Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-04-011
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r nUp T WEBER STATE UN I VE RS ITY Kellen McCoy awarded Ail-AmericanSee page 4 Vv" vV OS ,,l; n mm n P Freshman lashes out after sister's argument disturbs his studying By Jessica Schreifels editor-in-chief I The Signpost A Weber State University student is in jail after police said he stabbed his sister in the back-literally. Stuart Allen Queen, 30, was at his Ogden home Sunday morning when his sister, who lives in a group home in Ogden because of a mental disability, came to visit the home where he lived with his parents. "His sister and her husband were arguing quite a bit," Ogden Police Lt. Scott Sangberg said, "and he had been trying to do his homework. So he walked into the kitchen where they were arguing, and took out a knife." Sangberg said Queen grabbed a 12-inch butcher knife from the kitchen, and stabbed his sister, Virginia Vigil, 22, in the back and the back of the neck multiple times. Queen's father took the knife away from him, and the family called police after the stabbing. Queen left the home, but returned and confessed to the crime, and was arrested for aggravated assault, said Sangberg. "I Ie obviously has some anger issues," Sangberg said. Queen was booked into the Weber County Jail, and is currently in jail as of Tuesday afternoon. His sister's wounds were not serious, and after receiving stitches at a local hospital, was released. ' V i i LJ J "Her wounds were not life-threat e n i n g , " Sangberg said. "Had Queen been more forceful, they could have been." Queen is currently registered as a student at Weber State University, and was registered for classes in the semester as well. WSU spokesman John Kowalewski said the university was aware that Queen was incarcerated, and of the accident that took place. He said that it is determined Stuart Allen Queen Fall 2008 on a case-by-case basis whether outside charges, like Queen's, will affect a student's standing with the university. Kowalewski said the safety and well-being of students at the university are of concern with cases like this, and once he is released the university will decide if any action should be taken in regards to his academic standing, or if any suspensions from the university should take place. Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. Short supply ofinvolvment worries senate By Joshua Pedersen sr. reporter I The Signpost Less than five percent of the student body, 961 students, control $6 million in student fees, parking regulations, and even tuition breaks for some students."The student body here can be shockingly apathetic," WSU Residence Hall Senator, Brody Wilkinson said. Because the voting numbers improved, the 961 students who went online and voted in the recent primary election is being touted a success. Wilkinson said he thinks 961 votes from the 19,615 ballots leaves a lot work left to do. "It's a nice improvement, we are on the right track," Wilkinson said, "But we need tcdo a lot better." The real test will come in the upcoming final elections. "Ultimately the root of politics and democracy is in student involvement," Wilkinson said. Senators serve on parking committees, play a role in the appeals process, and spend student fees. Student fees amount to approximately $350 per semester for each student. Often unnoticed because a student pays them along with their tuition, these fees add up to a $6 million budget. When the senate voted against a Davis Vice President, they voted against spending more student fees. After the Supreme Court overturned the senate vote, the newly elected Davis Vice President will be getting a full tuition. waiver paid for by student fees. Arts and Humanities Senator Justin Neville serves on the Student fees committee and said he is surprised at how few students care about how their fees are spent. "People don't care a whole lot about student government because they are not involved in it," Neville said, "but we allocated about $6 million this year." Neville has begun using Facebook to appeal to his constituencies and encourages students to go online and give feedback about the spending and other issues. It is now easier than ever for students to get involved in the legislative process. E-mail reminders and links to online voting makes it more convenient than America's voting process. Besides voting, students can also get involved on how student fees are allocated by attending area council meetings, hearings, and even serving in appointed positions. Area council meetings are conducted by each Senator, but are rarely attended. IIonorsBIS Senator Denae Hoog said she sends out notices to faculty and students encouraging them to come to a See Involvement page 5 Ei o DSDcHDUdlS v PHOIO BY HEIDI LEBARON THESICNPUSI Surrounding students marvel as 14-year-old Josh Mulivai touches a fire knife to his feet, part of the Samoan Fire Knife dance. Mulivai's dance was part of the WSU AsianPacific Islander Emphasis week in the Union Building. Pacific dancers share island spirit with WSU By Eric Call sr. reporter I The Signpost Tuesday die Weber State University Shepherd Union Building was filled with the beat of tr ibal drums and the sound of singing and dancing as students from Asia and the Pacific Islands perfonned dances from many of the islands and cultures in tiiat region including New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji and Tonga. "It's