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1 Ivan the Terrible, e.g. 5 Deadly snakes 9 Simple hoops shot 14 Restrictive membership word 15 Digital water testers? 16 Make laugh 17 Ali ring trademark 19 Alumnae, e.g. 20 La la lead-in 21 Conestoga-made grooves 22 Church-owned Dallas sch. 23 Epcot’s “giant golf ball” 28 Victoria in Africa 29 Comics scream 30 Easter basket delivery gait? 32 Miracle Mets’ stadium 35 Eyelid annoyance 36 Stat for Cliff Lee 37 Painter of outdoors scenes 42 Coffee hour vessel 43 It was often worn over a tunic 44 Rocks to refine 45 Academic address letters 46 Carnival resort 47 Battling group 50 Rolling over, so to speak 56 Fingers for the D.A. 57 Opposite of pre58 Subside, with “down” 59 Subside 62 Soup ingredients, and a hint to the hidden theme in 17-, 23-, 37and 50-Across 64 Des Moines resident 65 Slithery fish

TUESDAY, JUNE 07, 2011

TUESDAY JUNE 7 WSU hosts football camp for high school students Weber State University Football will host its 2011 Football Individual High School Camp for students in grades 9-12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the WSU football practice field. The cost for attendance is $60. Call 805-479-4282 for more information. 66 “Heck!” 67 Lived 68 Home run jog 69 To boot

Down 1 Bulls in Argentina 2 Poke around 3 Pack leader 4 Corned beef bread 5 Just after sunset 6 Relieve 7 “For those who think young” soft drink 8 Duluth-to-Dubuque dir. 9 Member of Congress, say 10 Love in Lille 11 “Tasty” 12 Exploit 13 Con’s home 18 Vicinity 22 “Gotta run!” 24 Dressed 25 Red Rose 26 “A League of __ Own”

27 Silver in old Westerns 31 Loving strokes 32 Swing around 33 Game start? 34 Listless feeling 35 Hot tub 38 Grating 39 Nickel and dime 40 Wide-eyed 41 Kids’ stuff 47 17-mission NASA program 48 Fight back 49 Damon of “Invictus” 51 Indispensable 52 Berth place 53 Perfect 54 Some storytellers 55 Like some limitedchoice questions 59 Help 60 Gift decoration 61 Blow away 62 Tennis unit 63 iPhone, e.g.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 8 Jazz at the Station The Weber State University Department of Performing Arts will present Jazz at the Station at 7 p.m. at the Union Station located on 2501 Wall Avenue in Ogden. Attendance is free. Call 801-626-6431 for more information. (Well-behaved children are welcome.)

THURSDAY JUNE 9 Astronomical Society Meeting to be hosted at the Ott Planetarium

Weber State University’s Ott Planetarium will host the Ogden Astronomical Society meeting at 7-9 p.m. in the Lind Lecture Hall Ott Planetarium. Attendance is free. For more information call 801-726-8554.

FRIDAY JUNE 10 Jerry & Vickie Moyes College of Education to host 27th Annual Reading and Writing Conference Weber State University’s Jerry & Vickie Moyes College of Education, Continuing Education and the Utah State Office of Education present the 27th Annual Reading and Writing Conference. The event begins at 8 a.m. with registration and sessions beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Stewart Stadium Sky Suites, floors 3 and 4. Cost for attendance ranges from $75$220. For more information, call 801-626-7157.

WSU Alumni Association hosts Golf Classic to raise scholarship funds The Weber State University Alumni Association will host the 10th Annual We-

ber State University Alumni Golf Classic to raise funds for student scholarships. Registration is at 7:30 a.m., and the shotgun start will be at 9 a.m. at the Barn Golf Course at 305 West Pleasant View Drive in Pleasant View. Cost for attendance is $450 per foursome and $125 per individual. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit


Community fundraiser to be held for mother of six suffering from breast cancer

Anything for a Friend will host a community fundraiser for Cyndi Tangren, a single mother of six diagnosed with breast cancer. The fundraiser will include dinner at Texas Roadhouse, a silent auction, a kids’ corner, entertainment and pictures. The event takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballrooms. Cost varies per activity and donations are welcome. For more information, call 801-620-0696 or go to

Today in Histor y National Headlines June 7

1776: Richard Henry Lee presented the Continental Congress, a resolution for independence. John Adams supported it. 1893: Gandhi refused to adhere to racial segregation policies on a South African train.

1954: Award-winning Native American novelist Louise Erdich was born. Erdich would become famous after her first book, Love Medicine, was published in 1984.

1986: Football star Bo Jackson was drafted by the Kansas Cwity Royals baseball team. Fans were shocked by Jackson’s decision to play baseball instead of football.

1962: The first drivethrough bank opened in Switzerland.

2002: 41-year-old Michael Skakel was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the 1975 murder of his 15-year-old neighbor Martha Moxley. Skakel was the nephew of Ethel Kennedy, wife of the late U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy.

1966: Ronald Reagan was elected governor of California. This would pave the way for his election to the office of president of the United States.

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Arizona crews work to contain wildfires —

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Crews in Arizona worked Saturday to protect several small communities from two large wildfires by clearing away brush near homes and planning to set fires aimed at robbing the blazes of forest fuels. The Wallow Fire near the White Mountain community of Alpine grew to 218 square miles, or more than 140,000 acres, by Saturday morning. The fire is the third largest in state history, with smoke from it visible in parts of southern Colorado. Fire officials said they had zero containment of the fire near the New Mexico-Arizona state line, which has forced an unknown number of people to evacuate. Crews were working to protect homes in Al-

pine and nearby Nutrioso from the fire and blowing embers that could start smaller, spot fires. The fire had reached Alpine’s outskirts and was about two miles away from homes in Nutrioso, said Bob Dyson, a spokesman for the team fighting the blaze. Authorities warned residents of the town of Greer on Friday night to be ready to leave, but no evacuation order has been issued. Greer has fewer than 200 permanent residents but the town and area attract many vacationers.

