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WSU dancers prep for next level page 4 Catfight: Wildcats crush Bobcats page 6 CALENDAR 2 EDITORIAL 3 FEATURES 4 SPORTS 6 HELP WANTED 9 Hip-hop artist visits Weber State PHOTO BY EDEN BUXTON | THE SIGNPOSE Hip-hop convocat artist Talib Kweli discusses music and social activism on Tuesday in a ion to Weber State University students in the Shepherd Union Ballrooms. By Patricia Kang correspondent I The Signpost Words echoed through the Shepherd Union Ballrooms as Talib Kweli spoke about using hip- hop music as a social activism tool. "(Kweli) is diverse, he's accepting, and he has a powerful way of influencing his audience to be the same way he is . . . I'm mostly excited about what he has to say about it, but what I know, that he has to share, is that you should be open-minded .. . I'm not really sure about it, (but) I want to learn," said Michael Diamond, a senior majoring in communications with an emphasis in marketing and the programming vice president at Weber See Kweli page 5 WSU student competes on 'American Idol' By Laurie Reiner asst. news editor I The Signpost Weber State University student Kalli Therinae went to Oklahoma City, Okla., in order to audition for Season 12 of "American Idol." Therinae made it through to the auditions in Hollywood. About 300 people performed again out of the thousands who initially auditioned. The judges narrowed the pool of contestants down to 40, 20 female and 20 male. The singers originally performed individually, but then were put into groups. At the Hollywood auditions, Therinae was cut during the group performances. This is Therinae's second time being on "Amer ican Idol." She first tried out the season before and also made it to Hollywood. She made it as far as the top 90 before being cut. "Sometimes all you can do is do your best," Therinae said. "You never know how the judges will vote." She said she has thought about auditioning again next season, because each time she auditions she gets a little further. Although this is her second time on the show, this season was her first time getting airtime on television. "Every time has been such a great experience," Therinae said. "I've learned a lot." Therinae is a freshman at WSU majoring See Idol page 5 UTA cracks down on safety measures By Rosie Gerrish news reporter I The Signpost Douglas Crow, a 69-year-old Brigham Young University custodian from Provo, was riding his bike near a FrontRunner railroad crossing in the early morning after Valentine's Day when he was reportedly hit by an Escalade, pushing him directly into the path of the oncoming FrontRunner train. Though Crow was transported to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, he died shortly thereafter. This was one of many Utah Transit Authority-related accidents in the past few years. FrontRunner, TRAX and buses have all had their turns with both vehicles and pedestrians, ranging from incidences of reported suicides, pedestrian carelessness and, in one case, a woman trying to help someone who fell off a scooter. "The most important thing is to pay attention, to follow all of the safety implements that are in place," said Chad Saley, a spokesman for UTA. "If crossing arms are down and red lights are flashing, don't cross, don't walk in front of the train. I think that most of our incidents could be prevented if people would just follow the safety rules and laws that are out there." In regards to incidences similar to Crow's, Saley said it is hard for the trains to stop. See UTA page 5 WSU celebrates Chinese New Year PHOTO BY EDEN BUXTON I THE SIGNPOST A performer dances at the Weber State University Chinese Club's fourth annual Chinese New Year 2013 celebration on Friday night. Other performances included a lion dance, a dragon run, traditional Chinese dancing and music, kung fu, a fashion show, crafts, games, and exhibits with food and free drinks. For more photos, see Rage 10. Birds on campus are here to stay, Facilities Management cleans up mess By Raychel Johnson news editor I The Signpost The geese and ducks that surround campus all year round are here to stay. Many don't fly south for the winter. Although these nomadic birds do not typically pose a threat to student life and campus function, Weber State University Facilities Management has to deal with what these birds leave behind. "They are a blessing and a curse, really," said Rick Wade, the director of Campus Services. According to Wade, the ducks and geese are protected under the Migratory Bird Act and can't be handled or harmed because it's against the law. He said WSU is a nice place for the birds to stay. None of them were placed here, and they all migrated to campus on their own. The ducks themselves don't seem to be a bother to students as much as what they leave behind. lulia Faulkner, a junior studying respiratory care and therapy, said she loves to feed the ducks, but that the droppings need to go. "I like to feed them. I think they're cute. But the poop sucks and the pond smells," Faulkner said. "They need to drudge it and clean it out, basically — maybe put in a better filter sys tem that circulates the water. If the ducks get sick, they'll die." The droppings left behind require cleanup by the employees in Facilities Management. WSU doesn't get any water until mid-April, so, until the spring months arrive, the birds' droppings must be cleaned up by sweeping as opposed to spraying it off. "Duck poop is a problem during the winter," Wade said. He said that, during the colder months, the sun warms up the sidewalks, which is where the ducks and geese will typically perch. The opposite occurs during the PHOTO BY TYLER BROWN | THE SIGNPOST See Geese page 5 Waterfowl populate the Ada Lindquist Plaza on campus. Many never fly south for the winter.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2013-02-20, Vol. 83, No. 65|
|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.|