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Don’t expect the Stadium Express or 800 East Express to be quite so fast. Construction delays cause rerouting that tacks on drive time and a new drop-off location.
Construction forces Shuttle to reroute
The roundabout on the west side of the TSC is being redesigned to increase student safety and decrease traffic. The project was supposed to be completed before school began but it will not be done until Labor Day. Until construction is finished, three Aggie Shuttle routes have been diverted. GIDEON OAKES photo
The Tanner Fountain will be off until next spring as it undergoes rennovation. Page 4
Features Students get used to new roommates, a new home and a new lifestyle as school starts again. Page 7
By ARIE KIRK news editor
To increase student safety and reduce traffic near the Taggart Student Center, the roundabout on the west side of the building is being redesigned. Construction is not expected to be completed until next week and, as a result, three Aggie Shuttle buses have been rerouted. The Stadium Express, 800 East Express and the South Campus Express have been affected. In place of the usual drop-off and pick-up near the TSC, the three routes will stop on the corner of 700 N. and 800 East, near the meters on the west side of the street. The Stadium Express and the 800 East Express are being
detoured to 600 East. The Campus Loop route has not been altered. Alden Erickson, Aggie Shuttle supervisor, said the shuttle system is working to remain on schedule and maintain its convenience to students despite the changes. “We will do our best to stay on the same schedule, but we’ll be delayed a bit. Students are going to have to walk a little more,” Erickson said. “We are going to do what we have to do and we are going to do our best to accommodate our passengers’ needs.” The Aggie Shuttle will return to its normal routes once construction is finished. Joe Izatt, assistant director of Parking and Transportation Services, said student safety was the primary reason behind rede-
signing the congested roundabout on Champ Drive. “We’ve tried to help create a better traffic flow,” Izatt said. “It is going to be nice when it is done. I hope it creates a space where buses and vehicles can coexist and be safer for students. That is the driving force behind this.” As part of the redesign, the planter area has been split to create two roundabouts. Curbing in the area was also removed to create a larger space for vehicles. Stanley Kane, director of Facilities Planning, came up with the concept. He said this design will ease traffic and create a pedestrian zone between the TSC and the Institute, where students can walk without being put in danger. The north roundabout is for pri-
vate vehicles. The south roundabout is restricted to buses, delivery and emergency vehicles only. It will have a gated entrance. After construction is completed, the Aggie Shuttle will still stop in front of the Alpha Chi Omega house. Buses will then also stop inside the electronically operated gate. Once inside the gate, delivery vehicles will be directed to the dock area behind the Military Science building where they will unload, rather than stopping near the student entrance to the TSC. Kane said these changes were made in response to the number of
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Webmail replaced as campus e-mail provider
By SETH R. HAWKINS editor in chief
Athletic Director Randy Spetman gives guided tour through the new north end zone facility, still under construction. Page 12
Opinion “The world is an uncertain place, and by the latter portion of next year I’ll be deployable ...” Page 16
Almanac Today in History: On this day in 1883, the most violent volcanic eruption in recorded history occurred on the uninhabited island of Krakatau in Indonesia. The explosion caused 120-foot tsunamis and killed 36,000 people.
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Following requests from students for a more advanced student e-mail system than what WebMail could offer, USU Information Technology Services has made a new e-mail system available: Aggiemail. Previously, USU students used WebMail or WebMail Plus as their student e-mail accounts. USU IT Services received many requests from students for a service that would be more reliable and would have more capabilities than what was currently offered by the WebMail system, said associate vice president for IT, Eric Hawley. The solution: Aggiemail, an e-mail system that was created in partnership with Google. Aggiemail looks and functions exactly like Google’s Gmail e-mail services and has nearly all the benefits of a full Gmail account, such as 2 GB of e-mail storage space, a calendar feature with sharing capabilities, Google Chat and Google Documents. Another added benefit to Aggiemail accounts is the account remains active even after a student graduates from USU. Aggiemail also works in conjunction with Gmail accounts, meaning users of Aggiemail can use Google Chat to instant message with Gmail users and share calendars and documents with Gmail users. All these features come Research more info @ at no extra cost for students as utahstatesman.com Google provided the Aggiemail service to USU free of charge, Hawley said. “When you look at the Aggiemail e-mail system, the ability to use Google (applications) to share and work on Word documents or Excel type spreadsheets without e-mailing documents back and forth is huge,” Hawley said. “If you’re in a project group of four or five students, in the past, if you were the group leader, you would have to take the Word document back from five students, do all the edits and get it back together. Online, you can do it all together. I’ve heard some students say that’s a great academic benefit. “Students are also able to, if they have a smart phone, get and receive e-mail on their smart phone. So if someone is in class and wants to look up their schedule and check their email real quick, they can. Plus, no cost for these features.” Realizing the limitations of the cc.usu.edu e-mail service, a board of USU IT officials and technical advisers started working on creating a new system in the summer of 2006, Hawley said. Some options considered included an in-house system powered by Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Live and Gmail,
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Students in connections, an orientation class for incoming freshmen, get a tour of campus as part of their first week at school. Provost Ray Coward said this year’s freshman class will be one of the biggest in the past ten years. PATRICK ODEN photo
Large freshman classes are answer for enrollment woes By LIZ LAWYER assistant news editor
tists say, one data point doesn’t make a trend,” Coward said. “We’ve made enormous progress. Last year and this year we will have brought in these two large freshman classes, and that will stabilize enrollment. As these classes move through and we continue to bring in large freshman
When USU President Stan Albrecht promised the Board of Trustees to fix the enrollment problem at USU, he set the bar high. Over the past six years, the number of -See ENROLLMENT, page 4 students attending USU’s main campus has steadily decreased from 17,663 in the fall of 2001 to 16,634 in 2006, according to numbers on the Board of Trustees’ Web site. Albrecht made that promise in January 2006, and he said it would be done within 18 months. That mark passed in July. If things have gone well, USU should now be on the rebound. According to Provost Ray Coward, this year’s freshman class will be Graphs provided by the Office of Analysis, Assessment one of the biggest in the past and Accreditation. The numbers provided by the Board of Trustees Web site differ slightly from the total numbers on 10 years. “Last year we had a strong these graphs. A red line indicates a bad trend, black indicates a freshman year, but as scien- neutral trend.
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Search to go on for trapped Utah miners
HUNTINGTON, Utah (AP) – Despite three weeks of drilling and digging that have revealed no signs of life from six men trapped inside a collapsed coal mine, officials said Sunday the search was continuing. Federal and mine company officials said a seventh borehole was being punched into the Crandall Canyon mine and that a special robotic camera was being lowered into a hole drilled during previous efforts to find the men.
Utah woman killed in crash BULLFROG, Utah (AP) – A powerboat traveling more than 30 mph slammed into the canyon wall on Lake Powell, killing a 20-year-old passenger, the National Park Service said Sunday. Rangers tried CPR, but Danielle Sorensen of Delta did not respond Saturday and was declared dead by a nurse who was flown to the scene. Six other people on the boat, including the driver, were seriously injured but were expected to recover, the Park Service said.
Warner may back Dems’ bill on withdrawal WASHINGTON (AP) – GOP Sen. John Warner, who wants U.S. troops to start coming home from Iraq by Christmas, said Sunday he may support Democratic legislation ordering withdrawals if President Bush refuses to set a return timetable soon. “I’m going to have to evaluate it,” Warner said. “I don’t say that as a threat, but I say that is an option we all have to consider.”
Monday, Aug. 27, 2007
NEW YORK (AP) – Hot dogs from a Times Square street vendor? Helicopter to a Hurricane Katrina benefit in the Hamptons? All part of Brangelina’s whirlwind New York weekend. Megastars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were spotted Friday with kids Maddox, Zahara and Pax shopping at Lee’s Art Shop in midtown Manhattan. Baby Shiloh was not there. According to the New York Post, the family then headed toward Times Square, where Pitt ordered five hot dogs from a street vendor, three with ketchup and mustard, two with just ketchup. “I didn’t know who he was,” said vendor Mahmoud Omer, who added that Pitt wanted relish but he didn’t have any. The “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” stars enjoyed a culinary upgrade Saturday when they attended a fundraiser at the home of Tribeca Film Festival co-founders Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in Watermill, N.Y. KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) – Gloria Blazes Are Seen Over A Mountain next to the village of Theologos in Evia island on Monday Aug. 27,2007. Firefighters backed by Estefan brought tears to the eyes of aircraft prevented the birthplace of the ancient Olympics from being consumed by flames Sunday as Greece’s worst wildfires in memory older Cuban-Americans who gathered blazed across the country. AP photo Saturday to hear the first live performance of songs from her new album, “90 Millas.” Amid frenzied, unsubstantiated rumors that ailing Fidel Castro has died, Estefan performed “Esperando (Cuando Cuba Sea Libre)” - Waiting (For Cuba to be Free). The title of her new album is Spanish for 90 miles - the distance from Key West to Cuba. Her performance with the Miami Sound ANCIENT OLYMPIA, appealed through televiment offered a reward of up The front of one fire Machine was taped Saturday at the Greece (AP) – Firefighters sion stations for help from a to $1.36 million for anyone Sunday reached Ancient backed by aircraft dropped firefighting service already providing information that Olympia in southern Greece, Westin Key West Resort, just blocks water and foam on the birthstretched to the limit and would lead to the arrest of an burning trees and shrubs just from the city’s famed concrete buoy place of the ancient Olympics many blamed authorities for arsonist. a few yards from the museum proclaiming it the southernmost point Sunday to stop wildfires from leaving them defenseless. Forest fires are common at the site. Although the pris- in the continental United States. The segment will air Sept. 17 on burning the 2,800-year-old “Fires are burning in more during Greece’s hot, dry tine forest around the site ruins, one of the most revered than half the country,” said summers – but nothing has was burned, none of the ruins Univision’s morning news program, “Despierta America,” about a week sites of antiquity. fire department spokesman approached the scale of the were damaged. before “90 Millas” hits stores. But the fires burning for Nikos Diamandis. “This is last three days. Arson is often Ruined temples of Zeus, After the performance, Estefan three straight days obliterated definitely an unprecedented suspected, mostly to clear king of the ancient Greek vast swathes of the country disaster for Greece.” land for development. No gods, and his wife Hera stand recalled the seeds of her passion for Cuban music. and the death toll rose by 11 Government and firefight- construction is allowed in on what was a lush riverside “My grandmother would shanghai on Sunday to 60. New fires ing officials have suggested Greece in areas designated site – a flat stretch of land pilots at the Havana airport so they’d broke out faster than otharson caused many of the as forest land, and fires are bring me cartons of mango baby food ers could be brought under blazes, and several people had sometimes set to circumvent -See Fires, page 3 – the only kind I’d eat. I learned to control. Desperate residents been arrested. The governthe law. eat peach later. And in every carton, she’d slip a Cuban record,” Estefan said.
