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'Cats prepare forNCU see page 6 CALENDAR 2 EDITORIAL 3 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 4 SPORTS ... 6 CLASSIFIEDS 9 O THE 1 934 lfey y7r tsrj 2 0 09 - L. WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2009 VOL 80 ISSUE 31 WWW.WSUSIGNP0ST.COM u) OS 11 WSU health insurance costs below national average By Camille Safsten correspondent I The Signpost Health insurance costs have increased throughout the country this year, including at Weber State University. However, WSU faculty and staff members with health insurance still pay less than the average. The average cost of health insurance for a family in the U.S. is $3,515 a year; WSU employees pay on average $1,369. In the past insurance was available for students and faculty, but currently only employees of WSU are eligible for insurance coverage through the university. Students are able to visit the Student Health Center for health needs; however, if they want to go off campus, insurance isn't always immediately available without private sector insur ROTC competes in WSU teams rank 3 in top five despite , frigid temperatures By Craig Halbasch correspondent I The Signpost " Despite the Trigid temperatures, Weber State University's ROTC teams placed second and fourth in the ROTC Challenge held Oct. 9-11 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The temperature hovered in the single-digit range the weekend of the competition. The low temperatures caught both WSU teams by surprise, according to senior Ross Woolsey, captain of the ROTC B team. "The weather was a freak of nature," Woolsey said. "Nobody expected it to be so cold. It was so cold that you could feel your sinuses freezing during the competition." Woolsey said the cold weather was a factor in the teams' overall performances because they had to bundle up. "The cold weather forced us to dress warmer," Woolsey said. "We had to wear thick layers to keep warm. We also had to wear gloves, which our team was not used to because we never wore them during training." The freezing temperatures had an effect on more than just the team See ROTC page 5 Student entrepreneur I if.: . Curtis Funk displays his company ance, unless they are dependent on another plan. Dottie Vea is a junior in integrated studies who takes health seriously because she is also an athlete. "I like to stay healthy because I'm on the track and field team, but I'm on my mom's insurance plan," Vea said. "I've never even thought about getting health insurance from Weber. I was going to look into it more." Josten Knight, a junior majoring in architecture, said he thinks health insurance offered to students would be a great benefit. "I would get insurance if it included basic doctor visits," Knight said. "The price would just need to be lower than competitive agencies. My wife and I would definitely use it if it was offered fairly." -i we. it , A l V V v - " .:."; : MM K t: BKIAN BAI I S CDT Burns, a member of WSU ROTC, crosses a rope bridge during an obstacle in the ROTC Challenge held Oct. 9-1 1 . WSU teams finished second and fourth in the challenge at Air Force Academy. f- IIOHi "1 KAMI HA-.VVS ,, v. i sign in his office on 25th Street. U.S. family insurance $3,515 "'- -'A r f J ( . That is not to mention the other portion WSU pays for the employees, which is on average $13,679. Benefits, Compensation & Wellness Manager in the human resources department Travis Hampshire said he thinks, overall, people have accepted the health insurance cost increase and did not see anybody who was surprised by the increase."There is no real positive side to rising health insurance costs," Hampshire said. "It costs more for the employees and national challenge .. , ; . , ; Z ZJ, nominated Business owner develops technology company for watching funerals live By Natalie Buttars correspondent 1 77?e Signpost Curtis Funk, a senior at Weber State University and owner of a business called FuneralRecord-ing.com, has been nominated for the Utah Student 25 awards program, which recognizes the top student-owned businesses in Utah. Funk described FuneralRe-cording.com as a technology company for funeral homes who use the Web siic to broadcast funerals live, so that people who can't attend a funeral can watch the funeral live. "Whether they're sick or it's Family health insurance: Average costs source. WSU Human Resources WSU employee family insurance $1,369 W i GRAPHIC BY HUNTER SAIZ 1 1 II SICNPOST costs more for the university and the employees' benefits are