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AT a GLANCE EDITORIAL FEATURE SPORTS CLASSIFIEDS VOL 80 ISSUE 05 WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2009 WWW.WSUSIGNP0ST.COM p i Best o UclXUDM-j MM gfti MS WSU golfer finishes second at state amateur golf tournament see page 5 r i 1 im uesi Seven teams compete for number one at the Annual Corps Encore event in Ogden By Cimaron Neugebauer news editor I The Signpost A typically desolate venue in the summer was blasted with beats and sounds in front of a crowd of thousands on Wednesday. The Weber State University Marching Band and the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps presented the event that consisted of seven elite band corps from around the nation competing at the Corps Encore, an annual summer event held at Stewart Stadium on WSU campus. "You learn so much from it," drum major Erica Buege of the Cascades Corps said. Buege, a sophomore in college, conducted the corps for the first time this year. Her corps along with six others performed in Ogden as part of a Drum Corps International (DCI) summer tour, which visits more than 100 cities across the nation. The event showcased a myriad of talent and choreography from high school and college-aged marching musicians and color guards. The seven teams that competed in the event were the Oregon Crusaders (Portland, OR), Cascades (Seattle, WA), Troopers (Casper, WY), Santa Clara Vanguard (Santa Clara, CA), Bluecoats (Canton, OH), Blue Devils (Concord, CA) and Blue Knights (Denver, CO). Denny Fifield, former WSU grad and local chair for the event, said planning the event takes an immense amount of time. "Next week we will talk about tonight's event and already begin planning for the next year," Fifield said. Having a chance to see the performers make a stop in Ogden on their national tour gave a chance for those who have or are still involved in marching band to reminisce and reconnect with people, according to Fifield who was See Best page 6 , a V., 1 V - J m .1 , f - t.. -7 it.. ' .7. . .ft: i i A Youth World Archery Championships come to campus By Frances Kelsey editor-in-chief I The Signpost The Weber State University Campus and general Ogden Community has become home to compotators, coaches, and spectators from around the world. The WSU Football practice field has been transformed into the Qualification and Elimination field for the 1 1th Youth Archery World Championships where teams from 56 countries, including a total of 450 archers, will compete against one another individually and as teams, in hopes of making it to the finals and eventually the World Cup in Shanghai, China. "I think it's going very well," President of the Organizing Committee Greg Easton said. "The support we got from Ogden City when we started putting this bit together, the Utah Sports Commission and also the Ogden and Weber County Convention and Visitors Bureau was phenomenal, we had a lot of support to get us to this point. The turnout we've had so far from the volunteers has really helped to make this event a success. So it's going very well." The International Archery Federation (FITA) Event Director Juan Carlos Holgado said the initial set up and transportation of teams into the area went smoothly and he expects the rest of the competition to continue to run well. "I think the preparation of the event was excellent," Holgado said. "It was very well done; it has been very smooth. Especially in the beginning it is very difficult because there are many people coming, the transportation, accommodations, and it went very smooth. I'm very satisfied because things are going very very welL" The championships are divided into HIOIOSBI NATHAN CAULFORD . till r k I WWW V V. - I: Z Archers compete in the 2009 Youth on Monday at the football practice categories, depending on the type of bow being used by an archer, along with the age and gender of each archer. The two bow types being used are a Compound Bow and a Recurve Bow (which is an Olympic Caliber bow). There are two age brackets within the competition. Cadet archers are 16 years or younger, and Juniors compete up to age 18. United States Compound Junior Archer, 18-year-old Samantha Pruitte said she is enjoying the competition and the venue. "I'm really happy," Pruitte said, "we've got great conditions to shoot it and so its really great, it makes for good relaxed shots." Kirik Lee was a former Olympic Coach for Korea from 1981-1997 and Australian coach for nine years. Lee has since moved to coach the American Team since 1996. Lee said WSU is a beautiful venue and that the team is enjoying their time in Utah. "The venue is a little bit smaller than other international venues but we divided the divisions and this is great; it's a perfect setting, better than many other countries. Always Americans do a great job." Denise Parker, the CEO of USA Ar- World Archery Championships field on WSU campus in Ogden. chery said the hardest part of managing the event has past. "Today is the first day of competition, so it's just getting underway," Parker said. "Sometimes in these cases getting everyone in, picked up from the airport, checked in, visas that can be the most difficult part. So the hard part is out of the way and now they get to do what they do best." Parker, a native of Pleasant View, Utah, is a former three-time Olympian and Bronze Medal winner in Archery. Having competed on an Olympic level from 1988-1992 when she was in her early teen years, Parker said taking part in planning