Massive Greek fires reach site of ancient Olympics
Cleanup begins in soggy Midwest after storms hit COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio residents removed piles of waterlogged carpet, couches and upended refrigerators from their homes Sunday as they began the cleanup from recent flooding that Gov. Ted Strickland called “devastating.” Strickland and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials surveyed damage in the heavily flooded northwest Ohio village of Ottawa, where he walked through the muddy streets. “It’s difficult to exaggerate or embellish upon what’s happened here. It’s absolutely devastating,” Strickland said in
a telephone interview. The governor wants the federal government to declare a major disaster in the parts of north–central Ohio inundated by the past week’s powerful storms and record floods that were blamed for at least 18 deaths in the Midwest. In southern Michigan, utility crews had restored power to all but 26,000 of 427,000 homes and businesses left without power two days earlier. The National Weather Service confirmed that tornadoes touched down in six areas Friday along an 80-mile line in the state, destroying at least
250 homes and businesses in Fenton. “Fenton sustained the greatest amount of damage where the tornado path widened to approximately one-quarter mile including the snapping and uprooting of hundreds of trees,” the weather service said in a statement. Emergency shelters shut down Sunday because almost all Fenton residents whose houses were destroyed or damaged apparently found shelter with relatives, said Dick Beauchamp, damage assessment officer for the Genesee–Lapeer Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Jeff Schultz looks Saturday, Aug. 26, 2007, for anything salvageable from his uncle’s house that was destroyed in a tornado Friday near Potterville, Mich. Residents were allowed to gather their belongings Sunday by the Eaton County Sheriff after all electric and gas lines were disabled.
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Page 3 The Hawaii Superferry is seen docked in Honolulu after returning from Maui, Sunday. Loaded with people paying a discount fare of $5, the $95 million Hawaii Superferry launch from Honolulu Sunday for its Maiden voyage to Mauithe first passenger ferry service between the islands. AP photo
Ferry connects islands KAHULUI, Hawaii (AP) - Loaded with people paying a discount fare of just $5, the $95 million Hawaii Superferry made its maiden run Sunday with a rushed launch for a three-hour voyage to Maui _ the first passenger ferry service between the islands. Legal problems threatened to beach the giant catamaran like one of the whales that environmentalists fear it will run over, so the company moved up the debut by two days. More than 500 passengers and crew, and 150 cars, were aboard when the four-deck, blueand-white vessel emblazoned with manta rays pulled away from the dock to a chorus of cheers. “It’s beautiful,” exclaimed Stephen Imamoto of Honolulu, who was traveling with his wife and 6-year-old daughter. “I don’t like to fly ... You can’t beat the price.” Imamoto said he wanted to
try the first voyage to see if he gets seasick. Choppy water and strong wind between the islands have scuttled previous attempts at interisland ferry services with much smaller ships. Even in seemingly calm seas, the Alakai swayed at times Sunday, causing some passengers to become nauseous as the ferry passed the green, rugged mountains of Molokai and Lanai. Inside the 349-foot Alakai built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., passengers browsed the gift shop, played cards and ordered breakfast while watching live NFL Sunday football games on high-definition TV screens as the ferry sailed past Aloha Tower. Alan and Terry Kahanu, of Kailua, arrived to board the ferry at 4:20 a.m. They and their four children sat in the first-class cabin, eating doughnuts and sushi. “It’s spectacular,” said Alan
Kahanu. “It’s so nice to be able to walk around instead of having to be buckled in.” Before Sunday, the only way to travel among the Hawaiian Islands was with highly competitive local airlines now engaged in a fare war. Superferry sold out its first voyage in 30 minutes Saturday, offering $5 one-way fares for passengers and the same for cars. More than 400 of those aboard got right back on the Alakai for the voyage back to Honolulu. Superferry Chief Executive John Garibaldi, who mingled among passengers, said one reason for the service was to avoid a repeat of the effect of the nation’s grounded airplanes after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Then, island residents and tourists dependent on air travel were stranded for several days. Garibaldi said the voyage “went very, very well and the response was phenomenal from passengers.”
Two bombings hit India, killing many
HYDERABAD, India (AP) - A pair of bombings minutes apart tore through a popular family restaurant and an outdoor arena on Saturday night, killing at least 37 people in this southern Indian city plagued by Hindu-Muslim tensions. The restaurant was destroyed by the bomb placed at the entrance. Blood-covered tin plates and broken glasses littered the road outside. The other blast struck a laser show at an auditorium in Lumbini park, leaving pools of blood and dead bodies between rows of seats punctured by shrapnel. Some seats were hurled 100 feet away. “We heard the blast and people started running out past us. Many of them had blood streaming off them,” said P.K. Verghese, the security manager at the laser show. “It was complete chaos. We had to remove the
security barriers so people could get out.” Most of the dead were killed in the Gokul Chat restaurant at Hyderabad’s Kothi market, said K. Jana Reddy, the state home minister. Some 50 people were injured in the two blasts. While Indian officials often blame Muslim militants for bomb attacks, there were no immediate accusations against Islamic groups in the blasts. The two spots are popular with both Hindus and Muslims. Hindu-Muslim animosity runs deep in Hyderabad, where a bombing at a historic mosque killed 11 people in May. Another five people died in subsequent clashes between security forces and Muslim protesters angered by what they said was a lack of police protection. Two other bombs were defused in the city Saturday, one under a footbridge in the busy Bilsukh Nagar com-
mercial area, and another in a movie theater in the Narayanguba neighborhood, a police official said. Latenight movie showings were canceled across the city. “This is a terrorist act,” said Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, the chief minister for Andhra Pradesh state, where Hyderabad is located. Much of India’s HinduMuslim animosity is rooted in disputes over the Himalayan territory of Kashmir, divided between India and mostly Muslim Pakistan but claimed in its entirety by both countries. More than a dozen Islamic insurgent groups are fighting for Kashmir’s independence or its merger with Pakistan. More than 80 percent of India’s 1.1 billion people are Hindu and 13 percent are Muslim. But in Hyderabad, Muslims make up 40 percent of the population of 7 million.
Fires: Wildfires burn across Greece
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surrounded by pine-clad hills –near the stadium that hosted the ancient Olympic games for more than 1,000 years after they started in 776 B.C. The site strewn with fallen columns includes the remains of a gymnasium, a wrestling hall, hostels, bathhouses, priests’ residences and altars. The 5th century B.C. limestone temple of Zeus is one of the largest in mainland Greece. Helicopters and aircraft covered the ruins with water and foam. The flames reached the edge of the ancient stadium, searing the grass and incinerating the trees on the hill above. Volunteers grabbed buckets of water and joined firefighters. “We don’t know exactly how much damage there is in the Olympia area, but the important thing is that the museum is as it was and the archaeological site will not have any prob-
lem,” Culture Minister George Voulgarakis told The Associated Press at the site. Firefighters remained in the area after dark to ensure the fire did not re-ignite. “It’s hell everywhere,” said Costas Ladas, a resident of Kolyri near Ancient Olympia, who said the fire covered more than a mile in three minutes. “I’ve never seen anything like it.” Local schoolteacher Gerassimos Kaproulias criticized the government, saying it was totally unable to deal with the fires. “I am very angry,” he said. “Nobody thought that one of the five most highly protected areas in Greece could be burned like this.” The fire also blazed into the nearby village of Varvasaina, destroying several houses. As residents rushed to battle the
flames, others, stunned, walked the streets holding their heads in their hands. The worst-affected region was around the town of Zaharo, south of Ancient Olympia. Thick smoke blocked out the summer sun and could be seen more than 60 miles away. The worst of the fires have been concentrated in the mountains of the Peloponnese in the south and on the island of Evia north of Athens. Strong winds blew smoke and ash over the capital, blackening the evening sky and turning the rising moon red. In the ravaged mountain villages in the Peloponnese, rescue crews found a grim scene that spoke of last-minute desperation as the fires closed in. Dozens of charred bodies have been found across fields, homes, along roads and in cars.
