Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-02-231
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Student athletes WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY DOSt Pirates land on Ogden shores See page 4 juggle sports and class See page 6 nrheO 0 5isn n n By Heather Carter news editor The Signpost Two men in Weber County were arrested this month for voyeurism in a Weber State University women's restroom and a junior high school girl's locker room. University employee Claudia Sadler was helping students at her registration window on Feb. 5 when a student approached her and said she thought a man was in the women's restroom taking pictures. When Sadler investigated the wo m e n 's r es t r o o m a 1 1 h e s o u t h s i d e of the Student Services Center, she said she noticed a digital camera placed on the floor of the middle stall. "I couldn't tell if it was really a man or not because of the generic tennis shoes and the sloppy pants," Sadler said. "I thought it could be a girl, but just then he reached his arm down to change the position of the camera and his arm was really hairy. I thought, 'Well, that is a guy for sure.'" ... ..... .... wymm m mmwmMj mm $ Man at Orion Junior High School found naked at WSU three years ago III tUi; 1 ? 2- WIVT liiP I k. Mark R. Oveson Brian Richard Lee While WSU campus police were alerted to the situation, Sadler said she waited for about five minutes in the restroom in "dead silence" to make sure the man did not leave. When a WSU police officer arrived, 25-year-old WSU student Mark Oveson was apprehended. Oveson was charged with eight counts of voyeurism, which are class-A misdemeanors. His pretrial hearing is scheduled in the 2nd District Court on Feb. 28 at 9:30 a.m. "I think it is important to stress that this is an isolated event," said John Kowalewski, the director of WSU Media Relations. "I think this case is a good reminder for individuals to always be aware of their surroundings, always be alert to anything that is out of the ordinary." According to Chief Max Jackson of the Ilarrisville Police Department, an alert girl's basketball coach at Orion Junior High helped apprehend Brian Richard Lee on Feb. 16 because she noticed his suspicious behavior in the halls after school. Jackson said that the school's custodial staff found Lee hiding behind a curtain in the shower room of the girl's locker room. "He has got several prior convictions," Jackson said of Lee, "and that is why we are getting the word out on this guy." Jackson explained that nuisance sex offences, which include acts of voyeurism or lewdness, are not like DUI or shoplifting offenses that have enhancements repeat offenses for nuisance sex offenses do not receivemoreseverepunishments. Jackson said he felt that Lee will continue to repeat the offense in the future because he has a "psycho-sexual need" that he needs to fulfill. Lee has not been See Voyeurs page 5 Ash Wed nes Q3.y Catholics observe mass, students learn of 40-day Lent By Jordan Yospe correspondent ( The Signpost Weber State University Foreign Language Professor Isabel Asensio Sierra spoke Feb. 2 1 at the Honors Program office in the Stewart Library about the Spanish holiday Semana Santa, or Holy Week. "Easter is the most important day in Spain for Catholics," Asensio said. "It is more important than Christmas." Ash Wednesday, on Feb. 21, marked the first day of Lent, the 40-day Catholic holiday before Easter Sunday. Asensio spoke to gathered students, mainly those studying Spanish, about the traditions of the holiday, particularly Semana Santa. Asensio continued to explain the significance of Ash Wednesday, the Semana Santa, and Lent. "It is a holiday that marks the beginning of spring," Asensio said. "It commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. By honoring His passion, the Church purifies itself." The Catholic Holy Week will be from April 1 to April 8 this year. Each day of the week marks an event in Christ's life that the Catholic Church finds significant. "On Domingo de Ramos, or Palm Sunday, they celebrate the entrance of Christ into Jerusalem," Asensio said. "It is a day of happiness, as opposed to other days during the week. The other days of Holy Week include Miercoles Santo (Holy Wednesday), Jueves Santo (Good Thursday), Viernes Santo (Good Friday), and Sabado Santo (Good Saturday). Good Thursday celebrates die Last Supper, (Triduo Pascual), Good Friday the day Christ was hung on the cross according to Catholics, and Sabado Santo celebrates Christ's burial. "There is a procession every day during this time, depending on the town," i . v,:.;. - j - . '' : ' , k . ; y i : ' ; i ' i , ; !; j i i : '; f ) PHOTO B MARIA VILLASENOR I HC SIGNPOST Ted Roybal, a Weber State University alumnus, displays the cross made of ash on his forehead after the Ash Wednesday evening mass at the Newman Center north of campus. Asensio said. "A procession consists of people carrying floats called pasos. They are mainly statues of saints and religious figures. There is often music and many people involved and watching or singing. A typical paso can weigh 2,000 kilos, or See Wednesday page 5 V-Day play hopes to help end violence The Vagina Monologues' raises awareness of domestic violence and female anatomy By Julie Thompson sr. A&E reporter The Signpost Weber State University Associated Actors and Technicians AAT and the Department of Performing Arts will host V-Day Weber State 2007 at the Eccles Theater in the Browning Center on Feb. 