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- I' TneO Men's and women's cross country headed to championship See page 6 'Macbeth' opens today Sec pcJije 4 WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY J I A p. n n rq n Fi n r : n n n n U 1 H fUpM j U u Vw. j L i mmt I I ,f- .--. 1 -r a1""-. ,.:.. O) li j fi J) WSU psychology instructor accused of groping student By Mari'a Villasenor editor in chief The Signpost A Weber State University psychology instructor was charged Oct. 23 with sexual battery of a student. Edward C. Gardiner allegedly "touched the breasts and buttocks of an adult female over the clothing. The touching was done under circumstances that the defendant knew was causing affront, alarm and great distress to the victim. The defendant was the victim's college teacher and was touching her under the pretense of assisting her and counseling her in his office," according to a probable cause statement from the Davis County Attorney's Office. The charge is a class A misdemeanor and stems from an Aug. 22 incident on the WSU-Davis Campus in Layton. Gardiner w a s t e a c h i n g five psychology classes at the campus during the fall semester, w h i c h began Aug. 28; three classes were Introductory Psychology, courses and two were Interpersonal Relationships classes. Oilier psychology faculty are now teaching the courses. Earlier Edward C. Gardiner this week, Gardiner was put on paid administrative leave, according to John Kowalewski, WSU spokesman, pending the results of VVSU's internal investigation and the criminal case. Gardiner has been a contract employee at WSU since 2004, but Kowalewski was unsure if Gardiner was an adjunct instructor at WSU before that. Kowalewski said the university was not aware of any previous complaints concerning Gardiner while he was teaching at WSU. Due to complaints of "unprofessional conduct" that sparked a 2004 investigation, according to die Utah Division of Occupational arid Professional Licensing, Gardiner voluntarily surrendered his license and is not be eligible for a new one until 2009. Kowalewski said licensing is not a factor in Gardiner's teaching for the WSU psychology department, nor is licensing required at any odier university's psychology department. Kowalewski said WSU takes allegations of that nature seriously; "we do everything we can to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff." Gardiner could not be reached. I lis fu st court date is Nov. 29 You can reach reporter Maria Villasenor by calling 626-7665. WSU student injured while serving U.S. Army in Afghanistan Student hopes to go back on front lines after healing By Deborah Ramsey sr. news reporter The Signpost Robert Pickett, a member of the Utah Army National Guard, was patrolling the boarder last month between Afghanistan and Pakistan when his armored Humvee was ambushed by the Taliban. Two bullets hit him in the chest, one hit his head, and a rocket-propelled grenade skipped across the hood of the Humvee and blew against the windshield, leaving shrapnel in Pickett's knee. "He's a bigger bullet magnet than me," said longtime friend Travis Oxborrow, who had one bullet hole in his flak vest from when he was shot in the back in Iraq. Thanks to Pickett's body armor, he ended up with only minor injuries. The bullet entered the Kevlar helmet and was deflected down, fracturing his skull, cutting his face and narrowly missing his brain. One bullet to the chest hit the flak jacket plate, and the other hit his ammunition magazine. Pickett's knee has almost healed. "I'm in Kandahar getting some physical therapy on my knee for the next couple of weeks," Pickett wrote in an e-mail. "I'm doing well." Friends back at Weber State University had expected to hear that Pickett would be coming back to school and picking up where he left off, but Pickett chose to remain in Afghanistan. "Nah, I'm just going to stay," Pickett said. Pickett was a junior at Weber State University when his unit was activated in June of 2005. "We're real proud of his staying there to do his job," Oxborrow said. "He believes it's still a good fight." Pickett left school and a fiancee to fight the War on Terror. After months of extensive training in Mississippi, he was sent off to Afghanistan to serve as an adviser to the Afghani Army. "He's helping build up the army so we can leave," Oxborrow said. Oxborrow and Pickett lived parallel lives. They both graduated from Roy High in 1996 and dien enrolled in the Army, signing up for the same job and going to die same training together. They trained as artillery spotters calling in air strikes, artillery and mortar strikes, and sometimes working as scouts. See Soldier page 5 Packed in during rush hour r it 1 !-- . . I. I PHOIO BY BRICE KELSCH IHt SIGNPOST Students wait for their destination on UTA's bus route 55, southbound from Weber State University to Salt Lake City. Between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, the buses are packed full of WSU students and teachers. To date, 2,944 Ed Passes have been issued. Ed Passes allow students to ride UTA for free. V . vinv.: -:t . j. ifl. vl'r: 't.Tn !. 