Monday, Aug. 27, 2007
Fountain unfit to flow, pending repairs Briefs
By ALISON BAUGH senior writer Construction is going on around campus, and the Tanner Fountain in front of the Taggart Student Center is no different. The two-phase construction process currently under way includes updating the cement on the outside and the piping underneath. “Parts were old and needed replaced. We have also experienced a few problems,” said Darrell Hart, associate vice president for Facilities. The fountain is more than 20 years old, Hart said. It was originally donated by the O.C. Tanner Foundation to USU and it, along with its adjoining plaza, were dedicated May 31, 1980. The cement will be updated by replacing the old cement with new. This won’t change the outer appearance of the fountain, Hart said, and the contractor is trying to finish the work requiring the use of heavy equipment before school starts. Hart believed they were very close to being done as of this past weekend. Over the winter months the underground piping will be fixed and updated. The vaults which pump the recycled water through the fountain are being fixed. Water has been getting in certain areas and causing the fountain to stop working. Water won’t flow through the fountain at all before winter, but John DeVillbiss, executive director for public relations, said it will be ready in the spring. While Hart said they haven’t received any complaints about the fountain not having any water and the construction going on, students have noticed the difference. “It should’ve been done a long time before school
Campus & Community
Lunar eclipse to occur in early morning hours Utahns watching the sky during the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 28th will be treated to a total eclipse of the moon, the first total eclipse visible from Utah since 2004. Unlike eclipses of the sun, which require observing equipment, eclipses of the moon can be viewed without special equipment. According to NASA Solar System Ambassador to Utah Patrick Wiggins, “The partial phase of the eclipse will start at 2:51 a.m. MDT when the moon enters the dark part of the Earth’s shadow. At that moment the moon will be about one-third of the way up the southwestern sky.” Totality will arrive at 3:52 a.m. and last until 5:22 a.m. when the moon will be low in the southwest. The “coming out” portion of the eclipse will then last until 6:24 a.m. but by that time the moon will have set for most The tanner fountain is currently under construction and isn’t expected to be completed until spring Utahns, especially those with high terrain to but the contractor said the project is on schedule. The 20-year-old fountain is getting new piping and the surroundthe west. ing cement is being updated. The fountain joins many locations around campus that are under construction. DEBRA The last total eclipse of the moon visible HAWKINS photo from Utah occurred in October 2004. The started so that we don’t have to see it torn apart,” said Students are going to have to wait while this gathering next one will occur in 2010. Utah will not Todd Vincent, a junior majoring in biochemistry. and study spot takes a break for the next few months, experience an eclipse of the sun until a partial Hart said while they had not planned on having the but come warm weather, the water should be flowing eclipse occurs in 2012. The next total eclipse fountain running at all this year, the contractor seems to and students can again enjoy the Tanner Fountain. of the Sun to be visible from Utah will occur in be on schedule to have it working again in the spring. -firstname.lastname@example.org 2045 although one will pass just north of Utah in 2017.
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USU incoming freshmen Brooke Evans and Allia Ramaileh were named as “Colonel’s Scholars” by the Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation and were awarded $20,000 scholarships. Having graduated from Olympus High School in with a 4.0 last spring, Evans of Salt Lake City, Utah is now working as a respite worker for an 8year-old autistic child. Evans will call Logan home this fall as she prepares for her first semester of college at USU. Ramaileh, who just returned from a service project in Africa, currently finds herself in the Canadian Arctic doing research on global warming through Earthwatch. Come fall, the 2007 Bountiful High School graduate, travels to Logan to become a student of USU. “I was so surprised when I learned I got the scholarship, I almost couldn’t believe it,” said Evans. “I was torn when I got the scholarship because I had planned on going out of state for school. But the scholarship would not have worked, so I decided that in Utah, USU would be the only way to go.” Both Evans and Ramaileh consider themselves lucky to be chosen as “Colonel’s Scholars.” Of 130,000 applicants nationwide, only 51 were awarded scholarships. They are two of three Utah recipients of the scholarship.
classes, (the enrollment) problem will be solved.” Though this fall’s numbers will not be tallied until three weeks after the start of school, the feeling in the Admissions Office is one of self-congratulation. “The forecast is looking good,” said Jenn Putnam, director of admissions. Though she said no official numbers have yet been released, most other schools in the state have either stayed flat or gone down slightly in enrollment numbers, while USU appears to have attracted more new students this year than last. “We need to continue to grow out of state,” Putnam said. “We grew maybe 50 or 60 students in state, but those are students we stole from other schools, because the overall in-state enrollment hasn’t gone up. So if we can just keep recruiting out of state,
we’ll be good.” In January 2006, the goal was to have 5,000 potential students apply at USU in order to bring in approximately 2,400 new faces last fall. There were 5,209 applications for last fall. The freshman acceptance rate, however, is on the rise. In Fall 2002, 88 percent of applicants were accepted, whereas in Fall 2006, 97 percent were accepted. “We’re very pleased with the position we are in right now,” Coward said. “We have a great story to tell. We have affordable tuition and high-quality education. Students have been voting with their feet, so to speak.” Recruitment initiatives such as open houses and the Road Scholars Tour have helped draw in more students, Putnam said. -email@example.com
USU President Stan Albrecht has created a new senior administrative position to ensure constituents in the Uintah Basin have a direct line to him and the Logan campus. Rob Behunin, currently executive director of advancement of USU Uintah Basin, was named assistant to the president for special projects. In his new position, Behunin will work closely with various groups to ensure a productive relationship between the university and the communities. He also will serve as liaison to local governments on issues involving USU. USU Uintah Basin is Utah State’s largest and oldest regional campus, having been in the Basin for more than 35 years. Albrecht said the university and the community continue to enhance their partnerships in the area as political leaders there recognize higher education’s place in the long-term economic health of the Uintah Basin.
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Construction: Aggie Shuttle taking new routes
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people and vehicles the new Student Living Center brought to the area. “This is a traffic control system to separate cars from pedestrians,” he said. “This is an upgrade in safety.” The construction, which Kane said began the week of May 7, was supposed to be finished before the first day of school. However, due to unforeseen conditions, he said its completion has been delayed by one week. Kane said project development was hindered by a surprise discovery of utility lines and modifications to the sewer system. He said the proper time to cure cement must also be allowed. Even though the last concrete was poured Friday, it must dry for a week to be able to support the weight of heavy buses. Darrell Hart, associate vice president of Facilities, said production was also slowed because of a labor shortage. “The construction market is pretty hot and labor is hard to get,” Hart said. He also said it is a challenge to guarantee an exact completion date because of the many variables involved in construction. “Construction isn’t a science,” Hart said. “Sometimes it takes longer than The planter Area near the TSC has been split into two to help with the flow of traffic. The you thought it might, sometimes it is north roundabout is for private vehicles. The south roundabout is for buses, and emergency and delivery shorter.” –firstname.lastname@example.org vehicles. Map courtesy of Jeff Turley
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Hawley said. The Microsoft Exchange option would have cost the school $800,000 a year to maintain an e-mail service that would provide 2GB of space and remain active even after students graduated, which would have resulted in an increase in student fees, Hawley said. The options were presented to ASUSU’s Academic Senate and Executive Council, Hawley said. After explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each system, ASUSU unanimously approved a resolution to go ahead with the partnership with Google and create a new student e-mail system, he said. “We had been in talks with Google for three months before (the resolution was passed),” Hawley said. “We had also spoken to Arizona State University, who had moved all their faculty and staff to Google before we
did. Google does not charge USU any money for e-mail. It’s not free in the sense that it still requires IT personnel.” At the time the resolution was passed, the e-mail system was not named and students had the opportunity to vote on the name of the new system. Aggiemail was selected as the name of the new service and was made available at the beginning of May. Aggiemail is currently available to all USU students free of charge and will gradually replace the antiquated WebMail and WebMail Plus e-mail systems. WebMail Plus will be discontinued on Sept. 14, so students wishing to transfer their e-mail and address book to Aggiemail will need to do so by that date or lose that information, Hawley said. “Webmail.usu.edu will stay up but will be phased out,”
Hawley said. “No deadline has been set yet. New students shouldn’t create or use either of those. All new students should set up new Aggiemail accounts directly. “If you’re a student who already has accounts on WebMail or WebMail Plus, you should create an Aggiemail account and move your e-mail over. Yes, it’s kind of a painful transition, but this pain will pass.” To set up an Aggiemail account, students need to log in to Access using their A number and password. Next, click on the “Personal Information” link and then click on the “Aggiemail” link. Read the license agreement and click the “I Agree” link. The next screen has a scrolldown menu that provides a list of possible user names that are combinations of the student’s first, middle and last names.
Choose the desired account name from the scroll list and click the “Submit” button. If another student has already selected the desired account name, a new name must be selected. Once a name has been selected, the new Aggiemail account is created and can be accessed at aggiemail.usu.edu. Students can only have one active Aggiemail account at a time, and this account will remain active for students even after they graduate. Once an Aggiemail account is created, students can import their e-mail and contact lists from their old WebMail accounts into the Aggiemail account. Scott Urie, junior in landscape architecture, said, “I never liked WebMail and never used it. I like (Aggiemail) a lot better than WebMail already. I’ll be using it a lot more, possibly more than my Hotmail.” One disadvantage to the new Aggiemail system is its inability to work with POP3 services such as Outlook or Thunderbird. Hawley said USU IT is working with Google to get this service operational. Another difference between Aggiemail and a full Gmail account is the absence of some of the applications and advertising in Aggiemail. Hawley said USU IT regularly requests these applications from Google, but as of yet they will not add these features to their free .edu accounts. So what happens down the road when multiple students with the same name try to sign up for an Aggiemail account and the usernames are already taken? Will the system have to be revamped? “It’s possible,” Hawley said. “If there were 10 people with your exact same name at USU in the next 10 years and if one a year showed up, which is unlikely, there’s still another 10-15 choices available. It’s extremely adaptable. It’s the same problem Gmail is dealing with. Google has millions of accounts. Down the road we’ll have to do what they do. But that’s 30 years down the road. But we will never have as many users as Google does.” So far, there have been no problems with the transition from WebMail to Aggiemail, Hawley said. “Presently I think we have over 5,000 accounts created on Aggiemail and it’s growing by hundreds every day,” he said. “That’s one great advantage of Google: They’re good at handling massive amounts of users.” For more information or help with Aggiemail, visit it.usu.edu/ aggiemail or call the Help Desk at 797-HELP. -email@example.com
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Moving in Mark Walton • freshman • mechanical engineering • Idaho Falls, Idaho What was your first impression of USU? The beautiful campus. It seemed pretty laid back. What are you excited for? The different experience of being out of my house. Parties, I guess. I’ll party wherever the party takes me. What will you miss about home? My motorcycle. It’s a dirt bike. There’s nowhere to put it around here and nowhere to ride it.
