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OCT. 15 Sister Circle The women’s center will begin their monthly meeting dedicated to bringing students, who identify as women, together to have open conversations about self-care, activism in the community and feminism. This month’s theme will be “If I were Queen of the World.”


1. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote was Oct. 6, after weeks of sexual assault allegations and an emotionally-charged hearing where Kavanaugh shed tears. Was Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court?

Japanese-American Internment The Weber historical society will continue their fall lecture series by examining Ted Nagata, a Japanese-American who faced internment alongside his family at the Topaz internment camp during World War II.

a. Yes

separated at the border. The administration has struggled to complete the reunification, due in part to some of the parents having been deported. How many children of deported parents currently remain? a. Under 50 b. Between 50 and 150 c. Over 150

4. In September this year, the Carolinas were hit by Hurricane Florence. Now, 2. Sen. Charles Grassley another hurricane is bearing recently announced his intent down on the southern U.S. to apply for a grant from the Where is Hurricane Michael government farm bailout supposed to hit? program intended to help farmers recoup losses from a. Florida the ongoing trade war with China. Grassley grows corn b. Texas and soybeans on his farm in Iowa, and soybeans were c. The Carolinas again among the first items the U.S. targeted with tariffs in 5. In late September the trade war. How much did this year, deputy attorney Grassley ask for? general Rod Rosenstein faced the possibility of losing a. $1 million or under his job due to reports that he recommended secretly b. Between $1 million and $5 taping President Donald million Trump with the goal of removing him from office. c. Between $5 million and After Trump and Rosenstein $10 million delayed a Sept. 27, oneon-one meeting in order d. Over $10 million to wait for the Kavanaugh confirmation to play out, 3. Back in July, the Trump they met on Oct. 8. Many administration faced thought Rosenstein would be pressure from U.S. justices fired. Did he keep his job? to reunite detained children under five with their parents, a. Yes as part of a longer-term effort to reunite all families b. No b. No


Espido Freire Spanish author Espido Freire, known for her novels such as “Irlanda,” “Melocotones helados” and “Soria Moria,” will have a lecture and reading of her works to WSU students, faculty and the community. Check the Facts Weber State University will hold a “first-of-its-kind” live time fact-checking during the 1st Congressional District debate in Utah. Students involved in journalism, political science and broadcasting classes will participate in the event and live stream the event on WSU’s Facebook. Tribune News Service

President Donald Trump speaks to the media on the South Lawn after he returns to the White House in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 8.


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In an effort to stifle what is purported to be another devastating flu season, Weber State University’s Student Health Center is offering free flu shots to its student body. Weber State University’s APRN-C Marilee Rohan explained why it’s important to get the flu shot early. “The earlier you get the flu shot the better, because you’ll have full immunity by the time the flu vaccine rolls around,” Rohan said. “I encourage students to get the flu vaccine now. That way you won’t be the unlucky student to get flu during finals week.” Rohan said the Student Health

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Center had 900 flu vaccines at the beginning of the semester. It now has 175. Because some patients have an aversion to needles, an intranasal alternative called FluMist is also available. WSU Medical Doctor Shawn D. McQuilkin said the intranasal option actually contains a live, weakened virus, while the flu shot’s virus is dead. “The issue with the nasal spray is it didn’t seem to be quite effective last year,” said McQuilkin. “It may not provide you the same level of protection.” And because the flu season is a time of usual absenteeism, some pro-

fessors, such as Susan Matt of WSU’s history department, know that missing class is sometimes unavoidable. “Some good tips are to contact me by email or by phone and to make sure that you’re keeping up with the reading,” Matt said. “It’s always good to contact your classmates.” According to Old Dominion University website, as much as 20 percent of the U.S. population contracts influenza each year, costing more than $10 billion in direct medical expenses. In addition, the CDC estimates an economic impact of $16 billion in lost earnings and productivity due to flu, not including the intangible costs of personal suffering.

