Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-02-131
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O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY JLO Vi- u JVC v i i -j 3 WSU alumni visit area i TheO rl - w i fr ,. r gi , ' -.: ( I i v . -J K ta ,: t1 ? representatives at n 4 i Weber spirit felt on the Utah Capitol grounds Legislature iji By Molly Bennet correspondent I The Signpost People wearing purple to periwinkle, and every color combination in between, dotted the State Capitol Thursday morning for Weber State University awareness day. From the purple Wildcat crunch bar on the greeter's desk, to purple Wildcat stuffed animals sitting on the desks of Senators and Representatives, WSU definitely made its mark. WSU Vice President of Development Brad Mortensen said 37 WSU alumni went to the Capitol that morning on a bus, all wearing purple. And most WSU alumni legislators were also donning whatever purple clothing they own. Representative C. Brent Wallis (R-Ogden) said President F. Ann Millner would be surprised to see him in his purple tie. "We've been teasing each other for years," Wallis said. Wallis was once faculty at WSU in 1965. Then, in 1971 he was asked to start what is now the Ogden Weber Applied Technology College. Now, he is on the Higher Education A new look for The Signpost Gallery features options to update newspaper image By Eric Call sr. reporter I 77ie Signpost The Art Gallery in the Weber State University Shepherd Union Building is currently hosting a display that features the work of students from a typography class at WSU. The gallery displays different typography students' designs of a front page for the student newspaper, The Signpost, in the larger gallery, and a large design with writing by the professor for the typography class, Mark Bid-die. The design that is most liked by the members of The Signpost staff will be published as the new format for the newspaper. "The first time I met with their class, I just told them basically what I wanted," said The Signpost Editor-in-Chief Jessica Schreifels. "The one that we like the most will be the new heading for the newspaper." Normally the new editor-in-chief changes the masthead for the The Signpost when they first :! J' 3 v r- Wildcat pride filled the building when the WSU alumni visited for the day. Die-hard supporters placed purple, plush cats on top of the displays in the room and wore purple to show their allegiance. Appropriations Subcommittee. In an interview amidst purple-clad people streaming in and out of the House and Senate Chambers, Wallis said it was a special occasion. Legislators in both branches at the Capitol had recognized the presence of WSU alumni and students. In addition to school children and those who went to the Capitol for Senior Citizen Day, close to 50 WSU students had set up poster presentations of their undergraduate research projects on the main floor beneath the rotunda. Wallis said he doesn't know that any other school does a show-and-tell in the Capitol quite like WSU. "To see all these people supporting the school," Wallis said, "it tells you a lot about the spirit of the school." Ogden native and WSU "super duper" senior Amiko Uchida is a student of zoology. Her poster set WSU President F. Ann Millner and Christian Francom in the lobby of Capift Ill SOLIRCt: JOHN CAVI I i up in the Capitol had pictures of birds and their muscle fibers. For the last three years she has been part of a collaborative research study with the University of Utah'' and Utah State University on songbirds. "We believe that by better understanding song acquisition in songbirds, it actually parallels speech development in humans," " Uchida said. Uchida said they have discovered two muscle fibers that previously were only known in rattlesnakes. She presented her poster in Boston at the beginning of this year. "We did an experiment just last week and we found something else new," Uchida said. "And so it's happening all the time." See Alumni page 7 bOUKLL IOIIN I.AVII T Senator Greg Bell speaking with the Utah State Capitol Thursday. i, ' f ' ' ' 1 become the editor. The design has seen little variance over the past few years according to Schreifels. "Usually they just change the font, or something like that," Schreifels said. "I was thinking of how I wanted to change it, because I didn't like it." Before redesigning the masthead, Mark Bid-die, a professor in the art department at WSU approached Allison Hess, The Signpost adviser, and asked if his class could have the opportunity to design the masthead this year. "It was a good experience, as far as working for a client," said Collin Nash, a member of the Art 3430 class and a junior visual communications major. "It wasn't one of those assignments where they say, 'paint a picture of a tree, and the best representation of a tree wins.' We had to think about what the client needed and See New Look page 7 Strong presence at annual event overshadowed by poor economy By Spencer Garn sr. reporter I Tlie Signpost Bill R. Russell, an auditing manager for the Department of Treasury, was on campus Wednesday, but he wasn't here to audit the university. Instead, Russell was looking for students to bring on board. Qualified students attract employers like the Department of Treasury to the career fair every year. . "Companiesliketheprograms Weber State University offers," said Jan St. Clair, a career counselor for Career Services, "and they love our students." Altogether, 83 employers sent recruiters to identify students they would like to hire. They had more than 1,200 students to choose from. Although recruiters were looking for various educational backgrounds and skill sets, they were all looking for some of the same qualities in potential new hires. "I like students who come with a resume and know what they'relookingfor," saidSuzanne Higley, a recruiter for GSC. Another recruiter