Gov. Huntsman visits New Hampshire NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman sounded like a full-fledged 2012 White House candidate Saturday set to join the field this month as he mapped out a campaign strategy that bypasses early-voting Iowa to focus

on New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida. In an Associated Press interview during a visit to New Hampshire’s rural North Country, Huntsman said his party’s nomination race has “never been this wide open.” The unsettled nature, he said, benefits the kind of campaign he’s preparing to undertake. “That uncertainty is good. It allows people to get in, assess, express their opinions, see whether their ideas rise or fall. ... It’s unlike any other election cycle in recent history,” Huntsman said. Huntsman said the GOP campaign at this point is about personalities, not policy, but that will change as the field firms up. “This is the marketplace of political ideas. This is how America operates,” Huntsman said. “It’s a free market. It’s free-wheeling. From the outside, it looks unpredictable. ... There’s a circus-like free market.”




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Smoke-free doesn’t work for Weber Walking through cigarette smoke on the way to Elizabeth Hall isn’t exactly pleasant. Nor is it pleasant to dodge the cigarette butts that didn’t make it to the ashtray. It might even be argued, perhaps accurately, that even limited exposure to cigarette smoke outside isn’t healthy. Even so, Weber State University would be doing their students a disservice by banning smoking altogether. Although a smoking ban would protect students from plumes of smoke, it might also alienate current and prospective students who contribute to the diversity of WSU — diversity we should encourage and retain. It’s not uncommon to see a cluster of students puffing on cigarettes between the

Shepherd Union Building and Elizabeth Hall. Many times, these students are from Saudi Arabia or other foreign nations. They bring a unique worldview to the classroom and offer their peers a glimpse into different cultures they should learn something about. Even though some students might never choose to have meaningful interactions with their foreign peers, some do, and those interactions should be protected. Universities should offer their pupils chances to interact with people from every culture who are willing to grace the campus. The facilitation of these interactions is an important function of any university. These interactions serve to break down false perceptions

and build friendships. In a world where neighbors are few and enemies are plenty, every friendship matters. Every friendship is certainly worth an occasional whiff of smoke. Any action WSU might take that could hurt the probability of international students attending WSU should be carefully weighed. WSU should survey its students to see if a certain demographic would be unlikely to have enrolled at WSU if a smoking ban was in force. To WSU’s credit, they have been carefully deliberating the pros and cons of a smoke-free campus. In the spring, a strong voice spoke in favor of a ban and an equally strong voice spoke in opposition of it. Both voices had good arguments, and both

voices should reflect the policy WSU ultimately adopts. A good solution would include enforcement of the current state regulations that require smokers to be at least 25 feet away from buildings. It would also include placing ashtrays 25 feet from buildings. A few additional ashtrays might help reduce the collection of cigarettes that tend to pile up by the south entrance of Elizabeth Hall. WSU should also consider banning smoking in areas where foot traffic is high. This would appease students who have respiratory conditions that flare up when they inhale smoke. It could also make walking outside a little more tolerable for students who plain don’t like to breathe in

smoke. The fact is that WSU isn’t doing enough to enforce current state policy and hasn’t drafted any of its own policies to suit the interests of all its patrons. The Signpost has faith in WSU’s administration and believes they will adopt smoking policies considerate of all people. However, inaction — allowing the status quo to continue — would be just as disagreeable as banning smoking altogether. A balance has not been struck. It’s time for WSU’s administration to show they’re serious about the issue and not just blowing smoke, waiting for it to drift away.

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the summer L.I.F.E. Fighting woes with creativity Cole Spicker • Signpost columnist

For me, Sunday was the nicest day this year. My mom made some superb grub, my entire family came over to eat, and we celebrated my sister’s 29th birthday year (a dismal year of age, don’t you think?). I even had to put my sunglasses on to prevent ultraviolet-related eyeball deterioration — nobody wants crispy eyeballs. All in all, an A-plus day. The dynamic of my family is interesting. Perhaps I should use a different word: “static.” In my family, the same small groups form as the same small talk ensues. Republicans vs. Democrats, social outcasts vs. social monopolizers, child vs. robot. Like I said … interesting. Weaving my way through the throng, my impressively large ears couldn’t help but eavesdrop. In no way do I actively participate in eavesdropping; it just happens when your ears are the size of textbooks and shaped like cones. I would make a great CIA recruit. As I went from group to group listening to others’ conversations, a prominent theme resounded with the crowd: summertime events and parties. I couldn’t help but get excited myself — ’70s-vintage, overexposed images flooded my mind. Boating! Barbecues! Moab! Travel! Food! Other thrills, spills, laughs and games! I am sure my pupils dilated and completely overran my irises out of sheer joy.

