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CALENDAR 2 EDITORIAL 3 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 4 SPORTS 6 CLASSIFIEDS 7 T "Vj O THE 1 934 klffi'Oiy ''f tfcrt'J 2009 J"j Cat now? 'vsl see page 6 I I 11 F U (( 1) Hi FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2009 VOL 80 ISSUE 37 WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY WWW.WSUSIGNP0ST.COM National news Where is Matt the ddtj u Provost finds money for foreign language programs By Wyatt Winnie news reporter I The Signpost In spite of $12 million in budget cuts, Weber State University has decided to maintain its French and Japanese foreign language programs for at least a year. These two programs graduate the fewest majors and minors in the College of Arts and Humanities and administrators were considering cuts to help meet the budget shortfall. "At least the next academic year, fall of 2010 and spring of 2011, we'll have funding for the programs," said Madonne Miner, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. "The provost was able to come up with funds for at least that year." Provost Mike Vaughan said that money in the school budget was found for the programs, but did not say from where. The French and Japanese programs will remain for now, but may not be out of the woods yet. "We'll probably revisit the issue in the fall of 2010," Miner said. "We're currently talking to Dr. (Thomas) Mathews (chair of the foreign language department) about evaluating how the programs are able to increase their numbers. Student enrollment has become the issue in maintaining a diverse foreign language depart - ment. The question wall be 'Can we make the offering of multiple languages cost-effective? Do we have enough student enrollment to offer an array of languages?'" Currently WSU offers three degrees in the foreign language department: Spanish, German and French. Japanese is only offered as a minor. Currently, 92 students are enrolled in French, while the Japanese program has 85 students. Most of the students enrolled in these programs are first- year language students. The French program consists of two professors, while the Japanese program contains one professor. "I think the best service to students is to let students know they are still here," Mathews said. "People who are considering majors and minors in French and Japanese should still consider them." While the programs were being reviewed, the news hasn't seemed to change en rollment. "We haven't had anyone come in and change their minor or undeclare their major," Matiiews said. Although the programs will not be cut, the French and Japanese programs still have work to do. They must build the numbers of their respective programs. See Safe page 5 We will probably revisit the issue in the fall of 2010." Madonne Miner dean, college of arts and humanities nE! ru ' n .. - n ' '- r "" -" - - i m or v I'l IOIO BY BRYAN JUTTERFILLD 1 1 IL M.iM'Uil High school seniors take a break from the Major Fest to play dominos. Diaz Domino held the competition and served Domino's pizza during the event. The competition was held at the Wildcat Lair in the Shepherd Union Building. High school and c students plan f or future Major Fest comes to campus By Brad Williams correspondent I The Signpost The Student Success Center, which provides academic advice to Weber State University students, sponsored the 2009 Weber State Major Fest on Wednesday. According to Jill A. Grob, director of the Student Success Center, it was a big success. Over 71 majors and programs were represented in the Shepherd Union Building ballrooms, from Learning English for Academic Purposes Program to Masters of Health Administration. "We being planning for Major Fest a year in advance." Jill Grob director of Student Success Center "We begin planning for Major Fest a year in advance," Grob said. "Right after the Major Fest is done we start planning and asking ourselves what can be done better for next year." Grob said each year becomes easier and more efficient. 1,800 students from local high schools and current WSU students who have not chosen their majors attended the fest, according to Grob. "That number is up 19 percent compared to last year. We were at full capacity, and plan on expanding the Major Fest for the growing numbers next year." Debbi Rese, a senior at Yiewmont High School in Davis Countv. said she chose WSU over other Utah universities because of the ease in finding a scholarship and information on the elementary education major. Carrisa Sinnott, a senior and history major, represented the Feminists United Network Club at the Major Fest. Sinnott is president of the club and encouraged people to sign up for not only the club but also the women's studies minor. The Feminists United Network exists on campus to combat oppression and bigotry in their many forms and provide a forum for the plurality of feminist thought to humanize the image of feminists and create a web of support for feminists within the campus community, according to their mission statement. The military was also represented with the IiOTC programs. Jacob Stawiski, sophomore and political science major, joined the See Future page 5 Campus crime stays steady Recession has little effect on university crime By James Dohnert news reporter I The Signpost s Crime rates at Weber State University have stayed consistent over the past two years despite an increase in enrollment and a bad economy. Following a national trend, crime