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r i O Skin-deep art by O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY Sophomore lea tattoo artists golf team See page 6 See page 4 JoymaDosfts describe what ds ! I I r i m I .a ,y - Q- !l Panel also discusses challenges and opportunities of Internet, media bias By Jordan Yospe sr. news reporter The Signpost Writers, editors and owners of some of Utah's leading newspapers came together in an Honors Issues Forum Oct. 11 at the Shepherd Union Building. The topic of the discussion: Who decides what news is? Students and faculty, mainly of the communication and journalism majors, were coursed on the inner-workings of a newspaper organization and how news stories are chosen. Also discussed was a fairly new challenge to the print news industry, the Internet. Speakers at the forum included Managing Editor Andy Howell and Online News Producer Emory Pickett of the Standard-Examiner, Salt Lake Tribune Reporter Todd Hollingshead and Salt Lake City Weekly Founder, Owner, Writer and Executive Editor John Saltas. Each speaker had an opportunity to give a background on their respective paper, as well as some challenges facing them. The seemingly most concerning issue facing print newspapers today is the Internet. "On the Internet, you can pretty much decide yourself what is news," Saltas said. "In the future, in my opinion, the Internet and the Web will be where the reporting is done." The Internet was a pressinc; concern , ' j - t -. '. .' -'' ... - ' ' ! , - . . -,- ... . - .. , I'Hlllt) t BRICE KfcLSCH I HI iCM'OJ (I-r) Todd Hollingshead, Emory Picket, Andy Howell and John Saltas. for all three papers represented at the forum. All four speakers discussed the Internet and how it is changing what news is and how the news is reported. Pickett's job is to advance the Standard-Examiner's online presence and involvement. See Journalists page 5 Gaystraight club commemorates Coming Out Day Delta Lambda Sappho Union promotes acceptance By Amber Wilson correspondent The Signpost Every Oct. 11, at Weber State University and around the country, thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people and their allies take part in National Coming Out Day. At WSU, this event is orchestrated by the Delta Lambda Sappho Union Gay Straight Alliance. The DLSU GSA has participated in the day for several years. A student majoring in social work more than seven years' ago formed the group, according to Emily Dalpias, a WSU social work sophomore and current DLSU GSA president. Getting involved For more information on the group, scholarships and other activities similar to National Coming Out Day, the WSU DLSU GSA holds meetings Tuesday nights in the Student Union Building, Room 41 7 at 8 p.m. Lindsey Voth, former WSU student and DLSU GSA president in 2001-02, said they also participated in Coming Out Day when she was president. She said the event is "a pride thing." "We should be proud of the fact that we are gay and we shouldn't be ashamed and hide it," Voth said. She further explained that, by being out, it draws awareness and people become more accepting. National Coming Out Day, according to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Web site, was founded by Rob Eichberg and Jean O'Leary in 1987, and its purpose was to be a national day for people to celebrate coming out. See Gay page 5 New film looks into Elvis's intentions toward LDS Church Plot of Utah-filmed movie claims Elvis Presley was thinking of converting By J Marko Zivkovic sr. news reporter The Signpost Elvis Presley was on the verge of converting to Mormonism shortly before he died, according to a new film by a local filmmaker. "Tears of a King," which was shot over the last few weeks on an Orem soundstage, was written and directed by Rob Diamond. What sets the film apart from the many Elvis tributes planned for release in 2007 the 30th anniversary of Presley's official death is the view of Elvis as, "a good man who struggled and searched for redemption." Diamond's inspiration came from a specific copy of the Book of Mormon kept in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints historical archives. This copy has handwritten notes in the margin allegedly written by the King. Diamond said he plans to have a handwriting expert analyze and verify that the notes are Presley's, but so far that hasn't been done. "I do have my personal beliefs about the legitimacy of the handwriting," he said. "I wouldn't have made the film unless I felt strongly about it." Among the notes: "My daughter Lisa needs this church. She's 9. Please help her..." And, "I know this in my heart to be true." Some people say that by a passage stating, "Thou shalt have no otiier God before me," anodier note reads, "Not me either." Those who claim to have seen the book and read the notes dispute whether certain phrases are actually present. Some say the word "king" is underlined in many places, but others deny it. See Elvis page 5 i . if molOitfl 1KICIA GtKKAKD I HL SIGNI'Oi I Acclaimed Actor's Gang works with theater students (Above) Weber State University