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Today is Friday, Sept. 21, 2007
New campus master plan outlined
By ARIE KIRK news editor
Tour de France winner Floyd Landis lost his doping case and will forfeit his title and is subject to a two-year ban from the event. Page 10
Campus News Author Ron Carlson gives a reading of one of his published works and gives writing advice to students. Page 3
USU revealed its five-year campus master plan aiming to preserve the university’s history and appeal and to accommodate the estimated growth in enrollment. The plan, presented Wednesday, includes the construction of a new College of Agriculture building, an early childhood education and research center and the renovation of some of the oldest buildings on campus. “The purpose of having a master plan is to ensure some of that growth can occur and some enduring qualities don’t get lost,” said Stanley Kane, director of planning for Facilities. “We want to enhance the campus experience for visitors and users.” Kane said it is important to maintain the feel of USU’s campus, it’s attractive green space and beautiful vistas even with the construction of new buildings. The construction of the College of Agriculture and Agriculture Research Service building is the university’s first priority, Kane said. Part of the building will be funded by the state. During the next legislative session, he said the school will ask for $42 million for construction of the building. Because USU has already received $2.5 mil-
lion for design, Kane said he is confident the university will be granted the remaining funds needed for construction. “I am positive once federal government funding begins a project, the remainder of the funding just comes in subsequent years, maybe two to three years,” he said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Agriculture Research Service will also be funding part of the building. Kane said the ARS is confident its can raise $60 million. The COA/ARS building, to be located on the east side of the Quad, will be about 250,000 square feet and cost approximately $102,000,000, according to a Facilities pamphlet. An Early Childhood Education and Research Center is also in the works. Kane said the center is expected to be privately funded. He said he is “99 percent sure” the funding will come through. Construction could begin as early as 2008, Kane said. Also part of the five-year plan, the Utah Science Technology Research Facility will be built on USU’s Innovation Campus. Jordy Guth, staff planner for Facilities Planning, Design and Construction, said the facility will be funded by USTAR, and according to the pamphlet, it
- See MASTER PLAN, page 3
The college of Agriculture and Agriculture Research Service Building, top, will be located on the east side of the Quad. It is estimated to cost $102,000,000. The Utah Science Technology Research Facility will be built on the Innovation Campus. These two buildings are part of the five-year master plan presented to the public Wednesday. Illustrations courtesy of Jordy Guth
Unique program brings grad students together the business and grants office of CIB, said, “This is pretty unique. (Though) some schools are starting to go toward this sort of program.” Eleven students applied for the grants from several different departments. Ken White, associate director for research at CIB, said the common thread among the various research projects funded through CIB is some relation to biotechnology. This field can have applications in many disciplines, including chemistry and biochemistry, biology, plants, soils and biometeorology, nutrition and
By LIZ LAWYER assistant news editor
Features Equipped with instructions, a GPS unit and determination, two USU students try geocaching. Page 6
Sports The Aggies look for their first win of the season as they take on San Jose State, Saturday at 6:05 p.m. at Romney Stadium for the Homecoming game. Page 8
Opinion “It shouldn’t be too big of an effort for walkers and riders to coexist.” Page 12
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A new program beginning at USU that brings graduate students together to collaborate across several scientific disciplines is one of the first of its kind. Six students were awarded a total of $40,960 in grants through the Center for Integrated Biosystems and were honored at a banquet Thursday. As grant recipients, the students will meet monthly to compare how their master’s and doctorate research projects are going. Through this collaboration, they can benefit from each other’s findings and apply them to their own studies. Students who received grants were Ryan Jackson, of the biochemistry department; Jillian Guttormsen, of The amount of Music downloading this semester has already nearly doubled last year’s numbers. Students have received the bioveterinary science depart“take-down” notices from the recording industry warning of illegal sharing. ment; Jared Ervin, of the civil and DEBRA HAWKINS photo illustration environmental engineering department; Michelle Mendenhall, of the bioveterinary science department; Mingxiang Liang, of the plants, soils and climate department; and Whitney Wooderchak of the chemistry and biochemistry department. Bart Weimer, director of the CIB, semesters. This number equals said the program centers around havBy ALISON BAUGH out to 14 per month. ing a little extra funding for research senior writer In contrast, 29 notices have projects as well as giving a boost to been received by Bayn since graduate programs. school began less than a month The program is built off the suc Downloading music is part of many students’ lives, but it ago. While most of these numcess of a seed grant program for could put them in financial dan- bers deal with music violations, faculty. The mandate, along with the ger if done or shared illegally. there are also notices from vid- provided money, is to support bioeos, movies, TV shows, games, USU has been receiving an technology research broadly across increased number of “takesoftware and books, Bayn said. campus, Weimer said. down” notices since school Earlier this year, the record Graduate student collaboration began. These notices are from ing industry began to focus and discussion between disciplines is the recording industry and say on catching those who have usually encouraged but not formalusers are illegally sharing music. downloaded music and have it ized, Weimer said. available to others illegally. The “I don’t know of any (other pro Bob Bayn, team coordinator for Information Technology, Recording Industry Association gram) that has this organization,” he said 112 notices were reported said. - See MUSIC, page 3 during the spring and summer Carol Achziger, group leader for
Illegal downloads draw music industry scrutiny
“In this day and age, you need people with lots of different backgrounds, bringing expertise that helps projects move down the track faster and get funding more easily.” Ken White, associate director at Center for Integrated Biosystems food science, civil and environmental engineering and computer science. “In this day and age,” White said, “you need people with (lots of different backgrounds), bringing expertise that helps projects move down the track faster and get funding more easily.” Achziger said, “It’s hard to get funding without having a collaborative project.” Jackson, who is working on his
- See GRANTS, page 3
Board of Regents in search of commissioner By RACHEL A. CHRISTENSEN staff writer
The State Board of Regents is conducting a search for the next commissioner of higher education due to the current commissioner Richard Kendell announcing his plans in June to retire at the end of this year. The search for a new commissioner is currently underway. The process usually takes about six months, though the search can go longer or shorter depending on how many applications the board receives and how much information they have to go through. “The real key is finding the right person for the job,” said Amanda
Covington, communications director for the State Board of Regents. “They need to fit just right. We don’t like to set a strict time frame for the search because it’s more important to find the right fit than to try to find someone to fill the spot by a deadline.” The board creates a list of qualities and talents necessary in the next commissioner. Criteria will be largely decided by input as the board members gather information from all around Utah to find what citizens and educators want from the new commissioner and what type of representative they need. Heads of the 10 public universities and colleges in Utah’s educational system meet with the board to discuss the needs of the
individual schools. Covington said USU President Stan Albrecht is included in this and will give his input to help the board choose finalists who will better represent the school’s needs. A lot is expected from those who apply to the job of commissioner, Covington said. Education is vital, and an applicant is expected to have at least a doctorate or equivalent degree. Part of the commissioner’s job is to represent higher education as spokesman in the government, so the board looks for applicants with a thorough knowledge of the legislation process. A record of achievement in the higher education system, experience and talent in leadership and
experience in making policies is also part of the committee’s criteria. The process for choosing the next commissioner consists of many interviews. The job posting on the board’s Web site states applicants must first submit a resume along with five references and other supporting documents to the board. The board will then review the applications and begin a series of interviews. Covington said the board started reviewing nominations and applications in late August. From the interviews, the board will choose anywhere from three
- See SEARCH, page 3
Friday, Sept. 21, 2007
Celebs&People LOS ANGELES (AP) â€“ The judge in Phil Spectorâ€™s murder trial on Thursday gave the deadlocked jury new instructions with several scenarios as to how the record producer might have killed actress Lana Clarkson. Among the scenarios was that Spector forced her to put a gun in her own mouth and it went off. Spectorâ€™s SPECTOR attorneys had vehemently objected outside the juryâ€™s presence that Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler was turning the defense against itself at the last minute. They said they had presented scientific evidence that the 40-year-old Clarkson had probably pulled the trigger herself, either by accident or in a suicide. The prosecution supported the judgeâ€™s move on grounds there was â€œa plethora of evidenceâ€? that would support such a scenario, and the judge commented, â€œItâ€™s a reasonable inference that can be drawn.â€? The jury, was sent back into deliberations after also receiving instructions including suggestions such as reverse role-playing in which jurors argue opposing jurorsâ€™ views. Spector, 67, is charged with killing Clarkson in the foyer of his Alhambra mansion on Feb. 3, 2003, a few hours after she met him at her job as a nightclub hostess and went home with him. Several jurors told the judge they were having trouble with one so-called pinpoint instruction concerning the prosecutionâ€™s theory of how the shooting occurred.
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Homeland security adviser criticized
WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ A homeland security adviser to Rudy Giuliani came under fire Thursday for claiming there were â€œtoo many mosquesâ€? in the United States â€“ and defended himself by saying his point was that not enough Muslim leaders cooperate with law enforcement. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., the former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and the top GOP member on the panel, said his comments to the Politico Web site were taken out of context. Democrats said Giuliani should drop him as a campaign adviser. King said: â€œUnfortunately we have too many mosques in this country, thereâ€™s too many people who are sympathetic to radical Islam. We should be looking at them more carefully, we should be finding out how we can infiltrate.â€?
Bullfrogs illegally introduced in Utah ROOSEVELT, Utah (AP) â€“ Utah wildlife officials are alarmed over the presence of American bullfrogs. Acting on a tip from a golfer, biologists confirmed the frogs were in a pond at Roosevelt Golf Course. They have moved elsewhere in the Uinta Basin in eastern Utah, 150 miles east of Salt Lake City. â€œOne of our biologists recently found one in the Uinta Mountains, just inside the national Forest Service boundary,â€? said Trina Hedrick of the Division of Wildlife Resources. â€œThis isnâ€™t good news.â€? The American bullfrog is native to the eastern U.S. It is illegal to possess or transport one in Utah, Hedrick said Thursday. â€œBullfrogs are voracious predators,â€? she said in a statement. â€œTheyâ€™ll eat almost anything, including snakes, worms, insects, crustaceans, fish, frogs, toads and salamanders.â€? â€œMoving just two bullfrogs could expand their range and increase the risks to our native species,â€? Hedrick said. The bullfrogs have contributed to the decline of the leopard frog in Arizona and other frogs, toads and salamanders.
Citizens gather in Jena, La., in support of six black teenagers initially charged with attempted murder of a white classmate. AP Photo
Thousands rally for 6 black teens JENA, La. (AP) â€“ Drawn by a case tinged with one of the most hated symbols of Old South racism â€“a hangmanâ€™s noose tied in an oak tree â€“tens of thousands of protesters rallied Thursday against what they see as a double standard of prosecution for blacks and whites. The plight of the so-called Jena Six, a group of black teens initially charged with attempted murder in the beating of a white classmate, became a flashpoint for one the biggest civil-rights demonstrations in years. â€œItâ€™s not just about Jena, but about inequalities and disparities around the country,â€? said Stephanie Brown, 26, national youth director for the NAACP, who estimated about 2,000 college students were among the throngs of mostly black protesters who overwhelmed this tiny central Louisiana town. But the teensâ€™ case galvanized demonstrators as few legal cases have in recent years.
The cause of Thursdayâ€™s demonstrations dates to August 2006, when a black Jena High School student asked at a student assembly whether blacks could sit under a shade tree that was a frequent gathering place for whites. He was told yes. But nooses appeared in the tree the next day. Three white students were suspended but not criminally prosecuted. LaSalle Parish District Attorney Reed Walters said this week he could find no state law covering the act. Brown said the Jena case resonates with the college-aged crowd because they arenâ€™t much older than the six youths charged. Jackson, who led a throng of people three blocks long to the courthouse with an American flag resting on his shoulder, likened the demonstration to the marches on Selma and the Montgomery bus boycott. But even he was not entirely sure why Jena became the focal point.
â€œYou can never quite tell,â€? he said. â€œRosa Parks was not the first to sit in the front of the bus. But the sparks hit a dry field.â€? Demonstrators gathered at the local courthouse, a park, and the yard at Jena High where the tree once stood. At times the town resembled a giant festival, with people setting up tables of food and drink and some dancing while a man beat on a drum. The noose incident was followed by fights between blacks and whites, culminating in Decemberâ€™s attack on white student Justin Barker, who was knocked unconscious. According to court testimony, his face was swollen and bloodied, but he was able to attend a school function that same night. Six black teens were arrested. Five were originally charged with attempted second-degree murder charges that have since been reduced for four of them. The sixth was booked as a juvenile on sealed charges.
