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Men's tennb season start.; Jan. 15 nCK see page 6 O THE'' pefciy 9T, I'ftt'.J .ic i .) WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6,2010 VOL 80 ISSUE 49 0 n L WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY AT A GLANCE EDITORIAL BUSINESS SPORTS CLASSIFIEDS WWW.WSUSIGNP0ST.COM --inn ilMMO UDDQDQ ODD Questionable legitimacy of 2007 elections provoked violence that killed many and displaced families r A .) 1 ' ' f o . 4 4" " S . ' 1 1 1 , I;. ? i; i ' v -i . u..,.5. ..iff r ri r. f'- '!-' Vt " f - . - ( ; 1 k ' l j f : I k PHOIO UV GINA BARKtR I IHt iL,i'Oi In Africa's largest slums, Kibiera, two boys play next to a tin shack. Tribally divided areas in Kibiera experienced violence following the presidential election results in 2007, forcing thousands of families to flee the area. Only now is some semblance of normalcy returning to the area as government-supervised negotiations between ethnic leaders continue. S EARCHING for a SOLUTION ff. wwmrtw ----- si I I VV" U u PART TWO OF A THREE PART SERIES By Gina Barker managing editor I The Signpost In the heart of Nairobi a photo exhibit pulled Kenyans from their routine, reminding them of nationwide violence that tore the country apart in the 2007 elections. Tourists staying just across the street in the towering Hilton were exposed to another side of Kenya. There were no safari rides or tucked-away city cafes. Instead, a wall of photos faced those walking by: mutilated bodies, burning homes and a terrifying sense that death plagued the faces staring out at the crowds. As part of a national reconciliation tour, a youth-led program named Picha Mtaani posted the photo exhibit in cities around Kenya. On Picha Mtaani's Web site, the youth group hoped to "engage the Kenyan youth in finding lasting solutions to attaining peace and reconciliation." Post-election violence is such a common occurrence it received its own acronym, PEV In the 2007 elections alone at least 1,300 died in ethnic clashes, and election violence has plagued Kenya since the early 1990s. Areas across Kenya fell to chaos as ethnic tensions between tribes following the 2007 election re sults erupted with violence. Disputed results on the legitimacy of the presidential elections provoked tribes to target other tribes as a revenge tactic. Eluid Njorge Kibe now lives in an internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp called Fumilia Elderot, named for die town he was displaced from. He is just one among hundreds of thousands who fled violence, leaving their entire lives behind them. Elderot is just one area PEV consumed for weeks. In one incident, one of the worst cases of violence, a group of youth set a church, which was filled with women and children seeking refuge, on fire, killing roughly 50. "The youth were most affected," Kibe said, "because even during the violence most of the people who were perpetrators were the See Kenya page 5 MR-Kl t: WALKIK MOKIOAKV JoAnn Ball Bernick worked at WSU for 31 years. The 56-year-old mother of two passed in Dec. after a long battle with cancer. Employee for Sodexo remembered after passing By Cimaron Neugebauer news editor I The Signpost A long-time dedicated and beloved food service worker passed away during the Christmas break after a four-year battle with cancer. JoAnn Ball Bernick, 56, died Dec. 19, 2009. Those who knew Bernick remember her for what she brought to Weber State University and the food service department of the university. Monika Rodie, associate director of the Shepherd Union Building, said she knew Bernick after she started working at WSU. Rodie said even after being diagnosed with cancer Bernick maintained her positive and upbeat attitude for life. "The only difference from her personality before and after was just the tiredness, because she went through some really hard chemo and radiation treatments," Rodie said. "She fought like crazy. She was always JoAnn. Her personality didn't change and it wasn't 'woe is me, why is this?' She was a trooper." ; Rodie said many individuals who recendy knew Bernick recognized her as the friendly Sodexo worker who wore a bandana. "I remember when she was so excited when her hair started growing back after the first time, 'cause she wore this bandana," Rodie said. "That is how people remember her, the lady with the bandana." ; Bernick grew up in Morgan, Utah and at-' tended Weber State College for four years. She then worked in food service at WSU for 31 years, for the many different food companies that have been contracted for WSU over the years. Fellow colleagues remember Bernick as someone who was a hard worker and a dedicated family person. See Remembered page 5 erby girls balance Students get rough with roller skating By Wyatt Winnie news reporter 1 77ie Signpost Two Weber State University students have found camaraderie and physical exercise participating in a Roller Derby league that plays all over Northern Utah. Armed with knee, wrist and elbow pads, mouthpieces, helmets and skates, women race around a concrete track, yelling, bumping, pounding and skating, while searching for an opportunity to score against their opponents. On the sideline, teammates and owners yell at the women in the bout, telling diem to communicate. At practice, the Golden Spike Arena is loud, and sounds like hundreds of people are viewing the event. It doesn't take long before one or two women fall to the concrete in a tangled mess, while the bout con tinues. Whistles from die referees don't always mean a stop in play, and to a newcomer the rules can be hard to understand. Even so, crowds cheer the participants on at Roller Derby events. One player stands taller than the rest. They call her Everest Queen. The name is derived from the name of the tallest mountain on earth, because she is the tallest player on the Junction City Roller Dolls. Her jersey number is 29,000 feet, just like the mountain. On skates she stands about 6 feet 6 inches tall, but on foot she is 6 feet 3 inches. Diane Whitehead now introduces herself as Everest. I ler passion for photography, the subject she studies at WSU, led her to derby. Whitehead set out to create a photo documentary of Roller Derby, and the girls on the team heckled her until she joined. "I was tired of being behind the camera," she said. Whitehead &aid she finds die sisterhood of the team one of die most rewarding parts of the game, and See Derby page 5 studying and I lifting the rink At left, Diane 'Everest Queen' Whitehead skates alongside other members of the Junction C Whitehead stands 6 feet 6 inches in skates. Her passion for photography led her to become JASON O DliKI.Y ity Roller Dolls. a derby girl.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2010-01-06, Vol. 80, No. 49|
|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.|