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A day in the life of a janitor page 4 tout nr c Weber State University v. r sS I liens in Brief Vladimir Ezhov taught swimming at WSU for four months GNPOST mm By Jackie Jensen correspondent The Signpost Friday's dorm activity held at the swimming pool in the Swenson Gym served two purposes. One was to provide a fun place for on-campus residents to mingle. The other was to honor and say goodbye to Russian lifeguard and swim teacher Vladimir Ezhov. "We will miss him terribly," said Weber State University aquatic manager, Kathy Allen. Ezhov came to WSU last May to participate in the English as a Second Language summer program. Now that the summer has ended the 1 9-year-old lifeguard and swimming instructor will head back to Nizhniy Novgorod, his hometown in Russia. Ezhov, who lived with his sister during his stay, explained that he was not thinking about what he'd do for work when he first came to the United States. "My sister said, 'you have a choice,'" Ezhov said, '"you can work cleaning restrooms or work as a lifeguard', and I said 'I prefer working lifeguard.'" Ezhov was a competitive team swimmer in Russia for 7 years before he came to WSU to teach and lifeguard. "Now I just do it for me and for fun," Ezhov said. Once enrolled at WSU, Ezhov began taking lifeguard and swimming classes on campus. "He didn't know how to speak very much English at first," said Allen, "so we gave him a chance to learn the skills and lifeguard and his sister was there a lot of the time translating for us." His sister, who is attending WSU on 13 ( i nrrrr 7 f - "' '-it "t 1 Y "f '- t " f v ( i -. A PHOTO SOURCE: KATHY ALLEN Above: ESL student, lifeguard and competitive swimmer Vladimir Ezhov demonstrates the butterfly stroke at the swimming pool in the Swenson Gym. Ezhov came to the United States from Russia to study English at WSU. He returns to Russia Wednesday. scholarship, did not have to translate for long. "He caught on very easily to everything, and he learned English well," Allen said. Ezhov then began teaching swimming lessons and water safety courses to kids. Ezhov made many friends while attending WSU and working at the pool. "He's never boring that's for sure," friend and fellow lifeguard Nick Southwick said. "He's always fun to be around, and he's absolutely amazing at the butterfly." Ezhov's swimming skills were not the only thing that earned him respect from his colleagues. "He's very sweet, and very humble," Allen said. "He's just so dedicated, and very responsible. He was always there when someone needs coverage for a shift. We've enjoyed having him." After Ezhov finishes up his sociology degree in Russia, he said he hopes to come back to WSU to pursue a degree in business administration. Ezhov explained that he feels comfortable here after his experience over the summer. "All the teachers are nice and friendly and it feels like home." Ezhov said. "And the same with my job. Everyone is polite. I do not feel alone or afraid or that kind of thing. Everybody is friendly here. Before I came to the U.S., I thought everyone would think, 'a Russian?' But it was not that way at all. I'm so sorry that I can't stay and be part of student life here." Ezhov said that he has made more than just friends over the summer. In Ezhov's words, "We are like a family here." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com ara-tiw Plans for bachelor's of engineering at CEET By Hyrum Rappleye correspondent The Signpost Bryce Laing, 18, is looking for a university to attend but his choices are limited by his field of study. "I want to study engineering, but I need to start my generals first," Liang said. As a prospective engineering major there are few universities that have a bachelor's program to acomodate him. Weber State University may soon be one of them. "Assuming the program is approved by the end of 2007, the beginning date will be fall semester 2008," said Kirk Hagen, pre-engineering program adviser who assisted in developing the new program. WSU already has a pre-engineering program. Once the new program is in place, engineering students can begin working towards the program's core requirement of 51 credit hours. Engineering students who wish to earn a bachelor's degree in engineering will choose one of two concentrations: See CEET page 5 HPHP and College of Education get master's in athletic training By Hilary Felsted correspondent The Signpost Starting fall semester of 2008, Weber State University will offer a master's degree in athletic training. The new program will be the second master's program in the college of education and the first for the department of health promotion and human performance (HPHP). The program will be unique in that students do not need a bachelor's degree in athletic training to apply for the master's program. "It's going to bring so many good things to the university," said Stephanie