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Neptuneâ€™s south pole warmer than rest of planet
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PARIS (AP) â€“Scientists say that Neptune, one of the coldest planets in the solar system, has a surprising warm spot _ relatively speaking. An international team of astronomers has found that Neptuneâ€™s south pole is warmer than other parts of the planet. Temperatures at its south pole are about 18 degrees warmer than elsewhere on the planet â€“not much for a planet with an average temperature colder than 320 degrees below zero. The apparent reason is that the south pole has been in the summer sunlight for about 40 years. Neptune is nearly 2.8 billion miles away from the sun. A Neptunian year â€“the time it takes to orbit the sun â€“ is equivalent to about 165 Earth years. One result of that has been to expose Neptuneâ€™s southern pole to the sun for nearly 40 years, warming it up. Because it is so far away, Neptune gets only 1/900th of the sunlight that Earth receives, but it still appears to have had a significant impact.
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An array of scientific organizations announced the findings Tuesday, including the government-funded CNRS research body in France and ESO, the European Organization for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere, whose telescope in Chile was used. â€œNeptuneâ€™s south pole is currently tilted toward the sun, just like the Earthâ€™s south pole is tilted toward the sun during summer in the southern hemisphere,â€? astronomer Glenn Orton, lead author of the findings, said in an ESO news release. â€œOn Neptune, the Antarctic summer lasts 40 years instead of a few months, and a lot of solar energy input during that time can make big temperature differences between the regions in continual sunlight and those with daynight variations,â€? he said. The heat has, in turn, defrosted methane normally trapped as ice in the planetâ€™s atmosphere, releasing it as gas, the CNRS said. It said there is eight
times more methane over the south pole than in the rest of the planetâ€™s atmosphere. Despite its distance from sun, â€œthe atmosphere of Neptune is a scene of great activityâ€? â€“ perhaps more so than those of Jupiter or Saturn, even though they are closer, CNRS said.
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This image provided by NASA Wednesday, Sept. 19, shows thermal images of the planet Neptune. AP Photo
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Friday, Sept. 21, 2007
Author says books are here to stay By LIZ LAWYER assistant news editor
If you listen to Ron Carlson, writing sounds hardly worth the effort. “At your age I wrote periodically,” Carlson said Wednesday in the Alumni Center to the students in the audience. “But come on, it’s hard.” Carlson, professor of English at Arizona State University and a lecturer in the Caine School of the Arts visiting artist series, gave a reading of his published work and signed copies of his new book, “Five Skies,” which has been well-received by critics. Carlson has also had stories published in Esquire, Harper’s, The New Yorker, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, Epoch and The North American Review, as well as several books of short stories. The most important thing about writing, Carlson said, is people have to be alone when they do it. Company can only distract someone. “The most valuable technical tool a writer has is her door,” he said. He told the audience about nights in the dorms when he would sit down to write and could hear friends in the hall going off to fraternity row or some activity. Often, he deserted his writing desk and went with them, he said. “(But) those nights I stayed in I was richer the next morning,” he said. “The first time you do that
in college – stay home and write for a few hours – you can call yourself a writer.” Carlson said writing for yourself is a vital part of writing a good story. Of all the stories he’s written, Carlson said, only two were written specifically for market. “You might adjust what you’re doing for your readers, and you can’t. You can’t do it,” he said. “You’re alone when you write. If you write for me or us, you’ll knock the corners off a bit.” A writer must be committed, Carlson said. “I don’t want to write a story, it’s too hard,” Carlson said, giving lie to the fact he has had dozens published. “I have to write about something important to me.” He said he often doesn’t know where a story is taking him; he just has an impulse to write and so he follows it. “It’s like walking in the dark with a flashlight,” he said. Carlson said another important thing about writing is to remember “theme is a reader’s term.” It can’t be forced. “You write the story and the theme emerges. You can’t help it,” he said. The purpose of writing reflects civilization’s need to share its stories, he said. For example, he said, the modern technology boom is fundamentally about finding new methods of sharing stories and songs.
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Author Ron Carlson gave a reading of his published work to students Wednesday at the Alumni Center. He spoke of writing techniques, saying writing alone is key to writing a good story. GIDEON OAKES photo
The good news, Carlson said triumphantly, is the book will not become a forgotten medium. “Literature is one of the earmarks of civilization,” he said. “The book is here to stay.” -email@example.com
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ing Nov. 14. Hall was accused of putting his hand inside the pants of three girls at Rosamond Elementary School in Riverton. Then eight other students came forward with similar accounts, Ybarra said. Authorities were tipped by the parents of one student, and school officials said they immediately barred Hall from the classroom. Hall received a Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education in 2006, an honor for being one of the best teachers in Utah. Huntsman Corp., the nation’s fifth-biggest chemical manufacturer, earlier this year had a Web page posted with Hall’s photograph. At the time, Huntsman Corp. said it had no immediate plan to rescind Hall’s award, but his profile has disappeared from the corporate Web site, replaced by a slate of 2007 winners. On Thursday, a spokesman for company Chairman Jon Huntsman Sr., Jannie Spader, said nobody at the company was aware of Hall’s guilty plea, but that an advisory board probably would revisit Hall’s award.
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will cost about $54,000,000. Guth said they hope to break ground in 2009. The remodeling of the Animal Science, Biology Natural Resources and Ray B. West buildings is also part of the master plan. Those buildings need basic repairs to ensure structural and student safety, Kane said. “Buildings like Ray B. West and Animal Science are
The 2007 Master Plan will be presented before the Board of Trustees and the Board of Regents for approval in October. The plan was presented to a small group by Stanley Kane, director of planning for Facilities on Wednesday in the Spectrum. NOELLE BERLAGE photo
historically significant buildings on the Quad, and we will preserve their exterior and improve their interior,” Kane said. “BNR has shortcomings, but those shortcomings can be improved without tearing down the building.” With this master plan, there is a bigger push to build upward, instead of out. Kane said with USU’s space restrictions and expected growth in enrollment, they must plan carefully for the future. Evan Pool, senior majoring in environment and society, attended Wednesday’s meeting. He said it is important for students to be aware of USU’s future plans. “It is invaluable to know what’s on the backburner. It is just as important to know what is going on in the here and now,” he said. Pool said he was excited by the plans presented, especially the sustainable designs and the green building technologies. Guth said USU has gone to great lengths to conserve energy with innovative systems. She said with sustainable design, the school is minimizing the use of outside energy wherever possible. Even though USU has created a five-year plan, it is likely to take much longer to implement everything presented in this year’s plan because of funding, Kane said. He said it typically depends on the nuances of politics and money. While USU looks at physical needs, the state looks at growth rates of colleges in Utah and directs funds to the fastest growing schools. Kane said USU has to be patient and also wait for the “philanthropic spirit to kick in.” “With the current rate of funding, it could take over 20 years,” Kane said. “The problem is that we get one big project every five years. We tend to go to big buildings and pass the smaller projects.” The creation and passing of the master plan is a very fluid process that Kane said requires flexibility with funding and administrative decisions. The master plan goes before the Board of Trustees Oct. 19 for approval. It must also be approved by the Board of Regents, which is meeting later in October. –firstname.lastname@example.org
doctorate degree, said in the past, scientists have been very careful about keeping to themselves to prevent others from stealing their ideas. “When we get together and share ideas, it’s better for science and for humanity as a whole,” he said. “I think it’s a really neat opportunity.” Jackson received a $6,000 grant, which he said is very helpful in several ways. “We can spend $6,000 in a week,” he said. Being part of a program like this also looks good on a resume and is important practice for generating money as a scientist, Jackson said. “If you’re going to be a scientist, you have to be able to get money from somewhere, so this is good practice as a student,” he said. Applicants were required to submit a one-page description of their projects and needs, including their hypothesis and budget. They also needed a letter of support from their faculty mentors. “We wanted this first year to fund as many as we could,” Achziger said, “but we didn’t want to throw money away. We hope in the future to have more applications.” -email@example.com
the finalists have been selected, the board will submit these names to the public. The finalists will go through more interviews to help the public get to know the candidates better. Finally, the next commissioner will be decided by a public vote. The new commissioner will act as spokesman in the state Legislature as well as with the governor. Part of his job also is to help the board pick presidents for the 10 colleges and universities it covers. He will work with creating and consolidating budgets, recommend new policies, participate in general policy making, process information and discern what that information means for higher education in Utah, and standardize reporting procedures within the system, along with other responsibilities. The job posting states the new commissioner will have to deal with a large growth expected in the system. According to the board, enrollment is likely to grow at least 25 percent within the next 10 years. This means the next commissioner will handle bigger budgets and larger amounts of enrolled students than the last. Kendell has been commissioner since he was named in 2003. He worked to create bonds between businessmen and members of the educational system, advocated higher education’s positive effects on the individual and worked to increase high school preparation. -firstname.lastname@example.org
-continued from page 1 RIAA,” Bayn said. “But they are the group that is making all the waves and getting all the news coverage.” While USU has not received any prelitigation notices to this point, Bayn said he has seen them and how much they cost the user. The minimum is $750 per recording and can be quite large when users have a library full of music. ASUSU Director Tiffany Evans stressed the importance of downloading music legally and keeping it unshared at a Sept. 11 ASUSU meeting. Evans told the council iTunes was basically the only way to go.
Students wishing to apply for the Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunity (URCO) grants offered by the Vice President for Research Office must submit their proposals by Oct. 15. Utah State University encourages undergraduates to explore their scholarly, creative, and research interests through the URCO program, which financially supports the research of undergraduate students. URCO grants support research or creative projects that are not routine requirements for a course or degree program (though course credit may sometimes be awarded). The funds can be used to pay for equipment, supplies, technical support or travel associated with the research. “The URCO portion of the award is limited to a maximum of $500; however, the student’s sponsoring academic department must provide matching support,” said Joyce Kinkead, Associate Vice President for Research. “That means that a student could receive a maximum total of $1000 to support research.” Students interested in applying for URCO must complete a proposal, which includes a cover page, description of the project, letter of approval from a faculty advisor, and a proposed budget. URCO Orientation sessions will be held for those looking for more specific information about the grants and the application process. They will be held on Sept. 24 and 25, 4-5 p.m. in Old Main Room 66 For further information on the URCO grant and for a submission application, please visit http://www.usu.edu/research/ undergrad/urco/ or contact Dr. Kinkead at email@example.com or 797-1706.
Park-ing Day hosted by landscape students To increase awareness about open space and public land, students are hosting Parking Day on Friday. From 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., landscape architecture and environmental planning students and members of the Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architecture will be building parks in parking stalls. The students will pay for the parking spots during those hours to build parks. The students will be in parking lots near the University Inn, Aggie Ice Cream, the recital hall and the Quad. Each parking lot will have a theme. Students are invited to see the displays and learn more about the preservation of open space.
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Music: School receives notices from recording industries of illegal downloads of America is using users registered through universities, and when users catch others with illegal business of sharing with others, a “take-down” notice is sent, demanding the music be removed or unshared. Prelitigation notices can then be sent to the school. This is similar to a prelawsuit agreement, and users are given the opportunity to settle out of court by paying their fee over the Internet. If they choose not to do this, they must take the lawsuit to court and settle it there. “I was actually a little bit surprised that the increase in complaints really was just from the
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Students Award-winning Utah teacher Grants: share scientific ideas pleads guilty to 11 sex charges SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A man honored as among the best teachers in Utah pleaded guilty Thursday to felony sex charges involving 11 students at his suburban classroom. Frank Laine Hall, 37, who taught first grade in the Salt Lake City suburb of Riverton until his arrest last March, could get up to 30 years to life in prison, prosecutor Rodwicke Ybarra said. Hall pleaded guilty to 10 counts of attempted aggravated sex abuse of a child and one count of sex abuse of a child in a plea agreement that dismissed five other counts of aggravated sex abuse of a child, Ybarra said. The agreement will ensure that he must register as a sex offender for life, Ybarra said. In court Thursday, Hall admitted he touched the students inappropriately, Ybarra said. The former teacher didn’t respond to an e-mail Thursday sent through his animated class Web site, which is still up but appears dated. His lawyer, David Finlayson, refused to take any calls from The Associated Press. Hall remains free on $500,000 bail until his sentenc-
An ASUSU computer was cited as one to receive a “take-down” notice, Bayn said, and Evans said all music will be removed from ASUSU computers if the action continues. Students can avoid this risk by making sure their music is downloaded legally and they are not sharing it or allowing others to access it. The program Ruckus has been recommended by the IT department, as it allows students to download music legally and for free. -firstname.lastname@example.org
The Utah State University Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Thomas P. Rohrer, presents its opening concert of the season in a Homecoming event and will be joined by the USU Alumni Concert Band, Nicholas Morrison conductor. The Wind Orchestra is one of many performance groups in the department of music and the Caine School of the Arts at USU. The ensembles will perform separately and together in what is an annual event during Homecoming festivities at USU. The concert is Friday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m. in the Kent Concert Hall of the Chase Fine Arts Center (approximately 1110 E. 610 North, Logan) on the USU campus. Concert admission is $5 for adults, with a family rate of $10. Tickets are available at the door. A concert highlight is the massed band finale of H. Owen Reed’s epic Mexican folksong symphony “la Fiesta Mexicana.” The Wind Orchestra is the “flagship ensemble” of the USU Bands, and is a 45member ensemble of the finest wind and percussion players at the school, Rohrer said. It plays the finest contemporary wind music as well as time-tested standards from the band repertoire. The Wind Orchestra performs two concerts in the fall semester and three concerts in the spring. Entrance to the ensemble is by audition at the outset of each semester. The ensemble has earned an outstanding reputation in the region by performing at the Utah Music Educators Convention and two performances in four years at the College Band Directors National Association Western/Northwestern Division conference in Reno, Nev. The fall performance calendar for the USU band program includes the annual “Sounds of the Stadium” marching band concert Saturday, Nov. 17, a special concert hosting the Logan High School Wind Band Nov. 2, the Tri-State Band Symposium Finale Concert Dec. 1 and the music department’s annual holiday concert Dec. 2.
