Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-02-281
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0 Arctic author speaks on campus See page 4 V: 4 I, TV p (T WEBER STATE UNI VE RS 1TY Wildcats defeat Aggies in final game I1D0 4, See page 6 rv n Dig SI Kid's art auction raises $3 thousand Proceeds will benefit WSU children's school By Jennifer Landers sr. news reporter I The Signpost Some paint, paper, two little hands and a touch of creativity are all it takes to make a priceless piece of artwork, and Universe City on Ogden's Washington Boulevard was full of these masterpieces last weekend for the second annual "Little Kids, Big Art" art exhibit and fundraiser. The students of the Melba S. Lehner Children's School at Weber State University donated their artwork to the gallery to be auctioned off. The highest bid of $70 went to a child's mural. In all, a total of $3,294 had been donated, and funds were still pouring in. All of the proceeds will benefit the children's school. "One of the main reasons I stay employed at Weber State is because of the Children's School," said Collette Renstrom, a WSU assistant nursing professor. "It's wonderful, they learn so much, it's such a creative academic environment for them where they can really learn and grow." Angie Richards, a parent of one the children in the school, explained drat her child really enjoys the activities provided at the children's school. See Art page 9 SOURCE: CAKIL JfcNNINC-S Children line up in front of their artwork at an auction on Feb. 24 at Universe City. "IW nla rat. im ii i ( M ip pjin til I f ' I f i I r ' 1 ill i """ Jmtm ' rr V'"' a t: .5 w tell v 1'V SOURCE: JIM HARRIS Construction workers continue on the union building renovation on the area that was formerly the breezeway. SUB construction continues Shepherd Union Building renovation on track to May 2008 completion By Shirrel Cooper sr. news reporter I The Signpost For many students at Weber State University, the only campus they have ' known is one that is under construction. With the Shepherd Union Building in the middle of a major renovation, many students haven't seen the school without construction workers. "I started going to WSU in the fall of 2006 and was surprised by all of the construction," said Allyson Lowry, an accounting freshman. Though the construction hasn't affected her use of the SUB, she said she thinks it would be nice to have the building finished. "I don't mind the construction because they are making the campus a better place," Lowry said. "But it would be nice to see the campus without it." For students like Lowry, the end is in sight. According to Bill Fruth, SUB -u . 1 f'i I V : !t i:','..--rw- ' - -t ? SOURCE: JIM HARRIS Earlier in the Shepherd Union Building renovation last August, the old breezeway ceiling was removed. director, the construction is right on schedule. "Essentially (the construction) is going as planned," Fruth said. "Overall we're pleased with where we're at." According to Fruth, the building is doing well with its approximate $21 million budget and is expected to stay within the budget. Jim Harris, SUB renovation project manager, said he is also confident that the construction is going very well and is right on schedule. "The construction should be finished in late June 2008," Harris said. The construction started in May 2006 and according to Harris is going remarkably well considering the size of the project. Harris attributed some of this to the contractor who is doing the job. Harris said See Construction page 9 Push for an environmental campus Student senate hopes to make WSU an eco-friendly environment By Jenalee Berger sr. news reporter 1 The Signpost A few Weber State University Student Senators are trying to find ways to make the WSU campus more environmentally friendly. Education Senator .Brett Jones proposed a resolution in Monday's Student Senate, meeting that would give a discount on 'WSU parking permits to students who drive ' fuel-efficient cars. "If we pass this we will be the only university to have something like this," said Jones, who is also a part of the WSU Environmental Club. The club supports the resolution and helped come up with the idea. Jones said that some environmental club members suggested charging students more for parking passes if they don't have a fuel-efficient car. Jones decided to make the bill more positive by giving a 10 percent discount to those who drive hybrid and other fuel- efficient cars. "We should start taking a stand," Jones said. "We should start pro environmental pieces of legislation." Traditional Student Senator Chris Bentley said he hopes the resolution will encourage people to think about fuel economy. "This is a good first step," said Bentley, WSU Environmental Club ' senator.