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F Weber State University o RACE TO NATIONALS. C 1 TlTfTT 1 . i . WSU hosts Mountain Region j ! It I Championships WSU. See page 7 Volume 66 Issue 42 wsusignpost.com Friday, November 14, 2003 TheO Roommate discriminate By D. Louise Brown correspondent The Signpost Nearly every bulletin board on campus bears a bottom-tattered "Roommate Wanted" advertisement, listing amenities, rental fees and a contact phone number. Some of those ads also list explicit requirements, specifying gender or religious affiliation. An ad on a bulletin board in the Weber State University Student Service Center reads: "LDS standards negotiable." An ad in the Shepherd Union Building offers separate male and female units. And an ad in The Signpost requests "LDS standards." The ad that reads "LDS standards negotiable" was a gag, according to its writer, student Daniel Jameson. "It was meant as a joke," Jameson said. "There are no LDS standards presently in the house here. Usually we have parties and all kinds of people here. I told my roommates maybe we ought to advertise 'LDS standards nonexistent.'" But the ad in The Signpost specifying "LDS standards" was no joke. "In this house, LDS standards apply," said the ad's author, student Joshua Barnett. "In this house, LDS standards apply. If you're LDS, you'll understand what that means. It's not discriminatory because if there were a guy of another faith that was respectful of this faith, I would have no problem with him liv- Athletes strive Special Olympics offers rewarding experience By Tracy L. Chartier sr. news reporter The Signpost Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy-Shriver opened the First International Games in 1968 at Soldier Field, Chicago, 111., with a personal pledge to give all individuals with mental retardation a chance to compete and grow. The athletes of the Special Olympics marched onto the court with the same encouraging words as the gladiators of ancient Rome. Kennedy-Shriver said the words that became the oath of the Special Olympics athletes: "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." The focus of Special Olympics is on what the athletes can do. Like everyone. Special Olympic athletes like to win but more importantly, they strive to do their best. Weber State University sponsors a Special Olympics team. They will hold an event Saturday in Logan, Utah. "We are having an invitational basketball tournament at Utah State University where the athletes play basketball all day, and then they will Wanted' advertisements regarding religion, lifestyle - I V , 1 ! i - ! . v.. j 5 - " j 'j S ., .,-. . w - ' - ' I 1 . t ' ,JU i- V 'I n J - L . ; ... .... Shauna Brennan searches an information board in the Student Service Center. Information boards list housing options and available jobs around campus. ing in the house. It's not that you have to be Mormon to live in the house, it's the standards you have to live by." Issues such as religious affiliation, gender, race, age and children can be illegally advertised, but usually not by private student listings. Discrimination prohibitions in rental advertisements are spelled out in federal housing guidelines, but those guidelines generally do not apply to private student listings, according to Barry Gomberg, director of equal opportunity and affirmative action at WSU. Some relationships are considered so personal by law, such as roommate situations, that the state is not entitled to interfere by spelling out what can or can't be requested in those settings. "You have the right to specify you for their best i'""" 1111 1 1 ,.jj.uuuuiwwi"i ! , " V ; c . .. , ; 5 r ;r; - :i ; -& - c Ij-vi ' - ' o mt 1 Athletes participate on the WSU Special Olympics basketball team. The team will be travelling to Logan Saturday. have a dance at the end of the day," said Carolanne Campbell, WSU Special Olympics team chairwoman. "For this event, we need the volunteers to be players. We have what is called 'unified peer sports,' where the peers are playing on the court with the athletes, and it's called a unified team. The tournament gives the athletes a chance to practice their skills." The Special Olympics' mission is to provide year-round sports training See Athletes page 3 want a roommate of a specific gender," Gomberg said. "It's a form of sex discrimination, but it's a form allowed by law and policy. In individual settings, it's clearly lawful to specify gender, might be lawful to specify religion, and prob ably not lawful to specify race." The problem with specifying who is wanted in an advertisement is that it is a form of discrimination. "What's at issue is the conflict be-' tween two very important values," Gomberg said. "One is included in the First Amendment that suggests people ought to be able to advertise for their preference in certain circumstances, and of course the other right at issue is See Advertisement page 3 Patriot Act By Wendy Leonard editor in chief The Signpost According to Amnesty International, the Patriot