But then, something horrible happened. Something so unspeakable, so depressing, I had to pop a few pills. Tylenol pills. You know, for the headache I got after having so much light pass through my now-burning retina. It took a few moments to realize that I did not have the riches of my elder siblings, all of whom have non-low-paying jobs. I, on the other hand, earn a meager wage, just enough to feed a small family of oversized rodents. How could I enjoy the summer to its fullest if I hadn’t the means to do so? I clearly had two options. I could draw my bedroom curtains and spend the summer sprawled over my bed while listening to the soft melody of “Drive” by The Cars, or I could exercise my cranium (heaven forbid) and buck up. It was up to me to find cheap, yet cool summertime adventures. Perhaps you are in a similar situation — stuck in a rut from which you cannot escape. Or perhaps you have Daddy Warbucks by your side, showering you with nifty gifties. In any case, I assure you that if you heed my words, you shall have a summer that will be rated anywhere between a C-minus and a B-plus. If you heed my words with a grain of salt, you shall have an A-plus summer … guaranteed!

of another, while lip-locked? Just watch out for the costly ones… 3) Read some good (and bad) books. I suggest Hunger Games or the EnglishSpanish dictionary. You’d be surprised how many Spanish translations of the F-word exist. 4) Practice piano. Or some skill that, if kicked out of the house, you could guilt-trip people into giving you money by showing how horribly you play an instrument. 5) Learn Morse code. You never know when you’ll wake up in that inevitable postapocalyptic world and all other forms of communication are destroyed. (.-- - ..-.?) 6) Learn how to whistle really loudly with two fingers between your tightly pursed lips. There you have it, an awardwinning summer bucket list. Just remember that any number of these items can be exchanged with a slew of others. Please feel free to contact me if you have any additions or suggestions you’d like me to know about. Also, if you follow these steps, please let me know — I would love to hear about an A-plus summer experience. Comment on this column at

1) Find a job. Preferably something you like. A wise man never works a day in his life. 2) Find a significant other. What better way to spend the summer than in the arms

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WSU student creates scholarship Business student honors late mother, Waynett M. Kitrelle scholarship for students affected by cancer By Hector Valencia reporter I The Signpost

A Weber State University student recently created a new scholarship for students affected by breast cancer through the WSU Women’s Center. Douglas Mullikin, a WSU freshman studying business economics, created a scholarship for women with breast cancer to honor his mother, Waynette Kittrelle, who died of breast cancer in 2007. Carol Merrill, director of the Women’s Center, gave


Waynette M. Kittrelle, the scholarship’s namesake and Mullikin’s mother, died of breast cancer in 2007.

Mullikin the idea of creating the scholarship. “He is the first student to create a scholarship for other students with breast cancer,” Merrill said. “I am so proud of him. He is amazing.” Mullikin said the scholarship has so far reached $1,500, but his goal is to raise $25,000 to make it an annual scholarship. The $25,000 will be an endowment that makes interest annually, which will be given to one student each year. “I have not met one person that is not supporting me in this project,” Mullikin said. “Many of my friends and family are donating what they can. The club that I am attending has been very supportive too; even a few strangers have told me that they have donated as well, since they saw my article in the StandardExaminer newspaper.” Mullikin said he feels excited, nervous and overwhelmed about the project since he has begun. “I was going about this whole thing as if it was just a small thing and I would do footwork and hand out letters to business and companies alike,” he said. “But now Carol got me in the Standard-Examiner paper. It has been the biggest thing ever.” Mullikin said his goal is to open the scholarship to all students and aspiring students. “I understand that some or

most people think that this is just for women, but they are the ones that are going to be applying for it more than men will,” Mullikin said. “However, the prerequisites are if someone has breast cancer or someone in the household family struggling with it. I could not just single out people being directly affected like I was.” Mullikin said he hopes the opportunity he is making for women with breast cancer will bring a positive light in their dark tunnel. “I am just opening a door for those who feel like the world is crashing around them,” Mullikin said. When asked if his mother would be proud of what he is doing, Mullikin laughed. He responded that she would yell at him and say, “You are putting me on the spot.” He also said she would be embarrassed, but that he knows she would be proud of him; she would “just show it in a weird manner.” “I love my mom and always will,” he said. “You do not know what you have until it is gone. Always tell your parents that you love them, because you will never know when they will leave you behind.” Comment on this story at

WSU surveys footprint ESO surveys university transportation By Emily Hulse business editor I The Signpost

The Weber State University Energy and Sustainability Office recently surveyed WSU students and faculty regarding transportation in their move to reduce the university’s carbon footprint. Jennifer Bodine, the WSU sustainability specialist in the Energy and Sustainability Office, said that the survey is part of the Climate Action Plan. “The Climate Action Plan has a goal for Weber State to be carbon-neutral by 2050,” Bodine said. “Every year we put out an annual report that describes where we are towards reaching that goal. One area we felt we didn’t have really good data was regarding Scope 3 emissions, which refer to activities which are related to the university, but not generated by the university.” Bodine said that Scope 3 emissions include commuting and airline travel, and the survey was to determine what the carbon footprint from the university is with regard to staff, faculty and students. “We also wanted to understand why people were choosing different modes of transportation,” Bodine said. “We also wanted to see what incentives would get people to respond to using different types of transportation.” Jacob Cain, Energy and Sustainability manager, said the survey was meant to refine the information that the office already had from a survey in 2007. “The survey done before was a good survey, but in our efforts to really pursue sustainability and carbon-neutrality, (we) needed more detailed data on what the commuters were,” Cain said. Bodine said that they will take an-

other survey next year. However, if the data doesn’t change drastically, she said they will wait a couple years before taking another survey. “The results will be posted to the Energy and Sustainability website, and has already been submitted to and reviewed by the President’s Council,” Bodine said. “We also plan on making a presentation to the Environmental Initiatives Committee this fall when they come back in session, to update them on the results and see what initiatives they might want to pursue based on the results.” Cain said that there will be increased benefits through taking this survey continually. He said it will give WSU a better understanding of its student population. “It will give us a better understanding of objectives and things to attack in regards to where our carbon emissions are coming from,” Cain said. “The other aspect is for the administration to understand students, and get a better understanding of our student population and where they’re coming from.” The survey results showed that the average distance students travel to the Ogden and Davis campuses were approximately 15 and 14 miles respectively, and 73 percent of those students make the drive to the Ogden campus alone. Bodine said that current incentives for students include the UTA Ed Pass, and that they hope to create more incentive programs down the road to encourage carpooling or mass transit use. The survey results also indicated that students would be more open to carpooling if there were incentives given for carpools, like reserved parking and reduced parking passes for carpools. “This is more informational for the administration,” Cain said. “This will allow the administration to divert more funds into addressing these issues. I’m not sure yet what the vice presidents are willing to commit to this.” Comment on this story at


The Waynette M. Kittrelle Scholarship, created by Kittrelle’s son Douglas Mullikin, a WSU freshman studying business economics, is meant to help students affected by breast cancer, either personally or through an immediate family member.

