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The many jpreparations of spring ...page 4 Wildcats' softball season starts out on a sour note ...page 6 AT A GLANCE 2 EDITORIAL 3 FEATURES 4 SPORTS 6 CLASSIFIEDS 9 Remembering Larry H. Miller PHOTO BY XAVIER SMITH | THE SIGNPOST The Weber State University Alumni Center hosted Doug Robinson, the co-author of Larry H. Miller's autobiography, Driven, as he spoke on Monday night. Robinson recalled the experiences he had with Miller while writing the book. Deseret News columnist Doug Robinson, author of former Jazz owner's biography, recalls his experience By Eric Jensen managing editor I The Signpost Seven months before his death, Larry H. Miller hired Deseret News columnist Doug Robinson to help him write his memoirs. In a speech delivered at the Lindquist Alumni Center on Weber State University's campus Monday, Robinson shared his experiences working closely with Miller in the final months and weeks of his life. Robinson said he began work on the book after one of many medical hardships Miller faced during his final years. As his health declined, Miller knew he wouldn't live to see the book printed, but wanted to ensure work on the book would continue. "The last thing he said to me, really," Robinson said, "was 'finish the book'" After months of research and writing, Miller's autobiography was posthumously published under the title Driven. Robinson told those in attendance that Miller's motivation to write about his life was a hope that his experiences would help others in their own lives. Robinson said that since Driven's publication, countless readers have told him the book had a major impact on their lives. "I've had so many grown men stop me and tell me it made (them) cry," Robinson said. "It's safe to say Utah is a very different place because of Larry See Robinson page 5 WSU club talks up studying Panel discusses ways to succeed in school, finding a career to love By Vicky Akpan correspondent I 777e Signpost The Weber State University First Gen Club hosted its fifth open-forum panel at the Fireplace Lounge in the Shepherd Union Building on Monday. The topic of discussion was family responsibilities. Panel members included Bonnie Loomis, president of the First Gen Club and social work senior; Carol Merrill, director of the Woman's Center; and Debbie Cragun, coordinator for the Nontraditional Student Center. The event was hosted by Donalyn Sessions, the education adviser for Student Support Services. The first topic discussed was finding time to study. "Finding time to study is not easy," Merrill said. "However, it is important to take a few minutes for yourself first, because if you don't, then you will not fully invest in your homework. Taking a 10-minute break will allow you to be more refreshed." The panel continued by discussing good study habits and the benefits of investing time into one's studies. "Not going out every weekend and sometimes leaving the house a little bit dirty will benefit you in the future," Cragun said. "Once you graduate with that degree, all See Gen page 5 'Cats discuss health reform's impact American Democracy Project promotes health awareness By Brian Giles sr. news reporter I The Signpost As part oftheAmerican Democracy Project, Weber State University will host a panel of experts to discuss health care reform as part of Deliberative Democracy Day on March 9. Each year the event aims to raise student awareness on a different topic. "We're looking particularly at how the new health care law is going to affect students," said Kathryn MacKay, one of the directors of the American Democracy Project at WSU. "We're hoping that students become more aware of health care as public policy." The panel will include RichardDahlkemper, a former hospital administrator and current associate professor at WSU; Dr. Shawn D. McQuilkin, physician and director of WSU's student health center; Helly Vaun, reform initiatives director; and Dianne Abel, director of the WSU Counseling and Psychological Services Center. Student facilitators will present scenarios to small focus groups in order to generate questions that will be presented to the panel. "I just am hoping to learn more about health care myself and where my future in health care is headed," said Annie Odendahl, one of the student facilitators. "I'm hoping to be able to help other students have a broader knowledge of health care for the future." Susan Hafen, a communication professor at WSU, ran a short training session for the focus group facilitators. "In order to generate the questions, they also want to hear what people's opinions and experiences are," she said. "People are more likely to ask questions if they can see how this relates to their own experiences and how it relates to some opinions they may have about health care in general." Hafen said she believes that student facilitators are more effective than professionals because students are more PHOTOS BY GINA BARKER I THE SIGNPOST likely to get people to express their opinions. "When they're students, then sometimes older adults are more likely to speak up and say what they think," she said. "Number one, they're helping the students out because they were in a class to do this, and number two, they're not intimidated like they might be from a professional." MacKay said the topic for Deliberative Democracy Day is always chosen by the student senate. "(The question is) what are they interested in that does have policy issues that the state government or the national government is making laws around," she said. Despite the heavy time commitment, past events have had strong showings for at least part of the events. "My biggest thing is that because it's such a time commitment to come from 11:30 to 3:00, that at least students will come to that panel," said Javier Chavez, one of the American Democracy Project representatives. Chavez, a BIS major, will also serve as one of the student facilitators. "I went last year to just the panel, and I tell you, even though I wasn't a part of that small group discussion, just hearing See Health page 5 Andy Heaton, a junior on the WSU Track Team, gets his leg checked for a possible stress facture by Dr. Shawn D. McQuilkin at the free student clinic.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2011-03-02, Vol. 81, No. 47|
|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|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University of Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|