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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY 7 The Pt Wildcat L P football VS. wrap-up r r see vaee 5 Don't get ' J VVI clJJL.U UJ III - ; . holiday stress se page 7 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2005 wsusignpost.com VOLUME 68 ISSUE 45 n n u Will Si n nr - - " ;,i 1,;. , 7 J . t . - . J ' ... v7;' Above: Erin Fair practices 'Green Finch and Linnet Bird' from 'Sweeney Todd.' Right: Michael Hernandez performs a song and dance number he choreographed. The students are taking part in "Musical Theater Showcase" Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Val A. Browning Center Eccles Theatre. Tickets are $3.50$4.50. ' "fc f f L '1 ',t,. raps 3 ODD 7TH I By Chris Ripplinger campus affairs editor The Signpost Members of the Weber State University Student Association Supreme Court said Monday they are lobbying for a part-time campus attorney position. WSU faculty has resisted this option in the past because they will not employ someone who could possibly sue the university. Letitia Toombs, WSU Student Association Supreme Court justice, said that the job description outlined in the student supreme court's proposal limits that job to a consultant position available to students to prevent law suits against WSU. Toombs presented this material to the senators and asked for student feedback from their constituencies and area councils by next Monday. Toombs said, in previous years, several lawyers provided legal advice to WSU students every few weeks. Signup sheets were provided and would often fill up within an hour or two after posting. Last year, the student supreme court conducted an online survey to determine if students thought an on-campus attorney would be beneficial. "The support was overwhelmingly -campims mm&s -""-'J'-l " ' .""- '"" 'M ' ;" "'-'J 1 ' ' 1 ' f .'I i PHOTO m CHRIS RIITLINCER I JHE SICNPOS1 WSU Student Association nontraditional senator Jim West (left) speaks Monday about concerns raised by his constituents. Jason Allison, WSU SA social and behavioral sciences senator, conducted the meeting in the absence of Chris Russell, WSU SA legislative vice president. in favor of getting an attorney; not only from the survey, but also from all the students that I have talked to as well," Toombs said. "That's our main goal. It's just another service that we provide that makes it easier for the students to stay on campus or to stay with us." WSU already provides health counseling, psychiatric counseling and daycare services. Campus attorney advocates say students may choose WSU over the University of Utah See Lawyer page 3 Artists, faculty to celebrate ancient Lake Bonneville By Lynn Wilde correspondent The Signpost About 15,000- years ago, a massive lake covering the entire Wasatch Front drained through a breach at Red Rock "pass in Idaho, and artists from Weber State University are commemorating the now-absent body of water. The commemoration will be in the form of music, poetry and dance. Diane Stern, WSU Cultural Affairs director, helped commission a group of artists to remember the ancient Lake Bonneville. Stern said the project, called "Stories from Lake Bonneville," is a montage of artistic efforts from varying fields and artists. Brad Richter, a classical guitarist, will compose new work for the guitar; WSU art faculty member Mark Biddle will supply the visual component; and Utah poet laureate Kenneth Brewer will write the project's poetry. The troupe will use science to provide inspiration for their art. Adolph Yonkee, WSU Department of Geosciences chairman, provided the artists with a scientific background. Yonkee said, because of a closed drainage system and a colder climate 30,000 to 15,000 years ago, Lake Bonneville reached a level of more than 5,100 feet. The colder climate prevented much evaporation, so the lake rose to its highest level. "It actually got so high that it overflowed through an outlet up north of Logan," Yonkee said. He said there was about 400 feet of loose landslide debris forming a dam north of Logan. The water level got so high that it overwhelmed the dam. "And once the lake went over the top of that, it failed rapidly and catastrophically," Yonkee said. The result was a flood that lasted almost a year and dropped the lake level almost 400 feet. The new level, called the Provo level, stayed until the climate warmed. Yonkee said the warming climate allowed more evaporation and the lake receded to where it is today. "This is just one scene in a very X " (I (VrSv X4 MILFOfltD I OUTMMC SOURCE: UTAH GEOLOGICAL SURVEY Lake Bonneville covered the entire Wasatch Front 15,000 years ago. Artists from Weber State University will present works in honor of the lake in April. long history," Yonkee said. In an e-mail, Brewer said Yonkee read his poems for the project and gave him feedback on the scientific details. He then made changes to his poetry based on the science. Brewer said working on the Bonneville project pushed him to write a style of verse new to him writing for music. Two of Brewer's poems are "chants" that were written for Richter's compositions. Using metaphor, imagination See Celebrate page 3 Low-income households dial up phone bill discount By Andrea Bean sr. news reporter The Signpost Cheaper phone bills are pften available for the poor, but many people don't know this service is available. "The government views phone service as pretty essential," said Janice Hauge, University of North Texas economics assistant professor, at a presentation Tuesday in the Weber State University Wattis Business Building. In 1984, 44 states participated in the Lifeline and Link-Up programs, which provide low-income people with discounted local telephone service and installation fees. Later, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 required all state governments to take part in the programs, Hauge said. s- Twelve people listened as Hauge discussed a research paper she co-authored on Florida's participation in die Lifeline and Link-Up programs. The other ? authors were Mark Jamison, Public Utility Research Center at the University