Networking at young ages: How far is too far? Do kids under the age of 13 really need to network? Emily Hulse • Signpost columnist Most students at Weber State University are connected online in one way or another. Whether that connection is through Facebook, Twitter or another social networking website, we’re all interconnected through the computer cables. This fact begs the question, how far are we going to go to stay connected with family? Where does the line get drawn? Recently, a 2-year-old online game and social media site reached a milestone of 50 million registered users. What’s worse is that those registered users range from ages 6–12. According to a study conducted by AVG, an Internet security company, 92 percent of children in the United States have an online presence by the time they are 2 years old. Are we pushing this whole Internet thing onto children too early? My youngest sister is 8 years old and is currently spending the month of June in Wisconsin with my dad’s family. The only way she would usually have to communicate is by telephone before she goes to bed. My parents got the brilliant idea to get her an e-mail address. An e-mail address for the 8-year-old, only so she can set up a Facebook account so she can post her pictures from her trip. This makes perfect sense, except for one thing. The child is 8! Don’t get me wrong, I love my parents, and I love my baby sister.

However, I don’t think it is necessary to allow the child on social network sites quite so early. I suppose it’s not my parents’ fault. This is also the same sister who got connected to a massive multiplayer online role-playing game thanks to the neighbor kid around the corner. The game isn’t as potentially devastating as, say, World of Warcraft, but it could lead to it, right? As for Facebook in general, of 153 million users, recent polls show that 3.6 million of them are under age 12. Typical, considering most young children are online playing games or doing homework, except for the fact that the age requirement to have a personal Facebook page is 13. Now, this would be OK in a perfect world, with no child predators or “trolls” looking to make fools of people, but we don’t live in that world. By allowing young children to have a presence on Facebook, we are allowing Internet predators even easier access to our kids. Time magazine reported that Mark Zuckerberg said he wants younger kids to have access to his site, despite the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act prohibiting websites that gather personal information from allowing anyone under age 13 to have access. Overall, though, I think that despite the rules and regulations, we’re never going to keep the younger kids from getting online and having a dominating presence on the Internet. They’re always going to find a way around the rules, like we all did when our parents told us we couldn’t watch a show at home so we went to a friend’s house. Kids are masters at getting around the rules. As long as we know what we’re up against, we can keep tabs on the kids. But really, when do we draw the line? Comment on this column at


World continued from front day that it was going to happen.” Suave went on to say that he does not believe Camping is the prophet he claims to be, and that he felt those Christians who believe in Camping’s prophecies are being led astray. “I think it’s sad that people would believe someone like Harold Camping over Jesus while claiming Jesus to be their God,” Suave said. However, some Christians do believe that during the period they call the End Times, there will be many signs such as wars and natural disasters that will help them know the Rapture is approaching. In recent years, there have been many high-profile weather-related disasters throughout the world, from the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan to the tornadoes and floods that struck the Midwest these past couple of weeks. Sarah Marie Gawronski, a WSU graduate student majoring in English, said that although she also believes that an exact date cannot be set, she does believe that many of the recent weather-related disasters are signs of the times. “Personally, I believe that all the earthquakes and things we’ve been having are signs,” Gawronski said. “We may be in what’s called ‘birth pains,’ like the start


THE SIGNPOST of experiencing some of the things that are going to happen.” Gawronski went on to say that she knows many other Christians in her local community who do believe that the end of the world is near, and that recent events are signs of the end. But she denounced Camping’s prophecies about setting a date, saying that she cannot see him as a genuine Christian because he did not appropriately follow what the Bible says. “‘Christian’ is a religious term that we have put on people, and there are so many sects that call themselves Christians,” she said. “I would say that he is not a follower of Christ, the Christ of the Bible — I don’t think he is, but again, it’s hard to judge somebody you don’t know. He definitely didn’t follow the Bible in his views on his prediction.” This isn’t the first time the 89-year-old Camping, who does not hold a degree in biblical studies, has made such predictions. He previously predicted that the world would end in 1994. When this did not come to pass, he claimed to have made a mathematical error in his prediction. Richard Ford, a WSU professor of geoscience, explained what near-term scenarios could bring about the end of the world from a scientific standpoint.

