Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-09-091
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AT a GLANCE EDITORIAL BUSINESS & SCIENCE SPORTS . CLASSIFIEDS Football seven points short in opener at Wyoming see page ft n VOL 80 ISSUE 13 WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2009 WWW.WSUSIGNP0ST.COM Tl O THE Qr-p It First Tier milzn increases for 2009-2010 scftacl y With a 7.5 feigner education budget cut statewide, schools S hnnn nipnri fiiitinn In nhrnrh ennin nf tho hllHflPf Pitt offj5f C 3 Is 'to ha 09 $385 uvu U3 S2 s ra C9 x: $172 to w 09 '5 09 CO w trj a ja oj $173 C k- S9 S3 C3 $193 09 09 C9 3 o es $167 09 CJI 09 c5 u 09 re - CO 09 '3 $173 rz ra to CO 09 en 09 u $152 09 09 C3 5 $244 u CJ SC8 tern $300' $2C3 $103 ouuu-au u u u w, mm A 9 percent decrease in university budget and increased enrollment on campus collide GRAPHIC B HUNTER SAIZj ( HCM'iKl By James Dohnert news reporter I Vie Signjmt The economic recession has fully ingrained itself in the fate of the American university system. In 2009, Weber State University experienced a tuition increase, a growing enrollment rate and a decrease in the budget, all in the same semester. Numbers across the board have fluctuated as the university has started to cope with an economy in crisis. "This has been the most difficult round of budget cuts that the university has ever had to take," said Vice President for Administrative Services, Norm Tarbox. For the second' straight year the school's budget was cut, with a reduction of over $6 million this year and a $3 million decline last year. That is a 9 percent decrease in the 2009-2010 fiscal year, and a 4 percent decrease in 2008-2009. Every department has cut their budget. Salaries, benefits and positions were lost as WSU tried to cope with a decline in government funding. "Everyone shared in the pain," said Director of Budget & Investments , Brian L Shuppy. This year there were five layoffs and approximately 85 positions left vacant. 50 university staff members took an incentive package to leave early with another 50 leaving their position of attrition. Administration Services alone saw an increase in vacant positions in the shuttle bus, athletics, custodial, landscaping, police, human resources, financial services, bookstore and institutional research departments. These cuts came in a year that university enrollment increased by more than 1,000 students in the fall semester. WSU expects enrollment to be at its highest ever. "The economy has an influence on enrollment numbers," said Institutional Analyst Steve C. Jones. Many Americans are going back to school in response to losing their jobs in a dwindling economy. The Obama administration's stimulus package gave appropriations offering money that allowed people to return to school during this economic decline. There are also tax credits available to citizens who decide they want to advance their education. People are choosing to go back to school even inaclimatethatsawatuition increase in the state of Utah. This fall WSU raised tuition by about 7 percent, making it the most expensive it has ever been. "It's our desire to make Weber State affordable," Tarbox said. The tuition setting process is a See Pain page 5 melding down economics Departments, programs and organizations all experience the effect of narrowed finances By Jessie Holmes news reporter 1 77ie Signpost Recent budget cuts are having an impact at Weber State University. WSU had a jump in enrollment this year. Vice President of Administrative Services, Norm Tarbox, said WSU has about 1,000 "All the departments were caught off guard," said Amy Archibald, Textbook Manager of the WSU Bookstore. "We have a department that's 25 percent higher in students than they anticipated. The first day of school we were like one-fourth of the quantity still missing because ... we weren't planning on them having 500 people." Archibald said the healm science students more man last year. , aeDartment saw the most substantial "A lot of classes were filled," Tarboxjjaid. ep xiie possibility of such an increase was communicated to the bookstore, so Archibald said they stocked up on health Science relatedhooks, so they did not run out of copies-forstudents in that subject. In other subjects, Archibald said they didn't have as much luck. The bookstore tried to get books sent Uvfr-day air, but some of the publishers were even sold out. This high-enrollment phenomenon js happening all over the eountiy and theublishers were running out of copies of the bjooks. Ariother effect of the recent budget cuts is Ihe-riW shuttlesystem. The old shuttle buses transferred students from the Dee Events Center to several stops around campus and back-te-tne Dee Events Center. Tarbox said new shuttles are "smaller buses, less expensive, more fuel efficient (and) ran by "We had a lot of full courses this fallihat were closed because of the numbers of students. We've added some sections to try and accommodate the growth." ( Even though WSU has added classes tip accommodate more students, they have had to freeze positions (leave vacant positions