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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY The Trainers help athletes excel see page 6 Hurry! Voting Ends Friday At Noon! FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2006 wsusignpost.com VOLUME 68 ISSUE 82 n WMQ. SW3'Q))B O il Stalls Injured feral cat draws attention to volunteer efforts By Rebecca Palmer sr. news reporter The Signpost About 12 wild undomesticated cats have been living on the campus of Weber State University for at least a decade, said members of a volunteer group who care for the cats. The cats live quiet lives, hiding in bushes and occasionally sunning themselves, but darting away whenever they see humans. They are rarely noticed by the campus community, said Judy King, volunteer group head and WSU employee. "Don't try to treat them like a domesticated cat," King said. "And it's best if you don't try to feed them any food scraps." For several years the cats went unnoticed, said WSU Police Detective Sgt. Robin Helton. But several weeks ago, one of the cats was attacked and badly injured. Now, part of the cat's face is missing, and the cat is struggling to recuperate. The cat lives near Building 1 and is cared for primarily by WSU French associate professor Cheryl Hansen, who was part of a team that was able to capture the cat and take it to a veterinarian assistant who prescribed antibiotics. The cat is taking the antibiotics through its food, but is having trouble recovering. Its struggles have elicited the sympathy of several people. Police have received at least five calls from concerned students, but the police have been unable to catch the cat, Helton said. The South Ogden Police animal control unit was called at least, once over concern for the cat, but they too were unable to capture it. The good news is that if the cat is able to run quickly enough to evade capture, it's probably doing well, Helton said. But on the other hand, it looks quite pitiful. "They the people who call feel like the animal is suffering, and I totally understand that," she said. "They want to get it help." King said people concerned about the well-being of any of the cats that live on campus should call Judy King at 626-6189, or her co-volunteer Bob King at 626-6865. But chances are unless another is injured, no one will notice the cats. First, they are unfriendly and do not like humans, but also they are well cared for, King said. "Members of the volunteer organization visit the feeding stations several times per week," she said. "They see strange behaviors and they see problems." The cats, though cared for by WSU staff, are not sponsored by the university in any way, King said. The volunteer group pays for the food and treatment, and works independently of any university program. But the cats have been around long enough to become part of the university history. King's group cares for the cats for a few reasons, one of them to continue the tradition of having the cats on campus. Another reason is that the cats, if left completely in a wild state, might leave things like dead badgers on campus. They may also become ill and die if they are not fed, King said. One of the cats is probably 15 years old, King said. Another, the youngest, showed up when Lampros Hall was under construction. , The cats become feral if they are never domesticated, King said. The cats that live on campus now were probably born in the wild. They may be descendents of housecats that were released on Country Hills Drive years ago, King said. But though some cats left in the wild survive, most do not, King said. If an animal is accustomed to being fed and sheltered, it will almost certainly die if left in the wild. Members of the WSU community are encouraged to contact law enforcement about any serious situations with the cats or any other campus wildlife, Helton said. WSU law enforcement can be reached by calling 626-6460 for emergencies, or 626-8925 for non-emergencies. You can leave a message for reporter Rebecca Palmer by calling 626-7655. -I . III. . II II . IJIWl l i l. I MI' I HI .IIU, ; .. .. --' ' V ; ' ' ' . . J f j il . a llik 1 L.i, ,...,! Jammin' with Honors (Top) Robert Barney sings his original song "Salt Lake City Blues" while playing the guitar. Barney, WSU music major, played three original songs that evening from his musical group Storm Haven. (Right) Paul Edward Clayton, wearing a traditional Irish tartan from County Mayo in Ireland, plays a medley of Scottish songs on the bagpipes and later played Irish tunes. Clayton is the Honors Issues Forum chairman for the Honors Program and also played the harpsichord earlier in the evening. The two musicians were part of "An Evening with the Honors." The event was coordinated by Steve Bagley, social cultural chairman for the program, to share student talent with the Weber State University community. Students in the Honors Program shared their abilities, but students outside of the program were invited as well. The showcases included acoustic guitar, poetry reading, monologues and a sneak peek of "Happy Feet," an independent movie co-produced by Bagley. Bagley said the event will become an annual tradition to provide a free and entertaining variety show for WSU. w A J w PHOtObBY MAKIA VILLASENOR Iht iUHUr New degree added to WSU Philosophy major OK' d, two master's programs on way By Maria Villaserlor editor in chief The Signpost A bachelor's of philosophy will now be an undergraduate option at Weber State University. The undergraduate degree was a consideration ten years ago, a pitch five years ago and was