I've never had a card like you myself so I don't know exactly how to make sure it's on. But check the BIOS to make sure it's enabled (even if this wasn't necessary in Windows, it might be for Linux), and of course make sure any physical switches for the card are on. There are also instructions here for installing a better version of the driver that might solve the problem with the LED not coming in. I'd recommend giving them a try; they probably can't make it any worse.
You could also try these commands to connect from the command line (with encryption on your router still disabled):
If things go the way you want, that last command will result in you being assigned an IP address (assuming your network uses dhcp; if it doesn't, let me know) and you'll be on the Internet.
ifconfig wlan0 down
iwconfig wlan0 channel 6
iwconfig wlan0 mode managed
iwconfig wlan0 essid "WEST6013"
ifconfig wlan0 up
Let us know if this gets you anywhere.