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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY The I Spring practice V ' . r n Spring is in the air see page 6 gets into full swing "1 see Mge 8 V 4 4 .1 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2006 wsusignpost.com VOLUME 68 ISSUE 81 (Si) ! I Computer glitches hamper voting Problems in the Banner computer system caused some students to not be able to vote for all of their representatives, according to Christy Butler, WSU elections chairwoman. The problem was worked on, fixed and ready to allow voters a complete ballot until voting ends at noon Friday, Butler said. Butler said any students who voted on Tuesday should check their Wildcat e-mail account for an e-mail about voting if they were unable to vote. Students who want to vote for those representatives must respond that they wish to cast another vote, and include who they want to vote for in the e-mail. Tuesday, voters eligible to elect the honorsBIS, residence halls, Davis Campus and veteran's senators or multiple college senators because of dual majors and minors, were unable to vote because of a malfunction in the computer system. The problem was one Butler said was unforeseen because this was the first election using the new computer system. Students can vote until noon Friday by logging onto their eWeber account at pepe.weber.edu. There is an elections tab where students can cast their ballots. Alcohol screening available tomorrow As part of National Alcohol Screening Day tomorrow, mental health professionals will meet with students and discuss their alcohol habits. Games and DVDs will teach those in attendance about the dangers of unsafe alcohol use and how alcohol affects the body, said Dianna Rangel, WSU Counseling and Psychological Services Center director. WSU's Counseling and Psychological Services Center and Health EducationDrug and Alcohol Program are sponsoring the activities. They will be held tomorrow in the Shepherd Union Building Rooms 338 to 340 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comedian Bemie McGrenahan wall discuss alcohol use in a humorous way. He will speak at 12 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Building Ballroom B. Information will also be available on how to talk to someone with an alcohol problem, Rangel said. Healthy snacks will be served, and those in attendance will have the opportunity to win an iPod. The activities are free of charge. Candidates tor financial aid director to meet campus community As part of the search for a new Financial Aid Director, Weber State University Academic Affairs will be sponsoring presentations given by different candidates for the position. The candidates were given the topic "How to Effectively Use Federal Financial Aid and Institutional Scholarship Dollars to Recruit and Retain Students." The presentations will give students, faculty and staff the chance to meet the candidates for the position and ask questions. The first presentation will be given by Jed Spencer today at 2 p.m. in (he Waltis Business Building Room 114. Another candidate, Shawn Traunlvein, will give a presentation Thursday at .') p.m. in the same place. The meetings will be open to Ihe public. : T " Vfl "Z-Z ' "V ' " " ' " T V. T 1 1 ' s . L " , ; . t - v v ( v ,. ' ' t i . .,''. f ' ....... 1--. I i" ' ; - ft-. 1-.. -. v , m 3 ,.. , . v., . . J ' HHOIOS BY TRICIA CEKRARD THE SIGNPOST (Above) Children from the Weber State University Children's School march around campus Monday. (Below) Four-year-old Lacey Kearsley carries a sign and holds a butterfly she made during Monday's parade. The children were celebrating the sun and promoting healthy living as part of the "Week of the Young Child" sponsored by the National Assocation for the Education of Young.Children. 1 5 OPn.. "VI II I'rv 4 Employers seek criminal justice majors By Logan Bowen correspondent The Signpost The Criminal Justice National Honor Society held their third annual Criminal Justice Career Fair Monday in the Shepherd Union Building Ballroom. The career fair was open to the public and free of charge; it was designed to not only give students a chance to look for a job, but also a way for students to meet people and agencies in the field and see what career options are available. Attending the fair were representatives from 40 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies including FBI, 'I SA, Border Patrol, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Department of Corrections, U.S. Navy, Target, Bureau of Criminal Identification, Security Armored Express, Progressive Youth, Weber County Crime Scene Investigation, Archway Corrections and many more. Local police departments from Ogden, I.ayton, Riverdale, Brigham City and Salt Lake City were in attendance. Ogden City Ollicer Bruce Caertner said Ihe Ogden Police Department is interesled in WSU students because they are trying to See Career Fair page 3 ; 1 'P llth.r ' f r. By Bruce Davis campus affairs reporter The Signpost Legislation concerning the elimination of the special constituency senate seats and creation of four diversity senators continued Monday in die Weber State University Student Association Student Senate meeting. The bill proposes to eliminate eight seats from the senate and replace the seats with four diversity senators. These senators will represent the African-Americans, Asian Polynesian, Hispanic, International, Native American and Veteran students, students wdth disabilities and students who live in the Residence Halls. Senator Chris Ross authored the bill and has been a major participant in the now two-week-old discussion, which has senators taking sides on the issue. Two of die senators, Jason Allison, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Senator, and Dustin Shoemake, Native American Students Senator, have different opinions about