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HASS thinning courses to find core curriculum By JP RODRIGUEZ staff writer

The College of HASS will look at making changes to the curriculum as one of three main initiatives for this academic year, said HASS Dean Yolanda Flores Niemann at the State of HASS Address Wednesday in the Chase Fine Arts Center.

“Not improving the curriculum necessarily,” Niemann said during an interview after the address. “But looking at what should our core curriculum be in a college of liberal arts.” During the address, Niemann said one of the main goals for HASS is to look at the curriculum of the college and the various academic departments to determine what courses the college should concentrate on for students. “We can’t afford to be offering a lot of frivolous courses,” Niemann said after the speech.

“They may be fun but first we have to think about what is this core and what is key to offer.” She said more faculty took the voluntary separation incentives than expected. Because of this, Niemann said, HASS needs to find ways to better utilize the resources and faculty available to it now. “We have all lost faculty across all colleges on campus,” Niemann said. Niemann said a blue-ribbon group was organized to study the curriculum. The team

is led by John Allen, associate dean of research and graduate education. The team also includes JoAnn Wilson, director of interior design and Ted Pease, interim department head of journalism and communications. Niemann said the group will meet with faculty to discuss what courses are important for the departments and college. The group will eventually give recommendations as to what the new curriculum should be at HASS, she said. “The budget cuts have afforded us an opportunity,” Niemann said. “We have to look at the people that we have left and say, With this people, how do we maximize our resources? So it has afforded us an opportunity to look carefully at our curriculum.” HASS currently teaches 68 percent of the general-education curriculum at the university, Niemann said. “Whatever happens as a result of this discussion, let me make it absolutely clear that we at HASS will not become the service college for the university,” Niemann said. One of the other initiatives, Niemann said, will be to improve the environment for the faculty. She said the college needs to look at ways to better advise junior faculty members on how to become tenure professors. She said another important aspect is finding how to better use the senior faculty at HASS to help achieve this goal. Another initiative taken by HASS will be to look into USU President Stan Albrecht’s request of making the art department its own college,

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Music department faculty proves its talent help the music faculty keep its skills sharp and will be a great example to its students. Admission is free for USU students. It is $10 for the general USU students will be able public, the release stated. to observe the masters for free “Music is a craft,” Jessop Friday at 7:30 p.m. during the said, “The ancient way of first performance of the music education is for students to department’s 2009-10 Faculty apprentice themselves to a Recital Series, according to a master.” press release issued by Caines Impact on students, even School of the Arts. Craig those who do not attend, is Jessop, head of USU’s music and theatre department, said it expected to be positive, said Jessop. The will be benefimoney made “The ancient cial for students to see their way of educa- from the performance professors in tion is from series, after their element. students to staff and Chilali Hugo, maintenance apprentice harp professor expenses, at USU, and themselves to will go into flutist Leslie a master.” the student Timmons will fees accounts, be performing an eclectic – Craig Jessop, which helps lift the burden of ensemble of department head, cost for instrumusic for stumusic and theater ments and dents and the other equipcommunity, ment that music students need. Jessop said. Almost everything involved “It is unusual, novel. Being in music is expensive, so anyable to go from a Romanian sonata, to an English folk song, thing that can add to the fund is a great help to the students, to a Japanese folk song shows Jessop said. great diversity,” he said. Faculty in the music departJessop said performing will By LIS STEWART staff writer

THREE PROFESSORS WILL PERFORM in a free concert tonight at 7:30 for anyone to attend. A large majority of the pieces will highlight the flute and harp. Chilali Hugo and Leslie Timmons will be two of the professors displaying their musical talents. STEVE SELLERS photo

ment volunteer for the performances and plan the entire program, Jessop said. Timmons said she and

Hugo are excited for Friday’s performance because of the abundance of pieces for flute and harp. This will be the

first time Hugo and Timmons have performed together, and Timmons said it is something they have wanted to do ever

since Hugo started teaching at the university two years ago.

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NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama’s candid thoughts about Kanye West are provoking a debate over standards of journalism in the Twitter age. ABC News says it was wrong for its employees to tweet that Obama had called West a “jackass” for the rapper’s treatment of country singer Taylor Swift. The network said some of its employees had overheard a conversation between the president and CNBC’s John Harwood and didn’t realize it was considered off the record. The network apologized to the White House and CNBC.

