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Propane leak leads to College Ward house explosion By EMILY HOFERITZA staff writer

FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS and neighbors help clean up the debris on the site of the explosion. Emergency personnel dug 27-year-old Tony Sorensen out of the wreckage. PETE P. SMITHSUTH photo


An explosion that destroyed a house in College Ward left two siblings injured Thursday, said Chief Deputy David Bennett of the Cache County Sheriff’s Office. Tony Sorensen, 27, and Mary Sorensen, 23, were in the house, located at 2907 S. 2400 West, at the time of the initial explosion. Mary was transported to Logan Regional Hospital with minor cuts and burns and is currently in good condition. Tony was in critical condi-

tion when he was transported by helicopter to the University of Utah Burn Center, with 65 percent of his body covered in burns. However, Bennett said he is now in stable condition. Although the initial blast was previously thought to be caused by a propane tank exploding, officials found that propane buildup in the house was ignited by an unknown source. The blast leveled the house, Bennett said. An off-duty deputy and his father, who lived nearby the house, heard the explosion and arrived at the house to see Mary coming out of the house’s remains, Bennett said. Tony had to

be dug out of the rubble. Right after the two were removed from the wreckage, Bennett said another set of explosions set the house’s remains on fire. “So they were pretty lucky to get out of there,” he said. A technician from Pitcher Sales Inc., based in Lewiston, performed a regular propane service Wednesday after the smell of propane caused concern. Bennett said the technician found some “tiny leaks that most people probably have in their house but don’t know about” but didn’t feel it was a concern. Pitcher Sales Inc. was unavailable for comment.

Bennett said he doesn’t believe the explosion was particularly anyone’s fault. The house was totaled and there is no way to find what ignited the gas and caused the explosion, he said. Ward member Kelly Zilles said the siblings are both return missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She also said the siblings’ parents are currently serving an LDS mission outside of the country. Bennett said Thursday that after the fire department finishes cleaning up the wreckage, the insurance company will be notified and the house will be turned back over to the owners. –

National Guard and ROTC building yurt for skiers By EMILY HOFERITZA staff writer

Skiers planning a backcountry excursion through Logan Canyon this winter may have the chance to rent the newest yurt being built at Blind Hollow in Logan Canyon. At about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Utah Army National Guard, with the assistance of the Army ROTC, flew in a UH60 Black Hawk helicopter to transport approximately 2,000 pounds of equipment that will be used to build a yurt, a Mongolian-style hut, to replace the old one. Paul Bowman, program coordinator for USU’s Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC), said the old yurt was covered with a vinyl skin that has rotted out and been replaced multiple times. “The structure we’re going to have up there now is considerably more heavy duty and longer lasting,” he said. In order to lift the pieces up to the site, Bowman contacted Capt. Michael Rhinehart, the executive officer with the university’s Army ROTC program. Rhinehart said the ROTC sent a request to the Utah Army National Guard, who in turn supported the operation while also supporting ROTC training. He said some cadets participated in an air-assault training this summer, during which they learned how to attach large loads to helicopters for transport. “It worked out really well as a training exercise to put some of the training that the cadets just got this last summer into actual play,” Rhinehart said. Rhinehart said 10 cadets assisted with the operation – some were assigned to the pickup zone to hook up the equipment to the helicopter, while others were assigned to the drop zone to receive the load. On both ends of the operation they also provided security for the area, ensuring that it was safe for pickup and receiving. Bowman said the project went well. “It was good from the word go,” he said. “When I first called the ROTC, I talked to Capt. Rhinehart, who was pretty enthusiastic about it from the beginning.” He said they had everything set up to load the helicopter and after three trips everything was at the site – taking a total of an hour and a half, as opposed to the days it would have

A UH-60 BLACK HAWK carried one-ton of equipment to Blind Hollow in preparation to build a yurt. The Utah Army National Guard supported the effort by donating the helicopter. TODD JONES photo

taken without the airlift. “We at the ROTC are a part of the university and want everyone to know that we’re here on campus,” Rhinehart said. “We want people to know that we have an investment in this program and the university and we’re happy to help when we can help.” Bowman said yurts are generally used by nomads in central

Asia. They can be easily taken apart and are relatively portable. The ORC has four yurts throughout Logan Canyon that it rents out seasonally, starting Dec. 1 and ending in April. Each yurt has bunk beds and mattresses, a camp kitchen and solar powered lights. Bowman said they have everything needed to sustain life but campers still have to boil snow to get water. –

Professors enhance Utah through wind energy research By MIKAYLA RICH staff writer

Huntsman School of Business professors Cathy Hartman and Edwin Stafford conducted a study on a wind-power development that would be constructed in Summit County. “Our dean, Doug Anderson, stresses that the faculty do research that matters,” Hartman said. Hartman and Stafford began working together on wind power in 1995. They looked at wind power in Europe, California and China. They wanted to do something close to home and do something that would affect Utahns.

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“When we started, everybody thought we were like on the fringe,” Stafford said. “We’re marketing professors, and we’re doing an area on environmental issues and everyone just kind of thought that this was a fringe topic. The Internet was hot and we were doing something different.” Hartman and Stafford’s involvement with the Spanish Fork Wind Project began in 2003, conducting education outreach. The wind farm is the first in Utah and opened in the summer of 2008. Wind power is a price-stable source of energy. The power plants don’t have to buy wind like they have to buy coal, Stafford said. Wind power is 100 percent green. It does not have

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harmful outputs like a coal plant. This makes economic sense too, Stafford said. He said, “The future is clean energy that’s domestic, that’s price stable, that’s in our backyard. Instead of sending our money to the Middle East we can send our money to rural communities, and we can be funneling our monies there rather than abroad, which keeps our economy thriving.” One of the billboards associated with the project read, “Wind power can fund schools.”

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Far-right leader in controversial TV appearance

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LONDON (AP) — The leader of Britain’s far-right party outlined his vision in a controversial television debut that critics fear could help his whitesonly party ease into the political mainstream. British National Party leader Nick Griffin feuded with fellow panelists and was excoriated by hostile audience members in a tense appearance on the BBC’s “Question Time” program Thursday night. “It was hard-going,” he told The Associated Press in telephone interview after the show, describing the program as “a bit like a boxing match.” Question Time gathers Britain’s leading politicians, journalists and other public figures in a panel to take questions from a studio audience. The threedecade-old program has become something of national institution, and many have condemned Griffin’s invitation as awarding his far-right group an undeserved aura of political respectability. The BBC said that, as a publicly funded broadcaster, it must cover all political parties that have a national presence. The BNP has no seats in the Britain’s Parliament, but earlier this year the party won two seats in the European legislature. The program showed Griffin defend-

Celebs&People NEW YORK (AP) — In the midst of a career surge that has made him one of rap’s biggest stars, Lil Wayne is bracing for a year behind bars after pleading guilty Thursday in a two-year-old gun case. A glum LIL WAYNE Lil Wayne said little as he admitted illegally having a loaded gun on his tour bus in 2007, moving to end a case that had churned along as he collected Grammys and gold records.

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ANTI-FASCIST demonstrators protest outside the offices of BBC in west London, Thursday. AP photo

ing himself against accusations that he sympathized with the ideals of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party – but also showed him ducking the question of whether he ever denied the Holocaust. “I do not have a conviction for Holocaust denial,” he said, smiling faintly as the studio audience snickered. He later said he had changed his mind about the Holocaust, but then refused to

explain exactly how. Fellow panelist Chris Huhne, a lawmaker with Britain’s Liberal Democrats party, spoke for many of the show’s guests when he predicted that Griffin’s credibility “is going to be seriously damaged by his performance.” “This is a person who comes from a fascist background, anyone who watches the program will see exactly what he

Poll: American’s belief in global warming is cooling

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A nephew of legendary poet Everett Ruess says the family was close to sealing the fate of his disappearance in the Utah wilderness 75 years ago by scattering cremated remains in the Pacific Ocean. But nagging doubts led them to another DNA lab, which found they had the wrong person. University of Colorado researchers say they were wrong on the first tests. Ruess’ only survivors plan to return the skeleton and a few artifacts to the Navajo reservation.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans seem to be cooling toward global warming. Just 57 percent think there is solid evidence the world is getting warmer, down 20 points in just three years, a new poll shows. And the share of people who believe pollution caused by humans is causing temperatures to rise has also taken a dip, even as the U.S. and world forums gear up for possible action against climate change. In a poll of 1,500 adults by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, released Thursday, the number of people saying there is strong scientific evidence that the Earth has gotten warmer over the past few decades is down from 71 percent in April of last year and from 77 percent when Pew started asking the question in 2006. The number of people who see the situation as a serious problem also has declined. The steepest drop has occurred during the past year, as Congress and the Obama administration have taken steps to control heat-trapping emissions for the first time and international negotiations for a new treaty to slow global warming have been under way. At the same time, there has been mounting scientific evidence of climate change – from melting ice caps to the world’s oceans hitting the highest monthly recorded temperatures this summer. The poll was released a day after 18 scientific organizations wrote Congress to reaffirm the consensus

LateNiteHumor David Letterman, Oct. 14, 2009 – Top 10 signs your toddler watches too much television.

