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A (lay in the Life ; of an Ltsy shop ; owner Sec pjge 4 O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY A; :W 3k n n n s A . Kens in Brief EXSrC!S8TU3S237 Ann Millner cuts ribbon, thanks those who helped By Jessica Schriefels editor-in-chief I The Signpost Weber State University held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday to celebrate the opening of Elizabeth Hall and to thank those who donated money in order to fund the project. Legislatures, alumni and donors were all recognized at the ceremony for their hard work at getting funding for the building, and for their donations. $22.95 million was given from the Legislature in 2007, $6 million was given in private donations, and $2 million in planning and design money approved by 2006 Legislature. WSU President F. Ann Millner extended her gratitude to the donors and legislatures in Friday's ribbon cutting. "They really had a vision for this facility," she said. "They saw what we could do. Some of them even had classes in Buildings 1 and 2, and they still saw what we could do. It took a vision from those who could provide the financial support." Millner also introduced a video that was played at the ribbon cutting, highlighting both the donors who have helped fund the building as well as students who would be attending classes in the building. Since every student coming into WSU will take English and communication courses, all WSU students will utilize the new building. At the ribbon cutting, several legislatures who helped WSU get the money to build the94,302-square-foot building, spoke to the group about their experiences See Ribbon page 5 T : t 1 i ? i . '::.: , ' - ,'',:" t i f . ? ) -.. ! i ) ' j 1 v t;2 1 " 3 ici ?' "liil ) M 3 ij' v; .i ., . , ..... ' ' - 3'j--.!'""r j -L-J- PHOTOS BY CATHERINE MORTIMER 7H SIGNPOST Top: Weber State University President F. Ann Millner cuts the purple ribbon, symbolically welcoming Elizabeth Hall to the university community. The building (above) has been holding classes since this Monday, the beginning of spring semester. It predominantly holds classes for the College of Arts and Humanities departments of English, Foriegn Language and Communication. Right: Peter Sagal, host of National Public Radio show "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me" spoke in the Student Union Building Ballrooms as part of the grand-opening. I,. , ,...m i .... . .Miuiiuji. iupji.niiini..j.i.u. ' , . ..t . t "'v. i 'Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me' personality Peter Sagal joins festivites By David Freeland corresponent I The Signpost Peter Sagal, host of "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me" on National Public Radio, spoke to an audience that came to celebrate the opening of Elizabeth Hall, Weber State University's new arts and humanities building on Friday. The talk, "Behind the Scenes of 'Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me,'" was given 'at 3 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballrooms. Sagal's show is a radio news quiz show done much in the same vein as popular television shows like "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report." "I really like 'The Colbert Report,'" said Matthew Leary, a concurrent enrollment student with WSU. "I was here to check out the new building and heard about this guy and decided to come check it out. Fie was really funny." Peter Sagal described his own show. "We are just a few pasty white guys staring at computer screens all day long," Sagal said. "We do that in order to find stories and ideas that we can" twist and make jokes about." Sagal started by cracking a few jokes about the name of the new building and kept flowing from there. "Our show, along with a lot of other shows, is created by a surplus of stupidity," Sagal said. He explained that people do stupid tliingsallthetime, regardless of who they are and what position they have in society. Sagal said that he and his show are better prepared to handle a See Sagal page 5 Making the grade Services for Students with Disabilites provides aid for test taking By Brian Giles corresponent I The Signpost Weber State University has a wide variety of students, and among them are students with disabilities. WSU student Ben Price is visually impaired and uses a CCTV to aid him in his studies. "I use it basically for everything. Everything I read," Price said. "I have one at home, and when I'm not home I use the one here, or I use the one up in the library." More commonly known as video magnifiers, these are devices that allow a person to place a book on a tray under a camera, which then enlarges the print and displays it on a monitor. The person can adjust the size of the print, and choose different color combinations to suit his or her reading preference. Any student will have some experience note-taking in the margins of a book, and Price said that while he can use a CCTV and take notes on the book at the same time, he has to adapt a bit. "I have to use short pens," he said. "There's not enough room between the tray and the camera." Price said that when he started using a CCTV a few. years ago, he did not enjoy writing while using one. "Now it's natural," he said. WSU student John Clemens is also visually impaired, but uses a variety of technological devices to make studying easier. He has a laptop loaded with ZoomText, which is a program that magnifies different parts