the bill. Senator Dustin Shoemake, who does not support this bill, said three of the special constituency councils, for example Native American, African American, Asian Polynesian, will have one of the four diversity senator represent them. Shoemake said he is concerned with how one senator will represent three groups simultaneously. The bill creates the diversity panel, which will seat four senators assigned to represent all eight special constituencies. "As a senate we need to address the students on campus," Shoemake said. " This Children march for better future By Steven R. Mouritsen sr. news reporter The Signpost A week observing the special needs of young children and the importance of teachers began with a parade around the Weber State University campus Monday. The National Association for the Education of Young Children hosts the event "Week of the Young Child" annually. Many local organizations celebrate the occurrence, including the Child and Family Studies Student Association at WSU. "We just feel as adults, that it's our job that we need to reach out to all children," said Christine Mau, Early Childhood Chairperson of CFSSA. The theme for Week of the Young Child this year is "Building Better Futures for All Children." Around the Ogden area and the WSU campus, many happenings associated with the Week of the Young Child will transpire with the support of the Ogden community and the school. legislation reduces our reputation. Passing this bill reduces the voice of the groups." Allison said he is also concerned with these seals, and that this legislation will actually protect these seats. Under the current bylaws, Allison said, senatorial seats can be eliminated if there are no candidates who run for those seats two years in a row. I le said several of these seats will be "on the chopping block" next year if legislations such as the currently proposed bill are not passed to protect them. "I fought last year for those seats," Allison said. An open hour for students and parents to speak with professionals in the education field, including Paul Pitts, a children's author and education professor, was offered Tuesday in Room 104 in the Shepherd Union Building. Wednesday is a family night with entertainment and education for both children and parents. Police officers and firefighters will be on hand to address the public about safety. "It's to teach families and to teach children about what you can do to be safe," said WSU child and family studies professor Tom Day. "What do you do if there's a fire; what do you do if there's an emergency? It's about child safety. It's not just about what if somebody's trying to hurt you, and that might be a part of safety, but there are so many other issues about child's safety." As the week rolls along, the participation of students is a See Kiddies page 1 1 I'HOIOH'i BRICt ktLSCH lULSU.fOSl (Left to right) International Students Senator Pacome Zokou and Nontraclitional Students Senator James West discuss on whether or not they should vote on proposed bill 06-07 as Legislative Vice President Chris Russell moderates the meeting. The senate voted to postpone a final vote on the issue until next Monday. The senate will hold a town hall meeting Friday at noon in the Diversity Center to further discuss the legislation with the campus community. Degree evaluations should be online soon By Cory Duclos and Andrea Bean news staff The Signpost Although the date has been pushed back, the Banner computer system should soon allow students to run degree evaluations online. Currently, Weber State University's Banner system informs students logged into their student portals they will be able to access degree evaluations in March. Flowever, WSU registrar John Allred expects the system to be up soon. January was the original goal to have the system up and running, but Allred said there were some details that needed to be worked out in the system. "At the beginning of the semester, we identified that the information that was going out to students would not be correct and wanted it to be as correct as possible, so be backed off until ' March," Allred said. Allred said they are in the process of updating records to make sure all the credits students have earned will show up on their transcript. Allred said the main goal was to improve the transcripts students got. "When we brought that information over from our Legacy system from the STARRS system we decided to place the data in one format," Allred said. "And then, in order to give a more clear transcript, when students are transferring or going to graduate school are things we've decided to change where that's located and how it's coded, and in order to do that we had to change about 6,000 records manually, and so we're still in the final phases of that cleanup and change ... We're not changing credits that students have earned or anything like that, but we're trying to make it reflect more clearly what they have on their transcript right now." However, while staff have struggled to put these records into the Banner system by hand, some students have been frustrated by the inconvenience. Mark Berger, a WSU senior Spanish major, said he was unable to obtain a graduation evaluation See Evaluations page 1 1 ntinue Currently, the only special constituency seats with running candidates arc international, residence halls and students with disabilities, leaving live other senate seats in danger of elimination if no one runs for those positions again next year. To discuss the issue more and include community comments a town hall will be held at noon in the Diversity Outer Friday. Next week the senate is scheduled to vote on the bill. Vou ( wn ltiv a message ivpivtci lirmv D.wis hy calling (J(-7(W.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-04-05, Vol. 68, No. 81|
|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.|