Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-02-181
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VVSU basketball heads to Big Sky Tournament See page 6 ITY V: n rJg (C WEBER STATE UN1VERS l k LI All WSU locations closed Tuesday night, classes canceled By The Signpost staff Weber State University evening classes were cancelled on Tuesday when snow finally overwhelmed snow removal crews and police were inundated with calls for weather-related accidents and problems. The snow started falling at 5 a.m. and accumulated nearly one inch every hour, all day long. Facilities Management issued an all-hands call to 250 employees, including custodians, to come and help with shoveling. Kevin Hansen is the Vice President of Facilities Management, but yesterday picked up a shovel with the rest of his crew and shoveled for more than five hours. "My back doesn't want to guess how many pounds we've shoveled," he said laughing, during a brief late-afternoon rest. According to Hansen, the storm started at the worst possible time: too late to cancel classes but right at the time people were headed to campus. "We would plow an aisle way in the parking lots," Hansen said, "and would create windows that then caused the vehicles that were parked there to get stuck, so we had to help hand dig out their vehicles." Most of the employees used shovels; the university has a limited amount of motorized snow removal equipment, including one backhoe, two one-ton trucks with spreaders and blades, several light trucks and all-terrain vehicles with blades as well as a couple of snow blowers. That equipment and many shovels are responsible for parking lots, including the Dee Event Center, roads in and out of campus, as well as all the walkways and stairs. "We're such a low priority with the state highway system," Flansen said, "that if we waited for the state to clear Edvalson and Dixon Drives, we would never get them cleared, so we take care of those roads as well as the rest of campus." Even then, Dixon got so treacherous that it was closed for 45 minutes during rush hour in the morning, with multiple slide offs, including a UTA bus. "In the afternoon, I made a recommendation to Vice President Tarbox and President Millner that this thing was beating us to death, and we just couldn't stay ahead of it," Hansen said. "I recommended that we close campus, so we could clear the parking lots, and try to get some heavy equipment in here with contractors and get the parking lots and roadways cleared, so that hopefully on Wednesday we could have classes." Campus police also called in every available officer. They responded to nearly 20 accidents. Police Chief Dane LeBlanc said all the accidents were minor, mostly slide offs, but there were many calls coming quickly. See Storm page 1 0 "t I ! i . - - . y 1 t " . y . !! :1 1 . u i I u f 5 i i PHOTOS BY BRYAN BUTTERFIELD THE SIGNPOST (Top) Weber State University students make their way to and from class during yesterday's snow storm. (Left) WSU students walk out into the storm from Elizabeth Hall as a WSU employee attempts to keep ahead of the storm and clear the sidewalks. Students, faculty and staff can receive notifications of campus closures or other emergencies through Code Purple on their WSU portal online. WSU Olympian inspires selflessness Lindsey Anderson shares insights from Olympic experience By Heidi Le Baron news editor I The Signpost When Weber State University alumna lindsey Anderson first arrived at the Olympic village in Beijing, she said she felt a little overwhelmed. 'At first it was just really intimidating," Anderson said, "but after you kind of relax, everything is just really exciting." Anderson was the first WSU alumnus to compete in the Olympic games. She spoke to a rcligious group of approximately 200 students at the Ogden LDS Institute of Religion Tuesday, Feb. 17. Anderson emphasized die importance of remembering others as she trained for the Olympics. "The best part about a competition in any sport but especially running,'' Anderson said, "is uiatypuarepushingcnluTS and other people are pushing you to accomplish things that you never thought youwerecapable of doing." She said she would purposely pick races that she knew she wouldn't likely win, but that other competitors Lindsey Anderson would push her to run faster times. "It's important to remember that we can't do it alone," she said. Anderson described how she thought anyone could apply that principle in all aspects of life. "All of us have that natural tendency to be competitive," Anderson said, "as we want to make ourselves better. But we have to remember it is just to make each other better; we want to make ourselves better but we have to remember to help others as well." Anderson also explained the situation from a spiritual perspective, sharing an experience involving her roommate in the Olympic Village. Anderson and her roommate were discussing the purpose of a sports psychologist. Anderson's roommate was struggling because she wanted him with her at the competition in Beijing but she had trouble with the money. Anderson's roommate said her psychologist helped her roommate be confident when she faced a competition. "As she was talking about it," Anderson said, "I had this thought come to mind: we all have the opportunity to have the ultimate team of sports psychologists in our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost." She said everyone benefits from them as a source of strength and peace. "We don't have to set up an appointment with them," Anderson said, "we don't have to pay for them to fly across the world, but you have that opportunity, if you remember them, to have that influence with you always." Ryan Bitters, a member of the Ogden LDS Institute Student Council, said he was touched by her message of remembering others. See Anderson page 5 Friday the 13th, chocolate and van ifjil CO V I i , fV --- I'HOIOBI tRll U'KNLR i I ll si , A 1 s Weber State University students Josh Marcus and Allison Shell enjoy the chocolate fountain at the Choc'tail party screening