Children and the elderly are the most susceptible, according to the CDC’s FluView charts. McQuilkin explained flu symptoms to be aware of. “You’re gonna be experiencing fever, sweats, chills, and muscle aches,” McQuilkin said. “And you’ll have a temperature that goes up to 102, 3, or 4, aches and pains all over.” For further questions regarding influenza care, the Health Services Office is located in Shepherd Union Room 190 and can be reached at (801) 626-6459. Comment on this story at

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Too Many Zooz Facebook

Leo Pellegrino, David Parks and Matt Muirhead

Too Many Zooz Facebook

Too Many Zooz during a recent performance.


Too Many Zooz brought their “Pug in a Tub” tour to the Urban Lounge on Oct. 1. The self-described brass house band formed when Leo Pellegrino and trumpeter Matt Muirhead met at the Manhattan School of Music. They teamed up with drummer David Parks in 2013 and started busking in the New York City subway. The band climbed in popularity through YouTube. They went viral due to their defining brass house genre and Pellegrino’s characteristic dance moves. Too Many Zooz opened up about how social media and touring have influenced their sound and their lives. Muirhead explained negative comments under posted videos are common, but he doesn’t let them affect his work. He doesn’t see any value in responding to trolls. “To me, that’s just toxic,” Muirhead said. “There is nothing good that comes from that.” However, not every member of the band is able to write off the comments this way. “I’m obsessed about what the audience thinks, all the time,” said Pellegrino, the saxophone player and choreographer. He constantly scrolls through Too Many Zooz’s Instagram page and reads the comments. The trio are living out their dream of traveling the world playing music, and they even played backup for Beyonce during the 2016 CMA Awards. However, they said the music industry and touring have their drawbacks. On tour, the artists have regulated bathrooms breaks, limited food choices and no alone time. “There are so many similarities between touring and jail,” Parks said. Performing in Europe was once a dream, but became a partial nightmare as transportation problems multiplied with each trip. “We show up and break the airport,” Muirhead said. The band had to purchase countless additional tickets for their instruments to ride in the seats next to them. The downsides to traveling are just one aspect of touring. The trio recalled having to practice in bathrooms or narrow hallways before shows.“As fun as it is, there is a lot of personal sacrifice that goes into it,” Parks said. The trio had moments where they had to redefine where their lives were headed, and reconfiguring their personal goals and expectations. Now, they embrace errors. “We are the masters of mistakes,” Muirhead said. “When you make up as much stuff on stage as we do, you have to learn to adapt and be willing to not just make a mistake, but then dig into it and repeat making it until it’s no longer a mistake.” Though touring can be exhausting, there is nothing else the trio would rather be doing. Since Pellegrino started playing the saxophone at 13, his dream was to do it for a living. “I just love grinding hard, and that’s what I’m getting paid to do,” Pellegrino said. Too Many Zooz were forged in the fire of viral videos and had to break out of YouTube to make their dreams a reality. “The internet chose us,” Parks said. “Nothing was going to stop us.” Comment on this story at | October11, 2018 | 5

Wildcats blank the Aggies



The Weber State University softball team looked like they were in mid-season form at the plate and on the mound, with a blowout 15—0 win over the Aggies of Utah State University. “I felt really good about all of my pitches,” starting pitcher Tatiana Su’esu’e said. “I have to give a lot of credit to the pitch-calling and my catcher, Lauren, who was working really hard all game and helped get a bunch of calls my way.” Su’esu’e only allowed two hits through six scoreless innings, and senior Addie Jensen added three strikeouts in the last three innings to finish the Aggies off. In addition to the superb pitching performance by Weber State, the Wildcats had four players with three hits each and six separate players score at least one run. Junior outfielder Landi Hawker showed her speed on the bases, as she led the Wildcats scoring three runs of her own along with a stolen base. After just two runs through two innings, the Wildcats put up four runs in the third, which began with Sydney White, junior infielder, and Takesha Saltern, junior outfielder, who each contributed three hits, two runs and an RBI. Utah State was forced to use three different pitchers throughout the course of this game due to their struggles with their command on the mound, giving up 11 hits through just five innings. The onslaught continued in the sixth inning. RBI’s by junior outfielder Courtney

