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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY The Wildcats trounce Bobcats see pnge 6 DVDs see l" v. .1 i upgrade see pnge 5 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2006 wsusignpost.com VOLUME 68 ISSUE 60 ices till JZjj II t J 1 11 - II t i tin i ii 1 fit! IIs II o 1 SFRC: Mo to iac. Ed " ..-u..,. " """" 11 -' ' ' ' " ' -1 c P 7 ; - - ' i V. i f 'v : '" i in T mi ainiMur PHOTOS BY MATT GLASS Tilt ilLNI:UiT Sean Kelly rounds the corner during the Special Olympics speed skating 50-meter half lap final round Saturday. Weber State University hosted the Special Olympics this weekend and had an opening ceremony Friday and ice skating events at the Ice Sheet Saturday. WSU hosts S pecial Olympics By Brad Fidler sr. news reporter The Signpost The Weber State University Student Association Volunteer Involvement volunteered their effort to the Special Olympics Utah Winter Games. The games kicked off on Friday, with Opening Ceremonies taking place at the WSU Union Ballroom. Special Olympics Utah is a year-round program of sports training and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Athletes undergo rigorous training programs in preparation for these games as they hope to make their dreams a reality. "A lot of work goes into the planning of the Special Olympics games," said Special Olympics Public Relations Chair Stephanie Hess. "It's worth it when you have the chance to see the athletes' faces." The Opening Ceremonies for the games included the Parade of Athletes, and the Lighting of the Torch. Local big-name figures such as Ogden City Mayor Mathew Godfrey and head WSU Football Coach Ron McBride were on hand to speak. ESPN's Todd Harris was the MC. About 200 athletes participated in the events. Special Olympics Utah athletes traveled from as far away as St. George for state competition in six winter sports. The events included skiing and snowboarding, which were both held at Powder Mountain; snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, held at North Fork Park; and figure skating and speed skating, held at the Ice Sheet. The events were divided into intermediate See Special Olympics page 3 Committee allocates $6 million in student fees By Jason Staley managing editor The Signpost The two hottest topics got the least amount of fuss at the final meeting of the Weber State University Student Fee Recommendation Committee on Friday. Football coach Ron McBride did not receive his $20,000 to help recruiting efforts. The SFRC allocated the athletic department just enough money to cover last year's budget and the required $74,391 to cover salaries, compensation and scholarships. The proposal passed unanimously across the committee. "That's the only one we've had no questions," said Karleton Munn, WSU student association chief of staff, after the vote was made. The other hot topic that was deflated was the funding of the UTA EdPass. WSU Vice President of Administrative Services Norm Tarbox requested $75,000 on Jan. 27. Toni Weight, associate vice president of student affairs, presented all of the original motions and proposals, but took a different approach for the EdPass. "I move that Ryan (Starks, WSU student body president) makes a proposal," Weight said. Starks proposed that the SFRC not fund the EdPass. In addition, he proposed a fiscal note stating, "In the case that the administration can free up any extra money, from wherever it be that they can use. that, to apply that money to the student fee committee and the student fee committee will use whatever freed-up money they can get for the UTA." The fiscal note would encourage the administration to use any leftover money, for example money not used because an employee quit, for the purpose of the EdPass. "I think the committee all agreed that it (not funding the EdPass) was the best move for the sake of the students," Starks said.-"The fun part now will be going back to them (the UTA)." Both the proposal to give the EdPass $0 and to pass the fiscal note to the administration, passed with unanmious votes. Proposals that hit a hot button included the radio station (KWCR), The Signpost, Non-traditional Student Program and Services, Student Involvement & Leadership and the Shepherd Union Building. KWCR, The Signpost and the Non-traditional Student Program and Services all had a similar theme. All three organizations ask for funding to create a new employee position. Non-trad wanted to fund a new secretary, KWCR wanted an office manager and The Signpost wanted a full-time advertising manager. All three groups did receive an increase in funding, but did not receive enough to fund a new employee. Munn fought diligently throughout the meeting for the radio