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A-TV reaches new viewers By RANAE BANGERTER staff writer

USU’s Jaycee Carroll was named WAC Preseason Player of the Year and one of the top15 seniors in the nation by SportsIllustrated. com

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A-TVNEWS is now being broadcast online, campus TV networks and basic cable. A-TVNews is student produced and anchored. Megan Tschida, left, and Mariah Harrison, seniors in broadcast journalism, prepare to anchor one of their shows. DEBRA HAWKINS photo

Ecologist Gene Likens urges campus conservation. Page 3

Features Dough and toppings are all part of a day in the life of a pizza maker. Page 5

Opinion “So if we can’t blame Sept. 11 for the supposed dismantling of what used to be called ‘feminist consciousness,’ what – or who – can we blame?” Page 9

Almanac Today in History: In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue and sighted an island in the Bahamas. The same day, his crew set foot in the Americas, believing they had reached East Asia, his original goal.

Weather High: 65° Low: 34° Skies: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain showers at night. Archives and breaking news always ready for you at

- See A-TVNEWS, page 3

Student dominates ‘Roadeo’ with shuttle By ERIN WADSWORTH staff writer

Rodeo fun includes bull riding, wild horse racing and clowns, but USU student Lance Hunter needs only an Aggie Shuttle. Hunter serpentined his way through a course of orange cones to bring home first place in the big bus division at the Utah Urban Rural Specialized Transportation Association “Roadeo” on Sept. 22. Along with the obstacle course

Hunter completed a vehicle inspection, wheel chair lift to safety specifications and a written test. Other contest categories include the cutaway and 15-passenger van. “This is the third time I’ve been to the state competition,” Hunter said. “Every year, I do the one here between CVTD and Aggie Shuttle.” Winners of the yearly Cache Valley contest make their way to the state level to race for the coveted prize. In conjunction with URSTA conventions, the drivers take time

Sports The USU men’s basketball team was selected to finish first in the WAC coaches preseason poll. Page 13

Student-produced and anchored Aggie Television is now available for viewing on three Web sites, two campus TV networks and on basic cable. A-TVNews was originally shown only to campus housing, said associate professor of broadcast journalism Penny Byrne. Within just the past two years, the two programs have gone online and now to a local TV station, KUTA Channel 8. “We’re really pleased about the increased opportunities for exposure that we have experienced recently,” Byrne said. A-TVNews has two programs, newscast on Mondays and Cache Rendezvous (a magazine program) on Thursdays. Penny and her husband Dean Byrne, broadcast lab director, train 16 students on the basics of broadcasting from anchoring to producing. Students handle cameras, edit video and operate the studio machinery. “We are far more hands-on than most universities,” Dean said. “Our students do everything. There’s not a single control room studio job that students don’t do.” He said most universities have a professional staff that produces the newscast and sends it out, and most

Student Lance Hunter won first place at a state “Roadeo” driving an Aggie Shuttle through an obstacle course. NOELLE BERLAGE photo

Albrecht speaks of aspirations, student goals By BRIA JONES staff writer

Public education is essential in helping students establish the ambition, goals and commitment needed to enroll in college and also to stay and graduate, USU President Stan Albrecht said Thursday. “The kind of preparation that our students bring with them is critical in terms of addressing retention issues,” Albrecht said. Albrecht spoke to a room of about 145 faculty members and advisers at USU’s first Retention Symposium about ways to attract students and keep them in school once they are here. The symposium, sponsored by the office of Retention and First-Year Experience and the office of the provost featured workshop sessions, panel discussions and the keynote address by Albrecht. Albrecht said young people generally don’t decide to attend college when they’re 18 years old, so getting students prepared and properly informed must begin early. Although enrollment this semester is at a record high, retention has been an increasing concern for the university, he said. Between the 2002-2003 and 2004-

- See RETENTION, page 3

out to show off their talents. The URSTA provides services to many transportation services throughout the state. Promoting safety and education training to drivers is their hallmark. The association will provide whatever is needed or required by the drivers, Hunter said. The transportation rivalry happens once a year, and invites competitors from across the state. Salt Lake City was the chosen destination for this year’s festivities, Hunter, along with a few others, was sent to represent Cache Valley. CVTD drivers Jeff Spruance, who took second place behind Hunter, and Sam Tingey, third place winner, aided in a Cache Valley sweeping of the big bus category. “It’s kind of nice that Cache Valley always places in the top three,” Hunter said. “It shows the quality of drivers we have here, right?” Hunter began his career with Aggie Shuttle five years ago. As a senior in electrical engineering, Hunter attempted to attend school while not working, but has found Aggie Shuttle to be a good way to earn money and keep up with schoolwork. Aggie Shuttle driving has been

enjoyable for Hunter. Meeting interesting people is the reason Hunter said he continues to circle campus. Carrying students to their destinations makes the job less monotonous. “I actually really like it, admittedly it can get boring, but you always meet the people and that makes it fun, it’s why I keep doing it,” he said. Routes change every semester for Hunter. This semester he carries students to Brigham City for extension classes. Running the extension shuttle takes more time, but instead of driving 10 circles Hunter is only driving one. Music helps the day along, usually the kind that all commuters will enjoy. Bob Marley was the music of choice to end spring semester. Hunter plugs in his iPod and grooves his way through the day. Hunter makes his way to the Community Transportation Association nationals in May to defend his big bus title. “It’s a great conversation piece. I have a plaque and I put it on my wall. It’s not something that’s widely known, but it’s just fun,” Hunter said. –erin.wadsworth@aggiemail.usu. edu

USTAR researchers begin work at USU By ALISON BAUGH senior writer

From USU press releases Three members join the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative in an effort to help Utah keep up with other states in scientific research and technological advancement. USTAR is a state program that has research teams at USU and the University of Utah. To support the teams, $15 million is given to them annually. The program, which began in 2006, has three focus areas: Center for Advanced Nutrition, Center for Active Sensing and Imaging and BioFuels. USU USTAR has hired a researcher in each of these areas. DAVID WARD Team/Position: Center for Advanced Nutrition as an adjunct professor Background: Ward earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada, a

master’s in biochemistry from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, a doctorate in biochemistry from Rockefeller University in New York and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London, England. He taught at Yale University School of Medicine from 1971 to 2004. Ward was then recruited by the Nevada Cancer Research Institute, serving as deputy director. His time will be split between the two, with 20 percent at USU. Ward’s thoughts on working at USU: “Recent advances in genomic and proteomic technology suggest that it will soon be possible to treat patients with ‘personalized medicines’ designed to maximize efficacy and minimize adverse side effects. I will be working diligently with USU faculty to identify genetic markers that may be utilized in the commercial development of novel and diagnostic and therapeutic agents. Collectively, we will be working on

- See USTAR, page 4

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Today is Friday, Oct. 12, 2007. Today’s issue of The Utah Statesman is published especially for Karma Mygrant, a junior majoring in engineering from Kaysville, Utah.


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Judge sets date for trial in Orem over bad lawn

OREM, Utah (AP) – A judge set a February trial for an Orem woman charged with having a bad lawn. Betty Perry didn’t appear in court for the brief hearing Thursday. She is charged with failing to maintain her landscaping and resisting arrest. The 70year-old Perry was arrested in July after failing to give her name to a police officer who visited her home. During a struggle with the officer, she fell and injured her nose. Both charges are misdemeanors. A trial was set for Feb. 12.

Stephen Coon, the brother of school shooter, Asa Coon, is taken into custody, Thursday. Coon’s brother Asa shot four people Wednesday before turning the gun on himself. It was unclear why Coon was being taken into custody. AP photo

Brother arrested in relation to shooting

CLEVELAND (AP) – The brother of a high school student who shot and wounded four people before killing himself was led out of his home in handcuffs by police officers on Thursday, as family members looked on and called his name. Officers placed Stephen Coon, 19, in the back of an unmarked car, then BULLFROG, Utah (AP) – The state has several officers went into the house. It issued an endangered-person advisory for was unclear why Coon was being taken the 3-year-old girl who disappeared Monday into custody. at Lake Powell. “Please have respect, I just lost my Kamberlie Binks of South Jordan was playing with a brother on the docks near her brother,” Coon said as he was being family’s houseboat. Divers searching the lake escorted from the house. Asa Coon, wearing a Marilyn haven’t found anything. There is no evidence the girl was abduct- Manson shirt, black jeans and black ed. But the state Department of Public Safety nail polish, opened fire with two revolvers on Wednesday, wounding issued an advisory telling people to keep their eyes open for a little girl who matches two students and two teachers at SuccessTech Academy in downtown Kamberlie’s description. Cleveland. Coon, 14, had a history of She’s about 30 inches tall with reddishmental problems and was known for blonde hair and was wearing a white shirt cursing at teachers and bickering with and blue jeans. students. A classmate said Thursday that he and others had warned their principal about threats by Asa Coon and said the attack could have been prevented. The student, Rasheem Smith, said MURRAY, Utah (AP) – Police investion CBS’ “Early Show” that despite their gating the death of a 68-year-old woman warnings, principal Johneita Durant searched for a convicted killer whom she told them she was too busy. befriended while he was in prison. “I told my friends in the class that The man was a regular visitor at Ann he had a gun and stuff,” said Smith, Poulson’s home and ate meals there since 15. “He was talking about doing it last his release in 2006, her brother, Dan week. I don’t know why they didn’t say Maxwell, said. nothing. “It just got to be more and more. She “We talked to the principal. She did loan him some money not too long would try to get us all in the office, but after he got out,” Maxwell said. it would always be too busy for it to Poulson’s body was found at her home happen,” Smith said. Tuesday night after neighbors called Responding on the show, schools police, saying she hadn’t been seen in a CEO Eugene Sanders said the district couple of days. Her husband, Bill, has would investigate. “We’re going to Alzheimer’s disease and lives in a care review the entire situation over the center. course of today and tomorrow, make “There was evidence within the house a determination of what has indeed that led us to believe this is a homicide,” occurred, and then see what the approMurray police Officer Jeff Maglish said.

3-year-old South Jordan girl missing since Mon.

Killer suspected in death of 68 year old

priate recommendations are, so we can move forward on Monday morning,” he said. A message left at Durant’s office was not returned. A phone call to her home was not answered. All classes in the city school district were canceled Thursday, and counseling was to be available for students. Coon, who was suspended Monday for fighting with a classmate and was under suspension at the time of the shootings, had warned classmates of an attack, but none took him seriously. “When he got suspended, he was like ‘I got something for you all,’” said student Frances Henderson, who said she often got into arguments with Coon. “I guess this is what he had.” Coon, who was white, stood out in the predominantly black school for dressing in a goth style, wearing a black trench coat, black boots, a dog collar and chains, she said. Henderson, who is black, she said she didn’t believe race played a role in the shootings. “He’s crazy. He threatened to blow up our school. He threatened to stab everybody,” said Doneisha LeVert, 14. “We didn’t think nothing of it.” On Thursday, a spokeswoman said Sanders will give the Mayor Frank Jackson a plan by Friday at noon to address whether additional security measures are needed at the school and how the school identifies potential problems among students. Police Chief Michael McGrath said Thursday that the preliminary investigation found that Coon entered the school and went to a fourth-floor bathroom, where he changed clothes and took items out of a duffel bag, possibly the weapons, and put them on his body. There was an armed security guard at the school’s entrance, McGrath said, though it was not known how Coon got inside.

