Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-10-221
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O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY I lockey learn sweeps at Western C L i " ' - - - III! II " f I i rn OUL 1 1 M U CM, r .--l r :;- ) - J - - - - - en 3 1 (fill aiQO tiV Psycology professor shares message as if it were final lecture By Ashley Salvador business editor I The Signpost If Maria Parrilla de Kokal were to give her last lecture, she would tell people about the importance of an education. She titled her lecture "Education: The Key to Freedom." Kokal has done a variety of tilings at Weber State University, including working as a counselor in the Multicultural Educational Resource Center and Women's Educational Resource Center, and teaching in the Psychology Department and a broad range of Diversity classes. Her idea was that each person holds keys capable of opening many different locks holding different futures, whether they are good or bad, or help a person prosper. The possibilities are endless when good knowledge is applied. The keys handed to a person in life can help them succeed. "If education is the key to freedom, then the key must go in something, like a lock, or a box, or a door," Kokal said. "This lock can hold good tilings, things we may be afraid of. Sometimes the key is used to open a lock, that opens up die world to us." Kokal was the featured speaker at the "Last Lecture," a large part of the annual Faculty Forum at WSU. Faculty submitted a lecture they would give if it were their last lecture ever. The last lecture entails involves their best life learned lessons and stories. This year, Kokal's lecture was selected. Kokal was bom in Puerto Rico, and her family moved to Utah as a teenager. She attended WSU, where she obtained a Bachelor of Aits and Master of Science degree in clinical psychology. Kokal explained how her large Latino background helped shape the person she is today. She listed certain people in her life that opened the doorway to an education, and thus a better future. 1 lor grandmother raised seven children on her own after her husband died at the age of 35. She remembers, as a young girl, her grandmother telling her how important family is. 1 ler family plays one major role in her life. I ler mother and father supported her every step of the way during her education, even when others doubled her. She described her late husband as her soul mate and life partner. He taught her a lot, and was a caring and gentle person. I le was a major key in her life and success, and still lives on with her. "I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn," said Aaron Evans, a Spanish major in his senior year. "I'm preparing my own symposium, and I really wanted to see how one was presented. Maria Parrilla de Kokal did a great job in her presentation." The Faculty Forum held various readings by other professors, and a poster display throughout the day. The Weber State Univerisity fifth annual Faculty Forum showcased a variety writings, posters, faculty research and lectures presented by WSU Faculty. It celebrated scholarship t J i ' ' Mm -Mini II . . I'l IOIU HY CATHERINE MORTIMER I Ht iK.NHJil Maria Kokal gives her "Last Lecture" Tuesday. and creative activities, and displayed WSU's character, faculty research, and advances in research. "It's a great way to read your writing, and its not very threatening," said Debi Sheridan, WSU English professor. "People are really supportive." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. Markets pinch student pockets Economic rollercoaster makes student loans harder to come by Rhythm of diversity By Jared Benware correspondent I The Signpost Since the stock market crash in recent weeks, it is possible students at Weber State University looking for loans may face obstacles in the form of higher interest rates and tougher standards when applying for a loan. Stocks on Wall Street have been on a roller coaster ride during the last month and students at Weber State University are wondering how the stock market's recent downward spiral will affect student loans. The recent credit crisis has put a halt on students nationwide looking for financial help from lenders. Some lenders have stopped disbursing new student loans altogether. "It is impossible to know what will happen next," said Norm Tarbox, Vice President of Weber State Administrative Services. "I have seen some things in the last two weeks that I thought I'd never see in the markets." Even though some unprecedented events have taken place on Wall Street, Tarbox said he still feels confident about the future of student loans. "The federal government is as committed to higher education as much as anything they do," Tarbox said. "They view the guaranteed student loan program as crucial and will take the steps within their power to ensure it continues to function." Lenders in Utah also feel optimistic the distribution and terms of loans will remain the same. "For the current time-being at least, student loans will continue to be disbursed normally," said Diane Rabitoy of Borrower Services at Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority. "There have been no changes in amount or frequency of student loans based on current circumstances." The Utah Higher Education . Assistance Authority (UHEAA) is an organization administering Utah's student financial aid programs, including the government student loan guarantee program and . secondary market, as well as state need-based financial aid. UHEAA insists they have enough funds to get through the rest of this school year. While lenders around the country are ceasing to originate student loans, only one Utah bank, Zions Bank, has discontinued initiating new loans. Advisers at the Weber State Financial Aid office also share a positive view about the future of student loans for Weber State students. "The Financial Aid Offices have been assured that access to student loan funding for See Market page 9 1 1 i i ( 1 f v SOL.KCt. VVAliAMl.tUb James Makubuya (right) teaches diversity through music at Wabash University in groups such as Endongo Ensemble (above). Makubuya will be the keynote speaker for the WSU Diversity conference. 