Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-11-201
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Lady 'Cats silence CALENDAR . 2 EDITORIAL 3 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT . 4 SPORTS 6 CLASSIFIEDS 7 THE 1 934 zfcieiy Jt'i'c tfjCv-j 2009 rj Thunderbirds K-j see page 6 C. II II II I I l I m M FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2009 VOL 80 ISSUE 43 WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY WWW.WSUSIGNP0ST.COM si News in brief Si ! ' ' 1 ' Pos cha nee ble deoree in the noes - i ,..1 ' ' L; -LU i' -v - - - - - --- i Faculty and staff members lead spoke on the issue of relevance Mas modern college die Panel discussion asks if mission statement of current universities has changed By Thomas Alberts news reporter I The Signpost A Death of the University interactive panel discussion took place in the Hetzel-Hoellein Room of the Stewart Library on Tuesday, Nov. 17 to promote faculty discussion about the importance of traditional university's role in our current economy. "One of the biggest reasons we held this panel was to get faculty to think about what our mission is at the university and what it is that we do well as teachers," said Adam Johnston, a physics professor at Weber State University. "(The forum) stirred up a conversation," Johnston said. "We had five different panelists who all held different ideas about the university and what the role of the university should be." Five panelists attended the forum, including Rick Ford, the co-chair American Student body vice president of Davis campus hopes new ASL club will help students maintain the skill of signing with others w s u v-J v ; V A V ( I fc" i I . . -. - . i a panel discussion on Death of the University. The panel of state universities in current economic time period. of the General Education Committee, Brenda Kowalewski, the co-director of the Community Involvement Center, Gail Niklason, the associate dean for Continuing Education, Stacy Palen, the director of the Ott Planetarium, and Ryan Thomas, an associate provost. Johnston moderated the event. Though the title of the forum was "death of the university," most of the panelists said they felt that the university is evolving or changing rather than dying. "The university isn't actually in decline, but we do have to think about exactly what it is we are doing and what our goal actually is and then how do we meet it," Johnston said. Ford said he didn't think the university is dying. "Definitely it's evolving, it's definitely not dying," he said. "Across the board everyone agreed that S Sign Language club sag k I t PIIOIO BY KANLLZ HASSAN lilt SCMWJS 0? the university system in the U.S. is healthy, but changing." The forum discussed various means by which the university system is evolving and what it needs to adapt to in the coming years. One of the main topics of discussion was the idea of online learning and online classes. Across the panel everyone seemed to have a general hesitation toward online learning. Some in the panel and in the audience openly deemed online learning as a threat to the university. However, some were open to the idea of hybrid classes, although still a bit wary of the online aspect of hybrid classes. Hybrid classes combine the modes of online learning and face-to-face learning. Students may attend class in an engaged format for certain parts of the semester, but learn through an online aspect of the course for other parts of the semester. "We have to wait and see if hybrids are working," Ford said. "It is much more difficult to have a community of learning online. One of See University page 5 r future By Camille Safsten correspondent I The Signpost The Weber State University Faculty Senate proposed changes to the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree curriculum last week mat could change university-wide degree requirements, including an elimination of the scientific inquiry requirement. The idea for a change came from an executive committee decision to encourage the curriculum committee to review current requirements for each degree and attempt to find "a more natural fit of degree with major," according to the proposal. Laine Berghout is a chemistry professor and vice chair of faculty senate. Berghout has served with the faculty senate since the proposal began and said he can see where the future of the proposal will take the university. "The Faculty Senate Prcpssed Chsnss for Cachslor of Ms BA 12 credit hours of foreign language or 6 credit hours of foreign language and 6 credit hours of "language arts" BS 12 credit hours of data collection, testing theories through analytical inquirylab work, or quantitative methods (at least 6 cr. should be upper division courses) By Savannah Turk news reporter 1 The Signpost Weber State University's Davis campus is starting an American Sign Language (ASL) club for deaf and hearing students attending WSU. Vicki Thompson, student body vice president for Davis campus and family studies major, heads the club, which will be held twice a month in the Shepherd Union Building. Thompson has taken all four levels of ASL offered through WSU. After her final class, Thompson said she