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Explosion forces relocation By SETH R. HAWKINS staff writer

USU’s Kevin Robinson becomes the alltime leader in allpurpose yards at USU, with 6,058. Page 16

Campus News Multiple colleges work to find ways to conserve water. Page 3

A MAintenance worker inspects the boiler in Rich Hall after Friday’s explosion. SETH R. HAWKINS photo

Club discusses origin of Bible


An explosion in the boiler room of Rich Hall early Friday evening resulted in a broken window and an extended evacuation of the residents until state safety inspections are completed. USU Police Chief Steve Mecham said dispatch received a call about the explosion at 6:01 p.m. The explosion was heard by a firefighter at the fire station located just north of Rich Hall, who briefly examined the scene before calling in the explosion, he said. “It was the actual burning unit, the heating unit, that’s what we figure the explosion was,” Mecham said. USU Fire Marshall Steve Bell said when he arrived on the scene there were two or three units already there with hoses extended, but there was no fire and no damage to the building other than one broken window in the boiler room and some damage to the boiler unit, though the extent of the damage is yet unknown. Bell said while the actual cause of the explosion is unknown, it is believed the boiler that heats the water for the building had a “small gas leak (that) found an ignition source, resulted in the explosion of the building.” The state inspected all the buildings in the Student Living Center just two weeks ago, said Steve Jenson, USU

Housing executive director. “It’s one of those freak things,” Jenson said. “As far as I know, the state was up here a couple weeks ago and inspected all these buildings, so I’m not sure. This is probably just an unusual incident.” Madelyn Vaterlaus, freshman resident of Rich Hall majoring in speech pathology, said she was walking toward Rich Hall from the Lundstrom Center and was about 15 feet away when the explosion occurred, spraying glass across the grass in front of her. “I screamed really loud,” Vaterlaus said. “I was so freaked out. I had no idea what was going on and heard a bunch of hissing coming from the boiler room. It was really scary.” Vaterlaus said she ran to her room located one floor above the boiler room in the northeast corner of the building and told her roommates to expect a fire alarm, which she said went off two seconds later. She said when she evacuated the building, she could smell gas. In the building one floor above the boiler room at the time of the explosion, Warren Fairbanks, undeclared sophomore, said, “I just heard a loud noise and glass shattered and the room shook. The whole building shook. I just thought that somebody had a bomb, like one of the apartments above was messing around with something.”

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Allowing open discussion among students on campus is a focus for Aggies for Christ, and they held a four-part discussion series on Friday and Saturday to allow more open discussion. “What I really want to foster on campus is open discussion,” said John Schadegg, campus administrator for Aggies for Christ before the start of one session. Aggies for Christ brought in Mike Schneider, minister from Laramie, Wyo., to present this series’ topic, “How we Cell Phones are influencing behavior for better and for worse. DEBRA HAWKINS illustration got the Bible.” Schnider’s congregation in Wyoming has similar core values to Aggies for Christ, Schadegg said. The two groups often get together for conferences, and this time, students from the University of Wyoming came to the discussion at USU, Schadegg said. Schnider’s presentation was broken into four different sessions, the heart of the Bible–eye witnesses to the Bible, claim of inspiration, canonization, and transmission and translation of the Bible. At the end of each presentation, students were Stefani Nelson, graduate student in psycholBy BRITTNY GOODSELL JONES able to ask questions, opening questions among the entire ogy and USU alumna, said she wrote a paper assistant features editor group. that included information from a news story “I really enjoy presenting things about the Bible, talking to concerning teenagers and cell phones. The Lawrence Fishburne, while acting in a people about it and fielding questions,” Schnider said. newscast, she said, reported a certain police Broadway play, turned to an audience member department is trying to encourage teens to Words were defined and numerous scriptures quoted in after putting up with a cell phone ring for 20 Schnider’s presentation, but he also kept it light-hearted with report crimes by text messaging emergencies seconds and yelled, “Will you turn off that f--jokes about his hair and “The Simpsons.” on cell phones ing phone, please?” University of Wyoming and USU faculty and members of directly to This incident, found in the article, “An the Logan Church of Christ also added their thoughts. the sheriff’s Investigation of Mobile Phone Use: A Socio “I get answers to questions I had before, how the Bible department. technical Approach,” is one of many cell phone The idea A closer look at issues was put together in collection of books,” said Wington Brito, affecting USU USU freshman in computer engineering from the Dominican interruptions experienced by people as they go behind this, about their day. By the year 2001, 97 million Republic. Nelson said, Americans used a mobile phone, the article Getting questions answered was also a big plus of the disis teens are more comfortable communicating stated, and this growth is having an impact on through electronic methods, such as text mescussions, said University of Wyoming student Jessica Szwast. social behavior. Determining if that impact is She said she decided to go after being in a Bible study class saging, than communication through speech. more positive than negative, however, is what American society is currently deciding. - See BIBLE, page 20 - See CELL PHONES, page 20 FACE-TO-FACE COMMUNICATION

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Candidates discuss election, issues By KATE ROUSE staff writer

In preparation for Tuesday’s election, city council candidates spoke to The Statesman about pressing issues. VAL EWELL, CANDIDATE SEAT 1 Utah Statesman: If you are elected, how will you improve Logan? Ewell : Primarily, I would want to improve Logan by paying down the debt that we are in right now and trying to reach countywide government. US: How Elwell

will your decisions affect university students? VE: University students are citizens just like everyone else, so the decisions that are made on the council and in the city affect university students as they do everybody else. One of things (we need to look at carefully) is parking and this booting nonsense. US: What do you feel are the important issues in this year’s election? VE: The debt and traffic. Mostly the debt, they’re spending us into oblivion. US: What kind of experience do you have to bring to this position? VE: I have the background, experience and training to analyze the things that are coming before the council to a degree that very few have. I have managed budgets, I have created budgets, I have been a contracting

officer, I’ve been a project manager, I’ve been a cost analyst, I’ve been a price analyst. US: Why are you running for City Council? VE: I have been complaining since I’ve been here about how it’s run, and I decided it was time to give it a go to see if I could do it better. US: If you had been on the council at the time, how would you have voted in regard to the Intermountain Power Plant 3 Program? VE: I would have voted for it, because we had not examined the alternatives and assured that there was reliable energy available before we voted it down. US: How will you address Logan’s air quality problem? VE: Forget it. There’s no big barrier up there that keeps pollution from Franklin County and everywhere else from coming into Logan.

So don’t kid yourself that Logan alone can do anything – other than heckle some people about getting a handle on automobile emissions – seriously about air quality. We don’t own the air. I do think the automobile emissions (testing) is a good idea. If you go beyond that, you’re going to have to look towards Idaho, the surrounding areas, and enlist their cooperation. LARAINE SWENSON, INCUMBENT SEAT 1 US: If you are elected, how will you improve Logan? Swenson: I serve on the Cache Regional Council, and I think the biggest improvement for Logan would be a valleywide plan. That’s what we’re working on right now with the council through Envision Utah, to facilitate a plan where each city

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NEW YORK (AP) – Katie Holmes was among the tens of thousands of runners participating in Sunday’s New York City Marathon, finishing the race in 5 hours, 29 minutes and 58 seconds. Husband Tom Cruise and their daughter, Suri, were at the finish line to congratulate Holmes the actress, according to event officials. Holmes had registered under an alias so she wouldn’t draw too much attenThe policy of The Utah Statesman is to cortion to herself, event officials said, but rect any error made as soon as possible. If her time was listed in the official results you find something you would like clarified under her real name. or find unfair, please contact the editor at The 26.2-mile course travels through 797-1762 or TSC 105. all five boroughs of the city, starting on Staten Island and finishing in Manhattan’s Central Park. This year, People struggle to walk during high winds and rain, Saturday, at Nauset Beach in Eastham, Mass. as the remnants of 39,085 runners started the race. Hurricane Noel hit the East Coast. Several thousand residents faced a second night without power Sunday. AP photo Paula Radcliffe, of Great Britain, who had a baby just 9 months ago, won the women’s race in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 9 seconds. Martin Lel of Kenya won the men’s title in 2:09:04. AMERICAN FORK, Utah (AP)– An on Holmes has said she has always liked field brawl between high school football storm in the region, said Peter Judge BOSTON (AP) – Several thousand uninjured, but a dog and cat died. to run, and took it up to help lose baby players could draw more than a penalty flag. coastal residents from Massachusetts of the Massachusetts Emergency Yarmouth fire officials said a house fire weight after giving birth to her daughter, American Fork police now want a look Management Agency. to Maine faced a second night without on Sunday was indirectly caused by the who is now a year old. at game video from Friday night’s contest The state’s only serious flooding was storm. Capt. Allen Bent said the occupower Sunday, and at least two house FARGO, N.D. (AP)–Ozzy Osbourne between American Fork and Hunter high pant used the fireplace to keep warm on Brandt Point on Nantucket, where fires were indirectly blamed on the wants an apology from the Cass County schools. A fight broke out between players during a power outage and that ashes roads were closed for a few hours, he remnants of Hurricane Noel. sheriff for staging a pre-concert sting with less than two minutes remaining in the The storm struck New England with said. dumped behind the house set it ablaze. operation in the rocker’s name without quarterfinal playoff game. Earlier, Noel was blamed for at least Most of the power outages were on just a glancing blow Saturday, bringhis permission. Athletes on both sides were reportedly ing down tree limbs and knocking out 57 deaths in Haiti, 84 in the Dominican Cape Cod, along with a handful in the Osbourne claims his reputation shoving and throwing punches. power to 80,000 homes. State officials Republic and one each in the Bahamas areas of Plymouth and Marshfield. was tarnished when Sheriff Paul Laney Chief Lance Call told Salt Lake City’s reported no serious injuries or deaths. and Jamaica, making it the deadliest Nearly 9,000 customers were withinvited 500 people with outstanding warKUTV that he wants a look at the video. out power Sunday morning in eastern By late Sunday afternoon, NStar said storm of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane rants to a phony party at a Fargo night Call didn’t specify whether he had opened 17,000 customers remained without Maine, Bangor Hydro Electric reported. season. Thousands were homeless club before the rocker’s concert with Rob a criminal investigation. power. Central Maine Power Co. also reported because of catastrophic flooding on Zombie at a nearby arena. More than 30 “This is a state playoff game. Emotions “Crews are facing extensive damage outages, and said it might send crews to the islands and extensive damage was showed up and were arrested. do run a little hotter for these type of to trees and electric equipment,” NStar reported in Cuba. Canada to help repair storm outages in “Instead of holding a press conference games,” said Call, who attended the game at spokeswoman Caroline Allen said in a Nova Scotia. A candle used because of the blackto pat himself on the back, Sheriff Laney American Fork High. out was the likely cause of a fire that statement. The company expected to The storm dropped more than 5 should be apologizing to me for using my Police are attempting to get video from damaged a Barnstable house, said Lt. restore power to all its customers by inches of rain on parts of Maine, with name in connection with these arrests,” both schools. Richard Scherbarth of the CentervilleMonday, she said. 6 inches of snow in the northern end of Osbourne said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the focus should be on Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire No evacuations, deaths or serithe state. “It is insulting to me and to my audithose young men playing football who did a ous injuries were linked to the Department. The family of five escaped ence and it shows how lazy this particugreat job,” Call said. “But a select few decided lar sheriff is when it comes to doing his to ruin everyone’s night.” job,” Osbourne said.

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Man pleads guilty to federal court charges

Spacewalker Scott Parazynski fixes ripped solar energy panel Saturday

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The man prosecutors called the “coyote” responsible for a fatal van rollover that killed two has pleaded guilty to federal court charges. Raul Ramirez-Becerra, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of aiding in the transport of 14 illegal immigrants. Prosecutors contend Ramirez-Becerra, who initially said his name was Ramses Castellano-Lin, was paid by a group of immigrants to smuggle them into the United States. A van carrying 14 immigrants and Ramirez-Beccera rolled near Moab on Oct. 11, 2005. Two people were killed and injuring others.

HOUSTON (AP)– A spacewalking astronaut fixed a ripped solar energy panel on the international space station Saturday in a difficult and dangerous emergency procedure that allowed the crew to extend the wing to its full length. Spacewalker Scott Parazynski installed homemade braces on the torn wing and clipped the snarled wires that had ripped it in two places as it was being unfurled Tuesday. He then watched as the crew deployed the wing to its full 115-foot length. Astronauts inside slowly extended the wing, watching closely for more problems. The wing was about threequarters unfurled when the crew LOGAN, Utah (AP)– A woman who lied noticed the damage on Tuesday. about having cancer to avoid facing crimi- “Excellent work guys, excellent,” nal drug charges has been sentenced to jail space station commander Peggy time and fines for the scam. Whitson said, after the wing was Andrea Shaw, 35, will spend 120 days locked in place. in the Cache County Jail and pay $2,400 “Before we do the victory dance fines under the sentence imposed by 1st let’s get Scott safely back to structure District Judge Clint S. Judkins. and then we can all rejoice,” Discovery Shaw pleaded guilty to charges of one commander Pamela Melroy said count of forgery and two counts of preas the robotic arm started driving scription fraud, all third-degree felonies. Parazynski back to the station.

