Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-02-211
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i O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY i i iil R.'dl I lb Businesswoman discuss small businesses runs off with wins IPO SI See page ( See page 4 O' i- Students win national contest WSU students take 1 st and 2nd in the National Kitchen and Bath Student Design Competition By Darren C. Boekweg correspondent I The Signpost Two Weber State University students took the top honors in the 2007 National Kitchen and Bath Student Design Competition. Jon Rob Call took first-place and received a $2500 scholarship, and Kara Eastman took second-place and received a $1500 scholarship. This is not the first time WSU's students have been at the top of this competition. "In 2006 we took 3rd place and in 2005 we got honorable mention," said Jan Slabaugh, program adviser for the interior design students. "This competition looks really good on a resume and portfolio. This helps students to sell themselves when they get in a job interview." Slabaugh attributed the success of the interior design program to the "greatness of the students." "Jon puts a lot of visual thinking into his sketches," Slabaugh said. "He is also excellent in putting his thoughts and ideas on paper." Slabaugh said Eastman is more detail-oriented. Call and Eastman spent many days designing the part-bathroom, part-spa which they entered in the competition. These were their first entries. The students were given a situation in which they had to work for a client and build them a part-spa, part-bathroom. Call is a senior and the only guy in the department. He said his design was inspired by the name of the client, which was David and Carmen Lambert. Call looked up the origin of Lambert and found it was of German descent and Carmen was of Italian, and based his design on German and Italian styles. See Contest page 7 Parlez-vous Frangais at Weber February is National Discover Languages Month and to celebrate the occasion, Weber State University Professor Cheryl M. Hansen's French 2020 class did a survey on campus Feb. 15. The French class approached people at random on the WSU main campus. The survey started out simply with questions such as "Quelle h.eure est-il?" "What time is it?" Then the class gave an explanation that a survey was being conducted to determine about howmany people on campus would, understand a foreign language if presented with the situation. As the survey progressed, students decided to branch into more complicated questions such as "Where is the bathroom?" and "May I have some candy?" The students also stopped telling the subjects that a survey was being conducted or giving them any inclination that they, the French-class students, spoke any JEnglish at all. Three out of approximately 20 people sun-eyed understood the questions and were able to respond. Two had previously taken French classes, and one had learned the language as result of a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Most responses included looks of confusion and, in a few cases, nervousness and fright. One student when asked the time even responded with "I am a pineapple" in French. According to Hansen, similar surveys are being conducted all over the United States. A survey next weekend will be conducted at the Gateway Mall in Salt Lake City by French, Japanese, Spanish and German classes. Cassie Adams Leois oradice for stMemis Utah Issues invites students to participate in policy making decisions By Deborah Ramsay sr. news reporter I The Signpost Sean Pressey, Weber State University adjunct professor and health policy analyst for Utah Issues, recruited nine of his WSU social policy students to volunteer their time at the State Office Building Feb. 16 as part of Utah Issues' 33rd annual Citizens' Day at the Legislature. "I bring them to the light," Pressey said. "I'm bringing these guys into the real world. Students get to see the process and how to be involved." Once a year, Utah Issues provides an opportunity for lawmakers and their constituents to come together and discuss crucial issues. UI had more than 100 citizens register for the conference and about 50 legislators commit to attend the free lunch at the event's conclusion. The idea was to level the playing field for all citizens to have access to their representatives. Pressey teaches a course at WSU dealing with policy analysis, both from a micro and macro view. The macro view includes understanding the passage of bills, laws and budgets that define the constructs social workers must confine themselves to in dealing with clients. "Utah Issues is really good with social work and working on issues dealing with poverty," said Rebecca Cross, a WSU junior majoring in social work. WSU students made posters about problems UI is focusing on, checked in participants, helped direct people and listened to several guest speakers lecture about government transparency and accountability. Pete Ashdown, former U.S. senatorial candidate and CEO of X-mission, made a pitch for, "one central blessed ! site f ' unemotional fart-hasprl wil-i Iblogl. It's not a J replacement. It won't I kirk nennlp nut nf tho I I . . .., . L . 1 V ' l r t. i i. ?u t, -1 .4: J vajjiiui. 1L WUIIl RICK leSSSiSiIE out the lobbyists. It will raise the voice of the people." Robert Huefner, professor emeritus in political science at the University of Utah, spoke of the need for government transparency. "Why transparency?" Huefner asked. "Why democracy?" he said answering his own question. "Things are out of balance," Huefner said, and, referring to the recent financial scandals in Davis and Weber school districts as an example, he asked, "Whose fault is it? Is it the children? I'm not surprised we have problems, but we shouldn't penalize the children." LIuefner said he believes the beauty of a democracy is that every year adjustments can be made, programs can be monitored and options explored. "No one of us alone knows all the answers," LIuefner said. "Good ideas rise to the top; the wisdom of the crowds. To create an effective and transparent government, it takes community support providing data and information." I ...... , , " qr . ...... ,, .. H, J . . I'l IUIU ti ULHOKAH kAMSAt 1 1 II1 .m I Former Utah senatorial canidate Pete Ashdown meets with citizens on Feb. 16 on Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City. Huefner challenged groups to coordinate efforts to support issues rather than compete with each other' for funding. Huefner said he believes that in Utah a lack of coordination has substantially postponed needed legislation. Frank