-' " "' The senators said they hope that the resolution will create awareness about global warming. "If it might encourage people just a little bit to even think about, fuel economy I think that's a great thing," Bentley said. Hybrid cars or other cars that get 38 pr more miles per gallon would be eligible for a discount. If'jStudents want the discount when they purchase their parking pass they would have to show how many mile per gallon their car gets. Jones says that in the resolution he did pot specify one way for the students to show what their gas mileage is. lie said students could go to fueleconomy.gov to calculate what their MPG is. Jones also said that when buying a new car, there is a sticker in the window that students could bring that shows what the cars' MPG is. "I don't think people will buy a hybrid car because of this resolution," Jones said, "but it will be encouraged." ' 'Hispanic Student Senator Irma Hernandez said she tries to be environmentally friendly, but she's not sure that is fair to give a discount to students who can afford to drive hybrid cars. "Should we give discounts," she asked, "to somebody who has enough money to be environmentally friendly, rather than people who don't have money, and it's not their fault?" Jones said there are other cars that get good gas mileage that are not as expensive as a hybrid car. "Every gallon of gas consumed by any vehicle, " hybrid or not, puts 19 pounds of carbon monoxide into the air," he said, which is why he See Senate page 7 ; r v. ..-V n r . Vi. X SOUKLt. A(.(.OUiS IABII.I I I. IAI i.OKLj A man stands before tanks during theTianamen Square massacre in 1989. Chinese journalists imprisioned Students send letters of protest to China's Prime Minister By Darren Boekweg correspondent I The Signpost Weber State University's Amnesty International chapter tried to speak out against the Chinese government's decision to incarcerate Chinese journalist Shi Tao at a lecture on Monday entitled "The Gate of Heavenly Peace." In 2004 Tao sent an e-mail that mentioned the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident to a U.S. -based pro-democratic Web site. The Yahoo! Web site turned over Tao's personal information to the Chinese government, and in 2005 he was convicted of "illegally providing state secrets to foreign entities," and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. During the seminar, WSU students lined up to sign postcards addressed to President 1 In Jintao, the Prime Minister of the People's See Journalists p.igo 7 Hens in Brief Debate team heads to nationals Ryan Check and Stacey Dawson of Weber State University's Policy Debate A Team won five rounds and entered the third bid into nationals at Dallas, Texas, in April. The WSU teams competed against other schools like University of Wyoming, Eastern New Mexico University, Denver University and Idaho State University in the district tournament Feb. 24 and 25 held at the WSU campus. The Wyoming team took the other two bids to go to nationals available for District Nine. Burned-out motor causes stink in Social Science Building A few minutes before classes got out officially at 11:15 a.m., classes got out because the fire alarms in the Social Science Building went off Tuesday. A strong smell filled the bottom floor of the building as students shuffled out through the halls. According to James Humphreys, building supervisor, the motor burned out on the heater on that basement floor. The smoke- and odor-detecting fire alarms went off and the fire department arrived at the building. Humphreys said there was no fire and no danger to the building or students, staff and professors. "Burning a motor out is not much of a problem," Humphreys said, "it just stinks like crazy." Scholarship and financial aid help for students Weber State University students can attend a free seminar on March 1 that will provide hints on how to apply for scholarships and financial aid. The "Money Matters" Workshop will be held atWSU's main campus at Lampros Hall in Room 203, and atWSU's Roy West Center in the computer lab. Students who plan to attend the workshops need to bring their W-2, taxes and have applied for a federal PIN at www.pin.ed.gov at least three days prior to the class. The scholarship section at WSU's main campus will be held at noon, and will be followed by the financial aid class at 1 p.m. The scholarship workshop at Roy's West Center will be held at 5:30 p.m., and the financial aid seminar will start at .6 p.m. Pizza will be served to those who attend the workshop at the Roy location. For further information, contact the Nontraditional Students Center at 626-7794. Children's School accenting applications The Melba S. Lehner Children's School at Weber State University will accept applications for the Fall semester through Mar. 30 for children who are three to four years of age before Sept. 1. Applications can be picked up at the David O. McKay Education Building in Room 107, or online at webor.edu COHVchlam.html. For further information contact Carole llaun at 626-6271, or chauntO'Avebcr. edu.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-02-28, Vol. 69, No. 67|
|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.|