Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1992-04-291
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VOLUME 52, ISSUE 68 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 1992 WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY OGDEN, UTAH Signpost I - " i X" " , N f ,,r - ii " - i 1 1 ' I What is this Nunsense? p. 8 Runway fashions i'V - , 'i . - A Tit 1 " .... . C -V- - own"-.- -J iff. A ) v BrtlAN SCHIBS THE SGNPGST Two Webr Stat fashion models showd a crowd som of th latest summer fashions In a show under the Bell Tower yesterday. ASWSU Senate forms campus safety committee By TINA TRITSCH Water sometimes forces pedestrians to walk outside the crosswalk. Students have no legal recourse If harmed. Gov. Affairs editor of The Signpost Formation of a campustrafficsafety committee was given the green light from the Associated Students of Weber State University Monday. Students who live in the residence halls and commuters using certain parking lots must cross 41st street to go to class. A 35 mph speed limit and the flooding of the crosswalk due to inadequate drainage, increase the danger of an accident occurring, said Residence Halls Senator Jennifer Klingler. The committee will research safety precautions to reduce the danger to Students using 41st St. The precautions listed in the resolution passed by student senate include: speed limit reduction on 41st St. sidewalk completion on the south side of the street B a crosswalk addition at the HPEC complex adequate drainage for the current sidewalk flashing lights on the pedestrian crossing signs. The committee will also consider public education of crosswalk laws and printing etiquette courtesies in The Signpost on a quarterly basis. Members of the committee will be the RHA president as chair, two residence assistants, four residence hall students, two students at large, one campus police officer, one employee of buildings and grounds. Klingler said concerns for campus traffic safety were brought to her by hall residents. During the wintertime, Klingler said six to eight inches of water collects at the curb and floods the crosswalk. This forces pedestrians to walk outside the crosswalk. Once outside the gold lines, students have no legal recourse if harmed. "(This research) is not just to protect students walking, but to protect the drivers too," she said in a earlier meeting.Other business discussed in the (See SAFETY page 2) Asbestos will stay in WSU buildings without harm HEALTH CODES: Buildings 1-4 contain the hazardous material. WSU official says there is no danger as long as material is not moved. By KERI KING Staff writer of The Signpost Asbestos that was found in the floor and ceilings of Annex 3, and buildings 1-4 on campus will not be removed because it is not harmful, said Robert Folsom of WSU's architecture and engineering department. Folsom said it also would not be cost-effective to remove asbestos from thebuild-ings. "(The buildings) are older and have other types of problems," he said. "And eventually they will be torn down anyway." Asbestos is a mineral that was used as a fire retardant during the 1950s and 1960s. In the early 1970s asbestos wasdiscovered to be hazardous when inhaled, and is believed to cause lung cancer. Currently all uses of asbestos in construction are banned by federal law. Buildings constructed before 1973 contain asbestos in the ceilings and floor tile. But the material will harm no one until it is unsettled due to construction, Folsom said. Asbestos was also found on campus in the technology building, and in the residence halls. Asbestos can be removed through abatement, where the asbestos is sprayed with a covering, or through removal. 'This is a very costly process because the entire area must be sealed off and a special crew needs to be brought in," Folsom said. (See ASBESTOS page 2) "As long as you don't do any type of construction it is of no harm to anyone." -Robert Folsom Vaccine purchase keeps employees, students out of risk By DENNEY F1FIELD Staff writer of The Signpost The Hepatitis B virus strikes about 200,000 people in the United States each year and health care personnel are the most likely to contract it. Weber State University spent $6,500 to provide vaccinations for Student Health Services, Dental Hygiene, College of Health Professions and other departments that are at risk. "We, as a university, are obliged to provide it by law," said Dr. Jess M. McKenzie of the WSU safety office. An earlier report in the Signpost stated that students and employees in the Dental Hygiene, Health Services and College of Health Professions would get the vaccinations for free. Other students must pay for their vaccinations, McKenzie said. Juliana Larsen, director of the Student Health Center, has developed a proposal to give vaccines to students in these areas at a cheaper price and provide a computer tracking system for the vaccinations. Larsen's proposal has been accepted by all health care departments and is waiting to be implemented. There is no specific treatment and no known cure for HBV. Immunization against HBV is the only means of preventing infection. The Occupational Safety and Health Act, implemented in December 1 991, requires all employers to provide free education, immunizations and appropriate protective equipment for all at risk employees (those coming in contact with body fluids). When the vaccines first came out, students would pay as high as $150 for the three shots needed . Hepatitis B virus is usually spread by contact with infected blood or blood products. It can also be spread in such ways as injectable drug use, tattooing and ear piercing. It may also be found in other body fluids such as urine, tears, breast milk, etc. "Students getting an education in a high risk area will be highly recommended to get the vaccinations," said Valory Poncelet, program director for Emergency Care and Rescue. Employees are not required to have the vaccinations, but they (See VACCINE page 2) WEATHER Fair and unseasonably warm Wednesday. Increasing clouds Thursday with a few afternoon thunderstorms. Partly cloudy and cooler Friday with isolated showers or thunderstorms. NOTEBOOK It has been proposed that early registration be abolished, and all empbyees and honor students apply according to class rank. Public hearings on the matter will be held today at 11:30 a.m. and Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the Wildcat Theater in the Union Building.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1992-04-29, Vol. 52, No. 68|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University|
|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|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|