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PurpleWhite Game addresses offense See page 8 WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY rr rnploye W UQu The(P 1 -y r 1 S . a benefit II i ! i Hi 1 'J f PHOTO BY ERIC TURNER THE SICNI'OST Survivors finish the first lap around the Duck Pond at WSU for the Relay for Life Friday evening. Relay teams continued long into the night raising money and awareness for cancer research. Relay draws in community to support a cure for cancer By Eric Turner correspondent I The Signpost The war against cancer came to campus Friday night at the 4th annual Relay for Life of Weber State University. Organized by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and several of the girls in the Delta Chi Omega sorority, this relay was only one of the 40 relays held in Utah and 5,000 relays held in the United States each year. Paula Axelrod, a district executive in the ACS's Great West Division, said the Relay for Life is not only the ACS's largest fundraising event, but that it is also the largest fund raising event in the world yielding global annual contributions of more than $300 million. She said this district, which consists of Utah and parts of Wyoming and Idaho, raises $2 million each year. "Every dollar we make is a dollar more we use to support a winning war," Axelrod said, "and every step we take brings us one step closer to a future where cancer is a sickness that can be cured with a daily pill. "We have to believe we are making a difference. We have to believe that that day is on the horizon." Marie Kotter, the department chair in the WSU See Relay page 9 coses increase No state funding for increase in cost takes a toll on higher-ed Legislature i By Molly Bennett correspondent I The Signpost Weber State University, as well as all higher education institutions, is not getting any state funding to help cover the cost of the increase in employee medical and dental benefits. "They left us on our own to manage it," said WSU Legislative Liaison Brad Mortensen. That means WSU is on its own in helping cover the 15-percent total increase in employee health benefit' plan this year. Ihe governor had recommended some additional funding in that area, Mortensen said. "We were hopeful," he said, "but in the disparity of the economic downturn, it's what they had to do." Mortensen said legislators would have had to take a deeper "We were hopeful, but in the disparity of the economic downturn, it's what they had to do' Brad Mortensen, WSU Legislative Liaison budget cut in order to get money for funding medical benefit increases. Mortensen said second-tier tuition money that has been raised will go to a portion of the increase. "The other 10 percent will be covered through some design changes," Mortensen said. In the five years Travis Hampshire has been in the WSU Human Resource office, he said the cost of insurance has always gone up. He said there has been years where the Utah Legislature gave WSU enough money so the employee didn't have to pay more. Hampshire is the benefit compensation and wellness manager in the Human Resource office. In the past, Hampshire said, . WSU employees paid 7 percent of the premium. This year they will pay 9 percent. The changes are happening across the board, or to everyone who has the benefits. See Benefit page 9 -oluteon for the "Weber Shuffle" New registrar's office to minimize problems "The biggest thing we tried to eliminate was the Weber Shuffle; going from office to office and not getting what they need. By Cimaron Neugebauer sr news reporter I The Signpost The "Weber Shuffle" may be eliminated. In the past, the graduation office was in one spot, while registration was downstairs, leaving the records department upstairs. "Imagine running three offices," said Casey Bullock, associate registrar at WSU. "It's pretty difficult to do. We wanted to streamline our processes so that things would run a little faster, but be able to serve the students at a full capacity." Last year, directors and staff of the Student Service Center discussed moving all departments together in one convenient location by asking, "how can we better serve the students?" With a few creative ideas from the staff, that is exactly what they did. "The biggest thing we tried to eliminate was the Weber Shuffle; going from office to office and not getting what they need," Bullock said. Tanya Scott, workstudy supervisor at WSU, was a part of developing the Registrar's Solution Center. The goal at the RSC is to provide exceptional customer service with a one-stop philosophy. The center houses registration, records, graduation, NCAA and the registrar's office. In April 2008, the RSC reorganized the structure of their offices to house many existing departments under one umbrella. The center noticed some significant results with the change. The RSC provides service and answers for students in an award-winning style. Last October the new center posted an average 90-plus percent rating for customer service. Scott led the center by example with a 2008 Exemplary Customer Service award, while three other WSU work-study students received a perfect score for their ability to find solutions for students. The center now stands as a front to all other offices now. Bullock said answers could be found in one stop. "If we don't have an "answer," Bullock said, "we'll search it out and find out where we can help the student find information." Phone queues have been implemented as another change to allow faster answers. "It's kind of hard to provide exceptional customer service when you say, 'excuse me I need to place this call on hold,'" Scott said. If a representative cannot answer calls immediately, the phones automatically answer student calls with options and ensure questions turn into answers during