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t H : Couple exhibits abstract sculptures and quilts O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY i ' Track team excels np o at meet See page 6 See page 4 ;V' ''.-Jri The0 SI :1. 1 . Candidates feel election woes Campaign violations cause one candidate to be disqualified By Heather Carter news editor I The Signpost After receiving her third offense, Weber State University arts and lectures vice president candidate Jacqui Anderson was disqualified from WSU's 2007 student elections on Tuesday. Anderson's most recent offense occurred on March 29 when she distributed campaign T-shirts packaged in an opaque wrapper at the Ogden Institute of Religion. WSU's elections committee found Anderson in violation of the campaign rule that states, "No campaigning activities are allowed in the WSUSA Offices, the entire fourth floor of the Shepherd Union Building, any computer lab, the Stewart Library (except Honors office), or any religious facilities." According to WSU Election Chair Justin Hooker, four witnesses testified that Anderson was campaigning in the institute building. "Seeing that this was not only a huge offense, but also her third offense," Hooker said, "we operate on a three-strike system so she was immediately disqualified." Hooker said there was really no other option besides disqualifying Anderson because she kept breaking the rules. The two other grievances filed against Anderson included posting her campaign signs before the allotted time, and individuals were seen wearing her campaign T-shirts in the computer lab of the Stewart Library on Monday. Anderson said she wasn't intentionally violating the rules when she handed out her "pre-packaged" campaign T-shirts to a couple of friends that she said she only sees in the institute building. "I feel the punishment is much too harsh to be completely disqualified," Anderson said. "I wasn't trying to be maliciously breaking the rules." Anderson said she is in the process of appealing the elections committee's decision, and she said she hopes the elections committee's decision will be overturned. Anderson was running uncontested for the arts and lectures vice president position, and it is possible that one of the write-in candidates for arts and lectures vice president may win the election. "There are so many candidates this year that are uncontested that have done nothing in the form of campaigning; no signs, no nothing," Anderson said. "If I would have done that, I may have won. But since I have been putting some extra effort in, I may be disqualified." Since Anderson had teamed up with two other vice president candidates to do their campaigning, Anderson has not been the only one affected by some of the grievances that were filed. Erin Beuchert, the vice president candidate for service, and Jessica Sims, the diversity vice president candidate, were also found in violation of posting their signs too early, and campaigning in the computer lab of the Stewart Library. Anderson, Beuchert and Sims had to take their campaign signs down for five days, and because their T-shirts were seen in the computer lab, the three candidates are also not allowed See Candidates page 7 ' ... - r i -. -- 'He wanted to right all the wrongs rnUiUMi) MAKIA WLLAblNOK ira)n, 'mol Jacqui Anderson (forefront) discusses the Elections Committee's ruling that orders her, Erin Beuchert (background) and Jessica Sims to take down the signs they had put up before the allotted time. The signs collectively advertised for all three candidates. Weber professor remembers politically enganged son By Maria Villasenor editor in chief I The Signpost Weber State University music professor Mark Maxson admitted he was gushing about his son Adrian. "I'm pretty sure he was going to be President of the United States someday," Maxson said. Eighteen-year-old Adrian Leigh Maxson died the morning of April 4 of injuries he sustained when he was struck by a car the night before. Adrian was ambitious, as Maxson described him: he was a student at DaVinci Academy of Science and the J. - . .i.WUl,l.iii.JU i . IMVIMj Shmriit ' " :-' - - nil ij Adrian Leigh Maxson Arts in Ogden and an early college freshman at WSU. Maxson said his son loved politics and was going into political science. "He wanted to right all die wrongs, and I think he wanted to do it by the time he was 21," Maxson said. A Signpost reporter interviewed Adrian earlier in the semester after a Feb. 14 Convocations featuring the Black Pantiiers Co-Founder Bobby Seale. Adrian was quoted as saying, "I'm a supporter of progressive humanitarian movements and wanted to learn more about one of the prime founders of that movement in the U.S. I know now not to trust history. The Black Panthers are not the blood-sucking leeches that the neo-cons lead us to believe." Maxson remembered Adrian Leigh Maxson reading his son's was a talented writer quote in the and artist, his father paper. Mark Maxson said. "I read that To view a poem I was taken Adrian wrote, go to aback for a wsusignpost.com second, but that's Adrian," Maxson said. "He was very into politics." They later talked about the Black Panthers, and Maxson said he learned a few things from his son. The two had a tradition: on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays they would meet up by the cafe at the Kimball Center for the Visual Arts after their classes were over and get coffee. "We'd talk politics, and talk art and talk about his future that was exciting," See Right page 5 n-",r" : : -;.- ' ..... .. , .- - .