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V - I Economics adviser advises students See page 4 0 WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY Next season's basketbal team rising stars See page 6 dig 1 M mm Many break away from usual major and minor with BIS By Heather Carter news editor The Signpost While the majority of students at Weber State University are working on their majors and minors, there are a number of students who have decided to take different path toward graduation. Instead of asking students to narrow their choices down to one or two areas of study, the Bachelor of Integrated Science is a degree that allows students the opportunity to choose three areas of emphasis. Students involved in the BIS program earn 18 credit hours in each of the selected areas of emphasis, and then incorporate all three sections together into a capstone project for their senior thesis. "It seems to have enough versatility that I can focus on all my interests instead ot just two," saidWSU junior Chris Bentley. "It seems like I am able to express my interests in a better way." Bentley's three areas of emphasis are psychology, communication and business administration. Bentley said he plans to continue on to graduate school and receive a Ph.D in organizational behavior. After obtaining his Ph.D, Bentley said he hopes to use his degrees to council organizations on employee relations. "It is interesting how employers and graduate programs are looking for that diversity," Bentley said. "They really are, Screening Students learn of the effects of alcohol during awareness day By Hilary Schram correspondent 'I The Signpost Weber State University Counseling and Psychological Services sponsored an alcohol awareness day as part of the National Alcohol Screening Day yesterday on campus. The event was part of a national campaign to raise awareness of alcohol-related issues particularly on college campuses. WSU Counseling and Psychological Services Director Dianna K. Rangel said approximately 25 percent of WSU students take part in drinking. Rangel said the biggest concern she has for the quarter of' WSU students who do drink is associated with binge drinking. n n n n A liACJ A nvc a r, A ft A a i n r v x v r resumes can show that diversity. But I think that by having a degree that is diverse as well, that can show right off the bat how diverse and how multifaceted people can be." WSU's BIS Coordinator Judy Elsley said that even though the BIS degree is not for everyone, some students can really benefit from focusing on more than one or two areas of study. According to Elsley, the students who typically join the BIS program are individuals who are interested in attending medical or law schools after graduation, for alcohol "Our hope," Rangel said, "is that everyone who came in learned at least one thing about alcohol that they didn't know before and that their thoughts or behaviors about alcohol might change as a part of what they learned here." WSU human performance major Adrian Conway said he learned new facts about alcohol at the event. "Any amount of alcohol can effect your body," Conway said. "There is no safe limit." One of the goals of die event was for students to learn how to take control of their alcohol use by "taking the bull by the horns." Students had the opportunity to take part in games such as practicing their roping skills, a bean bag toss, and performing tasks while wearing goggles that simulate what it is like to be intoxicated. Another goal was to reduce the amount of alcohol that children are exposed to by their pregnant mothers or later in life if they participate in underage See Alcohol page 8 and certainly your and students whose specific degrees are not available at WSU. Elsley said the BIS degree is also for the "renaissance" students who have attended the university for several years and have credits in many different areas of study but are unable to pinpoint the specific degree they want. "Any degree is better than no degree because it opens doors," Elsley said. Even though guidelines exist and students have to be given permission See Degree page 8 Changes Bills focus on accountablity By Jenalee Berger sr. news reporter I The Signpost The Weber State University Student Senate passed two bills in Monday's meeting. Both bills are intended to improve the Student Senate. The first bill was introduced by WSU Education Senator Brett Jones in last week's Student Senate meeting. Jones said he thought there wasn't enough accountability for Senate committees. The bill will make the Student Senate committees more accountable by requiring them to report on the issues they are working on. Each committee will have an assigned time during every Senate meeting to report on their issue. The Student Senatesecretary will be required to keep a comprehensive list of all of the to student senate student senator and bylaw training committee's and their issues. The second bill was also introduced by Jones in last week's Student Senate meeting. It will provide student senators with more WSU bylaw training. Jones said he thought that student senators would benefit from being better-trained in the bylaws. Both bills were passed without any discussion. The student senators also approved 255 minor changes to the bylaws. In March, Jones told the Student Senate he had found 255 grammatical errors in the