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Perched at the tip of a 90-foot robotic arm and boom extension, Parazynski worked at the far left end of the linked shuttle-station complex, about half a football field away from the pressurized compartments where the astronauts work and live. The ugly snag involved a guide wire, two hinge wires and two grommets. Parazynski first clipped a hinge wire near the larger tear, using a special tool that looked like a hockey stick to make sure the panel didn’t spring back and hit him. The solar panel captures sunlight to generate electricity, and is alive with more than 100 volts of electricity, possibly as much as 160 volts. “It’s a bit of a reach here,” Parazynski said as he stretched to cut part of the guide wire. “It’s what those monkey arms are for,” Melroy said, referring to Parazynski’s 6-foot-2 height. As soon as Parazynski cut the guide wire, the approximately 90-foot stretch of it recoiled all the way down into a reel where fellow spacewalker Douglas Wheelock was controlling and moni-

toring it. To everyone’s relief, it retracted smoothly. “Beautiful. Nicely done,” Parazynski reported. Parazynski’s helmet camera sent close-up pictures of the damage to Mission Control and the space station, allowing the astronauts and experts on the ground to discuss the best way to tackle the damage on the gold-colored wing. To reduce the risk of Parazynski being shocked by the electricity generated by the panel, all of the metal parts on his space suit were covered with insulating tape triple-taped, in fact as were all his tools. Wheelock also kept a close eye on Parazynski and his tools, guiding him to lean back when he got a bit too close to the swaying wing. Without repairs, the wing posed a structural hazard for the international space station. The damage could have worsened and the wing could have become unstable, possibly forcing NASA to cut it loose and lose a vital power source for future laboratories.

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Colleges collaborate on water initiative Briefs By LINDSAY ANDERSON staff writer

USU has six different colleges and 20 different departments that work with water, “and most of them have no clue what anybody else is doing,” said Kim Shreuders, system administrator and project manager of the Utah Water Research Lab. Established in 2003, “the USU Water Initiative is an attempt to try and help tie together all the disparate pieces here at the university of departments, activities, programs and things that do stuff with water,” Shreuders said. There are seven colleges at USU, and the only one not involved with water is the College of Education, “but we know there are people who work on water education, we just haven’t figured out who they are yet,” Shreuders said. “There is a lot of field science that people do with water around here,” said David Tarboton, professor of civil engineering. “One of the things we are trying to do is integrate them together, get the data from them all in to common databases, and stimulate collaboration by sharing data. If you can go to a single database and get information, you are likely to do more with that information.”

Tarboton said this research is important because “water resources are critical to Utah and the waste we’ve got. “We have got great populations and great agriculture, with people to feed, and with this scarcity and possible climate change, we don’t know what that is going to do to our water resources.” Shreuders said the program is putting on water activities to bring people together and get them started in collaboration “because the sum is going to be greater than the total pieces.” The program focuses on anything that academically has to do with water, Shreuders said.

“This goes from landscape architecture and their water conservation programs, analysis and research, to the water lab that is doing water instrumentation development and analysis,” she said. Shreuders said one of the focuses of the program is trying to get graduate students interested in water to come to USU. “If you are looking to be in that next generation of movers and shakers in water, then we want you to come to USU,” she said. As part of the program, there are monthly seminars held in Room 413A in the Engineering building. The next

seminar will be on Nov. 13, and the topic will be “Aging Infrastructure, Ecosystem Restoration, and the New Economy of Rivers,” presented by Martin Doyle, a professor from the University of North Carolina. All students are welcome to attend. Shreuders said there is a run-off conference in the spring. The conference will be held at the Eccles Conference Center March 31 and April 1. Students who would like to learn more about the USU Water Initiative or get involved can contact Shreuders at 797-2941. –

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participates to coordinate issues like transportation and land-use planning. US: How will your decisions affect university students? Swenson LS: University students wishing to stay in the valley will have a better place to live. The biggest problem I see facing the valley is growth and dealing with that in a sustainable way. And if we can do that, it will make this a much more livable place for any students who want to make this their home in the future. US: What are the important issues facing this year’s election? LS: Looking to the future for growth and planning for that. In regards to transportation and land use, revitalizing our downtown and preserving the defining character of Logan. Facing the county in general, we have issues of sprawl, of growth that’s eating up the agricultural land, the valuable open space and the boundaries between cities that help each city preserve its identity. In order to address our transportation problems, we need to concentrate our growth in areas that transportation can serve, such as along bus routes, rather than just dividing up all the available land into building lots and filling our valley. US: How would things be different if you are elected, as opposed to your opponent? LS: I put a lot of time into studying fiscal issues. I organized the Citizens Financial Advisory Committee that prepared a five, 10, and 20-year plan. I delve into each issue, understand it and make the best fiscal decision for Logan. Maybe other candidates have

mentioned that to you that we came in with a $1.4 million deficit. We’ve turned that around and now have an operable reserve that’s comfortable. US: Why did you vote against the Intermountain Power Plant 3 Program? Swenson: I voted against it because there are other options out there than burning dirty coal, and we already have a significant proportion of coal in our portfolio. We have 16 years before we need more base-load power. There are going to be a lot of options between now and then for contributing to our portfolio. It’s not a question of waiting for the future, just developing it. STEVEN TAYLOR, INCUMBENT SEAT 2 US: If you are elected, how will you improve Logan? Taylor: Logan’s a pretty nice place to live, all by itself, with the quality of life that we have and everything about it. I can’t say that there’s a ton to improve, but the first thing that I would do is maintain our stance on fiscal responsibility. When we came into office four years ago, we had a negative $1.4 million, but we’ve turned that around through a good economy, and through the administration and us working together, we now have $6 million in reserve. We’re not out of the woods yet, you don’t solve problems TAYLor financially overnight. US: How will your decisions affect university students? ST: Looking at just fiscal reponsibilty, if a city doesn’t have the finances that it needs to do what it does on a normal day-to-day basis, we can’t provide

the support and the infrastructure and the things that are pleasant like trails and walking paths. If we don’t have the funds to do those things, we just maintain status quo. We can’t ever improve anything. That fiscal responsbiltiy is almost a center core to everything that we need to do in order to be able to help university students. US: What do you feel are the important issues in this year’s election? ST: Power is one. We own a $30 million power company. It has very limited reserves itself. If something went wrong with that power company, it would upset the whole apple cart, so to speak. So how we manage that power company is critical. We made a decision not to buy coal and to look at affordable renewables, and that’s what we’re doing. Had we bought into (the Intermountain Power Plant 3 Program), we would’ve had everything that we needed until 2045, and we would have spent all of our resources and not have been able to go look or do anything else. Once again, that provides the power for the university students. US: How would things be different if you are elected, as opposed to your opponent? ST: I think the experience and background. Four years ago, when I started in office, I thought I knew everything and could solve everything, but municipalities just run differently. They’re slow, it takes time to get things done, you have to know who to go to and how to make it happen. And once you understand that, you can enact things a lot quicker and get things more timely, if you will. I think simply from the standpoint of my experience in the last four years. I think that’s critical. Being responsive to individuals. That’s critical. Listening. I’ve learned how to utilize the position in the best interest of the constituents. HERM OLSEN, CANDIDATE SEAT 2 US: If you are elected, how will you improve Logan?


Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007

• USU Police responded to a fire alarm at Davis Hall. Upon arrival it was discovered that an individual frying food in a pan on the stovetop activated the alarm. The alarm was reset and there were no further problems. • A DVD player was reported stolen from room 163 in the Merrill Cazier library. Police are investigating. • USU Police received a report of a lost cell phone on campus. This phone was lost between Nutrition Foods Service building and Widtsoe Hall. • Police responded to Old Main for a fire alarm. The alarm was set off by a defective detector. The detector was repaired and the system was reset.

Valley View Tower. The doorknob was removed in an effort to remove the key.

• Offer dispatched to speak to a lady about and incident that happened in the parking lot behind the Education Buillding after the basketball game. • Police responded to Aggie Village on a utility problem. A water line broke and set off the fire alarms. Housing was called to fix the water line. • USU Police responded to a fire alarm at the University Reserve building. The pull station in the basement was accidentally triggered by a Facilities employee who was vacuuming the floor. The alarm was silenced and reset without any further problems.

• USU Police responded to the Aggie Parking Terrace for a report of a light the was removed from the ceiling. This investigation is continuing.

• USU Police responded to the Old Main building where an intrusion alarm had been activated in the Anthropology Lab. It was found that an employee had accidentally set off the alarm while locking the room. The alarm was reset with no further action taken.

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007

• A University key got stuck in one of the doors at

• A driver called our office and complained that

Olsen: I don’t know that I can do much alone, but I hope that as a part of a city council, we will really commit to work on the serious air quality problem that Cache County has. I am concerned about the serious traffic congestion that seems to be getting worse, and I hope to promote higher use of the transit system and bike paths. There’s much debate on whether an increased budget for the transit system will increase ridership. I support any idea that’s going to get us out of our vehicles more and onto the bus more. We have a culture, especially here in the West, which makes us think that we have the right to drive from our front porch to within 15 feet of where we want to go. And in the long term, we simply are going to have to recognize that such convenience comes at a Olsen high price – not only financially as gas prices go up, but environmentally, as we damage a fairly thin curtain of air that we have to breathe. It’s not a simple solution, it will come at some cost, but I do believe we owe it to ourselves, our children and our grandchildren to seriously address air quality and our quality of life in Logan. US: How will your decisions affect university students? HO: Obviously Utah State is part of the broader community, but over the years, we have really tried to work with both the downtown and the university to promote both understanding and cooperation. The issues which we address involve off-campus housing, parking issues, coordination of bike

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Contact USU Police at 797-1939 for non-emergencies. Anonymous reporting line: 797-5000 EMERGENCY NUMBER: 911 another vehicle had made a sudden U-turn in front of them, which almost caused an accident. This called was turned over to Logan City Police, and they investigated this offense. • USU Police responded to a minor traffic accident at 1200 East and Highway 89. No one was hurt in this accident and there was only minor damages. Logan City Police also responded and conducted the investigation. • USU Police responded to the HPER building for a report of criminal mischief. This investigation is continuing. Friday, Nov. 2, 2007 • USU Police responded to the Univerity Inn for a report of a student involved in a bicycle accident. The rider was taken to Logan Regional Hospital. • Police responded to the Recycling Center for a report of an employee falling and was injured. The employee was taken to Logan Regional Hospital by Logan EMS. -Compiled by Arie Kirk

Biotechnology Teacher Symposium today The Seventh Annual Biotechnology Teacher Symposium is today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Biotechnology Building Room 103. This one-day program provides 7-12th grade teachers with the practical knowledge they need to engage students in hands-on laboratory experiences. Participants will learn to analyze minute amounts of genetic material for CSI-like criminal investigations, to purify proteins much as pharmaceutical companies do to create anti-cancer drugs, and to use computers to sift through vast data bases to find important human genes. Participants will hear from practicing scientists and their colleagues who have implemented biotechnology education in their own courses. The goal of the workshop is to create effective ways to bring the excitement of biotechnology to the classroom. Thanks to the support from the Utah State Office of Education, teachers will be awarded service credit. There is no fee for this Symposium.

LAEP speaker series begins this week

Faculty Members from different colleges and departments attend a nationwide presentation via the Internet concerning the study of worldwide water trends. The Water Initiative at USU is a collaborative effort between researchers in all of the colleges to share water research data in fields ranging from civil engineering to natural resources. CAMERON PETERSON photo

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The department of landscape architecture and environmental planning at Utah State University presents a lecture series throughout the year, and the first lecture is Thursday, Nov. 8, with an appearance by Richard L. Haag. Artists of Landscape Architecture Speaker Series 2007-08 is hosted by USU’s LAEP department and is sponsored by the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation. Haag is a landscape architect from Seattle, Wash., who was recently award the American Society of Landscape Architects Design Medal. Haag is featured in two public events on the USU campus. The first is an informal discussion Nov. 8 at 9:30 a.m. in the Tippetts Gallery of the Chase Fine Arts Center. The second is his lecture presentation, “Join the Conspiracy,” at 1:30 p.m. in the Taggart Student Center Auditorium. The activities are free and open to everyone. Haag, a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, received the Design Medal in honor of his exceptional accomplishments in design. The medal is awarded to an individual landscape architect who has produced a body of exceptional design work at a sustained level for a period of at least 10 years. His creativity and Haag sensitivity to the natural environment and adaptive re-use of existing structures and facilities has been expressed in more than 500 built projects. He is the founder and professor emeritus of the department of landscape architecture at the University of Washington. He teaches and lectures internationally, while practicing as principal of Richard Haag and Associates. Two of Haag’s best-known projects are Gas Works Park in Seattle and Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, Wash. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Japan for two years and was named a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. For information on Haag’s visit to USU, contact LEAP faculty member Caroline Lavoie, 797-0505.

Weavings of War to focus on continuity

Jill Stein, a research associate with the Institute for Learning Innovation in Annapolis, Md., will deliver a free lecture on the USU campus entitled “Threads of Continuity: Memory and Identity in Hmong Story Cloths and Chilean Arpilleras.” The presentation is Tuesday, Nov. 13, at noon in the USU Haight Alumni Center. The lecture is part of the USU Department of English Speakers Series and all are invited. Stein curated the exhibit “Threads of Resistance” in 2004 at the Mather’s Museum of World Cultures at Indiana UniversityBloomington. The exhibit explored the ways in which women have used traditional textile skills to cope with war and violence and increase their political voice and economic status. Stein’s lecture is part of the ongoing programming for the “Weavings of War, Fabrics of Memory” exhibit, an exhibit of traditional global textiles depicting modern warfare. The exhibit will remain on display at the Thatcher-Young museum, 35 West 100 South in Logan, through Nov. 27. For more information, contact Lisa Gabbert at 7972721.

