Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2003-04-211
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INSIDE f - "J i vi oTlie s if-v -sie-l e. iaa Volume 65 Issue wsusignpost.com Monday,April21,2003 McConnells unite football and track teams, See page 7 -j - : .A Sfiudeinifis Gallic afby risks f driving dnunraR By Cristopher Fowers sr. news reporter The Signpost Sixty-three white crosses standing on Weber State University's campus represent the 63 Utahns who were killed last year in alcohol and drug-related automobile accidents. The crosses are part of the 1 1 day DUI Awareness Campaign sponsored by WSU's Health EducationDrug and Alcohol Program, Students Choosing Other Recreational Endeavors and the Criminal Justice Honor Society. Bart Woolley, criminal justice student, coordinated the campaign. Woolley said the reason for the campaign was just to teach students to act responsibly when drinking and to ensure students prevent their friends from driving while under the influence. "It affects us all in some way or another," Woolley said. "Our safety is at risk and their safety is at risk when they drive under the "Our safety is at risk and their safety is at risk when they drive under the influence of alcohol." -BartVVoIley campaign coordinator influence of alcohol." Rebecca Reese, HEDA coordinator, played a role in putting the campaign together. Reese said although it is not evident, WSU does have a problem with alcohol. A 2002 survey conducted by Professor Kim Hyatt and her Health PromotionsHuman Performance 4150 class showed that while only 2 1 percent of WSU students drink, 14 percent of students who drink have driven a car while under the influence of alcohol, and 41 percent are binge drinkers. "In your college years you always tend to want to party," Woolley said. WSU is below the national average of students who drink, but has the same percent of binge drinkers. "What is of concern is the high levels of binge drinking," Reese said. As part of. the campaign students have participated in Alcohol 101 .This is a computer-simulated program. The program simulates an artificial party setting where students can interact and make decisions. Consequences are then given to their decisions. First Year Experience classes and student housing have been the primary participants 25 of casege dropouts are related to alcohol use v. 66 of coSega women with unplanned pregnancies ' were Intoxicated at the time of conception V 60 of college wonm cfiaonoaed with sexually transmitted disease wore intoxicated at me time on Infection 75 of violent beavior reports on campus have alcohol as a contributing factor In Utah, 21-34 year olds are involved in 12 of alcohol related crashes. in the Alcohol 101 program. "It's been incredibly well received not only by students, but also by faculty," Reese said. The campaign focuses on three important See Drunk page 3 7 ' ' 1 Survey says Friday, five hundred students participated in national survey designed to benchmark Weber State University's Shepherd Union Building against others across the nation. Subcommittee to create improved faculty evaluations By D. Louise Brown correspondent The Signpost A newly-formed subcommittee met last week to tackle the challenge of creating a faculty evaluation that will satisfy Weber State University student's needs and faculty's concerns. Twice in the past few months student senators have met with faculty senators to discuss upgrading faculty evaluations labeled as useless by students and student leaders. Those discussions have revealed improvements that students want to see in the faculty evaluation process, and the issues of most concern to faculty members. As a result of discussions, in March, the faculty senate approved the formation of a subcommittee to assess the current evaluation situation and create an improved evaluation, if necessary, under the direction of the Teaching and Learning Forum. "The committee agrees with the student's request for a better way to record their impressions of faculty." Kathy Herndon forum coordinator "The committee agrees with the student's request for a better way to record their impressions of faculty," said Kathy Herndon, coordinator of the forum and co-chair of the subcommittee. "They've agreed that the system in place right now does not provide helpful information. In fact, the system in place probably asks questions students can't even answer with any level of competence. So we're willing to look at a new instrument that will provide better information to describe what goes on in classes in order to help students make better decisions." Herndon has recruited faculty members from each of the colleges to serve on the committee, while WSU Student Academic Vice President Jarcd Prisbrey, the other subcommittee co-chair, has also recruited student committee members. A total of about 15 members are expected to comprise the committee. Prisbrey said he was was encouraged by the first meeting of the subcommittee, where basic information was disseminated and questions addressed. "A lot of the faculty members See Improved page 3 Families of troops in Iraq wait to hear news of safety, return By Natalie Cutler correspondent The Signpost Families and friends of soldiers fighting in Iraq are showing their support to by sending letters and packages to the Middle East, and are looking to the media for any information on the location and wellfare of their loved ones. Cpl. Matt Topham, WSU junior, withdrew from his spring semester classes at Weber State University after being deployed to California. Matt spent a few weeks "Every day my 4-year-old, in her prayers, says, Will you please bless Uncle Matt that he'll have courage. Jennifer Hovinga sister of Cpl. Topham in California, and on April 3, he was deployed to the Middle Fast. "We haven't heard from him. hut we are pretty sure that he is in Iraq." said Les Topham. Malt's father. Jennifer Hovinga, Malt's sister, has been flying a flag every day since Matt left, to show her two children how they can support their uncle. "Every day my 4-year-old, in her prayers, says, 'Will you please bless Uncle Mall that he'll have courage,'" Hovinga said. Another one of Mall's sisters, Camille Topham, put a flag she got from Malt on a wall in her apartment to show her support. "I'm gelling married in a month, and Matt was sad he wouldn't be there, but I know he's where he needs to be," Camille said. "We support him because we know he is over there because he believes in what he is doing," Les said. "We've mailed several letters to him since he left, and we are watching the news as much as we can." Bruce Davis, WSU Davis Campus director, and his wife Valerie, are also watching the new s as much as they can. Rick Levenlhal, Fox News reporter, has been embedded with their son, Lance Cpl. 'ferry Davis. The Davis family has been able to watch what Terry's particular group has been doing, and were able to see Terry on television lasi week. "We saw all 6 seconds worth and we watch il every day," Valerie said. See Troops p.ii'e !
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2003-04-21, Vol. 65, No. 88|
|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.|