Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2005-10-031
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x ''' 1 . MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2005 we i LSl tragedy prompts maintenance policies, liy lil.iir Dee Motives news editor I lie Signpost An accident claiming the lives of eight Utah State University students and a teacher prompted Weber Slate University to ground its three 12-passenger vans Friday. Alter discussing the issue of transportation safety in a President's Council meeting last week, WSU officials decided to slop using the vehicles in order to perform a "comprehensive safety evaluation," said Nancy Kmenger, WSU Purchasing and Support Services director, in a statement released I iiday. limenger announced the decision to ground the vehicles in a university-wide bulletin issued Friday morning. "It seemed like it was an appropriate time for us to take a moment, look at the procedures, policies and the vehicles we have currently, and see if there was anything that should be addressed to provide the best possible safety and security for all of our students and employees who use those vans," said John Kowalewski, WSU Media Relations director. WSU's current policies and procedures concerning its vans were also reviewed in 2001 after six members of the USU volleyball team veio iujiiRii In a similar accident. "Anyone who will be operating a van is required to watch a training video," Kowalewski said. "In addition to that, they are required to go out and perform a road certification test with Mike Whetton, and they have to pass that test before they are Slavery discussed at Stewart Library By Andrea Bean correspondent The Signpost Abraham Lincoln always felt slavery was a "moral wrong," but he didn't find it necessary to abolish slavery at the beginning of his presidency, according to a Civil War lecture Wednesday afternoon. Howard Jones, a history professor at the University of Alabama, described Lincoln's Silent witness campaign Bv Tamela Gheller correspondent The Signpost life-sized red wooden figures representing people who lost the battle in domestic violence appeared Saturday on Weber State University campus. The victims' unfortunate stones are posted across the chest of the figures. These figures are part of the Silent Witness Campaign, which provides an opportunity for education, awareness and promotion of healthy, non-violent relationships for the college community. Silent Witness National Initiative said the red figures can be a very visual eye opener to help students realize how real the situation of domestic violence is. All 50 states have at least one Silent Witness Campaign or more. The WSU Services Students will provide for Women a month of activities during October's Domestic Violence Awareness Month to bring The Grizzlies chew 3 kj any reoiiirenosits All occupants must wear seat belts at all times. Posted speed limit must be obeyed at all times. Do not drive if you feel tired. Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. authorized to take the van out." Whetton, WSU stores and motor pool manager, then decides based on the road test if a driver is capable of handling the vehicle safely. "Myunderstandingisthatnobody is allowed to take a van out until they have met the requirements of both the video training and the road test," Kowalewski said. While WSU's 12-passenger vans are different than USU's 15 psenger vans in model and year, both types have recently been under scrutiny by the U.S. Department of Transportation. On June 1, 2004, Jeffrey Runge, DOT National Highway Traffic Safety Administration director, issued a warning about the vehicles' rollover risks. The warning said the vehicles evolving views on slavery throughout his political career. This presentation, held at Weber State University's Stewart Library, was the sixth installment in the annual Lampros Lecture Series. Jones explained Lincoln's opinion of slavery when the war began in April 1861. The president felt slavery was the See Slavery page 9 knowledge to the campus regarding domestic violence. Domestic violence is one of the fastest growing and most serious violent crimes in Utah today. There were 5,471 victims of domestic violence housed in Utah shelters during 2004. Over the past few years, the frequency and intensity of has increased. Domestic violence in Utah is becoming more aggressive and brutal, according to the Utah Domestic Violence Annual Report released in January. Countless victims and survivors of domestic violence are enduring more severe beatings and life- 1 threatening situations than those in years past. The As Safe As Possible program formally known as Peers Educating to End Domestic Violence Awareness Month Rape is including safety as a key theme of the program. For ASAR safety includes overall health and self esteem. This change augments the existing programs of domestic violence and sexual assault by focusing on WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY Bid s investigation of safety, procedures gampos UGiilols saf were "substantially more unstable than SUVs or pickup trucks" when filled with more than five passengers or driven over 50 mph. The report recommended large passenger vans should only be operated by trained and experienced drivers. It also stated tire pressure and tread wear should be checked regularly and seatbelts must be worn at all times. In the year 2000, 80 percent of those who died in 15-passengcr van rollovers were not buckled up. Kowalewski said Whetton regularly monitors the tire pressure and maintenance of the vans, and there did not appear to be problems with the WSU vehicles when the decision to ground them was made. "The evaluation is going to Administrators to seek By Katryna Prater sr. news reporter The Signpost The state building board will view a request Wednesday to fund a new facility at Weber State University to replace Buildings 1 and 2. WSU President F. Ann Millner and Kevin Hansen, WSU Facilities Management assistant vice president, will meet with the Utah State Building Board to request those funds take top priority for the upcoming legislative session. "The need for this new academic highlights Domestic Violence Awareness Month