open) and consolidate other positions. "You have more students, butthesame amount of resources," said Vice President of Student Affairs, Jan WinnifordjWe just have to serve more sttiderrtswfthlhe same number of staff that we have' j Students and Organizations used to have a full-time position, but not anymore. Faculty members have to take on morewofktiian they typically would. "We are just trying to pull together, tryin; to be supportive through this current budger" crisis," said Adrienne Gillespie, Diversity and Student Programs Coordinator. "But it does mean that we're spread out really thin." The WSU Bookstore has gotten bombarded with requests for textbooks because of high enrollment. compressed natural gas." "The majority of students that I have heard from ... are pleased with the change," Tarbox said. Not all effects are quite so noticeable. See Trickling page 5 From kidney failure to success Student transplant recipient wins gold medal in bowling tournament in Australia By Spencer Garn news reporter I The Signpost When he was 19, Rick Lilly's kidneys gave in after a lifelong battle with Hydronephrosis. Even though his kidneys gave in, Lilly did not. Instead, he married five years later, had two children and is now a student at Weber State University. "For the first 19 years of my life, I went through life with a pain in my side," said Lilly, a senior in microbiology. "I had a congenital defect when I was born that caused my kidneys to swell to the size of flat footballs." Dilated and nonfunctioning, Lilly's kidneys were removed and he was placed on dialysis, for four months. Following dialysis, Lilly received a kidney from his father, Bennie Lilly. "I felt better immediately after having a huge surgery than I did the first 19 years of my life," he said. "And that's with a huge incision in my side." Fred Meaders, Lilly's bowling coach at WSU, said he has been impressed with Lilly's attitude toward life and bowling. " (His health) didn't make him bitter like it does some people," Meaders said. "It just made him realize and cherish every minute he's got in life." After receiving his transplant, Lilly recognized an opportunity to participate in a bowling match with other transplant recipients from around the world. At the end of August, Lilly travelled to the 17th annual World Transplant Games (WTG) in Australia. There, his bowling talents took him all the way to a decisive tenth frame against Greek world record holder Konstantino Mokkas. Before Lilly's first shot of the tenth frame, Mokkas had hit seven straight strikes, and with just a spare separating the two competitors, the gold medalist was about to be determined in only a few shots. n r - ' -f V 1 , ' ' !1 ) ' i-t. - ! ;tA i.......... 1 Til i l -' PHOIO B BKAN BUUtRHtLD J ( IL 1 WSU student Rick Lilly stands outside Wildcat Lanes wearing a gold and silver medal he won at the WTG in August. After two strikes, Lilly's wife Emily looked on as he bowled his final shot. "I was holding my breath," Emily said. "I was sitting with two others both holding their breath, and he let the ball go ... and I watched it roll down the lane and hit right into the pocket (for a third strike). It was pretty cool." See Success page 5 "As you prepare you never know what they're going to look at," Trujillo said. "We wanted to make sure we had adequate representation for clinical work, and they were overwhelmingly impressed when everyone had positive things to say about the program." The program is relatively new compared to other programs across the country, but the department was able to show their strengths and learn from the accreditation experience. "The accreditation validates that we are doing a good job," Gardiner said. "They even ran out of space on the comment sheet. That shows our work the past 4 or 5 years has paid off." Many people participated and were represented at the accreditation including students, . i : ! s ; . 7 - i taking a deep breath in the health and science department Respiratory therapy program goes through rigorous accreditation process and passes By Camille Safsten news reporter 1 77ie Signpost The Respiratory Therapy department has not gone through the accreditation process for more than 10 years, but recently the department faced the anxiety of having the future of the program under scrutiny. The program that started in 1974 last saw the accreditation body in 1998. Paul Eberle, chair of the Respiratory Therapy department said the process is "a huge deal." "Overall we were not nervous and everything went well," Eberle said. "The program has grown a lot in the past five years and we were able to show that." Janelle Gardiner and Lisa Trujillo are faculty members in the department and share a large role in the growth and success of the department. A -J lis . y See Breath page 5 Members of the respiratory therapy program practice on a mannequin in the Marriott Allied Health Building.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-09-09, Vol. 80, No. 13|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University|
|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.|