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HH ^ WSU loses to St. i Mary's College 0-2 _j ...page6 Motorcycles— lower costs, higher safety risks... page 4 AT A GLANCE 2 EDITORIAL 3 FEATURES 4 SPORTS 6 CLASSIFIEDS 9 StartSmart PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY BRYAN BUTTERFIELD | THE SIGNPOST Opening soon? Seminar seeks to help aspiring business owners get started By Trevor Lowe correspondent I The Signpost In recent weeks, dozens have attended the Weber State University Small Business Development Center's Start Smart seminars to learn the ins and outs of starting a business. "Even with the economy the way it is," said Brady Hoggan, one of two instructors for the Start Smart seminars, "there is a boom in people desiring to start their own businesses." Hoggan is a graduate of WSU's MBA program and has small business experience. He has been working with the Small Business Development Center for over a year, instructing individuals on how to start a business. Start Smart is the first in a series of three seminars, each building upon the last. Participants wishing to start their own businesses are required to attend the Start Smart seminar. "The free class is intended to give the attendees a good foundation of knowledge, covering such topics as pros and cons of business ownership, legal requirements, forms of business entities, loan programs and preparing the business plan," said Beverly King, director of the Small Business Development Center at WSU. "After the Start Smart class, those who feel they are ready to proceed can schedule one-on-one appointments for additional assistance or attend some of our other classes." During the seminar, Hoggan made it a point to explain the rewards as well as the risks involved with entrepreneurship. "While starting a business may lead to profits, freedom from the limits of standardized pay for standardized work, independence and a satisfying way of life, it can have its drawbacks," he said. Uncertainty of income, risk of losing entire investment, long hours and hard work, lower quality of life until the business gets established and complete responsibility were just some of the risks Hoggan discussed. "If people have passion, persistence, a high need for achievement, a willingness "Right now I am unemployed, but I have a great business venture idea/' — Nic Lindsey WSU student to take risks, self-confidence and responsibility, then they can be a successful entrepreneur," Hoggan said. Nic Lindsey, a WSU student who attended the seminar, said he thought the information was beneficial. "Right now I am unemployed, but have a great business venture idea," Lindsey said. "I love what I do; it is not about the money." Along with instruction on starting a business, Start Smart offers one-on-one meetings to discuss business ideas. Each seminar has intimate class sizes, ranging from 6-12 individuals. Start Smart also offers free business counseling. The Small Business Development Center is a federally and state- funded program that exists nationwide in partnership with the Small Business Administration. It is an 7 educational organization with an approach to business development, providing a listening ear, objective analysis and advice, and technical expertise to help clients apply sound principles to start See Start page 5 Challenge in diversity Students adapt to new cultures to succeed in classroom By Tricy Taylor correspondent I The Signfxist When a student refuses to look a professor in the eye, the professor may think the student is being disrespectful. In some cultures, however, it is considered an act of defiance to look into the eyes of the person who is disciplining you. According to feff Stokes, Weber State University professor of Spanish, this is just one example of the many miscommunications that can occur in a culturally diverse classroom. Every year a percentage of WSU students are either from a foreign country or have multicultural backgrounds. There is concern that the difficulties faced by multicultural students may cause some students to drop out of school early. Michiko Nakashima-Lizarazo, the director of the Multicultural Student Center, said retention of diverse students is a challenge for WSU because many drop out of school before ever getting their degrees. According to Nakashima-Lizarazo, these dropouts may be attributed to the difficulty of cultural integration in general, as well as in the classroom. "The university system is a culture within itself, and we're expecting another culture to adapt and kind of leave everything in their home life at the door," Nakashima-Lizarazo said. "If they're not used to it, it's a tough battle to try to assimilate." When a campus or classroom becomes more diverse, many social, cultural and religious barriers emerge. Nakashima- Lizarazo said language is often the primary barrier multicultural students face. Stokes said when English is a student's second language, they face two types of challenges: linguistic and cultural. Learning to speak a language proficiently is difficult enough, he said, but add culture to the mix and students can easily become overwhelmed. Another challenge minorities face in the classroom is the pressure of representing their diverse culture. Nakashima-Lizarazo said there is a lot of pressure for diverse students to represent their group to the rest of the class. They are often asked to provide cultural examples or speak on behalf of their country or religion. Nakashima-Lizarazo added that the See Diversity page 5 WSU grad encourages students to be open Be willing to dismiss old paradigms, Joos advises By Spencer Garn news editor I The Signpost While it may now be accepted that the world is not the center of the universe, other crippling paradigms lurk in the medical field, according to Weber State University graduate and orthopedic surgeon David loos. "We were killing people when we thought we were saving their lives," said loos to a crowd of about 70 students and faculty members who attended his presentation Tuesday afternoon in the Stewart Library's Hetzel- Hoellein Room. foos was referring to the medical field's practice of prescribing anti-rhythm medication to recovering heart attack patients suffering from ventricular ectopic beat, an extra heartbeat originating in the heart's lower chamber. "Somewhere along the line people decided that was the way to go," foos said. "Presumably we're saving lives. There was some sound reasoning that went into this but it was just wrong." Themedicalcommunitybegan questioning the effectiveness of anti-rhythm medication after a case study showed patients taking the medication performed significantly worse than the placebo group, foos used this See Medicine page 5 PHOTO BY BRYAN BUTTERFIELD I THE SIGNPOST WSU graduate and orthopedic surgeon David Joos addresses a crowd of students and faculty Wednesday in the Stewart Library.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2010-09-08, Vol. 81, No. 15|
|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.|