Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-10-231
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) Three Wildcat teams fall short to Montana rivals TE UNIVERSITY V 1 p T y""!! Getting ready i IV j for Halloween ! Sec page 5 v See pjgc 4 The(P wE.-rA. f' x . -i - -, , sv f .. i admissions International student's eligibility questioned Student unsure why she is unable to attend classes this semester By J Marko Zivkovic sr. news reporter The Signpost The public still doesn't know why Victoria Sethunya can't attend Weber State University this semester, "I was so happy that in January I would start work," she said. "But now my future looks so bleak." Sethunya came to the United States on a student visa from the Kingdom of Lesotho, a small country that is completely surrounded by the Republic of South Africa. She sat in classes at several American universities before settling on WSU. "I liked Weber State because, when I came here, I noticed it was a smaller university," she said. "The professors had a direct relationship with the students. I knew this was the place for me. It felt like home because the Kingdom of Lesotho has mountains." Sethunya received her bachelor's degree with an English major and chemistry minor from WSU in 2004. She didn't intend to return to school so soon, but re-enrolled in a master's program so her two 19-year-old sons, who are also from Lesotho, could legally attend the university. Her plans were to receive her master's this December, but she was informed Sep. 14 she was out of status with the Student Exchange and Visitor's program, and therefore no longer eligible to attend school in the U.S. Because a student visa carries the requirement of attending school full time, she may find herself forced to return to her native land. "There are certain things I should have done to be out of status," she said, but she noted she had no idea what the reason for her lapsed status might be. She carried a binder full of documents that she hoped would verify her eligibility, as well as printed e-mails from the people she's contacted trying to get her situation resolved. She said she felt Morteza Emami, Services for International Students coordinator, is the one who should be most responsible for helping her settle her questioned status, but that he won't explain to her what her violation is. "And yet he's supposed to represent me," she said. "Instead, I find myself running around in darkness." Emami told The Signpost he wasn't allowed to discuss her situation because of regulations protecting her privacy under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). According to how he'd been trained to interpret the law, he couldn't even acknowledge Sethunya was a student unless she signed a waiver allowing some sections of her school records to become public information. As of Oct. 19, she hadn't signed that waiver. Sethunya was told meetings were being scheduled in order to determine whether she would be allowed to continue attending WSU, but she wasn't told where and when. "Please," Sethunya said. "I want to go back to school. I want to know what I have done wrong." You can reach reporter J Marko Zivkovic by calling 626-7655. Ogden church encourages I i V Patricia Dadkhah-Jazi (left) and her daughter Rosie browse through Fair Trade Sale held at the United Church of Christ, Congregational each year to sell goods from developing nations. WSU lends a helping hand to Habitat for Humanity in Ogden Construction technology program tears apart two condemned Ogden houses By Heather Carter correspondent The Signpost The sound of hammers and power tools tearing down walls broke the morning silence Oct. 21 in a small Ogden neighborhood. Weber State University's Construction Management Technology Program teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to help demolish the interior of two homes Student election reform bill passes Weber State University Education Senator Brett Jones' proposal to require each senator to distribute among the student body 10 applications for senate passed by unanimous vote last Monday. Although some concerns were raised that a senator could pass applications only to members of his or her political party, Jones said the best way to combat this problem is to increase student involvement and activity in the electoral process. "It makes more people aware of their opportunities to serve in the student association," Jones said. "When more people get involved in the electoral process, die elections will be better." fair trade 1 4"" V 't i PHOTO BY MATT CLASS THE SIGNPOST the merchandise at the International Oct. 21 . The church holds a craft sale located on Doxey Street. WSU students worked alongside their professors to try to make a difference in the community, one house at a time, the workers said. The goal of the restoration project is to transform two condemned houses, which were to be torn down by Ogden City, into modern homes that will give families a chance to own their own home when they normally couldn't afford to buy a house. "I think Habitat for Humanity provides an excellent opportunity for people to get out, get involved and have that sense of accomplishment," said Robert Gleave, a committee member for Habitat for Humanity. "Here you've got a couple of derelict homes that have See Habitat page 5 Crafts, arts and clothes sales benefit third-world artisans By Shayla Craig correspondent The Signpost The United Church of Christ, Congregational assists developing nations sell their products for a fair-market value each year. During its eighth annual craft sale Oct. 20 and 21, the Ogden church promoted fair trade against a global economy where many say profits rule and small-scale producers, craft makers, farmers and many other workers are left out of the bargaining process, without resources and with little hope for a bright future. "Fair trade products are actually sold in the regular grocery stores now," said Carolyn Somer, the fair trade sale coordinator, "and this ensures that the producers' working conditions are decent, that there is no child exploitation, and they are given a fair price. It's about making sure that the person who creates the product get their fair share." The craft sale is supplied with products from the Women's Missionary Union, which helps get refugees from Eastern Europe and Asia on their feet by supplying them with raw materials and tools. These refugees are able to market their products with little overhead, ensuring as rnuch profit as possible is returned to the artisans and craftspeople. It also allows them to stay in See Fair trade page 8 Steve Peterson, a Weber State University professor, shows a home's outdated and exposed wiring that will be taken out. Crews of WSU students and community members tore apart the walls and ceilings of two houses on Doxey Street. I'llolOBI BKICE KtLiCH i (( M.rul GRfiDSCEiOOl Negative effects of withdrawals 'W on transcripts may hurt admission to graduate schools By Jennifer Landers sr. news reporter The Signpost The last day to withdraw from classes is coming up this week on Friday, Oct. 27. While withdrawing from a class doesn't affect a student's GPA at Weber State University, it can leave a mark on their transcript, which may lessen their chances of being accepted into the graduate school of their choice. "A ' W' in a semester is really not going to hurt you if it's only one semester.becausethereare reasons that are valid to have to withdraw from a class," said Barbara Trask, WSU zoology professor and pre-medical adviser. "When it does become problematic, however, is when a student does it frequently more than once." The competition is high when it comes to being accepted into medical schools, and a "W" on a transcript may lessen options. "If you have more than one semester where you have 'W's, what tiiat is telling medical schools is that you do not have a realistic interpretation of what your abilities are," Trask said. "You repeatedly enter into situations where you cannot handle it, and that is a huge red flag to medical school. It also can be seen as tagging yourself as a quitter, almost." While a "W" is not always the best option, having "D"s and "E"s are not good on a transcript either. "One 'E' on your transcript can lower your GPA," Trask said, "and I have had numerous students have a GPA at the end, by the time of med school See Withdrawals page 5 v T - Muslims and friends feast together Attendants during the Weber State University Muslim Student Association pray in the Shepherd Union Building Gallery at sundown before Iftar, a Ramadan meal, is served Oct. 1 8. During Ramadan, Muslims fast during the hours between sunrise and sunset, abstaining from drinks and foods. The month of Ramadan began Monday, Sept. 23 and ended Sunday, Oct. 22. The dinner also concluded with a question-and-answer session with a local imam, or Muslim cleric.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-10-23, Vol. 69, No. 30|
|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.|