Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-01-281
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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY gE'POSI Ninth-place finish impressive See page 4 A. ri.M. TherO I . A:i . -I WSUSA invites students to contact state legislatures By Josh Pedersen senate reporter I 77)e Signpost Comparing the grave financial outlook of Weber State University to a sinking raft in a Whitewater river, WSU Student Body President Dan Schwab invited students on Monday to contact their local representatives to mitigate the impending budget cuts. "We'll continue to face the rapids," Schwab said, "but if we're working together, we'll make it." Along with Schwab, WSU President F. Ann Millner addressed the WSU Student Association during a catered lunch on the opening day of the Utah State Legislature. Schwab handed out free T-shirts to the association while Millner detailed the bleak outlook if a proposed 15 percent budget cut hits the campus. "These are unprecedented times," Millner said. Coupled with an already imposed 4 percent cut, Millner pointed out that positions would be eliminated, class sizes would grow, there would be less courses offered, it would take longer for students to graduate and there would be a reduction in student services, IT services and maintenance services. i "It's like taking one-fifth of the money at Weber State off the table," Millner said. WSU Non-Traditional Student Senator Steven Pearce calculated that a $250-increase in tuition per student, per semester, might make up the shortfall. See Minimize page 5 Csi&ict c:;3 cf ycjr IWcr Area P.ep.rcsc:rtr:3S: Kerry WCibson Cage Froerer 5454 W. 11 SOS. P.O. BOX 379 Ogden, UT 84404 ' luntsville, UT 84317 Home (801) 731-8071 Home (801) 745-0505 Office (801) 940-0475 offlce t801' 621-0505 Cell (801) 710-5220 Cel1 801' 391-4233 kugibsonf" utah.gov gfroererfnitah.gov Ryan Wilcox 1240 Douglas Neil A. Hansen Ogden, UT 84404 1031 CaPito1 Street I lome (801) 334-7697 Sden' UT 84401 ryanwilcoxutah.gov Home (801) 393-1514 h Cell (801) 564-0862 neilhansenft'u tah.gov See more Weber Representatives' and Senators' names inside page 5 Budget-fixing fetish SFRC members work to organize distribution of student fee money By Cimaron Neugebauer correspondent! The Signpost Victoria Thompson, a WSU-Davis Student, has a fetish. "Hike budgets and I know that is a weird fetish, but I like to plan things out," she said at the Student Fee Recommendation Committee (SFRC) meeting on Friday. "I have heard grumbling about student fees, and I have heard positive things. I just thought it would be nice to find out what was Actually true." Thompson, along with other members of the SFRC, met in the first of three upcoming weekly Friday presentations and deliberations regarding student fee allocations. Eight organizations presented their side in a two-hour meeting. Only four of the eight groups requesting an increase, showing many groups are aware of the financial strain and willing to hold the line when it comes to funding. It was a student-led meeting with a variable 10-minute time limit for presentations and the "I think it's a great opportunity for any student, to let students be heard, as far as their money is spent' James Davis, Business and Economics Senator remaining five minutes for either education on what the organization was, or questions regarding how the groups could cope without additional funding. Returning students from previous years found a different tone this year in the meeting. Dan Schwab, WSU Student Body President, was involved in SFRC last year, and said he thinks everyone is feeling the budget crunch. Schwab noted the difference in requests. "We find some who are in dire straits and will need some help," he said, "but then there are some who don't need any increase at all." The eight groups presenting were: The Ethics Bowl, Mock Trial, Student Involvement and Leadership, Athletics, Services for Students with Disabilities, Davis Student Programs and Services, Davis Learning Center and Undergraduate Research. The Ethics Bowl asked for nothing above the regular base funding from what they received the previous year. Mock Trial requested an additional $565 increase from the previous year. The increase request explanation was due to supplies and equipment. The SFRC asked for clarification on what kind of supplies we're needed. The answer was pens, See Budget page 5 r - -i 7 PHOTOS BY BRYAN BUTTERFIELD I THE SIGNPOST r It- -U V v -" S'Vl- WSU Jazz combo plays live for Arts and Humanities week Members of the percussion section of the WSU Jazz band, called the Jazz Combo: WSU Alumni Zoltan Vegvari (right) on the piano, Clint Stranger (left) on the bass, Adam Kozlewski on the guitar and Ammon Turnblom on the drums (above). The Jazz combo, a scholarshiped group, played several jazz tunes in the Union Building Atrium Wednesday Jan. 27. The group, directed by WSU professor Don Keipp, will be holding auditions Feb. 1 3 and 20. T Findino the Frankenstein monster Philosopher discusses the inner workings of the mind of Mary Shelley's famous monster 1 SOURCE: lAILOKCA'k Frontispiece