10. He’s got a satelite dish on his crib. 9. Wants Neil Patrick Harris to host his birthday party. 8. Can count to 10/9 central. 7. At bedtime, asks you to read him the Nielsen ratings. 6. Instead of security blanket, clutches a Shamwow. 5. Keeps wanting to know why grandpa “got canceled.” 4. He weighs 135 pounds. 3. Thinks the capital of Montana is Hannah. 2. Constantly implores you to have your pet spayed or neutered. 1. His first words were, “Your local news starts now!”

behind global warming. A federal government report Thursday found that global warming is upsetting the Arctic’s thermostat. Only about a third, or 36 percent of the respondents, feel that human activities – such as pollution from power plants, factories and automobiles – are behind a temperature increase. That’s down from 47 percent from 2006 through last year’s poll. “The priority that people give to pollution and environmental concerns and a whole host of other issues is down because of the economy and because of the focus on other things,” suggested Andrew Kohut, the director of the research center, which conducted the poll from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4. “When the focus is on other things, people forget and see these issues as less grave.” Andrew Weaver, a professor of climate analysis at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, said politics could be drowning out scientific awareness. “It’s a combination of poor communication by scientists, a lousy summer in the Eastern United States, people mixing up weather and climate and a full-court press by public relations firms and lobby groups trying to instill a sense of uncertainty and confusion in the public,” he said. Political breakdowns in the survey underscore how tough it could be to enact a law limiting pollution emissions blamed for warming. While three-quarters of Democrats believe the evidence of a warming planet


is solid, and nearly half believe the problem is serious, far fewer conservative and moderate Democrats see the problem as grave. Fifty-seven percent of Republicans say there is no solid evidence of global warming, up from 31 percent in early 2007. Though there are exceptions, the vast majority of scientists agree that global warming is occurring and that the primary cause is a buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels, such as oil and coal. Jane Lubchenco, head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told a business group meeting at the White House Thursday: “The science is pretty clear that the climate challenge before us is very real. We’re already seeing impacts of climate change in our own backyards.” Despite misgivings about the science, half the respondents still say they support limits on greenhouse gases, even if they could lead to higher energy prices. And a majority – 56 percent – feel the United States should join other countries in setting standards to address global climate change. But many of the supporters of reducing pollution have heard little to nothing about cap-and-trade, the main mechanism for reducing greenhouse gases favored by the White House and central to legislation passed by the House and a bill the Senate will take up next week.

Triggerman convicted for slaying family of seven INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man charged in one of the worst mass slayings in Indianapolis history was convicted Thursday of killing seven members of one family, including three children, in a bloody rampage prosecutors said stemmed from a quest for drugs and cash that didn’t exist. Marion Superior Court Judge Robert Altice convicted Desmond Turner, 31, on 23 counts stemming from the June 1, 2006, deaths of Emma Valdez, 46; her husband, Alberto Covarrubias, 56; the couple’s young sons, Alberto, 11, and David, 8; and Valdez’s adult son and daughter, Magno Albarran and Flora Albarran and Flora’s son Luis, 5. Turner, who waived his right to a jury trial in exchange for prosecutors dropping their request for the death penalty, faces up to life without parole. The sentencing phase of the trial starts Friday. Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said he did

not have the evidence needed to meet the high standard of proof required for a capital conviction. Prosecutors’ case was built on witness accounts and other circumstantial evidence. They lacked a murder weapon or any physical evidence tying Turner directly to the scene. Maria Flores of Indianapolis, Emma Valdez’s sister, said after the verdict that the death penalty wouldn’t have made a difference. “Killing him won’t bring our family back,” she said. Defense attorney Brent Westerfeld had hoped to capitalize on the prosecution’s lack of physical evidence. During his closing arguments, he put up diagrams of a shirt and pants that police found soaking in the bathtub of a friend of Turner’s the day after the slayings. The clothing contained DNA evidence from Turner but not the victims, he noted. Altice, however, said Turner’s actions after the slayings, including washing his clothes and fleeing to


stands for,” he told the BBC after the show. But Griffin’s appearance on the taxpayer-funded show has divided the country – with one government minister saying the BBC “should be ashamed of single-handedly doing a racist, fascist party the biggest favor in its grubby history.” “Our black, Muslim and Jewish citizens will sleep much less easily now the BBC has legitimized the BNP,” Welsh Secretary Peter Hain said after the show’s taping. One expert said that the Cambridge University-educated Griffin would “see this as a breakthrough into mainstream media.” James Shields of Warwick University compared Griffin’s Question Time performance to a similar television appearance by French far-right leader JeanMarie Le Pen in 1984, a groundbreaking appearance Shields said had helped soften Le Pen’s image in the eyes of many French voters. Griffin’s performance will be dissected in Britain’s media. His defense of the “indigenous Britons” drew scattered applause in the program, but he seemed to stumble when he claimed the media was distorting his message.


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Kentucky, weighed heavily in his ruling. “Mr. Turner was indeed the main shooter,” he said. Brizzi said the case was solved “old-school,” without DNA evidence, and that there was no physical evidence linking Turner to the crime scene because he and codefendant James Stewart had been careful. Stewart has pleaded not guilty to murder charges and his trial is set for Nov. 30. Westerfeld also tried to discredit the prosecution’s main witness, Brandon Griffith, who had testified that he had seen Turner force his way into Valdez’s home with an assault rifle minutes before the slayings. “I don’t believe we begin to understand Brandon Griffith’s ability to lie,” Westerfeld told Altice. Prosecutors Jennifer Haley and Janna Skelton vividly described how many bullets struck each victim, noting that in some cases the shots blew off parts of the victims’ skulls.

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Accountant expresses need for tax raise in future Briefs By ADAM WARD staff writer

“We are on an unsustainable fiscal path, and we must take steps to fix it when the time is appropriate,” said Harry “Hank” Gutman Wednesday at the Intermountain Accounting Seminar sponsored by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. The necessary steps, Gutman said, may inevitably involve raising taxes. Gutman began by reviewing the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act,” better known as the stimulus package that Congress and President Barack Obama passed earlier this year. Gutman pointed out that the $787 billion stimulus had to be paid for somehow and that bills such as the stimulus package will only add to the nation’s deficit, which is now at $1.4 trillion compared to $450 billion a year ago, according to The Budget and Economic Outlook from August of 2009. The massive deficit causes huge problems for the United States economy, Gutman said. While the deficit is only 10 percent of the United States’ gross domestic product (GDP), that number is still greater than all of the world’s GDP combined, with the exception of six countries. Gutman feels that American has dug a fiscal hole that it will not be able to get out of unless there are big changes. Gutman said the only ways to get

out of the hole are cutting back on spending or gaining a new revenue source. However, because of the way Congress works, he doubts any cutting will happen with the budget, so the only way to get out of the hole is to increase revenues, probably in the form of new taxes. Gutman knows that it isn’t what anybody wants but it is what must happen if the U.S. economy is going to get out of the fiscal hole that it’s in. Gutman also warned that the timing of raising taxes is just as important as actually raising the taxes to get America out of the fiscal hole. There is a big scare about entitlement programs running out of money, such as Social Security or Medicare, Gutman said. However, Gutman said they won’t be a problem for 10 years, and nothing should be done to reform them until the economy is more stable and it is actually pertinent to reform the programs. Adding taxes now would hurt the recovering economy much more than it would help these programs, he said. Gutman used a graph published by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, an international organization composed of 30 countries, about how much of the percentages of GDP goes to taxes. Gutman said the United States was down near the bottom – along with countries such as Mexico and South Korea – being taxed only a small amount. On the other hand, many

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citizens in European countries, such as Germany and Italy, are taxed nearly half their income. There are many countries that are taxed much more yet still have a higher standard of living than the U.S. Gutman used the statistics

to show that despite the public opinion that everyone is overtaxed, it is possible and could be beneficial to be taxed more. What’s more, Gutman said, is that higher taxes may be the only way to avert the next fiscal disaster the United States is likely to face as it recovers from the last one. As the chief of staff for the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation from 1991-93, Gutman was the primary nonpartisan adviser to the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees concerning the technical, economic and revenue aspects of tax legislation. Gutman also served as Deputy Tax Legislative Counsel in the Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Policy. Currently, Gutman heads the Federal Tax Legislative and Regulatory Services (LRS) group

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HARRY GUTMAN, prior member of the Deputy Tax Legislative Counsel, said it would hurt the economy more to raise taxes at this point. ANI MIRZAKANYAN photo

at Washington National Tax and is the director of the KPMG Tax Governance Institute (TGI). Under Gutman’s leadership, the LRS practice gives clients immediate notification about breaking developments in tax legislation or federal tax regulations, among other things. –

Attorney General’s second trip yields audience By CATHERINE MEIDELL news assistant editor

As the result of poor advertising, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff arrived to USU Sept. 30 to find no one in sight. He returned to campus Thursday to convey his message concerning identity theft and there was an audience this time around. Shurtleff said his assistant, Scott Troxel, “took a pretty big beating” for the lack of publicity USU received on his arrival to campus Sept. 30. “If we get two more people here we will have increased attendance by 200 percent,” Shurtleff said while speaking to a group students in the Taggart Student Center’s International Lounge. Though there wasn’t a significant turn out, Shurtleff said the important thing is that all who attended relay his message about identity theft to others. Shurtleff will run for Utah’s Senator in the 2010 election. In his political career he has worked on the prosecution of drug dealers and eliminating labs for methamphetamine. Because an audience was almost nonexistent during Shurtleff’s first appearance, Preston Parker, public relations professor, decided to assist in advertising Shurtleff’s second visit to campus. He did this by organizing press releases and planning the time and place of the attorney general’s next visit. The public relations department was initially unaware Shurtleff had a plan to speak on campus and stated it did not receive a press