station to obtain enough funding for an office ' manager. "The radio station is the only group (in comparison to Non-trad and Tlie Signpost) that does not have a staff person right now," Munn said during the meeting. "Non-traditional, they See SFRC page 3 Student Fee Recommendation Committe Department 10506 Budget 10607 Request 10607 Allegation Athletics $1,301,500 $1,405,891 375,891 Campus Rec. $667,905 $722,572 $678,462 Counseling Center $347,927 $367,192 $359,003 Davis Acad. Support $46,412 $60,434 $50,329 Davis Campus Svc. $171,654 $182,755 $173,671 DayCare $99,048 $103,505 $103,505 Debate $48,690 $53,384 $53,000 Ethics Bowl $4,000 $4,500 $4,500 Health Center $593,200 $620,674 $617,033 Literary Magazine $8,700 $8,950 $8,950 Mock Trial $22,000 $22,000 $22,000 Nontrad, Student $129,841 $182,061 $152,000 Under. Rsrch $12,852 $22,491 $22,491 Performing Arts $119,000 $124,3S0 $122,98t Radio Station $32,566 $42,044 $33,297 Multicultural Ctr. $28,776 $30,766 $30,765 SSD $67,177 $69,299 $69,299 SWS $49,446 $53,528 $51,132 Signpost $62,000 $146,338 $108,718 Student Comp. Lab $311,000 $320,765 $311,000 S.I.& L. $891,937 $885,877 $885,877 SF Special Needs $18,619 $50,000 $36,760 TV Station $6,274 $9,000 $9,000 Union Building $683,724 $714,000 $713,265 1-800 Line $13,500 $13,500 $13,500 Opera Workshop $0 $4,340 $4,340 UTA $0 $75,000 $0 Totals $5,737,793 $6,295,216 $6,010,769 Local elementary school works to overcome language barrier By Cory Duclos news editor 7ie Signpost As the Hispanic population in Ogden City grows, many schools are fighting to keep the cross-language lines of communication open. Club Heights Elementary School in South Ogden faces a language barrier on a daily basis. WSU alumnus Amy Merrick teaches an English as a Second Language (ESL) class of 55 students at the school. Including those students, more than one third of the school comes from families aren't fluent in English. "Spanish-speaking families are probably 35 to 40 percent probably closer to 40," said Principal Cami Alexander. "Not all of those kids qualify for ESL services, because they're speaking, reading, writing English OK, but their families need translators." The school only has two employees fluent in Spanish. "We have my aide that's fluent and then we have a second grade teacher who's Latino himself and he's fluent," Ilerrick said. "I speak a little bit and that's about all." Herrick said that most of the daily translating work falls to her aide. "My aide is run ragged," I Ierrick said. "She's often translating papers and she's making phone calls to teachers and she's pretty busy. She's needed greatly. We could use another one at least an aide or a teacher, or whatever." While this communication barrier is a daily obstacle, it is even more present during parent-teacher conferences. Herrick is in charge of making sure that both the parents of her ESL students and any other parents who don't speak English have someone to translate. "Most of them are my students, but we do have some students who, they speak tine, but their parents don't understand English, so we offer it to them as well," Herrick said. Although some students speak English, their parents need translators. Apart from the obvious reason of students translating what the teacher says to their own benefit, Herrick says it is preferable to have an adult translator in any situation. "I'd rather provide an adult translator," she said. "I just think it's better for the parent to not put the children in that position to have to translate for them. I'd rather find an adult anyway. Even if they're good kids that I know will translate fine, I'd rather find someone to translate for them." Devin Paul, a WSU accounting junior, works at an after-school program at Club Heights Elementary and helped translate at parent-teacher conferences Thursday. He agrees parents benefit from an adult translator. "They have their son or daughter to translate a little bit, but I think just to have them know exactly what the teacher wants them to know, to have the more adult-to-adult from teacher to parent, helps out a lot," Paul said. He said in the after-school program he deals mainly with See Language page 3 I'HOIUMH IKKIA I.IKKAKIJ nil ,W WSU accounting junior Devin Paul (right) translates for Ogden resident Carolina Torres Thursday during a parent teacher conference at Club Heights Elementary School. Torres has two children who are fluent in English, but she only speaks Spanish. Paul works in an after-school program at the school and often helps communicate with parents who do not speak English even though their children are fluent.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-02-06, Vol. 68, No. 60|
|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.|