NewsBriefs Attacker injures nine students in Germany ANSBACH, Germany (AP) — Police say a 19-year-old armed with an ax has attacked a high school in southern Germany, wounding nine students. Nuremberg police spokeswoman Elke Schoenwald says the student attacker stormed his high school in the Bavarian town of Ansbach early Thursday. In addition to the ax, the student appeared to be carrying Molotov cocktails. Schoenwald says the attacker, who also was injured, has been arrested and police have evacuated the school.

Utah unemployment rate stays at 6 percent SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show Utah’s unemployment rate held steady at 6 percent from July to August. Last August, the state’s unemployment rate was 3.4 percent. The Utah Department of Workforce Services says about 82,500 Utahns were considered unemployed in August 2009, compared to 47,600 last August. Most Utah industries have lost jobs.

LateNiteHumor David Letterman, Aug. 24, 2009 – Top 10 Signs President Obama Needs a Vacation.

10. Last week’s radio address was 10 minutes of snoring. 9. Switched from beer summits to tequila summits. 8. Asked CIA director what we’re doing about terrorist organization “Al-Pacino.” 7. Staffers often find him on White House roof meowing like a kitty. 6. Announced he’s sending an elite military unit to kill Hitler. 5. Lately, he’s been fist-bumping staffers in the face. 4. Asked for the number of Rush Limbaugh’s OxyContin guy. 3. Called Bush for advice on sneaking naps during intelligence briefings. 2. Been babbling nonsense about government death panels – wait, that’s a sign Sarah Palin needs a vacation. 1. Barely has the energy to smoke.

Pelosi addresses angry health care rhetoric WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the anti-government rhetoric over President Barack Obama’s health care reform effort is troubling because it reminds her of the violent debate over gay rights that roiled San Francisco in the 1970s. Anyone voicing hateful or violent rhetoric, she told reporters, must take responsibility for the results. “I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw this myself in the late ‘70s in San Francisco,” Pelosi said, suddenly speaking quietly. “This kind of rhetoric was very frightening” and created a climate in which violence took place, she said. Former San Francisco Supervisor Dan White was convicted of the 1978 murders of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist. Other gay rights activists and others at the time saw a link between the assassinations and the violent debate over gay rights that had preceded them for years. During a rambling confession, White was quoted as saying, “I saw the city as going kind of downhill.” His lawyers argued that he was mentally ill

at the time. White committed suicide in 1985. Pelosi is part of a generation of California Democrats on whom the assassinations had a searing effect. A resident of San Fransisco, Pelosi had been a Democratic activist for years and knew Milk and Moscone. At the time of their murders, she was serving as chairwoman of her party in the northern part of the state. On Thursday, Pelosi was answering a question about whether the current vitriol concerned her. The questioner did not refer to the murders of Milk or Moscone, or the turmoil in San Francisco three decades ago. Pelosi referenced those events on her own and grew uncharacteristically emotional. “I wish that we would all, again, curb our enthusiasm in some of the statements that are made,” Pelosi said. Some of the people hearing the message “are not as balanced as the person making the statement might assume,” she said. “Our country is great because people can say what they think and they believe,” she added. “But I also think that they have to take responsibility for any incitement that they may cause.” Pelosi’s office did not imme-

HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI of California gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. AP photo

diately respond to a request for examples of contemporary vstatements that reminded the speaker of the rhetoric of 1970s San Francisco. The public anger during health care town hall meetings in August spilled into the House last week when South Carolina Republican Joe Wilson shouted “You lie!” at Obama, the nation’s first black president, during his speech. On a largely party-line

vote, the House reprimanded Wilson. The tone of the protests has sparked a debate over whether the criticism of Obama, the nation’s first black president, is really about his race. Former President Jimmy Carter has said he thinks the vitriol is racially motivated, but Obama does not believe that, a White House spokesman said. Asked about Pelosi’s remarks Thursday, House

Republican Leader John Boehner said he hasn’t seen evidence that any of the public anger could lead to violence. And he took issue with Carter’s remarks. “I reject this resoundingly,” Boehner told reporters, noting that he and other Republicans called Obama’s election last year a defining moment for the nation. “The outrage that we see in America has nothing to do with race,” Boehner said.