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Candidates: Three seats up for grabs in Tuesday’s Logan City Council race

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paths and pedestrian traffic. Improved bus service to get students off campus to downtown and back to campus is always an important issue, but Logan City also needs to create reasons why the students will want to come downtown. US: What do you feel are the important issues facing this year’s election? HO: People are funny, because we pay so much attention to presidential campaigns and national issues, but nothing affects our lives more directly than local government. When you turn on the tap, it’s the local government which supplies the water. When you flip the light switch, it’s local government that provides the power. Local government provides garbage pickup and sewer capacity. All of these issues affect the lives of students every day, in a very dramatic way. It’s the job of local government to make sure

those crucial services are delivered timely and with the least cost. So we really should pay close attention to municipal races, but typically, only 15 percent of the population even bothers to vote. And of all voting groups, young people have the poorest record of voting. I hope that changes Tuesday. US: Why are you running for City Council? HO: For years I have encouraged people and challenged people to run for local office. I have been the city attorney for various municipalities (including Paradise, Garden City, Snowville, Nibley, Millville and Hyde Park), and I have recognized that we always need committed, dedicated people to undertake a rather thankless job. After spending so many years encouraging others to run, I’ve finally decided that I should put my money where my mouth was, and I can’t think of a

better place to serve than on the City Council. JOSEPH NEEDHAM, INCUMBENT SEAT 3 US: If you are elected, how will you improve Logan? Needham: When I first got on the council (four years ago), the very first important thing we had to work on was our city itself. So now, since the city has been corrected, Needham you could say, we’re appropriating a lot of money into better areas. We have cut a lot of different areas. I would definitely be staying the course when it comes to finances, but there are many issues that face

Logan. Our sustainability, financially, and also sustainability in our building, and in our power department. We also have 150 miles in Logan City of no sidewalks. I’d like to address that. I’d need to address our roads. We have tons of congestion on Main Street, and we don’t have many other road options. All roads filter to one, and it’s overcrowded. We have funded some major road projects that are going to be happening in this next year, but we still have to do a lot more. US: What is the new revenue source for the Ellen Eccles Theatre? JN: We created an endowment, which is money raised that’s set aside, so they can live off the interest. The interest that they’re going to be receiving is replacing the revenue source of Logan City funds. It’s not perfect, but one good thing about it is that the revenue that they expect to have every single year will always be the same, and it’s actually more than what we were paying them. The endowment has been raised up to about $5 million right now, and they can live off the interest of that money. We’d like to get it to $6 million, so our job’s not done, but we’re definitely in the process. US: How will your decisions affect university students? JN: I’ve made decisions that do affect university students, and we are looking at many things that will continue to have a good effect on university students. One, for instance, which we’re discussing in two weeks, is the licensing of landlords. We talked about the poor quality housing that’s out there, and sometimes students are put in a situation that actually could be extremely dangerous, an apartment house with no smoke detectors that work or an apartment house that has no true fire exit. That’s one thing we’re addressing right away. US: How would things be different if you are elected, as opposed to your opponent? JN: I think that vision is the

major difference. When he was asked, “What’s the problem with downtown?” his response was, “It’s actually pretty good, it’s not that bad.” When they asked about the air, “It’s not that bad.” When they asked about coal versus other alternatives, he said, “I would go with the cheapest source, not the cleanest.” I think we should be focusing on the clean ... You ask me about any of those topics, and I’ll give you a totally different answer. My answer is no, there is a lot that needs to happen in downtown ... That’s probably the biggest difference. JAY MONSON, CANDIDATE SEAT 3 US: If you are elected, how will you improve Logan? Monson: The main thing I would like to do is have Logan City cooperate much closer with Cache County, with the other cities and towns in this valley, with the state of Utah, and certainly with USU, to solve the challenges ahead. I think Logan’s a great place to live right now, and it’s a wonderful place to raise a family ... but Logan has some challenges as well. The two big ones are traffic and air pollution, and I think we can solve both of those only by cooperating with all these other agencies very closely. US: How will your decisions affect university students? JM: I think university students are really important in any decision made in Logan because this is a college town, always has been. It’s one of the things that makes Logan such a great place to live. I think students should have input in the decisions, and I strongly encourage the students to vote. We need student input. US: What do you feel are the important issues in this year’s election? JM: A big issue seems to be the power question. The current council is divided three to two on whether to go with what’s called IPP3 Power, a coal plant that was proposed for Southern Utah. It’s all scrapped now, so it’s a mute point, but I think the majority

of (people) were upset because three of the five current council members voted against the power board’s recommendation and the mayor’s recommendation to go with the Intermountain Power Project for future power. They chose to explore other alternatives. Logan and Utah power rates are about half of the average power rate in California. And I’m committed to keeping the power rates as low as they can be while still exploring other options, but not going after such options without the approval of the citizens of Logan. US: What kind of experience do you have to bring to this position? JM: I was a county commissioner, one of the last three ever elected in Cache Valley. I was chairman of that transition team and ran for the County Council its first time around. I was elected, and I served as the chair of the County Council the first two terms. I’ve also been the chairman of the Bear River


Association of Governments, and I was elected to the State Board of Education for three terms. I’ve been on the Constitutional Revision Commission. Two governors have asked me to be on various state committees. The best (experience) they gave me is how to work with people and how to bring people together, to agree to disagree at times, but to do so in a way that is consensus-building and not confronting. I think that’s important in public service, to have differences in opinion but not to be (confrontational). –

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Leave Logan, find France By AMANDA MEARS staff writer

Valeri Colby, senior in spanish education, looks through the Cafe Abroad magazine. The company maintains a Web site as well as a magazine. NOELLE BERLAGE photo


Guys and their dumb sports restaurants

t Ruby Tuesday, the TVs are always tuned to some channel displaying sweaty men running back and forth dribbling, kicking or catching. They also sell hamburgers the size of football helmets. What more could men want? I went on a date there a while ago and was so excited when we got to sit at one of the tall tables-for-two with the swivel chairs. How fun. My date was excited too because the host seated us right in front of the big screen. He, of course, sat on the side of the table that faced the TV. I faced the tables behind him. He was in ESPN heaven, almost ready to order some sort of medium cooked meat, no doubt with mushrooms or onion tanglers and barbecue sauce. I would be ordering my staple baked chicken and broccoli pasta, and would be talking to a guy who, instead of staring at me, would be grazing his eyes above my forehead, still kind of listening, but making sure he didn’t miss a touchdown. Pig. The purpose for places like Ruby Tuesday, Chili’s, Iggy’s and Wingers is so any breathing, sports-loving man can go to dinner, order greasy food and not worry about missing one inning of the World Series, or a quarter of the NBA or NFL. He can bring a girl along and she’ll feel lucky to be asked out. And so long as the guy can get a good view of the tube, the date will practically be designed by God as far as the guy’s concerned. It may be even better for him if he doesn’t go on a date. I went out to Iggy’s a couple months ago with two other girls and a guy. Because we were all going Dutch and there was no pressure to impress anyone, our guy friend not only stared at the enormous, strategically placed big screens, but at about every waitress and hostess he thought was attractive. In fact, after we had paid for our dinners, he conveniently let us walk ahead of him as we left the restaurant so he could get one of their phone numbers. Iggy’s may as well have been created and brought to Logan just for him and all other men of his kind who are obsessed with three things – sports, food and ladies with phone numbers. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with going on dates or with friends to sporty restaurants. In fact, most of the ones I mentioned above are my favorite places to eat. Ruby Tuesday has good French fries, Chili’s serves those mouth-watering chicken crispers, and I can’t get enough of Winger’s sticky fingers. The atmospheres are fun, laid-back and social. All I’m saying is it’s obviously tacky when a guy is searching for the nearest football game in the middle of a conversation. The guy that I ate with at Ruby Tuesday said he thought I wouldn’t notice he was looking behind me when I made fun of him for it. Guys, just so you know, girls always notice. It’s

- See SPORT, page 8

Logan is a cold place to live during spring semester. Luckily, programs like Café Abroad are here to help. Thomas Arm, media coordinator for Café Abroad, said the study abroad program got its start in spring of 2007 and is a place for students to connect with each other about semester study abroad options. The program’s Web site and magazine feature stories, experiences and upcoming activities from students who are currently studying abroad. Arm said it can be invaluable to students trying to decide where they would like to study abroad. “I’ve directed people to the Web site to read stories and see where they want to go,” Arm said. “It’s real students and real stories.” Arm, junior majoring in psychology and math as well as premed at Hamilton College, said he began working as a team manager in charge of organizing promotional events for Café Abroad when he was studying abroad in Athens, Greece. Arm said through promotional events he was able to meet many different people he still keeps in contact with. Arm said he encourages students to get involved with Study Abroad programs and to explore different options through Café Abroad. “It’s just an amazing and valuable tool,” Arm said. “The more students that use it, the more useful it would be.” Current issues of Café Abroad magazine can be found in the USU Study Abroad Office, located in the Taggart Student Center Room 313. Kay Forsyth, Study Abroad director, said there are

various magazines including Glimpse and Student Traveler that can also provide useful information to students about studying abroad. “The format of (Café Abroad) is nice,” Forsyth said. “It’s a little glossier and glitzier, plus it has more stories by students.” Forsyth said more than 200 USU students choose to travel abroad each year and the number continues to grow. The most popular places students want to go are England and Australia, but she said there are many programs that are offered for all types of majors. With so many choices, picking a place to study abroad can be overwhelming, she said. However, Forsyth said there are plenty of resources for students. “A lot of the time students come in with no background and that’s just fine,” Forsyth said. “We talk about what they are interested in. There are so many options, it’s really exciting.” Forsyth said she also suggested talking to professors from USU that travel to companion schools to teach for a semester. They can provide a lot of valuable knowledge, she said. A list of all professors currently involved can be found at the Study Abroad Office. In addition stopping by the office, students can check the Web site at Here, Forsyth said students will find travel information, including how to get low-cost airfare to minimize costs. There is also information on scholarships, which Forsyth said one or two students from USU receive each year. Forsyth said there are many programs through Study Abroad that let cost-conscious students study around

- See ABROAD, page 8

Student says alcohol should be on campus US: Why did you pick your major? MS: Because I love learning about people and culture and I love to travel. I have traveled to a lot of places in South America including Ecuador, Peru and Brazil. I have traveled all over northern Europe. I counted once. It was like 13 countries in northern Europe. I have been to Australia and Mexico. US: How did you finance all of these trips? MS: I work a lot. I have worked since I was 14. Being a student, a lot of these trips have been school sponsored. I studied abroad in Holland and I have done two programs in Peru as a student, so student financial aid has helped. US: What jobs have you had?

Mary Sunbloom, senior in Anthropology and international studies, said she has traveled to 13 European countries. DEBRA HAWKINS photo

Caught on Campus

Mary Sunbloom West Valley, Utah Senior Anthropology

By SETH R. HAWKINS editor in chief

Utah Statesman: Where are you from?

MS: In high school, I worked for Ream’s grocery store for four years. In college, I started working on campus at the Junction. The Junction was a good first job for a first semester. I’ve also worked for telemarketing and mostly recently I have been working on campus for some professors.

Mary Sunbloom: West Valley City. The ghetto.

US: Where do you want to end up?

US: Why is it ghetto?

MS: Working internationally. I really have a calling to Africa. I would really like to work there, probably in East Africa. I am drawn to Kenya and Tanzania.

MS: Probably the highest crime in Utah. There were drive-bys in my neighborhood but I never personally experienced it. I heard about it. US: Was your school rough? MS: As rough as Utah gets.

US: What is your secret nerdy passion? MS: I don’t think my passions are nerdy but other people probably would. I really like to scrapbook.

I’m not die-hard but I really like it, but I don’t have so much time. My friends, especially, would think that was weird. US: If you got to have a private plane ride and you could invite three people in the world, who would you invite? MS: Jane Goodall would be one. It seems so horrible, but Brad Pitt is so beautiful. The Dali Lama. I don’t think he would come but I would really like him to. US: What would Brad Pitt be wearing? MS: Maybe nothing. Brad Pitt in nothing, me and Jane Goodall could probably do some fun things with that. Physically there would be no competition from Jane. US: What was your favorite TV show in the ‘90s?

MS: I really like the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. I used to be able to sing the song from the beginning. US: Are you still a big Will Smith fan? MS: Occasionally I still have to pull out the ‘Gettin’ jiggy wit it.’ US: If you could be any Power Ranger, what color would you be? MS: I don’t know much about the Power Rangers. I would have to say yellow because I like yellow because it is like energy and sun. US: If you could break any law and get away with it, what law would you break?

