Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-04-221
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E RS ITY A: -W Ifieca i!'(iof (7ixiie 'lliKl.!i!,..''W' irifcMMtfiliMi ill II in i III n I nrUp (f WEDER STATE UNIV A f 0 I Semester change starts in summer Seven-year schedule includes longer summer semester lengths By Cimaron Neugebauer sr. reporter I The Signpost. For the first time ever, students can now view a calendar for the next seven academic years at Weber State University. The President's Counsel approved an academic calendar change beginning Summer 2009 semester. The academic calendar will change to a 14-week semester for those attending summer courses. Bruce Bowen, WSU Associate Provost for Enrollment Services, said the change has been a long time coming. "WSU students have long been frustrated over the multiple blocks offered during the summer," Bowen said. The 2004 Student Senate unanimously passed a resolution to reduce the summer blocks to allow more students to enroll full-time. The problem wasn't completely corrected, and in 2007 student senators raised the summer full-time issue once again. In October 2008, a two-year study and discussion on the best solution for the university fostered a new seven-year academic calendar. An advanced calendar was created to allow the community to better plan for the future. The new summer semester change will take effect this summer by reducing the current seven different parts of summer term to one 14-week semester and two seven-week blocks. This will allow students to schedule a full load during summer. Full-time status for some will help eligibility for those receiving scholarships, Veterans Affairs benefits and Vocational Rehabilitation benefits, to name a few. Bowen said he felt students will like the change. "Most students I've talked with are excited about the ability to attend a full semester," Bowen said. Out-of-state students now have more of an incentive to attend. Students may now attend full-time in the summer and receive resident tuition. See Summer page 7 UUl in mm. n of Players "2008-2009 Academic Year -4 rr ! oio cn GRAI'I lit HY HUNTER 5AIZ IIIL SIGNPOST Athletes' behavior outside the arena defines conduct By Jessica Schreifels editor-in-chief I The Signpost Molly Smith, Weber State University's NCAA faculty representative, said she'd always wanted a written code of conduct for WSU student athletes outlining what behavior was acceptable and what their consequences would be if they broke the code. But after being in her position for six years and seeing three people, shuffle through the athletic director spot, there had been no written policy. Starting next year, however, a new written policy will be put into place that WSU athletes will sign explaining the behavior that is expected of them and the consequences they will face if they break the rules. WSU Vice President of Administrative Services Norm Tarbox wrote the policy that will appear in the student athletes' handbooks based on research that Smith and Jerry Graybeal, director of intercollegiate athletics, had conducted on other schools with similar policies. "I think it is fairly important that we streamline for fairness, See Sports page 7 mm Should athletes be held to a higher standard? By Jessica Schreifels editor-in-chief I The Signpost When it comes to athletes breaking the law, it is difficult to determine whether a student atiilete should be punished on field for their behavior off the field. "We don't have any earthly idea of how many students in our classes are felons," said Molly Smith, NCAA representative for Weber State University. "There's nothing that punishes them further than the law." The question remains whether a student athlete should be held to a higher standard and are expected to behave better than their classmates for the mere fact that they play sports for the university. Smith gave her opinion, and said athletes ultimately should be held at a higher standard, because they represent WSU and are privileged to be athletes at the university. "They think of themselves as used and abused," she said, "and I think of them as privileged and See Standard page 7 Green for arch Day By Eric Call sr. reporter I The Signpost This Week at Weber State University, and everywhere else in the U.S., is Earth Week, with the actual Earth Day falling on April 22 this year. The WSU Environmental Club is hosting events all week that began with a concert last Friday co-sponsored by KWCR 88. 1 Weber FM. Ticket sales went to benefit the efforts of the Environmental Club to purchase trees in order to set a new world record. "A lot more goes into setting a new world record than most people realize," said WSU BIS major Chris Bentley. Bent-ley is the President of the Environmental Club. "The trees we are required to plant are anywhere from 90 to 100 dollars each." The club plans to set a new world record See Benefit page 9 SdDadtDDDg odd ftCne spoitrog shodd .Cm v.; c r' ' . r . . . ... ,,y- '.'"V Shanley Skeen (left), Crystal Massie (center) and Megan Shurtliff (right) enjoy studying in the fine spring weather Tuesday. They were among several students seen relaxingout-of-doors now that the weather is fair and winter finally seems to be on its way out. PI IOIO BY NArHAN CAUUORD IIIL i(CN'O.S I Princess for a day Community members make dreams come true for five girls By Frances Kelsey managing editor I The Signpost Every college at Weber State University requires each graduating senior to complete either a senior thesis or a project that shows how much they learned throughout their college experience and that they can put those methods they learned to use. .