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Thursday | January 16, 2020 | Volume 91 | Issue 4

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Smash and grab A car’s window was smashed in the Ogden Institute’s parking lot on Jan. 10. A student saw this and called WSUPD who contacted the vehicle owner. The owner confirmed that her purse had been stolen. There was no video footage or any evidence that could be collected. The officer had her drive to the station, so the glass could be vacuumed out.

Vaping away A group of students were vaping in the D2 building on Jan. 8. Police were called and an officer responded. Three underaged students were vaping. The students’ parents were alerted and the students warned.

Bonging along On Jan. 10, RAs at Wildcat Village called the police after smelling marijuana in the hall. The police knocked on

the door and were invited in. The police found which dorm room the smell came from, but the resident was not home. All of the roommates were informed of rules before the officers left. Police were called to University Village about the smell of marijuana on Jan. 11. Police were invited inside and asked about the smell. There were several people in the bathroom. When police knocked, they found a homemade bong. The resident was cited for the parapheniala.

Driving Donuts Officers were alerted to five cars driving donuts in the Dee Event Center’s parking lot on Jan. 11. An officer arrived and warned the drivers before leaving. After the officer left and responded to another call, the drivers began to drive donuts again. Another caller reported the drivers, but they were gone when the officer returned. Comment on this story at

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Liz Graves,11, defends againt Camariah King, 4.

The Weber State Wildcats hosted the Sacramento State Hornets on Jan. 11 for a Saturday afternoon women’s basketball matchup between interconference rivals. Despite a competitive first half, Weber couldn’t keep up as the Hornets pulled away during the second half, defeating the Wildcats 91-67. Both teams came out of the gate firing as the first quarter was an offensive showcase. The Hornets won the quarter 26-20 thanks to a barrage of threes falling for them despite good defense from the ‘Cats. Three-pointers were the name of the game for the first half, as Sac State let it fly under chants of “Let’s Make it Rain” from a passionate section of Hornet fans. Sacramento shot 8-19 from three for the first half. Not to be outdone, freshman Guard Ula Chamberlin was an early spark for the Wildcats on offense, slashing to the paint and breaking down the defense. Chamberlin would finish with 10 points on the afternoon. The first half of the game was a battle between opposing play styles; a quicker, three-point oriented offense from the Hornets versus a more traditional, swing the ball around until the best shot is createdstyle of offense for the Wildcats. Sac State senior Camariah King led all first half scorers with 15 points. She would finish the game leading all scorers with 23 points. WSU’s top first half performance came from Freshman guard Daryn Hickok with 12

points on 5-6 shooting to go along with five rebounds off the bench. Weber went into the half down 57-48. The third quarter is when things began to go south for Weber State. The back and forth game soon became one sided as the Wildcats only mustered 12 points throughout the quarter. The baskets that the ‘Cats were able to make came at an inefficient rate as Weber shot 25 percent from the field during the third. WSU also had eight turnovers to pile onto their offensive woes. “We tried to play the game like they play the game...we did not stay disciplined” Head Coach Velaida Harris said about her team’s performance in the second half. The third quarter ended on a 14-2 run by the Hornets who led 80-60. The 20 point lead all but ensured that no amount of fourth quarter heroics would jeopardize their imminent victory. The fourth quarter was a formality, as a total of 18 points were scored between both teams. Weber State now falls to 3-11 and 1-4 in conference play. Weber showed the brilliance that this roster is capable of, but unfortunately, a bad third quarter sunk them. The Wildcats next game is Thursday evening against middle of the pack team Idaho State. The ISU Bengals enter the game on a two-game skid and are only 2-8 on the road. With a lot of basketball left this season, the Wildcats will look to get their groove back and begin to climb the ranks of the Big Sky as conference play wears on. Comment on this story at

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Discussions with David Brooks