- See CAUGHT, page 7


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National tour of acclaimed, controversial play performs at USU COURTESY OF USU MEDIA RELATIONS

The national tour of the play “N*GGER WETB*CK CH*NK,” a show about respect, will be performed at Utah State University Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kent Concert Hall. It is a performance that looks at words, peels away their meanings and examines who has the license to use them, said Keri Mecham, USU associate director of Student Involvement and Leadership Center. The conversation this acclaimed and controversial production will likely spawn regarding language and respect will continue into the following week during USU’s Diversity Week, said Moises Diaz, director of Multicultural Student Services. Tickets for the production are now on sale and can be purchased at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or the Taggart Student Center ticket offices. Some language in the performance may not be suitable for children under 13. The Kent Concert Hall is on the east end of campus approximately at 1110 East 610 North. Already performed at more than 70 university and college campuses nationwide, the production, with the subtitle “Three Hateful Words: A Dialogue on Language and Respect,” will make three other stops in Utah, including Ogden, Salt Lake City and Park City. Winner of the 2003 award for “Best Play” from the American Readers Theater Association, N*W*C charges into the dangerous territory of race, but without the predictable anger and angst, according to press materials. “We get that the title is tough for some people, but it’s real,” said Miles Gregley, actor and co-writer. “We all got called those words and just think there is nothing wrong about confronting them head-on. Our philosophy is that there shouldn’t be words out there floating around that can bring someone to their knees by just saying them out

loud, you know?” The production is sponsored by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, the Utah Arts Council and the Associated Students of USU. This decision to bring this to USU was widely discussed by the ASUSU programming committee, said Mecham. She said that early on, when students were deliberating on whether to bring N*W*C* to campus, they thoroughly reviewed the press materials and video segments and asked the opinion from a variety of fellow students. Also, by co-sponsoring with the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and ASUSU, leaders felt it was a great opportunity to integrate an academic component to the performing arts series, Mecham said. “I appreciate that the play combines both laughter and poignant moments in the real-life experiences of these actors,” said Kyle Milne, last year’s ASUSU Arts and Lectures director. “This is an opportunity to create dialogue on the sensitive topic of race and that has the possibility of building understanding among the campus community.” From an academic perspective, the production is beneficial because the arts are a cultural phenomenon, said Tom Peterson, who has included the performance in his “Civilization: The Creative Arts” 1330 class curriculum for fall semester. “The arts are an indicator of the existence of a civilized society, and this production shakes the very roots of what society can do to segments of the melting pot we call America,” he said. “This threeman play will allow students to experience the power of language, the power of communication, the power of the arts.” Peterson points out that an important part of the performance is the inclusion of scheduled class discussions where students will have the opportunity to interact with the actors in an effort to discover that thin line between reality and theater. Can theater cause change? Can it at least provide a springboard for discussion?

“Our intent is that through student interaction with the actor-writers and attendance at this performance, these questions can be better understood, if not completely answered,” he said. “Can the arts change social behavior? They can certainly open the door to an analysis of individual thoughts about race and the use of racial slurs.” The public is welcome to attend the class discussions. For times and location information, contact Mecham at 435-797-2912. Details are also being posted on the university’s Web site at www.usu. edu. In addition to class discussions, the actors will also be available for a public discussion Nov. 9, the Friday prior to the university’s annual Diversity Week, Nov. 12-16. Diaz, director of Multicultural Student Services, said the production, a week prior to Diversity Week, does draw attention to issues and notions that are often unaddressed. The goal ultimately is to promote education and constructive dialogue on racial issues. “As entertainment it could surely reach a segment of campus not prone to attend academic lectures on racism,” Diaz said. “While everyone will not agree with their approach, the artists represent themselves and their human stories in a way that resonates with many. Its candor can be seen as necessary at a time when some believe discussion of racism is irrelevant.” Sonny Bryant, ASUSU Campus Diversity and Organizations vice president, is organizing activities for Diversity Week. Food, guest speakers, workshops and entertainment highlight the week. The week concludes Friday, Nov. 16, with a cultural showcase and the presentation of the university’s Diversity Awards, among other activities. Details will be released at a later date. N*W*C* blends theater, hip-hop, stand-up comedy, slam poetry and true-life stories in an original style. Gregley mixes it up with two fellow performers, Rafael Agustin and Allan Axibal, as the only three cast members. They are men of color,

including one who lived in the United States as an undocumented citizen while growing up. One is Hispanic-American, one African-American and one Asian-American. As the show’s co-authors, the painful discrimination they faced as young men growing up in Southern California is reflected in the production, according to press materials. They met at community college in Southern California where they became good friends and transferred together to UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. N*W*C premiered in short form in May 2003 at the American Readers Theater Association national theater festival, where it swept every major award, including the Audience Prize and the award for Best Play. “The Los Angeles Times” says the trio of versatile actors wields words that empower in disarming ways. “Don’t let the title fool you: ‘N*GGER WETB*CK CH*NK,’ which returned to L.A. after a two-year national tour, is wholesome entertainment,” according to a July 9 “LA Times” theater review. “Yes, racial slurs and occasional profanity can sometimes be good for you — especially when they’re deployed to make a point about the pervasiveness of prejudice and its denigrating unabridged dictionary.” Tickets for the production are now on sale and can be purchased at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or the Taggart Student Center ticket offices. Advance telephone reservations and purchases can be made at the Spectrum Ticket Office (approximately 900 East 900 North, Logan), (435) 797-0305. Tickets can only be purchased in person at the Taggart Student Center Service Center, TSC 212. Tickets will be sold at the door the night of the performance. Tickets are $10 for the public and $3 for USU students with current ID. To preview and receive more background information, please visit

Business students holding donation drive for Clothes for CAPSA

CApsa, along with somebody’s attic, will benefit from a clothing donation drive sponsored by USU business students. TYLER LARSON photo

By TRUDY KENDRICK staff writer

The call to donate is here once again. Nov. 5 through 10 marks the week when a group of USU business students will be holding a donation drive for Somebody’s Attic and the Community Abuse Prevention Services Agency. Somebody’s Attic is a nonprofit thrift store that is in partnership with CAPSA. All donations go back to the community through the services

offered by both of these organizations. Joy Shaw, manager of Somebody’s Attic, said the store has a good connection with CAPSA. “Somebody’s Attic is a nonprofit store that provides quality and affordable merchandise to low-income families,” he said. “The proceeds from the sale of donated merchandise goes to CAPSA and the Child and Family Support Center, which comes to $70,000 a year. “We would not exist without the generosity of Cache Valley

citizens. Volunteers are the heart of our agency, and donations are the life blood. Our survival is dependent upon the support of our community.” As the Web site states, “CAPSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and educating the public in order to prevent violence in our community. The organization began in the 1970’s by a group of concerned citizens. This continues today as a result of the help and support we receive from the

community.” Glade Roos, team leader for clothes for CAPSA and graduate student at USU, said this activity brings awareness. “We believe that Somebody’s Attic is doing a wonderful job of supporting both CAPSA and the Child and Family Support Center,” Roos said. “By conducting a donation drive, we hope to assist the Attic in supporting these organizations and also increase community awareness of the important work these organizations are doing to make Cache Valley a better place to live.” Roos said the CAPSA Center is in need of all sizes and colors of new or like-new sweat suits, foods that can be frozen, teenager gift items and laundry detergents. These items can be directly donated to CAPSA by visiting one of the booths that will be set up around town Saturday, Nov. 10, he said. “I am happy to be doing something for the local community,” said Matthew Mulholland, junior in finance and the public relations representative for Clothes for CAPSA. The group of business students involved in the drive will be giving back by scattering donation bins around campus and having booths set up in town, Mulholland said. Also, Clothes for CAPSA participants plan on picking up donations around the Hillcrest neighborhood, east of campus, on

Saturday. Roos said USU students can donate anytime during the week by visiting bins located on campus at Greaves, Snow and San Juan halls as well as the TSC and Institute building. Off-campus locations will be set up at Crumb Brothers and the Cache Valley Mall on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to noon,

Roos said. This day marks the end of the drive, and Roos said the Clothes for CAPSA volunteers will be busy answering questions and taking donations at the booths. Somebody’s Attic has two locations in the valley, at 39 W. 200 North in Logan and 3 S. Main in Smithfield.

Caught: Loves being naked -continued from page 6 MS: The first thing that comes to mind is clothes. Clothes aren’t needed. It is just a lot more comfortable to be naked sometimes. A lot of times being in my underwear in my house with all my roommates is not a problem. I really love being naked. If I could get away with not wearing clothes when it is warm. US: If you could make one change on campus, what would it be? MS: Beer, allow it on campus, like everywhere, just allow it, have it OK to drink on campus when you are hanging out. US: What about minors getting beer? MS: Underage kids get beer, there is not way getting around it. They will always find a way to get it. I could see where there could be a rationale, but I think it is a stupid rationale for not letting beer on campus. US: What are the four words that best describe you? MS: Fun, adventurous, intelligent. I would say I’m intelligent and outdoorsy. US: Have you ever strapped yourself to a tree or would you?

MS: I have never strapped myself to a tree. It would really depend on the reason for strapping myself to a tree. For a cause maybe. Willing just for the hell of it? Maybe, but likely no.

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Links between diet and acne explored By LINDA SHRIEVES The Orlando Sentinel, MCT

ORLANDO, Fla.–Here’s a question to ponder: Why is acne common in the Western, industrialized world, while the pimples that plague American kids are rare in developing countries? It’s a puzzler–and one that prompted Australian researchers to ask whether changing the diet of teenagers would have any effect on acne. The results could change the way dermatologists think about diet. To test their theory, the Australian researchers recruited 50 young men between the ages of 15 and 25 with mild– to–moderate acne. They split the volunteers into two groups: One group was instructed to eat a diet of lean meat, poultry and fish, along with fruits and vegetables. They replaced foods such as white bread and highly processed breakfast cereals with whole grains. Meanwhile, the other group ate a typical Western diet. After 12 weeks, researchers found that the group eating more protein and whole grains experienced dramatic results, according to the researchers. “The acne of the boys on the higher-protein, low–glycemic index diet improved dramatically, by more than 50 percent, which is more than what you see with topical acne solutions,” wrote senior author Neil Mann, an associate professor at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia. The typical teenager’s diet– rich with things like doughnuts and cheeseburgers–appears to raise hormone levels, and surging hormones have long been linked to acne. “A diet high in processed foods pushes glucose and insulin levels higher, exacerbating the problem, but low–glycemic foods do the opposite,” Mann said. “The mechanism and the results are clear as day.”

Although the study was small –and even the study’s authors agree that more research is needed–Altamonte Springs, Fla., dermatologist Jerri Johnson thinks the study’s authors may be on to something–even though the Web site for the American Academy of Dermatology explicitly says there’s no link between diet and acne. “It’s worth telling patients about because it shows that diet is important,” says Johnson. “We do know that acne is a more severe disease in Westerners ... so there’s got to be some connection there.” Indeed, says Dr. Barbara Reed, a Denver dermatologist and spokeswoman for the AAD, “I happen to agree that our diet is so full of fats and refined sugar that it can’t be so good for us, probably in more ways than just causing acne. Every diet for health–colon cancer prevention, breast cancer prevention, heart disease prevention–is the same: more fresh fruits and vegetables, less fat, red meat, sugar.” But Johnson also thinks it’s too soon to conclusively link acne to diet. Dermatologists have long believed that acne depends on many factors, including heredity, hormonal changes and use of greasy cosmetics or creams. “Years ago, we used to think that chocolate and Cokes cause acne,” says Johnson, but the dermatology community moved away from that. Today, patients with mild–to– moderate acne are typically given a retinoid such as Retin-A and topical antibiotics. But Johnson usually advises her patients to drink lots of water and avoid greasy, high–fat foods. “I think diet does play a role,” Johnson says, but she believes some people inherit genes that predispose them to acne. “I see people come into my office who have perfect diets,” she says. “They eat healthy, they’re drinking lots of water, but I don’t care what they do, they are still experiencing acne.” The Australian research-

ers began looking at the link between Western diets and acne because there’s more and more evidence that eating a Westernstyle of diet is linked to acne, noted researcher Robyn Smith. For instance, recent surveys of skin diseases in developing countries have found that acne is more prevalent in schoolchildren from higher socioeconomic areas, she notes. That seems to echo what researchers observed in Inuits, or Eskimos, when they began adopting a more Western lifestyle. “Along with acne, the Inuits also developed higher rates of obesity, diabetes, dental (cavities) and heart disease,” says Smith. “It’s interesting that the other maladies are commonly associated with diet, yet acne isn’t.” Still, the more critical question may be this: Will an American teenager give up junk food in hopes of getting rid of

acne? It’s possible, says Johnson. “It all depends on the kid. The same kid who will use his topical medication every day would probably be willing to stick to the diet,” she says. “The ones who won’t bother are the ones who won’t put on their topical medication either.” Although the Atkins Diet, the Zone Diet and the South Beach diet are all high-protein, low–carb diets, the diet given to the young men in the acne study consisted of lean meats, poultry or fish and whole grains–so their diet more closely resembled the South Beach Diet. In addition to lean meats–such as chicken without the skin, pork tenderloin and fish–the acne–study participants ate a diet high in vegetables, beans and fruits. They also substituted whole grains for white bread, pasta and white rice.