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. Although performed in February, "V" does not just stand for Valentine. As a global movement to ending violence toward women, it stands for Victory and Vagina. The V-Day College Campaign invites universities around the world to present benefit productions of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues." The monev raised will go toward awareness to stop violence against women and girls. V-Dav originated in 1998 when Ensler traveled to cities in the U.S. performing her "Vagina Monologue." There was a major response as hundreds of women told her their stories of violence and what they had suffered. Ensler and a group of women in New York started "V-Day." To this day, more than S35 million has been raised. The funds raised from the performances at WSU will be donated to Ogden's Your Community Connection YCC. The proceeds are donated directly .to local organizations in their communities that work to end violence. "Every V-Day event chooses a place to donate," said Rebecca Dupaix, director of the annual event. "It is tradition for Weber State to donate to the YCC because they are an Ogden organization that offers assistance for the community issues that V-Dav focuses on." V-Day's mission statement for 2003 asked women and men to envision a world without violence against women and girls. This vear, the V-Day mission remains the same. The college campaign is a campus-run, community-driven production. "Utah is kind of unique in allowing male performers," Dupaix said. "This year we do not have any male performers, but there are men behind the scenes supporting our mission through a labor." See V-Day page 5 . J r 1 Rebecca Bierwolf Wheelchair doesn't stop Miss Wheelchair Utah Speaker encourages people to break barriers By Hilary Schram correspondent The Signpost Rebecca Bierwolf, Miss Wheelchair Utah 2006, spoke to a group of students Thursday as part of Weber State University's Students with Disabilities Emphasis Week. Bierwolf promoted her platform of "Breaking Through Barriers." She used the word B.R.A.K.E. to help people remember her message: believe, have respectforyourself and others, realize your abilities, keep your identity and have enthusiasm. "I think that it is important to share this message because all of us are going to have obstacles in our lives," Bierwolf said. "I believe that these are tried and tested tools that I have discovered to help me overcome the obstacles in my life." Bierwolf brought her violin and performed several songs for the audience. She is a member of the orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City and has played the violin for twenty years. "I love playing the violin because it helps me to express the feelings I can't express with words," Bierwolf said. "I love what it does for people and I love the joy that it brings to their hearts and into their lives." The WSU alumna graduated in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in violin performance. She played in the group that recorded the national anthem on the soundtrack for the 2002 Winter Olympics and was selected to play in a special group of performers for the closing ceremonies. Bierwolf represented Utah in the Miss Wheelchair USA pageant and was crowned as the first runner-up to Miss Wheelchair USA. "The Miss Wheelchair organization has been a wonderful stepping stone in my life in helping me to realize the unique abilities that I possess," Bierwolf said. "It's my desire to lift other people, to help them in their lives and to inspire them to be better. The Miss Wheelchair organization has given me a platform to do that." Student Senator for Students with Disabilities Misty Hearnesberger invited Bierwolf to speak. Hearnesberger met Bierwolf when she competed in the Miss Wheelchair Utah pageant last year. "She was an inspiration to me at the pageant," Hearnesberger said. "I thought it would be great to bring in someone who has already been here at Weber State." Hearnesberger said she hopes Students with Disabilities Emphasis See Wheelchair page 5 News in Drief Clothing collection drive needs jeans Weber State University's Services for Women Students and Ogden's Your Community Connection have teamed up to gather old and new men's and women's jeans for the Ogden area. WSU students who donate jeans to die "Be Comfortable In Your Genes, Jean Collection Drive" can get free food and have a chance to win various prizes. Students can drop off their jeans at the donation boxes located at the Marriot Allied Healdi Building, die McKay Education Building, Lampros Hall, die Social Science Building, the Davis Campus, die Union Building and several otiier locations around campus. Students who would like to enter die prize drawing can fill out a ticket form found at die collection boxes and submit them to die Services for Women Students in die Student Service Center, Room 150. Those who contribute more than one pair of jeans can submit a ticket for each pair that they donate. The prizewinners will be announced March 7 at 6 p.m. at the University Village's Great Room. For further information, contact the Services for Women Students at 626-6449. Students travel to China during semester Weber State University microbiology junior Mic Anderson acts as representative for China Horizons, a nationwide company that sends students to China three times annually to teach English to elementary school students. Those participating in the first trip of the year leave today. The spring trip runs from February to June. There will also be a summer trip to last a few weeks in July, as well as a fall trip in in August. For Anderson, it is his first time on one of these trips, but he said he plans to go three times annually and mentioned that these trips will be a good experience to learn about another culture. "I started working for China Horizons six months ago because I was interested in Asian studies and culture." Anderson said. He said this interest was sparked from his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Japan. "I just wanted a chance to go back there, or at least somewhere close," Anderson said. Anderson'sbrother-in-law created China Horizons in 2002 as part of a senior project. Now it has become very successful, with 60 applicants on each of its three annual trips. Applicants come from all across the United States. Teachers must pay their own airfare and are reimbursed for half upon arrival. They are provided free stay in the dormatories, and many of their meals are complimentary. "Even if you do decide to eat out, you can live off of one to two dollars for food daily," Anderson said. "It just costs a bit less there." There is a provided salary to teachers of $450 to $500 per month, the equivalent of what the headmaster at the school makes. Applicants should have teaching experience in any field and be willing and adaptable to the idea of working with children. The application deadline for the summer trip will be March 20, and the application deadline for the fall trip will be May 15.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-02-23, Vol. 69, No. 65|
|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.|