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MacBeth in DC O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY npostypv - - ... L v n . J Team inches toward hnQtina Ria ;U See page 4 See page 6 ii if Black Panther co-founder describes rise of civil rights group A . '" T ' W ' C7) V- rl': I ' 1 J IL -.. Li.j PhUIJB IYUKCAHOON lilt SIGtPGbl Bobby Seale speaks to a packed house in the Shepherd Union Building Gallery Wednesday. Seale spoke about the rise of the Black Panther Party. Bobby Seale says party made sure what they did was legal By Jordan Yospe correspondent The Signpost Bobby Seale, founder and chairman of the Black Panther Party, spoke Wednesday at a Convocation on the party's impact and early history. "One of the great characteristics was its coalition politics," Seale said about the Black Panthers. "It wasn't about revenge or separatists. We crossed all ethnic lines. We said 'we want to know where your heart, might, mind and soul lie. Whether you were black, white, purple or polka dot.'" Seale gave his speech before a full house in the Weber State University Shepherd Union Building. Seale rose to national prominence in the 1960s as a civil rights activist, who, along with Huey P Newton, co-founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in 1966. The Black Panthers are most well known for their involvement in a riot during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Seale was one of the original Chicago Eight defendants charged with conspiracy and inciting the riot in the wake of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The judge in the case eventually sentenced him to four years in prison for contempt of court due to repeated outbursts and efforts to disrupt the trial, although he only served two. "I've survived two major trials," Seale said. "One of them was slated as the trial of the century." Seale explained how he became interested in what he called "progressive humanitarian reform." "We popped up the Black Panthers during an ongoing people rights movement," Seale said. "After Malcolm X's death, I went to find my friend Huey. I said, Huey, we need to start another movement." Seale explained that his interest was sparked when he attended an Afro-American Association meeting while attending college as an engineering design major. See Black page 5 Km Fair trade aims for economic justice Living wages, safe environments a priority By Jacqueline Jensen correspondent The Signpost Randy Wirth spoke at the Honors Issue Forum Wednesday afternoon on his involvement in the global fair trade organization. Wirth is owner of Caffe Ibis, a coffee shop located in historic downtown Logan, and is among the six triple-certified roasteries now in the U.S. for fair trade. "Fair trade triple-certified means the coffee is certified organically, fair-trade produced and Smithsonian bird-friendly shade grown," Wirth said. Wirth has been involved with fair trade since 1974 and has been selling triple-certified coffee for more than 25 years. Although the fair trade program did not take on in the U.S. until 1999, since then it has grown dramatically, at 70 percent each year. The fair trade program not only benefits global businesses and companies, but also fairly treats farmers who produce the products sold. Fair trade attempts to help peoplearoundtheworld.theeconomy and the environment. Companies in the U.S. benefit more by paying farmers more. This is a characteristic of an ideal world system. Fair trade promotes self-reliance and equality for farmers who are disadvantaged under present trading conditions. TVio fair trorlo cxretom ic vt HpmnrrntiV Y program that promotes equal pay and opportunity for women, protection of the rainforests and environment, helping children receive. scholarships and go to school and does not allow any form of child slave labor. Fair trade does not only sell coffee, it also produces tea, bananas, chocolate, fruit, herbs, vanilla, cocoa, sugar and rice. Fair trade is focused not only on social justice behind their product, but also on producing the highest quality of coffee possible. "The bottom line is you can sell something out of sympathy once," Wirth said, "but what keeps them coming back is the quality." The triple-certified fair trade program produces shade-grown coffee where the biodiversity of the rain forest is preserved while allowing the farmer to produce the product. This also means that it is bird-friendly in an environment that is not cleared of all vegetation to grow the product. It also includes organic-grown and processed beans that protect people and the environment from pesticides, herbicides and artificial fertilizers. Wirth spoke specifically about a recent project for fair trade, Cafe Femenino. Cafe Femenino was a project held in the rural coffee-producing areas of Peru. Cafe Femenino began in 2003, and was focused on creating a women-produced coffee product. "All around the world there are women farmers," Wirth said, "but they have never had Control over their coffee." This project took marginalized, oppressed and abused women in rural isolation and abandonment out of these conditions to give them a real purpose of involvement. This brought the world market the new concept ofall-women-made coffee producers. "Cafe Feminino started with 76 women," Wirth said. "It has now grown to over 800 women." The Cafe Feminino project is focused to improve women's lives with more opportunities as well as raising their self-esteem, producing their own income, and helping them learn organization and education skills so they can promote economic opportunities. The fair trade programs help more than one million people around the world stay in school and boost their economies. "When you saw that money was coming out of this region, the government started to step up too," Wirth said, regarding the project of Cafe Femenino. "Before this project, only the boys in the town could go to school. And now, in just four years of the project, the girls are going too." Drew and Deja Mitchell, owners of Eden Coffee and See Fair