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'Cats win close game against in state rival Aggies AT A GLANCE 2 EDITORIAL 3 FEATURES 4 SPORTS 6 CLASSIFIEDS 9 Conductor under fire after patron complaint Palumbo says he didn't know patron was handicapped By Stephanie Simonson managing editor I 777e Signpost An incident during Sunday night's concert in the Browning Center generated controversy among some attendants and media outlets. As Michael Palumbo, director of orchestral studies at Weber State University, conducted the symphony orchestra in the Austad Auditorium, he paused before starting the fourth movement to address a noise from the audience. Palumbo said the noise sounded like a baby crying. According to Browning Center event policy, children younger than 8 years old are not allowed at certain performing arts events. He said he didn't know at the time that the noise was coming from a mentally disabled individual. "Noise is noise," Palumbo said. "So I asked to have the child removed immediately. It had nothing to do with being handicapped ... I went down to the front of the stage, and I waved and said, 'Bye bye, you need to leave,' or something like that, trying to keep it from sounding like I was being mean and nasty about it." Palumbo said he has seen several blogs and articles about the incident that painted him in a negative light. John Kowalewski, media relations director at WSU, said he heard the performing arts department has received mixed comments; some described the noise as more like a gentle cooing, and said Palumbo reacted harshly or disrespectfully, while others said the noise did sound like a baby crying and was disruptive. Upon being confronted by Palumbo, the family of the disabled person and several other members of the audience left the auditorium. WSU senior Michael Cummins, who plays the trumpet in the orchestra and whose wife, Chelsea, is in the choir, said the noise was disruptive, but that Palumbo might have overreacted. "It was actually harder to hear the instruments than it was her," Cummins said. ". . .1 think he (Palumbo) was a little more angry than it necessarily warranted, but at the same time, he was feeling the same things that we were, and he's the one in charge of it all, and it all lies on him whether or not things go well, even if it is his fault or not. So I can understand where he's coming from, and why he could be so frustrated. He possibly went a little over the top, in my opinion." Cummins said he does not blame Palumbo for the situation. "Basically, I would like people to understand that it's very difficult for musicians, much less the conductor, to be put in that situation, because we're trying so hard to make it right," he said. "We've worked months on this piece of music, and it's very diffi cult to play when we've got a distraction like that." Thomas Priest, chair of the performing arts department at WSU and a bassoon player in the orchestra, said it was unusual that the conductor would have to deal with such situations personally. "He kind of got forced into handling the situation, which, if you think about it, if it was the Utah Symphony or it was a concert at Temple Square, the performers would never handle that situation," Priest said. "That would be expected of the staff. So he came out looking not very good, which is unfortunate, because he does a good job for us." Kowalewski said the university will be looking into event protocol, to See Orchestra page 5 Painting to save the rhinoceros PHOTO BY AIMEE SMITH I THE SIGNPOST Students browse the dozens of rhino-inspired pictures submitted for the Respect and Protect: Rhino Art Auction, hosted by the Department of Zoology. The silent auction is aimed at raising money and awareness of the International Rhino Foundation and the conservation of rhinos. Students pay the price at the pump Despite marginally lowered gas prices, students still feel the weight of the commute to school By Amy Fiscus correspondent I The Signpost Gas prices may have fallen in recent weeks, but Weber State University students said they are still feeling the effects of high prices. Shawn Palmer, a WSU sophomore, drives 38 miles each way, four days a week, to the main campus. "Honestly my whole life has changed because I'm going back to school, and the cost of the commute is horrendous," he said. "In total, my truck costs $300 per month to gas, which is really hard on the pocket book." Amy Jensen, also a WSU sophomore, commutes about 30 miles three days a week to classes held at the WSU Davis Campus and Davis High School. Jensen recently purchased a new SUV and said that it has increased the amount she spends on gas. "I am spending more on gas now than I was because my new car requires mid-grade gas and gets less miles per gallon than my old car." Cliff Nowell, associate dean and professor of economics at WSU, said gas prices in Utah aren't necessarily more expensive than elsewhere. "Because of refining and refining capacity and taxes, gas prices will differ all through the U.S.," Nowell said. "(With) the schedule that refineries are on, sometimes they are not at full capacity in one region, where they are at full capacity producing gas in another region and so there are regional differences through time. I don't think Utah is more expensive on average than the nation, but said there are times when we are more expensive and less expensive." The markets in other countries impact local gas prices too. "(In the past), it was rare to find car ownership in the largest country in the world, China," Nowell said. "Now, in the cities anyway, it is more and more common among the upper- middle class, so the worldwide demand for oil has changed dramatically in the past 10 years and oil is really a worldwide market." According to Nowell, gas prices will continue to fluctuate. "As the world comes out of recession and economic growth increases, oil prices will rise and gas costs will increase," he said. "But one thing that people commonly say about gas prices is that they buy the same amount of gas when the price changes, but that's just not true. Numerous studies show in the long run if the price of gas goes up, by say 10%, consumption will go down by 6 percent. . . ." To limit her gas consumption, Jen- See Prices page 5 Stud, senate questions bus pass fee By Brian Giles news reporter I The Signpost The Weber State University student senate meeting this week said they don't want an extra fee for students who use the UTA education pass. The university offers an Ed pass that allows students a discount on riding UTA busses and the Front Runner. The price of the Ed pass will increase, but no decision has been made regarding the new pricing. Brady Harris, senator for WSU Davis, said that by increasing the price of the Ed pass, fewer students would take advantage of it. "If we put in this fee," Harris said, "then ridership is going to go down. Their won't be as many students using those services." Nancy Collinwood, director of student involvement and leadership, said UTA rider- ship by students was larger when the Ed pass began being offered four years ago. "The students that rode the bus were absolutely thrilled with it," she said. "Back then, they were paying $36-$40 a month for a bus pass." Collinwood also said students don't realize how much they are saving compared to the cost of a regular bus pass. "A monthly bus pass is $56, and if you want the premium one, it's $180 per month," Collinwood said. "If you look at it that way, we are saving that student tons of money." An eight month pass, which would cover fall and spring semesters, would cost $450, not including front runner. Kyle Braithwaite said the Ed pass is also a significant savings compared to the cost of gas and regular car maintenance. "I spend about $1000 for a school year on gas," he said. "Not to mention the milage I put on it and the oil and all that." Braithwaite said more students will drive to and from campus because they won't realize how much it is costing them. Collinwood said that if more students rode UTA it would decrease the number of parking stalls needed, as well as being better for the environment. "You have to look at it in a little bit of a global sense," she said. "It might inconvenience you, but it might be better for the community, for the environment, for the world." Some senators would like a parking structure close to campus. Shalie Barber, senator for social and behavioral sciences, said other universities in the state have parking structures, but the students pay more for their parking passes. "You don't want to know the prices of their parking passes," she said. "Utah State is $90 something for their highest, and the University of Utah is $140 for their highest." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2011-11-16, Vol. 82, No. 44|
|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.|