Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-07-031
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-( WSU poet gets published See page 4 WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY Quarterback comes to WSU from Alabama See page 6 n. -;-, vs -a Ttr t pos n Co nan f7Z JTZ nZ ff f fc 1 ft t 1 MMfl Mil K 4 J u New program aims to help students achieve success in developmental classes By Lori Burningham sr. news reporter The Signpost The Weber State University Mathematics Department has teamed up with the College of Science to create a new developmental math program. Beginning July 7, developmental (remedial) math courses 950, 955, and 960, will be separated from college mathematics, into their own department. It is also consistent with the National Association of Developmental Education (NADE) requirements for certification of various developmental programs at Weber State University, which Weber has been pursuing the last couple of years. The 2007-08 academic year will be a transition year for the separation of the mathematics department and the Developmental Mathematics Program. Dr. John Thaeler will serve as interim chair of the new program and Dr. Kent Kidman will assist in the transition. "Students at Weber come unprepared for college math," said Dr. Kent Kidman, head of the math department. "Whether because of the nationalschool district standards which only require two years of math in secondary grades, lapse of many years since last math classes there is a high decay rate: when you don't use it you lose it or as an older student with less of a foundation in Math, there is need for greater focus on the developmental classes." College of Science Dean Dr. Dale Ostlie said he believes that Weber State will join the national community of researchers studying the need and facilitation of developmental math programs. "It is anticipated that with Weber State's unique complement of a large student population requiring developmental mathematics coursework," Ostlie said, "and the presence of research faculty with expertise in educational theories and practices in higher education, we can be a significant contributor to the national dialogue and growing body of carefully validated research in developmental education in math." Ostliereferstoanarticleentitled, "Research In Developmental Education" published by Appalachian State University, NationalCenterforDevelopmental Education, Volume 20, Issue 4 See math page 5 Campus group raises money for cancer patient Robin Watkins Transplant fund gets boost from local crafters By Shane Stevenson news editor The Signpost The Student Service building hosted the latest fundraising effort for WSU employee Robin Watkins' liver transplant surgery. A homemade craft sale was held Wednesday in the northeast lobby of the building. Dozens of people showed up to the sale, opening their hearts and their checkbooks for a good cause. "We've had a pretty good morning," said Cindy Meyer, who helped organize the event. "By 9:45 we had already sold about three-fourths of the stuff." Meyer said that in addition to purchasing crafts, many people had simply donated money. "Several people have been very generous," Meyer said. "One lady had a purchase of maybe $30 and wrote a check for $100." Weber State University employees and students, along with members of the community, donated the crafts for the event. Everything from hand-painted dinner plates to felted purses and ornate wall hangings were sold at the event. Several baked goods were also donated. WSU registration See crafts page 9 Sodexho 'eaters to WSU Chartwells replaced by "a company of service and hospitality11 J -V "''y PHOTO BY MATT CLASS THt SIGNPOST The south entrance to the food court at the Shepherd Union Building. Retail food services will be unavailable July 2-6 while facilities are changed over. During this time Sodexho will provide a complimentary snack bar and beverages. Retail food services will reopen July 9. By Misty Evans and Molly Bennett staff The Signpost Culinary change is in progress at Weber State as the university switches food providers from Chartwells to Sodexho. Bill Massullo has worked as the site general manager of Sodexho for one week. I Ie said he learned that the word "Sodexho" is an acronym for a French phrase which, loosely translated in English, means "a company of service and hospitality." "I am hoping to make an impact from a food stance," Massullo said. He is looking forward to the new food facilities once the Shepherd Union Building is finished, which he toured last week. Massullo's background includes working in a high vegan and vegetarian population. He said regarding the new menu that he is an advocate of fresh and healthy. He said he is open to new ideas regarding what food Sodexho will offer and is susceptible to change according to what people want. On June 29, the food area at the Student Union was closed, yet the area was full of people sitting around tables filling out forms. Some of the people at the tables were familiar faces that had worked at-Chartwells; many have agreed to stay at WSU and work for Sodexho. Massullo was sitting at a small table, interviewing a prospective employee. "We are really busy just trying to get everyone hired," Massullo said, "All weekend we will be here. Sodexho is hiring almost everyone who worked for Chartwells, and so they have to fill out the appropriate paperwork and we have people coming in to be interviewed." According to Massullo, the positive aspect of hiring employees that have worked here previously is that they are familiar with the facility and the people. The negative aspect is yet to be seen. Andrew Fuchs worked as the catering director for Chartwells. He has been involved with making the transition smooth. "The contract is over and so we are See food page 5 i Hybrid made at Weber State University races to world record Ford