Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1993-01-131
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VOLUME 53, ISSUE 40 Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1993 The Signature page takes and in depth look at Civil Rights and how it affects all WSU students, staff and faculty. See Page 6. WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY OGDEN, UTAH (OiThe Frosty weather pushes WSU to shut doors Late decision frustrates students By JEFF HANEY Managing editor of The Signpost Weber State University was forced to ciose its doors Monday after a massive snow storm induced by a frosty arcticair front swept through Ogden, ' dumping 4 to 6 inches of new snow. President Paul Thompson issued the closure Monday morning after local authorities deemed driving certain roadways unsafe. Thompsonsaid several factors were debated in the decision to close the school. First was the accommodation of students on cam-" pus, and second, the concern for safety, he said. . Allen Simkins, vice president of administrative services, echoed Thompson's reasoning. "The main concern was the safety of the staff, the students and the other faculty members," he said. "We don't close the university very often only in very extreme conditions. The president, believed the conditions Monday were extreme enough to close the school." -- ..... The university has closed for extreme weather purposes four times in the last 12 years, said Bob Smith, academic affairs vice president. Simkins also said various road closures in nearby areas that blocked students from campus played a major part in the decision handed down by Thompson. Students who travel the closed 1-15 and State Road 89 to WSU were concerned about the closure notification process. Students said they called WSU early Monday morning to find out the status of the school and listened to a recording that said the school would be open. Only on arrival, they found the campus closed instead.One WSU student said he spent three hours on a bus commuting from Salt Lake City to Ogden only to find campus activities at a standstill. Chuck Wright, a student and employee of computer services, was upset about the lack of decision by school officials. "I would like to know who makes the decision to dose the school and why that decision can't be made in a timely manner to prevent a lot of people from having to fight icy, treacherous roads," he said. "I listened to the news at 6 a.m., at 6:30 and at 7 a.m. I even called the campus and got their recording that said school would be open," he said. "Most people don't live across the street (from the university) ... I considered the whole thing a complete fiasco." Thompson admitted the administrative action was slow in ad vising the students as to the status of the university. "We were late in notifying the media. . . we notified them shortly after 7 a.m. "We were mostly concerned with accommodating the students and their needs on the campus," he said. "What we should've been paying more attention to were the road conditions away from the college." Although another snow storm is expected to move into Ogden in the next week, Thompson said he does not foresee another closure in the immediate future. "The school has only been closed three times in the last 10 years it isn't something usual for us to do," he said. 5 & 1'1 - . H II m n A.- w X. DANIELLE M ABEY THE SIGNPOSI STUDENTS RETURN to WSU after a one-day hiatus because of the heavy snowfall and dangerous driving conditions Monday. Blazing their own trails, students have been forced to hurdle the many snow obstacles. . Snow increases parking dilemma By TYSON HIATT Asst. managing editor of The Signpost In addition to the closing of school and wrecks up Weber Canyon and in other surrounding areas, Weber State University had its share of fender benders but nothing serious, said officials from WSU police department. Lieutenant Roger Johnson of the WSU police department said the seven accidents that occurred last week were all minor, but the weather has WSU police officials concerned. Johnson said the first week of school is always the worst week for accidents of every quarter, but the weather has created problems which require additional work from the WSU police staff. "It's all just part of the job," he said. "We have rearranged our shifts so that we have more manpower during our busiest hours." Johnson also said that because of lack of space to put the plowed snow, the parking situation has been affected. "Any time you . have this much snow you run out of places to put it," he said. Students have also voiced similar concerns regarding the parking situation. "People are parki ng a ny where they want, including in the aisle," said Wendy Hunt, WSU student. Although there are some problems, Johnson said WSU police will not enforce parking violations in metered slots that are buried by snow. However, this is not the case with "no parking" signs-on the neighboring streets around campus. Sergeant Berl Malmborg of the Ogden City Police Department said whether or not the signs are buried, tickets will be issued. "They (the students) are responsible to see the sign," Malmborg said. Monday sn o wfall exceeds record SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Muscles aching from days of shoveling record snowfalls got a brief respite Sunday as the biggest snowstorm in Salt Lake history officially ended. But Utahns barely had time to put a way the Ben-Gay before the next one arrived. Less than five hours after the National Weather Service officially announced a record-breaking five-day storm was over, another Pacific disturbance began drop ping its load over the valley. NWS meteorologist David Cisco said it would add three- to six-inches of snow to the two-fett or more already on the ground. The service officially dubbed a five-day storm that ended Sunday morning the largest since records were first kept in 1928, dropping 23.3 inches of snow at the Salt Lake International Airport and accumulations of 40 inches or more in the foothills. More than 9.5 inches fell in the 36 hours endingSunday atnoon. In fact, Cisco said, the storm set a record for snowfall in January in the first 10 days of the month 33.4 inches. The old record of 32.3 inches was set in 1937. "This storm beats the previous champ both in terms of total snowfall and duration," Cisco said. The previous record snowstorm raged from March 12 to March 15, 1944, dumping 21.6 inches on the city.' nr oday's Li TXT F.WS 11 NEWS A $6.2 million Olympic ice sheet is being constructed on the WSU campus. It is scheduled to open for the Christmas season 1993. See Page 3. ARTS Weber State student owns local club that features a Salt Lake band on an independent label. See Page 8.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1993-01-13, Vol. 53, No. 40|
|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.|