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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY Back-to-back TtlG Students, friends ) victories see page 6 A X --n.X "T C TJ combine with play see page 5 MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2006 wsusignpost.com VOLUME 68 ISSUE 86 .- iS - ' a n work K ! f?T ! t J Yj e i r a Eton to &iaoiws liyyyy m 7 r V 1 a By Andrea Bean asst. news editor The Signpost On May 5, the family of Racchale Elton will walk with Weber State University graduating seniors and faculty in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Convocation. The college will recognize Raechale's accomplishments and will posthumously present the family a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice. The college is awarding the degree in remembrance of the fine student and person Raechale was, said Richard Sadler, WSU College of Social and Behavioral Sciences dean. "This is very special, yet we want to make it as if she were here," Sadler said. Raechale Elton, 21, was raped and killed Feb. 15 after finishing her shift at a Youth Health Associates' group home in Clearfield. She had given Robert Cameron Houston, 17, a ride home to an independent living home owned by YHA. Houston allegedly raped her at knifepoint and stabbed her inside his independent living home. Police reports state Houston told the officers he thought Elton was cute and he was infatuated with her. She was transported to the Davis Hospital and Medical Center where she later died. Raechale's family is touched WSU is presenting them with the degree, said Raechale Elton Teresa Elton, Raechale's mother, in a phone interview with The Signpost. She said Raechale loved attending WSU. "She felt there," Mrs. very much at home up Elton said. Raechale expected to graduate this December. She was majoring in criminal justice with a minor in psychology. She was an outgoing person and was well liked by her classmates, said Layne D. Hansen, WSU criminal justice senior. Hansen said he worked with Raechale at YHA and enjoyed talking with her. "You hear about people dying and everybody comes out of the woodworks saying what a great person they were, and it's almost a cliche now, but she was seriously one of the happiest, funniest people I've ever met ... I can't even picture her not smiling," Hansen said. Hansen said she was quiet in the senior seminar class he had with her, but she expressed her opinion when she felt strongly about an issue. See Elton page 3 Y. 7 4 To n n r H i i I $ U U u vc U h V, PHOIO BY MATT GLASS THE SIGNPOST WSU freshman David Owen takes a swing at the Wall of Oppression sponsored by the WSU Diversity Center. The wall adorned the Stewart Bell Tower Plaza throughout last week's Holocaust Commemoration and was painted with words representing political and racial conflicts. The wall was torn down Friday at noon. Professors honored with awards from anonymous donor By Jennifer Mitton correspondent The Signpost Three Weber State University professors were awarded $16,000 and the title of Presidential Distinguished Professor: Craig Oberg, Gene Sessions and Sam Zeveloff. "These are awesome professors," said WSU student Brady I less. The program is funded by an anonymous donor. The program promotes excellence in teaching, research and community service. "This is a tremendously nice gesture, and I think it is lovely that an individual wanted to do this," said Professor Zeveloff. To receive this award, students, professors and alumni nominated professors. To qualify, nominees had to have taught at Weber State for at leagHive years, have tenure and must carry the title of full professor. This is the first year the award has . , Craig Oberg been given and the donor has set it up as a permanent yearly program. All awardees will carry the title for the rest of their tenure at Weber State and once they retire, they will be given the title of Presidential Distinguished Professor Emeritus. The award is $16,000 that is given .. . - t I Gene Sessions to the professors in a four-year timeframe for professional development and research; awardees will receive the full amount of money as long as they stay at Weber State. . There is also a wall set up in the Stewart Library for the awardees. See Awards page 3 r ...... , Sam Zeveloff Budget cuts hit home Youth summer sports program cancelled By Cory Duclos news editor The Signpost The federal government cut funding this year for the National Youth Sports Program with no plans to fund it again later. Weber State University participated in the summer program, which aims at helping engage youth from low-income families in sports when they are not in school. The program requires at least 90 percent of participants come from low-income families, although last year WSU's program had around 98 percent from low-income families, according to Kim Hyatt, program director and WSU associate professor of health promotion and human performance. "It was a free program to the kids," Hyatt said. "And that is what was so' unique about it." Hyatt said WSU received about $80,000 a year for the program which ran daily during the summer, bussing children onto campus where student athletes and physical and health education majors mentored them. Hyatt said the cuts will affect all 200 programs around the country, totalling nearly 80,000 to 90,000 participants. "They've elected to take the money out of our program," she said. "Not just Weber State's program, but all of the money associated with all the NYSP programs across the country ... and it wasn't just NYSP that got cut, it was several of the Upward Bound programs. Many youth programs got cut out of the budget." Hyatt said the program offered a great opportunity to these children to see a different side of life. "I think it's a wonderful opportunity for kids," she said, "to be on a facility of higher learning, to experience that, to have such wonderful role models that we have with the student athletes that participate in that as well as our physical educators and health educators that participated." Hyatt said some of the people who may learn the most from the program are the WSU students who help the youth. "This is some of the toughest group of kids that they will have at any time in their teaching or in their profession," Hyatt said. "And not because they're bad kids ... it's more the fact that you have 40 or 50 kids at a time in the hot sun doing all these crazy things ... it's quite challenging, and if they can get through that teaching experience, it's a piece of cake from there on out, comparatively." WSU sophomore track and field thrower Brian Lindquist participated in the program last summer and agreed it served as a great benefit to him as a mentor to the youth. "It was a good opportunity for us athletes to get out beyond our comfort zone and help children that we know See NYSP page 3 DM0 'u0 jtaU gjdDDDdOdDDSl By Maria Villasenor editor in chief The Signpost Chris Peterson will be on campus Wednesday with a offer to buy university-owned land and create a high-scale housing community. The plan revolves around three other goals City Mayor Matthew Godfrey presented April 13 for Ogden's future, including a downtown gondola, mountainside gondola and road-less village at the top of the mountain. "That is something unique that gives us a hook," Godfrey said of the experience for tourists riding a gondola in an urban center. Godfrey spoke to the Ogden City Council on behalf ol the plan and outlined the major features. Peterson plans to buy Mt. Ogden Park from the city, the land above the Weber Stale University campus from the university, and a few other plots of land to create a gated housing community of upscale houses that would be second homes for vacationers. NearWSU, Peterson would like to build a gondola to travel from the campus up to a road-less village he would also build on top of the mountain. Peterson would pay for those three features privately, according to Godfrey. The downtown gondola, to connect the 23rd Street hub where commuter rail will stop to WSU and the mountain gondola, would be publicly funded, but Godfrey said it wouldn't take extra taxes; he hopes private businesses could fund it. Godfrey said selling Mt. Ogden Park would fund part of the gondola, and the rest might be found through private fundraisers or federal funding, which could be more readily gained because this would be the first use of gondolas for mass transit. See Gondola page H i ' - - ' . XX - '--. , I ' ' ' ' I- . , ' s v s- - n US -'x'v L -: . .' " Ct . ... Jk'-'W ' !,,.,ia,,.,,: i . ..: ... ... .... v.; . 1. .... SI IUKC I ; SMAKK.KOVV .Ml li(l N.OKlJ (Right) A map created by Sm.irtGrowlhOgden, a group opposed to the land sale, shows land that might be included in Chris Peterson's plan (o create an upscale housing community east of Weber Stale University. Some of that land is WSU-owned. Peterson will bo on campus Wednesday to show his proposal from noon to ( p.m., presenting at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballroom C.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-04-17, Vol. 68, No. 86|
|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.|