Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-04-261
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WSU J K By David Fairchild a & c editor The Signpost As final preparations are underway for the renovation of the Shepherd Union Building, Weber State University and Chartwells are facing a new set of difficulties that may affect food service when students return for classes in the fall. After four years of serving people on campus, Chartwells, WSU's food service provider, is facing a challenge no other past food service provider has had to face. WSU and Chartwells are now negotiating terms that will affect whether or not Chartwells will return to providing service in the coming year. "There's some significant challenges with the upcoming renovation that will start here in a month from now and then carry on for the next two years," (Top left to right) Weber State University general education feshman Jessica Call and WSU botany freshman Whitney Jaquez compete during a Twinkie eating contest put on by the WSU Greeks in the Shepherd Union Building Gallery, Tuesday. (Bottom) WSU accounting senior Bryan Duquette (middle) looks on as WSU business sophomore Adam Perkins (right) reaches to knock over WSU psycholo ,- - '' '" ' Kt k . ;. -'- - - - - Jt . .. .. - WJ T . . - . . '.J- .,, . ..... .. . ... , ... !N3ew editor io chief to head u he By Corina Laufiso sr. news reporter Thi' Signpost The old editor in chief makes way for the new as the semester wraps up. David Fairchild has been chosen as the 200G-07 editor in chief, taking Maria Villasenor's spot as the head of The Signpost. Fairchild spent the current year as arts and entertainment editor, and says he looks forward to getting down to business with his goals for the upcoming year. "I want to get hack in touch a little more with the audience," Fairchild said. "Give students more of a reason to pick WEBER student Th.6 vacation adventures see page 12 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2006 rerowgrtons rata CliaGiwalls said director of student life in the SUB, Bill Fruth, concerning Chartwells and the renovation of the SUB. One of those challenges is the loss of dining space in The Gallery. Another challenge will be how the space The Gallery does have will be used. During renovation, the Ballroom will not be available for events or speakers. "We're going to utilize the Gallery to help act as the Ballroom as much as we can," Fruth said. The loading dock Chartwells now uses will also be unavailable and a temporary loading and unloading dock system will have to be implemented on the east side of the SUB. Fruth also said people may see fencing, construction equipment and materials set up to deter people from wanting to go through it to eat on campus. "All of this stuff adds up," Fruth said. i omm dim gy junior Jacob Peters's (left) plate of Twinkies during the eating contest. The Twinkie eating contest was put on as part of the Greek Week celebration. Eight contestents competed five men and three women. Prizes were given out for the top male and female eaters. Winners, Jaquez and WSU geography senior Stan Nielson (not pictured) took home $5 gift certificates to Chartwells after winning the competition. up the paper and read it." Fairchild proposes to do this by adding fun aspects to the paper that will pique students' interest. Villasenor, who will be returning to The Signpost staff as news editor, says she is looking forward to honing her focus on news and continuing the improvement of news coverage she felt was reached by the current staff. As news editor, she will have a staff of seven or eight. "I prefer to have a smaller group of people to work with on a one-to-one basis," Villasenor said. She 'viid the editor in chief position gives people such a huge amount of STATE UNIVERSITY c J i I : "And that can cause a lot of concerns." The SUB will be looking at about a 50 percent decrease in revenue because of the renovation, according to Fruth. This is causing concerns with Chartwells and WSU. Since Chartwells came to WSU in 2002, it has faced many financial difficulties related to a commuter campus with low dormitory residence. Though Chartwells hasn't made a profit since serving WSU, it has continued to serve students as best as possible. "We still go out every year," said Augie . DiGiacomo, director of Chartwells' dining services on campus. "We still look at what the competition is facing and we still offer competitive prices." But some students don't think Chartwells has fair prices. WSU sophomore Scottie Goodloe See Chartwells page 5 PHOIOS BY MATT GLASS experience, that one person docs not usually stay in the position for more than a year. But she said she knows she's passing the reigns on to someone who will do a great job. "I've been really impressed with what David can do," Villasenor said, "lie has a lot of enthusiasm and works really well with people." Fairchild said his focus for The Signpost is to see other aspects of the paper reac h the level of improvement the news section reached this year. "I'd like to have fun as well as get the news out," Fairchild said. "Like, for example, movie reviews are a fun thing. . I T v ' : ,U. . " -i. ' 4 r -1 - (.- ,.' ' . - - i i - y i i.. . u , , - r : , strong see A group of students chats while eating in the Shepherd Union Building Gallery at Weber State University. The university's food service provider, Chartwells, will be losing space during the Union Building renovations, among other challenges. New living spaces designed to help students By Maria Villasenor editor in chief The Signpost In the fall, students will have the opportunity to extend their hour-long classes to better If-arn the course material. An open house will be held Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Univeristy Village Community Center to inform students of the opportunity to combine their classes with their dorm life. That's a move Daniel Kilcrease, Weber State University housing and residence life director, says will make academics easier for studerits. "We, so many times in the university settings, separate what they do on the academic sides," from the rest of student life, Kilcrease said. These learning communities would provide a total-immersion setting with easy access to classmates. In the fall, three Living Learning Communities will be offered to students for math, Spanish and outdoor living. Dorm rooms will be clustered in the University Village with students taking classes through the learning communities. Kilcrease said it is a national trend for universities to incorporate academics with residency to improve comprehension and grades in similar living communities. "They get an idea of living in the language, as opposed to just writing and reading it in the classroom," Kilcrease said of the "Casa de Espanol" community. Kilcrease said earlier in the year, a survey was distributed to students in Spanish and math courses to gage the interest in the learning communities. More than 100 math students and 40 Spanish students said they Ti lt HCNI'UST It gives students information about entertainment that they are interested in." Fairchild has already selected most of his staff for next year, and says he feels confident in what they will deliver for the paper. "I hired everybody for a purpose and I think they will all fulfill that purpose," Fairchild said. Fairchild, who will officially begin his reign summer 2007, said he's "excited and interested to see what the year will bring." You ( .in Ic.tvc j mevsaije for rcpoiU'r Cor'M Liafis) lv ( jlliim ()2()-7(rr. Tennis team finishes v-, page 9 wsusignpost.com VOLUME 63 ISSUE 90 PHUIU ti MAI 1 GLASS II IL lluWil would be interested in such living arrangements. In the math living learning community, students will be led, by Carrie Quesnell, math lecturer, through a intermediate algerbra 1010 course taught in theUV. "I think a lot of it is building a community where the students feel comfortable," Quesnell said, noting she is amazed when, by the end of the semester, students do not know each other's names. Quesnell said the environment might help students be more at ease with the material. That class will also be taught three weeks before the fall semester starts so students can measure their performance in the class. A test will be administered before classes start, and Quesnell said students can use their score and the class time to decide whether they need to take a prerequisite to Math 1010 course, or if they'd prefer a different teaching style than hers. "I think it just gives them a lot of flexibility and some ideas about how they're going to do before they're stuck with just this one class and can't make any changes," Quesnell said. Because they start earlier, Quesnell said her students would be ahead of most other students when they take their final. If students don't do well in Quesnell's final, they have the option of sitting in for the last lectures of another Math 1010 class and taking the final again to see if they've improved. The Spanish community will give students the opportunity to learn in a total-immersion See Housing page 5 Nevt year's editor in i hief of 7)e Signpost, David Fairchild. Signpost p f : " sV : '
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-04-26, Vol. 68, No. 90|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University|
|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.|