Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2000-06-131
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mi Volume 64 Issue 1 Tuesday, June 13, 2000 w B R T A T U N V R T Y The Signpost -- - INSI HE PODST FsBturss Features editor, Melissa Mikesell, describes her first gambling experience in Mcsquite, Nev., page 5. V -' t : Read a review about the new movie, "60 Seconds,' page 6. Sports The men's track team dominates the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Track and Field competition. Heather Today High: 78 , C Low: 52 Sunny Wednesday Hieh: 82 TLovv: 54 Plenty of sun Thursday High: 88 "yv Low: 60 Mostly sunny W'eMher Almjrwc in!o'nit:on provided bv: AS X.itionjl Wolhcr Service. Lwww.weber.edusignpostJ ' . V .--..v.. win Stsil By Lisa Roskelley editor in chief The Signpost Who said money can't buy happiness? Well, $15 million is expected to do just that for the students and faculty of the Department of Visual Arts. The source of happiness will be the new art facility the money will pay for on Weber State University campus. A groundbreaking ceremony held June 6 began the 70,000 square foot realization of the dreams of many people that started with a contribution of more than $1 million from Mark and Lola Austad 23 years ago. "We have been looking forward to this day for 20 years," said Paul H. Thompson, WSU president. About 1 50 students, faculty, community members and donors gathered at the event for the new Ethel Wattis Kimball Visual Arts Center. Donation will provide scholarships, benefit capital campaign By Tanna Barry managing editor-7ie Signpost A recent $1 million donation will help more Weber State University students earn scholarships as well as benefit WSU's ongoing capital campaign. Jon Huntsman caused an. audible gasp to ripple through the crowd at WSU's May commencement when he announced he would be donating $ 1 million to WSU. The money will go to pay for student scholarships. "It was a big surprise to everybody in the room," said President Paul H. Thompson. Huntsman will donate the money in $250,000 increments over the period of four years. The first endowment will arrive in a few months. Thompson said. "We have a lot of students who aren't getting the scholarship support that they need," Thompson said. 'This donation will be very beneficial." Scholarship money from Huntsman's donation will become available in fall 2001. Every year the university will use 5 percent of the interest gained from the donation for scholarships. POOS WDSOOaODS 7m - ' 1 . .-,..". ' '4,KSr.-'' rtt'' S A " 1 ft,"S'i:-''.w,:,i;':;-r.--v':......y :;..,..:.. i Z Ezekiel Dumke stands with his daughter, Betsy Thornton, as they admire trowels, mini shovels. Thirty-seven people helped artistically interpret trowels. The theme of the event, "Visualize," encouraged participants to visualize what it was to become, as well as what had happened to make it possible. A video presentation "We have a lot of students who aren't getting the scholarship support that they need. This donation will be very beneficial' President Paul H. Thompson The first year, $12,500 will be available, but the amount will increase each year. "It will just help a lot of kids," said Ann Millner, vice president of university relations. "It's a very big donation." Qualifications for the scholarships have not been determined. Millner said once the money comes in they will work with Huntsman to determine those details. "It was a great beginning for the summer," Millner said. This donation hasn't been the only commitment of this size, but it is the most recent. Millner said there have been a number of othermillion-dollar pledges as part of WSU's capital campaign that began in 1998. The campaign includes a quiet phase, which encompasses planning and obtaining donation commitments, showed students and alumni expressing their gratitude and support for the project. It defined the building as a learning facility for aspiring artists and a host of art for the commu as well as a public phase. Each phase lasts roughly two to three years. Millner said the university plans to enter the campaign's public phase sometime during spring semester. "Things are coming along pretty well," Millner said. The university announced last summer that it wanted to earn 50 percent of the total campaign goal during the quiet phase of the campaign. There have been almost $40 million in commitments. No official goal has been set for the campaign, but Millner said it will be around $75 million. "It is helping us build a strong foundation for Weber State University," she said. The campaign is intended to support students, support faculty and staff development, improve facilities and support programs and colleges. ddvj OgdgbC nity to enjoy. Comments of major contributors were highlighted in the film. John A. and Telitha Lindquist labeled the fine arts complex as a "centerpiece for the community." Summer school brings students back to class By Mark Gray news editor-The Signpost After 1 5 weeks of classes it would be understandable for students to spend their summer lying in the sun, going on vacation or just plain relaxing. Anything but sitting through more classes. However, many students at Weber State University are donning the Jansport backpack instead of that Hawaiian-style swimsuit. What would cause these studious beings to pass up a summer of Lake Powell for a summer of lectures? The answer: to graduate sooner. "I'm going so I can get done quicker," said Marianne James, a business major taking seven credits during the summer. According to the WSU registration office, most students who attend summer classes are part-time students. Theses students take an average of six credits during the summer semester. One factor that attracts students to the university dunng summer semester is the block system that WSU offers. Unlike the fall and spring semesters, summer semester offers students a Jim Jacobs, chair of the visual arts department, introduced the unusual decorations surrounding attendants in the alumni center where the ceremonies preceding the groundbreaking were held. Jacobs explained that the department had provided trowels to those students, faculty members, alumni or community members who would like to inr terpret them. The trowels, or small shovels as defined by master of ceremonies Thompson, were to be artistically interpreted in light of the celebration of the groundbreaking for the new building. These were then given to donors as a thank you from the department. "An excellent university has three ingredients," Thompson said, outlining them as an excellent faculty, outstanding students and an outstanding facility. "We are breaking ground today to make the third ingredient possible, we al- See Ceremony page 3 chance to complete a 15-week course in four, six, eight or 12 weeks. "It attracted me," said Amy Packer, speaking of the opportunity to complete a 15-week course in one month. "It's stressful, because they cram the class into four weeks." This unorthodox system is in its second year and is made available to students during the summer semester only. It began when the university changed from the quarter system to semesters. The block schedule has . not made a substantial change in the enrollment of students. According to Brian Shuppy, institutional analyst at WSU, the numbers from the summer of '98 (the last year of quarters) and the numbers from the summer of '99 (the first year of the block schedule) have stayed "pretty level." Shuppy doesn't know what to expect for this summer since the university is in its second year of this type of scheduling. In the summer of 1999. 40 percent of the 5.898 students attended the eight-week block. The official enrollment numbers for the summer of 2000 will be available in August.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2000-06-13, Vol. 64, No. 1|
|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.|