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Veterans honored at USU

C.C. Sabathia of the Cleveland Indians was voted the AL Cy Young Award winner.

Campus News Effects of war can be seen in the weavings of the people. Page 3 Soldiers of the ROTC fire a 14-gun salute to American soldiers who have died in war. Veterans’ Day was observed Monday at USU with a wreath-laying ceremony put on by USU Air Force Detachment 860. USU Athletic Director Randy Spetman urged those in attendence to not forget fallen soldiers. DEBRA HAWKINS photos

By ALISON BAUGH senior writer

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top: Randy Spetman, a U.S. Army colonel and USU athletics director, speaks at the ceremony. Center: Dode Reese, oldest known living USU ROTC graduate, attended the service. Bottom: Students form ranks to honor U.S. veterans.

Sports USU pulls off huge upset in a sweep of ranked Hawaii on the road. Page 13

Opinion “I hope we can all remember how valuable freedom is. Our freedom has been bought with a price. It is up to all of us to be vigilant and ensure our freedom is not lost due to our negligence.” Page 9

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Celebrating what Lt. Col. Michael Swift called a day to honor Americans for their love of country and willingness to serve, a small crowd gathered outside the Spectrum at the Veterans Memorial Monday morning. “Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living veterans for their service,” Swift said while opening the ceremony. The ceremony was put on by the USU Air Force Detachment 860, Army ROTC Jim Bridger Detachment and USU Post 12 of the American Legion. During the ceremony, the USU Air Force ROTC Honor Guard performed the laying of the wreath ceremony and raised a flag. Cadet

Owsowitz played the taps, and Ronda Thompson sang the national anthem. Randy Spetman, USU athletic director, a colonel in the Army and featured speaker, urged the audience, “Let us not forget.” Among the events Spetman wanted them to remember were the Civil War, World War I, the enemy attacking Pearl Harbor and those people who will forever rest in the Arizona at the ocean’s floor, Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge, raising the flag at Iwo Jima, Vietnam – the longest and least welcomed war at home, Desert Storm, the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. “My faith grew strong as I saw this nation pull together like never before to protect our way of life,” Spetman said of 9/11. Those who are serving today share the same constitutional ideals as those of our Founding Fathers,

Spetman said. The veterans carry freedom with them and have proven themselves to be full of character, compassion and a drive to overcome setbacks and battles, Spetman said. “Let us not forget why we battle for our freedoms,” Spetman said. “Let us not forget, but let us celebrate with all our hearts and thank God for all we have.” Those veterans in attendance and families who have members currently serving were honored for the sacrifices they have made or are making today. At 99 years old, Dode Reese is the oldest known living USU ROTC veteran and was in attendance, as he said he has been for many of the

- See VETERANS, page 3

Regional campus reps. will soon be connected Representatives at satellite campuses to link to ASUSU meetings in Senate Chambers By ALISON BAUGH senior writer

Regional campuses will soon be able to interact with ASUSU Senate meetings thanks to a technology update. New equipment is being brought into the Senate Chamber, located on the third floor of the Taggart Student Center. This room is mainly used for ASUSU meetings, but is also used by other organizations, said Tiffany Evans, ASUSU director. The update “This will help will them a lot. They serve will get informathe tion directly from needs Executive Council of student instead of by word leaders of mouth.” and the stuJason Kowallis, Regional dents of USU Campus representative in particular, Evans said. “I think this is an exciting opportunity, not only for student government but also for the room in particular,” Evans said.


The update will bring in equipment such as a projector, a wireless keyboard and microphones that will allow ASUSU members to communicate directly with regional campuses, said Jason Burrows, ASUSU administrative assistant. The equipment will be able to be located in a central place with these updates rather than having to bring equipment in and have wires connecting everything, Burrows said. It will be similar to the set up in Champ Hall, said Jason Kowallis, Regional Campus appointed representative. Those at regional campus sites will be able to participate in the meetings as students would when taking a class via satellite. “This will help them a lot. They will get information directly from Executive Council instead of by word of mouth,” Kowallis said. Currently, the Tooele site has four student representatives, Brigham City has two, and Salt Lake, Roosevelt and Blanding each have one. This interaction between the campuses is something Kowallis said he feels will help with USU President Stan Albrecht’s goal of having one unified campus. The direct and immediate connection will allow feedback from regional campuses and allows ASUSU to help serve them better, Kowallis said. “When we’ve received that feedback, really positive things have happened,” Evans said, noting the organization of the student government in the Uintah Basin as an example. The funding for this update is mainly coming from funding secured by Vice Provost for Regional Campuses and Distance Education Ronda Menlove. ASUSU is contributing $5,000 to the project, which will require a total between $20,000 and $21,000, Burrows said. The Graduate

- See SENATE, page 3

Senior Ashley Johnson was sworn in Tuesday night as the new executive vice president of ASUSU. Jacob Roskelley, who was elected to the position last spring, has accepted an internship in D.C. Johnson said she wants USU to be better-known nationally. TYLER LARSON photo

New ASUSU exec. VP sworn in for spring By ALISON BAUGH senior writer

Ashley Johnson was sworn in as the new executive vice president for ASUSU last night. Former executive vice president Jacob Roskelley, will be doing an internship next semester in Washington, D.C., and had to resign his position. Roskelley said he was in his third semester of service with ASUSU, having served as public relations director last year. “For Jake’s time in office, he has been fantastic. No one could have any complaints about him or his service,” said ASUSU President Peter McChesney. A step in fulfilling a dream is what McChesney calls Roskelley’s internship, and he said if any member of ASUSU would have been given a similar opportunity, they would take it. Roskelley has weighed his options and made the right decision, McChesney said. “I will miss being involved and serving the students and being able to hear their concerns and working towards solutions,” Roskelley said. After serving for three years on the Government Relations Council,

- See JOHNSON, page 3


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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A judge who ordered a woman to drop her pants and decided a custody dispute by flipping a coin was removed from the bench by the Virginia Supreme Court on Friday. The decision against Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge James Michael Shull of Gate City was unanimous. “Unless our citizens can trust that judges will fairly resolve the disputes brought before our courts, and treat all litigants with dignity, our courts will lose the public’s respect and confidence upon which our legal system depends,” Justice Barbara Milano Keenan wrote. According to the court, Shull admitted tossing a coin to determine which parent would have visitation with a child on Christmas. Shull said he was trying to encourage the parents to decide the issue themselves but later acknowledged that he was wrong. The pants-dropping incidents, the court said, “were even more egregious.” The court said they occurred when a woman was seeking a protective order against a partner who she said had stabbed her in the leg. Shull knew the woman had a history of mental problems and insisted on seeing the wound, the court said.

McCain accuses rivals of lack of experience NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – John McCain, a Vietnam war prisoner, argued Friday that his top rivals for the GOP nomination aren’t qualified to deal with issues like torture – or to be president in wartime – because they never served in the military. The Arizona senator’s position on an interrogation technique that simulates drowning — he says it constitutes torture and is illegal – puts him at odds with Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson, who haven’t taken such a hard line. “There’s a clear division between those who have a military background and experience in these issues and people like Giuliani, Romney and Thompson who don’t – who chose to do other things when this nation was fighting its wars,” McCain told reporters after touring a shipyard and taking questions from workers wearing hard hats and blue jeans.

Police barricade the road leading to opposition leader Benazir Bhutto’s home where she remains under house arrest in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, Nov. 13. Bhutto, on Tuesday, called on President Gen. Pervez Musharraf to resign and ruled out serving under him in a future government after she was placed under house arrest for the second time in five days. AP Photo

Bhutto under house arrest, shots fired at police stations LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) – Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto on Tuesday called on President Gen. Pervez Musharraf to resign and ruled out serving under him in a future government after she was placed under house arrest for the second time in five days. With the political turmoil deepening, Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte was headed to Pakistan and expected to reiterate Washington’s calls for Musharraf to lift the state of emergency. The Bush administration offered a measured response to Bhutto’s remarks. “We remain concerned ... (but) we are hopeful that moderate elements would join together,” White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said. Pakistan should get back on a path to democracy and “the political parties in Pakistan should all be working together toward that goal,” she said. Musharraf’s critics and chief international backers, including the United States, have said the restrictions imposed by the military leader – such as on independent media and rallies – would make it hard to hold a fair vote in upcoming parliamentary elections. Bhutto was trapped in a padlocked house surrounded by thousands of riot police, trucks, tractors loaded with sand, and a row of metal barricades topped with barbed wire. She said it was now likely her Pakistan People’s Party would boycott the January elections and ruled out serving a term as prime minister under Musharraf. “I simply won’t be able to believe anything he said to me,” she told reporters by telephone from the house in Lahore where she was held to prevent her leading a protest procession. Her comments appeared to bury hopes of the political rivals forming a pro-U.S. alliance against rising

Islamic extremism. They had held months of talks that paved the way for Bhutto’s return from exile last month to contest the parliamentary elections. But Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, a close Musharraf ally, said he doubted Bhutto had closed the door completely to any cooperation with the general. “She talks one thing but walks in a different way,” Ahmed said, saying her comments were a reaction to declining public support for her party. “She knows the election result will be different from what she thought. That is why she is trying to create a disturbance.” In the southern city of Karachi, Bhutto supporters fired on two police stations in a poor district where her party is popular, and police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators, senior police officer Fayyaz Khan said. A 9-year-old boy and a 22-year-old woman were wounded in crossfire between demonstrators and police, witnesses said. Bhutto told the private Geo TV network that Musharraf was a hurdle to democracy and must resign both as president and army chief. She accused Musharraf of imposing effective martial law when he declared emergency rule Nov. 3 – suspending citizens’ rights and rounding up thousands of his opponents. Musharraf said the restrictions were needed to bolster the fight against the Taliban and al-Qaida. In an interview with The New York Times on Tuesday, Musharraf said Bhutto “has no right” to ask him to resign, and said she was exaggerating her popular support. “Let’s start the elections and let’s see whether she wins,” Musharraf said. Negroponte’s trip to Pakistan was pre-planned and part of a regular strategic dialogue with Pakistan, a key ally in the U.S.-led war on terror, said U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Elizabeth

Colton. Authorities mounted a massive security operation to prevent Bhutto from leading a 175-mile procession to the capital, Islamabad, to press for an end to emergency rule. Officers detained scores of her supporters, including several lawmakers, who approached the barricades shouting slogans including “Go, Musharraf, go!” and “Prime Minister Benazir!” Bhutto’s spokeswoman, Sherry Rehman, said the former prime minister was stuck in the house with a handful of top aides. She said Punjab’s provincial government had attached the seven-day detention order as well as several padlocks to the front gate. Aftab Cheema, chief of operations of Lahore police, said Bhutto would not be allowed to leave the house, which was declared a “sub-jail.” Bhutto said once she was freed from detention, she would work to forge a broad alliance including Nawaz Sharif – a longtime rival and fellow former prime minister who shares her wish to end military rule. Sharif was ousted by Musharraf in the 1999 coup that brought the general to power. He tried to return to Pakistan in September but was immediately deported. Speaking from exile in Saudi Arabia, Sharif told The Associated Press that he believed the opposition was “beginning to get together.” Bhutto said she saw no prospect of achieving political power by cooperating with Musharraf’s administration. “Now we’ve come to the conclusion that even if we get power, it will just be a show of power. It won’t be substantive power,” Bhutto said. “It seems unlikely that the People’s Party will participate in the upcoming elections,” she said, describing the vote as a “stage-managed show” to return the ruling party to power. Other Bhutto supporters went ahead with the procession without her.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Thousands of “Hannah Montana” fans who couldn’t get concert tickets could potentially join a lawsuit against the teen performer’s fan club over memberships they claim were supposed to give them priority for seats. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a New Jersey woman and anyone else who joined the CYRUS Miley Cyrus Fan Club based on its promise that joining would make it easier to get concert tickets from the teen star’s Web site. Cyrus, 14, is the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus and star of the Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana” TV show. Her sold-out “Best of Both Worlds Tour” is the hottest concert ticket of the year, with shows selling out in as little as four minutes and scalpers getting four or five times face value. The class-action lawsuit names Interactive Media Marketing Inc. and Smiley Miley Inc. as defendants and seeks triple damages for all members of the lawsuit and attorneys’ fees. The plantiff doesn’t yet know the size of the class, but based on the popularity of the Web site, it could number tens of thousands of people, according to the lawsuit. “They deceptively lured thousands of individuals into purchasing memberships into the Miley Cyrus Fan Club,” plaintiffs’ attorney Rob Peirce said. His Pittsburgh firm and a Memphis firm filed the suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Nashville. The fan club costs $29.95 a year to join, according to the lawsuit, which alleges that the defendants should have known that the site’s membership vastly exceeded the number of tickets. Neither of the listed agents for the two companies based in Nashville could be immediately reached for comment Tuesday.


