Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2003-09-121
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r . ; W. 9 1 it 1 I I ! I 11 . .a ' . tvpr irn ira om st nr fo r Volume 66 Issue o) flWDLn) By Natalie Cutler news editor The Signpost Two years ago Erika Stevens began working on an anti-smoking campaign. As Miss Davis County 2001-2002, her goal was to raise awareness about smoking and the health risks involved. As a student at Weber State University, she began working with the students choosing other recreational endeavors and the health education, drug and alcohol clubs. In the fall of 2001 she went with a group of students to the student senate to suggest WSU change its tobacco policy. "We presented a model to Weber State University to go smoke free," Stevens said. "As I thought about it I didn't really think that was realistic." A smoke-free campus would mean that smoking would be prohibited on campus grounds and possibly even parking lots. Stevens said that there are a few schools in California and Oregon that have smoke-free campuses. Stevens also suggested all ash cans be physically moved 25 feet from buildings, and the number of ash cans decreased. The Utah Indoor Clean Air Act states, "The building owner, agent, Support eases tough By D. Louise Brown correspondent The Signpost Sheila Dominguez, a 42-year-old mother of five and grandmother of nine, walked onto Weber State University campus a month ago and signed up for college. She'd spent her working life driving a forklift; which is hard work that left her debilitated with carpal tunnel syndrome. "I thought, now what am I going to do?" Dominguez said. Her answer: get a college degree in social work. Dominguez didn't know how to send an email, where the bookstore was, or how to find her classrooms. But she'd survived two divorces, raised a family, and worked hard her entire life. She figured those survival skills would see her through college. Dominguez's first college exposure was disheartening. "The guy at the admissions counter told me to bring back my transcript and thirty dollars to enroll. I wanted to cry. That little task seemed so overwhelming," she said. Dominguez persevered, and when she got her letter of admission, "1 was so excited, but then I said to myself, I hope you know what you're doing." Her first week was a blur. She had no idea w hat a syllabus was. She was petrified at the idea of listening to lectures. She had never seen the inside of a college classroom. On a walk she took through campus the week before classes began,""I felt like a child in the woods." she said. Weheir 16 Ms,."" m& J . 4 . M. To comply with state law, students are encouraged to use outdoor ashtrays upon coming within 25 feet of campus buildings. or operator of a place may not any entrance-way, exit, open designate an outdoor smoking window, or air intake of building permitted area within 25 feet of where smoking is prohibited." Dominguez realized quickly that her computer skills, which didn't go much beyond knowing how to use the "on" switch and the mouse, were sorely insufficient. ""Not only am I coming back to school, I'm trying to learn the tools that go with it," she said. Focusing was a challenge. During her first week Dominguez walked with her head down not only because her backpack weighed so much that she had to lean forward to stay upright, but also because she was overwhelmed. Luckily, she's starting to get the hang of it all. Friendly classmates help. Professors aren't as scary as they first seemed. And she's found peers in the Non-Traditional Student Center where students like her congregate to swap stories and lend moral support. "I met a lady who saw my overwhelmed face and brought me to the center. This is how I've survived at the university," she said. WSU studentgraduate Marianne Kwiatkowski remembers those overwhelmed feelings. She started classes at WSU in 1998, and just graduated in English with a Technical Writing emphasis. ""I remember asking myself, 'What am I doing here? How can I handle this? Am I doing the right thing? How can I get through four years of school and still take care of everything else?'" she said. A 38-year-old divorcee. Kwiatkowski still had four children at home when she enrolled. See Start page 3 State OirLexsxtjr wsusignpost.com start V V- . ' " -v. I Friday, Many cans at WSU do not meet this requirement. "Campus police won't enforce it, it would take a lot of effort," Stevens said. Craig Dearden, WSU director of public safety said that the health department is responsible for enforcing the 25-feet rule. "We put some bike patrol out and we talk to those we see," Dearden said, "Because the weather started to get better, we've had less of an issue." Dearden said that during the cold winter months, people move ash cans closer to doorways and buildings. He also said that it is hard to train students about not smoking near buildings because each year there are new students who do not know the rules. "The only other thing I can think of doing is to put up sheltered areas near buildings so they can go and smoke and not be rained and snowed on, and be protected from the elements" Dearden said. Jess Pope WSU sophomore said that she only got in trouble one time for smoking within 25 feet of a building. She said she didn't understand why she was in trouble because the ashtray was only 2 feet away from the building. "They've done studies that show that people smoke where the .'yi'vi McKAY-DEE HOSPITAL CENTER r A.. V v Firm introduction McKay Bates, Accounting major, met Julie Bridges, Human Resources Services of IHC, to discussed career opportunities at IHC. "Meet the Firms," sponsored by the Beta Alpha Psi organization, featured 25 accounting, finance and information systems & technologies firms. "The last few years the best recruits we've been able to find are from Weber State," said Andy Meikle, Tanner Company. Meikle, WSU alumnus and former Beta Alpha Psi officer, said "Meet the Firms" was where his career started. The gathering was not only a networking chance for students, but also for firms. Preston M. Eichers of Hansen, Barnett & Maxwell said the benefits at "Meet the Firms" were two-fold. "This gets us in front of the students and gets the students in front of us," he said. COME "ALIVE' WITH T MINUS 5 ; r. ... ) WSU student i;, band performs Monday. See page 6 ',T September 12, 2003 fM)lfe(l 3 ash cans are," Stevens said. "I honestly think that if you move them, people smoking would move." "I think they should make designated smoking areas," Pope said. "We need a place where we can go that's not going to bother anybody." "I understand the clean air act," she said. "It's safe and it keeps the building clean but I think that as long as I'm outside, smoking is OK." WSU freshman, Chris Cole agrees with Pope. "I think that the indoor clean air act is a good thing," Cole said. "I have little brothers and I wouldn't want smoke being around them. I think that there should be a place where we can go that's not going to bother anybody." After trying for nearly two years to make suggestions and improve nonsmokers' rights on campus, Stevens said she couldn't make that big of a difference. "I thought I could gain support if I gave them the facts, then I could make it happen," Stevens said. "There's got to be a way to do it. It's kind of a big deal and I don't know who has the power to make it happen." You can reach reporter Natalie Cutler by calling&2M-78EE5.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2003-09-12, Vol. 66, No. 16|
|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.|