Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-04-091
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Wild for Zoobies See Business See page 4 Ol We her State University 1 inn ' I 1 J 1 iLJ v V 1 i 1 .1. 1 1 Ox!) I u ir V-L-, nfOHr U Vi ' u r d q im s Senate seeks cessation of strife By Kellen McAffee sr. news reporter I 77 e Signpost A tone of reconciliation marked Monday's Weber State University Student Senate meeting after the end of feisty elections and a semester laden with controversy that threatened to, as WSU Senator John Mill said, "tear the governing body apart." The introduction of six bills, some designed to put an end to antagonisms and ambiguities, took up most of the session. WSU Senator Ben Taylor tendered his resignation via proxy Tim Sessions. "Due to personal reasons, "Taylor's resignation letter said, "I must step down. It has been a genuine honor to serve amongst you in this great organization." "For those who felt like Senator Taylor is getting what he deserves, I hope you're happy with that. I personally feel like he did a great job," Sessions said after reading the letter. Sessions mentioned a contract recendysignedbyTaylor.BradWahlstrom and a university representative diat was meant to resolve a dispute over the burning of campaign signs after die 2007 student government elections. The terms of die contract prevented Taylor from personally delivering his resignation according to WSU Senate President Chris Bendey. The contract requires that die parties involved cease publicly discussing die sign n anyfurther 1 fkN A retaliatory action. - The contract also requires that Taylor resign from Ms WSUSA office and prevents him from seeking odier student government positions at WSU in the future. Proposed legislation In a move to put an end burning issue and refrain STUB i & r.jfVLA to controversies over senate appointment procedures, WSU Senator Jared Olsen introduced a bill that would shore up the process. "We have an appointment process, but we have no regulations or guidelines," Olsen said. "Our system doesn't allow for accountability, transparency or regulation. Tyranny spreads by ignorance. This bill will help us guard us against the simple mistakes that we make without knowing it." WSU Disabilities Senator Tyler Latham supported the bill. "This will get rid of the 'good ole boy' feeling where people can be nominating their friends," Latham said, bill to allow for and regulate was 3fJ A off-campus campaigning introduced by Latham. A candidate luncheon at the LDS Institute of Religion 'was the source of controversy in the recent election, since it appeared to violate See Taylor page 5 miJIUtCr KILE SMIIH 1 1 It SICNHOST Weber State University student Tim Sessions reads a resignation letter from senator Ben Taylor. Taylor resigned to resolve a dispute over an event that happened approximately one year ago. Author comes home WSU alumna to sign book at Special Collections By Shirrel Cooper asst. news editor I 7ie Signpost Former Weber State University student Kathryn Maughan said she always wanted to be a writer in junior high and high school, so when her dad challenged her to write a book, she decided to take him on. Now, six years after writing her first draft, "Did I I'xpect Angels" is now available to buy. "It's about a widow Kathrvn Mauuhan young named Jennifer whose husband died," Maughan said. "She can't handle the pain anymore so she decides to kill herself." Maughan said that on the day that the character is going to kill herself, she goes to the store to buy one last thing she needs. She runs into a man named Henry who senses something is wrong, and takes her out to dinner and tells her his story. When Jennifer's husband died she questions the why no angels came. Maughan points out that an angel came to Jennifer through Henry. She said she hopes this book will help people think about the angels that come into their lives everyday. "I rqally think this book can help people in their own lives," Maughan said. She said her book also lead her to set up a Web site challenging people to look for the angels in their lives. She set up www.myunexpecledangel.com for people to post .stories about angels who have affected (hefr life. Sec I lome page r .., . ,, i ... . , ,.,., . , ...Li,.. i I - I U " f: , i ii i- bOUKLt. AbbOCIArtD PKESS iace plays pari: in , presideotia! elections McCain's history comes back to haunt By Jestina Clayton sr. news reporter I The Signpost The 2008 presidential campaign is increasingly becoming a race-heated debate because of some of the comments that the candidates have made. This has sparked many reactions from the general public. Weber State University students and factdty have also expressed dissatisfaction with the racial tension surrounding the election. Wyett Winnie, aWSU student studying creative writing, said he was very happy about the diversity of the presidential candidates because, for the first time at least, two members of traditionally disadvantaged groups are running for election. However, Winnie also said he