Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-09-291
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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY .. A : : W. Look inlo a day in the life of a musician : from WSU t.-' Sec page 4 A km? Then o HOT! DOS MB mm 1 r ""i r 1 i "" . - ' - ? ' . ' L " t ' y 'S , v -v. 1 rr mariMW 1 bmumm 11m 1 ir 1 n 1 hiii., J,.,3 WSU students gather to watch the candidates battle PI IOIO BY BKItE KELLSH I IHt iK,llul Weber State University students watch the first presidential debate Friday, which was televised in the WSU Wildcat Theater. By Frances Kelsey managing editor I 7ie Signpost Roughly 60 Weber State University students, faculty, and staff of all political parties came together last Friday to watch and discuss the presidential debate between Senators Barak Obama and John McCain. The debate watch was hosted by the WSU American Democratic Project and was shown in the Wildcat Theatre. The debate was also seen on the televisions in the food court at the Shepherd Union Building. "Selecting a president is an important process that only occurs once every four years," said Leah Murray, WSU assistant professor of political science, in a news release. "In sponsoring these debate discussions, we wanted to bring the community together so they could listen to the candidates and then discuss the merits of each with other citizens." Those in attendance had varied reactions to the issues, but generally agreed on the success of the on-campus event. "I thought that having the debate here was really a good idea," said Courtney Frazier, a WSU secondary education major. "I thought that it got a lot of people excited about the debate and it was interesting to see everyone's reaction just because people would cheer or laugh at certain parts." Colby Bone, a WSU political science major, said he liked the event. "I think it's a great idea, I mean there were quite a few people that showed up considering the attendance at most Weber State events." The mediator for the debate was Jim Lehrer, who hit both positive and negative notes with the viewers on how he put the See Watches page 8 i , V 0 J ohn Zogby John Zogby headed to WSU Successful pollster coming to speak about the election By Jessica Schreifels editor-in-chief I The Signpost One of the United States' hottest pollsters will be making a stop at Weber State University on Tuesday to talk about politics, the election and trends in America over recent years. John Zogby, CEO of Zogby International, will be giving a lecture at 10 a.m. and a public question and answer session at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Wildcat Theater, as well as visiting many political science classes throughout the day. "John Zogby is a premiere pollster," said Bill Fruth, building manager of the Shepherd Union Building and organizer of Convocations. "It gives an opportunity for Weber State to get some insight to what America is thinking prior to the election. It's an exciting time." Zogby is known for his accuracy when predicting the outcomes of elections based on polling results. His polling company pulls a sample number of phone numbers in the United States (excluding Hawaii and Alaska, because of time differences) and calls those people to ask whom they are planning to vote for in the coming election. He predicted the last presidential election with 99.9 percent accuracy and is widely regarded as having the best performance of any pollster in history. Zogby International polls year-round, and have been polling people about this year's election since Bush was elected in 2004, Zogby said in a phone interview from an airport in Boston. "Zogby is important in the polling world because he is in charge of a major polling industry," Leah Murray, a WSU political science professor said. "Polling is what gives us the pulse of American democracy and thus is important to understand." Two of the biggest issues being addressed in this year's campaign are race and gender. Zogby said that he felt these issues were not coming across in voting numbers unlike what the media portrays. "I think it's clearly very public what a lot of media is focusing on, and it's rather obvious," Zogby said. "I don't think it's as large as people suggest it is. There are some voters who are telling us they would not vote for Barack Obama because he is African-American, (but) when you look at their profile, it's arguable of whether they would have voted for any Democrat anyway." As far as gender is concerned, Zogby said he doesn't think it's playing a big part in McCain's campaign, but might still be hurting Obama's. "In terms of gender, I think there are angry Hillary Clinton supporters, especially among older woman, who are holding support for Barack Obama," he said. "In terms of Sarah Palin, I don't believe Palin is a gender candidate. She's a conservative candidate. This generates increased support for Obama in independent women who don't like her conservative opinion." The state of the economy is also on Americans' minds with more bleak news about the economy coming forward almost daily. Zogby said it's too early to tell whether economic See Zogbv page 8 Too little, too late for Wildcats nil fl's i:p , 1' J i- i : : - 4 ; f i f 003 0 L. PHOIO SOURCE: ASSOCIATED PKtSS Weber State saferty Scott Goodloe (4) undercuts Utah tight end Chris joppru (80) during a play in the second quarter. WSU rallied late, but was unable to dig themselves out of a deep hole, losing 37-21 to the University of Utah Saturday. For full coverage of the Utah Utes vs. Weber State Wildcats game, see page 6. Wildcat s wee tend dlowei own Suicide awareness walk floods Ogden's 25th Street By David Freeland and Heidi LeBaron The Signpost All along 25th Street was a sea of red shirts. A group of nearly 300 flooded the streets, their shirt a message of awareness and HOPE. NU HOPE was written in white lettering on the sides of the shirt, along with an image of a rescue tube. The turnout for the event was more than what organizers had been expecting. The walk took place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, as part of the "Mountain 2 Metro" event on 25th Street. Sally Jones, Community outreach coordinator for McKay Dee Hospital, was the event manager. She said she was among the first members of Northern Utah HOPE (Hold on, Persuade, Empower) though she said she saw her role more modestly. "I am just facilitating this event," Jones said. "All these people are working hard and doing a great job." Jones works with children at McKay Dee Hospital and said that she has seen far too many suicide cases. "Unfortunately, we've seen too many attempts. If this walk saves one kid from committing suicide See Suicide page 7 ' t M S, 1 SOURCE: MEGAN LEONARDI (Above) A river of red drifts down 25th street Saturday as supporters of Northern Utah HOPE task force walk to commemorate those touched by suicide. The walk was one of several events encompased by Ogden's "Mountain 2 Metro" weekend. WSU usually participates with the community, such as the appearance of Waldo the Wildcat (below) last year. SOI IRCE: COM FOt 1NPATION COM I f : 1 .! U- ' S. , . ' - .... J -1 j -" a: ilk WSU joins with community By Heidi LeBaron news editor I The Signpost Staring at the sun is never a good idea, but that's exactly what Weber State University students and staff were doing in downtown Ogden last Saturday. The Ott Planetarium's telescope was aimed directly at the sun as part of an exhibit for Ogden's "Mountian 2 Metro" celebration, sponsored by the Greater Ogden Athletic Legacy (GOAL) foundation. Ron Proctor, production director at Ott Planetarium, was in charge of the booth. "We want to tell people about what we're doing at the planetarium and get kids excited about science," Proctor said. He said the telescopes were equipped with a filter that allowed people to look at the sun and see sunspots without eye injury. The planetarium booth was one of the children's vendors on Ogden's 25th Street during the "Mountain 2 Metro" action sports weekend. The WSU women's basketball team also participated Saturday afternoon. Team members set up hoops and ran drills for children at See Weekend page 8 Jens in Brief WSU professor earns fellowship for work with Great Salt Lake WSU Professor Daniel Bedford, associate professor of geology recently recieved the 2008 WSU Honors Eccles Fellowship. The fellowship will help support him as he continues research about the Great Salt Lake in Utah. This fall, students will join Bedford at the lake as part of an honors class to discover more about the lake and why it is one of the Utah's seven wonders. "The Great Salt Lake is immensely interesting like a different planet," Bedford said. "I want to get students out there. I want them to see what a natural wonder they have right in their own backyard." Honors issue forum to discuss oil crisis WSU's Honors Issues Forum will host "The Ins and Outs of the Oil Crisis" on Sept. 30th in the Stewart Library Hetzel Hoellein Room at noon. Economics professor Cliff Nowell and geoscience professor Rick Ford will discuss the effect of the oil crisis on the economy and the effect of oil production on 4 the environment followed by a question and answer session. The event is free to the public. Health professions information sessions The Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions will hold two pre-application meetings for prospective health profession students. The meetings will be on Monday, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the Marriott Allied Health Building in Room 101. Students are welcome to come and explore different career and degree options, ranging from emergency care and rescue to radiological sciences. The college will also be hosting an open house for the campus and community on Oct. 3 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Marriott Allied Health Building to tour classrooms and laboratories. Tours will include the Dumke Interdisciplinary Simulation Lab and the dental clinic. Light refreshments will be served. Religion and Ethics Weekly Discussion This Wednesday, Weber State University's Diversity Center will host a discussion at 1 p.m. in the new diversity office, located in the Shepherd Union Building. The discussion will consist of three topics: Wall Street ethics, barefoot college in India, and relations among Christians and Muslims. The event is open to faculty, staff and students of WSU and to any community members who are interested in attending.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-09-29, Vol. 79, No. 22|
|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.|