Pignanelli, a political columnist, attorney, lobbyist and former House minority leader, shared his understanding of the way things work on the hill. "It's important that you be here," Pignanelli said of citizens visiting their representatives. "They need to hear from you." He admitted the legislative process can be intimidating and joked that logic and reasoning have no place in politics. See Legislature page 7 SOURCE: UTAHSTATECAPITOL.UTAH.GOV where a 1 1 5 people I"" can L come if to an jj 7 I i F t : t rc: 'Z'L 7j J- : ! ' t Davis Campus offers students advice on how to cope with stress and anxiety By Gina Barton correspondent 1 The Signpost Weber State University-Davis Campus held a Relaxation and Meditation Series with workshops provided to help students manage stress, cope with anxiety and learn deep breathing and muscle relaxation. "Your imagination can be helpful in developing focus and concentration," said Deborah Lind, a psychologist who works in the WSU Psychology Department. "It can also help cope with stress anxiety, and increasing positive study skills, social skills and creative expression." Lind conducted the workshops and provided-techniques for deep breathing and muscle relaxation. "Controlled conscious breathing has the benefit of relaxing muscles and reducing stress," Lind said. In die workshop students were shown how to take conscious, deep breaths to relax, inhaling deeply through the nose and slow ly exhaling through the moudi. Lindstressed import anceofthevisualization that should take place w hen practicing deep-breathing exercises. Students were told to visualize that with each breath they take in, recognize that the body becomes filled slowly with a soothing color, aroma, sound, litiht. warmth or any other pleasant, comfortable feeling. The workshop's purpose was to make students aware of therapeutic strategies to help them calm down and relax. The workshop made emphasis on learning techniques that relax their minds and bodies, recognize their internal feelings and release inner tension. A study was done and posted on the family education Web site stating that laughter is one of the best ways to release stress and feel good. The chemicals released in the bodv through laughter reduce pain and tension. "It's important to take care ot our bodies emotionally and physically," said. Craig Oreshnick of WSU Counseling and Psychological Services. "Eat healthy, exercise regularly, socialize, and get good amounts of sleep are all things that can minimize stress." According to Oreshnick, where one's mind is, is where that indvidual is. I Ie said that this "School can get very stressful, but if I just take it a day at a time and focus on what's in my control then I know I can get through it." Rand Sandall, WSU sophomore is something to keep in mind when alleviating stress focus on one thing at a time, and don't let the mind run wild on things one can't control at the moment. If a person is worrying too much, their body takes a physical hit Oreshnick said it is best to wrap one's mind around something relaxing and try not to let distractions enter. "School can get very stressful, but if I just take it a day at a time and focus on what's in my control then I know I can get through it," said Rand Sandall, a sophomore at WSU. The next workshop in the Relaxation and Meditation Series will focus on mindfulness. The lecture will stress the importance of being aware of where one's mind might wander throughout the day, and also how to recognize thinking patterns that could be problematic. The workshop will be held at the Davis Campus in Room 306 on March 1 at 11:30 am. For further information about the Relaxation and Meditation Series at die Davis Campus, contact Deborah Lind at 626-6406, or e-mail her at deboralilindweber.edu. You can leave a message for reporter Gina Barton by calling 626-7655. Jens in Brief WSU tuition increase proposed Weber State University students and the public are invited to a public hearing on Feb. 23 that will discuss a proposed tuition increase for second-tier WSU students. The proposed increase would raise tuition rates by 3 to 4 percent, or a $12 to $52 increase per semester. The increase would be used by WSU for compensation, student support, fuel and mandated costs, capital baseequipment funding and critical course needs. The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. at the Wattis Business Building in the Smith Lecture Hall in Room 206-207. Disability Emphasis Week observed Weber State University's Department of Student Involvement and Leadership will host several activities throughout the week to commemorate Disability Emphasis Week Feb. 20-23. On Feb. 21 at 12:30 p.m., a panel discussion will be held in the Gallery of the Shepherd Union Building for those who would like to ask WSU disabled students questions about their disabilities. Miss Wheelchair 2006 will be the guest speaker on Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Building in Room 347. The week's activities will wrap up with a free bowling and pizzapartyattheWildcat Lanes on Feb. 23 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For further information about WSU's Disability Emphasis Week, e-mail mistyhernsesbergermail. weber.edu. Students recognized at theater festival For the second year in a row, Weber State University theater arts students have been honored at the Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. The festival, which was held last week in Cedar City, recognized WSU senior Kathryn Martinez and junior Melody Brociuos. Martinez was selected as the regional design winner because of the skills she exhibited in her makeup and hair design for the WSU's production "Macbeth." Brocious was awarded an honorable mention for her costume design in WSU's performance of "Utter Glory of Morrissey Hall." The Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival included college students from Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah. The KCACTF program was created to promote theater arts in universities throughout the United States. 4 For more information about the festival, contact Catherine Zublin at 626-6661. WSU election packets available Weber State University Students who are interested in running in this year's WSU student elections can pick up an election packet at the Shepherd Union Building in Room 419, or print a copy of the packet by visiting weberstudents.org. For more information, contact Jose Gomez at jgomezweber.edu, or 626-6349.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-02-21, Vol. 69, No. 64|
|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.|