Abroad: Experience cultures -continued from page 6

Macarena Moya, exchange student going into public relations, sits in front of a world map and talks about her exchange experience at USU. NOELLE BERLAGE photo

the world for the same price as USU tuition. In addition, she said there are summer service programs that allow students to the opportunity for free accommodations, and the only thing they have to pay for is airfare. Valerie Colby, senior majoring in Spanish education, said she went to Quernavaca, Mexico, as part of USU’s Study Abroad. Colby said she got most of her information from professors and friends in order to decide where she wanted to study abroad. Colby said her favorite part of the whole experience was being able to learn a little bit about the culture from taxi drivers. “I speak Spanish, so I would talk to the taxi drivers and it helped me understand more about the culture,” she said. She said she definitely recommends the Study Abroad program and said there is a pro-

gram for everyone. “Whatever you want to do, it’s possible,” Colby said. “Just look until you find it.” While in Mexico, Colby said the university there had plenty of brochures and written literature, but that a Web site like Café Abroad would have been very valuable. “If there had been articles focused on where I was at, it would have been great,” Colby said. For students looking for more information on studying abroad, they can visit www. or stop by the Study Abroad Office for brochures on all the different programs. Study Abroad will also be hosting an open house as part of International Education Week on Nov. 14 in the TSC Room 219. The event will run from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and is

Slurp a chocolate bar By STACEY HOLLENBECK McClatchy-Tribune, MCT

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John Engler, Lecturer in the English Department, relaxes in his office. Engler said a lightsaber given to him by his students helps to personalize his office. TYLER LARSON photo

The story of an office By M.D. BUHLER staff writer

It has been said everybody has a story. Well, at USU, every office has a story too. John Engler, lecturer in the English department, works at a cubicle in a shared office on the fourth floor of the Ray B. West building. His office consists of a wooden computer desk with a computer, some ceramic pots, an office lamp, some files and papers, and a lightsaber. Engler said the lightsaber was signed and given to Engler, or “Master John” as he is known, by his USU 1010 Honors Connections class. “It is amazing for them to think to give me this amazing

gift,” he said. “No class has ever done anything this cool. My office mates love it.” But even with the lightsaber, a distinguishing feature of Engler’s office is its small size. Offices are based on seniority, Engler said. “I am a lecturer and not a professor, so I don’t do research,” he said. “All I do is teach, so I don’t need a really big office.” According to Engler, a quarter to a third of the faculty in the department are lecturers. This is because all USU students are required to take English 1010 and 2010, he said. Most of the professors focus on research and major-specific classes, so Engler said the lecturers have to fill in the gap. Engler said he hopes he can have a larger office someday.

“The department wants to give me an office, but there is a shortage of office space,” he said. “The problem is that I don’t have enough room for conferences with my students. I spend many hours discussing student writing, and that can be distracting to my office mates.” Star Coulbrooke, assistant director of the Writing Center, said before she got her current position and office in 1999, she had a cubicle, too. Now, she has an office with windows and more space than the cubicle. Her office is a way to express her personality and is covered with free-speech bumper stickers and poems from past students. Coulbrooke also decorates her office with the scarfs and sarongs that have become part of her wardrobe. “My office is a shrine to the

Page 9 kind of academia I appreciate,” she said. “This room is dedicated to my former students and mentors.” One mentor displayed in her office is Ken Brewer. “Ken made it possible for me to teach poetry writing,” Coulbrooke said. There are also several pieces of insect art in the office, which have come from her partner, she said, and are the overflow from what he has collected. Her office is covered with stickers, posters and memorabilia advocating free speech and opposing the banning of books. “It is crazy how people can say what other people can read,” Coulbrooke said. “It is funny how books get banned and why. Language is part of who we are and what makes us unique.” -michael.buhler@aggiemail.usu.

For married students who may feel awkward at singles activities and are looking to meet new married couples, Married Student Alumni Association, also known as Hubbies and Hunnies, is a new branch of Student Alumni Association designed to benefit married couples attending USU. Vice President of Student Alumni Association and creator of the married branch, Jesse Randall, said, “As I looked around, I didn’t see many other organizations that catered to married people and have an atmosphere that married people would feel normal in.” Randall said he and his wife Ashley decided to create Hubbies and Hunnies so married couples could have a chance to meet other married couples with similar interests. “SAA always had options for married students, but it was always 95 percent single college students and then a couple of married couples, and it’s sort of awkward sometimes,” Randall said. SAA blends with MSAA perfectly, Randall said, because they do all of the same activities such as Café Sabor Night, an etiquette dinner with Hamilton’s, and Dinner with 12 Strangers. The only difference is the monthly activities, he said. Hubbies and Hunnies have “married only” activities catered to them. Some advantages that make it worth joining the club, Randall

said, are the chance to meet other married people with similar interests and the chance to be involved in a club that can be listed on a resume. Other advantages, he said, include that the club does not take up a lot of time and is a good opportunity to network. “SAA is really involved in networking,” Randall said. “There are a lot of different activities that include networking with alumni because we are associated with alumni. So we have a really good tie to pull back good alumni.” ‘Alumni’ is a word commonly misunderstood, Randall said. SAA, he said, is an organization for undergraduate as well as graduate students to join while enrolled in classes. “Once you have enrolled and taken classes, when you leave, as long as you pass those classes, they consider you alumni, because you went to USU,” Randall said. “Graduate alumni is a whole other organization for graduates that is called the Alumni Association, and that’s run by the school and a whole different thing.” Hubbies and Hunnies’ first activity will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the Haight Alumni Center from 7:45 to 9 p.m. It will be a way for married students who are interested in joining Hubbies and Hunnies to find out what the organization is about and get to know each other, he said. There will be popcorn and games. The activity is free, and couples do not have to sign up or commit to joining the club at this activity. Randall said he hopes

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to get some feedback about what works and what doesn’t. Whether or not someone’s spouse attends USU does not matter, he said. “Heck, you can be graduated and still come,” Randall said. “We don’t care.” A membership fee will be charged for students wanting to join Hubbies and Hunnies beginning Spring Semester. The membership card will be valid for one year from the time it is issued. “It costs $40 per couple which is good because it costs $30 for a single person,” Randall said. “So for $10 more, you can pay for two

Sports: Attention on the girl, not the ball -continued from page 3 not that hard to tell you’re not paying attention when drool is running down your chin as you pause to watch an interception that will surely lead your team to a winning game. So here are a few hints: A guy should never let his date know he is racing her for the seat with the better view of the TV. She will probably already know what he’s doing anyway. Boys, if you’re going to watch sports the whole time, at least talk about something else if she’s not interested. And when she’s done with her sentence, it’s a good idea if you don’t respond by putting your fist in the air and yelling at the TV ref. He can’t hear you anyway. She can. If it’s a first date and the girl is pretty conservative, it’s a good idea to not show true colors yet. This means no screaming after bad calls. And guys should never comment on “hot” cheerleaders or waitresses, at least not if they are trying to make good impressions. That’s lame. A guy’s best bet at succeeding in keeping a gripping dinner conversation may be simply going out when he doesn’t care about the

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games that will inventively be in front of his eyes. Or, welcome to the 21st century. There’s a magical box out there called TiVo. If the guy does decide to take a girl to dinner for his own sporting pleasure, the least he can do is buy her dessert. A girl will usually love chocolate. That is, if she hasn’t given up on the guy and his football-shaped brain. The Chocolate Tallcake at Ruby Tuesday is always a home run, as is the Molten Chocolate Cake at Chili’s and Asphalt Pie from Wingers. Hmmm. Dessert and a guy licking hot buffalo sauce off his fingers and talking in sports lingo. At least she got it for free. Manette Newbold is a senior majoring in print journalism. What she understands about sporting events is that they include clapping and socializing. Comments and questions can be sent to manette.n@aggiemail.

people.” All monthly activities are free for members of Hubbies and Hunnies, Randall said, and the membership package includes a T-shirt, True Aggie mints, a membership card with several discounts at local stores, a drawstring backpack and other perks. For more information about Hubbies and Hunnies, contact Randall at or visit the club’s Web site at saa/index.cfm.

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Citigroup CEO resigns Sunday


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NEW YORK (AP) – Citigroup Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Charles Prince, beset by the company’s billions of dollars in losses from investing in bad debt, resigned Sunday and is being replaced as chairman by former Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin. The nation’s largest banking company announced Prince’s widely expected departure in a statement following an emergency meeting of its board. Citi also said Sir Win Bischoff, chairman of Citi Europe and a Member of the Citi management and operating committees, would serve as interim CEO. Rubin, a former co-chairman of Goldman, Sachs & Co., has served as the chair of Citi’s executive committee, and it was also expected he would take a greater role in leading the company. In a separate statement, Citi, which took a hit of $6.5 billion from asset writedowns and other credit-related losses in the third quarter, said it would take an additional $8 billion to $11 billion in writedowns. “It was the honorable course, given the losses we are now announcing,” Rubin said of Prince’s resignation in an interview with The Associated Press. Prince joined former Merrill Lynch & Co. CEO Stan O’Neal, who resigned from the investment bank last month, as the highestprofile casualties of the debt crisis that has cost billions at other financial institutions as well. Prince, 57, became chief executive of Citigroup in October 2003. Many shareholders criticized him openly for much of his tenure, as Citigroup’s stock lagged its peers while Prince executed what was called an umbrella model of corporate organization, with several separate lines of business. Shares closed Friday at $37.73, about 20 percent below where they were when Prince became CEO. Prince’s position looked especially shaky after the company on Oct. 1 estimated that third-quarter profit would decline about 60 percent to some $2.2 billion after seeing nearly $6 billion in credit costs and write-

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Citigroup CEO Charles Prince resigned Sunday amid billions of dollars in losses from investing in bad debt. He is being replaced by Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin. AP photo

though, argue that he was dealt a tough hand when his predecessor Weill gave him the reins, and that matching the hefty profit gains Citigroup saw in the 1990s would be difficult for any CEO. Weill was a fairly popular leader, building Citigroup through various mergers and acquisitions over the course of about 20 years into the huge conglomerate that it is today. When he stepped down as chairman in 2006 and handed the position to Prince, Weill — now a board member — got two standing ovations from shareholders and a big blue banner from employees that read, “Thank you, Sandy!” Prince, whose compensation came to nearly $25 million last year, is leaving under a much darker cloud. Citigroup, along with JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp., is trying to create a fund to buy up distressed securities in the tight credit markets, a move some industry experts say smacks of desperation.


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-7th Annual Biotechnology Teacher Symposium, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Biotechnology Building. - Mitten Tree Kick-off, all day, TSC. - Books & Buddies, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. - USU women’s volleyball, 8 p.m.

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- C.V. Center for the Arts – Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Ellen Eccles Theatre. - Jazz combos, 7:30 p.m., Performance Hall. - USU College Republicans, 8 to 9 p.m., Merrill-Cazier Library.

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USU employee health rair and flu shot clinic. Friday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the TSC Sunburst Lounge for health booths, displays, and assessments. Flu shots are available from 9 a.m until 2:30 p.m. in the Ballroom.

Religion in life

Parenting seminar Attention all parents or future parents: Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. in the TSC Ballroom, the USU Counseling Center will sponsor a Parenting Skills Seminar. Workshops, panel, door prizes, and refreshments.

Friday, Nov. 9, Religion in Life with Tomas Kofed at 11:30 in the Cultural Hall. Tomas Kofed is a Danish actor who portrayed the Savior in “The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepard.“ Lunch will follow. Two slices of pizza for a buck.

More to remember ... • Campus Recreation would like to see if students would like to see a Womens-only swim time, starting in the spring of ‘08. Female lifeguard. What time would be the best: Friday at 3:30-4:45 p.m. or 7:30-9 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Please e-mail bill. or stop in HPER 123 and let us know. Campus Recreation would like

Photo contest

Extended deadline for submissions for the Study Abroad photo contest. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 7, and may be emailed or dropped off. Open to students who participated in a Study Abroad program with USU from the summer of 2006 until the fall of 2007. The Study Abroad

Flying McCoys • G&G Mccoy Brain Waves • B. Streeter

Hey married people! Come check out the newest group on campus. “Hubbies and Hunnies” is here to help you network, get involved, and meet other couples. First activity Tuesday, Nov. 6, 7:45 p.m. - 9 p.m at the Alumni House

to see if there is interest in free swimming lessons on Saturday at 10 a.m.- 11 a.m. starting spring semester 2008. Please e-mail bill.  or  HPER 123 and sign up for the class • Flu shots available at the Student Health and Wellness Center for students. Hours 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cost is $22 • Children under the age of 18 are allowed to use the university recreation facilities only accompanied by a parent or legal guardian that have a current USU ID. So let’s play ball and stay fit with our family • SKI and SNOWBOARDING MOVIE. Free lift ticket to the “Canyon’s” ($76 Value) and subscription to “skiing” magazine for all paid attendees at Warren Miller’s “PLAYGROUND,” Kent Concert Hall, 8 p.m., Nov. 8 and 9. Advance tickets $14 and $17 at the door-advance tickets at Al’s, USU ticket office, USU outdoor Recreation Center.