Nuclear agency says Iran could make bomb VIENNA (AP) — Iran experts at the U.N nuclear monitoring agency believe Tehran has the ability to make a nuclear bomb and worked on developing a missile system that can carry an atomic warhead, according to a confidential report seen by The Associated Press. The document drafted by senior officials at the International Atomic Energy Agency is the clearest indication yet that those officials share Washington’s views on Iran’s weaponmaking capabilities and missile technology – even if they have not made those views public. The document, titled “Possible Military Dimension of Iran’s Nuclear Program,” appeared to be the so-called IAEA “secret annex” on Iran’s alleged nuclear arms program that the U.S., France, Israel and other IAEA members say is being withheld by agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei – claims the nuclear watchdog denies. It is a record of IAEA findings since the agency began probing Iran’s nuclear program in 2007 and has been continuously updated. The information in the document that is either new, more detailed or represents a more forthright conclusion

than found in published IAEA reports includes: – The IAEA’s assessment that Iran worked on developing a chamber inside a ballistic missile capable of housing a warhead payload “that is quite likely to be nuclear.” – That Iran engaged in “probable testing” of explosives commonly used to detonate a nuclear warhead – a method known as a “full-scale hemispherical explosively driven shock system.” – An assessment that Iran worked on developing a system “for initiating a hemispherical high explosive charge” of the kind used to help spark a nuclear blast. In another key finding, an excerpt notes: “The agency ... assesses that Iran has sufficient information to be able to design and produce a workable implosion nuclear device (an atomic bomb) based on HEU (highly enriched uranium) as the fission fuel.” ElBaradei said in 2007 there was no “concrete evidence” that Iran was engaged in atomic weapons work – a source of friction with the United States, which has sought a hard-line stance on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. Responding to the AP report, the

agency did not deny the existence of a confidential record of its knowledge and assessment of Iran’s alleged attempts to make nuclear weapons. But an agency statement said the IAEA “has no concrete proof that there is or has been a nuclear weapon program in Iran.” It cited ElBaradei as telling the agency’s 35-nation governing board last week that “continuing allegations that the IAEA was withholding information on Iran are politically motivated and totally baseless.” “Information from a variety of sources ... is critically assessed by a team of experts working collectively in accordance with the agency’s practices,” it said. “The IAEA reiterates that all relevant information and assessments that have gone through the above process have already been provided to the IAEA Board of Governors in reports of the director general.” The document traces Iran’s nuclear arms ambitions as far back as 1984, when current supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was president and Iran was at war with Iraq. At a top-level meeting at that time,

according to the document, Khamenei endorsed a nuclear weapons program, saying “a nuclear arsenal would serve Iran as a deterrent in the hands of God’s soldiers.” He and other top Iranian leaders insist their country is opposed to nuclear weapons, describing them as contrary to Islam. They argue that Iran’s uranium enrichment program and other activities are strictly for civilian purposes. Senior U.S. government officials have for years held the view that Iran has the expertise to make a bomb. The Obama administration said Thursday it was scrapping a Bush-era plan for a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the decision came after U.S. intelligence concluded that Iran’s short- and medium-range missiles were developing more rapidly than previously projected and now pose a greater near-term threat than the intercontinental ballistic missiles addressed by the plan under former President George W. Bush. The AP saw two versions of the U.N. document. Both were tagged “confidential.”

Medal of Honor awarded to soldier killed in Afghanistan WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday praised a U.S. soldier who three times left cover for an attempted rescue while Taliban bullets and grenades rained around him, ultimately losing his own life while trying to save his comrade on an Afghan battlefield. A somber Obama, standing just feet from SGT. 1ST CLASS Jared C. Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti of Raynham, Mass. AP photo Monti’s parents, told a White House audience that the 30-year-old soldier’s sacrifice should give Americans pause when they throw around words such as duty, honor, sacrifice and heroism. “Do we really grasp the meaning of these values? Do we truly understand the nature of these virtues, to serve and to sacrifice?” Obama asked. “Jared Monti knew. The Monti family knows. And they know that the actions we honor today were not a passing moment of courage. They were the culmination of a life of character and commitment.” Presenting his first Medal of Honor, Obama lav-

