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CALENDAR 2! H EDITORIAL 3! xj r , BUSINESS & SCIENCE 4j j SPORTS 6 CLASSIFIEDS V O THE w t i m r WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2009 VOL 80 ISSUE 39 WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY WWW.WSUSIGNP0ST.COM, 3 siocer sycvSwo" raims "Set Sat Gull 00 1 9-year-old competes to inspire other patients to be optimistic for the future By Jessie Holmes news reporter I The. Signpost Recovering cancer patient Jared Willis took part in Weber State University's fifth annual Turkey Triathlon on Saturday, Nov. 7. Five years after being diagnosed with a brain tumor, 19-year-old Jared Willis participated in his first triathlon. He said he did it for all the other cancer survivors. "People who have gone through radiation or ... any of those surgeries that I've had (can) have hope that they can do it too," Willis said. Willis had chemotherapy treatments for a year and a half. During that time he collected analogies and quotes to keep busy. In order to compete in the triathlon he said he had to become as close to cancer-free as possible. Willis said he trained for the triathlon by running every day and working out. "He's blossomed, gotten so strong; he's so excited about that," said Willis' mother, Rachel Willis. "He's very persistent and optimistic and he's been doing it every day." Willis said his favorite part of the triathlon was swimming, but said he enjoys alLof the activities. He said it's a challenge and it takes practice. Willis said the most exciting thing to him was that he could complete the triathlon. One of the people that inspired Willis to compete was cancer- urvivor Lance Armstrong. "He's done a lot of things and he's been a big inspiration to me," Willis said. "As well as friends that are cancer patients that pass away and they'll forever be in my heart." Campus Recreation Fitness and Wellness Coordinator Kelly Bright said she considered the race a big accomplishment. "(Participants) can get a sense of accomplishment from this event," Bright said. "Whether they come in first place or last place, it's a pretty cool accomplishment to just complete a triathlon." There were 76 competitors in the triathlon. Participants in the race ran 3.5 miles going north through the community. The bike route went south through the community for 5.6 miles and then participants swam for 300 yards. "The purpose of Campus Recreation is to inspire students to have a healthy, active lifestyle," said Emily Davies, Campus Recreation's group exercise leader and special events coordinator. "So this is one way we encourage students at See Triathlon page 5 ) Ijlji 1 I" ' I ' I MJbKLt. CAMPUS Rb(KAI ION (L-R) Weston Woodward (first place), Patrick Mickelson (second place) and Chaz Elmer (third place) stand with their medals at the fifth annual Turkey Triathlon. wdDirklung Sim hmherf o .AH Legislative bill now requires criminal background checks ee what felony criminal records The Signpost uncovered I for WSU employees in part-two of Friday's issue. coiwccaucii fV'-V"'""!"-! ill OF AM By Cimaron Neugebauer news editor I The Signpost When former Penn State University professor Paul Krueger was a teenager, he murdered three fishermen off the coast of Texas. Krueger was sentenced to three life sentences in prison but was paroled after serving only 12 12 years. While in prison, he earned his bachelor's degree. After prison he earned two doctorates one in sociology and another in education. He taught at a num ber of institutions of higher education, including Penn State University, until word of Krueger's lifetime parole from Texas became front-page news and uncovered his 40-year secret. The next day Krueger resigned.After this incident, Pennsylvania legislators immediately implemented a higher education background check policy, similar to that done for elementary and secondary educators. When Utah Rep. Ronda R. Menlove, R-Garland, a vice provost for Regional Campuses and Distance Education at Utah State University, heard , yX v. r X X. I'l-IOlO ILLUS1 RATION i BKiAN UUntRHHD It SOVUM WSU's new digital fingerprint machine. The university paid $1 3,000 for the machine, which is part of the new background check process. about this story, she decided background checks on people something needed to be done in Utah to safeguard against a similar situation. She started researching policy for Utah higher education. "I know we do background checks for (those in the finance department), but do we do background checks for people who work in our dorms?" Menlove asked. "Do we do who work with our younger students, our freshmen?" Menlove became the chief sponsor of House Bill 196: Higher Education Criminal Background Checks. The bill was signed into law in 2007 with a solid deadline for enactment of May 1, 2009. It requires criminal background checks to See Felons page 5 Mew senator to repre New home for veterans Legislature agrees to $19.7 million project By Blake Keller correspondent I The Signpost The dedication of the Northern Utah Veterans Home is set for Nov. 19, 2009. The Veterans Nursing Home is a project that has been in the works for several years and has required the support of local veterans and government officials as well as support from the Weber State University College of Health Professions. According to Terry Schow, executive director of the Utah Department of Veterans Affairs, Utah did something no other state has done: the legislature agreed to advance the full cost of $19.7 million to construct the facility. "Normally the states provide 35 percent of the funds and the U.S. Department of Veterans provides 65 percent of the funds," he said. "Had we have waited until the federal funds became available it would have been three to five years before we could begin construction and construction costs would have been significantly higher." Weber State University played a role in the project by allowing the Constructive Advisory Committee to hold monthly meetings in the Dumke College of Health Professions Building and also providing staff to keep minutes of the meetings. WSU will continue its involvement in the Veterans Home after it is open for business. "Nursing faculty from the School of Nursing at WSU will teach students at the facility beginning January 2010," said Catherine Earl, dean of the School of Nursing. "With the guidance of our expert faculty, the students will have the privilege of caring for these honored veterans, and learn how to See Veterans page 5 S students t . s -I v ; . - - I U.i i k.WUZ HASSAN Michael Shaw sits in Monday's student senate meeting. Shaw had been attending student senate meetings as a stand-in senator for HonorsBIS students before his election to the position on Monday. Student Senate approves Michael Shaw to fill vacant position By Shauna Westergard news reporter 1 The Signpost Honors and Bachelors of Integrated Studies (BIS) students have a new senator to represent them in the Weber Stale University Student Association (WSUSA) Senate meetings. HonorsBIS senator Michael Shaw was presented and elected to be senator on Monday afternoon at the senate meeting in the Shepherd Union Building. Shaw said he is very excited to take the position and said he feels he is very prepared. He presented himself and his qualifications at the senate meeting last Monday and said he is ready to take on his duties. He already has goals in mind, which are to get better representation for the HonorsBIS students and refine the image of Honors and BIS. "I would like to maintain or create better consistencies in the HonorsBIS school," Shaw said. Immediately after the previous HonorsBIS senator resigned, Shaw began attending senate meetings as a proxy, or stand-in. This helped him to become familiar with the correct procedures and policies surrounding student senate. Student Senate President Elene Kvernadze said she feels Shaw is capable and very prepared for taking this position in the middle of the semester because of his involvement with WSUSA. "He has sat in on so many of the senate meetings just this year he already knows how things work," Kvernadze said. "He could hit the ground running."Kvernadze said Shaw has previously run for this position and was immediately interested in filling in for the preceding senator. Kvernadze said this showed her that Shaw is very interested and dedicated to student senate. "lie has this passion for changing and making things better at Weber State," Kvernadze said. "I think that is such an important thing for senators to have. The moment I saw that in him I realized he was a good candidate." WSUSA advisers have also been looking for a candidate to fill the AsianPolynesian senator position, which has been vacant for several weeks. They will be holding interviews for students that have applied for this position and will be presenting a candidate to the senate in the next two weeks. See Senator page 5.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-11-11, Vol. 80, No. 39|
|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.|