Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-02-041
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r A day in the life... Ski tech See page 5 Weber State University i , I ; in K,A)i 51 HE GNPOST 1 -3 1 ws fl Wfii p q si o s Special athletes compete in winter games By Gina Barker sr. news reporter I The Signpost On Friday, Feb. 1, Weber State University hosted the statewide Special Olympics of Utah (SOUT) and held the opening ceremonies in the Shepherd Union Building ballrooms to signify the beginning of the 2008 Winter Games. The international organization is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and Utah is celebrating its 39th year of participating with Special Olympics. "All the athletes are great individuals, and while they may not all be winners, they all have great attitudes," said Pat Christensen, a family member of a special Olympian and coach of skiing and bowling. "The Special Olympics really opens a lot of doors." Christensen said he has been involved in this with the Special Olympics for more than 20 years. Events included competition are alpine skiing, alpine snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Both Powder Mountain and North Fork Park worked together to host the games on Saturday, Feb. 2. Inyearspast, figure and speed skating had been included, but unforeseen problems pushed back these competitions into April. Nearly 200 athletes and coaches are years "All the athletes are great individuals, and while they may not all be winners, they all have great attitudes." Rat Christensen, Special Olympic coach participating this year. Olympians who participated ranged from eight-years-old to senior citizens. Some of the athletes have competed since Utah's first year of Special Olympics. "It is always a different challenge every year," said Tony Marino, an Ogden resident participating in the alpine skiing event. Marino said he has participated in Special Olympics foryears and last year attended the Special Olympics World Games in Shanghai, China to compete in golf. "We get to meet a lot of great people," said Jason Deppen, Marino's teammate. Attending opening ceremonies were the WSU football team, Ogden City Police, the Knights of Columbus and Waldo the Wildcat. WSU football players helped escort regional teams into the SUB Ballroom as Ogden City Policemen stood to greet and shake hands with all the athletes and coaches. The traditional Lighting of the Cauldron ceremony included officers who escorted three of the athletes with the Light of Hope torch. Officer Jamie Garcia said he is proud to be a part of the games. "Obviously, it is an honor to be involved," Garcia said. "Both the administration and the officers support the Special Olympics and will continue to for years." Most athletes' training is performed in very small groups to help the athlete as much as possible. Competing in any event requires each athlete to attend a set amount of time to train for the safety of everyone involved. Both alpine sports and cross-country require at least 10 weeks of training to participate. Ashley Averet is a student at Utah State and a Special Olympics coach for downhill skiing. "I coach mostly intermediate skiers," See Special page 6 H user Tu to voting booth Candidates number narrows as the election day nears "By Jestina Clayton sr. news reporter I The Signpost The votes of Weber State University students are up for grabs because many students have yet to study the candidates and decide whom to vote for during the primary elections. This Tuesday, Feb. 5, Utah joins 21 other states across the nation that would participate in election primaries or caucuses to vote for presidential candidates. The candidate with the greatest wins will most likely win the nomination for his or her party in the summer, when both the Republican and Democratic parties hold their National Conventions. The fact that former Major Rudolf Giuliani of New York City and former Senator John Edwards left the competition last week, leaving only five contenders for the presidency, has not made it any easier for WSU students to make up their minds. Senators Hillary ClintonandBarrack Obama are the leading contenders for die Democratic Party, and former Mike Mitt and John die , . f ... .. . 0. " ' 1 ' Governors Huckabee, Romney Senator McCain are presidential hopefuls for die Republican Party. I Iowever, some political analysts claim that Huckabee's candidacy may not continue because he hasn't been able to garner die financial support diat he needs to maintain his campaign. While some WSU students say they already know whom they'll vote for, others say they need more information about the candidates before they make up their minds. "I still have to look into the policies of the candidates," said Brian Stratford, a WSU student majoring in public relations. Stratford said that although he plans to vote tomorrow, he needs to get "educated" about the candidates so that he can make an informed choice. Though Stratford doesn't know whom he'll vote for, Lewis Fields, a WSU freshman, said he'll vote for Mitt Romney. "Romney seems to do what he believes is right and not just what people want him to do," Fields said. He said that even diough people have been quick to criticize Mitt Romney for switching positions on policies, Romney is a moderate Republican who is able to look on botii sides of die issues and choose to do that which is right. Spencer Meyer, a WSU freshman majoring in marketing, said he supports Obama's stance on several issues. In addition, Meyer said he f ' .. "; i. ' , J 1 PHOTOS SOURCE: ASSOCIATED PRESS thinks