Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1988-11-111
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News Thiokol reps - address Weberites see page 2 Opinion Party system missing target see page 4 Sports Last of the home games see page 5 l Hfi r 1889 ,?1989 Friday, Nov. 11, 1988 Celebrating the Weber State College Centennial Vol.49, No. 21 AIDS patient talks of life By Dianna Tillman Asst. News Editor Emotions were visible at the Women's Educational Resource Center Brown Bag on Wednesday, Nov. 9 as Dave Sharpton told the large group about his experiences of living with AIDS. He began the lecture by stating: "I am a homosexual and have AIDS. If you can't handle that, leave now." Sharpton was diagnosed with AIDS in 1984 while living in Dallas. He was told he had six months to live. He told the group of his decision to fight the disease. "I made a decision to fight, to live and not to give in to AIDS." Instead of counting the days he had left, Sharpton made a decision to do something to help in educating others about AIDS. "That's six months I have to live and make a difference. AIDS was not going to be a negative issue in my life," he said. Sharpton "shared the trauma of being told by his physician he had AIDS and he was going to die. He was not given any counseling at that time. He talked openly about his homosexual relationship and the emotions he felt when his partner left because he could not deal with the disease. He talked about his family support and the frustrations they have dealt with due to the stigma of AIDS. Sharpton decided to come to Utah because he felt he could do the most good in AIDS education here. "Living in Utah is very challenging and rewarding with people here who care," he said. He told the group, "People that have this disease are no longer silent they can't be; their time is running out." According to Sharpton, there is a strong stigma attached to this disease, but groups are forming for people that want to be positive dealing with these issues. He said people with AIDS have the right to live and die in dignity. Sharpton challenged the group "to learn before it's too late. It's not going away. Surgeon General Koop tells us that AIDS will not be cured, it will be managed. The cure is education. We have lo learn to deal with this issue. You need to know how to protect yourself from this disease. You each need to realistically look at this disease, leam about behavior and focus in on this." He talked about the AIDS quilt being brought to Salt (see AIDS on page 2) t'l i i i a I ' 1 Oik Vtks t r "' j w't ,,mt" v 11 -wt The Signpost photo: Darwin Shaw) Weber State Professor wins award Lisa Dayton Staff Reporter Dr. Levi Peterson, professor of English, signed copies of his new biography, "Juanita Brooks: Mormon Woman Historian," Thursday at the Weber State Bookstore. His book received the 1987 David W. and Beatrice C. Evans Annual Biography Award given by the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies. The award was presented at a dinner Sept. 22 at USU. This annual $10,000 award was founded by David Evans in 1983 for biographies on important figures in Mormon and history. It was transferred from BYU to the center at USU in 1986. . Assistant Director Shannon Hoskins was at the signing and praised Peterson for the sympathy and "special touch" with which he wrote as well as his scholarly contribution to historiography. Peterson, who has taught at WSC since 1965, has also written "The Backslider" (1986), "The Canyons of Grace" ( 1 982) and edited "Greening Wheat: Fifteen Mormon Short Stories." Three awards from the Association of Mormon Letters and a first and second prize for writing from the Utah Arts Council are among his other honors. United States responsible for human rights violations By Scott Summerill Managing Editor Representatives from Amnesty International presented incidents of human rights violations at Thursday 's Issues Forum, and put some of the blame on U.S. politics. WSC professor of history Henry Ibarguen pointed the finger at the United States for propagating human rights violations in Guatemala. According to Ibarguen, the Guatemalan government is practicing genocide on the Indian descendants of the Maya. Ibarguen said that the U.S. instigated a coup d'etat in that country that set the stage for the current militaristic control. 'The country has been turned into a cemetery in the '80s," he said. "And the United States government knows it." "It is an example of violence that never ends," said Ibarguen. "All this in the name of preventing the spread of communism." Examples of political prisoners held in the Soviet Union were presented by WSC advisor for Amnesty International and professor of political science Nancy Haanstad. She cited the case of a Lithuanian man imprisoned for refusing to serve in the Soviet military because of his religious beliefs. "There must be alternatives for those vho's beliefs interfere," she said. Accong to Haanstad, Soviet Premier Mikhail GoiLahcv has promised to stop the practice of political imprisonment and release those being held. 'There are still some 150 political prisoners in the Soviet Union," she said.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1988-11-11, Vol. 49, No. 21|
|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.|