Trade page 5 Photojoumalist explains why picture of shooting victim printed . , - ' : i PHUIO BY MATT CLASS IHt blQfOSl Robert Johnson explains to a Weber State University media writing class why TheStandard-Examiner chose to run his photograph of a Trolley Square shooting victim's body on the newspaper's front page. That photo is partially shown in the projection behind Johnson. Controversy raised over ethics of publishing photo By Heather Carter news editor The Signpost The haunting images, published worldwide, of a Trolley Square shooting victim's body lying on the ground has sparked a controversy over whether or not it is ethical to publicize graphic photographs. The Standard-Examiner photographer Robert Johnson captured one of the controversial images of the Trolley Square massacre, and the Standard decided to place the picture on their front page the Tuesday morning after the shootings. "I think that when photos like that are published the initial public reaction is always going to be 'Oh man, that's so wrong. The paper's policy is supposed to be to not run photos of dead bodies,'" Johnson said while addressing a Weber State University media writing class. "That is actually our policy, and we did it. I think it was such a horrific event that any other photo really wouldn't have done justice to what happened." The Standard-Examiner has received numerous complaints concerning the picture of a victim's body on the newspaper's front page. According to the Standard's online poll, about 61 percent of the voters disagreed with think it was such a horrific event that any other photo really wouldn't have done justice to what happened' Robert Johnson Standard-Examiner photographer the Standard's decision to run the photograph. "The scene captured in this particular photo, which also ran on page one of a Salt Lake newspaper, was the single image that best told the story of this tragedy in a way that would touch the average person," wrote The Standard-Examiner's managing editor Andy Howell in an e-mail. "I believe we owed it to the victims of this event to illustrate as best we could the terror and pain they experienced." Johnson said he felt that he was just performing his job as a photographer, and that it is often the most controversial pictures of an event that become the images that help document history. Johnson said that although he felt the Standard was justified in their decision to print the graphic photograph, he believes that the media often make stories impersonal when they give the story too much coverage. "I am a member of the media," Johnson said, "and I have a lot of problems with the media. I think there is a lot of things that we do wrong, and there are some things that we should be ashamed of." WSU Communication Professor Kim Smith said she invited Johnson to speak to her media writing class because she thought that it would be interesting for her students to hear about how Johnson captured such a photograph that really depicted the horror of the Trolley Square tragedy. "It's history in the making because there are images, for example, from the Vietnam War that were really disturbing images," Smith said. "But they were images that changed public opinion. They were controversial when they came See Victim page 5 flews in Brief Ogden police officer to receive honor Ogden City Police Master Officer Ken Hammond, along with other Salt Lake City police officers, will be honored by the Utah Senate for their heroic deeds during the shootings at Trolley Square on Feb. 12. Today at 10 a.m. at the Utah State Senate Chamber the Senate will present Hammond, Salt Lake City Police Department Sergeant Andy Oblad, SLCPD Sergeant Josh Scharman, SLCPD Detective Dustin Marshall and SLCPD Detective Brett Olsen with official citations for their heroic actions at Trolley Square. They will also be honored by the Utah House of Representatives at 10:30 a.m. in the congressional chamber and by Governor Jon M. Huntsman at 11 a.m. in the Governor's Office. Hammond engaged the Trolley Square shooter, Sulejmen Talovic, while he was off-duty and enjoying an early Valentine's Day dinner with his wife. Hammond graduated from the Utah Law Enforcement Academy at Weber State University in February 2000. "He was really a nice guy," said Vicki lex from WSU's Police Academy, "and it is always wonderful to have someone from Weber State to do something positive and great." The Utah Senate wiJ award the police officers with official citations today at 10 a.m. at the Utah State Capitol. The Utah House of Representatives and Governor Huntsman will also honor the officers later today. Arctic explorer to recount experiences Jonathan Waterman will present "The State of the Arctic," a visual lecture about his excursions across the frozen north. Waterman is a renowned explorer his presentation will include information from a trip to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the writer of nine books. The presentation is free and will be held Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Lindquist Lecture Hall of the Kimball Visual Arts Center. Wildcat and Aggie team up for concert North Ogden residents and friends Vaughn McFarlane and Clint Allred have been performing and composing for years and will perfrom next Saturday. McFarlane is a Weber State University student and Alfred attends Utah State University. Despite their collegiate differences, Allred and McFarlane have played at local stores and venues in the last few months. The two play guitar, piano, bongos, maracas, djembes, bass and several other instruments. They describe their music as folk with a rock, bluegrass, reggae twist, as well as other influences. Allred and McFarlane's concert will be held at The Brigham City Fine Arts Center, located at 58 South 100 West, at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 24. Tickets cost $2, but a guest is free. For more information, call 435-723-0740.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-02-16, Vol. 69, No. 63|
|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.|