Jeramy Johnson • sophomre • biology • St. George, Utah
What are you excited for? Getting to meet a lot of new people. Just from moving into Pi Kappa Alpha and living here. I met a ton of cool people already. What was your first impression of the fraternity house? While I was moving in, everyone was just helping out. Everyone was willing to help move your stuff in, help you get unpacked, all that kind of stuff.
Pete Wosnik • freshman • pre-law • Kaysville, Utah What will you miss about home? Probably my mom making me breakfast and free stuff.
Jaxon Myar • freshman • undeclared • Salt Lake City, Utah
Emily Rusk • senior • elementary education • West Jordan, Utah
What are you excited for? Playing basketball here.
What is the most stressful part of moving? I am vice president of recruitment of Alpha Chi Omega and so I had to move in but also plan What will you miss about home? recruitment, which is why all of my stuff is just The city. There’s a bunch of stuff to do there. shoved in drawers. What are you excited for? What was the most stressful part of moving? Being on campus. I have never lived on campus. Figuring everything out. Figuring out what to I’m excited to be in the house with all the girls. I’m bring and finances. not nervous for any drama because I’m the oldest one here. I just sit back and watch stuff unfold.
Students open up about packing up, leaving home and trying something new. Riley Peterson • freshman • business administration • Kaysville, Utah
Is this your first time living away from home? Yeah, I mean, I went to Europe for three weeks but I don’t think that counts.
What was the worst part about moving? Filling out the form where you have to list everything that’s wrong with the apartment. I hated it.
What was the most stressful part of moving? Buying all the stuff that I need and trying to remember everything.
What will you miss about home? Absolutely nothing.
Eliot Cuduco • freshman • engineering • Dominican Republic What was the most stressful part of moving? To leave all my family and friends. It is my first time here. I am alone with my friends who came with my from school, 101 new students. What will you miss about home? My family, my friends, and my neighbors and the environment. The beaches. What was the most exciting part of moving? Oh, the environment is very nice. For me, it is very special to be here.
Ally Jones • freshman • dental hygiene • Lindon, Utah
What are you excited for? Being out on my own. What will you miss about home? Having my own shower. What was the most stressful part of moving? Getting everything into two cars.
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Making college your home By Courtnie Packer senior writer
The boxes are piled and spread throughout the room as garbage sacks, bubble wrap and shreds of newspaper cover the floor. It’s moving day – the day students anticipate and dread as the task of organizing and decorating kick into gear. Leaving the Winnie the Pooh or Power Ranger bedroom set behind, many students now get to start from the basics. Some may wonder what to pack besides a year supply of Ramen Noodles and macaroni and cheese. More importantly, others will question how they will make a dorm room feel like home. “Bring pictures,” said Tara Paxman, freshman in accounting. “You need them to remind
yourself of what’s left at home. College is a culture shock, and you need that comfort.” Sherrie Lambert, a sophomore in elementary education, said she agrees. “You need pictures to remind you of all your good memories. They help you feel like you’re not completely alone at times,” she said. Pictures seem to be a common trend among college dorms. Eighty-year-old grandmas in the pink party hats and little sisters naked in the tub always seem to be good conversation starters. They tend to liven up a room and give it a little more personality. “My roommate and I bought fish,” said Hailey Smith, a freshman in psychology. “We have matching fish tanks and even matching fish. It definitely adds a lot more to the room and makes it more unique.” Even organizing a dorm room can often turn out more difficult than expected. There is the decision of whether to bring the cardboard palm tree or the Chinese lanterns. “You need the stuff that gives you that comforting feeling,” Smith said. “I know, for me, I had to bring my clothes, lots of pictures, my own bedding and my pillows.” Other students like Josh Ferrer, freshman in electrical engineering, wouldn’t be able to leave home without the memories of athletic achievements. “I brought a lot of my karate and bowling awards. Also a chess board because I love chess and it has been one of my favorite games for years,” he said. “My awards liven up my colorless room and let my guestS see what type of things I am interested in. It helps them know more directly what I am about.” Paxman knew exactly what she wanted to bring when she prepared to move away. “I had to bring my bear my boyfriend gave me, along with my hippo named Lola,” she said. For many college students, the idea of decorating a dorm either terrifies or bores them. Decisions on how to take their dorm from drab to fab come into view, and they often become frustrating
Trying to personalize his room, Jeramy Johnson, sophomore in biology, hangs up a poster in his fraternity house. Several students bring items from home to liven up where they will be living for the school year. PATRICK ODEN photo
and overwhelming. Thoughts on where to hide the stereo to play the ocean wave soundtrack or on what wall to hang the neoncolored Christmas lights can quickly become discouraging. Even the trial of adding bits of all the roommates’ ideas can be a struggle. “Remember to use a little of your own decorations,” Lambert said. “It gives you that feeling of home. My roommate, for example, has a lot of her own decorations. I like them, but it is not the same as my own. It just doesn’t fit my personality. So if I had to give any advice, it would be to do a little decorating your
own way.” Don’t let the frustrations of interior decorating ruin relationships with new roommates. If objections appear on whether or not to hang the Disney coloring pages, let them know. Each individual has the same right to jazz up the place. College is the place where students can express themselves. Have some fun with it. “Do things you like to do,” Lambert said. “Don’t be afraid around others. If so, you won’t get very far. Express yourself. That is the only way you will get the true college experience.” -firstname.lastname@example.org
Tara Paxman shows off her newly decorated room. She said college is a culture shock so to help with the transition, bring pictures from home. TYLER LARSON photo
Campuses cash in on students’ urge to buy By Noah Bierman McClatchy Newspapers (MCT) ORLANDO, Fla. – Students bunking in the newest residence halls at the University of Central Florida soon will be tripping over Maggie Moo’s ice cream, Subway sandwiches, Starbucks, Red Brick Oven Pizza, Barnes & Noble and other chain stores on their way out of their dorms. At UCF and elsewhere, it’s getting harder to tell the difference between the university and the mall. Once content to sell sweat shirts from a generic campus store and meals from a mess hall, universities are entering into increasingly sophisticated arrangements with national retailers, allowing more franchises directly on campus. At UCF,
many of the stores set to open in the coming weeks are attached directly to the dorms, across from a basketball arena under construction with its own set of chain stores. “This much impulse buying on the way to class could be hurtful,” said Boston Russell, a 20-year-old sophomore from Longwood, Fla., who is among the first living in the new dorms on the edge of a pine forest in suburban Orlando. The design, he said, is “letting these companies have a free shot at us when we walk by three times a day for class.” But Cheryl Adams, a senior from Daytona Beach, Fla., said most students are less skeptical:
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DM: I did and I broke my back. That was my first time actually. US: Are you going back again?
Deogratius Msuya Tanzania, Africa DM: Yeah, I’ll go back. Junior Business Administration US: Do you have any pet peeves?
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Deogratius Msuya: : It’s a small town, so there is less distraction.
DM: People who poke into other people’s business. What else ... I don’t like it if a person has an attitude. I mean, I believe whatever you do, you know what you’re doing. But some people, they don’t know what they’re doing. They think they’re right, but I don’t think they know what they are doing.
US: Had you ever been to Utah before this?
US: Do you have a favorite family tradition?
DM: Yeah, yeah. I’ve been to Utah before because my school that I was going to is from Wyoming, so I’ve been to Utah many times. I know the people, the friends over here.
DM: Oh yeah, we do have this tradition at Christmas time. We all go out of town to the outer village – that is where we are from. We get grandma, grandpa, everyone who’s there.
Utath Statesman: Why do you like USU?
US: What do you look for the most in the opposite sex?
DM: Truly, friendly, she should be cute, she should like me not for what I have but for how I am. US: Name some of your hobbies. DM: Watching TV. I mean hanging out with friends, actually. I like basketball, too. US: What is the biggest turnoff? DM: I dunno. I am so picky, like there are some small things, I can’t say which is which, if the girl does in front of me can piss me off. US: What is the biggest turn-on when a girl approaches you? DM: OK, the look in the face, the way she looks at you.
US: If you could have three people over for dinner, who would they be? DM: My mom, my one and only sister – she’s in LA – and my dad. US: Could you explain the worst day of your life? DM: The worst date was when I was leaving home. That was Aug. 15, 2005, when I was leaving home. I remember ‘cause it was not a good day. US: If you could pick five words that describe you best, what would they be? DM: Polite, friendly, agile, willing to help people, outgoing or whatever. US: What’s your favorite thing to do in Logan? DM: For the time being, I think just hanging out with friends. US: Have you skied before?
deogratius msuya, a junior in business administration, says he doesn’t like when people get into other people’s business. PATRICK ODEN photo
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“Who doesn’t like to shop?” UCF isn’t alone. Though nearby college towns with quirky health food and rare book stores have long been a staple at traditional universities, many schools are placing retail on campus and collecting rents to subsidize operations and attract students.
