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Alumnus is Sales and Marketer of the Year ...page 4 Men's basketball to play Mavericks in home finale Saturday ...page 6 AT A GLANCE 2 EDITORIAL 3 BUSINESS & SCIENCE 4 SPORTS 6 CLASSIFIEDS 9 ¥ OL 82 ISSUE 69 ; FEBRUARY 17, 2012 WWW.WSUSIGN P0ST.COM Chnl rights icon shares experience 'Little Rock Nine' student recounts difficulties of desegregation "I avoided the past for a very long time. PHOTO BY TYLER BROWN I THE SIGNPOST Elizabeth Eckford, one of the "Little Rock Nine" students who desegregated Little Rock Central High School in 1957, shares her experiences with students and community members at Weber State University. By Eric Jensen news editor I The Signpost Elizabeth Eckford, a "Little Rock Nine" student whose image became synonymous with the civil rights movement, spoke with students and community members at Weber State University Wednesday. In front of a crowd that filled every available seat and left many standing or sitting on the floor, Eckford told stories from her time as a high school student at the recently desegregated Little Rock Central High School in 1957. The image of a 15-year-old Eckford attempting to enter the school amid a crowd of angry // — Elizabeth Eckford 'Little Rock Nine' student white protesters has often been used to illustrate the struggles in the southern states during that time period. Although her experiences were moving enough to inspire books and documentaries, Eckford said she didn't discuss what she went through until almost 40 years later. "I avoided the past for a very long time," Eckford said. "I used to move around the country a lot, and there are people who have known me for years and don't know anything about my connection to Little Rock." When she finally decided to talk about her past, Eckford said she wanted to share her experiences with students. See Eckford page 5 Writer mixes poetry, politics Poet speaks at WSU By Lauren Gardner correspondent I The Signpost Poet Amiri Baraka visited Weber State University Thursday as part of the Convocations lecture series. Baraka is an author of more than 40 literary works and is known nationwide for his political activism. Baraka, who hails from Newark, NJ., read some of his poetry to WSU students and answered students' questions. He opened with a spoken-word poem he once read during Black History Month. Speaking of his African ancestors, his heritage and slavery, one part of the poem read, "Watch out Africa. With the wind and water blowing through my ears ... sell me to the ghosts . . . my brother, the king, sold me to the ghosts. When you ban our boom-boom- ba-boom, you in deep, deep trouble. Probably take you 700 years to get out." Another poem he read, "Women Work Feverishly for Slave-Master Romeo's," addressed the issues of sexism in the world. Baraka has had the opportunity to lecture not only at WSU, but at other locations in the United States, as well as the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. Most of Baraka's works were read in a singsong voice. He used the pitch of his voice to enunciate his poetry to the beat. Though most poems addressed important social issues, many were versatile and consisted of everything from Morgan Freeman to Santa Claus. His words were inspiring to some students not only in context of the subjects entailed, but because he incorporated humor into the poems as well. "The devil said he left 'cause there was so many niggas," Baraka read, "so then he went to Europe." In another, he said, "If Elvis Presley is King, who is lames Taylor?" While the literary works were addressing issues the nation has faced, See Poetry page 5 Learning to love your body By Shayli Lones correspondent I The Signpost The Women's Center at Weber State University sponsored "Love Your Body Day" in the Shepherd Union Building Wednesday. The theme of the event was to encourage students to appreciate their minds, bodies and spirits. The event was open to all women who wanted to learn more about how to love their bodies. Women from the surrounding community, WSU students and students in the COLOR program from Highland lunior High School were in attendance. The room was full with some attendees having to sit on the floor. Carla Vogl, a WSU health promotion student, spoke at the seminar as part as her internship credit. "My training in life has taught me we all have different life experiences which make us who we are," Vogl said. Topics covered at the seminar included self-image, fitness, healthy eating, fashion and relaxation. Handouts and gift bags were given to each attendee. "I'm excited for the gift bag," said Lo- rie Ball, an Ogden community member. "I can't wait to go home and see what we got. The handouts are nice. It will be nice to have something to go over later." Women were encouraged to speak out, share their opinions and give input on each topic. When asked what they considered to be beautiful, several women gave their definitions of beauty. "My parents always told me that everyone is beautiful. We are just made differently," said lasmine Reys, a Highland lunior High student. Vogl described self-image as a computer. "Unless we install something into it, nothing will happen," Vogl said. She said she believes that each day, women should look in the mirror and say a positive affirmation to themselves. "We need to make the decision to change," Vogl said. COLORS & CLUSTERS DRESSING WITH STYLE Five tips to wearing color: 1 )Choose colors that work with your skin and hair 2)Stay away from "loud" or distracting patterns 3)Wear colorful accessories 4)Fit the color with the season (light colors in the spring , and darker colors in the winter) 5)Don't be afraid to be bold Steps to clustering colors: 1 )Find a pattern-print, stripe or plaid to inspire the color scheme of your cluster 2) Choose 5 to 8 pieces of top and bottom clothes 3) Each piece should compliment at least two other pieces 4) Select accessories that go with the wardrobe 5) Gradually expand clusters to meet wardrobe needs 6) No two pieces of clothing should be alike strong, move forward ^H A Attendees were asked B to write down a single m I affirmation for them- ^PK selves that they could read out loud every K day. ^^ "I'm beautiful and Each day I get up and Nothing can keep me down," Ball said. "It was weird to write down something positive about myself. I think most women dwell too much on the negative and forget about the positive." Fashion tips and tricks were given to teach woman about how they can create their own wardrobe clusters with a single inspiration piece. "Find that one piece in your wardrobe that you love," Vogl said. "Use it as the inspiration and branch out. You don't have to be on trend all of the time. Some trends might not work for you." One tip mentioned was keeping a personal color wheel while shopping. Vogl said this will help women make the right fashion choices specific "If it's not your p to them, color, then don't even go there." Vogl said. Vogl taught that no one is responsible for one's happiness but oneself. "Other people can enhance and add to your happiness, but it is all in how you take it," Vogl said. "We need to remember that beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. How others see yourself is not important. How you see yourself means everything." For more information on events and seminars for women, students can visit the WSU Women's Center in Room 322 of the Shepherd Union Building or e- mail email@example.com. Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2012-02-17, Vol. 82, No. 69|
|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|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University of Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|