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n V The(P Original student steps in 'Orthosis' 'Cats IkyU last year's 1 O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY Sec pauc 4 See page 5 WSU fa the Year i cranes r ' ty wd os Ufa sob- yu Psychology professor wins top honors By Maria Villasenor editor in chief The Signpost F.ric Amsel is the third Weber State University professor to be named Utah Professor of the Year in the last four years. "I'm really honored by it, by this experience," said die psychology department chair. "I'm not sure I fully believe it, I'm not sure I wonder whether I'm die best professor in die department, much more die state." MraES? DmiteinnisifilioisiD Emd n n rrr b n HUllfiffllM n fl( Documentary "Darfur Diaries" discusses the crisis in the Western region of Sudan By Natalie Rawlings correspondent The Signpost Several Weber State University students watched the documentary "Darfur Diaries," which kicked off Human Rights Week. Six million people jri Darfur, a region of Sudan, have entered refugee camps. "It is very sad," said Corrie Gomez, WSU history senior. "It is too much of a side note. Because of no politics are in the area, cries go unheard." The most shocking thing Gomez said she had seen was the killing of the litde kids. Amnesty founder shares world travels By Shayla Craig correspondent The Signpost t Tom Jones, a poet who is largely responsible for founding Amnesty International in the United States, spoke at Weber State University Nov. 15. He introduced Amnesty International and told of the many horrifying things he has witnessed in his travels across the world in hope to bring peace to oppressed countries. Amnesty International started more than four decades ago when two Portuguese students were sentenced to seven years in prison for raising a toast to freedom. This horrified British lawyer, Peter Benenson, who wrote to the British newspaper The Observer, called for an international campaign to bombard authorities around the world with protests about the "forgotten prisoners." In May of 1961, the newspaper launched his year-long campaign, calling it "Appeal for Amnesty 1961," asking people everywhere to protest against the imprisonment of men and women for their political or religious beliefs. Within a month, more than a thousand readers had sent letters of support, offers of help and details about many more prisoners. Within six months, a brief publicity effort was being developed into a ceaseless, international revolution. Within a year, the new organization had taken up 210 cases in seven countries, sending representatives to make arguments on behalf of prisoners. In 1977, the movement's efforts were recognized through the award of the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1978, it was honored with a United Nations Human Rights Award. Today, Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. The organization has a varied network of more than 1.8 million members and supporters in more than 150 countries around the world. They come from different backgrounds and have different political and religious beliefs, but they are united by a determination for a world where all people enjoy human rights. Tom Jones served as an international human rights lawyer and as a Washington representative for Amnesty International U.S.A. from 1972 to 1979. During that time, he served in several Amsel was n o m i n a t e d lor Professor of the Year, an award given by (he Carnegie Foundation for high-quality teaching, after being selected as Amsel received the award in Washington, U.C. yesterday. In 2005, Clinical laboratory Science Department Chair Yasmen Simonian was named professor of die year, and in 2003 that title was given to die Political Science and Philosophy Department Chair Frank Guliuzza. "I diink it's an incredible example of die quality faculty at Weber State University that we would receive this three out of four years," said WSU President E Ann Millner. die 200(5 WSU 1 linckley Fellow. The Hinckley award is annually given to a professor who demonstrates excellence in teaching, research and community service. "1 think Eric is committed to n n "Kids here have fun playing and going to the park," Gomez said. "The kids in Darfur are dunking from bombs." The documentary revealed that many Sudanese have tried to return to their villages and have been killed. They live in fear of being bombed again, so when they hear planes overhead, they run for the protection underneath a tree. Traditionally in die country, people would sit down and solve problems. Now, it is a conflict followed by violence. The Janjaweed is a militia some say is supported by the Muslim government, and it comes 1 ' ' " " '' '."!' " """" "y x t ,0 I s. - T um mniMU ';. ' Mr , i PIIOIOBY BRICE KELSCH THE SICNI'OST Stephen Bronson, a WSU undecided student, eats at the "Life's a Lottery" Hunger Banquet Nov. 16 in the Shepherd Union Building Gallery. Participants put tickets into a drawing; only three received a "first-world" ticket, allowing them to eat what is considered a healthy meal. The rest of the participants received rice, beans and a tortilla as a representation of the distribution of food around the world. This demonstrated how what people have to eat is somewhat of a "lottery." Bronson ate a "first-world" meal. human rights investigator commissions including Spain, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Egypt. "Amnesty International is independent of any government, political persuasion, economic interest or religious creed," Jones said. "It is a democratic, self-governing movement." During his travels in Spain, he spoke to many prisoners, both men and women who suffered the pains of being beaten with iron rods, burned with cigarettes and humiliated in public. Many of them received sexual threats and threats of harm to friends and family members. His duties included observing trials and meeting with government officials, researching the facts and investigating anyone who may have witnessed the really providing exceptional learning experiences for students in the classroom and out of die classroom," Millner said. She added that Amsel helps prepare students for graduate schools and careers through undergraduate research widi the "time and attention he devotes to combining teaching and research in a way that supports not only scholarly contributions to his field, but also exceptional learning experiences for students." T.J. Black, a WSU psychology senior, is working on a research project to study parents and children Eric Amsel n ra n n with camels, cars and guns. They take all the possessions and separate the children from dieir mothers and kill die fadiers. One of the villagers highlighted in die film is named Hawn. She is now living in Darfur and said she fears for her life every day. "The Janjaweed came to our village and broke our legs, brothers legs and took all of our possessions," Hawn said. Not only do diey suffer physically, they . suffer mentally from die problem in Darfur. Many can't sleep or eat because of the fear die Janjaweed would return. Family members are still missing since