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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY The Wildcats advance to Big Sky semifinals see page 6 Fun, games in "' ' art gallery see page 5 FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2006 wsusignpost.com VOLUME 68 ISSUE 73 i f MM j) J ' 0508 BOIIES Commencement speakers Auditions will be held tor students who wish to speak during spring commencement ceremonies. Students graduating with an associate, bachelor or graduate degree are eligible to audition. Sign-ups are in the Shepherd Union Building Student Involvement and Leadership Offices, room 250. Students must submit a copy of a speech no longer than four minutes, and a resume, including a statement of future plans. The deadline for this information is Monday, March 27 at noon. Auditions will then be held March 29 and 30. Graduation stories wanted Weber State University Communications is looking to hear success stories of students graduating this May. They are looking to hear from students who have had unique experiences and opportunities they had while studying at VVSU. They are especially looking for experiences that changed a student's career plans, obstacles or challenges a student had to overcome, or profound impacts made on students by a member of the faculty' or staff. VVSU University Communications might use the stories ki a spring commencement video or also VVSU alumni publications. Stories should be sent to John Kowalevvski by e-mail at jkowalewskiweber.edu by March 30. Shorter hours for library during spring break Today the Stewart Library will close at 4:30 p.m. and will not reopen until Monday, March 13. Library hours through spring break (13 to 17) will be 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The library will return to normal hours on Saturday, March 18. The VVSU Davis Campus Library will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday March 11 and 18. Monday through Friday of spring break it will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about library hours visit library, we ber.edusas acbout1 loursSchedules.cfm Children get a taste of college Nearly 40 at-risk fifth-ami sixth-grade students will be visiting campus today from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The students, will be on campus to tour buildings and get excited about furthering their education after high school. The event is a service project put on as part of the entrepreneur group Junto. VVSU business marketing alumnus Allen Christensen is helping out in the project. lie said the project is designed to help these younger students develop ideas about what they want to do when they grow up. yUUUUUUUlLbd 111 New vice president of student affairs arrives on campus By Trevor Warner correspondent The Signpost A search spanning two years and 40 candidates resulted in the selection of Janet C. Winniford as the vice president of student affairs. She arrived at Weber State University Feb. 21, 2006 with her sleeves rolled up and plenty of ideas. Winniford worked previously at Texas A&M, with its student body of approximately 44,000. "The culture of the Texas A&M student is a little different than the culture of a Weber State student," Winniford said. "The Texas A&M students not only go to school, they see the value in connecting with the campus. The nature of WSU students is a little different they work, commute, have families. There are older students, so there won't be the same type of student. I want to help ? " ; i : T: r '9- ; " '- " i ' ft " 4 r "I JH L .r- : ,.,.,, Janet C. Winniford speaks to student leaders last week. Winniford recently arrived to serves as the new vice president of student affairs, taking over the duties for Toni Weight, retiring interim vice president of student affairs. students connect to the campus and am very dedicated to doing so." Winniford brought to Weber State 27 years of experience. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She earned a master's from Ohio State University in personnel services. She See Winniford page 3 M .M)S sum I ock for the children I :j & V s y i i ! "I I f, If" t f . I'riUIObBl MAI T GLASS 1 1 IL HL,l- I (Above) Aaron Loredo, lead guitarist for local Ogden band Omnipresent performs a guitar solo during a benefit concert on Wednesday. (Left) Bass player Jim Ramanujam (left), singer Chris Aguilar (right), and drummer Tyler Soukup (top) perform with at Weber State University Wednesday in the University Village community center. Donations were accepted for the Reach the Children charity to help starving children in Africa. Noriaki Tajima, a member of the Japanese national debate team, responds to a speech given by Tricy Taylor, VVSU debate team captain. The Japanese team is on a national tour. Debate team vs. A!f-Stars By Andrea Bean asst. news editor The Signpost The VVeber State University debate team faced the Japanese All-Star team Thursday in an audience-friendly meet. Traditional jargon was largely absent from the match-up, said Richard Tews, VVSU debate and speech team assistant director. The debate was held in the WSU Shepherd