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O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY Another football assistant coach gone See page 6 fl n r i . 0 I I I S- Ucus in Dricf 0 o npost ,r j a ( wn . ..).rj .. 1 1 ,,, .J, , .I ,., i. L t W II i E rnvn n Mail mm c Primary candidate selection sees significantly more votes than last year By Ryan Smeding sr. reporter I The Signpost Amanda Sorenson starts her mornings with a ritual of sipping espresso and checking her various e-mail accounts at a local coffee shop in Layton. Sorenson, aWeber State University junior who is pursuing a degree in Technical Sales, was surprised when she found an unusual message in the inbox of her Wildcat mail account. The e-mail was from the Weber State University Election Committee as part of a new effort to increase voter turn out, give out information about candidates and lead for greater transparency of student government elections. "When I opened the e-mail, it directed me to a Web page where I was just asked whether I was either a traditional student or a nontraditional student, and from there I was asked for my W number then finally I was given a ballot to vote on," Sorenson said. This new direction for voting protocol was made possible by Student Voice, a database collective company based out of Buffalo, New York that specializes in using sophisticated technology to reduce time and cost of conducting polls. Student Voice is under contract with WSU for conducting student polls and elections. In past student government elections, students would cast dieir ballots through a voting banner in their E-Weber Student Services Portal. "In the past, students had to know how to vote through the student portal," said Mike Kofoed, government relations director and elections chair. "Now we are finding them with this new system. Each student is now e-mailed a tailor-maid ballot depending on the information of the student." For many students, the free flow of information has become a major part of every day life and a key element to their education. These students may be more motivated to participate by voting in student government elections Final election candidates: Student Body President: Kyle Braithwaite Tyler Lathem Legislative Vice Preisident Elene Kvernadze S. Shane Woody Non-Traditional Senator: Steve A. Hanson Jared Olsen Traditional Student Senator: Tawny Choi Jacob Kirkham Complete results will be announced at the Bell Tower Bash Friday. now that voting procedures cater to their appetite for technology. "I really didn't mind this new kind of voting, it was really easy, and it didn't take very long, less than five minutes," Sorenson said. "It works out well for students that may feel burnt out from the ridiculous pressures of going to school, and maybe those students that just may not frankly really care about student government. It puts all the crucial information that you need to know available to you, that maybe would have been harder to find in the past." See Ballots page 2 o mproving gden's health Students provide free fair for locals to find heath and dental care By Natalie Buttars correspondent I The Signpost A phrase frequently heard by Weber State University's Health Professor Patti Cost about the accomplishments of her students is "Dr C's students are at it again." Thursday, Cost's students truly were at it again, their latest venture was the Health Fair. The event was from 5-8 p.m. at the Riverdale Community Center. "We were invited by Riverdale to put on a health and emergency preparedness fair," Cost said. "Seven students worked on the project. They secured over 60 vendors in topics ranging from health and fitness to nutrition to emergency preparedness. This is huge." . Health Promotions Major Kristin Tenney was one of several students involved in the fair. "The I lealth Fair has lots of free tests, like cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, BMI and vision testing," Tenney said. "It's really great for people without insurance, because everything is free." Tenney also said there were massages, raffles, and prizes. "It's awesome," she said. Tenney estimated more than 1,000 people showed up to the Health Fair. Cost teaches Health 4150, Program Planning and Evaluation, in die Department of Health Promotion and Human Performance. For a group of students enrolled in this class, this is part of their senior capstone project. In class, they are responsible for doing a needs-assessment for the community. Then they must plan, implement, and evaluate the entire program. "It's important to have community partnerships developed so students can get real-world experiences," Cost said. Health 4150 was recently approved for a Community Based Learning (CBL) designation. Students are responsible for building a community partnership and planning and evaluating an intervention. Students from several departments at Weber State were invited to participate. Dental Hygiene students, Physical Education students, Nutrition students, and Athletic Training students from WSU attended. Two seminars were offered. One was titled "Personal Finances in Troubled Times," and the other was titled "Emergency Survival." . "This is really good for these tough economic times," said Health Promotions Major Kami Little, "and it's free." Little said the Health Fair was designed with families in mind. "We even have a clown,"Little said. The American Red Cross held a blood drive from 3-8 p.m. and tiieir tables were full. Last semester, Cost and her students See Health page 2 n, n n r M H r j Li '-.