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Making the most of a digital lifestyle ...page 4 Baseball starts with tough loss ...page 6 AT A GLANCE 2 EDITORIAL 3 BUSINESS& SCIENCE 4 SPORTS 6 CLASSIFIEDS 9 Cadets learn art of combat stu?ents explore majors WSU programs represented at Major Fest By Rusden Scott news reporter I The Signpost Current and prospective students looking for guidance about what to major in perused options with representatives from each academic department at Weber State University's Major Fest on Wednesday in the Shepherd Union Atrium. The WSU Student Success Center teamed up with Wildcat Welcome to offer students help in determining courses of study. "I've been kind of aimless in my studies so far, just trying things out to see if I like them," said WSU freshman Sam Carter. "But I want to have some direction now that I've done that a little bit." Representatives from WSU's academic departments sat at more than 70 tables, each covered with informational materials and poster boards outlining different major requirements. Professor Leah Murray, who represents the political science program at WSU, explained what her table offered. "We have here a list of our major and minor course requirements," Murray said. "All the things you have to know and do in order to get a degree with us, which is handy for the students. And then we also have our student groups that have information to present so that, in addition to the major, you get an idea of what student groups are available in our department as well." In addition to handout in- See Major page 5 PHOTOS BY SPENCER CARN I THE SIGNPOST Above: Following a simulated combat training in North Ogden, an Army ROTC cadet interrogates another cadet who acted as a civilian Thursday afternoon. The civilian was detained after the intended mission broke down and another civilian was fatally shot. Below: A cadet helps secure the perimeter of his unit as they interrogate citizens. Simulation teaches trainees to avoid unnecessary engagement By Thomas Alberts asst. managing editor I The Signpost Yesterday, members of the Weber State University ROTC stood on the side of a mountainous terrain, looking at the body of a fallen comrade lying in a cluster of sagebrush. These are not the mountains of Afghanistan, and this is not a true casualty. Here in Ogden, cadets are undergoing a weekly lab to train MS-3 cadets how to be effective leaders. Part of ROTC training at WSU is having a weekly lab. The lab for Thursday involved training on squad-level tactics dealing with the appearance of civilians in a battlefield situation. None of the cadets were aware that a situation involving civilians would be introduced into the simulation. "What we expect all of our students to do in ROTC is be good leaders, decision-makers, understanding and assessing a situation rather quickly and making decisions in that situation," said Lt. Col. Robert Bashein, professor of military science for the WSU ROTC. "So we're looking at them being competent in army-type skills, but we're also, as officers, looking at them to be leaders where they can make decisions, delegate and understand situations, so they can be successful in whatever situation they're placed in." The squads encountered civilians dressed in Middle-Eastern garb tending to imagined herds of sheep. This might seem an appropriate act of roleplay, given the terrain that the squads were training on, which is reminiscent of real-world conflicts the United States military is currently involved in. "It makes movement a little bit tedious at times, especially with the snow," said cadet Jeffrey Barker, an MS-3. "But it's See Combat page 5 Students present research for legislators Projects show legislators benefits of state funding By Eric Jensen news editor I The Signpost Purple banners, posters and name tags filled the rotunda at the state capitol building Thursday as Weber State University students displayed and presented their undergraduate and community-based research projects in WSU's annual Day at the Capitol. Every year, students are given opportunities to show legislators the research they have been conducting at WSU. Students constructed poster displays and discussed their research projects with legislators and community members. "I think there is an amazing depth and breadth of research that's being presented by our students," said Ann Millner, WSU president. "It's wonderful to see them from disciplines across the campus engaged in either basic research or research that involves issues in our communitv." During the legislative session, lawmakers will discuss several issues facing Utah, including what resources will be allocated for institutions of higher education. "We want the state legislators to know what their funding for higher education is doing," said John Cavitt, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. "These are fantastic examples of how resources coming from the state to higher education are making their way back to the community and making their way back to the different disciplines that can really benefit and provide a better-quality experience for everyone in the state of Utah." Some research projects on display included why online piracy is largely undeterred, how to make inventory systems in Utah warehouses more effective and how molecule separation benefits scientific research. Jamie Jensen, a senior in the dental hygiene department, presented research about the ways social media can have a positive influence on education. She said the project she and her team developed was important because it has practical application in See Research page 5 Social Med i and Emergent nvironment Evans, Heather McK PHOTO BY ERIC JENSEN | THE SIGNPOST Weber State University students Jamie Jensen (left) and Whitnee Evans (middle) discuss their research at WSU's Day at the Capitol. Their research involved social media and its impact on higher education in the state of Utah.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2012-02-03, Vol. 82, No. 64|
|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.|