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CALENDAR 2 EDITORIAL. . ... 3 BUSINESS & SCIENCES . 4 SPORTS . 6 CLASSIFIEDS .11 THE 1 934 fci :ji WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2009 VOL 80 ISSUE 33 WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY WWW.WSUSIGNP0ST.COM 3 Ritchie makes record see page 6 1 1 i vzl) Li 1 20-year-old institution gets national recognition By Frances Kelsey editor-in-chief I The Signpost The United State's House of Representatives honors different academic and athletic institutions throughout the nation for their work and dedication, and yesterday, Tuesday, Oct. 27, the House chose to present that honor to Weber State University. The Committee of Education and Labor suggested the resolution to honor the university this year, in conjunction with the university's 120th anniversary. The resolution was introduced by Congressman Rob Bishop in the middle of last week and brought to the House floor by Monday, Oct. 26, which, according to Bishop, is a fast turn-around time. "I was happy because Weber State means so much for the top of Utah, both for education opportunities, (and) as an engine for economical development," Bishop said. "They add culture as well as the recreation and athletic opportunities with the community. I was happy that this one happened to be at the right time." Bishop said he was impressed with the amount of achievement made by not only the university itself, but by its various programs, See Praises page 1 0 - 1 " v ' - ; o ) v ! ! S ! i ' 5 i J, 5 w - ' . . ... MJUKLt: UlAHPOLICV.COM Utah Senator (R) Rob Bishop speaks at a congressional meeting. Vi u I i 1 I f i 1 1 i I- la .- v . .... -. . tr - . '1 OK) HI NATHAN ( AULFOkl) A view of the Bell Tower on a cold Tuesday morning, Oct. 27. The first valley snowfall of the year came earlier than usual. Cold air hit campus early Tuesday and left students bundled up with temperatures below freezing during the morning and highs in the mid 40s. Senate pushes for Sodexho menu changes Senators want healthier food choices on campus By Shauna Westergard news reporter I The Signpost Students who wonder about the quality and availability of food on campus may have changes to look forward to. Weber State University's Student Associate (WSUSA) Senate met Monday in the Shepherd Union Building to recapture topics from the past, such as Sodexho food services. Traditional Senator Tawny Choi spoke to the senate as an advocate for the Internal Affairs Committee. Choi has been looking into options for pricing as well as food quality. Senator Jordan Bailey gave a few suggestions to make food healthier on campus. "Maybe we could get Sodexho to make it so we are a trans-fat-free campus; I don't know if there are campuses out there that already are," Bailey said. "We could be revolutionary." , Bailey said trans fats are very bad and the body can't actually break them down. He suggested that no product on campus have trans fat in it. "We could be a healthier campus; we could be pro-student health," Bailey said. Some senators were skeptical toward beingtrans-fat-free and didn't see it as an attainable goal. Bailey said the entire city of New York has gone trans-fat-free and said he knows it is certainly possible to work towards being a trans-fat-free campus. Senators discussed this option openly, but had not taken these ideas to Sodexho before the meeting. Jan Winniford, vice president for student affairs, suggested that senators research this further and discuss these topics with Sodexho. "I think they are very open to hearing feedback about labeling and nutrition information," Winniford said. She told the senate that there is a food service advisory committee and encouraged them to utilize this source as a way to give feedback and seek solutions. Senate President Elene Kvernadze said it was a great idea and encouraged senators to examine this further. See Changes page 1 2 Cos moversia Lecture series hopes to educate students about health care By James Dohnert news reporter I Tlte Signpost topic in safe setting America's sixth attempt at health care reform has been a recurring battle and a dense topic with complicated rhetoric from all sides. In hopes of better explaining the topic, Weber State University's pre-med and sociology clubs have created a three-part informational series to examine the current health care system. "We keep hearing about the health care debate, but this stuff is so complex that I think it's more productive to think of it as a health care dialogue," said sociology professor Carla k'oons Trentelman. "There's not two sides to this issue, there's about two gazillion." Last week's presenters, Trentelman and Utah Health Policy Project Executive Director Judy Hilman, talked about the sociological impact of health care reform and the current events affecting it. Trentelman showed case studies from her own class that examined the differing ideas and concerns on the topic, while Hilman focused on the bigger picture of what exactly is going on in the discussion. "It has become a really partisan debate, and I think that's really unfortunate," said project executive director Judy Hilman. "It's become about whether we want Obama to have this feather in his cap. So is the opposition opposed to the bills because of what actually is in the reforms? Maybe not so much; they just have to make sure they bring Obama to his knees." Presidents from Roosevelt to Kennedy have all tried and failed to create some kind of universal health care system. While the idea of socialized medicine has seemed dismal, new developments in the Senate are reigniting the idea. Supporters of a public option believe it will help millions of uninsured gain access to health care and keep the insurance industry honest, opponents See Setting page 1 2 International news in brief Experts: Tigers dying out fast despite campaigns KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) The world's tiger population is declining fast despite efforts to save them, and new strategies are urgendy needed to keep the species from dying out, international wildlife experts said Tuesday. "We are assembled here to save tigers that are at the verge of extinction," Nepal's secretary of forest and soil conservation, Yuvaraj Bhusal, told a conference of tiger experts from 20 countries, including the 13 where wild tigers are still found. An estimated 3,500 to 4,000 tigers now roam die world's forests, down from the more titan 100,000 estimated at tire beginning of the 20th century. All the remaining tigers are in Asia. Participants at the conference, which includes the World Bank, and die World Wildlife Fund plan to discuss strategies for tiger conservation, as well as challenges such as poaching, the trade of tiger parts and conflicts between tigers and local populations. "Despite our efforts in the last three decades, tigers still face threats of survival," Nepal's prime minister Madhav Kumar Nepal told the conference. "The primary threat is from poaching and habitat loss." He said extreme poverty has al so challenged efforts. "Global and regional solidarity and corrective measures are more necessary now than ever to face these challenges," the prime minister said. Bhusal, the forest secretary, said participants hope to make high-level policy makers in their countries more aware of the animal's possible extinction. They did what? strange news Not guilty plea entered for prayii g theft suspect INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A judge has entered a not guilty plea for a man accused of robbing an Indianapolis check-cashing business after hugging and praying with a clerk. Twenty-three-year-old Gregory Smith apologized on television last week for the robbery and said he was driven to it after losing his job. Defense attorney Jack Crawford said it's too early to negotiate a plea agreement with prosecutors. Smith appeared in a Marion County court on Tuesday on charges of robbery, criminal confinement, pointing a firearm and carrying a handgun without a license. He is charged in two robberies this month. Smith appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" after a security video showing a gunman praying with clerk Angela Montez during the Oct. 19 robbery was widely shown on television and the Internet. Georgia Shrincrs' mini-can, stolen from storage ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Sh liners are dealing with a big loss after thieves made off with most of their mini -cars. Shriner officials said thieves stole seven mini-cars from a storage facility in suburban Atlanta, leaving the charity short on vehicles for upcoming holiday parades. Police spokesman Del. Cliff Chandler said Monday that burglars broke into the NabbarTemple's storage unit earlier this month. He said they also took a dune buggy, an air compressor and large tool box. Chandler told the AtlantaJournal-Constitution that police are reviewing surveillance footage but it hasn't been fruitful. The go-carts belong to the Prince Hall Shrincrs' Nahbar Temple. The Shriners often ride the cars worth about $2,000 each in parades.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-10-28, Vol. 80, No. 33|
|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.|