“The most serious threat would be the impact of a large meteor or comet,” he said. “And we know in Earth’s history there have been such impacts in the past that have dramatically affected life on earth, including mass extinction.” Not only would there be massive destruction at the point of impact, particularly if the object struck in one of Earth’s oceans, but over the longer term, Earth’s climate could be affected in such a way that would make the planet hostile to most life forms. “Over the longer term, the impact would put a lot of particulate matter, dust, into the atmosphere, and it would be reflectant to sunlight, and it would probably produce a prolonged period of cooling,” Ford said. “This scenario is similar to what is feared for a nuclear war.” However, even in this event, not all life on Earth would likely be destroyed, and which species would be rendered extinct is up for question. “Our experience with past major extinction events on Earth is that a few species typically are able to make it through, and then through natural selection processes and speciation, they go on to re-inhabit the earth,” Ford said. Comment on this story at

MCAT continued from front current science sections have new science added to them. “It is not so much that the current science would be removed or reduced,” Koetje said, “but that new science would be tested. The new sciences they’re recommending to be tested are the upper-level science courses like biochemistry and cell biology, with greater emphasis on molecular biology, in addition to research methods and statistics.” The current MCAT does test students on some biochemistry and molecular genetics, but the proposals made by the MR5 are ones in which there would be a greater emphasis on upper- level sciences, and the way those sciences would be tested would require students to have a much larger fund of knowledge. There have also been some recommendations to change the current verbal reasoning section, which currently covers a full range of potential topics across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. The new verbal reasoning section would include topics in crosscultural studies and population health. This would broaden the focus of this section of the test,

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a partnership for the bettering of humanity.” Akombo encouraged WSU students and professors to do the same, whether between music and another study or something completely different. He said he believes that pursuing research across preconceived borders will

but Koetje said that it would make that section a bit more oriented toward the future health practice of the test-taker. It has also been recommended that the writing sample be eliminated from the test. “The sum of all of this is that the test is going to be about 90 minutes longer,” Koetje said, “even with the elimination of the writing sample section. So the test becomes more challenging in terms of endurance and pacing, and maintains energy and focus, so it becomes more of a marathon than what it currently is, and it actually, in some ways, brings us back to the test experience when the test was a paperand-pencil test.” With these new recommendations, there has developed some metaphorical applause as well as some controversy around the timing of all of this and how quickly schools are going to have to change their curriculum, or even if they’re going to have to change their curriculum in order to meet the demands of this new test. “Since my goal is to work as an M.D. in the field of social and behavioral science, I like the new additions,” said Kirk Stapley, a Weber State University senior majoring

in psychology. “Even if a med school applicant isn’t pursuing that field, M.D.s need experience in the field to deal with patients, who often have behavioral health problems in addition to their medical ones.” The new MCAT is expected to be rolled out in 2015, a fairly aggressive timeline for changes of this magnitude. “We’re talking about an exam that is going to be taken by students who may in fact already be in school,” Koetje said. “There will even be some freshmen this year who may end up taking the new MCAT. Certainly students who come into college the fall of 2011 are going to be taking this updated test.” Even though the changes are going to be fast, and broaden the scope of the already extensive knowledge necessary to take the MCAT, according to Koetje, the changes are being relatively well accepted in the medical community. “Fundamentally, we see this universal agreement that these are the right recommendations,” Koetje said. “This is reflective of the new state of health care practice.”

help encourage a sense of community that will be beneficial for all those involved. “The interactions between the people here has opened up a door,” Akombo said. “The idea of professional protectionism seems to have been resolved in this conference because

people from all types of disciplines are here. That doesn’t happen; it has never happened anywhere else. This is it. This is where they’re going to narrow that gap and start working together.”

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Food pyramid out, ‘My Plate’ in By Mary Clare Jalonick writer I Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s a new U.S. symbol for healthful eating: The Agriculture Department unveiled “My Plate” on Thursday, abandoning the food pyramid that had guided many Americans but merely confused others. The new guide is divided into four slightly differentsized quadrants, with fruits and vegetables taking up half the space and grains and protein making up the other half. The vegetables and grains portions are the largest of the four. Gone are the old pyramid’s references to sugars, fats or oils. What was once a category called “meat and beans” is now simply “proteins,” making way for seafood and vegetarian options like tofu. Next to the plate is a blue circle for dairy, which could be a glass of milk or a food such as cheese or yogurt. Some critics, including congressional Republicans, have accused the Obama administration of overreaching on regulation, especially when it comes to new rules that tell schools what children can eat on campus. But the plate is supposed to be a suggestion, not a direction, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “We are not telling peo-

ple what to eat, we are giving them a guide,” he said. “We’re not suggesting they should not have a cookie or dessert, that’s not what it’s about.” Vilsack said the new round chart shows that nutrition doesn’t have to be complicated. After almost 20 years of leaders preaching good eating through a food pyramid the department now says was overly complex, obesity rates have skyrocketed. He showed off the new plate with first lady Michelle Obama, who has made healthful diets for children a priority. “Parents don’t have the time to measure out exactly three ounces of protein,” Mrs. Obama said as she introduced the new graphic. “We do have time to look at our kids’ plates.” The department is planning to use social media — posting advice every day on Twitter, for example. The address of the accompanying website,, is written on the chart. That website will eventually feature interactive tools that help people manage their weight and track their exercise. The new chart is designed to be “more artistic and attractive” and to serve as a visual cue for diners, said Robert Post of the Agriculture Department’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. He has spent two years developing the plate and the website. Even though the plate is

divided into four differentsized sections, the servings don’t have to be proportional, say officials who developed the symbol. Every person has different nutritional needs, based on age, health and other factors. The graphic is based on new department dietary guidelines released in January. Those guidelines, which are revised every five years, tell people to drastically reduce salt and continue limiting saturated fats. They say diners can enjoy food but should balance calories by eating less. The guidelines also suggest making half of your plate fruits and vegetables — a message easily translated on the dinner plate. “We know Americans want to be healthy, but making those healthy choices is not easy, it’s hard,” said Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, who joined Mrs. Obama and Vilsack to unveil the plate. “We’re trying to make it easier.” Many nutritionists and nutrition groups praised the new effort, crossing their fingers that people will listen. Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University, said there are already a lot of symbols out there telling people what to eat. “This brings it all together,” she said.