at WSU has remained unaffected by the economy, according to recent statistics. Major cities across America are seeing crime rates either stay consistent or drop in spite of a recession. Major cities like New York have seen a 13 percent decrease in overall crime this year, while Los Angeles has seen a 4.9 percent decrease in violent crime in 2009, according to police department numbers from both New York and Los Angeles agencies. Even in Ogden a decrease was shown, with a crime rate index of 55 last year, dropping from a high of 90 before the economic crunch, according to a 2008 Uniform Crime Report from the FBI. While the poor economy is giving the university an increase in overall admissions, it shows no signs of affecting crime. "There's so many variables involved with crime rates fluctuating," said criminal justice professor Samuel Newton. "Some would say it's because we have more police officers, but that hasn't been shown to have much of a correlation." As is the case in most of the country, the WSU police force has more to do with less help. Despite the university's increase in enrollment, the police force has stayed the same because of the economy. Much like the rest of America's police force, WSU police are unable to train and hire new officers. "Some people would say it's because of the demographics of a certain area, but with the economy down, if that were true crime would be going up," Newton said. Statistics indicate that if a person wasn't likely to steal before an economic downturn, they probably won't because of it. Newton said he believes people will speculate why crime is down during a recession, but thinks there isn't really a rhyme or reason to it. "Some people have said it's because of the Get Tough on Crime policy, but that's not necessarily true," Newton said. "Some people would say it's because people aren't reporting crime as much." While Get Tough policies have been shown to decrease the amount of crime in America, they have led the country into one of the largest incarceration rates in See Crime ago 5 2008 Crimes per 1,000 Residents 105 H-e - O1' O f Army says 12 killed and 31 wounded in pair of shootings at Fort Hood; One shooter killed FORT HOOD. Texas (AP) A soldier opened fire at a U.S. Army base in Fort Hood, Texas on Thursday, unleashing a stream of gunfire that left 12 people dead and 31 wounded. Authorities killed the gunman, and apprehended two other soldiers suspected in what appears to be the worst mass shooting at a U.S. military base. The shooting began around 1:30 p.m., Lt. Gen. Bob Cone said at a news conference. He said all the casualties took place at the base's Soldier Readiness Center, where soldiers who are about to be deployed or who are returning undergo medical screening. "It's a terrible tragedy. It's stunning," Cone said. A law enforcement official identified the shooting suspect as Army Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan. The official said Hasan, believed to be in Iris late 30s, was killed after opening fire at the base. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case publicly. The official says investigators are trying to determine if Hasan was his birth name, or if he changed his name and converted to Islam at some point in his life. International news in brief Afghan attack prompts UN to temporarily relocate more than half of its international staff KABUL (AP) The United Nations said Thursday that it is temporarily relocating more than half its international staff in Afghanistan following last week's deadly Taliban attack against U.N. workers the most direct targeting of its employees during decades of work in the counny. The U.N. mission is still reeling from the pre-dawn assault on a guesthouse in the capital that left five U.N. staffers dead. Though the U.N. insists it remains committed to Afghanistan, its actions show how much security has degraded in the country and raise questions about the future of its work if attacks continue. The relocations follow a U.N. decision on Monday to suspend much of its work in tire volatile northwest of neighboring Pakistan because of increasingly targeted attacks. In Afghanistan, some 600 nonessential staffers will be moved for three to four weeks to more secure locations both within and outside of Afghanistan while the body works to find safer permanent housing, spokesman Aleem Siddique said. I Ie said they did not know how many would actually be leaving thecountry- Saudi Arabia launches large military off ensive against Yemen Sliiite rebels SAN' A, Yemen (AP) Saudi Arabia sent fighter jets and artillery bombardments across the border into northern Yemen Thursday in a military incursion apparently aimed at helping its troubled southern neighbor control an escalating Shiite rebellion, Arab diplomats and the rebels said. 'I he Saudis owners of a so phisticated air force the;, rarely use have been increasingly worried that extremism and instability in Yemen could spill over to their country, the woild's laigest oil exporter. 'I he offensive came two davs alter the killing of a Saodi soldier, Named on the rebels. Yemen denied any military action b Saudi Arabia inside its borders. But Yemen's president is a l ey ally of the Saudis, making it highly unlikely ihe kinj'lom would have launihed the offensive without tacit Yemeni agreement. Oljd.'iu lit.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-11-06, Vol. 80, No. 37|
|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.|