At UCF, money from the dorms, shops and a pair of parking garages is subsidizing the 10,000seat basketball arena. “We’re a public university, but we want to adopt some of the best practices of the private sector,” said Bill Merck, vice president for administration and finance at UCF. Florida Atlantic University’s board of trustees began moving in the same direction Tuesday. Trustees discussed “Innovation Village,” a proposed complex of dorms and retail stores designed around a proposed football stadium at the Boca Raton campus. In a study, administrators learned many students were rejecting FAU to attend UCF, Florida State and the University of Florida – in part because those schools offer more campus life. And FAU defines that to include a shopping district. “It is no longer enough for a college or university simply to provide students with four walls and a bed,” Jill Eckardt, the school’s director of housing, said in a report to FAU’s board. Urban schools have a longer tradition of integrating their campuses into downtown retail environments. But even that model has changed. The University of Pennsylvania began aggressively developing the depressed West Philadelphia neighborhood around its campus a decade ago, starting with a $100 million project opened in 1998 that converted a parking lot into a hotel, sporting goods store, Barnes & Noble, Cosi coffee bar and Urban Outfitters, among other stores. “At the time there was probably not a lot of enthusiasm among developers for the site,” said Paul Sehnert, Penn’s director of real estate development. “We needed to prime the pump.” Penn added another project four blocks away – including a grocery and multiplex movie theater. Outside developers have since started their own projects, leaving a mix of retail and academic buildings on almost every block. “I think they’ve done remarkable things,” said Jeff Speck, director of design for the National Endowment for the Arts. Speck is a former planner with the Miami firm Duany Plater-Zyberk, one of the pioneers for the so-called New Urbanist movement that advocates building traditional communities by intermingling homes, offices and apartments so people can walk everywhere. The projects’ success depends on how they are executed. Adam Drisin, director of FIU’s architecture program, worries about concentrating retail on a campus in such a way that students never leave. Drisin likes the urban model at Penn because it reaches out into the city. But in more suburban campuses, the retail can create an artificial town and separate students from the neighborhood, he said. “I’m always suspicious of attempts to replicate, if you will, the complexities of a city,” Drisin said. “In the best sense, what a university is trying to do is expose students to ideas and places and people that they don’t know about and maybe are a little bit uncomfortable with.” Drisin, like others, expects the retail trend to keep growing because parents and students are demanding it. The newest “campus apartments” at UCF are more expensive, but the school had 500 more applicants than spots, according to Merck. Beyond demand, the projects are driven by economic necessity. Last week, a report issued for Florida’s Board of Governors, which oversees state universities, said the state’s 11 schools need $3.4 billion in construction money as they expect an additional 50,000 students within six years. The UCF project costs $250 million. UCF would not have been able to afford a $100 million basketball arena as a standalone project.
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Internship, my eye A little more than a year ago, I walked in the doors that would lead me to not only my summer internship but a bright, shining future in the newspaper world. I strolled into the front office, holes ripped in each knee of my jeans, and all I saw was purple. After meeting the crazy sports writer Aldon, who was obsessed with his most recent story on midget wrestling, I knew from that moment on that this would not only be an internship, it was going to be an adventure I would never forget. In the world of internships, it seems you either get a good one or you don’t. You’re either making coffee, or you’re not. Your boss actually talks to you or never learns your name. You actually learn something or you come back to school wishing you hadn’t wasted those beautiful warm months in an office. Several of you have probably recently returned from exotic internships in New York or Washington, D.C. I realize my internship in little Roosevelt, Utah, at The Uintah Basin Standard may never sound as exciting as yours, but believe me when I tell you I was a lucky one. I had a good internship, surrounded by purple walls and all. I had to laugh all the time as the following really did happen during the summer months I spent writing stories about Duchesne and Uintah counties. An internship can be one of the most valuable experiences during college, and if any of you happen to complete one within the next few years, namely a newspaper internship, you’ll know you had a good one if: • During your interview to get the job, you editor informs you that big news in the area would be if the city banned candy from the parades. • Before you move out to work, this same editor leaves a message on your cell phone stating, “Newsflash!! You’re apartment just got an oven!” • When you eventually see this oven, you notice it’s in the same room as the laundry and sewing machines. Talk about using space to the fullest. • You don’t have cable, let alone a DVD player, so you make a 30-minute trip to the library every two weeks where you and your roommate check out VHS movies, not books. • You work with a sports writer that once wrote a column entitled, “Me and My Colon.” • When you decide to go camping for the weekend, your boss asks you, “Isn’t living here enough?”
• You become friends with a local who works at McDonald’s and has two T-shirts – one that says, “I love Mormon girls” and the other that says, “Mormon girls love me.” He later competes in a pageant where he dances like Elvis. • You live in a town that has exactly three stop lights, four theater screens (including the drive-in) and barbecues almost every week. • You get to attend court, and when the lawyer asks a frizzy-haired, middle-aged woman why she violated her parole by consuming alcohol, she tells him it’s because she’s allergic to bees. • There is a restaurant close by where the owner thinks he’s a prophet and next door is another restaurant that serves not only Chinese, but Mexican and American food as well. • Your editor is happy when you take the story about the library because she doesn’t have enough time and admits the sports writer scares people. • You cover about every pageant and interview every rodeo queen in the county. • One of your goals for the summer is to take a picture with every dinosaur in Vernal. • You get to meet celebrities. They may be celebrities from an ‘80s country band who never grew out of sporting mullets, but still. • Your editor leaves in the middle of the day every once in a while to go swimming. You do the same. • The staff takes you on a river trip where you fall out of your raft and nearly drown. • Thirty minutes away there is a water slide that’s open from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. on weekends. People your age race each other to the top because it’s about the most exciting thing they’ve done all summer. That pool later shuts down for violating health code. Inspectors find Band-Aids in the drains. So maybe I haven’t quite made it to my bright, shining future in the newspaper world. Then again, I graduate in four months and then ... who knows. Maybe I’ll be rubbing shoulders again with the midget-obsessed sports writer. Oh man. Manette Newbold is a senior majoring in print journalism. Comments and questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. edu.
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TouchBase Ag spikers take third game at Wildcat Classic By USU ATHLETICS Utah State’s volleyball team recorded its first win of the 2007 season on Saturday with a four-game win against Eastern Washington (30-26, 26-30, 30-27, 30-21) in the final day of competition at the Sheraton Four Points Wildcat Classic in Tucson, Ariz. USU finished the tournament in third-place with a 1-2 record, while EWU was fourth with an 0-3 mark. Senior opposite side hitter Amanda Nielson (West Valley City, Utah) led USU as she recorded her first double-double of the season with 21 kills and 13 digs, both of which are season-highs.
New building a credit to the ‘Colonel’
Aggie lineman repeat as Truck Pull champs By USU ATHLETICS
With “pull hard” as the common theme echoed throughout the group, a team of Utah State offensive linemen successfully defended their State Truck Pull Championships title, an event that benefits the Special Olympics here in Logan. The competition, consisting of pulling a 40,000-pound truck 20 feet in a timed event, was held on a closedoff street between the Cache Valley Mall and Home Depot.
(top middle) the view of the facility from the 50yard-line inside Romney Stadium. Only the first floor has been finished. (Left) A portion of the back part of the building, now named the Dale Mildenburger Sports Medicine Complex. Mildenburger has been USU’s head athletic trainer for 33 years. (Right) The new football locker room. Each locker lists the player’s name. The entire squad moved in on Aug. 12.
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When you walk into Romney Stadium Thursday evening to witness the USU football season opener, you shouldn’t be surprised if you have the same reaction that much of the team themselves had when they first saw it Aug. 10. With the team dressed in their uniforms without pads for pictures on Media Day, an awed silence came over much of the the players as they looked toward the top of the new north end zone facility to the new jumbo tron as it played crystal clear Aggie football highlights from 2006. “It’s the quietest I’ve ever heard them,” third-year Aggie Head Coach Brent Guy said. The new $12.5 million structure has made the 27-year-old home of the Aggies look, by a general consensus of anybody who has been around the program for a long time, a whole lot better. “It means a lot,” Aggie senior wide receiver Kevin Robinson said. “It means they’re trying to make a change in this program. It’s only going to bring in more
people that want to play for this gonna be amazed at the amount team and contribute.” of money he had to work with, The man to thank for the and what he put up.” much-needed addition to Spetman gave a handful of the good of the entire athmedia a tour of the 50,000letic department is the direcsquare-foot building Aug. 10 tor of athletics himself, Randy – including the back half of it, Spetman. which has been named the Dale Spetman, who is called Mildenburger Sports Medicine “Colonel” by Complex those he works in honor of with thanks to his Mildenburger, long career in the who has been military, is now the head trainer “He shocks you in his fourth year at USU for 33 as the Aggie AD. every day. (The years. north end zone He has been the Only the first moving force to facility) is a testa- floor, which getting the edifice ment for what he houses team from a lot of talk locker rooms, an stands for. He talks equipment room and planning to the talk and walks and the sports an actual building. medicine area, is the walk.” Just ask Guy. completed. “I don’t think The second Brent Guy, Head Coach and third floors, anyone in their wildest dreams which now would think that we could get a feature only naked concrete and building of that magnitude up scattered tools, will one day with the amount of money we house coaches’ offices and team had,” Guy said. “I know of no meeting rooms for all 16 univerother AD in America that could sity sports. have got done what’s been done Despite the fact that those in that building. I don’t say that floors were empty and bare, because he’s my boss; I say that Spetman explained with ease because it’s the absolute truth. and at length which rooms When people see it, they’re would be where.
