Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-11-131
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CALENDAR 2 EDITORIAL 3 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 4 SPORTS 6 CLASSIFIEDS 7 O THE 1 934 3 Qw'V 2009 n II FRiDAYNOVEMBEis 152009' WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY WWW.WSUSIGNP0ST.COM 3 VOL 80 ISSUE 40 (LJ n.ni nnn s u u U uvJ U mm Mlcd 1 i i L.. L : ; r A person is vaccinated for HI N1 . The Weber-Morgan Health Department will administer the vaccines Nov. 1 6-17 at the Dee Events Center. Free shots for students By Cina Barker managing editor I The Signpost Starting Monday and running to Tuesday, the Weber-Morgan Health 'Department will be distributing the H1N1 vaccine at the Dee Events Center starting at 8 a.m. Roughly 6,000 shots will be available for the two days and will be divided into 3,000 shots each day. Students are encouraged to try to receive the vaccine because the traditional college student falls within the Center for Disease Control's target population. Guidelines outline five groups to receive the vaccine: pregnant worn- en, household contacts and caregivers for infants younger than 6 mondis old, all health care and emergency medical personnel, anyone ranging from 6 months old to 24 years and anyone 25 to 64 years old who has health conditions associated with higher risk for influenza. "We. plan on having about 3,000 doses each day," said Lori Buttars, public information officer for the Weber-Morgan Flealdi Department, "and it's hard to forecast what the crowd will be other than we know that the few times we have done mass vaccination clinics since the H 1 N 1 became available there was intense interest in it." Part of the reason Weber-Morgan Health Department has decided to hold the mass vaccination clinic at Weber State University is to encourage the "target group" students, stu- dents under 24 years of age, to get vaccinated. Students can receive the vaccine by showing up at 8 a.m. at the Dee Events Center, where the Weber-Morgan Health Department will be distributing tickets that allow H1N1 vaccine receivers to come back at a designated time to receive the shot. Shots will be distributed until 6 p.m. or as long as supplies last for each day. The department is breaking away from a long line waiting in the elements for the vaccine like previous mass vaccinations performed by the clinic. Now suidents just need a ticket with a designated time to return to the Dee Events Center and they can be inoculated. WSU Police will be present to help the Weber-Morgan Health See H1N1 page 5 FeldDims wdDirEdrnff nun r t r dhm o T20EAN The Signpost uncovers felons hired before new background check law By Cimaron Neugebauer news editor I The Signpost Since The Signpost began its investigation in May, three of the eight individuals with felonies or serious misdemeanors are no longer working for the university. The records provided by the university simply indicate the person no longer is employed and offered no additional explanation, despite another GRAMA request seeking termination or resignation letters. One employee with convictions leading to a combined jail time of more than 125 days during the latter part of 2007 and early 2008 left the unU versify on July 6; the individual had been convicted in 2007 of "attempted possession of a hoax weapon of mass destruction," a second-degree felony amended to third degree. The individual was also convicted of attempted recklessness of an incendiary device, asecond-degree felony, later amended to a third-degree felony. The individual was also found guilty a month earlier in 2007 for an unrelated case of attempted possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, a third-degree felony, and a conviction for illegal possession or use of a controlled substance, also a third-degree felony. Another individual ended employment with WSU on Sept. 4, according to a WSU Board of Trustees Human Resources agenda report. The university would not comment as to why this person is no longer working for WSU because of the matter being a personnel issue. The individual worked in the information systems technology department. Court records indicate the individual pleaded guilty to theft, a second-degree felony, and misuse of public money, a third-degree felony, in 2004. According to court records, the individual stole more than $8,000 from the University of Utah College of Business in 2003. Another former employee worked in Facilities Management. The individual was proven guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a third-degree felony, in 2007. Upon further investigation, The Signpost learned the individual had served 180 days jail time in 2007, taken the voluntary separation incentive program (VSIP) from WSU in May 2009 and retired early with at least a $12,000 payout. In early October 2009, the individual violated a 36-month probation and was again charged with See Felons page 5 