Pestka and sophomore infielder Chloe Camarero led Wildcats to another four-run inning. The success from the veteran players helped WSU shut out the Aggies, but the most impressive aspect of this win was the production from the freshmen both at the plate and in the field. Brooke Moeai, McKell McCuistion and Faith Hoe, all freshman starters, combined to drive in seven runs on the day. The Aggies didn’t go home without a fight. In the top of the eighth inning, they were able to string a few hits together and load up the bases. However, unfazed, Addie Jensen got out of the jam and kept the shutout going. Despite this 15—0 blowout by the Wildcats, they cannot get complacent. After a disappointing 28-26 record last season, the Wildcats, led by head coach Mary Kay Amicone, are determined to reclaim themselves as a powerhouse in the Big Sky Conference as they did in 2016 and 2017. “I think we can improve on not letting up, like in those couple innings where we didn’t get any runs,” Su’esu’e said. “We didn’t really have anybody on base to have chances to score, so the big thing for us is being able to string together good at-bats continuously.” Weber State has one more home game on October 18 at 3 p.m. against the College of Southern Idaho. The game with the Golden Eagles will wrap up the fall season and WSU won’t play at home again till March 20. Comment on this story at

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As part of this year’s Engineering Applied Science and Technology Speaker Series, Weber State University alumnus Brandon Checketts spoke on his transformation from a 16-year-old retail store operator to “The Man Who Started 23 Businesses” on Oct. 3 in the Wildcat Theater. The mind behind popular websites such as BookScouter, RoundSphere and MouseDining, Checketts calls himself a “Parallel Entrepreneur.” He has built a self-sufficient career on the creation and management of numerous startup programs. Seller Labs, his most successful project to date, has recently landed on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private businesses in America. The product of trial and error in Amazon-focused third party services, Check-

etts initially conceived Seller Labs as a solution to feedback issues with one of his used book sites. “One of the things we learned was when you got one hundred thousand books and someone buys one of them it can be difficult to locate it,” Checketts said. “So we wrote some software to help us out with that part.” The program gained momentum after employing its Feedback Genius software, an application that uses automated messaging to increase communication. Now stepping down from CEO to Chief Innovation Officer of the company, he has big plans for the future of his career. “Generally, I’m trying to get a couple more base hits then go for the home run,” he said. As an avid practitioner of the bootstrapping strategy of business, starting companies without external help, Checketts is always looking for new ways to stretch his resources and finances as

far as possible. “I like the bootstrapping method much more because it gives you more control and flexibility,” he said. “It doesn’t get talked about because its not as flashy and isn’t raising millions of dollars, but it works very well.” Checketts has achieved his extensive resume, in part, through conservative management efforts. He often moves from one program to the next by borrowing from the capital and materials of his previous projects. “Once we have another idea, we’ve already got payroll, we’ve already got bookkeeping, we’ve already got all of these services in place so it’s a lot easier to start the next business,” he said. During his time operating Microbits Computer Store throughout high school and college, Checketts spent much of his young adult life gaining hands-on experience in computer programming, entrepreneurship and accounting.

Ultimately, he has attributed most of the success of his career to a well-rounded knowledge in industry, business and technical-related fields. “As you experience things and as you learn about things, you get a lot more out of it,” Checketts said. “Not everything is successful. Some things work and some things don’t. You don’t really know until you try it.” According to his philosophy of building a successful program, it is ultimately important to start production early and not wait for a billion dollar idea to arise. “Right now in entrepreneurship a lot of people talk about coming up with a big idea, putting together a pitch ... and going to raising money,” Checketts said. “I’ve sort of taken the opposite stance to that along the way and tried to build up a profitable business as quickly as possible.” Comment on this story at | October 11, 2018 || 7