of the computer screen. It also features voice narration, allowing users to have a document read aloud to them. Clemens said he gets many of his books from Recording For The Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) a company that records educational material for students who cannot read print. Most of the material that is produced by RFB&D is recorded on CDs that require a specially modified CD player or special computer software to play. Users can navigate to different parts of a book, such as headings or chapters, and can even jump directly to a specific page. "One of the techniques I use when I'm reading a book is read the book with the DAISY reader, and use my laptop to take notes from the book," Clemens said. "So as the book is reading to me, I'll go 'oh, that's interesting,' stop the DAISY reader and type." Clemens said he creates a file for each class, and then separates each day's notes by date. This makes it easier for him to review information from a class when he needs to. Clemens said another benifit to this approach is that it helps See Grade page 5 n ; : . .... .. J ' W 1 .... J - i - r n n Hundreds of WSU students glowing after Friday's party By Ryan Smeding correspondent I The Signpost With the start of a new school year, many students may be overwhelmed with feelings of fear, anxiety and excitement. To help shake off some more negative aspects of starting a new semester, the Weber State University Student Activities Association threw the first major party of the year, a neon dance party. When the clock struck 9 p.m. Friday night and only a handful of students had trickled into the Student Union Ballrooms, Ana Velasquez, the WSU student activities director who organized the event, sat behind the ticket table, waiting for people to arrive. She said she thought people just like to come to these things "fashionably late" and was confident that soon the crowds would come to start the party. Not long after, the dance floor was filled with more than 300 people dressed in a broad array of neon driven attire, everything from homemade duct tape pants to florescent-colored socks and custom neon shirts. Although dressing up was optional, some wildcats couldn't resist the partw ..... - , j ('v - - t . ' ! " I'HUIOHI ANA VELASQUEZ s(..n.is Bottom: Katelynne Wilson (left), Jessica Sims (second from left), and Jamie DeTorbal (center) hit the dance floor Friday night. Top: A shot of the crowded ballroom decked with glow sticks, bright colors and blacklights. chance to participate. Bryan Kilsner, a WSU junior, came dressed in a Barack Obama glow in the dark shirt, showing the logo for the president elect. "I didn't really have a choice," Kilsner said. "I just had to wear this." All throughout Welcome Week students had the opportunity to make their own neon dance shirts See Neon page 5 The Weber State University Police Department will be running a training exercise that is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Jan. 13. Campus Police plan on evacuating the Miller Administration Building in order to run scenarios that will prepare them for action in case of an emergency. As a part of the Code Purple preparations, Campus Police will also send a test message through the Code Purple notification system during the exercise. Building personnel will be allowed to return to their offices at 1 p.m while training will continue on the first floor and the northwest corner of the building. Students should not be alarmed when they see men with guns outside the building. Annusl Gospel r.'usic Concert on caus In commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Weber State University's Performing Arts Department is hosting the annual Gospel Music Festival. The Festival's title this year is "Make a Joyful Noise." The event will take place on Friday, Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. It will be held in the Austad auditorium in the WSU Browning Center and is free to the public. Along with the WSU choirs, there will be various guest artists and groups that will be performing as well. For more information contact Caril Jennings, at 801-626-6431. nsrtain Luttcr Cina Jr. Bay Legacy Pzr.cl The Diversity Center is hosting The Martin Luther King, Jr. Colloquium "The King Legacy: Past Actions, Present Results, Future Hopes" on Tuesday, Jan. 13, in Shepherd Union Ballroom A from noon to 1:30 p.m. A panel consisting of faculty, staff, students and community representatives will be discussing the legacy of Dr. King and the effects his life and work has in the world today as well as in the days to come. The colloquium is a part of the Diversity Center's "Celebrate With Us!" activities scheduled to take place from Jan. 13 to Jan. 19 at various venues across campus and around the Ogden community. SalUe City Felice search fcrkktasEper A man in Salt Lake City was kidnapped last Monday at the intersection of 4700 South and 4700 West. The suspect approached the victim's vehicle, brandished a gun, and forced the victim to take him to pick up two other men. They then drove to the motorist's bank and forced him to withdraw money from his account. The original carjacker was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and black jeans. Anyone with information can reach the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office at 801-743-5851.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-01-12, Vol. 79, No. 53|
|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.|