escort-turned hybrid by WSU CEET department boasts current speed record By Jestina Clayton sr. news reporter The Signpost A Ford Escort, modified by WSU's Computer and Electronics Engineering Technology Department (CEET) and made a hybrid, will compete against Honda and Toyota hybrids in the Bonneville Salt Flats hybrid race on August 8. The Escort was one of 35 vehicles that Ford donated in 1992 to universities around the country to encourage student competition in creating fuel efficient vehicles. The modification of the Escort to a hybrid was part of a senior project that was done by 12 students and three faculty members in the CEET department. "The students were very creative and came up with an ingenious technology," said CEET Department Chairman and program adviser Bill Clapp. "Ford recognized that and gave them first place." Clapp was one of the faculty members involved in the project. Clapp said he wanted to display the car at the end of die project but the dean of CEET told him "to get rid" of the Escort. Clapp said he put the first 5000 miles on the Escort when he drove it around to universities in Utah and a college in Wyoming, for educational purposes. In 2001, WSU sold the Escort to Brent Singleton who later drove the car to win the world land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats hybrid race. This year, Singleton will drive the Escort to maintain the car's world speed record. Singleton, who is now the Alternative Fuel Events Coordinator for Bonneville Salt Flats, went on to add wind and solar power to the Ford, which he aptly named a "quadbrid." Singleton said the Escort is fuel-efficient because it gets power from four sources. "I always wanted my first car to not only be environmentally friendly, but fast," Singleton said. Singleton said his father bought the car for him while he was in high school. He said the Escort, using both solar and wind power, recharged while he was in his high school classes. Singleton said he is concerned about air quality, the environment and health-related issues, and he said he wants to reduce the emissions that he puts in the air. In June this year, a company called Utah Vital Signs released the results of a nine-month study that measures Utah's environmental footprint. Sandra Mclntyre, director of Utah Vital Signs, said, "The state has gone into ecological deficit." The study, which looked at data from 1993 through 2003, concluded that Utahns use 1 1 percent more natural resources than the average American. A tax credit to consumers who buy hybrids is one way that some in Congress are seeking to address concerns for the environment. Senators Orrin Hatch, Barrack Obama, and Maria Cantwell introduced an energy bill that would provide tax breaks for consumers who buy hybrid cars, and vehicles that can run on bio-diesel. See hybrid page 5 I A' 4&. ' V t - & - si r V' PHOTO SOL'KO BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS EVENT COORDINATOR Brent Singleton, alternative fuel events coordinator for Bonnevile Salt Flats. News in Grief Student senate seeks reresentatives TheWeberStateUniversity student senate is looking for candidates to fill positions for the 2007-2008 school year. The senate currently has four open positions: Asian Pacific Islander, Non-traditional, Residence Halls, and Traditional. In order to qualify for positions on the senate students must be currently enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours, and must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Senators representing an ethnic constituency must be registered with WSU under that ethnicity. Non-traditional senators must fulfill one or more of the following: 25 years of age or older, marrieddivorced, and has children. The Residence-Halls senator must be living in the residence halls during his or her period of service. Student senate applications are available in the Student involvement and Leadership office (SU 419), services for non-traditional students (SC 1 54) , services for multicultural students (SC 150), and the housing office (SC 154). The application deadline is Thursday, July 12. NASA awards grant to VIS'J BrCt 35SGT Assistant professor John Armstrong of the WSU physics department was recently the recipient of two research grants. The grants were awarded by the NASA-run Mars Data Analysis Program and will fund two projects led by Armstrong. One grant will help Armstrong, along with undergraduate students from WSU, in analyzing data from spacecrafts to try to determine possible locations for water on Mars. The other grant will fund the development of software to modelplanetsaround stars outside of the solar system. Current software programs are difficult to use and require extensive training to operate. Armstrong hopes to create a more user-friendly program. Concert, fireworks scheduled for July 15 Weber State University's 29th annual pops concert and fireworks, sponsored by the Lindquist family, is scheduled for July 15. The concert will feature the New American Symphony Orchestra and will begin at 9 p.m. at the Ada Lindquist Pla.a. The concert will run for 60 minutes and will be accompanied by fireworks. The concert will be broadcast live on WSU s radio station, KWCR88.1 I'M. On-campus parking is limited. The A-l lot, north of Lindquist Plaza, will be reserved for handicapped parking. Additional parking will be available at the Dee Events Center. No saving of spaces will be allowed before 6 p.m. Saturday, July 14. Anything placed on campus grounds before this time will be removed. Guests are asked not to use stakes or tent pegs to secure ground coverings. No personal fireworks are allowed at the event. For more information contact WSU Special Project Coordinator Marsha Richter at 626-6573 or mrichter2weber.edu.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-07-03, Vol. 70, No. 4|
|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.|