Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2003-10-031
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Tl IK SEAGULL' TAKES FLIGHT. '- Performing arts event n i premieres 'a this weekend. 1. See page 5 1 Volume 66 Issue 25 wsusignpost.com Friday, October 3, 2003 Ueutenant governor encourages voter registration, political involvement Weber State University r m1 ( l r By Cristopher Fowers campus affairs editor The Signpost Utah Lt. Gov. Olcne Walker brought her passion for voting to Weber State University on Thursday. "My plea is that your age group take voting very seriously," Walker said. A long-time supporter of education. Walker's visit coincided with WSU Student Association's push toward increasing student involvement in the political process. "We are excited to have the lieutenant governor visit our campus," said Trent Hooper, WSUSA external relations director. "Her visit to the campus will really bring a great political sense to the campus." During her speech. Walker said the age group with 18- to 25- year-olds has the lowest percentage of voters. Walker asked: What happens when this group has children of their own? The group of non-voters will increase. "That's a scary thing as far as democracy is concerned," Walker said. Walker used a story to illustrate that Americans need to be grateful for the opportunity to vote and make a difference. She told of an experience when she visited Haiti during election time. Very few people voted because they felt it did no good. And perhaps it didn't. "At one place they were virtually dumping ballots into the garbage," Walker said. She said in another town the government officials were altering the ballots. On another trip, in Mongolia, Walker was present while election officials counted the ballots that would determine the future of democracy in the country.The officials decided to take a break before finishing. One official refused to leave. Walker quoted one of the officials as saying, "You don't understand, freedom is more important than food." Walker said the best way to get involved is to know the' candidates before they enter into office. "The best way to be heard is to get to know your representatives and legislators now." Walker said. She also stressed the importance of knowing what's happening in the community. "There are hot issues in Ogden; there are hot issues in Salt Lake," Walker said. "There are issues you should care about." Part of Utah's political scene since 1981, Walker has made history in the state by becoming the first female lieutenant See Governor page 3 I ' "' i i It - - - - - z Utah Lt. Gov. Olene Walker speaks to students Thursday. Break-dance club busts a move New club on campus offers students spinning sensation 5 Grant Anderson, afternoon by the member of the new Club B-boy, shows his break-dancing skills Wednesday Stewart Bell Tower. By Shane Farver correspondent The Signpost Dan Valletta, Weber State University freshman, is an avid break-dance enthusiast and founder of WSU's new break-dancing club, Club B-Boy. Dan first realized his passion for break dancing when he saw Michael Jackson's music video, Thriller. "I saw this video in junior high and I was like, man, that's what I want to do with my life," Valetta said. Dan started Club B-Boy as a way to exchange moves with other break dancers, but he soon discovered that most people don't know the first thing about break dancing. That's when he switched the club to a more educational format that teaches potential break-dancers basic moves like the six step, the top rock, and windmills. Dan looks forward to teaching others the font) of dance he loves. Mike Valleta, student activities comedy and concerts chairman Mike Valetta, attributes the re-emergence of break dancing, a dance style that died out after its heyday in the 1980s, to its technical prowess and uniqueness. "People go out and dance for different reasons, but to go out and do things that other people can't do, that's even better," Mike said. - Now that Club B-Boy is officially registered at WSU, Dan is concentrating cn looking for a dance studio to hold meetings and a couple of professional break-dancers to See Move page 3 Success, mistakes in hindsight of Battle in Mogadishu Ten years after the Battle of the Black Sea; the sacrifice of 1 8 American soldiers By Maria Villasenor asst. news editor The Signpost Ten years ago today, 99 United States soldiers went into Mogadishu, Somalia. All but 1 8 made it back alive. This event, known as the Battle of the Black Sea, has sporadically made it into the media in these last years. "It was on the news, it was on one day," said Dr. William Allison, adjunct military science professor at Weber State University.When their mission to capture top militia leaders was completed. Special Forces Delta and Ranger soldiers faced a 15-hour fight against militia and civilians. Complicating matters surrounding the battle were: Somali history and politics, insufficient equipment and the ease of hindsight. But at heart were the soldiers who did their duty. Somalia is a distant concept. Though the military is educated about missions beforehand, the feuding and uniting dimensions of Somali clans easily understood. "So it's not that the clans can't come together, because they have, historically they have in several instances" said Kathy Payne, who will teach a history of Africa course next semester at WSU. "They're particularly good at uniting against outside enemies." When the former dictator of Somalia was removed from power in the early '90s, the clans fought for power. Warlords hindered humanitarian efforts, and the United Nations and United States became involved. "The mission was to secure roads and to get food distributed," said Roger Perkins, veteran affairs coordinator for WSU. "None of this nation-building." The changing objectives of the mission were not helpful to the soldiers. Which added to the unclear command structure between aiding countries and the U.N. The U.N. saw Mohammed Farrah Aidid as the top threat to political stability in Somalia. Yet Aidid's death in 1996 brought, no closure, several clans continued battling for power. Though as of May, factional leaders agreed to a U.N. sponsored transitional national government. Clan militia were heavily armed with weapons the United States and former U.S.S.R. provided Somalis during the cold war; these same weapons were eventually used against the United States in 1993. See Mogadishu page 3 On Octori993,99soIiers went into Mogadishu: 3S3&jktn. Helicopters leave United States airbase outside Mogadishu; Delta soldiers enter building and take 24 Somali soldiers prisoners. 4:00p.m. Ground convoy leaves airbase to pick up pris-oners and soldiers. : . . 54-,.js,bs,:, 4:2QjMvkir Black.Haw'kjs'shg'lldo by RPG 306 ya'rds away from target building. Convoy, tries to reach crash . but is deterred b$ road blocks and ambushes, returns to airbase. . ,( 4:40 p.m. Black Hawk is shot down RPG a half-mile from target building. Snipers Sgt. 1st. Class Shughart and Masta Sgt. Gordon rope down to crash site and die in a firefight with Somalis. Chief Warrant Officer co-pilot Michael Duran t survives,' is taken prisoner'by Somali leaders. 6:00 p.m. Delta arid Ranger soldiers take shield inside nearby houses and wait for reinforcements. 11: IS p.m. After niiichid'clegation, Quick Reaction Force of RHgerplat66ri moves out with Malaysian armored ve- j hides, Pakistani tanks through barricades and ambushes. 'T:'55 a.m. ' Q RE' reaches soldiers. .OetilT4, 1993 Duraritftras released to the United States. " Jan. S, 1994 Somali officials captured were returned. March 31, 1994 All United States forces left Somalia.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2003-10-03, Vol. 66, No. 25|
|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.|