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The O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY . Tax tips for students See page 4 ','4 Jf,'.:l;i-. 't r WSU's Patten to compete in NCAA dunks See page 6 r Student research in the spotlight Studied topics include gender and communication, bird anatomy, a physician PI IUIU BKiCb KtLbCH I lit l..l'ltol Weber Slate University student Amiko Uchida gives a brief presentation "The Structure and Function of Syringeal Muscles in European Starlings" during the Fourth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium held Monday. Uchida presented the study on syringeal, or hyper twitch, muscles with Karalee Lemmon, Josh McFarland, Brent Cooper and Franz Goller. By Hilary Schram correspondent The Signpost More than 100 Weber State University students participated in the Fourth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium Monday at the Shepherd Union Building. Students gave oral presentations or designed posters to show what research they had done. WSU Communication Professor Becky Johns said she tries to make research projects part of her class and encouraged students to present their research in poster form so they can participate in the symposium. "So much of what our students do is research," Johns said. "It becomes more than just in the classroom." Johns also said it is a good way to challenge students who wouldn't otherwise do research projects. She said some students have gone on to present at national conventions, which provides the student with a good opportunity to present their research and gives WSU a good reputation as an institution. WSU sociology senior Lori Lundell took part in two oral presentations of research See Research page 7 Faculty also display studies and research Geosciences' Eaton gives 'Last Lecture,' faculty forum follows By Shayla Craig correspondent The Signpost The Weber State University Third Annual Last Lecture and Faculty Forum washeldTuesday in celebration of scholarship and creative activities. "This is a fine opportunity to showcase the scholarly work of Weber State University faculty," said Michael Vaughan, Weber State University Provost. The forum is an opportunity to see the range of intellectual interests and accomplishments of WSU faculty. "Our faculty research efforts span a variety of activities," Vaughan said. "Theoretical and empirical research that advances the discipline, creative activities, collaborative research with other faculty and students, and research that focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning." WSU Geosciences Professor Jeff Eaton kicked off the forum with his "Last Lecture; A Brief History of Life." The lecture detailed the history of life including its origin, the major developments in life over the past 3.8 billion years and a perspective on the future of life. "I usually give this lecture to middle school students," Eaton said. "It of course is a ridiculous idea to present this much information in only an hour." The lecture spanned from the origin of life, which began with a chemical experiment, according to the lecture. Many other presenters showcased their work at the forum including, Susan Alexander with, "The Influence of Technology on Reflective Learning." Her research examined the levels of reflective practice that takes place when students use two different types of technology as their methods of reflective journaling. Her evidence suggested that the electronic format influenced die student's ability to engage in reflective thinking and development of critical thinking skills. WSU Communication Professor Becky Johns presented, ' "Learning by Immersion: Performances of Civic Engagement at WSU." Her research reported the outcomes of two experimental learning activities combining the pedagogies of civic engagement See Faculty page 10 V I V. i ij. PHOIO BY MARIA VILLASENOR IHt iK.NFOif Right to left: Rick DeMoss, Weber State University automotive technology faculty; Chris Bentley, Environmental Club president; Brent Singleton, WSU freshman and electric car designer; Kent Jorgensen, of the Utah Transit Authority; Raul Eberle, WSU respiratory therapy faculty; and Bryan Dorsey, WSU geography faculty, gathered to discuss WSU's transportation plan as well as challenges facing transportation along the Wasatch Front. i mm, mm mmM '9 Professors, students, staff, community members discuss a campus transportation plan By Shirrel Cooper sr. news reporter The Signpost Though construction has been common at Weber State University the past few years, the end doesn't appear to be near. WSU will be taking on six more major construction projects to make Weber a better school for future Wildcats. Two of these projects, The Transportation Plan and the Llarrison Boulevard Project, are intended to make the commute to WSU better for those not living on campus. "The Transportation Master Plan is a planning tool developed by the university to help guide our efforts as we plan for moving people on and off campus," said Associate Vice President for FacilitiesCampus Planning Kevin Hansen, "and how we accommodate parking, bicycles, pedestrians, publictransportation, and other modes of getting people to and from campus." He was a guiding member of the committee assembled by WSU to develop the plan, and works with neighboring communities to coordinate things that affect both Weber and other parties involved, such as traffic flow. Last summer the committee worked on developing a plan for transportation. "The Committee assembled to develop the plan included faculty, staff and students from the university, as well as representatives from UDOT, UTA, Clearfield City, Layton City, Ogden City and WFRC," Hansen said. "A consulting firm was hired by the University to help guide and organize the effort, and to prepare the final report of the plan." According to Hansen, this master plan projects out to the year 2030, and is designed so lots of different small projects, coupled with a few large projects, along with various initiatives will improve transportation to and from campus. It will also mitigate the demand for parking. "Students will be affected as alternative modes of transportation to the single occupant automobile are