1 0th annual conference to focus on the role of music in shaping cultures By Matt Deamer correspondent I The Signpost Students who enjoy music don't have to go to a local rock concert or take a music appreciation class in order to learn more about rhythm. Now they have a chance to learn more about music and diversity as part of an approaching conference coming to Weber State University. WSU's Diversity Conference will offer students, faculty and members of the community the chance to learn, and hear different types of music styles from cultures all around the world. The Diversity Conference hopes to enlighten, excite and entertain audiences of all ages. 1 V l . v. . . .. - -" , ; -.1 I "I hope students, faculty and staff will all decide to attend as well as our community partners," said Adrienne Gillespie, coordinator for the WSU Center for Diversity and co-chair of the upcoming Music Diversity Conference. "Every year it just gets better and better." Gillespie is one of several people in charge of this year's upcoming Diversity Conference. This year's event will have a music agenda program with a theme entitled "Diversity and Music: Telling Stories, Shaping Culture and Transforming Lives." This year's Diversity Conference is just one tool helping educate people on how music has shaped See Diversity page 9 Senate discusses veterans parking and Sodexho ' ; 1" t , ' " ... , . " - i .. . . ; , ..- -i .1 ' v v ' r .... ;- f PI IOIO HY CHRIS BROWN till SK.NI'OSI Dani Olsen, student senate secretary, takes notes as Legislative President Tyler Lathem and Senate Faculty Adviser Aaron Newman discuss a resolution to the parking pass lottery issue with veteran students. By Chris Brown correspondent 1 The Signpost The Weber State University Student Senate sat down Monday with Bill Fruth, the Shepherd Union Building director; Keith Murray, the director of dining services; and Norm Tarbox, WSU vice president of administrative services. Together they discussed dining services and Union building fees over a luncheon and then listened to Tarbox discuss the $3 million dollar budget cut. The Senate first sat down to lunch with Fruth and Murray. During the luncheon, senate members brought up their concerns about the food plans and Wildcard prices. The biggest concern was over the residence halls. Residents in Promontory Tower and Wasatch Flail are required to have a meal plan. However, the only food service available in the residence halls in the evening is the C-store, a small convenience outlet located on the main floor of Promontory Tower. "There is a mad rush in the C-store before it shuts down because we don't have any other available options," said WSU Legislative President Tyler Lathem. This year, Sodexho made food service available on the weekends with "Lotsa" Pizza & Pasta open from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. "Tlie residents didn't have that option last year," Murray said. "This year, there is enough demand that we can have 'Lotsa' open." ' Fruth said the residents will soon have the option of eating off campus. Off Campus Solution is a company that works with local eateries, merging the wildcard system with the local cashier systems. "This system will allow residents to use some of their meal plan off campus at the local restaurants," Fruth said. The senate filed in to the senate room with Tarbox to discuss the three million dollar budget cut. In the beginning of October, the State Senate reduced Weber State University's budget from $ 1 20 million to $ 1 17 million. This is a four percent budget cut for the university. "This will mean a slow down in some upcoming projects for WSU," Tarbox said. "However, the Stewart Bell Tower project, Elizabeth Hall, and the Hurst Center will continue as planned." See Senate page 9 Mens in Grief Arson suspect in Ogden fires arrested Ogden Police arrested 47-year-old Marianne , Mancuso Monday evening on suspicion of arson. Mancuso was booked into the Weber County jail after Ogden lire Department investigators said they believe they can tie Mancuso to four fires started in vacant homes in the past three weeks. As many as nine fires have been reported in the area in the same amount of time. The area is an Ogden neighborhood going through redevelopment and the homes were scheduled for demolition, part of the Ogden River Project area. Mancuso lives in an apartment in the same area and reported one of the fires to the authorities, though details on how Mancuso was apprehended have not been released. However, the arrest came almost immediately before another fire was reported, of which Ogden authorities said they suspect Mancuso to be responsible as well. The fire was quickly extinguished, and if tied to Mancuso would add a fifth felony count. The Ogden City Fire Department said Mancuso admitted to starting the fires to speed up demolition for the homes and further the construction portion of the Ogden River Project. Mancuso currently faces four counts of second-degree felony arson. According to Utah court records, Mancuso has past convictions in Utah for theft, reckless driving and altering a medical prescription. Major Fest 2008 coming to campus Weber State University's Major fest will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballrooms. This event has attracted 3,000 students in the past and is aimed at helping current WSU students decide on a program of study. Current and prospective students can attend Major Fest to explore hundreds of programs of study. Representatives from WSU's academic colleges will be available to discuss majors, answer questions and explore career paths. Those who attend who are either current or prospective students may enter a raffle to win various prizes including a $75 WSU bookstore certificate. For more information about Major Fest, call 626-6752 and select option 5, or visit weber.eduaacmajor-fest2007WSU KookeySpookey Family Fun Karnival Saturday, October 25, Weber State University Ogden Campus will sponsor the Kookey Spooky Karnival in the Student Union Building Ballrooms from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The event, put on by the Weber State University Student Association is designed for family fun and will be free to all who wish to attend. It will feature a magic show geared toward children. There will also be face painting, balloon tying, crafts and a bounce house. Karnival workers will also provide refreshments for those in attendance.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2008-10-22, Vol. 79, No. 31|
|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.|