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WSU hosts Parent-Daughter Engineering Day T The Society of Women Engineers Weber Staee University page 4 WSU football ends season with win page 6 s^M \Ur»J r> CALENDAR 2 EDITORIAL 3 SCIENCE&TECH 4 SPORTS 6 HELP WANTED 9 WSU begins to implement smoke-free corridor BYSKYLERPYLE news editor | The Signpost The green outdoor ashtrays have been removed, and signs are being posted in the less-populated areas of the non-smoking corridor on campus as Weber State University begins initiating a campaign for the smoke-free zone policy. After going through two years of rigorous discussions, where WSU hired experts to come in and facilitate open forums to hear both sides of the issue, the student and faculty senates passed the smoke- free policy through in November 2012. It then went to the President's Council and the Board of Trustees before the final decision was made to make a smoke-free corridor on campus. Student Senate President Brady Harris said he wants to implement the policy by phasing it in slowly and respectfully, so as not to shock students. "I don't want to just throw signs out and come down hard issuing citations," Harris said. "I want an educational campaign that comes with the signs." However, signs are being posted and no educational campaign is in effect. For a policy that has been in place for several months now, no one from the student senate, faculty senate or the Environmental Issues Committee has made any effort to make students, faculty or staff aware that this policy is in place and will be enforced. "All the people involved are fairly new to the issue, so we just need to get all those partners together again to roll out the policy," Harris said. "It's as much my fault as anyone else. We just need to get together again to figure it out." WSU Student Wellness coordinator Kim- ber Harding hosted the Great American Smoke- out on Nov. 13, and although it brought much awareness to students, it also brought a lot of controversy. As students began to see the winning poster of the digital contest for the Smokeout and many other entries to the contest posted around cam pus, some students took them as offensive and felt their rights were being violated. "I think it is probably one of the biggest wastes of time, simply because college is supposed to get you prepared for the real world, and people smoke in the real world," said criminal justice major Bren- don Farlow. "I get that it's for health and personal choice or whatever, but it just doesn't seem fair to me." WSU freshman Rich Scott said he has been a smoker for more than 20 years and that there is nothing wrong with him or his ability to breathe, and he feels he is being pushed aside and singled out. "I don't have cancer; I've got perfectly healthy twins that I don't smoke around because I am concerned about their health," Scott said. "But everyone on this planet is going to die from something; it's just the natural order of things." He added that discriminating against smokers is "communist social crap . . . pushing See SMOKING page 8 SOURCE: KIMBER HARDING Ana Reyes'winning submission for the Great American Smokeout digital graphic competition shows Weber State University's smoke-free zones on campus. WSU welcomes new downtown center SOURCE: MATT GERRISH Alan Hall, Mayor Mike Caldwell and WSU President Charles Wight cut the ribbon of the new Weber State Downtown center on Nov. 21. BY RAYCHEL JOHNSON editor-in-chief | The Signpost As the old adage goes, "Build it and they will come," and Weber State University did just that. After two and a half years, the collaborative project known as Weber State Downtown was finally completed and celebrated Nov. 21. Alan Hall, chair of the WSU Board of Trustees, joined vice provost Alex Lawrence, Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell and WSU President Charles Wight on the stage for the ribbon cutting. "Today is a purple-letter day for the city and university," exclaimed Hall to applause from the crowd. "This is a remarkable event where we have the university, and the city and community leaders coming together to accomplish what we think is a very cooperative activity." Hall said the Weber State Downtown center will represent the future of economic growth through new start-ups and technology innovation. "This will be the center of the universe as far as we're concerned." During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, people crowded the only available standing room in the space designated for a campus store and cafe, scheduled to open in fanuary. After the formal segment of the reception, all three floors of the newly renovated 18,000-square- foot building were full of community members and WSU affiliates. Ogden City Mayor Mike Caldwell said the project was an example of the College Town Initiative. See WELCOME page 5 WSU marketing students help Spinal Ride BY SKYLER PYLE news editor | The Signpost Kris Sanford continues to endure rigorous training, preparing for the race of his life. After a summer riddled with painful injuries, Sanford returned to Weber State University and received some unexpected help from fellow WSU students. This fall semester, a group of seniors approached Sanford, wanting to promote Spinal Ride for their Marketing Promotions Man agement class project. Sanford, WSU public relations major, created Spinal Ride, a charity fundraiser through which he hopes to raise $100,000, which will be donated to Neuroworx, a unique clinic that focuses on paralysis and provides its clients with the therapy they need, not just what their insurance will pay for. Along with his Spinal Ride fundraiser, Sanford plans to ride his hand-cycle from Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Huntington Beach, Calif., a distance of 1,100 miles, with the desire to break the current quadriplegic distance world record of 776 miles. "I'm not so much worried about the record as I am the raising-the-money part," Sanford said. "It can really help other people in my situation who don't have the money to go through therapy." Sanford was involved in a rollover car accident in 2009 where he broke his neck, leaving him paralyzed. Sanford, See SPINAL page 5 PHOTO BY TYLER BROWN | THE SIGNPOST Lany Watkins (center) and community members donate their time and talent to participate in the Spinal Ride flash mob at Newgate Mall in Ogden.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2013-11-25, Vol. 84, No. 46|
|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.|