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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY The 7AV i Wildcats fall in - , V overtime loss Theater students give audition tips see page 5 see wge 6 J-J- FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2006 wsusignpost.com VOLUME 68 ISSUE 56 n r j j r r it r r y v f j . r w i i CO By Cory Duclos news editor The Signpost Today the Student Fees Recommendation Committee will hear a proposal to partially fund the Utah Transit Authority EdPass with money from student fees. WSU Student Association president Ryan Starks will present the proposal to the committee that might ask for $75,000 of the EdPass to be paid for in student fees for the 2006-2007 school year. The exact amount was to be finalized before the meeting today. WSU began the EdPass program in 2003 under a free trial. The university then signed up for another year of service for $150,000. For the 2005-2006 school year the cost was $180,000. Last year the cost was paid for by institutional funding and an increase in parking permit fees; $75,000 was generated by raising the price of "A" parking passes by $10 and "W" parking passes by $8. It is possible that in the coming year the EdPass price will go up again. "It increases with ridership and inflation," said Norm Tarbox, WSU vice president of administrative services. "As fuel costs go up and also costs to pay bus drivers and stuff like that, it goes up. But the two components to the increase would be an increase based on ridership and an increase based on inflation." Tarbox said that empirical data shows ridership, or the amount of people riding the bus, is also increasing. "The surveys that both UTA and our university have done show ridership jumping fairly Cragun said. "Other days there's not so many." Although increased ridership may bump up the price of the EdPass, Tarbox said the EdPass significantly this year, by about 20 program percent," Tarbox said. S t e f a n i e Cragun, a WSU sociology senior who uses the UTA bus as her main source of transportation, said the amount of students the bus varies. "Some days the bus is full and when the bus pulls up to the university, everybody gets off," . n .PASS J i bZ Tl r EXf I"-- I ..... ) riding was established with the original intent that student fees would eventually be part of the funding. "We put into place a long-term plan that shows three groups participating in the financing of EdPass in equal proportions," Tarbox said. "One-third coming from students through student fees, one-third coming from parking passes, and one-third coming from institutional-based funding." Tarbox said these three groups are the ones that benefit from the program. "Students benefit, they get the free pass," Tarbox said. "People who drive their vehicles to the university benefit because the congestion in the parking lots are reduced. And the university itself benefits as well because we don't have to build parking terraces, and we reduce congestion on campus. All sorts of things accrue to the university because of the EdPass program." Corby Mansfield, a WSU nursing freshman, and Whitney Ehlers, a WSU business freshman, don't like the idea of student fees being used to pay for the EdPass. "It's not fair for us that don't use it, but pay for it," Mansfield said. The students carpool together to class, but in their first year at WSU they have felt the cold chill of parking lot woes. They generally park near the Lind Lecture Hall and walk to class at the Social Science Building, but other times they're not so lucky. "The other day we had to drive through and park in the neighborhood over there," Mansfield said, pointing north of campus. Ehlers said she'd rather see EdPass money go toward parking lot construction, but she See EdPass page 3 I'HOIOBI JASON SlALtV II It iUM('(Ji I The audience listens to Layton P. Ott Planetarium director Stacy Palen discussing the interactive star show between features. The planetarium put on the show as a thank you to congressman Rob Bishop for the $1 million NASA gave to the planetarium as part of a federal bill. Planetarium thanks Rob Bishop for grant By Andrea Bean asst. news editor The Signpost In appreciation for the $1 million grant allocated to the Layton R Ott Planetarium, Weber State University invited U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utali) to a viewing of the star shows that the money will help fund. The WSU Layton R Ott Planetarium which seats 60 people was filled nearly to capacity as Dale Ostlie, WSU College of Science dean, and E Ann Millner, WSU president, thanked Bishop for helping WSU receive the money. The grant will be used to fund WSU's Planetarium learning and New Education Technology project, which teaches the value of science to youth around the country. WSU produced a show that is being presented in a planetarium near New Orleans. "As that program continues, we look forward to being able to make a tremendous impact on science education," Ostlie said. The "space race" in the late '50s to the early '70s was built on a foundation of education in science, engineering and technology, Millner said. The United States developed the world's most advanced space program. Now, other nations are becoming more competitive. "They're producing more college graduates in other countries in science, engineering, math and technology than we are now in the United States," Millner said. To maintain a competitive space program, the United States must return See Bishop page 3 By Maria Villasenor editor in chief The Signpost A wave of purple crashed over the Utah State Capitol yesterday as Weber State University students and alumni stormed the hill to make legislators aware of the university's funding needs. "I thought it'd be a good idea to come and really be a voice for the students, I am a representative of them," said