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A range, a variety, a diverse selection Students chowed down on free popcorn and watched a movie put on by the International Student Council Tuesday for Diversity Week. They watched “Curse of the Golden Flower” in the Taggart Student Center Auditorium. Diversity Week activities will be held throughout the week. A presentation called “Countries & Cultures” will be held today in the TSC Auditorium from 12:30 to 1:30. Also Wednesday will be the Breaking Boundaries Dance Show in the TSC Ballroom from 7 to 9 p.m. A religious diversity panel involving representatives from religious groups on campus is planned for Thursday from 12 to 2 p.m. in the Sunburst Lounge. Another movie night is also scheduled for Thursday. Friday is International Dress Day on campus, and students are encouraged to wear traditional clothing to class. Several activities are planned for Friday, including the Diversity Carnival on the second floor of the TSC from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Cultural Showcase in the Sunburst Lounge at 2:30, with the 14th Annual Diversity Awards following at 4:15 p.m., the Mr. & Ms. International Pageant in the Ballroom at 6 p.m., and the Superhero Dance with activities throughout the TSC starting at 9 p.m. where students are invited to wear their superhero costumes. Saturday Diversity Week continues. The Sham Rock! Benefit Concert for the prevention of child abuse will be in the Sunburst Lounge from 6 to 9 p.m. TYLER LARSON photo

‘Through the textiles the women and men make, we are able to see the effects of war’ Lecturer says weavings reflect culture, traditions, and can show what happens to individuals during the course of war By ARIE KIRK news editor

The effects of war on countries are obvious—devastated landscapes, destroyed buildings, displaced people and, as Jill Stein believes, their weavings. Weaving has traditionally been a part of many cultures. Using bright colors and designs, Stein said people’s creations typically showcase culture and traditions. During and after a war, however, she said the mood and depictions become something much different. Stein, research assistant at the Institute for Learning Innovation in Annapolis, Md., spoke Tuesday as part of USU’s English department’s lecture series. Her lecture, also given as part of the “Weavings of War, Fabrics of


“We don’t see what is happening so much in personal lives. We see the bigger picture – this battle, that battle. Jill Stein, lecturer Memory” textile exhibit, focused on cultures that have used the age-old tradition of weaving to depict and cope with the realities of war. The greatest accomplishment of such works, Stein said, is the telling of a story previously unknown. She said the weavings tell the story of people largely ignored by media. “We don’t see what is happening so much in personal lives. We see the bigger picture—this battle, that battle. Through the textiles the women and men make, we are able to see the everyday people and the effects of war,” she said. “We really need to see the consequences of war, our actions or military action on

other people of the world.” Stein spoke of the Hmong people, a minority living in Vietnam, whose woven story cloths changed drastically during the Vietnam War. Instead of weaving the traditional patterns, she said their pieces evolved to include planes, troop movements and the dead. Stein described the change as “quite jarring.” As many refugees traveled to the United States, Stein said their weavings began to assimilate American culture. One cloth had a rock band playing in a show, something quite different than anything ever seen in Vietnam during the war. Stein also discussed Chilean arpilleras, items made during a time of unrest similar to the experiences of the Hmong people. The arpilleras usually showed public executions and arrests. While both groups made their weavings for profit, Stein said they were also driven by their displeasure with violence and political institutions. As they sent their work around the world to be sold, she said they also hoped to spread the news of the unstable condition of their countries. The work sold abroad was so effective in telling the stories of war and unrest, Stein said the Chilean government banned people from making them. The thread, symbolic of the weaving and closeness of a culture, eventually helped to reunite people, Stein said. “It brought people back together. They would come back to create something that connected them to their life before,” she said. The story cloths and arpilleras were also a sign of hope for many, she said. While the design, colors and pictures may change, Stein said the tradition does not. This is a practice continued in many cultures today, Stein said. When the United States invaded Afghanistan, she said women there wove pieces showing tanks and helicopters. While she hasn’t seen such products come out of Iraq, she said she can only imagine people there doing the same.

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Friends of Library present fall lecture The group Friends of the MerrillCazier Library at USU presents its fall lecture Thursday, Nov. 15. Roy Dale Webb will present “I Had Arrived At Perfection: The Lost Canyons of the Green River.” The lecture is free and open to all. Members of the community are especially invited. Webb is an author, historian and archivist with the Special Collections department of the Marriott Library at the University of Utah, where he oversees a comprehensive collection of writings and visual materials on the history of the Colorado River. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Merrill-Cazier Library’s Auditorium, room 101, on the USU campus (approximately 570 N. 930 East). Webb was born in Farmington, N.M., and grew up on the banks of the San Juan and Animas Rivers. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1984 and a master’s degree (both in American history) in 1991 from the University of Utah. Webb has worked in the Marriott Library at the U since 1981. Since 1994, he has served as the multimedia archivist in Special Collections. A river enthusiast, Webb has rafted all of the Green River below Fontenelle Dam in Wyoming, most of the Colorado between Grand Junction and Pearce Ferry (save for Lake Powell), the San Juan, the White River and other rivers in the western United States. The author of five books, he has been a historian/interpreter on river trips since 1983, and began consulting professionally in 1985 with his first Grand Canyon trip for Grand Canyon Expeditions. The Friends of the Merrill-Cazier Library is an organization that recognizes the central role of the university’s library in the education of students. The group provides financial and program support for the libraries, and organizes a lecture series on the USU campus.

Free workshop on Photoshop Wednesday The Society for Technical Communication at USU hosts a free workshop for those interested in learning Adobe PhotoShop. USU department of English graduate student and PhotoShop wizard Curtis Newbold will share his expertise Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in USU’s Ray B. West building room 101 (approximately 850 E. 480 North). All students, faculty, staff and the public are welcome to attend, and refreshments will be served. There are a limited number of computers, so arrive early to get a seat. For those with questions, contact Steph Wilson, STC president, at stephanie.wilson@aggiemail.

PR professional to speak on the media Jill Stein, research assistant at the Institute for Learning Innovation in Annapolis, Md., explains the significance of tapestries and other textile products during her lecture on “Weavings of War” and “Threads of Continuity” at the Alumni House Tuesday. The lecture was part of the Caine School of the Arts’ visiting artist series. Stein said a society’s weavings indicates what is happening in their culture, such as war. CAMERON PETERSON photo

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completing a lobbying internship, being appointed as a justice by ASUSU last year and being heavily involved in the political science department, ASUSU past years. Reese graduated from USU, then called Utah Agricultural felt Johnson was the most qualified, McChesney said. Johnson said she found out she had been College, in 1932 with a degree in chosen about an hour before the meeting and was business and ROTC. After gradunervous but excited. ation he went on to serve in the “I have a lot of goals with educating students and Army and later the Air Force. having them educate us about what their wants and “We had great friends and leaders needs are,” Johnson said. that were in the ROTC,” Reese said. Bridging the gap between students and local Fourteen cannon shots were government is another area Johnson said she wants fired in honor of each war USU to focus on. A senior in political science and psyveterans have fought in. These chology, Johnson said she has heard about a lot of include the Spanish American graduate school opportunities this year that she War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, would have liked to have known about earlier and Vietnam War, Invasion of Grenadawants to allow other students that chance. Getting Operation Urgent Fury, Invasion USU’s name out on a national level is something else of Panama-Operation Just Cause, Johnson said she is pushing. She said growing up in Invasion of Kosovo-Operation South Carolina, she had never really heard of USU Allied Force, Invasion of Somaliaand came out here on a whim, but has loved it ever Operation Restore Hope, the Gulf since. War-Operation Desert Storm, -continued from page 1 “I don’t really know the ins and outs of ASUSU, so Iraq-Operation Desert Fox, War I’m looking forward to working with y’all,” Johnson Student Senate is donating $2,000 and a camcorder and a DVD burner on Terrorism-Operation Enduring said. Freedom, Homeland Securityto allow the meetings to be available as podcasts later, Burrows said. McChesney said the council decided to fill the Operation Noble Eagle, and the Iraq The update will only take a day as equipment just needs to be position now as the legislative session starts the War-Operation Iraqi Freedom. installed, Burrows said. He said he expects it to be done in the next beginning of next semester and Johnson will have couple months when the equipment arrives. many responsibilities which need prior preparation.

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Tim Brown, partner and executive vice president of Richter7 advertising and public relations agency in Salt Lake City, is the fall semester Media and Society lecturer at USU Thursday, Nov. 15. He speaks at 10:30 a.m. in the Eccles Conference Center Auditorium on the USU campus. The lecture is free and open. The Media and Society Series is a program in the department of journalism and communication at USU. Brown’s speech, “Can’t We All Just Get Along,” focuses on the positive relationships between media and public relations professionals. He will share advice from 24 years experience working with local, state, national and international media professionals. The presentation includes anecdotes and firsthand experiences from his vast network of contacts in TV, radio, print and online media. The presentation promises to benefit future media and journalism professionals, as well as current professionals who use the media for public relations, marketing or promotional purposes. The presentation also provides a better understanding of public relations and the media. “Tim’s presentations are always lively, fun and very informative,” said Troy Oldham, lecturer from the journalism and communication department at USU. “Our relationship with Richter7 and Tim Brown has been invaluable in the development of our PR program, as well as the professional development of our PR students.” Brown’s PR firm is well respected and known for its creativity and high standard of work. Richter7 is the largest locally owned advertising/PR/web firm in Salt Lake City. Brown has handled creative PR efforts for many big name clients.

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Giuliani might not need early states to win nomination ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Early momentum has been the surefire way to win modern presidential primaries: Emerge as the front-runner in Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina, then steamroll through later states to become the nominee. Most of the Republican candidates are betting on this approach for 2008, but Rudy Giuliani is counting on something simpler: delegate math. His plan is based on the fact that Florida and several other big states, trying to loosen the grip of the traditional early contests, are voting earlier than usual to compete for influence and attention from the candidates. The shake-up might help Giuliani capture the nomination, even without the “must-win” early states. “There’s never been an election like this before, where you have so many

delegate-rich states coming on the heels of the early primary states, like California, like Illinois,” says Giuliani campaign manager Mike DuHaime, in an interview with The Associated Press. “It is clearly a huge amount of delegates that are available Feb. 5 in states where the mayor is leading.” Giuliani dominates in national polls — he leads former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson 29 percent to 19 percent in Associated Press-Ipsos polling released last week. He has big leads, too, in California, New York and Florida. He trails in polling in Iowa and New Hampshire — although he’s gained ground in New Hampshire — and Thompson has been challenging his lead in South Carolina surveys. That’s in part because conservatives who hold sway over those GOP prima-

ries are uncomfortable with Giuliani’s more liberal record on cultural issues like abortion and gay rights. Which states matter most, earlier ones or later, bigger ones? In Orlando, Fla., retired Army Col. Terry Fiest says he doesn’t take marching orders from the early states. “I think Iowa is a myth,” Fiest says. “Iowa is like the starting gate of a marathon. I don’t even gauge Iowa.” His friend Craig Hartwig, who lives in Mount Doro, Fla., adds: “We’re not bandwagon people.” This sentiment led Florida to move its primary from March to Jan. 29, four weeks after Iowa’s first-in-thenation caucuses. Leapfrogging states drew punishment last week, with party officials slashing their convention delegates by half, for violating rules against

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, talks to the media after visiting his California campaign headquarters, Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Glendale, Calif. AP photo



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holding primaries before Feb. 5. The penalties apply to New Hampshire, Florida, South Carolina, Michigan and Wyoming. Iowa will not be penalized because its Jan. 3 caucuses technically are nonbinding, and the same is true of Nevada on Jan. 19. To win the GOP nomination, a candidate must amass a majority of the 2,380 national convention delegates, most of whom are pledged to support the winner of their states or districts. After nearly half the states hold nominating contests on Feb. 5, Giuliani, the former New York mayor, could hold a commanding lead in the delegate count. Here’s how. —Giuliani has wide leads in bigger states with more delegates, such as Florida (57 delegates), California (173), New York (101), New Jersey (52) and Illinois (70). He’s expected to capture Connecticut (30) and Delaware (18), too. He campaigned Monday in Missouri (58), another big prize whose senior senator, four-term Republican Kit Bond, recently endorsed Giuliani. —Even where he doesn’t win on Feb. 5, Giuliani could still come in second and win delegates. Big states in this category might include Georgia (72), Alabama (48) or Tennessee (55). Only a few — New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware and Missouri among them — award delegates on a winner-take-all basis. Other winner-take-all states, Arizona (53) and Utah (36), are expected to go for John McCain and Mitt Romney, respectively. —States voting after Feb. 5, including Maryland (37), Ohio (88) and Pennsylvania (74), also hold potential for Giuliani to roll up most or some of the delegates. Giuliani has a good shot at winning an early state or two as well. He has gained ground on former Massachusetts Gov. Romney in New Hampshire (12 delegates), where Giuliani ranks second in polls, and has battled Thompson for the lead in South Carolina (24). He is spending more time in New Hampshire and in recent weeks has been mailing fliers to voters in Iowa and New Hampshire. He’s also run radio ads there.