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TouchBase Pats win in most overhyped game in history INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — No running up the score this week. Against the Colts, Tom Brady was content to close out another victory for the New England Patriots by kneeling down three times. In what was hyped as the biggest NFL regular season game ever, the Patriots stayed on course for an unbeaten season as Brady threw two of his three touchdown passes in a four-minute span of the fourth quarter Sunday to overcome a 10-point deficit and beat Super Bowl champion Indianapolis, 24-20. The win keeps the Patriots (9-0) on course for the NFL’s first unbeaten season since Miami did it 1972 and gives them the first tiebreaker over Indianapolis (7-1) in the AFC playoffs. “This is the first time we were in a ballgame late,” said Brady, whose team had never before trailed in the fourth quarter and had beaten its previous eight opponents by an average of 25 points a game. “There wasn’t any loss of confidence or determination.”

senior guard Jaycee Carroll goes in for a layup Saturday night as a Laval University defender looks on. Carroll ended the game with 32 points in the Aggies’ last exhibition game of the season. PATRICK ODEN photo

Aggie senior guard Taylor Richards dribbles around Yotes defenders on Saturday in an Aggie win over the College of Idaho. The Aggie women play their season opener at home against Pacific Nov. 9 after two exhibition wins. TYLER LARSON photo

Carroll’s 32 pushes USU Utah State flirts with the to big victory Saturday century mark in 2nd win By SAM BRYNER senior writer Different opponent, different day, and for the Aggies on Saturday night, different results. Utah State bounced back in a big way in their second and final exhibition game, beating Laval University 100-46. Saturday night the Aggies came out with a lot of focus and concentration, something they didn’t do in the exhibition opener against EA Sports. “We came out excited in the first game, enthusiastic and probably a little unfocused,” senior guard Jaycee Carroll said. “The coaches limited some things we could do in the warm up. I think that helped focus us a little bit.” The things that were eliminated before the game were dunks and alley-oop passes. “That’s the main thing we talked about

before the game,” freshman guard Pooh Williams said. “Our concentration has to be better ... We wanted to be more crisp.” And crisp the Aggies were, as they jumped out to an early 8-0 lead behind six points from junior Gary Wilkinson. With 14:33 left in the first half and the game at 8-6 for the Aggies, Carroll took over and in the next two minutes scored nine of the next 11 points for the Aggies. During that run he not only scored, but also got an assist and a steal. Carroll then went to the bench and the Aggies continued to increase the lead to 38-15 over the next six minutes. “I thought we played hard and tried to execute, and we had guys coming off the bench trying to play hard, and we took some charges and were aggressive on the break,” Head Coach Stew Morrill said. Carroll came back into the game and

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By ERIN WADSWORTH staff writer Women’s basketball wiped the court clean with the College of Idaho Yotes Saturday night in the Spectrum with a final score of 99-65. The Aggies stepped up their defense to counter the aggressive Yotes’ play, Head Coach Raegan Pebley said. Keeping up with the energy the Yotes put forth on the court, USU used its deep bench to employ each player’s talent, she said. “I was really proud of the composure and poise, the decisions our kids made, overall,” Pebley said. “I was really happy how our players who came off the bench played. It’s not easy for a newcomer to be in their second college game and have to play that style.” Junior guard Danyelle Snelgro gave the Aggies a jump start by scoring within the first two minutes of the first half. Snelgro

Freshman forward Lauren Hansen (17) fires a goal past Louisiana Tech’s goalkeeper. The goal was one of three for Hansen on the day. Her hat trick was a part of a record-setting day that saw USU score 10 goals, a single-game record. DEBRA HAWKINS photo

would go on to post a game-high 16 points. USU gained the lead following initial Yotes’ baskets in the opening half. The Yotes would never gain power again. Feisty Yotes were the least of Snelgro’s worries, as USU was patient throughout the game and looked for the good shots, she said. “The whole tempo of the game was really positive,” Snelgro said. “It’s always fun when you’re winning, and it’s even more fun when the whole team is on the same page.” Experience from this game will help the Aggies grow toward future games, Snelgro said. When it comes down to the wire, USU will be able to take control of the situation and finish it, she added. USU concluded the first half with a commanding 52-35 lead. Shooting a field goal percentage of 55, the Aggies hit 22 of the

- See WOMEN, page 16

1JKQ5VJQNFUVQR The Top 25 teams in the AP college football poll through Nov. 4 (first-place votes): RANK 1. Ohio St. (60) 2. LSU (5) 3. Oregon 4. Oklahoma 5. Kansas 6. West Virginia 7. Missouri 8. Boston College 9. Arizona St. 10. Georgia 11. Virginia Tech 12. Southern Cal 13. Michigan 14. Hawaii 15. Texas 16. Connecticut 17. Florida 18. Auburn 19. Boise State 20. Clemson 21. Alabama 22. Tennessee 23. Virginia 24. California 25. Kentucky

W/L 10-0 8-1 8-1 8-1 9-0 7-1 8-1 8-1 8-1 7-2 7-2 7-2 8-2 8-0 8-2 8-1 6-3 7-3 8-1 7-2 6-3 6-3 8-2 6-3 6-3

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Others receiving votes: Florida St. 89, Cincinnati 68, BYU 44, Penn St. 38, Illinois 27, Arkansas 20, Wisconsin 12, South Florida 11, Wake Forest 8, South Carolina 6, Purdue 3, Troy 1


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Whatever difficulties the USU soccer team had scoring early in the first half seem to be long gone now. The Aggies scored six goals in the first half and finished the game 10-1 to set a new school record for goals in a match and handed Louisiana Tech it’s worst defeat of the season and second biggest blowout in Lady Techster history, Saturday at the Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field. “I’m so proud of us,” USU Head Coach Heather Cairns said. “You have to respect your opponent and the best way you can respect your opponent is to take it to them, and I felt we did a very good job with that. If you would have asked me if we would have scored five goals in the first 20 minutes, I would have prob-

ably told you you were crazy. But they did such a good job. Those first goals were really good, creative goals. So I’m really proud that we played hard throughout the entire match. It’s just important to really do that.” Seven USU players scored and eight assists were tallied to set a new record for assists in a match. In all, the Aggies racked up 28 points on the day. With the win, and some help from other games around the conference, USU secured a second-place finish in the regular season for the second straight year. Going into the game, Cairns said Louisiana Tech was a team that couldn’t be overlooked as the team looks forward to the Western Athletic Conference Tournament less than a week away. Another potential threat to the Aggies would be LTU’s goalkeeper Tara Gavlak, who went into the game leading the WAC in

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By SAMMY HISLOP sports editor

Kevin Robinson continues to be the good news for the Utah State football team. Unfortunately, still no victory for the 0-9 Aggies. With 259 all-purpose yards in Saturday’s 38-27 loss at Fresno State, Robinson became the all-time leader in all-purpose yards at USU. With 6,058 yards in his USU career, Robinson broke former USU standout Emmett White’s 5,872-yard mark. Coming into the game, the Aggies were looking to solve two straight weeks of third-quarter woes. They found a solution against the Bulldogs as they outscored them 20-7 in the second half, but it was too little, too late. The Bulldogs collected their sixth win of the season to make themselves bowl-eligible for the eighth time in nine years. The Aggies are 0-9 for the first time in program history. The Bulldogs scored three minutes into the first quarter on a Ryan Mathews 16-yard run. Their next score was 10 minutes later. “We still need to get the first quarter straightened out,” Aggie Head Coach Brent Guy said in a radio interview. “That’s what is frustrating to me. We keep spotting these good teams 14 points.” USU got on the board after its first play of the second quarter. Running back Jacob Actkinson ran 17 yards for a score to cap off a six-play, 58-yard drive. It would be USU’s only points of the first half. In the meantime, the Bulldogs went on to score three more times—two touchdowns and one field goal to lead 31-7 at the break. 3RD-QUARTER AWAKENING Before the game started, the Aggies won the coin toss. In an attempt to solve his team’s thirdquarter offensive woes, Guy chose to defer receiving the ball until the second half. It worked. On their first drive of the final half, the Aggies drove 62 yards in five plays—including a 43-yard run by senior quarterback Leon Jackson III. On the sixth play of the drive, a 27-yard field goal by Peter

Caldwell was blocked by the Bulldogs’ Ben Jacobs. The Aggies didn’t throw in the towel. On the sixth play of the Bulldogs’ next drive, Aggie safety James Brindley intercepted a pass from Bulldog quarterback Tom Brandstater. Then, on the first play of the Aggies’ next drive, Jackson found Robinson wide open for a 44-yard touchdown pass. Fresno State’s Clifton Smith fumbled the ensuing kickoff return. The Aggies recovered at the Bulldog 31-yard line but could only manage a 46-yard Chris Ulinski field goal out of it. The score cut the Bulldog lead to two touchdowns. “If we get down by two touchdowns, nobody gives up,” said Aggie running back Derrvin Speight, who ran for 71 yards on the day. “That’s the big difference I’ve seen between this year.” The Bulldogs bit right back. This time it was A.J. Jefferson taking the ball back on the kick return. He knocked the Aggies on their rear with an 88-yard touchdown return. “That really hurt,” Speight said. “We got down there and it was like we started a little bit too late, but you can’t really say nothing about it.” A Peter Caldwell 40-yard field goal and a Rob Myers 23-yard touchdown reception would be the Aggies’ final Kevin Robinson points. “I said to them in the locker room, ‘Why do we want to spot everybody 14 and play from behind?’” Guy said. “’Let’s just go toe to toe from the first snap and see what happens. We can’t spot any team, with the way we’re playing right now, 14 points on the road and fight your way out of it. You have to have a lot of breaks go your way.”

Women: 34-point win in 2nd exhibition game -continued from page 15 “I think we, as a team, played really well,” said sophomore center Nicole Johnson, who banked 12 points in her 17 minutes of play. “We finished what we came here to do.” Yotes’ senior guard Whitney Clark aided her team with 14 scores, but it was not enough to keep up with the Aggies. Still in front with a 61-36 lead in the opening three minutes of the second half, USU continued on with an 11-4 scoring run to reach 88-59. The Aggies made their way to a 34-point victory, shooting 51.4 percent in the final half. Senior guard Taylor Richards offered 12 points to the team total, along with freshman guard Alice Coddington’s 10-point contribution.

“To be able to beat a team that handedly is a credit to our team,” Pebley said. “I commend what (the College of Idaho does). It takes courage to play that style of basketball, and they play it well. They’re going to win a lot of games at their level this year.” USU’s official season opener against the University of the Pacific is next on the schedule. The Aggies will host the Tigers in the Spectrum on Nov. 9. “Pacific is going to force us to play an up-tempo style,” Pebley said. “They won’t have the same philosophy defensively. So we’ll need to carry over our composure to that game against Pacific.” -

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play. Carroll would end the first half with 23 points. fun and played hard,” Morrill said. For the entire game he scored 32 points on 12-of-16 Morrill was happy to see his team respond well after shooting, including 4-of-6 from behind the threenot having a good practice the day before the game. point line. In addition to his scoring, Carroll also “I wasn’t really happy with them yesterday, and they grabbed seven rebounds and recorded three steals in responded to that,” he said. only 20 minutes of play. “We did get the message and came out today in “That’s Jaycee Carroll, that’s what he does. He’s a big shoot around and practiced really hard,” Carroll said. part of this team and he’s our leader,” Williams said. At one point in the second half, Carroll had perBy halftime the lead had increased sonally outscored the entire Laval team to 54-24 for the Aggies. The only and the student section began chanting questions in doubt were how much “Jaycee’s winning.” would Utah State win by and could “You hear it and it’s good,” Carroll said. they continue with their impressive “That’s one of the reasons you come to • Carroll shot 75% shooting and defense. Utah State because the fans are there and For the game, Utah State shot 62.7 from the field and are so vocal and you really know they’re in percent from the floor, including 67% on 3-pointers your corner for the entire game.” 54.5 percent from beyond the arc. • Team shot 62.7% Laval University played their third game The Aggies were able to out rebound in three nights and fatigue showed as they • USU forced 24 Laval by nine and forced 24 turnturned the ball over 24 times and only overs, including 15 steals. The final shot 30 percent from the field the entire turnovers margin of victory was 54. game. “I think we took a step forward, “It’s a little bit hard to take too much and so that part is encouraging,” Morrill said. from (the game),” Morrill said. “We got a team that Besides Carroll, other Aggie starters to finish in we’re better than, and we should be better than, playdouble-digits were senior forward Stephen DuCharme ing their third night in a row.” and Wilkinson. DuCharme ended the game with 13 Utah State will now prepare for their season opener points on 4-of-8 shooting while Wilkinson scored at home Nov. 9 against Southern Utah University. 12 points. Both players also recorded four rebounds Morrill would like more time to practice but as for apiece. Carroll and the rest of the players they are ready to Williams, coming off the bench, led the way for play games. Aggie reserves with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting, “I am just ready and I know everyone else is ready to including two for two on three-point tries. go,” Carroll said. “I know Coach Morrill says that he “I’m getting used to the system,” Williams said. wishes he had a month to practice before we play, but “The harder I practice the more I understand the sysas a player it is great to have games and be out in front tem.” of people and showcase what you’re able to do.” “It was good, we got 11 guys minutes and had some

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Aggie forward Kent Arsenault (22) takes a shot against BYU Saturday night at the Eccles Ice Arena. Arsenault recorded a hat trick Friday against Weber D1. TYLER LARSON photo

Last-second goal gives USU a win over BYU By G. CHRISTOPHER TERRY staff writer

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provided much-needed relief to the tightly stretched defensive rotation when he suited up during the second intermission and contributed several key late-game shifts despite his broken appendage. “Swede is such a huge loss,” John said. “Everybody has got to pick up the slack. It’s tough, but those types of games, when you win them, you can’t even describe how it feels because everyone pulled together and worked hard for each other.” BYU had five tripping penalties in the game, further advancing the team’s reputation for dirty play. Most of the Utah State penalties, by contrast, were assessed for solid hits, with roughing, holding, interference, charging and boarding typifying the calls made against the Aggies. “It’s just to be expected,” John said of BYU’s low-down tactics. “For my part, I thought it was less, but from how the guys were talking, I’d say it was the same. I don’t know what it is about those guys, but for some reason they just get chippy and they get cheap. I think what it really is is they’re not as physical and they use their sticks more. We hate them, they hate us.”