ATTORNEY GENERAL Mark Shurtleff made his second trip to USU after public relations students took the initiative to advertise his arrival. CODY GOCHNOUR photo

release. The public relations department was not the only group uninformed. Renae Cowley, junior in agricultural communication and student of Parker, said Parker looked into the reason for

the unknown speech and explained the reasons why the event had no attendance. She said she learned The Herald Journal did not have news of Shurtleff’s arrival because it received the e-mail after the event occurred. The title of the press release was “Time to Shred,” and many people who received the e-mail deleted it, believing it was junk mail, Cowley said. She also said the organization of the press release did not say the time, date and location of Shurtleff’s scheduled visit to USU until the last paragraph. Shurtleff arranged for two identity theft experts to go into depth on the subject. A presenter from Enable Industries said the company makes sure shredded documents are kept safe because new computer programs can piece together the shredded remains. The company locks the documents into a truck and transports it to its building in Salt Lake City to shred in a protected environment. “You’ve got to be paranoid,” Shurleff said. “People who are high on meth have a lot of time to tape these things (paper shreds) back together.” Shurtleff said he realizes his team did not do a good job advertising but with the help of Parker and his students a successful return was made possible. His visit to USU is part of a statewide tour for which he has made appearances at many universities including University of Utah, Weber State and Dixie State College. –

Pedaling powers music and bike funds By ADAM WARD staff writer

Aggie Blue Bikes organized a concert featuring three music acts – the instruments all charged by pedaling a bicycle. The acts included USU students Julia Mecham, Ryan Morris and the band Angels Share to celebrate Bike Week at USU Wednesday. For a donation of $3 to Aggie Blue Bikes, spectators got to fill their mugs up with Café Ibis hot chocolate or coffee, listen to the three acts and get exercise on stage by volunteering to pedal the bike. Manager of Aggie Blue Bikes Adam Christensen created the bike last year. It’s a road bike hooked into a generator to provide electricity. Members of the audience were welcome to take turns throughout the show to pedal the bike that powered the musician’s amps and microphones. Christy Jensen, an alumna of USU who works at Aggie Blue Bikes, put on the show. Jensen said the bike shop also did a show – which was powered by three bikes – last May during national bike month. Mecham hopped on stage she started playing the inverter on the generator fried. While no one pedaled during her performance, Jensen made it known that the power used was still solely ran by the bicycle. Mecham played the acoustic guitar as she sang for her set, with no further accompaniment. After Mecham was finished performing, the second performer, Ryan Morris hopped up on stage. After a short delay Jensen replaced the power inverter for the bicycle, and welcomed people to come hop on it and pedal so that Morris would have power for his set. Instantly a volunteer hopped up on the bike and began peddling, providing all the power for his first few songs. Midway through Morris’ set, another volunteer hopped up and finished out his set. Morris played the acoustic guitar and sang for his set, just like mecham, with no further accompaniment. Angels Share took the stage after Morris was finished. Band member Sean Damitz played the acoustic guitar, while Chris Webster played the drums. As with the two groups before, the show was powered solely by the bicycle. However, Angels Share’s set was considerably longer than the other two musicians and had to have several volunteers come up and pedal the bicycle. Angels Share were also the only performers who had ever played a concert powered solely by bicycles before. –

AGGIE BLUE BIKES hosted a concert in which a road bike powered the instruments. Volunteers from the audience volunteered their legs to fuel the performances. STEVE SELLERS photo

In what has become an annual fundraising tradition, the annual Chili Bowl Sale has been scheduled at Utah State University. Presented by the USU Ceramics Guild in the department of art. This year’s one-day sale is Tuesday, Oct. 27. Proceeds from the sale support educational activities by the studentoperated guild. The sale is held at the patio area of the Taggart Student Center. Hours for the sale are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those attending the sale can purchase a custom, hand-crafted ceramic bowl made by a member of the USU Ceramics Guild. Customers can then fill the bowl with either meat or vegan chili – free with the purchase of the bowl. The chili is provided by USU Dining Services. Prices for bowls are $8 and up. The annual chili bowl sale is one of several fundraising events conducted by the guild during the year. Among activities supported by proceeds of the sale are ceramic workshops at USU that, in the past, have brought distinguished artists to USU from around the world.

Lecture introduces Friends of the Library

Friends of the Merrill-Cazier Library at Utah State University host the opening reception for a new exhibit at the library and offer an associated lecture Wednesday, Oct. 28. All activities are free and open to all. The reception honors the exhibit “Bells: Connecting Animals, People and Land” and its inspiration, Thad Box, who will present the Friends of the Library fall lecture following the reception. The reception begins at 6 p.m. at the first floor foyer area of MerrillCazier Library on the USU campus. Guests can preview the exhibit prior to the lecture that begins at 7 p.m. in Room 101 at the library. Friends of the Merrill-Cazier Library is a community-based support organization that works to create awareness of Merrill-Cazier Library and its resources, facilities and personnel. Enriching the library’s resources and sponsoring outreach activities are among the organization’s goals. Individuals who become friends receive a membership card that allows circulation privileges for the year. They also receive the “Marginalia” newsletter and announcements of Friends’ events.

Museum presents world of Harry Potter Utah State University’s Museum of Anthropology continues its “Saturdays at the Museum” series with “Mythology and Magic: An Anthropological View of the World of Harry Potter” Saturday, Oct. 24. The museum will explore how cultures have viewed magic both in the past and present, while exploring the captivating world of Harry Potter. “This is the perfect occasion for anyone who loves Harry Potter or magic to join us at the Museum of Anthropology to learn more about the cultural aspect behind the mythology and magic used in Harry Potter,” said USU student and Saturday Program Planner Heather Laaveg Wencl. Three lectures will be given, the first, at 11 a.m., highlights “Magic and Religion;” 1 p.m., “Behind the Mythology and Magic in the World of Harry Potter;” and at 3:30 p.m., “Finding the Folk in Harry Potter” by guest lecturer Denver Olmstead, a folklorist who recently presented this paper at the Harry Potter Conference in London, England, a “Magical Artifacts & Objects” tour, focusing on some of the fascinating “magical” objects from diverse world cultures, a visit to Ollivander’s wand making shop and to Hogwarts for a few magic lessons. Museum guests who dress up in wizard costumes have a chance to enter a drawing to win prizes.

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Friday, Oct. 23, 2009

Run to aid leukemia victim By MARISSA BODILY staff writer


Kimberly Nelson, Logan High School grad battling leukemia, will receive support as locals participate in “Laps of Love.” The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those who attend the run will walk or run as many laps as they can to show their love and support to Kim and her

family. Nelson is a track runner and was diagnosed with Leukemia on July 22. The event was organized by Nelson’s cousin. Students, alumni, faculty, staff and the public are welcome to participate in the run – bring friends and family. The suggested donation is $5 per person or $20 per family. “Keep Running Kim” wristbands will be available at the race for $3. Armbands can be pur-

chased for $2 at the event to support Nelson. The armbands read “Keep Kim Running.” The run will take place at Logan High’s track, 195 S. 100 West. The event is sponsored by Gotta Run, Women’s Running Club of Cache Valley and Visit www.kimbattlestheredrobot. for more information. –

Wind Power: The greenest source of energy -continued from page 1 Wind turbines are taxed as real propket. That’s why you need to have county erty, just like a house – in Utah approxicommissioners, legislators and utilities mately 75 percent of property tax goes to on board when you put something like schools, Hartman said. this together.” Hartman said, “The other great effect Hartman said, “You can think of of using energy that is domestically protransmission of electricity like the elecduced is that we create jobs that can’t be tricity highway. If you don’t have links outsourced. It can’t be sent over seas.” connecting the transmission it’s just like Some of the you and me trying issues that stand to get to Wyoming in the way of wind on a Utah road. Utah “We never thought turbines being built doesn’t go build roads when we started are lack of policies, in Wyoming. The working in this public acceptance states all have to work area we would be and utility. One of together to make our the major problems highway system work. electricity geeks.” is the way the elecWind power is the tricity market is set same way.” – Cathy Hartman, up. Hartman’s “One issue I and Stafford’s solution business professor think a lot of people is the idea of urban don’t realize is that wind. the electricity mar“When you ket is not a free market, it’s a regulated stop and think about what the real market,” Stafford said. “So people say, pressing issues are that everyone talks ‘Well, shouldn’t this wind farmer be able about today, they’re things like the war, to put up the wind farm and sell it?’ Well, national security, energy, economics and no. Very often there’s only one buyer health,” Hartman said. “Really, electricity that operates in that market. It’s not like and wind energy are tied to all of those opening a pizza parlor and having everybecause it’s an economically viable source body come. It’s a very challenging marof energy that is replenished everyday. It

creates jobs, it’s nonpolluting and there is no water used.” Hartman said a lot of people don’t realize just how much water is used to generate electricity from coal and nuclear sources. Hartman said coal plants use about 300-500 gallons of water to generate one megawatt of electricity. Utah is the second driest state so residents need to conserve all the water they can and wind power can help them do that, Hartman said. Hartman said, “A lot of people are saying that water is the new oil. There are substitutes for oil, but there are no substitutes for water.” Both professors have testified in front of legislators about their study and they continue speak at seminars educating people about wind power. The professors are featured in a Spanish Fork Wind Project documentary, which has yet to make its debut. The film will highlight the idea of urban wind. Several networks have shown interest in airing the documentary. “We never thought when we started working in this area that we would be electricity geeks,” Hartman said. –



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Utah State University • Logan, Utah •

A look into the life of ASUSU’s president By CHELSEY GENSEL staff writer

As a child, Tyler Tolson spent time at his grandparents’ house tracing the lines in the comic strips while his grandfather read the paper. “I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil in my fist,” Tolson said. Now artist, student and poet Tolson is midway through serving a one-year term as ASUSU president. “I was a weird kid, could be I’m just a weird person,” Tolson said. He said he wanted to serve the students and wanted to do whatever he could to develop trust. Tolson grew up in Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. He said the diversity there, as well as being raised by divorced parents, helped him grow up to appreciate diversity and different perspectives. “You have to learn to be a filter,” Tolson said. Tolson said he voluntarily visits as many campus groups and clubs as he can because it helps him get a feel for students’ perspectives. Although he can’t be a part of the more than 200 clubs at USU, he said many clubs invite him to attend an event or meeting and it sparks an his interest for continued involvement. “I go to a lot of Greek events, a lot of GLBTA stuff and as many sports as I can,” Tolson said. He also said he loves to read and write poetry, and likes attend events like Helicon West and Poetry and a Beverage because of the element of connecting with people. “Words have a way of painting a vibrant picture,” Tolson said. “If you get reeled in by someone else or reel people in, you develop a link of trust, almost like you know them.” Getting to know people is one of Tolson’s main goals as president. He said he tries to focus on learning the name of each person he meets and establishing building blocks for further conversation. He tries to keep the door to his office, Taggart Student Center 326C, open so anyone passing by can meet or talk to him. As if on cue, in the middle of explaining his open-door policy, a ping-pong ball from the student-service lounge rolled through the open door and under Tolson’s desk. “That’s what you get,” he said, then smiled, introduced himself and had a short conversation with the student who came in to retrieve the ball. Tolson said he meets with about one or two students that drop by his office every day but would like to see more. “I don’t think that’s enough. I’d really like to take a desk out to a high traffic area, maybe out by the library or something, and just sit and interact with students,” he said.