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day with Sam Penrod
He is the man in front of the camera, filling viewers in on the happenings around the state. He is wellknown, popular and always busy. His name is Sam Penrod, and he is a news reporter for KSL5 News in Salt Lake City. Penrod’s first spark of interest in broadcasting began at a very young age. He said he began working in radio for a time and eventually moved into television. “In a lot of ways, being in the news gives you the opportunity to see history being made every day,” Penrod said. Penrod first began his 10-year career at KSL as a producer and eventually moved to reporting, which he has been doing for the last eight years. “I like both reporting and producing,” he said. “When you are producing, you are putting together a full news cast, and when you are a reporter you are assigned to one story and you spend the entire day on that story. With both jobs, there are both good and bad things involved. Producing gives you more variety, but it is the same routine, whereas when you are reporting you get to go out and see what is going on.” What is a typical day like for Penrod? Does he have a monotonous schedule or is every day a new adventure? “Being a reporter is often the same routine, but it is also very unpredictable,” Penrod said. “The news changes all the time and you just have to be ready.” A typical day, Penrod said, usually starts around 7 a.m. “I wake up, watch the ‘Today Show’ and read as many newspapers as I can,” Penrod said. “I try and get a sense of what is going on with the state and nation.” Aside from researching current events on his own, Penrod has the help of other reporters as they try to accomplish the same task. “At 9 in the morning we have a story meeting at the station,” Penrod said. “This is where we brainstorm story ideas and story possibilities for the day. We then are assigned a story lead, and we go out and put together a story.” A story does not seem to pop out of thin air for Penrod and his fellow reporters, he said. Finding leads can oftentimes be quite difficult. “We find our leads for the day from press releases that people will send to the station and also from listening to police scanners,” Penrod said. “However, our best source comes from our viewers. They are the ones who make the calls and who really know what is going on around the state.” The rest of the day is filled with phone calls and interviews as Penrod gathers information for his news story. “Aside from being a reporter, I also have to be a researcher and a writer. I have to research the story and then write it out so that people can understand what is going on,” Penrod said. “My favorite stories I have covered have been about people in the community.” With the recent coal mine tragedy at Crandall coal mine in Huntington, Utah, Penrod said he has spent a vast majority of his time keeping his viewers informed. “It is difficult as a reporter to try not to hold out too much false hope,” Penrod said. “It was very difficult to be up there the night of the mine collapse
Statesman photo illustration -See SAM, page 5
“Alicia in Wonder Tierra” a lively and colorful production By AMANDA MEARS staff writer
“Candy for the eyes” is one way Director Lanny Langston described “Alicia in Wonder Tierra,” a family-friendly play about a Mexican-American girl on a journey to discover her roots. The play, which opens Sept. 21 at the Morgan Theatre, is by Sylvia Gonzales S. and is the story of a young girl named Alicia, who, after breaking a piece of Mexican pottery, is sent on a magical journey to an Aztec temple in order to find the pottery maker. As a result, Alicia learns how to incorporate her Mexican roots into her American lifestyle “It’s really about embracing who you are,” said Langston, who is a graduate student in the theatre arts department. Although the cast has only had three weeks to rehearse instead of the usual five, Langston is confident the audience will be pleased.
“I think the audience really will like it,” Langston said. “And I’m not just saying that because I’m the director. The set is amazing, and the costumes are really cool.” Leslie Aldridge, who is also a graduate student in the theatre arts department, was involved with designing costumes for “Alicia in Wonder Tierra” and agreed that the costumes and set are what really bring this play to life. “I wanted a lot of color and texture to describe the culture,” Aldridge said. Much of the credit for the production’s whimsical look can be attributed to the stage and costume crew, who were responsible for building the colorful set, changing people’s clothes and even stepping in as extras. Ben Garvis, senior majoring in theatre, said it was his first time working on stage crew and he has enjoyed looking at a production from a different angle. “It’s a learning experience,” Garvis said. “You appreciate
the people behind the scenes a lot more.” While the play is loosely based on “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Wizard of Oz,” “Alicia in Wonder Tierra” is a far cry from a typical fairy tale. From puppets to giant talking skulls, the cast members of “Alicia in Wonder Tierra” said there are many reasons they enjoyed being a part of this production. “The most interesting thing for me was working with the puppets,” said Melisa Stowe, junior majoring in theatre who plays Alicia. “You work twice as hard because you have to interact and put animation into the puppets, but it’s been a lot of fun.” Another challenge was perfecting the accent, said Jeff Dransfield, sophomore majoring in liberal arts, who plays Ramon. “I watched a lot of Antonio Banderas movies,” Dransfield said. It is the first time Langston has directed a main stage pro-
duction. He said he likes working behind the scenes because it gives him more creative freedom. “It’s like a painting,” Langston said. “As an actor, you can only be a color stroke – the color the director wants you to be.” Langston said he has enjoyed working with the cast and that there has been mutual respect throughout the three weeks. “(Langston) is fun to work with, and he has a lot of ideas,” said Allyson Carranza, junior majoring in theatre, who plays Elvira in the play. “Alicia in Wonder Tierra” will be playing Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Morgan Theatre in the Chase Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Stowe said “Alicia in Wonder Tierra” is appropriate for all ages and “has a little something for everyone.” -email@example.com
The most interesting part of acting in “Alicia in Wonder Tierra” was working with puppets, said Malisa Stowe, junior in theatre arts. A combination of “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Wizard of Oz,” the play includes culture, puppets, skulls and comes to life with bright costumes. NOELLE BERLAGE photo
Friday, Sept. 21, 2007
Sam: Reporters see history in the making
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and knowing that more people had been hurt. That makes it hard as a reporter. But as a reporter you have the responsibility to give the information to people, to let them know what is going on and to keep it as factual as you can ... Our job was to give out accurate information as fast as we could.” Besides the fame of being on
television, Penrod said there are many aspects of the job which he enjoys. “My favorite part of reporting is the opportunity to meet new people,” he said. “I get to travel all over the state, see different professions, be educated and generally learn a lot about what is going on in the state.”
Sam Penrod, KSL5 reporter, said he enjoys his job because every day is different. He spends a lot of time watching and reading the news so he knows what is going on around the world. photo courtesy Sam Penrod
For anyone looking to pursue the broadcasting field, Penrod said to remember to be flexible. “To be involved with the news, it requires dedication,” Penrod said. “The problem with the news business is that it is 24 hours, seven days a week. There will be times that will not be convenient for you, and you need to be willing to adjust to that. The hardest thing is that this is not a 9-to-5 job. Things happen and you need to be ready to go.” There are many characteristics like writing and communication, he said, that create a strong news reporter. “Even keeping up on technology is important,” Penrod said. “I have been in this business for 10 years now, and when I first started here there was the Internet, but it was not a big thing. If you look at it now, it has dramatically changed how we do our job. People get news from the Internet more now than they did then. “The Internet makes it possible to get their news immediately, instead of waiting until the news comes on at 5, 6 or 10 p.m. It is just a very helpful tool for reporters and is very important.” Penrod is one of many reporters whose responsibility is to give everyday local and world news to the pubic. It can often be a difficult job, he said, but being a news reporter is also exciting and adventurous. “I just overall like the news business and being involved with what is going on today,” Penrod said. -courtnie.packer@aggiemmail. su.edu
Arts • Entertainment • Outdoors • Culture
Steppin' Out This Weekend
Friday, Sept. 21 -Homecoming Dance, TSC, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., $12 in advance and $15 at the door per couple -USU Wind Orchestra and Alumni Band Homecoming Concert, Kent Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m., students free -”Alicia in Wonder Tierra,” Utah State Theatre Production, Morgan Theatre, 7:30 p.m., students free -”There’s No Business Like Show Business”, Utah Theatre, 18 W. Center, $5 -”The Man of La Mancha,” Heritage Community Theatre, Perry, UT, $8, www.heritagetheatre. com. -Green Canyon Farms Corn Maze, 2850 N. 50 East, North Logan (North of Eccles Ice Arena), Friday 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 2 p.m. to midnight. -”Once Upon a Mattress,” Terrace Plaza Playhouse, Ogden, UT, Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., $9-$11. www.terraceplayhouse.com Saturday, Sept. 22 -Homecoming Parade, Main Street, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. -Run, Walk or Roll 5K, 8 a.m., Main Street -Live Jazz at Citrus and Sage, 130 N. 100 East, 9 p.m. to midnight. -Ice Skating, Eccles Ice Center, 2825 N. 200 East., Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., $4. -Gardener’s Market, live music and local gardeners and artisans, Pioneer Park, 200 E. 100 South, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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Geocachers find adventure
Recently two USU students, Caleb Carpenter, freshman majoring in General Engineering, and Daniel Frandsen, freshman majoring in Mechanical Engineering, picked up a GPS for the first time and started on their very own treasure hunt. From their apartment, they followed the directional arrow on the unit. Using online clues they eventually found what they were looking for behind a randomly placed light switch on the side of a building on USU campus. Carpenter and Frandsen were geocaching. Geocaching, according to the official Web site, geocaching.com, is “an entertaining adventure game for GPS users.” Basically, people hide various containers of treasure, called geocaches, around the landscape, mark the position with a GPS unit, and then post the coordinates and basic information for the cache on the Internet. Then geocachers log onto the Web site, download the coordinates to their GPS, and start the treasure hunt.
