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WEBER S TATE UNIVERSITY The Football team starts 'Dav in the life' Big Sky with win of economics professor see page 5 see page 6 i i M A 11. J fJ .J ; 4 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2005 wsusignpost.com VOLUME 68 ISSUE 19 M , i - " V a. 7f -' . 4 vr. '1 chop Lumbt Weber State University quarterback Ian Pizarro, 1 1, hands off the ball to running back Adrian Conway, 33, in Saturday's football game against Northern Arizona University. The Wildcats won their first game of the Big Sky Conference 31 to 23 and their total season record stands at 2-2. During the last minutes of the game, WSU sealed their win over the Lumberjacks when Pizzaro dove for a touchdown and gave the Wildcats an eight-point lead over their opponents. The Wildcats travel next Saturday to Missoula, Mont, to play reigning Big Sky champs, the University of Montana's Grizzlies. olio iOiOI jCdU1 J1 (? I li (QVQ By Blair Dee Hodges news editor The Signpost You're in a hurry. The rain is cold and you need to get to class. Then you realize your mistake: As you peer through the locked car's window, the keys dangle tauntingly in the ignition. Now what? For years, the Weber State University Police Department provided free lock-out assistance to the unfortunate souls who face this dilemma. Soon, if WSU Police Chief Dane LeBlanc gets his way, that assistance will no longer be free. LeBlanc recently submitted a proposal to charge $10 for vehicle lockout assistance last week in a President's Council meeting. "It's a service that we're proud to provide," LeBlanc said. "We care about those that come to Weber State and if they've got a problem like that and they're stranded, we want to assist them. The problem with that is, I encumber a lot of cost." LeBlanc's concern over the service costs has grown over the past few months as he reviewed the amount the agency has spent to provide it. He said the time spent helping those who are locked out adds up to approximately 416 personnel hours per year, since officers assist an average of 40 vehicles per month. With all of the other programs his officers are participating in, Leblanc wondered if the department should even provide the service at all. "We're teaching crime prevention classes, campus watch programs, alcohol programs, rape programs plus our regular patrols and unlocking cars can really take my man power away from doing the proactive things," LeBlanc said. In addition to the time, LeBlanc cited instances when officers have damaged vehicles and the WSU Police Department paid for repairs. Although the locked-out party is required to sign a form stating the department is not liable for damage to the vehicle, LeBlanc says the department is more sympathetic than the form and has always paid for repairs when a vehicle was damaged. "Now, we damage four to six cars a year, he said. "It's not a lot, but at $300 to $600 a whack, that's a couple thousand dollars a year easy. The other side of that is that the tools run about $100 to $125 a piece, and we have to buy about two to four sets a year." WSU Police Department Sgt. Robin Helton said she has unlocked many cars in her 11 years at WSU, and that she doesn't want people to feel stupid if they lock themselves out. "People are usually embarrassed that they've locked their keys in the car: 'I'm so sorry, I didn't mean to do it,' and 'I really appreciate you helping me out,'" Helton said. "I usually just say, 'You know what? It's no problem; it happens to everybody.' It's happened to me. I locked my keys in my police car and I had to have another officer come and open my police car for me." Helton estimated that the department unlocks one or two cars per day, but even more when it is raining or snowing. See Fee page 3 "It's a service that we're proud to provide. We care about those that come to Weber State and if they've got a problem like that and they're stranded, we want to assist them. The problem with that is, I encumber a lot of cost." Dane LeBlanc, WSU chief of police KlaflinrDffiaimi Mtai By Jason Staley managing editor The Signpost Although Hurricane Rita was not packing Katrina's punch, Rita's slap still washed up to Weber State University. Mike Moseman, a WSU junior majoring in geography who originates from the Houston area, felt the weight of die storm. With a wife and two kids, Moseman's little brother left the Houston area to avoid the storm Rather than drive out of town, his brother took his family to the airport and flew out on Thursday. "He said the airports are just crazy," Moseman said. At the airport, the family hit a stroke of luck when they were given a discount on their airfare. "It was supposed to be $288 a person and she only charged him for one," Moseman said. His brother asked the cashier if the price was correct and she confirmed it. Not everybody was as lucky as Moseman's brother. Many people were stuck in traffic for many hours on freeways and highways. Steven Gonzales, godfather to Tfie Signpost's features editor Jesica Medellin's son, was stuck in traffic leaving Galveston, Texas. Gonzales