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1 I , V I A; :W H Weber State University GN 1 1 "Pint-sized" rocker See page 4 f ! t.1 I n 1 books ookstore's new location still unto construction Cramped quarters cause scomfo remembers "It's too hot. It's too crowded. " By Deborah Ramsey sr. news reporter The Signpost It wasn't supposed to be like this as the line of students serpentined around the perimeter of the bookstore in the basement of the Shepherd Union Building. Charity Walker the bookstore's big moving sales at the end of spring semester pleading to help them reduce the inventory to prepare for the impending move at the end of August in time for fall semester. "We get back," said Walker, a returning freshman majoring in fine arts, "and they're still here." Walker stood uncomfortably in the long line Tuesday afternoon waiting to buy her computer books for a generals class. "It's too hot," said Walker. "It's too crowded." Many students bought books online to avoid coming to the bookstore, but for some classes and class material shopping at the bookstore can't be avoided. However, preparation and organization helps make the bookstore visit quick and fairly painless. "Know what you want before you come in," said Andrew Murphy, a sophomore studying marriage and family counseling. "It's really been helpful for me." An online visit to the bookstore, at hup: 1 1 bookstore. weber.edu, can yield the exact information needed to know what is required for each class. Visit the Express 'N Order page available on the Web site and Charity Walker, fine arts freshman "Know what you want before you come in. It's really been helpful for me." click on textbooks. Information about the semester, department, course section and instructor need to be filled in. Once the information is entered in for a class, a simple click brings up the books and materials required for the class. Repeat the process for all the courses and you'll end up with an exact list of everything you re going to buy. Students who can wait 48 hours might want to go ahead and add the materials to their cart online and go to one of the drive- thru locations to pick up their books. The Ogden and Roy campuses both have new drive-thru locations. The main campus drive-thru is located between Dixon and Al Parking lot just north of the duck pond. The Roy drive thru is at the Crossroad Plaza. Pick-ups are also available at the Davis campus bookstore and the bookstore on the Ogden campus. When using the Express 'N Order, students need to bring a picture ID, the e-mail order confirmation and the order number when they pick up their order. The grand opening of the new bookstore is scheduled for September 17-22 to coincide with homecoming week. "Not soon enough," said J.L. Stoffers, retail manager of the Ogden bookstore, looking a little harried and warm as she rung up the constant flow of customers. Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com . itf at , ' V X (I I ... w?, ; v f i 4 - ; . -.SX: . l-U , ' 1 1 J Savvy students find plenty of alternatives PHOIO BY CATHERINE MORTIMER IHt SIGNPOST Above: WSU students flood the bookstore on campus. Construction on the store's new location remains unfinished. Below: Beta Alpha Psi executive board member, Britt Summerill helps nursing junior Althea Martinez fill out forms at the Student Book Exchange which takes place each semester and is hosted by BAP. This semester's book exchange took place in room 41 7 of the Shepherd Union Building. Andrew Murphy, marriage and family counseling sophmore I " j I ? : -zrT-i ... i L . . HMOIO BV MAI I CLASS I IHL JKAI'IW By Shane Stevenson news editor The Signpost In May, the Congressional Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance released a report directed to Congress and the Secretary of Education regarding the cost of college textbooks. According to the report, textbook prices rose 186 percent between 1986 and 2004. That is equivalent to six percent per year about double the rate of other price increases over the same time period. This increase has led to the creation of several alternatives to the bookstore, designed to save students money and the hassle of a visit to the bookstore. "Something had to be done," said Alan Martin, a recentWSU graduate and founder of a textbook rental business called Campus Book Rentals. "It just seemed ridiculous to keep paying the prices when there is no guarantee that you'll get any money back from the bookstore." Students can e-mail their class list to quote campusbookrentals. com or just visit the Web site at campusbookrentals.com. Theywill then receive a quote detailing the price for a single semester rental of the texts needed. If students decide to rent the books, they are mailed to their homes along with prepaid return packaging. At the end of the semester, the books are returned in the packaging provided. The cost for renting books is based on the national market price, which Martin described as the price the book is available for online. "They're saving well over half typically when they rent from us," Martin said. "Just the other day we "It just seemed ridiculous to keep paying the prices when there is no guarantee that you'll get any money back..." Alan Martin, Founder Campus Book Rentals rented to a student up there. His total from the