Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-03-181
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rjj- (C weber state un IVERSITY .V" See results of NIT ) Tournament See page 6 1 nn r1 i ) v .. r? .... . n Clock gets new LED lighting By Frances Kelsey managing editor I The Signpost The Weber State University Bell Tower is finally receiving a long overdue face-lift, and being fitted with new internal parts in order to get it back to proper working conditions. The Bell Tower, which has been turned off for nearly two years due to the remodeling of the Bell Tower Plaza, has not told the proper time for more than a day or two at a time for a few years now, but that will change by the end of the week. "Over the years the clock has become worn with time and movement and weather," said WSU Director of Facilities Management Jim Harris. "They've been stuck at 11:20 for a couple of years now, power Tower mostly because we turned the off when we were doing the Bel renovation." As the plaza was undergoing construction, the BellToweralso had a little work done. The organ for example, which used to be housed in the small glass room at the base of the tower, has made its new home in the Shepherd Union Building. The Bell Tower was built in 1972 and Harris said the motors that turn the hands were probably made around the same time. The plan is to put in new motors, replace the new hands and restart the clocks by this Friday. "The hands will be slightly larger or longer than the previous hands," Harris said. "We're illuminating the clock face with LEDs on the backsides of the hands. Previously we used 1,000-watt lights to illuminate the clock tower face." I Iarris said that by using LEDs instead of the spotlights that were placed on the tops of neighboring buildings, the LEDs will be VI t ! - J See Face-lift page 1 0 I'l lull J BY KKYAN BUI UKFIELIJ II II .(,,'0.sf Construction workers work on replacing the clock faces of the Stewart' Bell Tower Tuesday. The faces and internal mechanism were all replaced in order to make the time run correctly. The "face-lift" project should be completed by Friday. tor ihe women Women's Fair begins today By Heidi Le Baron news editor I The Signpost The women of Weber State University are celebrating Women's History Month in style this week. "Because it's Women's History Month," said Carol Merrill, director of the Women's Center, "we wanted to have one big event that would help to educate women on what's available on campus and in the community so what we've done is we have identified a variety of different agencies and organizations and businesses who meet the needs of women." Merrill said the Women's Center originally sent out 150 invitations to organizations, 40 of which responded and will be attending the fair. "We have a variety of everything," Merrill said, "from different vendors dealing with children's issues to finances: Just a real diverse variety." Merrill said there would be "door prizes like crazy." She said the Women's Center and sponsors See Women page 5 A wdDirlk if mi i ( " , . -X V . ; X V A I A 1 " ; ! - , v - . i " , v "- v 1 ...... - --- - it i i i wiiii 1 1 r-nrn. - .. .... ... PI IOIO BY BRYAN BUTTEKFIELD IHt iC.N'Oi Students focus intently on an art assignment on Tuesday, March 1 7. They were drawing the large art piece just inside the south entrace of Elizabeth Hall. The large group stayed focused on their subject, even as students were passing through the hallway. The group came from a beginning Art 1 1 1 0 class. Non-trad senator under fire Facebook statement leads to sanctions for Steven Pearce By Jessica Schreifels editor-in-chief I The Signpost A statement made on the popular networking site Facebook has put one WSU senator running for reelection under fire for making slanderous comments about other students running for election for the 2009-10 Senate positions. Steven Pearce, WSU's current non-traditional student senator, posted a status update on his Facebook profile calling a vote for the People Incorporated (PINC) Party (a group of students running together for election) a vote against civil rights. "Forget PINC, I bleed purple," his status read. "The PINC Party has a candidate who made a false accusation against a Muslim student and had him arrested for terrorism. A vote for the PINC Party is a vote against civil rights." Pearce's statement was in regards to a May 2008 incident in which Jared Olsen, a candidate in the PINC Party running for the same position as Pearce, called 911 and accused Pearce of making terrorist threats. Pearce was WSU police, according to WSU Police Sgt. Jim Wagner, for terrorist threats. Wagner said an officer was dispatched to University Village on May 4, 2008, when they received