USU PRESIDENT, TYLER TOLSON, sitting in his office where he holds an open-door policy in hopes of establishing a strong relationship with as many students as possible. TYLER LARSON photo

With his position and the responsibilities, Tolson said there are about 10 things at a time to work on. He is sometimes on campus for 7:30 a.m. meetings and often stays until 10 or 11 p.m. Fortunately, he said, he has nearly a full wardrobe in his office – consisting of dress shoes, a blazer, and other assorted items draped over a chair in the corner.

“And that couch is perfect for naps,” he added, on the rare occasion that there is time for one. The early-morning meetings are just a fraction of the 10-15 meetings Tolson said he attends in an average week, in addition to his classes. ‘”I wear, like, 20 different hats. I am on almost 30 different councils,” Tolson said,

“but the coolest thing is being on the Board of Trustees.” He said juggling all of the responsibilities sometimes means leaving a few minutes early from a meeting or arriving a few minutes late to classes and “playing catch-up.” That’s why so many get scheduled for 7:30 a.m., Tolson guessed, because not many people are busy then. The early mornings and late nights mean there is often a big space in the middle of Tolson’s day, which he said he uses to stay organized and work through his to-do list – or lists on notepads by the phones in his office, recorded in voicemail, written on a calendar and Post-it’s stuck to the computer. “I used to just remember things, just programmed it into me,” Tolson said. “I’ve had a lot of different roles where organization is key. When I have to be organized, I’m great at it.” Sometimes, though, Tolson said he can go a whole day without getting to that list because things come up one after another. “Sometimes I forget about eating,” he said. He did note, however, that when he doesn’t forget, eating out is a great treat for him. “I love the Beehive Grill, Carl’s Jr., the Italian Place,” he said. “True Aggie Cafe is great.” On campus, Tolson said he likes the Quickstop’s pizza sticks and Scotsman dogs, and he likes the jalapeno-cheddar bagel with cream cheese from The Hub. He said his unquestionable favorite is buying pizza from the pizza lady in the Hub. Tolson said all of these little things are part of why he loves USU and serving its student body. He first visited the valley while helping an uncle move after his retirement when Tolson was about 19. He said he thought it was an awesome place, so he visited campus after an LDS mission in Pocatello, Idaho. “Utah State blew me away,” he said. “I wanted to be a part of it. The atmosphere here made me want to be a better person.” Even though he had no previous experience in student leadership or government, Tolson said he knew from the time he got here that he wanted to be involved. People can only prepare so much, he said, before an opportunity presents itself and they have to make a decision. “You either go for it or you don’t. And it’s hard for me to say no,” Tolson said. “It was a great time in my life, and I went for it.” Tolson said his life goal is to be in a position to help people develop. It could be teaching, he said, but it’s something he wants to be prepared to do in any capacity.

- See ASUSU, page 6

Hikers misuse portable GPS trackers By MAREK WARSZAWSKI McClatchy Newspapers

FRESNO, Calif. – Saving yourself from danger in the wilderness used to require skill. Also plenty of effort. Now, all it takes is the touch of a finger. Press button. Distress call transmitted. Authorities notified. Help on the way. When used correctly, personal locator beacons and satellite trackers greatly assist search-and-rescue efforts by providing exact GPS coordinates for a person who is lost or injured. But as more people take these devices into the backcountry, more people are using them irresponsibly, say rangers at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Too often they decide to push a button instead of using their heads. “We’ve had more illegitimate distress calls this summer than ever before, thanks to these gizmos,” said wilderness coordinator Gregg Fauth. Among the examples from this summer: A Pacific Crest Trail hiker, frightened during a lightning storm, transmitted two 911 calls on her personal satellite messenger. A widespread search ensued, only for a sheriff to find her in Lone Pine several days later. She neglected to tell anyone she had gotten out. Barely a mile from the trailhead, a Boy Scout troop sent a 911 emergency call because someone had sprained an ankle. A 68-year-old-woman, backpacking solo in a remote section of the parks, sent an ambiguous “Help” message to her husband 15 times over a 12-hour period after falling and hitting her head. The woman never stopped moving, sending rangers on a needless chase, before she exited the wilderness on her own. “We’re going to respond, but we don’t have the resources to be chasing people,” said parks spokeswoman Adrienne Freeman. “Pressing a button is not the answer. Assessing

risks is the answer.” Sequoia and Kings Canyon occupy 1,352 square miles of the Southern Sierra Nevada, 83 percent of which is designated wilderness. The jointly managed parks, visited by about 1.5 million people annually, contain the range’s tallest peaks, including Mount Whitney, and the most remote river canyons. Along with phones and GPS units, the introduction of satellite trackers and messengers for personal use raises the eternal debate over whether (or how much) technology belongs in the backcountry. And whether relying on computerized gadgets at the expense of tried-and-true backcountry skills somehow dilutes the experience. “It should not replace basic skills like knowing how to use

a map and compass or reading terrain,” Fauth said. “And it shouldn’t replace the basic reason why people go into the wilderness, which is about challenge and learning self reliance. “Where’s the sense of accomplishment if all you know how to do to get yourself out of trouble is push a button?” HOW THEY WORK Since purchasing his SPOT satellite messenger in June 2008, Steve Cosner never goes hiking or backpacking without it. Not only because he may need to summon help, but also to comfort his wife back home in Fresno when he’s out rambling in the mountains. Cosner’s unit, the most popular in the marketplace, contains three function buttons labeled 911, Help and OK. Press 911 and the GPS coordinates of your location are transmitted to the GEOS International Emergency Response Center, which in turn contacts local authorities. Press Help or OK, and a pre-programmed e-mail or text message of your choosing is sent to up to 10 people. Help is designed for nonemergency assistance that could mean anything from “Send food” to “Pick me up a day early.” The OK button is to let folks on your list know all is well and also to provide a link of your location on Google Maps. “It’s a toy to tell folks where I am,” Cosner said. “My wife likes to know. It gives her reassurance and keeps her anxiety in check.” But even messages meant to reassure can put rangers in a tricky position. This summer, the mother of an 18-year-old solo backpacker called the park and demanded they start searching for her son because he didn’t press the OK button on his SPOT device that day as promised, rangers said. (No search was initiated because the hiker was not 24 hours overdue. He did not require help.) “What happens when we lose the self-reliance factor in

- See GPS, page 8

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GPS: SPOT adds precision in rescue -continued from page 5

exchange for this technology?” Freeman asked. “If junior doesn’t push his button because he forgot or he dropped it or the batteries ran out, it shouldn’t be our problem.” Sequoia district ranger Dan Pontbriand was more blunt: “The parks are not a baby-sitting service.” That isn’t all. Pontbriand also believes, as do many in his line of work, that satellite-based gadgetry can delude people who aren’t experienced in the backcountry into making poor decisions. In essence, technology doesn’t make the wilderness safer. Wilderness is wilderness. Meet it on its own terms. “People take risks they wouldn’t normally take because they think these devices will just bail them out,” Pontbriand said. “They say, ‘I’ll try to cross this fastmoving creek because if I slip, I can just push a button and someone will rescue me.’ “That’s absolutely the wrong decisionmaking process.” PRECISION IN RESCUES Until SPOT, a subsidiary of Globalstar Inc., hit store shelves last year, personal locator beacons (PLBs) weren’t as functional and cost several hundred dollars. SPOT retails for $149, plus $99 for the annual service activation. Each unit weighs 7.2 ounces (a lighter second-generation unit was unveiled this month) and waterproof, making them attractive to boaters as well as backpackers. And they have proven useful. According to company spokesman Derek Moore, SPOT has initiated more than 325 rescues in 51 countries during its first 1{ years on the market. “Many of those have been life-saving,” Moore said. “We

receive a lot of feedback from search and rescue agencies thanking us for bringing rescuers to within 28 feet of the victim by providing their GPS coordinates.” The product’s terms and conditions, which also appear on its Web site (, clearly state the 911 function is to be used only in a life-threatening situation or as a last resort. But Moore acknowledged that hasn’t always been the case. “With any safety device, the user needs to understand its functionality and intended use,” he said. “People have to ultimately be responsible for themselves. The technology is there to enhance your experience and provide additional safety, but it’s meant as a backup plan.” According to Randy Coffman of Shaver Lake, a retired national park ranger and search and rescue expert, no electronic gadget can ever replace backcountry basics like knowing how to use a map and compass, carrying a signal mirror or the ability to read terrain and conditions. After all, it’s wilderness. Batteries go dead, stuff has a tendency to break or become lost and rescue helicopters don’t fly in bad weather. Even SPOT only transmits when the unit’s antenna has a line-of-sight with a Globalstar satellite, which might not be the case if you happened to be at the bottom of a canyon. “When people use these devices correctly and appropriately, it can help create a safe buffer for them,” Coffman said. “But it should never be their sole reliance. It’s just a tool in the box, not a magic answer.”

