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AT a GLANCE 2 EDITORIAL 3 Arts & Entertainment 4 SPORTS 6 CLASSIFIEDS . 8 WWW.WSUSIGNP0ST.COM O THE What to H I watch this ji i. summer in Ogden page 4 l ... I 1. Mi I l WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2009 Rulon Gardner visits WSU r Page 6 dost VOL 80 ISSUE 03 j) f?n n n n nn .J L u J w- L uuiiu ny ujjlj u mm uu& 1 Weber-Morgan Health Department sees cases spike throughout June By Cimaron Neugebauer news editor I The Signpost If you have the flu, there is a'good chance you may have the Swine Flu. Since the H1N1 (swine) flu strain has been identified, the Weber-Morgan Health Department identified 30 state lab-confirmed cases for the virus. . "The CDC tells us if you present flu-like symptoms this time of year, Swine flu is most likely what you have," Tina L'Estrange, communicable diseases nurse at the Weber-Morgan Health Department, said. Due to the recent spike in cases reported, the state has adapted how the virus is reported. Since June 17, the state now only reports cases in which people are hospitalized for the virus. Officials at the Weber-Morgan Health Department say this change should cause the jump of numbers to level off a bit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the H1N1 strain is not captured in the regular flu shot, so getting a regular flu shot will not protect against the swine flu. L'Estrange said this time of year flu cases typically decline but the health department is seeing flu case numbers on the rise this year. "We saw our first case at the end of April, we had nine cases in May, but the majority have been this month," L'Estrange said. In the last week, nine people have been hospitalized and are waiting for results to come back. During this waiting period the patient is asked to voluntarily stay isolated in the home and to wear masks. Confirmation of test results takes at least seven days. Currently, Utah and Texas are tied for the 4lh highest death rate in the nation related to the v . -'' SOURCE: AbSOUAIED PR1SS Filipino women wear protective masks as they walk inside the East Avenue hospital compound in Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines on Monday June 22, 2009. The pandemic is also affecting people locally in Weber County with 30 confirmed cases to date. H1N1 virus. New York is number one with 35. The Weber-Morgan Health Department recommends the following: wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds several times a day; cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze; avoid touching your nose and eyes; seek medical care if you experience flu-like symptoms or fever; and stay home if you are ill. Even if you take all the . precautions, L'Estrange said it does not mean you won't get the virus. "I have spoken widr people who have done everything and they still get swine flu," L'Estrange said. . .. The Weber State University Health Center is readily available to see anyone who has flulike symptoms, according to Dr. Shawn Mc-Quilkin. Students will be tested for influenza A or B, which is a $20 test. "This time of year, if a student has influenza A, there is a 95 percent chance it is swine flu," McQuillan said. A presumptive H1N1 diagnosis follows if results'show influenza A and an anti-viral prescription called Tamiflu is given to the patient. However, having a swine flu diagnosis is not the end of your summer by any means, according to McQuilkin. "My wife actually had the presumptive H1N1 diagnosis, McQuilkin said. "And was put on Tamiflu, and by the end of the weekend she was out hiking in the mountains," The anti-viral prescription only works if it is administered to the patient within 48 hours of the illness, according to McQuilkin. The only way to actually have die H IN 1 virus confirmed is for a patient to require a hospital stay and tests to be done by the state lab. The main difference between H1N1 and the common flu is the age group drat is affected. Hospitalizations regularly occur in See Virus page 5 - A "X "' " ' ' V". s :V ) , ... - r j . : 111' i w.. , . '" . ... , . ' nun ixiitmi'iiiiii m i in m, tm i yimi i ,. , v.v.-v:. -...St. . . i... .. , SOI R( i: BILLY RUT1LR Freedom Rider board member, Debbie Warren helps a child receive a trophy at the Golden Spike Arena during an event this month. The Freedom Riders get together ever Thursday at the Arena. Freedom Riders help chi Idren Disabled children learn to build confidence by riding horses By Jessie Holmes sr. news reporter I The Signpost Every Thursday al the Golden Spike Arena in Ogden students from Weber State University gather with other Freedom Riders to help physically disabled children experience riding a horse. Freedom Riders is a nonprofit organization designed to help physically disabled children ride horses. Everything is donated to the program and volunteers bring the horses each week. Weber County Commissioner's office and the Golden Spike Arena donate the use of their facilities. WSU dental hygiene student Lindsay Rasmussen said, "I think it's cool that people are willing to put forth an efiort to something that they aren't paid back in anything monetarily; just in their own feeling in being able to contribute." This summer a grant was given to the Freedom Riders to fund all of the children in the program, so they could ride for tree. It usually costs the families of the children S80 a summer to ride, but Ratter wrote a giant to the Alan E. and Jeanne N. Hall Endow mcnt and w as aw arded the grant. Jenny Kapp. from South Weber, said her daughter Tessa loves to come to Freedom Riders and ride the horses. Most of the children in Freedom Riders have either cerebral palsy or spina bifida. Cerebral palsy is a diseac thai a