Looking into criminal ' records By Cimaron Neugebauer news editor I The Signpost In spring of 2009, background checks became the law for all employees insecurity-sensitive positions at all universities in Utah, including Weber State University. Prior to those checks, WSU relied primarily on the self-reporting of employees. In an investigation spanning many months, The Signpost sought to ascertain if felons were employed by the university before background checks were imposed. The answer we found is yes. At least eight employees have been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor pleaded down from a felony, and charges range from sexual assault to fraud, to possession of a "hoax weapon of mass destruction." See Records page 5 im;ui: FACILITIES MANAGEMENT - Charged wrth driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs 3rd-degree felony. Case is current) ongortg Year cf offense: October 2009 Drivsrg under fie influence of afcohotAjrugs 3rckJegree felony Year of offense: 2006 FACILITIES MANAGEMENT Attempted possession witi intent to distribute a controled substance 3rd-degree felony Illegal possessionAJse of controlled substance 3rd-degree felony Year of offense: 2007 Attempted possession of hoax weapon of mass destuction 2nd-degree felony (amended) to 3rd-degree felony Attempted recklessness - incendiary device 2xMegree felony (amended) to 3rd-degree felony Year of offense: 2007 INFORMATION SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY Theft 2nd-degree felony Misuse of pubfic money 3rd-degree felony Year ct offense: 2003 HUMAN RESOURCES Attempted sex abuse of a child a 3rd-degree felony, (amended) to lewdness class B misdemeanor Attempted use or possession of drug paraphemaSa a class A misdemeanor. Year of offense: 2001 COLLEGE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS Failure to stoprespond at command of poice 3rd-degree tetany (amended) to class B misdemeanor. UntawfJ purcrexKsessicnfconsurnpion of alcohol by a minor ( amended) to class B misdemeanor Yearof offense: 1999 FACILITIES MANAGEMENT Forcible sexual abuse 2nd-degree felony pleaded down to a dass A misdemeanor Yearof offense: 1999 COLLEGE OF EDUCATION Forgery 3rd-degree felony pleaded down to a class A misdemeanor Yearof offense: 1997 Attempted ilegal posse ssicnAjse of a coriroted substance 3rd-degree felony pleaded down to a dass A misdemeanor Yearof offense: 1995 COMPUTING SUPPORT Attempted burglary 3rd-degree felony pleaded down to a dass A misdemeanor Theft class A misdemeanor Yearof offense: 1994 GRAPHIC l)V HUNim SAIZ SK.N'OiJ Senator and Congressm an support WSU s Bennett supports community food drive By Jenelle Green corresX)ndcnt 1 77?e Signpost A number of organizations have teamed up to help stop hunger for the holidays in northern Utah. There will be decorated food barrels in different areas along the Weber State University campus to drop non-perishable food items. The food drive runs from Nov. 9 until Nov. 21 to get die food out to families in need. The groups involved include Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), a nonprofit business organization that aims to educate people on different business concepts; the Society for Human Resource Management (SIIRM); the WSU Business Department; Catholic Community Senices; the Utah Food Rank and United Way. "We have seen a 20 percent increase in the number of households needing assis- i v. HK 1)1: RIU ID I ' II I :.- I Senator Bob Bennett carries a frozen turkey to donate to the food drive. tanre," said Marcie Yaldez, the director of Catholic Community Senices of Northern Utah. "Our goal is to make sure that every family in need of assistance See Food Drive page 5 enice Bishop visits campus to thank veterans By Brad Williams correspondent I The Signpost The Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program at Weber State University hosted an open house in campus annex 12 in honor of veterans. Donna Rigby, director of VUB, was welcomed by WSU President Ann Millner and Congressman Rob Bishop of Utah's 1st congressional district after the presentation of the colors by the WSU color guard. Opening remarks were made by Millner, who thanked the veterans from WSU and the surrounding community for their sacrifice and their participation in the open house. "You have made a difference, on this campus and in this community," said Millner in her brief speech. "Now we want to help you progress and receive an education that will benefit you and the community. On behalf of Weber State, we would like to thank all those veterans here on campus and the Ogden community for your service."VUB has been on campus for more than twenty years. It took over annex 12 in See Veterans page 5 v t i A I1K1AN. lit) I II Kl II LI) U.S. Congressman Rob Bishop looks on during the VUB open house event on Thursday.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-11-13, Vol. 80, No. 40|
|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.|