Theater Professor Tracy Callahan participates in an exercise during a workshop held by The Actor's Gang, a theater group under the direction of actor Tim Robbins and based in Los Angeles, Calif. The Actor's Gang conducted a workshop for select theater students on political theater. The Gang performs the political piece "1984" by Michael Gene Sullivan at Kingsbury Hall this weekend. (Left) Theater students sit around a circle discussing society and issues that bother them. .3 'L 7 New placement test moves students up a few math classes ACCUPLACER test replaces COMPASS By Cassie Adams sr. news reporter The Signpost The ACCUPLACER was first used at Weber State University for incoming freshman and transfer students in March. About 3.000 students took the test in August and in some cases, students who would have been placed into Math 950 Pre-Algebra, qualified to take Math 1080 Pre-Calculus. "I see that at places like the University of Utah and everywhere, the ACCUPIACER is becoming more standardized in Utah," said Prasanna Reddy, Academic Support Services Program assistant director. The COMPASS, which was previously the predominant placement test on campus, is an optional test that students can take in order to know what level they should be placed in. On the other hand, the ACCUPIACER is required for all beginning freshmen, and suggested as well for those w ho have taken aone-year-or-more break, for placement in math courses. The reading comprehension and sentence skills tests are optional. The main difference between the two placement tests is the sequencing of questions. The COMPASS math exam starts with the more difficult questions, and if the tester cannot answer the harder questions, easier questions pop up. The ACCUPLACER begins with the more simple problems and progresses toward the more difficult. This way, when the tester reaches a point in which they no longer understand the equations, they do not have to go on. "The COMPASS was the only option when I took my placement test," said Ileber Bedes, WSU alumnus who graduated spring 2006. "It would have been nice to have See Test page 5 !!cns in Brief WSU experiences planned water shut off Weber State University was without water Wednesday morning due to a planned water outage. Ogden City is replacing old pipes and pressure regulator valves. The outage was a resultof this project, which began in September. The project should be completed in November, and the new pipes and valves should improve water pressure and cleanliness. On Wednesday, crews were fixing pipes and rerouting water. WSU shouldn't be affected again, but if the university's water supply needs to be shut off, the outage would occur in the evening or during the weekend. Free speech continues at Utah state capitol Free Speech will remain just that at the Utah State Capitol Complex. The Capitol Preservation Board listened to concerns of a diverse group of citizen advocates, religious organizations, journalists and private citizens who opposed changes that would have made it more difficult for citizens to approach, educate or hand leaflets to Utah legislators. As The Signpost reported earlier, the board had proposed "free-speech zones" at the Capitol. The trouble was legislators walked and interacted in the areas outside the "free-speech" zones, limiting access by regular citizens. During an emotional and heated hearing, those who testified against the measure said it appeared as if legislators were locked away from the people and accessible only to paid lobbyists. Board members said the process was an education in democracy. If adopted, following another 30-day comment period, demonstrations, protests and distributing leaflets will be permitted in all areas of the Capitol Complex. Groups will be able to parade or protest outside the Capitol 24 hours a day and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. indoors. Organizations will be able to make requests for protests on short notice and enjoy an expedited appeal if they are denied. The Executive Director of the Capitol Preservation Board, David Hart, said the process was a lesson in democracy."I think it's great," Hart said. "I think going through the process has made a much better rule, and people should feel good about it and feel good about the process. 1 want people to be able to do their business. If the world was static, and no one spoke up, we wouldn't know as much as we do." New editor in chief steps in at Signpost The Signpost welcomes its new editor in chief, Maria Villasenor. Villasenor, Weber State University anthropology and communication major, served as editor in chief last year. She took charge again when previous editor in chief, David Fairchild, resigned earlier this week due to family and scheduling conflicts. While Villasenor was editor in chief, The Signpost was selected as Best Newspaper of its Size by the Utah Press Association; it was also a Crystal Crest finalist for Organization of the Year. - r i - --"- -' '
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-10-13, Vol. 69, No. 27|
|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.|