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Women's soccer wins for first time this season ... page 6 Learning the ropes of college ... page 4 AT A GLANCE 2 EDITORIAL 3 FEATURES 4 SPORTS 6 CLASSIFIEDS 11 Pushing for idle free campus Campaign seeks to cut emissions By Tracy Dunlap reporter I The Signpost This year, there have been many stickers floating around that read, "Turn Your Key — WSU is Idle Free." "This idle movement is saying, turn off your key unless you're planning to drive," said Eric Ewbert of the Environmental Issues Committee. "There's no reason to sit in the car with the engine running." Each year, the Utah legislators get together in September and start their "Idle Free Awareness Month" at elementary schools to help kids educate their parents about idling. They tell parents that idling creates asthma and wastes money. Ewbert says that there have been parents parking in front of elementary and junior high schools, running their vehicles while waiting for kids to get out. They don't realize that these kids walk through the exhaust smoke while they are idling. This awareness is spreading on Weber See Idle page 5 Soaking up sun, studies Catal?.gto ** r ' go online PHOTO BY SPENCER GARN I THE SIGNPOST Freshma n Chelsea McGrath studies anatomy for her biology medical core class on the grass between the Shepherd Union Building and the Browning Center Tuesday afternoon. Several students were outside studying or relaxing under clear skies Tuesday. Student senate also introduced to new app By Tracy Dunlap news reporter I The Signpost The Weber State University Student Senate was cued into university plans to use less paper during their Monday meeting. Bruce Bowen, an associate provost, attended the meeting as a special guest to talk about WSU catalogs. "We try to take all this information into an electronic device," he said. "And one of the things that has happened across the country in the last few years are institutions moving their catalogs into electronic catalog. It's time for Weber State University to move from a printed catalog to an electronic catalog." Bowen did mention that WSU can keep some books in the bookstore for those who prefer to read out of the hard copy. The next matter brought upon the senators was student involvement. The senator adviser, Nancy Collinwood, announced that the students here at WSU have been asking nonstop about clubs, organizations, scholarships and volunteering. "We need to reach out to someone," she told the senators. "I want them involved." Collinwood advised the senators to go ask around and see if anyone is trying to find out where to find volunteering organizations, and help them out. "My point is for you to make sure we have people know," she said to the senators. See Senates page 5 Panel addresses pitfalls of media Importance of intelligent consumption of news also stressed in discussion By Spencer Garn editor-in-chief I The Signpost Watching reports on the controversy that sprang up about President Barak Obama's citizenship over the summer was an entirely different experience for Lonald Wishom II depending on which cable news outlet he was tuned to. "I see how different (news stations) are and I realize the truth is somewhere in the middle," said Wishom, diversity vice president. "I thought it was important to kinda like shed light on this issue to students." Wishom lead a panel of professors, journalists and the student body president through a discussion about practices of national media and the responsibility citizens have to consume news intelligently. "The question I think is the most important to ask with the media is who is telling me this and what biases do they have," Wshom said. Shane Farver, a professor of journalism and faculty advisor for The Signpost said the demand for immediate news is one factor compromising the quality and accuracy of reporting. "People expect news immediately," Farver said. "Wth that, accuracy is going to take some hits. There's no way around it." With the journalism industry hurting for revenue, outlets feel more pressure to produce news that will sell, Farver added. "The media could afford to give people what they needed and not what they wanted," Farver said. "They're trying to give people what they want, they're trying to entertain and that doesn't always translate to what they need." Even so, the panelists frequently addressed an individual's own responsibility when consuming news. "The public has to pay attention, looking at all the sources," said Charles Trentelman, a journalist at the Ogden Standard Examiner. Part of the blame for the deteriorating quality of reporting rests squarely on the shoulders of the public, said Leah Murray a professor in the department of political science and philosophy. "Where did we go wrong? We went wrong in what we choose to consume," Murray said. Farver addressed another development of modern day media, the blurring of opinion and factual reporting. In the modern day newspaper, those lines aren't always clear, Farver said. A practice, he indicated, is not acceptible. "It has to be couched as analysis," Farver said of any kind of opinionated reporting. PHOTO BY CORIE HOLMES | THE SIGNPOST Comment on this story at Lonald Wishom II, diversity vice president, asks panelists a question about wsusignpost.com. the current climate of national media Tuesday afternoon in Wildcat theater.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2011-08-31, Vol. 82, No. 13|
|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.|