a call saying that Pearce was making threats to bring a gun to school and pistol whip people. The charges were dropped against Pearce, but not before he was taken to the Weber County Jail. The statement on Pearce's Slander is if you say something that is not truthful. I haven't said anything that is not truthful' Sleven Pearce, Non-traditional Student Senator Facebook did not sit well with members of the PINC Party. Brandon Marsh, a member of the PINC Party running for the Social and behavioral science postion, filed a grievance against Pearce. Marsh said Pearce was slandering members of the PINC Party, which violated the Section II of the 2009-2010 election packet, which prohibits candidates from spreading slander or falsehoods about fellow candidates. The elections committee held a hearing Tuesday to determine whether Pearce was in violation of the bylaw. During the hearing, Pearce See Senator page 5 Lay orfs in store Legislative session hits hard, WSU base cut of $12.2 million Legislature. By Molly Bennett correspondent I The Signpost After all is said and done in the 2009 Utah Legislative session, higher education institutions across the state will see a 17 percent base cut from the fiscal year (FY) 2010 budget, according to Weber State University President Ann Millner. That is a $12.2 million cut for WSU effective this July 1. Millner broke the news to WSU faculty and staff packed in the Shepherd Ballroom Monday during a report on the session, which ended last week. Millner's message evoked mixed reactions from the audience. "This is not as high as the number I gave you in January," Millner said, "which was closer to 19 percent. But clearly this is still significant." During what Millner said felt like the "longest legislative session," unprecedented budget cuts were made due to the state of the economy and Utah's falling revenue. "I have been here 27 years and have never seen this," Millner said. The news of next FY's 17 percent cut comes following the 7.5 percent budget cut from this FY 2009, a $5.4 million cut for WSU. But, Millner said there is a cushion for the fall in FY 2010. The Federal Stimulus money designated for education in Utah will be a one-time help of $5.7 million for WSU. She said it will allow time for WSU to get ready for next year's budget. See Lay-offs page 5 lens in Grief 2GGGJc:.:iS. EMnKlsy relic;; av.nlsd Weber State University English Professor Judy Flsley had been named the recipient of this year's John S. Hinckley Award. Elsley has taught at WSU since 1990. Elsley has mentored students as the Bachelor's of Integrated Studies program coordinator from 2000-07, and is currently director of the Honor's Program. Elsley is the author of two books and is co-editor of a third, and has authored four book chapters and 15 referenced articles. Since 1991, the Hinckley Award has been awarded to a member of the WSU faculty who has excelled in teaching, scholarship and service. L'icSsSle Ecstorn Awarensss Uesk This Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27 at Weber State University will see a focus on Palestine-Israel as part of Middle East Awareness Week. Monday, a film will be screened in the Union Building Wildcat Theater at 2 p.m. entitled, "Occupation 101." Wednesday, the film "Life in Occupied Palestine" will be screened, also in the Wildcat Theater, at 2:30 p.m. Thursday will see a discussion panel forum in the Union Building Ballroom C from 12 to 1:30 p.m., entitled "Utahns for a Just Peace in the Holy Land." The panel speakers at this event will be William Van Wanegaft, editor of the Mormon Walker, Salt Lake Community College Professor Josh Gold; and Frances ReMillard and Mahan Khalsa, founders of "Just Peace in the Holy Land." Wildlife Research Biologist toszseaK At 3 p.m. on Wed., March 18, Marsha Sovada will speak in the Shepherd Union Building, Room 404A. The topic she is covering is "Pelicans, Predators and Pathogens: Impacts on American White Pelican Colonies." According to a brief released for the event, American White Pelicans are particularly vulnerable to disease, disturbance, predation and weather events. Drastic changes in mortality rates from 2002-08 sparked a need for awareness into the matter. The event is free. Rock Band 0'Rsnia coming to catius Weber State University Campus Stores will hold Rockband-A-Rama 09' on Wednesday March 25 from 11:30 am to 1 pm in the Wildcat Theater. The event will be open to students, faculty and the WSU community. Admission is free. Team registration took place at the beginning of March through Facebook. Six bands will be competing for the title.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-03-18, Vol. 79, No. 76|
|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.|