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J Miiilci Likes next slf) to Nl L .See pgv ( WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY A: ' ft ' 4 I H " 1 ThefO 51911 Cv. v Zaslow shares his reflections on writing the book By Jessica Schrcifels editor-in-chief I 77 e Signpost Jeffrey Zaslow said he remembers Randy Pausch being able to make him laugh. "He was a funny guy," he said in a telephone interview with The Signpost. "He was able to touch me just like he touched a lot of people." Zaslow spent hours on his cell phone talking with Pausch during the course of three months. The result of the 53 phone calls was one book: "The Last Lecture." The book, about overcoming obstacles and seizing every moment, sprang from a lecture Pausch, a computer science professor at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University, gave at the university in September 2007. It is not unusual for professors to give their hypothetical last lecture. They think about what parting words of wisdom they would give to students and colleagues if it were the last lecture they would ever give. Only for Pausch, who was dying of pancreatic cancer, it truly was his last lecture. In his lecture, he spoke not about dying and of his cancer, but rather about the importance knew I had seen -X j : I I I ; 1 3 , I r " , " ' - .... , ' " i . . - - - - i - - , . IMA(,I:S MHIK(.E: DAVIS fcUUCAIION KJUNUAI ION When Randy Pausch (left) discovered he was dying of pancreatic cancer, he hesitantly began to work with Jeffrey Zaslow (right) on writing a book. The book, inspired by Pausch's final lecture to his students at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University, was intended for his children. Zaslow will speak Thursday, Feb. 26 in Davis County. something pretty astounding." of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, and seizing every moment. Zaslow, a Wall Street Journal columnist, was at that last lecture: Because his column talks about life transitions, Pausch's lecture seemed to be a good idea for a column. Zaslow said he almost didn't go to the lecture, but drove the 300 miles to Pittsburgh. "When I got there, I knew I had seen something pretty astonishing," he said. "I didn't think it would touch the world, and neither did Randy." After the lecture, Zaslow wrote his column and four minutes of video were put on the Wall Street Journal Web site, lhe response to the lecture was great, Zaslow said. People were sharing the video with one another, and word was spreading about the inspirational lecture. Jeffrey Zaslow, , columnist "From the first morning, I started getting e-mails from people who were touched by Randy's message," he said. Pausch was invited on "Good Morning America" and "Oprah" after the lecture, and talk of a book about his life and his lecture were emerging. "Randy wasn't sure he wanted to write a book," Zaslow said. "He was dying and he didn't want to take time away from his kids." But Pausch agreed to the book, and while he was riding his bicycle an hour a day to get his much-needed exercise to help with the cancer, he would call Zaslow and share stories and ideas for the book. See Zaslow page 5 Co-author to tell Pausch's story liy Ryan Smeding correspondent I Tlie Signpost Jeffery Zaslow, award-winning journalist and co-author of the nationally acclaimed bestseller "The Last Lecture," will be coming to Utah to give a public lecture tomorrow. A pre-lecture dinner will take place at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, where fans of the book can meet with each other and Zaslow. ----- Followingl the dinner, the general lecture, titled "Life Transitions: Living From a Front-Row Seat," will take place at Northridge High School in Layton, in the main auditorium. "The Last Lecture" was inspired by Randy Pausch, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. Pausch had been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and was given the chance to truly give his last lecture. The lecture titled "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" embraced Pausch's love of life. Elaborating that his lecture wasn't about dying, but rather the importance of seizing the moment, overcoming obstacles and enabling the dreams of others. Jeffery Zaslow was there and was inspired to write the book. "It's about overcoming adversity, turning to a positive outlook rather than a negative," said Brent Severe, Davis Education Foundation assistant director, See Pausch page 5 L. ienaie proposes suspension Davis Campus senator position may not be in this year's budget By Spencer Gam correspondent 1 The Signpost On Monday, a bill was introduced to the Weber State University Student Senate that would postpone the election of a vice president for the WSU Davis Campus indefinitely. Last year the senate passed a bill to include a vice president for the Davis Campus on the upcoming election ballet. At the time the senate felt the new position would help meet the needs of a growing student population attending the Davis campus. Although some senators would still like to see a vice president elected for the next school year, others believe the funds should be spent elsewhere. The proposed bill will be debated and voted upon next Monday at the Davis Campus. If the bill is not passed, the Davis Campus student director position would be replaced by the new, student-elected vice president. A vice president would take on many of the same responsibilities of the director and some additional ones as well. To compensate for the greater workload, the vice president would receive higher pay and a larger tuition reimbursement. Opponents of the bill believe that having a vice president serving the Davis Campus is an essential step in keeping the Davis and Ogden Campuses unified. "As it stands right now," said WSU Election Committee Chair Mike Kofoed, "we're fairly unified, but you can already see the cracks starting to form. When Kofoed was serving as a senator last year he and - , r j , .V ' - - . - f . v ' ; ' I li..1-'----" : , , t i I'HOIO HY CHKISTA BOYD ( MCiM'uM Athletics Senator Todd Gilbert (center) stands to defend Health Professions Senator Jamey Price (on Gilbert's right). Price proposed a bill