By MARISA NELSON Asst. Section Editor

make it pertinent in a world where a lot of people don’t talk about that anymore,” Weber State student Tracy Compton said about Brooks' thoughts on emotions and relationships. Compton added that students should use these opportunities to see other people’s perspectives and to grow, just like Brooks mentions in his book. Brooks is also the leader of a project called Weave: The Social Fabric Project. This project aims to help end the loneliness and isolation in our society. People all across the world are shifting from individualism and putting relationships more into focus. According to The Aspen Institute website's description of Weave, “Weaving is a way of life and a state of mind, not a set of actions. It’s about the spirit of caring you bring to each interaction with someone else. It’s a willingness to be open and loving, whether you get anything in return. As humans, we long for honest, deep con-

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In a small group meeting, students asked New York Times columnist David Brooks his thoughts on closing the political divide in America today. Brooks has visited 33 states over the last several years, trying to “see the stories," as he calls it, of individual people. His conclusion is that people don't meet the commonly held stereotypes regarding them, and that personal connection and relationships have tremendous power on our lives. “It’s very hard to hate up close,” Brooks stated. “If you find yourself hating the opposition, just meet one.” Brooks gave a speech as part of Browning Presents! and also had the opportunity to visit with a smaller group of students and answer questions about his career on Jan. 14. Brooks shared many stories of people

he has met throughout the years, people who have experienced low "valleys," as he called them. However, those individuals took hard experiences in their lives and used them to make a difference in their community. Brooks talks a lot about building character and morals in his most recent book, The Second Mountain. In the book, Brooks shared personal stories alongside those of others he has met about the four biggest commitments that shape our lives: vocation, spouse and family, community and faith. Brooks maintains that making sure we choose these commitments wisely will help us find true joy and help build a good character. Brooks says that having good relationships helps us to understand others. If we can understand emotions and how many different types of sadness or joy there are, we will better understand relationships. “Those are the things that matter the most. I like that he can bring that in and

New York Times columnist David Brooks visiting with faculty members of Weber State University

nection. Weavers make the effort to build those connections and make others feel valued.” Near the end of his speech, Brooks said that if we are looking to help grow our connections with others, the other things we think are important in life seem more minuscule. We can help lift others out of their valleys and they can do the same for us. Our souls crave connection, and Brooks is a believer in the fact that when we really see other people, we can find true joy. “Take delight in the deep awareness of other people,” Brooks said. According to Brooks' ideas, finding true joy isn’t going to come from the prize; it is in the process — a process that involves making relationships and approaching people with an open mind. Comment on this story at | January 16, 2020 | 5

“It’s very hard to hate up close. If you find yourself hating the opposition, just meet one.”

– David Brooks

NIKKI DORBER | The Signpost

David Brooks delivered a message of love, generosity and community during the speech he gave for WSU's Browing Presents! series.

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It is the start of a new decade, and that means the U.S. Census Bureau will be undertaking the tremendous task of gathering population data from all over the country. Media specialist Coralys Ruiz Jiménez, from the Dallas regional census center, urges everyone to answer the nine question survey provided by census workers. Their data collection efforts will begin on March 12 and go through April. When Ruiz Jiménez was younger, she did not realize that, as a Puerto Rican, her family members' voices could be heard. However, once she understood how the census worked, she grew a passion for it. Now, she wants to teach young people about how the census works so they will not feel afraid to be themselves. Weber State's Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL) invited four census workers as panelists to encourage college students to participate in the upcoming census. The main focus of the 2020 census, according to census partner specialist Ali Omran, is funding and representation. Event panelists reminded the audience that, because the census only happens every 10 years, it is critical that students understand why it matters. According to Associated Students, Inc., a student run nonprofit group, the census is essential for redistricting, fair representation and providing billions of dollars for college students. Additionally, the census ensures U.S. citizens receive proper representation on state and federal levels. Redistricting provides more accurate representation for congressional and state legislative districts. This helps to keep up with demographic changes in local communities. Census data helps to direct the distribution of billions of dollars of federal funds towards causes citizens may find to be important. However, census data collection is not without its challenges. According to the panelists, college student demographics are considered "hard-to-count" because of the tempo-

