Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-11-021
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"Picasso" in r n v Weber State University See page 4 HIE ';'"- c J -rr- V U . Y :.v (N a'W':) 3"; MT Sift 5 id 1 1 r:i,;:.j z Coalition of universities, sponsors backs tax reform for textbooks By Seth Durfee sr. news reporter I The Signpost The Weber State University Student Association will be out in force next week to collect signatures for a petition to remove sales tax from university textbooks. Student Association President Jacob Beus has taken initiative to make WSU a voice in the call for lower student fees. "With the increasing costs of tuition, fees, and textbooks, something needs to be done to alleviate some of the cost," Beus said. According to a 2005 investigation, the United States Government Accountability Office found the cost of textbooks had nearly tripled from 1986 to 2005. College textbook prices have also risen at twice the "Anything to help lower the cost of book sales we're for t" Michael Richter, bookstore director Weber State University rate of inflation. The sharp increase in textbook costs, along with rising tuition, is putting a greater stress on college students. The initiative is designed to lower the rising cost higher education, said Spencer Pearson, the University of Utah student body president. "Nine hundred dollars a year for tuition is a significant cost," Pearson said. He said they wanted to find a way to bring costs directly to the student. According to the Office of the Utah Legislative Fiscal Analyst, the savings for Utah students, if the initiative is passed, is estimated at $4,654,000. WSU is not the only school in Utah trying to build support for the tax initiative. The petition at WSU is part of a statewide movement that involves at least twelve other Utah colleges and universities. "This is an equal collaborative effort for higher education institutions throughout the state," Pearson said. Beus said each state institution has placed a goal to accumulate signatures from 25 percent of their respective student populations. Though the issue is new to Utah, it is not new to the nation. There are 17 states that have no tax on textbooks; 12 of those states r J I ! : ' ...--it ' 'ITTJTTTTFTI i . 4- ! I i ' w I i " r' ; '; -'' ' : If the are specifically textbook tax exempt others have no sales tax. The WSUSA is trying to help students become aware of the issue. Beus said that throughout the month of November, representatives from the student association and the student senate will go to classes to explain the petition and pass around a clipboard for students to sign. Michael Richter, the bookstore director for Weber State, said he wasn't aware that Weber had a strong push for the tax exemption going. SOURCE: BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS "We would support that 110 percent," Richter said. "Anything to help lower the cost of book sales we're for it." The few students who have heard about the initiative expressed their willingness to support something that could potentially lower student fees. Daren Tucker, a Weber State junior studying business administration said, "It doesn't sound like I could lose anything," Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. A group of volunteers hypnotized by Frederick Winters at the Monster Mash. Sleeping one second and in their own imaginary world the next. 4 , 1 I PI lOlO BY ERIN BEUCHEUT IHL SICirosr By Molly Bennett editor in chief I The Signpost A crowd full of devil, pirate and sexy fairy costumes was to be expected at The Union Building Halloween night but men laying eggs, people acting like ponies and petting imaginary pets, was not. Yet, this seemed the reality for 16 hypnotized participants at the Monster Mash on Wednesday. "It goes along with mysticism, voodoo, make-believe and the completely unknown," said Frederick Winters, the hypnotist who created this imaginary world for the volunteers. At one point, Winters had one participant believe she was Weber State University President F. Ann Milliter. The girl announced in front of the audience a new "no laughing" rule for WSU. Another participant, believing himself an officer, was enforcing the rule and kept shouting "shut up" in audience member's faces. Meanwhile, most everyone was laughing uncontrollably at a third participant who was belly dancing on stage. For Winters, this is a day in the life of a hypnotist. "I don't know where to begin," Winters said. "I've been slapped, spit on, kicked, punched. With every show something wild and different happens, like a banana on stage." One- participant on Wednesday was dressed as a banana. He had to turn his costume inside out three times because Winters made all the male participants believe their shirts were on inside out. Winters, who is from Wisconsin, does 200 or more shows a year. He said his act was the number one act in the country for college campuses last year. "I think it's curiosity," Winters said. "It's the challenge of the unknown they want to experience." WSU sophomore Jake Rhees was one of the participants. He was interested in a having a different hypnotic experience. "I wanted to get hypnotized," Rhees said, "but not do what Winters asked. I wanted to try and control it." It didn't work. Rhees found himself on all fours acting like a pony with one participant getting on his back at Winters command. "I remember being the pony," Rhees said, "and I didn't want her to be on me." Even though he remembers what he did, Rhees said after the show he felt like he had missed out on something funny. WSU freshman Robert Berrett volunteered to be hypnotized. He left the See Hypnotist page 5 eal CSI at WSU shows off trade By Ryan