The Weber State University soccer team squared off with the University of Montana Grizzlies in the Wildcats final home match of the season on Oct. 7. It was the final home match of the careers for WSU seniors. The ‘Cats beat Montana 2–1 in a contest that came down to the final horn. WSU also defeated the University of Northern Colorado Bears 2–1 in overtime two nights prior. The WSU seniors honored were defenders Olivia Glassford and Shailyn Jenkins, forwards Morgan Quarnberg and Madison Garlock, midfielder Chansi Crompton and goalkeeper Sarah McCarthy. They have watched the team fluctuate throughout their careers and are looking to finish on top of the Big Sky Conference standings. The win over Montana helped the Wildcats stay in first place with a 5–0–1 conference record. WSU freshman midfielder Olivia Barton is pleased with the progress her team has made. “It feels really good,” Barton said. “We put a lot of work in during the summer, so it’s kind of like you are seeing it now at the end of the season.” The ‘Cats are currently on a four game winning streak and a six game unbeaten streak. Last season, the Wildcats were second to last in the conference as they finished the season 3–12–3 overall and were 2–5–3 in conference play. In 2018, the Wildcats are 7–3–4 overall. The Wildcats and Grizzlies started

off slow, as both teams were feeling each other out and looking for holes. Both teams played efficient defense, hardly allowing shots on goal before Garlock hooked up with Barton for a Wildcat goal. This goal came with 27 minutes left as Barton found the back of the net from centerfield to ignite the WSU crowd. However, the first half lead was short lived. The Wildcats gave up the tying goal 40 minutes into the half after fouling inside the penalty area, which led to Montana executing on a penalty kick to make it 1–1 heading into halftime. After the half, both teams came out hungry for more goal chances, and the Wildcats found one. Once again, it came from a connection between Garlock and Barton, which gave the ‘Cats a 2–1 lead. “We’ve been working on getting in scoring areas a lot in practice,” Barton said. “That’s what we work on, so it’s nice to execute.” The Wildcats were able to hold their lead until the final horn sounded thanks to Nikki Pittman, redshirt junior goalkeeper, who was aggressive and defensive. Pittman finished with four saves to help keep her squad on top. Weber State has three games remaining in the regular season, all on the road. The ‘Cats will play at Eastern Washington University, the University of Idaho and Idaho State University before the Big Sky tournament kicks off. The tournament will be held at the Wildcat Soccer Field from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4.

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Hurst artist in residence Jane Kim’s monarch butterfly mural is erupting across the atrium walls of the Kimball Visual Arts Center at Weber State University. Kim, a renowned artist, painter and science illustrator, designed the mural to capture the monarch butterfly’s lifecycle, seeking to bring awareness to an endangered species, which has declined by 80 percent over the last 20 years. Todd Oberndorfer, Weber State’s Visual Arts outreach manager, originally approached Dr. Scott Sprenger, dean of the Lindquist College of Arts and Humanities, with the idea. “Jane does talk about art with a purpose, so it’s proper in this case to speak of a message,” Sprenger said. “Her intent, and ours, is to bring wide attention to the plight of the

monarch butterfly as an endangered species. Weber State is the perfect site for this project because, historically, Ogden has been part of a major corridor for the monarchs due to naturally growing milkweed.” Kim and her team selected three student interns from the Lindquist College of Arts and Humanities to work on the mural, which is the fifth in a nationwide series of Kim’s Monarch-inspired works, third in Utah, a natural stop along the Monarch’s North American migrating corridor. Kim and her team hope to have the mural finished by the end of October. Last month, local arts-based nonprofit Ogden First commissioned Kim for Monarch in Moda, a mural located on the east-end of Historic 25th Street as the flagship piece in the newly formed Nine Rails Creative District. The mural quickly became a popular spot for photogra-

phers and onlookers. Kim has enjoyed her time in Ogden so far. “Ogden has been so incredible in terms of how well received this project has been and how much real community effort has been put forth,” Kim said. Kim began her relationship with the area last year while completing a residency at Summit Powder Mountain. She also created the butterfly banners at the 12th Street entrance to the Ogden Nature Center. Kim resides in San Francisco but said she isn’t staying in one place for now. Her environmentally charged pieces are meant to be monuments to the geographical areas where the animals and insects she paints actually dwell. Her detailed art is often hand-sketched, then transferred to scale. Kim was commissioned to paint on the walls of Facebook Headquarters and Cornell University’s School of

