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Ci Serious ' comedy Weber State University 4 ' i 1 page 4 E3L GNFOST 1 Effectiveness of Arab-Israeli peace talks questioned Decades-long struggle, Palestinian rights center of negotiations By Jestina Clayton sr. news reporter I The Signpost WSU students and faculty have weighed in on the Israeli-Palestinian peace conference that is underway in Annapolis, Md., which some analysts say is premature and others predict is doomed to fail. The conference, held at a U.S. Naval Academy, would jumpstart the peace process to end the decades-long conflict between Israel and Palestine. The talks center on contentious issues such as the right of Palestinian refugees to return home, and whether or how Jerusalem would be divided. Although the Bush administration is "optimistic" about the comprehensive peace conference, critics say the talks are a little too late. "I don't suppose there is an ideal time," Nancy Haanstad said. "What I find incredible is that they expect to have solutions by the end of 2008. It is unrealistic to hope that their differences could be solved during that time." The Bush administration invited about 50 countries and organizations to the conference, including officials from Syria and Saudi Arabia who have a vested interest in the outcome. "Israel controls the Golan Heights, which used to be an area that belonged to Syria," said Haanstad, who has a doctorate of philosophy degree and is an associate professor in the' political science department at WSU. "They Syria wanted that item on the agenda because they want the area back." Haanstad said Saudi Arabia also wants to see a resolution to the conflict. More importantly, Saudi Arabia wants to halfthe growing influence of Iran in the Middle East. "I think the conference is important because, hopefully, it would shed light on the problems in the area and provide solutions," said Husain Almotairi, a Saudi Arabian national who is a sophomore at WSU. Almotairi said, despite the religious differences Israel and Palestine should try to resolve the conflict in order to bring peace to the millions of people who have been affected by it. See Peace page 5 Out-of-the-ordinary community service puts students ... (mi to ife Ifli f '1 U - PHOTO BY BKICE KELSCH lHt SIGNPOST "There were all kinds of people that could have helped me, but no one did. " By J.J. Trussell sr. news reporter I The Signpost Most students wouldn't consider acting like a transient a form of community service. Billy Rutter is different. He did just that over the past week on campus. As chairman of Habitat for Humanity at WSU, Rutter orchestrated Homeless Awareness Week to "bring to life the realities and emotions experienced by the homeless." "Poverty and Homelessness are some of those issues that are not in the limelight people don't want to know about it," Rutter said, "so I just wanted to be 'in your face' for a week to let students see that these issues are local." Withstanding freezing temperatures on Tuesday night, Rutter, along with four other students, stayed on campus in a "hobo village." The cardboard camp was assembled in the quad in front of the Miller Administration building along with a barrel fire. To help students - Billy Rutter, chairman, Habitat for Humanity understand the social problems that contribute'to homelessness, Gary Doud, executive director of the Ogden Rescue Mission, was invited to speak. "Most people are homeless because of something that has happened to them that has derailed their life," Doud said, describing some of the people that the Rescue Mission helps everyday. About 40 percent of the homeless population is comprised of families with children; more than half of them are driven from their homes because of domestic violence. There are about 18,000 homeless people in Utah, and 22 percent of downtown Ogden is below the poverty line. Drug abuse is also a determiningfactor for severe poverty and homelessness, according to Derek Sensenstin, who was at one time "by society's yard stick, doing very well." While attending the University of Utah, Sensenstin started abusing prescription drugs. "It was a crossroads in my life between doing drugs and going to school," Sensenstin said to the small crowd as he stared into the fire, recounting how he regressed into homelessness. "I remember some nights when I would walk into a field, and I would have to live no kidding in a ditch," Sensenstin said, "and after living in a college dorm, right into the gutter, it didn't even see it. I was blind-sided. I didn't know what the consequences of my drug abuse would be." Sensenstin walked into the Ogden Rescue Mission about 10 months ago, and is almost completely rehabilitated. He now assists Doud with homelessness education and awareness projects. "The importance of awareness is we get all our money from the community," Doud said. "Were we not in a caring community then the shelter wouldn't be there." The average donation to the Mission is $25 a month. Following the speakers from the mission, the group of faux hobos played See Homeless page 5 Hons m Grief KAonnu Political d A panel discussion, "Ethics & Politics: A View from the Academy" will feature history, philosophy and political science