said it took his family 24 hours to drive what normally takes an hour and a half. "This is the first one (hurricane) I have evacuated (for) and this will be the last one," Gonzales said. "It was not worth the effort at all, it was unorganized." According to him, over a million people from three to four different counties evacuated using the same strip of highway. While escaping the storm, many vehicles ran out of gas or broke down on the highway. Gonzales and his convoy of four vehicles were able to avoid much tragedy. They had one car breakdown, but luckily they were in a place where they had friends. The one car was towed to a friend's house and the passengers loaded into the other three cars to continue the journey. Unlike many people, the convoy was able to keep their vehicles full of fuel and avoid the empty gas stations. "When we needed gas we would pull off the highway two or three miles into a little town to buy gas," he said. Medellin's father, Phil Reaves, took a different approach to the hurricane; he stuck to his guns and weathered it out in his home in Galveston County. "We're doing great, no problems at all," Reaves said. "The media panicked everyone." Galveston did face some damage: three historic buildings were destroyed, tree limbs were broken and the power was out. "It was like nature's way of cleaning up old limbs and leaves," Reaves said. On Saturday afternoon, Reaves, who is a Harley-Davidson owner, and some motorcycle-enthusiast friends went to help fix some minor damage on a friend's bar Most of Reaves' neighbors fled to avoid die storm. Knowing that he was going to stay, ten of them gave him their keys to watch over their houses. "I'm glad we stayed put," Reaves said. "We got propane and charcoal so we're grilling burgers and boiling shrimp tonight." On the other hand, Moseman said he is glad his brother fled the storm. "If it was a storm like Katrina, it would have been bad for Houston," Moseman said. "They have traffic like Los Angles." You can reach reporter Jason Staley by calling 626-76 14. Newspaper has growth spurt The Signpost has grown to the size of most newspapers. Tlie Signpost is now printed in Brigham City with the Box Elder News Journal. With that move came die need to increase the size of the newspaper. The Signpost has seen several changes with the beginning of the new school year. Due to rising printing costs, Vie Signpost's summer printer in Salt Lake City was no longer able to print the newspaper. After a mad scramble to find someone to print the Orientation issue, Tlie Signpost decided to temporarily print with Ogden's Standard-Examiner. The full-color pages were thanks to the Standard-Examiner's brand-new printing press. Unfortunately, brand-new presses require brand-new prices: Prices rlhe Signpost wasn't able to meet. So the newspaper packed up and headed up north once more to be printed in Brigham City for what the staff hopes will be the last move. With its increased size, The Signpost hopes to bring students more coverage of even ts on campus, utilizing even more pictures and graphics that will tell Weber State University's story. Regardless of size and printing constraints, The Signpost stays dedicated to providing students information about their campus. Whether it's covering the WSU news, the latest victory of the football team, a theater production staged solely by students, or any other news that affects students, 77t- Signpost staff will fill the newspaper whether its pages be big or small. :3 I ! V " ft "i ' ' . - 'I U 1 - ! sss ":!!! ' j Ml.,, 5 I - y l- i. f - w -4 , t 5 1 y - , - .' S"M.. 4 'i I r - "A Ajrk "7 Wendy Jones, WSU fitness center coordinator, right, teaches Norma Buchanan how to use the leg curl machine Saturday in the C. Williams Stromberg Center. Jones teaches the women's weight-training workshop. Healthy body helt create healthy mi 3 S) Opportunities to get in shape increase as WSU-Davis Campus opens fitness center Hy Brad Fitller and Blair Dee Hodges news stall' 7?e Signpost Sitting in class with a professor lecturing for hours on end can leave students with bottled-up energy and a need to exercise. Hut there is good news for the Weber State University-Davis Campus students: The WSU-Davis campus opened its brand-new fitness center at the beginning of the semester. "It's small, but it has some nice new equipment," said Laurcll Martinez, a WSU-Davis Campus office specialist. Martinez said for the last two years, Davis students requested there be a credible fitness center. "Students who were attending classes at the Davis campus needed a place to go and work out," said Wendy Jones, WSU Fitness ('enter coordinator. "It was difficult for them to go to the main campus." The faculty workroom was converted into a fitness center over the summer. The center has two cardio machines, a multi-press machine, rowing machine, leg machine and stretch machine. The equipment was paid for by student fees. See Healthy page '
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2005-09-26, Vol. 68, No. 19|
|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.|