Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-04-041
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m X Weber State University 4 -v 'Assassins' The musical See page 4 ill Jlljr. if " i II I ii ji ii ii ii mil i hi hi wi ii i wifm n in 1 iii : 1 f urn i i ii I'll d i .!- I.i ..ill -n 1 - ....... . . PHOIO BY RILEY SMITH I HI SK.NPOST Dan Schwab and Mike Kofoed, Weber State University student body presidential candidates, debate issues at the Shepherd Union Building on Wednesday. The candidates mainly focused on by-laws. Audience stokes raucous candidate debate By Kellen McAffee sr. news reporter I The Signpost Candidates in the hotly contested Weber State University student government races were given the chance to distinguish themselves from their opponents at a fiery debate Wednesday morning in the WSU Shepherd Union Building atrium. Turnout was more than 125 people, a significant amount since only four percent of the student body voted in the primaries. Polling stations were on location for the event. "There's more crowd participation than last time," said Marya Wall, an election chair who organized and carried out the event. "The candidates are more amped, ready to rock." Each candidate gave a brief speech and then took audience questions. "What isyour take on the proposed smoking ban?" was the first question asked to Student Body President Candidates Dan Schwab and Michael Kofoed. Both said all views should be considered and called for more study. "Whatever the study finds," Schwab said, "that's what we'll support." The rest of the debate centered on a series of questions about ethics presented by Camron Shekarforoosh, a WSU junior. There were no personal attacks, but there were philosopliical differences. Kofoed repeatedly championed the letter of the law while Schwab said die executive should have flexibility. "Sadly," Kofoed said, "diis year the executive branch breaks the bylaws as quickly as we write diem." I le then listed several examples of alleged violations. "I have been a watchdog in the senate this year, making sure the balance of power between branches does not get upset," Kofoed said. "That's how our constitution works." Kofoed also said part of die reason for low sttident participation was a lack of ethics. "We have an image problem," Kofoed said. "People in student government openly say 'we aren't a real government. Why do we need to act professionally?'" Schwab repeated that ediics and integrity are an essential component of leadership throughout the initial questioning. Shekarforoosh then asked Schwab whedier he would follow all of the bylaws. "I would follow diem," Schwab said, "but if they need adaptation then we would adapt." Kofoed disagreed. "That is where corruption lurks," Kofoed said. Next was an accusation from an audience member saying that Kofoed was running a negative campaign. "I've been positive," responded Kofoed. "What you call negative I call straight talk." Schwab responded widi ayell, "I love Weber State! Go Wildcats!" Schwab said if something needs to be fixed he would be the candidate to fix it. He linked increased student participation to keeping things positive. The next speeches were by the Campus, Community and Diversity Vice-President Candidates Brandon Flores and Kaylee Isaacson. In a pre-debate interview, Flores said he had better experience because Isaacson had only been at the Davis campus. However, in her closing remarks, Isaacson said she wanted to bring the "blast" she had at Davis to Ogden. Iogramming Vice-President Candidates Irma Hernandez and Troy Poll debated next. "I am a debater," said WSU sophomore Samandia Hyde. "So I came to see a debate. Where do you disagree?" Hernandez distinguished herself as an advocate for non traditional students and minorities. Poll said he also cared about those groups. "Why are each of you better than the other?" Hyde asked. "What is the choice I will be making?" Poll said he was in favor of replacing smaller programs with larger events tiiat have a big draw. I Iernandez argued that it's more important for the programming v.p. to be inclusive. "I will make sure events are well-rounded, multicultural and not as exclusive," Hernandez said. "Students need multiple channels to See Debate page 5 Stress out at WSU By Shaela Wall-Grange correspondent I 77ie Signpost On Wednesday, April 9, Weber State University Counseling and Psychological Services and the Health Education Drugand Alcohol Program will be sponsoring a free, open house-style event in the Shepherd Union Mezzanine for students feeling bogged down this semester. This year's Stress Awareness Pair will be the first of its kind at WSU and will offer several outlets for relieving stress. The six-hour event begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning and will include massages, fun activities, giveaways, demonstrations and hands-on instruction. Dianna K. Rangel, director of the Counseling and Psychological Services Center, has been working in cooperation wilh the I Icalth EducationDrug arid Alcohol Program to iiit lliis event together. "April '.) is nationally recognized Alcohol Screening Day," Hangcl said, "wliir.lt has been celebrated for live years here at Weber and has been very helpful in increasing the awareness of all ohol and drug abuse among student',." ') Stress page ' Poetry can be poliliai Undergraduate literature conference comes to WSU By Kellen McAffee sr. news reporter I The Signpost Renowned writer Eleanor Wilner discussed the "dark and bloody crossroad where politics and literature meet" in the Weber State University Wildcat Theater Thursday to commence The National Undergraduate Literary Conference (NULC) at WSU. Wilner is one of three featured speakers at the conference of about 200 undergraduate literature students from around the country. WSU English Professor Mike Vause, who helped coordinate the conference, said he is excited about the turnout this year. "This is our 23rd year and it gets bigger every year," Vause said. "This conference is very eclectic, we have critical literature, poetry, creative