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Volume 62 Issue 53 Wednesday, March 8, 2000 The Sv-IGNPOST w B R T A T U N V R T Y POST 6, The Ice Sheet is a hot spot for bored Ogdenites. Pages 8-9 f Tlrfri llTIl i r La iTgK's XoTn'eHyTTa feb n Historic 25th Street offers a welcome break from the norm. Pages8-9 The Wildcats prepare to defend their Big Sky title at this weekend's tournament. - Page 1 2 b i For the first time, Utahns have a chance to vote in the presidential primary elections. Who are you going to vote for? Read Friday's Beyond the Grind to learn a little about each candidate. Today m High: 50 W Low: 31 Scattered showers Thursday fj Low: 29 Showers Friday rt-x High: 48 '"LowO" Mostly cloudy W'eatherAlnianac information provided by. NASA, Njuonal Weather Semce, Intercast, and U.S. Nava Observatory. Lwww.we&er.edusignpostJ 17 JjS3SS EITD2Q r" a n n rwp wwi r" A teary-eyed Frank Layden tells of his miracle, urges community to help Maw family By Preston Truman sports editor-The Signpost Frank Layden believes Matt Maw will walk again, even though doctors are saying it will take a miracle. Unlike most people, Layden hears "miracle" and immediately believes there's hope. Like sunny spring mornings, miracles are not an unlikely event for Layden, because he's seen one unfold right before his own eyes. Tuesday morning, Layden, the former president of the Utah Jazz and current CEO of the Utah Basketball Hall of Fame, held a news conference in the Rich Room of the Dee Events Center to present Matt The Cat" Maw's family with a check for $5,000 on behalf of the Utah Basketball Hall of Fame. The money, however, was the last thing on anyone's mind, as Layden shared the story of a young woman named Collette Rlchins, who has inspired Layden to believe in miracles. "About four years ago, I was stopped in the Salt Lake City airport by a sky cap there who's a friend of mine," Layden said. "I thought he was coming over to talk about the Jazz and what have you. Instead, he told me a story about a police officer and his family by the name of Randy Richins. He wanted to introduce me to him, and the story is very similar to the one we are facing now." ' Like Matt Maw, Collette Richins was involved in an accident that damaged the spinal cord. Four years ago, Layden said, Collette, who was 14 at the time, was in a car accident on Christmas Eve. She was taken to LDS hospital where she couldn't move out of the fetal position because she wasn't responding to any outside stimuli. The family, of course, was devastated," Layden said, "and about four months later, was starting to feel the financial pressures that went along with the emotional traumas that were taking place. "The sky cap asked me if there was any way I could help." That day passed, but Layden didn't forget the sky cap's story of Collette Richins. .4 ti PS.' r x 1 In Matt Maw's mother, Paula Limburg, displays the $5,000 check her family received from Frank Layden Tuesday while Maw's father, Gary, looks on. Layden is the former president of the Utah Jazz and the current CEO of the Utah Basketball Hall of Fame. After attending a Basketball Hall of Fame meeting in New York, Layden was approached with the Idea of raising funds, and came up with the idea of having a Utah Basketball Hall of Fame banquet to do so. "At that time I met with the Richins family at the hospital and had the chance to see, and I say see, not really meet, Collette Richins," Layden said. Collette was still not responding at the time, and the Richins family was trying to decide whether or not to "pull the plug" on their daughter. They decided not to give see Support page3 f i i t- ST 1 1. i 1 Yee-haw! Authorities from across Northern Utah 'round-up' teddy bears from the WSU-Davis campus. The teddy bears were donated to help children in need. Hansen to run again, this time unopposed By Preston McConkie asst. news editor-The Signpost Dee Hansen, Weber State University Student Association president, is running for student body president again. That alone makes him unusual; no one at the WSUSA office remembers a sitting president trying twice for the office. But there are other firsts occurring this year. No one is running against Hansen. Running unopposed has benefits and drawbacks, Hansen said. The benefit is that campaigning wouldn't be as intense, Hansen said, and he is already busy with the Job of being president. But it isn't necessarily good for the school to have only one candidate. "I think it hurts the image of Weber State student government," Hansen said. "1 think it's important for students to get involved." Other candidates can get involved, but not with the advantage of having their names on the ballot. Election committee chairman Steve DeVries said candidates can pay the $50 registration fee and run as write-in candidates. "If they do any kind of campaigning, they need to pay the fee," DeVries said. If write-in candidates campaigned without paying, the committee could declare their candidacies void even If they received a majority of votes. see Hansen pagel 5 17-Oiinegut cancels speech at EiSeratisre conference By Wes Hanna production manager-The Signpost The National Undergraduate Literature Conference has announced that its Intended keynote speaker, Kurt Vonnegut, will not be visiting Weber State University In April due to smoke-related injuries sustained in a fire at his home on Jan. 30. Vonnegut spent nine days in an Intensive care burn unit before being taken off a respirator, according to an article by CNN.com. Carl Porter, co-director of the conference. said Vonnegut has canceled all his speaking engagements to the end of the summer to recover. Porter, who is teaching an honors class that was preparing for the fiction author's appearance, expressed the sentiments of the students. To a person, they were disappointed," Porter said. Much of their disappointment stemmed from not hearing from an author with such a unique style. The class has studied the works of Vonnegut in chronological order, identifying the growth of Vonnegut's writing. Allison Palumbo, a student in the Honors 4900 class, said Vonnegut blends both "fantastic and realistic" elements Into his writing. Porter described Vonnegut as an author of perplexing complexity and pointed out other para doxes that the author writes about. "Vonnegut has been quoted as saying that he has no villains or heroes." Porter said. Porter said Vonnegut Is an author who will write "both ways." For Instance, he writes in a way that makes it appear that people are programmed and yet they have free will. "He writes about big Ideas that keep you thinking," Porter said. "He tells us to be kind, that death Is coming soon." The conference will have an excellent author take Vonnegut's place, Porter said. Jamaica Klncaid has been announced as the keynote speaker replacing Vonnegut. "She is part of the new canon of writers," Porter said.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2000-03-08, Vol. 62, No. 53|
|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.|