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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY - The Waiting for Godot Rugby season f opens Saturday J see page 5 1 ''. see page 6 FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2006 wsusignpost.com VOLUME 68 ISSUE 88 ii i j ii r k 4 f i i m i t i Utah developer proposes housing, gondola GO xzU n M (M : JJ f-' 1 1 4 L " ' "1 r ' "V. 'A "1 1 " PHOTOS BY MATT CLASS THE SIGNPOST Chris Peterson (right) proposes buying 160 acres of land Weber State University owns on the mountainside to build a starting point for a mountain gondola as well as a housing community. (Inset) Leitner Poma's sales manager Tom Clink discusses the gondola with David Dille, WSU freshman. Developer visits campus By Maria Villasenor editor in chief The Signpost Enthusiasts, detractors and those undecided on Chris Peterson's plans for Weber State University and Ogden gathered in the Shepherd Union Ballroom Wednesday. WSU President E Ann Millner invited the developer to present his plans to the campus community. Peterson was available from noon to inform the estimated 1,000 people of his plans to buy 160 acres from WSU and other lands. He three presentations throughout the day. City council members heard and spoke with Peterson, and Mayor Matthew Godfrey explained and promoted the proposals during the presentation. "It's a start, this is the concept, we don't have all the answers yet," Millner said. The next step, Millner said, is being formed a committee made of students, staff, faculty and trustees to develop a set of criteria to analyze the proposal. It's currendy too early in the process to draw any conclusions orsetopinions on the matter, according to President Milkier. .. ... i Chris Peterson See Gondola page 3 Peterson's proposals Downtown gondola to be linked to commuter rail at the 23rd St. Hub and run up to Harrison Boulevard and down to Weber State University, instead of a streetcar or bus rapid transit systems. Mountain gondola to be connected with the downtown gondola at Weber State University and run up the mountain to SnowBasin. East Bench housing community to be developed on land east of Skyline Drive currently owned by , WSU, as well as on the city-owned Mt. Ogden Golf Park and Forest Service lands. The golf park and trails would be kept opened to the public, but many trails would be rerouted. Road-less village at the top of the mountain would only be accessible through the trails and gondola. WSU alumna to sign self-published book about sexual assault By Rebecca Palmer sr. news reporter The Signpost A Weber State University employee has self-published a book about sexual abuse in childhood and marriage, and said she hopes to share it with die campus tonight' during a book signing and reception. The reception will be in the Shepherd Union Building Room 338 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is being co-sponsored by WSU Sendees for Women Students as part of Sexual Assault Awareness month. Andrea Lauritzen's book, "Masquerade: A Story of Abuse and Healing," first tells the story of a young abused child, and dien delves into die healing process dirough a combination of poetry and prose. The tide represents the many Andrea Lauritzen masks abused people must wear throughout their lives. "Her main goal is to help someone," said WSU registration supervisor Candy Stevens, who co-edited Lauritzen's book. "That's all she's going for." Lauritzen's book started as a 15-page paper for a WSU class last semester. She showed it to several of her friends, and they encouraged her to expand it. But Lauritzen said she held off on finishing the book until she felt inspired to write it. Then, it took only six weeks to finish. "I felt impressed that I needed to write this story," Lauritzen said. "There was a push I say it was from God that I needed to do it." No names are used in the book, only generic identifiers, Lauritzen said. She said this makes the book easier to relate to. "It is a lot of people's story," she said. Lauritzen has a bachelor's in English with a minor in child development. Her understanding of children introduced her to tools to help others cope witii abuse, she said. When a child is abused, especially prior to the age of five, the child's brain is deformed, Lauritzen explained. "Because of the way die brain is rewired, somediing traumatic changes a child's whole belief system," Lauritzen said. "The way they come at the world is different." For abused people, one way to cope is to hear the stories of others, Lauritzen said. When people are abused, diey can feel alone and misunderstood, but when they hear other's stories, they can say, "I act that way," or "I feel that way," Lauritzen said. In addition to helping people who have been abused, Lauritzen said she hopes her book will spread understanding to groups of people who haven't been abused people who may not fully believe abuse occurs, or who shy away from discussing it. The best thing friends of people who have been abused can do is be patient, Lauritzen said. "Healing hurts as much as what caused the hurt in the first place," Lauritzen said. "People heal in layers. It takes a long time sometimes." Stevens said people, especially parents, could learn from the book about preventing abuse. See Book page 3 Unmasking masculinity, violence in Hollywood By Wendy Wilson correspondent The Signpost Students and faculty learned violent masculinity has become die norm for males, Wednesday, based on the views of society, and also learned some rape goes undetected. A small group gathered in Weber State University's Diversity Center to view and discuss two videos