Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2003-07-011
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INSIDE oThe n WSU hosts national youth sports program, See page 7 Tiprriiii'T)! Volume 66 Issue 3 wsusignpost.com Tuesday, July 1 , 2003 Statewide firework sales restricted ,; a. -1 1 1 ; - ft 1 J v. Mark Hellewell sets up fireworks at a TNT stand in Layton. He is preparing for a high volume of customers this month. By Jodi Holbrook correspondent The Signpost By Natalie Cutler news editor The Signpost By Maria Villasenor asst. news editor The Signpost Firework stands have already begun to pop up around the Wasatch Front, enticing everyone to purchase this gunpowder-packed entertainment. But with these sales come the inevitable accidents that go hand in hand with fireworks. The University of Utah Moran Eye Center reports that during the month of July they see more eye injuries than in any other month. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Utah licensed fireworks industry, most injuries associated with fireworks are caused by misuse. ar U Li U U m n If Chris Johnson, a WSU freshman knows about the accidents fireworks can cause. Last year he and his brother were at Bear Lake during the Fourth of July holiday. They were in a dry field lighting fireworks. "Before we knew it the field was on fire," Johnson said. "We tried to stornp it out, but it burned our eyelashes and just got too hot." Before long the fire department arrived and put out the fire before it caused too much damage. To keep fire hazards down fire departments, including Ogden City, will be on patrol during the peak firework season to ensure only legal fireworks are being used and that they are only used on zoned streets. "We have patrols that go especially where fireworks are banned," said Ogden City Fire Chief Bruce Champion. "We patrol up there and try to make sure the ban is being enforced." Illegal fireworks in Utah include firecrackers, cannon crackers, salutes, cherry bombs, sky rockets, roman candles, and aerial See Fireworks page 3 0 rsm n 3i rffi By Maria Villasenor asst. news editor The Signpost Eight flights of stairs lead to the top floor of the science building, as well as to the top position of the College of Science. Today Dale Ostlie becomes the new dean of Weber State University's College of Science. This former chairman of the physics department is replacing another physicist, J. Ron Gall i . One of his top priorities as the new dean is to support the science faculty, Ostlie said. "They're dedicated to teaching, scholarship and undergraduate research, and are active in our programs," Ostlie said. "That needs to continue." Programs and research are also important for advancing students further their education. "We have a lot of tremendous students," Ostlie said. "Many are going to gradual, school and get great jobs in the industry. I'm looking forward to supporting that at the college level ." The contributions Ostlie makes have been very important since he first came to WSU in 1984. With four new positions in the department, there had been a major turnover in the physics faculty. "It was an opportunity to make a contribution right away," he said, "with a dynamic, growing university and department. Plus, I love the mountains." WSU's close proximity and short driving distance to the greatest snow in the world were part of that plus, Ostlie said. During the 2002 Winter Olympics, he volunteered as a slipper in the downhill events. This involved skiing between the racers to smooth the ruts and push the snow out to the side for the next racer. "! was skiing the Olympic Downhill," he said. Participating in the Olympics was a rare opportunity for Ostlie. Afterward he returned to his more constant experience of teaching. "He works really well with students," said Sean Fletcher.whose physics classes Ostlie has substituted. "He always wanted to take questions." Fletcher said as chair of the physics department, Ostlie has done really well. "I love to be able to share the excitement of science with others," Ostlie said. Excitement was also a factor when he chose to pursue science. "I always had a love for astronomy. I grew up in the late '50s and '60s, when they See Chair page 3 'Pits' -'(- j,y ' . . 1 Dale Ostlie 5 1 ..if, k. i - ' rvTT--y - t - - if- - ) i. mr 1 J ISO? Megan Bonner rides alone on ihe WSU shuttle from the Dee Events Center parking lot to the main campus. For the first time during the summer, a parking pass is required to park in ail lots on the main campus. Megan and other students have expressed a frustration at having to park at the Dee Events Center. Provost becomes president By Natalie Cutler news editor The Signpost Dave Eislcr came to Utah in 1996 to be the provost for Weber State University. On Monday, July 7, seven years later, he is leaving to be the president of Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich. "They offered me the position to come and be provost here at Weber State and so I came," Eislcr said . "and it was a wonderful circumstance because Weber was my first choice, and they wanted inc. "Thai's similar to what is happening now at Ferns Stale. Ferris uas mv first choice, if I h.id l lie opportunity to he a president, and they iiose me." i SU is similar to WSU in terms of ;v.!ucni!c prom.tniN. ! hev ha e a oiie'.!e ii ii-o hac ccr.:i he .:1th prolusion prvi'r.inis. IJecuuso the universities are . vmsl.ir. Eislcr said he plans on applying what he has learned here at WSU to FSU. "Dave has been a great provost at Weber State and he will be a good president for Ferris Slate University," said WSU President F. Ann Millncr. "I've worked closely with Dave as a colleague and I have a great deal of respect for his talent, hard work and ability to make good decisions and make things happen " When Eislcr came to WSU there were three main challenges facing him. The first challenge was the budget. Because of low enrollment in 1996 the budget was suffering, and Eislcr then faced his second challenge the enrollment issue. "When 1 look back at what we have done at Weber, the enrollment piece has been wonderful because we have increased enrollment at Weber State by 40 percent." Eider said. The third chaliuijc Eislcr had to address a ,:s me c:iH'skT convei - ii n. "! :h;nk that v. c made the transition liom See Provost page .
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2003-07-01, Vol. 66, No. 3|
|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.|