ASUSU: Tolson strives to build relationships -continued from page 5 Tolson said the teachers he’s had growing up have been some of the most impactful people in his life. “This love for people started as a little kid, analyzing my teachers,” Tolson said. “I’d look at people and just ask ‘Why?,’ and then decide to add those motivations and characteristics to my place or set them aside. It’s nothing against them, they’re teaching me to know how I want to act in certain situations.” A favorite motto for Tolson as president can be found on a small rectangular piece of paper taped to the edge of his desk, reading “I’m #3.” Tolson said his grandfather, from whom he learns a great deal from, taught him that God is No. 1, the person on the other side of his desk is No. 2 and he’s No. 3. “It’s a perfect way to be,” Tolson said. “I just try to remember it, especially when someone comes in, sits down and asks me what it means.” Keeping that perspective and doing the job is not without challenges, Tolson said. “I broke both my ankles in the last several months. I need to see a specialist, but I don’t have time,” he said. Attending leadership conferences over the summer and learning how to be ASUSU president were difficult, but Tolson said that’s when “you just buckle down and make it work and delegate a lot.” Another motto Tolson said he was taught

embodies that idea. “If you can’t run, walk. If you need to sit down a minute, take a seat. It would hurt really bad if I couldn’t do my job. I would feel like a failure,” Tolson said. “I’m scared of dropping the ball in any aspect of my life.” The opposite side to that, he said, is when the work he does produces positive results. “I’m the happiest when I realize I’ve been able to make someone’s day or help them be successful in some way,” he said. Tolson said he is passionate about seeing things differently, which helped him choose his majors: graphic design and creative writing. “Those are two ways of reaching people, and I love them both. It’s about thinking creatively,” he said. The passion that drives Tolson’s education and leadership role also plays a prominent role in his personal life. He said he tries to make time for hanging out but even then the activities center around people and perspectives. Tolson said he enjoys activities such as rock climbing and watching documentaries with friends. “They show different world perspectives,” Tolson said. “I love people and I love relationships and the variety of life, every day. It’s invigorating.” –

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Utah State University • Logan, Utah •

The demon barber opens shop at Utah State

ANTHONY EVERSOLE, WHO PLAYS a revenge craved barber in the USU rendition of Sweeney Todd, sings melody revering his razors during a dress rehearsal Tuesday night. The show opens Thursday, Oct. 23 and runs until Oct. 31. CODY GOCHNOUR photo

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The train available for play, discussion and players had the previous “Wii Fit” mechanic is in itself an immense, review. and still enjoy playing it “Wii Fit Plus” real-time puzzle that really feels like For those who never got into can only enhance the experience. it allows for exploration even though the crazy Wii phenomenon it is For those who were thinking about it binds players to a predetermined now easier than ever to join the getting “Wii Fit” but never did, “Wii course. For those who liked “Legend crowd thanks to Nintendo dropping Fit Plus” with the balance board of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass,” this the cost of the Wii system for the will cost $100, $10 more than the game will certainly be a hit, but holiday to $200. The Wii system is original but still a solid game. “Wii Fit everybody will have to wait a bit lonlooking better than ever thanks to a Plus” is already on the market. ger, Spirit Tracks hits shelves Dec. 7. number of new features and games. 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Vandaveer, refreshing change of tempo

Vandaveer, also more appealing than I known as Mark would. Landon otherwise Charles Heidinger, The speed and is relatively new as a Hemsley tempo of this album solo artist on the popdoes not vary much at folk scene. His debut all, which is not surprisalbum, “Grace & ing to me. Vandaveer Speed,” did not create employs a moody an epic upheaval in the tone and a sliding musical world when it style to tell his story Grade A was released in 2007, “Divide & Conquer” throughout the album. and Vandaveer’s soon- by Vandaveer Generally, light piano, to-be-released album, drums, acoustic gui“Divide & Conquer,” tar and Rose Guerin’s will definitely not be well known harmonies accompany Heidinger’s in the fast-paced world of top-40 smooth vocals and paint a soft, velmusic. vety picture of the world in which For all these reasons and more, Vandaveer operates. Occasionally, you should definitely give him a lis- an electric guitar will make a brief ten. appearance in order to advance the Changing subjects for just a moody agenda of Vandaveer’s music, moment, I usually have to chase but the appearance is always short down artists in order to be able lived. The overall mood of the album to review their music. I found the would be absolutely wrecked if differchange of pace in Vandaveer’s case ent songs contrasted too much, esperefreshing. You can imagine my sat- cially given the folk style Vandaveer isfaction when I walked into work at performs. The Utah Statesman the other day Simply put, this album would go and found an album there waiting for well with one of my favorite films me to review. It was a life-changing of all time, “Secondhand Lions.” moment. Anyone who’s seen that movie and Returning to the music, Vandaveer listens to the soundtrack indepenis certainly a skilled guitarist and sing- dently from the film will like this er, even if his music is not technically music. Anyone who has no idea what complex. “Grace & Speed” received I’m talking about should go find that generally neutral to positive reviews, movie immediately and watch it. which bodes well for Heidinger. The “Secondhand Lions” is on my top-10 solo artist broke away from DC-based list for the best films of all time. But I folk group “The Apparitions” earlier digress. this decade and began a very busy By far, the best track of this album solo career. is the seventh track, “Before the Great Vandaveer brings a modern vibe War.” If you listen to no other song to the folk arena. Obviously, his music on this album, listen to this one first. is his own, but I feel the influences of “Great War” is great. It’s the most Johnny Cash, James Taylor and espe- upbeat song on the album, it has a cially that of Bob Dylan in his music. great progression, a great beat, it’s I wouldn’t argue with the hypoth- sexy and it tells an awesome story. esis that The Eagles have influenced I often hear from country music Vandaveer as well. fans that country holds a strong What separates Vandaveer from monopoly on the market of qualother similar artists is the strength ity musical storytelling. “Great War” of the progression in his music. The totally exposes that notion as the music flows well, always moving, tell- foolishness that it is and proves that ing a story. The story isn’t necessarily anyone can write a decent story in a happy one, but it is generally pres- musical form. The song is about a ent in Vandaveer’s music and the young woman born during World story is rarely stagnant. I also very War I who grows up during the Great much enjoy Vandaveer’s lyrics. I don’t Depression, faces a mountain of always understand them – they’re pretty deep – but it is because of - See TUNES, page 8 Vandaveer’s depth that I find him

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Friday, Oct. 23, 2009

Cities have to fight for their scary movie So about a month ago I started hear- 11,000 to make, had exploded all over ing about this film called “Paranormal the country and made millions upon milActivity.” All I really knew about the film lions at the box office. Each week it would was that it was a limited release, and I expand to more and more cities. People would probably never see it since I don’t wouldn’t stop talking about this little film live in a major U.S. city. I and the effect it was havNicholas ing on everyone who saw also noticed the more than brilliant marketing techPeterson it. This only confirmed my nique used to promote the suspicions that this movie film. would be a must see. For the most part, the I set a personal goal for average trailer is typically myself to make sure I would filled with clips containing see this film and review it the best parts of the movie, for you all. Well, I can now all overlaid with some stupid Grade A+ say I did not disappoint you. and cheesy pop song. This “Paranormal Activity” I managed to look past my then brings some strong never-ending battle with emotional feeling out of viewers, who the flu, got out of bed and drove for an instantly decide then and there that they hour to see the film. will either be seeing it opening weekend After all this, I can say while I did not or never go to such a ridiculous movie. disappoint you, neither will this movie. I The “Paranormal Activity” trailer was do have to admit to everyone it wasn’t nothing of the sort. There was a feeling the scariest movie I’ve seen but it was still while watching the trailer that made you pretty frightening. think this movie wasn’t your average horHere’s how I would break it down. ror film. I watched an audience screening Although there were only around 10 or so the film for the first time react with com- scary parts, those parts were really scary. plete terror and panic. Eventually I came to What was really amazing though was the the end of the trailer, which simply stated parts that weren’t scary were still great. if you wanted to see this film it would have As a viewer, I was invested in this story to be “demanded” in your area more than entirely from beginning to end. I think one anywhere else. Wow … I assumed this of the major things that made this film so must be something big … something huge outstanding were the performances given … something so earth shatteringly impor- by the two main characters. tant that if I did not see it my life would be Katie (Katie Featherston) and Micah forever incomplete. (Micah Sloat) are a couple who have been Finally a scary movie that is actually together for three years and have moved in scary. with each other. Micah decides to make a How would I ever see it with such a new purchase one day and brings home a limited release? Would this be like the time nifty little camera for him to play with. The I saw that amazingly terrifying trailer for whole movie is shot entirely by the couple “The Poughkeepsie Tapes” and then never themselves with this camera, which ends even got to see it. I waited and waited for up giving the film a much more realistic a release date and it never came. There and uniquely captivating feeling. It really aren’t words to express how much I want- just makes you feel like you are watching ed to see that movie after viewing only the a home movie because of how believable trailer. It had officially pissed me off, and I the actors were. thought the same result would come after This filming technique combined with seeing the “Paranormal Activity” trailer. the quality acting of Katie and Micah is Well, to make a long story shorter, after what really brought the feeling of evil a few weeks this little film, which cost only that loomed over me in the dark theater



throughout the movie. I’m pretty confident in saying if you go see this film you will feel the evil of which I speak. While I would love to go on and on about the juicy details and tell you all about the characters and their whole life, I am not going to. Instead, I will tell you to please go see this movie and discover it for yourself. You will not have the proper experience if I give up all the important information before you even see it. Now get on your computer and go demand this film to come to Logan, otherwise you may be that person that never got to see it. And I know none of us wants to be that person right? A+ Nick’s Pick (DVD): Want a break from the terror this weekend? How about some of those warm-fuzzy feelings that can only come from watching “The Proposal?” Guys, every girl I know who saw this movie almost died over how much they loved it. Why not snuggle up to your lady friend this weekend and make her happy by popping in this DVD? I hate to admit it but it is actually a really good movie.

