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vveuer .stare university The R- STUDENT DIES IN HOLIDAY ACCIDENT. See full story on page 11. "VI I V 1 Volume 66 Issue 51 wsusignpost.com Wednesday, January 14, 2004 ep&oibfliicairDs irecir&fliitt, regjnsfteir wofters pus By Paul Garcia managing editor The Signpost The Utah Federation of College Republicans has begun recruiting Weber State University students and will continue to do so for the rest of the week. The WSU chapter of the UFCR began the week with 20 members. As of Tuesday afternoon, approximately 25 more students had joined the ranks, according to UFCR field representative Whitney Seaman. UFCR seeks to promote political awareness, a format for likeminded students to discuss politics, and firsthand opportunities for students to become civi-cally involved. Joe Walker, chairman of the WSU chapter, said they plan on bringing several candidates to meet - p OS;' 61 I " A WSU junior Dave Huish registers to vote Tuesday at the WSU Chapter of the Utah Federation of College Republicans registration table. and speak to all students, as next year is an election year. "Students will also get a chance to work on campaigns as interns or volunteers and get political experience early on," Walker said. In fact, this Friday at noon the group will have Utah Congressman Rob Bishop speak in Room 338 of the Shepherd Union Building. The WSU chapter is looking for big membership gains, and WSU's status a commuter school is making recruitment interesting. "People's close proximity to school is helping out with recruitment," Walker said Friday, "but it is a commuter school and a lot of people work. People are pretty busy, and they find it hard to fit in extracurricular activities in. with their college experience." He also noted that some students aren't always very open about their political affiliations. "There's a lot of closet Republicans at WSU and we'd like to get them to come to our meetings," he said with a laugh. WSU sophomore Clint Webb registered with the group Tuesday morning. Webb became interested in politics by listening to talk radio hosts like Sean Hannity. He joined because he wants to get the chance to help in local politics. "1 want to get involved and maybe better develop my own opinion on things," he said. Seaman travels around the northwestern United Slates helping chapters like WSU's recruit members and helping smaller clubs gain a foothold on student consciousness. She noticed that while WSU students all seem to be working and way too busy, they are in truth eager to join things they believe in. "I've met a lot of motivated students who wanted to be involved, that's a special trait (of WSU)," Sea-See Republicans page 3 -i " 1 I . v yds - I tun", 14 " -I i 15 - - - - s - " i Bookstore business as usual Students stand in line at the Weber State University Bookstore Tuesday. Employees can be found handing out candy to those waiting in line to pass the time. Bookstore employee Jone Douglass said the Monday and Tuesday of the first week of classes are generally the busiest times of the semester to shop at the Bookstore. The Bookstore is expected to remain busier than usual for about two weeks from the beginning of the semester. Students can return their books until Jan 26, 2004. Redesigning She sfludenG union By Wendy Leonard editor in chief The Signpost Two new design concepts-were introduced to'the committee for the Shepherd Student Union Feasibility Study in one of the final SUB concept meetings Monday afternoon. Members of the SUB Renovation Committee and several student senators met to discuss the possibilities of a new student union building with design architects from MHTN Architects. Sarah W. Miller, senior associate and assistant director, of pre-design services, said the two new designs incorporate the needs of the building within the university budget parameter of $14 million. Previously considered designs were projected to cost more than the budget allowed and redesign had to be done following the final meeting of 2003. "We've got to be grounded in reality; we've got a certain amount of - . ill . J f'j t t- -- " ) I I I I '; L a"er.j! " The Sheperd Student Union Building does not meet certain codes of safety and accessibility. Decisions are being made whether to rebuild or renovate the existing building. money and only so much we can do," said Anand Dyal-Chand, Weber State University vice president of student affairs. The December meeting was adjourned' with plans to determine university priorities and work toward what is most important within the idea directions architects at MHTN were taking. "If all we want to do is refurbish or upgrade, that would be the least cost," said Kyle Taft, vice president of MHTN. The new design concepts offer just that. See Union page 10 Winter recreation improves with planning, gear By Tracy L. Chartier sr. news reporter The Signpost With almost twice as much snow falling in December than normal, conditions for winter sports and activities are at their best. Those who desire to participate in winter activities but lack the equipment, training or skills can turn to the Weber State University Wilderness Recreation Center for help. The Wilderness Recreation Center provides programs, equipment and services that teach outdoor skills, promote social interaction and increase confidence, and are designed for all skill levels. These services are available for WSU community members, students and alumni. The WRC offers several workshops including avalanche awareness courses, ski and snowboard maintenance, kayak roll classes and many others. The center also plans organiz.ed trips such as the "Moonlight Snow-shoe Hike" and "Learn to Cross Country Ski Day" where little participant planning is necessary. Rob Heston, WRC manager, said the WRC's misson is to provide meaningful outdoor recreational experiences for those who participate. "With Utah and its outdoor recreation, there's so much to do here with everything around us," Heston said. WRC rents out many of the materials needed to help those who love the outdoors but cannot, or will not, buy expensive equipment. "We've bought new equipment and revamped our programs, providing more availability at cheaper prices for the students because it is funded by the students," Heston said. Rossignol downhill skis and Burton snowboards are among the new rental equipment now available. Heston said these snowboards, as well as snow skis, are among the most popular rentals, with snowshoes and cross-country skis following closely See Winter page 10 1 J.TC.V V MOT "nil II if . i:J f. Rob Heston, Wilderness Recreation Center manager, assists a student with renting equipment at the Swenson Gym Tuesday.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2004-01-14, Vol. 66, No. 51|
|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.|