But Giuliani’s rivals say that if he fails to capture an early state his math won’t add up. They argue a candidate just can’t count on winning the later states without factoring in the winner of the early contests. Whoever wins Iowa — and Romney has a double-digit lead there — will be viewed as the leader going into the next few contests, officials in other campaigns insist. “People want to vote for a winner,” says Carl Forti, political director of Romney’s campaign. “And the winner is determined by who is on the front page of the papers and who is perceived as the front-runner after those early primaries.” History backs up this claim: Democrats John Kerry, Bill Clinton and Michael Dukakis all came from behind to win Iowa, then gathered steam to eventually win their party’s nomination; Republican George W. Bush, after winning Iowa but losing New Hampshire to Arizona Sen. McCain, managed to win South Carolina and become the 2000 nominee. “Win the early states, and you get momentum and money,” says Rich Bond, a former Republican National Committee chairman. “The question is, is that momentum and money a big enough wave to capsize Giuliani, who may not have won any of those early states?” McCain’s advisers suggest the earlier primaries could make the first states more influential, not less. Florida is so expensive to run television advertisements in that media coverage of the early leader will have a big impact, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis says. “If you don’t have momentum going into Feb. 5, forget about it. And I think that’s equally true in Florida,” Davis says. Al Cardenas, a former Florida Republican Party chairman who is supporting Romney, agrees: “The winner of the early primaries will carry an enormous slingshot effect into later races,” he says. Using either strategy — momentum or simple math — Giuliani’s campaign wagers it can win.




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Focus: Religion

Prayer a personal experience and may have physical benefits By AMANDA MEARS staff writer

Seeking solitude By MANETTE NEWBOLD features editor

Forty-one years ago, a young accountant headed to Los Angeles where he lived in the sun, joined a social club and went to dances every week.Today, this same man lives in a monastery in Huntsville, Utah, and instead of doing office work and dancing, he spends his life in prayer. “The idea of going to the monastery here would not leave

Monks give lives to God

me. I found my happiness and completion here,” said Father David Altman, who was elected the sixth abbot at the Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Trinity in July. After graduating from Temple University in Philadelphia, Altman went looking for a girl while he worked for a year and a half as an accountant. “I fought it for years,” he said. “I met a lot of good girls. They’re all grandmothers now for sure. It wouldn’t let me go, so I wrote a

monastery in California and they suggested I come here. So I wrote the abbot who’s still alive here at 91. It wasn’t how I planned it. When I was working, I would travel in California as far east as Arizona and work with aerospace projects. It was very futuristic in those days.” Joining the monastery wasn’t easy for Altman because the rest of his family is not Catholic, he said. They did not react well at all, he said, but after a couple of years they better understood.

FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR ANSWERS about LDS issues, Sunstone Magazine offers articles that center around the faith. Dan Wotherspoon, Sunstone editor, said the magazine is a reflective forum. DEBRA HAWKINS photo

Sunstone contains multiple views about LDS Church

The goal of the magazine is to allow readers to ask questions By BRITTNY GOODSELL JONES assistant fetures editor

It started with an audience of seven. And now it reaches thousands. Sunstone Magazine was created in 1974 by seven graduate students and professionals and serves as an open forum for


active, semi-active or inactive members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to explore and discuss LDS issues. Articles in the magazine center around the LDS faith, culture, questions and discussions, according to sunstoneonline. com. The magazine includes personal essays, journeys, historical and theological articles, and a

look at contemporary religious issues. However, there are also other readers who are not affiliated with the LDS faith. Rhonda Callister, subscriber to Sunstone, said Sunstone Magazine attracts a particular audience who may be looking for a place to ask questions. “I heard somebody recently say they first heard about

His father visited him the second year he was in the monastery and realized monks are just various people with a common vocation, Altman said. Mornings for Altman and the rest of the monks at the monastery begin at 3:15 a.m. when they arise and get ready for chanting at vigils, which reminds the monks they they must watch and be prepared for the coming

- See MONKS, page 6 Sunstone from a flier that said, ‘If you think all the questions are answered, then Sunstone’s not for you,’” said Callister, associate professor of management and human resources at USU. Dan Wotherspoon, Sunstone editor, also said the reason for Sunstone’s existence is to to help those who have questions. “Most of it is really the topics in the air that people are talking about in the Sunday foyers, and our pages will hopefully be a level of sophistication, excellent thinking and research,” Wotherspoon said. “Sunstone is a reflective forum which reflects what is going on in Mormonism today. We try to add more depth.” Wotherspoon, who has worked at Sunstone since 2001, said the readers of Sunstone can be categorized into “almost thirds,” with one-third active, another third semi-active, and the remaining third inactive members of the LDS faith. However, Wotherspoon said any reader is welcome. “I think sometimes the readers of Sunstone feel a little bit lonely in their (church) ward,” he said. “Perhaps in a local ward there is not that level of depth and discussion a lot of these people would like to see. A lot of them come to know in this Mormon universe they are not alone, and LDS people are asking a lot of questions and do go to deeper levels to supplement their gospel life.” Norman Jones, chair of the USU history department, said it is common for religious groups to publish journals and maga-

- See SUNSTONE, page 8

In a recent ground-breaking study conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, neuroscientists were able to examine exactly which parts of the brain are activated by prayer and consequently prove that prayer and meditation can have physical benefits, like increased concentration. Using an MRI scanner, study leader Richard Davidson was able to reveal that through regular prayer and meditation, the parts of the brain that control decision making and regulation of attention were activated easier. However, for many people, the benefits of prayer come from a spiritual place that remains deeply personal and can not be measured by science. Joshua Pineault, vice president of the newly founded USU Religious Studies Club, said it is difficult to look at prayer as a science because they are two entirely different realms. “What separates prayer and science is that science is trying to reach a conclusion and expects an answer,” Pineault said. “To say prayer is a science is a bit of a stretch. You can’t gage prayer.” Since prayer is such a personal experience, Pineault said there are no set guidelines or one strict definition like there is in science. One way Pineault said he would describe it though, is a way to create a relationship between and individual and a higher power. “Prayer is a practice,” Pineault said, “a part of how people manifest and communicate with what they call God or any deity.” Melanie Jackson, junior majoring in art, said she also thinks prayer is open to interpretation and that there should not be one right way to pray. “I think praying is praying no matter how you do it,” Jackson said. “Most religions have some way of praying and it works for all of them, so I don’t think there are any set prayer rules.” David Stock, senior majoring in business administration, said he believes there is a certain basic formula that involves talking to a higher power, but that he does not believe there is a strict way of praying either. “To say God would ignore someone because they aren’t praying right, I don’t believe it,” Stock said. Sonny Bryant, ASUSU campus diversity and organizations vice president, said no matter what the religion or type of prayer, the important thing is appreciating the differences. Through his job, Bryant said he deals with all types of diversity, including religious diversity, and that it would be impossible to come up with one definition for prayer. However, Bryant said one way to define prayer is meditation. “After interacting with different groups, I think the way to refer to prayer is meditation,” Bryant said. “It’s separating yourself from reality for a minute and concentrating on the relationship between yourself and a higher being.” Bryant said a higher being can be whatever you choose, even someone’s inner self, and that developing a relationship with that higher being is a healthy way to remove oneself from everyday life. Jackson agreed and said whether it is the actual prayer or just the act of praying, for her prayer is important to her mental health. “One of the reasons praying makes me feel less stressed is because it is just a few seconds in the day when I can clear my mind and just focus on one thing,” Jackson said. Both Jackson and Bryant said the reasons people pray can be just as broad as the definition of prayer itself. For many religions, prayer is the essential way to stay in touch with a higher power, while for

- See PRAYER, page 8

prayer may help a person concentrate better, according to a recent study. USU students say it doesn’t matter the religion, people can pray however they were taught. NOELLE BERLAGE photo illustration


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of Jesus at all times, according to the monastery Web site. Altman said they get up early to teach themselves discipline. Giving up sleep and food for fasting are just a couple of sacrifices monks make, he said. At 6:20 a.m. the monastery holds sacrament for the community, although Altman said they usually don’t get very many people to come out that early. The rest of a monk’s day is spent mostly in quiet solitude, at work or at meals until they retire at 8 p.m., Altman said. Because they follow the Rule of St. Benedict, a set of prescriptions for monasteries from the Dark Ages, they believe they must provide for themselves. The monastery leases 1,878 acres of land, 730 acres of it used to cultivate hay. Until recently, the monastery also had 100 beef cattle that they used to earn money, but they have all been sold, Altman said. The monks also make honey, which is sold in their bookstore and online across the country, especially around holidays. They make 15 different varieties and can make 1,000 cups in a morning, Altman said.

Reasons men enter monasteries are different for each person, Altman said, and some may wonder how they can turn their lives over to God the way they do. “If you really believe in Heavenly Father and that one prayer can help someone, think of how much a lifetime of prayer can help the world,” he said. Individual monks do not own anything, said Father Alan, who has lived in the monastery since 1953. They live in 8-by-10-foot rooms with a bed, desk and maybe a few books. For monks to be able to worship as much as they do, the halls of the monastery are kept very quiet. “There is never a vow of silence,” he said, “just an understanding that a life of prayer requires much silence.” The education level of the monks continues to grow, Altman said, as they continue reading and receive U.S. News and World Report. “We know what’s going on in the world,” he said. “There’s a lot to pray for.” The monastery is not very big, and for the most part it is very simple. The monks have their

FATHER EMMANUEL LEAVES THE MONASTERY CHURCH after chanting with the Hunstville monks. NOELLE BERLAGE photo

private rooms, two kitchens, a church and bookstore, but not much more. The most elaborate structure is a giant and colorful stained-glass window of Mary holding baby Jesus in the church. They also have their land. Altman said there is no escape from nature in the monastery as it is surrounded by fields of grass and hay. They usually expect snow for five months of the year and while it is beautiful at first, he said after a while it seems a little dull. The monks are vegetarian by choice and get their protein from fish and milk, Altman said, except for one day of the year in July when they celebrate the founding of the monastery. On that day, the monks drive into Ogden and order 100 pieces of Kentucky Fried Chicken, he said. BECOMING A MONK Nineteen monks currently live at the monastery, the youngest being 60, the oldest 91. “Everybody has their own story,” Altman said. “Some guys know at an early age and come as teens. One came when he was 40 after he had a wife and kids, but his wife was out of the picture by then. His kids come to visit him still and they are in their 40s.” Deciding to live the monastic life is not easy. Altman said there are a number of probationary periods before a man can become a monk. For 30 days, a man lives in the monastery in his street clothes. When he leaves, he and the other monks decide whether or not the person will be happy there. The man has to be psychologically stable, and the monastery receives health reports to confirm that. The man

cannot be joining the monastery as a form of counseling or therapy, Altman said. If the man chooses to return, he is in a postulancy period for six months to a year and serves two years as a novice. Then he makes vows for three years and can extend up to 12. He must vow to live a close community life, including celibacy, chastity, obedience and a life of intense prayer, Altman said. No one is ever forced to stay, and if a monk wanted to leave he could, Altman said. But to become monks, men go through several interviews and classes plus complete the probationary period and vows, so for a monk to leave is pretty unusual, Altman said. Some see the monastic lifestyle as an escape, but Altman said that is a misconception. “There’s no escape,” he said, adding that when people do want to escape, it is usually from relationships. “The relationships here are so intense, and it’s only through challenges that people grow.” The monastic life is not lonely, Altman said, because of the community lifestyle. He said monks don’t go into isolation in a monastery, that they go into solitude to gain a spiritual connection with the Lord. “Everyone makes a statement with their lives. Ours is a prayer,” Altman said. “We say (to Heavenly Father) I love you so much that I want to offer my life to you. At the end of our lives, the relationship that we build here with God will be the same after this life.”

FATHER ALAN HAS BEEN LIVING IN THE Huntsville monastery since 1953. He said a monk has to have a good sense of humor. NOELLE BERLAGE photo

Father david altman has been living as a monk for 41 years. He said he found happiness in the monastery. NOELLE BERLAGE photo

ABBEY OF OUR LADY OF THE HOLY TRINITY is surrounded by fields the monks work on. NOELLE BERLAGE photo

Atheist student says people should avoid forcing religious beliefs on others Elaine Taylor freshman environmental studies By MANETTE NEWBOLD features editor

Utah Statesman: Were you raised believing in God or is your whole family atheist? Elaine Taylor: I was raised Christian, but my parents wanted me to make the choice whether or not I would be baptized. So when I was 13, I decided that religion wasn’t really for me. US: Are your parents still active in religion?