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“I told my friends in the class that he had a gun and stuff. We talked to the principal. She would try to get us all in the office, but it would always be too busy to happen.” –Rasheem Smith, classmate of shooter McGrath said Coon went to a spe cific classroom and shot the teacher and then, while looking for a second teacher, he fired some other shots, wounding another teacher who was trying to help students go to another floor, he said. After the shootings, police found the guns: a .22- and a .38-caliber revolver, McGrath said. He also had a box of ammunition for each and three tactical folding knives. McGrath said the guns are older, meaning it will take some time to trace them. He said officials would be talking to Coon’s older brother and mother about the weapons. Coon’s troubles seemed to come to a breaking point this week. Students said Monday’s fight was over God. Coon told his classmates he didn’t believe in God and instead worshipped rocker Marilyn Manson. McGrath said that since 2006, police had gone to Coon’s home five times: for calls about domestic violence, an assault call, a property crime and a hit-and-run accident.

Fla. (AP)– A judge postponed Wesley Snipes’ tax evasion trial until early next year after the actor fired his legal team. U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges on Wednesday called it a “ploy” for Snipes to delay trial, but said the motion was in the public interest. The case was headed to court this month after earlier delays pushed it off the calendar in March. Prosecutors objected, saying SNIPES they were prepared. Snipes expressed a “complete lack of trust and confidence” in attorney William R. Martin, who also represented former National Football League quarterback Michael Vick. Snipes said Martin ignored his case while working for Vick, hadn’t reviewed boxes of documents and even lost information. Snipes’ new lawyer, Robert G. Bernhoft, previously represented him in a paternity case. LOS ANGELES (AP)–Bobby Brown denied Wednesday that he had a mild heart attack, something his attorney said earlier he had suffered this week in Los Angeles. The 38-year-old singer told Associated Press Radio that he is feeling fine and went to the hospital just for a checkup. “None of it’s true,” Brown said. “I went in for a checkup. The doc gave me a clean bill of health.” His account differed from that of his Atlanta attorney, Phaedra Parks, who earlier in the day told The Associated Press that Brown had severe chest pains Tuesday night and was taken to two hospitals. “This morning they did diagnose him as suffering from a mild heart attack ... they attributed to stress and diet,” Parks said.

LateNiteHumor Top Ten Surprises In Yesterday’s Republican Debate 10– McCain answered all questions with his sock puppet friend “Carl” 9– Debate was held at Chi-Chi’s in Dearborn 8– The part where Giuliani slugged an audience member was odd 7– Mitt Romney proposed a big tax cut for guys named “Mitt” -- that’s crazy -who’s ever heard of such a thing? 6– Candidates greeted each other with long, passionate kiss 5– No number 5 writer seeing hilarious remake of “The Heartbreak Kid” in theatres now 4– Tom Tancredo admitted even he doesn’t know who the hell he is 3– Eddie Brill claimed the audience was one-third foreigners 2– Wayne Newton was voted off 1– Time limit enforced by Cheney with a shotgun

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During National Coming Out Day, students gathered on the TSC Patio to support and listened to fellow Aggies as many related their expereiences with revealing their sexual orientation in a conservative community. There was also a student panel. The events on Thursday were held by Allies on Campus and GLBT. CAMERON PETERSON photo

A-TVNews: Growing audience

Ecologist Gene Likens spoke Wednesday to students about the importance of conservation. He said scientists should be compelled to share their knowledge regarding global warming. TYLER LARSON photo

Visiting ecologist urges campus conservation By G. CHRISTOPHER TERRY staff writer Late in Gene Likens’ speech at the Eccles Conference Center Wednesday night, the distinguished ecologist asked if students living at USU has interdormitory contests to conserve water or throw away less trash. He was met with shrugs and finally a single, resounding “no.” Likens’ overarching message was that human-accelerated environmental change due to tools that are “better than we are” is everyone’s problem. He extolled scientists in the crowd to “feel free and obligated to speak out if you have knowledge on a topic,” such as global warming. He even encouraged graduate

students to become science writers to inform the general public of ecological problems in an accessible way. A winner of the prestigious Tyler Prize and an electee of the National Academy of Sciences, Likens has adjunct professorships at such universities as University of Rhode Island, Cornell and Yale. His claim to fame is the groundbreaking Hubbard Brook experiment, which Likens began when he was teaching at Dartmouth in 1963 and continues today. The Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest is groundbreaking because Likens was conducting ecological research at a

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students don’t even touch equipment until their senior year. Penny said by having the students learn just as much about anchoring as producing, it’s paying off. “The reputation for producing is now very strong,” she said. Penny said when students graduate from USU and tell their future employers that they want to be a producer, the people believe them. A-TVNews is online at the journalism and communication online newspaper, the Hard News Cafe, on its own Web site at and now at the Northern Utah Television Web site at Northern Utah Television’s founder Stephanie DeGraw started the online news outlet last year in an effort to give northern Utah a voice. DeGraw, who has been in broadcasting for 25 years, started the site after her plans to keep up a northern Utah TV station fell through. She said she wanted to give the students at USU and Weber State an outlet for their programming as well as provide programming that would relate to people’s interests in northern Utah. To build the site and be able to stream video “was expensive and time consuming, but I think it’s worth it to offer something to the community,” DeGraw said. The site features programing for local issues, arts and entertainment, sports, business, city council, public debate, high schools and college student broadcast news. “We want to have this become the community TV station; it just happens to be online,” DeGraw said. Everyone can go to the site and upload their own programming, but it will not

be officially posted until the content it is screened by DeGraw. “I wanted to screen it so my viewers know that it’s family-friendly and there’s not going to be anything inappropriate on there,” she said. She said she wants the Web site to be really interactive, so she has included comment boxes below all of the broadcasts. “I’m really excited because I think students would be more likely to print their own news,” she said, noting if someone wants to film a local rock band and post that in the entertainment section they can. “We can give them exposure, and it helps the site to always have lots of interesting, fresh content all the time,” DeGraw said. She said through the Web site www., they have 200 visitors from around the world daily, and those who come once come back and stay online. Northern Utah Television is based in Ogden, at 205 26th Street Ste. 23, on the corner of 26th Street and Grant Street. Its studio is open to individuals who would like to produce commercials or programs. It also has a green screen for anyone to use for about $25 an hour. Another outlet for A-TVNews even more locally is the new TV station KUTA8. KUTA8’s Station Manager Courtney Western said he is looking for local broadcasts to air on his station. A-TVNews currently runs daily at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. For more information on KUTA, visit them at 3006 N. Main Street or online at –

- See LIKENS, page 4

Retention: First symposium held -continued from page 1 2005 academic years, there was a significant reduction in enrollment numbers, and the university lost about 700 full-time students, Albrecht said. Some of the reasons students leave are to serve missions, get married or transfer to other universities, but many choose to leave for financial reasons, Albrecht said. Out of 1,600 students contacted by telephone who had stopped attending USU, he said about 950 cited financial reasons behind their decision. “It’s not an unhappiness with the institution or the environment in which they find themselves,” Albrecht said. “Most students say that in making the decision again, they would still choose to come to USU.” Albrecht said while many people compare the rising costs of tuition to other expenses such as health care, prescription medicines or the purchase of a new car, the rise in tuition costs are dramatically higher. From 2001 to 2007, tuition costs at USU rose 70 percent, he said. This semester, there are more than

17,000 full-time students enrolled at USU, and the freshman class has 683 students more than it did two years ago, Albrecht said. “What we have seen is a significant reduction in state investment in higher education resulting in a need on our part to find other ways to do what it is we’re doing, and one of the ways to do that is to increase tuition costs,” Albrecht said. Next to comparable universities, though, USU is still one of the lowest in terms of cost of tuition, he said. “We are still a good bargain,” Albrecht said. “We are 19th out of 20 western institutions in terms of tuition and fee costs for a student coming here.” While it is important to recognize that, Albrecht said the university must still be concerned about retaining students who are having financial difficulties. Albrecht said the university plans to focus next on increasing endowments so it can, in part, provide resources to help take care of the students who are dropping out for Kenny Reid, senior in broadcast journalism, prepares to film an A-TV program. A-TV’s financial reasons. – audience has seen substantial growth during the last two years. DEBRA HAWKINS photo

Parents and families of USU students are invited to reunite for a weekend of activities Oct. 12-14 during USU’s Parent and Family Weekend. “Parents and families can visit their students on campus and experience a beautiful fall weekend in Logan,” said Aaron Andersen, associate director in the office of Retention and First-Year Experience at USU. “We have an exciting weekend planned, with events and activities in the community and on campus. We want to get the word out early so parents can make plans to join us.” Registration for the weekend is under way. Complete information and registration forms are available online ( parents/weekend). Many of the weekend’s activities are free, including Aggie Family Day on the Quad, held in conjunction with Parent and Family Weekend. Other free events include activities at the USU Museum of Anthropology and a USU Women’s Soccer game. For those attending, there are plenty of activities off campus as well. A free walking tour of downtown Logan Saturday begins at 4 p.m. at the newly restored Cache County Courthouse, 199 N. Main. Tickets for a variety of performances and activities are available at event-specific venues, and ticket information is linked from the USU registration site. Repertory Dance Theatre is appearing at the Ellen Eccles Theatre, 43 S. Main. Halloween movies are showing at the Utah Theatre, 28 W. Center, and a variety of corn mazes operate throughout the area. Other activities include canoeing expeditions on the Bear River marsh, Muddy Road Outfitters, for reservations call 753-3693 and guided horseback tours at Beaver Creek Lodge in Logan Canyon for reservations call 753-1076. The weekend’s major event, a brunch, requires advance registration. The Parent and Family Brunch is Saturday, Oct. 13, at 10:30 a.m. at the Sunburst Lounge in the Taggart Student Center. Registration is due Oct. 5 and should be completed online. Registration is ongoing. For information on USU’s Parent and Family Weekend, contact the office of Retention and First-Year Experience, 797-1132.

NRCS leading project to restore vegetation Natural Resources Conservation Services is participating in a service project Saturday. The Stream Restoration Service Project will be 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Natural Resource Building. The event is free but advance sign-up is required. Sign up in the CNR Academic Services office in the Natural Resources Building, Room 120. Roll up your sleeves and join others in a stream restoration service project led by NRCS. The project takes place in Paradise, in southern Cache Valley. Volunteers will restore vegetation in a flood-damaged streamside area. Participants should wear work gloves, shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather. NRCS will provide the plants and tools. The CNR student council will coordinate rides for participants. Volunteers should meet at 8:15 a.m. in the Natural Resources Building parking lot. Lunch is provided at the work site, free of charge, by the CNR Student Council.