the championships was a cool experience. "I was up on the practice field the other day and it just hit me," Parker said. "I saw everything that I've seen for 20 years all over the world. I could have been at Croatia or China and this is here, in my hometown, 20 minutes from my house. All of my friends from all over the world are basically in my back yard. It was pretty cool. It was a cool experience." See Aim page 8 A i v j Former student says science is for everyone By Jessie Holmes sr. news reporter I The Signpost Recent Weber State University graduate Ron Proctor developed a 20-minute video designed to teach people that science is for everyone. "Science is a human endeavor," Adam Johnston, a professor of physics at WSU, said. "It's something that everyone can do. It's something that is one really powerful piece of how we come to understand the universe' and our place in it." Proctor was in church one day when a speaker showed distaste for the Big Bang Theory and the Theory of Evolution. Proctor wants people to understand that the LDS church has no policy against science or science education. "There seems to be a strong cultural misunderstanding in this community about what science is and how science works," Proctor said. "I do not intend to replace faith with science. I say there is room for both in our lives." The video, called "The Nature of Science," took about three months of 40-60 hour workweeks to make. Proctor interviewed College of Science faculty members at Weber State. He then proceeded to write the script and plan the visuals. It was created in a program called Blender, a free 3-D open-source program. He did his project in video format because he wanted the message to be communicated in a small amount of time to various audiences, including schools and the public. "I hope this will promote a greater understanding of what science is and how science works for university students and the greater community," Proctor said. See Science page 6 -m 1 ill- ! iimtmi. i i Ogden celebrates two anniversaries with one big party Ogden's Pioneer Days' 75th and Egyptian Theater's 85th combined into a sole celebration By lames Dohnert sr. news reporter I The Signpost Hundreds of local residents showed up at Perry's Egyptian Theater last Saturday for not one, but two celebrations. "The Grand Celebration" included the 85ih Anniversary of Perry's Egyptian Theater and the 75th Anniversary of Ogden Pioneer Days. The Egyptian Theater Foundation presented the festivities. All proceeds from the event went towards the maintenance of the theater's Mighty Wurlitzer Organ."The theater has avoided being torn down several times. We wanted to celebrate the fact that it's here and it's been 85 years," said Michael Fenton, an Egyptian Theater Foundation board member who grew up in Ogden. Perry's Egyptian Theater was built in 1924 and went through many alterations before closing its doors 60 years later. The building was abandoned for fourteen years until it was bought by the Weber County Heritage Foundation, who turned it over to the Egyptian Theater Foundation so more emphasis would be put on reopening the facility. The building was opened again to the public on January 17, 1997. Laura Jacobs, a local volunteer at the celebration, said the theater had "always been here; it's a part of our town, it brings people to Ogden, and it makes us who we are. Saturday's events included the showing of a Buster Keaton silent-era film, a performance by the Imagine Ballet Theatre, and live music by country hand Stampede. "It's really nice to have here," said Neha Varma, another local volunteer at the event. "The theater gives us something to do." The event embraced the 1920s era of Ogden with people showing their support by wearing classic Flapper dresses and cowboy attire while dancing to songs of the era. "I've seen Ogden in a very exciting form previous to its deterioration and stores along the street disappeared; when Woolworth was still here and JC Penney 's was here," said Fenton about the decline of the downtown infrastructure.Fenton said something exciting has come back to Ogden with the recent addition of The Junction and renovation of the Egyptian Theater, which is "an important part of the downtown structure." Perry's serves as awell-preserved landmark in Ogden and leaves many locals with memories of days gone by, according to Mary Vender, a volunteer at the event. "I have a lot of personal history with the theater," Vender said. "My grandmother was one of the first people to open the theater in 1924. When it opened, she used to perform here a lot and both my parents used to come here to movies as children and I think it's super cool. It's super awesome that Ogden chose to preserve it and turn it into a protected building." The dual celebration is one of many events to entice people back to the downtown area and bring in much needed cash flow, something Fenton looks forward to. "We need more momentum," Fenton said. "We'll get these stores across the street filled, and the theater is still here and that small-town feel will be back." Fenton admitted the small town feel has waned in recent years. The support for the events like this are serving to help rejuvenate downtown Ogden. For a complete listing of upcoming events at the theater you may visit the link on The Signpost website. Comment on lliis story at wsusignpost. com.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-07-14, Vol. 80, No. 5|
|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.|