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'Cat Bash draws funds for athletic scholarships BYSKYLERPYLE news editor | The Signpost The Weber State University Wildcat Club brought more than 500 people together Friday night for its annual 'Cat Bash at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center to support athletic scholarships. With approximately 300 student athletes at WSU benefiting and receiving some form of scholarship from the 'Cat Bash, many at the event said there was no place they would rather be. "The 'Cat Bash is a great event, and the most important thing is it helps to support the scholarships for student athletes," said WSU President Charles Wight. "It's about having the community come together and support the athletes through donations to support scholarships." WSU Athletics director ferry Bovee said all the money earned during the 'Cat Bash goes directly into the scholarship program. PHOTO BY TONY POST | THE SIGNPOST Weber State University President Wight mingles with guests at the Wildcat Club's 'Cat Bash on Friday night. "We have to push to really raise that bar on scholarship funding. This is a great event for that." Bovee said it takes a lot of hard work from the board to find scholarship money for all the athletes. Some support comes from student fees, but the program has to raise the rest, and it can be a hefty bill. "We have over 300 student athletes, so when you consider what it takes to get all of them in, and with what the NCAA allows us for scholarships, it takes a lot," Bovee said. "It includes their tuition, books and fees, housing for some, and then a small stipend because they cannot work while they are representing the university as a student athlete." This year's presenting sponsor was Young Automotive Group. Table sponsors included Cutrubus Automotive Group, Bank of Utah, America First Credit Union, Big-D Construction, the McKay-Dee Foundation and Swire Coca Cola. "There are so many good people involved in making this happen that are not listed in the program. You can't do this overnight," said Wildcat Club President Robert Gale. "It's a labor of love. Many of these individuals don't have anything to do with student athletes, so it's amazing that they come and give their time and money. It is huge." Gale made the joke that planning for next year's event starts Monday, but that is the club's approach to make sure it has the best event possible and is able to bring out the most people — and not just for their donations, but to see what the 'Cat Bash is all about. "I think you heard them (the student athletes) earlier when they said you don't have to come here and donate, but please know how much we appreciate it," See BASH page 5 Ninth Turkey Triathlon draws largest crowd yet BY TIMOTHY POTTER correspondent | The Signpost Weber State University hosted the Ninth Annual Turkey Triathlon on Saturday with 175 competitors, some by themselves and some as part of relay teams with each member tackling a different facet of the event. Triathlon partici pants ran a 5k, biked a 10k and swam 300 yards. The 5k began on campus and took runners to the Dee Events Center, where they switched to the 10k biking portion and rode to 4600 S., up around Skyline Drive and back down to the Swenson Gym to finish with the 300-yard swim. Previous years have seen cancellations of the biking portion of PHOTO BY LAUREN CREST | THE SIGNPOST A turkey mascot, competitors and family gather around the pool after the swimming section of the Turkey Triathlon on Saturday. the competition due to weather, which could have resulted in less participation, but the event was moved forward this year to avoid any weather conflicts. "This was the largest turnout we've had so far for this event," said Emily Davidson, marketing and operations coordinator for Campus Recreation. "Other than a small problem with an improperly marked bike route, the event went really well. Everybody seemed to have a good See TURKEY page 10 Federal grant set to double health information programs BY MICHAEL ANDERSON &R0SIE GERRISH correspondent & asst. news editor | The Signpost Two Weber State University programs could reportedly double within the next four years. The Health Information Technology Career Mobility Grant, awarded by the United States Department of Labor, includes $2.5 million to be spent over four years within WSU's health information technology and health information management programs. The federal government awarded the money as part of the United States Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Ca reer Training program. "We're going to spend a lot of money in the first year upgrading equipment that will allow video conferencing over the whole state," said Frederick Henderson, coordinator of the program. "The grant gives us the ability to increase the capacity of what we currently offer in the health information field." Henderson said he believes the video conferencing is important to allow students face- to-face classroom interaction without having to leave their homes. In addition to purchasing new equipment, the grant will also See GRANT page 8 Only in Ogden prepares to open downtown store BY RAYCHEL JOHNSON editor-in-chief | The Signpost Only in Ogden held an opening reception for community friends on Friday night to unofficially celebrate the opening of its new store. Only in Ogden, a community-supporting organization, uses social media as a vehicle to expand the exposure of arts and culture in the community. Everything ranging from art galleries and performances to pictures of missing dogs can be found on the Only in Ogden Ins- tagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts. After undergoing what was more of an emotional process than a difficult one, Bryan Smith, founder of Only in Ogden, said setting up the organization's permanent location took about a month and close to 70 gallons of paint. Smith, who has been a part of the local scene for many years and started up Only in Ogden in 2010, enlisted the help of friends and locals to help him put together his new location. "I've really been surprised at the number of people who have come out to be a part of it and help out," Smith said. "It really transformed the space." Only in Ogden has taken over the space that was most previously known as Tookiloo Boutique on Washington and 23rd Street, but Smith said the building has 100 years' worth of history. "It was a fantasy land of cowboy belts, rhine- stones, rodeo queen See OGDEN page 10 PHOTO BY RAYCHEL JOHNSON | THE SIGNPOST A horse statue, covered in photos taken from the I Am Ogden project, sits on display inside the gallery space of the new Only in Ogden store.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2013-11-04, Vol. 84, No. 37|
|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.|