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CALENDAR EDITORIAL BUSINESS & SCIENCE SPORTS .... CLASSIFIEDS ... O THE 1934 jgw C?Vi'C Qcrtr-J 2009 ri In. ir- I WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009 WWW.WSUSIGNP0ST.COM ..in Am Oil Ml VOL 80 ISSUE 47 (J. j) -v. Ill f 1 I Recreating cours e to save student grades Developmental math courses to now be offered exclusively online By Spencer Gam asst. news editor I The Signpost After failing Math 1010 two consecutive semesters, Christopher Gillis gave up on Weber State University's developmental math program and chose to .fulfill his quantitative literacy requirement by enrolling in Philosophy .2200. Beginning this spring, the developmental math department will implement a new teaching model to reduce the high number of students who, like Gillis, fail developmental math. Every semester, 70 percent of incoming freshmen place into some level of developmental math. Approximately 2,900 students enrolled in developmental math for the fall 2009 semester. Currently, only 50 to 60 percent of students pass their developmental math course with the required C or better. WSU expects the new program, Technology Enhanced Redesign of Mathematics (TERM), to increase the number of passing students by up to 25 percent. "I'm just extremely excited about the program," said Dale Ostlie, the college of science dean. "We've been looking for a very long time for an approach that could be helpful for our students." Ostlie was introduced to theTERM model last spring at a National Center for Academic Transformation conference. Since then, employees of the developmental math t - ' "- - - - PHOIU B KANEEZ HASSAN JUL MGM'Oif Adjunct professor John lacovelli explains a math problem, while Math 955 students prepare for a final exam. It is expected the new TERM model will increase student pass rates. program and other university entities have pieced together a model for the program that will be adopted by Math 950 next spring. Math 960 and 1010 will also adopt the TERM model beginning next summer. John Thaeler, director of the developmental math program, attributed the quick development and implementation of the TERM model to a collective enthusiasm for the change. "We haven't had to fight the administration," Thaeler said. "We haven't had people within the program dragging their feet." Many students currently enrolled in See Math page 5 " - TV tk-" SOUTH CAMPUS DRIVE cross svv k ' , o CROSS WALK . z-- , : 7' " : SOUTH CAMPLSDR.F j.V . . JJ ' ' " , ' CENTER r ' , f , I .. PLAA-fr .' J ' - .; , ' .f 71,7' . C ! I L-'-:-. .- VY- Vv '. 'f J BUILDING f ;' - Kl0!SDInlgI feOHl LaSal Hall .first to face demolition By Jessie Holmes news reporter I The Signpost A new housing project is underway at Weber State University. Construction is scheduled to begin in May 2010, starting with the demolition of LaSal Hall and replacing the building with new dorm-style housing. Four buildings sit on a 12-acre lot east of the Hurst Center and south of 4100: LaSal Hall, Stansbury Hall, Promontory Tower . and Wasatch Hall. The university plans to eventually demolish all of the buildings and replace them with three new single-student dorms. "There's been a high demand for additional housing on campus and the housing that we do have, between LaSal, Stansbury, Wasatch and PT, is really out of date," said Mark Halverson, facilities management project manager. "It's not in the best shape and it's less expensive to build a new sUTicture versus trying to go in and really renovate the old ones." 1 n a , . . j- ' xv." 1 Y T- i . V"ir PLAZA NEW w ' ,r:D b;j" Y ' K N . -: ..rr X 1 v . ., ' i I ... .. imno F'V. tV'"-V V 7 ; V-' i ".PRVH CRtISS SVA.1.K i-v , iiAPINOARFA I . J- 7-.KRVKF. .r-V KAMP C-Sl.-vriNO Attl-A u J CiL SOURC t; MH IN AKCHIIECTS A rendering of proposed plans for the future of student housing at WSU to begin implementation as early as May 201 0. The LaSal, Stansbury and Wasatch Halls were built in 1964; Promontory Tower was built in 1968. Halverson said the total projected budget would be about $34 million for the three buildings including site improvements; it will be about $8 million for the building that will replace LaSal. Norm Tarbox, ' vice president of administrative services, said the new buildings would have to be paid for through a series of bonds taken out by the iiniversity. WSU will need to repay those bonds by making payments with renters' money. "Housing is different in that the state will not give us money for it; we can't pay cash," Tarbox said. "If we want to have student housing here on campus we've got to be willing to issue debt and then finance the cost of diose buildings over time through the rental income that the buildings generate." Tarbox said the university's administration originally planned on simply renovating Wasatch Hall but after being advised by their architect, they discovered it would be less expensive to build a new building. The university researched the best pricing for the new dorms. Students were given surveys asking how much they individually would pay for different types of rooms. Brett Perozzi, associate vice president of student affairs, said he feels comfortable that the university is building what the students want. "I think that students will See Housing page 5 v.