'lisle llMil'lf ectioms preview 2006 A r 7 A7 V U.S. Congress District 1 candidates find spending and the economy important By Rob Brenneman correspondent The Signpost The U.S. Congressional District 1 race includes the counties of Box Elder, Cache, Davis, parts of Juab, Morgan, Rich, part of Salt Lake , Summit, Tooele and Weber counties. Lynn Badler, Libertarian Lynn Badler, of the Libertarian party, said it all depends on your point of view. The Libertarian party believes in small government, low or non-existent taxation, very little regulation, and very few government programs. "If a person likes big government and big taxation," Badler said, "then I guess they can continue to vote republican or democrat. We're trying to get the country back on a constitutional basis where people can choose what they do with their money, and have more freedom of personal choice." Taxation is also an important issue to Badler. She said the government is taking too much money and funding projects people do not want. See District 1 page 5 Health care a priority for one District 6 candidate in the State House race By Heather Carter correspondent The Signpost The race is on for candidates Rick Jones and Kerry' Gihsoitfor die seat in the Utah State I louse of Representatives in District 6, representing west Weber County. The main issues debated in this year's District 6 election vary from health care and education, to economic development. DemocraticcandidatcRickJoncsAVeberState University U.S. economic history adjunct instructor, said he is concerned over die rising cost of health care. Jones said he believes Utah could save a lot of money by buying drugs in bulk for Medicaid. "Michigan and some other states that have bought dings in bulk have saved millions," Jones said. "And just recently Wal-Mart has come out and said that dings that normally w ent for $27 a prescription would go for $) a prescription. That just tells you diat prescription drugs arc grossly overpriced." Jones, who is also self-employed, said he believes the state's Public Employee Health Plan should be extended to small-business owners. Jones said he is not only running for election because he tiiinks improvements need to be made in the state's health care program, but also because he believes that, as a Democratic-See District 6 page 5 State House District 18 candidates focused on education and other issues By Jordan Yospe senior news reporter The Signpost District 10 constitutes Woods Cross, West Bountiful, Ccntcrville and I'armington, one of the fastest growing areas in Utah. Roger E. Barrus and George A. Mortimer are the candidates for the Utah State House of Representatives district this term. Republican Roger E. Barrus is running for his fourth term as a representative. Barrus was raised on a farm, which he explained helps him understand proper and multiple usages of resources. He graduated from Utah State University's engineering department with an emphasis in environmental engineering. This, in part, directed his career. Barrus worked for 27 years, ensuring his employer's compliance with EPA regulations. He also has a contractor's license and started a small entrepreneurial manufacturing business with his wife a few years ago, which soon became the state's fastest growing manufacturing business. He sold the business a few years later, and is retired. He is focusing on small contracting jobs and his work with the House of Representatives. See District 18 page 5 liens in Brief Campus parking survey available online A survey is online in the wildcat student portal that will allow students to give their opinions of the parking situation at WSU and how it could be improved, changed, altered, etc., or if it should be left as is. Students can access "How do you like Campus Parking?" by logging on to their student portals at "Campus Procedure" The survey was created by WSU Student Association for a Student Senate proposal to change how students can purchase parking passes. At least 3,000 respondents are needed for the survey. KWCR nominated for improvement award Weber State University's radio station KWCR 88.1 Weber FM was selected as one of the five most improved college or noncommercial radio stations in the College Media Journal "2006 College Radio Awards." The category includes more than 400 stations in the United States and Canada, according to Brad Denney, KWCR music director. The award ceremony will take place at the Lincoln Center in New York City on Nov. 2. "We're shooting for number one now," Denney said. Record company promotional departments and promotional companies are the judges of the contest. Denney said he contacts the companies each week to provide music feedback from students and DJs. The companies will use the feedback to decide which bands and artists to promote in the area and to send the station similar music. This regular contact with the companies is why the station has been nominated for the award. "Last year we had almost no contact, if any," said Kael Harris, KWCR general manager. Traditional Student Emphasis Week to be held Oct. 30 to Nov. 4 Monday, Oct. 30 Raffle ticket sale, Gallery Entrance area, 12-1:30 p.m. All proceeds from the raffle go to St. Anne's I lomeless Shelter in Ogden. Wednesday, Nov. 1 GameActivities table & Major Eest, Gallery, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 Gene Sessions, a Presidential Distinguished professor of history at Webei State University, will be speaking about what WSU offers students in comparison other schools in the Utah education community. I le is the department head for WSU's history department. Room 347-348, Shepherd Union Building, 1 p.m. Friday, November 3rd Draw raffle and pie eating contest, Gallery area, 12 p.m. to whenever the pie is gone. For more information, call Chris Bentley, WSU Student Association traditional student senator, at (435) 393-9402.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2006-10-27, Vol. 69, No. 32|
|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.|