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V Wildcat baseball in full swing See page 6 TKoO 0 WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY One-act plays make return to Weber See page 4 r ; 7 - n x... flT IfM Trvi T (Oil V i 1 II I! II II II 0v 1 1 V $'. rr. j'iCMiCi ! '' Cigarette sales on campus reconsidered University seeks feedback on cigarette sales policy By Shirrel Cooper sr. news reporter The Signpost For some students at Weber State University, a quick smoke between classes is a daily ritual. Many of these students purchase their cigarettes on WSU's campus. But that could change. "Because of the renovation, Weber State is considering whether or not they will continue selling cigarettes on campus," said Wildcat Lanes Coordinator Fred Mcaders. As of now, Wildcat Lanes is the only place on campus where students can buy cigarettes. According to Meaders, WSU is reconsidering this because they need to decide where different services and display areas will be offered. As for Meaders, he said he doesn't care whether or not cigarettes continue to be sold on campus. "I don't smoke but I feel it's up to adults to decide whether or not they want to," Meaders said. But many WSU students have strong feelings for or against the change. WSU geography senior Stan Nielson said he believes cigarettes are a source of revenue and it would be dumb to stop selling them. "It won't make me mad," Nielson said. "But it would disappoint me." Nielson said he knows smoking causes cancer and that it is a bad habit, but smoking is not against the law. "It's well within my legal right," he said. Mike Hernandez, a pre-med sophomore, said he buys his cigarettes from WSU and doesn't think they should change the policy. He said he the money the school makes from the cigarettes is important. Plus, taking the cigarettes out of the WSU bowling alley won't change whether or not he smokes. "If they stop selling here" he said, "I'll find somewhere else." Nathaniel Leonard works for the bowling alley and said he thinks the cigarette sales would be missed. "If they stop selling cigarettes," Leonard said, "they will lose the salary of one employee for an entire year." He also said buying cigarettes on campus is better than buying them off " don't Smoke because" me hut I feel iS bowling alley UUl I Itrtrl II sells them for UD tO adultS less money. A 'A WSU tO decide freshman whether or not LLV 'who they want to' education in Fred Meaders math, said Wildcat Lanes the change is a good thing. Coordinator T it is a good idea for people who don't want to breathe second-hand smoke when they are walking to their classes," Grant said. Madison Burningham, WSU freshman music major, agreed. "I hate walking and having to hold my breath as I pass smokers so I don't breathe the air," Burningham said. "I don't want to start coughing and make the smoker feel bad." Many students don't have an opinion one way or the other. WSU senior theater major Josh Dye said he occasionally bought his cigarettes on campus, but it is not something he normally does. "I usually buy my cigarettes off campus," Dye said, "so the change wouldn't really affect me." Mollee Henderson, a freshman and a dental hygiene major, doesn't smoke, but doesn't think changing the policy would really do anything. "People are just going to get their cigarettes elsewhere," said Henderson. "Why not offer them at WSU and make some money off of them?" If students have an opinion on whether or not cigarettes should be sold at WSU, they are encouraged to e-mail Meaderss at fmeadersweber. edu. Meaders will take all of the e-mails and compile them and give them to the Union Board to review. The Board will then make a decision. You can leave a message for reporter Shirrel Cooper by calling 626-76.55. Counselor gives men tips on preventing rape Male and female perspectives toward sexual assault discussed By Gina Barton correspondent The Signpost Lawrence Ilelmbrecht gave a lecture on the Weber State University Davis Campus on sexual assault from a man's perspective. "One out of three women will be sexually assaulted at some point in there lifetime," said Helmbrecht, who works in counseling at WSU's psychological services. "Rape may not always be forced or physical, but can be shaming and manipulative." The month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month for WSU, so Helmbrecht held the lecture to better inform students and others of the statistics and affects of sexual assault. "I will be moving out to Salt Lake very soon and my family is concerned with my safety," said WSU freshman Brianna Oedekoven. "I came to the lecture because I wanted to be more aware and gain more knowledge, hoping to help prepare me'for when I move out." Flelmbrech said there are a lot of misconceptioi s about what rape is. He said people tend to think rape usually happens in the dark or in an isolated place, but it can occur anywhere; indoors, outdoors, parks, stairwells, bedrooms, offices, and all times of the day. Rape is also thought to be an invitation by the way a person dresses or acts. He said an individual's attire or presentation is not an invitation to take away their humanity. "Just because someone dresses provocatively it isn't an invitation," Helmbrecht said, "maybe a poor choice to choose if walking down a dark alley, but never gives someone the right." Helmbrecht gave the men something to think about. He asked how it feels to be a man and know that the impression that a