encouraged and more alternatives are provided," Hansen said. "Parking demand will continue to grow, but by implementing provisions of the plan, the rate of growth in demand for parking on campus can be reduced." Bryan Dorsey, Geography Associate Professor, was also a member of the committee who helped decide on the plan. He said he wants to target students to begin using Ed passes. Right now, See Transportation page 1 0 Senate gives students vote on VP redesign Senators suggest scaling positions from six to three By Jenalee Berger sr. news reporter The Signpost A bill that passed in Monday's Weber State University Student Senate meeting will restructure the executive branch of student government. "I think it's a wonderful idea," said WSU Traditional Student Senator Chris Bentley who proposed the bill. Bentley said he thinks the bill will bring more respect to student government and hopes it will eventually result in more student participation. The bill replaces the current six WSU Student Association vice presidents with a vice president of programming, a vice president of the campus, community and diversity, and a legislative vice president. The legislative vice president will remain in charge of the Student Senate. The two other new vice presidents will have appointed directors who work under them. The programming vice president will have a committee with activities, arts and lectures, WSU-Davis Campus, diversity, and marketing directors. The campus, community and diversity vice president will have a committee with the clubs and organizations, Davis campus, diversity, marketing, and service directors. Each director will get a $1,100 tuition waiver. The vice presidents will not be allowed to have any other paying jobs during the semester. Instead they receive a full tuition waiver and a $600-' per-month stipend. WSU Education Senator Brett Jones proposed an See Senate page 7 Peace department promoted to help fight violence worldwide Bill in Congress would create new organization; supporters say they are not 'anti-war' but 'pro-peace' By Jordan Yospe correspondent The Signpost As part of the week's activities, Amnesty International hosted a panel discussion on the potential creation of a United States Department of Peace. Among the panelists were Utah State Coordinator Julianne Fitzgerald as well as student proponents of the bill and other supporters. "This is not an anti-war bill," Fitzgerald said. "We are not anti anything. MotherTeresa once said, T will never march in an anti-war rally, but if vou have a pro-peace rally, I will come.'" The United States was first introduced to the idea of a pro-peace, federal organization by Henry Rush in 1792 in the first U.S. Congress. However, the measure has never received enough votes to be passed as law or to create a federal organization. The bill, as drafted today, would take federal funding and organize a Department of Peace, which would be one of the presidential cabinet positions. "This is a grassroots movement," See Peace page 7 4! ( - - y v r" PHOIO HY TYLER CAHOON j THt SKWI'OST Ashley Anderson, Julianne Fitzgerald, Michelle Peterson and Hope Sunyich answer questions from students about their campaign for the organization of the DOP or the Department of Peace. News in Brief Fraternity to raise money for children Weber State University's Sigma Alpha Fpsilon chapter will host a night of casino games and dancing to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network on March 30 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Paddy Murphy's Casino and Ball will be held in the Gallery of the Shepherd Union Building, and will include a 1920s costume contest, gaming, raffles and a dance. Tickets are $7 a person, or $12 a couple, and can be bought at the door. All WSU students are invited to attend. In addition to a night of gambling and dancing, the fraternity will also hold a beauty contest today at 1 p.m. at the Bell Tower. Everyone is invited to participate, and the winner of the competition will receive free admission to the Paddy Murphy's Casino and Ball. All other contestants will receive door prizes for their participation. For further information concerning the events, contact Josh Dye at 391-7266. Former White House adviser to visit VJSU Laura D' Andrea Tyson, a former national economic adviser to the Clinton Administration, will speak at Weber Slate University on March 29 at 11:30 a.m. in the Austad Auditorium in the Val A. Browning Center. Tyson will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural Vernon M. and MaRee Buehler Leadership Lecture, and will spodight global economic issues of today's world market. Tyson was the first female chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors. Today, Tyson is a columnist for BusinessWeek magazine and a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. The event will be free to the public. For more information concerning the event, contact Lewis Gale at 626-6063. WSU's Davis Campus emphasized Weber State University's Davis Campus' emphasis week will host a variety of events through March 31. On March 29, the Davis Campus will hold an informative health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Haven. A parent jam will also be held later that day at 5 p.m. in the Haven to help parents learn how to communicate about difficult issues with their children. Saturday's activity includes an Easter egg hunt that will start at 10 a.m. in the Haven, and will be followed by a showing of "Charlotte's Web" at 1 1 a.m. in Room 110. For more information, contact Jennifer Grandi at 395-3443. Women's health to be explored at fair The Department of Women's Studies will display numerous booths to inform Weber State University students about women's health during the "Especially for Women Women's Health Fair." The women's health fair will be held today in the Shepherd Union Building's Gallery from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Booths will include information concerning cancer, nutrition and cardio vascular disease. For further information, contact Judy Pratt at 626-6810.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-03-28, Vol. 69, No. 76|
|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.|