it's about time that America has a diverse president. "I'll probably vote for Obama," Meyer said. Like Stratford, Alec Baty, a WSU freshman majoring in human performance, said he is not' sure who he'll vote for. He said his classes have kept him too busy to follow the race. "I haven't followed the election debate close enough," Baty said. Although Baty is still undecided as to whom to vote for during tomorrow's primary election, he said he agrees with some of Hillary Clinton's policies. Becky Hendriksen, a political science major, said she plans to participate in tomorrow's election . but she won't vote for Clinton. "I plan to vote for Romney," Hendriksen said, "because he's not a hardcore Republican but a moderate." She said R o m n e y ' s policies on welfare and other issues that have traditionally been picked up by Democratic candidates are sound. She said she doesn't listen to Romney's critics who say he flip-flops on issues. According to a recent survey conducted by Dan Jones of die Deseret Morning News, 65 percent See Super page 6 , - ? n , OtrD ; ; , - , . r : . . c .) ) , , ? "' 0 PHOTO BY CATHERINE MORTIMER I Till SIGNFOST Weber State University guard Kellen McCoy passes the ball from his stomach after diving for a loose ball Thursday night at the Dee Events Center. McCoy had 1 2 points and three steals to help the Wildcats defeat Idaho State University 59-57 and move into sole possession of first place in the Big Sky Conference. 1 Morses Imam Social Security gets further ' away as baby generation ages By Hyrum Rappleye correspondent I The Signpost Weber State University could lose 37 percent of faculty and staff over the next six years as baby boomers begin to retire. Baby boomers belong to the generation bom between 1946 and 1964. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of July 1, 2005, there was an estimated 78.2 million baby boomers in America, all of which will begin retiring and tapping into Social Security reserves. As they begin to retire, fears of not receiving Social Security benefits are rising but those fears must not interfere at WSU. Like many areas around the country, "WSU is experiencing the same baby boomer retirement challenges," said Cherrie Nelson, assistant vice president of Human Resources, "that every organization in America is experiencing. With the uncertainty of when faculty or staff will retire, Weber State University must ensure the vacancies created by those retiring at WSU are filled in order to maintain a successful learning environment "Every department at WSU is dealing widi this challenge by using strategies tiiat work best for them," said Nelson. "For instance, some faculty members are delaying See Retire page 6 Senator attempts to reduce carbon footprint By Gina Barker sr. news reporter I The Signpost Friday's Weber State University Student Senate debate brought forward a resolution written by WSU Traditional Student Senator John Hill. The resolution aims to bring further awareness to the faculty and administration about the concern for environmental awareness of the student body. The resolution is commending WSU's initiative and is promoting furthering these actions, but more specifically is asking Weber State to recognize possible ' policies for the campus to help reduce carbon emissions. The resolution is attempting to gain administrative support and to raise campus awareness of the environmental issues facing the world today. In attempting to combine university and student support to reduce campus carbon emissions, the resolution's potential can be met, according to Hill. WSU has already made an effort to use energy-saving products. The university has switched to energy-saving light bulbs, has purchased more efficient oil furnaces, and is using LEED standards for the new humanities building. "The university has moved to make the campus more environmentally friendly," Hill said, "and this resolution commends what has been done so far. Flopefully, the administration will continue to make these kinds of choices." Because Student Senate can only act as a voice for student concerns and cannot hold any obligation on the administration, the resolution will gain as much support as possible to demonstrate campus-wide support before taking it to die administration. If the resolution passes through the Student Senate, Hill said he hopes to bring the resolution to the Faculty Senate. If it passes through the Faculty Senate, the resolution can then be taken to the WSU President to discuss possible implications around campus. "I think it's great that Weber has taken this opportunity and has helped Utah's environment," said Jan Taylor, a WSU telecommunications major. Other universities have begun to introduce new environmental policies to cut carbon emissions, including University of Idaho, NYU and the Pratt Institute. These schools belong to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, a collection of universitypresidentsdedicating their support and personal commitment to reducing their campuses' emissions of greenhouse gases. Jared Olsen, Social and Behavioral Sciencessenator and member of the Environmental Initiative Committee, co-signed the resolution in the Student Senate. "The purpose of this resolution," Olsen said, "is to make the administration See Carbon page 6 Friday's paper was not distributed due to campus closure. Select stories have been reprinted in today's paper. Check wsusignpost.com for the rest of Friday's stories.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-02-04, Vol. 78, No. 60|
|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.|