approved last month by the Board of Regents. "Certainly in the college of social and behavioral sciences and across the campus, this major is seen as a very welcome, a huge addition to Weber State University," said Frank Guliuzza, WSU Department of Political Science and Philosophy chairman, who also said the program will better serve students interested in that field. A philosophy minor was available, but it didn't fill the needs for many students interested in pursuing philosophy. These students had to settle for another major if they wanted to study at WSU students like Rachel Robinson. "I was always interested in having that be my major, but I wanted to stay at Weber State 'cause I love the school, so there was sort of that tension, so it's good the major came along so I can stay here," she said. Though Robinson is currently majoring in political science, switching majors in her senior year shouldn't take her more time to finish at WSU. Even though she only needed 21 credit hours to fulfill her minor, Robinson has taken a major's worth of courses because she said she enjoyed philosophy. "Well, I took the introduction to philosophy and got hooked on that, and then as I've taken the more advanced courses, I've gotten excited about subjects like metaphysics and epistemology," Robinson said. "And I'm planning to go to grad school in philosophy which makes it great that we just got a major." Metaphysics is the study of the nature of existence, reality and being; epistemology deals with the study of the nature of knowledge and the limitations that exist in understanding. The new major won't differ too much from the minor; only one or " two classes will be added to the course offerings, and students will need to take more electives to fulfill the 36-credit requirement. "We had a very comprehensive minor," said Richard Greene, WSU associate professor of philosophy. A full department-load of courses is offered, and the minor already required a senior capstone seminar from students. "We felt that that was an important class for people getting a degree from Weber State would ought to have," Greene said of the senior capstone course. Greene and Guiluzza said the new bachelor's degree has been well received by the university and others. Throughout the bachelor's degree process, Greene said the program was unanimously approved in WSU Faculty Senate, WSU President's Council, WSU Board of Trustees meetings and the final Board of Regents meeting. Gaining regents' approval required the department to show the university budget could sustain the program, had support from other universities and that the program had labor market demands. Greene said there is a lot of diversity in the marketplace for a liberal arts education in business, See Degree page 3 Activities promote alcohol responsibility By Andrea Bean asst. news editor The Signpost Weber State University students and community members had the opportunity to learn about the dangerous effects of alcohol abuse Thursday by attending the National Alcohol Screening Day. The activity was held in the Shepherd Union Building Rooms 338 to 340. At least 135 people filed in throughout the morning and afternoon to have a counseling session with WSU counselors, pick up information on alcohol and other potentially harmful substances, play games explaining the effects of alcohol and eat a variety of snacks. WSU's Counseling and Psychological Services Center and the Health F.ducationDrug and Alcohol Program, which is part of the student health center, sponsored the event. National Alcohol Screening Day is a campaign created to generate awareness of the dangers of drinking alcohol irresponsibly and to reduce the effects of hazardous habits, said Dianna Rangel, WSU Counseling and Psychological Services Center director. Colleges, health care centers and mental health centers nationwide held alcohol screening events. "Basically, the push is to get information available to folks who might not otherwise seek it out for themselves," Rangel said. According to a 2005 Utah Higher Fducation Behavioral Health Survey, 67 percent of WSU students said they have not drank alcohol over the past year. Fight percent of students said they drank one alcoholic beverage per week and 0.3 percent said they drank at least one alcoholic beverage per day in 2005. About 15 percent of students said they participated in binge drinking in 2005. "Binge drinking in particular is something that we would really like to address and decrease, and holding big outreach events like this to provide students with information about how dangerous binge drinking can be, for example, isjustoneofthe ways that we try to get that message out so that students can be safe," Rangel said. Three games were organized to demonstrate the effects alcohol has on the body. In one game, "Beer Goggle Olympics," people had to walk around soda bottles wearing "beer goggles." The game was intended to show participants how alcohol affects motor coordination. People also had the opportunity to throw balls at a poster of a brain and drop plastic keys into glass jars. These activities demonstrated how alcohol affects the brain and judgment. Pamphlets about alcohol were See Alcohol page i 1 ' " " " 1 'II " rV - ' ' 'A V - f .3eC I ... - - M V ) m MAI I i.iavs mi sn,i WSU sophomore business finance major Mike Keysor throws a suction cup dart while wearing beer goggles that simulate impairment as his friend Rheanon Bookout watches.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-04-07, Vol. 68, No. 82|
|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.|