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'M%}^, • WSU club creates apps ...page 4 Volleyball opens new season ...page 6 \ AT A GLANCE 2 EDITORIAL 3 BUSINESS & SCIENCE 4 SPORTS 6 CLASSIFIEDS 9 %j1m* BTIaTa'^Sfiii^TnTnla'Mii ^r^rHr^H VOL 82 ISSUE 10 FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2011 WWW.WSUSIGNP0ST.COM Aesthetics spill onto campus PHOTOS BY WHITNEY ORMSBY I THE SIGNPOST A new spillway has been put onto campus right outside of the pay parking lot near the Kimball Visual Arts Building to improve the aesthetics of campus and help prevent flooding. New $50,000 waterfall spillway project completed By Laurie Reiner news reporter I The Signpost A new addition to Weber State University has recently been finished. Right outside of the pay lot near the Kimball Visual Arts Building is a new water feature. Most people assume that it is a waterfall, but looks can be deceiving. This new feature is not a waterfall at all, but something that is helping prevent floods on the Ogden campus. "It is part of the Ogden City Storm Water Treatment System," said Norm Tarbox, vice president of administrative services. Tarbox was part of the design team for the project. "The water comes from a natural spring in Beus Pond and the storm water runoff from the community and from Weber State." Though it might look like a waterfall, the new water feature is actually a spillway. A spillway is a backup system to keep water from overflowing. In this case, it is meant to stop the Lindquist Pond water level from getting too high. But that is not the only reason for the new spillway. "It was an ugly part of campus," Tarbox said. "It was unkept." Tarbox said he considers this area to be the 'front porch See Spill page 5 WiFi to expand WSU prepares for new-age classes By Spencer Garn editor-in-chief I The Signpost Weber State University is expanding its digital infrastructure to keep pace with a booming demand for wireless Internet and to prepare for a future when the printed textbook is an artifact of higher education. "We never thought four years ago that we would be hitting the capacity for wireless Internet," said Bill Fruth, director of the Shepherd Union Building. "Technology is changing rapidly and we're just trying to keep pace with it." Campus wireless traffic is 10 times greater than it was five years ago, said Andy Chen, the director of enterprise business computing in the Information Technology Department. The advent of iPods, iPhones, Androids, tablets and other mobile Internet devices wasn't foreseen a few years ago, when laptops were the only electronics tapping into the bandwidth, Fruth said. See WiFi page 5 A streetcar not desired Park happy this fall By Cade Hancock new reporter I The Signpost As new students attending Weber State University, seemingly one of the most prudent investments that can be made this year, aside from textbooks and school supplies, is a parking permit. The permits vary in price, some allowing students to park all over campus, while others limit them to specific lots or roadways. A complete list of the permits and their respective prices and availability can be found on the WSU website. Trying to park on or near campus without a permit can be something of a nightmare, according to many veteran students. Parking spots directly on campus are limited, and students need to get to school early to ensure a spot. Even for those fortunate enough to find one, without a permit, they run a high risk of getting a ticket. While the tickets are relatively See Parking page 5 Legislators vote not to transportation system By Stephanie Simonson managing editor I The Signpost After a city council meeting last night, Ogden City has decided not to move forward with the streetcar initiative. The proposed streetcar would leave from the Ogden Transit Center, stop at Weber State University and finish its route at McKay-Dee Hospital, and would cost the city and its taxpayers about $160 million. "Right now, the city council has requested a pause from the stakeholder group until they can go back and do additional work," said Gerry Carpenter, spokesman for Utah Transit Authority. "Without the support of the city — if it is, in fact, dead — that certainly reduces the chances of going forward, but, I mean, it doesn't mean it's never going to happen. You know, elected officials come and go, and future administration, future city councils may change their minds and decide that they do need to go forward." The stakeholders in the project besides UTA and WSU include Ogden City Intermountain Health Care, Ogden- Weber Chamber of Commerce, Utah Department of Transportation and Wasatch Front Regional Council. Carpenter said UTA studies have found that the rail-based system a streetcar or train uses attracts a bigger ridership than buses do. "One thing is people feel more com- pay for a new streetcar in downtown Ogden fortable riding trains than they do buses. For one thing, they know where it's going to go, because they know where the tracks go . . . Sometimes a bus might be on detour, or if you get on the wrong bus you'll end up in North Ogden, and so there's a comfort level that comes from riding rail that's higher than riding buses. Also, rail is more attractive to many patrons — it's fun to ride the train; it's not fun to ride the bus. Carpenter said another major advantage is greater economic development, as many business owners prefer to buy sites near TRAX stops. Bus routes are subject to change, so Carpenter said their stops are not as big a draw for businesses. However, it also costs more to build tracks and buy trains than it does to buy another bus. Norm Tarbox, vice president for administrative services at WSU, said he is very much in favor of the streetcar. "All you have to do is see what's happened to the University of Utah over the See Streetcar page 9 SOURCE GERRY CARPENTER, UTA MEDIA RELATIONS Above: The streetcar proposed for Ogden city was similar to the rendering above of a Murray- Trax line. The proposed streetcar was voted down last week.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2011-08-26, Vol. 82, No. 10|
|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.|