- w"" : I ' ' ittfi it-m 'rmuMi ifTIi ii r"' PHOTO BY HEATHER CARTER IHt SIGNI'Obl Weber State University English Professor Michael Wutz, the recipient of this year's Hinckley Award, teaches one of his classes in the Stewart Library on Wednesday. Hinckley Award honors outstanding WSU English professor Faculty nominated Wutz for his teaching, scholarship and service in the classroom By Shirrel Cooper sr. news reporter I The Signpost Every year Weber State University gives an award to a faculty member who has excelled in teaching, scholarship, and service. This faculty member is nominated by fellow faculty members who believe that this person meets the criteria. The John S. Hinckley Fellow Award began in 1991, and has been awarded to 16 professors. This year, the award will be going to WSU English Professor Michael Wutz. Wutz, who has been teaching at WSU for 15 years, said he enjoys his work because he gets to interact with students. He said he believes it is quite phenomenal to learn from all of his students, from the ones who just graduated from high school to the ones who are coming back to school after years of not going. "My challenge and my enjoyment both are to bring all of these different students into a classroom and use the resources they bring to the classroom," Wutz said. Wutz admitted he doesn't like bragging about himself. Fortunately his students don't mind sharing what they love about their professor. Daniel Mauchley, a WSU sophomore who is majoring in secondary education in Spanish, said he believes part of what makes Wutz such a great teacher is his concern for his students. "He'll really ask how things are going in your life," Mauchley said. Mauchley said he has been going through stressful times this year and Wutz has been extremely patient with him. "He's interested in you as a person," See Hinckley page 7 Gcurss evaluations still no2 auaiEas mllwd Students interested in viewing a faculty member's student evaluation have to ask permission By Deborah Ramsay sr. news reporter I The Signpost The sight of a department secretary carrying a single large manila envelope into the classroom during the final weeks of school means one thing course evaluation time. Students shouldn't hold their breath waiting for the results anytime soon. The last scores available for public viewings are from 2003. The lack of further records is due to questions raised in the Dec. 4, 2003 Faculty Senate meeting regarding changes to the evaluation form proposed by the Student Senate. The proposed evaluation form was given to an ad hoc committee for further study. After a complete review, the Faculty Senate voted not to revise the current form and to continue to use the "foregoing evaluation instrument." A second motion was made to offer students the results from the evaluations using the student portals so it would be available to WSU students and faculty, but not die general public. The idea never materialized. Steve Kerr from the institutional research office said he made several attempts to contact the student government, but his calls were never returned. "I offered to continue using the scanning method until the online method was ready to use," Kerr said, "but I never heard back." Kay Brown, the Faculty Senate Office Supervisor, said the Faculty Senate has not made any binding resolutions concerning student evaluations. Currently, PPM8-11 states, "all contracted, non-tenured and adjunct faculty members will have student evaluations administered in every course taught and each tenured faculty member shall have student evaluations administered in at least two courses." Many students are unaware of what happens to the results of the evaluations and wonder if they are a waste of time. "I don't know how much weight they have," said Mackenzie Wilson, WSU senior public relations major. "I think they are a good idea because it gives students a chance to honestly evaluate the teacher and the class." According to Brown, her previous experience in working in the English department showed students' uncertainty is common. "In a class of 25 we would only get three or four comments," Brown said. "Most students just wanted to hurry and get the survey filled out and be done. I used to suggest to students, 'If there's something See Evaluations page 7 News in Brief WSU celebrates Native American Week Weber State University will honor Native Americans and their culture with a variety of activities during the Native American Emphasis Week starting April 9. The week's activities will begin with a sunrise ceremony at 8 a.m. on April 9 at the duck pond. The Second Annual Native American Symposium will also be held that day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kimball Visual Arts Center. The symposium will feature keynote speaker Shirley Weight-Silversmith from the Utah State Office of Education, and will highlight the tapestiy of Native American art and life. Other workshops at the symposium will include discussions concerning how to protect the authenticity of genuine native art, and the origins and meanings of various native dances. The symposium is free to the public, and will have Native American artwork on display. The 360i Annual Contest Powwow will be held on April 14 at the Dee Events Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The powwow will include Native American arts, food, crafts and dancing. Drum and dance contests will also be held, and registration for dancers will begin at 10 a.m. that day. Tickets for the powwow are $3 for adults and $1 for' students. Senior citizens and children under six-years-old are free. For more information about die activities associated widi Native American Emphasis Week.contactNau'veAmerican Council Advisor Jeff Simons at 626-7333. Students raise money for WSU employee Weber State University students are hoping to raise money for WSU mailroom employee Robin Watkins to help him receive a liver transplant. Watkins was diagnosed with liver cancer, and needs $50,000 to get on the list for a transplant. The Robin Watkins Fundraiser Committee will be hosting a bake sale today from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bell Tower. A dance will also be held tonight from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Shepherd Union Building in the Gallery. Admission is $3 with any student ID, and $5 without. Raffle tickets will be available to buy to enter to win a variety of prizes. For more information about the Robin Watkin's fundraiser activities this week, contact Katrina Gray at 389-3975. History professor to receive first Lindquist Award Weber State University's Associate History Professor Kathryn L MacKay will be the first recipient of the John A. Lindquist Award at an awards ceremony held today at noon in the Lindquist Alumni Center. MacKay will receive the award because of her continuous work in mentoring students through service learning and community involvement. MacKay has taught in WSU's Department of I Iistory since 1988, and has been involved widi Utah Campus Compact and the Office of Academic Service learning. The award is named after John A. Lindquist who was a strong supporter for WSU, and an advocate for education and die community. For further information concerning the Lindquist Award, contact WSU Media Relations at 626-6318.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-04-06, Vol. 69, No. 80|
|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.|