U.S. Congress looking for abstracts, posters It is increasingly important that the scientific community works to ensure that those in the U.S. Congress who provide funding for science and science education have a clear understanding of the programs they fund and why these programs are important. Nothing more effectively demonstrates the value of undergraduate research than the words and stories of the student participants themselves. In the Spring of 2008, CUR will host its 12th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill. This event will help members of Congress understand the importance of undergraduate research by talking directly with the students whom these programs impact. CUR is calling for students to submit an abstract of their research that represents any of CUR’s divisions (Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology, and Social Sciences). They are also accepting abstracts in the Humanities. Posters on the Hill is tentatively scheduled for April 30, 2008 in Washington, D.C. The deadline for submitting applications is November 15, 2007. More information and the application are available at: http://

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Likens: Humans are the problem and the solution -continued from page 3 hitherto unimagined scale. He was able to deforest entire hillsides to study the effect of deforestation on a massive watershed scale. Likens found that deforested land leaked nitrogen out of the soil and into streams at a much higher level than normal as soon as a year later. “Our analogy was, could we use chemistry to analyze a stream” and determine the health of a forest, “the way a doctor would use blood or urine to analyze the health of a patient,” he said. “Well, it worked.” Likens noted that streams are active sites of uptake and processing of nutrients, not like Teflon pipes. Likens said because “the value of longterm studies becomes more and more apparent once you get into them,” valuable work is still being done at Hubbard Brook today. Currently one of the issues he is investigating is the mysterious failure of Hubbard Brook to gain biomass. The forest gained mass from 1965 to 1980 but since then has leveled off. Likens said likely contributing

factors might include air pollution, disease, nutrient limitation or climate change. Likens said climate change has affected the Hubbard Brook forest already. The lake in the bottom of the watershed has 20 fewer days with ice coverage on the lake than it did in 1960. Likens said other challenges for the future at Hubbard Brook are finding ways to quantify links between stream ecosystems and upland watersheds, finding creative applications for urban and suburban ecosystems, and finding other areas where experiments can be done at the watershed level. “We can’t keep secrets anymore,” due to the proliferation global communication networks, he said. “Our unusual wealth, our unusual squandering of natural resources, our unusual production of pollutants, these things are common knowledge.” Likens said people have a choice: Humans are the problem and humans must be the solution. “It is my firm belief that individual

action and educating the young to manage the planet is not working,” Likens said. “(Children) think their water comes this way and only this way,” he said, holding up a bottle of Dasani brand water. Ian Washbourn, a research chemist in biology department, said he enjoyed the speech thoroughly. “It was great,” he said. “He was totally right in saying that we need to be able to give our understanding to the general public. We need to report our findings in a language that’s understandable to the general public.” Another biologist, graduate student Stephanie Kobbold, was also pleased with the opportunity to see one of the world’s five most important ecologists speak. “The effects of deforestation on watersheds were clearly explained so any person would understand well,” she said. “He was able to talk about chemistry in an accessible way.” –

USTAR: USU welcomes three new team members -continued from page 1 genetic markers fro neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, developmental disorders such as autism and neonatal deafness, and cardiovascular diseases such as venous thromboembolism.” From Ned Weinshenker, USU Vice Pres for Strategic Ventures & Economic Development: “(Ward’s) expertise in biomarkers and genetics is well respected by our faculty, and he is already serving as a catalyst to move several of our key biological studies forward. He is also very cognizant of the commercial potential of the work and will be instrumental in helping spin out new technologies and companies.” Allen Howard Team/Position: Center for Active Sensing and Imaging as principal investigator and as a research professor in the physics department Background: In 1995 Howard founded Terregraf, a high-resolution subsurface imaging company. He has worked as a professor in Brazil at Universidade do Para and Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense and at the University of Arizona. He is now on leave from the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Ground in Tooele were he works on the technical staff.

Howard’s thoughts on working at USU: “Most of my career has centered on geophysical remote sensing in academic and industrial settings. The appointment in CASI as a USTAR professor reconnects my geophysical remote sensing experience. With my colleagues, I look forward to the opportunities and challenges in developing this new technology.” From Gail Bingham, chief scientist at USU’s Space Dynamic Lab and CASI team member: “Dr. Howard brings with him extensive insight into the problems of both natural and hazardous particulates. He is a world-renowned authority on aerosol remote sensing and will be working with USU to develop a nationally recognized aerosol measurement laboratory and modeling capability.” Jeff Muhs Team/Position: USU biodiesel team, serving as executive director Background: Muhs was raised in Noble, Ill., receiving an associates degree from Vincennes University and a bachelor’s in electro-optics from the University of Houston. He has authored 14 patents and has technical publications and magazine articles. Coming from the U.S. Department

of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Ward will split his time between the two until he officially starts at USU on Dec. 1, 2007. He has most recently been named Science Communicator of the Year in 2004 for Oak Ridge. Muh’s thoughts on working at USU: “With USTAR funds, USU has both the human and financial capital needed to move forward quickly with a truly transformational approach to producing biofuels. Ultimately, my goal is to develop a worldclass energy research center at USU that spins out companies, creates good jobs and is a catalyst for economic prosperity in Utah.” From Ned Weinshenker, USU Vice Pres for Strategic Ventures & Economic Development: “Jeff will bring a crucial element of coordination to the biofuels team. With as many as 30 members currently on the team, in several colleges and disciplines, we will need to ensure that all are working with ultimate efficiency. Jeff’s experience in project management, for similar technologies at ONRL, will add immensely to the success of the initiative.” –

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And all the toppings A day in the life of a pizza maker By DEBRA HAWKINS staff writer

One large pizza with pepperoni and mushrooms, and hold the anchovies. Every day, Tim Sessions, sophomore in business administration and the owner of Logan’s 5-Buck Pizza gets up for classes at 7:30 a.m. This may sound like a normal college student schedule, but his class is early so he can head into his pizza business at 9 a.m., when he begins prepping. Before the business opens at 11 a.m., Sessions said he makes dough, first thing. 5-Buck Pizza makes its dough fresh every morning, which requires extra time on his part, Sessions said. “We make the dough fresh,” he said. “It makes a mess to roll our own dough, but making dough is where the magic begins.” Sessions said his employees put a lot of work into making the dough, usually making 350 to 500 pizza crusts per day. “The dough is the most important part of the pizza because without the crust, you can’t put the toppings anywhere,” he said. At 10 a.m., one of his employees comes in to help Sessions with the rest of the preparation for the day, he said. “After the dough is done, we prep the rest of the food,” Sessions said. “We cut up fresh veggies every day and we take out the meats to be ready for business.” After the business opens, Sessions and

Ghost tours in salt Lake city and ogden allows the community to listen to scary stories while visitng the places where they happened. TONNIE DIXON photo

Tim sessions, onwer of logan’s 5-buck pizza, said he began making pizzas when he was 15. He now has full days between school and his pizza business. DEBRA HAWKINS photos

his crew take their first orders of the day. As customers order, their information is printed on a ticket which prints out near the make table. The ticket is taken by the makers and posted in front of them while they make the pizzas and quickly move the ticket down the line. After the crew prepares the pizza, they place it in the oven to cook, Sessions said. The oven, which is set to 430 degrees, is actually one of the fastest-cooking ovens for pizza, he said, with

cooking time averaging about three minutes and 40 seconds. “(The ovens) can cook anywhere between 400 and 500 pizzas an hour,” he said. With the oven being set that high, someone is likely to get burned, something Sessions says has happened frequently to him since he started making

- See PIZZA, page 8

Ghosts; real or not Story tourists decide

By TONNIE DIXON staff writer

“You don’t have to believe in ghosts to enjoy a good ghost story.” At least that’s what Kristen Clay, professional storyteller of Ogden and Salt Lake City Ghost Tours, said. Ghost Tours is guided by a professional storyteller who tells ghost stories accounted from first or second-hand experiences. The stories are taken from interviews or have been historically documented, Clay said. The stories are from the past and present, Clay said, or are local legends, with some that have taken place within the last year. “We share the stories of the

community with the community. It’s a way to bring people together,” Clay said. By foot and bus, this tour makes its way to places such as cemeteries, historic hotels and theaters, narrated by a storyteller who explains the ghost stories with interest and enthusiasm. The Ogden tour begins at the Union Station and visits buildings such as the Egyptian Theater, Ogden City Cemetery and the Ben Lomond Hotel with stories of each. The Salt Lake City tour begins behind the Rio Grande building and reviews the hauntings that have taken place at the Old Salt City Jail, Trolley Square and the University Of Utah Marriott Library. Clay said a lot of non-believers (in ghosts) go on these tours.

“Ghost Tours is for everybody,” Clay said. “It’s for everybody whether you believe or don’t believe, young and old. We are just storytellers. We’re here to share the story, and you can enjoy a good ghost story whether you believe in ghosts or not.” The Ghost Tours Web site states, “We do not attempt to prove the existence of ghosts or to explain the paranormal; you will decide whether to believe – or not.” Clay founded and created the Ogden and Salt Lake City Ghost Tours, she said. She began her first tour in Salt Lake City in 2002 and said she continues to thrill the curious and bring

- See GHOSTS, page 7


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Telescope for stargazing can be found at the USU observatory. Professor Tonya Triplett said the first time for star searching is an amazing experience. CAMERON PETERSON photo illustration

Star light star bright By MANETTE NEWBOLD & COURTNIE PACKER features editor and senior writer

The key in getting interested in stars is simply looking up, according to Tonya Triplett, USU physics education and astronomy professor. She said although students have seen pictures of planets and stars their whole lives, looking at them through a telescope is an entirely different experience. “You can see a picture in class, but as soon as you see it for yourself, it’s real,” she said. “Just like any first experience, it’s spectacular and you have nothing else to compare it to.” Each semester Triplett requires

her students to view the sky through telescopes at the observatory, which is located just east of Romney Stadium. She said many people don’t think there is really anything to see until they look through the telescopes with their own eyes. “Everyone is in awe,” she said, even if they try to hold it in. “I go with my little kids and they are always so excited and they’ll jump up and down. I know that’s how the students are feeling on the inside; they’re just way too cool to show it off. But that moment of discovery is what happens in an observatory.” According to “Aristotle’s Astronomy,” an article written by Thomas Fowler, Aristotle believed

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stars were perfect and divine celestial bodies. Triplett said over the years, people have forgotten what’s above them in the sky. “We forgot to look up,” she said. “Centuries have passed. All the sudden we think, ‘Oh yeah, there are stars,” when they used to be used for clocks and calendars and religious holidays. We don’t look up anymore. We have calendars on the walls and computers. We are cheating ourselves.” Triplett said the light that allows people to see stars has traveled for years to get to earth. The farther away a star or planet is, the longer the light has traveled. For example, Triplett said, if a star is 10 light years away, the light is already 10 years old before it reaches a student’s eye in a telescope. She added that the light seen by students while looking at stars is theirs alone. Others who look after will not see exactly the same picture. “The light that you see will never be seen by anyone else,” she said. “It’s frozen for you. It’s a very personal experience. You are receiving the light. It’s yours. It’s a gift. The photons that go into your eyes are yours and no one else will get them.” At least 400 students in astronomy classes are using the observatory this fall, said James Coburn, physics professor. It currently has some smaller telescopes students can use, but the large one is broken. Coburn said after 30 years, the donated dome that allowed the telescope to work is not worth fixing. Instead, the university is going to build a new observatory on top of the Science Engineering building. The new observatory is still in the planning stages, and the earliest construction would start would be next

spring, Coburn said. It may even have 16 to 20-inch telescopes, he added. For now, Monday through Thursday, students can still get a good view of stars and planets for free with the smaller telescopes. Triplett said going to the observatory makes a great date. “It’s a fun thing to do and it’s in the evening anyway,” Triplett said. Going to local star parties is also enjoyable, she said, adding one will be held on the Quad Friday night. The Astronomy Club is hosting the party, and several amateur astronomers will be there with nice equipment, Triplett said. Star parties usually have a person talking about constellations, Triplett said. Sherrie Lambert, sophomore majoring in elementary education, is currently taking a course on astronomy because she wanted to learn more about the different constellations. “I took the class to learn about each of the different constellations and how to find them,” she said. “All I pretty much know right now is how to find the Big and Little Dipper and that is about it.” According to the International Astronomical Union, on a clear night, there are more than 1,000 visible stars. Out of these, there are 88 constellations which can be seen in the northern and southern skies. “The fun part going to a star party is the person with their telescope sets it up to something they love so they can share that with you,” Triplett said. The star party will begin at 8 p.m. for students that want to attend., courtnie.

