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, 7 . The WSU hockey defeats Arion,i O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY Wilcats quality tor NCAA See pae 6 j ,M :k- f : 1 ; I t f ; Maflito tot. cMs4 L' gnpost spates onncsainis vuili-pSBiDo Math department encourages students to stick with math classes and seek help liy Heather Carter news editor Tlic Signpost Based on a recent decision made by the Utah System of Higher education, other Utah universities will not recognize philosophy 2200 as a fulfillment of the quantitative literacy prerequisite. The new deductive logic course that was accepted by Weber State University as a quantitative literacy requirement last fall semester, has raised many concerns of whether there can be a replacement for math. Math Department chair Kent Kidman said he felt the US! IF reaction to the philosophy 2200 course signified a rejection of the route that WSU has taken. "It is not that we are saying that it is a bad course," Kidman said. Kidman explained that if students took both the logic and math classes they would receive a solid education; however, his concern is for students who rely solely on the logic course to learn quantitative concepts. "I think one reason that the logic course passed was the fear of math problem with math 101o, Kidman Last fall semester's fail rate for math 1010 was 41 percent, followed by a 14 percent fail rate in 1030 and a 34 percent fail rate in 1050. Kidman stated that there are many services . and resources for students who struggle with math to get help. He said he believed a maior Dart of J L the problem is that students who need help do not take advantage of the tutoring services available. The Supplemental Instruction program for the math department was canceled for the spring semester because not enough students showed up to the sessions. "I think the kids who really have a problem with math 1010 don't come here," said Rachael Walker, a tutor at the Solution Space who is a WSU senior majoring in biology. "I honestly think so because the kids who come here are willing to work and they do their homework; and if you do that you'll pass 1010." The Solution Space is only one of the many services provided for WSU students looking for math help. The Math Tutoring Center located in the Student Services Center in Room 164 helps students Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to the tutoring centers, one-on-one tutoring is also available by appointment, and a new online math tutoring Web site is offered to students who are not on campus. "One of the really frustrating things is that towards the end of the semester we see a lot of new faces in here that haven't been getting any help." said WSU senior Josh Kluthe a physics major who tutors at the Math Tutoring Center. "There is onlv so much we can do when there is onlv two weeks left to the final exam." Although WSU freshman Ben Johnston said math was neverone of his strong points, he felt that he could " think the kids who really have a 1010 don't come here. I honestly think so because the kids who come here are willing to work and they do their homework; and if you do that you'll pass 1010. Rachael Walker, Solution Space tutor See Math page I t V r 1 .... t -r : V- 111 l- " ' s i 1 i .-, - i, . . s - CI ' TT T!J7T "1 r " '.'..',Z IMACL (.OL.KILM Ul BKAl) ,MOKI I Nil , An artist's rendering of the southern view of the Humanities building that will replace Buildings 1 and 2. WSU presents to legislature Request made to state for the funding needed to replace Buildings 1 and 2 By Deborah Ramsay sr. news reporter I The Signpost Weber State University President F. Ann Millner, Brad Mortenson, Norm Tarbox and Kevin Hansen went to bat Monday to request for funding from the Capital Appropriations Joint Subcommittee to replace WSU's Buildings 1 and 2 and expanding the chilled-water system. Richard E. Kendell, commissioner of Utah System of Higher Education, announced the recommendations of the Board of Regents in prioritizing this year's requests. "WSU and U of U took tie for first place," Kendell said. Kendell explained the process they had used was a quantitative formula based on facts to make the recommendations and the process was not a political ' 1 one- "Brevity is UltI. ' a good thing, they got ready the committee. i i i Millnersaidas to approach Millnerand 10 minutes presentation She began the huge roll her team to pitch their to the committee, by explaining sitting on the table " s of buildine Dlans. weighing about 40 lbs. "We did our homework,". Millner said. ."This is proof our plan's done and ready to go." Millner said she felt WSU had been given two assignments last year when WSU had been given the money to have the plans drawn up. The first was to get the plans completed and the other was to come back to the committee with the same financial request as last year to fund the project. "We have done both," Millner said. "The cost did so un slightly from the PHOTO BY TRICIA CERRARD THE SIGNPOST Building 2, along with Building 1, would be demolished and the new Humanities Building would be built in its place after this semester if the Utah Legislature approves its funding. original request (an increase of $1 million) because of the increase in the cost of building materials, but we have gone out and raised additional money to cover the increase and are in line with the original request with no escalation." See Legislature page 5 Senate: No more political parties ti-i 1RICIA CtRKARD i ;t jwJVOi Criminal justice