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Thursday Idaho State Do video games carry a social stigma? November 8, 2012 See how the Aggies will fare against the Bengals. Page 4 Page 7 UtahStatesman The 8WDK6WDWH8QLYHUVLW\‡/RJDQ8WDK TEDx speakers encourage idea sharing LIS STEWART staff writer Attendees at TEDxUSU were told to aspire to create greater things Wednesday afternoon during talks based on the TED tagline, “Things worth sharing.� Speaker Taylor Halverson, a junior in communication stud-� ies, said the opportunity to talk about her experience with creating a better website to engage students at USU in front of a crowd of students, profes-� sors and leaders was a dream. Halverson was the only student out of the eight presenters. “This is like my dream right here, to just be given a mic and allow people to let me talk, so it’s incredible,� Halverson said before the event. Beat poet Buddy Wakefield began the conference by stand-� ing on the red rug characteristic of many TEDx talks before the crowd in the Chase Fine Arts Center choir room. “If I really was created in God’s image, then when God was a boy, he wanted to be a man,� Wakefield said as an introduction. Wakefield proceeded to teach the crowd in his style of jumping from subject to subject about Vipassana meditation, which emphasizes concentrating on breathing and eliminating other stresses and non-�necessities of life. Wakefield explained to the audience how Vipassana helps one to understand things as they really are. “The idea is that today I am representing air,� Wakefield said. “That’s a pretty good idea, guys.� Another presenter was Karl White, a psychology professor who spoke about the advances made by the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management, of which he is the founding director, to help with early intervention programs for children with hearing loss. Because of the center’s work, 95 percent of babies are screened for hearing loss within hours of birth. White said the prospect of giving a TEDx talk, which will be uploaded to YouTube and available for anyone to watch in the next week or two, is intimi-� dating. Halverson said giving a TEDx talk was more than an opportu-� nity to advance herself. “I’m less excited about what it means for me as that I get to share this message,� Halverson said. Halverson and other students conducted research with the Business Innovation Factory last year as part of a class at USU. This research was used to create a website based around students and their interests with the help of James Morales, vice president of student services. Halverson said the website works much in the way ads on do. Information about classes and other activi-� ties will be displayed on a sidebar based on the viewer’s interests to better engage them in their university education. Halverson said the beta version of this website will launch this spring. In addition to sharing the story of the website’s creation, Halverson spoke of her journey to becoming who she is today in an environment where she was given the opportunity to explore and create. Educators and stu-� dents should work together to foster a learning environment where the opportunity exists to create changes in society on a See TALKS, Page 3 TAYLOR HALVERSEN, AN HONORS STUDENT majoring in communication studies and liberal arts, spoke at the TEDx event Wednesday on the role of student voice in the educational system. DELAYNE LOCKE photo ROTC to honor Vets with 24-�hour tribute LEANN FOX staff writer THE MARCHING BAND PERFORMS at a football game earlier this season. The band’s practice location has been in question since the start of the semester. DELAYNE LOCKE photo Decision made on band practice area ASHLYN TUCKER staff writer After meeting with Provost Raymond Coward and music depart-� ment head James Bankhead, ASUSU President Christian Thrapp said an official decision has been made to move the band’s practice area to the fields beginning Fall 2013. Early in the semester Thrapp said because of construction, student ath-� letes had started to park in a set-�aside area in the stadium lot where the band practiced. It was proposed the band move practices to the soccer fields outside the Valley View and Mountain View Towers. After nearly a month of debate, ASUSU voted to keep the band in the parking lot for the remainder of this school year in October. Thrapp said this was not meant to be a permanent solution, but a temporary fix until the executive board could make a final decision. Thrapp said a big reason for the change is because Bankhead felt the band deserved to practice in a central campus location. “He felt that it was an academic issue because marching band is part of many of the members’ majors,� Thrapp said. When asked why the final deci-� sion has been so long in the making, Thrapp said he felt ASUSU took care of the issue in a very timely manner. “We voted and did our duty,� he said. The marching band has not offi-� cially been informed about the latest decision concerning the practice loca-� tion. Band member Spencer Jensen said he was not aware the issue had been brought up again. “I thought it was all settled,� he said. Emily Ashcroft, a member of the band, said she had not been informed that the space conflict was once again an issue. “I know that we had some trouble this year trying to switch over and then we ended up switching back to our parking lot,� Ashcroft said. “That’s about all I know. We haven’t heard anything else.� Jensen said the lack of space in the parking lot is not a new problem, nor is it unique to USU. “Every college deals with it,� he said. “It’s just one of the things you just deal with trying to get people to not park there while the band is there.� Jensen said there are several reasons See BAND, Page 2 On Nov. 8-�9, USU will celebrate Veterans Day with a number of different events from student groups on cam-� pus. USU’s Air Force ROTC will give students the opportu-� nity to pay acknowledgement to prisoners of war at the POW/MIA Tribute on the Quad. The tribute begins at 5 p.m. on Nov. 8 and will run a full 24 hours until the next night, according to Cadet Austin Stott. There will be a presentation of the color detail at the beginning of the tribute as well as a retrieving of the colors at the end of the following day. Stott asked students and members of the community to please walk around the flags and honor guardsmen that will be in the center of the Quad. He said people are encouraged to bring a candle to light for the display if they wish. “I remember seeing the flags last year,� said Lacey Kendall, nutrition major. “What USU and the ROTC are doing for the men and women who have served, or are serving now, and those who have fought for our freedoms is a great way to gain recognition for those who have sac-� rificed so much.� There will be students from the ROTC program stand-� ing at the event to answer questions. USU is also hosting a Veterans Day Memorial in the TSC Sunburst Lounge. The ceremony begins Nov. 9 at noon. This year, the event will be highlighted by per-� formances of the Thomas Edison Charter School choir. Jonathan Aaron, a recent returned soldier, will share some of his experiences from war. Will Poppendorf, a retired research professor of industrial hygiene at USU and director of the American Industrial Hygiene Board, will also be talking about U.S. service members. “Last year we did a larger ceremony for the Afghanistan and Iraq wars veterans. It was a somber ceremony,� said Tony Flores, veterans program coordina-� tor for the Access and Diversity Center. “This year our ceremony is going to be more of a celebration. Our intent is to recognize and appreciate the veterans.� –

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