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Now in his fourth year, Randy Spetman is the man behind the $12.5 million structure By SAMMY HISLOP sports editor
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Spetman credited the good will of donors and volunteers in the community as being the major reason the department has been able to have such a building built. Tens of thousands of dollars have been saved, Spetman said, from volunteer work, which includes a group of 50 people who came into the facility in early August to help clear and hang many of the doors. “We’ve hung every door ourselves in this building,” Spetman said. “That’s part of the savings of this building.” Spetman also noted the win- Spetman dows are salvaged glass from the Crossroads Mall in Salt Lake City, which saved the program more tens of thousands. Spetmen said the track and field Head Coach Greg Gensel personally painted part of the first floor as his donation to the building, saving perhaps $1,000 in labor costs. “The community has contributed a lot,” USU senior running back Aaron Lesue said. “We need to go and show them, ‘Hey,
you’ve done a lot for us. We’re gonna lay it on the line every weekend for you.’ We’ve had an older facility for a long time. It’s nice to feel good and go into a nice locker room.” The kind of leadership that radiates from Spetman makes sense when one finds out he is an Air Force Academy graduate with a 28-year career in the military, which featured him in the role of chief of bomber planning in Desert Shield and Desert Storm as well as chief of Command and Control Division, and operations directorate at the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. “He shocks you every day,” Guy said. “I’ll say it this way: Time will still judge me if I’m the correct man to straighten this program out, but he’s already been judged. That’s evident.” One Sunday over the summer Guy said he came early to check on some things in the building and found Spetman sweeping an area by himself. “Colonel, what are you doing?” Guy asked. Spetman responded, “Well, if this area is clean and it’s easy to
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Utah State def. Eastern Washington, 3-1 (30-26, 36-30, 30-27, 30-21)
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75 54 .581 73 54 .575 1 65 66 .496 11 57 72 .442 18
National League East Division New York Philadelphia Atlanta Washington Florida
73 55 .570 66 62 .516 67 63 .515 58 72 .446 57 73 .438
7 7 16 17
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Senior tailback Aaron Lesue tries to run by a defender at practice Saturday, Aug. 25. Lesue will start at tailback for the Utah State when they open their season Thursday, Aug. 30 at Romney Stadium against UNLV. TYLER LARSON photo
Language Barrier For 4th time in 4 years, Aggie offense learns a new coordinator’s system, progressing well By DAVID BAKER assistant sports editor
Most of the Aggie offense spent the last six months learning a new language. Not French, not Spanish, or German. They were learning Dickey. “The biggest deal has been the terminology, just how we talk, how we communicate,” USU Offensive Coordinator Darrell Dickey said. “… They spent all spring saying, ‘Well, that’s what we used to call this, that’s what we use to call that.’” The difference in the names of formations, personnel groupings and a myriad other things are the foundation of a new-look Aggie offense that makes its debut at Romney Stadium Aug. 30 vs. University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Dickey said the Aggies will look to establish an inside and outside running game – using a tailback as the DARRELL DICKEY main ballcarrier – set up more play action passes and, most importantly, keep defenses off balance by mixing the run and pass. That also means using what Dickey calls “fun plays,” which include reverses, halfback passes and other trickery. “As much as our guys can handle and actually go out on the field and execute, the better off we’ll be,” he said. “Because the less things you can do, the more predictable you’ll be.” But with all the changes, there remain some things Utah State fans will recognize. “It wasn’t just come and tear
everything apart and start completely over,” Dickey said. “There was some carryover from what they did last year to this year.” Fans will still recognize some quarterback runs, the shotgun formation and other hallmarks
of recent Aggie offenses. Head Coach Brent Guy said he estimates the offense will be about 50 percent new and 50 percent old, but that percentage
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Offense by position ... By DAVID BAKER assistant sports editor
Quarterback: After a spring and summer filled with speculation, Utah State announced Wednesday that Leon Jackson III will start at quarterback when the Aggies open their season against UNLV Aug. 30 at Romney Stadium. Jackson started nine games in 2005 and the first five of last season before being replaced by freshman Riley Nelson. But after Nelson left on an LDS Church mission, Jackson found himself in a three-way race for the starting job with junior college transfer Sean Setzer and sophomore Jase McCormick. Although Jackson will be the first on under center for Utah State this season, it’s not likely he will be the only one. “If we end up being a one QB team, that’s fine with me,” Offensive Coordinator Darrell Dickey said. “If we end up being a one QB team where one guy gets a series or two each game, that’s fine with me. That’s probably how we’re going to start the season, and then make decisions about circumstances after that point.” Running Backs: Utah State is used to losing the previous year’s leading rusher – it’s happened two seasons in a row. This year, the Aggies look to replace the departed Marcus
Cross with a stable of different backs. Senior Aaron Lesue will be the first to carry the ball for the Aggies. Lesue and true freshman Curtis Marsh will get the bulk of the carries early on, Dickey said. People can also look for redshirt freshmen Derrvin Speight and Jacob Actkinson — who will also see time at fullback — and freshman Robert Turbin to get some carries. Although there could be a lot of backs involved in the Aggie offense this season, Head Coach Brent Guy wouldn’t call it a running-back-by-committee approach, but more like an opportunity to put each guy in the best position to make plays. Whatever you call it, the competition may not be a bad thing. “We have more than one back that can get in there and do the job, and it’s a competition and that pushes us,” Lesue said. Wide Receiver/Tight End: If the receiving corps was the cast of a movie, Kevin Robinson would be the leading man. The senior led the Aggies with 36 receptions for 582 yards and five touchdowns in 2006. But that’s not to say he doesn’t have a strong supporting cast. “The receiving corps is strong as ever,” Robinson said. “We’re all talented, we can
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Impact seniors: Aggies have seniors in key positions Leon Jackson III QB
Height: 6’ 1” Weight: 206 Hometown: Long Beach, Calif. Facts: Fifth all-time on USU career passing percentage list at 54.4. As the team’s punter last season he averaged 37.7 yards per punt.
Kevin Robinson WR
Height: 6’ 0” Weight: 199 Hometown: Fresno, Calif. On his goals: “They’re all
Pace Jorgensen Right Guard
Height: 6’ 5” Weight: 335 Hometown: Grantsville, Utah kind of high, but pretty much, Facts: Has 27 career starts, to break every receiving record the most on the team. at Utah State. I don’t really like Recruited by BYU, but ended saying that too much … but up in Logan. Kevin Curtis, I’m sorry.”
Aaron Lesue RB
Height: 5’ 10” Weight: 195 Hometown: Fallon, Nev. On presssure: “It’s pressure coming from within each other. We look in each other’s eyes and we expect a lot out of each other.”
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2007 WAC football: Warriors and Broncos to battle for top By SAMMY HISLOP sports editor
Here is a brief look at each of the nine Western Athletic Conference football teams, listed in order of their preseason ranking by USA Today.
1. Hawaii Warriors: 11-3 in 2006, 15 starters returning
In preseason Top 25 polls, the Warriors were ranked as high as 12th by Phil Steele’s. A major reason for that is quarterback Colt Brennan. The Warrior signal caller will return for his senior season to continue leading an offense that was tops in the nation in scoring offense (46.9 points per game), passing offense (441.3 yards per game), and total offense (559.2 yards per game). Brennan will also be a top contender for the Heisman Trophy. Wide recievers Davone Bess, Jason Rivers, and Ryan Grice-Mullen will also be back. The trio combined for 3,168 yards and 36 touchdowns in ‘06. Defensively, linebackers Adam Leonard and Solomon Elimimian return. They combined for 203 tackles last season for a defense which ranked 59th in the country. 2. Boise State Broncos: 13-0, 12 starters returning
The 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl champions will look to continue the nation’s longest winning streak of 13. Junior running back Ian Johnson is the biggest name back on offense. Johnson led the country in scoring (12.67 ppg) and touchdowns (25) and was second in rushing yards per game (142.83). Marty Tadman and Nick Schlekeway headline the Bronco defense. Tadman, the defensive MVP of the Fiesta Bowl, heads into his senior season as the nation’s active leader in career interceptions (12) and interception returns for touchdown (3).
3. Nevada Wolf Pack: 8-5, 14 starters returning
The Wolf Pack will look to bounce back from a tight loss last season in the MPC Computers Bowl to the University of Miami (Fla.). The Wolf Pack return the WAC’s top kick returner in Dwayne Sanders, who averaged 25 yards on each return. On defense, outside linebacker Ezra Butler will return after a 2006 campaign that placed him as a allWAC selection. Butler led the WAC and was 18th nationally with 17.5 tackles for loss. The Pack will take on four bowl teams from last year: Nebraska, Boise State, Hawaii, and San Jose State 4. Fresno State Bulldogs: 4-8, 15 starters returning
The only Division I team to lose to the Utah State Aggies in ‘06, the Bulldogs return a strong game on special teams. Senior kicker Clint Stitser has converted 75 percent of his field goal attempts in his career (21-28) and is a Lou Groza Award semifinalist. The Bulldogs also welcome back four starters to an offensive line that allowed 12 sacks the entire season — a school record. Senior defensive end Tyler Clutts comes into the season with 16 career sacks. He only needs one more to be among the top 10 in school history in that category.
5. San Jose State Spartans: 9-4, 15 starters returning
If the Spartans put up another winning season in ‘07, it will be the first time since the 1991 and 1992 seasons that the team has had back-to-back winning campaigns. Among the 15 returning starters, five were all-conference players. That is the highest number of all-WAC players the school has ever had. Cornerback Dwight Lowery is among the five. In 2006, Lowery recieved first-team All-America honors. He and teammate Christopher Owens combined for the most interceptions nationally by a cornerback tandem. Lowery was second in the nation with nine interceptions. Quarterbacking for SJSU will again be Adam Tafralis, who set a single-season school record last year for completing 65.6 percent of his passes. Tailback Yonus Davis is back after collecting 1,007 rushing yards a season ago.
6. New Mexico State Aggies: 4-8, 19 starters returning
Quarterback Chase Holebrook is back for the Aggies. In 2006 he broke 19 NMSU game or season records. He also set the NCAA record for passing yards by a sophomore. Joining Holebrook will again be junior wide receiver Chris Williams, who led the nation in receving yards per gme (117.9). Williams broke the school record last year for most 100-yard receiving games in a season with seven. In all, the NMSU offense returns nine starters from a year ago. Junior safety Derrick Richardson will be an anchor on defense. He notched 73 tackles during ‘06, which was third on the squad.
7. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs: 3-10, 18 starters returning
The Bulldogs will have a deeper and more experienced defense. They return their top seven tacklers and 11 of their top 12 from a year ago. That group is led by junior linebacker Quin Harris, who snagged 95 stops. On the other side of the ball will be the team’s top rusher in junior Patrick Jackson. Jackson racked up 854 rushing yards and saw the endzone seven times last season. LaTech’s lone starting wide reciever back is junior Josh Wheeler. In ‘06 Wheeler caught 25 passes for 503 yards and four touchdowns. On special teams placekicker Danny Horwedel and punter Chris Keagle are back. Horwedel is the WAC’s actice leader in made field goals with 34. The Bulldogs’ non-conference schedule includes LSU, California, Mississippi, and Central Arkansas.