Behold the power of 11:11


he time was 11:11 p.m. A collective wish was made by a search party of five and a dog named Daisy. We all, except for the canine, mightily thought our yearning wish as we superstitiously blew kisses at the digital interface of the clock in the car that was taking us up to campus. I had faith in the gods of 11:11 p.m. I knew that the magical powers of 11:11 p.m. would not fail me, they would certainly combine forces to locate a lost cell phone. Yes, my purple cellular phone was missing in action. After searching all the possible nooks and crannies of the homestead, including my jacket and pant pockets, I came to the conclusion that it must have been dropped somewhere on campus, and, as I am one that gets around, we valiant search warriors had quite a lot of ground to cover. From the Performance Hall to the Education Building to the cemetery to the Spectrum to the truck and everything in between. Some devoted roomies, plus a few, decided to help me take on the challenge of retracing my steps and searching for the wandering sheep to bring it back into the safe fold of full-barred Verizon. Details and strategies of the extensive search, though dangerously exciting, are not important. What’s important is that we had faith that my lost cell phone would be found and returned to its mourning master. I have loads of experience with losing and misplacing items of importance but, as I live a freakishly charmed life, these items always seem find their way back to me in one way or another. Once, when I realized I had accidentally left my instrument locker key in my professor’s office,

and I realized I desperately needed it to open my locker and snag my violin to play in orchestra, I had a excruciating flip-out moment. The professor was not there. The door was locked. PANIC TIME. Yet I decided, for kicks and giggles, to calmly check the door once more, and, lo and behold, the door was still locked but, mercifully, not completely shut. I thanked my lucky stars, grabbed my key and shut the door for good, performing a favor for the both of us. Another time I unfolded a map of the bus route, to see how to get to the Tabernacle, inadvertently causing my long-lost student ID card to fall onto my desk. I squealed with glee. I truly thought it was a goner. All week long I had to pull all sorts of manipulative strings to get into basketball games, computer labs and cafeterias. Let me tell ya, it is splendid to do those things with a clear conscience. Yet another time, after I spent a good while at a cabin by Bear Lake on a wintry presidential weekend, I made the disheartening discovery that my favorite hat, given to me from one of my favorite people, had been left behind, most likely in a random drift of snow during a snowshoeing expedition. I could just imagine it: all lonely in the negative temperatures, frostbitten and forlorn, waiting for the fateful day when the snow would melt and lead a random raspberry tourist into its path. I was so ashamed to have lost my warm, fuzzy Christmas present that was supposedly (and most likely not) handknit on top of the Himalayas, that I could not bear to tell my roommate about the loss, for fear of being considered a callously ungrateful friend. This was in February. In August, it was

returned to me. I had a rendezvous with the girl who hosted the cabin excursion and, she, as a surprising side note to our meeting, produced the red-striped hat. She knew it could belong to no one else but me. (I happen to have unrivaled hats.) The return of my hat only confirms that my life has been blessed with some sort of bizarre polarity that attracts missing items in roundabout ways back to my person. This same polarity drew me toward my missing cell phone on the north side of the Spectrum. It had a significant amount of missed calls, but it was alive and well. I cheered at its discovery. My roommates (and others) can attest to my strikingly victorious victory dance. I shall never cease to be amazed at my good fortune involving the recovery of lost items. You had better believe that I am still celebrating the finding of my instrument locker key, USU ID card and hat to this very day. Impossible tasks are never insurmountable. Dismal situations are never hopeless. I firmly believe that the power of 11:11 p.m. can come to your aid too, dear readers, as long as you strip yourselves of surly thoughts and believe in sweet mercy bedecked with hope. I promise that lost cell phones will be found. Melissa Condie is a senior majoring in music education. Her column will appear here weekly. Contact her at m.condie@

Tunes: Vandaveer’s deep lyrics appealing -continued from page 7 adversity as her father leaves the family behind and eventually finds a strong man to marry. Obviously, I won’t give it all away here, but trust me when I say everyone should listen to this song at least once. The album opens with the title track “Divide & Conquer.” This track introduces the listener to what the rest of the album is going to be like. As previously mentioned, the album is pretty homogeneous. The same style, tempo and moodiness that permeate track No. 1 permeate the rest of the album as well. It’s Vandaveer’s style. The second track delves even deeper into the dark mind of Heidinger. In “Fistful of Swoon,” much of the album is defined. This is by far the song that Vandaveer has publicized the most in preparation for the album’s release date. A full music video for “Swoon” can be found on YouTube, and the track can be played on Vandaveer’s MySpace page for free. The title of this track is more appropriate to the title of the music than any other song I could find on the album. The very mentioning of the word “Swoon” makes me think of how I felt the first time I fell madly in love with a beautiful young lady. It also reminds me of how I felt when she ripped my heart out by dating another guy behind my back and marrying him merely a month-and-a-half later after revealing her other relationship. The song has a sort of punch-drunk, swaggering, sad and

lonely feel to it. After caressing the sultry, seductive side of his audience for a couple tracks, Vandaveer lightens up. Through the first two tracks, I felt like I was heading for a vampire’s lair. Through the middle of the album, I felt like I was in my grandpa’s station wagon headed through the endless plains of the Midwest. As I look out the window with my mind’s eye, all I can see is the occasional farmhouse with bale after bale of hay and field after field of corn. It’s quaint and folksy. The album takes a quick dip back into the darkness of “Fistful of Swoon” through the sixth song, but then widens back into the aforementioned “Before the Great War.” After “Great War,” the album slows, meanders and ends much like it begins. Light percussion, slow tempo and Guerin’s harmonies back up Heidinger’s velvety voice as he tells the story of a lifetime. The album ends decently. I give Vandaveer a solid A. I don’t give out an A lightly. The quality of Vandaveer has convinced me, and were I not writing and reviewing music for a living, I would buy this new-age Bob Dylan’s album and listen to it on long road trips and romantic occasions. –

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Broncos blank Ags in straight sets By CONNOR JONES sports senior writer

OPPOSITE SIDE HITTER Emily Kortsen knocks a ball over the net while teammates look on during an earlier game against Idaho at the Spectrum. PATRICK ODEN photo

The Aggies lost their second WAC game in a row against the Boise State Broncos Thursday night in straight sets (25-19, 25-22, 25-22). The Aggies are now 3-6 in WAC play and 12-10 on the season. Boise State got its third win on the season which, is also its third conference win. “Boise State played well and we didn’t,” said fourth-year head coach Grayson DuBose. “We just didn’t play very well and it showed in the stats.” The first set was controlled by the Broncos who led by six points multiple times before finishing the set off at 25-19. In the second set, the Aggies were leading 22-20 before dropping five straight points – three of which were Aggie errors. The third set started out well for the Aggies who hopped out in front and led at one point up by as many as six points. USU stalled at 1510, however, and allowed BSU to climb back within range. Tied at 17-17, Boise took the momentum and finished off the Aggies with a final score of

25-22. “We just couldn’t sustain the momentum very well,” DuBose said. “They did a nice job taking us out of rhythm and putting us under pressure, which we just couldn’t handle well.” Liz McArthur, sophomore outside hitter from St. George, had 12 kills on the night and 13 digs to lead the Aggies. While her classmate Emily Kortsen had seven kills and 13 digs. Boise State had double the number of service aces (6-3) and six more kills (69-63) on the match while USU had two more team blocks (5-3). USU ended the night with a .148 hitting percentage (38-18-135) while Boise State had a .189 (44-19-132). “They do a nice job bouncing back and playing hard. We just have to learn how to do it on the road,” Dubose said. DuBose and his team of Aggie spikers will be looking to bounce back fast as they stay on the road and head to Moscow, Idaho, to play the Vandals, who, last Monday, defeated the Aggies in five sets. The Saturday game against Idaho begins at 8 p.m. –

Kortsen lighting it up in second year By CONNOR JONES sports senior writer

At 6-feet-1-inch’s tall with long legs and long blonde hair, Emily Kortsen looks like the typical southern California beach babe but from across the net sunny weather is the last thing on an opponents mind. Kortsen is a sophomore opposite side hitter who came to Utah State from central California prep volleyball powerhouse San Benito High School, after graduating in 2008. Later that year, as a freshman, Kortsen played in 26 of USU’s 28 matches, amassing a total of 141 kills and 54 errors in 372 attempts for a hitting percentage of .234. As of Oct. 19, Kortsen has hit 190 kills in 528 attempts with 64 errors for a .239 hitting percentage. Statistically this season Kortsen finds herself in the top four Aggie players in six of seven categories, including kills, blocks, digs, points and assists. Going into last night’s game against Boise State, Kortsen had four consecutive games with 10 or more kills while also having 10 or more digs. Earlier this season she had an impressive span of three games where she averaged only one error per match. Kortsen is also far from one dimensional, as she currently has the highest serve percentage on the team with .983 – that’s 11 aces with only five errors on 296 attempts. Her five errors are the fewest errors for any USU player this season to have served at least 250 attempts. The difference isn’t by a small margin either, Liz McArthur has the next fewest service errors with 17. While she may not be a defensive machine like Dwight Howard, she holds her own at the net. She is currently third on the team for total blocks with 53, sitting behind Shantell Durrant and Katie Astle who have 92 and 68, respectively. She is also the only Aggie with more than one block who hasn’t yet committed

- See KORTSEN, page 11

USU SOPHOMORE EMILY KORTSEN is making a big impact in only her second season as an Aggie. Kortsen is in the top four for USU in six of seven statistical categories. PATRICK ODEN photo

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Utah State’s men’s basketball team will hold its annual Blue-White scrimmage, presented by Macey’s, on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free. Macey’s will be providing free water and candy bars for the first 2,000 fans along with face painting and promotions throughout the event. Once the scrimmage begins, USU head coach Stew Morrill will run his team through two 10-minute sessions. At the conclusion of the scrimmage players will be available for autographs. Utah State, who is picked to finish first in the WAC’s preseason polls, returns four starters and seven letterwinners from last year’s team that set a school record for wins as it went 30-5 overall and claimed its second-straight WAC regular season championship with a 14-2 league mark.