Chasing a national title WSU’s Brett Hales qualifies for NCAA Championship By Nathan Davis sports editor I The Signpost For much of his career as a member of the Weber State University Track and Field Team, Brett Hales has consistently been one of the strongest runners. This week, he will be rewarded with his second-straight trip to the NCAA Track and Field Championships. Two weeks ago, three WSU athletes competed in Portland, Ore., vying for the chance to compete against the best athletes in the nation and the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Hales was competing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, along with fellow Wildcat John Coyle. Zach Parry was also competing in the hammer throw at the West preliminary finals. Sara Callister, who ran the 10,000-meter race, was the only woman competing for WSU. Hales entered the competition with the third-best time in the steeplechase in the West

region, and fourth-best in the nation. He was also coming off a win at the Big Sky Conference Championships the previous week. Hales was named the Most Outstanding Performer at the conference championships. In his race at the conference championships, Hales broke his personal-best record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8:39.64. This is also the seventh-best time in WSU history. He beat his previous personal record by 30 seconds. Hales also took third place in the 5,000 meters at the conference championships. “Brett Hales had a terrific meet, and to be named Outstanding Performer of the meet is a great honor,” said Head Coach Dan Walker. In Portland, at the NCAA West Preliminaries, Hales continued See Hales page 8


Weber State University senior Brett Hales competes in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA West Preliminary Final in Portland, Ore. Hales will compete in the NCAA National Championship this week.

Softball ends on sour note Nathan’s Wildcats disappointed with end of season, but look to improve By Corie Holmes asst. sports editor I The Signpost

The Weber State University Softball Team finished their second-ever season in May. The Wildcats ended their season with a final record of 12-38 for the season and 3-17 in their conference play. The team ended on a sour note, losing to Idaho State University, Southern Utah University, Utah Valley University, and four times to Portland State University. PSU ended the season in the No. 1 seat of conference play. “I feel like we didn’t do as well we could have,” said Brandi Christopher,

senior catcher. “We had worked hard all the way through the season and it didn’t show at the end. I think we kind of let ourselves down.” Erika James, a junior centerfielder, said she agrees with Christopher that the team could have ended the season on a better note. “We wanted to do better than we did,” James said. “We had a goal to split every weekend in conference. We didn’t make that goal.” Although the Wildcats did not get as many wins as they might have liked, both the coaches and the athletes said they feel like they made a lot of progress this year.


Weber State University pitcher Britinie Hardine prepares to deliver a pitch during a game earlier this season. The Wildcats lost two games to Portland State University to end their season.

“Well, we took a big leap as a program,” James said. “But we definitely wanted to do better than we did. We did some successful things as a team. We have set the bar high for next year. We want to improve for next year and take things step by step. We accomplished improvement this year. Also, we did take a big step in our program with people breaking records and with our wins. We had a lot more wins this year than they did last year.” Head Coach Tina Johnson said she agrees that the team improved and will continue to improve. “Overall, I think we had a positive season,” Johnson said. “It was much better than last year. I think we are going to continue to build. I think with the experience that we have, we are definitely going to improve.” Johnson also said that the team learned a lot this year. The team was inexperienced in a few areas, but they have now come across those areas and are planning to build off them. “We had a little bit of inexperience, and we pressed too hard when we got into conference play,” Johnson said. “When we pressed, we got tight. I think the experience we got out of this year will fall into next year. We know what conference is like; we know we have the ability to win games. One of the key things we have to do is take what the game gives us and use it instead of forcing things to happen.” The Wildcats said they have high hopes for next year. They have three pitchers returning and are only losing four seniors. “We are returning a lot of our pitchers,” James said. “We are going to be stronger. We are getting new catchers. We will be stronger hitting-wise. We are definitely going to come in with more wins next year in conference.” Johnson said she is excited for the new upcoming freshmen, and that they will be great new assets to the program. “We have nine new incoming freshmen,” Johnson said. “We have three local kids coming up. There are two that will be coming from Weber High School and one from Box Elder High School. We have one from Oklahoma and five from California. It will be a diverse group. They are a group that will add a lot to our program. We also added two pitchers with this group and we added a few new catchers.” Christopher, who played her final

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Notations If you are an impartial fan watching the NBA Finals, cheer for Dallas Nathan Davis • The Signpost columnist The NBA Finals are in full swing; the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks are locked in a tight battle for NBA supremacy. It seems that fans either love the Lebron James-led Heat, or they despise them for being an amalgamation of superstars. Fans are divided on the topic of the Heat. While some love watching James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh’s super-team, others think that the greatness of the game was tarnished by them conspiring to join forces, and that James has damaged his legacy by joining with Wade and, in essence, asking for help. No matter who you’re rooting for, it’s hard to argue that Dallas deserves to win more than Miami. First of all, the Mavs deserve to win the title more than the Heat. Miami went from being an average team with hopes of the playoffs to being the odds-on favorite to win the NBA Finals overnight after getting James and Bosh to join Wade. The Mavericks, on the other hand, have consistently been one of the best teams in the NBA over the last 10 years. They also have two of the most deserving players of an NBA Championship ring. Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd have been two of the most reliable and best players in the NBA. Nowitzki has been one of the best players in the playoffs, and has carried his team to the finals. He has put in hard work and is far more deserving than James, Wade or Bosh. Another reason why Nowitzki deserves this is because he has stuck with his team for 13 seasons. He’s been through hard years, where the Mavs struggled and failed to make the playoffs. He’s stuck with his team despite other teammates jumping ship. The reason he’s stuck with his team through all the bad years is, in his words, “because this is where my heart is.” When things were tough for James in Cleveland, he ran. Not only did he run, but he conspired with his friends to all