- jU u U n n n yyy mm n n n 1 1 cm in y .m 1 it 4 i PHOTO BY BRYAN BUTTERFIELD JHl SIGNPOST The scheduled face lift for the Stewart Bell Tower is now complete, and the LED lighting in the clock face can be seen during the night. Not only does the Bell Tower look different with new pieces on the face of the clock, the Tower received new clock mechanisms so the correct time is displayed, which hasn't occured since it has been shut down for the last two years during the Bell Tower Plaza remodel. To see more photos of the Bell Tower, turn to page 10. 6Enigsige a g lolbal society Knowing, caring and acting guiding ideals of honored WSU professor Forrest Crawford By Eric Turner correspondent I The Signpost Forrest Crawford was a seemingly average defensive player on the Weber State College Football Team in 1 974. It was at this time, his teammate and friend Luther Parker said, that he really began to get involved in the community and develop his passion for the advancement of diversity. "A few of the football players who were in similar situations got together in the dorms one night and committed to help each other graduate with a bachelor degree," Parker said. "We didn't want to just play football. We wanted to graduate and we wanted to find ways to give back to the community. Forrest has really grabbed on to that dream." Since that commitment in the dorms 35 years ago, Crawford has earned an undergraduate degree in sociology, a master's degree in social work and doctorate degree in education. He has helped to establish the Utah Coalition for the Advancement of Minorities in Higher Education and he co-founded and served for five years as the chairman of the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission in Utah. Crawford has also become a professor in the Teacher Education Department at W'eber State University where he was also appointed as WSU 's first Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity. Crawford's dedication to the advancement of all aspects of diversity in conjunction with his unwavering commitment to guide and mentor students are what compelled the Utah Coalition of La Raza (UCLR) to present him with the 16th Annual Cesar Chavez Peace and Justice Award last Friday. "Dr. Crawford has been a really strong leader," said WSU President Ann Millner. "in developing a climate of inclusion, tolerance and openness on our campus that has made a significant difference for students and faculty members on our campus and for the community. "We are proud of him at Weber State University. His work reflects not only his own skill but also our university's commitment to diversity." Steven Pearre, the current WSU nontraditional student senator, agreed with Millner. "I love Dr. Crawford," Pearce said. "He is an upright man who is always trying to solve problems for students and 1 am honored to know him." The most current WSU Institutional Research reported that 8.6 percent of the university's enrollment base is composed of diverse students: those who classify themselves as American citizens who are African American, Native American, AsianPacific Islanders or Hispanic. Diverse employees at WSU account for 8.3 percent of the university's employees. See Crawford page 2 SOUkLL. thi-K ti;U Forrest Crawford lud lllAUUlIU llulllwlJ L On April 3, Weber State University will recognize Richard Richards by naming the Instiute for Politics, Decency and Ethical Conduct after him. Richards was the former chairman of the Republican National Committee. An event in Richards' honor will be held at 11 a.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballroom C and will include remarks by Utah Gov. Jon H. Huntsman Jr. and a keynote address focusing on ethics and political reform by former U.S. Sen. Jake Garn. The event is free and open to everyone. The naming of the Richard Richards Institute for Politics, Decency and Ethical Conduct is a tribute to Richards' efforts to educate students about ethical leadership, political reform, and public service. Cc:Tc:.crtMvt3 Wednesday. April 3, local bands will perform live at the Stewart Bell Tower Plaza from 7-9 p.m. During the free event, the 2009-10 candidates will be announced f.fter the ballots from the primaries are counted. Physics Dent, to host enen house WSU's Department of Physics will host the third annual Physics Open House on April 3 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Lind Lecture Hall, and will feature presentations and demonstrations conducted by WSU physics faculty and students. A "Circus of Physics" demonstration is planned for the event, featuring levitating billard balls and disappearing test tubes in addition to glowing pickles and floating soup. WSU's high-altitude ballooning team will also inflate a giant helium balloon, part of a vehicle to deliver student-built instruments to the edge of space, if the weather permits. rcrmcr LnHYU iilnvcr As part of AsianPacific Islander Emphasis Week, Vai Sikahema, a former Brigham Young University and NFL star, will speak Friday, Apr. 3 at Weber State University in the Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts. Sikahema will discuss the importance of setting goals and pursuing a college education. Sikahema is a Tonga native and spent eight seasons as a running back and kick returner in the NFL. The event will take place at 11 a.m., and is free.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-03-30, Vol. 79, No. 81|
|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.|