a great way to get people out to school," said WSU Asian Pacific Islander Senator Brian Williams. "I know that I don't want to come to school for classes, I want to come to school for events and activities." Williams said that the performance was to showcase the musical talent that die students from die Asian Pacific Islands have. "We have musical talent," Williams said. "We tried to find activities that showcase those talents. We need to bring more cultural awareness to die campus." The dances included many different students and even faculty from WSU and were accompanied by See Pacific page 5 Frankenstein's explosive on gin a nd geography i' iOUKl.biUH.tUU This eruption of Pinatubo Volcano killed 800 people but was nothing compaired to the explosion of Mount Tambora. In 1 81 5, Tambora cloaked the planet in darkness, the year Mary Shelly wrote Frankenstein. Geography adds depth to view of the classic tale By Ryan Hatch correspondent I The Signpost In her lecture on Tuesday, Julie Rich, Assistant Professor of Geography at Weber State University, presented how geography and climate conditions contributed to the writing of "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley. "The genesis of 'Frankenstein' takes place in Geneva, Switzerland," Rich said. "It is one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland, if not all of Europe." Rich continued speaking about the importance of Shelley's travels and the climatic and geographic conditions in the early 1800s. "Mary Shelley had traveled throughout Europe on foot, by carriage and by barge on the Rhine River," Rich said. "As I read this novel I was vicariously living, through Maiy Shelley, some of my previous travel experiences." In the year 1815, Rich said the volcano Mount Tambora erupted and caused "a year without summer" that provided the backdrop for die writing of the story. "Temperatures dropped drastically for about a year," Rich said. "This was the time that Mary Shelley was cloistered in her villa in Geneva with four of her closest friends. It proved a wet, ungenial summer and incessant rain often confined them for days at a time." Rich said the four challenged each other, during this time, to see who could come up with the best ghost story. Rich said this is how Frankenstein came about. Dacia Nelson, a junior in the nursing program at WSU, said she loved the geographic diversity included in the story of Frankenstein. "I loved how Rich related not only the places in the book," Nelson said, "but also the historically prominent places and mentioned the importance of each place during the time period of the book. I think See Frankenstein page 5 Hens in Grief tuitilliul liuiiiulul In an effort to increase summer enrollment, die Financial Aid and Scholarship Office is offering a number of scholarships to students who enroll for 12 credits or more during die summer months. In addition, eligible students must have a fall cumulative CPA of 3.0 or higher to qualify. By simply updating the scholarship application on the weber.edu student portal, students can be eligible for the $300 to $1,000 tuition waivers. The scholarships will be offered on afirst-come-first-serve basis to qualifying individuals. In addition to die scholarships, summer classes allow students to complete tiieir degree faster by attending year-round. Widi smaller class sizes, students also get more personalized attention and can often take a full load with minimal scheduling conflicts. Non-resident, or out-of-state students, who enroll pay in-state tuition during the summer months. Summer registration began March 30. For more information on summer scholarships or enrollment, visit www.webcr.edusiunmer. Fti.i?zcrFnz3 v n c r The 24th annual National Undergraduate Literature Conference is scheduled to take place April 2-4 at Weber State University. Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Chabon is scheduled to speak at the event, as are celebrated writer Maile Meloy and Utah State University professor and poet Michael Sowder. More information about the event including times and places can be found at departments.weber.educe conferencesnulc. 2009 LindQUist award received by Colleen Garside Weber State University Assistant Communication Professor Colleen Garside has been named die 2009 recipient of the John A. Lindquist Award. The award, established in 2007, is given annually to faculty or staff members who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to mentoring WSU students in learning through community involvement. Combined, Garside's students have provided more than 5,500 hours in community service to 'community organizations and schools. Garside has taught classes at WSU since 1986. An awards luncheon honoring Garside will take place April 10 in die Shepherd Union Building Ballroom B. Pipe bursts in Drowning Center Tuesday Morning, several students and faculty members in die Browning Center were surprised to find water running down die walls. A pipe on die diirci floor burst, flooding the southeast corner of die Browning Center. The water gushed down as far as die first floor, but Building Manager Herb Carman said nodiing was damaged. He said the carpet wasn't affected because it was designed in removable panels. He also said tiiey may have to replace a few ceiling tiles, but no sensitive equipment was harmed.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-04-01, Vol. 79, No. 82|
|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.|