Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-11-221
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O .... 1 -fl Men's team reaches ' V-V. TUD f O WEBER S T AT E UNIVERSITY. . SV V V- Ax final at 'Top of the L ilQ (I 1 T A SSi -Minimum wage -rcjr: rj 51 gf) o g - :::: ipeedl dlaiog quickens owe connecta tope Wildcat men and women go three-minute rounds for rapid romance By Andrea Bean news editor The Signpost Busy students were able to meet potential friends and dating partners Nov. 20 by participating in a speed dating event. About 32 students were involved in the activity, which was held in the Shepherd Union Building Gallery. The ratio of males and females was almost equal. "It was a pretty good turnout," said Mike Bradley, WSU freshman. Bradley is on the WSU Student Association Arts and Lectures committee, which planned the event. During the activity, males sat on one side of two long tables and females sat on the other. Each couple talked for three minutes, and then the men would rotate to their left. Lists of possible questions were placed on each table. Some of the questions were routine: "What is your major?" "What is something unique about you?" Others were unusual: "Flying squirrels or raccoons?" "Describe photosynthesis." Brittney Brown, WSU social work freshman, said she was a little nervous about participating, but she did end up enjoying the activity. "It was just nice to open up to people who were opening up to you," she said. Ginnie Kim, WSU clinical lab sciences freshman, said she is glad she participated, and she now has a list of conversation topics to discuss if she ever encounters silent moments when meeting people. Roger Mulholland, WSU student, said he decided to participate in the activity because of its fast pace and lack of commitment. "I figured I had nothing to lose," he said. Mulholland said he enjoyed the atmosphere because it was easy to initiate a conversation, and awkward silences were absent from the discussions. He said he walked away with a couple of phone numbers. F . i - ' . : . -,.4 ) X. He noticed the participants encompassed a wide varietypf students, but most students were freshmen. '. Students who participated in the speed-dating activity will be entered into a drawing for date-night gift certificates. Thje drawing will be conducted at tUe conclusion of Ruth Westheimer's convocation on Nov. 27 at 12 p.m. in the Gallery. Westheimer, known as Dr. Ruth, is a sex expert who has changed the discussion of sex in the media, according to Jose See Dating page 5 17 J" " . ; ; : Z- HI IDIOS BY MARIA VILLAbtNOK lilt 5K.N'(Jif (Above) More than 30 Weber State University students participated in speed dating at the Shepherd Union Building Gallery Nov. 20. Women lined along the west end of two tables and men on the east end. After a few minutes talking, the men would move one seat over to the north and begin their rapid date with the next person. (Left) Brian Mommer, a WSU teaching education freshman, talks to Heather Robinson, another freshman, during the speed dating event in the Gallery. iudeni s H8IOFS rQusr vice presidents to report work Two other bills pass concerning vetoes and issues forums By Jenalee Berger sr. news reporter The Signpost On Monday the Weber State University Student Senate unanimously passed three bills in what could have been the shortest Student Senate meeting this year. "I think we've set a new record for the fastest Senate meeting ever," said WSU Legislative Vice President Jason Allison at the end of the 25-minute meeting. "Which is fine, because we've been having very long Senate meetings, which is abnormal for the senate." One bill that passed during the meeting will require each WSU vice president to submit a written report and present an oral report to the student Senate during the 9th or 10th week of each semester. Each vice president will prepare the reports instead of uTiting a Policy and Procedure Manual. "It's just another one of my half-baked ideas," said Education Senator Brett Jones who sponsored the bill. Jones apologized to the Senate for how long last week's discussion about the bill took. "I didn't mean for that to happen," Jones said, "and if there is anything I can Legislative Vice President Jason Allison stands at the mini-podium while Davis Campus Student Senator James West (standing) talks. West presented a bill to amend the student government Constitution to allow the Senate two meetings to override a presidential veto. During the Senate meeting, two other bills passed: one that requires all seven Weber State University Student Association vice presidents to report a written and oral summation of their activities to the Student Senate each semester. do to make that up I will." The main opponent of the bill, Hispanic Student Senator Irma Hernandez, did not attend the meeting, but Jones said that during the week she researched the bill and decided it was good legislation. "After doing some research she had come to the conclusion that it's a good bill," Jones said during the meeting. "She can't find any means or justification for keeping the previous requirements." The report is intended to explain what benefits the events will have for WSU students. Another bill that passed will amend the WSUSA bylaws so each Senate Standing Committee will be responsible for organizing