Act challenges rights protected in the U.S. Constitution. "In the past two years since the Patriot Act has passed, a number of changes has been made," said Jumana Musa, director of governmental relations for Amnesty International . Her emphasis was on the fact that legislation included in the Patriot Act specifically targeting other countries is spilling over to American citizens. Her opinions were in conjunction with Amnesty International's publicized concern that the Patriot Act and other post-Sept. 11 domestic security legislation undermines the human rights of Americans and non-citizens, and the framework for defending and promoting human rights internationally. In an hour-long lecture presented by Weber State University Honors Issues Forum and Amnesty International, the "Un-Patriotic Act" was discussed among students, professors and community members con- Celebrating marriage Tips for surviving, reviving marriage relationships By Natalie Cutler news editor j The Signpost Randy Chatelain has learned a lot from his 28 years of marriage. Like the fact that he isn't always right,, and that he is extremely grateful for his wife Pain; ' : He said one of the most important things he has learned is that nobody has to give him anything, and to be thankful for every hug,; ; look, and conversation, because : they are all gifts. Chatelain will share his wisdom and experience Friday night as part of the annual Governor 's Northern Utah Marriage Celebration, where ;: couples from all over northern Utah : will learn how to combat the battles that separate marriages today. . "I think we really try to make it fun and positive," Chatelain said. ,. . "Almost all of your workshops have : to do with increasing the marital sat-; Isfaction, strengthening the relationship and making a successful, healthy ; s positive focus.i It's a fun date night j to pick up some great tools." ; The celebration opens in the Shepherd Union B denounced Jumana Musa discusses the unconstitutionality of the Patriot Act cemed with the practices of American government and the war on terrorism. "The American Constitution refers to citizens and it is supposed to be the basis of how we treat people," Musa said. She outlined several sections of the Patriot Act and demonstrated how they are unfair to citizens and non-citizens of the United States Among those are sections 206, 213,216 and 218, which outline restrictions and accessibility to privacy including roving wiretaps, "sneak and peak search - t "-. . 3 $ i . z z 2 uilding with pre-conference workshops from 3 to 4:30 p.m. that will include four different sessions to choose from. From 4:30 to 6 p.m. a dinner break is scheduled. Couples may choose to eat off campus, order a light boxed supper or eat at the Weber State University Skyroom. After the meal, couples can choose from nine different workshops held in the Shepherd Union building and Kimball Fine Arts;Cen-ter that begin at6 p.m. and 7: 15 p.m. At 8:30 p.m. in the Austad Auditorium, key note speaker Jeffry II. Larson, chairman of the department of marriage and family therapy at Brigham Young University, will speak and Voice Male will perform. ;..;; Larson will discuss his new book, "The Great Marriage Tune-up," ;: 'T want to motivate them to do a marriage tune-up , and 1 want to dem-; 'onstrate how a marriage tune-up is done and talk about the benefits of regularly checking up on the status of your marriage Larson said. Larson relates marriage tune-ups to car tune-ups. He said it runs better, lasts longer and gives years ; ; of service if checked regularly. : "I have a strong belief in pre-vention," Larson said. "It is easier and less expensive than therapy or fixing something that is broken." Gary Willdon, will emcee the main event held in the auditorium See Marriage page 3 by liberals ing," phone and e-mail listings and FISA court systems to work with international spies. "As people in this country, we're supposed to have the right to privacy; if I want gossip with my friend, I should be able to in private," Musa said. Musa said law enforcement has enough work to do without having to enforce new immigration laws and listen to tapped phone lines. "I'm willing to give up a little bit in order to let them do their job," said Craig Carrigan, WSU student. Musa said the American government is supposed to be transparent. "All things are subject to who is in office and how they think about them," Musa said. She was referring to the fact that different administrations have different policies about constitutional rights and how they enforce them. "Constitutional law is about human rights, it is the basis for the way we administer justice, it is the fundamental notions of fairness and justice," she said. "Stripping us of our rights does not further us in the pursuit of eliminating people who want to attack our community." You can reach reporter Wendy Leonard by calling 626-7121.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2003-11-14, Vol. 66, No. 42|
|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.|