Ornithology, a project that took over 17 months to paint. Weber State and Ogden leaders are in talks to introduce an annual Monarch Festival to keep the plight of the butterflies on locals’ minds. Kim said, “I really believe, if it’s going to happen anywhere, it will happen here in Ogden.” Kim hopes the Migrating Mural project will inspire widespread conservationism. “We always see this as a springboard for communities to do bigger and more collective things together,” Kim said. Tierra Curry, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity, is deeply concerned about the rapid decline of the monarch population, down to 93 million from more than a billion. In 2014, Curry authored a petition to protect monarchs under the Endangered Species Act. “We could lose the monarch butterfly if we don’t take

immediate action to rein in pesticide use and curb global climate change,” Curry said. In June of 2019, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide if the Monarch will land on the endangered species list. The monarch is an important pollination vector for wildflowers. They eat and lay eggs on plants like milkweed, a species regularly sprayed with the controversial pesticide glyphosate. Sprenger’s department asked WSU landscapers to plant milkweed on campus to help restore the local Monarch population. Sprenger hopes the beauty of Kim’s mural, along with the plaque that will accompany it, will educate the thousands of visitors who come each year. Weber State’s Arts in the Parks program, which Oberndorfer manages, helps to spread the Monarch message. The

children of the program created their own Monarch-inspired art to be displayed throughout October at the O1 Platforms sponsored by Ogden First. The community “Kaleidoscope” exhibition is now on display across from Kim’s Monarch building installation, inspired by the name given to a group of butterflies: a kaleidoscope. Kim will be holding a free lecture in Room 120 of the Kimball Visual Arts Center at 6 p.m. on Oct. 12. The lecture is free and open to the public. Kim’s progress will also be broadcast on the internet, the livestream can be found at Comment on this story at JOSHUA WINEHOLT | The Signpost

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Controversial educator opens

Wildcat’s eyes

Elliot reflects on Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes exercise By HANNAH OLSEN News Reporter


Diversity Reporter

“You are happily ignorant,” Jane Elliot, recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education, said. “I used to be happily ignorant.” Elliot, most famous for her discrimination exercise, “Brown Eyes, Blue Eyes,” was the keynote speaker at the 20th annual Weber State University Diversity Conference. She implemented her experiment in her 3rd grade class in “all-white, all-Christian,” rural Iowa, the day after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. In her simulation, she told her students that people with brown eyes were inherently smarter, faster-learning, more civilized and more component than everyone else. Blue-eyed people, on the other hand, she said, tended to be animalistic, unteachable and uncivilized. She wanted to teach her students, firsthand, the effects of racism. Elliot spoke about her experiment, the “epidemic of racism” in today’s world and her views on how we can put an end to it. She argued that it is the ignorance of white people that creates racial problems and discrimination today. Elliot held no misconceptions about how brutal her accusations of racism come across but maintained that racism is a topic that cannot be discussed gently. She warned at the beginning of her keynote, “Do not applaud the speaker before the speaker speaks.” She added that many people would end up feeling uncomfortable.

