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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY The Mock interviews ) Tough loss for 'Cats see page 6 m 9 coming soon r 4 see page 5 -J MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2006 wsusignpost.com VOLUME 68 ISSUE 71 applicant ap mhf Number of students running for Student Associaton drops By Jason Staley managing editor The Signpost Voter apathy is not to blame for the drop in election applicants for the Weber State University Student Association. Before voter apathy can take hold, voters must first have people to vote for. Last year the WSU Student Association had 49 applicants, and this year only 38 students signed up. "It is honestly disappointing that there are not more people running for office, especially since how many people voiced their concern that they wanted to see change," said Ryan Starks, WSU Student Association president. "So it is sad to see that those people are not running for office." Traditionally, these positions are advertised by word of mouth and students picked up the packets in the WSU Student Association office, but this year a different advertising approach was taken. "This year we put it online, we left packets in the student orientation, the scholarship office; we had packets all over campus this year," said Christy Butler, WSU elections chairwoman and internal relations director. In addition to making the packets more readily available, WSU Student Association created flyers and placed posters in the computer labs with the Web site address for the packets. Even with these extra efforts, the .elections took an 11-applicant drop, and this drop does not sit well with Butler. "It was a big drop and sometimes I cringe when I think what would have happened if we had not gone to these lengths," Butler said. "Because we look at the people that did file with us and there are probably four or five who are familiar with the organization and that's it; of the people running for office, the majority of them are all people that See Elections page 3 Program to offer world perspective, lunch By Cory Duclos news editor The Signpost The Honors Program and Services for Women Students at Weber State University are hosting a series of four "Lunch and Learn" lectures highlighting pioneering women in countries around the world. Spanish professor Alicia Giralt set up the lectures. Giralt originally planned on teaching a class for the Honors Program this semester, highlighting Nobel Peace Prize winners, but the class was canceled due to lack of enrollment. "The honors director suggested that I arrange three or four talks related to that class," Giralt said. "But at the same time that's when the president of Liberia and the president of Chile were elected. And I thought it would be interesting, instead of just having" Nobel Peace Prize winners, to have the commonality of the four females who were first, and they are very diverse." Giralt said the lectures are designed to be brief and informal so students can have the opportunity to ask questions about the country and after, enjoy food related to that country. The lectures take place every Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Special Collections Room of the Stewart Library. Giralt said she hopes the talks will help students understand other countries. "That was my idea, was to bring some diversity to the talks that the students attend, so there would be world diversity," she said. The series kicked off last Thursday afternoon with a talk by former WSU Spanish professor, and current student studying in the English master's program, Mary Rosa Moraga Barrows. Moraga is originally from Chile and spoke about the recent election of Michelle Bachelet, Chile's first female president. Moraga said it was amazing that a woman was elected president in Chile, a society that many see as very traditional. Moraga helped the audience understand the current political -situation by explaining some of Chile's political past. "Mary Rosa can accommodate to the audience," Giralt said. "The audience was relaxed; they didn't know a lot about Chile, so she talked about the background a little bit and then brought them to the present and why this woman was elected." Moraga gave her personal account of the 1972 military coup against democratically elected President Salvador Allende. Moraga lived near the Estadio Nacional, a stadium where unknown numbers of people were gathered and executed. .... lived aboujthree blocks, from the national soccer stadium where they killed the prisoners," she said. "If you were pink, if you were red, if you have a little socialist ideas you were taken some 14 years old and on if you were male ... I still have problems with helicopters flying over and I still have problems with guns, I can't stand them, because they would kill people at night and you could hear the machine guns going off and you could go out close to the stadium and you would see long, long lines of only women and children because they would take all the males, sons, husbands and grandfathers; they would be in there." Giralt said this kind of firsthand experience is what she hopes students can gain from these lectures. "I think that's really important, because you're not just getting it from a book or a movie, you're getting it from somebody who experienced it," she said. She said by learning about the world, students will better understand the common bonds that link people across borders. "I think it's really important to realize that even if you are from a different country you See Lectures page 3 I X I I Kill I Hi Ll)K UULLUb , i ,.s, WSU English master's student Mary Rosa Moraga Barrows of Chile talks about the political history