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March 24, 2011
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USU Eastern’s photo of the week was submitted by Mae Goss and taken at the Grand Tetons. If you want a chance to see your photo printed in The Eagle, e-mail a jpeg to Kelli Burke-Gabossi at email@example.com. The next issue will print April 7.
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SUN Center Breakaway Trip: huge success Austin Ashcraft staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Over spring break, you would imagine students going on vacation, taking road trips and relaxing. Not so for the USU-Eastern Breakaway Club. This year’s group of 22 students traveled to the Navajo Reservation and spent the week in service. Trading beaches for old orchards that need pruning, service-savvy students willingly left the comforts of home to help the people on a secluded part of the Navajo Reservation, Navajo Mountain. Their week was spent pruning orchards, painting
and digging holes for septic tanks. Navajo Mountain is a sacred site to the Navajo. The site has a Navajo name of “Naatsis’áán,” which means “head of the earth.” It is located near the Utah-Arizona border, about 15 miles south of Lake Powell. Because the site is difficult to reach (about an eight-hour drive each way), it served as a sanctuary and refuge site for the Natives when westward expansion drove many others out of their lands. The group spent time learning about Navajo history and traditions from their guide, Hank Stevens led the group into canyon orchards and to remote farmland and took several members of the group to visit ancient Anasazi ruins.
The service was appreciated by those on the reservation, with one woman telling students that they were the hardest working group to ever help her. She was grateful and wants the group to come back next year. Volunteers returned exhausted, but were grateful for the opportunity to serve. Those who participated were Kathy Murray (Adviser), Kent Keele (Engineers Without Borders), Anna Macdonald, Austin Ashcraft, Autumn Sutton, Benoni Sowah, Courtney Reynolds, Dallen Garvin, Daniel Luke, Elcio Dutra, J.J. Glasson, Julia Potts, Keera Allred, Katie Cloward, Kami Johnson, Lance Deeter, Miranda Parkinson, Mindi Bowman, Rachel Ryan, Ryan Giles, Tori Frame and Webb Whatcott.