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Utah officials want to ban hookah smoking SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Hookahs could go the way of cigarettes, cigars and pipes if Utah health officials approve a ban on smoking heated tobacco in popular bars and other public places. Health officials argue secondhand smoke from hookahs is just as dangerous as that of other tobacco products, which state law already prohibits in public indoor spaces. That includes all bars. “There are harmful effects from the secondhand smoke from hookahs,” Utah Department of Public Health spokesman Steve Hadden said Monday. “Just because it’s an adult place doesn’t mean it’s any less harmful.” Two Utah counties have banned hookah smoking in public, although neither county had any businesses that offered hookahs at the time of the bans. Other public health

officials have asked the state for a clarification about whether smoking hookahs, in which tobacco is sometimes mixed with flavorings, violates the indoor smoking laws. The ban would not prohibit hookahs outright, only tobacco in the hookahs, Hadden said. There are non-tobacco options available and those would still be legal. There are a number of bars and restaurants that offer hookahs in the state, primarily in Salt Lake City and surrounding suburbs. They include sushi bars, Middle Eastern restaurants and social clubs. In its proposed rule, the health department acknowledges the ban could severely impact businesses where hookah smoking is a primary attraction. Nathan Porter, the owner of the suburban Huka Bar, said the ban would potentially ruin his business.

“We’re called the Huka Bar,” Porter told Fox 13. “People come here knowing we have hookahs or they’re with their friends who smoke hookah.” A public hearing was held for the hookah ban Monday afternoon in Salt Lake City. During debates last year in Davis County, which was the first county to ban hookahs, health director Lewis Garrett said hookah smoke is still smoke that can be harmful to people. “One of the reasons this is so prevalent, is it smells good,” Garrett said. “It doesn’t smell like tobacco. It smells like incense or something flavorful. And I think there’s a misconception that this isn’t nearly as harmful as cigarettes because it’s filtered through the water and it smells nice.”

NY Rep. went from‘no’ to ‘sorry’ over pictures NEW YORK (AP) — The evolution of U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s statements regarding photos of him that were tweeted to a woman and others that were sent to a second woman. May 29: Spokesman Dave Ar-

nold tells The Associated Press in an email that the New York Democrat was a victim. “Anthony’s accounts were obviously hacked,” Arnold says. “He doesn’t know the person named by the hacker, and we will be consulting on what steps to take next.” Weiner later jokes about it on Twitter, asking whether his kitchen blender would be next to “attack” him. May 31: Arnold says Weiner believes it was a prank and he’s retained a lawyer to advise him on what civil or criminal actions should be taken.. June 1: “We know for sure I didn’t send this photograph,” the seven-term congressman tells reporters in the Capitol. He tells MSNBC he “can’t say with certitude” that the waistdown photo showing a man’s bulging underpants wasn’t of him. “We don’t know where

the photograph came from. We don’t know for sure what’s on it.” “I’m not sure I want to put national, federal resources into trying to figure out who posted a picture on Weiner’s website, uh, whatever.” June 6: “This was me doing a dumb thing, and doing it repeatedly, and lying about it,” says a teary Weiner at a news conference that started with the conservative blogger who first published the photos, Andrew Breitbart, claiming the congressman had attacked his credibility. Weiner confesses that he tweeted a lewd photo of himself to a young woman and admitted “inappropriate” exchanges with six women. He calls the underpants photo a joke and a “hugely regrettable mistake.” “I haven’t told the truth and have done things I deeply regret. I brought pain to people I care about.”


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his string of strong performances, winning his qualifying heat. In the final race, Hales finished in third place, and booked his spot in the national championships. He had a time of 8:48.29; he finished four seconds behind winner Justin Tyner from the Air Force Academy. Hales will look to have a better performance at the national championships than he did last year. He made it into the finals after performing well in his preliminary heat, but he did not compete in the championship race. Callister finished 24th in the 10,000

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THE SIGNPOST meters and failed to qualify for the national championships. Despite a disappointing finish in the preliminaries, Callister had another strong season for WSU. She captured two Big Sky Conference titles for WSU, winning the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the conference championship. She has the distinct honor of being the second athlete in conference history to win both races at the Big Sky Conference Championships. While the women’s track team didn’t have anyone qualify for the national championships,

they finished a tough season, in which they were challenged by multiple injuries, and came in fifth at the Big Sky Conference Championships in May. “With all the injuries and other things we have gone through this year, I’m happy with this group and how they competed,” said WSU Women’s Head Coach Jim Blaisdell. The national championships will take place June 8–11 in Des Moines. Hales will try to win the first national championship in track and field for WSU.

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WSU runner Brett Hales clears a jump during the NCAA West Preliminary Finals. Hales is competing in the national championship in Des Moines, Iowa, this week.


Weber State University pitcher Angela DeVries pitches during a game earlier this season. The Wildcats’ season finished on a note following back-to-back losses to Portland State University. games at WSU, said she is sad to see the season end, but that she is excited to move on to other things coming her way in the future. “I was definitely sad that the season ended,” she said. “We had such

a great group of girls this year. But it was a relief at the same time; it’s over and time to move on to different things. It was a good way to go out as a team.” The Wildcats have the summer off, but

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Weber State University thrower Zach Parry prepares to throw at the NCAA West Preliminary Finals in Portland, Ore. Parry finished 29th overall in the hammer throw.

