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tv AAOiliJbK " THE O, Weber State University ft Jt WILDCATS. Football ? team beats U SUU. 1C1 - Q. S a ( V- fcP, 1 .. i See page 6 Volume 66 Issue 14 wsusignpost.com Monday, September 8, 2003 Disabled students transportation woes By Paul Garcia managing editor The Signpost Catching a lift is hard for Weber State University student Kelie Babcock. Babcock is in an electric wheelchair and relies on the Wildcat Express shuttle bus to transport her from University Village to campus. Lately things have not gone smoothly. Last Thursday, the WSU junior had to wait an hour before she could get home. After the first two buses, it was her turn. The third wasn't wheelchair accessible. The fourth came, but Babcock said the driver was having a hard time lining the bus up properly to lift the chair. Which caused about a fifteen-minute delay. " I felt really bad," she said. "The bus was packed with kids that wanted to get going and more that were waiting to get on but couldn't fit, so I just told her to go ahead, and I'd take the next t G By Natalie Cutler news editor The Signpost When Denise Stanger graduated in the spring of 2001she never imagined she would be coordinating news coverage, rodeo hospitality, press releases and event advertising. But she has done all this and more for the past two Utah State Fairs and is now working on her third. Stanger graduated from Weber State University with a bachelor's degree in communication. "Right before I graduated I started working part time at the fair," Stanger said. "It was great because after I graduated I began working full time as the marketing coordinator." As marketing coordinator, Stanger helps to arrange some of the special events that come to the fair. "We have a lot of neat things coming to the fair this year," Stanger said. "We have barnyard racers where sheep and pigs race with a stuffed monkey on their back, Grandstand entertainment will perform, but I am most excited about the new Xbox Odyssey that will be here." The Xbox Odyssey is a world-renowned traveling video arcade measuring 106 feet in length and two stories high. Inside are 52 video game stations where more than 100 people can play at once. "If vou're into cames the Xbox one. The next one came, it had a ramp, a lift, but it was broken out of order; that was annoying. The sixth one came and got me home; it worked well enough." Ross La Rue, the WSU shuttle bus manager, said Thursday was a rare day. One driver called in sick, another bus was down for repairs, and a third was involved in an accident. With two shuttle buses out of commission, they had to use one of the express buses, both of which have no lifts and typically shuttle only between the Dee Events Center and campus, for normal duty. "We've always been able to meet the needs of challenged people," La Rue said. He said eight buses are responsible for giving 9,000 rides a day, and overall the system is very efficient when compared to others. Babcock said all the drivers are very courteous.. "Every driver I've met has been easy to work with," she said. See Woes page 1 0 T(MTj1)DD5)r '' I: .4 The Utah State Fairpark amusements lit up at night. The sate fair, which opened Sept. 4, will run through Sept. 14, with various attractions scheduled throughout. is the better of them," said Dave Zwiefel, senior tour driver for Xbox. "I bet the people like the fact that it's free," he said. "They can come try different games, they may decide to buy, there is a party atmosphere and there is a DJ that plays music in there." The Xbox has traveled around the county, and made an appearance at the Super Bowl earlier this year. The Xbox Odyssey is free with gate admission to the fair, and there will be local radio stations playing inside. "We also have an organ grinder named Tony Marconi coming to the Fair that I am excited about," Stanner said. WSU student Kelie Babcock drives her wheelchair to catch the shuttle bus Friday afternoon outside the Social Science building. Babcock has had trouble with scheduling the shuttle buses and hopes that someday WSU can replace some of the older ones not fully equipped. it' Marconi can be found wandering the fair with his authentic European organ grinder, playing his old fashioned music. "I think that the thing that I like best about what I do is the people," Marconi said. "The smiles and faces from 75 feet away when they come around a corner is what I like best about fairs and civic celebrations I play at." Marconi said it is difficult to arrange the older music he uses. "Still, you muddle through and try to make it sound like it did at the turn of the century," Marconi said. "The goal is to bring back mem o ries." This y&ar the theme of the Utah See Fair page 3 I K , .... - 5 3 f - - Student association gets new homepage By Cristopher Fowers campus affairs The Signpost The Weber State University Student Association officially released a new Web site today. The site sports a new look and is designed to better inform students of events on campus. .It is available to students 24 hours a day . and provides-students with information on how to get involved at WSU..:: Daniel Gray. Web page designer and WSUSA technical director, worked during the summer break to create the webpage. "This Web site is completely different from last year's," Gray said. "We have changed everything to make it user-friendly and exciting for students." The content is also more beneficial to students. "We didn't feel the old site had enough information up front," said BenJoe Markiand. WSU director of public relations. The new site's home page features the new logo, brighter colors, and a calendar of events down the left side. The WSUSA website also contains information on the student government, a monthly calendar, and other useful : working links, for example: wildcat mail. WSU online and online gradebook. Gray said the site was designed to help meet : this year's goals, like bringing students together and increasing student involvement. "We're hoping it will increase attendance to events as long as students are willing to check it out,' Gray said, WSUSA designed pens and distributed thousands of them on campus in an effort to publicize the new site. Inscribed on the purple pens is: "What's new at WSU? Find out here, weber.edu vvsusa." WSUSA encourages students to visit the Web site often in an effort to keep up to date on student events arid issues. "I have never been more excited about a Web page," said Kyle Poll, WSUSA Student body president. "The new webpage is one of many efforts WSUSA has done to bring the campus together and incorporate their theme Team Weber. You can leave a message for reporter Cristopher Fowers bv calling 626-7655.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2003-09-08, Vol. 66, No. 14|
|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.|