Iron and Wine expands its sound Sam Beam (otherwise known as Iron and Wine) has come a long way since he released a collection of lo-fi, bedroom-recorded songs as “The Creek Drank the Cradle” in 2002. “The Creek Drank the Cradle” felt like it was a piece out of time that could have been unearthed in a one room cabin from depression era Tennessee. With only Beam’s voice, guitar, and some tastefully plucked banjo, the album feels intimate and haunting. Critics embraced Iron and Wine’s debut album exactly because the faded, dust bowl feel of the recording gave the hushed, finger-picked ballads an extra dimension of charm. Since then Beam has gradually embraced a cleaner studio sound and has gradually been adding to his stable of backing musicians. In 2005 he recorded In the “Reins with Calexico” and the once whispery, gothic folk blossomed into sweeping country ballads with pedal steel guitars and pop anthems with full rhythm sections. In Iron and Wine’s latest full

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length, “The Shepherd’s Dog,” Beam not only embraces a full band sound but dabbles in several different genres, transforming his modest folk compositions into studies of Reggae-lite and African rhythms. These songs not only feature a variety of musical styles, but are propelled forward with a kind clattering percussion only experimented with on the Woman King EP. The end result is a unique mix of obscure Americana dragged through various world music influences. Think of it as that dude who just got back from hitchhiking through Europe all summer. He’s still wearing the hemp necklace and Bob

underneath it all he still loves to blast Neil Young when no one else is around. Up to this point Iron and Wine is probably best known for the cover of “Such Great Heights,” featured in an M&M’s commercial, but for anyone looking for a convenient starting point, you could do worse than “The Shepherd’s Dog.” Those longing for another gorgeous spare ballad like “Trapeze Swinger” from last years iTunes exclusive EP won’t be disappointed either since “Resurrection Fern” is easily one of the most beautiful songs Iron and Wine has produced yet. “The Shepherd’s Dog” is wonderfully layered and the recording is lush, giving the full breadth of instrumentation room to breathe. Sam Beam may have moved on from his early days of recording in his bedroom, but the same spirit of earthy wisdom lives on. -chase.thompson@aggiemail.

“The 11th Hour” feels that long Have you ever had a teacher with stock footage from seemwrite “passive voice,” on one ingly every natural disaster of your papers? I wanted to since the beginning of video take out a giant rubber stamp recorded history. and stamp “passive voice” on This is why “The 11th the screen while I was watchAaron Peck ing “The 11th Hour.” Narrated by Leonardo Movie Critic DiCaprio, “The 11th Hour” is a documentary about pollution and global warming. Let me just say this, I agree with just about everything stated in this movie. Humans are mass pollution producing beings. Giant, soulless Grade D oil corporations keep societ- “The 11th Hour” ies from fixing the problem because they’re only focused on money. The government Hour” is so “passive.” It fails does nothing because they’re to go anywhere, or to show influenced by the soulless us anything that might make corporations. I know all that, us the least bit passionate so do you. So do all of us. about global warming. The For the format of the movie filmmakers fail to put any they assembled upwards of of their talk, talk, talk into 50 or 60 experts, scientists, action, action, action. Let me authors, and even Stephen compare this documentary to Hawking to talk about pollu- the ones made by Michael tion, global warming, defor- Moore. Whether you agree estation, and even the lack with his politics is irrelevant. of human love. Between the He makes effective movexperts the movie is peppered ies that stir up feelings and (except it seems that someone emotions. Because he actuunscrewed the pepper cap ally goes to places, interviews and it all dumped out at once) people that don’t want to be

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interviewed; in short he acts. “The 11th Hour” also fails at showing rather than telling. The entire 95 minutes of the movie is filled with talking heads sitting in the same room, and stock footage straight from the natural disaster vault. This doesn’t make me want to do anything. Instead it made me echo the thoughts of the person sitting behind me that said “This movie isn’t over yet?” The other day on the history channel I learned of “Green Buildings.” How “Green” skyscrapers are being built in Manhattan and other places. A simple show like that, which went to the actual site and showed me why these things are better for the environment, was far more convincing and informative to me than all of the regurgitated information in “The 11th Hour.” Global warming and pollution are huge issues that face us, our children, and our children’s children. There is a more effective documentary about this subject; it just needs to be made. -aaron.peck@aggiemail.usu. edu


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Ghosts: Storyteller reveals haunting Utah secrets

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Speak Up “They say if somebody dies a violent death, and most of our ghosts have died violent deaths, sometimes you don’t know you are dead. Kristen Clay, storyteller

THE OGDEN CEMETERY IS ONE of the locations where ghost stories are told during Ghost Tours. DEBRA HAWKINS photo illustration

awareness to the skeptical in both cities. Her disclaimer at the beginning of the tour explains that she is a professional storyteller, not a ghost expert, she said. In Clay’s words, a ghost is a spirit who has passed away but hasn’t crossed over to the other side. “They say if somebody dies a violent death, and most of our

ghosts have died violent deaths, sometimes you don’t know you are dead,” Clay said. “But who knows? They’re all theories.” Doors opening and closing or lights turning on and off are the most common ghost signs and play a part in many of the ghost stories told on the tour. Clay said her favorite ghost is Madam Bell London who haunts the Athenian

Children may also enjoy this ghost excursion. Ages 8 and up are recommended, Clay said, but the tour can accommodate any age. Tours run Friday and Saturday nights for the month of October, as well as Tuesday, Oct. 30, and Wednesday, Oct. 31. Reservations are preferred. For more information, contact Kristen Clay at (801) 604-1218 or (801) 773-5521 or visit the tour Web site at

Restaurant. London was not properly introduced and therefore haunted the restaurant until that was accomplished, she said. Having a ghost follow a participant home is not unheard of, Clay said. Whether it is an old wive’s tale or for peace of mind, salt is provided at the end of the tour to toss with the right hand over the left shoulder. “It wards off misfortune, so ghosts won’t follow you home,” Clay said. Placing shoes in opposite directions is another strategy explained on the tour to get rid of ghosts you may find at home, she said. Tour participants are encouraged to bring a camera to capture what is not seen in plain sight. Orbs, or round objects not visible at the time to the naked eye, are reoccurring features in photographs, Clay said. Tours last approximately an hour and a half to two hours. The Web site states, “The purpose of the tour is to expand one’s imagination and present a fun evening of rich storytelling and maybe a chill or two.”

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Want to crash a wedding? I

want a Discovery Channel wedding. One where I cut a female out of a herd grazing peacefully near a lake or a fountain at a mall – whatever’s convenient. Mate with her in a most unsavory, animalistic way – think giraffes or ostriches. And come back, after the proper gestation period, and commence in the destruction of our offspring via eating, sword play, a breakdance battle – something violent a British film crew can capture and put on a nature documentary narrated by a member of the cast of “Family Matters.” All that in the same wedding, just one long ceremony. I understand it would probably take a while, but with all the animal noises and brutal popping and locking as a means of disposing of the young, it would seem much, much shorter than any wedding you’ve been to. Let’s face it, weddings are intrinsically boring. A wedding is an event where two people are extremely happy – well, really just one; the man is just in the first stage of grieving, denial – and there are between 50 and 100,000 people completely bored out of their minds. And then there’s the whole wedding line issue. I think Hell is one neverending wedding line. Just hand shaking, fake smiling, fielding questions about

the appropriateness of your presence and the whole time, deflecting glances suggesting older people think your beard is a sign you’re a vagrant whose only purpose is to eat their finger foods and cake. You don’t see this wedding-line pain in movies. That’s because real weddings aren’t like movie weddings. There are no zany antics. No hooking up. Just intense boredom, like watching seven hours of C-Span – except without a drunken Ted Kennedy trying to Indian leg wrestle Orrin Hatch. I think I’d rather crash hemorrhoid cream time at a local retirement home or a Kool-Aid-drinking-cometwatching party at the local compound than crash a wedding. The only way a wedding is tolerable is if you’re as drunk as the creators of “Cavemen” – the show is based on a commercial. They had to be drunk when they said, ‘This will make a great show.’ I know, because while drunk, I once suggested we should make a heartwarming, coming-of-age movie out of the Trim Spa commercials and cast a cross-dressing Gary Busey as Anna Nicole Smith, the film’s protagonist. That’s the problem with Utah; weddings here never have a good guest list. Not uncle Jose, cousin Jack or Jim, Mr. Bud Light – the crazy, inappropriate,

but less filling high school guidance counselor – or even Sailor Jerry, fresh off of a salty, high-seas adventure. Sailor Jerry is rum, I had it once. It’s cheap, which was the only vitally important quality. Before I ever marry a girl, it’s imperative she understands that if there won’t be any beer and whiskey at the reception – and during the actual ceremony – my family will be noticeably absent. In fact, no one I know will come. The groom’s side would be emptier than the premiere of my Trim Spa movie. It’s unlikely I will ever get married, but if I did get married, it would have to be some ridiculous theme wedding. A grand, pompous affair that leaves everyone feeling dirty, stupid and probably at least in need of some serious remission of sins. Here’s a short theme-wedding wish list: 1. The caveman-themed wedding. Not the show – it wouldn’t be a wedding based completely off one lame joke or feature cavemen dressed in sweaters and corduroy pants. This wedding would involve a lot of facial hair – even on the females – loin cloths and if we can swing it, a saber tooth tiger, or similar beast. Instead of vows I would just club my hairy, grunting

bride over the head and drag her back to my cave, where we would honeymoon by drawing stick animals with the blood of the beast that was bludgeoned to death by the wedding guests. See, fun for everyone. 2. The aging-child-starthemed wedding. Think of bridesmaids dressed up like Drew Barrymore. Wait … She’s still famous. Damn. How about Melissa Joan Hart? … Still kind of famous. Damn. Just pick one of the chicks from “Charles in Charge.” Think of groomsmen dressed as a zitty, postpuberty Jonathan Lipnicki. Emmanuel Lewis could be the ring bearer and Gary Coleman would marry us. The reception would be very similar to an episode of VH1’s “The Surreal Life” – except Vanilla Ice wouldn’t be invited. 3. The Viking-themed wedding. Again, everyone has facial hair. gaudy beards, despicably long mustaches. All have donned some sort of animal skin. It doesn’t matter the animal, as long as it was killed with your bare hands. It would have to be on a boat, a cruise, if you will. But instead of some ninny Carnival cruise ship, or a fancy yacht, this boat would be a huge wooden monstrosity, constructed from the deforestation of a whole country – which was accomplished in three days by the work of only two seven-foot blond men with axes, eat your heart out Paul Bunyan – and complete with a Viking hood ornament, I’m thinking a large wolf, a pre-stomachstaple Starr Jones or another ferocious beast to scare the bejesus out of indigenous peoples. Afterwards, the reception will commence on whatever new territory we land upon. But it will be less of a reception and more of a threeday-long, raping-and-pillaging fest. These others need less explanation. 4. The Lindsey-Lohanrehab-stint themed wedding. 5. The Michael-Vickthemed wedding. 6. The technology wedding – complete with text messaged vows and Facebook applications. Et cetera. (The rest are

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Friday, Oct, 12 -Repertory Dance Theatre, Ellen Eccles Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $16-$21. -Reduce, Reuse and Rock Concert, TSC Auditorium, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., $1 per person with a bag of recyclables -Star Party on the Quad, 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Free -Art Songs by Dana Slabaugh and Lynn Jemison-Keisker, USU Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m., Free for students -”Pillowman,” Caine Lyric Theatre, 28 W. Center St., Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Free for students “Taffeta Memories,” Old Barn Community Theatre, 3605 Bigler Road, Collinston, Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m. -”Once Upon a Mattress,” Terrace Plaza Playhouse, 99 E. 4700 South Ogden, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., $9-$11 -Richmond Haunted Mansion, 200 S. 500 West Richmond, Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., $14, $12 with canned food item Saturday, Oct 13 -”Salsabration,” TSC Ballroom, 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., $2 for dance only (starts at 8:30), $10 for dinner, show and dance -Peter Breinholt Solo Acoustic Show, USU Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m., $8 -ORC Caving Trip, Meet at 9 a.m. at ORC, $5 for helmet and headlamp rental, 797-3264 -5K Green Run, Green Canyon, 10:00 a.m. to 12 p.m., $5 preregistration fee -”Boo at the Zoo,” Willow Park Zoo, 419 W. 700 South 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., $6 -Utah Rock Art Talk, Stokes Nature Center, Logan Canyon, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., $6, 755-3239 -USU Parent and Family Weekend Brunch, TSC International Lounge, 10:30 a.m., -Plant a Pink Tulip, Logan Regional Women’s Center, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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unprintable and will surely burn the retinas of those who are pious.) And girls only thought they were planning out their weddings. I’ve been fairly sure I wanted to have a wedding based on ‘70s game shows for as long as I can remember. Now all I need is a girl I can dupe into participating in such a mockery of holy matrimony.