Sweater A friend left it at his house Free After finding their geocaches, USU students Caleb Carpenter and Daniel Frandsen said they want to plant their own geocaches around the world. Geocaching involves GPS units and following online clues. PATRICK ODEN photo
By MICHAEL BUHLER staff writer
Friday, Sept. 21, 2007
A cache can come in many forms, according to the Web site. In its simplest form, a it can be a logbook which contains information about the founder of the hidden treasure and notes from those who have followed behind. The site said the logbook can contain valuable, rewarding, and entertaining information about nearby attractions, coordinates to other unpublished caches, and even jokes written by visitors. Those who geocache can add information of their own and, if nothing else, leave the date and time they visited. The treasures may be anything from maps, books, software, hardware, CDs, videos, pictures, money, jewelry, tickets, antiques, tools or games. All larger caches may be placed in a waterproof plastic bucket hidden within the local terrain, the site noted. The bucket will contain the logbook and any number of more or less valuable items. On Carpenter and Frandsen’s adventure, they were led to the “Meet the Challenge” statue, the “Gunny Wolf” statue near the Emma Eccles Jones Education
Building and then Old Main. But they weren’t finished yet. They also had to drive up into the canyon to a biking/hiking trail, where the actual cache was located. They had just finished a “multi-cache.” Now that they’ve had one adventure, Carpenter and Frandsen said they are ready for more. They’re addicted, they said, and want to hide some of their own caches on the top of Mount Everest, the Empire State Building, in Disneyland, the North Pole, in the Louvre, the Coliseum in Rome and in Antarctica. They said they will create the “Geocaching World Tour” and see if anyone would be able to complete it. The III Stooges (their geocaching name) would be known for creating the “Holy grail of geocaching,” they said. GETTING STARTED There are a few requirements to be a geocacher, the first being the access to a GPS unit, which uses a series of 24 satellites that transmit
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Friday, Sept. 21, 2007
“Sydney White” Hey, I’ve got a great idea for a movie. There will be this girl who moves to a new college. She’s different from all the other cookie-cutter Barbie doll girls. Oh, and there will also be a really, really mean girl who is the most popular girl on campus. Also, there will be a bunch of nerdy guys who will help out the different girl because no one else wants to be around her. The mean girl will hate the different girl, because, well, what else would she do? We’ll also perpetuate some outrageous lie, like there’s actually “popularity” on college campuses. In the end, the underdogs will win, the mean girl will be injured in some sort of humiliating way, and we’ll all learn a valuable lesson – something like we should all be treated with respect. I know it sounds stupid, but we’re going to make a boatload of money off of that “High School Musical” crowd. I pre-emptively hate this movie. by Aaron Peck/Aaron.Peck@aggiemail. usu.edu
“Good Luck “Resident Evil: Chuck” Extinction”
Dane Cook can’t star in a movie where he doesn’t hook up with a hot Jessica. “Employee of the Month” was slightly stupid but had uber-hot, Jessica Simpson. Now, in “Good Luck Chuck,” goddess-of-the-sun hot Jessica Alba wants some of Dane’s Cookin’, if you know what I mean – bad pun, I know, but roll with it. The next movie in the Dane-onJessica collection is just going to be a stolen home video featuring Cook getting down with an all-star cast of Jessicas – including Simpson, Alba, Biel, Lange and Tandy – all while Dane is playing the Allman Brothers’ song “Jessica” on Guitar Hero, on expert. Instead of doing more movies with Jessicas, I think we’d all rather see Cook in a movie with the Kool-Aid man. It’s just a suggestion, because I don’t want to see Dane Cook get typecast as a Jessica boy toy – I promise I’ll never use that phrase again in my life, God, if you only spare me this once. But it really comes down to this: I pre-emptively hate any movie where someone besides me is having sex with Jessica Alba. Sorry Dane. by David Baker/Da.Bake@aggiemail.usu. edu
When the big, devastating catastrophe finally comes and wipes out most life on Earth, I’m going to be glad I’m not a beautiful person. If there’s one thing we learn from movies, it’s that when disaster strikes, the hot folks are the ones in charge of killing the Orcs or running from chain saw wielders or flying to the asteroid that will kill us all and delivering heartwrenching monologues. Those of us who are just averagelooking will either die along the way or stand in the crowd cheering for the two hot people who just saved the world while they kiss and the music swells. Personally, I’m OK with that role. Fighting bad guys is scary and looks pretty tiring. In “Resident Evil: Extinction” the hot people fight hordes of zombies and other monsters in Las Vegas, which has been pretty much destroyed by a cataclysmic disaster. It’s all very scary and tiring, and in the end I’m left happy I’m not 6 foot 4 with rippling muscles and a chiseled jaw line. Because it saves me the trouble of hacking off zombie limbs, I preemptively love this movie. -by Devin Felix/D.Felix@aggiemail.usu. edu
The pre-emptive critics write knee-jerk analyses of upcoming films based solely on hearsay, advance publicity and — most importantly — movie trailers. They have not seen the movies.
“The Brave One” shows a lot of courage Why do we like revenge movies so much? Maybe it’s because we wish there was someone taking out the trash that we ourselves cannot. In “The Brave One,” Jodi Foster (“Silence of the Lambs”) does just that. She takes out the human trash: people who don’t deserve to be breathing the same air as other honest, hardworking people. Foster plays Erica Bain, a New York radio show host who is violently attacked while on a walk with her fiance, played by Naveen Andrews (“Lost”). Their assailants mercilessly beat her and kill her fiance, all the while videotaping the carnage.
Aaron Peck staff writer
Reel Reviews Grade B+
“The Brave One”
Three weeks later, she wakes up from her coma. Time passes and the cops still haven’t caught the people who did this. It seems like they don’t even care to. Erica finds herself stuck in an evil world that appears to do nothing to help the innocent. She then buys a gun for
protection but soon finds out it can be used as a tool, not necessarily for good, but to achieve her own selfish idea of justice. Terrence Howard (“Crash”) plays Detective Mercer, who begins investigating strange killings that seem to be caused by some sort of vigilante. Erica and Mercer soon meet up and have very in-depth conversations with each other. Both of them have lost something and are alone. They desperately need something to hold on to, which they find in each other to some degree. But what makes “The Brave One” really great is that it’s not an action movie. This
Japanese music and dance show coming next week By BRITTNY GOODSELL JONES assistant features editor
For the first time in Cache Valley, an event showcasing a traditional part of Japanese theater art will be performed Tuesday, Sept. 25. The event, In the Spirit of Kabuki, is made up of eight performers who perform a variety of music and dancing. Mitsuko Hirata, Japanese professor, said seeing such an event is rare. “You can’t see this so often, not even in Japan,” she said. “It takes years and years in order to reach this point (of performance).” Hirata also said USU students should go so they understand what different kinds of arts are
in the world. She said students may be surprised at what they see. “Kabuki, by itself, originally started at the end of the 16th century, so it is very traditional,” Hirati said. The event is like a traditional Broadway musical without the storyline, she said, and is more focused on dancing and music. The costumes the performers wear have been brought over from Japan. Admission is free for USU students with ID and costs $5 for others. Children under 8 will not be admitted, and tickets can be bought at the door. This event takes place at the Performance Hall at 7 p.m, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. -email@example.com
Geocaching: Locals search for treasure
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signals from space that are used to triangulate the position of an earthbound GPS receiver. In other words, it shows maps and directions. They can be pricey with some units starting around $100. Geocachers must also create a free account on Geocaching.com. From there treasure hunters click the “Hide and Seek a Cache” button on the left side of the page. It is probably easiest to search for a geocaching experience by zip code. Each listing will provide information such as the proximity to the hunter’s home coordinates, what kind of cache it is, the size of the cache, when the cache was placed, the name of the cache and when the cache was last found. After a geocacher chooses a hunt of interest, he or she will simply click on it and receive the coordinates, a description, a map of the general vicinity, and any number of hints on how to find the cache.
“If you have the time to devote to [geocaching], it’s great. Attend an event and meet some of the people,” said Jerry Hansen of the Utah Association of Geocachers (UTAG). “Participate in the UTAG Forums. Those two things will help you find someone to go with who can show you how it is done and answer your other questions. But don’t let it get in the way of your education.” The Web site for the forums is at http://www.utahgeocachers.com/ forum/, Hansen said. FOR ADVANCED GEOCACHERS Geocachers can start their own cache hunts, like Carpenter and Frandsen want to do. There are instructions on how to place a cache and post it on geocaching.com on the Web site. There are also “trackable items.” These are items, sold on the Web site, that are tracked on the internet and are passed along by geocachers from cache to cache,
trying to get from place to place. Many have goals such as crossing the country or going around the world. Others simply want to travel as many miles as possible. There is also a Geocaching Club. One such club is the UTAG, headed by Hansen, which holds events for geocachers around the state, including one on Oct. 6 right outside of Logan in Amalga. There is also the environmentally-friendly geocaching initiative, Cache In, Trash Out, which encourages geocachers to make the area around a geocache look better than it did before they came. Within a 100-mile radius of Logan, there are currently 5,219 geocaches, and more are being added everyday. Hansen, who was reading about geocaching in the newspaper when he became addicted, simply said, “Try it, you’ll like it.” -firstname.lastname@example.org
movie doesn’t delight in the scenes of violence caused by Erica. They aren’t glorified like some sort of superhero movie. Even though she’s killing bad people who do horrible things, the movie does a great job not to pick a side. The show deals more with how these killings make Erica feel, how they make her a different person. She’s a stranger to herself. She changes. At the end, you don’t know if she’s killing because she likes it or if she’s really doing it just to clean up the streets. The end of the movie seems a little contrived, and dare I say, too happy. But, the movie itself is fascinating. It gives the message that no matter what has been done to you, if you take someone else’s life, you will never be the same. -Aaron.Peck@aggiemail.usu.
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Battle of the woeful
USU ticket gate arrangement revamped By USU ATHLETICS
Ags and Spartans open WAC play Saturday with hopes of getting first win
By SAMMY HISLOP sports editor
No, it’s not easy being an Aggie football fan right now. But, then again, try saying that to a supporter of the San Jose State Spartans. Last week’s Saturday night, 37-0 loss to Stanford prompted Spartan Head Coach Dick Tomey to call a 6:30 a.m. Sunday practice. Players began arriving for the practice at 5 a.m., which was just six hours after the game had ended. “Sometimes extreme situations require extreme measures,” Tomey said Monday. The Spartans, who are the Aggies’ Homecoming opponent Saturday at 6:05 p.m., are 0-3 like the Aggies but will also be competing in their fourth consecutive road game this season. On top of that, the Spartans haven’t been close in any of their first three games. Aside from Stanford was a 34-14 defeat to Kansas State two weeks ago. In the season opener at Arizona State, the Spartans were crushed, 45-3. With the Aggies being manhandled in a similar way last week by Oklahoma, both teams are eager to jump into the win column. “I think this will be a crucial game for us to get started on the right foot in the WAC,” USU Head Coach Brent Guy said. “I think (we) are pretty evenly matched. They’re in the same position we
USU quarterback jase mccormick is brought down by Oklahama Sooner defensive end Adrian Taylor in last week’s loss. The Aggies take on San Jose State Saturday at 6:05 p.m. McCormick, who saw his first action of the season against the Sooners, is expected to also see some playing time against the Spartans. AP photo
are. We both need wins, obviously, to get our programs in the right direction.” If the past two years, as well as what has transpired so far this season, are any indication, neither squad will be leaving Romney Stadium with an easy win. “We have another tough assignment on the road against Utah State, and I think it will be a knockdown, drag-out affair,” Tomey said. “We are looking for a good week of practice.” Both the Spartans and the Aggies are competing in their first Western Athletic Conference game of 2007. Playing at San Jose a year ago, the Aggies held a 14-0 lead before the Spartans came back to tally 21 points. USU had an opportunity at the end of the game to tie and go to overtime, but they couldn’t convert on a fourth-and-three to get into the end
-See BATTLE, page 9
Meet the Challenge USU (0-3)
vs San Jose State (0-3)
Brent Guy (3rd year) Dick Tomey (3rd year)
Saturday, Sept. 22, Romney Stadium, 6:05 p.m. USU notes • Leon Jackson III will start at quarterback, but Jase McCormick should also see playing time. • USU produced 301 yards of total offense in last year’s 21-14 loss at San Jose State. • USU is 9-8 in home conference games since 2000.
SJSU notes • The Spartan rushing attack (115th in the nation) only mustered 32 yards last week at Stanford. • QB Adam Tafralis is completing 57.9 percent of his passes for only 101 yards per game. • The Spartan defense is giving up 226 yards rushing per game.
The scores of the previous two meetings between these two teams have been within a touchdown. Look for Saturday to be the same.
Homecoming? Ags just wanting win By DAVID BAKER assistant sports editor
For most students, Homecoming means a dance, True Aggie Night, Ag Day, Mr. USU and a plethora of other events. But most students don’t have a Western Athletic Conference opener to win, a nine-game losing streak to end or a first win of the year to get. That’s why Homecoming Week for Aggie football players seems a lot less like a celebration, and a lot more like work. “For the players, every week’s a big week, especially in our situation,” senior defensive tackle Frank Maile said. “Unfortunately, we’re 0-3, which makes this week even bigger, and not really for Homecoming, but because our team is
hungry for a win.” In fact, Maile is almost oblivious to the Homecoming activities. He said he only has one class to graduate, so he’s only on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays. He spends the rest of his time on football or his wife and kids, Maile said. “I really don’t even realize it’s Homecoming until they have the banners and stuff,” he said. “I think it’s more for the fans and those that used to play here. For us, it’s just another big game we’ve got to win.” Senior quarterback Leon Jackson III also said he isn’t caught up in the festivities — which is quite a task, since his roommate, Mike Green, is the Homecoming king. Although he said Green has been running around all week in suits and ties to different events, this is another week preparing for a home game
for Jackson. “It’s the last (Homecoming game for me), but it’s just another game,” Jackson said. “It’s just one of nine left that I have. I’m just taking it one game at a time.” For Jackson, Maile and 14 other Aggies, this will be their last Homecoming game. Maybe it’s because this is the earliest Homecoming game in USU history, but like Jackson, some of the seniors aren’t focusing on this being their last Homecoming. “I’m not going to get all teary-eyed or anything like that,” Jackson said. “I still have a few games left. It’s still early in the season — three games into it — so I’ve still got some time … If you look at the end of the road, you’ll lose focus on what’s at hand. If you’re looking too far down the line, you might run into a brick wall, so I want to focus on now.”
