Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2003-10-131
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I.. I The Volume 66 Issue 29 wsusignpost.com Monday, October 13, 2003 By Wendy Leonard editor in chief The Signpost Every year 20 to 26 percent of Americans get sick with the flu. For most, the fever, exhaustion, and aches and pains of the flu can be debilitating for a week or two; but for the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, the flu can be much more serious. An estimated 100,000 hospitalizations and about 20,000 deaths occur each year from the flu and its complications. November marks the start of the flu season, which lasts into March. Preventative measures, such as getting a flu shot, can be taken to avoid coming down with the flu. Starting today, flu shots will be available to students at no charge in the Student Health Center, Room 167 Wildcard renewals fall short, most of campus invalid By Natalie Cutler news editor The Signpost Beginning today, all Weber State University Wildcards distributed before Sept. 29, 2003 are no longer valid. WSU Wildcard Services and Shepherd Union Building staff began a major upgrading process Sept. 29 to re-card the campus. "I work at the information center where we do Wildcards, so naturally I had to help in the whole re-carding process," said Genny Hill, WSU sophomore. 'Tm still involved, because not everyone came when they should have." As of Friday afternoon, more than 9,100 Wildcards had been distributed. That's not quite half of the 18,821 student population at WSU. "The re-carding process has gone very smoothly," said Vicki Andersen, information center co- Spirit squad brings on By Tracy L. Chartier sr. news reporter The Signpost Pompoms, pirouettes and all. that jazz do more than dazzle a crowd. Forwards, running backs and all their hustle do more than put points on the board. Like polishing a speech or perfecting a dive, skill is a required element.If this skill iswell-developed, well-executed and well-represented, it may be enough to receive an immediate social niche, and a free, or partial, ride throunh school. These rewards O vveDer "The most important population to get flu shots is people with ongoing or chronic health conditions that make them more susceptible to the flu' Juliana P. Larsen WSU Student Health Center director in the Student Service Center. Shots are also available at local clinics and some community supermarkets and drugstores. This year, the health center has ordered 800 doses of the flu vaccine. They will be administered on a first come, first served basis Monday through Wednesday of this week. "We have a limited number because of the cost," said Juliana P. Students and faculty wait in line Wildcard office at the Shepherd ordinator for WSU. "We just haven't seen the number of stu- dents going through the process exist as different types of programs on campus. One program in particular, the Spirit Squad, with their halftime shows, dynamic stunts and intricate choreography, offers members an opportunity to get involved and to get a college education. "It's a geat way to get involved," said Summer Willis, director of the Spirit Squad. "It makes their experience more fun. They generate spirit and entertain."The WSU Spirit Squad is a combined talent of 1 1 dancers and 20 co-ed cheerleaders. The team performs at football, volleyball, and men and women's basketball M .W.''"'. IJfc. - -V.' yW!:1- ...-U...., ........ , " " it i j ' f - tL, -""--- ' - aiaie university pes iL Larsen, director of the Student Health Center. "The majority of what we order will be available on the main campus and the remainder at the Davis Campus. The most important population to get flu shots is people with ongoing or chronic health conditions that make them more susceptible to the flu." See Shots page 3 O for their new Wildcards outside the Union Building information booth. that we hoped for." Bill Fruth, director of the Shep- herd Union Building and student life, games. Just as the name implies, their primary duty is to keep the fans excited, on their toes and in the game. The dancers entertain the crowd on the sidelines and at halftime with their spectacular jazzfunk routines, while the cheer squad performs stunts and tumbles. Along with spirit rallying, the Spirit Squad does many civic events within WSU and in the community. Willis said they get calls all the time asking them to assist in many events. "We represent Weber quite often," Willis said. See Squad page 10 ' - : 1 . r J . , - 3 t , is "s. jj ; i z 1 ' ' U - - i , - o 4 Registered nurse Stephanie Boyer administers a flu shot at Harmon's pharmacy. Local supermarkets and clinics are among locations to get the shots. said if students need to use their card for services, it would be important for them to get the new card. Wildcards are necessary for students to access on-campus computer labs, dining services, testing centers, library checkout, the UTA bus, the gym and various athletic events. Andersen said. "The old cards will no longer work in the scanners on campus, so they will eventually need to get the new card," Anderson said. WSU purchased the software, cardstock and ribbon to produce the new cards, as well as a camera and a printer, from Vision Database Systems Inc. Before the process started, Vision Database Systems employees helped train WSU employees to work the system. They stayed on campus for the first two weeks of the re-carding process to help work out the glitches in the system. student - r . fl -i' ' J f 1 Brie Schenck, Jodi Randall and dancers, rehearse one of their JbJN GAKDt. 0 Fencing club "prepares for n.- y tournament. See page 11 Fruth said there have been some problems with the transfer of data from old cards to new cards. "The only issues we've had is, the same day they get them, they can't use them," said Rob Heston, manager of the Wilderness Recreation Center. Heston said if a student gets a card on a Tuesday, they might not have time to transfer the data to the new card until Tuesday afternoon. "We had some problems with the transfer of data with declining balance dollars," Fruth said. "But, as of today (Thursday), it seems to be working OK." WSU Wildcard Services relocated to the Lair for the week of Sept. 29-Oct. 6 to distribute new cards. Vision Database Systems brought in extra equipment, including five re-carding stations, to assist during the first week of the re-carding process. Hill said that she was impressed See Wildcard page 3 support ... 4! Jessica Meents, WSU Spirit Squad dance routines.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2003-10-13, Vol. 66, No. 29|
|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.|