“I don’t care if you learn or not. That’s not my responsibility. My responsibility is to bring you some education,” she said. Elliot said her husband warned her that she could get fired for implementing such an experiment in a children’s classroom, to which she responded, “well then, I don’t want to teach in Riceville anyway.” Elliot did not anticipate how it would affect lives outside of the classroom. Her father lost all his friends, her four children were harassed by peers and teachers and no one would speak to her husband. Had she known these would be the results of her experiment, Elliott said she would not have done it. Brown-eyed students were cruel to their blue-eyed counterparts. Because of this, Elliott wanted to end the experiment early, but after a discussion with fellow teachers where one colleague said she thought it was about time someone shot King, Elliott decided she could not allow her students to continue on with their inherited prejudices. Elliot believes King to be the greatest dream we ever killed. Every time she said his name, she did so with great emotion. “We killed a dream,” she said. “I remember as clearly now as if it happened yesterday. He was an inspiration, not just for people of color. All the joke was over. He had a dream to free all of us from the shackles of racism.” When King was killed, Elliot said it was an absolutely different level of tragedy than other high-profile assassinations, such as John F. Kennedy’s. Elliot expressed frustration with the racism of reporters after the tragedy. She recalled some saying it wasn’t such a bad thing King was killed. “I thought blacks were my people,”

she said. “ I thought they were citizens of this country.” When discussing how she separated her class by eye color, comparisons to the Holocaust and current policing towards African-Americans ensued. According to Elliot, an individual with brown eyes could be sent to the gas chamber during the Holocaust because they might be a spy trying to pass as German. She compared the act to shooting young black men because of the color of their skin. “How many of you think we are so much superior to Nazi Germany?” Elliott asked the crowd. Attendees stayed silent as Elliott answered her own question, using the proposed Muslim travel ban as an analogue of events that led to the genocide of European Jews. When discussing racism, topics like sexism, ageism, homophobia and ethnocentrism must be brought up as well, according to Elliott. Speaking particularly to the white members of the audience, Elliot said it was everyone’s responsibility to get educated and to combat any form of discrimination. She spoke to white people in particular because of the privilege she said they possessed. “It’s a huge opportunity for those who have privilege to educate others with privilege. I think it makes a difference. Their voices are heard differently than those who are underprivileged,” WSU junior Nailah Wilson said of the importance of a speaker like Elliott. This was WSU’s 20th annual Diversity Conference. Some students said they hope the need to highlight diversity is no longer necessary in the next 20 years. “In an ideal world, we wouldn’t have to

have conferences to teach people how to be diverse,” Wilson said. “I would hope that in 20 years that it won’t be necessary to sit down and have these conversations with people because people will have changed by then.” Elliott said people are denying racism in their midst to this day. America is not blameless when it comes to the unfairness and inequality minorities have and continue to face, she said. Elliot had the crowd stand as she asked “Do you identity with _______ Race?” She asked white, black, brown and yellow — discounting red because she believes the portrayal of Native Americans as red is wildly inappropriate. At the point where almost everyone had stood, she said, “Now sit if you identify as part of the Human Race.” Everyone sat. She then explained it is irrational to believe it is fully possible to be two races. Therefore, Elliot argued, we are all the same race: human. We are simply different color groups. She said until this concept of a raceless world is commonly accepted, we will never get rid of racism. “Skin color is not an indication of worth or intelligence,” Elliot concluded. “Decide to not tolerate the intolerable.” In recognition for her work, Elliot has been a guest on The Today Show, Tonight with Johnny Carson and the Oprah Show to talk about her passion for fighting racism. Documentaries such as “The Eye of the Storm,” “A Class Divided,” “The Eye of the Beholder” and “The Angry Eye” have all been dedicated to her work simulating racism and discrimination with eye color, instead of skin. Comment on this story at