running from Janjaweed, and tiiis causes many mental issues. The male refugees have now started an See Darfur page 6 crime. "We rely on volunteer activists," Jones said, "people who donate their time and energy to work in solidarity with the victims of human rights abuses." Amnesty International's main objectives are: to ensure a prompt and fair trial for all political prisoners, to eradicate the death penalty, to abolish torture and other brutal, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, to end executions and "disappearances" and to fight impunity by working to ensure perpetrators of such abuses are brought to justice in accordance with international standards. You can leave a message for reporter Shayla Craig by calling 626-7655. in learning libraries. I Ie said Amsel 's help and guidance have been indispensable. "He never pushed us into anything," Black said. "It was always he wanted to help us decide what we wanted to do, and he helped us to get diere." Black took two classes with Amsel, and he said Amsel taught die courses with excitement. "I Ie shows the students that he's excited about it, that it's interesting to him," Black said. "That's just die spark for students to become interested and excited about it as well." Dating event for busy schedules WSU Student Association to hold speed dating activity Monday By Andrea Bean news editor The Signpost Students who are short on time may find "that special someone" on Monday, Nov. 20 when Weber State University will host a speed dating activity. The WSU Student Association's Arts and Lectures committee is sponsoring the event, which will be held at 12 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Building Gallery. Stefanie Schulz, vice president of arts and lectures, who came up with the idea, said she thought it would be a good way for students to socialize and get involved, which are the main goals of the WSU student government. "I think a lot of people here at Weber State like to meet new people," Schulz said, "and I think a lot of people here want to date, and so it's just kind a of good opportunity to do both." Speed dating gives students a chance to meet potential dating partners without commitment, according to Jose Gomez, WSU Student Legislation and Organizations coordinator. "It's basically we provide one small, organized opportunity to meet somebody you might connect with," Gomez said, "and if it goes somewhere, great, but if not, there is no obligation." During the activity, a male and a female student will sit across from each other. Schulz said they will be given a list Scholarship day By Amber Hall sr. news reporter The Signpost The purple and white balloons around the Weber State University campus last Wednesday were not there because the circus came to town, but it was the financial aid and scholarship offices that were hosting an event to help high school students get scholarships at WSU. On Nov. 15, WSU invited high school students from surrounding areas to the main campus to learn more about WSU and get scholarships. Students could find out about scholarships WSU offers, and also learn about other services WSU has. High school students came with teachers, parents and friends to get the day off of tiieir regular school schedule and to plan for a possible future school schedule at WSU. "I came to see what the school had to offer and see scholarship opportunities," said Clearfield High School student Nicule Strangfeld. Strangfeld said she would probably go to WSU because the university would offer her a scholarship, and it is close to home. The student ambassadors helped with Students may receive Students can receive free flu shots from both the Weber State University Davis and Ogden campuses today. The shots are available in Room 220 of the Davis Campus from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. At the Ogden Campus, flu shots will be be given at 8 a.m. while sup Black added that Amsel deserved die tide of Professor of the Year. "It's nice to see someone that I look up to get awarded for great work that he's done," Black said. Amsel has taught at WSU for 10 years, and he said the time here has been great. "It's been more than I had hoped," Amsel said. "I came looking for exacdy the kind of experience I was hoping to get here: to work closely with students, that I'd be able to do research and involve them." You can reach reporter Maria Villasenor by calling 626-7655. of possible conversation topics and questions, and they will have a certain amount of time to visit with each other. After the time is up, one of the genders will move to the next person in the row. Schulz, a WSU health promotion senior, said she thought the speed dating activity would promote Ruth Westheimer's visit to WSU on Nov. 27 at 10 a.m. in the Shepherd Union Building Gallery. Westheimer, known as Dr. Ruth, is a sex expert. She changed the media by openly discussing previously taboo subjects, according to Gomez. She has written well-known books such as "Dr. Ruth's Encyclopedia of Sex." Students who participate in the speed dating activity next week will be entered into a drawing, and they will have the opportunity to win gift certificates for date night activities. The drawing will be conducted after Westheimer's presentation, and students must attend the event to win. Ginnie Kim, a WSU freshman, said the activity would be a good opportunity to meet new people, which is helpful because she is shy. Dan Stewart, a WSU mechanical engineering freshman, also hopes to make new friends by participating. "It sounded interesting," Stewart said. "I'd never tried it before." You can reach reporter Andrea Bean by calling 626-7655. for future Wildcats directing students to the Shepherd Union Building's Gallery, where the event was held, and handed out scholarship applications to students. "This is for any high school students who wants to come," said WSU Student Ambassador Alyssa Arthur, who was handing out applications and giving information to students. A WSU Ambassador said one of die perks of coming to die event was tiiat the index score for students applying for a scholarship that day was dropped from 120 to 115. For one day, tiiis made more students eligible for a scholarship at WSU. Studentscouldalsopaythe$30application fee for applying for a scholarship. Along witii die scholarship and fir ancial aid offices, the Anthropology, Sociology and Students in Free Enterprise clubs have also been doing their share of helping high school students get into college. Members of the groups have been going to different high schools in the Ogden area to teach and help high school students fill out college applications. "I remember when I was in high school," said Chad Crus, president of SIFE. "I almost See Scholarship page 6 free flu shots today plies last in the Student Service Center, Room 190. To receive the shots, students need to bring their Wildcard ID. Staff and students' family members are not able to get flu shots. For more information, call 395-3443.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-11-17, Vol. 69, No. 39|
|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.|