professors from WSU and Louisiana State University. Following the discussion, elected officials from Utah will hold a panel called, "Ethics & Politics: AVievv from the Trenches." The final event of the symposium will be a speech delivered by keynote speaker Congressman Rob Bishop. The event is sponsored by the Institute for Politics, Decency and Ethical Conduct. The institute was created in 2007 by the WSU Department of Political Science. The symposium is scheduled to take place on Friday, Dec. 7, starting at 2:30 p.m. with the keynote speaker at 7:30 p.m. I i : 1 ' " 1." '' SOURCE: MEG HENUELMAN Meg Henclelman is an alumna of Weber State University and was Miss Wheelchair Utah last year. See her story on page 5 Erne y plan a d am raenc ") Cell phones, PA system incorporated By Deborah Ramsay sr. news reporter I The Signpost i U 1 i 1 1 Campus shootings, earthquakes and pandemics are events Weber State University hopes never to experience, but if a disaster does strike, the university's Emergency Operations Plan is well underway to handle the crisis. Campus Police Chief Dane LeBlanc explained at length the weaknesses of the current plan and the areas currently being improved. LeBlanc recently attended a conference in Texas called, Virginia Tech: Lessons Learned and New Emerging Issues, where he said he learned valuable information from a panel of local and Federal law enforcement agencies who handled the Virginia Tech shooting and the ongoing evaluation. Two critical elements in dealing with a campus emergency discussed at the conference were the ability to quickly notify the campus community and having a process to deal with troubled students. "A massive speaker on the Bell tower wouldn't work to notify everyone," said Norm Tarbox, university administrator. The solution is a bit more complicated and expensive. LeBlanc presented a solution to completely blanket the inside and outside of campus. "The new alert and notification system will use a technology-based system of cell phones and traditional PA systems," Leblanc said. LeBlanc explained that both a voice-based notification as well as the texting method could be used, with an opt inopt out capability for those not wanting to incur the small fee that would result from receiving the message. "If we miss someone and something happens," LeBlanc said. "I want to be able to sav we offered you this service." The cost of the alert and notification system for the university would be between $20,000 and $50,000 initially and then another $2,000 to $5,000 annually for ongoing expenses. In addition to using cell phones to alert the campus community, a new PA system is going to be installed in phases around the campus and student housing. The PA system will cost between $350,000 and $400,000. "It's not terribly difficult to do, it just has to go lots of places," LeBlanc said. The other important lesson learned from the Virginia Tech shooting was the importance of psychological help for troubled students. WSU currently has a student intervention team that deals with troubled students in addition to Counseling and Psychological Services Center, which provides short-term counseling for individuals and couples, group therapy, relaxation meditation groups and crisis management. Twenty-four hour crisis phone numbers are also listed on their Web site to report someone See Emergency page 5 Art equal to its location By Molly Bennett editor in chief 1 The Signpost A national search has begun for an artist capable of creating artwork that will make a statement in the Elizabeth Hall. It is a big task considering how noisy it will be. "It's going to be a busy, busy place," said Madonne Miner, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. When finished, the Elizabeth Hall will be three stories, 94,300 square feet and will offer more classes than any other facility on campus. With 31 classrooms, three computer labs and 83 faculty offices, thousands of people will occupy the Elizabeth I Iall every day. The pressure is on to create an art piece equal in magnitude to the site. "Public art is a whole other ball game," said Kathleen Stevenson, Weber State University professor of 2D art. Stevenson said artists sending in their qualifications for the commission will most likely be professional artists with a history of public artworks. She said she hoped to see interesting submissions from WSU faculty. "You're dealing with large budgets, timelines, universities, building codes, engineering codes, architectural issues," Stevenson said. The budget for public art for the Elizabeth Hall is $306,000. It was made available through the Percent-for-Art act passed in 1985 that requires 1 percent of state funds for new buildings go toward art for the building. WSU sculpture professor Suzanne Kanatsiz has been involved with public art See Art page 5 I : 1 ! f ! ! : . j. ' i " t t i i . ': i hvr ; t : ( . i'l I! m ti i MOLU lit l I I I nil :a - U.W Darl Thomas designed these sculptures, "Winter Flowers" in 1997. The stainless steel structures stand at 44 feet tall and can be found east of the Student Services Building.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-11-30, Vol. 78, No. 47|
|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.|