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r 1 : B E YON T H E U3- U H 111 Tl L'UJLi SIGNPOST WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY is O WSU people to bear torches in 2002 Olympics Tanna Barry editor in chief ne probably would never have imagined that 18 -year - old Braden Howe would be an Olympic torch-bearer.After a car hit Howe almost six years ago, he has been paralyzed from the neck down - making him quadriplegic like Christopher Reeves and former Weber State University mascot Matt 'The Cat" Maw. But Maw and Howe will join the ranks with WSU professor Myron Davis and more than 11,500 other torchbearers for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. The Olympic flame will travel more than 13,500 miles and pass through 46 states during a 65-day relay. Learning to live Before Howe's accident, he dreamed of being a professional soccer player. Now he knows that isn't possible, but this hasn't changed his ability to dream. Instead of being a soccer player, he jokes of being a millionaire and is trying to earn a college degree. And he is excited to be an Olympic torchbearer next year. "I'm way excited to do it," he said. "I'm just not excited for the cold." His mother, Nancy Howe, was surprised when she learned that her r v r- 1 L : i ; WSU professor Myron Davis in the health promotion and human performance department is one of the 2002 Winter Olympics' torchbearers. Former WSU mascot Matt 'The Cat" Maw and student Braden Howe will also carry the flame. extended family nominated him, but not surprised when he received the honor. "It shows that it doesn't matter your situation in life, you can still be a part of things," Nancy said. "The handicapped are just as important as anyone else." Despite his situation, she said he has done a lot of things. In summer of 2000, he did a project for the Roy City Police Department. He collected more than 600 stuffed animals that were given to the department so the police officers would have something to give to children in bad situations. But this is only one of the things he has done. Nancy has a blue, three-ring binder filled with awards and information about projects he has done. A lot of his attention has been See Torches page 3 2002 Olympic torch relay facts The 2002 Olympic torch relay will travel more than 13,500 miles. The Olympic flame will be transported by about 11,500 torchbearers. The 2002 Olympic torch relay will travel through the United States for 65 days. The 2002 Olympic torch relay will pass through 46 states. The Olympic flame will travel via torchbearers, automobile, airplane, train, ship, dog sled, skier, horse-drawn sleigh, snowmobile, ice skaters, prairie schooner and other unique methods. The Olympic flame travels within a support operation comprised of approximately 50 Chevrolet vehicles including public safety, advance operations, torchbearer shuttles, stage production trucks and support equipment. Each torchbearer will carry the flame approximately 0.2 miles, or approximately one lap around a track. The Olympic Flame will travel an average of 208 miles per day during a 12-hour day. The Olympic flame will stop for two major celebrations each day. Details of these celebrations will be announced by local- communities throughout the next year. The Olympic Flame is ignited by the sun's rays in Olympia, Greece, and is kept in a lantern that travels with the relay. A torch is lit from the flame every morning to start that day's relay. The Olympic flame is passed from torch to torch. The lantern is closely guarded to ensure that the flame is never extinguished. The Olympic torch design will be unveiled in the first quarter of 2001. The 2002 Olympic torch relay is made possible through the generous support of presenting sponsors, The Coca-Cola Company and Chevrolet, along with the official Olympic torch relay provider Delta Air Lines. Information taken from the Olympics official Web site, www.saltlake2002.com.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2001-11-30, Vol. 64, No. 44|
|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.|