non-fiction and other types of writing." Wilner declined the label "poet" and identified herself as a teacher. "The myth of the poet weighs a little too heavily for me," she said. "Political poetry" is deeply mistrusted, according to Wilner, since poets are taught to only use"!" and never "we" in their writings. Engaging in politics puts poets in the difficult and sometimes compromising position of speaking for others. Wilner said never saying "we" alienates people and that given the current political situation in this country "those who can sing should sing for those who can't." Quoting Toni Morrison, Wilner said about poetry to "make it political as hell, and make it irrevocably beautiful." That's an essential challenge of the poet according to Wilner. "I low can we approach the world-pool of human nature without getting drawn in," she asked. Wilner was careful not to say poets"should" be political since that "can become a shield that conceals a false sense of moral superiority." In a reference to the economist Adam Smith, Wilner said the absence of "we" keeps us from realizing we are manipulated by the invisible hand of language. Wilner spoke about the way words aie manipulated to mask the true meaning of the subject. I'or example, using the 11 " " ii iii in i i i 1 1 i i , t 1 n ic no hi maii lias nil V(.n Eleanor Wilner speaks at the National Undergraduate Literature Conference on Thursday at Weber Stale University. word "pacification" for the extermination of a village in Vietnam or "extraordinary rendition" for exporting terrorism suspects to countries where they can be tortured. She said one job of the poet is to disrupt meanings thai deliberately obscure reality. "It is our directive as poets to purify the language of the tribe," Wilner said, "that is, to call things what they really are." ' ' Wilner said poets can write about atrocities without See Poetry page r lf Hp A ' -liv it i ' : I W I . v M issi 00 accosriD WSU veterans get scholarships ished J. IX Jul.inder in one of Saddam I lussein's palac es in Al ia. Hy Billy Fansler ( ot respondent I Ihr .S;i)os( WcberSlaleUniversilywasa warded $72,000 in scholarship funding from the Daniels I'und Organization last month. The funding is specifically meant for nnnlradilioiial students that are either in (he Emergency ( litre and Itesctie program, the Teacher Assistant Path to 'leaching piograin, or who are registered wilh WSU Veterans Services. Each department may set their own criteria as to how they award the scholarships, but all programs must only give awards to nnnlradilioiial sludenls. Veterans Services has been allocated funding for five one year scholarships. The WSU nonlradilional student Web site classifies a uouliadilional student as being older than 2.ri and married, widowed, divoiced or a pnienl. According to a flier liom Vclcians Services, recipients ol the schnlaiship must be nonliaililional students, have it minimum gtadc point aveiage of 2.5 and are registered with the Services forVeteran Students. The flier also stated that pteleienccs will be given to students who are jtiniois or seniors and are not eligible to teceive any funding liom the Montgomei v ( 11 Itil'l. "The individuals want to finish their degiee," said Chatlie Chandler, coordinator of WSU Yeleians Services. "Sometimes they hinl out, See Mission page ' Promoting a climate of non-tolerancefor sexual assault By Julie Lebo correspondent I The Signpost April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, and the Weber State University Women's Center is holding its WSU Real Men and Real Women event, which recognizes students, staff and faculty for making WSU a fun, safe and healthy place to learn and work. Lindsey Macdonald, a counselor in the Women's Center, is in charge of the promotion of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). ' ' "My goal with the 2008 Sexual Assault Awareness Month is to promote a climate of non-tolerance by breaking the silence around sexual assault," Macdonald said, "and recognizing those through the Real Men and Real Women campaign who are helping to break that silence because they exemplify and promote respect, equality, safety and freedom." Carol Merrill, the coordinator for the Women's Center, offered advice for students about sexual assault. "Individuals should know their personal boundaries," Merrill said, "and not hesitate to verbally share those boundaries with their partner." She said most sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows, and people should learn how to trust their instincts and, if they feel threatened or unsafe, leave the situation immediately. People have the right to say "no" to sexual advances and be respected for that decision. If someone ignores a person's request for sexual respect, they are also likely to disrespect thoughts, feelings and ideas in other facets of the relationship. "Please don't put yourself at risk for being abused," Merrill said. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center coordinates an annual SAAM campaign in April because the month offers a once-per-year opportunity to make people aware of sexual violence and its prevention. Macdonald said this was the second year the Women's Center has done the Real Men campaign, but this year they added the Real Women campaign. "It takes men and women to make WSU a healthy and safe place to learn and work," Macdonald said. In addition to the SAAM events happening at WSU, the Your Community Connection of OgdenNorihern Utah, located on 22(il Adams Ave. in Ogden, will be holding an evening for the community and survivors of sexual assault on April 23. The event is from fclU) to 7 p.m. and theie will be a speaker and music. Macdonald offered advice on what students can do to put an end to sexual violence. "One of the most poweiful ways that we, the WSU campus community can help put an end to sexual violence is to speak up." she said. See Assault page '
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-04-04, Vol. 78, No. 81|
|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.|