Union Sky Room. The Japanese team is currently touring and debating at several U.S. uniwrsities. The tour began in February and will conclude later this month. Noriaki Tajima and Kaori Yamada were die members of the Japanese team. Tajima teaches public speaking at a university near , Tokyo. Yamada will teach English at a Japanese high school as soon as the tour is over. Debate is useful for developing thinking, speaking and foreign language skills, said Omar Guevara, WSU debate and speech team director. In Japan, most debates are conducted in English, Yamada said. Tricy Taylor, VVSU political science and communication sophomore, and Aaron Dekeyzer, WSU communication sophomore, debated for die WSU team. The 75-year-old VVSU collegiate debate team is die oldest in the intermonntain area, Guevara said. Tajima began the debate by taking a picture of the audience, jokingly referring to Japanese tourists. lie said he wanted them to experience Japanese culture. Yamada also snapped a photo before her first speech. The two teams discussed the effects of increased Japanese peacekeeping efforts worldwide. "This is a particularly important question for consideration today given the already sizeable role Japan plays in global peacekeeping operations around the world," Guevara said. "In recent memory, Japan See Debate page 3 Nurse teaches students to transcend borders, cultures By Wendy Wilson correspondent The Signpost The Shepherd Union Building Ballroom was filled with scenes of destruction, injury and malnutrition as the story of one woman who chose to make a difference was told Wednesday as part of Weber State University's Convocation Lecture Series. Mary Lightfine told the audience about her experiences in such war-torn countries as Sudan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. Lightfine worked as a registered nurse before she decided to join with efforts to provide aid to people all over the world who were , in need of medical care. She joined "Doctors Without Borders," an international humanitarian movement that provides emergency aid to people affected by wars, natural disasters and epidemics." Lightfine also joined "International Medical Corps," a nonprofit organization that provides health care as well as training in high-risk areas of the - world, including Sudan, Afghanistan and hurricane-swept areas of the United States. Lightfine asked the audience if they had ever wondered if the scenes in the "Tarzan" movies are real to the world outside of the life they know. These same scenes had planted a seed of curiosity in Lightfine that grew while she worked as an emergency room nurse. After 16 years of working in the E.R., Lightfine said she "woke up one day in Africa." Lightfine experienced a big dose of culture shock when she arrived in Nairobi, Kenya. "I didn't see a single person wearing a loin cloth or a mud hut," Lightfine said. Instead, lightfine found skyscrapers, two international airports and busy highways. While she was going to work in Somalia, a country on the east coast of the African continent, Lightfine was horrified by the state in which she found the country. "I saw white buildings riddled with bullet holes," Lightfine said. "I didn't hear anv people talking, or even children laughing. The only sounds I heard were the bursts of automatic weapons." Lightfine was scared, but she found she helped the people in ways she hadn't imagined she could. ' Lightfine told the story of a professor who left his family in another country and went to Somalia to teach and earn monev. didn't hear any people talking, or even children laughing. The only sounds I heard were the bursts of automatic weapons' Mary Lightfine, Doctors Without Borders volunteer When war broke out, he was left homeless and went to the hospital looking for help. Lightfine found that he wasn't in need of medicine, but she wanted to find another way to help him. He was very frail and looked like he was 80 years old, but in reality was only in his 30s. Lightfine had an idea of something that she could do for the man and told him, he had to do something in return. She told him she would give him a bath if he would wash his own clothes. "Pretty soon we had ten hands in that bucket of water, scrubbing away at the skinny little gentleman," Lightfine said. ihe man stayed to help with other native volunteers and he would call out "Long live Mary!" to Lightfine whenever he saw her. "I had given him something really important," Lightfine said. "I had shown him that he was a human worthy of my respect." Lightfine also told about her experiences helping in a refugee camp in Sri Lanka, in the war-See Nurse page 3 T r- St ! '4 J i '.t lri .r. ,. .7. I H il: i KKK kl LS( H ml M.XI'i )l Speaker Mary Lightifine (right) dresses WSU nursing major junior, Travis Hart (left), in the traditional clothing of a Somalian male. Lightfine spoke of her experiences traveling to other countries with the Nobel-prize-winning organization, Doctors Without Borders.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-03-10, Vol. 68, No. 73|
|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.|