of Florida director, and Todd Jewell, University of North Texas economics associate professor. The authors found Florida residents are less likely to participate in the Lifeline and Link-Up programs if they are less educated, live in rural areas or own cellular phones. Young adults are less likely to take part in ! the programs because they don't know about the program or don't understand the benefits Lifeline, and Link-Up provide. I People , are more likely to barticipate in the discount programs I if they own a home, receive other types of public assistance or live in areas with higher telephone service costs. The authors also determined participation is increasing. Hauge said 16.9 percent of the eligible .. households in Utah participate in the program. The states with the highest participation are California and Maine. "Utah is midway," Hauge said. To qualify for the programs, a Utah citizen's income level should be at or below 133 percent of the poverty level. People also qualify for Lifeline and Link-Up if they receive government aid under programs such as food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid or the Emergency Work Program. Under the Lifeline program, Utah households can save up to $13.33 on their monthly telephone service bills from Qwest the area's dominant provider of local telephone service according to the Universal Service Administrative Company, which seeks to provide affordable telecommunications service to people across the nation. This amount covers local telephone service charges purchased at a flat rate service, local service purchased as part of a bundled service and subscriber line charges. Individuals who participate See Phone page 3 Student senate to seek student input with survey tv , , r - " - i j ' Andrea Cluff WSU Student Association Davis Campus senator "We want to know what students are worried about so that we can work on the issues that concern them most and move in the right direction." Parking, student involvement eclipse in preliminary By Blair Dee Hodges news editor The Signpost Weber State University Student Association Senate is preparing a survey for next spring to find out which issues students want the senate to address. "We want to know what students are worried about so that we can work on the issues that concern litem most," said Andrea Cluff, WSU SA Davis Campus senator Clult said the senate decided to create the survey after a minor debate over Ogdcn City Mayor Godfrey's proposal to build a gondola in Ogden, possibly including WSU in its route. "Some of the senators had been asking about the gondola issue; it was suggested we do a student survey about it to see if it was something students wanted us to focus on," Cluff said. "I know my constituency didn't really want us to." Jason Allison, WSU SA social and behavioral sciences senator, said the gondola survey was put on hold because the senate felt they, as well as other students, needed to be more educated about how a gondola would affect WSU. "We were going to host a debate to cover the pros and cons of the gondola, but Ogden City decided they weren't even going to talk about it until next year," Allison said. The senators decided die survey should include not only the gondola issue, but also any issues students have voiced concern over. A committee was assigned to research other issues students want included in the survey. "Each of the senators was responsible to go to their constituents and find out what their concerns were without any leading questions like 'what about the gondola?'" Cluffsaid. Senators submitted their findings to Cluff and her committee at Monday's senate meeting. According to Cluff, only one constituency Allison's said anything about the gondola, and it wasn't positive. Allison said while some of his constituents are opposed to the building of a gondola, the majority "just wanted to see student government do something else." Some topics of concern that may appear on the survey seem to directly reflect the constituents who raised them. James West, WSU SA nontraditional student senator, said his constitucnq' wants WSU-Davis Campus childcare and later library hours to accommodate work schedules. "They also voiced concern over the use of student fees for parties and tilings they weren't likely to attend," West said. Kelie Babcock, WSU SA students with disabilities senator, said some of her constituents brought up an apparent shortage? of available computer desks for disabled sttidents. "The tiling we heard most about was dealing with parking issues," Cluff said. Cluff s committee is compiling the issues brought by the senators in order to narrow them down and form the survey. "I'm working on the list of topics we have right now to put them in question form: 'is this important to you?'" Cluff said. "Then they can rank the issues from most important to least important and prioritize them on a scale of one to 10." After the survey is complete, the senate will present it to the WSU Institutional Review Board to ensure it complies with university guidelines. Once reviewed, the senate will choose a method of distribution. "We might do the survey online or maybe have senators contact professors within their constituencies to have the survey distributed during class; we haven't decided yet," Cluff said. According to Guff, similar surveys have successfully been conducted on a smaller scale at the WSU-Davis Campus to get student input on the facility, which brought worthwhile issues to the foreground. The survey should be released during spring semester, Cluffsaid. "We want as much student input as possible," Gulf said. "Students can still contact us with concerns they would like to see on the survey. Most of the big concerns don't change; so hopefully, the senate can use the results of this survey for the next couple of years." Students wishing to provide input for the survey can e-mail suggestions to dscPwcber.edu. You can reach reporter Blair Dee Hodges by calling 626-7655. .
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2005-11-30, Vol. 68, No. 45|
|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.|