Elaine taylor, Atheist, said parents who take their children to church should let them test other ideas if they want. DEBRA HAWKINS photo illustration

ET: My mom is active in the church that she goes to, and I was too.

US: How have people reacted to you being atheist?

US: What was it that made you realize that religion and believing in God was not for you?

ET: They are really welcoming, even though I’ve had a lot of people try to convert me. But I’ve lived here so long that I don’t really deal with that anymore.

ET: I can’t really conceptualize having a higher being. I think we’re here on this earth through evolution, through being here, and I can’t imagine a higher being there. US: Where are you from? ET: I’m from all over, but I’ve lived in Logan for eight years.

US: Do you have roommates right now that believe in God? ET: I’m in the dorms, but I don’t have a roommate. Most people on my floor are Christian, but I don’t generally talk about it unless they ask. It’s not a defining quality for me. US: What do you think about

people who do believe in God? ET: I respect their decision. I prefer people not force ideas on me, so I try to do the same. I don’t see having a child go to church is wrong, but if they want to, they should be able to question their religion and test other ideas. US: What do you believe happens to humans when they die? ET: That we go back to being soil. We become part of the earth in that way, the way we break down.

- See ATHEIST, page 7

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Nothing says thanks like gluttony I

blame my narcissist problems on my birthday. Most people have at least some love of themselves, and on one day of the year they get to enjoy the overt attention they receive through gifts, phone calls and a birthday cake so rich it reduces yet another year off your already-dwindling life. But other than a birthday, the celebration of oneself is all inside the head, unless you’re Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, then ESPN does enough celebration for 10 people. But my situation’s a bit different. You see, I was a Thanksgiving baby. Born a month late – yeah, it’s a wonder my mother still wanted me after all that agony – I arrived just in time for the holiday of all holidays. Growing up, I anxiously looked forward to the end of November because it meant a nearly week-long celebration of me. School was let out, decorations were hung, football games were played and giant feasts were prepared, all in honor of you know who. Although, I was always a bit confused about this nonsense about the pilgrims and Indians. Come on now, they weren’t at the hospital when I popped out offering me corn and wild game. What do they have to do with me? Sadly, my fun was ruined when I discovered the real reason school was canceled for nearly a week – government workers needed yet another excuse to take a day off. Even though I know people really aren’t celebrating me, I figure if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, so I celebrate Thanksgiving with a near religious fervor. The real purpose of this holiday is hidden behind a curtain of commercial advertisements. I’m still anxiously waiting for the day Hallmark begins an aggressive marketing campaign where the Thanksgiving turkey finds a pot of gold underneath Plymouth Rock, lights fireworks and distributes gifts of wishbones to good children all over the world while they carve little squashes in the form of the Mayflower. That way all the great holidays could be combined in one, and the true meaning of Thanksgiving could be lost just like Christmas or Easter or National Bring a Teacher an Apple Day. Thanksgiving is the greatest holiday of the year. Sure Christmas has the gift giving and the feasts and all the candy you can eat, but

Thanksgiving is something special. It’s a time to reflect on all the things we’re thankful for in life, like buttons. What would life be like without buttons? For certain my shirt wouldn’t stay shut and I would never again be called “cute as a button.” Come to think of it, no one has ever called me that. And what better way is there to celebrate the things we’re thankful for than eating so much food we want to throw it all up and then do it all over again? After all, nothing says thanks like gluttony. It seems we’ve departed a bit from the first Thanksgiving. And it turns out the origins of Thanksgiving aren’t as simplistic as my elementary school teachers made it out to be. For instance, Thanksgiving didn’t immediately become a smash hit that was celebrated every fourth Thursday of November. In fact, the first Thanksgiving most likely happened between the end of September and early November and was originally only celebrated the one time. But don’t get the idea that these guys were a bunch of squares who just stood around the campfire with their buckle hats and shoes and a pint of strong brew. Truth be told, these guys knew how to celebrate this holiday. Their Thanksgiving celebration was held for three days and was complete with eating, dancing, singing secular songs – popular ones included such Puritan rock classics as “She Showed Some Ankle,” “Burn, Witch, Burn” and “Plymouth Rock of Ages” – and playing games. They knew how to party like it’s 1621. I say we bring back this tradition of a three-day holiday. Sure we may get three days off work, but not all three are celebrated equally. In fact, the day after Thanksgiving has turned into the closest thing to a white Watt’s Riot as shoppers sacrifice sleep to fight each other for the newest Tickle Me Elmo that laughs so hard it rolls around. Sounds scary to me. The food the pilgrims ate sounded pretty good. They had lots of meat and very little vegetables. I guess they figured if they couldn’t get stuff to grow like Squanto could, at least they could shoot some critters out of the trees. Perhaps this is the earliest instance of the whole turkey craze, though I think it really came after the Continental Congress rejected Benjamin Franklin’s idea to eat smoked eagle so the turkey could

be preserved as the national bird. Hey, you win some, you lose some. But there’s one tradition that came from the first Thanksgiving that I don’t like: the segregation between adults and children. This was before the idea that all men truly were created equal and about the same time the song “Short People Have No Reason to Live” came out. Except then they realized they were all kind of short, so they took out their aggression on the children by relegating them to a separate table. This was a concept I was very familiar with growing up. At my family Thanksgiving feasts, the adults sat at one table talking about boring stuff like politics or who is doing what in the family, and the kids were booted downstairs at a separate table, far away from the pies. There I would awkwardly sit with my cousins and wonder what to talk about. Nervously gnawing on a piece of turkey, I would stare at them and they would stare back at me until finally we would all drop the charade and try to annoy our parents as much as possible by screaming and yelling. It wasn’t until I was about 18 that I found my way to the adult table. I was actually excited about it until I had to sit through an entire Thanksgiving meal with them talking about who died recently and the different aches and pains in their bodies. Geez, do old people talk about anything exciting? But even with the segregation, Thanksgiving is still one of the greatest holidays of the year. It’s my one chance each year to get away with eating so much I stand at risk of turning diabetic, watch as much football as I want and blame my sleepiness on the turkey. Oh, and I still think everyone is celebrating me.


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Seth Hawkins is a junior majoring in public relations. Truthfully, this Thanksgiving he is thankful for his beautiful wife. Comments and questions can be sent to him at seth. h@aggiemail.usu. edu.

Islam; understanding a religion of peace By M.D. BUHLER staff writer

According to the Islamic Circle of North America, the official definition of the word Islam is “commitment to submit and surrender to God so that one can live in peace,” and a Muslim is “one who submits to God’s teachings and commandments, which leads to peace.” The Arabic root “-s-l-m,” from which Muslim and Islam are derived, is also the basis of salam, the Arabic word for peace. Peace is the underlying feeling behind the Islamic religion founded by the Prophet Muhammad. Muhammad: Beginnings of the Faith The man who would come

to be known as the Prophet Muhammad was born around A.D. 570 in the Arabian town of Mecca according to “Oxford History of Islam.” At the time, many of the people of the Arabian peninsula were Monotheists (people who only worship one god) of Jewish, Christian or Zoroastrian faiths, according to the book. However, Mecca was home to the Kaaba, a polytheistic (those who worship multiple gods) shrine holding over 360 idols and gods, similar to the Pantheon of Rome. Muhammad’s tribe, the Quraysh, were the keepers of the Kaaba. The book states in the Arabic month of Ramadan, at the age of 40, Muhammad was in a cave and received a vision from the

Angel Gabriel (the same angel said to have told of the birth of John the Baptist in the New Testament) to, according to the Quran, “Proclaim! (or read!) in the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who created- Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood: Proclaim! And thy Lord is Most Bountiful,- He Who taught (the use of) the pen,Taught man that which he knew not.” The main point of the message was, according to the Logan Islamic Center, is what Muslims call Tawheed, or the “oneness of God.” From that point until the end of his life, Muhammad was a changed man. According to

- See ISLAM, page 8

Atheist: Student speaks up about beliefs

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US: When you were questioning religion, was it ever a struggle for you to find out what you believed in? ET: It was only a struggle in the sense of family and friends, but not with myself. It seemed really natural to me. US: Has being atheist ever come up or been an issue while you were dating someone?

ET: No, but that can happen even if you’re religious. US: If you had any advice for people who were trying to decide whether or not there is a God, what would it be? ET: Kind of go with your gut. Don’t try to force something that’s not there, whether you are religious or not religious.

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a booklet put out by the World Assembly of Muslim Youth, “Up to the age of 40, Muhammad was not known as a statesman, a preacher or an orator. He was never seen discussing the principles of metaphysics, ethics, law, politics, economics or sociology. Yet there was nothing so deeply striking or radically extraordinary in him that would make men expect something great and revolutionary from him in the future. But when he came out of the cave with a new message, he was completely transformed.” He became a prophet, and the revelations he received became the Quran, the holy book of Islam. Islam: The balance between Faith and Practice The new religion Muhammad received, beginning in that cave, was a religion of both faith and practice. This is reflected in the two sets of “pillars” that make up the basis of the Islamic religion, according to the Logan Islamic Center. First there are the practices, called the Pillars of Islam. According to the ICNA, this first is Declaration of Belief (Shahada) in God’s oneness and in the Prophet Muhammad. The second pillar is Prayer (Salat), which is offered five times a day toward

the city of Mecca and the Kaaba, which Muhammad cleared of the other gods and dedicated to Allah (Arabic for God). Fasting (Sawm), the third pillar, which occurs during the Arabic month of Ramadan. The fast of Ramadan, according to Ibrahim Mohammed, graduate student at USU and president of the Logan Islamic Center, said this is the month where all Muslims fast, by order of Allah in the Quran. “It helps us to remember the needy,” Mohammed said. The fourth pillar, Purification of Wealth (Zakat), is similar to the Judeo-Christian notion of tithing, where a portion of money is given by Muslims to help the poor. And the fifth pillar is a Pilgrimage (Hajj) to the Kaaba in Mecca. The other set of pillars are the “Pillars of Faith.” According to the Logan Islamic Center, these are, first, belief in God and second, God’s angels. Third, Muslims believe in God’s prophets, which include all prophets from the Bible, such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses, as well as, by some accounts, the Book of Mormon prophet Lehi and also the New Testament apostles and Jesus Christ, who Muslims

regard as a mortal prophet. Fourth, they believe in God’s predestination of events. Fifth, Islam accepts God’s books including the Christian Bible, the Jewish Torah (similar to the Christian Old Testament) and the Quran. Finally, Muslims believe in the Hereafter and Judgment. Together, the Pillars of Islam and the Pillars of Faith, hold up the structure of Islam. Islam and JudeoChristianity Muslims recognize the JudeoChristian prophets and apostles as well as the Bible and Torah as the revealed words of God, according to the INCA. “We are Jewish, Christian and Muslim,” Mohammed said. “Islam is a culmination of God’s word, and Muhammad and the Quran sealed the prophets.” The ICNA states, “The message of Islam is in essence the same as that which God revealed to all His prophets and messengers.” Much of the tension between Muslims and Jews/Christians comes from the prejudices of the medieval Crusades, colonization of the Middle East by European powers during the Era of Discovery, and by the more

recent creation of the Jewish nation of Israel in formerly Muslim Palestine, according to the INCA. Modern Misconceptions Tension between Christians/ Jews and Muslims has led to many misconceptions about Islam by westerners, according to the “Oxford History of Islam.” “The easy misconception about Muslims is that Muslim equals terrorist. This simply isn’t true,” said Jay Burton, senior majoring in history and religious studies and undergraduate teaching fellow for Debra Baldwin’s Intro to Islamic Civilization class. “Another is that Muslim women are repressed for having to wear veils. Dr. Baldwin goes over this time and time again in class. Wearing veils is a symbol of liberation for Muslim women, not repression.” Burton said Islamic scientists and mathematicians were making huge discoveries while Europe was in the Dark Ages. “The Islamic culture really picked up the ball from Europe during the medieval period,” Burton said. -michael.buhler@aggiemail.usu. edu

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Utah we are just now developing some of these things that the more established religions have had for quite awhile,” Jones said. Jones, outsider to the LDS religion, said as one who teaches about Christianity in Utah, he is aware of the activities of the Sunstone group and said their forums are always interesting and lively since they often focus on questions not necessarily asked in believer forums. The magazine often showcases historical articles which focus on facts about a person, such as Joseph Smith, the Mormon’s first prophet. Sometimes, however, the facts may not be what people want to hear. “If it’s the truth and it’s out there, you can’t lie to people about it not being there,” Jones said. “It causes more distress when they cause it to be hidden. “Good history is good history.” Kenneth Godfrey, LDS Institute teacher for 37 years, said he enjoys reading the historical articles and the personal essays in Sunstone Magazine the most. “You could make an argument that if a person really wants to be well-educated and wellinformed, then one has to read, pursue and study all aspects and all angles of a question,” Godfrey said. “In that sense, if you are a college student and you happen to be a Latter-day Saint member, then it would be if you want to really have a good education, you would read Sunstone to get another slant on some things.” Godfrey said there was a time during the ‘90s when the magazine was bolder with LDS controversial issues than it is today. Now, he said he can see an effort to make the magazine more balanced. Wotherspoon said no one can deny articles have been published concerning things that are controversial, provocative or considered a “no-no,” and he said people have a right to think so. However, his broad experience has taught him if somebody has a negative reaction to something like Sunstone, most of the time this is because the person has never read the product or only has a vague sense about it, he said.

