Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-11-081
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Sr,nMW TheP V ... O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY i Division I has new coach Ogrl fut rides See page 4 ? i r I See page 6 - - - O - Lights out for UMT t ,-i " I v..l 1.- -S f "t- PHOTO BY TRICIA CERKARD I HI SIGNPObT Several Weber State University students perform at the Utah Musical Theater's performance of "Two by Sea" during the summer. Students, like Vanessa Cheney (on top of suitcases) and her husband Paul (sailor to the left), are regularly cast in UMT productions. Last week, the WSU-run program announced its end after 27 years. Curtains close on 27-year-old program musical theater By Andrea Bean news editor The Signpost Weber State University announced last week it will shut down Utah Musical Theater. UMT was founded 27 years ago and was funded by WSU, grants, private donors and money generated through ticket sales, according to June K. Phillips, the College of Arts and Humanities dean. Because of the dwindling audiences, WSU administrators decided to shut down UMT, Phillips said. "I don't think there was any disagreement," Phillips said. "It was sad. Nobody wanted to make that decision, but when we looked at the end-of-year closing and looked at the amount of money that was going into UMT versus the number of people coming to see it, it no longer made sense." The best nights saw audiences with about 200 people, but some shows had less than 100 people. "The quality of shows have been good," Phillips said, "and especially this summer. All the external reviews would say how good the show was, 'too bad there weren't enough people there to see it.' So, it was just time to make a decision. It had a good run, and maybe it's time to do something different." Both Phillips and Bruce Cohen, UMT artistic and managing director, said UMT's closing would hurt theater students, who were able to earn money while working with professional actors, directors and technicians. Phillips said UMT was an internship opportunity for WSU students. Students employed with UMT could earn equity points, and when they earned enough, they obtained an equity card. An equity card is required to be cast in certain productions around the nation, according to Phillips. Students will now have to work with theaters in the Salt Lake City area to obtain equity points. A portion of the money WSU allocated to UMT will be put toward other Department of Performing Arts programs, Phillips said. Cohen said UMT's closing will also affect Ogden. Economically sound metropolitan areas need to be distinguishable from other thriving areas. "What makes Ogden different is its culture," Cohen said. "What makes Ogden different is its arts and its identity as a community and as a town. And then it's things that help identify a community is the arts and the culture. And one of the things that helps Ogden, I believe, is Utah Musical Theater." Vanessa Cheney, WSU political science senior, has worked with UMT for four seasons, beginning in summer 2002. She met her husband, Paul Cheney, while working with UMT in 2003. They became engaged in 2004 during a production of "Triumph of Love." "I feel like I have an allegiance to UMT because Bruce Cohen hired us both, and we fell in love," Vanessa said. She is starting a letter campaign and would like UMT patrons to send letters to WSU administrators asking for UMT to remain open. For a sample letter or for the mailing address for the letters, people can e-mail Vanessa at save. UMTgmail.com. "It's so important that Ogden maintains a theater," she said.- You can leave a message for reporter Andrea Bean by calling 626-7655. Itudeni dropped from classes due to computer glitch According to letter, international student also to be reinstated to university By J Marko Zivkovic sr. news reporter The Signpost Victoria Sethunya now knows what must be done for her to be reinstated as an international student at Weber State University, but she seems to have lost faith in the school she used to love. "With what I am experiencing now, they're the university is not working to reinstate me," Sethunya said. Her son Paul, also an international student, has had his status terminated, because his status was dependent on hers, she said. Since Sept. 14, when she received a letter telling her she was out of status with the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System and therefore no longer eligible to attend school in the United States, she has tried to restore her eligibility. Sethunya, originally from the Kingdom of Lesotho, soon