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Lady 'Cats prepare for weekend challenge see page 6 AT A GLANCE 2 EDITORIAL 3 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT . 4 SPORTS 6 CLASSIFIEDS 7 FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2010 WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY WWW.WSUSI6NP0ST.COM n inning irn o f Jt l I II I I f t II f Hi O THE 1 934 '(YtU 2009 ri VOL 80 ISSUE 52 (L J n n n rnnrvrw FIIJtlEllfEll Li U UUU UV- President holds legislative session preview to prepare employees By Cimaron Neugebauer news editor 1 The Signpost With a dismal fiscal year behind them and also on the horizon, Weber State University President Ann Millner held a special legislative session preview meeting to inform facility and staff about the effects future budget cuts would have on WSU employees. Millner said some of the effects will include up to 10 possible layoffs within the next year and decreased health benefits at an increased cost and increased tuition costs for students. "In an environment where your budget is mostly people you can't take a cut without taking cuts on the people's side," Millner said to a crowd of faculty and staff at WSU in the Shepherd Union Ballroom onThursday, Jan. 21. A $12.2 million cut for the 2009-10 school year was offset by one-time federal stimulus money of $5.7 million. Millner said this financial backfill allowed the university a chance to soften the blow over the next two years and give WSU more time to absorb the cut. As a result of the reduced funding WSU has cut 90 positions over the past year either by way of layoffs or early retirement packages. Millner said the university also utilized hiring freezes, not re-filling open positions, and three rounds of die Voluntarily Separation Incentive Program (VSIP) offered within the past year with two for staff and one for faculty. Millner said administration was also able to minimize the impact to everyone by cutting a few positions. There were less than 10 layolTs at WSU in 2009, according to ..'Millner who mentioned there are no plans for furloughs at this time. "Furloughs are kind of one-time cut decisions and when we are looking at what we are having to deal with over the long term in terms of base cuts it makes more sense focus on making long term decisions," Millner said. In December 2009, because state revenues continued to decline and the state structural deficit was still growing, Governor Gary Herbert issued an executive order that reduced all state personnel budgets by 3 percent, a cut of $1.89 million for WSU. According to Millner these cuts have already started to process. However, the legislature is proposing up to an additional 1-2 percent cut to Utah's Higher Education base budget. WSU won't have to make additional cuts to divisions and departments within the university because most of the cutbacks were accomplished last year, according to Millner. See Looming page 5 -" rf W v II l , l.i M i m ii i HlUl(JJ NAIHAi tAbLI OKU i It J(C.,CO I WSU President Ann Millner talks to faculty and staff at a legislature session preview meeting in the Shepherd Union Building Ballroom onThursday, Jan. 21. en ate positions created By Thomas Alberts news reporter 1 77?e Signpost Procedures for choosing new vice presidents for the Weber State University student senate was the main focus of debate during Tuesday night's special senate election. The bill passed with only two nays, but those who voted against it did so for several reasons, one of them being the main issue of debate in the senate: whether or not the new positions created by the bill should be elected or appointed. . "I don't feel that the role is really representing anyone," said Senator Justin Neville. "So there is really no need for elections." Neville was among the two senators that voted against the proposed bill. The other senator, criminal justice senior Brian Balls, had a different reason for opposing the bill and disagreed with Neville on the issue of elections. "A vice president would absolutely need to be elected," Balls said. "I don't have any questions about that" The senators met from to 10 p.m. to discuss and vote for the vice president reform bill. The bill amends the bylaws Title 1 Section D. The reform lifts some of the duties from Diversity Vice President Melinda Tuakoi and divides them among three new vice-presidential positions. The new positions created are the Service Vice President, the Leadership Vice President and the Clubs and Organizations Vice President, who will share the workload with the Diversity Vice President. See Senate page 5 g mxti! fi! WW V 1 - OY Spreading awareness Davis campus Fetal Alcohol Syndrome workshop spreads prevention message By Amber Weston correspondent I The Signpost Pat Smith works for Weber Human Services in Substance Abuse Prevention, and she has made it her mission to spread the word about fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). For the last five years, Smith has been presenting workshops at Utah schools and forums. On Tuesday, Jan. 19, Smith educated students during a fetal alcohol syndrome workshop at WSU Davis campus. "I have a passion for it," Smith said. Smith's passion particularly helped change the life of one WSU student and her family. Three years ago, Smith spoke at a local high school, with unforeseen results. Kaleigh Saunders, a junior at WSU studying nursing, heard Smith's presentation and realized it described her two adopted siblings. She spoke with Smith after the presentation, and was able to get an appointment with a geneticist. Her siblings were diagnosed with FAS in December. "I was sitting in class, and she was doing the exact same presentation we're doing tonight, and light bulbs went off that she was describing my little sister," Saunders said. Saunders captured Smith's desire to spread the word and decided to run for Miss North Ogden with the platform of preventing FAS. "I'm extremely passionate about it because I live with this on a day-to-day basis," Saunders said. The goal of the workshop was to create more awareness in the community. "It's 100 percent preventable," Saunders said. "So if people know that this can happen, then they can stop now." Saunders won the Miss North Ogden pageant. Both she and Smith speak two to three times a week about FAS prevention and treatment. "I take Kaleigh with me as we're out in a high See Awareness page 5 itudenl documentary raises money for homeless i n ' I: t I t i ! UH J V n ; J v ' - L " j Mil -i fU SOl'Kt t. I'tMP I HIMHJM.COM By Luke Williams correspondent I The Signpost Weber State University senior Issac Goeckeritz's documentary Pimp Tliis Bum has raised money for homeless people throughout the country. Pimp Tliis Bum is the story of Tim Edwards, a man from Houston, Texas, who had been homeless for five years. Edwards struggled with alcohol addiction and depression while living under an overpass in Houston, Texas. The documentary and the Web site pimp-tliisbiun.com have helped to raise over $100,000. The money raised was used to send Edwards to the Sunray Treatment Center in Washington, where he overcame his addiction to alcohol. The excess money went to helping other homeless people throughout the country. "Tliis summer I was approached by the creators of the Web site and asked if I'd be interested in producing a documentary," Goeckeritz said. "They had shot several hours of footage of Tim's recovery." In October, Goeckeritz flew to Houston to interview Edwards. Upon returning, he began editing the documentary.Goeckeritz has created several others documentaries, including Uintah United, which won the award for Utah Best of State 2009. "It's an inspiring story of hope that reaches a global audience, and I am thrilled to be able to share it," Goeckeritz said. Sean Dolan and his father Kevin created pimptliisbum.com. The Dolans approached Edwards in February 2009. Sean said he laughed when they told him the Web site name. "We met Tim because he was at the right intersection at the right time," Dolan said. "He was the first person we asked and he was willing to give it a shot. Later we came to find out that Tim had prayed to God a few weeks earlier, asking for a way for him and his friends to get off the street." Dolan said it was a lot of work to push the story to TV producers, radio stations, newspapers and bloggers. "Tim's spirit is what made this work," he said. "I Ie was a lost soul that eveiyone could relate to in one way or another." Sophie Riehl, a WSU freshman majoring in art teaching, said she has donated to the site in the past. Riehl head "I heard about the Web site from my parents and decided to check it out for myself," Riehl said. Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2010-01-22, Vol. 80, No. 52|
|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.|