rary nature of college student populations. Some of those “hard-to-count” data points include students who are nonwhite, recent immigrants and first generation college students. Poor and otherwise disadvantaged communities are included in the "hardto-count" category. The largest “hard-tocount” location in northern Utah is in Ogden, between 25th and 31st streets. According to panelist Mallory Bateman, the lack of participation in the 2010 census had a severe negative effect on the city’s funding. Additionally, it missed over two million children, 3.7 million African-Americans and 3.8 million Latinos nationally, according to the Faith in Public Life advocacy group. The CCEL event panelists argued that if people do not answer the census questionnaire, the federal government will miss out on important data, and this "Now I am older, and I realize the importance of it," said Betty could lead to unfair representation and Smauldon. funding. One audience member, Betty Smauldon, shared her passion and interest for the census effort. Smauldon works for the Northern Utah Coalition and partnered with the state to receive more information about the 2020 census. “I remember as a kid, my parents would fill [the census] out,” Smauldon said. “Now I am older, and I realize the importance of it: the infrastructure, the buildings, schools, education. The funding that is needed for those things comes mostly from the census.” Panelists addressed the concerns of those who may be intimidated or worried about the data collection by the 2020 census. Title 13 of the U.S. legal code protects individuals’ and businesses’ private information from being published. Additionally, U.S. Census Bureau employees are sworn to honor and protect people’s information according to the rules of Title 13. If employees violate the law, they could face a prison sentence of up to five years, be given a fine of up to $250,000 or both.

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la falta de participación en el censo del año 2010 tuvo un efecto negativo severo en los fondos de la ciudad. Según Faith in Public Life, el censo falto mas de dos millones de niños, 3.7 millones de Afroamericanos y 3.8 millones de Latinos. Los panelistas argumentaron que si la gente no contesta el cuestionario del censo, el gobierno federal se va perder mucha información importante. Esto puede resultar en menos representación y fondos injustas. Un miembro de la audiencia, Betty Smauldon, compartió su pasión e interés por el esfuerzo del censo. Smauldron trabaja por el Northern Utah Coalition y se asoció con el estado para recibir más información sobre el censo del año 2020. “Recuerdo cuando era niña, mis padres llenarían [el censo],” dijo Smauldon.

“Ahora soy mayor y me doy cuenta su importancia: la infraestructura, los edificios, escuelas, educación. Los fondos que se ocupan por esas cosas en su mayoría provienen del censo.” Los panelistas dirigieron las preocupaciones de la gente que puede estar intimidados o preocupados sobre la colección de datos del censo del año 2020. El Titulo 13 del código legal de EE. UU. protege la publicación de la información privada de individuales y empresas. Adicionalmente, empleados del Census Bureau juran honorar y proteger la información de las personas de acuerdo con las reglas de el Titulo 13. Si los empleados violan la ley, podrían enfrentar una sentencia de prisión de hasta cinco años, recibir una multa de hasta $250,000 o ambas.

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Es el comienzo de una década nueva, y eso significa que el United States Census Bureau comenzará la tremenda tarea de juntando información sobre la populación de todo el país. Coralys Ruiz, especialista de media del Dallas Regional Census Center, urge que la gente de respuestas a la encuesta de nueve preguntas proporcionado por los trabajadores del censo. La colección de datos empezará el 12 de marzo y continuará en abril. Cuando Ruiz era más joven, ella no sabía que, como una puertorriqueña, las voces de su familia tenían importancia. Sin embargo, cuando ella entendió como funciono el censo, le apasionó. Ella quería a enseñar a los jóvenes como sirve el censo para que la generación más joven puede ser más educada y para que no tengan miedo de ser ellos mismos. El Center of Engaged Learning invitó a cuatro trabajadores del censo como panelistas para animar los estudiantes universitarios que participen en el próximo censo. Según Ali Omran, un especialista asociado del censo, el enfoque principal del censo del año 2020 es financiamiento y representación. Durante el evento, los panelistas recordaron a la audiencia que es crítico que entienden la importancia del censo porque solamente se hace cada 10 años. El censo especialmente es importante en asegurando que los ciudadanos de EE. UU. reciben la representación propia a nivel estatal y federal. Según Associate Student’s, Inc., en cual es un grupo sin fines de lucro dirigido por estudiantes, el censo es esencial para redistribución de distritos, representación justa y billones de dólares para estudiantes universitarios. Redistribución de distritos proporciona representación más exacta para distritos legislativos estatales y del Congreso. Esto ayuda para mantener cambios demográficos en comunidades locales. Los datos del censo ayudan a dirigir