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The Weber State University volleyball team continued to dominate in conference play, climbing to 5–1, beating the University of Northern Colorado Bears three sets to two at the Swenson Gym. The Wildcats entered the night on a three-match winning streak tied for first place with the Idaho State University Bengals. Northern Colorado took the first set from the Wildcats 25–21, and the ’Cats were braced for a fight. Weber State came out firing in the second set, taking off to a 11–3 lead and continued to build on 20–8 run. The Bears eventually stifled the Wildcats’ momentum, but the ’Cats proved too strong, taking set two 25–18, tying the match at one set a piece. The Bears built on the momentum they gained late in the second set, taking set three 25—17, forcing the ’Cats to win the next two sets if they were going to come out victorious and keep the winning streak alive. Weber State did just that in the fourth set. Tied at eight apiece early on, the Wildcats went on a 9—3 run led by senior Andrea Hale with a forceful kill, sophomore Ashlyn Power followed that with an ace, sophomore Sam Schiess added a solo block and Hale finished set four off with another kill. WSU stayed alive in the fourth set, winning 25–14 and forcing a winner-takesall set five. Tension hung in the air as set five began, tightening as the Bears took a 10–9 lead after a long rally.

Hale was the only one who didn’t feel the nerves, firing a ball to the Bears’ right side of the court tying set five at 10 a piece, changing the entire atmosphere of the gym and giving the Wildcats momentum. After impressive digs by the Weber State defense to keep the rally going the ’Cats took their first lead of the forth set on a attack error by the Bears. Despite an energetic crowd and all Weber’s momentum, Northern Colorado wasn’t giving up without a fight, knotting the game at 15. Sophomore Kennedy Redd slammed down the ball to give Weber State the edge 16–15 and forcing a match point. After a Wildcat serve, the Bears set up an attack in hopes to tie it up, but their dreams were shot down when junior Megan Gneiting made the solo block giving the Wildcats there forth match win in a row. “What an incredible game,” head coach Jeremiah Larsen said. “Hats off to Northern Colorado. They are easily one of the best digging teams in the country and incredibly well coached. To come away with a win was a special moment for our women.” Hale, Gneiting and Power finished the night with one double-double each. Power finished with an astonishing 48 assists and 16 digs. Weber State improved to 10–5 on the season and 5–1 in the Big Sky Conference. They hit the road to Portland State and Sacramento State before returning home to host Southern Utah and Northern Arizona, who is their one loss in conference play. Comment on this story at

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Characters Pig and Sam in PLAN-B’s production of “Zombie Thoughts.” By HILLARY REILLY A&E Reporter

PLAN-B Theater Company showcased “Zombie Thoughts,” a children’s play portraying general anxiety disorder through a virtual video game world, on Oct. 8 at Weber State University. The play has two characters, Sam and Pig. Playing these characters are WSU Alumni Katie Jones Nall and Alicia Washington. Sam is a moody, negative child who experiences overwhelming thoughts that cause her anxiety and make her feel as though she isn’t good enough. Pig is a care-free sidekick who doesn’t quite understand what Sam is going through but wants to help her get

through it. The cast interacted with the audience, who became characters in the game and helped Sam and Pig on their adventures. To kick off the play, the audience voted on which actor would play which character. Together, the two characters conquer their virtual world and Sam’s biggest fears and learn how to cope with anxiety. Cheryl Cluff, managing director of PLAN-B Theater Company in Salt Lake, teamed up with Jennifer Kokai and worked for two years to produce “Zombie Thoughts.” Kokai and her son, Oliver Kokai-Means, co-wrote the play. At the time, Kokai-Means was a nine-year-old fourth grader. Kokai-Means suffers from generalized anxiety disorder and the play portrays his fears and

coping methods. Because Kokai-Means was intimately familiar with the hardships of anxiety disorders, he was equipped to communicate that information to the cast to help them have a better understanding of what he goes through. “What shapes his life experience right now is his anxiety disorder,” Kokai said. “It’s really impacted school, making friends and our lives. He was interested in this opportunity to have a voice and share his experience with other kids and teachers and to communicate what that feels like.” PLAN-B Theater Company seeks to tackle social issues for children. They have produced plays focused on bullying, body image and grief. Cluff stressed the importance of talking about mental illness.

