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LADY Y 'CATS J f The O n TAKE .""rv SAC , STATE. See page 6 Volume 66 Issue 66 wsusignpost.com Friday, February 20, 2004 Weber State University jj" O Provocative art display arouses controversy By Wendy Leonard editor in chief The Signpost Without using typical red hearts and cute pink lace, students in three-dimensional design classes had the assignment to create the perfect anti-valentine, - which illustrated far-fetched opinions and expressions about love, or the lack of love. But not everyone loves the exhibit. "Students were given an assignment that pushed the limits of what valentines were," said Suzanne Kanatsiz, WSU associate professor of visual arts. : Kanatsiz, one . of three professors who assigned students to reach outside of the mass culture idea of Valentine's Day, said these sorts of assignments are often controversial and draw negative attention to the art program, but are not meant to incite anything. Students were set free to deal with social themes, if they chose. Some exhibits addressed issues of domestic violence and alcohol abuse. Others were blatant expressions of love and of die human body in its . . - 2 :, 13 Nontraditional valentines on display in the art building. natural fonn. Kanatsiz said she ' was "delighted with die gamut of creativity that is displayed." The project was new this year and was one professors will reassign in coming years. ; "My assignment was to create an anti-valentine," said professor Jake Gilson. "It was supposed to . be everything a valentine is not. They couldn't- use sentiment or cute, and they couldn't resort to hate; that was too easy." One of Gilson's students, Rob Roake, a junior minoring in art at WSU, said his project was aimed at portraying what he believes is-the ultimate desire on Valentine's Day physical pleasure. Roake's art has become a controversial piece because of tire sexuality expressed by naked Barbie and Ken dolls, posed in an erotic position on a heart-shaped bed. "My motive was to look underneath the superficial elements of what we diink about Valentine's Day," Roake said. "Because it is controversial, I expected someone to tear it down or say something." Gilson said regarding art, the line to be crossed is not so literal. See Art page 3 Going the extra mile WSUSA President Kyle Poll passes a baton containing a letter from the Utah Student Association to the Utah state legislators, to WSU President Ann Millner. The letter has been carried across the state of Utah, representing the students of Utah, and will be delivered today at 1 1 a.m. at the state capital, in Salt Lake City. The letter is meant to be an enticement to legislators for an increase in funding. ' M; 7f i ' ' ' - ! irocoGirQess (Bony' r SDOCGQSS By Natalie Cutler news editor The Signpost Fewer than 30 people visited the Wildcat Theater at 10 Thursday morning to soak in the empowering motivational aura offered by this week's Convocadons speaker. Delatorro L. McNeal, II was chosen to speak at Weber State University as part of African American History Month. He will also be speaking today at noon for the African American History Brain Bowl in the Shepherd Union Ballroom. McNeal began his energetic message by telling those in attendance he pictured them a little differently than others. "I look at every single person in this room widi greatness contacts on," McNeal said. "I am looking at you and every single one of you -man, woman, boy and girl you are pregnant right now. Your belly is sticking out to here with greatness. "There is greatness on the inside of you," he added, "and I want to serve as a midwife to help you give birth to all of your goals and your dreams and your visions in this thing called life." McNeal said so many people in life try to win the race of life, when the reality is they have already won. "The moment diat you forget drat you have purpose is the moment that you sentence yourself to what I like to call existing efficientiy instead of living abundantly," McNeal said. McNeal said people should live life as participators, not spectators. "You are a unique, fearfully designed individual who has been dropped on this earth to change it," McNeal said. Everyone is here because they Delatorro L. McNeal, II motivates with audience participation. have a gift to give Earth." McNeal also told the audience to remember the sacrifices dreir ancestors made for them and what they wanted their posterity to become. He said when people realize dtey have a mission in life and odier people paid a price for them to be here, their perspective of dieir purpose in life changes. "When our foremodiers and forefadiers, especially as it relates to African American history, were beaten, hung, abused, mistreated, when they would lay dieir head not on a pillow but a lot of times on concrete, dirt, thorns, blood and dicy would sleep, uhey would dream about Keith Wilder, diey would dream about Delatorro McNeal, drey would dream about Tony Price," McNeal said. " When you understand that, you live life differently." Betsy Hutchinson, WSU nontraditional student senator, said she heard McNeal speak at the WSU fall leadership conference. She has purchased a few of McNeal's published works and said she loves to hear him speak. See Greatness page 3 Leadership voyage continues By Chris Allen correspondent The Signpost The voyage will continue for Weber State University student leaders Saturday as they attend the Spring Leadership Conference. Following die Fall Leadership Conference theme of "Starting the Voyage," the Emerging Leaders have planned a fun-filled day widi activities and speakers to help student leaders on campus develop their skills and "Continue the Voyage" of life and leadership. The Emerging Leaders are leadership scholars who are first-year freshman and transfer students working together to The conference includes keynote speaker Dave Trujillo, director of the WSU Upward Bound program. The UB program helps high school and college students diroughout their education by motivating them to progress academically and personally by making learning fun. Nikki Nicholas, leffrey Simmons, Becky Thompson, Nancy Collinwood, Randy Chatelain and odiers will join Trujillo as workshop speakers. The workshops will focus on helping students gain necessary skills to be able to be better leaders and become more involved in dieir posirions as leaders. There will also be other group acdities including a competidon to build a balloon car, which will be raced for prizes. "The conference totally gets you involved," said Tatiana Petersen, mentor Academy of Leadership. "It lets you know who's on campus, which helps you know what's going on on campus." This is one of the few times that all campus leadership will come together as one. The leaders will network with other committees and groups to become more involved in what is going on with the different organizations on campus. Peterson said the interaction of the committee leaders and others helps find those who may not be very active in a group or committee and reach out to them to become more involved. Rachel Roberts, student director of the WSU Academy of Leadership, said one of the greatest benefits of attending the conference is to do networking especially Coming up: Disabilities Emphasis Week Nontraditional students host potty-training workshop Wildcat basketball scores and update heroine future lend ("; nn wci i'c .
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2004-02-20, Vol. 66, No. 66|
|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.|