la distribución de miles de millones de dólares de fondos federales hacia causas ciudadanos pueden considerar importantes. La colección de datos del censo no está exenta de desafíos. Según los panelistas, los demográficos de los estudiantes universitarios son “difíciles de contar” por la naturaleza temporal de las poblaciones de estudiantes universitarios. Algunos de los datos “difícil de contar” sobre estudiantes universitarios son los estudiantes que no son blancos, son inmigrantes recientes y los estudiantes universitarios de primera generación. Comunidades pobres y desfavorecidas también encajan en la categoría de “difícil de contar”. Un lugar que es “difícil de contar” es entre las calles 25 y 31 en la ciudad de Ogden. Según la panelista Mallory Bateman,

“Recuerdo cuando era niña, mis padres llenarían [el censo],” dijo Smauldon.

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North Ogden City and Utah’s Special Olympics demonstrated warmth and success — even on bone-chilling, 28 degree mornings — can be wrung out of a handful of wet towels. The Polar Plunge took place the morning of Jan. 11 at the North Shore Aquatic Center where staff, supporters, Special Olympic Athletes and volunteers all donated their time to raise funds for Utah’s Special Olympic Organization. Daring participants could “take the Polar Plunge” by jumping into a 42 degree swimming pool and trying, through any and all means, to get across quickly. Jennifer Percival, a program assistant for the Utah Special Olympics, explained how the organization utilizes every penny that their fundraising activities bring in, as they are an organization which is largely funded by donations. “Anytime Special Olympics does fundraising, that money stays in Utah,” Percival said, “and it will only go back to support Utah athletes.” Donations are used for everything from providing equipment, keeping traditions alive and strong and, most importantly, providing free opportunities and activities for Utah’s Special Olympic athletes and their families. 2020 was Percival’s first year organizing the Polar Plunge. “I’ve really learned how important it is for a team to come together, and I’ve seen how generous people can be,” Percival said. “There’s always some way Wikimedia

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Participants jumped into the 42 degree water, swam across the freezing pool and got back out into the 28 degree air.

to help, something always needs to be done.” People showed up to participate in the plunge from all over Northern Utah. Some participants were volunteers and others were athletes and their family members. Before a single toe was dipped into the pool, crowds huddled around portable umbrella heaters, wrapped up in blankets and towels and sipping hot cocoa. “We’re freezin’ for a good reason” was the slogan for some attendees. Chris Priseno has been involved with the Utah Special Olympics since 1991. He is one of the Special Olympics athletes. “I do it to support the team,” Priseno said. Priseno commented further on how important the program has been in his life, expressing his gratitude to the Special Olympics Program, their staff and their volunteers. “Without Special Olympics,” Priseno said, “I’d probably be at home bored half to death and not be able to do a lot of stuff.” One first time volunteer, Levi Backman, found out about the Polar Plunge though an app. Backman described himself as an outgoing person. He showed up looking for ways to support the event and didn’t know what to expect. Backman was tasked with the job of helping get the athletes registered as they came into the event, and he helped make sure that the participating jumpers paid the Polar Plunge fee. “A lot of us, nowadays, want to change the world by big means. It boils down