realized she could do very little about her own situation; all the decisions affecting her rested in the hands of university administrators who, for some reason, could not even tell her die reason she was out of status. , To see the letter Victoria Sethunya received go to page 5. It wasn't until Friday, Oct. 27 that she was finally told by Richard Hill, "The reason you are out of status is that SEVIS automatically terminated your status in November of 2005, since Mr. Emami did not have confirmation of your registration for Fall semester of that year." Morteza Emami is director for the international student center at WSU. A detailed look at the letter from Hill gives the impression See Student page 5 Veteran students office gets new director Office helps soldiers continue schooling By Deborah Ramsay sr. news reporter The Signpost Charlie Chandler, a veteran of 24 years as an active duty Army chaplain, began his new responsibility as Weber State University's new Coordinator of Services for VeteranStudents October 23. "Our primary goal is to give the best possible service," Chandler said. "Our next goal is to seek out students who aren't using the benefits I. i ... .... Charlie Chandler veterans the or money they invested for their education." During his military experience, Chandler was stationed in Germany, Korea, Texas and Kosovo. Chandler worked his final year in the Army directly with General George Casey Jr., Vice Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army, and since 2004, Commander of the Multi-National Force in Iraq. Chandler worked for two years in the Career Services Center at WSU before his appointment. He is also the coach for WSU's wresting club. A steady flow of students goes to the veterans' office seeking help with problems. Deployments interrupt class schedules for veterans, but they can also affect the amount of pay a student is entitled to, and that's See Veteran page 5 Student Senate proposes award to commend outstanding students Book scholarships to be given through each college By James Elmer sr. news reporter The Signpost A new bill was discussed during Weber Stale University Student Senate Nov. 6 that would highlight several students for their excellence and cost approximately $2,400 to $2,601 in student fees per year. WSU Student Association Education Student Senator Brett Jones said the cost was negligible. According to numbers produced by his committee, the fee amounts to .03 cents per student. "I want to promote that the Senate cares about the students," Jones said during senate meeting, adding his bill is part of that process. The "WSUSA Outstanding College Student Award" would allow for each college within the university, along with the WSU-Davis campus and the BIS program, to honor one student See Senate page 5 : P i n TrTv r ; " i ( ' ... . . " t """", - " - i - - I ; ! -c. - - . ,- - j ,' K " : - " . i: . , . ; ' , i v'-" ;,lL J j. ' - . j .'"' " ' t ---- ....... ' 'r.r. i ! - --- -i n i m mm m - - - mm m mOJO B BRICE KELSCH llll Cr(7 Weber State University Education Student Senator Brett Jones (right) discusses legislation during the Nov. 6 Student Senate meeting. 'S. i . - - -- """'"'sNss 'X. - - 200S EHecuioos Results U.S. Senate: Rep. Orrin Hatch: 62.5; 310,316 Dep. Pete Ashdown: 30.95; 153,647 Con. Scott N. Bradley: 3.7; 18,369 Perl Roger I. Price: 1.65,; 8,176 Lib. Dave Starr Seely: 0.77; 2,150 Des. Julian Hatch: 0.43; 2150 U.S. Congress District 1: Rep. Rob Bishop: 64.54; 105,101 Dem. Steven Olsen: 31.01; 50,497 Con. Mark Hudson: 3.13; 5,100 Lib. Lynn Badler: 1.31; 2,138 U.S. Congress District 2: Dem. Jim Matheson: 59.45; 118,237 Rep. Lavar Christensen: 36.95; 73,494 Crn. Bob Brister: 1.45; 2,886 Con. W. David Perry: 1.44; 2,874 Lib. Austin Sherwood: 0.71; 1,417 U.S. Congress District 3: Rep. Chris Cannon: 57.38; 78,154 Dem. Christian Burridge: 32.47; 44,231 Con. Jim Noorlanrler: 8.88; 12,098 Lib. Philip Lear Hallman: 1.26; 1,718 State Senate District 18: Rep. Jon J. Creiner: 51.92; 5,968 Dem. Stuart Reid: 48.08; 5,527 State House District 8: Rep. Gage Froerer: 53.25; 3,390 Dem. Matthew D. Frandscn: 42.38; 2,698 Con. John llerbst: 4.37; 278 State House District 9: Dem. Neil A. Hansen: 64.82; 1,360 Rep. Robert O. Miles: 35.18; 738 State House District 10: Dem. Lawanna Shurtliff: 61.59; 4,194 Rep. George Garwood, Jr.: 38.41; 2,616 Information compiled from www.electionresults.utah.gov as of 1 1 :40 p.m. Nov. 7.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-11-08, Vol. 69, No. 37|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|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.|