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vtT r INSIDE n Since Sept. 11, people are more f confident in I Bush's abilities, V see Page 6. I ! Volume 64 Issue 61 wsusignpost.com Wednesday, March 6, 2002 oThe STICOJ S 1?L7 DgQddtis By Casey Cummings campus affairs editor The Signpost During the past few years, issues from vote fraud to a dispute over the price of buffalo wings have arisen from elections at Weber State University. This year the WSU Student Association hopes to keep the controversies to a minimum. "It will go well," WSUSA President Steve Starks said. "We've already had close to 35 people who have picked up application packets. It will be very exciting with lots of people running, just like last year." Although students will not begin voting until March 27, the WSUSA and the Elections Committee have been preparing for this event for the past year. "We're hoping we will have less controversy," Starks said. "We just can't foresee everything that will happen. There will undoubtedly be something that comes up that we didn't foresee." In an attempt to avoid a repeat of the confusion that last year's election brought, the WSUSA senate passed several new bills last semester in or der to clarify some ambiguous election bylaws. One new change requires candidates to report actual retail value of campaign items they purchase, whether or not they actually pay that price. Another bill clarifies how and when write-in candidates should declare their candidacies. The process of disputing an election was also clarified. "The rules are a little stricter, but they're only set up as boundaries," WSUSA Vice President John Valletta said. Both Valletta and Starks agreed that the changes will not take away from a candidate's ability to be creative when campaigning. "We still want people to be original and involved," Valletta said. "I still think it will come down to who can be creative and convince the most people." At Monday's WSUSA senate meeting, Elections Committee Chair Quinn Campbell introduced this year's election rules. Senators will vote to approve the rules next week. "We don't regulate the bylaws at all. We're just going off the interpre tation of those laws," Campbell said. Students interested in becoming candidates should pick up an application packet located in the WSUSA office in the Shepherd Union Building. To declare candidacy, a student must fill out and sign the proper forms and pay a $50 filing fee. The form and fee are due no later than 4 p.m. on March 14. "I hope to see good people with strong campaigns run," Starks said. ' "You learn the legislature process and form ties and connections. It's also fun to be involved in something important." See Senate page 3 Vs. fcfc Davis honored for service to WSU campus By Andee Hales sr. news reporter The Signpost Weber State University honored another faculty member for outstanding service on campus. Each year one faculty member is awarded the John S. Hinckley award following peer nominations. The 2002 award winner is Brian Davis, a professor in the Goddard School of Business and Economics. On Tuesday Davis was presented with the award at a luncheon in the Shepherd. Union Building Ballroom by WSU President Paul H. Thompson and Provost David Eisler. In December of 2001, Davis was notified , that he had been nominated. "I am deeply honored and humbled by it," Davis said. "I'll have to work the rest of my career to be worthy of it." Davis, reared in Roy, Utah, began his first job at Weber State College in the veterans af fairs office while working toward his associate's degree. He graduated from Weber State College in 1 977. While earning his master's degree through an evening program at Utah State University he worked in the student services department. Davis earned a doctorate degree in philosophy at the University of Georgia in 1985 and returned to WSC in 1 9 S 7 as a faculty member. Each year Davis teaches nearly 7(X) students, ranging from freshmen to graduate students. He is the director of the master's of business administration degree program at WSU and director of the Center tor Religion and Ethics. Davis helps in coordinating weekly forums on religion and ethics and is an adviser for the Muslim Student Associa-tion. He continuously conducts research on religious diversity in Utah and is a research affiliate with the Pluralism Project at 1 Ian aid University. His peers agreed that he was deserving of rci K 'CI Brian Davis ; s; -. - - ,.... ! - :- r . i: ' '. ; '5 ; ' . I t . . i v - : I f i I f ' - J f. rv ? ' - i e7 & ' - , . ' ' : r : - A ..4t . . . & ? '4 : i ' : - ' - U t ' i ? 'K ' i : ...v ; ' " I .. . I p, 1 -tin ' I :. : i.'-' . ! I '; : 1 : ! j ;' ;i i- ' :' . 'I v " .: : ff ? ; f S ' ) 1 ; i "1 i I : I '" ' i , :'U - yy-. - . -", i u. Paralympian Cato Zahl I'cderscn addresses Weber State University students Tuesday in the Wildcat Theater. Paralympian shares insight with WSU By Jennifer Larson asst. news editor The Signpost A 13-time gold-medal winner came to share his story with students Tuesday afternoon.Cato Zahl Pedersen is not only a Paralympian and the recipient of the IOC President's Disabled Athlete Award, he was also awarded the Outstanding Young Person of the World, given for his leadership skills. "I am not disabled," Pedersen said, "I am different-abled." His disability has not prevented him from finding his adventurous side. In 1 994, Pedersen was approached to accompany two other men on an expedition to the South Pole, an expedition they would call, "Unarmed to the South Pole." At first, Pedersen said that he was not that interested in going. He was unsure about spending 70 days in the freezing, vast, windblown, lonely openness, especially with no way to contact the outside world. When Pedersen told his family about the expedition, they told him not to go. They told him he had no experience doing this kind of expedition. Pedersen replied that he had no experience without arms either, and that has not stopped him yet. After two years of preparation, including much research about equipment and food, not to mention five hours a day train- 5 ing, the expedition team headed out in search of the South Pole. With the team members having never - met each other before preparation started. 1 Pedersen said communication was impor-g tant for the success of the expedition, l.iv- 2 ing in tight quarters every day for so r many days, it can become difficult to stay 5 civil and patient with one another, he - said. - The trek was not easy. They were sometimes required to walk through waves of So Paralympian Set- Davis page .
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2002-03-06, Vol. 64, No. 61|
|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.|