Heath, recruiter for the College of Education. "You don't have to have an athletic training degree in order to get this master's degree." The program at WSU will be the only entry-level athletic training master's degree program in Utah and the bordering states. "It gives students another option," See Train page 5 At 379 Spiral Jetty still inispirim Earth sculpture revered, studied by art community By Jestina Clayton and Paul Clayton The Signpost Whether it is called the "quintessential earth art" or a "giant cinnamon bun," the Spiral Jetty, now 37 years old, is still giving meaning to visitors. "The Spiral Jetty is literally grounded in the lake," said English Professor Michael Wutz, "and the art has claim to authenticity because it is stationary and is meant to blend in with its surrounding." In 1970, Robert Smithson, an artist from New York, began constructing the "Immobile Cyclone" or "Spiral Jetty," which has been hailed as the "icon of land art," and "the quintessential heroic gesture in the landscape." "It was at the site of the Spiral Jetty class to visit the Spiral Jetty because that I came to understand my place in "eventually this work won't be there it the world," said Kyle Charlesworth, WSU will fall apart over time." senior studying English. He said the Angelika Pagel, a professor of visual " A .-. . f Jetty gave him the chance to process information, particularly at a time when his generation is faced with information overload through the media. Charlesworth,editor-in-chief of the Metaphor last year, said he visited the Spiral Jetty in spring 2006 because his friend was an enthusiast. "It was somewhat soggy when I got there, but the sacrifice of getting there makes you pay attention to it," Charlesworth said. He also said it was hard for him to "find the beauty of the Spiral Jetty," then he came to appreciate the mixing of nature and art. Smithson, who was born in New Jersey in 1938, died at the age of 35 in a helicopter crash in Texas. Wutz said he has invited his contemporary American literature , A. a t. .Mi mM art at WSU who has written essays on the Jetty, said Smithson created the Spiral Jetty in reaction to the arguments of the art critics in the 1960s who said "pure art" is known by its shapes and materials. "TheSpiral Jetty wasand is a reaction against this authoritarian and limiting definition of art because it celebrates symbology rather than self-reference, site-specificity rather than universality and impermanence rather than timelessness," Pagel said in an essay. Smithson used black basalt rocks and earth from near the Great Salt Lake to create a coil 1500 feet long and 15 feet wide that stretches out counterclockwise See Jetty page 5 J Issues Forum focuses on 9-11 The Honors Department will host an issues forum at noon on Sept. 1 1 in the Stewart Library Special Collections. The forum, which is titled "Is it Time to Forgive 9 11," is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Michael at 430-0635. Mayors come to Utah for environmental summit Dozens of mayors from across the United States will gather at Utah's third annual "Sundance Summit" from Sept. 9th-11th. The purpose of the gathering is to educate city government officials on sustainability practices and other environmental issues. The summit, ' which will take place at Robert Redford's Sundance Preserve, is hosted in part by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives. ICLEI is an international organization comprised of more than 630 cities, towns, and counties that have made a commitment to sustainable development. Nontraditional Student Center presents workshops for public The Nontraditional Student Center is hosting a variety of activities this week. Thursday at noon in the south lobby of the Student Services Center, Arene Newman will present a workshop called "Activities to do With Your Kids." Newman has ten years of experience as director of Your Community Connection (YCC) and has also worked with the Head Start program. At 5:30 p.m. onThursday, also in the south lobby, United Studios of Self Defense will teach "Self Defense and Safety." Friday at 9 a.m. there will be a progressive breakfast beginning in room 164 of the Student Services Center. All activities are open to the public and are free of charge. Nike former vice president to speak at Davis Campus Curt Roberts, WSU assistant provost and former vice president of Nike, will speak as part of the Executive Lecture Series. The lecture will take place at 5:30 p.m. today at the Davis Campus, room 110. Roberts graduated from WSU in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in economics. He then attended Harvard where he received an MBA. Roberts has served as a member of WSU's National Advisory Council since 2000 and as vice provost since 2004.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-09-10, Vol. 73, No. 14|
|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.|