Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2000-07-111
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Volume 63 Issue 5 UV)) Tuesday, July 11, 2000 GN 4 W E B R T A T U N V R I T Y POST NSIDE POST Read a review of the Warped Tour, page 5. Features - A WSU couple plays co-ed ccer every Friday night as "heap date, page 6. Sports Warren Morton, WSU hockey player, suffered neck injuries at his parents home in Canada, page 7. Heather Today ,T" Low: 60 Mostly Sunny Wednesday vi'High: 92 f T Low: 62 Sunny, may thunderstorm Thursday High: 92' tW.Low: 64 Thunderstorm possible Weather information provided by Weather.com. SIhaffeir says OacUs ff GOneErsiifty ireasomi ifon IfrsiQiiaflQDDisinift untiss Former student body presidential candidate pleads guilty, implicates others in online election scam By Leo Tyson Dirr special assignments editor The Signpost Andrew Clay Shafer, 27, said he cast fraudulent votes for himself and two black candidates in an online student election because he wanted to help bring down a "glass wall" that surrounds student government and largely excludes ethnic minorities, non-Mormons and the poor. Shafer pleaded guilty Thursday to criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor, for his involvement with the 1999 online election scam at Lm.weljer.eilusignpostJ Weber State University. The university voided its first online election because students' Social Security numbers were stolen and used to cast scores of fraudulent votes. Shafer was a write-in candidate for student body president after he lost in the primary election.In a debriefing in Second District Court, Shafer told prosecutors the names of other students who were involved in the election fraud. The plea bargain spared Shafer a mid-July jury trial, where he would have faced five counts of second-degree felony communications fraud, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The misdemeanor compels Shafer to do 100 hours of community service and keep his nose clean for one year. Camille Neider, deputy Weber County attorney and prosecutor in the case, said her office will investigate the suspects who Shafer named and plans to prosecute others for communications fraud. Neider would not say how many people Shafer implicated. Shafer told The Signpost that he and other students, whom he did not name because they still may be prosecuted, wanted the university's administration and student leaders to See Protest page 3 Scholarship focuses on family values By Lisa Roskelley editor in chief The Signpost Another privately funded scholarship is approaching Weber State University's scholarship office. However, this one. promoting family values, will probably prove to be less controversial than the last one. The Traditional Family Values Scholarship has been approved by the development office and is fundraising its way to get the $40,000 fully endowed status to provide a full tuition and fees scholarship for a married full-time student. "In a way it is in response to the Matthew Shepard Scholarship," said Chick Hislop, WSU See Family page 3 Students camp out for 'A' parking By Mark Gray news editor-The Signpost About 100 students, many of whom camped out in the W-7 parking lot, lined up outside the doors of parking services early Monday morning in order to get their hands an A parking pass. Students bearing televisions, cellular phones, lawn chairs and compact disc players began arriving at about 7:30 Sunday night for a chance to get their hands on one of the most prized possessions on Weber State University's campus. "I want a really good parking spot so I don't have to be walking everywhere," said WSU student Rose Hilbum, one of the first to arrive at the W-7 lot. Her reason seems See Passes page 3 passes '. v, c - fr .. ' -" Jf 4 ' 2 i n ."5 f f A k Michael Halbleib, Tony Mottes and Rose Hilburn camp outside the parking office Sunday night. They, like other WSU students, awaited the sale of the limited "A" parking passes. WSU online program leads state in class offerings By Wes Hanna campus affairs The Signpost From billboards to the backs of buses, WSU online has become a banner of Weber State University's new advertising campaign with the slogan "No shoes. No shirt, No problem." But below in smaller print comes the kicker "Over 120 online courses now available." The fall semester WSU catalog lists 138 online classes, more than double any other higher education institution in the state. These classes are supported by over 80 professors that span disciplines as divergent as theater arts and chemistry. Administrators only see WSU online continuing to grow. "We haven't been told we are going to stop at a certain number," said Tamara Aird, project leader of WSU online. WSU online is currently adding 15 or 20 classes a year according to Aird. though as WSU online looks to begin its third year this fall, the growth has been much faster than that due to the demand from students for Internet classes. This past spring semester saw 2, 1 00 WSU students take a load of about 3,200 classes in cyber space. Looking at the demographics for students who take online classes, Aird said that most still attend WSU in person but end up looking for a class that fits their schedule when there would otherwise be conflict. Aird hopes this means that WSU online is assisting students in overall satisfaction, boosting student reten tion and assisting students in graduating on schedule. As growth increases. WSU online is looking to offer students the ability to complete minors over the Internet or combine areas for a BIS degree, Aird said. Aird credits the President and Provost's offices for allowing WSU online to grow at the pace that it has. Recently, the Board of Trustees voted to extend over $800,000 to WSU online to accommodate the growth in Internet courses. This support means that no additional fees above regular tuition costs will be required when registering for a course online. Nationally, WSU online has earned recognition by receiving the Peterson's Innovative Distance Education Program Award in 1998. "WSU online is still above average on a national level," Aird said. For the fall of 2000. Brigham Young University offers 1 1 classes online, the University of Utah teaches 28 online classes and Utah State University hosts 32. Utah Valley State College conies the closest to WSU's online offering with 62 classes offered.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2000-07-11, Vol. 63, No. 5|
|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.|