Dave Baker is a senior majoring in print journalism. Comments and questions can be sent to da.bake@ aggiemail.usu. edu.

Pizza: Days full of dough and toppings

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pizzas when he was 15. “I burn myself all the time on the oven,” Sessions said. “My hand almost doesn’t have feeling in it anymore from pulling out so many pizzas.” Aside from the occasional burn from the oven, Sessions said being a pizza maker is one of the most enjoyable jobs around because of the laid-back environment and all the pizza the workers get to eat. “I have to pace myself sometimes with all the pizza there is to eat,” Sessions said. “I won’t eat pizza for a few days so I don’t ruin it for myself.” Sessions said because there are so many different kinds of pizza, if he does start to get sick of a certain type of pizza, he just makes a different kind since there are so many possibilities. With all the different combinations available, Sessions said his favorite pizza is the “Meat Monster” offered by 5-Buck Pizza. The pizza has double pepperoni, double Canadian bacon, double sausage and extra cheese. But Sessions said the most commonly ordered pizza, even with the free toppings offered by 5-Buck Pizza, is still pepperoni. “I don’t think people who order pepperoni pizza every time are boring, but I do think they should experience more toppings,” Sessions said. “People don’t know what kind of good pizza they can make until they start adding more toppings.” Sessions said he thinks the pizza market is really focused right now on one-topping pizzas and he would like to change that. “Everyone is marketing one-topping pizzas and so people just try one-topping pizza,” Session said. “I think here at 5-Buck, we are really opening up the possibility of trying different things. People are going to try com-

Speak Up “I have to pace myself with all the pizza there is to eat. I won’t eat pizza for a few days so I don’t ruin it for myself. Tim Sessions Owner of 5-Buck Pizza binations they normally wouldn’t try because our toppings are free.” Even with all the free pizza he gets from working at a pizza place, Sessions said being a pizza maker does have its stressful moments, especially when a lot of orders come in at the same time. Staying on top of things is key, he said. “The most difficult part of an actual pizza maker’s job is being able to make a lot of orders quickly and being able to multitask,” Sessions said. When all the orders do get filled, they are pulled out of the oven and put into boxes, Sessions said. “We don’t prefold our boxes,” Sessions said. “We fold them up around the pizzas, then we put them in the pizza bags and either set them on the shelf to wait for pick up or send them out with our drivers.” Sessions said the goal of the drivers is to safely get the pizza to the customer as fast as possible. “Our drivers get the pizza to you as fast as they can without breaking any laws,” he said.


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Editor in Chief

A brief refresher in latop etiquette

Seth R. Hawkins News Editor 

Assistant News Editor  Liz Lawyer


elcome to laptop etiquette 1010. A class for those who don’t understand the art of balancing the helpfulness and possible annoyance of technology in the classroom. It all starts with the Windows welcome note, that deafening tone that spews from the speakers of a laptop, invading the solace of a quiet classroom, shattering the quaint learning environment. Computer speakers never perform as well as they do when breaking the eardrums of unsuspecting classmates with the Windows welcome note. Armies have been defeated, walls have been felled by this simple tone. To avoid wrongful death lawsuits caused by this destroyer of worlds, just make sure to mute your computer. It’s not hard. We’re just begging you to be aware of the health and safety of your fellow students. And until the invention of a silent keyboard, please try to type as softly as possible. We all have classmates trying to catch up on sleep they lost while studying for the quiz they just slept through. Or, in a more extreme case only affecting about 5 percent of students, they are nursing a wicked hangover from one too many big dogs on college night. There has never been a hangover cure in the history of man that involves thousands of little pecking noises a minute. Those soft ticks sound like a gong to someone whose brain is already trying to escape from the head by the most violent means. We really just want people to realize their keyboards are more of a percussion instrument than anything, so if you feel so inclined to play it loudly during class, at least play some early-Metallicaesque double bass runs. Lastly, and probably most importantly, the screens on all of our laptops have a magnitude far brighter than the sun. When coupled with a darkened classroom, this screen glare can be so powerful it can sever retinas, scorch rods or cones and shrink pupils to almost nothing, causing a week-long blindness that cripples the ability to study, ultimately starting a chain reaction of bad grades, angry parents and a terrible life working at McDonald’s or Carl’s Jr. Simple suggestion: Turn the screen power down. We would like to preach courtesy, to avoid ruining the lives of fellow students. Seriously, laptops and other technological inventions are changing the way classrooms, lecturing and note-taking work, but for this to be a beneficial, harmless transition, we all should be considerate. Not just to fellow students, to professors, as well.

Britney, Bin Laden and feminism’s fortunes

Because I seem to be one of an ever-dwindling handful of women under 50 who still call themselves feminists (and, therefore, am allowed to make fun of feminists with impunity), let me say this: Anyone who blames the weird, conflicted state of contemporary womanhood on the cultural fallout of Sept. 11, 2001 , isn’t just burning her bras but smoking them. Not that Susan Faludi, the prizewinning journalist and author of the What others are just-published book, “The Terror saying about issues. Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post9/11 America,” hasn’t shoe-horned plenty of compelling evidence around this slightly whacked-out notion. In a succinct 354 pages (shockingly brief for the normally prolix Faludi), she argues that in the months and years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the rhetoric surrounding various notions of national security (some of it appropriate, much of it overly simplistic and reactive) enabled the media to more or less announce that the whole nation was returning to traditional values and gender roles. Citing changes such as the sudden and precipitous drop in the presence of female print journalists and news anchors right after Sept. 11, or what she saw as a marked upsurge in trend pieces about educated women choosing motherhood over careers, Faludi laments that we have responded “to real threats to our nation by distracting ourselves with imagined threats to femininity and family life” and have “base(d) our security on a mythical male strength that can only measure itself against a mythical female weakness.” One of the few things I’ll defend more vigorously than the rights of women is the right of social critics to make sweeping, dangerously elastic connections between ideas that might have as much to do with one another as pegged jeans and North Korea. So I’ll admit that I was cheering Faludi on from Page 1. Despite the dissertation-like qualities of her Big Idea – that the ultra-mas-


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Arie Kirk

Features Editor  Manette Newbold Assistant Features Editor  Brittny Goodsell Jones Sports Editor  Samuel Hislop Assistant Sports Editor  David Baker Copy Editor Rebekah Bradway


Headlining band missing To the editor:

I recently just read the concert review in The Loganite by David Baker and was horrified to see that the writer had completely forgotten to mention the fourth and head-lining band that night. Honestly I don’t know how you coulda missed them. Was this on purpose? Chucks is one of the oldest running bands in the valley, playing since 2001 to present day. They’ve opened for such bands as Thought Riot, Chiodos, Day Two, Unfold and they continue to be one of the hardest working bands in the valley. For the show on Sept. 21, they designed the fliers and between the three members put up over 80 percent of the fliers around the valley. The funny thing is that you have a picture of the bass player on page 2 in the “photo bucket,” top left corner, mowhawk and all. In fact they were the ONLY band selling merchandise in the venue. So whats up with that? I talked with the band about it

after I read the article, they just laughed and said “it figures.” Do you expect us to honestly consider your reviews on bands if you can’t even get all the bands at a show? Paul Douglas

Nobel winners important To the editor: I am deeply concerned about an article recently published in the sports section of the Statesman, concerning Nobel winner Mario Capecchi, and which I can only hope was a horrible excuse for a joke. I certainly wasn’t amused by the recommendation of mocking Dr. Capecchi’s ethnicity or the difficulties he experienced early in life in Italy. I believe in the phrase “the wise man is a fool, who allows a fool to speak as if he were wise,” and so would like to take this opportunity to correct the many uninformed comments in the article. Little needs to be said about the many inappropriate com-

Letters to the editor • A public forum ments against Dr. Capecchi’s person, but something does need to be said about the offhand dismissal of his work. “Opening the door to learning the impact of individual genes on human development and in diseases that debilitate or kill millions” (Salt Lake Tribune), should not be met with a proudly proclaimed “so what” or “whatever”, but with cheers for a breakthrough that can fundamentally change human life as we know it, something much more important than any threepointer. The Nobel Prize is also commonly awarded to groups of researchers, and sharing it with other distinguished minds should be a source of pride. The author doesn’t realize that you don’t “trade” Nobel laureates away for the ability to win a basketball game, and you certainly don’t clean house due to the lack of a laureate on campus. President Albrecht is a strong supporter of research at USU, and continues to work toward advancing our excellent program, which, the author fails