The Aggies kept their bitter rivals, the BYU Icecats, winless in the Eccles Ice Arena when team Captain Scotty John scored with just eight-tenths of a second left in overtime, ending a harrowing game by a score of 3-2 and igniting a massive on-ice celebration. After taking a pass from Kent Arsenault, who was up along the boards, USU rookie Ben Tikka controlled the puck down behind the goal line and fired it into the slot, where John was lurking. “I was kind of hanging around in the high slot, and all I’m thinking about is how much time is ticking off the clock,” John said, describing how his OT game winner came about. “Kent gets it down to Tikka in the corner, and Tikka’s got it, and I’m just like, ‘Oh my gosh, I hope he can get it to me.’ “He makes the pass right on my tape. Somehow it squeezes through everyone and right there’s for me to put it into a wide-open net. We were down and I wanted to get us back, and I was joking with the guys like, ‘Guys I’m scoring the game winner,’ so when CLOSE LOSS I was down there I was like, ‘This is going to happen, this is going to happen.’ And then it Arsenault completed a hat trick with one did. Unreal.” minute to go in the third period to keep Friday It was a baptism by fire to the BYU-USU night’s game in doubt, but Weber State scored hockey rivalry for Tikka and the other rookies. an insurance goal on the open net to win, 7-5, Tikka, who took on the role of play maker with in the Eccles Ice Arena. three assists, said he had no idea how much USU won the first period 1-0, with Arsenault time was left when he made the game-winning scoring shorthanded thanks to assists from pass in to John. Jay McFadden and Maciej Michalik. But then “I looked at the clock before we started play- the Aggies suffered what starting goaltender ing that shift, but other than that you just go Dan Cornelius termed “a lapse” in the second balls out,” he said. “I was surprised after we period, when Weber scored five times. scored when I looked up.” “I should have had them,” Cornelius said of The teams traded powerthe goals Weber scored during play goals in the first period. its outburst. “At the same time, Arsenault got USU on the board the team kind of messed up.” first when he sniped the far Jeremy Madigan and corner of the net with a wrist McFadden scored in the second USU 5 shot that made BYU goalie Ben to keep USU hanging around Weber D1 7 heading into the third. Arsenault Shapiro irrelevant. After scoring, the Canadian made a cirscored his second goal early in USU 3 cuit around the rink, pumping the third, bringing the Ags to up the crowd enthusiastically. within one heading down the BYU 2 Roughly one minute later, back stretch. That was when however, the crowd was hushed things got interesting. when the Icecats dug a puck out of the corner With 1:27 left, Weber’s Chris Cotsilis scored and set up a one-timer for Ben Shugart to put unassisted to make it a 6-4 game. Arsenault behind USU’s Greg Finatti. The 1-1 score after answered for USU 22 seconds later, bringing one period was somewhat misleading, as USU his team within one again and prompting dominated control of the puck and kept it deep Head Coach Jerry Crossley to pull Cornelius in in BYU’s zone for the most part. favor of an extra attacker. Playing six on five, It seemed like the Icecats might be on the the Aggies couldn’t keep the puck in Weber’s verge of their first-ever win in USU’s barn in zone, and Nick Micek put the puck in USU’s the second period when penalties became a unmanned goal. problem for the Ags and BYU Brandon Holmes “That’s the worst,” Cornelius said of being flipped a shot past Finatti while on a rush. forced to watch as Micek scored easily. “I Utah State had numerous chances to tie things actually feel like jumping over the bench and back up, but luck was on Shapiro’s side, never knocking it away.” more than during one sequence that occurred USU-Weber games are always hard-fought, while USU was killing a penalty: Shapiro came but there was an extra measure of bad blood out to gather a loose puck but underestimated between the the teams this time due to Aggie the great speed of Arsenault and found numdefenseman Paul Reinhardt’s use of Weber’s ber 22 bearing down on him. Arsenault poked Mike Spawton’s face as a landing strip for his the biscuit away from Shapiro, but the puck crashing fists during the last meeting. The flouted the laws of physics and trickled into Wildcat skaters felt Reinhardt ought to have the post. removed his helmet before bashing Spawton, Arsenault said it was one of the worst robwhile Reinhardt said he never had a chance to beries of his hockey career. remove his headgear when Spawton picked the “I went down to try and give it a little poke fight. and it turned out pretty good,” Arsenault said, Reinhardt sat this game out with a wrist bro“it rang off the post, but nothing really came ken in a separate incident, but the acrimony of it.” was still evidenced by the numerous penalties In the tunnel during the final intermission, called throughout. Finatti was overheard telling his teammates, USU’s Robert Sutherland said, “They say “You guys had better get two goals or you’re that it was a dirty fight, but they realize it was never going to see me again.” Whether it was a hockey fight. Leave it on the ice. We take because they wanted to keep their star goalie it out on each other. They’re a chippy team. in the fold or because they hate BYU with an That’s always how it’s going to be because we’re overpowering passion, his teammates respond- such big rivals.” ed. Cornelius said the physical game was nothArsenault struck again midway through the ing out of the ordinary. third period, using a nifty backhand to mysti“There was four or five scrums in front of fy Shapiro and erase the memory of his missed the net after the whistle,” he said. “Lots of stick opportunities. This equalizer set the stage for work. I got run over a few times. The normal the dramatic overtime period. stuff happens.” USU was minus top-line center William “Swede” Winsa, who sat out this weekend’s games with mononucleosis. Paul Reinhardt


Record: Win earns Ags second place -continued from page 15 saves for the conference season. It took less than two minutes to see the Aggies were focused and ready to play the best soccer of the season as junior midfielder Lacey Christenson scored her second goal of the season to put the Aggies up to an early 1-0. In a game honoring the accomplishments of seniors Dana Peart, Abby Hunt and Shannon Ross, Hunt delivered the second goal for the Aggies in the eighth minute of play with a diving header off an assist from sophomore defender Lindsey Smart. The goal marked the fifth and final goal of the season for Hunt. While the day may have been dedicated to the seniors, the show was dominated by freshman forward Lauren Hansen, who earned the first hat trick of her career with all three goals occurring within 15 minutes of each other. The goals lifted Hansen to nine on the season to lead the team in goals and points. Even though Hansen was a dominant force in USU’s victory, she was quick to credit her teammates for contributing to the success. “I was just in the right place at the right time,” Hansen said. “Candice and Dana, those balls were just perfect. I could have just stuck my foot out and they would have went in. Just having teammates like that, that’s why I’m there, because of them. There hasn’t been too many goals where I juked five players. It’s like beautiful passes or something. They sure help a lot.” Hansen’s first goal was the result of a well-placed ball by sophomore defender Sydne Porter to junior forward Candice Clark. After a quick dribble, Clark crossed the ball to Hansen, who pounded the ball into the back of the net. About 10 minutes later, Hansen scored again on a nearly identical play, this time off a feed from Peart. Hansen’s final goal of the game came off another assist from Clark. Before the half rounded out, sophomore forward Erin Salmon, who played more minutes in this match than previous games throughout the season due to an injury, nailed a fast, hard shot to the top left corner of the net, scoring her second goal of the season to put the Ags up 6-0 at the half. With the large lead, Carins put in players that have seen minimal playing time this season to give them experience, but the team didn’t look any different. “That’s important to get players that have been in and out of our top 15 through 20, in terms of depth of roster,” Cairns said. “It was important to get them minutes and be able to get them experience.” After USU had a domineering 10-0 lead, Louisiana Tech poked in their lone goal in the 74th minute of play off a powerful shot that mimicked Salmon’s shot earlier in the game, even from the same place. The Lady Techsters fell to 0-6-1 on the season and 2-14-1, while USU improved to 9-10 overall and 5-2 in conference play. “I think the key to us doing well in conference play is going to be that a lot of people have confidence,” Cairns said about looking forward. “We’re not going to do it with nine players having confidence and the rest being unconfident. So that’s where I think it was really important that the roster from head to toe is feeling confident, that they can make contributions, that they can play at the level needed to win a WAC championship.”

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Editor in Chief

Cell phone etiquette a matter of courtesy “OMG txt me l8r.” “UR my BFF.” This is the new valley-girl speak, an indecipherable spew of letters and symbols that will ultimately turn the English language into a dribble of abbreviations and acronyms. It’s an unavoidable occurrence made possible by an influx of technology to the masses. Besides the destruction of American English as we know it, affordable cell phones are giving millions of young people a means to make adults’ lives miserable with the almighty overage charge. But as college students, we are at the crossroads – old enough to pay for our own plans, but still young enough to generate bills of thousands of dollars because of excessive text messaging. For many, text messaging is the preferred method of communication. It’s very noncommittal. Just send out the feeler. No need to talk to people. And it comes in handy during class, too. When we’re one in the faceless crowd of an auditorium, we unconsciously bring about the downfall of society as we send message after message to fellow students around the country sitting in the same type of situation. Is it wrong to text during class? Sure is. It is a slap in the face to teachers. Does it happen, though? In every class, every day, everywhere around the country. Text messaging during class, no matter how disrespectful it is, is less of a distraction than another product of the cell phone age – the Fergie-song-ringtone class interruption. We’ve all been sitting in class, doodling, snoozing or – heaven forbid – taking notes, when the reverent academic atmosphere is shattered by the notes of the chorus of a random Top 40 hit. “How come every time you come around my London, London Bridge wanna come down like London, London, London.” This would be a good time for a public ostracizing. First for the musical taste, then for the complete disregard for the vibrate function that God created specifically for this purpose – to save classmates, family members or anyone within a mile radius from vomit-inducing ringtones in the “Now That’s What I Call Music Volume 69” collection. We need to remember that, despite their convenience and apparent live sustaining power, cell phones can turn into annoyances. We all know there’s nothing more annoying than thinking someone is talking to you, but when you try to reciprocate, they scoff at you, turn and point snobbishly to their Bluetooth headset. Alexander Graham Bell would be appalled.

Who’s cheating?


t is so difficult to decide what cheating really is. Everybody cheats and everybody lies, and anybody who says they don’t is cheating himself or herself with that lie. We all draw invisible lines and negotiate borders more dangerous than those of Palestine. This all works quite well in traversing everyday life, but when it comes to sports, all of a sudden we have rigid boundaries. How much is too much? I read one investigative report about Barry Bonds that said he not only had King Kongish muscles, but he actually gained an inch in height at age 35. This should have been the headline around the world: “Barry Bonds has growth spurt in middle age.” There have been science fiction B-movies produced with less of a premise. This would all seem indicative of going too far as would, say, growing a third lung or an auxiliary heart to make you a better distance runner. Those are the sorts of things easy to agree upon. On the margins, things get a lot fuzzier. Back in the fuzzy, sepia-toned past when I was running competitive track, there were all sorts of supplements too. There were bee pollen, liver tablets, goat’s blood and high-altitude training. This was before you could make any money in a sport like track, and only one player on each team made $1 million. I dreamed only of free shoes and maybe my name in the newspaper. Even with those un-lofty aspirations, I must say I would have swallowed just about any pill that would have made me instantly better. Why? Because I was 21 and the long-term consequences seemed like living to 52 instead of 55. What 21 year old cares about that? What is an artificial supplement anyway? Is a concentrated, naturally occurring substance natural or artificial? I used to argue with friends that orange juice was an unnatural supplement because you were concentrating a whole bag of oranges into a glass rather than peeling the oranges and eating all the pulp and seeds as nature had intended. I don’t know much about football, baseball and basketball, but I was hip deep in track and field. Blood doping sounds so barbaric compared to today’s standards, but that was the drug of choice then. Then it went a step forward to blood doping with your own blood to blood doping with other people’s blood. Then came the

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ForumLetters Give cross country respect To the editor: First off I would like to congratulate Gregg Gensel and the USU men’s and women’s cross country teams for their excellent performances at the WAC Championships where they placed 1st and 3rd, respectively. I would also like

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to express my disappointment in picking up the Statesman on Oct. 29 and seeing the Howl overview on the front page and the cross country teams’ accomplishments back on page 5. I don’t know what it takes to make the front page of the Statesman, but I think taking 1st place in the WAC should be adequate. Personally I am extremely appreciative to have a USU team that brings so much pride to our school and I think they

deserved to be appreciated and recognized by more than just me. In the future, please give them and all other USU groups and individuals that bring our school great pride, the acknowledgment that they rightfully deserve. Again, congrats to the cross country teams and their coaches. Go Aggies! Nicole Pierce

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ovember is upon us and with it another election season. This year’s elections won’t include the sex appeal of a presidential or Senate race, or much at all that would catch the eye of the mainstream media. No, the elections that are nearly upon us will be relatively quiet in the global arena and will feature the local, home-grown heroes, battling for only a few vacant seats on the City Council. But what do I care, right? I’m just a college student, oblivious and unaffected by the petty dealings of city bureaucrats, right? Wrong. Very wrong, actually. It’s this same apathetic mentality toward local politics (and, let’s face it, politics in general) that have plagued the collegiate assembly for far too long. It’s time we stood up and did something about this painfully true stereotype. As an advocate for voting, joined by others such as George Washington, John F. Kennedy and Oprah, I’ve heard all the typical excuses that deter the average college student from getting involved in the political process of the democratic society their forefathers died for, so let me put a few of them to rest. 1. Many use the excuse that they’re not from Logan and are therefore detached from the city

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itself and any obligations or proceedings that may fall upon its citizens. Well, to be brutally frank, that’s stupid. You live here don’t you? You drink the water, ride the buses, breathe the air and drive the roads of this fine city for at least eight months out of the year, and you’re trying to tell me you’re not directly affected by the municipal process? 2. Many use the excuse that commonly defiles our democracy, the notion that their helpless singular vote can’t honestly matter, especially in Utah. Albeit true that our state has been more comfortable with its right hand than its left, no one can look back at the precious last two presidential elections and say in sobriety that one vote doesn’t count. Plus, municipal elections are nonpartisan. So don’t think in red or blue. How do you think Republicans Rudy Guiliani and Michael Bloomberg became mayors of one of the most liberal cities in America? 3. “I don’t know where. I don’t know how.” I love this excuse, perhaps because it’s the biggest target for mockery. Voter registration locations vary every year but are always abundant. You can register on campus, at local churches and, of course, at the city office buildings located downtown at the corner of 200 N. and

