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Viewpoints

March 24, 2011

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The tale of Abraham Lincoln, emotions and social chaos As a species, humans are very sociable. We require contact from others of our kind in order to survive in a somewhat stable universe. Whether it be a hug, a handshake, a smile or even a wink, these forms of communication are vital to social stability. Without communication, chaos ensues or something goes terribly wrong. Even with constant communication, we have “bad” and “lost” versions of this societal building block. I n Joh n Cleese’s documentary series “The Human Face,” he explores facial expressions and how they relate to social status, viewpoints editor cultural traits and comc.miller@eagle.ceu.edu munication. As society

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changes, we adapt by, among other things, changing how we communicate, but sometimes we do not and issues arise. Cleese presents the idea that “road rage” is one such problem. He discusses how, even when we are not aware of it, we are communicating constantly with our facial expressions. When one passerby bumps into another, they say their apologies or the simple facial expression given is enough of one. When the automobile was invented, drivers lost subtle forms of communication through quiet words and facial expressions. When one driver upsets another, he cannot verbally apologize or give the “I’m sorry” look so the other driver knows he did not purposely commit the offending action. Because of this, the other driver may easily take offense and will come to the conclusion that the upsetting driver did it on purpose, just to make him angry. Today, little has changed since a driver’s only form of communication is his car horn and a wave of his hand; both are insufficient and so “road rage” remains present in our society. So what does Abraham Lincoln have in common with “road rage”? Nothing, but he is in the conversation about this

next form of communication that helps to prevent miscommunication on the Internet. Emoticons. You either loathe them or use them profusely. A quick background explanation before we continue. Emoticons (the combination of the words “emotion” and “icon”) are a form of communication called glyphs, which are visual representations of characters that cannot be spoken and are created using present keystrokes. Emoticons have been around since the late 1800s when many were trying to come up with ways of putting more emotion into text. The first known emoticons published were from Puck Magazine and were symbols for the emotions of melancholy, indifference, astonishment, and joy. They were made popular by Scott Fahlman, a Carnegie Mellon University professor, in 1982 with a simple “smiley face” on an online message board (though the “smiley face” was invented in the 1960s, it was not used as part of text communication). Since that time, emoticons have been used frequently online and in texting to insert certain feelings that cannot be see Emoticons page 6

Prisoners of the mind: a SAD story Indecision, anxiety and fear. These are the three constants of people that suffer Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), a disorder that causes intense fear and anxiety when exposed to social situations. According to a study by the National Institute of Mental Health, over 15 million Americans have SAD, making it one of the most prevalent psychiatric disorders in the country. SAD is believed to start at birth with 7 percent of the population being born with it in a year. The statistics rise even higher if either parent have any mental disorders. Those who suffer from SAD are actually terrified of other people (with the

Cassidy Scovill staff writer c.scovill@eagle.ceu.edu

Lying: a way of life Henry Rudolph

see Lying page 6

see Prisoners page 6

USU-CEU becomes USU-Eastern Tadd Mecham

guest writer

Two monkeys walk into a bar, both equipped with twin-barrel shotguns and the ability to shoot bullets out of their flaming fists… See what just happened? This is called lying. Monkeys aren’t allowed into bars, nor do they have the ability to purchase firearms or shoot bullets out of non-existent flaming fists. Though lying is a common occurrence among our society today, for the sake of a joke or to avoid offending our girlfriends, it has also become a matter of survival in our competitive, animalistic world. Before dismissing this as the banter of an angry college student, understand there is a method for the madness expressed here. How often have fellow students lied to a professor in order to turn in an assignment late? How often does a fellow co-worker slander another in order to achieve a higher prestige, or consideration for promotion, reward, recognition or funding? As high school students, we ignored these happenings by calling it “high school drama.” We are desperately hoping to escape the backbiting, two-faced encounters, and for lack of a better word, drama in this world after receiving that document saying you are of average intelligence (a high school diploma). However, the incidents do not evaporate, nor do they decrease. They instead become what we now refer to as politics. Not politics in the sense of health care, capitalism or any other governmental concern, but in the simple sense that in order to get anywhere in life, one must “play the games.” In order for someone to be cast in a play, they must become friends with the director/ producer and brown nose, regardless of talent.

