Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-11-121
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"WW A day in the life of an environmentalist See page 4 Weber State University A: :U E M mm wrj'5Drjwer m i 3 rz By Lindsay Poll correspondent I The Signpost Since he was ' diagnosed with diabetes 11 years ago, Kim Woodbury, Weber State University zoology major, has had to make several lifestyle changes. "I have to think about every time I eat. Am I going to be exercising in the next hour? Do I need to bring food with me?" November is National Diabetes month. According to the American Diabetes Association, there are about 20.8 million children and adults in the United States who have diabetes. However, about one-third of those people are unaware they have diabetes. When he was first diagnosed, Woodbury had to change his diet, and now he has to work enough hours at his job to qualify for health mm LRJIOJ HQLT insurance. About four needle shots a day is an everyday routine for this student. Keeping his sugar levels moderate is not an option. Constantly having to check his blood sugar involves a lot of planning. Woodbury always has to make sure he has enough test strips and the other supplies with him so he can check his sugar levels at any time. He can't eat "freely" and always has to watch his intake. "I don't even want to attempt a 32 ounce fountain drink. That would kill me," he said. The exact cause of diabetes is still a mystery, but both genetics and environmental factors play a role in the disease. Chelsey Alberts, a registered dietician in the diabetes clinic at McKay-Dee Hospital, said there are more people across the spectrum getting diabetes, and it's increasing in children. "There is a growing trend in incidences of obesity, which can le id to more children getting diabetes," Alberts said. "Because of the way people are eating these days, there's more of an increase in the disease." Type I diabetes occurs when the pancreas is not creating enough insulin. It is usually diagnosed at a younger age. It seems to be tied into genetic susceptibility and exposure to a virus, rather than diet and obesity. However, Type II is becoming more popular. It occurs when cells aren't receptive to insulin or making enough of it, which can come from being overweight. Most Americans, who are diagnosed with diabetes, have Type II. 'An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to type II Diabetes," said Dr. Shawn McQuillan a physician at the WSU Health Center. "Our country struggles mightily with obesity and fewer people would develop Type II Diabetes if they could maintain a high degree of fitness, especially into their 40s and 50s." Along with eating a good diet and exercising often, McQuillan said maintaining a reasonably fit Body Mass Index between 20 and 25 and avoiding junk food and foods with a high glycemic index are also very important. "Lifestyle is just huge," Alberts said. Common symptoms of the disease include weight loss, hunger from insulin not picking up nutrients, thirst and frequent urination. Complications include kidney problems, retina damage, blindness and nerve damage. The health center on campus provides comprehensive medical care for diabetes, in conjunction with the local endocrinologist, and offers free diabetic screening. If the screening test is abnormal, or if there is any suspicion of diabetes, they will perform a fasting serum glucose test, which is taken from a blood draw and analyzed at the hospital lab. Although most health center services are paid for by student fees, students are charged approximately $10 for this specific service. The center provides health education information in the waiting room related to the health topic of each month. During November, they will have information on diabetes, where students can learn more and get tested if they desire. Comment on this story at wsusignpost. com Wildcats defeat Aggies in opener Inversion dangerous tto health . y f- T 7 v " f 1 )vs "4-J ? ' ry: i If- r V WSU wins back-and-forth game 78-71 in front of nearly 8,000 riveted fans Cool air Warm Inversion layer Coos air A 4 1 X V. SOURCE: SERC.CARLETON.EDU Officials recommend taking bus to cut back on pollution See the full story Inside Sports eai Weber State University forward Daviin Davis comes up with an important block on Utah State University's Desmond Stevens. PHOIO HV MATT CLASS THt SICKPOST By Hilary Felsted correspondent I The Signpost Wasatch Front residents might want to consider staying indoors the next time a "lid" is placed on the valley. During the winter months Utah is especially susceptible to inversions. According to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality's Web site, inversions happen when a cold, dense layer of air becomes trapped beneath a warm layer. "We always get inversions," said Daniel Bedford, associate professorof geography. "That's the nature of the environment we live in." Bedford said inversions are especially problematic because of the typography of Utah. "We've got mountains to the west and mountains to the east with flat land in between," he said. "That kind of situation is really conducive to the formation of these temperature inversions." Inversions prevent lower air from being circulated with the atmosphere. Pollutants from vehicle emissions and factories become trapped and decrease air quality the UDEQ Web site said. 