Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1981-01-131
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Wide Spread Blackout Affects Weber State r. I: Lights began to flicker at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, then a wave of 'brown outs' passed over the Weber State cam- a pus. 1 his was the lirst sign ol what lay ahead for the next 8 hours as the campus lay in a ; cold, dark dead silence. Except for a few emergency lights powered by diesel generators and evacuation lights in stairways, all lights were out, along with the campus phones which operate through a main switchboard computer. A special edition of the Convocations series, costing over $1000 with William Shatner was indefinitely postponed just as it reached final preparedness for presentation. It was later rescheduled for 1:00 Friday. The Signpost office, beginning to swing into full operation for production of the first Winter Quarter paper, scheduled for last Friday, was completely shut down when the power was cut off to its computer operated production system, forcing postponement until Tuesday's edition. As people realized the blackout was not temporary but a potential long range problem, classes were slowly dismissed, the convocation and night classes cancelled. Students at Weber State were soon to find that we were not alone in the dark, and rumors were passed like wildfire. It was finally found that the blackout extended into six states. UPSL has not confirmed the definite cause. It was in fact called amillion-in-one chance of occuring as a string of incidents caused the widespread blackout. r --", f k 'r"D! rf"i v , P '- WEBER STATE COLLEGE 1 I : i j r v , - v -- s- - j r o h n o o Lrni i -rj j PC3DSN UTAH jf January 13, 1981 Volume 41 Issue 23 Weber by Shonda St. James The reflection pond serves a dual purpose on Weber State's campus. Not only is it an attribute to the landscape and scenic beauty, but it has a functional purpose as well. The Wasatch fault rests on a major water table, which attributes to major problems concerning buildings and grounds on the Weber State campus. Excess water from the water table gets trapped between the foundations of the buildings. If a release for the water pressure is not provided the water causes the floors in the buildings to bulge, buckle and crack. Therefore, an underground drainage system has been installed throughout the campus. The excess water is relieved through the drain pipes, then exits into the pond at a rate of 403 gallons per minute. The pond serves as a reservoir for the storm drain catch basin's underground system, surface water, and as a storm retention holding tank. Each building has several panels which divide the foundations of the buildings into sections. If each of these individual sections does not have access to a drain pipe it may begin to raise the floor. This was the problem with the weight room floor in the gymnasium this past fall quarter. Additional drain systems must then be installed to relieve the problem. This additional drain system cost the gymnasium approximately $48,000. Another main concern is that as the water washes away it slowly erodes the ground on which the foundation is built. This causes it to become cracked and weakened. Even though the excess water has created several problems, plans have been made to use the water as a backup for the watering system in times of drought. A temporary water rights decree has been issued to Weber State. To obtain a formal decree to the water rights the school must show that they are using the water effectively. To do this a pump system must be installed costing approximately $8,000 to $10,000. The water would be pumped from the pond into the sprinkling system. A legislative request has been filed to obtain funding for half of this project, but it has not yet been granted. The reflection pond, while most obviously a beautiful feature of the campus, is also an integral part of the college water system. Staff photo by Charlie Pomerleau. While the rest of the Weber State campus suffers from problems related to excess water, the swimming pool has been losing water. Dr. Davis, Assistant Professor of the Physical Education Department, noticed that the swimming pool had lost overone-and-a-half feet of water during the break between quarters. The pool was losing water at a rate of half-a-gallon per minute. Three major cracks along with several minor ones were detected after emptying the pool. The cracks have been temporarily repaired with silicone, so the pool will be open as regularly scheduled. Futher plans for permanent repairs are now in an engineering phase. Water samples are being taken along the gymnasium grounds to see if the swimming pool leakage contributed to the water pressure under the weight room. The samples will be analyzed and evaluated for chlorine content. In spite "of Weber State's persistence in alleviating the problems presented by the high water table and their creative plans for its benefit and constructive use, nature still takes her course and treats the campus as swamp lands, ignoring the growth and development of the campus.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1981-01-13, Vol. 41, No. 23|
|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.|