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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY The Q SlffliPOSt Mens, $:1 Students' bvjr"M 12 women's 'g J j ; yttQ Halloween plans J1 basketball fj preview r v" see page 8 see page 5 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2004 wsusignpost.com VOLUME 67 ISSUE 31 Laptop By NATALIE CLEMENS ' editor in chief The Signpost On Feb. 26, 2004, Weber State University lost approximately $20,000 in assets from the Wattis Business Building when two men wearing baseball caps stole 10 computer laptops, one desktop workstation and a security camera. On Nov. 9, WSU may have a chance to snatch some of the money back when Brandon Murray, a suspect in the crime, will be tried for second-degree theft. tasft aaptt Son (to( Brandon Murray WSU Detective Sgt. Mike Davies is credited for locating Murray with the help of other local agencies. During a metro detectives meeting, Davies shared the suspect information. "The reason we have those meetings is to share that information among each other so that everybody's looking for the same people," Davies said. Davies drafted a warrant against Murray stating that Murray was wanted for third-degree burglary and second-degree felony theft. He was picked up on that warrant in another jurisdiction. Davies said being able to work together, gives police departments the upper hand. "When we're able to get interagency cooperation it happens a lot," Davies said of solving cases like this. WSU Police Capt. Dane LeBlanc said Davies would have solved the case much sooner but just as the facts were coming together in April, a student was allegedly abducted on campus and police efforts were focused on solving that case. Murray was picked up in July and would not give up any information regarding his accomplice. He was charged with third-degree burglary and second-degree felony theft, but by pleading guilty to the second- degree felony, the other charge was dropped. - "Those kind oi cases are extremely difficult and what I want everyone to know is how much work Davies put into solving this case," LeBlanc said. But the money may take years to restore. "Part of it was the process of finding out who did it and whether or not we would be getting it back, and now that that is kind of coming to a conclusion, we still don't know if we're getting anything back," said Shelly Belflower, See Heist page 7 Swenson Gymnasium to undergo renovation Possible gym additions: hydro therapy pool indoor running track athletic training lab locker rooms 40 percent classroom increase By HEATHER HUNT-WOOD asst. news editor The Signpost At the end of spring semester, the Swenson Gymnasium, located on the southeast corner of the Weber State University campus, will be closed for renovations. "It will be closed for two academic semesters, plus one summer," said Jackson Loughton, chairman of the Department of Health Promotion and Human Performance. "(We are) looking at about 15 months for construction." The . Swenson Gymnasium is connected to the C. William Stromberg Center by an underground tunnel. Together, the two buildings facilitate the health and physical education needs of WSU students. The C. William Stromberg Center was built in 1990, while the Swenson Gymnasium is a much older building. "It was built in the early 1960s as a facility to play basketball for a junior college," Loughton said. "At the time, WSU was not a university; it was a two-year college." Loughton said the Swenson Gym is worn out and has many seismic, electrical and plumbing problems. "The remodel is to take care of aging problems," Loughton said. "Make it a contemporary facility." The Stromberg Center will not be affected by the renovations and will remain open during construction. But the HPHP department offices and classrooms located in the Swenson Gymnasium will be moved across the street into Wasatch Hall, the old student housing building. Judy Glommen, the Swenson Gymnasium C. William Stromberg Center coordinator, said the Wasatch building has more classroom space than the Swenson Gym does. "Its not going to be Camelot, but it will allow us to be in one place," Loughton said. According to Norm Tarbox, WSU vice president of adminstrative services, the renovations will cost $8.6 million. During the 2004 Legislature, $5.6 million was appropriated to WSU for See Renovation page 13 f Hinckley fellow disputes difference between humans, chimpanzees By NATALIE CLEMENS editor in chief The Signpost During the Annual Hinckley Lecture held Tuesday afternoon in the Lind Lecture Hall, Weber State University zoology professor Kent Van De Graaff discussed the similarities and differences between humans and chimpanzees. "Ninety-eight percent of who we are, are very similar to the chimpanzees," Van De Graaff said. When Van De Graaff first heard that statistic, he said he thought that was very sobering. He said it's easy to make a comparison between humans and chimpanzees because humans see chimpanzees in themselves. Although humans are similar to chimpanzees, Van De Graaff said humans have unique distinctions from them. "Ninety-eight percent of who we are, are very similar to the chimpanzees." - Kent Van De Graaff, WSU zoology professor One is the fact that humans walk on their hind limbs. "This is a uniqueness to humans," Van De Graaff said. "We're the only bipedal mammals." For the most part, chimpanzees and gorillas walk on all fours. Van De Graaff said chimpanzees could only take approximately 30 steps on their hind legs at a time because they are unable to lock their knees and distribute the weight and pressure of their bodies. The human skull is also more flat than the chimpanzee skull. Van De Graaff attributes this to the fact that human heads are directly over the vertebral column. He said this is associated with the bipedal stance and allows the weight of the head and brain to be held up by the vertebral column. Also, the human vertebral column is shaped in a sigmoid curvature like an S, where the chimpanzees have more of a round vertebral column. Another characteristic that separates humans from chimpanzees is the fact that chimps are very hairy. "We are referred to as naked apes," Van De Graaff said. He said two downsides to less hair are rapid evaporable cooling and vulnerability to sunlight. He added See Chimpanzees page 14 1 ;t zzj (fx ; i Kent Van De Graaff, WSU zoology professor, discusses the differences in the skeletal frameof humans and chimpanzees using a small-scale human skeletal model.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2004-10-27, Vol. 67, No. 31|
|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.|