8. Utah State Aggies: 1-11, 19 starters returning
USU and NMSU are tied for the most starters returning. Senior Leon Jackson III, the only quarterback on the roster with game experience, was named starting quarterback last Wednesday by Head Coach Brent Guy. Jackson will be joined by an offensive line which returns three starters. Senior wideout Kevin Robinson and senior running back Aaron Lesue (a walk-on in ‘06) will be other vital parts of the USU offensive attack, which ranked 117th in the nation in scoring a year ago. Junior defensive end Ben Calderwood is one of the big names back on defense. Calderwood was second-team all-WAC last season and has received numerous preseason accolades already. WAC Freshman of the Year Paul Igboeli will return at linebacker, where he had 69 tackles in his opening season. Junior linebacker Jake Hutton will also return after missing the final eight games of the season to a foot injury.
9. Idaho Vandals: 4-8, 14 starters returning
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New Look: Dickey debut
Freshman forward Lauren Hansen dribbles the ball past a Dixie State defender during the second half of play, Aug. 18, at home. Hansen scored her first career goal and the Aggies’ lone goal of the game just six minutes into the game. DEBRA HAWKINS photo
Freshman shines in debut, Aggies play to stalemate By SETH R. HAWKINS editor in chief
Despite out-shooting Dixie State College 33-7 and taking the game into double overtime, the USU soccer squad couldn’t pull ahead and finished the game with a 1-1 draw on Saturday, Aug. 18, at home. Within six minutes of her collegiate soccer debut, freshman forward Lauren Hansen scored her first career goal and gave the Aggies their lone goal of the game. “I was so nervous right before,” Hansen said. “I just took it and put it where I wanted it to go. It was a beautiful ball by Dana (Peart) to set it up and everyone was yelling at me to take it and shoot it. Scoring that goal early calmed my nerves a little.” In the sixth minute of play, senior midfielder and team captain Dana Peart stole the ball from a Rebel defender and with a sliding kick delivered the ball to Hansen. Dribbling the ball around a DSC defender, Hansen took a shot from the top of the 18-yard box and rocketed the ball past Rebel goalkeeper Suzanne Hunt to give the Aggies an early 1-0 lead. The Aggie advantage was short-lived, as the Rebels responded with a strong attack on Aggie junior goalkeeper Lisa Willardson. Dixie State forward Wendy Stratford sprinted ahead of USU defenders to leave her in a one-on-one showdown with Willardson. Deking, Stratford pulled Willardson well away from the net and, with a quick move at the net, faked out Willardson, who fell to her knees, leaving the net wide open. Stratford walked the ball forward and easily put the ball in the back of the net to tie the game and provide the final goal of the day. “It was a total defensive breakdown,” Head Coach Heather Cairns said of Stratford’s penetration of the Aggie defense. “I think probably a midfielder, all four defenders and the goaltender were disorganized and got juked. It was chaos.”
The first half was dominated by play at the extremes of the field, with minimal action in the midfield and both teams splitting time with the ball. Midway through the half, the Aggies moved away from the sporadic playing scheme and started passing the ball around. This style of play kept the ball in Aggies’ possession for the majority of the half, which allowed USU to fire off 12 shots in the first half, many of which were just off the mark. Dixie State struggled to maintain possession of the ball long enough to get down the field and only managed three shots the entire half. “I felt that half way through the first half we started to possess the ball,” Cairns said. “Before, it was definitely more choppy. It wasn’t necessarily something I was pushing from the sideline, but it was something we had been working on to feel the rhythm of it.” The second half brought a change in the net for the Aggies as junior goalkeeper Ali Griffin took her turn. Griffin played every minute in the net for the Aggies last season and provided a staunch defense against strong Rebel pressure in the second half of play on Saturday. Griffin posted three saves, including a diving save from a shot by DSC’s Robyn Wall in the final minutes of regular play. In a physical game that saw 30 total fouls, the ball took to the air with action on both sides of the field. The Aggies pressed hard on the DSC net with a barrage of shots but couldn’t manage to land any of their 14 shots in the net. Hansen proved an asset again in the second half with a shot that bounced off the top right corner of the goal, barely missing a second goal on the day. Hansen saw considerable action in the forward position, along with midfielder Katie Brower, as the Aggies utilized more focused crossing patterns, Cairns said. This opened up the field for numerous scoring opportunities, but the Aggies couldn’t convert. Hansen finished the game with seven shots.
“At halftime we talked about the quality of our crosses,” Cairns said. “The first half we were just kind of playing it in there and saying a prayer it would land on somebody’s head. In the second half we started picking out a target and being more purposeful with our crosses.” As regulation time dwindled, the Rebels notched up the pressure and kept USU on the defensive. Dixie State struggled to find open passing routes through the USU defensive line and managed just three shots in the half. With the score still tied, the game went into overtime. Both overtimes were packed with close shots, but poor execution on both sides left the final score the same as at the half. Cairns said her team had few practices before the game, all of which focused on getting down a new system of play instituted this season. “We practiced three times before this,” Cairns said. “Obviously you don’t like to out-shoot somebody 33 to 7 and only score one goal. I think that not only had we practiced three times, we instituted a new system. We’re playing a new system right now. So between the two of those things, I was pretty pleased with the learning we did this week. I was thrilled with the challenges we were able to create. Obviously you want to poke some in, but we’re heads and tails better than we were last year. Notable absences in the match included sophomore forward Erin Salmon, who was a leading scorer for the Aggies last season, and junior forward Candice Clark, both of whom are recovering from knee injuries. The Aggies begin a five-game road stretch, beginning with Texas State on Aug. 31. -email@example.com
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goes up or down by position. For skill players – quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs – much has changed, up to 70 percent new terminology in some cases, Guy said. For offensive linemen, none of their calls changed. In fact, they had to teach Dickey their language. “Instead of 15 guys learning new terminology, I just decided to learn how they talked,” Dickey said. Although a change in offense can be a daunting task, Guy and Dickey said they are pleased with how well the players are picking everything up. “When we got through spring, we had 60 or 70 percent more in than Coach Dickey thought we could get in, in spring,” Guy said. “So we’re way ahead of the game as far as the amount of things we can do in our game plan.” The speed of the transition could be explained by a change in Utah State’s off-season philosophy. This meant using walk-throughs as a way to spend more time on the mental game and play execution, Guy said. Or maybe the quick transition has to do with players having experience with the process of learning a new offense. Utah State has had a plethora of different offensive schemes in the last four years, including Mick Dennehy’s pass-heavy approach and an offense that relied on quarterback runs. Some seniors, like wide receiver Kevin Robinson and starting quarterback Leon Jackson III, have been through it all.
“It’s not been that hard learning a new offense,” Jackson said. “I’ve had four different offensive coordinators. After you get to about two or three and you start understanding that football is football and you’re seeing that it’s the same stuff just with different ways of running it and with different names.” Although some of the older players might be used to this transition, Dickey was aware how hard the situation can be for old players and a new coach. “Sometimes guys are set in their ways, and I told them, ‘Guys, I’m not set in my ways,’” he said. “… We kind of had to accept each other.” The acceptance shows when seniors on offense are asked about Dickey. “He’s a really good coach,” Pace Jorgensen, senior guard, said. “He melds really good with the players.” Aaron Lesue, the Aggies’ starting tailback, said Dickey is doing an “awesome job” because he’s very intelligent, knows the game and is passing that on to the players. There is also excitement among players about Dickey and the new offense. “It’s going to be fun,” Robinson said. “You never know what he’s going to throw out there.” Dickey isn’t immune to the excitement bug, either. “I’ve seen that we have enough talent to play football with anyone on our schedule,” he said. “… We obviously have a long way to go and a lot of work to do, but based on what I’ve seen, I like our chances.” - firstname.lastname@example.org
Position: Ags sport experience -continued from page 13 go out and make plays. It’s just whoever gets the ball at the time.” This cast includes Otis Nelson – the Aggies’ second leading receiver last season – and returning lettermen Xavier Bowman, Nnamdi Gwacham and Omar Sawyer. Utah State will also be strengthened by the addition of Tarell Richards, who was recently granted another year of eligibility by the NCAA. At tight end, the Aggies also return experience. Seniors Jimmy Bohm and Will Fausel and junior Rob Myers all logged playing time last season. Myers led the group with 10 catches for 125 yards in 2006. Offensive Line: With junior center Ryan Tonnemacher and senior guards Pace Jorgensen and Shawn Murphy returning, Utah State should be strong up the middle. “It’s the first time in a while
that we’ve had five guys playing well together (at offensive line),” Jorgensen said. “We have three really solid people in the middle. They’re both really athletic guys too.” Tonnemacher, who is making the switch from guard to center this season, was named to the 2007 Rimington Trophy Watch List. The Rimington Trophy is given annually to college football’s best center. Jorgensen isn’t on any watch lists, but the starting right guard enters the season with 27 career starts, which is the most on the team. Murphy will move to left guard this season after starting all 12 games at left tackle in ’06. Rounding out the o-line are probable starters Derek Hoke and freshman Spencer Johnson at the tackles. Hoke, a junior, has started five games in the last two seasons. -email@example.com
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here isn’t much champion-like about Champ Drive these days. The drop-off area on the west side of the Taggart Student Center was difficult to maneuver in the past and was in much need of a change to accommodate the large number of vehicles and buses that navigate the area. But now with the roundabout under construction, this high-traffic and valuable drop-off point will not be available for use for at least one more week. OK, it’s one week, what’s the big deal? When was the last time a school building project was actually completed in a timely manner? The big deal lays in the fact that construction on this area of the school has been in progress since early May and was projected to be finished by the time school started. Construction delays are understandable and seemingly inevitable, but this one could likely have been avoided if better planning had been implemented. The construction crew had all summer break to complete the project. Up until late July, not much of anything had been done to the roundabout – the truly critical aspect to the whole project. Up to that point, detail-oriented improvements were made, making the area between the TSC and the LDS Institute building smoother and easier to traverse, a definite improvement but not nearly as vital as completing the roundabout. The bulldozer used to get the actual roundabout project moving was not even brought in until the beginning of August. So why were three months wasted on details that could have been pushed back, allowing students and parents to use the roundabout? This was a classic case of poor planning. The university exists for the students. As such, the university should have the best interests of students in mind. Penalties should be imposed on the construction team for not completing the task on time. If the university officials responsible for the construction are not seeking for penalties, they owe it to the students to seek at least some form of a redress for grievances. Not only was this project poorly planned, but it has major consequences for students. First off, the closing of the roundabout for an extra week is an inconvenience to students who use the Stadium Express, 800 East Express and the South Campus shuttles. The drop-off at the TSC is a boon to students who have classes on the west end of campus or need to access the important functions of the student center. At any other time in the school year this would be only a minor inconvenience, but during the first week of school the TSC is packed with students trying to finalize class schedules and take care of the typical first-week routines. With the construction preventing access to one of the major entrances to the student center, this creates a hassle for students who are already in a time crunch. Also, the rerouted bus system will cause longer bus rides for the three affected routes, two of which are traditionally short transits. The drop-off point for these buses, by the meters on the west side of the HPER, take away popular close-to-campus parking spaces that are normally full. That is not the only downside, as the students dropped off by the meters will have to cross busy 700 North, slowing down traffic and walking times to classes. This project should have completed on time, and the fact that students will have to wait a week is simply not acceptable.