is disapjiointed that the election dialogue between the candidates has been centered on negative racial slurs. Frank Guliuzza, Chair of the political science and philosophy department, said the discussion over race is long overdue. He said America has a history of slavery and segregation that has left some residual negative feelings that need to be addressed. "After a hurricane ceases, you've got to clean up the mess," he said. "America needs to figure a way to clean up itself." (iuliu..a said one way that America can heal from its racial past is through discussion. The recent racial debate began when Senator Hillary Clinton allegedly dismissed Martin Luther King, Jr.'s role in the civil rights movement. "I would point to the fact that Dr. King's dream began to he realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of l!)(i1," Clinton said. "It took a president to get it done." Clinton's comment sparked outrage from those who believed in King's work and dream. Further, Senator Barrack Obama's pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, supposedly said, "God damn America," fori ts mistreatment of blacks. In response to Reverend Wright's comments and the outcry that followed, Obama gave his "Race in America" speech. On April 4, the anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination, Senator John McCain apologized for voting against a federal congressional bill that established a holiday in honor of Martin Luther King. However, Senator McCain did say that he was able to help his home state of Arizona adopt the holiday. "It's obvious that the country's racist and sexist experiences have lingered," Winnie said, "and I think that people have had a hard time moving on." Krista Mathis, a WSU freshman majoring in nursing, said she said she believes that all men are equal. She also said that she's skeptical about McCain's apology. "I think that anyone can see that McCain apologized to get votes," she said. "Politicians say whatever they think people want to hear to get a hand up." Yulia Golf, a WSU Lnglish major, said it's important that America openly discuss race. Otherwise, the country would not be able to move on. " There has been some improvements made over the years to accommodate all races," Golf said, "but equality has not yet been reached." She also said that even when equality is reached, the injustices that occurred should never be forgotten. "It's tough to talk about race," See Race page r Mens in Grief Suspicious man escorted away A warrant was out for the arrest of the man who was escorted off of Weber State University campus on Friday around 3 p.m. by Ogden city Adult Probation and Parole officers, according to Sgt. Wagner with the WSU Police. The man was wanted for failure to appear for a traffic violation. Before the arrest, the man had been at the Miller Administration Building. WSU Police were called because he was suspiciously asking for gas money. Wagner said it was the first call campus police had received about him, and that the man probably wasn't on campus too long before someone called the police. WSU contacted APP officers who came and took him away. It is unclear whether the' man was arrested or not. Construction worker set off sprinkler The water sprinkling system in the Student Services Building was accidentally set off close to 10 a.m. Tuesday by construction employees who were taking off sheet rock in what used to be the graduation offices!" Weber State University Fire Marshall Dennis Montgomery said that if something like that were to happen, then that was the place. He said that minimal damage was done to neighboring offices and anything else , that was damaged, namely the carpet, was going to be torn out and replaced anyway. The alarm was an inconvenience, Montgomery said, since everyone had to evacuate in the building. "It looked worse than it was," Montgomery said. The sprinklers were turned off after about five minutes, according to Montgomery. He said, depending on the size of the sprinkler head, approximately 100 gallons of water per minute can spray from the sprinklers. WSU gets new vice president Brad Mortenson, who has served as interim vice president for University Advancement at WSU since January 2007, has undergone a title change. On April 8, 2008 Weber State LIniversity's Board of Trustees unanimously voted to remove the word interim from his title and confirmed him as the new vice president of the division, effective immediately. He was selected for the position from a pool of national candidates. Mortensen has worked at WSU since August 2004 as an assistant and then associate vice president in the administrative services division. Snow to come SA1T IAKL CITY Listen up, skiers. The National Weather Service says more snow looks likely in Utah's mountains, late tonight through tomorrow. How much? Forecasters say eight to I I inches at elevations of 8,000 feet or higher. Grab the goggles.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-04-09, Vol. 78, No. 83|
|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.|