- See LETTERS, page 10

Too much cloak and swagger

Score one more for the White House, which may keep its secrets to the bitter end. Tuesday, the Supreme Court refused to take up the case of el-Masri v . United States. Khaled el-Masri, a German citizen, alleged that he was abducted in Macedonia by CIA agents and illegally “rendered” to Afghanistan, where he was interrogated and tortured for months – until the CIA realized they had abducted the wrong guy (they were looking for What others are shadowy terrorist saying about issues. Khalid al-Masri, of the al-Qaida cell that organized the Sept. 11 attacks, not the unshadowy Khaled el-Masri, used-car salesman and father of five). When they figured out their embarrassing error, they dumped el-Masri unceremoniously on a deserted road in rural Albania. After nearly five months of secret detention, el-Masri understandably was ticked off. He went to court to seek redress but was rebuffed by the conservative 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., which accepted the government’s argument that state secrets might be jeopardized if the case were allowed to move forward. This week, the Supreme Court declined to overrule the lower court. This was convenient for an administration obsessed with secrecy, but it lets stand an unfortunate judicial ratification of a very dangerous idea: that government officials can ignore the law with impunity, then stop lawsuits by simply asserting that a court case would jeopardize national security. The so-called state-secrets privilege started as a relatively narrow evidentiary privilege. In U.S. v . Reynolds, a 1953 case, the Supreme Court allowed the Air Force to refuse to turn over classified accident reports to the relatives of three men who died when a military plane crashed, accepting the government’s assertion that the reports contained details about secret electronic equipment on the plane and that their release would jeopardize national security. (The government’s assertion was fallacious, it turned out. Years later, the declassified reports revealed nothing more than negligent aircraft maintenance.) Still, there’s nothing wrong with a narrow statesecrets privilege. In principle, the government has a legitimate need to keep certain information out of the public domain. Think nuclear weapons


activation codes, details on covert agents, etc. But there’s a big difference between citing the privilege to prevent specific bits of legitimately classified information from getting out and using the privilege to hide government actions that are illegal in and of themselves. In the el-Masri case, it’s hard to imagine any legitimate basis for the government’s blanket invocation of the state-secrets privilege. For one thing, the actions of the U.S. government agents who abducted and allegedly abused elMasri would have been illegal. For another, the “extraordinary renditions” program isn’t a secret: The president has acknowledged it. El-Masri’s case has received extensive media coverage, and many elements of his story already have been thoroughly investigated and corroborated by European officials. The German government took up el-Masri’s cause, and although the U.S. government has never officially acknowledged his abduction and mistreatment, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Condoleezza Rice privately admitted to her that el-Masri had indeed been mistakenly detained by U.S. agents. So it’s a little hard to see what state secrets would have been endangered by allowing elMasri’s case to proceed. If, in the course of litigation, the government believed that specific requests for concrete evidence risked exposing sensitive national-security information, it could always seek to invoke the state-secrets privilege on a narrow, item-by-item basis. That’s the way the privilege is supposed to be used. But this administration is in love with secrecy. Maybe it’s because the Bush White House has shown a distinct lack of interest in hewing to the letter of the law, which tends to make the release of any and all details decidedly inconvenient. Last week, for instance, saw another round of “I’ve Got a Secret” over allegations that top Justice Department officials signed off on classified 2005 memos that cleared the CIA to use harsh interrogation techniques, including simulated drowning. Not a surprise in and of itself – but this happened after Congress passed legislation prohibiting all U.S. personnel from using torture or other forms of cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment. White House officials insist that the secret 2005 memos don’t authorize any interrogation tech-

- See SECRETS, page 10

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to point out, boasts Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Royce J. Tipton winners, and many other honorees in all fields, which I do not have space here to list. Utah State’s Undergraduate Research

Program is also excellent, and we have consistently produced recipients of the Goldwater, Rhodes, and other awards. Our students are also regular presenters at major conferences in almost every field. Dr. Capecchi’s achievement

should be praised, and USU’s tradition of excellent research is a likely source of future laureates. Cody Tramp

Women: Lost sense of feminism

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culine mythos of the American frontier has long belied a deep shame about not being able to fend off attacks from Indians – her writing is so deft that the work of many of her ostensible peers (Kate O’Beirne, Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Danielle Crittenden) reads, by comparison, like transcripts from “The View.” As someone who has spent a lot of time thinking about why increasing numbers of American women seem to have whittled their ambitions down to the size of engagement rings and baby booties (or inflated them into silicon breasts or collagen-filled lips), I’m about as rapt an audience as Faludi could hope for. But her assertion that the return of domestic goddess-hood is not only a result of post-Sept. 11 psychological vulnerability but actually a media creation didn’t fascinate me as much as it made me wish things were that simple. Anyone who’s visited a shopping mall, college campus or a happy hour at TGI Friday’s lately may well be under the

impression that a sizable portion of the female population has just finished “What Color Is Your Parachute?” and decided their true calling is either in the kitchen or the porn industry. Whether they’re wearing skirts the size of handkerchiefs or unabashedly sitting in public places moving their lips as they read books on how to find and marry hedge-fund managers, some members of the species aren’t exactly representing themselves with the dignity – or accuracy – the gender as a whole deserves. But is our sartorial and emotional exhibitionism really the result of some kind of terrorism trickle-down effect? Can we blame the media’s preoccupation with Britney Spears on Osama bin Laden or President Bush? Should we blame Spears herself? There are, after all, plenty of people who believe exports like her had a hand in making the Islamic world hate us in the first place. Despite the many wonderful uses of blame, I suspect the real culprit is deeper and more

elusive than any single entity. If I recall correctly, before Sept. 11, 2001, teenage girls were dressing just as provocatively, (Spears became an international star in 1999); unmarried women were just as ring-obsessed; and the fetishization of the homemaker was arguably at its zenith (1995 was also the year that Martha Stewart, dubbed “the definitive American woman of our time,” appeared on the cover of New York Magazine). So if we can’t blame Sept. 11 for the supposed dismantling of what used to be called “feminist consciousness,” what – or whom – can we blame? How about something even scarier than bin Laden or Bush or Britney? How about anxiety over the word “feminist” itself? If so many women weren’t trying so hard to live it down, maybe it would be easier to spot the even greater numbers who (even if they don’t say the word) are still holding it up.

By Meghan Daum, special to the L.A. Times, is an essayist and novelist in Los Angeles.

Secrets: National security abused

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niques prohibited by Congress, but refuse – for national-security reasons, naturally! – to describe the techniques the memos do authorize, or explain what tech-

niques are off-limits under their definition of torture, or even release the classified memos to the relevant (and properly cleared) congressional over-

sight committee leaders. As White House spokeswoman Dana Perino explained to reporters: “The legal opinion of the United States is that we do not torture ... It’s a very complicated legal matter ... it’s appropriate that applications of the laws and techniques are kept secret. And I don’t think that providing those to the American public would serve them well.” Congress may beg to differ, but for the White House, the logic of secrecy is circular but clear: We can’t tell you what we’re doing because it’s a secret. But everything we’re doing is legal. Prove it? We’d be happy to, but unfortunately, the proof also is a secret. Summing up the White House’s philosophy, blogger and Yale law professor Jack Balkin puts it best: “I could tell you why what I’m doing is legal, but then I’d have to shoot you.”

Rosa Brooks is a special to the Los Angeles Times and is a professor at Georgetown University Law Center.

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- Latino Student Union Heritage Week, all day, TSC. - College of Natural Resources Week. - Preview Day, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Major Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., TSC Sunburst Lounge. - USU Parent and Family Weekend, all day, TSC. - Golden Ticket campus clean up, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., BNR. - Soccer @ Idaho, 3p.m. - USU Big Band Swing Club, 7 to 9:30 p.m., HPER. - Reduce, Reuse and Rock Concert, 7 to 10 p.m., TSC auditorium. - Dana Slabaugh, soprano and Lynn Jemison-Keisker on piano, 7:30 p.m., Performance Hall.

- NRCS stream restoration project, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., BNR. - College of Natural Resources Week. - 5k Green Run fundraiser, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - 4-H Aggie Adventures for Kids, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Plant a Pink Tulip, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - USU Museum of Anthropology – Day of the Dead Celebration, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Aggie Family Day, 12 to 3 p.m., Quad. - USU women’s volleyball, 8 p.m.

- Family & Consumer Science Agent In-Service, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - URCO grant applications due, 12 p.m., Old Main. - USU women’s volleyball, 7 p.m., Spectrum. - CMSL/Berlin Wind Quintet, 7:30 p.m., the Performance Hall.

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Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m. Pumpkin carving. Sign game and decorating the COMD basement for Halloween. Non-DESA members will be charged $2 to Wednesday Weeklies. Join DESA and get in FREE! Membership fees are $20 (for the whole year). Bring your checks made out to DESA to any event or give them to: Erin Wilson, Ellen O’Hara, Matt Reynolds or Meghan Campbell

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The USU Latino Student Union will hold their Salsabration, Saturday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m., TSC Ballroom. $10 for dinner, show and dance. $2 for just the dance.

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for SNC members). SNC is located in Logan Canyon, east of Logan, Utah, on HWY 89. To register, call 435-755-3239 or visit • UT Rock Art, Saturday, Oct. 13, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Stokes Nature Center will host a Utah Rock Art presentation. This event is FREE for all ages. • Trick or Treating at Cache Valley Mall, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2 to 6 p.m. Glow-in-the-dark reminder bands to the first 500 people. Cup cake walk, crafts and lots of candy. • Thai Cookout 2007 at TSC Patio, Oct. 16, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. • 2007 Garth & Marie Jones Scholarship ($1700) and Research Assistantship ($1500). Grad/ undergrad students majoring in: communications; english; history; languages, philosophy, and speech communication; liberal arts and sciences; political science; sociology, social work, and anthropology; or economics. Expected graduation must not be before May. Contact Mountain West Center for Regional Studies, Old Main 303 or 435.797.3630 for info. • “All are invited to participate in a Peace Vigil every Friday anytime between 5 and 6 p.m. on the east side of Main Street between Center Street and 100 N, Logan.

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USU professor Peter Morris will present a lecture, “The Original Japan Geeks,” discussing some interesting players surrounding Japan’s emergence into the world stage in the latter part of the 19 century. Hosted by the Japan Club. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7 to 8:30 p.m., ESLC Room 130.

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Ag men at top, women on bottom Polls released at 2007 WAC Basketball Preview at the Airport Hilton in Salt Lake City Men Preseason Polls

Women Preseason Polls

Coaches Poll

Coaches Poll

1. Utah State (4) ..............................58 2. New Mexico State (3) ......................57 3. Nevada (1) .........................................53 4. Fresno State ......................................46 5. Boise State ........................................34 6. Hawaii ...............................................29 7. Louisiana Tech .................................17 7. San Jose State ...................................17 9. Idaho .................................................13

1. Boise State (7) ......................................63 2. Nevada (1) ............................................52 3. Louisiana Tech (1) ...............................50 4. Fresno State ..........................................39 5. New Mexico State ...............................35 6. Hawaii ..................................................31 7. Utah State .......................................28 8. San Jose State .......................................15 9. Idaho .....................................................11

Media Poll 1. New Mexico State (13) .................255 2. Utah State (10) .........................250 3. Nevada (7) .....................................239 4. Fresno State ...................................208 5. Boise State .....................................175 6. Hawaii ............................................151 7. Louisiana Tech ..............................104 8. San Jose State ..................................91 9. Idaho ................................................57

Media Poll 1. Boise State (9) ...................................128 2. Louisiana Tech (2) ...........................109 3. Nevada (1) ...........................................98 4. New Mexico State(2) .........................94 5. Fresno State (1) ..................................85 6. Hawaii .................................................63 7. Utah State ......................................46 8. Idaho ...................................................27 9. San Jose State .....................................25

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TouchBase AggieSchedules Cross Country

Saturday Oct. 14 USU @ Pre Nationals in Indiana


Saturday Oct. 13 USU vs. Nevada, 7 p.m.

Women’s Soccer

Friday Oct. 12

USU @ Idaho, 4 p.m.

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USU vs. Boise State, noon

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Saturday Oct. 13 USU vs. Long Beach , 8 p.m.