join the same team and attempt to dominate the league. This is probably Nowitzki’s last serious chance to win a title. James will be around for many more years, and he is by far talented enough to win multiple rings. Nowitzki is playing in his second finals, and will probably not have a better chance to win a title than this year. Kidd also deserves this more than anyone on the Heat. He’s played for 17 years and has rejuvenated his career at the age of 38. He is one of the most likable players in the league, and this is his third shot at the championship. He has worked hard, and has had a long, successful career, but a ring would be

a perfect end to this future Hall of Famer’s career. After Game 1 of the series, Nowitzki tore a tendon in the middle finger of his left hand. He came back in Game 2 of the series and was one of the main reasons Dallas was able to even the series. In Game 2 he had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and scored the Mavs’ last eight points in regulation, including the game-winning layup with 3.6 seconds left. Finally, this might seem a little petty, but I don’t think Miami’s fans could be considered real fans. I remember a few years ago, Miami’s arena was mostly empty. Hardly anyone was going to their games; hardly anyone in or out

will return for their fall season in August. The softball team will also be hosting some children’s camps June 14–15, with team camps June 21–22. Comment on this story at

of Miami cared about the Heat. Now the arena is filled with phony, fairweather fans who seem to be more concerned with either trying to get on television or tweeting about where they are. They’re not real fans. I would bet that most of them couldn’t name half the teams in the NBA, let alone carry on an intelligent basketball conversation. They don’t deserve to see their team win a title so easily. I hope that Dirk, Jason and the rest of the Mavericks will be able to knock off the Heat. I hope that they’ll get the championship that they so badly deserve.

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MCAT changes coming soon AAMC recommends dramatic changes to 2013 test By ShayLynne Clark news editor I The Signpost

On March 31, the Association of American Medical Colleges released preliminary recommendations for a new version of the Medical College Admission Test. The proposed recommendations were developed by a 22-member advisory panel called the MR5 Committee, appointed by the AAMC in 2008 to gather extensive data, review the current MCAT exam and recommend necessary changes. This is the fifth time the MCAT has been evaluated since it was first administered in 1928. The last full-scale review of the MCAT exam was completed in 1990. “Medicine and medical practice has changed a lot in the last 20 years,” said Dr. Jeff Koetje, the director of pre-health programs at Kaplan Test Prep. “There have been significant advances in the scientific understanding of disease and the way to treat patients, and in the light of those advances in health care and health and care practice, there’s a common understanding that the MCAT itself needs to be brought into alignment with the current state of medicine and also anticipate the next 15 or 20 years of medical education.” The AAMC currently administers more than 85,000 MCAT examinations each year at hundreds of locations in the United States and around the world, and these new recommendations could potentially change the way students will need to prepare for the test. Through extensive surveys of medical students, doctors and medical school admission officers, the MR5 Committee had the goal to evaluate the function of the MCAT, as a tool for both admissions and predicting a student’s academic success in medical school. “Perhaps the most significant recommendation is to add a new section to the MCAT,” Koetje said. “This is a new section that will focus on the behavioral and social science principles.” The MR5 also made recommendations that the

The world’s-end trend Predictions of demise becoming common — are they valid? By Thomas Alberts asst. news editor I The Signpost Is the world about to end? Even some at Weber State University might have found themselves asking this question as of late. According to some segments of Christianity, a time is approaching when a segment of the world’s population will literally disappear into thin air — as evangelist Tim Lahaye puts it, “in the twinkling of an eye.” This event, known as the Rapture, is believed by some Christians to mark the beginning of the end. Many believe that, after worthy Christians are whisked away, the world will undergo tremendous turmoil before being summarily destroyed by God. Lately, the prophecy of the Rapture was the talk of towns across America as billboards were put up and signs carried by followers of Family Radio host Harold Camping, who foretold that the Rapture would occur on May 21. However, the appointed time has come and passed, and the Rapture has not occurred. Now Camping has predicted that the actual end of the world will instead occur on this coming October 21. Some Christian students at WSU, like Brian Suave, a WSU sophomore who plans on getting his bachelor’s degree in biblical studies through California Seminary, said that while Christians definitely believe the world will one day end, they do not generally believe in setting dates for the event. “We believe it’s definitely going to happen with the return of Jesus,” Suave said. “But he himself, when he was here, specifically said that nobody would know the hour or the See world page 5

Healing music at WSU By Zachary Stickney news reporter I The Signpost

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As part of the ISQRMM conference, performers entertained and educated about the potential health benefits of music.

Weber State University held the first-ever inaugural conference for the Interdisciplinary Society for Quantitative Research in Music and Medicine on Friday in the Weber State University Shepherd Union Building. The ISQRMM is a society of scholars and researchers across disciplines who are interested in studying the effects of music on the health of the human mind, body and soul. Though the calming effects of music are seemingly understood anecdotally, ISQRMM members said they hope to use its research to quantify the beneficial effects of music in medicine in order to maximize its effectiveness for real medical patients. The ISQRMM was cofounded in 2009 by WSU’s own assistant music professor, David Akombo. Akombo has been studying the effects of music in medicine for several years, utilizing his own research from his homeland in Kenya as well as examinations of other cultures, such as those found in Southeast Asia. He eventually published his research in two books, Music and Healing Across Cultures and Music and Medicine: Connections Found. Akombo said that, together, the two books explain both the

qualitative and the quantitative data in support of the healing powers of music. “Our focus is on quantitative research,” Akombo said. “We want researchers to share their findings in the classroom or operating room and to show that the music they’re using is effective, that it’s transforming the human body, soul and mind in a positive way.” The conference featured a vast array of scholars and researchers from a number of fields, including anthropologists, physicians, psychologists, music educators, occupational therapists, ethnomusicologists and people on the cutting edge of music technology. The presenters and participants were some of the world’s leading scholars in the field of music and medicine. The goal of the conference was not only to share the knowledge the researchers had learned, but also to try to break down interdisciplinary barriers and rivalries for the benefit of patients. “Far too often we treat the spirit and body separately,” said Alex Gerrish, a WSU sophmore majoring in music, “when in reality they are more connected than we will ever know, — medicine for the body, music for the spirit, and together we begin to fathom the whole soul, See Music page 5


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