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f""1 O THE n AT a GLANCE 2 WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY JJ 2,1-MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2009 www.wsusignpost.com Women's Soccer headed in the right direction see p;ige 5 VOL 80 ISSUE 11 t ;.T7T" B & H I! H Students lobby Bennett on two legislative bills to bring transparency to conflicts in the Congo and Uganda. dinrau move Lei L ie; -ri; r ( j " -tj 1 j . - - 1 . tau lJHOIU HI GINA BARKtR blL.NH.Jil Cameron Morgan, president of STAND, looks on outside the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building in SLC on Friday afternoon. Morgan and other members of the organization met to lobby for two new bills. r"1 By Gina Barker managing erlitor I The Signpost Purple pancakes, loud music and tons of give-away prizes wrapped up the first week of school on Friday. But as some students enjoyed fistfuls of free candy, Students Taking Action Now: Darfur (STAND) president, Cameron Morgan, met with a group of fellow students and activists to prepare for a meeting in Senator Bennett's Salt Lake City offices. STAND is an anti-genocide student coalition that focuses their efforts on Darfur, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Uganda and all areas in the world experiencing extreme political and social struggles. Morgan explained STAND'S role as having three purposes to raise awareness, build upon that awareness to end geno-cidal crimes and raise money for victims of genocidal crimes. See STAND page 7 Bill Breakdown S. 831 Congo Corbet f;:.iera,'s Act of 2: "9 S'Ats: referred to committee SoTY-vy A bill to require annual disclosure to the Securities and Exchange Commission of activities involving columbite-tantalite, cassiterite, and wolframite from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and for other purposes. S. 1GC7 "Lord's Resistance Army Disarmament arrd Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2003" Status: referred to committee Summary: A bill to support stabilization and lasting peace in northern Uganda and areas affected by the LRA through development of a regional strategy to support multilateral efforts to successfully protect civilians and eliminate the threat posed by the LRA and to authorize funds for humanitarian relief and reconstruction, reconciliation, and transitional justice, and for other purposes. Information courtesty of http:wvvw.govtrack.us Veterans receive help preserving memories Local project gives free writing workshops By Frances Kelsey editor-in-chief I The Signpost For three years, Weber State University has worked in conjunction with the Weber County Library and the Wasatch Range Writing Project to offer free writing workshops to veterans. These workshops are held every Monday for eight months and are designed to give veterans an opportunity to write down not only the things they experienced and stories they came home with from fighting a war, but any other stories or ideas they might want to write for fun or make a record of for family members. "Being a veteran is what gives them a common bond," said Debbie Davis, who is in charge of the workshops, "but they write about childhood, stories through their lives including military." The workshops usually consist of five to seven veterans and some spouses who wish to attend, but Davis said she would like to see more people and will keep the groups within the workshop broken up into smaller numbers in order to maintain an informal feel for the sessions. Gary Dohrer, a WSU professor of English, said the workshops were started by a senior in high school who had been working at the Aerospace Museum at Hill Air Force Base. "She started hearing these stories of these veterans, so she approached Mrs. Davis and talked about setting up a writing workshop," Dohrer said, "and it's been going on ever since." Davis said some of the veterans will write enough stories, poems and other narratives about their lives, they will bind them and give them to family members as gifts. Most of the workshops consist of the veterans sharing their writings and responding to what each other has written, but sometimes the English professors or others who put on the workshop will give specific writing instructions for 10-15 minutes. Davis said if any veterans wanted to join the workshop but don't make it to the first one they can come whenever they have the time and that the door is always open. "They love it," Davis said. "They look forward to it every Monday evening, they form strong friendships. They discover together the power of writing. Most of them, their central motivation is to write for their families. It's a unique experience for them, something that they've not engaged in before and they grow to love it." See Veterans page 8 Wildcat Block Party It's a well-rounded event for pretty much every interest. Bev Rudd, Alumni Relations department " 1 1 u m m mm mtm - im ' mf- mt m " v .. . - s .. -. f s - t -... - J -f V ..... , - - PHD1UB-T BKAN BUI ILRI ItLD UlLM.NI'Oil A group of students covered in foam groove during the Foam Dance at the Bell Tower Plaza on Friday night at the Wildcat Block Party. Nighttime events included a performance by entertainer "Mad Chad" and a movie on a big screen by the bell tower. n. Fifth Annual Wildcat Block Party brings campus together 3 By Jessie Holmes news reporter I The Signpost Weber State University averaged 120-140 booths at the Fifth Annual Wildcat Block Party that took place Friday, Aug. 28. Booths were scattered across the sidewalks on campus Friday morning and early afternoon. All academic and athletic departments, clubs and organizations were encouraged to have booths. Business, local vendors and non-profit organizations also participated in the block party while looking for advertising or volunteers. "Our vision was just an opportunity for the entire campus to be informed and involved and engaged," said Nikki Nicholas, Wildcat Block Party Chair. "I think we've accomplished that." The Wildcat Block Party was formed five years ago when Nicholas and her students were looking for a way to unify people on campus. Nicholas knew of a university in California, similar to WSU, that had a program resembling the block party. She talked to her students and they formed the first Wildcat Block Party. It is now sponsored by WSU Student Association. "It's a well-rounded event for pretty much every interest," said Bev Rudd in the Alumni Relations department and working with the Purple Pak. At the block party, departments reached out to students to inform them about certain aspects of that department. Students had the opportunity to learn more about majors and programs they may be interested in. "This year I'm able to think about what I could do better to make it more fun for people who don't really know a lot about us," said Stephanie Karren, a criminal justice and anthropology major. Averaging about 3,500-4,000 people each year, Nicholas said the annual block party is one of the most attended events on campus. "The block party is a way where everyone can come out on the Friday of the first week of school and have fun," said Chris Brown, a public relations major and member of the block party planning committee. This year the theme for the party was "Rock around the Block." To celebrate the See Party page 8 r- 1 i s s I1K1A.N ISUI 1 1 Kl ILI.IJ i ...J Weber State University students throw foam at each other during the Foam Dance at the Bell Tower Plaza Friday evening. For more photos, see page 8.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-08-31, Vol. 80, No. 11|
|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.|