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n 7 SO Dug ..--, , . . . , , , , . , Growing campus seeks new building By Craig Halbasch correspondent 1 77ie Signpost Weber State University's Davis Campus is filled to capacity. This has WSU's administration working to garner support from the Utah State Legislature to receive $34.5 million to construct a new building. On Wednesday, Oct. 14, Bruce Davis, vice provost and dean of Continuing Education at WSU, and State Representative Sheryl L. Allen addressed a group of students about the prospects and plans for the new building. Allen, who mainly discussed a Davis School District bond issue at the meeting, did answer a few questions from students about the new building. One student asked Allen about the plausibility of WSU obtaining funding for the new building this next fiscal year. Allen was not overly optimistic about the idea but did not rule out the possibility of funding. "Higher education is funded primarily by the state income tax," Allen said. "Income, tax that is earned this year and paid in the spring of 2010 will go to finance the fiscal year, which begins on July 1 of 2010. (The state legislature) knows that income tax revenue is going to be down." Davis acknowledged that revenues will be down this year but said the state legislature still has the capacity of bonding, which could provide WSU the funds to construct the new building. "Funding the new building will be tough," Davis said. "The state does have the capability of bonding, though, which may make sense in this case. Construction costs are down and building now makes economic sense." The issue with the Davis campus' current building is that it is full, particularly in the evening when many students attend night classes, according to Davis. "The Davis Campus is very full during the daytime now," Davis said. "The campus is even fuller during the evening. We have actually had to add additional parking spaces to accommodate the parking." The current building occupies nearly 15 percent of WSU's total enrollment, which equals about 3,500 students. Davis said WSU increased the number of parking spaces at the building because of the amount of See Davis page 5 w n t anew I J r ; f ? -T- V " - 1 , J 1 r9 - uuu PHOTOS BY BRYAN BUTTERFIELD THE SIGNPOST ' . 1 V , v .... ' V ' vt- Fans celebrate a Wildcat 49-1 0 homecoming win after Tim Toone broke a 3,000 rushing yards record on Saturday Oct. 1 7. . I'llOiOHt KANLL HASSAN i StA Daniel Lickey (Katrianna Da'Beers Cheesecake) extends his arms to greet two people who attended the first ever Drag Show on campus. The WSU GayStraight Alliance hosted the charity fundraising event for the Youth Division of the Volunteers of America of Salt Lake City. Drag queens raise cash GayStraight Alliance promotes alternative lifestyle for charity By Gina Barker managing editor I The Signpost Skimpy skirts and long legs in high heels strutted around the Shepherd Union Building with pride Saturday night, Oct. 10. Not as some fashion show or dance party, but as part of a "drag" show hosted by the GayStraight Alliance (GSA) on campus. From 7 to 9 p.m. the ballrooms in the Shepherd Union Building were full of drag queens strutting on stage in colorful dresses, loaded with costume jewelry and make-up. Daniel Lickey, better known as Katrianna Da'Beers Cheesecake, took the stage in a clinging nude dress with slits reaching far past mid-thigh, topped with a vintage trench coat with a large fur collar. To the crowd Lickey began to lip-sync the words of "Let's Get This Party Started," all the while swaying her hips and waving her ring-adorned hands dramatically in typical diva fashion. "Drag queens and flashy things like this don't represent everybody in the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community," said GSA Treasurer, Jason Stokes, "but is definitely something that people think of when they think of our community." The drag show was inspired from a new Student Involvement policy, requiring all clubs to fill a specific amount of service hours to remain active on campus. Following National Coming Out Day, the GSA held Weber State University's first drag show as a charity fundraiser for the Youth Division of the Volunteers of America of Salt Lake City. Students brought non-perishable items as a discount into the event, filling boxes with pasta, canned food and cereals. Nathan Bohman, president of GSA, ran around the event all night long, barely taking a moment to sit. Bohman said he came up with the idea for the drag show as a way to fulfill service hours. "I've seen (drag shows) all over the place," Bohman said, "and I thought it would be a great idea. I've heard of them raising a lot of money for fundraisers. Drag queens are fun to work with." Drag queens from all around Northern Utah spotlighted their alter-egos from long-haired wigs and Beyonce covers to short bobs and classic '70s tunes to help GSA raise money for a nonprofit organization that helps LGBT youth living in the area. Stokes stood at the entrance of the Shepherd Union ballrooms with other club members, handing out tickets and asking students to enter the underwear raffle later in the event. Stokes is attending WSU for a double major in psychology and criminal justice and has lived in Utah all his life. "Utah is my home and I love this state," Stokes said. "And I'd like to stay living here, but for someone of the LGBTQ community, it's not the most supportive place in the world. There's no visibility to where there are no safe places, and when people are open here in public a lot of times they meet obstacles, whether it be verbal discrimination or just awkwardness ... and that's difficult." In a recent "Fox 13" article, 20 to 40 percent of homeless teens living in Utah claim to be LGBT, with Utah's See Drag page 1 0 Ith p University hea First nationally accredited paramedic program in Utah remains longest running roqram Hits milestone By Monalisa Wald correspondent I Vie Signpost The public, students and alumni were invited to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Weber State University's paramedics program with an open housealumni reunion in the Marriott Allied Health Sciences Building last week. In conjunction with Homecoming Week, the Emergency Care and Rescue Department (EC&R) gathered Thursday and Fridav to showcase their technology and celebrate the program's longevity and successes. Jeff Grunow, department chair of Emergency Care and Rescue (EC&R) since 2001, said that WSU students' exam results for the National Registry Certification are significantly higher than the rest of the nat ion, with a 95 first-attempt passing rate versus the nation's 65. "We lead the U.S. and Utah so we're pretty proud about that," Grunow said. "We never have students go back and take the exam a second time." WSUs paramedic program was the first nationally accredited program in Utah and remains the longest running, as well as one of the earliest to exist in the U.S. During the open house, Cory Cox, EC&R adjunct instructor for the past five years, demonstrated the importance of a paramedic's first responder skills and knowledge by using the SimMan (simulating) mannequin for demonstrating airway techniques. "Pre-hospilal medicine has gone from simply taking blood pressure and rushing a patient to the nearest hospital, to being an extension of the See Anniversary page 10 L r . Mark Shadden uses a camera to assist in inserting a breathing tube into the trachea of a mannequin.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-10-19, Vol. 80, No. 29|
|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.|