'A temperature inversion works like a lid," Bedford said. "It locks in all of the stuff we're producing from things like factories, fireplaces or if we drive. We're producing pollutants and those pollutants get locked in by the temperature inversion." Bedford said it's easy for people to think there is nothing they can do because of the area they live in, but people need to be concerned because inversions create poor air quality. He said a new organization called Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment claims that approximately 1,000 deaths ayear can be attributed to air pollution. They call it a health crisis. "That's pretty alarming," Bedford said. Dr. Joseph Anderson, an allergy and asthma specialist at Intermountain Allergy and Asthma Clinic, said inversions can really bother asthmatics and people with allergies. He said particulates or pollutants, ozone and sulfer dioxide are the three things people need to be concerned about. These three things can cause inflammation- of the airway and spasms in the muscles around the airway. Anderson said the cold, dry air that becomes trapped in the inversion is worse for people with asthma. Anderson recommends thatpeoplewhohavereactions to poor air quality stay inside. He said they should especially try to exercise indoors because exercise causes you to breathe faster and harder. Bedford said because WSU is a commuter school, students can help decrease the effects of inversions. "The bottom line is, unfortunately, we have to drive less," he said. "We have to make sure that the total amount of pollution we produce is kept to an absolute rninimum." He said students need to find an alternative to driving to campus. For students who live in Ogden, it can be easy to find a way to campus that See Inversion page 5 students make final four Public Relations competition yields internship with Tracy Aviary By Becky Rigby correspondent I The Signpost The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Salt Lake Chapter, sponsored the second annual Utah PR Student of the Year competition last week. . Two Weber State University PR majors, Devin Masters and Billy Fansler made it to the final four. The objective of the program is to provide students statewide with the opportunity to apply public relations fundamentals in a realistic scenario, to better prepare them for a career in public relations. Dan Sorensen from University of Utah won the competition. He received $1000 cash, an award for Utah PR Student of the Year for 2007 and a public relations internship with the Tracy Aviary. WSU Alum, Jason M. Carlton, senior account executive for Vanguard Media Group, helped to judge the competition. Weber State's Devin Masters was the second runner up taking home $250 "from theGolden Spike Awards, which honors professional communication projects. "The competition was great," Masters said. "The judges were great, and it was a really awesome opportunity for us to gain some experience about the field." Senior Billy Fansler took home $100. Fansler said he was able to ask questions of people who know the industry inside out, have his knowledge tested and get immediate feedback from professionals. 'After meeting the competition," Fansler said, "I'm honored to be considered among such a smart group. The main tiring I learned was that there's still so much more to learn." Masters and Fansler entered the competition as an assignment in Dr. Mukhbir Singh's class. "Dr. Singh really helped us with polishing off our plans and helping us know what to expect going down there," Masters said. "He got our confidence up and had us well-prepared to compete." Singh, a WSU communication professor, said regardless of whether the students won or lost, the experience is invaluable. "They were able to do in a short time what a normal agency would do over a standard period of time," Singh said. Carlton sjiid the ability to apply an education to practical experience is what will make someone marketable to employers. "Students should seek out numerous internships," Carlton said, "join their local PRSSA chapter and network with as many professionals in the field as possible." Comment on this story at wsusignpost. com Veterans reme By Deborah Ramsay sen. reporter 1 77ie Signpost Three F-16s roared through blue skies Saturday morning to start Ogden City's 2nd Annual Veterans Day Parade and Support the Troops Rally. Weber State University's ROTC participated in the parade. The crowd lining the street cheered as the planes flew over and the parade began. "I think this is great," said George Ziebol, who served in the Navy from 1950-54. "This is the first time I've come." Ziebol recalled his time in the Navy doing search and rescue for downed planes during the Korean War. "I was on the same destroyer for three and a half years," Ziebol said. "Three of those years were in foreign waters. I'm happy with the time I served, but I didn't want to make a career out of it." The crowd was made up of many veterans and their families. Some vets wore their old uniforms, others just their ball caps. Boy Scouts passed out small flags to everyone along tlie route. The crowd clapped, cheered, saluted and showed their appreciation for veterans of the past and present wars. It was a very different attimde than what some vets encountered in the past. "I came back when the protesting was going on," said Paul Biddle a Vietnam vet. "I couldn't wait to take my uniform off. There were protesters right outside the gate as I left the base. They were yelling 'Baby killer' and other tilings." Biddle woke up with nightmares for years after he came back from the war. He mbemed served in the Army Corps of Engineers. He never remembered the dreams when his wife asked him about them, but he remembered the name she figured out he was calling in his dreams. "Hewon'ttellyou,butIwill,"saidClarice, Biddle's wife. "He had been assigned to work with a greeny (new guy) and one day their convoy came under attack. My husband gave the signal to bailout of the truck, but the kid didn't move. He tried to pull him out as he scrambled out, but the kid didn't make it. A bomb landed right on his lap. There was nothing left of him. Experiences like that are hard to get over." The parade and rally were a chance for healing and showing appreciation for the sacrifices veterans have made in the See Veterans page 5 Dee Events Center turns 30 r I. i i m i The Dee Events Center, WSU's 12,000 seat arena is now thirty years old. The building is home to what has become one of the nation's most successful small-school basketball programs. The Wildcats have won 331 home games on their home court, losing only 91. Saturday marked the beginning of 30 years of Wildcat basketball, the first event being held on Nov. 29, 1977, in which WSU won against Long Beach State.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-11-12, Vol. 78, No. 40|
|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.|