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ForumLetters Army provides rewards
To the editor: I just attended the commissioning ceremony for two of my friends. They’re now lieutenants in the United States Army. For three years I’ve attended Army ROTC classes in addition to my Computer Science studies here at USU, and after graduating in December I’ll have a similar ceremony where I’ll become an Army officer. At ROTC recruiting events like our table on the quad for A-Day, I’ve asked people, “What do you know about the Army?” Generally, they say, “Not much.” Three years ago I didn’t know anything about the Army either, but
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since I could take ROTC classes without any obligation to the Army, I figured I would see what it was about. I stayed, and also joined the Utah Army National Guard. My Army involvement has been such a good thing for me and my family that I want others to know about the same opportunities. I suppose many people don’t know why they would want to be in the Army. I suggest talking to soldiers to find out why they joined. Anyone can e-mail me at jbfisher@ cc.usu.edu to hear my story, but I’ll briefly list the reasons why I do what I do: service, patriotism, challenge, personal growth, fatherhood, physical fitness, financial support, education, travel possibilities, fun...these are the reasons that come to mind just off the top of my head.
It’s been very satisfying to me for religious reasons also; again, e-mail me for further explanation. The world is an uncertain place, and by the later portion of next year I’ll be deployable. I don’t want to leave my family. Like anything worthwhile, military service requires sacrifice, but that’s the point, right? Let me reiterate: one can take ROTC classes without signing any contract or incurring any obligation. I know several people who tried out the ROTC and decided not to continue. And that’s fine. I just hope to let more students know about this experience they can have while at USU, one that, if they choose, can be a life-changing experience. Jay Britton Fisher
On the brink of a special year
ugust will often bring an extra bounce in the footsteps of many faculty members as they anticipate the start of a new academic year. This year, I especially look forward to what lies ahead of us. As President Albrecht often says, “This is a special time to be at USU.” I hope that all of you share his excitement. Consider just six examples of activities that will shape the 2007-2008 academic year: We have had a second consecutive successful recruitment of first-year students to our Logan campus. This incoming class is not only large – it is among the most talented group of students we have ever recruited to campus. The university has made a multimillion dollar commitment to the library to acquire a valuable suite of electronic journals (containing 2,000 titles) and to prevent further cancellation of journal subscriptions for the next five years. This outlay ensures that our students and faculty will have instantaneous access to the most current research in the world. We continue to build new facilities on campus to enhance our academic programs and to improve the educational experiences of our students. The buildings scheduled for completion this year include the new David G. Sant Engineering Innovation Building; a new College of Agriculture complex located on the east side of Highway 89 as you enter Cache Valley from the south; and the new North End Zone Facility with extensive academic space. Each of these new buildings will expand and enhance the academic experiences of our students. We will continue an aggressive effort to upgrade classrooms on campus by improving their physical appearance, enhancing their technological instruction capacity and expanding their broadcast abilities. Starting with this academic year, the presi-
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dent has dedicated additional permanent monies for each of the next five years to enhance our international education programs. These monies will both increase the opportunities for our students to study abroad and increase the number of international students who study in Logan. President Albrecht has had a busy summer traveling the United States, talking with alumni and friends about the “Campaign for Utah State.” To date, the campaign has raised more than $112 million (or 56 percent of our campaign goal of $200 million). We look forward to announcing several very significant gifts during the upcoming academic year. The generosity of donors helps us create new scholarships for students, improve our academic facilities and create new student-oriented programs. This is just a sampling of the many activities that have me excited about the upcoming academic year. After all, I haven’t mentioned the 78 percent increase to the operating budgets of academic departments that will occur over the next five years and will allow them to serve students better, or the nearly 40 new faculty hires that the Legislature funded to expand access to our degree offerings for students at our three regional campuses (in Brigham City, Tooele and the Uintah Basin) and in partnership with Snow College and the College of Eastern Utah. But, I hope that even this brief list will bring an extra bounce to your footsteps as well. This is a special time to be a USU Aggie. Raymond T. Coward is the Provost at USU. Comments can be sent to him at email@example.com.
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America’s fate will be decided on home soil Are we Rome? Is America like the Roman Empire – you know, Declining and Falling, and all that? No less than the comptroller general of the United States, David Walker, answers yes, citing “striking similarities” between America today and Rome then. And while it’s tempting -- at a time of falling bridges, faltering currencies and failing foreign wars – to spot ominous parallels, one huge difference exists, which happily is still in our power to control. Walker, head of the federal-watchdogging Government Accountability Office, has been warning for years against unsustainable financial deficits. But he went much further this month when he described Washington, D.C., as a “burning platform,” adding to the litany of woes: “declining moral values and political civility at home, an overconfident and overextended military in foreign lands and fiscal irresponsibility by the central government.” So yes, the idea is in the air – as it always has been in the West. Why? Because the Roman Empire was the greatest politico-military achievement of all time. For the better part of six centuries, one city in Italy managed to control much of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Given that historical footprint, it’s little wonder that Rome is always popping up in culture, as well as politics. A just-opened movie, “The Last Legion,” recounts yet another tale about the fall of the Western Roman Empire, in A. D. 476. And it was exactly 1,300 years later, in 1776, that two Rome-inspired events took place. The first, of course, was the American Revolution and the subsequent establishing of a new republic. The founders were English-speakers, but as they looked around for political inspiration, they settled on the ancient Roman Republic, even dredging up such Latin-derived official titles as president, senator and supreme court justice. Secondly, 1776 brought a wistful note, as well. By coincidence, that same year, Englishman Edward Gibbon published the first volume of his monumental series, “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.” Gibbon’s erudition and poetic pessimism had a massive effect on Western historical consciousness, bolstering an already powerful human instinct: to search the past for clues about the future. OK, so there are many similarities, of which we should be mindful. Now here’s the big difference: As with any empire, the Roman Empire was always a multicultural construct. That is, for all those centuries a few million Latin-speakers managed to conquer and control other populations, who outnumbered the Romans by perhaps 25 to 1. And when Roman military might failed, the empire fell. It was only natural that the various conquered peoples – Britons, Germans, Egyptians – would all then go their separate ways. What was left of Rome, politically, was the idea of Italy as a distinct entity. And so today, 16 centuries later, there’s an Italian state, with its capital in Rome, composed mostly of Italians. Multicultural empires may fall, but unicultural countries endure. So what’s the lesson for America? What is it that’s still within our power to control? Our overseas military prizes will come and go; it’s this country that we must keep. To be blunt, we are better off having let go of the Philippines and Vietnam, and will be soon enough with Iraq. Because the fate of America will be determined right here, on this continent. For as long as we can protect our border and our sovereignty, while preserving our language and culture, there will always be an America. James P. Pinkerton is a columnist for Newsweek.
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Aug. 27 - First day of classes. - Blood Battle – all day in the TSC Sunburst Lounge. - Walking Tacos – 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., TSC Patio. - Aggie Special Olympics Game – 12:30-2:30 p.m., TSC Patio. -Fun Park/ Rock Haus Party – 9-12 p.m. at the Fun Park.
Aug. 28 -Blood Battle – All day in the TSC Sunburst Lounge. -Scotsman Dogs – 11 a.m., TSC Patio. -High Stakes Bingo – 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., TSC Ballroom. -RHA Barbeque – 5 p.m. at the Junction.
Aug. 29 -Blood Battle – All day in the TSC Sunburst Lounge. -Free Aggie Ice Cream – 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Quad. -Day on the Quad – 10:30 a.m. -Coach’s show – 6:30 p.m., LDS Institute. -Movie on the HPER – Ocean’s 13 at dark on the HPER field. -USU Facilities Master Plan Campus Open House – 11:30 a.m., TSC International Lounge.
Resource Center. Math tutoring is available Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. in TSC Room 225 and Monday-Friday, 5-7 p.m. in the Lundstrom Student Living Center. Stats tutoring is available Monday and Friday, 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. and 3-5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., and Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
“Celebrate America Show” returns to the TSC Ballroom for a Student Night show and dance, Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. Tickets for students are an unheard of $7 and include the lavish production of “Fascinating Rhythm,” a spectacular Broadway-style show, and big band dancing with the Larry Smith Orchestra. You could even win a trophy during the dance contest. Tickets are available at the TSC and the USU Ticket Office. www.celebrateamericashow.com.
CAPSA volunteers CAPSA needs dedicated volunteers. Fall 2007 training schedule is Sept. 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27. All training sessions are from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Volunteers must attend all 40 hours, be at least 18 years old and will undergo a background check. Call 753-2500 with questions or to volunteer to help.
Reception The Women’s Center for Lifelong Leraning, and the Reentry Student Center are having a reception in honor of scholarship recipients on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Center and West Colony rooms of the Taggart Student Center. All scholarship recipients, donors and their guests are invited to attend.
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