“I can’t tell you how many people upon encountering Sunstone actually say, ‘Wow, this is uplifting, this is constructive,’” he said. “When they are in the magazine, 80 percent of them just change their tune. You’ve heard something about (the magazine), but having an experience with it yourself can change (what you’ve heard). It’s not a matter of changing content, it’s a matter of being exposed and is out of a genuine desire to be constructive.” Callister, active member of the LDS faith, said Sunstone is a collection of people telling their own stories of their own journeys. She said she shared some of her own story in the Sunstone article “For Better, For worse, For apostasy?: How faith issues affect couple relationships” found in Issue 143. Even today, she said asking questions out of mainstream religion can be frightening. But if someone is searching, she said, Sunstone can be very appropriate for them because it helps to find a middle ground. “There are many active LDS members that Sunstone has no value for, it’s not something they need, wouldn’t be appropriate for them if they are very comfortable within the LDS Church,” Callister said. “But it’s when they have questions, when they can’t find a place to talk about them at church or with people you know at church that you want a forum to hear them addressed, hear what people think and to discuss their questions. I feel comfortable in both worlds.” A range of voices are heard through Sunstone, she said. One example is the article “A Gay Mormon’s Testimony,” by John Gustav-Wrathall, published in the 141st issue of Sunstone magazine. Callister said this is a personal essay that talked about being gay as a young man in the Mormon church. “The explanation of his story about why he wanted to go back (to the church) took you inside somebody’s heart in a way you don’t often have the chance to hear or understand,” she said. “Essentially he was bearing his testimony at Sunstone because he can’t do it in his home ward. But (Sunstone) provides that forum of hearing people’s jour-

neys and hearing people’s stories that expand, those of us who listen, our understanding and compassion.” Wotherspoon said some people ask him about the potential problem of someone stumbling upon Sunstone and having the magazine be their first exposure to Mormonism. However, he said he just can’t worry about that. “Lot of people say, ‘Oh, should you be discussing this?’” he said. “Every religion should have the right to have magazines and journals that are not having to be worried about the question whether this is somebody’s first exposure of the church. We are LDS, we enjoy each other, and Sunstone is a place to explore the diversity of those things.” This means someone may come up with a different tweak than what has been heard in Sunday school, he said. However, Wotherspoon said the people who write for Sunstone do not think they are giving the final word. Speaking with a “unified voice” at church is expected, he said, and Sunstone serves as a collection of diverse LDS voices. Sunstone readers find the magazine through word of mouth or through their spiritual journey, he said. “(It’s for) LDS people who, either through their life experience or their education or professional lives, have wanted to explore Mormonism deeply and thoroughly,” he said. The name Sunstone comes from stones carved for the original Latter-day Saint Nauvoo temple in the 1800s, according to the article “History of Sunstone, Chapter 1: The Scott Kenney Years.” These stones were placed on the temple’s exterior. After the temple’s destruction, the article states a few of the sun stones remained and ended up serving as a symbol of the re-establishment of God’s kingdom. Sunstone magazine publishes, on average, five issues per year. For more information concerning Sunstone Magazine, please visit “Overall, our whole attitude towards Mormonism is one of affection,” Wotherspon said. “These are our people.”

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others it is a way to reflect on inner thoughts. Jackson is a practicing Roman Catholic and said she prays every night because it relieves her stress and makes her days go smoother. “Normally, if I pray enough, everything seems to be OK,” Jackson said. Stock said prayer is a central part of his LDS faith and he prays because it is a way for him to develop a relationship with God. “It’s become a bigger part of my life as I’ve

grown up,” Stock said. “It’s more meaningful at this time in my life. I depend on him.” While the number of reasons someone prays will vary for every individual faith, Bryant said it is important to realize that and not try to lump them into one group. “I just want everyone to take the time to consider different religions,” Bryant said. “Talk about it and look for differences to celebrate.”


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ollege is all about survival of the fittest. As the tests, papers and final classes mount up, we are left to wonder who will come out alive and who will throw themselves in the middle of the TSC circle so they can get ran over by a bus. At times it all just doesn’t seem fair. The mean professors will assign 10-page papers due the Monday after our five day Thanksgiving break and expect us to somehow write it between eating turkey and pie. Not happening. It seems every teacher thinks that their students are only taking one class at a time and are willing to put in every waking moment of study time into pouring over their assigned reading and taking quizzes on Blackboard. The truth is, however, that students simply do what they can to get by, in hopes of good grades and not ending up trembling by the sides of our beds, pulling our hair out and biting fingernails. No, this kind of behavior never leads to the top of the food chain. Although, we’re not really sure what sucked us all in to this battle of books versus living normal lives, we may never know. Take a walk around campus today and you’re sure to see at least 43 people with red eyes, coffee and their mouths hanging wide open. We’ve hit the wall, the end of the semester wall. However, so long as we’re still moving, we may somehow make it through mid-December without any permanent damage. Here are a few tips for the upcoming weeks: Pace yourself. If possible, keeping a daily planner is always a good idea. If you have to, only plan one day at a time to avoid getting overwhelmed. Writing things down right before you go to bed helps with sleep. Go over each syllabus for every class and make sure you’re going to have time to complete every assignment. Talk to your professors if you need help with anything. They may give us crap to do over a holiday, but most of them are still understanding. Trust in the almighty library. There are a lot of good resources in there. Go figure. Plus it’s open until midnight. The TSC computer lab is open until 1:45 a.m. as well. That was a genius idea if we ever heard of one. If it helps, suck up. Your professors may just love brownies. Don’t expect a better grade for that, but they may just listen to you a little more. Good luck with the next couple of weeks. We’re all in this together. Try not to be the one underneath the bus.

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In honor of our veterans

n honor of Veterans Day, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces. First, I would like to pay tribute to those who took a stand and fought for our nation’s independence. Those brave soldiers and their families sacrificed much, and many gave their lives so we could live in this free nation today. The odds against them were great, but they still fought with a vision of a brighter future for their posterity. They suffered repeated defeat and miserable conditions but kept fighting to the end. I thank all those who, in the generations since the birth of our nation, have served and sacrificed to maintain that freedom. They have given and served much, and we have been blessed by their service. They have left a legacy that has inspired us all. I would like to thank those who left to fight for our nation in other lands and never came home. I also want to thank those whose loved ones left but never returned. You have given much. I honor your sacrifice. To the veterans who are among us, thank you for your service. Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for teaching us of courage and honor. Thank you for reminding us all that freedom is not free – it comes with a price. Thank you for paying that price. Thank you, soldiers, who are serving our nation today. Thank you for putting your lives on the line for us. Thank you, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters of those

serving, for the sacrifices you make daily. I hope all of us can take the time to think about the sacrifices these brave men and women have made and continue to make, and show our gratitude to them. They have done so much to preserve our freedom. During the Revolutionary War, Thomas Paine wrote, “ ... what we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; ‘tis dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange, indeed, if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.” I hope we can all remember how valuable freedom is. Our freedom has been bought with a price. It is up to all of us to be vigilant and ensure our freedom is not lost due to our negligence. We all owe this to those who have given their lives to ensure our freedom. We owe it to future generations to ensure they still enjoy the freedom we have. Once freedom is lost, it is not easily regained. Let us all honor our veterans and soldiers and ensure that freedom’s flame stays alive in our nation.

rivacy doesn’t mean anonymity. Think about that for a bit – and get used to it. Or if you don’t like it, get a plan. But it had better be a good one. On Oct. 23, Donald Kerr, deputy director of the Office of National Intelligence, outlined the new order of things: “Too often, privacy has been equated with anonymity; and it’s an idea that is deeply rooted in American culture.” Well, yes, the Bill of Rights, for instance, includes protections against What others are “search,” as well saying about issues. as “seizure.” But that was then. As Kerr put it, “In our interconnected and wireless world, anonymity – or the appearance of anonymity – is quickly becoming a thing of the past.” Kerr’s speech got little notice until The Drudge Report highlighted an Associated Press writeup. No doubt, of course, the Office of National Intelligence will soon issue a soothing statement assuring us that the government indeed respects your privacy and your anonymity. And we’ve all heard that line before: “Nothing to see here folks, just move along.” Then Uncle Sam will resume perfecting his warrantless surveillance. In fact, the old equation – privacy equals ano-

nymity – is being buzz-sawed six ways. First and most obviously, terrorism concerns. If you’re walking through Times Square carrying a backpack and acting strangely, inquiring minds will want to know why. And Godspeed to cops brave enough to tap that shoulder. Second, and closely related, the proliferation of cameras and Webcams. Nobody likes to be spied on, but many people – including parents keeping tabs on baby sitters – like to spy. In the coming face-off, the spies have it. Third, health insurance. We have decided, collectively, to be generous with each other in terms of “human services.” But although most Americans are happy to operate a welfare state for Americans, they draw the line at subsidizing the world. So as a matter of administrative necessity, the Nurse State will have to know exactly who you are – and your legal status. Fourth, the reality that medical treatment now depends on medical information. If doctors are to help you, they need to know your medical history – not just blood type and allergies, but everything about you, including your genetic background. Such monitoring is fraught with controversy – recent headline in The New York Times: “In DNA Era, New Worries About Prejudice” – but this is the era of the instant Q-Tip

Colby Lyons is a senior majoring in law and constitutional studies. Comments can be sent to him at

The showdown of Privacy is a thing of the past faith vs. science P


ince its inception, religion has been on collision course with reality. Religion was born in the infancy of our species to explain the then unexplainable. How does the sun rise? A sun god! How does the rain fall? A rain god! But with every scientific discovery, religious explanations have become less impressive and god a little less relevant. Many religious beliefs are indeed outside the scope of science. The metaphysical beliefs and moral convictions of religion in particular are immune. However, when religion makes claims about reality (as it often does), it treads on science’s turf. Take, for instance, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints’ audacious claim that the Lamanites, the surviving Israelite people of the Book of Mormon, are the “principle ancestors of the American Indians.” Because science was able to disprove this theory, the LDS Church quietly changed the introduction to the Book of Mormon last week to read that the Lamanites are only “among the principle ancestors.” For the church’s original claim to have been valid, DNA evidence would have detected Hebraic origins for Native Americans. Instead, after thousands of DNA tests, researchers have concluded that the continent’s earliest inhabitants came from Asia across the Bering Strait. With this single word change, the LDS Church is “conceding that mainstream scientific theories about the colonization of the Americas have significant elements of truth in them,” Simon Southerton, a molecular biologist and former LDS bishop, told the Salt Lake Tribune. LDS anthropologist Thomas Murphy agrees, lamenting, “So far, DNA research has lent no support to the traditional Mormon beliefs about the origins of Native Americans.” I shouldn’t single out the LDS Church, however. None of the Abrahamic faiths fare much better, as they are committed to the nonsense that is the Bible. When you read the Bible, it becomes apparent why the Catholic Church arrested Copernicus and Galileo—the Bible really does suggest that our universe is geocentric (Psa 93:1, 1 Sam 2:8, Josh 10:12-13) and the earth flat (Prov 8:26-27, Dan 4:10-11, Mat 4:8, Deu 13:7, and others). On nearly every page, there are scientific absurdities like these, to name but a few: a literal six-day creation, a global flood, people raised from the dead, a virgin birth, talking animals and a man who lived in a whale. If written today, the Bible