dealing witii undetected rape and die concept of "violent masculinity." WSU social work senior Kirsten Steadman helped organize the event as par t of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The event was sponsored by die Services for Women Students and As Safe As Possible (A.S.A.R), a student organization aimed at promoting safety, specifically from sexual assault. Steadman, an advisor for the Services for Women Students, said one of die slogans for Sexual Assault Awareness Month this year has been "decide to end sexual assault." She said everyone has a responsibility to help stop sexual assault. "We want to make people aware that they are contributing to sexual assault happening in their community, whether they are perpetuating stereotypes or attitudes or doing things to create a safe haven for this to occur," Steadman said. The first video, "The Undetected Rapist," was based on a study conducted by David Lisak, a psychology professor at the University of Massachusetts. Lisak interviewed a student, who was referred to as "Frank," about his experiences in taking part in activities not always viewed as rape by society. The video showed the interview with "Frank" where he described a ritual of his fraternity inviting women to parties where they became drunk and were eventually raped by members of the fraternity. In the interview, "Frank" referred to the women as "targets" and "prey." He also said the women were "staked out" and chosen because they were thought to be especially naive. Lisak said these terms are all "words that serve to de-humanize the victims." In describing one specific encounter, "Frank" said the woman was "so plastered she probably didn't know what was going on anyway." He also said at one point the woman pushed away, but he pushed her back down and held his arm across her chest to minimize squirming. After viewing the video, WSU social work junior Tyler Steadman See Unmask page 3 Students prepare for summer baja competition By Corina Laufiso sr. news reporter The Signpost The engines are revved and die marks set for 1 1 WSU students who will be competing in die Mini Baja West 2006 Competition May 1 1-13. Mini Baja is a national student version of die Baja 1000 off-road desert race. Mechanical engineering technology students began laying out design concepts in August and generating solid models for diis year's Baja vehicle. This is the tliird consecutive year WSU students have competed, and tiiis year die Baja Wildcat Race Team has particularly high hopes. "The first year Weber competed, we were in the 50 percentile range at the finish," said Daniel Magda, WSU associate mechanical engineering technology professor. "The second year, in the 40 percentile; this year we're going for better than tiiat, hopefully somewhere in the 20 percentile range." A group of 10 men and one woman have been testing this year's vehicle, making die appropriate change's and tweaks necessary to get it ready for competition. The team is given automotive engineering standards developed by die Society of Automotive Engineers as general guidelines for die project. Team members have evaluated last year's project and have come up widi revisions to improve tiieir overall standing at die competition, such as better steering, different transmission concepts, suspension and using die frame material more effectively. The Mini Baja is a capstone senior project required for graduation. Students who participate in die project are involved witii die design, analysis, manufacturing, testing and evaluation of tiieir project as if tiiey were real engineers to be competitive at die race. "This project pulls togedier all die undergraduate course work die students have learned," Magda said. "Over die course of nine mondis, diey come to realize what it takes to become an engineer who solves real-world engineering design problems." The competition attracts universities and colleges from all over the United States and even odier countries. With its basis set in giving students engineering experience, the rules and guidelines of die competition challenge students to put forth their best work. Magda said one major facet of tiiis competition is to test the teamwork that goes into it. This year's senior project leader, Greg Bell, has experienced firsdiand what being in a teamwork setting such as tiiis can do. "I have had several employers ask me about working in a team," Bell said. "And diey've paid close attention to the interaction of teamwork I've had widi tiiis particular project." Magda said the project is specifically set up to bring engineering students togedier and pull from tiieir experiences and knowledge to make die best possible project. The competition doesn't differentiate between undergraduate and graduate projects. Magda said each student brings a unique skill to die project. Some students are designers, some do die analysis while some are machining, welding, testing and optimizing to improve quality and performance of die vehicle. "I diink we compete witii some of die best engineering schools at die competition." Magda said. "And we have been improving each year among them." See Baja page 3 j - - 4J a' "- , y 'f if. JL. lii K- V;-' . J i t ; T - .- . . - -i ii, - an " ' iniaii.- "II ii, I'lll III) 111 UKIt t ktSLSC H llll Ml.M'l Students from the mechanical engineering technology department and members of the Baja Wildcat Race Team work on their baja vehicle for the national Mini Baja competition this summer. The vehicle is about 45 percent complete.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-04-21, Vol. 68, No. 88|
|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.|