- See VOTE, page 19

Defending herself as the damsel in the race


ASHINGTON — My favorite photo of the week — maybe my favorite photo of the presidential campaign so far — showed Hillary Clinton, dukes up, in a pair of bright red boxing gloves. It is iconic Hillary, unafraid to take on a fight. Which is also why the almost anti-feminist subtext of the past few days — a message emanating from the Clinton campaign and its allies — has been so unnecessary, and so disappointing. “Six guys against Hillary,” said Gerald


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McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, as he announced the union’s endorsement and presented Clinton with the gloves. “I’d call that a fair fight.” McEntee’s remarks echoed the “piling on” theme the Clinton campaign adopted after Tuesday’s debate in Philadelphia in which Clinton was pummeled by her competitors. The cam-

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paign was careful not to say so directly, at least not on the record, but the not-so-subtle implication was that a gang of mean, mean men was beating up on the only woman in the race. “She is one strong woman. She came through it well. But Hillary’s going to need your help,” the Clinton campaign told supporters in a fundraising e-mail. The Hill newspaper, listening in on a conference call with Clinton fundraisers, quoted chief strategist Mark Penn being even more explicit about the “backlash” he was detecting among female voters: “Those

female voters are saying, `Sen. Clinton needs our support now more than ever if we’re going to see this six-on-one to try to bring her down.’” Please. The Philadelphia debate was not exactly a mob moment to trigger the Violence Against Women Act; if anything, this has been an overly (pardon the phrase) gentlemanly campaign to date. Those other guys were beating up on Clinton, if you can call that beating up, because she is the strong frontrunner, not because she is a weak woman. And a candidate as strong as Clinton doesn’t need to play the woman-as-victim card, not

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Main. I understand that many – if not most – of us plan on leaving this beautiful little valley one day. We have dreams of wealth and Hollywood and making babies that will inevitably remove us from this fine town, if at least for a season. But hey, let’s make the most of this place while we’re here.

Let’s get out and vote on Nov. 6 and hold “the man” accountable. Let’s stun the skeptics and start making a difference. Jackson Olsen is a sports writer for The Utah Statesman. Questions and comments can be sent to him at jackson.

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chemical age and drugs that do not automatically make you stronger and faster, but they allow you to train harder with less fatigue so you can become stronger and faster. Hey, what’s wrong with that? It’s not like you are taking a magic pill. You still are actually working out. Most elite athletes are gym rats anyway. There is some evidence that the new generation of drugs actually make you “better.” That is, see better, react faster. As a bonus, you don’t even have to stick a needle in you butt. Sports that have become a pharmacopoeia nightmare are easy to attack, but what should be legal? Only food that everybody can buy at a grocery store? Only equipment available at retail sporting goods stores? In the real old “Chariots of Fire” days, even having a private, paid coach was cheating. The answers are not easy. Dennis Hinkamp works for USU Extension Communications and would like to wish you a Grande, family-sized, mocha latte weekend. Comments and questions can be sent to him at

even in “the all-boys club of presidential politics,” as Clinton called it in a speech this week at her all-women alma mater, Wellesley College. I have a pretty good nose for sexism, and what I detected in the air from Philadelphia was not sexism but the desperation of candidates confronting a front-runner who happens to be a woman. Indeed, one of the things I’ve loved about Clinton’s campaign recently is that it’s seemed almost post-feminist: The senator’s been so comfortable in being simultaneously the leading candidate for the nomination and a woman that she can summon her inner Rodgers and Hammerstein and enjoy being

a girl. “I have been reminded by some of my friends that when you get to be my age, having so many men pay attention to you is kind of flattering,” Clinton said in Iowa the other day. “If you want a winner who knows how to take them on, I’m your girl,” she said at an earlier Democratic debate. Clinton can get away with calling herself a “girl” because no one doubts that she’s a woman. She transcends the girl-as-belittlingputdown move. Now this six-on-one stuff. Clinton stumbled in the debate, uncharacteristically but nowhere near fatally. In response, Penn & Co. are playing a good game of

rope-a-dope. Democratic pollster Geoffrey Garin made that point at a briefing this week by Emily’s List, the pro-woman Democratic group that has endorsed Clinton. “As the other candidates, the male candidates, frankly, attack her, it’s not a free shot in terms of how this base of voters may react to that,” he said. “It’s not true that all of these women will take it as a neutral act, these kinds of attacks.” Added pollster Diane Feldman, “I think the attacks from other candidates are both a risk (for the men) and an opportunity for Senator Clinton, because the image of her standing up to the attacks and mov-

ing forward unfazed when there are ... up to seven men attacking her ... at once may well reinforce the 58 percent of women who feel that her being president may cause a change in attitudes toward women.” Count me with those 58 percent. A female president can’t help but change attitudes toward women — I believe for the better. But using gender this way is a setback. Hillary Clinton is woman enough to take these attacks like a man.

By Ruth Marcus is a member of The Washington Post’s editorial page staff.


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Bible: Four-part discussions -continued from page 1 that was using a textbook written by Schnider and wanting to know more. Schnider’s style of teaching was another reason Szwast said she went on the trip. After the last session, the students traveled to Salt Lake to deliver hand-tied fleece blankets, provided by the Wyoming students, to children in a hospital, Schadegg said. In his second year as administrator, Schadegg said he hopes to have these open discussions yearly and allow students of any religion to share their ideas. “I would really like to be a catalyst for open religious discussion for atheists to the LDS faith,” Schadegg said. Aggies for Christ is nondenominational and is part of the Logan Church of Christ, which uses the New American Standard Bible, Schadegg said. There are currently about 10 USU students involved in the program, but Schadegg said he thinks more will become involved after he spoke with students on the Taggart Student Center patio last week and asked them to attend some part of the discussions. The next activities Aggies for Christ will hold are a Thanksgiving dinner for students not going home during the holiday and a conference retreat in West Yellowstone, Mont., in December. –

Explosion: Students moved -continued from page 1 While it was no bomb or the fault of any student, Rich Hall was evacuated and the gas was shut off, eliminating the possible use of gas appliances or heated water, Jenson said. Temporary living arrangements have been made for the residents of Rich Hall to room in Richards Hall and Building B of the new Living and Learning Community, he said. “We’re grateful we had some options available to us and we’ve made arrangements with Dining Services, providing meals for these students, and parking is taken care of,” Jenson said. “I think we’re in good shape. It should work out pretty smooth.” Jenson said Building B was going to be used as a showroom this semester, but this weekend it was housing some transfer students so it couldn’t accommodate all the Rich Hall residents. Otherwise they all would have been housed there, he said. Residents of Rich Hall packed what they needed and were transported to the temporary housing locations, which were furnished complete with linens, Jenson said. Dining for the students will be available at the Marketplace or the Junction while Rich Hall undergoes a state inspection of the boiler, he said. Fairbanks said the temporary change in residence doesn’t bother him. “(I) just get free meals all weekend. It’s a pretty sweet deal,” he said. “I went from the cheapest hall to the most expensive ones.” Vaterlaus said she was less enthusiastic about moving out. “It’s kind of cool and exciting, but it’s kind of an inconvenience just to be moved out. I can’t really eat anything at the Marketplace because of allergies,” she said. As far as a timetable as to when students can return to Rich Hall, Jenson said “it really depends on the state. “They come in and provide an inspection and then we’ll go in and fix whatever needs to be fixed after the inspection. Then it will have to be inspected again,” he said. Bell said the state boiler inspector was en route a half hour after he left. Mecham said while he doesn’t have an exact estimate of when the students will be able to return, he said the earliest possible time would be Tuesday. –

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through electronic methods, such as text messaging, than communication through speech. Nelson wrote the outcome was positive, and more crimes were reported by teens through this method than over the phone. This serves as an example of how face-to-face communication is changing with cell phones. However, not all changes may be positive. Andrea Ruben, bank teller at Key Bank in Logan, said part of her job is communicating with the customer about their financial needs. When the customer is on their cell phone, however, Ruben said she can’t do her job as well. “It’s really annoying,” she said. “People don’t talk anymore. It’s just rude they can’t take a break from it.” Ruben is one of many people in customer service jobs who experience this lack of face-to-face communication from their customers. But customers aren’t the only ones who may avoid daily face-to-face communication. Cell phones have introduced a new trend of relationship woes, with couples commonly breaking up over the phone instead of talking in person. Clark Sessions, senior in animal science, said although cell phone use isn’t a bad thing, handling relationships over a cell phone is not the best form of communication to use. He said he thinks people are more apt to use cell phones to text relationship issues instead of talking in person because talking requires interpersonal skills. Since texting eliminates the need for talking face to face, Sessions said people can instead take their time to say what they want. “It’s simply that people are able to say what they want and not feel bad about it because they don’t think it is something they are saying directly to (the other person),” Sessions said. “I think it’s a negative thing though because a lot of people are losing those skills and the ability to relate to people. I think it’s just going to get worse if people don’t really foster that ability to communicate. It’s the key in success in anything you do is to be able to talk

to people, and it goes hand in hand with cell phone use. There’s a time and a place.” Wade said he views other technology devices, besides cell phones, that directly related to a social communication issue. “This is more an iPod thing than a cell phone thing,” he said. “After class is over, for some reason, some students put their iPods on and just listen. This makes not enough socializing in the halls or enough face-to-face interaction.” Growing up before the Internet became such a part of people’s lives, Wade said he was grateful when the opportunity for e-mail came about. “It was good because I was shy,” he said. “I found it much easier to communicate in that way. I can stop, pause, collect my thoughts and revise before hitting the send button.” Consequently, Wade said there is a certain amenity there where people don’t have to deal with faceto-face communication. “(Technological know-how) is a valid skill and something students should have, but not at the expense of an equally, if not more important, skill which would be the face-to face communication,” he said. Missing out on face-to-face communication isn’t the only thing avid cell phone users can miss. Charles Waugh, professor in USU’s English department, said people are missing out on the world around them when they are constantly on the phone. “This can be simply sad or pathetic,” he said in an e-mail interview. “(Sad) in the instance of missing a beautiful sunset or the sounds of a flock of sandhill cranes flying overhead or it can be tragic when someone is so engrossed in their phone conversation that they forget they are driving and wind up hurting other people.” CELL PHONE ETIQUETTE Thou shalt turn off the cell phone in public places, wrote Dan Briody, author of the article “Thou Shalt Learn and Abide by the Ten Commandments of Cell Phone Etiquette.” In his article, Briody states basic guidelines for cell phone use. Some of his cell phone com-

mandments include not dialing while driving, not speaking louder on the cell phone than on any other phone, and not subjecting others to cell phone conversations. The paper “Welcome to the always-on world” states the use of cell phones is creating a shift in human relationships “from episodic to always-on.” P.E. Agre, author, writes this always-on world presents new challenges such as understanding a possible addiction to technology and learning to deal with constant interruptions. This new world, although a world of freedom, Agre states, is also a world of forces that constantly rearrange relationships to their liking. Official social rules concerning cell phone etiquette differ from place to place, however, and some public places are still rushing to regulate usage. Places such as schools, however, usually provide more constant cell phone usage and etiquette rules. Wade said one part of Logan High’s current cell phone policy means no cell phone can be on during class. Although the school is still in the process of working out a new policy, Wade said there are some teachers who want to take cell phones away completely, partly due to teachers being worried about students cheating. Also, having phones on in class or other public settings can be a distraction. “I don’t agree with that,” he said. “I like the current policy. As long as the teacher is up front with the students, then (the policy) is typically not a big deal.” Waugh said he does not have an official cell phone policy for his university class. “Most students realize it’s rude and disruptive when their phones go off in class and scurry to them off if they’ve forgotten to do so in advance,” Waugh said. “It would probably just be more polite for everyone to keep their phones silent and then call people back from some unobtrusive place. It seems rude when two people are having a conversation and one suddenly starts talking to the person on their phone instead.”

IS TEXTING CHANGING THE WAY STUDENTS SPELL? Phil Wade, English teacher at Logan High, said he has noticed a small increase in texting affecting the way students spell. “I’ll see a little bit of the ‘JK’ in their writing, some of the little smiley faces and such,” Wade said. “There are a lot of lowercasing issues, for example the capital ‘I’ in a lot of cases.” Wade said students who have incorporated common texting words and symbols into their written work are particularly made up of ninth graders. However, Wade said he wants to teach his students writing with texting style is an audience issue. “It totally depends on your audience,” Wade said. “If you want to be really informal, that’s fine if you are writing your friend. But if your audience is a teacher or a parent or a scholar of some nature, there are certain expectations for that audience.” The article “Wan2tlk?: Everyday Text Messaging” states commentators suggest the use of shortened words will have an adverse effect on the spelling abilities and the language of the user. A study published in the article reported a single letter is dropped 15 percent of the time in a text message (i.e. using “ritten” instead of “written”). The study also reported wrong letters are replaced by the phonic sound of the letter, for example, typing the word “fone” instead of “phone.” This practice was recorded happening 25 percent of the time during the study. Wade said he sees texting as a legitimate thing for students to do. And some teachers and college professors, he said, use texting as a way to be quick communicators with each other. However, understanding what audience is receiving that message will help maintain professional and personal relationships in the right ways, he said. “As an English teacher, I am conveying a particular image and it’s part of my image to punctuate correctly,” he said. “It has made me more aware to type correctly.” –


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