reduced, even though they have to pay more money, and that's really the only way we can offset costs." The utilization of the insurance by the employees played a large role in the increase of cost, along with the economy affecting the cost on a smaller level. The human resource department tried to educate and get the word out by having employees cut down costs by means of See Coverage page 1 0 for award because of travel, or they can't fly there, or they're out of town or in the military or on a mission or something, they can still see the funeral," Funk said. He said the response to his business has been very positive, with clients from Alaska to Florida. "We're not in every state I think we're in 22 stales," he said. "In Utah, we're the dominant provider for audio recording. We provide audio recording services to just barely over 50 percent of all the funeral homes in the state. The webcasting is the live video, and that's more See Nominated page 5 News-in-brief Dalai Lama to tour Indian region despite China ire DIIARMSALA, India (AT) The Dalai Lama is going ahead with a scheduled isit to India's remote northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh next month, ignoring protests by China, which claims the region as its territory, a spokesman said Thursday. The Tibetan spiritual leader will visit the Tawang Buddhist monaster' in the state bordering Cliina on Nov. 8, said Phuptel Samphel, a spokesman of the Tibetan govern- ' ment-in-exile. Beijing on Tuesday protested the I upcoming trip. "We are resolutely against Da- j lai's visit," Foreign Ministry spokes- : man Ma Zhaoxu told reporters. "We think diat has further exposed the : anti-China and separatist nature of ; the Dalai clique." j Cliina accuses the Dalai Lama of : seeking independence for Tibet, but j die Nobel Peace Prize laureate said he only wants autonomy for tire Hi- ! malayan region to practice its Bud- dhist culture. ; Last week Cliina also protested a j visit to Arunachal Pradesh by Indian i Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. ; The Dalai Lama will spend lour ' days in Arunachal Pradesh, praying . and meeting with followers, and v, ill ; visit the monastery town of Bomdila i and the state capital, Itanagar, Sai n- phel said. Russian ice-skating bear kills ; trainer ; BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) The i director of a circus arena says an ice- ; skating bear turned on its trainers, killing one and seriously wounding j another. ' Kurmangazy Isanayev said work- I ers dragged the trainers with a visit- i ing Russian troupe away from die i bear following Wednesday's attack, i as they were rehearsing for a show j in Bishkek. The exits were then closed and j rescue sendees called in. i Police say they shot the bear I dead. j Iowa mom repeatedly whacks ; intruder with toy bat j COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) A woman surprised by a man in the I front room of her home near Coun- j cil Bluffs grabbed a plastic toy bat and hit him repeatedly until he ran j out die front door. The Pottawat- 1 tamie County sheriff's office said ! the 26-year-old woman was taking ; a bath Wednesday night with her ! 3-year-old child when she noticed a i cat who normally stays outside had j entered the bathroom. Thinking : this odd, she dressed and walked j into die front room, where she saw a man standing over her 4-year-old son, who was sleeping in a reclincr. She yelled for him to leave and threatened to call 911, but he hit her in the head. She dien grabbed the bat and hit him multiple times until he ran away The sheriff's off ice said the woman didn't know the man. Gunman runs away after Minn, bank teller says no ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) A St. Paul bank teller refused to hand over cash to a gunman and lived to tell about it. Authorities said the would-be robber walked into the Cherokee Stale Bank on Tuesday afternoon. lie pointed a handgun at a teller and demanded money, but when she refused, he ran away with nothing. St. Pan! police spokesman Sgt. Paul Schnell said it's best for vie tin is confronted by a robber to comply. Schnell said, "Sometimes, they respond as this man did, but sometimes they don't." 'Die FBI described the suspect as a white man in his 30s, 5-feet-0 to 6 feet tall, wiih a slender to medium build. 1 le was wearing a black coat, blue jeans, a white bandanna around his neck and a red baseball cap.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-10-23, Vol. 80, No. 31|
|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.|