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NEWS . EDITORIAL FEATURES SPORTS . CLASSIFIEDS 2 3 4 6 11 control in j -JJ- 1 O THE 1 934 Washingtci V , Yv sec page 6 . , WJ w MONDAY, OCTOBER 1 2009 WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY WWW.WSUSIGNP0ST.COM n n iO u i 'Cats take ) VOL 80 ISSUE 27 (Li ji UUD Home shredders said to be no longer sufficient for safety By James Dohnert news reporter 1 7he Signpost In a world where a person's credit score can get them everything from a job to a house, an identity can be based on numbers that can be stolen. Identity theft is up 22 percent from last year, and now more than ever, Americans have to protect everything from their credit statements to their medical records. In hopes of combating the problem, Utah's Attorney General, Mark Shurtleff, came to Weber State University on Friday, Oct. 9 to offer tips to prevent people from being victims. "Everybody is at risk of identity theft," Shurtleff said. Shurtleff is on a statewide tour to help people better understand what they need to do to prevent their identity from being stolen. He discussed what he's doing to fight the problem along with prevention methods the average citizen can take to stop the problem. "We still need to be paranoid in this day and age," Shurtleff said. Everything from high-tech security to low-end protection was discussed on Friday. The event even offered a free document shredding service to attendees, because shredding documents at home is no longer safe enough, according to Richard Bennion, a member of Enable Industries Inc. "Scanners exist now that can reconfigure shredded documents," Bennion said. Bennion and his company were on site to shred documents in a secure manner that deters identity thieves as much as possible. Enable Industries Inc., a local Ogden company, shreds documents in a secure warehouse that turns private documents into recycled paper. The process prevents identity thieves known as "dumpster divers" from getting hold of people's private information. One individual at the event said he tried to completely get rid of his information. "I tried to burn my stuff," said Greg Weathers, an attendant at the event. In today's society, people have to take the utmost precaution when dealing with their confidential materials. In a technology-driven world, thieves can and will do just about anything to get the information they need. From credit reports to bank statements to social security numbers, everything has to be properly disposed of. "Technology is making it easier for thieves to get your identity, but at the same time technology is making it easier for you to protect it," said identity theft prevention expert Scott Morrill. A key focus at Friday's event was awareness. Many people aren't aware of the types of technology that help protect their identity. Shurtleff recently See Theft page 5 '? ',r-p"' ' ...... i. ' V V', f 1 git g - -- . I'HUIOBl BRYAN BUllbRHtlD IL MCM'Lb Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff addresses a crowd about identity theft at WSU on Friday. Diversity at the Atrium t; " f ---- V h '. V i) .: . ' " ' ... . ' ' - if- v . A, ' ' i . B 0rr. " - -J " IS? H ' s' ' - 4. :- M .4: t 1 1 i - - - . . , .m ni..,.,.ri ,,. PHOIO B KANtfcZ HASSAN I HI MMI'OSl Irma Hernandez and Mariachi band members performed for a crowd in Shepherd Union Building atrium during the 11 th Annual Diversity Conference on Friday. The three-day event included multiple workshops from speakers disscussing how to understand diversity in the economy. The conference ended with a keynote address by Carol Ugochukwu. Education needed for minorities Former HUD secretary speaks about preparation for future By Spencer Garn asst. news editor I The Signpost In the first keynote speech of Weber State University's 11th annual Diversity Conference last Thursday, Henry Cisneros, the former Housing and Urban Development Secretary in the Clinton administration, spoke about the need to prepare for dramatic demographic changes. "We need to prepare a place for diversity," Cisneros said. "It's all about preparing minorities intellectually to take their places professionally and in leadership." The Census Bureau projected that by the year 2046, the total population of the United States will grow from just over 300 million to 433 million. Of the population increase, it is projected that 115 million will be minorities. The Latino population is expected to grow by 63 million, the largest of any ethnicity. This means that by 2046, minorities will make up half of the total population. The minority growth is expected to be larger than the growth of traditional, white Anglo-Americans because minority families tend to be younger and larger. Cisneros said the growth will not only necessitate the building of infrastructure sufficient to support a See Education page 9 Columbus Day: to celebrate or not ? Students share their thoughts on a national holiday By Thomas Alberts news reporter I The Signpost Every October at the beginning of the month, Spain, the United States and other countries in the Americas celebrate what we call Columbus Day. On Oct. 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed into what is now known as the Bahamas. Following this event, the whole Western Hemisphere became subject to the colonization of various European powers. However, there are those opposed to celebrating this as a national holiday. First, there is the fact that GKAPI IK B1 MIMEIO I HI bH.NI'Obl Columbus introduced European diseases to a people that had never experienced them and had no built-in immunity to them, in a massive reduction in the indigenous people's population. Second, there were the allegations of genocide and enslavement reported and protested by some eyewitnesses during those times. "Columbus never seems to worry about making money from other people's suffering," said Kaihryn MacKay, professor of history. "But there are other Europeans that do, and people that protested against 'what S'e Columbus page 5 Columnist to share experiences from reporting abroad NY Times columnist to talk about global poverty and human sex trafficking By Cimaron Neugebauer news editor 1 77ie Signpost Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Tlie New York Tunes columnist Nicholas Kristof will visit Weber State University on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Kristof will speak at 12:30 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater about his experiences traveling to impoverished countries and his new book, Half rlie Sky: Turning Oppression into Oppommit' for Women Work! wide. Kristof, who co-wrote the book with his wife Sheryl WuDunn, said the book argues that the challenge for this century is to address gender inequity around the world. Kristof will also hold a panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. in the Wildcat Theater. Both the lecture and the convocation speech are free to the public. The columnist will also address gender inequity around the world and the issues of global poverty. "There are huge issues like sex trafficking, which at the extreme is pretty much modem slavery," Kristof said. Kristof has been a columnist for Tlie New York Times since 2001. lie grew up in a rural town in Oregon, and went on to graduate from Harvard College and then study law at Oxford University. Since becoming a reporter, Kristof has traveled to more than 140 countries. He said isiting around die world and seeing the poverty and lack of education firsthand is quite difficult to walk away from. Kristof said he believes those who aren't educated not only miss out personally, but so do their countries. "You just can't develop an economy when kids just don't get educated," he said. Kristof said tlie best wav to fight global poverty is to educate girls in countries throughout the world and bring them into tlie economy. He said there are tens of millions of girls who do not get an education precisely because they are girls. The columnist said he hopes his speaking engagement on Tuesday will help WSU students think of what they can do to make a difference. "Our hope is really that young people will not only read tlie book, but also get active in some of these issues," See Columnist page 5 Nicholas Kristof.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-10-12, Vol. 80, No. 27|
|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.|