Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2010-02-011
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'Cats make AT A GLANCE .2 T1 O THE jump to the 1 934 SclSci'cnft S'(j'' cift'J 2009 xopoTbigbKy tr.;:'is's3 seepage D U MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2010 ' n FDITdRIAl rmmirm FEATURES 4 Renal &GCSD)Qi3 aroigncil te OjGoid SFRC prepares to make final decison on student fee money By Spencer Cam asst. news editor 1 The Signpost Last Friday's Student Fee Recommendation Committee (SFRC) meeting concluded presentations from the 26 programs and organizations requesting student fee money for the 2010-11 school year. Weber State University's 12 SFRC members will begin deliberations at 1 p.m. Friday to determine how a student fee budget surplus of $85,344 will be allocated to the 14 programs and organizations that asked for an increase in their student fee budget. "I'm really confident that this group, just from what I've seen, can move through this in a session," , said Jan Winniford, VP of Student Affairs. "But if we need more time, you know we want people to feel like we've given fair consideration."If the SFRC does not conclude deliberations after Friday's meeting, two additional meetings are scheduled to reach a consensus on how the budget surplus will be allocated. In addition to the $85,344, another $8,000 is available for one time allocation. This money became available when Mock Trial decided to decrease their student fee base budget by $8,000 until they hire a replacement coach for the 2011-12 school year. The TV station, Women's Center (WC), Union Building (UB), Utah Transit Authority (UTA) Ed-Pass and Campus Recreation (CR) all requested pieces of the student fee budget surplus during Friday's meet Davis Skating for help Clothing drive at Classic Fun Center brings warmth and hope By Craig Halbasch news reporter 1 77ie Signpost Weber State University's students skated for a cause Friday night at the Classic Fun Center in Layton. Students were asked to bring warm clothing to donate to the local Women's Crisis Shelter and the Davis County Homeless Shelter. The event was sponsored by Weber State University's Davis Campus and was considered a success by Candace Mau, the Davis Campus Activities Coordinator. "Whenever we hold an activity we always look for a way to include some sort of community service," Mau said. "This is the fourth time we have held this event and it has been a success every year. Last year we had around 300 people show up and I imagine we have at least 300 people here this time." Mau said the event is a great way to get students more involved in the community and make them more aware of community needs. Greg Medved, a sophomore at WSU majoring in social work, was one of the many students who brought a bag filled with warm clothing to help those who are less fortunate. "When I heard about the event I thought it would be a fun date night but also a great opportunity to donate some worn clothing that I have been hoarding in my See Skating page 5 ing. Taken together, the increases requested Friday amount to $69,862. "We've still been very fiscally minded," said Teri Bladen, director of CR. "We've done a lot of internal things, streamlining, reallocating, trying to see where we can cut and not ask for any more money. It was really tough this year to do that." CR requested $21,000, a 3 percent increase to their budget. The money would be used to maintain current levels of functioning. CR cut office hours to decrease wages by 1 percent, reduced travel expenses by 11 percent and took other measures to reduce costs to help pay approximately $19,000 in early retirement salary and benefits. Bladen said if CR is not allocated an increase to their base that they will cut office hours and scale back in areas they have expanded. The scale-back could include services at the Davis campus, where programs have been recently introduced. The UTA Ed-Pass, which provides students, faculty and staff with access to public transportation, requested $40,000, a 44 percent increase in their budget. WSU funds the Ed-Pass from student fee, parking services and administration money. If the SFRC grants the UTA Ed-Pass $40,000, it will bring the student-funded portion of the program closer to one-third of its total cost. "We've been patient," said Jerry Graybeal, VP of See Final page 5 Beat V0L8QISSUe"st " J L, WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY www.wsusignpqst.com TJT)vJMfhip I Carina i a -Mwrnt i for WSU Chris Olpin, slides down a handrail on rollerblades in front of the Stewart Library on Weber State University campus on Saturday Jan. 30. Changing the future of textbooks Kindle and iPad change up the educational publishing game By Candis Parkinson news reporter I The