, No. 10|
|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.|