an Issues Forum beginning Spring 2007. The original bill that was passed late in the fall semester did not allow the committees enough time to create a useful Issues Forum. Before the student senators voted, WSU Residence Hall Senator McKell Barnett, who sponsored the bill, reminded them that if the bill didn't pass, they would not have much time. "Now that another week has gone by, we would need to be starting right now," she said. Davis Campus Senator Jim West sponsored the final bill that passed. It will amend the WSUSA Constitution so the Senate will have two Senate meetings to override a presidential veto after it is formally announced in a Senate meeting. "We ran into a situation last year where there wasn't sufficient time to try to hold a presidential veto or even decide one was necessary," West said. Previously, the senators only had two weeks to override a presidential veto. WSU Arts and Humanities senator Karen Nielson reported on the Student Athlete Association Committee (SAAC). Almost every sport was represented in the committee. Nielson said they are having problems getting students to come to the athletic events. "I asked them what we could do as a senate to help them," Nielson said. The SAAC told her they have two basketball games they would like to have a big crowd at. There is a women's basketball game against the University of Utah Nov. 29, and a men's basketball game Dec. 2 against Brigham Young University. Neilson said the SAAC thinks having a big crowd could help the teams get more wins. The last Student Senate meeting of the semester will be held next Monday at 1:30 p.m. in Room 352 of the Shepherd Union Building. You can leave a message for reporter Jenalee Berger by calling 626-7655. i 7 "l ,, . ; I - y H.; . I Federal grant given to WSU to encourage high schoolers toward higher education TRIO money to help low-income students By Jordan Yospe sr. news reporter The Signpost Weber State University has received a $1.1 million federal TRIO grant to start the Educational Talent Search Program at Ben Lomond and Ogden high schools, as well as Central and Mount Ogden middle schools. "We believe this grant will help provide the necessary tools for students who have the potential to go to college to see it as an option and receive the guidance they need to achieve this goalf Ruth Stubbs Program coordinator for Weber State University The grant will be dispersed over the next five years in $220,000 federally funded annual payments. The goal of the program is to offer those underprivileged and low-income students in Ogden the opportunity to attend college. TRIO is a government entity organized by the Department of Education to assist under-privileged and low-income students in getting a postsecondary education. "This program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education," explained the Department of Education. "The program provides academic, career and financial counseling to its participants, and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to the postsecondary institution of their choice. Talent Search also serves high school dropouts by encouraging them to reenter the education system and complete their education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youths from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in postsecondary education institutions of their choice." In addition to additional funding, additional staff members have been hired to implement the program. The program opens doors to Ogden students to attend college. Program coordinator, Ruth Stubbs, heads the initiative with the help of two advisers and a secretary. Advisers spend half their day at middle schools and the other half at high schools, interacting and helping with students. "We believe this grant will help provide the necessary tools for students who have, the potential to go to college, to see it as an option and receive the guidance they need to achieve this goal," said Program Coordinator Ruth Stubbs. Employees implementing the program at the high schools and middle school level provideandassist students with career planning, academic counseling, financial aid and scholarship applications, parental workshops, college-entrance exam preparation and enrollment at a postsecondary institution of their choice. There is also a TRIO Talent Search office at each of the schools. "The idea of the grant is to keep students on track to go to college," said Academic Services and Programs Executive Director Carl Porter. "The reason Weber is involved is because we know what you need to do to get here." WSU's Talent Search program must maintain certain standards and report annually. Evaluations include progress of students from grade to grade, and the number of students accepted to higher-education programs. The program must meet specific objectives in order to qualify for the grant again in five years. This is the fourth TRIO grant WSU has received, dating back to the late 1960's.; The program is called "Talent Search"' because it looks for those students who are talented academically and could be successful at a postsecondary level. You can leave a message for reporter Jordan Yospe by calling 626-7655.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-11-22, Vol. 69, No. 41|
|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.|