Robinson earns pair of honors at midseason By USU ATHLETICS

“Any of the first five or six teams could’ve been picked first and the voting was very close. We don’t have a dominant team in the league like we’ve had with Nevada the last few years.” Stew Morrill, USU Head Men’s Basketball coach

Jaycee Carroll named WAC’s Preseason Player of the Year

aggie junior forward kiersten nillson fights for the ball last Saturday against a University of Utah defender. The Aggies begin WAC action Friday at 4 p.m. at Idaho. DEBRA HAWKINS photo

Looking for redemption By SETH R. HAWKINS editor in chief

aggie senior guard jaycee carroll shoots over a Nevada Wolf Pack defender during last year’s WAC Tournament in Las Cruces, N.M. Carroll was named the WAC Preseason Player of the Year Wednesday at the 2007 WAC Basketball Preview at the Airport Hilton in Salt Lake City. Carroll is one of only four returners for the Aggies. TYLER LARSON file photo

Oct. 12, 2007

A challenging nonconference schedule may be over for the USU women’s soccer team, but the hard work is just beginning. The Aggies open Western Athletic Conference play Friday at 4 p.m. with a road trip to University of Idaho, a new beginning Head Coach Heather Cairns said she is looking forward to. “The nice thing about starting conference is it’s a fresh start. We’re 0-0,” Cairns said. A fresh start couldn’t come at a better time for the Aggies as they have lost four of their last five games, dropping to 4-8-0 on the season. The conference season marks a departure from the road-heavy nonconference schedule where USU played eight away games and only four at home, though the record does not correlate to the home-away ratio. Including Friday’s match against Idaho, USU only has three more road games. The last three matches of the season for the Aggies are at home, providing an appreciated home-field advantage.

“Being on the road, it’s tough and you’ve got to win on the road when it gets to conference time,” Cairns said. “Just being able to play in front of friends, family and great Aggie fans, it just gives you a lift. So just being home is great.” But a home-field advantage and a fresh start won’t win USU any easy games. The WAC, traditionally a competitive and challenging conference, boasts teams comparable to the skilled teams the Ags have faced earlier in the season. Hawaii, the clear leader in the conference at 7-3-2, is deft at scoring and shooting. The Rainbow Wahine have fired off 194 shots this season, averaging 16.17 a game. Not only can Hawaii fire off a barrage of shots, those shots are accurate, as the Rainbow Wahine have scored 32 goals on the season and average 2.67 goals per game. The players aren’t selfish either, leading the WAC with 31 assists. But Hawaii’s success seems limited to being at home, where the team is 7-0-1, but on the road Hawaii is 0-3-1. Hawaii will play the Aggies on the road, Oct. 26.

- See WAC, page 16

Utah State senior Kevin Robinson was tabbed to a pair of mid-season All-America second-teams as a kick returner by two different publications, announced Thursday. Robinson was the only Western Athletic Conference player on the Phil Steele first or second-team and was one of two on the SportsIllustrated. com list. Other WAC players on the Phil Steele listings were offensive guard Hercules Satele of Hawai’i on the third-team, while cornerback Dwight Lowery of San Jose State was on the fourth-team. Boise State offensive tackle Ryan Clady was on the secondteam. Phil Steele’s publication also announced first and second-team mid-season all-WAC teams, with Robinson named to the first-team as a kick returner, joined on the first-team by freshman kicker Peter Caldwell. Robinson was also a secondteam punt returner, while senior Leon Jackson III was a second-team punter.

Practice starts Friday for Ag men, women By USU ATHLETICS

Utah State’s men’s basketball team will begin the 2007-08 season with its first official practice on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Spectrum as head coach Stew Morrill welcomes 15 players to the floor. Practices are closed to the public. Utah State’s women’s basketball team hits the hardwood to officially open practice on Friday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at the HYPER. Utah State returns nine letterwinners, including three starters from last season’s squad that was 11-18 overall, and 7-9 in WAC play in the Aggies second season in the conference. Seven newcomers will bolster USU’s roster, which will have three seniors, six juniors, three sophomores and four freshman. Among the returners is senior guard Taylor Richards, who was tabbed to the preseason all-WAC second-team and enters her final season at USU as the Aggies’ record holder for career assists with 296.


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Daniels a valley native, avid outdoorsman hit one 400 yards before. That’s pretty good. US: What is your opinion of miniature golf? Utah Statesman: How and DD: I’ve gone a few times, when did you start yeah. But usually playing golf? it’s a group date Devin Daniels: or something Geez. I got into golf like that. It’s not when I was probably something I regu3 years old. My dad larly do. has been the superUS: Is miniaintendent for Birch ture golf someCreek Golf Course thing good golfmy entire life. I ers look down basically grew up upon? playing golf with my DD: No, not dad. I’d go to work really, but I don’t with him at 4 in the go practice it like morning and rake Happy Gilmore. Devin Daniels bunkers. As soon as It’s not looked it was daylight, I’d be out playdown upon, though. ing golf. US: Which is the nicest golf US: How far can you hit a golf course you’ve ever played on? ball? DD: That’s a good question. DD: With my driver I’m usuIt’s probably a private club I ally averaging 315 or 320 yards played on up in Montana called without wind. With wind I’ve Head Water. I went up there By SAMMY HISLOP sports editor


with my dad and my boss at US: Easiest? Birch Creek. There’s so many DD: I’d better be careful what others. I say. Probably Ben Lomond US: Any particular reason down in Ogden. why it’s the nicest? US: Where do Logan’s courses DD: Mostly the design. rank? Certain courses DD: Birch are designed for Creek is probably certain players. my favorite since It’s a lot more I grew up there. challenging. It’s • Daniels finished That is my favora lot longer. Just tied for third with ite golf course the way they in the valley. a five-under 139 at here have the course But as they go, the Purple and Red they’re all great set up. Plus the conditions of the Invitational Sept. golf courses. course, the way US: Which is 25. the greens are, your preferred the fairways, the brand of golf atmosphere. equipment? US: Which is the hardest DD: It’s all preference. All course to play on? my irons are Callaway, which I DD: I can’t remember. really like a lot. Golf balls, I’ve Probably this one we are going always played with Titleist. But to go play is the second hardest as far as that goes, it’s basically that we’ve played on. It’s Oak preference. Nowadays the techValley in California. We’ve got nology is so good in clubs, you that coming up this weekend. just find one you like and go

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Ready to rumble Aggie middle blocker Melissa Larson (8) celebrates with teammates during last Thursday’s home loss to the nationally-ranked New Mexico State Aggies. USU hosts the University of Nevada Wolf Pack Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Spectrum. The Aggies are currently third in the Western Athletic Conference and own an 9-8 overall record, which includes a 6-2 mark in WAC play. After hosting the Wolf Pack, No. 12 Hawaii Rainbow Wahine visit the Spectrum for a 7 p.m. match-up Monday. PATRICK ODEN photo

with it. US: You are a business major. What do you want to do with your degree? DD: That’s still kind of undetermined. I wouldn’t mind going as far as I can in golf. If that doesn’t work out, even starting my own golf business would be nice, or being a gold club rep. US: How far into the future do you see yourself playing golf? DD: I really would like to go professional, but that’s still a couple years down the road. It’s a lot of hard work, but that’s definitely what I’d want to do. US: What kind of improvements right now would you have to make to get to the pro level? DD: Just keep playing college golf. The biggest thing with that is working on your short game and getting used to tournament pressure. Playing in tournaments is a big difference than going out and playing casual golf. Utah State has a great pro-

gram for golf. Just keep doing what I’m doing. US: There is an episode of “Seinfeld” where Kramer hits a golf ball into the ocean and into the blow hole of a whale. Do you think you could do that? DD: I’m a big fan of Seinfeld, but it’s probably not possible. No. It’d definitely be funny to see though. There are golf courses where you can hit the ball into a pond, but not into the ocean. US: Are you into any other campus sports besides golf? DD: I really enjoy basketball games during the winter. I’m at most of the basketball games. US: What is your favorite thing to do other than golf? DD: I’ve got a lot of hobbies. I’m really into outdoors. I like going hiking a lot, camping, basically anything outdoors. It’s a good escape. -samuel.hislop@aggiemail.

the outlook is good for them to return to the field when the Aggies take on the University of Nevada-Reno at Romney Stadium Saturday, Oct. 20. Although it is an off week, there is still work going on. Guy said the Aggies have been in full pads, working hard, during their practices this week. “During the open week, the main thing you want to do is reinforce the things you’re doing good and correct the mistakes that you’re consistently making,” he said. Giving most of the older players a chance to rest a little bit during the week also gave the coaches a chance to look at younger, scout-team players during a scrimmage they had, Guy said. The bye week not only gives coaches a chance to look at some of the talent already on campus, but provides time for them to go see the possible future of Aggie football. Seven Utah State coaches will be out on the road this weekend watching potential Aggies play live in high school or junior college games. Six coaches will be spreading out to their assigned recruiting areas around the country, and one coach will

be watching Utah’s best and brightest. USU coaches got a chance in September to see most of the kids in Utah. “This is a good time of year,” Guy said. “Most teams have played six games so you have a lot of film to watch, and then you can actually watch some guys play live.” With all the positives of a bye week, there are still potential dangers lurking in the time off, like a loss of focus or too much free time for players. Guy doesn’t seem too worried about any of these possible negatives. “These guys are really focused because they’re really frustrated with the first half of the season,” he said. Turning the frustration into focus and the focus into a win will be the biggest task for the Aggies in the second half of their season. But Guy is still believes they can win. “I’m confident these guys are going to finish the season strong and there won’t be any guys throw in the towel like a lot of people think an 0-6 team might do,” he said.

The three R’s of Ag bye week By DAVID BAKER assistant sports editor

Rest. Recoup. Recruit. These are the three R’s of Utah State football’s off week. “It’s a time where we can give players a couple days off and start new, start fresh, come back with six games still to play,” Head Coach Brent Guy said. The rest is a long time in coming – the Aggies haven’t spent a Saturday at home since the middle of September. It’s also especially timely after a long trip to Hawaii that didn’t put Utah State back on the mainland until Monday morning. For several Aggies, the rest should help them heal some battle wounds. Guy said, with the off week, they are looking to get senior tight end Jimmy Bohm, freshman tailback Curtis Marsh and sophomore wide receiver Nnamdi Gwacham healthy and ready for the second half of the season. The trio have all missed game action recently, but Guy said

Park and Creamer share lead PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) — Paula Creamer and Angela Park shot 5-under 67s Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Samsung World Championship, while Michelle Wie was last in the 20-player field after a 79. The two front-runners have something else in common — the 21-year-old Creamer was the LPGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year in 2005 and the 19-yearold Park already has clinched the honor this year. Park, who was born in Brazil and moved with her parents to Los Angeles when she was 8, said she was nervous but thrilled to be in the tournament. “I don’t know how to describe the feeling, coming out here,” she said. “Obviously being one of the top 20, elite members of women’s golf, is a very priceless experience. And especially to be the only rookie out here gives me great pride and gives me a lot of confidence.” Creamer had her irons clicking during her bogey-free round. She said getting up and down from 115 yards for a par on the second hole seemed to steady her, and she birdied No. 3 to get some momentum. “I hit the ball really solid, had a lot of good looks at birdie. Made some good ones, missed a couple of very easy putts,” Creamer said. “But overall, it’s the first day and I

Angela Park watches her drive on the fifth hole in the first round of the Samsung Championship golf tournament at Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert, Calif., Thursday. AP photo

am very pleased with the way I played.” Creamer finished second to Annika Sorenstam in the 2005 tournament, and was fifth last year when Lorena Ochoa won. Ochoa led most of the first round this time, but a late lapse cost her when she made a double bogey on the final hole to drop into a three-way tie with Morgan Pressel and Mi Hyun Kim at 68. Wie, who turned 18 on Thursday, sprayed some shots and couldn’t get putts to fall. She was three shots behind 19th-place Bettina Huart. “It was a really tough day for me,” Wie said. “I just couldn’t get anything going. What really was the pinnacle of the day: I hit a really good wedge shot

and it hit the pin and came back 30 feet. It was just that kind of day.” She still managed to par that hole. “All the putts looked like they were going to go in, but they didn’t,” Wie said. “Obviously, I had a couple of stray tee shots. But there’s always tomorrow.” Asked what she was doing for her birthday, Wie, a Stanford freshman, said, “Go home and study. Basically, I have a lot of stuff to do. I have to read a book, so it should be an exciting birthday.” Wie has struggled this year, making only two cuts and earning a total of $9,899 in seven events. She had been hampered by a wrist injury.