to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, published by Colburn and Bent-ley in London in 1 831 . This is a copy of a steel engraving printed in the book. By Ryan Hatch correspondent:! The Signpost "A huge, misshapen, grotesque creature with watery yellow eyes," is how Robert Fudge, assistant professor of philosophy at Weber State University, describes the creature featured in the classic book "Frankenstein." Fudge was the keynote speaker of a lecture about the book "Frankenstein." "The Creature Reads the Classics" as it was titled, focused on the influence that three books had on the creature in Maty Shelley's book. "Lives of the Noble Greek and Romans," "The Sorrows of Young Werthcr" and "Paradise Lost." The three books are found by the creature and help him learn how to be more human. The books teach an otherwise unlearned, uninformed creature about the way humans interact and behave in society. The books teach him about having a creator, government and the human condition. As the creature employs these characteristics he is rejected by society. "The creature is not able to develop a beautiful soul," Fudge said, "but is rejected and cannot obtain it." With the constant rejection, the creature begins to develop an attitude of hate for the people in society. This causes the creature to commit murders and eventually take his own life. Fudge spoke about the concept of physiognomy, which is learning something about someone's character just by looking at their face. People based all of their assumptions about the creature on his outward appearance. This is very applicable to society today. "It is not very plausible today, but happens all the time," Fudge said. Fie spoke about how in today's world we know that we should not base everything on a person's appearance, yet it is common in our everyday life. This event was one in a series of events featuring the book "Frankenstein." "Weber reads Frankenstein" is a program set up in order to get everyone in the community talking about the same thing. "I enjoy coming and listening to the speakers. It helps me to continue expanding my knowledge," said John Pearsons, a member of the Ogden community. "One book, one community, one purpose," is the motto of the program. About 30 people were present at Fudge's lecture. After the lecture, there was a brief period of questions and answers. This was See Monster page5 lens in Grief 2Q-yo"r ar.r.rvc rscry cf In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall, Weber State University's Honors Issues Forum will host "The Changing Face of Europe." The forum will explore the lives of faculty members who have- witnessed changes in their home countries during the past 20 years. Topics include the rise of the European Union, Russia's influence in the post-Soviet era and other challenges that continue to arise from the unification of East and West Germany. Professors scheduled to participate in the panel include Dan Bedford, Erika Daines, Doris Geide-Stevenson, Marek Matyjasik, Nicole Okazaki and Marjukka Ollilainen. The forum will be held in the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater at noon, Jan. 28. The event is free to the public. Visit www.weber. eduwsutoday for more information. UUnvUi I Out bail UkiIiuiiI Concurrent enrollment preview night for parents and students interested in coming to Weber State University is setforThursday, Feb. 12. Concurrent enrollment and AP courses is a Way for high school students to take college level courses and get a jump start on college credits. WSU concurrent enrollment program administrator, Beth Rhoades, said some participants get a bit overzealous, packing in the free college credits without any real plan. The preview night will help these students strategically plan out the credits they're taking. The event can accommodate up to 1,000 people, and pre-registration is requested and recommended. It will be held in the Shepherd Union Building at 5 p.m. Two breakout sessions from 5:50-6:20 and 6:30-7 p.m. will be offered after the welcome and general information. Breakout sessions will highlight areas such as health professions, education, business and general studies associate's degrees. Admission and parking is free to register, log onto weber.educoncurrent. Avalanche danger increased by storms Heavy snowfall in the past few days has caused avalanche danger in the Uintah Mountains to reach potentially lethal conditions. The Utah Avalanche Center released a statement Tuesday, informing recreationists that the snowpack almost doubled since last Thursday, and the new snow is over an already weak existing base. The most susceptible areas are northerly through easterly terrain. The statement said the degree of danger in one of these avalanches is "unsurvivable." Ski resorts perform avalanche control and close susceptible runs until the danger diminishes, and backcountry riding is ill advised at this time. So far this ski season, four people have died in avalanches.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-01-28, Vol. 79, No. 59|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|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.|