sophomore Arturo Barreto does his math homework in the Math Tutoring Center Tuesday. Student senators vote to eliminate political parties for elections By Jenalee Berger sr. news reporter I The Signpost A bill that will eliminate Weber State University political parties from the WSU bylaws was introduced and passed in Monday's Student Senate meeting. "I just really think that the fact that we have a political party system is kind of silly," said WSU Education Senator Brett Jones who sponsored the bill. Jones said the political parties only form during elections to get candidates elected. He said that political parties make running for office too easy for candidates and they don't have to campaign as hard. "People are not out there campaigning because once thev get into this party system they feel secure, they feel complacent," Jones said, "they feel like their election is all but secured." The original bill also excluded clubs and organizations from supporting political candidates. "I think that clubs should be allowed to endorse people that they support or believe will represent their issues." said Veteran Student Senator Nick Mathews. The bill was amended so clubs and organizations are allowed to endorse and support candidates. The senators voted on the bill the same day that it was introduced, so the bill could be included in the election packets for the upcoming spring elections. The election packets will go out Feb. 1. The bill was passed in an effort to raise participation in elections. Jones said that, because of the political parties, not as manv independent candidates run. "There are fewer signs out there," Jones said, "there are fewer class visits, there are fewer people holding these events, giving out promotional items, trying to get elected, and working for that vote because they feel secure and that's making elections suffer." W S U S A President Peter Owens said that he thought the bill would improve the candidates. "Being involved in the political parties and seeing what's going on," Owens said, "there is a free-rider effect where others take advantage of those that are doing a lot of the work." Also during Monday's meeting a new : -rr::r: "rf- r" : ;'ff tL- ' v "is : BRICE ktLstH College of Education Senator Brett Jones presents during the Jan. 29 Student Senate meeting. Jones sponsored legislation that was passed Monday to eliminate political parties, saying they make running too easy. Native American senator's position was ratified, the parliamentarian rescinded his resignation, and a possible new weber.edu Web site was previewed by senators. The senators voted to rarity Dustin Shoemake as the Native American Senator. Shoemake was the Native American senator last year. "We were happv to have him apply for the position and have him back," said WSU Davis Campus Senator JimW'est. See Senate page 5 Hews in Brief Student government positions available There are several elected and non-elected positions open in the Weber State University Student Association that are waiting to be filled by application. One of those positions is the WSUSA legislative vice president, who is in charge of overseeing the Student Senate as well as representing students in Faculty Senate, Dean's Council and other committees. Other Senate-related positions include senators for African-American students and Asian Polynesian students. Another open position is for WSUSA Supreme Court Justice. To apply for any of these positions, a student must be enrolled full-time and have a 2.5 cumulative CPA and 2.0 semester CPA. Applications are available in the Student Involvement & Leadership Office in the Shepherd Union Building, Room 419 and should be submitted by 4 p.m. on Feb. 5. For more information, call 626-6349. Utah Special Olympic Winter Games to start Weber State University will host the Utah Special Olympic Winter Games on Feb. 2 and Feb. 3. Opening ceremony on Friday will begin at 7 p.m. and feature a parade of athletes, cauldron lighting and victory dance. Skiing and snowboarding competitions will be held at Powder Mountain and North Fork Park on Friday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day. On Saturday, speed and figure skating competitions will be held at the Ogden Ice Sheet starting at 2 p.m. Volunteers are also needed to help in the events. To volunteer, contact Brady Yates at bradyyatesgmail. com or Kari Petersen at kpetersen3weber.edu. For more information on the Winter Games, go to www.sout.org or call 363-1111. Debate Team wins tournament in Denver The Weber State University Debate team came out on top at the University of Denver Policy Debate Tournament, held Jan. 27 and Jan. 28. Included in the tournament were schools within district nine. Schools included University of Denver, Eastern New Mexico University, Idaho State, University of Wyoming, and three teams from WSU. Although all three teams had a good showing, it was the Weber A team that excelled.In the six pre-elimination rounds the top two-person policy team, Stacy Dawson and Ryan Cheek, went 5-1, losing only one round. The tournament was small enough that it only required semi-finals and then a final round. In the semi-finals WSU went up against a team from UW, and came out with a win. The final round, held in front of a three-judge panel, ended up between WSU and the host school, Denver. In die end, WSU achieved the win, beating Denver on a 3-0decision.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-01-31, Vol. 69, No. 56|
|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.|