of 'Twilight' last Friday. The perfect recipe for a non-traditional Valentine's Day activity Ry Eric Turner sr. reporter I The Signpost More than 50 Weber State University nontraditional students and family members gathered together Friday night to celebrate Valentine's Day by socializing, eating chocolate, listening tn live nuiMC and watching the 2008 box office hit movie 'Twilight." Planned and coordinated by the Nontraditional Student Center and the Pinnacle Honors Society, the evening began at 6 p.m. when the inspirational musical trio "I Ieartbound" took the stage in the Shepherd Union Ballroom. The three musicians, Me'Chel Musgrave (48), Lori Hales (51) of Ogden and Debbie Bastian (50) of Centerville have strong ties to the WSU community Musgrave's father is a recently retired professor of psychology, her husband is a WSU graduate in communication, and she has two children, 21 -year-old Carter and 23-ycar-old k'atee Payne, who are current students at the university. Bastian is a 1978 graduate of the WSU teaching program. "We really feel that Weber State has done a lot for our families and for the community," Musgrave said. "It was a fabulous opportunity for us to give something back." The group has performed together for more than 20 years at enues all around the nation. The goal of their music, according to their mission statement is to "(Reach) out with music to speak to the soul, give hope to the heart and spread joy for the journey." "I'm kind of a Rock'n' Roll man myself, but I can't complain about the music since it is free," said 24 -year-old WSU psychology' sophomore Allen Dickinson. See Chocolate page 5 SFRC Deliberations cause tension By Cimaron Neugebauer sr.' reporter I The Signpost Tension was high and opinions varied for many during the first deliberation meeting last Friday. After a rigorous three weeks of presentations from various groups, the Weber State University Student Fee Recommendation Committee (SFRC) opened a formal deliberation meeting. During the first presentation meeting, James Davis said, "I hear the hard part is during the deliberations meeting, I'm not looking forward to that." That time is now. Turning a few loaves of bread and fishes into enough to feed thousands is the comparison used by SFRC members to describe the task ahead. The committee has only $140,573 to allocate to requesting organizations. The amount requested from all organizations was a combined total of $204,411. Because of the disparity between what is requested and what can actually be allocated, the committee must deliberate and agree where to cut and what to cut. The meeting opened using a formal Parliamentary procedure known as Robert's Rules of Order, i he procedure was directed by Student Body Officer Dan Schwab. The purpose of the procedure was to avoid confrontation and shouting matches, which commonly happen in a heated debate. In every motion that was passed, another individual needed to second the motion and then the committee would vote on whether to proceed or stop the discussion on a matter. "It was a little bit messy to be honest," said SI'RC member Chris Iientley. "There is a book about 500 pages long with all the rules, so I don't expect everyone to know all the rules...I w as glad I was there to clarify the rules." With Bentley's previous experience as legislative vice-president and involvement running senate meetings, the procedures become second nature for him. See SFRC page 5 Hons in Brief WSU COAST to award six scholarships Weber State University's Department of Computer Electronics Engineering Technology is prepared to award six scholarships to interested participants at an event to be held at WSU on Feb 25. The event is designed to encourage women to pursue trade and technical careers. The WSU College of Applied Science and Technology (COAST) is hosting the event along with the Davis Applied Technology College and the Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College. "Explore the Possibilities: Women in Trades and Technology" will be held in the Lind Lecture Hall from 5-8:30 p.m. The activities scheduled include make-and-take projects, a job fair and workshops focusing on careers in automotive, carpentry, electronics, engineering, plumbing and others. GSC Foundries Human Resource Manager Stacee Pederson will give the keynote address at 5:30, addressing the need for qualified employees in trade and technical sales. The event is free and open to all female high school students and their parents, as we as all college women. Space is limited to the first 150 students to register. To pre-register for the event and also for a chance to win an MP3 player, call COAST recruiter Rainie Ingram at 801-626-7785. Outdoor stewardship crurirGRKiSRtftl panel An outdoor stewardship panel discussion, hosted by Weber State University's Environmental Issues committee will be held at noon on Feb. 24 in the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater. The panel will address Ogden's growing status as an outdoor mecca with the addition of recreation companies like Descenle and Amer Sports and how the enthusiasm of outdoor could change the local wilderness areas and political landscape. Panelists include Ogden City Mayor Malt Godfrey; Peter Metcalf, President and CLO of Black Diamond Equipment; Jeremy Town, finance manger for Amer Sports; and Mary Hall, treasurer of Weber Pathways; Kri Dunn, outlet regional manager for Patagonia. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Dan Bedford, associate geography professor, at f!01-r;2-80') ordbedfonk'o weber.edu. IVSU Hcr.crs Program hasts Stress class WSU's I lonors program is hosting a Food for 'I bought session entitled "Dealing with Stress" featuring associate health promotion human performance professor Michael Olpin. The seminar will be today, Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. in the Stewart library I lonors Center Room 225. It is free to attend.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-02-18, Vol. 79, No. 67|
|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.|