Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1969-12-051
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I -- . l; -: . ' ' "' 111 l J - 111 If . ' """ " .""r;"- ill m - fTr .,,-iJ x Ur " - - . ... Ji : 4 l Si - 1 1 Si j-.-.--v:'-"': " 1 J ' - ' Black silouettes of pine trees and ski lodges against white snow. Red and green Christmas lights adorning community and campus. This is December. Violence and unrest give way momentarily to 'a feeling of concern for others; money is suddenly important only in its capacity to do good for loved ones. Weber State College has so far this school year been faced with problems and progress never before evperienced on this campus. Students are more aware of national interest areas and problems within the college community than ever before. More effort has been made by student leaders to alleviate the problems. Now, for one month, students, faculty, and staff can relax and enjoy pleasant times with their friends and families. Utah is synonymous with skiing in the minds of people across the nation. Ski Utah snow, and The Greatest Snow on Earth, are mottos for the state's industries on the slopes. After finals are over, grades are recorded, and books are closed, thousands of momentarily unemployed college students plus their instructors will take the barrel slats to the mountains in the greatest yearly exodus since Brigham Young brought his family West. Swishing down the slope, the biting chill of early winter making snow conditions perfect for a day of hitting the slopes hard and fast or for cutting parallel swathes cross country in a slow and lazy way. Following trails that gracefully curl and wind their way around the majestic mountain that is the kharma of skiers. Whether the skier is novice or expert, whether he snow-plows or parallels, this is his paradise. The soft clacking of skis running parallel across the white floor, the noisy silence of huge, snowflakes as they ever-so-lightly pelt the already-padded earth, the whiir of the motored chairlift, the rustle of pines invaded by a squirrel, the faint snatches of a Christmas carol coming from a lodge radio, these are all parts of a melodic overture that accompanies the skier through his wonderland. A warm, crackling fireplace is another symbol of the Christmas season. Whether it is found in the living room of your home, the dining room of the neighborhood tavern, or inside the ultra-modern ski lodge, the fireside holds the charm of ages of wintry relief, Tradition and custom bring down to us the age-old practice of decorating the Christmas tree, Despite the trend toward aluminum and plastic, the natural pine green tree is still the favorite. Mistletoe is the object of the more amorous lovers of the yuletide season. This sprig of green leaves and white berries signals the bestowing of impromptu Christmas gifts among both young and old. Hanging from door frames, hallways, and lights, this old symbol of sudden romantic advances will probably always remain as part of Christmas. What is Christmas without candy and cakes and Christmas cards. Each day in the days preceding Christmas, the mailbox holds a small treasure that evokes warm memories of Christmas' past and brings on thoughts of cordiallity and friendship. Christmas is crowded stores, and harried people, and bills, and too much to do in too little time, but somehow this part of Christmas does not become a memory but quickly fades away under the all-important feeling of brotherhood and love that invades even the minds of the most cruel 'Scrooges.' Christmas is many things to many people. Especially here at Weber State it offers a time to pause, to take time out from the hustle and bustle of busy college life to think about more quiet and sacred things. For a time there is no worries about exams, grades, reports, or classes. For a time there is relief from tension caused by the headaches of being a college student. Time, time, time, this one most precious and least abounding element of life is one of the blessings of Christmas. It is like the seventh day of the year-long week-made for relaxation and rejuvenation. Peace on earth, and love towards others. Here at Weber we can make these nebulous substances a reality, even if it remains for just this Christmas season.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1969-12-05, Vol. 29, No. 18|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College; 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 College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|