Signpost The media anticipated Apple's new release to be an enhancement of the Kindle, but after its unveiling it proved to be something different than expected. Apple unveiled its new product last Wednesday at aninvitation-only event while people watched streaming news feeds of the conference. The iPad is a device that combines the features and size of the iPhone and iMac computer. It takes elements of each device to make one multi-functional device. "It's a pretty cool, nifty and useful tool to have," said Weber State University bookstore sales associate and student Ben Oborn. The iPad has a 9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS display, a sensitive multi-touch screen, an extended battery life of up to 10 hours, wireless Internet and Wi-Fi, and 3G capabilities. It's thin in design and weighs 1.5 pounds. Did it meet expectations? "I was underwhelmed," said IT consultant Bryce Bexell. "The iPod was revolutionary; this is just a giant iPod and iPhone i- V combined. It doesn't really change anything." The iPad opens the possibility of moving things over to an electronic format. This may concern some publishers, bookstore owners and writers. "It would be a change for everyone at the bookstore," Obom said. "However, they are handy." WSU Bookstore does plan to carry the iPad once it hits tire market, accord ing to WSU computer sales associate Nick Champlin. No waiting lists have been started at WSU Bookstore but according to Apple's Web site, a waiting list started months ago and the individuals on it signed up before they knew what die product actually was. Not everyone is eager for the iPad's ar- and secretiveness, some individuals weren't im- v pressed with the unveil ing. "I wouldn't buy an iPad," Oborn said. "I like having an actual book to highlight and flip through pages." it V f ' i 1 PHOIO B NATHAN CAULFORD I HL SIGNPOST The iPad is Kindle's competition for e-readers. The. Kindle sold 500,000 units last year and has 342,305 e-books available. E-books may open the opportunity for textbooks to become available at a cheaper price because production costs would be nearly eliminated. "I would go with Kindle because they are an established company and you don't have a data plan you have to pay for every month," - - w E I 4 t it a Fighting hunger on campus By Gina Barker managing editor I The Signpost Weber Cares, a new program created to fight campus hunger and deal with students struggling to buy food and pay for school, was launched last week by Weber State University's Student Senate. Students seeking help can now go to the Student Involvement office and receive a swipe card that allows them a one-time purchase of up to $10 at any Sodexo location on campus. The swipe cards work just like Wildcat cards. Any student needing help has access to these cards. Simply going to the Student Involvement office and asking for a Weber Cares card is all a student needs to do to receive $10 toward food. There are no questions asked, no information required. Need is not assessed, leaving it to student judgment whether they should use the program or not All the Student Involvement office needs is a name for office records, which is kept confidential. "We got it up and running about a week and a half ago," said Aaron Newman, assistant director of Student Involvement. "... It's around four or five students (who) have already been taking advantage of it based on faculty referrals." Faculty received e-mails and See Caring page 5 Bexell said. "They also offer a lifetime service warranty for the Kindle." The first Kindle devices were released in 2007, giving them three years of service and expertise in an industry that is not yet saturated. Cengage Learning has begun selling e-books and even offers instruction on their Web site to students looking to re-sell their e-books. Teachers can also put in requests for books currently unavailable as e-books. The suggested price of textbooks from the Cengage site is 50 percent off the suggested re tail price. Reducing the price of books by 50 percent may make a huge difference for both students and book stores. Purchasing Kindle or an iPad may become a way for students fur thering their education to help offset the cost of schooling. . According to the National Association of College Stores, students spent an average of $702 on required course ma terials during the 2006-07 academic year. After tour years the aver age student will spend $2,808 on required course materials. The possibility these products provide means a ident may be able to save 51,404 while getting a four-year degree. Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. 1 i?
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2010-02-01, Vol. 80, No. 56|
|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.|