bookstore would have been $546. We were able to rent them to him for $187." Martin added that simply saving money is not the only benefit of renting books. "He doesn't have to worry about selling them back or wondering if anyone is going to buy them," Martin said. "He gets to keep that money in his pocket up front. It's a win-win situation." In addition to renting books, several other alternatives to full-price books exist. One of these options is the annual student book exchange hosted by Beta Alpha Psi (BAP). "I can honestly say that it has saved me a lot of money coming here," Althea Martinez, a junior in the nursing program, said. ' Martinez said she also liked to sell her books at the exchange rather than to the bookstore. "I am able to get at least half of what I paid for my books," Martinez said. This year's book exchange is located in the Shepherd Union building in room 417. Students who wish to participate in the exchange fill out a contract, which costs fifty cents, and name the asking price of the book they wish to sell. After the exchange is over, students are given a check for their books, or, if the book does not sell, it is simply returned. "We get 10 percent to help fund our stuff," said accounting senior and BAP executive board member, Britt Summerill. "It's not for profit. We're not trying to make money off of it. It just helps fund Beta Alpha Psi." Summerill emphasized that See Book page 7 Forum focuses on foreign opinions Honors program presents discussion of United States image on the world stage By Jestina Clayton sr. news reporter The Signpost Students who attended Wednesdays I Ionors Issues Forum learned that President Bush lost America's credibility in the world when he invaded Iraq in 2003. On August 29, a panel of four people, which included one professor and three students, presented a series of foreign newspaper articles that expressed not-so-flattering opinions about America. "We are all Americans! We are all New Yorkers!" said Michael Fisher, a Weber State University junior who was one of the presenters, citing an article in Le Monde, which was published two days after 911. According to Fisher, however, by May 2004, die same newspaper carried a cartoon that compared President Bush to members of the KluKluxKlan. Doctor Mark LeToumeau, a WSU linguistic professor whose research language was Arabic, said, Al-Bawaba, a Middle Eastern news Web site, reported in 2003 mat "Russian President Madimir Putin condemned U.S. military action against Iraq, and die Vatican expressed deep pain" over the in-asion of Iraq. "After 911, Germans expressed deep sympathy for Americans, but since die Iraq War, they think diat America is an arrogant superpower," said Carlie Sitzman, a WSU junior who was one of die panelists. Paul Clayton, anodier panelist, said Russia news source Nezavisinaya reported in April 2004 that Iraqi children are the victims of President Bush's Iraq War. Clayton also said the same news source condemned the Abu Gliraib prison scandal. I le said Nezavisinaya news reported that die officers involved in die prison scandal did what their superiors told them to do, but President Bush failed to punish Pentagon officials. "I diink the nanelists should have compiled tliis information into a brochure to give to the audience in die beginning of die program. And tiien, we could all analyze die information togedicr," said Adam Berman, die student senator for WSU veterans who was part of the audience. "I learned a lot," Steven Pearce said, "but I diink diey should have looked at die root of die problem and help provide solutions." I ie said die presentation gave him an insight into how badly die world views America because of die war in Iraq. Pearce, a Muslim studying international business, was part of the audience. I le said, "die Prophet Mohammed prophesied about violence in die last days and it's all happening just like he said." Explaining that students should care about how die rest of the world sees America, Clayton said, "the U.S. doesn't exist in a vacuum and it's important for WSU students to understand what other people think of us." "The Arab world perceives die U.S. Army as a butchering, occupying army," I.eToumeau said, "and tiiey believe that the Iraq War is criminal." On August 21 tiiis year, Sitzman said The International Herald Tribune reported diat France said it was wrong to turn its back on die Iraq War. "France now believes it may hold die key to peace in Iraq, proposing itself as an 'honest broker' between the Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish factions," said Sitzman. The newspaper articles which the p resen t e rs di scussed were fro m Fran ce, R u ssi a , Norway, Sweden, Egpt, and Germany. The forum, titled "The view from afar; The United States in the foreign press since September 11, 2001," was part of yearlong series of forums diat die I lonors Issues Fomm committee will hold this academic year. "Keep an open mind because tiiere are lots of propaganda flying about," said Fisher, "not evervtiiinf? vou hear is tme." - J i i H ' - If MAI I CLASS II IL M.ivl'Ul WSU English professor Mark Letourneau lectures during Wednesday's Honors Issues Forum.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-08-31, Vol. 71, No. 11|
|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.|