fleets the motor cortex in the brain. The disease allects the development of movement and posture causing the person w ith the disease to be limited in their activities. Spina bifida is a disease affecting the neural tube. At birth the neural tube does not extend all the way or is overextended. "I love the kids in the program." Nina Hopkin, a WSU nursing student said. "They hae great spirits, fun personalities, and I just love being here." 1 lelping the kids ride horses is a type of therapy called Hip-potherapy. literally meaning horse therapy. The movement of the horse mimics a person's pelvis when they walk, creating See Freedom Riders page 5 U.S. prepares for Healthcare reform Currently proposed plan examined by administration, Congress and country By Gina Barker managing editor I The Signpost President Obama's plans to reform American healthcare have created a stir of controversy on Capitol Hill and throughout the nation. This long-standing debate stretches across presidencies, but is gaining serious ground in this administration. Obama plans on adopting a government-run healthcare provider as an option to patients, while also allowing personal selection between private or public insurance. He hopes to complete all of his reforms by the end of 2009. By creating a government-run healthcare provider, Obama plans to create greater competition in the market and lower all healthcare plan prices. Obama -also plans to create a complete digital database for all medical records that could save the government a projected $77 billion dollars.In an exclusive interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC's Good Morning America, Obama addressed concerns for healthcare reform. "There tends to be the attitude of 'We have a great system and if we just don't mess with it and the Obama folks aren't trying to do too much we'll be okay,'" Obama said. "That just isn't the case. Doing nothing means more people losing their coverage, higher costs for families, higher costs for businesses, and Medicare and Medicaid will go bankrupt. If we don't make these decisions we'll be worse off." In fact, healthcare in America ranks 37th in the world's health care systems trailing far behind France, Israel, Singapore, and Canada. These statistics come from the last World Health Organization (WHO) ranking from 2000. WHO also ranks America as spending the most on healthcare compared with any other nation, showing the U.S. as using 15.3 of the total Gross Domestic Product income towards healthcare. Students especially are vulnerable. In an InsideIIigherLd.com story from March 2008, 1 .7 million college students within the traditional age bracket arc uninsured. "My wife and I were insured a couple of months ago," said Blake Taylor, a WSU senior, "but I quit my job and so we no longer have insurance. We thought we'd be okay without it. It's a big risk. We Sec Healthcare page 5 S( )l k fc. ASMX IAN J 1'KI SS President Obama meets with Senate Democrats to discuss health care. nous in Brief Perking Permit lottery sisn uptsglnsssoa Starting on July 14 at noon and continuing until noon on July 17, qualified seniors will have an opportunity to sign up for the parking permit lottery. The lottery is a way of randomly assigning "A" parking passes to students. Qualified seniors are students who are currently enrolled in Summer or Fall semester classes and have at least 90 semester hours earned and posted. On or about July 22, permits will be randomly assigned to the seniors. If selected, students have until August 3 to make a payment for the permit. Starting on August 5, all students will have the opportunity to purchase "W", "RW" or "Dee Center" permits. Last year the outcome of the lottery resulted in all "A" permits being sold out. To register for the lottery or for more information you can visit weber.eduparking. rcnsccnccrtsr.d Rrc;xfts The 31st annual Lindquist Family Symphony Pops and ,Firewtrks, scheduled for July 19, will feature a 60-minute concert followed by one of the largest firework displays in Utah. The concert starts at 9 p.m. at the Ada Lindquist Plaza. The New American Symphony Orchestra's performance will include Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" complete with 17 cannons and background music to the fireworks show. On-campus parking is limited. Motorists can access the campus by using the roundabouts of Harrison Boulevard, Edvalson Street, Skyline Drive, and Birch and Taylor Avenues. Dixon drive between the two roundabouts will be closed. Handicapped parking will be available in the A-l parking north of the plaza. No blankets, chairs or saving space will be allowed until after 6 p.m. on Saturday July 18. Anything placed on the lawn prior to that will be removed. No tarps, stakes or tent pegs are allowed. No personal fireworks or pets of any kind will be allowed on campus. WSU Cashier's Office goes green Weber State University's Cashier's Office is moving to electronic billing. Starting this summer semester a paper bill will no longer be sent to your home address. Students can log on to their eWebur at anytime and view real-time account information and print off the most current billing statement. For questions or more information call (H01) 626-8006 or email cashiersfyweber.ed u. Davis Campus BBQ On July 2, Weber State University Davis Campus will hold a free barbecue outside of The Haven. The Haven is located on the second floor of building next to the Bookstore. The Barbecue starts at 11:30 a.m. and continues until 1:30 p.m. Hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, ice cream and drinks will be served.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-06-30, Vol. 80, No. 3|
|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.|