Peter Owen, WSU Student Association vice president of events, of persuading Utah's representaUves to fund WSU. Alumni and students traveled south to raise support for the funding of a new general classroom building to replace Buildings 1 and 2, which the legislature has placed at sixth on its priority list; they also asked legislators to prioritize an increase to state-funded, need-based financial aid. "I think they understood that as tuition rises, there's the need for something to make up for it," said Ryan Starks, WSU Student Association president. Starks said many in the committee agreed an increase to financial aid was an important issue, but higher education issues will not be presented on the house or senate floors until they are set in a priority list. The priority list will likely be created the second week of February, and Starks said he definitely thinks the financial aid increase will be included. This is the second year that a WSU shuttle has transported Wildcats to the legislature. "Last year when we came here, we got hype," said Margie Esquibel, WSU alumniemeriti council advisor. "We were very noticeable because we were all dressed in purple, and they kept saying, 'Oh, here come the purple people, the purple people are here.' And this year they're already saying, 'Oh, Weber State's here again.' So it really makes a difference for us to be visible, and front and center." The personal face to a university issue might be a move that resonates with senators and representatives. "I enjoy people coming up my constituents to let me know what their concerns are," said Congressman Neil Hansen (D-Ogden). "And that's the nice thing about representative government, is that they do have a voice up here. And especially when they come, we do 0 ID 1 i really intently listen to what they have to say." Gaining funding for the new classroom building may fare well, Hansen said, because the legislature knows there is a need for a new building and it is a priority for the state. The university has asked the state to fund $24.6 million ot the construction costs for the new building and an accompanying chiller plant. Three of Hansen's children have attended WSU, as do many of his constituents. He said the university's issues are important to him and that he looks out for higher education in legislature. "It's just nice to be able to speak to the Weber State students, and my heart is always there and my allegiance," Hansen said. "I have grown up and lived in Ogden all my life, so to me there's only one college, or one university, and that's Weber State." Many legislators are WSU alumni. At least seven of 29 senators and six of 75 representatives attended WSU for a degree. "So them recognizing us being here and seeing us in our purple and everything like that," Owen said of the WSU alumni, "it brings them back to remember who did provide them with their education. And it is a voice saying, 'You know, we're here. We did help you once. Will you help us now?'" You can reach reporter Maria Villasenor by calling 626-7121. Convocations speaker spills 'CSI' secrets By Wendy Wilson correspondent The Signpost Not every rock 'n roll drummer ends up as a consultant for a hit television series. Gary Telgenhoff is a forensic pathologist and Deputy Medical Examiner at the Clark County Coroner's office in Las Vegas, Nev. by day and a musician by night. He is also a consultant for the original 'CSI' series on CBS. Introduced as "Dr. T," Telgenhoff entertained a crowd of 120 in Weber State University's Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater with his multimedia presentation exploring the reality behind crime scene investigation. He said he has always been interested in science and, specifically, anatomy. He spent his spare time as a child reading physiology and anatomy books. "I knew almost all of my anatomy by the time that I was even out of elementary school," Telgenhoff said. His fascination with anatomy was the driving force that eventually led him to medical school where he studied with an emphasis in forensic pathology. "I liked tearing things apart but I didn't like putting them back together," he said. "I didn't care about that so I found the perfect profession for me." Telgenhoff said he determined to get a day job other than playing the drums. This determination led him through 16 years of college. I le encouraged students to "explore different avenues" when looking for a field of study. He said he didn't really have a plan but tried several things out until he found something he enjoyed. Upon moving to Las Vegas '7 liked tearing things apart but I didn't like putting them back together. I didn't care about that so I found the prefect profession for began Zuiker forensic ??e. Dr. Gary Telgenhoff, CSI consultant in 1998 to take a position as the Deputy Medical Examiner for Clark County, Telgenhoff met Anthony Zuiker, a tram driver with aspirations in screenplay writing. Zuiker was interested in Telgenhoff's work and the former drummer teaching about science. After not talking to Zuiker for a period of time, Telgenhoff was surprised when the man showed up at the coroner's office with a pilot for a new television series about crime scene investigation. Telgenhoff has since spent many nights talking on the phone and e-mailing the writers See CSI page 3 zz - r A i ,1 lkl( IA (.IKAKO Just another one of those mornings A minivan is carried off as a police car watches over the scene of an accident on 41 00 South and Harrison Wednesday morning around 7:30 a.m. that added to the already frustrating task of getting to class on time for many students. The accident backed up traffic for a little over an hour while crews worked to clean the mess.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-01-27, Vol. 68, No. 56|
|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.|