the call. Scott said she felt phone queues may have a negative connotation, but this helps her provide better service to the students. "It also frees our hands," Scott said. "At the windows we can provide much more one-on-one attention." The center isn't just about providing quick answers, but rather a long-term solution. "One thing we really try to focus on," Bullock said, "is not only giving information, but we really want to See Solution page 5 Casey Bullock, WSU associate registrar The Signpos i reunited Former staff members travel from across the country to attend 75-year reunion By Heidi Le Baron news editor I The Signpost When Byron Warsfield-Graham was a college student, he saw two bail bondsmen enter the Student Union Building, take a member of the Black Panthers at gunpoint, and throw him into the back trunk of their car to be taken back to California where he had broken bail. Warsfield-Graham brought a clipping of that story, dated January of 1970, to the 75-year Reunion of The Signpost. He brought several pieces that The Signpost had printed, including a few of his own editorial cartoons. They depicted anti-Vietnam War protests, college campus riots and segregation issues. "We used The Signpost as a forum," Warsfield-Graham said, "to get people to communicate their ideas on issues." mi M, in" BIO AN BlTltKHtLuTTiTTv. i i Weber State University former student and Signpost Photo Editor Ryan Shupe of "Ryan Shupe and the Rubber Band" performs at the banquet held last Friday night as part of the 75th reunion for Signpost staff members. His story was one among hundreds shared during the two-day reunion which more than 1,000 writers, photographers, editors and advisers were invited to attend. It was the first of its kind in the history of WSU, so volunteers pored over 75 years of bylines to find those who had been on the staff since it's beginning in 1935. They traveled from across the country, one as far as Massachusetts, to attend the reunion. University President F. Ann Millner commended the alumni of The Signpost for their dedication in preserving the campus record. "I don't know what Weber State University would do without The Signpost," Millner said. "It really is the single communication vehicle we have on this campus." The first editor-in-chief of The Signpost, Robert Wangsgard, was among the distinguished alumni who attended. He hung the first edition of The Signpost at Weber College printed as a single sheet of paper and hung from a large post. Wangsgard said lie was impressed with how much The Signpost has grown since he printed the first edition. "I've started several businesses but they fade out," Wangsgard said, "but this is still going on. And the little bit I had to do with it to start it It's amazing to see it so prosperous and so needed now." Ryan Shupe of "Ryan Shupe and the Rubber Band" also attended and performed for the group Friday. Shupe See Reunited page 9 lens in Brief Women's Cerctsr hcsisSSA rally Tccv Weber State University Women's Center is hosting a sexual assault awareness rally Moday starting at 9 a.m. in the Shepherd Union Building. This rally and other activates have been planned in honor of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Students and faculty can sign pledge cards set up around campus with a promise to never commit, condone, or remain silent about violence toward women. Tables will also be set up widi emergency key chain whistles and information regarding services available for men and women who are victims of sexual assault. Those who take part in a survey on sexual assault this morning will also receive a free game of bowling at Fat Cats. fsr Grieving CRiEren "A Center for Grieving Children" is looking for volunteers to work with children who have experienced a death, divorce, or separation in their family. New volunteers are asked to attend a workshop and training hosted by the center where the volunteers will learn the dynamics of childhood grief stemming from death, divorce, and separation and how to work with and support children that are experiencing grief. The workshop will be held Friday, May 8, from 5:15 - 9 p.m. and on Saturday, May 9, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The orientation will be Monday, May 1 1 from 6-8 p.m. For more information contact: "A Center for Grieving Children" The Family Summit Foundation at 560 39th St. South Ogden, or by phone, (801)476-1127, or by checking out their Web site www.familysummit.com. KuslirciSttxterctQaA sessien this Tuesday The Weber State University Muslim Student Association is hosting a question and answer period on April 21 at 2 p.m. in die Diversity Center, Room 232 in the Shepherd Union Building. The association invites others to learn the truth about "one of the world's most misunderstood and widespread faiths." Refreshments will be available after the session. "Science in fte Parts' lee!;ir.3fervcLr.leers Weber State University's "Science in the Parks" program is currently scheduling hourly staff and volunteers for its 2009 program. People who like the outdoors, kids, and who like to play with scientific sliifT (sound tubes, magnifying lenses, simple construction materials, messy goo, bubbles, etc) are needed. Activities are held from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at the following locations: June 15-19 at Imn Fair Park, June 22-26 at Liberty Park, June 29-JuJy 2 at Monroe Park, July 6-10 at Odyssey Llementary, July 13-17 at Jaycee Park, and July 20-23 at 4th Street Park. For more information, contact Science in the Parks Program Director Adam Johnston at ajohnston("'weber. edu, call (801) 626-7711, or visit community.weber.edu ottrcach.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-04-20, Vol. 79, No. 90|
|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.|