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Football going for 2-0 in Portland see page 6 NEWS 2 EDITORIAL . ... 3 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 4 SPORTS. 6 CLASSIFIEDS 7 fm O THE 1934 3" crrj 2009 n 11, WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2009 VOL 80 ISSUE 20 WWW.WSUSIGNP0ST.COM E tilhfe (ilg(ii3i(g& dob DooaO n n a i 12 DOS t 1 IV LJ n j Student committee works to strengthen Utah democracy with participation By James Dohnert news reporter I The Signpost Since its creation during the last legislative session in early 2009, the Weber State University Student Ethics Committee (WSUSEC) met for a second time with the Governor's Commission on Thursday at the Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning. The group met to present a list of Ethic Reform Recommendations to the commission on Strengthening Utah's Democracy. The WSUSEC is a bipartisan group designed to evaluate the State Legislature's standards of integrity, accountability and transparency. Consisting of both young Democrats and Republicans, the committee is an example of what young people can do to become actively involved in politics. "This was one of the best college presentations I had ever seen," said Committee Commissioner Ken Verdoia. The student committee gave a presentation on issues ranging from campaign finance to lobbying gifts regulations in the state of Utah. The group interviewed government officials, spoke to the voting public and compared political ethic standards between states to help improve Utah's legislature. Their findings were presented to a panel which included state senators, local congressman and Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell. "The issues that legislative contracts raise are very problematic," said Bell. The committee made recommendations such as; no state officers or employees shall be allowed to accept gifts over $10 in value, Ex-legislators may not become registered lobbyists until two years after they have retired from the legislature and state officers and state employees must report all meals, regardless of price, provided by anyone acting on behalf of a principle or organization. The commissioners seemed especially enthusiastic about seeing a group of students that were so engaged See Ethics page 5 r- i .! - i i ii i ii 1 PHUiO B BRYAN BUTIERFIEID IHt il.M'Oi Members of the Weber State University Student Ethics Committee Meghan Froerer, Chris Bentley, Ryan Jessen and Adam Gardiner listen to commissioners during a meeting at the Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning on Thursday, Sept. 24. . , . . , V. ... i. " " '"' V l' ' i ; hM'' 1 ' ) VVf '' '- - "-" tfUU - r. "vf. - f i ' y 1 . V,'' v ' '-;r.. V : A PI IOIOS 13 NATHAN CAULFORD IHL SICNI'Uhl (Left) Underwater archaeological explorer, Barry Clifford, talks to a crowd at the Wildcat Theater on Thursday, Sept. 24 at noon. (Right) A map Clifford aquired at Harvard University Library. The "X" on the map indicates where the cartographer who created the map, believed the pirate ship Whydah sunk in 1717. Participants work to remove stigma Volunteers to hold second annual suicide awareness walk By ShayLynne Clark features editor I The Signpost Across the United States, 10 percent of college-aged students (from about 18-25) have seriously considered committing suicide, according to information from Diana Abel, director of the WSU counseling and psychology center. At Weber State University, 7.4 percent of students have seriously considered suicide and 1.7 percent have actually made an attempt on their life. Although this may sound like a small number, it is the equivalent of 386 enrolled Wildcats. Last year marked the first suicide awareness walk. Over 300 people participated, remembering and respecting those whu have battled with the See Walk page 5 SJ" ! I I M I I ! - V 0. V r k V World-renowned explorer recounts adventures Barry Clifford tells stories of discovering sunken treasure Participants in the first suicide awareness walk march down 25th Street in downtown Ogden last year. More than 300 people attended the event. This year, organizers hope to see an increase in participation and bring awareness to the effects of mental illness. By Rikki Hunt news reporter I The Signpost Underwater archaeological explorer Barry Clifford spoke on his discovery of the only verified pirate shipwreck Thursday at the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater. Students and faculty attended the free event, which was part of WSU's Convocation lecture series. Clifford was invited to speak after a student who read his book contacted him and asked if he would be interested in speaking at WSU in honor of Pirate Week. "We try to get stuff that's interesting to students and also, in conjunction with pirate week going on, we thought it would get a good turnout," said Ben Barker, one of the students who helped organize the event. Victoria Thompson, a senior majoring in family studies, said she came to the presentation because she is interested in other people's stories. "It was interesting," Thompson said. "I had no idea he really found that much gold, but the fact that he's found huge treasure ships is pretty cool." Growing up in Boston, near Cape Cod, Clifford said he has been interested in sunken treasure since he was a boy. His uncle used to tell him stories about the "Graveyard of the Atlantic," and the famed 1717 shipwreck, the Whydah. "The story I'm going to tell you started as a story I heard as a boy gi owing up on Cape Cod," Clifford said. "It was a story my uncle Bill used to tell about pirate ships. I le would sny he would go out on certain days on the water and look over the side of his boat and see treasure, parts of a ship, maybe even a coin or two." Later in Clifford's life when he was a lifeguard on Cape Code he heard similar stories from other locals. "Some of the old Cape Coders would tell stories about their grandfathers who had found things on the beach," Clifford said. "In one particular instance I met an elderly woman who showed me her bracelet. This was prior to our discovery. She came up to me after I got done giving a talk at an old church and showed me her wrist. She had a bracelet with half a dozen little gold coins on it. The coins all had slice marks on them and she said that her grandfather found them on the beach after a storm. I was very polite and kept on my way because everyone has a story about a treasure hui it." Clifford's interest in the Whydah continued to grow as he heard these stories. He decided he had to discover if they were true. In 1982, along with John E Kennedy Jr., Clifford sailed off the coast of Martha's Vineyard and began to look for tire shipwreck. By 1984 the crew found what they had been searching for: the site of the Whydah. "We did it and kept to our goals," Clifford said. "At the end of the day we had done something rather important." Clifford's crew discovered a huge amount of gold coins during the excavation, most of which had similar slits on them as the woman's bracelet on the beach. It was soon discovered the slits were used to verify the authenticity of the coins. As Clifford's research into the background of the ship continued, he discovered that approximately one-third of its crew were escaped slaves. "When they escaped they joined pirate crews like the Whydah," Clifford said. The site of the Whydah's discovery is still being excavated today, 20 years later. Clifford's efforts to excavate the site and his other treasure hunts have been documented by the Discovery Channel and National Geographic. The Whydah sank containing treasures stolen from over 50 vessels. Clifford has worked diligently to keep the ship's treasure intact. No piece of the find has ever been sold, and the collection is currently on display at the Field Museum in Chicago. Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-09-25, Vol. 80, No. 20|
|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.|