Maile has a little different take. “I’ve been here so long I don’t even know what year I am,” he said. “Even though I’m a senior, to me everyone’s the same class. I don’t see anybody as younger or older. To me, everyone’s on the same level.” Maybe there isn’t as much focus on Homecoming because it’s not as big of a deal in college as it is in high school, senior offensive guard Pace Jorgensen said. There is certainly less distraction than in high school, where seniors are often honored or part of Homecoming royalty. “In high school it was for the seniors,” Jackson said. “They pulled football players during halftime for the Homecoming
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Ag spiker enjoying experience of being on team By ERIN WADSWORTH staff writer
Utah Statesman: What’s your favorite thing about volleyball? Melissa Larson: There are so many things. I love the speed and the pace of the game. It’s just so fast, always so fun and nothing is ever the same. It’s always different. The plays are the same, but you never know what’s going to happen and you just play your best and hope for the best. US: When did you start playing volleyball? ML: I started playing volleyball my freshman year of high school. I was pretty young and really bad. I just fell in love with it immediately, and I’ve been getting better ever since.
US: How did you decide that USU was the school for you? ML: We went on a few visits, and I met the team. I met the coaches and I loved it. I knew that this is where I was supposed to be. The campus is absolutely beautiful. All the academic programs were perfect for me. This is just what felt right for me, suitable for my situation. US: What do you like about working with a team? ML: What don’t I like about it? I love everything. I like being able to help each other out. You learn to trust other people, and you learn to rely on them. And as you get better individually, it makes the team better. It’s almost like an instant family. It makes the sport so much better.
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US: How do you think you’ve improved in your time at USU? ML: The coaching in college is so different than in high school. It’s so much more intense. They work with you more. Inside me I had to find the drive. In order be a Division I college volleyball player, you have to have the drive. You can’t just be good at volleyball. You have to be able to work as a team and listen to your coach—that’s huge. You have to do stuff on your own Larson time; you have to work hard in the weight room. It’s not just about on the court practice time. You have to do extra things in order to be good. That’s what it takes to win matches. US: Do you do anything
before a match to get pumped up? ML: We listen to our music – I just love getting pumped up. That’s what I have to do. I get in the mind set, like, once I’m in the gym I am thinking just about volleyball. It’s nothing really big. I just listen to some good music that gets my heart rate going, and I just think about volleyball from there on out, nothing else. US: What do you do to build your confidence if a match isn’t going well? ML: Self talk, that helps me a lot. And my teammates help me, too. They know the things to say to motivate me. You’re going to have those times when you get
down, everyone does, everyone makes mistakes. I find a way. It’s not necessarily the same thing every time, but I just find a way. US: What’s the weirdest thing you do with your free time? ML: I don’t know if it’s weird, but I love to watch “Friends.” There’s not much time for anything else, I guess. US: Who is your hero? ML: Normally I would say my mom or my dad, and I can’t pick. They drive me. They inspire me so much. They talk to me when I’m down. I look to them for everything. So I’d have to say my parents. And God. He’s the reason why I’m here. US: What ice cream best describes you and why? ML: Cookies and cream ice
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Utah State football’s ticket arrangement is being slightly revamped for the remainder of the season, with the big change being the location of the pass list. The USU player-guest, high school coaches and recruits pass lists will all be at the East Ticket Booth & Gate, which will also have ticket sales for East side reserved and general admission. The South Ticket Booth will have Will Call and Media Will Call, as well as ticket sales and customer service. The North Ticket Booth will have ticket sales for the West side and general admission. The South Ticket Booth will open at 10 a.m., followed by the North Ticket Booth at 2 p.m., the East Ticket Booth at 3 p.m. and the Pass List on the East side at 4:30 p.m. All gates will open at 4:30 p.m. Football tickets are available through the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, online at www. UtahStateAggies.com.
Saturday Sept. 15 USU vs. San Jose State, 6:05 p.m.
Saturday Sept. 15 USU @ Louisiana Tech, 6 p.m.
Friday Sept. 21
USU @ Gonzaga, 4 p.m.
Sunday Sept. 23
USU @ Eastern Washington, noon
Saturday Sept. 22 Noon @ Tower Field
Sept. 20-22 USU @ BYU Invitational
Friday Sept. 21 USU vs. Weber DI, 8 p.m.
Sept. 23-25 At Weber State Invitational
MLBStandings American League East Division Boston New York Toronto Baltimore Tampa Bay
W L Pct 89 58 .605 83 62 .572 72 73 .497 62 83 .428 61 85 .418
GB 5 16 26 27 1/2
85 61 .582 80 67 .544 72 74 .493 63 82 .434 62 84 .425
5 1/2 13 21 1/2 23
Central Division Cleveland Detroit Minnesota Kansas City Chicago West Division Los Angeles Seattle Oakland Texas
86 60 .589 76 68 .528 9 71 76 .483 15 1/2 69 76 .476 16 1/2
National League New York Philadelphia Atlanta Washington Florida
83 62 .572 76 69 .524 74 72 .507 65 81 .445 63 83 .432
7 9 1/2 18 1/2 20 1/2
74 71 .510 74 71 .510 69 75 .479 67 79 .459 65 81 .445 63 82 .434
4 1/2 7 1/2 9 1/2 11
83 64 .565 78 66 .542 76 69 .524 76 69 .524 66 80 .452
3 1/2 6 6 16 1/2
Central Division Chicago Milwaukee St. Louis Cincinnati Pittsburgh Houston West Division Arizona San Diego Colorado Los Angeles San Francisco
Friday, Sept. 21, 2007
Ags on road in Wash. By SETH R. HAWKINS editor in chief
The competition doesn’t get any easier for the Aggies, but that’s the way USU Head Coach Heather Cairns planned it. After going 1-1 during their brief home stint, the USU women’s soccer team takes to the road again for a two-game weekend against Gonzaga University and Eastern Washington. “I think the Washington trip is going to be a good one for us,” Cairns said in a USU athletic media relations press release. “Winning two out of three this past week certainly gave us some confidence. It gave us some wins in the column and we’re a stronger team now when it comes down to the wire and fighting for games.” Including the matches this weekend, the Aggies will have played seven road games and only two at home. After this weekend the Aggies only have four more away games and six at home, with the last three games of the season on the friendly turf of Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field. Added to the strains of playing on the road, the soccer team still has yet to face some challenging opponents like Brigham Young University, which is ranked 18th in the Soccer Times poll, and the University of Utah, a team ranked last season. But first, they have to make it
past this weekend. Gonzaga comes off an impressive 2-0 week, downing Vanderbilt 2-0 on Friday and the University of AlabamaBirmingham 2-1, Sunday. The Bulldogs are 4-2 on the season. The Bulldog’s are an experienced squad, led by six seniors and four juniors that played on last seasons squad. This experience has paid off already as five of the Bulldog’s eight goals and seven assists have been tallied by upperclassman. Four of the six senior players—Christine Soma, Jamie Blanche, Lauren Zuckerman and Nanda McCormick—have scored goals for Gonzaga. Soma and Zuckerman are a particularly dangerous duo, each with one goal and assist on the season. But the upperclassmen can’t claim all the glory. Freshman midfielder Ashley Riley was one of 11 athletes named to the Soccer Buzz National Elite Team of the Week after scoring two goals in the Vanderbilt University Tournament in Nashville, Tenn., last weekend. Riley was also named the MVP of the same tournament. On the other side of the field, sophomore goalkeeper Jessie Thalman is currently ranked second on the Gonzaga career shutout list, with nine career shutouts, three of which have been tabbed this season. Thalman has
a .800 save percentage on the season as well, allowing only five goals this year. After facing Gonzaga, Friday at 4 p.m., the Aggies move across the state to take on Eastern Washington at noon on Sunday, Sept. 23. Eastern Washington posts a 23 record, most recently losing 3-1 to Western Athletic Conference foe, Boise State on Sunday. Against the Aggies, the Eages are split, with the record being 2-2. Last season the Aggies beat Eastern Washington 1-0 at home, but have yet to beat the Eagles in Cheney, Wash. The Eagles are led by Cyeeta Mott, who has two goals and two assists on the season. She is joined in the offensive attack by Chelsey Hannesson, who has two goals. Goalkeeper Ashley Renz has 20 saves and a .714 save percentage on the season. The Aggies are led by senior forward Dana Peart, who leads the team in scoring with four goals and one assist, with two of the goals being game winners. She was recently named to Top Drawer Soccer’s National team of the Week. to the Senior midfielder Abby Hunt joins Peart for the Aggies’ offensive power with two goals on the season. Junior Lacey Christenson is tied with sophomore defender Lindsey Smart with two assists on the year, which leads the team. -email@example.com
Q&A: Larson Ags’ middle blocker
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cream is my absolute favorite—I love that. And mint chocolate chip. Those two have gotta be my favorites. Oh, yeah. US: Do you want to say any-
thing to the fans? ML: Our team is very talented. We’ve played some amazing teams in preseason, and we’ve gotten a lot of experience and
we have learned a lot. I’m really excited to see how we do because we are a good team. -firstname.lastname@example.org. edu
Battle: Ags looking to avoid 0-4
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Dallas, Fire end in tie
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Carlos Ruiz scored in the final seconds to help FC Dallas tie the Chicago Fire 1-1 on Thursday night. Ruiz dribbled past two Fire defenders and chipped in a shot from about five yards away into an open Chicago net in the 93rd minute for his seventh goal of the season. Clarence Goodson assisted on the score. Chicago’s Chris Rolfe scored an unassisted goal in the 56th minute to give the Fire a 1-0 lead. Rolfe fired a right-footed volley into the right corner of the net from about 25 yards away for his first goal since May 12 and his fifth of the season. F.C. DALLAS’ CARLOS RUIZ, RIGHT, runs into the left The Fire (8-10-7) have not won a foot of Chicago Fire’s C.J. Brown (2), while going after a ball dur- game in Dallas since July 4, 1999, a ing the first half of their MLS soccer match Thursday in Frisco, streak of 10 games. Texas. AP Photo/Dallas Morning News, Juan Garcia
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Utah @ UNLV
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Ind. @ Houston
Jacks. @ Denver
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USU cornerback geno odong (22) chases down Oklahoma running back Mossis Madu Saturday. The Ags host San Jose State Saturday in what will be USU’s earliest Homecoming Game in school history. Both teams are 0-3, looking for their first victory. It will be the first Western Athletic Conference game for both teams. AP photo
zone. In 2005 USU hosted SJSU and won, 24-17. FOCUSING AFTER BLOWOUTS Perhaps most importantly, both teams are trying to get their minds off of their respective blowout losses last week. Guy said this is his biggest concern for Saturday’s match-up. Senior quarterback Leon Jackson III said unity will be key for the Aggies to come away with the season’s first win. “In times of turmoil, teams come together, they don’t separate,” Jackson said. “We’re a good team. We’re going to come together, gel together, and be together from top to bottom,
weed out all that outside stuff and stay inside and get this win. “(Focusing on winning is) important, as it is every week. This week is just as important. We play one week at at time, and this game against San Jose State is big for us as a team, and we’re going to take it as that,” he said. Tomey said, “I think our attitude is strong and good.” JACKSON AND McCORMICK TO BOTH SEE ACTION AGAIN As has been the case in the first three games for USU, Jackson will start. McCormick, who was 6-of-10 passing in his first action of the season against Oklahoma, will also see time on the field.
Guy stressed that putting McCormick in is not a sign the coaching staff has lost confidence in Jackson, but to get McCormick more experience. “Leon is our starter and will be until we make a declaration difference,” Guy said. “(McCormick) did a really nice job on that first option play (vs. Oklahoma) because they squeezed it just like we thought they would and let the quarterback run with the football ... After that play and once Jase had made that first quarterback run, it wasn’t near as good as that first one. He made some good decisions, he made some bad decisions.” -email@example.com. edu
Homecoming: Seniors’ thoughts
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courtship, or knights, or whatever it was. It’s kind of different being in college. We’re more focused on the game. This is like a business now, it’s not as — not to say fun — but it’s not all about fun. It’s more of a business atmosphere. You’ve got to take it kind of serious.” Part of this focus comes from
the schedule the football players are on, Jorgensen said. All the activities on campus happen when the players are at practice or in meetings, which helps players keep their minds on football and off the buzz around them, he said. Not all distractions can be avoided, though.