-.Hi - ' ' ' -' , I "--'" ' . ' " . -" ' ' - ' v , . . ; The Castle, a wedding reception center in Layton, will host the five girls as they live out a day in the life of a princess. WSU communications major and graduating senior Heidi Le Baron decided to take her thesis one step further than putting pen to paper. Le Baron is sponsoring five underprivileged girls from the Outreach Impact group and giving them the opportunity to be a princess for a day. With the help of various groups and people located throughout the community, those five girls will be pampered throughout the day on April 30. "I am sponsoring five underprivileged girls to be princess for a day," Le Baron said. "They get a custom-made dress, shoes from Payless Shoes, hair and nail treatment from the DATC and a princess party given by The Castle Reception Center in Layton, and we just got a limo from Celebrity Limousine in Farmington." Le Baron said her project started out with getting one girl to sponsor, but they decided to bump it up to five girls, which they hoped to find within the Davis County School District. "We did have a couple See Princess page 2 rive fills needs for 'under there' items By Ryan Smeding correspondent I The Signpost Students of Weber State University may have noticed a collection box filled with underwear in the Atrium of the WSU Student Union Building. The box and the ads for "The Under There Underwear Clothing Drive" were decorated and placed in the Atrium by the student group This Generation University Ministry (TG). The organization is a non-denominational ministry that strives to be interdenominational in its teachings. "We try to go beyond religion and really try to push Christianity beyond what is perceived as church," said Vincent Longa, a member ofTG. Longa works in organizing and executing events for the group. About a month ago, TG began the program by displaying the posters around "We try to go beyond religion and really try to push Christianity beyond what is perceived as church." Vincent Longa, This Generation member campus as an effort to start aword-of-mouth campaign urging students to donate unused socks and underwear to those in need. The donations will be given to St. Anne's Center located at 137 West Binford St. in Ogden, Utah. The center's vision is to work in collaboration. with the community to assist people from poverty to self-sufficiency. "We contacted St. Anne's and asked them what we could do to help," said Robin Costomiris, a coordinator for TG, "and they told us that socks and underwear were in the most need." Donations have been accepted for approximately three weeks, but in spite of high hopes and hard work by TG members, the turnout for donations are lower than originally expected. "At first we planned to have the drive last about a week," Longa said, "and every time we discuss ending the drive we decide See Under page 9 Jens in Grief Eiiy clstliss, best tfes cants eff cf csnccr Delta Chi Omega is hosting a pants sale to raise money for the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life. Designer jeans such as True Religion and William Rast will be available at discounted prices on Wednesday, April 22 and Thursday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Building Mezzanine. The fundraiser is open to the public. Scinsstcr-er.d tisr.co ctttaCcIITcv.'cr The Weber State University Student Association presents The Last Blast Foam Dance featuring DJ Marcus Wing. The dance will be held April 24 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Stewart Bell Tower Plaza. Admittance is free. nsu rotc ccts The Military Science DepartmentArmy ROTC will be honoring outstanding Weber State University cadets with an award ceremony held at the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater April 23 at 1 p.m. Cadets will be awarded in the areas of academics, physical fitness, tactical efficiency and others. The ROTC cadre and various outside agencies will present the awards and citations. For more information, contact Georgia Gilbert at (801) 626-6518. PrcSsctFno Weber State University's Project PRIME (Preparing Research-based Inclusive-MultidisciplinaryEducators) is currently accepting applications for the new cohort of students for the fall semester. Each year, a new cohort is selected from a pool of nominated candidates who currently hold a bachelor's degree and vork in local public and charter schools. The number admitted into the program is generally kept to 15 or less. Selection criteria include post-secondary experience, submission of a brief essay outlining reasons for wanting to become a special educator and an in-person interview. The program was created to help the state of Utah develop and train more special education teachers. Funding for the program comes from a State Improvement Grant that comes through the Utah Department of Education. Project Prime was developed by current project director and WSU professor Fran Butler. For more information, contact the Department of Teacher Education by calling (801) 626-6269.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-04-22, Vol. 79, No. 91|
|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.|