woman has of men is one of power and control and oftentimes men are feared because of that; men are a gender that is assumed to be a potential rapist. Helmbrecht suggested a few things men can do to stop rape: compliment women on more than their looks, for instance their ideas, imagination, cleverness, strength, or humor; stop making jokes about other people's looks, size, ability, race, sexual orientation, or belief system; never assume they are entitled to sex, and remove pictures that objectify women. See Counselor page 7 Genocide continues Sudanese man talks of genocide in Darfur li i in ii .i mi . iuiii in n miai ai ., jui in ii iL. i.i .nn hi 1 1 m n i. I l I - PHOTO BY BRICE KELSCH THE HCNPOST Holocaust survivor Irene Katz speaks to an audience in the Shepherd Union Building Gallery. Holocaust survivor warns Weber State community of discrimination By Jacqueline Jensen correspondent The Signpost Holocaust survivor Irene Katz spoke Thursday about her personal experiences for the Weber State University Holocaust Commemoration "Lessons from the Past" in the WSU Shepherd Union Building Gallery. Katz spoke in detail about her experiences in the RigaLatvia concentration camp after anti-war activist and WSU student Michael B. Fisher started off the forum, presenting information from his Holocaust Commemoration Competition-winning paper. "I started out as an anti-war activist after 9-11," Fisher said. "This is one of the things that motivated me to write this papers. Up until I was 24 years old, I was an atheist, and then I became Christian ... I've realized that love is more powerful than liberty. This was also something that motivated me to write ' this." Fisher explained and addressed the audience with quotes from his award-winning paper. "Today, it seems that not more than five years may pass wititout another mass extermination of humans taking place somewhere on Earth," Fisher said, "and survivors live in darkness, as though living, but as dead as perpetual night inside. A victim must learn that he is no better than anyone else; everyone is capable of participating in a Holocaust, and preventing evil begins within one's heart." Fisher set the tone for the forum, leaving the stage with the message: "Forgiveness is far more powerful than anything else." Katz then took the stage and spoke of her journey from her arrest to her liberation from the Holocaust. "I am not an educated public speaker," Katz said, "but I feel it is my duty to share my experiences of the four years I was in the camp." Katz was 17 years old when she and her mother were arrested by the Germans and deported to the camp in 1941. "They loaded us into cattle car, no food, no water, no air, only standing room," Katz said. "I couldn't tell you how many days we rode in the car; we had no idea where we were or where we were going." In Latvia, Katz was conscripted to work on repairing cables under the strict supervision of Nazi soldiers. "When we got to the first camp, which looked like a big farm, we wondered where all the people were," Katz said. "We learned the whole transport had been killed to make space for us. It was winter when we got out of the cars it was so cold, they had dogs, they hit us, and people fell . . . naturally if someone fell, you tried to help them up, but the guards would say no!" Katz said she went from one workshop to the next "They started separating families," Katz said. "They said the harder you work, the sooner your family will be here ... they never came." Katz added that she would be hit if she didn't produce or work hard enough in her shift. Katz said workers would get some coffee in the morning, water soup in the afternoon, "and if you were lucky, you might find a rotten potatoes or some old cabbage in it." Katz said in the winter, people would use black coffee and snow to clean themselves since they weren't allowed to shower. Katz went on to explain her experience of when she got sent to a big factory facility in Berlin. She was placed in an all-woman camp of 250. They also had women guarding the camp. "The women were much worse than the men," Katz said. "This one woman used to hit me on the back of the head with a wooden hanger; I'm telling you, I still can feel it today." Katz explained an experience when there was extra soup available from an outsider who wanted to donate it to the Jews in the camp. "The guard took the soup," Katz said, "and poured it on the streets and said, 'I'd rather give it to the pigs than give it to the Jews.' That very much hurt us, but what can you do?" Katz explained how it was strictiy forbidden to trade things with people to get a scrap of food. "You would get shot or hung if you got caught for trading something," Katz said, "... but if you really wanted to survive, you took your chances. I figured either way, I'm most likely going to die. I might as well risk it ... you have to make a choice; there is no way you can survive on what they fed you." Sec Holocaust page 7 By Jennifer Landers sr. news reporter The Signpost Born and raised in the troubled region of Darfur, Suliman Giddo said he was forced to walk two days so that he could attend school. Giddo was invited to speak Wednesday as part of Weber State University's 2007 Holocaust Commemoration about the "genocide and conflict occurring in Darfur and how the international community can help. Today, Giddo is a graduate of Khartoum University, with two master's degrees, one of which is in humanitarian assistance, and