One thing Maile, a Salt Lake City native, admits he hasn’t been able to get away from are ticket requests from family who expect him to get tickets for them. “I wish everyone could just come in for free and fill up the stands,” he said. -firstname.lastname@example.org
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Landis guilty of doping PARIS (AP) — Floyd Landis lost his expensive and explosive doping case Thursday when arbitrators upheld the results of a test that showed the 2006 Tour de France champion used synthetic testosterone to fuel his spectacular comeback victory. The decision means Landis, who repeatedly has denied using performance-enhancing drugs, must forfeit his Tour de France title and is subject to a two-year ban, retroactive to Jan. 30, 2007. The ruling, handed down nearly four months after a bizarre and bitterly fought hearing, leaves the American with one final way to possibly salvage his title—an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. If Landis doesn’t appeal, he’ll be the first person in the 105-year history of the race to lose the title because of a doping offense. According to documents obtained by AP, the vote was 2-1 to uphold the results, with lead arbitrator Patrice Brunet and Richard McLaren in the majority and Christopher Campbell dissenting. “Today’s ruling is a victory for all clean athletes and everyone who values fair and honest competition,” U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart said. It’s a devastating loss for Landis, who has steadfastly insisted that cheating went against everything he was all about and said he was merely a pawn in the anti-doping system’s all-consuming effort to find cheaters and keep money flowing to its labs and agencies. Landis didn’t hide from the scrutiny—invited it, in fact— and now has been found guilty by the closest thing to a fair trial any accused athlete will get. Landis, who has a month to file his appeal, is still weighing
his legal options, according to a statement released by his legal team. “This ruling is a blow to athletes and cyclists everywhere” Landis said. “For the Panel to find in favor of USADA when, with respect to so many issues, USADA did not manage to prove even the most basic parts of their case shows that this system is fundamentally flawed. I am innocent, and we proved I am innocent.” Despite the result, it’s hard to see this as a total victory for USADA, which prosecuted the case. This was a costly affair for the agency, and it exposed flaws in the system. In its 84-page decision, the majority found the initial screening test to measure Landis’ testosterone levels—the testosterone-to-epitestosterone test—was not done according to World Anti-Doping Agency rules. But the more precise and expensive carbon-isotope ratio analysis (IRMS), performed after a positive T-E test is recorded, was accurate, the arbitrators said, meaning “an anti-doping rule violation is established.” “As has been held in several cases, even where the T-E ratio has been held to be unreliable ... the IRMS analysis may still be applied,” the majority wrote. “It has also been held that the IRMS analysis may stand alone as the basis” of a positive test for steroids. The decision comes more than a year after Landis’ stunning comeback in Stage 17 of the 2006 Tour, one that many people said couldn’t be done without some kind of outside help. Flying to the lead near the start of a grueling Alpine stage, Landis regained nearly eight minutes against the leader, and went on to win the three-week race.
spanish cyclist oscar pereiro, left, is seen during a press conference in this Aug. 5, 2006 file photo in Vigo, northern Spain. Pereiro, who came second to U.S. rider Floyd Landis, right, in the 2006 Tour de France now stands to inherit the title after tests showed the American champion used synthetic testosterone to fuel his spectacular comeback victory. Floyd Landis of the U.S. lost his expensive and explosive doping case Thursday. AP photo
“Well, all I can say is that justice has been done, and that this is what the UCI felt was correct all along,” Pat McQuaid, leader of cycling’s world governing body, told the AP by telephone. “We now await and see if he does appeal to CAS. “It’s not a great surprise considering how events have evolved. He got a highly qualified legal team who tried to baffle everybody with science and public relations. And in the end the facts stood up.” Spanish rider Oscar Pereiro, who finished second to Landis in the 2006 Tour, said he hadn’t officially heard the news yet. “You never want to win a competition like that,” he said. “But after a year and a half of all of this I’m just glad it’s over.” Landis insisted on a public hearing not only to prove his innocence, but to shine a spotlight on USADA and the rules it enforces and also establish a pattern of incompetence at the French lab where his urine was
Terror threat discussed VIENNA, Austria (AP) — FBI Director Robert S. Mueller met with Austrian officials Thursday to discuss last week’s arrests in Vienna of two suspected alQaida operatives and assess the threat of terrorism during next summer’s Euro 2008 soccer tournament. Interior Minister Guenther Platter described the meeting as an “intensive exchange of ideas” on counterterrorism efforts in Austria, which will co-host the
June 7-29 tournament along with Switzerland. Vienna police last week arrested three people suspected of ties to a video posted online in March that threatened Austria and Germany with attacks if they do not withdraw military personnel from Afghanistan. One of the suspects later was released for lack of evidence. Canadian authorities have arrested a fourth suspect believed linked to the video
threat. Platter declined to comment on measures being taken to secure Euro 2008, which will draw hundreds of thousands of soccer fans to Austria, but he confirmed plans to travel to Washington next month for more discussions with U.S. counterterrorism experts. Canada’s National Post newspaper first reported Wednesday that the suspects allegedly discussed the possibility.
tested. Although the panel rejected Landis’ argument of a “conspiracy” at the Chatenay-Malabry lab, it did find areas of concern. They dealt with chain of command in controlling the urine sample, the way the tests were run on the machine, the way the machine was prepared and the “forensic corrections” done on the lab paperwork. “... the Panel finds that the practises of the Lab in training its employees appears to lack the vigor the Panel would expect in the circumstances given the enormous consequences to athletes” of an adverse analytical finding, the decision said. The majority repeatedly wrote that any mistakes made at the lab were not enough to dismiss the positive test, but also sent a warning. “If such practises continue, it may well be that in the future, an error like this could result in the dismissal” of a positive finding by the lab.
In Campbell’s opinion, Landis’ case should have been one of those cases. “In many instances, Mr. Landis sustained his burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt,” Campbell wrote. “The documents supplied by LNDD are so filled with errors that they do not support an Adverse Analytical Finding. Mr. Landis should be found innocent.” And in at least one respect, Landis, who spent an estimated $2 million on his defense, was exonerated because the panel dismissed the T-E test. But in the arbitration process, a procedural flaw in the first test doesn’t negate a positive result in followup tests. “An arbitration panel is entitled to rely entirely on the IRMS analysis as an independent and sufficient basis for finding that an anti-doping rule violation has occurred,” the decision said. In his dissent, Campbell latched onto the T-E ratio test, among other things, as proof
that the French lab couldn’t be trusted. “Also, the T-E ratio test is acknowledged as a simple test to run. The IRMS test is universally acknowledged as a very complicated test to run, requiring much skill. If the LNDD couldn’t get the T-E ratio test right, how can a person have any confidence that LNDD got the much more complicated IRMS test correct?” It was confusion like this that led to the system receiving the harsh review Landis was hoping for during a nine-day hearing in Malibu, Calif., in May. But Landis also took his share of abuse, and ultimately, USADA still improved to 35-0 in cases it has brought before arbitration panels since it was founded in 2000. This was a nasty contest waged on both sides, with USADA attorneys going after Landis’ character and taking liberties in evidence discovery that wouldn’t be permitted in a regular court of law.
Simpson now in Florida MIAMI (AP) — O.J. Simpson slipped back into familiar territory early Thursday—not just the humidity of South Florida, but into the center of a media cavalcade fixated on a robbery case that could imprison him for life. In the Fort LauderdaleHollywood airport, he refused to answer reporters’ questions about the case, though girlfriend Christine Prody answered a question about how Simpson was doing with: “He’s fine.” The former football star left in an SUV, tailed by a pack of cameras and reporters. Hours later, he still hadn’t returned to his suburban Miami home, where reporters and a television helicopter disturbed the quiet in the normally tranquil neighborhood. Police allege the Heisman Trophy winner led an armed holdup of sports memorabilia collectors. Simpson has insisted he was merely retrieving items that had been stolen from him. Legal experts say the prosecution’s case could be clouded by issues including who had rightful ownership of the goods and the reputation of witnesses in the sometimes less-than-reputable world of memorabilia trading. At his arraignment Thursday, Simpson furrowed his brow as
Memorabilia collector alfred beardsley attends a hearing for parole violation in Las Vegas, Thursday. Beardsley is the person that police allege O.J. Simpson led an armed holdup of in a Las Vegas hotel Sunday. AP photo
the judge read the list of charges against him. Gone was the slight smirk he flashed when arrested. He answered quietly in a hoarse voice and nodded as the judge laid out restrictions for his release, including surrendering his passport to his attorney and having no contact with co-defendants or potential witnesses. Simpson did not enter a plea. His attorney, Yale Galanter, said after the hearing that the $125,000 bond was reasonable. As Simpson flew home to the Miami area, US Airways emptied a plane so he could board first with Galanter and Prody. Simpson sat in an aisle seat in economy class. Passengers who boarded behind him took pictures with cell phones and cameras. He nodded and smiled as they passed. With his attorney across the aisle and his girlfriend against his shoulder, Simpson slept from Las Vegas to South Florida.
When the plane touched down, he hugged Galanter. Simpson had still not returned to his suburban Miami home by 2 a.m, hours after authorities arrested a fifth suspect in the case. Simpson was arrested Sunday after a collector reported a group of armed men charged into a hotel room at the Palace Station casino and took several items. He spent three nights in jail after being charged with kidnapping, robbery with use of a deadly weapon, burglary while in possession of a deadly weapon, coercion with use of a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime. Four other men have been arrested on many of the same charges, and police were still looking for another suspect.
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Padres win on late long ball (AP) — Late-inning longballs had fans in San Diego and Colorado celebrating Wednesday night, while the Brewers and Phillies saw their hopes dashed in extra frames. Scott Hairston hit a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Padres a thrilling 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. “We just told ourselves to separate each inning, go out there, never give up,” Hairston said. For the second night in a row at Denver, the Rockies hit a late two-run homer to rally past the Dodgers. Brad Hawpe hit the go-ahead shot in the eighth off Jonathan Broxton and the Rockies stayed alive in the wildcard chase with a 6-5 win over Los Angeles, a night after Todd Helton hit a game-winner in the ninth off closer Takashi Saito. “This is special,” Hawpe said. Milwaukee got a ninthinning homer too, when Rickie Weeks hit one out to tie the game against the Astros at 4. An inning later, however, Hunter Pence singled home the gamewinner as Houston won in 10, 5-4. Yadier Molina drove in the winning run at St. Louis, as the Cardinals beat Philadelphia 2-1 in 10 innings. In other NL games, it was: New York 8, Washington 4; Arizona 6, San Francisco 4; Chicago 3, Cincinnati 2; and Atlanta 5, Florida 1. At San Diego, the Padres were trailing 3-2 in the ninth and in danger of falling two games behind Arizona. Against Pirates closer Matt Capps (4-7), Adrian Gonzalez doubled with one out and Kevin Kouzmanoff drew a two-out walk. Hairston followed with his eighth home run, and was met by a wild celebration at home plate. “There is no quit in this team,” Gonzalez said. “We’ve won a number of games like this and we believe in each other.” With the win, the Padres extended their lead in the wildcard race to 2 1/2 games over the Phillies, 4 1/2 over the Rockies.