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THE USU FOOTBALL TEAM emerges onto the field prior to its game against Nevada. The Aggies play their second straight home game this Saturday when they take on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. La. Tech is currently 2-1 in WAC play, while the Ags are looking for their first conference win after back-to-back three-point losses. PATRICK ODEN photo

Bulldogs pose another tough test for Aggies By G. CHRISTOPHER TERRY assistant sports editor

Fresh off another loss in which the Aggies’ inability to hold the opposition’s running game in check was their undoing. The Utah State Aggies must play the hard-running Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in Romney Stadium, Saturday at 2 p.m. It is the second game of a two-game homestand for the Aggies, who look to snap a four-game losing streak to La. Tech. The Bulldogs are coached by former Alabama head coach Nick Saban assistant Derek Dooley, who is also director of athletics at Louisiana Tech. Dooley is in his third year at La. Tech. With an offensive line that was ranked preseason No. 1 in the WAC by college football expert Phil Steele, 2008 All-WAC running back Daniel Porter, and an experienced quarterback in Ross Jenkins, the Bulldogs have the elements in place to make it a long afternoon for Utah State’s defense, which is currently ranked 110 out of 120 FBS teams. Knowing there is blood in the water after USU’s defense was gouged for huge runs by Nevada – especially by Aggie-killer Luke Lippincott – USU head coach Gary Andersen said his team’s mindset is very simple as it looks for its first WAC win of the year. “Stop the run. They’re very good at it, they’ve got very good backs and their offensive line and tight ends are very physical, so it will be a great challenge for us,” Andersen said. “It’s something we’ve struggled with all year long, we need to do what we can to fix it.” USU has struggled against the run despite the best efforts of linebacker Bobby Wagner, who leads the team in tackles and tackles for a loss. “They like to run downhill just like all the previous teams we’ve played,” Wagner said. “I think the key is to get downhill with them. It starts with the front and it ends with the linebackers.” As for Porter, who leads La. Tech with a brawny 87.5 rushing yards per game, good for fourth in the WAC, Wagner said he’s just fast. Louisiana Tech’s run-first identity is endemic of an overall shift in philosophy taking place in the WAC – as multiple team’s trend away from spread offenses and toward ball control. In recent years, the Bulldogs were known for their quarterbacks – such as Tim Rattay and Luke McCown – but under Dooley, the Bulldogs are grinding it out with Porter and Tyrone Duplessis. New Mexico State has also moved from Hal Mumme’s wide-open spread offense to a ball-control scheme under first-year head coach DeWayne Walker. Seven out of nine teams in the WAC have more rushing attempts than passing attempts.

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Question 1: Why do we always start out strong and look like we’re going to win and then lose? – Jocelyn Berlage, Senior, History Coach Andersen: “That’s a good question. That’s obviously not the objective when we set out but I think that we’re playing very physical football teams. One of our issues has been the physicality as time wears on in a football game. Established programs, teams that roll people in and out, we’ve struggled with. I think that has a lot to say about where their programs are at this point and where our program is from a physicality standpoint. It’s definitely an issue with us right now. It all goes back to the same thing: the ability to stop the run. It starts up front with the defensive line and that’s an area we’re working hard to improve on, week in and week out. Like I’ve said many, many times, it’s not from lack of effort, it’s not from lack of ‘want to.’ It’s nothing to do with that. These kids work extremely hard, and I’ve never been around a team that prepares better. But right now that’s something we’re lacking in is our physical play.”

defense. – Dave Firmage, Senior, Predental Coach Andersen: “We wanted to pin them deep and make them go the length of the field instead of risking not making it and giving them a short field. We punted and pinned them on the 3-yard line and made them go 97 yards for a touchdown. Give Nevada credit, they made plays. It’s about making those special plays. It’s all about making plays at the end of the game, especially where we are at.” If you would like to ask USU head football coach Gary Andersen a question about the Aggies’ previous game or upcoming matchup, please e-mail your questions along with your year and major to statesmansports@ each week by Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Question 2: Why in the heck on fourth-and-one didn’t we go for it? We put all the pressure on our “These are the games that you have to love to be able to go play in,” Andersen said of facing another old-school, pound-it-out offense. Wagner definitely doesn’t have any problem with the trend toward power offenses in the WAC. “I love the power game,” he said. “It gets me more involved in the game so I’m more active and more aware of what the running backs are trying to do. A spread team, they’re just looking to try to draw you off, try and act like they’re passing and then run. To me the power game is more fun.” Wagner said he thinks so many teams are putting the game in the hands of their running backs because it’s effective. “Right now it’s just working,” Wagner said. “All the teams that have that kind of offense seem to be getting a lot of yards and people

seem to be having a hard time figuring out how to stop it, so we’ve got to figure out a way to stop it.” When the Bulldogs do choose to air it out with Jenkins’ arm, his favorite target has been Daniel Morris, who leads the team with four receiving touchdowns and 273 yards. Mighty mite 5-foot-8-inch Philip Livas is also dangerous, although he has been held in check to just 10.9 yards per catch and no touchdowns this year. On the flip side of the ball, USU quarterback Diondre Borel must be wary of a defense that is tied for the WAC lead with 12 sacks. Adrien Cole and Antonio Baker lead the Bulldogs in tackles with 47 and 42, respectively, while D’Anthony Smith leads the Bulldogs with 2.5 sacks. –


Ags take out Bruins on pitch By STEVEN CLARK staff writer

The men’s soccer regional playoffs are approaching soon and the Aggies have two more games to prepare for the tough road ahead. The first of the two matches came against the Bruins of Salt Lake Community College Thursday night. After a long road trip in Idaho against BYU-Idaho and Boise State, the Aggies were excited for a home game. Although the Aggies pulled out a 3-1 victory, the score does not show how big of a fight the Bruins put up. SLCC was expected to be just a warm up for the Aggies’ tough game Saturday against the University of Utah, but the Bruins thought otherwise. They took advantage of USU’s lackadaisical defense and took an early 1-0 lead within the first 10 minutes of the game. “I think we kinda overlooked (SLCC) and thought this would be an easy game,” said USU team captain Danny Fonseca. “They came out wanting it more, and that’s why they scored an easy goal at the beginning.” SLCC got the goal, but it was the last time it even got

close to smelling another one. USU’s defense caught a second wind and never let up. The Aggies made it near impossible for the Bruins to get anything rolling past midfield. USU scored what seemed to be its first goal near the end of the first half when Vic Carlson put on some fancy moves near the goal and made a perfect pass to Firmage who punched it in. The goal was called back, however, due to a late out-of-bounds call from the line judge. Not more than four minutes later a hands penalty was called on the Bruins inside their goalie box, resulting in a penalty kick for the Aggies. Fonseca successfully scored off the free kick and finally tied the game at 1-1. Coming out in the second half, the Ags picked up right where they left off by playing shutdown defense and making perfect passes. One pass in particular from Carlson was the highlight play of the night. Coming down on a fastbreak, Carlson spotted teammate Nate Ernie on the opposite side of the field. Carlson cocked back and rifled a perfect assist to Ernie who scored USU’s second goal of the

- See TUNE-UP, page 11

USU’S VIC CARLSON, 16, pushes past a Salt Lake Community College player Thursday. The Aggies beat the Bruins 3-1 in a come-from-behind win. PETE P. SMITHSUTH photo

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Kortsen: Soph continues to impress -continued from page 9 any blocking errors. Kortsen was named to the WAC AllFreshman team last season but by no means are awards new for her. In high school, she was named Most Valuable Player of the Tri-County League her sophomore, junior and senior year. In the 2006-07 season, her junior year, she shared the MVP honors with then high school and current Utah State teammate Chelsea Fowles. That same year she was also recognized nationally as a high school All American and was widely known as one of the best junior volleyball players in the country. Later that year she was chosen to the National Junior Olympics All-Tournament team in the 18-year-old division – she was only 16 at the time. The fourth of five children, Kortsen has been a student of her sport for a long time, observing all three of older sisters play in high school. She

joined her first club team in seventh grade and has been playing ever since. “I enjoy volleyball because it’s a really big teamwork sport,” Kortsen said in a 2007 interview with The Hollister Newspaper. “When the team connects well, it shows. It’s not an individual sport, an individual can’t make a difference. It’s got to come together as a team.” This season the Aggies have shown just that. With Kortsen’s help the team has already won more games than all of last season and with eight more guaranteed matches it has a chance to well surpass that mark. So, don’t look at those long legs and assume she’s just another beach blonde from California, she’s quick and can hit a kill shot with tremendous speed and pinpoint accuracy. –

Tune-up: Ags trying to reach playoffs -continued from page 10 night. Midway through the second half, Utah State was looking to extend its lead and put the game away. The Aggies’ Billy Harlow drove the ball down near the goal and eventually found a cutting Fonseca who added another score to his total on the night. “Once we got that last goal I knew that we had it in the bag,” Fonseca said, “but we couldn’t let up because that’s what happened to us at the beginning of the game.”