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would be read as fiction, not revered as scripture. “Anyone who takes the modern, scientific view of the world simply has to disown a lot of the primitive mythologies found in traditional religion,” said Charlie Huenemann, head of USU’s philosophy department. These “primitive mythologies” have not survived scientific scrutiny. The fundamental conflict between science and religion, though, is not in its conclusions about reality. More important is the process by which they arrive at those conclusions. A scientific approach to understanding the world starts with a question. Different answers are explored and weighed against the available evidence. Science is also a humble enterprise, as it does not profess to have absolute truths. Scientific conclusions often change to better conform to the evidence. This fact is not science’s failing, but its strength. In stark contrast, religion starts with a conclusion, like god exists. This conclusion was decided by authority—a

holy book, religious leader, tradition—as opposed to observations and reason. Evidence, then, is distorted to fit the predetermined conclusion. And any contrary evidence is ignored via religion’s convenient cop-out, faith. Faith has perverted public policies and hijacked much of our political discourse. We have a president who has said Jesus is his favorite political philosopher and believes God elected him president (as if God were that cruel) and told him to invade Iraq. Embryonic stem cell research has been consistently stymied by a faithbased opposition. It is also by faith that people can excuse their irrational opposition to gay rights. And, most dangerous, it is this same faith that animates Islamic terrorism. Religion is fast growing and incompatible with the emergence of a global, civil society. Religious faith — faith that there is a God who cares what name he is called, that one of our books is infallible, that Jesus is coming back to Earth

to judge the living and the dead, that Muslim martyrs go straight to Paradise, etc. — is on the wrong side of an escalating war of ideas. I believe the antagonism between reason and faith will only grow more pervasive and intractable in the coming years. Iron Age beliefs — about God, the soul, sin, free will, etc. — continue to impede medical research and distort public policy. This isn’t about fighting against religion, so much as it is fighting for reason. Science has disrobed the emperor to expose a withered old man on his dying breath. It’s time we dig his grave. Or it’s time we retire him to his grave. It is our job or duty to dig his grave. Jon Adams is a junior majoring in political science. Comments and questions can be sent to him at

identity test. Fifth, Google and the basic nature of the Information Age. Once upon a time, people cared about bushels of wheat. Then it was tons of pig iron. Now it’s bits and bytes. If you ever wondered why the Googlers can give you search engines – and Gmail, and everything else – for free, it’s not because they are necessarily nice guys. In fact, they’ve built a $200 billion company by studying you closely. And the database beat goes on: On Monday, Network World reported that IBM is buying Cognos for $5 billion. Never heard of Cognos? Well, that’s OK; the worldwide “business intelligence software vendor” based in Canada most likely has heard of you. Sixth, the realization that the planet is getting smaller. If we can agree that pollution is a serious concern, it follows that ore-smelting in China, or deforestation in Brazil, is a threat to everyone everywhere. Down the road of those concerns lies a massive global government, which will want to know if you’re smoking too many cigarettes. So what to do? Go off the grid? Become a hermit? That’s one way, although, the eye in the sky, of course, will always be looking down from its orbit. But surely there are other ways to escape – virtual reality, digging deep underground, traveling to space. People are going to try them all, and a huge privacy-protection industry is destined to emerge. But then, of course, everyone else will be curious as to what’s being hidden, and why.

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- Techniques in animal cell culture and scale-up strategies training program, all day, Biotechnology building. - WGRI fall brown bag presentation, 12 to 1 p.m., TSC. - International student presentation – Diversity Week activity, TSC Auditorium. - Academic Olympiad, 1 to 2 p.m., TSC International Lounge. - Ecology Center Seminar Series, 6 to 7 p.m., Natural Resources Building. - CMSL Paris Piano Trio, 7:30 p.m., Performance Hall. - USU College Republicans, 8 to 9 p.m., Merrill-Cazier Library. - Breaking Boundaries Dance Show, 7 to 9 p.m., $3 students, $5 public.

- Techniques in animal cell culture and scale-up strategies training program, all day, Biotechnology building. - USU women’s volleyball, 10 a.m. - Ecology Center Seminar Series, 3 to 4 p.m., Natural Resources Building. - Roy Dale Webb: I Had Arrived at Perfection, the Lost Canyons of the Green River, 7 to 8 p.m., Merrill-Cazier Library. - USU Opera, 7:30 p.m., Caine Lyric Theatre. - USU men’s basketball at Cal Poly, 8:05 p.m. - Salsa Club, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., HPER. - Religious Diversity Panel, 12 to 2 p.m., Sunburst Lounge.

- Techniques in animal cell culture and scale-up strategies training program, all day, Biotechnology building. - USU women’s volleyball, 10 a.m. - USU Water Initiative – CUAHSI cyberseminar: Advancing Hydrologic Predictablility, 1 to 2 p.m., Engineering building. - Diversity award presentation, 4:15 to 4:30 p.m., TSC Sunburst Lounge. - Mr. & Ms. International Pageant, 6 to 8:30 p.m., TSC. - USU Big Band Swing Club, 7 to 9:30 p.m., HPER. - USU Opera, 7:30 p.m., Caine Lyric Theatre. - International dress day, diversity carnival, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., TSC 2nd floor.

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Street ticketing Starting Nov. 15, parking enforcement will begin for overnight snow parking violations. Parking is restricted from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. on any day through the last day of February 2008. Any questions, contact the Logan City Police Department at (435)716-9300.

Chess tournament

Thanksgiving Chess Tournament, Tuesday, Nov. 20, TSC. Registration 3-4 p.m. Rounds 48:30 p.m. $8 pre-register $10 at the door. For more information see nov07.pdf

Aid for Mexico Charity Anywhere is looking for a group of service-motivated people to come to Mexico over Christmas Break, Dec. 26-Jan. 3 to help those in need by building houses. If you are interested, come to a meeting, TSC 3rd floor lounge, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. Contact Bryce at bryce.jensen@aggiemail.

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Turkey Shoot, Saturday, Nov. 17, $5 to register. Bring your own gun and shells we’ll provide the skeet.

10 a.m. registration, shooting begins at 10:30. Grand prize is a vest. Take 1400 North west past 1000 West. Go past dead end, look for signs.

DSA benefit dinner Come join Dining Services and the DSA for a Benefit for Dominican Republic Storm NOEL Refugees. Authentic Dominican Republic Food will be served and entertainment will be provided by the DSA. Tickets $5

More to remember ... • Parent Tot Nature Hour, Nov. 16, 10 to 11 a.m. Stokes Nature Center invites all toddlers, ages 2-3, to explore animals, plants, and nature with through music, crafts, and games. To register, call 435-755-3239 or visit • The Friends of the USU MerrillCazier Library invite the community to an adventurous discussion with historian, author, and river trip interpreter, Roy Dale Webb. Webb will present “I had Arrived at Perfection: The Lost Canyons of the Green River.” Thursday, November 15, 7:00 PM in Room 101 of the USU Merrill-Cazier Library. • Wednesday, Nov. 14: Please join

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us for an open house and reception in the TSC in the West Colony Rm, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Meet and mingle with program leaders, past participants, and those interested in Study Abroad programs. • Registration for Spring Semester 2008 is now open! Go online at to enroll. Click on Logan, Register for Classes and then click “CHANGE TERM“ and select Spring 2008. • Friday, Nov. 16, Religion in Life with Brad Wilcox at 11:30 a.m. in the Cultural Hall. • Attention International Students, free trip to see the Christmas lights at Temple Square with dinner and hot chocolate. Please contact Vinh vinh.tran@ or Mandy amvilla@ or 435-841 9271 if you have any questions.  It is requested that you reserve your spot by Nov. 20. • Announcing Auditions for Beauty and the Beast. At The Old Barn Community Theatre Auditions will be held on Friday, Nov. 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the theatre. • DESA presents: Silent Thanksgiving Dinner, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Aggie Facilities center. $5

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Ags stun No. 10 Wahine $%5UVCPFKPIU



Volleyball team snaps Hawaii’s 97-match WAC home win streak, beats top-10 team for first time since 2000 versus BYU

By DAVID BAKER assistant sports editor


1. LSU 2. Oregon 3. Kansas 4. Oklahoma 5. Missouri 6. West Virginia 7. Ohio State 8. Arizona State of your hands. So, the bottom is 9. line Georgia just get ready for the things10. youVirginia can Tech control, which is your ability go 11.toUSC 12. Florida and compete hard.” 13. Texas That’s exactly what the Aggies 14. Virginia were able to do, sweeping Hawaii 15. Clemson 3-0 on its home court, breaking 16. Hawaii the Rainbow Wahine’s 97-match 17. Boston College Western Athletic Conference home 18. Boise State winning streak. The win also 19. broke Illinois a 20-match losing streak the20.Aggies Tennessee had against Hawaii and handed the 21. Michigan Rainbow Wahine their third in 22.loss Cincinnati 23. the Kentucky WAC play since Hawaii joined 24. in Connecticut league in 1996. UH was 169-2 25. Wisconsin WAC play going into


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What started out with baggage issues, a missed flight and doubt, ended in the biggest win of the year Games through Nov. 11. — and maybe the decade — for RANK TEAM BCS AVE. USU’s women’s volleyball team. 1. LSU 0.9802 “It was just a bad trip,” senior 2. Oregon 0.9383 opposite side hitter Amanda Nielson 3. Kansas 0.9094 said. “We couldn’t get in the gym 4. Oklahoma 0.8540 because our bags got lost, and it 5. Missouri 0.8096 was just going downhill, like, ‘Man 6. West Virginia 0.7863 this is going to be rough.’ Everyone 7. Ohio State 0.7744 was kind of worried 8. Arizona State 0.7500 because everything 9. Georgia 0.6724 NOTE: The BCS Average is calculated by averaging the percent totals of the Sunday night’s match. was going wrong, 10. Virginia Tech 0.6133 Harris Interactive, USA Today Coaches and Computer polls. “I woke up this but we just ignored SOURCE: Bowl Championship Series AP SOURCE: Bowl Championship Series AP morning and it felt Bowl Championship Series AP SOURCE: all that. We just said, USU 3 like a dream,” Nielson Editor’s No ‘We’re going to play <AP> BCS STANDINGS 111107: HOLD FOR RELEASE UNTIL 7:45 EDT; Chart shows the current said. “It’s hard for it accompany Hawaii 0 Hawaii.’ And we did Bowl Championship Series standings; three sizes; 1c x 2 3/8 inches, 46.5 mm x 60 mm; 1c x 4 1/2 publication to sink in when it’s so what we needed to inches, 46.5 mm x 114 mm; 2c x 4 3/4 inches, 96.3 mm x 121 mm; with BC-FBC--BCS Standings; unbelievable that we do.” SVD; </AP> did that. With baggage delayed, causing “It was kind of surreal. We played USU head coach Grayson DuBose just out of our minds. I haven’t and freshman setter Chelsea Fowles seen us ever play that good, I think. to miss the team’s flight to Hawaii Everyone just had a great match.” By USU ATHLETICS — they arrived a few hours after the Couple the travel headaches with a other Aggies — it certainly was an warm-up Nielson described as dead, The Western Athletic ominous start to a daunting away less than crisp and lacking focus, Conference, in conjunction with match at the then-No. 10 University and the story of the Aggie victory its web site partner JumpTV of Hawaii. has even more of a storybook qualSports, has announced it will In the middle of it all, it was ity. stream every match of the 2007 advice from a friend that put the It gets better. WAC Volleyball Tournament, situation in perspective for DuBose. Utah State came out the first two which begins on Thursday, Nov. DuBose said: “I talked with a games and got down by as many 15 and runs through Saturday, friend of mine one time, and he said, as eight points, but never gave up, Nov. 17. ‘The bottom line is, when the whistle Nielson said. In both two-point Single matches can be blows, you have to go out and play Aggie wins — 30-28 and 31-29, viewed on for $9.95 or volleyball. Either you’re a volleyball respectively — USU rallied to score fans can subscribe to the full player, or you’re not.’ And I thought the last few points of the match to volleyball tournament package that was a pretty good way to look put Hawaii away. (all eight matches) for $19.95. at it. There are lots of things that are utah state senior outside hitter amanda nielson (33) attempts a kill Utah State (17-12, 11-5) is out of your control. Losing your bags against Hawaii, Oct. 15 in the Spectrum. The Aggies ended up losing that match, 3-0. Sunday night in See STUN, page 14 the third-seed in the tournaor missing flights is a little bit out Hawaii, however, the Ags powered past the 10th-ranked Wahine, 3-0. CAMERON PETERSON photo ment and will play sixth-seeded San Jose State on Thursday at 5 p.m. USU swept its season series with the Spartans this year.



WAC to stream every volleyball tourney match

Tournament begins with Spartans By DAVID BAKER assistant sports editor

After doing the unthinkable, handing Western Athletic Conference volleyball juggernaut the University of Hawaii a sweep in Honolulu, the Aggies look to carry that momentum into the WAC Tournament, which starts for the No. 3 seed Aggies with a match against sixth-seeded San Jose State Thursday at 5 p.m. in Las Cruces, N.M. “It’s a great win for our program, and now we need to translate that into a nice run in the tournament. That’s the biggest deal for us,” USU head coach Grayson DuBose said. The emotion from the big win creates a sort of balancing act, as well, for Utah State.