The Dodgers, within 2 1/2 games three days ago, slipped to 5 1/2 back. The Rockies made sure of that, rallying off Broxton (4-4), who struck Hawpe out Tuesday night. Hawpe learned his lesson; when Broxton shook off catcher Russell Martin on a 3-2 pitch, Hawpe figured he was going to throw the slider. He figured right. “I made a mistake and paid for it,” Broxton said. Said Hawpe: “I thought it was gone as soon as I hit it. If it hadn’t gone out, I would’ve been pretty upset.” Matt Holliday hit two solo home runs off Brad Penny, giving him a career-high 35 homers this season. Holliday has 10 homers in his past 11 games. The Rockies are eight games over .500 for the first time since July 6, 2000. They still believe there’s time to sneak into the postseason. “Why not?” Hawpe said. “We’re still within good striking distance. If we didn’t feel like that, we wouldn’t have won the last two games. We’ve worked hard for this.” At Houston, Weeks homered in the ninth off Astros closer Brad Lidge to force extra innings. Pence slammed into the wall chasing the drive and crumpled to the ground. He got up after a few minutes and stayed in the game. “It just kind of knocked the wind out of me, a little whiplash, kind of a car wreck,” Pence said. “I just couldn’t move there for a second. But once I caught my breath, I was fine.” Pence had to convince Houston manager Cecil Cooper he was OK from the collision. “I was close to taking him out,” Cooper said. In the 10th, Pence fouled off the first 3-2 pitch he saw from Matt Wise (3-2), then lined the next one into left field to bring home Brandon Backe. The Brewers, who had won four in a row and were tied for first in the NL Central, fell a game behind Chicago —the
Cubs beat Cincinnati 3-2. “Any time you lose a game, it’s tough to watch,” said Milwaukee starter Dave Bush, who pitched six innings. “There’s a lot more at stake now, so it’s even tougher.” The Phillies were looking for a second straight extra-inning win over the Cardinals. Molina had other ideas. Molina singled home the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning, snapping Philadelphia’s six-game winning streak and dropping the Phillies 2 1/2 games back of the NL Eastleading Mets. “We had all kinds of chances,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “We just couldn’t get the big hit. A couple of times all we needed was a fly ball. We just couldn’t do it.” The Phillies were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Chase Utley was stranded after his one-out triple in the eighth, Jimmy Rollins grounded out with runners on second and third ending the ninth, and Randy Flores (3-0) struck out Aaron Rowand and Jayson Werth with runners on first and second to end the 10th. “I think we’ve got an 8-2 run in us, I sure do,” Manuel said. “We’ve got to keep going. Eightynine or 90 wins will get us something.” Mets 8, Nationals 4 At Washington, David Wright drove in three runs, Moises Alou had three hits and New York ended a five-game losing streak that cut their lead in the NL East to 1 1/2 games. Mike Pelfrey (3-7) allowed three runs in five-plus innings to win his third consecutive decision. Matt Chico (5-9) gave up five runs in 5 1-3 innings. Diamondbacks 6, Giants 4 At Phoenix, Conor Jackson homered, Chris Snyder had three hits and three RBIs and Arizona overcame a poor start by Doug Davis to keep up their march toward the playoffs. Juan Cruz (6-1) earned the victory by striking out the only batter he faced in the fifth, when he relieved Davis with two out and
Lead tie at Turning Stone VERONA, N.Y. (AP) — Jeff Gove and Chad Campbell each shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to tie for the first-round lead at the Turning Stone Resort Championship. Gove and Campbell, who finished one stroke off the Atunyote Golf Club course record, were one shot ahead of Steve Flesch, John Senden, Matthew Goggin and Brendon de Jonge. Both Goggin and de Jonge bogeyed their final holes to drop from the lead. John Rollins, who won the final B.C. Open here just over a year ago with a closing 64, shot 67 and was tied for seventh with John Mallinger, Robert Allenby, Matt Hendrix, and Tag Ridings. Third-year pro David Branshaw, a native of nearby Oswego, was at 4-under 68, tied
with Justin Leonard, Robert Gamez, Steven Lowery, Mark Hensby, Joey Sindelar, and five others. John Daly, coughing and apparently ailing, withdrew after seven holes, complaining he was ill with the flu. Daly had opened with three straight pars, then followed with bogeys on three of the next four holes. At No. 7, he sat on his bag for several minutes with his head down waiting to play, then three-putted and walked off the course. With conditions ideal on a warm, sunny day with a light breeze, Gove, ranked 152nd on the money list, used his stout iron play to quickly take advantage of the wide and soft fairways on the 7,482-yard course. Second to Tiger Woods on the PGA Tour in greens in regula-
tion (70.13 percent), Gove hit 16 of 18 on the day and made birdie on four of his first five holes, with three of the putts 5 feet or closer. After faltering with bogey at the par-4 ninth hole, Gove hit a putt that traveled 40 feet, going up and over an undulation in the green before dropping in the hole for birdie at the par-3 11th hole. He followed that by hitting a sand wedge to 5 feet at No. 12 for his final birdie and finished his best round of the year by holing a sand wedge from 100 yards for eagle at the 617-yard, par-5 No. 18. “I think it’s the first shot I’ve made from the fairway all year,” said Gove, whose best result this season was a tie for sixth at the John Deere Classic, equaling his career high. “I’m pumped.”
two on. Barry Zito (9-13) allowed five runs and was lifted after the first four men reached in the fifth inning. Cubs 3, Reds 2 At Chicago, Alfonso Soriano homered, and Chicago reclaimed first place in the NL Central with another dramatic victory. Ken Griffey Jr. left the game with a lower abdominal strain. Bob Howry (6-7) got the win. Braves 5, Marlins 1 At Atlanta, Edgar Renteria had three hits, including a homer, Chipper Jones had two hits and drove in a run and Chuck James (11-10) allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings as Atlanta completed a three-game sweep of last-place Florida. The Braves (79-73) have won four straight to match the win total from last year’s 79-83 team.
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or a second, let’s breakdown the word sidewalk. The first part is side. Actually, this was a bad place to start. The side part of sidewalk must be left over from the Latin or Germanic root of the word, and has lost all meaning today. So we’ll skip the side part. That leaves us with what? Walk. The most important part of the word. Walk. Not ride. Not longboard. Not mini-Hummer-golfcart thing. Not skateboard. Walk. A sidewalk is where people walk - to class, from class, to the Taggart Student Center, through the Quad, to the library. A sidewalk isn’t where people hoofing it to make it to class on time should have to worry about getting in a bicycle-homosapien collision, having a longboard carve off their leg like it’s a wave on Wikiki Beach or getting ran down by a golf cart on steroids. We’re not saying other means of transportation shouldn’t be allowed on the sidewalks. That’s impractical. The sidewalks are the only veins of transportation through the heart of campus. So only allowing walking would cut off important ways to transverse the campus. What we are suggesting is some courtesy on the parts of those who are pedaling at 55 mph through a crowd of unsuspecting freshmen, or longboarders trying to weave their way through a stream of students traveling down a sidewalk that is only wide enough for students to walk two abreast. The onus isn’t all on the riders, though. Walkers need to be courteous and vigilant, as well. People walking need to check their blind spot before turning across a couple lanes of traffic to head into the business building. And it shouldn’t be too big of an effort for walkers and riders to coexist. It only involves a principle that we’ve all been inundated with since kindergarten sharing. We can share the sidewalk, because if we don’t, we’re going to have to come up with some futuristic, “Jetsons”-like, vertically layered, form of conveyor belts to efficiently move students around campus. We’re a long way away from that technological capacity, which is weird, because the “Jetsons” has been off the air for like 30 years – they were way ahead of their time. So we’re stuck with sharing. Plus, it’s not like we’re not asking for everyone to unplug the earbuds and converse with each other during the daily campus crawl.
The deterioration of academic free speech The saga of controversial liberal law professor Erwin Chemerinsky’s on-again, off-again deanship at the new University of California, Irvine, law school was highly unusual in two ways. First, the pressure to enforce political orthodoxy at Chemerinsky’s expense came from the right, not the left, and second, academic freedom and First Amendment values won a resounding victory when Chemerinsky was ultimately rehired. A more typical example of What others are how academic freedom remains in saying about issues. jeopardy across the country is the UC Board of Regents’ treatment of Larry Summers, the former president of Harvard University. The regents had invited Summers to be the keynote speaker at a dinner this week in Sacramento, the state capital . They then uninvited him last week after some UC faculty protested that “inviting a keynote speaker who has come to symbolize gender and racial prejudice in academia conveys the wrong message to the university community and to the people of California.” What did Summers, a distinguished economist and a liberal Democrat who served in the Clinton administration, do to deserve such obloquy? In 2005, he suggested that it’s worth researching whether, among other factors, innate differences between men and women may play a role in the greater prominence of men in the sciences – a hypothesis that has some support in the relevant scientific literature. Summers desperately tried to make amends, issuing an abject apology for even raising the subject. Nevertheless, and despite strong support for him among Harvard students, he was drummed out of the Harvard presidency by the Cambridge academic equivalent of a lynch mob. Apparently his sins against feminist orthodoxy were so grave that he’s still not welcome to give so much as a dinner speech to the UC Board of Regents more than two years later. The hostility to Summers reflects the growing influence of professors who see their primary mission not as advancing human knowledge but as promoting a “progressive” political
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To the editor: Once again this year we are starting to get the letters about our football team. We all know that they are not doing very good once again. Give these guys a break. How would all of you who want to get rid of the football program like it if you were on a team, and they wanted to get rid of you because you didn’t win much? I don’t see anybody wanting to get rid of the other varsity sports that don’t win much. The football players don’t have a lot to play for when half of the students won’t support them. Dan Gudmundson put it well in his opinion. It’s sad that we have to go play the likes of OU and Texas A&M for big money, but those are the things that we need to do to
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keep the smaller sports alive. Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer field would be real empty if our football team didn’t go and play big schools. I’m not putting down the smaller sports, but we all know that football and men’s masketball are the sports that make the money for our athletics. We can’t go out and fire our coach when he doesn’t win the Fiesta Bowl his first year. It took Coach Dickey three full seasons to turn around his team at North Texas. It takes time to turn a program around. I think that Coach Guy is doing all he can to get this team to win. He is recruiting all over the nation and locally. Look at the roster there are players from all over the country. I don’t know what people want in a coach. I hope that Coach Guy, Coach Dickey, Coach Johnson and all of the other assistant coaches can stay, and turn this program around. It
takes time. If we suspended football for two seasons, where would we get the money to support the other 15 varsity sports? Men’s basketball is possibly the only other sport that can support its self, and that is probably cutting it close. Two years is not that much time. The north end zone of Romney Stadium is not just for the football team. There is state of the art training equipment there for all of the sports. To get better athletes you need to have the facilities that the athletes need. Now let’s go out and support our football team this weekend. Let’s go be real fans. We need to go out and push our team. Romney Stadium needs to be packed, needs to be loud. Let’s go and do it Aggie Fans. GO AGGIES!!! Nathan Massey
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hat are we willing to forget? Could we choose to forget the first kiss we ever had or the shame-ridden argument which still separates us from a loved one? As a nation, could we choose to forget the love we possessed for President Kennedy or the pain we felt for his assassination? What do we forget? Are birthdays, anniversaries and holidays only remembered for their annual recurrences? And what does it take to remember something that only happens once in a lifetime? Yesterday, today and tomorrow can only happen once for us individually and as a people. Walking around the District of Columbia the past few weeks has helped key me into the unnatural vibe of the nation. Unnatural because it’s isolated. When I get the chance, I see tourists from all around the United States walking around the district in awe of their surroundings. Sometimes I try to go out and ‘play tourist’ so I can know what I’m missing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. I see men and woman dressed to the nine in their professional attire with heads down, in newspapers or on the phone – we just pass by. Every day there are masses of people running around Washington, D.C., literally soaking in the sights while another even larger group of people, the residents, just walk by without a moment’s hesitation. We choose to pass through all the monuments, the etchings of history or honors to humanity. The visitors move with rapt attention from one historical marker to the next while the
rest of us merely pass through. Unfortunately, most people treat life and history just like that. We walk on as if nothing is affecting us. People outside the world of this state of D.C. (that is a state like a phase, not a state like Utah with voting rights) only take dips into this world through available news agencies. Being here, there is an available reminder of problems past and present, triumphs wished for or celebrated. Do suffering and pain only rest briefly in our short term memory? Do prosperity and joy slowly ebb away from conscious thought? Without effort, I’m sure that is exactly what happens. Why does it take extreme pain or prosperity for us to perk up our senses, lift our eyebrows and put an ear to the ground? There’s a story coming our way. We’re all characters in this story. His-story. Her-story. It’s our-story. But most of us are just passing through history. Just last night, I walked by a small but intricate monument dedicated to Gen. George Meade. With his statue surrounded by soldiers and an angel bearing the American seal, he is honored for leading Union troops during the nation’s most turbulent time. Only when people stop to look up and see his face and look down to read the plaque is he honored. He is entombed by the ingratitude of the masses who pass by him
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without a moment’s notice or prayer of thanks. He sits enshrined with the golden seal held above his head by symbolic wings but overshadowed by the noise and traffic streaming by him and his brigade. What Meades do we pass by on occasion? Are there any Lincoln memorials willing to sit us upon their knees and teach us a lesson in their own room? History is happening all around us if we’re willing to listen, watch or read what comes to us. Will you just pass through? With its 10 square miles of land, reticently given by Virginia and Maryland, the District of Columbia is separated from all the states in the union as a political and historical island. Should this union survive, the city will continue to grow to be an even larger center for humanity’s accomplishments and failures. Should the government fail or the city come
to ruin, its remains would stand centuries later to rival the memories of Rome and Egypt. Its position in modern history is unique. And so is ours. In all this rhetorical talk, I forgot an important lesson in history: When you come to visit the nation’s capital, don’t try and sit on Lincoln’s knee. It doesn’t rest well with the park police. Jacob Fullmer is a junior in political science and journalism, trying to figure out what history really means while living in Washington, D.C. Questions and comments can be sent to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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agenda. Entire academic departments are often overtly ideological and politicized, even at schools not normally thought of as hotbeds of activism. Loyola Marymount’s women’s studies department, for example, proclaims as its mission “to call attention to the androcentric nature of society, propose alternatives and strategies that honor women’s human rights, and promote a vision of society where gender hierarchy, as well as other forms of social injustice, are eliminated.” In universities across the United States, conservative scholars are about as welcome, and as rare, in women’s studies programs as Nazis in B’nai B’rith. Students also suffer from academic intolerance. Undergraduates frequently report to researchers that they feel intimidated into endorsing the political positions advanced by their professors. Many U.S. universities, al though banned by the courts from enacting overt “speech codes,” nevertheless enforce severe restrictions on freedom of expression under the guise of “anti-harassment” policies. UC Santa Cruz, for example, bans any speech or writing that “maligns another individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, creed, ethnicity, race, gender, gender identity, physical ability, political views, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or other differences.” Primarily because of such policies, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a nonprofit that promotes civil liberties in higher
education, has ranked 16 of the 19 California state colleges it measured “red” – the lowest rank – for freedom of expression. Students who criticize the wisdom, utility or morality of the massive racial preferences prevalent in university admissions are especially likely to face hostility from the powers that be. University administrators at many campuses, including UC Irvine, have shut down satirical “affirmative action bake sales,” at which customers are charged differing amounts based on their race or sex. Only the fear of lawsuits keeps such censorship somewhat in check. The Chemerinsky episode, disturbing though it was, should not distract us from the primary challenge facing academic freedom in American universities: the rise of an academic far-left establishment that seeks to use universities as a base for political activism, and is perfectly willing to violate accepted standards of academic freedom to achieve that goal. Anyone concerned with the future of American higher education has the duty to defend the values of scholarship and open debate against authoritarian political correctness. Unfortunately, by disinviting Summers, the UC regents failed miserably. Bernstein is a professor at the George Mason University School of Law and author of “You Can’t Say That! The Growing Threat to Civil Liberties from Antidiscrimination Laws.”
