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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY . . , , ' Football Student team kicks off prepares for international preseason film festival see page 6 see page 5 ine r- u m 0 . a .- t i 5 S " .. .. si J Jfc r IB k; FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2005 wsusignpost.com VOLUME 67 ISSUE 75 wL fNr.i t-a is -2 Napoleon Student wins chance to meet Preston's tater gem By JOSH BYRNE correspondent The Signpost Weber State University students were able to enjoy some sweet entertainment as they ate lunch in The Gallery Wednesday. Student Activities hosted a Napoleon Dynamite look-alike contest as a promotion for a speech being given Friday night by Jon Heder, the actor who played Napoleon Dynamite in the 2004 film. "Right now we're doing a competition for meet-and-greet tickets," said Tatiana Peterson, campus activities team director. "The winners today will get a ticket to meet Jon Heder." Four people participated in the competition. WSU students Rachel Griffith, Paul Shupe, and WSU graduate Diana Meiser came dressed up to act out a scene from the movie. The scene was when Napoleon meets La Fawnduh, the Internet love interest of Napoleon's brother, Kip. Meiser played the role of Napoleon, Griffith played La Fawnduh and Shupe played Kip. "I thought their skit was pretty good," said Jonnie Gale, WSU freshman. "They all looked really good. However, the only one who really did a good job impersonating the voice was La Fawnduh. She tore it up." The crowd cheered and applauded this group of look-alikes, but there definitely was a clear winner with another contestant. Bearing a striking resemblance lOOk-alike has Skills Representative defends cause for hate crime legislation . WSU student Andy Rawlings grooves like Napoleon Dynamite in the WSU variety show earlier this year. Rawlings won the Napoleon look-alike contest held Wednesday afternoon and will have the chance to meet John Heder. to the real Napoleon Dynamite, WSU freshman Andy Rawlings stole the show. Rawlings was dressed in a "Vote for Pedro" T-shirt and had his jeans tucked into a pair of sweet black moon boots. The crowd started cheering before he even started his impersonation. Then the music rolled and Rawlings busted out some of Napoleon's signature See Napoleon page 3 By BLAIR DEE HODGES asst. news editor The Signpost For the past five years, David Litvak, House of Representatives member representing District 26, has been sponsoring various hate crimes bills, the most recent, HB50, was rejected by the Utah Legislature earlier this year. Litvak spoke Wednesday afternoon at a Weber State University Convocation, discussing his struggles with getting hate crimes legislation passed in Utah. "When I was in junior high, I learned a lesson that 1 will never forget," Litvak said. He recalled that while living in Minnesota, people had vandalized the Jewish synagogue his family attended. Upon returning home from soccer practice, Litvak found his sister crying, talking with his parents. "My parents sat me down and explained to me that our synagogue had been desecrated the previous night," Litvak said. Swastikas and messages such as "go home kike" were painted all over the building. This was Litvak's first encounter with hate crimes, and it changed his life; he became an advocate against such acts. "When we talk about hate crimes legislation, one of the most critical elements to get across is that hate crimes are a .different type of crime," Litvak said; "different because of the intent of the perpetrator, and the impact on the victim." Hate crimes legislation would provide enhanced penalties forattacks motivated by bias or prejudice. Litvak's bill defines "bias or prejudice" as "intentionally selecting the victim based on race, disability, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender, or other categories." Because HB50 was rejected, Litvak discussed several reasons why he feels the Utah Legislature ignored the 65 percent of Utah citizens who supported the bill. Some legislators felt that creating enhanced penalties would create an unfair justice system, but Litvak disagrees. "Enhancing penalties is not a ' new concept," Litvak said. "When someone is murdered, the court determines if the motive was revenge or defense, and sentences accordingly." Litvak cited some enhanced penalties that the Legislature did pass recently, including harsher penalties for murderers who dismember or mutilate a victim's body. "The Legislature has passed enhanced penalties many times, so this excuse they use is not true," Litvak asserted. Another objection that Litvak's bill faced was from some who believed the bill would punish thought and free speech. Litvak argues that motive is what hate crime legislation would consider, not merely thought itself. "You can. hate me, you See Hate page 3 International students to provide banquet of diversity By HEATHER HUNT-WOOD news editor The Signpost The 200 international students enrolled at Weber State University will share their cultures' food, fashion, music and dances on Saturday night in the Shepherd Union Ballroom for the annual International Student Banquet. From 6 to 10 p.m., Asian, Middle Eastern, European and Latin American countries will be represented to provide an evening of diversity. "Students from different countries are cooking," said Morteza Emami, WSU Services for International Students coordinator. "I am cooking some Middle Eastern dishes." Emami is a U.S citizen who was born and raised in northern Iran. He is a WSU graduate and said his role, as the international student coordinator is to act as a liaison between the students, the university and Immigation Naturalization Services. "I make sure international students are following INS and the Department of Homeland Security rules," Emami said. "And I help them adjust to U.S. customs and with any difficulties they have." Emami said the international student enrollment at WSU used to be much higher but over the past three years it has followed a U.S. trend of decreasing. WSU junior Nadia Rehman was 12 years old when she came to the U.S. from her native home of India. Even though she is a U.S. citizen and not BriDging the World toMsu V x I h n considered an international student she still participates in the Services for International Students events. "My background is from India," Rehman said. "I'm really proud of it, and I want people to know." Rehman said some students thave told her they can't come to the banquet because it is on Easter weekend. Their goal is to sell 500 tickets, but Rehman said they had sold less than 100 as of Wednesday. Tickets are $12 for students, $15 for non-students and can be purchased in the Services for International Students office located in Room 143 of the Student Service Center. "The Tsunami Relief will be given . $2 from each ticket sold," said Joyce Karen Garcia, the WSU student and exchange visitor information system and immigation specialist. Garcia works in the Services for International Students office, reporting and monitoring international students and exchange visitors. Garcia said 45 countries are represented at WSU. At the banquet, Scottish, East Indian, German, Ukrainian and Polynesian dances will be performed. "There will be time for people to learn some moves or just hang out and dance," Emami said. The students will also put on a fashion show featuring their native countries dress, and a 30 gigabyte iPod will be given away in a banquet ticket raffle. "Hopefuly a lot of people will come," Rehman said. "We have diversity at Weber." You can reach reporter Heather Hunt-Wood by calling 626-7655.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2005-03-25, Vol. 67, No. 75|
|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.|