Wilson correspondent I The Signpost About 40 people gathered in the Weber State Alumni Center for dinner and a short presentation for the annual Crime Scene Investigation at WSU Tuesday night. The presentation room of the Alumni Center was filled with faculty, Weber State alumni, and many others interested in how CSI works. ' Kay Gillespie of the Weber State Criminal Justice Department started the night off with a short slide show presentation on ' some of the places he has visited in searching for the history of notorious criminals such as Jack the Ripper. After the slide presentation, the visitors were loaded on a bus headed for the 12th street Weber County Correctional Facility. "This program is to show people that not all CSI wear Gucci suits like you see on TV," Gillespie said. The program, led by Weber-Metro CSI Director Russ Dean, was designed to create awareness of how CSI really works and to "dispel the myths of CSI" said Brandi Child, a member of the Weber-Metro CSI unit. The Weber-Metro CSI has been in operation since July 15, 1992. "Prior to the formation ofWeber County's own CSI unit," Dean said, "detectives had to handle their own forensic matters." There are currently eight members of the Weber CSI team, most of which are Weber State alumni. The CSI team presented a slide show displaying pictures of some of their most memorable moments and lists to show that they do much more than deal with murder cases. Some other duties for a CSI team may range from bombs and drugs to animal cruelty and suicide. "We may even get sent to take a picture of something as simple as a broken window," Dean said. The CSI unit put on a small demonstration showing how they trace the trajectory of a bullet using a $15,000 laser machine. "Our unit has some of the most advanced equipment on the market," said Sandra Ladd, Weber-Metro CSI fingerprint specialist, as she uncovered fingerprints on a whiteboard using modern tools. "We don't use the brush anymore like you see on TV." Paul Rimmasch, CSI 2 said, "I think CSI the show is having a negative effect on the public." i jlL -J L- PHOTO BY BEN BARKER THE SIGNPOST WSU alumni peer over a display that the Weber CSI team set up tuesday night. The team showed off the AFIS system, among their other tools. Rimmasch said that the popular television series gives false ideas to the public. "The series is full of know-it-alls and there is no division of duties, one detective knows the specific phylum name and classification of a bug just by looking at it. We want to leave the crime scene as pristine as possible. If the TV is on, we leave it on. If the lights are off, we leave them off." Ladd said the unit relies heavily on the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, also referred to asAFIS.TheAFIS system is used to find criminals who have been previously arrested. The AFIS system only houses persons who have been arrested in Utah and does not include juveniles. "The computer does not make super fast comparisons and show guys' faces next to their fingerprints," Ladd said. "Everything is still done manually with long hours focusing on a1-inch-by-l-inch square." The CSI team members opened their personal offices to the audience after the presentation where they displayed how the AFIS system worked and exhibited other tools of their profession. Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. Mews in Brief Wildcat club raises funds for athletes The Weber Wildcat Club is hosting its biggest fundraiser of the year this evening. The annual event raises around $70,000 for student athlete scholarships. Nearly 600 Wildcat supporters are scheduled to attend the evening's festivities at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center. The fundraiser includes a silent auction, dinner and live auction. Every year community members donate to the auction and then bid on auction items. This year's auction includes a new Suzuki Quadsport Z 254, four wheeler. Another auction item is a private shooting clinic with Jeff Hornacek for 10 people at the Zions Bank Basketball Center. Also up for bid are two cruises one to the Caribbean and one to the Bahamas. The silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m. Author speaks on human-less world AlanWeisman, a New York Times bestselling author will speak about his book "The World Without Us," at 6 p.m. on November 2, in a lecture hosted by WSU's Academic Affairs. The lecture will be held in the special collections area of the Stewart Library. Weisman book discusses what the world would be like if humanity was no longer around. He discusses the effects humanity has on resources and the ways people can better protect the earth's resources. The provost and the Environment Initiatives Committee will sponsor the event. The presentation is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception as well as a book signing opportunity. Runaway car submerged in pond A vehicle was towed out of the duck pond early Thursday morning after having rolled from where it was parked in the W8 lot, according to Weber State University Police Sergeant Jim Wagner. Wagner said the car was not secured properly. The car rolled over four grass medians into the W10 lot and then into the southwest corner of the duck pond, which is about a couple feet deep, Wagner said. No signs, trees or other cars were hit. The accident was reported at 10 p.m., police had to wait for the owner of the car, who was at the Monster Mash, until 1 a.m. to tow the car. The driver was given a warning for failure to properly secure a vehicle. No ducks were harmed by the runaway car.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-11-02, Vol. 78, No. 36|
|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.|