bylaws. A committee was formed to look at the changes Jones had made. "They are just minor changes that aren't substantial to the meaning of the bylaws," said WSU Traditional Student Senator Chris Bentley. Bentley was on the committee that looked at the changes. lie Many hope college will bring economic benefits WSU students voice reasons why they are attending college By Gina Barton correspondent I The Signpost College students can be found throughout the United States paying high prices for tuition and books in hopes for a college degree. Some students may attend college for social reasons, peer parent pressure, or just to follow society norms. Weber State University students may find themselves asking the question: Why am I attending college, what do I hope to get out of a college degree? It seems that everyone assumes that education is desirable, without having a good reason why education is desirable. Common reasons can be found as to why most people enter into years of more schooling after high school. Ronald B. Standler, a professor and attorney, approached the topic of why people attend college. "A shared view is that education increases future earnings, so attending college is the ticket to a high-paying job," Standler said. Many who attend college are aware that a college education can be a requirement for many professional jobs. A bachelor's degree is required for multiple jobs, and is also required for the prerequisite for more schooling, like for example law school. "I enrolled in college because I knew I wanted to be a teacher, and so I knew in order to achieve that, I needed a college degree," said Stephanie Burr, a 2006 WSU graduate. According to Standler many people seek a college education because it makes one wealthier or because education serves the needs of businesses. But it's important to note that education does not always translate to a higher income. There are those who merely escape on pure luck, and get by possibly on not what they know but who they know. A survey was done and 60 WSU students were asked questions about what they hoped to get out of a college degree; would students seek for a job directly related to the skills they learned in college; their main influence for attending; and how much they value education. The most popular reason for attending college was for economic advantages See College page 8 ! . ; I LJ- lj Pnoiuol TLER CAHOON Weber State University Traditional Student Senator Chris Bentley addresses the Student Senate during Monday's meeting. said he thought Jones deserved a round of applause for editing the bylaws. "I can't image how many hours he must have spent on this," Bentley said. The student senators also ratified a new Davis Campus senator during Monday's meeting. See Senate page 8 inn UXujf lens in Brief Don't forget to vote in WSU's student body elections Weber State University's general elections for 2007 will end today at 10 p.m. WSU students can vote at wcber.edu when they sign into their student portal. All WSU students are encouraged to vote for their favorite student government candidates. This year's presidential candidates are challenging students to cast more than 2,000 votes. For more information, visit weberstudents.org elections. Women to describe the Real Man' As Safe As Possible and Services for Women Students are looking for Weber State University students who are willing to define who a "Real Man" is. Students who submit a small description of a "Real Man" will be entered into a drawing for a Mary Kay Gift Basket worth $100 in retail value. Reponses will be displayed at the "Weber State Real Man Awards" on April 11, and the authors can remain anonymous. Please send responses to SamanthaMoraweber. edu by April 6. The winner of the contest will be notified by e-mail. For further information, contact Wendy Stephens of the Services for Women Students at 626-6090, or wstephensweber.edu. Students raise money for WSU employee Weber State University students are hoping to raise money for WSU mailroom employee Robin Watkins to help him receive a liver transplant. Watkins was diagnosed with liver cancer, and needs $50,000 to get on the list for a transplant. WSU students who have formed the Robin Watkins Fundraiser Committee will be hosting a bake sale today from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Social Science Building, and also on April 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bell Tower. All profits will be donated to help Watkins. A dance will also be held on April 6 from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Shepherd Union Building in the Gallery. Admission is $3 with any student ID, and ' $5 without. Raffle tickets will be available to buy to enter to win a variety of prizes. For more information about the Robin Watkin's fundraiser activities this week, contact Katrina Gray at 389-3975. Student loses her music bag Weber State University junior Krystal Germer is hoping to find her tan and orange music bag that she lost on March 29 in the Browning Center. The bag contained music books, a metronome and several pages of sheet music. A reward will be given to the person who returns Gcrmer's music bag. If anyone has seen the music bag, please call Germer at 660-9655.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-04-04, Vol. 69, No. 79|
|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.|