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LITERARY OPPORTUNITIES Weber State University The ATWSU P See page 6 Volume 66 Issue 79 wsusignpost.com Wednesday, March 31, 2004 n O Conference to enrich literature appreciation By Natalie Cutler news editor ) The Signpost When Mikel Vause was a senior at Weber State University, he was given the honor of readi ng his research paper at an end-of-the-year English symposium. "They would select two or. three of. the best papers written by senior students and said we were invited to read them before an audience of our peers and our faculty, and you could invite your parents and stuff like that," Vause said. Vause said being invited to read his paper was the capstone of his academic career at WSU. "That was a neat experience for me, but there were a lot of other really good students who should have had that opportunity, or it would have been good for them to have that kind of an opportunity," Vause said. After completing graduate school and returning to WSU as a professor, Vause decided he wanted to give others the opportunity to read their work. He discussed the idea of having a Utah undergraduate literature conference with WSU professor Mike Meyer. The professors were given permission to organize a conference and made a flier that advertised John Barth and Tobias Wolff as conference guest speakers. When word got out to other professors and universities, the conference changed to a national one. "ft just seemed like the timing was right," Vause said. "Schools were looking at ways for students to have those sorts of learning opportunities and experiences in a conference setting, and each year it just continued to grow and it's still the same." This weekend, April 1, 2 and 3, WSU will host the 19th annual National Undergraduate Literature Conference. Vause said there will be approximately See Literature page . Researchers present at first undergraduate research symposium By Tracy L. Chartier sr. news reporter The Signpost Weber State University's undergraduate research program successfully ended its first year with the undergraduate research symposium. The symposium, held Monday in the Shepard Union Ballroom, was WSU's first campus-wide attempt to showcase students and their original research. Students shared their discoveries and experiences with the campus and community with oral and poster presentations. Chris Andrus was among one of the first of oral presentations representing the College of Arts & Humanities with his "Experiment-based evaluation of the Social Learning Theory on children with involved parents." Andrus said the opportunity to present his research at the symposium in a professional setting was a good experience. "It has prepared me for my future career and Jot graduate school," Andrus said. "In fact, I plan to use my senior thesis research paper as an example of A 'S 4.,..,...i- Joshua Ferguson discusses his research project with WSU professor Molly Smith Monday in the Shepherd Union Ballroom. Ferguson's research deals with developing a therapy program for people who have been treated for lung ailments. my writing for admittance into a graduate program." Joshua Ferguson's presentation on the "Development of a holistic pulmonary rehabilitation program for survivors of acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome" won an award representing the College of Education. Ferguson also feels his experience with undergraduate research has better prepared him for the future. "I think it's really important," Ferguson said. "It helps to get you prepared to go on and further your education. You can go into the work place and say, 'Look what I've done.'" Jennifer Morgan's team, See Research page 3 Amnesty International brings brutal murders to light By Maria Villasefior asst. news editor The Signpost Hundreds of women have been kidnapped, raped and murdered in the last decade in one border town. The murders continue and the only ones who seem to fight for answers are the families of those murdered. As part of Amnesty International's National Week of Stop Violence Against Women, Weber State University's chapter is petitioning American and Mexican officials to actively solve and end these murders occurring in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. "I was shocked at the things going on," said Zak Mudrow, WSU sophomore. "I knew there is a lot of corruption in other governments, but I didn't know it was to such an extent." The WSU chapter screened two showings on campus of the documentary "Senorita Exrravida." The award-winning film follows the families of some of the more than 300 women killed or missing and documents their troubles in finding the killers. The film showed many situations where forensic evidence was gathered incorrecdy and evidence was contaminated. Many even questioned whether police and politicians were actively solving the problem. One woman, Maria, said she was arrested and abused by police. She said one policeman even showed her pictures of police officers raping and killing victims. When she was released from jail, she was threatened to stay quiet, but - " - W.-i. - "- Katie Burton and Deep Banerji sit at a table with letters for Utah congressman Rob Bishop and Mexican president Vicente Fox while John Hugie signs a petition to the Mexican ambassador in the United States to urge an investigation into the deaths of more than 370 women in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. her husband encouraged her to make a case against the police.' Though a large trial was held and many officers were prosecuted, no convictions were made. "That feeling of never being safe for the women" jumped out to Mudrow when he watched the movie. "Even the woman that said she was approached by officers," he added, "that the corruption went that far and the people that are supposed to protect you are the ones that are hurting you." One Egyptian man with a previous sex abuse record in the United States was arrested and convicted in Mexico, but the murders continue. A suspicion raised in the film highlights the role American factories may have in the murders. See Murders page 3 J is 1 PHates powerhouse Wendy Jones, right, leads her students in an intense set of abdominal exercises during the Pilates class Monday evening at the HPEC building. Jones is the coordinator of fitness programming at the fitness center at Weber State University. Linda Zeveloff, left, said she enjoys being able to use the facilities and take the class to promote her fitness goals. Zeveloff said her daughter got her into the Pilates workouts, but she enjoyed them so much she does it for her own pleasure now. The Pilates class, and many others offered at the fitness center, are open to all WSU Wildcard holders and are available on a drop-in basis. The Pilates class is offered Mondays at 5:15 p.m. and Tuesdays at 6 a.m. More information on other classes open to the WSU community is available at the WSU fitness center.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2004-03-31, Vol. 66, No. 79|
|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.|