Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2010-01-291
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AT A GLANCE 2 EDITORIAL 3 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 4 SPORTS 6 CLASSIFIEDS 7 .1 O THE 1' ! kltr'fny S,''' yYrj 2;0 p V ciiikJijiijyb VOL 80 ISSUE 55 VJ WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY WWW.WSUSIGNP0ST.COM 3 n l i rip i r p . P n n --. i in n a KlDU 1 j j j It Gov talks business "Life is an ultra-marathon, not a sprint." By Brad Williams correspondent I The Signpost Lt. Gov. Greg Bell, an Ogden native, spoke at the Ralph Nye Lecture Series on Wednesday at the Weber State University Wattis Business Building. The Smith Lecture Mall was crowded with students attending a required business 4620 class for executive lectures."There is nothing to fear," Bell said. "The education you receive here at WSU is on par with anything else out there." The lecture from the lieutenant governor compared life to a long-term race. "Life is anultra-marathon, not a sprint," Bell said. "There is nothing greater in the world than patience and determination." Bell said he tried to make his lecture stand out from other presentations business students may have attended. "I didn't want it to be the typical business lecture," Bell said. "Life is so much more than being ahead of everyone else." The hour-long lecture focused on how one runs his or her race through life. See Lt. Gov page 8 j. 5. iliii m i f lb -"1 U -1 f "1 r ! 6 n !, fill !!. Cooper Karras, a seventh grader from Orion Elementary School, explains his science fair project to a judge. The Weber District Science Fair brought in hundreds of kids school projects from the surrounding Weber County elementary schools to the WSU ballrooms on Tuesday. Background checks for students not a concern By Frances Kelsey editor in chief I The Signpost Weber State University, like most higher-education institutions, does not require background checks for incoming sm-dents. hi spite of recent statistics on students with criminal records, background checks aren't a major concern. "I don't think it creates any more problems than what's out on the streets," said WSU Chief of Campus Police Dane LeBlanc. "I diink that you would find probably a very small number of students would even have criminal backgrounds. Most of our snidents are good kids, (and) haven't been in much trouble. So from a law enforcement standpoint, I don't believe that not backgrounding diem has created any additional problems for us." The California-based Web site mybackgroundcheck.com released results of a study that show 1 in 29 college students See Criminals page 5 t IS m College Students Have 1 1ll J Criminal Records SEXUAL ABUSE Q l C ' C T C; ly QC : ASSAULT i THEFT CHUG POSSESSION r:.:'.u: Ci ::LD MOLESTATION OK PI IK n HUNTER SAIZ j IHL 5M'Os7 U.S college crime records from mybackgrounrlcheck.com. Oh, lie ss a magic nan Alumnus and magician brings secret of leadership to Weber By Laurie Everett correspondent I The Signpost "One of the most powerful things a leader can have is imagination," said Brad Barton, magician, motivational speaker and Weber State University alumnus. Barton's "Beyond Illusion" convocation on Wednesday, Jan. 27 combined magic with leadership principles as part of die Brown Bag Speaker Series sponsored by the Leadership Programming Team at WSU. "What is an illusion, but something that appears to be real, but isn't?" Barton said as he changed a green handkerchief into a three-foot wand. "Could it be that one of life's grand illusions is that what appears to be bad is bad?" Barton suggested the audience read The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck and The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis to learn leadership skills. He said that difficulties in life are the best learning moments."Ladies and gentlemen, what if we created a learned capacity to look beyond the obvious' and r 1 I J PIK)IOB I1R1AN BUI ILKITbLO Hit K ,.'u.-. Magician Brad Barton speaks to students about looking "Beyond Illusions" on Jan. 27. start finding the value in tough stuff?" he said. Through a performance of what he called "cheap, cheesy" and "fast and flashy magic," See Magic page 5 Using skills to offer aid to Haitians By Camille Safsten correspondent I The Signpost Weber State University graduate Corey Rood is at die heart of the Haiti tragedy. Rood graduated with a degree in pre-med from WSU in 2006 and is now using his knowledge to aid in a hands-on relief effort in Haiti. Rood flew out on Wednesday, Jan. 27 with the organization "Helping Hands 4 Haiti," whose headquarters toppled over in die 7.0-magnitude earthquake on Jan. 12. Rood gathered some supplies before he left, but also asked fellow WSU students to help. On Monday night a group of students met at a local LDS church to gatiier and organize supplies. Sarah Knowles, a sopho- iate iielps Haiti more majoring in musical dieater, participated in the service event. "I figure each little bit will help somebody," Knowles said. "I don't know anybody over there directiy, but I do hope that if somediing happened to me, someone would help me even though I'm in Utah. The Golden Rule still applies." Rood's mother, Laurie Rood, took charge on Monday evening to organize the placement and packaging of donations. "I'm not nervous for Corey because he's done this before," she said. "Everything just kind of worked out. He was accepted into the program, so from there we have been running to get everything ready." Helping Hands 4 Haiti has received over $300,000 in private donations, and organized two groups to fly over and help. One group will be a construction crew working to clean out the debris and rebuild the main headquarters. They will only have three weeks to work in the first See Haiti page 5 States pushing to allow n Student reaction to legalization of pot By Thomas Alberts news reporter I Vie Signpost Two bills recently introduced into the Virginia legislature could soon make it easier to obtain and possess marijuana in the state. This decision has sparked a national debate on whether or not to legalize the use of cannabis for medical or evennon-medical purposes. "Marijuana should definitely be legalized, for economic reasons, and it would control the substance so it wouldn't be out in the streets," said Cody Probasco, a freshman majoring in chemistry at Weber State University. Nearly a dozen states throughout the nation have decriminalized cannabis locally or statewide for medical and sometimes nonmedical purposes. The most recent example of this is the Commonwealth of Virginia, where some hope to use proposed bill UB 1136 to correct a 1979 law that allowed for medical use of marijuana but was rendered nonfunctional due to self-defeating word choice within the bill. Another bill, 1 IB 1 13 1, would lower the penalties for possessing marijuana so that possession would not lead to criminal records for offenders. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORMI.) is one of the groups pushing for these reforms. Arguing against these reforms are non-profit organizations such as Partnership for a Drug-Free America. Marijuana has already been allowed for medical use in 13 stales. 1 Iowever, the federal government maintains a ban on all forms of cannabis, medical and non-medical. Medical marijuana is usually given to cancer patients See Marijuana page i Li y k L C i d kJ n A ft t. R H G a iv R H ft mm c Sl. ...;r I j Decriminalized non-medical marijuana in the United States r I j j Decriminalized non-medical marijuana to an extent, but not on a statewide basis jJ Allow the use of medical marijuana Currently undergoing effons to allow medical marijuana 'Cannabis is illegal under federal law. The 2005 Supreme Court case Gonzalez v. Raich decided in a 6-3 ruling that cannabis'even non-medical cannabis) is still illegal under U.S. federal law.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2010-01-29, Vol. 80, No. 55|
|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.|