to one-on-ones. I’ve seen that through serving, causing people to feel loved, that’s what changes the world on a large scale,” Backman said. “It’s a domino effect, even something as small as a smile can change a person’s day.” Dr. John Pobanz, owner of Pobanz Orthodontics, has been a supporter with the North Ogden Polar Plunge for the past four years, but this year, he wanted to step it up a notch for 2020’s event. He wore a superman suit for the costume contest that was held just before the plunge, along with several other people who dressed up for the event. Pobanz was able to get nearly fifty individuals inspired to take action and show up, even if they didn’t dive into the freezing water. “I think whenever you actively do something, as you participate both emotionally and physically, it has more meaning to you,” Pobanz said. “It creates a life instance that you can reflect back on, and there’s a lot of value for teams. It’s great for the community to engage in something tangible, something memorable.” Pobanz has found that whenever he lets people know about something that’s got a good cause behind it, his clients, in general, want to get involved. After taking the plunge, Pobanz said, “At first, it’s always a lot of energy with the music, all of the attendees. Then afterward, it’s all about getting warm.” Comment on this story at

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both the teams showed that regulation tie wasn’t enough. The ’Cats and Cougars took to the ice for a five minute sudden death overtime, but both teams were unable to score and headed to a shootout. Goaltender Kyle Lane stopped three of the five BYU shootout shots. William and Bryon Fobair also added goals in the shootout, and both teams were tied as the last WSU shooter took the ice. Joel Johnson skated to center ice and sent the puck between the BYU net minder’s legs as the ’Cats rushed the ice in celebration behind the BYU goalie. “I was shocked I was even in the game, but I was thrilled to watch that puck go

into the back of the net for the win,” Johnson said. “This will help our team with momentum, and we will feed off this win to keep it going.” WSU took the ice again on Saturday night against UVU. Weber State took an early lead and coasted to an 8–2 victory over the struggling Wolverines. “That game was a blast, and you want to beat your in-state teams,” Kapinos said. “That BYU team was tough, and they never quit fighting. We have a lot of respect for them, and you could tell it was mutual.” Comment on this story at

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The Weber State University hockey team took the ice for the first time in 2020 against the Brigham Young Cougars and Utah Valley Wolverines. The Wildcats picked up right where they left off with a 5–4 shootout win over BYU and a 8–2 win over UVU. “Every win is huge; we want to make it to nationals, and we can’t give up points. That win was huge to keep us ahead of them in the standings,” head coach Alan Kapinos said. Jacob Schneider got the score started Friday night, putting the ’Cats up early with a 1–0 lead. The Cougars answered

with a goal of their own, tying the score at 1, before Bryon Fobair snipped a shot past the BYU net minder. The ‘Cats had a 2–1 lead going into the first intermission. BYU changed the momentum of the game and found themselves up early in the third period, looking to hold off the resilient effort from WSU. The ’Cats and Cougars traded hit for hit as the physical play progressed throughout the period. With just a minute and 45 seconds left in the game, William Fobair put the Wildcats in front, 4–3. The crowd rose to their feet in cheers and remained standing for the rest of the game. With just 45 seconds left, the BYU Cougars tied the game once more, and

WSU and BYU get ready to face off in Friday night’s game. The Wildcats hope to continue their winning streak this season into the new year.

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Wildcats prepare to pounce on the Cougars’ goal during their game on Jan. 10.

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The number three ranking is held by the Wildcats football team as Weber State University’s historic season came to an end after reaching new heights. The Wildcats advanced further than ever after advancing to the semi-final before falling to James Madison in Harrisonburg,

VA. The Wildcats posted an 11-4 record and are coming off their third straight Big Sky championship. The 11 wins tied a school record for the Wildcats, and it gave them home field advantage for the first two playoff games. In the first game, the Wildcats edged Kennesaw State and then sent the Montana Grizzlies packing in the second game to set up a date with the JMU Dukes.

The Wildcats traveled to Virginia but came up short against the FCS powerhouse. The team flew back to Ogden that weekend with the country on notice, and next year they will try to advance to their first ever title game in the history of the program. The ‘Cats had 14 players earn all conference honors and five players were named to the first team. The Wildcats’ highest

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