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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY The y, 'i ' LU Full game jT" ' coverage Theater students showcase talent see page 5 see page 6 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2005 wsusignpost.com VOLUME 68 ISSUE 46 Glfa Slilllit if ilia By Jason Staley managing editor The Signpost Last fall, Weber State University took a hit in enrollment that caused a $1.4 million dent in the school's budget. The dent in die university's budget resulted in a slash in the budgets of programs across campus. "We had to make reductions," said Norm Tarbox, WSU vice president of administrative services. "We made reductions in accounts that are managed centrally and we also made reductions in college department and program budgets as well." This fall, the overall head count of enrollment dropped more than the previous year, but the budget is not suffering as much. In the fall of 2004, the enrollment dropped by 323 students; whereas this fall, enrollment decreased by 365 students. According to Tarbox, the overall head count is not what affects the budget; the Full-Time Equivalent number is what controls the budget. The FTE is found by adding all of the registered credit hours and dividing it by 15, which is a full-time load. . See Threatens page 3 Student Enrollment 18,Q0D : S i Xl 8,059 18,142 w.noo f 16,871 16,000 16,050 r i ,t 15,000 ' 14.984 " 14,613 14,000 " .. ',-"--4 : I, ,,.,,,:,' I 13,900 13.000 ; - 1997 1998 1999 200. 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 New student vp of events introduced SOUKl.L. WsU INS 1 1 1 Li I K )NAL KtStAKl I I Lady "Cats trump lions by 10 V : " i ? , I u : i ..... f . 4. v! t l.'fi ;, .'"Is - iff s r -M v-n -7-. .'. D'O --u'v PHOI'OB MEGAN CARDON Tilt SICNPUsr Jenna Criffitts pulls down a defensive board during the first half of 65-55. For most of the first half the 'Cats trailed their opponents Thursdays matchup with Loyola Marymount. Griffitts finished the but in the second half they came back and never lost sight of the game with 1 1 points and 4 rebounds. The Wildcats beat the Lions lead. See page 6 for the whole story. By Becky Palmer special assign, editor The Signpost The final meeting of Weber State University's Student Association General Assembly opened and closed with song Thursday and had an interlude of "thank yous" in between. About 50 student leaders kicked off the meeting with the WSU fight song and then settled down for lunch. The regularly scheduled program was accompanied by an announcement that the vacant vice president of events position has been filled. Peter Owen, WSU leadership and Purple Pak leader, will fill one of six vice president positions, taking Zach Warner's place. Owen will be responsible for activities like the annual Crystal Crest Awards and Ball and the upcoming Pajama Jam, happening Saturday night. "I'm excited," Owen said. Owen was one of three students who applied for the position; interviews were completed yesterday. "We felt that any one of them would have done a great job, but Pete stood out," Ryan Starks said. Starks, WSU Student Association president, thanked the assembled leaders for their help throughout the semester; he also touted some accomplishments. The block party, held at the beginning of the semester, won a national award for "Best Party," he announced. A WSU Student Association float, featured in the Christmas celebration parade, was awarded with the "Best Theme" title. Also, the Ogden City Council, at the request of student leaders, designated "Homecoming Week." "I think we've done a good job this semester," Starks said. Toni Weight, WSU vice president of student affairs who will be retiring after next semester agreed with Starks. "Without the leadership of the students, we would not be the institution that we are," she said. Weight spoke about leadership to the assembled student leaders, giving advice on three levels. Leaders must have qualities of courage and integrity, she said. They must also have the desire to lead. "Leadership requires an inherent commitment to influence people, processes and outcomes," Weight said. Many of the world's most influential people have all had this quality of desire. "If you draft people who don't really have that fire in the belly to do this, you're not getting the best leaders," Weight said. On the second level, Weight said leaders must have skills with working in groups. They need vision and empathy as well as the ability to create atmosphere. Lynlee Robinson, WSU cabinet relations director, agreed, in a different portion of the meeting. "You have to have a goal, a plan," Robinson said. Weight said the third level of leadership concerns skills. Good leaders must be good communicators, she said. Leaders must also be good at delegation. Weight spoke about Napoleon Bonaparte's loss at the Battle of Waterloo. He might have won the battle, she said, if he had better delegated the leadership of a cavalry charge. Instead, he