“For kids with anxiety, it helps them, shows them things they can do. It also helps other people who are surrounding those kids,” Cluff said. “It’s really important.” It was important to get the facts straight and accurate for the mother-son duo, to reinforce the theme of coping techniques. “To break it down and to help them talk about it, identify it and provide basic tools helps them,” Washington said. “They can walk out empowered.” The show will continue through October to perform for 8,000 elementary students in grades 4-6 at 46 different Utah schools. Comment on this story at

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) speaks as Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on Sept. 27 in Washington, D.C. (Andrew Harnik/Pool/Abaca Press/TNS).

1. a. The Senate confirmed Kavanaugh in a 50-48 decision on Oct. 6. According to the Los Angeles Times, some on the political left began calling for impeachment before Kavanaugh swore the judicial oath that afternoon. Many mainstream Democratic senators have referred to the impeachment calls as premature.

policy director at the legal advocacy group Kids in Need of Defense Jennifer Podkul, they were indirect victims of that policy. Both groups are part of the 13,000 children currently held in government custody, the highest number in recent memory according to Kenneth Wolfe, Department of Health and Human Services spokesman.

2. d. Grassley asked for a $12 million grant, according to Roll Call. Grassley argued that he should get the same treatment as everyone else in the bailout because he is a farmer. “It is not something special for Chuck Grassley because he is a senator,” he said in a conference call with reporters on Oct. 3.

4. a. Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall in the Florida panhandle, and according to the Miami Herald, Florida could expect to experience its winds as early as Oct. 10. In the wake of Hurricane Florence, the Carolinas have taken preparations against more heavy rain from Hurricane Michael.

3. c. In fact, the true number is 254. Those children remain in “limbo” in the U.S. with their parents deported, according to the Los Angeles Times. In a recent move, the administration transferred hundreds of children who entered the country illegally to a temporary shelter on the border in Texas, in Tornillo. While the children were not targets of the “zero-tolerance policy”, according to

5. a. Trump has kept Rosenstein on, according to Roll Call, and Trump says he has no plans to fire Rosenstein. Rosenstein, who appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the Russian election meddling probe, will remain overseeing the investigation.

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The position performs the following functions and duties: • The Outdoor Program Marketing Specialist will work solely on marketing and graphic design projects for the Weber State Outdoor Program, a program area of the Campus Recreation Department. • The position will be assigned tasks by the Outdoor Program Coordinator and Assistant Coordinators.

The position performs the following functions and duties: • Provide communication access and notes to deaf and hard-of-hearing students. • The trained transcriber will use sophisticated software on notebook computers to listen to class lectures and discussions and rapidly record the inforamtion in complete English sentences, to be video simultanelously by student readers.


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Student Writer Marketing and Communicatons Dir Off $10.00 Requisition Number: H00045P Tech Team Leader Student Lab Support $12.00 Requisition Number: H00518P

Statics and Strengths of Materials Tutor Engineering Technology $10.00 Requistion Number: H00512P

Level 2 Lab Technician Student Lab Support $11.00 Requisition Number: H00517P Aquatics/Safety-Water Safety Instructor Campus Recreation $9.50 Requisition Number: H00239P MLS Lab/Teaching Assistants Medical Lab Science $12.00 Requisition Number: H00036P


Operations Office/ Access Assistant Bookstore Computer Sales $8.75 Requisition Number: H00499P

Student Office Assistant Chemistry $8.50 Requistion Number: H00152P Research Assistant for Chemistry Laboratory Chemistry $8.50-9.00 Requistion Number: H00151P Electronic Systems and Repair Hourly Electrical Systems

• The transcriber will also voice comments and quesitons posed by deaf students, as needed. Requisition Number: H00043P

$10.00 Requistion Number: H00390P Testing Proctor Testing Center $ varies Requistion Number: H00142P Lab Aid Respiratory Therapy $15.00 Requistion Number: H00148P Admissions Student Aid Admissions Office $9.00 Requistion Number: H00280P Accounts Clerk Bursar Clerk $9.50 Requistion Number: H00179P

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