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Opening game goes to Rockies PHOENIX (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Make it 18 out of 19 for the remarkable Rockies. Neither a ruckus by the Arizona crowd nor a four-day layoff could slow them down. Jeff Francis outpitched Brandon Webb, Brad Hawpe got the big hit and Colorado won the NL championship series opener 5-1 Thursday night in a game interrupted when fans angered by an umpireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disputed interference call threw objects onto the field. After several water bottles landed near Colorado players, umpires pulled the teams off the field in the bottom of the seventh inning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There comes a point in time when you need to make a point. Enoughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enough,â&#x20AC;? Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. After an eight-minute delay, umpire crew chief Tim McClelland told Hurdle to have Francis throw a pitch and â&#x20AC;&#x153;fight through it.â&#x20AC;? He did, the wild-card Rockies escaped a jam and their superb bullpen did the rest. Colorado won on almost a daily basis during its surge. But the Rockies hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t played since completing a three-game sweep of Philadelphia on Saturday. The time allowed the nervousness

to mount for the first NLCS game in Rockiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; history. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As soon as I stepped on the field, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure I speak for everybody else, you had butterflies,â&#x20AC;? said Hawpe, whose bases-loaded single brought home two runs in Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s threerun third. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was an emotional, highenergy day for all of us. We werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in the flow of it like we had been. So you know todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s win, I think, is even more special because of that.â&#x20AC;? Game 2 is Friday night in Phoenix, with Arizona lefty Doug Davis facing hard-throwing Colorado rookie Ubaldo Jimenez. Francis dominated while Rockies hitters, coming off a first-round sweep over Philadelphia, patiently waited out Webb. Then again, they were familiar with the 2006 NL Cy Young winner â&#x20AC;&#x201D; this was the seventh time he started against Colorado this year. All seven hits Webb surrendered were singles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was just bloops over short and second,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was tough luck. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really nothing you can do.â&#x20AC;? Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lone loss during its streak came to Webb and the Diamondbacks at Coors Field on Sept. 28. This time, the Rockies won by bunching singles against the

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Rowdy fans delay ballgame PHOENIX (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Angry fans threw water bottles and other debris onto the field following a disputed call, prompting crew chief Tim McClelland to clear the field during Thursday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NL championship series opener. The game was delayed for about eight minutes in the bottom of the seventh inning. Rockies manager Clint Hurdle waved his players into the dugout, but McClelland made the decision to clear the field, umpire supervisor Richie

Garcia said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He felt the fans couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hear the announcements,â&#x20AC;? Garcia said of McClelland. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe there were three or four announcements, and they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hear them. So he took the players off the field.â&#x20AC;? Colorado was ahead 5-1 when the Arizona Diamondbacks put two runners on base with no outs. Augie Ojeda hit a grounder to third baseman Garrett Atkins, who threw to second baseman Kaz Matsui.

Justin Upton, running from first, slid over second base and then rolled his right shoulder into Matsuiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left leg, knocking the infielder to the ground. Second base umpire Larry Vanover immediately called Upton out for interference, resulting in a double play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You had obvious intent on the part of the runner to break up the double play,â&#x20AC;? Vanover said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And when it turns into intentional, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out for interference.â&#x20AC;?

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Sammy Hislop 36%

David Baker 43%

Sam Bryner 53%

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Hawaii @ SJSU





Fresno @ Idaho

Fresno State

Fresno State

Fresno State

Fresno State

Nevada @ Boise

Boise State

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Boise State

LSU @ Kentucky





Oregon St. @ Cal

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Missouri @ OU





Redskins @ G.B.

Green Bay

Green Bay

Green Bay

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Pats @ Cowboys





Texans @ Jaguars





Titans @ Bucs






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WAC: Looking for good league start

-continued from page 13

Boise State and Nevada, last season’s conference champions, are also top contenders in the conference. Boise State (4-5-2) has 23 goals on the season while Nevada (4-5-1) has 18. Fresno State (5-5-0) is currently ranked second in the WAC. Utah State and Idaho are in the mid-range in the conference in just about every area, leaving San Jose State (2-8-2) and Louisiana Tech (2-8-0) at the bottom of the conference. Last season, the Aggies finished second in the regular season behind Fresno State. USU didn’t lose to a single WAC opponent but tied against San Jose State and Fresno State at home. After a successful conference season, the Aggies were knocked out of the semifinals of the conference tournament by Nevada, who went on to become the league champion. This conference looks similar to last season in many regards, but with shakeups common throughout the season, the Aggies will have to stay focused and be more consistent than they were in the nonconference season to land a comfortable spot in the WAC tournament, Cairns said. “Our goal is always to qualify for the conference tournament, then worry about getting a bye, then worry about winning,” she said. “But conference regular season, you build on that. It’s a fresh start and hopefully we’ll relish that fresh start and we’ll take some of these ups and downs from the season and be able to be more consistent. In order for us to finish well in conference, we’re going to have to be more consistent in play. That’s for sure. “We switch gears when it hits WAC, and we’ve just got to hope that all these lumps that we’re taking are going to pay off and they’re going to learn from it. It’s been a little bit rocky. That’s the beauty of conference, it’s brand new.” The first step in switching gears is against Idaho. The Vandals have a mirror

Weak schedule, defense hurt Hawaii’s BCS hopes


Aggie forward dana peart (22) prepares to kick the ball last Saturday in the Aggies’ 2-0 home loss to the University of Utah. The Aggies travel Friday to take on Idaho at 4 p.m., and will be back home Sunday against Boise State at noon. DEBRA HAWKINS photo

record to USU at 4-7-0, having played one less game than the Aggies. In fact, the Vandals look similar to the Aggies in other categories too. Both are low-scoring teams, with 12 goals on the season, and struggle to finish off shots. The Aggies have shot almost double what the Vandals have on the season, but the end result has been even for the teams. The key for the Aggies to beat Idaho and compete at a high level in conference play will be to be more consistent in finishing scoring opportunities, Cairns said. The Aggies will especially need to finish in scoring against Idaho’s Anna Sandman, who leads the WAC in save percentage at .800, in saves with 68 and shutouts at four. But USU can hold out hope that while Sandman posts a high save percentage, she is near the bottom of the WAC in goals allowed, letting 17 slip by. USU’s goalkeeper Ali Griffin is no less of a threat in the net, tied for third in shutouts with three and posting a .754 save average. Offensively, the match-up will be a battle between a veteran Aggie attack and the freshmanled Vandal forwards. Idaho is led in scoring by freshman forward

Friday, Oct. 12, 2007

o much for another Bowl Championship Series entry from the Western Athletic Conference. As great as it was to see USU put up 37 points on the Hawaii Warriors last Saturday, it’s also sad for another reason: Giving up that many points (it easily could have been 44 if a USU delay-of-game penalty wouldn’t have called back an Aggie touchdown pass) to a winless Aggie team takes a huge bite out of Hawaii’s BCS hopes. On the other hand, it’s excellent news for USU at this point in the season against such a highly ranked team, but that’s a topic for another day. The 16th-ranked Warriors are 6-0 and averaging more than 50 points per game thanks to Colt Brennan’s rocket-like arm and four receivers with the talent level of the Aggies’ Robinson. Obviously Hawaii has offense, but, really, is that good enough to have their defense overlooked? No, it’s not. A look at which teams the Warriors have beat thus far weakens their chances even more. Their six wins come over teams who currently are a combined 7-28. This is not a very impressive list. Game 1, in Hawaii: Hawaii 63, Northern Colorado Bears 6. The Bears are a Division I-AA team from the Big Sky Conference (the same conference as Weber State) and are currently 0-6 after losing at Idaho State by a touchdown last week. Game 2, in Louisiana: Hawaii 45, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 44 in overtime. Given the 5,000-mile distance traveled to play, I cut the Warriors some slack in this one. However, the Bulldogs are currently 14 and haven’t scored more than 12 points in any of their other games. Game 3, in Las Vegas: Hawaii 49, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas 14. As of now, this is the Warriors’ most impressive win. UNLV is 2-4 and on a two-game skid. Game 4, in Hawaii: Hawaii 66, Charleston Southern Buccaneers 10. Raise your hand if you have heard of these Bucs. That sound you hear is the sound of nobody raising their hand. That’s because the Bucs are D I-

Jennifer Hull, who has five goals and one assist and is tied with five WAC players, including USU’s Dana Peart for third in goals on the season. She is joined in the attack by fellow freshman Anna Edmonds, who has four goals and one assist. The Aggies have a talented freshman forward of their own in Lauren Hansen, who is tied for second in scoring on the team with Abby Hunt with two goals. Candice Clark, who has been a vital part of the Aggie offense since her return from an injury, will be another threat for the Aggies. Defensively the Aggies are strengthened by Cairns’ back four: sophomores Lindsey Smart and Sydne Porter and juniors Alyssa Lowry and Jessie Malaska. Smart said she feels her team is ready to move on to conference play and move past the bumps of the nonconference season. “When we played BYU, like we’re capable of, we should take FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Brad that into conference and we need Guzan made five saves for his to step it up all together,” Smart MLS-leading 12th shutout of the said. “Conference is here and we season to help Chivas USA tie FC need to show them what we can Dallas 0-0 on Thursday night. Chivas (15-6-7) extended its do.” unbeaten streak to 11 games

AA and are currently 3-3 with victories over such no-name teams as Johnson C. Smith, Savannah State and North Greenville. Game 5, in Idaho: Hawaii 44, Idaho Vandals 20. In this game, Brennan threw five interceptions, pretty much shattering his chances at a Heisman Trophy. The Vandals are 1-5 on the season, just ahead of USU in the WAC standings. I think it goes without saying that, until they have an opportunity to prove otherwise like Boise State did last year, the Warriors don’t have a leg to stand on when compared to teams like LSU, Ohio State, Boston College, South Florida or Oklahoma. Those are the top six teams in the nation, according to the latest Top 25 poll from the Associated Press. The sixth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners also played the Aggies on their home field, but with a much different result. The Sooners used both offense and a smashing defense to beat USU, 54-3. Though the Sooners have lost one game, their strength of schedule and more-than-convincing victories over the University of Miami, Tulsa and the then 19thranked Texas Longhorns, their BCS chances are leaps and bounds ahead of anything Hawaii might claim. The Warriors have plenty of time to be proven absolutely wrong. I realize that. A lot can happen in the six games the Warriors still have to play. Hawaii’s strongest argument will be made in their final two games of the season as they host Boise State and Washington—two teams with arguments being made to peak into the Top 25. May the Warriors destroy all of their remaining opponents to boost the national exposure of the WAC. Sammy Hislop is a junior majoring in public relations. Comments can be sent to him at

Chivas USA, FC Dallas end in draw (7-0-4) and moved four points ahead of Houston for the Western Conference lead with two games left for each club. Guzan has the second-highest shutout total in MLS history, trailing Tony Meola’s league-record 16 with Kansas City

in 2000. With the tie, FC Dallas (13-115) has just one victory in its last six (1-3-2) and is now locked into the West’s third seed, unable to catch Houston for second and comfortably ahead of Colorado in fourth.


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