“It will be great momentum for us, but on the other hand, we can’t be too cocky and think, ‘We beat Hawaii, that’s good enough. I don’t care what happens,’” senior opposite side hitter Amanda Nielson said. “I don’t think that’s going to happen, but it could because it was such a big win and such a big deal.” As far as the tournament goes, the Aggie win in Hawaii Sunday night was a big deal because it earned them a favorable No. 3 seed and a match-up against the Spartans, a team Utah State swept this season, winning in four games in Logan, and three at San Jose.

The Spartans enter the match Thursday night on a two-match losing streak, dropping the last two at the University of NevadaReno and Hawaii. In contrast, Utah State comes in on a twomatch winning streak - taking matches from Nevada and Hawaii - and having won 15 of its last 21 matches and five of the last six against the Spartans. The Aggies do have a losing record against SJSU, going 6-14-1 all-time against the Spartans, including a 0-1-1 record on neutral courts. San Jose State is also 6-0 on neutral courts this year. “I’d play anybody, because it’s fun to play anybody in the WAC,

but San Jose is a good match up for us,” Nielson said. If the Aggies pull off a win, they will play the winner of a match between the host, No. 2 seed New Mexico State Aggies, and the seventh-seeded Fresno State Bulldogs. The semifinal match will be played Friday at 7:30 p.m. The WAC Tournament has yielded mixed results for Utah State - the Aggies are 2-2 alltime in the tournament. Last season, the Aggies played in the three-six match, and lost to No. 3 seed Idaho. In 2005, USU made it to the championship match as the No. 2 seed, before getting swept 3-0 by topseeded Hawaii. Early in the 2005 tournament, the Aggies beat seventh-seeded Fresno State, 3-1, in the first round and No. 3 seed

New Mexico State, 3-2, in the semifinals. The 2007 Aggies are hoping to be more like the ‘05 USU team than the 2006 Aggies, and the win at Hawaii could make the difference. “We know if we can beat Hawaii at home, we can win the WAC Tournament, for sure,” Nielson said. “It’s just a lot of us didn’t believe it until it happened, and now that we know it gives us a lot of confidence.” USU volleyball fans can watch their Aggies on, where all the matches will be broadcast. Single matches can be viewed on for $9.95, or fans can subscribe to the full volleyball tournament package, which includes all eight matches, for $19.95.

Ags get fourth seed for WAC tourney

USU’s Taylor named WAC Player of Week By USU ATHLETICS

Utah State volleyball player Danielle Taylor has been named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week it was announced by the league office Monday. Taylor was also named the America First Credit Union Utah State StudentAthlete of the Week, which was voted on by a state media panel, for the period ending on Sunday, Nov. 11. Taylor becomes the third USU volleyball player this year to earn the weekly WAC award.


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Tenacity and hard work pay off for Hunt By SETH R. HAWKINS editor in chief

Playing soccer since she was old enough to run with coordination, senior midfielder Abby Hunt is living a dream. Hunt, a native of Salt Lake City, said she has always had a love of soccer and wanted to compete at the college level. “I’ve always liked soccer the most,” Hunt said. “I always thought it would be cool to play in college, and it was even sweeter when I got to play in a D-I school. I’ve always wanted to play soccer.” Soccer is almost second nature to this senior, who got her start in soccer when she was 4 or 5. Excelling in recreational soccer leagues, Hunt moved up to the competition soccer at age nine, where she competed into high school. Hunt played center midfield-

er for Cottonwood High School all four years, but it wasn’t an easy journey, she said. She said competing at a higher level was challenging as she competed at a higher skill level and had to be more physical, a trait that would benefit her when she arrived at USU. “We started out really slow,” Hunt said. “We didn’t even win a game my freshman year, and then near the end in my senior year, we made it to the semifinals in the state tournament. Lost, but going from not winning any games to going that far was pretty cool.” Not only did her team finish third in the state tournament, but Hunt was honored with allregion honors her sophomore and senior years. With early success, Hunt was a highly recruited player, but not by schools she imagined. Hunt said she received con-

siderable attention from schools Back East and from smaller schools in Utah and across the West. Among all these schools was a coachless Utah State program in the process of recruiting current winningest coach Heather Cairns. “While being recruited, everyone was like, ‘You can’t be recruited by Utah State because they don’t even have a coach,’” Hunt said. “I didn’t really know what I was getting into as far as that, but I always wanted to come up here. I really like Logan and the atmosphere of Logan. When I was being recruited and it worked out, it was awesome.” A position on the USU soccer squad wasn’t the only thing that brought Hunt to USU. Her brains also earned her a Dean’s and Schwann’s scholarship, as she boasted a 3.74 GPA. Now in her senior year, competing in the Western Athletic

Conference Tournament, Hunt has experienced the aches and pains of adjusting to a tough conference and the success that has come to the program. Her contribution? Hard work. “She’s effective and she works her tail off,” Cairns said in praise of Hunt. “She’s not just talented. She backs it up with hard work, and that lets players who have talent know that it’s not enough, they have to back it up with hard work. And it lets players who might not be as talented know that they can get there with hard work. She really embodies the two of those.” That hard work has paid off over her four-year career, but never so much as in this season. Currently, Hunt is tied for third with fellow senior Dana Peart for goals scored at five. She has also pitched in two assists for a total of 12 points. At a compact 5-foot-2, Hunt has made her presence felt, winning balls in the air and controlling the tempo of the game. Shorter than midfielders on most other teams, Hunt said she isn’t sure why she wins more balls in the air other than good timing on her part. “It doesn’t really add up when you think I’m six inches shorter than most of the players,” she said. “I guess it would have to be my timing and knowing that I want to win that ball and do anything I can to get to it.” That work ethic is what has made Hunt a leader, Cairns said. “Abby is more of a leader in that she is the engine of our team,” Cairns said. “She really kind of controls the pace of the game and sets the tone of the game by her play.” Her tenacity and dedication have earned her all-conference honors as she was recently named to the first-team allWAC, her first time being named to a conference team. These honors are welldeserved, as Cairns said Hunt is a player who has shown improvement in her knowledge of the game and her ability to influence her teammates in a positive way. “Abby has just become more tactical,” Cairns said. “She’s just become more confident. Tacticwise, she has always been good in the air, she’s always been

Usu SENIOR MIDFIELDER ABBY HUNT has been playing soccer since she was four or five years old. A native of Salt Lake City, she tallied two assists and 12 points for the Aggies this season. On top of that, her GPA is 3.74. DEBRA HAWKINS photo

able to finish crosses, but she’s taken it to the next level. She is a deadly weapon when it comes to those two things, but also her tactics in terms of how she plays with her teammates, in terms of how she affects our team. I think she’s just come a long way in terms of her tactical knowledge.” Traveling the road to this point wasn’t easy though, Hunt said. Leaving high school as a top player and entering college play where she was one of many

talented players was mentally challenging, Hunt said. But challenges are opportunities, she said. “Yeah, it was kind of hard to go from being the starter, playing the whole game, one of the key players, to going to everyone is as good as you, if not better,” Hunt said. “(It was) mentally challenging, but as long as you keep working hard, prove why you should be playing over other people, yeah.”

Stun: Spikers sweep No. 10 Wahine

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During the first two games, Utah State’s defense held Hawaii under a .200 hitting average, as the Rainbow Wahine hit .128 in Game 1 and .180 in Game 2. DuBose attributes the defensive effort to a good scouting report by his assistant coaches, Shawn Olmstead and Taubi Neves, execution by the Aggie block and good play behind the block by players like freshman libero Christine Morrill, who led the team with 16 digs. He said with the combination, they were able to keep the Rainbow Wahine uncomfortable all night, limit the touches and keep Hawaii’s best player, Jamie

Houston — who finished with 10 kills and hit .029 — out of rhythm. “Blocking has been a big factor for us all season long, so it was nice to see our block take charge at the net,” DuBose said. A big part of the defensive effort, the Aggie block picked up 13.5 in the match, outblocking Hawaii by 7.5. Individually, junior outside hitter Melissa Osterloh had seven block assists and one solo block, and middle blockers Rebecca Anderson and Danielle Taylor recorded six and five block assists, respectively. Although Utah State finally let Hawaii hit over .200 — just barely, at .209 — the defense was still solid enough for the Aggies to come back and get the last four points of Game 3, sealing a 30-27 victory, and the sweep. Nielson led the Aggie attack, notching 17 kills while hitting .227. But she wasn’t alone. Taylor earned WAC Volleyball Player of the Week honors for her 11-kill, .533-hitting night. Osterloh also added nine kills on .233 hitting to add to her defensive effort. Senior outside hitter Monarisa Ale also had six kills, nine digs and hit .333 as she returned to her home state. Obviously, the win and the celebration that followed were fun, but Nielson said making fun a priority during the match

helped pull off the upset. “We had nothing to lose, they had everything to lose,” she said. “No one expects us to win, and I think we were just there to have fun. That’s what we said, ‘This is our last WAC game.’ I just wanted to have fun. I think a big deal was having fun and maybe that helped us.” To further sweeten the story, the upset of Hawaii was USU’s first win over a top-10 team since a Sept. 12, 2000, win over then 10th-ranked BYU in three games in Logan. “It’s probably the biggest win of my career,” Nielson said. “The other day I was just thinking about it. Before we beat Utah, it was probably the BYU match my freshman year. Then it was Utah, because that’s a big rivalry. But this tops all of it. It’s the biggest match of my career, and it’s so fun to end my senior year this way. It’s amazing.” “Obviously it’s big,” DuBose said. “It’s a nice statement for the team and the efforts they put in from the first days in August. It’s nice to have a culminating event that allows us to be successful here at the end.” But it’s not over for the Aggies just yet. The win cinched up the No. 3 seed in this weekend’s WAC Tournament, held in Las Cruces, N.M. -


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Ugly but victorious

The Blue and the White Sports Debate

By SAMMY HISLOP sports editor

Sometimes in basketball a team just takes the win, regardless of how it looks. That’s exactly what the Aggies did Monday night after beating NAIA opponent MontanaWestern, 77-58. Utah State was playing its third game in four days, and it was evident by how the team looked and played Monday. “It’s our third game in four days,” head coach Stew Morrill said. “I knew we’d be struggling a little bit with some dead legs and a lack of energy.” usu guard pooh williams (5) misses a With sloppy play from both teams and a dunk against a Montana-Western opponent Monday defense that was at times lackadaisical, Morrill night in the Spectrum. TYLER LARSON photo said he was just happy to get the win. “We got through it,” Morrill said. “And someMorrill said. times that’s what you have to do.” “Modou has been practicing well, and listening Led by senior Jaycee Carroll and sparked well, and progressing,” Carroll said. “So I guess off the bench by the surprise play of freshman in sense you could say he earned it.” Modou Niang, Utah State was able to stay unde In the game, Carroll scored more than 30 feated at home and improve its overall record to points for the fifth time in his career. He finished 2-1. the game with 31 total points on 10-of-19 shoot Niang, who didn’t even dress for the game and was going to redshirt this season, came out of the ing, including five 3-pointers. He also recorded tunnel after halftime suited up and ready to play. one steal for the game and was the leading rebounder for the team with seven. To the delight of the 8,315 fans in “I scored a few points,” Carroll attendance, he got his first playing said. “But defensively I was atrotime as an Aggie. cious.” “We got Modou off his redshirt, Morrill echoed Carroll’s comI guess,” Carroll said. USU 77 ments and said defense is some Niang totaled 13 minutes of play Mon. West 58 thing the whole team needs to work in the second half and helped the on. team out, Carroll said. “We’ve got to get better,” Morrill said. “We “It was a good lift he gave us,” Carroll said. don’t help very well, we get beat on the ball. Our Morrill said he recognized the move was a bit unusual for him, but after watching the first half post defense isn’t very good.” Turnovers were again a topic discussed after of play, he said he felt like he had to bring the 6the game—specifically the Aggies committing foot-9 center from Senegal into the game. too many of them. Utah State turned the ball “I was not really pleased with how active over 18 times. Carroll attributed that to so many we were or how we were rebounding the ball,” Morrill said. “I just think that by conference time new guys on the team trying to learn a new system and mesh together on the court. he could give us a real good lift.” In the second half, Niang recorded two blocks, “We’re trying to figure who we are and what’s one steal, a single rebound and his first collegiate going on,” Carroll said. “As individuals we all kind of know what kind of game we play, but as points when he made the second of two free throws with 1:50 left. - See UGLY, page 16 “He’s now playing and he’s happy about it,”