took a nap. The final necessary skill Weight mentioned was the ability to make decisions and live with the results. "It is a very important piece of this," Weight said. "It took leadership for Starks to veto a bill this semester." In other news, all members of the general assembly will be held to strict meeting attendance requirements next semester. The general assembly will meet Jan. 12 at noon in the Wildcat Theater, and then every first Thursday of the month. Senators are already being held to an attendance requirement of 80 percent. The meeting closed with attendees bidding "Happy Holidays" and a rendition of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," led by Karleton Munn, WSU Student Association chief of staff. You can reach reporter Becky Palmer by calling 626-7655. Professor suspects birds suffered deaths by window By Maria Villasenor editor in chief The Signpost Though the recent sight of five dead cedar waxwings at Weber State University struck some students as odd, Jon Cavitt often finds and collects dead birds all across campus. "I do walk around those buildings periodically, just because if there is a dead bird, I want it for our ornithology collection," said Cavitt, a WSU zoology professor, of the Wattis Business Building and others. "What we do is we take advantage of that situation whenever we can and add that bird to the collection. Because we use it in teaching." He said he usually finds a few specimens during the fall and spring, the migration season for birds, which have accidentally flown into windows. Cavitt gathers the birds for his collections, which are housed in several drawers in a room near his office in the Engineering Education Building and ready for show in his ornithology classes. The cedar waxwings were found outside the cast entrance of die Shepherd Union Building last month, just yards away from the new glass entrance of die Stewart Library. Cavitt suspects the cedar waxwings died after flying into a window in the new entrance. I le found one dead near die entrance a week after die first five were found. "It is a problem in all kinds of buildings like that with the highly reflective glass," Cavitt said. Several measures are available to deter die birds from the windows, including putting an owl-eyed silhouette on die glass or using high-pitched sounds, but Cavitt said those options were less feasible. "The easiest way, and what I've suggested, is thai maybe we just remove those trees and prevent the birds from even wanting to go over there," Cavitt said. "That would be the easiest solution, because you're making a bad situation worse by attracting birds into that area. I know of course those trees were there to begin vvidi, so diat certainly wasn't the intent, but I think that is what has happened." Removing those trees is not an option, said' Rick Wade, WSU Facilities Management services group manager. "We love birds," Wade said. "One of the reasons we plant trees on campus is to attract birds and wild life and things of that nature. But it's just not at all reasonable to be taking out that amount of trees." Wade said the alternative options to deterring birds would compromise die function of die glass entrance. Netting or other obstructions would prevent maximum sunlight from entering die building, which Wade said defeats the purpose of using the windows to allow solar gain as light and heat during the winter. "Our hope is, and our understanding is that, overtime, birds will acclimate to their new surroundings," Wade said. See Death page 3 'Welcome to the jungle' 'Fast Food Nation' author bemoans meat-packing industry standards By Wendy Wilson correspondent The Signpost Ogden's history of meat packing was shown in a new light Thursday. Investigative reporter Eric Schlosser spoke to about 200 people in the Weber State University Shepherd Union Ballrooms. Schlosser is the author of "Fast Food Nation," a book that gives an inside look at the workings of the fast food industry in the United States. The book, published in 2001, spent over two years on the New York Times bestseller list. Schlosser's speech was an extension of a summer reading program WSU implemented this year for incoming freshmen. Approximately 100 students who signed up for the program received a free copy of "Fast Food Nation." Students and faculty met in reading groups to discuss the book. Schlosser said Thursday when he wrote die book, he had no idea who would read it or how successful it would become. Schlosser chose to talk about what he considers the most important part of the book the meat-packing industry. See Jungle page 3 "We can all eat steak, but the blood on our plates should only come from the animals and not from the workers." Eric Schlosser, author J I'l loll) in MAI 1 CLASS llll . Eric Schlosser, author of "Fast Food Nation," speaks to hundreds of students.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2005-12-02, Vol. 68, No. 46|
|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.|