of Chile and how its context played into the election of the country's first female president, Michele Bachelet. Moraga's presentation was part of a "Lunch and Learn" in which speakers from around the world will speak about pioneering women from their respective countries. The discussions will be held the next three Thursdays in the Special Collections Room of the Stewart Library. ' ";'-'. ,. ." i - . . i ; ' ' .... -jnr i Y -. y C A My V N. J 1 if ji mt HHOIO BY TKICIA GtRARD I 71 It SION'Oi What 'argil' they doing? "Pirated!" cast member Brad Shelton hoists a pirate flag in front of the Val A. Browning Center Friday afternoon to commemorate the opening of Jim Christian's musical production "Pirated!" Shelton portrays pirate king Dallas Randall in the play which runs Tuesday through Saturday with Tuesday being a free night for students. Students raise money for Rwanda By Rebecca Palmer sr. news reporter The Signpost Several Weber State University clubs and organizations are working together to raise $12,000 for a well at an orphanage in Rwanda. They are working with Rwanda native Blondine Eya Nchama, who founded the orphanage in 1998 widi a $40,000 giant from the Swiss government. Currently, children who live at the orphanage or who attend school there must walk several miles daily with five-gallon buckets to access clean water. The walking, which takes hours, drastically cuts into learning time. WSU associate geography professor Julie Rich is heading up the effort. She met Nchama during time spent in Geneva on sabbatical leave. "Through education diey left themselves out of poverty," Rich said. "I had a desire to help diese people out," Rich said. "We're a rich country and if we give a little it goes a long way to impact die lives of so many." During Rich's time off teaching, she spent some time in Africa. There and in Geneva, she learned the value of humanitarian projects. "I found drat very satisfying," she said. "It was so satisfying; when 1 got back to die university it was somediing I thought I'd like to continue doing." WSU students latched onto Rich's vision. WSU Amnesty International has focused on Rwanda all year, and when WSU co-president Sarah Baca found out about the well project, she jumped on board. After tiiat, individuals from die Anthropology Club, the College Democrats, Students in Free Enterprise, die Botany Club, the Geography Club, die Sociology Club and die French Club jumped on. About $560 has already been raised for die well project dirougli private donations and bake sales. The group hopes to raise die rest of die money by March 28 through a bake sale and private auction. If diey raise more than die $12,000 needed for die well, diey will buy furniture and school supplies for die orphanage. "It's just to help people there; diey've overcome so much," Baca said. "It's just a way of us helping diem furdier themselves economically." Baca and about 11 others plan on spending two weeks in Rwanda, camping near the orphanage in June. They hope to help with well construction, and also to teach students at the orphanage. Each traveler will pay $3,000 for die trip. They are raising trip money separately from well money. Though plans are still not finalized, diey say diey will definitely go. "The students are committed and energetic," Rich said. "They're very tenacious. They are going to pull it off. They will raise it." Those interested in helping can contact Rich at 626-6209 or Baca at 627-6380. You can leave a message for reporter Rebecca Palmer by calling 626-7655. WSU student becomes Utah's next top model By Steven Mouritsen sr. news reporter The Signpost While hanging out with friends at Club Vortex in Salt Lake City, Sierra Thomas was seen on the dance floor and was selected to compete in "Utah's Next Top Model" contest. The Weber State University Rodeo Team star was later chosen as the winner of the contest out of a group of about 50 women handpicked by Tru Talent Management, a modeling agency based in Salt Lake City. "After a lot of people auditioned, they chose 20 girls," Thomas said. "I was ultimately the last one standing." Tiu Talent Management represents a wide range of clients who perform various activities from acting to walking the catwalk. Actors from the company have starred in movies, including "Napolean Dynamite," "Independence Day," and the soon-to-be released "World's Fastest Indian" with Anthony Hopkins. Thomas will travel to Las Vegas to audition for movies and is currently taking acting lessons. The Ogden native received a contract from the modeling agency as the prize for winning the competition. "I'm very excited," Thomas said. "I am the winner of the contest, now I have the opportunity to act and model." Rodeo events that Thomas competes in include barrel racing and break-away roping. She is hopeful that the trip to Las Vegas and other requirements of her contract will not end her rodeo career at WSU. "When I'm down in Vegas I'm sure I'll miss some local rodeos that are going on," Thomas said. "There will be a little interference with the college team but I'm hoping not much." The two-month contest was the first of its kind by Tru Talent Management and will soon be followed by a male version of "Utah's Next Top Model." Red Bull sponsored the contest and elimination rounds occurred at Club Vortex. Kevin Garnar of Tru Talent See Top Model page 3 C - ( ' '' ". '- ' ' ' " ' : " .j ' . . ' v ....... - ' VH kl L . IKl. I ALL I MAAl,LML.f WSU student Sierra Thomas poses for shots during a photo shoot. Thomas won the Tru Talent Management "Utah's Next Top Model" competition.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-03-06, Vol. 68, No. 71|
|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.|