AggieNotebook By SAM BRYNER senior writer FLASH BACK TO THE ‘90s This week’s road trip for the Aggies looks more like it was pulled from Utah State’s schedule from the mid ‘90s. The Aggies will renew a pair of Big West rivalries as they play at California Polytechnic State University on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. and University of California-Irvine Saturday at 8:05 p.m. Jaycee Carroll is the only Aggie player to have played in games while Utah State competed in the Big West and traveled to California frequently. Carroll said he knows it will bring back some good memories. “Going to California for the weekend, being in the sunshine a bit, it will be good to go back to that atmosphere,” Carroll said. Head coach Stew Morrill said he certainly remembers the days of traveling to California to play. “I told the kids we used to always get a burst of energy going down there,” Morrill said. “It was usually in January and February when it was a little colder in Logan.” NOT IN THE AGGIES’ CONFERENCE, NOT A PROBLEM With Utah State’s 77-58 home win against Montana-Western Monday, the Aggies extended their non-conference home-game winning streak to 46. The streak is the second longest in the nation behind Duke, which has won 51 straight non-conference home games. The last time Utah State was beaten in the Spectrum in a non-conference regular season game was on Jan. 8, 2000, against Brigham Young University, with a score of 82-73. The Aggies will have a chance to extend that streak when they welcome in Austin Peay on Nov. 20. “LETS GO FRESHMAN”

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This year’s Aggie team has seven freshmen on it’s 2007-08 roster, which is the most since 195758. At one point late in the second half Monday night when the Aggies were leading the game 7452, students began chanting “Let’s go freshmen” in response to there being four freshmen on the court at the same time. Freshman guard/forward Pooh Williams recorded his first career start and logged 21 minutes of play, which was third highest in the team. He ended the game with eight points, two rebounds, two steals and an assist while also recording three turnovers. NIANG TECHNICAL Many fans were wondering why MontanaWestern shot two free throws at the beginning of the second half. A technical foul was given when USU freshman center Modou Niang came out for the second half dressed and ready to play after he had started the game on the bench in street clothes. Niang had not been listed by the coaches in the game-day score book. Morrill said Niang, who played high school basketball in Japan and is from Senegal, is adjusting to life in the United States and his fellow teammates are helping him. “Modou is a good kid,” Morrill said. “He is adjusting to a new country, culture and a new language. The guys really like him and have been great at helping him figure things out.” CARROLL UNDER THE WEATHER Carroll said he played the Weber State game while suffering through stomach cramps, but is feeling better. For the season, Carroll is averaging 22.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. His scoring average is good enough for second place in the Western Athletic Conference behind University of Idaho guard Trevor Morris, who is averaging 25 a game.

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1. Are the Boston Celtics legit? Well, they are 5-0 – at least when this was written, they were. That’s not a bad run. At the very least, I think they are a legit team in the Eastern Conference. I could see how that may be a bit of a backhanded compliment, like saying the Celtics are the skinniest fat kid on an obese babies episode of Maury. If they were in the West, I don’t know that they would be a legitimate contender. There are way too many good teams. They’d be just another pretty face, but would lack the personality really necessary to sleep their way to the top of the conference. I just hope they do well enough to set up my Celtic Pride-like NBA Finals with the Jazz.

The Boston Celtics play in the Eastern Conference, meaning they have a weak schedule. With the players they have, they are undefeated, which should not be a surprise. Until the Celtics start playing and beating Western Conference teams, I will not fully be sold. I will admit they have looked good so far and definitely have the potential to be a great team. But, like any team at this early point in the NBA season, it is too early to start talking about raising another championship banner in Boston.

2. Is Michigan-Ohio State the biggest rivalry? No way. Being from Utah, I’m partial to the “Holy War.” I put it in quotes for effect, to make it snazzy — yes snazzy. It also needs to be in quotes because it’s a little ridiculous and insensitive to call it a “Holy War,” which is what drew me to it in the first place. The best part about this rivalry is that it has such great potential for the inflicting of pain and anguish on the awful, terrible, terrorist-loving, freedom-hating, spineless excuse for a college that calls itself Brigham Young University. There is nothing better than having BYU get slapped by the University of Utah. Any opportunity to watch BYU fans, player and coaches sob and turn to for solace is a good thing.

It’s impossible to say this rivalry isn’t big. It has to be one of the top rivalries around right now. However, to call it the biggest rivalry might be a stretch. Lately it seems like the game is less of a rivalry and more of a chance for Ohio State to chalk up another victory. After thinking about it, I don’t know if you can top it. This game has to be on every sports fan’s list of things to do. Could you imagine packing 100,000-plus fans into Michigan’s stadium and showing up in a Buckeyes jersey? That would be awesome.

3. Are the Colts in trouble? How can they go from playing in Super Bowl 41.5 to being in trouble in two games? Sure Peyton Manning had the worst game of his career Sunday. Sure the Colts couldn’t fill a 15-passenger van with healthy players. Sure Dwight Freeney may be out for the year. But they aren’t in trouble. Pacman Jones is in trouble. My soul is in trouble. The Colts are just going to have to buckle up, take a few lumps, win their division and lose to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. There’s no trouble there. Actually, I know a few teams — Denver? — that would love to be in that kind of trouble. And Peyton will be OK. One of his priceless pep talks was actually funny, which is ultimately more important than his play on the field.

Simply put, yes, the Colts are in trouble. They have more starters injured than Peyton Manning has thrown interceptions. One of the reasons the Colts are so good is Manning is surrounded by great receivers, offensive linemen and a solid defense. But injuries are starting to deplete their team. Wide receiver Marvin Harrison and tight end Dallas Clark are hurt, and their date of return is unknown. Offensive tackles Ryan Diem and Charlie Johnson, as well as defensive end Dwight Freeney, left Sunday’s game with injuries. Yes, the Colts are in trouble.

4. Should Charlie Weiss be fired? I worry about firing Charlie Weiss. Not because he hasn’t had an opportunity to prove himself. Not because he doesn’t deserve it. At reunions, this team would play the role of the creepy, alcoholic uncle, who uses Pancho Villa Tequila and the repeated kicking of dog to get through the pain. Back to Charlie Weiss. I worry about his health. The heartbreak of losing his job might make Charlie eat his way through an entire, reallife chocolate factory, making for a grotesque, brown-vomit-filled version of that famous Gene Wilder movie. At least the Weiss version would be better than the Tim Burton version.

My only real personal connection to Notre Dame football is “Rudy”— the greatest movie of all time. I say this because I want to clarify what I am going to say is completely unbiased. Notre Dame is known as a team with a tradition of winning and excellence on the football field. This year they have won one game so far, they will beat Duke this week and the Stanford game is a toss-up. So they will end the season with no more than three wins. It seems now Weiss is getting his own recruits into the program. We will see the direction of Notre Dame football. I say fire him now and bring in another coach who can have a couple of good years, get a contract extension and then lead the Irish into the ground.

5. Will Marbury play for Knicks again? No. Can you blame him? He’s too busy doing altruistic works, like making cheap, but still courtworthy sneakers for kids. Would you want to be a part of the Knicks’ franchise? I wouldn’t. You have to always be on the watch, so you don’t get sexually harassed by Isiah Thomas. The constant commenting on my crossover dribble, or my defensive stance. It would be a true test of the mettle of a man. A workplace where sexual harassment is, is not a suitable working place at all. Plus, the Knicks may never be good again, and who wants to play for a losing team all the time?

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Knicks head coach Isiah Thomas admitted himself that every year he and Marbury go through this. They squabble in November and after a couple of weeks, they make up and go about their business of trying to win basketball games. So, yes, Marbury will return to the Knicks. Think of it logically—what team is going to want to take over Marbury’s two-year contract valued at $42 million? Sure he plays good games on occasion, but he is getting old, and having to deal with his oversized ego would not be worth it.

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Sabathia gets award

NEW YORK (AP) — C.C. Sabathia beat Josh Beckett at last — albeit a few weeks later than he hoped. Sabathia won the AL Cy Young Award on Tuesday, topping Boston’s ace and two other worthy contenders by a comfortable margin to become the first Cleveland Indians pitcher in 35 years to earn the honor. Sabathia received 19 of 28 first-place votes and finished with 119 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Beckett, who outpitched Sabathia twice in the playoffs, was second with eight first-place votes and 86 points. “I did look at a few numbers,” Sabathia said on a conference call from his California home. “I definitely thought that Beckett — it could have went either way. I’m just happy and thankful that it went my way.” It might have gone the other way if October results counted. Voting took place before the postseason, when Sabathia struggled as Beckett put together a string of dominant outings to help Boston win the World Series. The Red Sox right-hander trounced Sabathia two times in the AL championship series and went 4-0 with a 1.20 ERA in four postseason starts, striking out 35 and walking two. Sabathia was 1-2 with an 8.80 ERA and 13 walks in three playoff outings. “The first two I can definitely say I was trying to do too much,” Sabathia said. “Just trying to make perfect pitches.” John Lackey of the Los Angeles Angels got the other first-place vote and came in third. Cleveland’s Fausto Carmona was fourth. Sabathia went 19-7 with a 3.21 ERA and 209 strikeouts, pitching a major league-high 241 innings. Beckett (20-7) became the only big leaguer

Ugly: Ags increase Spectrum streak

cleveland indians pitcher c.c. sabathia pitches during Game 1 of the American League Championship baseball series at Fenway Park in Boston, Oct. 12. AP photo

to win 20 games since 2005, compiling a 3.27 ERA in 200 2-3 innings. Lackey led the AL in ERA at 3.01, going 19-9 and tossing 224 innings. Carmona was 19-8 with a 3.06 ERA. “I was excited. My family and everybody were around,” Sabathia said. “I was surprised. Beckett had a great year and an even better postseason.” The only other Cleveland pitcher to win the award was Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry in 1972. Now that he’s got one of his own, Sabathia plans to display the trophy prominently. “I’m sitting in my office right now, I’m looking for a spot. I’ll probably put it right here,” he said. Sabathia is the first black pitcher to win a Cy Young Award since Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets in 1985.

Jones prepared for probation

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones is prepared to take a plea deal that will get him probation in a Las Vegas strip club triple shooting in an attempt to salvage his career. Under the written plea agreement obtained by The Associated

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007

Press, Jones intends to plead no contest to one charge of conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct, a gross misdemeanor, in return for a promise to suspend a sentence of one year in county jail. Las Vegas police identified Jones as the person who incited a Feb. 19 fight inside the Minxx Gentlemen’s Club minutes before

three people were shot outside. Jones’ Atlanta-based attorney Manny Arora said Tuesday the defense team believes Jones would have won a trial on two felony counts of coercion for inciting a fight inside the club. But a trial wouldn’t have happened for six months or even a year.

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a team we are still struggling to find that. That’s really evident with the amount of turnovers we are having.” Morrill agreed and said the team will come together. “We got all kinds of new guys,” Morrill said. “I’ve been impatient. I’ve been on them hard. We’re trying to find our way. We’ll find our way and we’re going to take some lumps along the way.” With 3:44 left in the first half, the Aggies used an 11-2 run up until halftime to increase a three-point lead to 12. The run was capped off by a Kris Clark half-court shot as the buzzer sounded, giving the Aggies a 39-27 lead. Montana-Western was led in scoring by sophomore guard Gus McDonald, who scored 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting. The Aggies now prepare for a weekend road trip as they will travel to California and play California Polytechnic State University on Thursday and then the University of California-Irvine on Saturday.

Fast Stats

• A 15-1 run in the second half propelled the Aggies to victory. • Jaycee Carroll made 10of-19 field goals, including 5-of-10 3-pointers. • Since last season, the Aggies are 19-4 when Carroll scores more than 20 points.

uSU forward stephen ducharme fights for a rebound with a Montana-Western opponent Monday night in the Spectrum. DuCharme had four points and five rebounds. CAMERON PETERSON photo

Boise State drops game to Washington BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Derrick Low scored 26 points and Kyle Weaver had 19 to lead No. 9 Washington State to a 86-74 victory over Boise State on Tuesday night. The Cougar tandem combined to shoot 10-of-12 in the first 80 minutes of the second half, when Washington State

(2-0) quickly erased a six-point halftime deficit. The Cougars outscored the Broncos 33-10 during that stretch and coasted the rest of the way. Washington State also got 18 points from Daven Harmeling, who scored the Cougars’ final eight points in the first half that helped cut a

12-point Boise State (1-1) lead in half before the break. The Cougars shot 56.3 percent for the game, made 9of-19 from 3-point range and committed just 11 turnovers, with only three coming in the second half. No. 14 Gonzaga 80, Idaho 43


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