exceptions of a small amount of close friends), making any social situation that involves strangers an anxiety-filled nightmare. What makes a person with SAD tick: A near constant barrage of internal thoughts confusing issues and making them far less likely to ever actually interact fluidly with another person. The fear of being judged by strangers prevents them from ever interacting with another human being without being constantly self-conscious. Suffering from SAD stretches beyond anxiety attacks and an incredible fear of all things involving other human beings. It also affects careers; according to a Social Anxiety Center, 31 percent of SAD sufferers actually maintain full-time employment when compared to 54 percent of people without psychiatric disorders. They are more likely to have poor grades and are also more likely to drop out of school. There are methods of getting help with SAD. Unfortunately, the nature of SAD can and will prevent people from seeking help. Therapists can help treat SAD, but being as SAD is the

staff writer t.mecham@eagle.ceu.edu It seems lately, we’ve all been a little confused about what students are supposed to call our college since the merger with Utah State University. Everyone has just become so accustomed to the usual College of Eastern Utah title. For a while now, the new name seemed to be set on Utah State University- College of Eastern Utah, and everyone was fine and dandy. Unfortunately, due to some recent discoveries, this name is not going to work; at least the acronym definitely will not work.

See, if the hyphen in USU-CEU is slightly rearranged, it becomes USUC-EU. Or “You Suck EU.” With two hyphens, the very name of the school heckles itself. This situation was somewhat unavoidable since not many people could foresee that the slandering of the name was possible in such an easy way. The situation is also pretty funny, so no one should feel guilty if they had themselves a little chuckle. I know I did. With U-SUC-EU making its presence known, the problem of an improved school name was brought back to square one. Fortunately, a new name has been chosen.

see Logo page 6

Marriage: making big decisions Life is full of choices: small choices, big choices, insignificant choices and choices that change your life. I don’t know about most people, but after that “most important” decision, I pretty much figured Henry and I would just always be on the same page for the rest of our lives. I mean, that’s why we married each other, right? So it’s been a pretty strange experience for me over the last 9 months. I’ve realized that a lot of the things I thought I had decided have needed to be compromised. Just so we’re clear, I don’t mean compromising as a bad thing. I’ve discovered that many of the things I thought I wanted aren’t the best things for me or for my marriage. For example, since I was 12, I’ve known I wanted

kids as soon as I got married. I’m talking honeymoon babies. But with Henry’s help, I’ve realized that children

see Marriage page 6

Jenna Rae Rudolph staff writer j.rudolph@eagle.ceu.edu

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March 24th - April 10th Monday

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Weed Appreciation Day

Chancellor Call with Students 12 pm

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CEU Alumni Association Meeting 12 pm Theatre Production - Odd Couple 7:30 pm

SUN Center - Green Team Concert EUSA Club Council 5 pm Theatre Production - Odd Couple 7:30 pm

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GEAR UP Parent and Student Workshop 5:30 pm USU-CEU Film Society 7 pm EUSA - Intramurals - Dodgeball 7-9 pm

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EUSA Intramurals Volleyball 7-9 pm

Letter to the editor The art of the pre-emptive no

Okay, while the title might seem like an oxymoron, it is possible to say “no” to a date without ever being asked; but, going back to my previous article, “Why in the good Hell would you ever want to!?” Throughout my dating experiences, I’ve come up with a few key ideas to help ladies with the pre-emptive no. First Key Idea- When you don’t want to be asked out, do something disgusting in front of the guy. Some of the things I’ve seen are: no showering, no deodorant, don’t do your hair, don’t do your makeup, pick your nose (even though 99.9% of us do it), or my personal favorite, eat a can of beans the day before and be a stink-pot in class. While some of these things seem really silly, they do work. Next Key Idea- Swear like a sailor. I know in my travels, one of the main things I’ve noticed is that we’ve lost the femininity in the better sex (women). So many of our beautiful women today strive to be like men, why? There isn’t that much to men: sex, food, beer and sex. (Yes, ladies all men love beer. I don’t care what his personal religious affiliation is, it’s bred into us). Men--(not boys)-are looking for a woman to compliment them in their life. If you’re swearing like a sailor and acting like a man; why would any self-respecting

see Pre-emptive page 6

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USU-CEU Baseball vs SLCC @ CEU 1 pm EUSA - Comedy Night 8 pm

USU-CEU Baseball vs SLCC @ CEU 12 pm EUSA CEU Idol 8 pm SUN Center Scouting for Food

Viagra Day

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Theatre Production - Odd Couple 7:30 pm

Women’s Conference 9 am USU-CEU Baseball vs CSN @ CSN 1 pm Theatre Production - Odd Couple 7:30 pm

USU-CEU Baseball vs CSN @ CSN 12 pm Theatre Production - Odd Couple 7:30 pm EUSA Student Choice Activity

Tweed Day

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Newspaper Publication Auditions for Broadway Showcase 7 pm Student Choice Emmett Awards Night 8 pm

USU-CEU Baseball vs CSI @ CSI 1 pm

USU-CEU Baseball vs CSI @ CSI 12 pm

Newspaper Publication SUN Center Volunteers Needed 7 pm

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Safety Pin Day

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