- ; J or,. im Ei u h jtt au t r i r ma LI lOll ) i SHAUNA VLlLKOAKO . A box in theVUB office is filled with wrapped shoeboxes to be given to veterans in need. Faculty and staff donate items to help homeless By Shauna Westergard news rexirter I The Signjxist Faculty and staff on campus will bring Christmas to veterans this year through a service opportunity provided by Veterans Upward Bound. VUB is asking Weber State University faculty to donate to Shoeboxes for Veterans to give something back to the veterans who serve our country. These shoeboxes are given out to departments on campus where employees can fill them with toiletries, candy or snacks, gloves, socks and warm clothes. The shoeboxes will be returned to UB on Dec. 14 and will then be given to homeless and nursing home veterans in the Ogden and Salt Lake areas. Lori Adlcr, office manager for VUB said that veterans face many issues that can lead them down difficult paths. If they are unaware of their situation, thev may become homeless. "Like everything, there are people that try to deal with things on their own, and they may not have family members to point them towards help," Adler said. After the shoeboxes are collected they will be taken to the Homeless Veterans Fellowship in Ogden and the Valor House and Veterans Nursing Home in Salt Lake City A nursing home for veterans opened recently in Ogden and Adler said they may have a few residents there that will receive shoeboxes. "We'll find homes for all the shoeboxes, even if we get thousands of them," Adler said. Last year VUB collected about 150 shoeboxes and they are hoping to collect more this year. The WSU Alumni Association said they will bring in 40 boxes and Adler said a church group from the community will also be donating 40 boxes. Adler said they had 100 boxes available for departments to use if they couldn't find a box and now only have about 20 left. Their goal is to collect at least as many as they received last year, and certainly hope to get more. See Shoeboxes page 5 International news in brief UK says 5 Britons are being held by Iran after their yacht was intercepted LONDON (AP) Iran is holding five British sailors after stopping their racing yacht in the Persian Gulf, the British government said Monday The move could heighten tensions between Iran and major world powers, including Britain, that are demanding a halt to its nuclear program. Oil prices spiked 2 percent to $77.45 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as the news broke before settling slightly at $77.28. The yacht owned by Sail Bahrain was stopped on its way from tire tiny island country to the Gulf city of Dubai on Wednesday when it "may have strayed inadvertently into Iranian waters," Britain's Foreign Office said. Sail Bahrain's Web site identified the yacht as the "Kingdom of Balrrain" and said it had been due to join the 360-mile (580-kilometer) Dubai-Muscat Offshore Sailing Race, which was to begin Nov. 26. The event was to be the boat's first offshore race, the Web site said, adding that the vessel had been fitted with a satellite tracker. Attempts to reach representatives of the raceboat's owner were not immediately successful. Iran's plans for 10 new enrichment plants largely bluster, but draw calls for more sanctions TEHRAN, Iran (AP) Iran's announcement of plans to build 10 more uranium enrichment facilities is largely bluster a'ter a strong rebuke from the U.N.'s nuclear agency, analysts said Monday. Nonetheless, the defiance is fueling calls among Western allies for new punitive sanctions to freeze Iran's nuclear program. U.S. and European officials were swift to condemn the plans, warning that Iran risked sinking ever deeper into isolation. Iran responded that it felt forced to move forward with the plans after the International Atomic Energy Agency passed a resolution Friday demanding that it halt all enrichment activities. Iran's bold announcement Sunday appears to be largely impossible to achieve as long as sanctions continue to throw up roadblocks and force Iran to turn to black markets and smuggling for nuclear equipment, said nuclear expert David Albright. "They can't build those plants. There's no way." he said. "They have sanctions to overcome, they have technical problems. They have to buy things overseas ... and increasingly it's all illegal." A mote worrisome escalation in the standoff would be if Iran reduced its cooperation with the IAI'A as some Iranian officials have threatened to do if the West continues its pressure. The U.N. inspectors and monitoring are the world's only eyes on Tehran's program. The head of Iran's nuclear agency on Monday ruled out an even more drastic move, saying Tehran does not intend to withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Laptop stolen from The Signpost office A white MacBook laptop with a blue protective casing was stolen Wednesday from The Signpost office on the fourth floor of the Union Building. A S10I) reward is being offered for information leading to the recovery of the laptop. To provide information contact The Signpost at 001-626-7974.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-12-02, Vol. 80, No. 47|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University|
|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.|