Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1998-01-211
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I'm just too tall for you! Hot shots and three-point bombs, all in today's sports section. See sports page 8 r 1 d Wednesday, January 21, 1998 "www.weber.edusignpost Volume 60 Number 41 Legislature may solve concealed weapon issue XU LJ By BriAnna Bracken graphics editor -The Signpost A Weber State University policy may be in jeopardy this year, as the Utah Legislature determines whether schools, churches and private businesses have the authority to prohibit weapons on their premises. At the heart of the conflict is the state's 1995 concealed-weapons law, which makes concealed-weapons permits valid "without restriction" throughout the state. Since 1977, WSU's Policy and Procedures Manual has stated that "no individual, except on-duty law-enforcement officers, may have weapons in hisher possession" on university property. Police cite prevention By Taylor S. Fielding managing editor-The Signpost While the A-10 parking lot is one of the busiest parking lots on campus, there were only seven crimes in the lot for the entire year of 1997. According to statistics provided by the Weber State Police Department, the lot was the scene of only two thefts, one automotive burglary, one property crime and two crimes against a person. The lot was also the site of one public peace issue for all of 1997. The classification of property crime includes destruction of property and vandalism. Crimes against a person include homicides , kidnapping, assault and sexual offenses. One of the crimes against a person which occurred in the A-10 lot was an act of lewdness which occurred during the morning hours, according to Sgt. Dane LeBlanc. Many of the crimes that occurred in A-10 were "officer-initiated," where the officer discovered the crime occurring, said WSPD Capt. Roger Johnson. The majority of crimes occur on nights of dances, when there are many people going to and from their vehicles. The other two lots that are considered the heaviest used on campus, A-l and A-2, show zeros across the board for crime statistics in 1997. "The campus is a safe campus," Johnson said. "You still have to use your head. You can't leave yourself vulnerable" ,. .1 Since the A-10 parking lot is near the duck pond and the Shepherd Union Building, which is the site of many community activities as well as the Wildcat Lanes, the area is busy almost all day long, LeBlanc said. It is also one of the most patrolled areas on campus because of that reason. The area also sees heavy usage be- See Crime page 10 inside post news seepage 3& io Criminal justice professor and concealed-weapon permit holder Kay Gillespie does not agree with the school's policy and hopes that state legislators will make some clarifications concerning the 1995 law. "I think they need some categories," Gillespie said. "There are death threats and other situations. Some of us carry weapons for specific reasons." Gillespie believes policies like the university's place his life in danger. "If someone wants to harm me, they now know specific places, like church and school, where I will be without protection." Many people, however, see the concealed-weapons law as ambiguous, citing a 1988 law, still in effect, prohibiting guns in or near schools. community policing, for low crime stots 38 BC TN I V- A ,G3CJ r SsN S's I ""SsV '---"'-"- Unitedly Pmce 'vjfSc 1 ""-. fl3CwU- .jr .' sN Stats show safe campus WSU ranks 61st in summary of crime at 383 colleges By Taylor S. Fielding managing editor-The Signpost The safety of Weber State University's campus has been called into question in recent weeks, however, statistics show the WSU campus is one of the safest in the state and in the nation. In comparing the Incident Based Reporting statistics from Crime in Utah 1996 and Crime in Utah 1995 (published by the Utah Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Criminal Identification) and statistics provided by Steve Mecham, chief of police at Utah State University, WSU, in general, ranks near the bottom of the list for "crimes against the person." "Crimes against the person" includes crimes like assault, kidnapping, homicide, forcible and non-forcible sexual assaults. editorial . see page A &5 A group of religious leaders is pressuring lawmakers to clarify their rights to ban weapons in places of worship. The coalition includes representatives from the Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Greek Orthodox and Episcopal churches. While the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has not chosen to join the group, they have stressed that weapons are inappropriate in churches. Other universities in the state have made policies similar to WSU's. The University of Utah does not allow weapons on their campus unless the carrier has first obtained the approval of the university. In a statement to the Salt Lake Tribune last week, State Senate leader Lane Beattie reassured constituents Crime on campus While none of the universities in northern Utah had a homicide on campus in 1996 or 1995, the University of Utah did have two kidnappings in 1995, with WSU having one in both 1995 and 1996. In these cases, according to Weber State Police Sergeant Dane LeBlanc, the county attorney did not have enough evidence for attempted forcible sexual assault and instead charged the. individuals with unlawful detention, which is listed in IBR reports as kidnapping. WSU ranks fourth in the areas of forcible sexual assault when comparing the four four-year institutions in northern Utah for both 1995 and 1996. In 1995, WSU and Brigham Young University had five incidents. USU had six, and See Stats page 2 features .... see page 6 &7 , . . concerned about the confusion the law has created. "We will pass aconcealed-weapons modification that in the end will have strong support," Beattie said. Students have varying opinions concerning weapons on campus. Christina Pitts, a freshman, believes the law should be upheld as it is written. "If the law says you can carry a concealed weapon, you can. I don't think any other institution has a right to enforce anything else. In order to do anything about it, you have to change the law," Pitts said. Richard Smith, also a freshman, doesn't agree. "There shouldn't be weapons on campus it's dangerous," Smith said, i v. . ." - . .. ' i l '; r : . i Furs against the skins Last Friday, various mascots entertqlned the crowds at the WSU vs. NAU game. They played basketball during halftime. Along with the mascots, the Wildcat dancers, sporting a shiny ensemble, and a gift-certificate dropping blimp kept the crowd's eyes open. After the game, the LDS Institute sponsored a dance in its gym. The next night "Toe Jam '98," a sock hop, got underway after the game against CSU. All of these activities were held to celebrate Wildcat Weekend. SportS see page 8 &9 . applying it mostly to students. "Students are less responsible than professors. Higher positions, professors, might be able to if they need to. Students could just get pissed off." Prior to 1995,individualsapplying for a concealed-weapon permit were required to prove their character and need for a weapon to the concealed-weapons board in order to obtain a permit. The law now places the burden of proof with the state and does not require applicants to convince anyone why they need a permit. Gillespie believes this may be part of the problem. "If there are reasons why you need to carry a weapon, you need to carry a weapon. I think they have not made that distinction." UK 1 i Classifieds ... .see page 1 1 . . . . . . . .
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1998-01-21, Vol. 60, No. 41|
|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.|