Monday that would suspend the election of a Davis Campus vice president. This would overturn a bill passed by the senate last year. other senators supported the creation of a Davis Campus vice president. "We wanted to keep student government from becoming two separate governments," Kofoed said, "meaning an Ogden student government and a Davis student government." Kofoed said he hopes the student senate will unite and "fix the problem before it becomes a problem." Several senators said they felt the Davis Campus students are not connected to the Ogden Campus because the present governing structure does not support the necessary communication. These senators said they worry that as the Davis Campus grows, these communication breakdowns will become more pronounced, hurting the wellbeing of the university as a whole. "If we continue on with the legislation that is already in place," saidWSU Davis Campus Senator Victoria Thompson, "I think that we will find that this is a very good provision. It will help the Ogden Campus, and it will be good for everybody." Not every senator shares Thompson's position. Senator James Price, who proposed the new bill, said he agreed changes must be made to facilitate the growth of the Davis Campus, but argued that those actions would be premature and fiscally irresponsible. "Its time for us to be responsible," he said. "It's not time for us to increase our spending when everyone else is cutting back." Price said he would like to see the funds that have already been allocated to support a Davis vice president reabsorbed See Senate page 5 y M - V,. . -- - 1- " No s n ) . o - X -.- - . vi " Storytellers Dianne Farlatte and Tim Tingle are two of the featured storytellers who will attend this year's Storytelling Festival. Power of stones Storytelling Festival emphasizes benefits to elementary-aged students By Eric Turner correspondent I 7ie Signpost Nearly 100 national, regional and local storytellers and thousands of story lovers have been celebrating the art of storytelling since Monday morning at the 13th annual Weber State University Storytelling Festival. This year's celebration successfully started at Peery's Egyptian Theater and the David Eccles Conference Center by bringing more than 2,500 elementary school students to hear the stories and be entertained. Festival Director and Teacher Education Professor Ann Ellis said the WSU Storytelling Festival is the only storytelling festival in the nation that is hosted by a university. "Storytelling impacts reading skills tremendously," Ellis said. "It's not just fun and games, there's a lot of purpose behind it." The storytelling continued all day Monday and Tuesday witii stories being told at several venues in downtown Ogden, schools in four different Weber and Davis county school districts, and in Elizabeth Hall at WSU. Planned and directed by WSU faculty members in the teacher education department, the festival is supported by WSU in many ways including partial funding. The funding from WSU and various other organizations and individuals in the community have made it possible for attendees to come to the festival this year free of charge. Even though all of the festival events are free, the directors of the festival spared no expense in bringing four of the most well-known national storytellers to the festival, and according to some of the storytellers, the expenses are considerable. One of the performers, Randal McGee of Ilanford, Calif., said his fee per each of his 11 40-minute performances is $400. He also said the festival must cover his travel and lodging expenses as well as a See Stories page 5 Jens in Brief The Larsmts Preiser clays tftis weekend The Weber State University Department of Performing Arts presents "The Laramie Project," directed by Tracy Callahan at 7:30 p.m. Feb 27, 28, and March 3-7 in the Val A. Browning Center Eccles Theater. The performance is heralded as the best-known artistic reaction to the 1998 murder of openly gay university student Matthew Wayne Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. "The idea was to capture the emotions, reflections and reactions of the people who were most closely related to the crime," Callahan said. "Our objective in producing this play now at Weber State University is to explore the issues of homosexuality, religion, class, economics, education and non-traditional lifestyles by recreating in the form of social drama the residents' raw responses to the incident." Tickets are $5.50 for students, seniors and those with military ID, and $8.50 for others. TiiEticn-ERcrcsse prccsiticn nisetiijg Weber State University is proposing to increase second-tier student tuition rates. The increase would range from 5-9 percent, which is $79-$142 per semester for a full-time resident undergraduate student. The tuition increase would benefit program preservation, at rates of $1.5-$3.2 million, and benefitscompensation at rates of $300,000 to $800,000. All concerned students and citizens are invited to a public hearing on the proposed increase to be held in the Shepherd Union Building, Room 305 on Thursday, March 5 at 1 p.m. DayfsrDsiE&crstfrs Esniccrscv ncrcli 4 Deliberative Democracy Day is coming to Weber State University on Wednesday, March 4, 2009. A panel discussion exploring Utah's immigration patterns is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Shepherd Union Ballroom B and is open to the public. Deliberative Democracy Day is a nationwide event taking place at 16 college campuses across the country, including WSU, and is based on the work by the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University. The center conducts research about democracy and public opinion, introducing the first deliberative polling project in 1988 at the University of Texas at Austin. The panel is scheduled to include experts Paul Mero from the Sutherland Institute, Agnes Chiao from the United Way, Armando Solorzano from the University of Utah and Bill Evans from the Utah Attorney General's Office. For more information, visit programs. weber. eduamericandemocracy ddday.htm.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-02-25, Vol. 79, No. 70|
|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.|