was worried she would lose the skill without practice. "I thought, if only I could practice with others on campus," she said. Thompson began signing out of a fascination for the language; however, many people who learn ASL have done so for a deaf friend or family member. Being ice president at Davis, Thompson knew the proper procedure for starting a club at WSU. "I knew exactly how to start the club, write a constitution and work closely with the clubs and orgs (organizations) department," she said. "I felt like in a matter of two davs I Executive Committee is currently seeking input on the specific language of the proposal regarding the BA and BS requirements," Berghout said. "We need to insure that the language of the proposal is clear and accurately reflects the intent." The most substantial changes that will take place if the proposal passes will be the requirement for either 12 credit hours of foreign language or six credit hours of foreign language and six credit hours of language arts credits for the BA degree. The BS degree would require 12 credits of science that would include at least six credit hours of upper division courses that emphasize data collection, testing theories with analytical inquiry and lab work. "Concern has been voiced that the proposed changes will result in additional credit-hour requirements," Berghout said. "It is expected that major programs in fields See Degree page 5 - GRAPHIC BY MIKI ETO Tlir SIGNPOST ns on at WSU was able to start paving the road so that this club will be successful." The ASL club is on the path to success, already having about 25 members, with an anticipated 50 members as the club grows. This high turnout proves Thompson's reasons for starting the club are true. She said she believes there is a great need for a place where those who love to sign or are interested in learning can come together. "I am organizing it because I have seen a need across campus for the deaf and hearing students who use ASL," Thompson said. "1 have a deaf friend who said it was really hard to come to school and have no one to communicate with." Thompson outlined three reasons for the importance of having a signing club at WSU. "One awareness of sign language and the deaf culture. Two to provide a social atmosphere for deaf and hearing students at Weber State. Three to facilitate a place for deaf and hearing students to improve and practice their signing skills." The deaf community is an important part of sign Moldovan soldiers given onions to fight swine flu CHISINAU, Moldova (AT) Moldova's army is feeding its soldiers onions and garlic to help them ward off swine flu. Defense Ministry chief doctor Col. Sergiu Vasislita said about 0.9 ounces of onions and 0.5 ounces of garlic will be added to each soldier's daily diet. That roughly corresponds to a small onion and a couple of garlic cloves. Vasislita said Thursday that the measure was taken after 24 soldiers fell sick with swine flu in the past two weeks. More than 1,000 Moldovans have swine flu widi 90 new cases reported daily. About 6,500 troops serve in the army of Moldova, a small former Soviet republic bordering Romania and Ukraine. Jury sides with NYC police in clown's law suit NEW YORK (AP) A federal jury has ruled lhat New York City police didn't use excessive force when they arrested a professional clown who left a suspicious device that turned out to be a balloon inflator inside a coffee shop. Alexander Alhovsky sued following his 2006 arrest, which stemmed from an investigation of a report of a suspicious package with tubes and wiring at a Manhattan Starbucks. The bomb squad determined it was harmless, but set up surveillance. Alhovsky went to the Starbucks the next day and was arrested after officers saw he had a similar device. He said he was a clown and used it to inflate balloons. The arrest was voided when a police search of Alhovsky's home found nothing suspicious, but he claimed that he suffered physical and mental injuries. language. The ASL club plans to not only have deaf students join, but to become part of the deaf community. "We plan to do some service for the deaf community ... and I would imagine that as we progress we will find more and more opportunities to serve the deaf community." Those interested in joining the club do not need an extensive knowledge of sign language. Thompson said anyone interested in learning or practicing is invited. "We will mostly play games and practice signing," she said. "We have goals in the future to bring our members to the Silent Weekend at Utah State University." Silent Weekend at Utah State University offers students a completely silent weekend (no cell phones, iPods or talking) to increase their fluency and interact with members of the deaf community. Without any noise for two days, students will compete and participate in team-building activities aimed at improving ASL skills. There is currently no fee to join the club and all levels of knowledge are welcome. Anyone interested can look up the club on lacebook under the WSU American Sign Language Club. Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-11-20, Vol. 80, No. 43|
|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.|