Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1982-02-091
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WEBER STATE-2 110 OGDEN 84408 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1982 Vol. 42 No. 31 f ' ' An unmanned Pepsi delivery truck caused a bizarre seven-car accident Friday after col- Photo by John Hampton liding with a Mountain Bell service van. Only one of the seven vehicles had a driver. Pepsi 'merges' with Ma Bell by Bill Conlon An unscheduled merger between Mountain Bell and Pepsi Co. took place Friday when a Pepsi delivery truck rolled into a Mountain Bell service van, causing a seven-car fender bender in the Fine Arts parking lot. The Pepsi truck was parked in front of the Browning Center while the driver, Bill Thurston, was on campus servicing Pepsi machines. His truck started rolling backwards, first hitting a black van driven by Casey Cor-win.Corwin, on campus for business, said "I honked like crazy. I thought there was somebody in the truck." Corwin was the only person involved in the incident. The Pepsi truck bounced off of Corwin's van, struck the phone van and pushed it backwards about 50 feet. The Pepsi truck finally came to a halt after hitting another car, which caused a chain reaction, Corwin said. Thurston said his truck was loaded with about 400 cases of soft drinks. "I'm just barely getting started," he said. He left the truck in gear, but with the engine off and the keys in the ignition. He said the engine was running when he arrived. "I thought somebody had tried to move it," but witnesses said there was nobody near the truck. Campus police report the cause of the accident was an emergency brake failure. Damage to the Mountain Bell truck totaled $500, and $450 worth was done to the Pepsi truck. Total damage of the remaining five vehicles is $1,150. There were no injuries. Schedule fee in effect Spring Qtr. Weber State students will be paying 50 cents for class schedules starting spring quarter. Most students became aware of the charge for schedules, which were provided to students free of charge in the past, when they picked up their winter quarter schedules. On the inside cover of the schedule was an announcement about the schedule charge. Dr. Emil Hansen, assistant vice-president for academic services said the change was initiated to cut down the cost of publishing. "Because the schedules were free, the students ofter used two or more during a quarter, Hansen said. "Now that they have to pay they will probably be more careful with their first one." About 20,000 schedules were printed for the winter quarter, Hansen said, pointing out that Weber had only aboutj 10,000 students. Hansen said he did not know if the school could make any money on the schedules. "It depends on how many students buy them," he said. He also said the original plan to use advertising in the schedules might be abandoned because printer costs might be cheaper due to a new printer found by the school. The spring schedules will be of higher quality than those in the past, said Hansen. Since students will be paying, Hansen said more money can be spent on schedules. "The front cover will be nicer and schedules will be printed horizontally instead of vertically, as in the past," he said. NOTICE: Starting Monday, Feb. 8, vehicles parked in "No Parking" zones bordering Weber State College campus will be IMPOUNDED by Ogden City Police. Laser use evident in everyday life Although many aspects of lasers are still in the experimental stage, they are more a part of our life than most people realize, according to Alan Harbertson, physics lab manager at Weber State College. Harbertson said lasers are currently being used for everything from space explorations to the groceries you buy at the store. "It's a part of life right now," he said, "and it certainly will be a big part of our future." Lasers, he explained, are generally made up of only one wave-length of light, as opposed to the many different wavelengths found in visible white light. "With a laser, the light is bounced up and down by a set of mirrors until all the wavelengths are the same," he said. "It's like pushing a child in a swing. The parent adds energy, or pushes in the right phase, then the child will go higher and higher until theoretically they are going in a complete circle." "A laser works the light waves so that they get locked together in the same phase," he said. "This gives an amplification." Harbertson noted that, because of this intense unification of wavelengths in a laser beam," there are many practical applications."Because a laser beam doesn't spread out," he said, "people on earth can shoot a beam at the moon and by the time it hits the reflectors astronomers have left there, it will only widen out a couple of yards." He explained that the beam is then reflected back to the earth and scientists measure the exact distance from the earth to the moon, measure the moon's rotation and detect "moonquakes." Interplanetary space ships are also using lasers in the same manner to map out other planets, he said. Here on earth the laser also has a wide variety of domestic uses. Harbertson explained the laser is currently being used by survey teams to measure depth and distances in an extremely accurate manner. "The laser beam stays in one plane, on a very level line," Harbertson said, "and it makes it very easy to measure depth and distances for survey crews." He noted that lasers are also being used to examine the molecular structure of different substances. One application is that construction support beams can be tested for stress before they're ever used. Another is that diamonds can, in essence, be fingerprinted. Harbertson explained, "When a laser is shined through a diamond, it creates an interference pattern. A photo can be taken of that pattern and since no two diamonds are alike if it is stolen and later found a photo can be taken again to determine the rightful owner." In the area of photography, lasers can produce three dimensional photography, called holography. With holography, a person can turn the picture and see all sides of the object photographed. "The same thing is being used in some grocery stores now," Harbertson said. "The person at the checkstand passes the food item over a little window that is situated in the counter and a laser beam wraps around the object and reads the bar code." Although Weber State already has two lasers that are low powered, Harbertson hopes that one day the WSC chemistry department will be able to purchase a high-powered laser in order to do molecular separations and form new compounds. "There are a lot of uses (for lasers) other than those originally thought of," said Harbertson. "Someday it's going to permeate all our ways of living."
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1982-02-09, Vol. 42, No. 31|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College|
|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.|