personal health and safety. "We looked at our needs on campus and felt it was a positive move to go in," said Adrienne Gillespie, WSU Services for Women Students counselor. ASAP student members go through an extensive training to perform presentations in classrooms on a variety of topics, including domestic violence, sexual assault, healthy choices and positive body images. Allowing the students to perform the presentations gives them experience with public speaking and gets the word out regarding these social issues in the Services for Women Students. "I was interested in this because I took a women's studies course and it really peaked my interest," said Casie Bowen, a WSU human performance junior. Bowen was also trained by the Mentors in Violence Program and was recently made one of the three co-chairs of the ASAP program. Events during Domestic Violence Awareness month ' include the Community Connection Fair on Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Shepherd Union Building Ballroom. This fair will link resources and services dealing with domestic violence to the WSU community. See Domestic page 3 this abuse of 3ty tips Allow adequate travel time to arrive at destination on schedule. Complete a driver's safety class every three years or yearly, if driving a university vehicle daily. Never use a cell phone while driving; if needed, pull over. cover everything from 'How do we prepare and train people to operate the vans?' to 'How do we go about reserving the vans?' and 'How well do we train people to be able to respond to situations that they encounter while they're out with the vans?'" Kowalewski said. According to Whetton, 12-passenger vans are usually checked out two to three times per week. Requests for van use increase during the weekend when athletic teams are prone to use the vehicles to travel to local venues for competitions. The vans are also often used by WSU student senators and for department field trips. While the large vans are grounded, seven-passenger See Vans page 3 facility is reflective of our growth," Hansen said. Buildings 1 and 2, which are part of the four original buildings built for the WSU Harrison Boulevard campus in 1954, have been in need of attention for some time. "The existing buildings have far outlived their usefulness," Hansen said. "They are undersized and there is not enough space in classrooms and for academic needs.There are also infrastructure and safety concerns." Eric Holbrook, a junior taking a two-dimensional graphics Utah's domestic violence shelter services Of 5,471 clients served from July 2003-2004 Less than Source: Utah Division of Child and Family Services Day in life see page 5 Accident victim's brother pays tribute By Blair Dee Hodges news editor The Signpost One day after Evan Parker was laid to rest in Hooper cemetery, Dale L. Parker's voice shook as he recalled his brother. "He had a gift, and we knew that at a very young age," Dale said Saturday. "My brother has lived the life of three men in 45 years because he is an extremely highly motivated person." Evan Parker, Utah State University agriculture mechanics instructor, and eight students were killed Sept. 26 when the van he was driving rolled off the highway in Tremonton. Dale, a WSU senior, plans to graduate this December in health administrative services. He said that despite the tragedy, he would attend class tonight. "I'm trying to come to grips with it, but you need to realize that my brother and me were very close," Dale said. The two brothers were born 21 months apart, but Dale said he and Evan's friendship solidified while they owned a farming business together. The two separated the business 17 years ago when Evan received an offer from USU. "When Evan was 28, he was offered a teaching opportunity at Utah State University and I told him there was no way he could pass this opportunity up at that point," Dale said. According to Dale, Evan funding for new building course in Building 2 this semester, said that because the buildings are so old, they cannot adequately meet the campus' current needs. "The rooms aren't set up for computers," Holbrook said. "The rooms are always hot and there aren't enough outiets." Holbrook also has a class in Building 1 this semester and said that building is in bad condition as well. "The tile is warped and the heater makes a ticking noise that See Building page 3 lei) 0 Children Women 1 Men the 1 I - t i wsusignpost.com VOLUME 68 ISSUE 22 wans remained very busy for the rest of his life. Along with his full-time teaching position at USU, Evan operated a laser-leveling business, a custom-combine business, ran his own farm and rented out apartments and homes in his spare time. I le was also die neighborhood handyman, Dale said. Dale said that despite his own full-time work on the family farm and his school responsibilities, he still found time to talk to his brother often. "I would talk to him even still; three, four times a day on the phone, and tiiatil be sorely missed," Dale said. Dale recalled how Evan's talents made him a confident person who was willing to share Ills knowledge and service with others. He said that Evan even struggled earlier in life with pride. "But he knew how to control that," Dale said. "When he was a man in his 20s, it was a challenge for him because of : tilings that he could see and draw out of both his farm and people. He could identify things that others just don't see. Things were easy to him that were just impossible to other people." Kyle Holden, a former employee of Evans, was traveling behind the van and saw the rear tire blow, causing the USU van to roll off the road. According to Dale, Holden was in shock and See Brother page 3 Buildings 1 and 2 Built for opening of 1954 WSU campus. Currently house rooms for foreign languages, geography, ROTC and telecommunication.To be replaced with one large, three-story building with modern technology. i " I I . f W e 1 S ( .. Red wooden figures representing domestic violence victims stand by the entrance to Lampros Hall. The figures are part of the Silent Witness campaign.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2005-10-03, Vol. 68, No. 22|
|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.|