from the Fastenal Company, Corey Stevensen, said he's looking -K H r h. J I Vi VI PHOTO BY STEPHANIE WILLIAMS Hit HGNI'UiT Students in the Shepherd Union Ballrooms listen to a presentation from one of the employers at the Career Fair Wednesday, Feb. 1 1 . Nearly 1,200 students attended the fair, as well as 87 employers. raolcesistesn craze Monster's insanity compared to the recent out-of-control information age By Ryan Hatch correspondent I The Signpost In a panel discussion on Thursday, Luke Fernandez, manager of Program and Technology Development at Weber State University, compared Frankenstein to the out-of-control information age. Fernandez was one of four information and technology experts who were invited to share their thoughts about the technology in society becoming out of control. The panel also included David Ferro, assistant professor of computer science at WSU, Judy King, IT education and communication coordinator at WSU and Jonathan Karras, the university's network security administrator. "As we see the creature as an invention ... depending on how you define technology, the creature is an embodiment of invention and creation to make the world a better place," Fernandez said. Fernandez discussed the good intentions and great benefits of invention and technology as well as n LASS? uSGD3 for students who have "the ability to build relationships with people." In addition, recruiters mentioned they look for confidence, ambition, and appearance in the initial contact. It is becoming increasingly important that students are impressive to employers from the initial contact all the way through the interview process. That's because companies have fewer jobs and more candidates to choose from. This year the fair had 37 fewer employers then last. Shaun Bingham, a technical sales major, already has a job he likes but wanted some extra security. "I guess everyone's trying to get a backup in case anything happens," Bingham said. Companies who are not hiring the same number of employees they had in previous years came to the career fair to prepare for better economic times. "Were optimistic, were looking forward," said Tom Hale, branch manager for ABF Freight. "Hopefully by midyear the economy will pick up." St. Clair said she expects that See Career Fair page 7 J V- i fl the dangers that become inherent when using such technologies. "I love the phrase 'just because you can doesn't mean you should,'" King said. This statement was a common theme during the discussion. The mention of Frankenstein became less and less as the meeting moved forward. The book served as a jumping off point to discuss the dangers and frustrations that technology produces in society today. " There is a danger in the mixing of human and machine," King said. "One thing that can be dangerous is when the human believes the computer is smarter." Karras developed the point by explaining that we as humans are the ones who create the mac hines. We tell the machines what to do and program them the way we want them to operate. Some expressed fear over the possibilities of technology taking over in every aspect of life. "We will reach the point where computers are smarter," Ferro said. See Craze page 7 Horn in Brief ! T".-!wf Thqnf- f-OO Today in the Shepherd Union Building Wildcat Theater, the movie "Twilight" is showing at multiple times back to back throughout the day, starting in the early morning. The showtimes are 7:30 a.m., 9:45, 12 p.m., 2:15, 4:30 and 8. Admission is free. DayfcrBslsrativs Osniccracy, r.Tcrch 4 A panel discussion exploring Utah's immigration patterns is scheduled for March 4, 2009 as a part of Deliberative Democracy Day, based on . the work by the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University. 'WSU is one of 16 campuses participating in an initiative sponsored by the American Democracy Project of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. According to www.weber. eduamericandemocracy, the idea of Deliberative-Democracy is "based on the notion that persons should be given opportunity to deliberate about public problems and solutions under conditions that are conducive to reasoned reflection and mutual willingness to understand the values, perspectives, and interests of others. Under those conditions, persons may reframe their interests and perspectives in light of a joint search for common interests and mutually acceptable solutions. It is thus often referred to as an open discovery process, rather than a ratification of fixed position." Center nsYurtTi:;! Mar. 6-11, The Weber State University Wilderness Recreation center is hosting a Grand gulch Backpacking trip through one of the largest concentrations of Anasazi ruins in the Southwest. A mandatory pre-trip meeting will take place Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. The cost for the trip is $110, which includes transportation, lodging, backcountry permit and food. For more information or to register, call the Wilderness Recreation Center at 626-6373. Space is limited. The Center is also holding a Kayak Roll Class on Feb 19 at 6-7:30 p.m. The cost is $12, and includes equipment and instructors. For more information or to register, call the Center at the above number. The Weber State University Board of Trustees approved the selection of four Presidential Distinguished Professors. The program is an annual award recognizing faculty members for excellence in leaching, research, scholarship and service. This year's Presidential Distinguished Professors are Jim Christian, Professor of Performing Arts; Brenda Kowalcwski, Professor of Sociology; Susan Matt, Professor of History; and Adolph Yonkee, Professor of Geosciences. The award is donor-based and recipients were selected from a pool of faculty nominees.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-02-13, Vol. 79, No. 66|
|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.|