Gaining some momentum with that win, the Aggies will go into their game against Utah Saturday at 11 a.m. The game will be played at the HPER field. “At the beginning of the season we had problems with finishing our shots,” Firmage said, “but we have been finishing very well in our last few games which gives us confidence going into the playoffs.” –

USU’S TREY LEONARD battles with a SLCC player during the Aggies match with the Bruins Thursday. The game was the Ags final tune-up before they play rival Utah. PETE P. SMITHSUTH photo

LOS ANGELES ANGELS’ John Lackey tips his hat after being taken out of the game during the seventh inning of Game 5 of the American League Championship Series Thursday night. AP photo

Angels stay alive in ALCS ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Just when all looked lost, the Los Angeles Angels took a cue from an old friend. With their Rally Monkey doing his best work in years, the Angels sent the AL championship series back to New York. Kendry Morales drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the seventh inning, and the Angels responded to the Yankees’ six-run comeback moments earlier for a 7-6 win Thursday night that trimmed New York’s lead in the ALCS to 3-2. Vladimir Guerrero’s single tied it in the seventh for the Angels, who somehow didn’t surrender after blowing a 4-0 lead moments earlier. New York struck immediately after manager Mike Scioscia removed ace John Lackey, with Robinson Cano capping the rally with a two-run triple. The Game 5 theatrics continued right up to the final pitch, when Angels closer Brian Fuentes retired Nick Swisher on a full-count popup with the bases loaded. “Everybody thought we were down,” Angels outfielder Torii Hunter said. Game 6 is Saturday night at Yankee Stadium, with Andy Pettitte facing Los Angeles’ Joe Saunders. Also in the forecast: a huge rainstorm. When Cano put New York up 6-4, everything in somber Angel Stadium pointed to a clinching victory and a 40th AL pennant for the Yankees. Instead, the Angels showed off the knack for late-game comebacks they’ve possessed ever since their run to their only championship in 2002, when the beloved Rally Monkey began appearing in the late innings on their scoreboard and in plush form in the stands. Although two games in the Bronx – and

shutdown starter CC Sabathia – still stand in the Angels’ way, the collapse raised the slightest echoes of what happened to the Yankees’ last big lead in an ALCS. The Red Sox famously rallied from an 0-3 deficit in 2004, making a late rally to win Game 4 before finishing off the biggest comeback in baseball history in seven games. Only six teams have rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win a league championship series – most recently in 2007, when the Boston Red Sox came back against Sabathia and Cleveland on the way to a title. Including the World Series, 11 of 70 teams that fell into a 3-1 hole have made the comeback. Lackey cruised through the first six innings after Los Angeles scored four in the first, and the ace reacted with audible disappointment when Scioscia pulled him. Reliever Darren Oliver yielded a three-run double to Mark Teixeira on his first pitch, and Hideki Matsui added a tying single. But the Angels added another comeback to a season full of them. Jeff Mathis and Erick Aybar reached base to chase A.J. Burnett, the big-money free agent who’s still winless in three postseason starts. After Mathis scored on Bobby Abreu’s RBI groundout, Guerrero tied it against reliever Phil Hughes – and Morales put the Angels ahead with the latest clutch hit of his breakout season. Jeff Weaver, who started Game 3 for the Angels, pitched a hitless eighth before Fuentes barely escaped the ninth. After two quick outs, he walked Alex Rodriguez with nobody on base before walking Hideki Matsui and hitting Cano with a pitch to load the bases for the slumping Swisher, who battled Fuentes for seven pitches before popping out.

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Drug raids targeting Mexican cartels nab more than 300 WASHINGTON (AP) — In the largest single strike at Mexican drug operations in the U.S., federal officials on Thursday announced the arrests of more than 300 people in raids across the country aimed at the newest and most violent cartel. La Familia has earned a reputation for dominating the methamphetamine trade and displaying graphic violence, including beheadings. U.S. officials said the cartel, based in the state of Michoacan, in southwestern Mexico, has a vast network pumping drugs throughout the United States, specializing in methamphetamine. The arrests took place in 38 cities, from Boston to Seattle and Tampa, Fla., to St. Paul, Minn., in 19 states. Attorney General Eric Holder pledged to keep hitting La Familia and the cartels responsible for a wave of bloodshed in Mexico. He said the U.S. would attack them at all levels, from the leadership to their supply chains reaching far into the United States. “To the extent that they do grow back, we have to work with our Mexican counterparts to cut off the heads of these snakes, to get at the heads of the cartels, indict them, try them, if they’re in Mexico, extradite them to the United States,� Holder said at a news conference. Michele Leonhart, who heads the Drug Enforcement Administration, said La Familia’s power has grown quickly, in part due to its quasi-religious background. DEA officials say the cartel professes a “Robin Hood mentality� of aiding the poor by

FEDERAL POLICE PRESENT alleged members of the Mexican drug cartel “La Familia Michoacana,� detained in a recent police operation, as they are presented to the press in Mexico City, Thursday. AP photo

stealing from the rich. Some drug proceeds are used to give bibles and money to the poor, according to investigators. The Obama administration has directed more agents, resources and money to fight the cartel’s presence along the Mexico-U.S. border. But the arrests over the past two days occurred far beyond that region. “The problem is not just along the southwest border, it is all over our country now,� said Kenneth Melson, head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. In Dallas alone, 77 people were charged by a number of different federal and local law enforcement agencies. On Wednesday and Thursday, more than 3,000 federal agents and police officers carried out arrests in more than a dozen states, as part of a long-running effort that has netted nearly 1,200 arrests over almost four years. The suspects face a combination of federal and state

charges. In the latest legal assault on La Familia, a New York grand jury has indicted an alleged cartel leader, Servando GomezMartinez. He is linked to one of the more brazen acts of cartel violence. In July, after a dozen Mexican police officers were found murdered, officials say Gomez-Martinez publicly proclaimed his membership in La Familia and said the cartel was locked in a battle with Mexican police. Many of the new charges are centered on the cartel’s methamphetamine distribution, but other charges involve cocaine and marijuana, the officials said. The officials said states where arrests were made or charges filed include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington state.



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Today’s Issue

Page 14

StatesmanBack Burner


Oct. 23 Today is Friday, Oct. 23, 2009. Today’s issue of The Utah Statesman is published especially for Chalita Sriladda, graduate student in plant science, from Roi Et, Thailand.

Almanac Today in History: In 1983, a suicide bomber drives a truck packed with explosives into the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 241 U.S. military personnel. That same morning, 58 French soldiers were killed in their barracks two miles away in a separate suicide terrorist attack. The bomb, which was made of a sophisticated explosive enhanced by gas, had an explosive power equivalent to 18,000 pounds of dynamite.

Weather Saturday’s Weather High: 53° Low: 27° Chance of rain 40%

Friday, Oct. 23, 2009

-Diversity Week -Parent and Family Weekend -Men’s Tennis at ITA Regionals, all day -Hockey vs. Utah, Eccles Ice Center, 7 p.m. -Sweeney Todd, Chase Fine Arts Center, 7:30 p.m.


Oct. 24 -Parent and Family Weekend -Football vs. Louisiana Tech, Romney Stadium, 1 p.m. -Sweeney Todd, Chase Fine Arts Center, 7:30 p.m. -Will Porter/Libbie Linton concert, Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m. -Volleyball at Idaho, 8 p.m. -Men’s tennis at ITA Regionals, all day


Oct. 26 -Clothesline Project, all dayay -Big Blue Scholarship Coach’s Luncheon, 12 p.m. -Men’s golf at Bill Cullum Invitational, all day

Student deadlines You need to know....

Registrar’s Office Deadlines: Oct. 23 is the last day to change to P/D+D/F Option. From Oct. 24-Nov. 9 drops will require a late drop form and will appear as WF on your transcript.

H.O.P.E. Festival Join the Women’s Resource Center as we take a stand against violence. The Clothesline Project will be a display of T-shirts in the International Lounge Oct. 2628. The H.O.P.E. Festival will be held in conjunction with this event on Oct. 28 from 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. The H.O.P.E. Festival is a fund raiser for CAPSA.


The Council on Undergraduate Research is calling for students to submit an abstract of their research; each abstract should explain the work that was performed and discuss the importance of the work to society. Submit online at by Nov. 1. For assistance, contact the USU Undergraduate Research Office.

Snowboarding Snowboarding movie premier and raffle for prizes including snowboarding gear, lift tickets and other prizes on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in the TSC Ballroom. Help us raise money for the SEED program from the Huntsman School of Business. Cost is $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the USU Ticket Office or at Directive Board Shop.

Come get grilled burgers in support of SEED Oct. 26-28 from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. each day in front of the Business Building. Help us raise money for the Huntsman School of Business SEED program and get some great food for less than anywhere else on campus. For USU Bike Week, Oct. 23 is ride your bike to school day. Ride to school and come get a free breakfast from Aggie Blue Bikes at our feed station by the TSC Auditorium from 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Brandon Mull, author of the bestselling Fablehaven series will be signing his books at the USU Bookstore Oct. 23 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Mull will be on campus working with students at the Edith Bowen Lab School. The author’s visit is provided by the generous contributions of Theresa K. Ekenbrecht Allred. The Entrepreneur Club is hosting its first annual “Etoberfest!” Oct. 29 on the 9th floor of the Business Building from 5-6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Paid club members ($10) will receive an EClub t-shirts and free food, non-club members can enjoy for $3. You are invited to participate in the USU Wellness Expo being held Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the TSC on the 2nd floor. This provides an opportunity for people around the valley to share ideas, services and other wellness related info that can improve our quality of life. For more info please contact or call her at 435-797-0735. Be well USU.

Brain Waves • B. Streeter

Moderately Confused • Stahler

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