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A v nTi I Monday, October 23, 1995 Volume 58 Number 21 (LPS Renovation brings new expanded services By Jen Johnston Signpost senior reporter "Excuse our dust" signs posted throughout the Shepherd Union Building explain the renovation and expansion for the new services being built. The expansion of the UB is being done by contractor Herm Hughes, the same man doing the new Student Services Building. This gives the two buildings the same look and style. On the bottom floor of the new UB will be mail services giving students opportunities for buying stamps, mailing packages, and giving space for 500 mail boxes. Also located on the bottom floor will be the WSU Bookstore. "The WSUBookstore, a major part of our community, is coming back into the UB," said Mike Ellis, director of the Union Building. "It will give us a little more space than what is offered now." All of the offices that were located in this area will move to the south end where the loading dock area is now. The Bookstore,currently located on Harrison Boulevard next to Holly wood Video, will be just as accessible on campus."I have some students saying it's so nice where it is now," Ellis said, "and others say they can't wait for it to come back onto campus." For those students worried about how campus police are going to monitor the parking for the Bookstore, Chief of Police Lee Cassity is over the reconstruction of the parking lot. "As far as I'm aware, lot A-10 will change," Ellis said. "The design is near completion."About one-fourth of the lot will change to a paying tenant lot. You drive in, receive a ticket and when you leave, you pay for the amount of time you stayed. The Bookstore will have an exterior entrance, as well as See Dust page 3 14- C?rfllilUli When looking for a classic, read the book instead of seeing the movie. WSU hosts human By Melissa Karren Signpost assignments editor Since 1 989, Weber State University has had an active chapter of Amnesty International. Amnesty International organizes ordinary citizen groups in free societies to pressure governments into releasing victims of human rights abuse. "Amnesty International is an impartial, non-partisan international organization on behalf of human rights," said Nancy Haanstad, WSU Amnesty International adviser. " "We all Amnesty members ask for the immediate release of allPrisoners-of-Con-science. Those are people who are imprisoned for the peaceful exercise of their human rights. We ask for prompt and fair trials for political prisoners. We also ask for the end of torture, execution, political killings, and disappearances," she said. The organization began in London during 1960. The arrest and sentencing of two Portuguese students during the Salazar regime was for the students "toast to freedom" in a Lisbon restaurant. This unfortunate event inspired Amnesty's founder, Peter Benenson to create Amnesty International. Today, Amnesty has aided in the release of over 40,000 Prisoners-of-Conscience. There are 1 .5 million members in 160 countries worldwide. Amnesty is respected worldwide and has been the past recipient of the 1977 Nobel Peace Prize. Amnesty received this award for its ability to unify and mobilize ordinary citizens in making a difference in human rights around the world through letter writing campaigns called Urgent Action Appeals. "I think one of the neat things about Urgent Action is when you've got a specific person to write to. You can write a letter and be one little part of an effort to get that person released," Haanstad said. "Thatbrings a sense of that you can do something. There are overwhelming problems like torture. . . who wants to think about torture? Writing bo) ( t Nate Croxford, Weber State's Chapter Vice President of Amnesty International, looks forward to the Great Basin Human Rights Conference this week on campus. a letter means you don't have to bejusta witness to brutalities. You can make a difference no matter what small part it is," she said. On the back of the WSU Amnesty's brochure, there is a quote from aPrisoner-of-Con-science from the Dominican Republic that reads, "For years I was held in a tiny cell. My only human contact was with my torturers. . . My only company were the cockroaches and mice. . .On Christmas Eve the door of my cell opened and the guard tossed in a crumpled pieceof paper. It said, 'Take heart. The world knows you're alive. Regards, Monica, Amnesty International.' That letter saved my life." To date, the WSU chapter has about 15 members who meet weekly at 5:30 p.m. in the upstairs of the Daily Grind, a coffee shop, on historic 25th St. They discuss world issues and write letters for the release ofPrisoners-of-Conscience. Amnesty International will be holding activities on campus this week to celebrate Human Rights Week. One of those activities is the Great Basin Human Rights Conference. It will be held this week during open hour at Con vocations. In the past, Weber State has had prominentspeakerslike Arun Ghandi, the grandson of Mahatma w&thmwmmmi Shine up your cowboy boots kick up your heels-it's time some country dancing. rights conference Ghandi and Harry Wu, one of the most recent Prisoners-of Conscience.In June 1995, Wu was arrested by the government of China for supposedly stealing state secrets and then disseminating those secrets outside of China. He was also charged with entering China as an American citizen.Amnesty regarded Wu's arrest as an attempt to intimidate him from criticizing the "laogai" or forced labor camps as he did in speeches across the country as well as inhisbook, "Bi tter Winds." WSU Amnesty members were able to help in his release through the Urgent Action Appeal writing campaign that was worldwide.Consequently, Wu was released Aug. 24, 1995 after almost three months of incarceration. Nathan Croxford, the WSU Amnesty International vice president, said the letter writing for Wu's release was special because in 1994 Wu was a guest speaker at the Great Basin Human Rights Conference. The first activity this week on campus is honoring and celebrating the release of Harry Wu. It is a drum circle at the WSU duck pond at 8 p.m. "My reason for getting in rMA) and for SCOIT TATE; THE SIGNPOST volved was that in the world and especially world governments, we're seeing increased corruption. When it comes to basic human rights or the human rights of others, I thought Amnesty International adds a balancing affect to governments," Croxford said. He also said, "I have always had a view I hated the idea that my personal actions and opinions didn't count for much. This joining Amnesty International is a way to unify my ideas and actions with the world." Haanstad said this week should be an important week, filled with a lot of valuable information."What we would like to see is a really big turn out. It is really a big part of a student's education to know what's going on in the world in terms of human rights violations and human right's issues," she said. For more information about Amnesty International's fight against human rights abuses, contact WSU Amnesty International chapter leaders, Danielle Killian, president, or Nathan Croxford, vice president. Students may also contact Nancy Haanstad at 626-6694 or at extension 7234. - - Men and women warm up the court with their preseason practices.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1995-10-23, Vol. 58, No. 21|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University; 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 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.|