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– President Bush on Thursday refused to criticize a U.S. security company in Iraq accused in a shooting that left 11 civilians dead, saying investigators need to determine if the guards violated rules governing their operations. Bush said he expected Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki would raise the shooting by agents of Blackwater USA when they meet next week at the U.N. General Assembly. Al-Maliki has urged the U.S. Embassy to find another security firm to protect its diplomats, saying he cannot tolerate “the killing of our citizens in cold blood.” He called the shootings a “crime” and said they had generated “widespread anger and hatred.” “Obviously, to the extent innocent life was lost, you know, I’m saddened,” the president said at a wide-ranging news conference. “Our objective is to protect innocent life. And we’ve got a lot of brave souls in the theater working hard to protect innocent life.” Officials of Blackwater, the Moyock, N.C.-based company, say its employees acted appropriately in response to an armed attack Sunday against a State Department convoy. Blackwater is the main provider of bodyguards and armed escorts for U.S. government civilian
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate blocked legislation Thursday that would have cut off money for combat in Iraq by June. It was a predictable defeat for Democrats struggling to pass less divisive anti-war measures. The 28-70 vote was 32 short of the 60 needed to cut off a GOP filibuster. The legislation, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Russ Feingold, was indicative of the Democratic leadership’s new hardline strategy. Unable to attract enough Republican support on milder proposals, Reid has sought votes on strong anti-war measures intended to force a withdrawal of troops. The outcome was not a surprise. In May, the Senate rejected a similar proposal by Reid and Feingold by a 29-67 vote, with most Democrats saying they did not support using money to force an end to the war because that approach could hurt the troops. Voting for the measure were Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, Barack Obama of Illinois and Christopher Dodd of Connecticut. A fourth candidate, Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., did not vote.
Dow Jones industrials up more than 400 points in the two days following the Fed’s half-point rate reduction, so it was to be expected that investors would eventually stop to cash in gains. So when a few major companies, particularly Bear Stearns & Cos. and Circuit City, posted wider-than-expected drops in third-quarter profit Thursday, Wall Street’s giddiness following the Fed’s rate cut waned, and nervousness resurfaced about how long it might take for the economy and corporate America to rebound from the recent market turmoil. “Historically, after the Fed eases, the market takes about a month to figure out whether the easing was a good thing or a bad thing,” said Brian Gendreau, investment strategist for ING Investment Management.
Richards asks court to end Sheen’s stay LOS ANGELES (AP) – Denise Richards has asked a court to stop allowing ex-husband Charlie Sheen to have overnight stays with their two young daughters. In a filing Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Richards said the children have resisted spending the night at Sheen’s home and “often returned sad and upset,” according to court papers obtained by syndicated TV show “Access Hollywood.” The 36-year-old actress also requested that Sam, 3, and Lola, 2, undergo therapy. Richards said she’s concerned that Sheen engages in “inappropriate behavior” on the Internet and doesn’t understand how that affects “the child-rearing of two young daughters.” “Virtually all of these allegations were previously raised and were denied by Mr. Sheen,” the actor’s attorney, Lance Spiegel, said in a statement.
Teacher guilty to 11 sex charges SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A teacher pleaded guilty on Thursday to felony sex charges involving 11 students at his suburban classroom. Frank Laine Hall, 37, could get up to 30 years to life in prison when he returns to court Nov. 14, prosecutor Rodwicke Ybarra said. Hall pleaded guilty to 10 counts of attempted aggravated sex abuse of a child and one count of sex abuse of a child in a plea agreement that dismissed five other counts of aggravated sex abuse of a child, said Ybarra.
Stocks fall after mixed earnings NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks retreated Thursday as Wall Street took a breather from this week’s recent rally, sobered a bit by mixed earnings reports, a tumbling dollar and surging oil prices. Wall Street had driven the
President decides who goes to ground zero NEW YORK (AP) – Almost everyone agrees Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad doesn’t belong at ground zero. So who gets access these days to the 16-acre pit where the World Trade Center once anchored the Manhattan skyline, a slice of the city that many regard as hallowed ground? Construction workers. The families of victims. The occasional journalist. And not too many others, in stark contrast to the days immediately after Sept. 11 when the smoldering site was overrun with celeb-
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rities, politicians and even Playboy playmates. Amid the chaos after the twin towers fell, rescue workers and cleanup crews mingled with a parade of well known visitors: Muhammad Ali, Robert De Niro, cast members from “The Sopranos,” Martha Stewart. Miss America Katie Harman signed body ID tags for grateful workers. Boxing promoter Don King toured the site, as did U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and other world leaders. Almost half of the Senate arrived en masse. Tourists gather to look at a display adjacent to ground zero in The vast majority came to Lower Manhattan, Thursday, Sept. 20 in New York. AP Photo offer support and condolences, protection for all guests of although critics suggested others viewed a trip to the devasta- the United Nations without requiring that they pass a “littion as a photo op. mus test for views.” He said of “It was like you had celebAhmadinejad: “I personally rity status only if you got in at find what this guy has said ground zero,” recalled Brian abhorrent, and I think it would Jordan, a Franciscan priest be inappropriate to have him who spent long hours in lower visit.” Manhattan in the weeks after “To have the leader of the two hijacked planes struck the greatest state sponsor of tertowers. rorism in the world visit the Within a month, the city site of the most heinous terrorwas turning down hundreds Editor’s Note: CBS weekly and ST the delay in processing of CBS NF ist attack on America would of requests to visit the site and be an affront to the victims began asking celebrities to and families of 9/11 and to avoid the area as the treacherall who lived through that ous search for remains continday,” said Abraham Foxman, ued. national director of the AntiSix years later, Police Defamation League. Commissioner Ray Kelly said The sentiment was echoed a proposed ground zero visit where deputy spokesman by Ahmadinejad during next Tom Casey called the idea of week’s U.N. General Assembly Ratings for the top 10 prime-time an Ahmedinejad visit “rather had no chance. Police cited shows, Sept. 10 to Sept. 16. ongoing construction and secu- appalling and the height of NETWORK • SHARE • MILLIONS OF PEOPLE** hypocrisy.” rity concerns, and the Iranian 1. Sun. Night Football president, who is under Secret NBC • 14 • 15.3 Service protection while in the 2. Emmy Awards (S) FOX • 12 • 13.0 U.S., was told to steer clear. 3. 60 Minutes “We have communicated 0QVHCUVGPQWIJ 0QVHCUVGPQWIJ CBS • 10 • 11.5 our concerns to the Iranian While child mortality worldwide While worldwide 4. child Sun.mortality Night NFL Pre-kick Mission,” Kelly said. “I am sure has slowed, a university forecast has NBC slowed, a university • 10 • 11.1 forecast says the Millennium goal to says5.the Millennium goal Men to (R) they will abide by our stateTwo and A Half reduce it 67 percent between reduce it 67 percent between CBS • 9 • 10 ment ... Our position is that he 1990 and 2015 is off target. 1990 and 2015 is off target. 6. Without a Trace (R) will not be permitted to go.” Estimated deaths Estimated deaths CBS • 11 • 9.5 Children under 5 Children under 5 Mayor Michael Bloomberg 7. Big Brother 8-Thu (R) 20 million 20 million said the city would provide CBS • 9 • 8.9 -26.4 -26.4
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Sept. 21 - Homecoming Dance, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., TSC. $12 in advance per couple, $15 at the door. True Aggie Night – midnight. - Protein Purification: Isolation and Characterization Training Program, all day in the Biotechnology Building. - Homecoming golf tournament, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Dick Hoyt Lecture and CPD 35th Anniversary, TSC Ballroom, 12:30 to 1 p.m. - Women’s soccer @ Gonzaga, 1 p.m. - Aggiette and Spirit Squad reunion. 5 to 11 p.m., Romney Stadium. - Homecoming Banquet, 6 to 8 p.m. - USU Big Band Swing Club.
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7 to 9:30 p.m., HPER Building. - USU Wind Orchestra and Alumni Band Homecoming Concert. 7:30 p.m., Kent Concert Hall. - USU Theatre production: “Alicia in Wonder Tierra.” 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Morgan Theatre.
- USU football vs. San Jose State. 6:05 p.m., Romney Stadium. - USU women’s volleyball, 7 p.m. - USU Theatre production: “Alicia in Wonder Tierra.” 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Morgan Theatre.
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- Homecoming Parade, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - USU Theatre production: “Alicia in Wonder Tierra.” 2 to 4 p.m. and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Morgan Theatre. - Utah Agriculture Products BBQ (Ag Day). 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. - Aggiette and Spirit Squad Reunion. 5 to 11 p.m., Romney Stadium.
Those interested in applying for an URCO Grant should attend one of the URCO Orientation meetings. They will be held on Sept. 24 and 25 from 4-5 p.m. in Old Main Room 66. Any questions, contact Joyce Kinkead at email@example.com or call 797-1199.
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10-5 this Saturday, Sept. 22. The theme is “Games Around the World Throughout Time.” We are also open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; admission is always free. Free parking is available south of Old Main only on Saturday.
Clothesline project The USU Women’s Center Clothesline Project will take place Oct. 1–3 in the TSC International Lounge, from 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, and from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Wednesday. The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to the violence against women and children. Shirt designing may be arranged by contacting the Women’s Center at (435) 7971728.
More to remember: • This Friday, Sept. 21, is the International Day of Peace as declared by the United Nations’ General Assembly. Be a witness for peace on this day by participating in a Peace Vigil from 5-6 p.m. on the east side of Main Street between Center Street and 100 N. Logan. This vigil is a nonviolent public event sponsored
by Cache Valley Peace Works and has been ongoing every Friday since September 2005. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 755-5137 with questions. • Native Neighbors Series – Bats, Saturday, Sept. 22, 7 to 9 p.m. Stokes Nature Center will host a program for all ages to meet the nocturnal neighbors of SNC – bats. Costs are $6 ($4.50 for SNC members) or $10 group of four. All ages are welcome. SNC is located in Logan Canyon, east of Logan, Utah, on HWY 89. Space is limited, to register, call 435-755-3239 or visit www. logannature.org. • Parent-Tot Nature Hour, Friday, Sept. 21, 10 – 11 a.m. Stokes Nature Center invites all toddlers, ages 2-3, to explore their sense of TASTE at SNC south, 2600 S. Highway 165, Nibley, UT. Costs are $3 ($2.50 for SNC members). All Toddlers, ages 2 & 3 must have a parent pal present. To register, call 435-7553239 or visit www.logannature. org. • Japanese Classical Music and Dance Comes to Logan. Traditional dancers and musicians from Japan will perform on Tuesday the 25 at 7 p.m. at the Performance Hall.
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