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Mystery texts are awkward page 4 Baseball season begins page 6 CALENDAR 2 EDITORIAL 3 FEATURES 4 SPORTS 6 HELP WANTED 11 Wildcat hockey going to nationals PHOTO BY TYLER BROWN | THE SIGNPOST Weber State University defensive player Braxton Green pushes the puck down the rink in a game earlier this season. The Wildcats will compete in the American Collegiate Hockey Association's national tournament March 15-19. Poet laureate visits Weber State By Rosie Gerrish news reporter I The Signpost Utah's poet laureate, Lance Larsen, gave a public reading of a few of his works and a book signing in Elizabeth Hall on Monday. A current Brigham Young University professor, Larsen received his doctorate degree from the University of Houston and has published four books of poetry since 1998. The poet laureate program began in 1997 with the appointment of David Lee by Governor Mike Leavitt. Larsen, the fourth recipient of this title in Utah, is charged with traveling throughout the state and promoting literature in schools, universities, community centers and other public settings. The title, which Katharine Coles (appointed in 2006) recently gave up, is held for approximately five years, at which point the Utah State Poet Laureate program under the guidance of the Utah Arts Council Literature Program and the Governor's Office will appoint a new poet laureate. Some traditions established in the past See Poet page 5 PHOTO BY EDEN BUXTON | THESIGNPOST Utah's poet laureate, Lance Larsen, signs a book for Weber State University student Dwight Adams. By Corie Holmes digital editor I The Signpost After three unsuccessful seasons, Weber State University's club hockey team has earned a trip to the American Collegiate Hockey Association's national tournament. "I can't really describe the feeling," said Braxton Green, the senior team captain. "It hasn't really set in yet, and I don't think it will set in until I get on the bus to go there. I feel like I have a pep in my step." Dax Hobbs, a left wing and center for the team, said the younger team members wanted to get to nationals for the seniors on the team. "It's awesome, especially to get the vets to nationals," Hobbs said. "The coolest part is just seeing seniors go for the first time." This is head coach Joe Pfleegor's eighth trip to the national tournament, but this particular trip is a little different. "This team is special for the simple fact that they've never been there," Pfleegor said. "The majority of players haven't been to nationals before." Pfleegor said he set a goal at the beginning of the year to get the team to nationals. "My goal was to get them all to nationals so they could see what it feels like," he said. "It's something you can't explain to players. It's something they have to live." The national tournament is a different level of competition for the Wildcats, and the team is looking forward to the challenge. "Every game you play at nationals is against a good team," Hobbs said. "We won't face teams like Boise State and BYU, where we just roll over them where it's an easy game for us. Every game we play and team we face is going to be really tough." Pfleegor said he thinks the team is ready for the next level of competition. "We are peaking at the right time," Pfleegor said. See Hockey page 9 Gonzaga knocks WSU debate out of qualifiers By Cozette Jenkins editor-in-chief I The Signpost Two pairs from Weber State University's debate team competed in a qualifying tournament over the weekend, but neither of them qualified for the 67th National Debate Tournament. WSU senior Dillon Olson and freshman Kha- lid Sharif were WSU's A-team and hoped to qualify. They finished the tournament with a 4-2 record. They entered the elimination round as the sixth seed and de bated against Gonzaga University's A-team after beating them in the last regular round. Only the top five teams in the district competitions qualify for the national tournament, so Olson and Sharif will be the first alternate team. In a field of 32 students speakers competing, judges named Olson the fifth-best speaker and Sharif the 15th-best speaker. "Although we had a See Debate page 5 Computer labs host sale for scholarship By Tyler Saal sr. news reporter I The Signpost Students and book-lovers have the chance to help Weber State University computer lab aides this week, as the labs are putting on a book sale in the Shepherd Union Atrium. The book sale goes from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week and is being put on to help fund a scholarship intended for one of the computer lab aides. Sarah Tribe, assistant to the coordinator with WSU's computer labs, said the scholarship fund was started last semester to help individuals who work in the labs pay for school. Tribe said much of the money for this scholarship comes from advertisements on all the computers' screensavers, and the book sale is intended to help supplement that. See Sale page 5 Suicide prevention training focuses on LGBT By John Bedford news reporter I The Signpost Each year in the United States, 34,000 deaths are caused by suicide, and individuals who question their sexual orientation are three times as likely to attempt suicide. Students learned about these facts in a lecture and a Question, Persuade, Refer training seminar on suicide prevention with an LGBT focus in the Shepherd Union Building on Tuesday. "Spring 2010 data told us that 20 percent of Weber State students had seriously considered suicide either prior to college, since starting college or both, and 7 percent had made an attempt," said Dianna Abel, the director of the Counseling and Psychological Services Center at Weber State University, "and both of those statistics exceed the national average for college students." Abel is part of a suicide prevention group that educates communities on suicide prevention. She lectured in the union building about the statistics regarding these circumstances and what it means to Utah. See Suicide page 5 PHOTO BY JEFF TAYLOR | THE SIGNPOST Dianna Abel speaks about suicide prevention Tuesday, Feb. 26. Abel trained the Question, Persuade, Refer way to prevent suicide.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2013-02-27, Vol. 83, No. 68|
|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.|