has a certificate in disaster studies. Giddo's said his education has given him the ability to save his people by cofounding and leading the Darfur Peace & Development Organization. His organization's humanitarian work has inspired many to open their eyes to the devastating war in Darfur that has raped the women, destroyed the homes, and killed thousands. However, Giddo said it takes more than one humanitarian group to save Darfur from more bloodshed. According to Giddo, it is the responsibility of every country to protect its people. However, Giddo said when a country is no longer protecting but killing its people, then it is up to the international community to jump in. "Darfur is one of the quintessential problems in the world today," said Jason Stout, WSU student and Amnesty International member, "and our Amnesty International chapter has been trying to do an event every year based on Darfur trying to get awareness because it's been shown countless times that the public opinion in the U.S. is one of the only things that will get our government to be a little bit more humanitarian around the world." Giddo briefly gave some background on Sudan and Darfur and how identity has caused several wars between the Arabs and the Africans that inhabit the country and region. In 1955, the First Sudanese Civil War broke out between the north and south. The Muslims inhabited the north and considered themselves Arabic, while the Christians inhabited the south. The war lasted until 1972 and left four million displaced and two million dead. According to Giddo, the First Sudanese Civil War was a war about identity and religion. By contrast, the current war in Darfur is an ethnic conflict between the Arabs and the Africans, not a religious conflict because the people of Darfur are all Muslims. The population of Darfur is 6.5 million people and consists of 70 percent African and 30 percent Arab tribes. These two tribes break down into 36 different tribes, 18 of which have their own dialect, making the ethnic conflict that much harder to fight. According to Giddo, the root forces of Darfur's years of conflict are due to internal and external causes. The internal causes have to do with the Sudanese government intentionally leaving the area underdeveloped. According to Giddo, if the area was given equal distribution of wealth and power, there wouldn't be a conflict. Drought and deforestation rule the land See Darfur page 7 Hens in Brief Book drive ends today The WSU I lonors Program has organized atwo-week-long book drive with the gfeal of collecting 1,000 books for Weber County Jail and the Ogden Rescue Mission. "Reading is most definitely an enriching part of anyone's life," paid Carlie Sitzman, chair of the Honors Service Committee at WSU. "I think that with this book drive, we can provide people widi the opportunity to enjoy books when they might not otherwise have access to them." With about 300 books donated since the April 9, their goal is within reach. Organizers say that more books are needed, and they have placed collection boxes around campus as well as at the Deseret Book Store at 4151 S. Riverdale Rd., Riverdale, and Smith's at 1485 Harrison Blvd., Ogden. The Inmate Service Program atWeberCounty Jail said inmates are interested in reading mostly English books for men, but those for women and Spanish books are also welcome. The jail is seeking novels such as fantasy, mystery, suspense, sci-fi, and western fiction. The Ogden Rescue Mission is accepting any type of book with the exception of encyclopedias and magazines. The book drive will end on Friday, April 13. Anyone who would like to donate books may call the WSU Honors Service Committee at (801) 430-0635 for more information. Michael Fisher, blogs. wsusignpost.com GSA: Fliers torn down Members of the Weber State University's club Delta Lambda Sappho Union Gay Straight Alliance (DLSU GSA) said their posters and fliers have been torn down from campus buildings since last fall semester. The DLSU GSA club said the incidents have been reported, but the members were told that not much could be done since no one saw who took down the posters. Most recently, members noted their fliers removed from the WSU Debate Team bulletin board a board which is controlled by the Debate Team alone. A member of both DLSU GSA and the Debate Team said the flier was removed when the team was away at nationals competition. DLSU GSA members said they aren't aware if any other WSU clubs and organizations are dealing with similar issues. first pliysics open house The Weber State University Physics Department will hold its inaugural Physics Open House today. The free and all-ages event, which organizers hope to turn into an annual event, features demonstration and presentations by several of the physics faculty. Professors Colin Inglefield and Adam Johnston will present the "Circus of Physics," to include disappearing test tubes, floating soap, levitating billiard balls and glowing pickles. Ott Planetarium Director Stacy Palen will discuss black holes. There will be a planetarium show and star party. Other features include a kids' activity room, "Mysteries of I lot Chocolate" talk, the Nano Room, Mars 3-D Imagery and Lasers! The open house will by held today from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Lind Lecture 1 lall and is free.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-04-13, Vol. 69, No. 83|
|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.|