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O Weber State University CATS A. J. VICTORY. The V'f Football team takes down Idaho State at the Homecoming game. t See page 6 f Volume 66 Issue 34 wsusignpost.com Monday, October 27, 2003 gnpos ... 1 v L fluminiB remember'- D-Day By Wendy Leonard editor in chief The Signpost For some, it is difficult to remember what happened yesterday. For those involved in the events that unleashed World War II, some memories will never be erased. Veterans from all branches of the U.S. military convened Friday in the historical Fighter Gallery at Hill Air Force Base. Aerospace Museum to reminisce about "the war." Dean Hurst, U.S. Army paratrooper veteran, moderated a panel of eight veterans from World War II, all of whom attended Weber College before it gained university status, "I'm in the presence of heroes and they are, uniquely, alumni from Weber State College," Hurst said. "I'm in illustrious company." f : Dean Hurst, U.S. Army veteran paratrooper, moderates a panel of World War II veterans, all of whom attended Weber College. The Weber State University various branches of service, to share " Emeriti Alumni council organized their experiences and interact with the event to honor those who served, the audience about what happened to "The purpose is for these individuals, who represent the See D-Dfiy page 3 n i .: - r - "- 'Cat kisses Starry-eyed students gather at the base of the Stewart Bell Tower following the Homecoming dance Friday evening. When the clock strikes midnight, a bonafide kiss turns them into "true wildcats." The tradition carries on annually ' Festival to offer major advice By Cristopher Fowers campus affairs The Signpost More than one-third of Weber State University students have not declared a major, and the thought of doing, so can be overwhelming. The Major Fest. held today in the Shepherd Union Building, will give undecided students, and those who would just like to consider other majors, the opportunity to explore their options "Students can come and really explore majors in one place," said Debbie Cragun,. Academic-Advisor.Students are invited to stop by from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballroom. Academic Advisement designed and organized the event so students can get information on any of the majors WSU offers in one place. Each major will have a booth set up with information and someone present to answer questions. Cragun said many students don't realize how to declare a major and to whom they need to speak for information on their major. " Major FestJ kind of breaks down those walls hopefully for the students," Cragun said. This is the tJiird year WSU has held the annual festival and though past years have been very successful, this year will be slightly different. Each booth will have a drop bos,. Students are invited to fill out cards and drop them into the boxes of majors they are interested in. In turn, this department will contact students "Students can come and really explore majors in one place' Debbie Cragun WSU academic advisor and guide them through the process of declaring a major. This will also serve as a way for Academic Advisement to monitor how many students declare a major after attending the festival. Many student's feel overwhelmed and indecisive when tying to decide where to direct their studies or if the direction they are going is really right for them. The average student changes his or her major 4 times before finally settling down, choosing a major and sticking to it. Cragun said time is one of the biggest concerns students have. Everyone wants to get through school as soon as possible and feel they have wasted their time if they change majors , or are undecided. Cragun encourages students not to get discouraged and to remember every student needs 120 credit hours to graduate, and that classes are never a waste of time. - "All those experiences build up to a final package," Cragun said. She said when students change See Festival page 11 Search for life in space closer than it seems Physics professor investigates possibilities of other life forms By Maria Villasenor asst. news editor The Signpost Utah may not seem like a critical area to NASA, but research is done at Weber State University that is necessary for future space investigations. John Armstrong, WSU physics research professor, received funding from NASA for a project that has long interested people the possibility of life in outer space. "Essentially what we are trying to do is build inside of our computer a model of how the Earth's environment works and how that looks from outer space," Armstrong said. The project Armstrong works on is the Virtual Planetary Lab based in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, part of the NASATerrestrial Planetary Finder. Through digital mediums, scientists working in California, Pennsylvania and Utah can work together on the VPL. NASA's project works on developing the equipment to find Earth-like planets and understand how solar systems have developed. The VPL and Armstrong's role is to write a computer model of how light from Earth-like planets would look from space. "That infrared radiation coming off planets gets imprinted with the signature of the composition of that atmosphere," Armstrong said. "So if that atmosphere has carbon dioxide or ozone or water vapor, stuff like That, those signatures are actually imprinted on the light that travels through space." Armstrong said the work involves help from microbiologists, climatologists, geologists, astronomers and physicists. "All together, from all these different disciplines, we're working to try and build a planet inside a computer." he said. "A planet that we can change all of its properties and twist little dials and see what happens when it changes. And its pretty challenging because planets are very complicating systems." Important factors in understanding a planet's atmospheric composition arc the living organisms on the planet. . "This planet is almost all microbiology," Armstrong said. "We're just like the icing on the cake. Everything else is all See Life page 1 1 J 20 r w - F V L- 1 1 1 I X 10 1 I 7 it M.srs The lines graph the signatures of chemicals in the light emitted from different planets. John Armstrong is developing computer models to predict what signatures of possible planets could look like.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2003-10-27, Vol. 66, No. 34|
|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.|