ished praise on the soldier from Raynham, Mass., who was leading a scouting mission along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan when a helicopter deployed to resupply the patrol blew their cover. Taliban fighters converged, and Monti called for backup. With vivid details, the president told the story of 16 soldiers who were surrounded and outnumbered by insurgents yet kept their position until backup arrived. “Bullets and heavy machine gunfire ricocheting across the rocks. Rocket-propelled grenades raining down. Fire so intense that weapons were shot right out of their hands,” Obama said, explaining the battle to a packed audience at the White House. “Within minutes, one soldier was killed, another was wounded. Everyone dove for cover, behind a tree, a rock, a stone wall.” One of Monti’s men, Pvt. Brian Bradbury of St. Joseph, Mo., was shot during the encounter. Monti, who enlisted at age 17, twice left cover and ran into the open under intense enemy fire to retrieve the wounded soldier. “Jared Monti did something no amount of training can instill. His patrol leader said he’d go, but Jared said, ‘No, he is my soldier. I’m going to get him,’” Obama recounted. “Said his patrol leader, it ‘was the bravest thing I had ever seen a soldier do,’” Obama continued. On Monti’s third attempt, he was struck by a gre-

nade and died on the field. Three others, including Bradbury, also died during the fight. “Jared Monti saw the danger before him. And he went out to meet it,” Obama said. “Faced with overwhelming enemy fire, Jared could have stayed where he was, behind that wall. But that was not the kind of soldier Jared Monti was.” The award came as the administration is wrestling with its next move in Afghanistan. Obama has held off sending more troops to the country where the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were launched. He already has sent 17,000 additional combat troops to Afghanistan and is weighing sending more to stabilize that nation. Democrats, however, want specific benchmarks set before Obama goes forward with more combat troops for the region. For his part, Obama stayed away from the Washington debate and focused on the story of what happened on June 21, 2006, when Monti died during a firefight in Gowardesh, Afghanistan, Monti previously was awarded a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, five Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals and three National Defense Service Medals. The Medals of Honor are the highest award for military valor, typically reserved for members of the military who risk their lives with gallantry beyond the call of duty. Monti is the 3,448th service member to earn the honor.


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Speaker encourages in-class controversial topics By MIKAYLA RICH staff writer

Mathew L. Ouellett, director of the Center for Teaching at the University of MassachusettsAmherst, visited USU Thursday as part of the Provost Lecture Series. This was the first of seven events. His lecture was geared toward faculty members creating more inclusive higher-education environments. USU faculty members were not the only ones in the audience, faculty members from other universities were present as well as undergraduate and graduate students. Ouellett said, “So I’m sure you’re wondering, what does a chubby white guy know about diversity? Everyone in this room knows something about diversity.” When speaking of his college experience he expounded on how coming to terms with being gay prepared him to teach diversity and social justice. After introducing himself, he opened the lecture to suggestions of what the faculty members wanted to discuss and get out of the lecture. He said, “We (educators) are about the business of creating better individuals. American academia has a very dominant way of going about

Ouellett quoted Miles Davis, “There is no such thing as a wrong note. It’s what comes after.” He said when a situation takes people by surprise in the classrooms they need to be careful about what they do in response. Some suggestions Ouellett shared to help the faculty teach more inclusively was to build relationships with colleagues, befriend those who don’t reflect the faculty’s social identity and undo the habit of drive-by dialogues and lobbing points at students. He said in receiving back student surveys he found his students were more interested in the interaction between his African-American coteacher than the studies they had conducted for the class. “Students have said that the two single most important factors in graduating were meaningful relationships with a faculty member and with their peers. As educators we need MATHEW L. OUELLET INSTRUCTS STAFF on diversity in the classroom to be prepared to build meaningful as a speaker for the Provost Lecture Series. PETE SMITHSUTH photo relationships with our students to this. We expect the students to adapt takes them by surprise and tend to help them succeed,” said Ouellett. to us. We are an institution that is deflect it, he said. When educators The next lecture in the series will set. However, the institution needs to begin to be more inclusive there will be on Sept. 22, 2009, at 4 p.m. in the become more permeable.” be times when they are taken by surEccles Conference Center, Room 201. Ouellett said educators today tend prise, he said. –mikayla.rich@aggiemail.usu.edu to shy away from the controversial “Embrace the falling down,” he topics. They panic when a situation said.

Group brings unique spin to poetry By JARED PRICE staff writer

The Elephant Engine High Dive Revival cruised through Thursday night bringing along with it a whirlwind of words and wit that left the audience rethinking its existence. The troupe consists of poets Anis Mojgani, Derrick Brown, Shira Erlichman, Buddy Wakefield and Robbie Telfer. Their unique fusion of spoken word, music and even a hint of slapstick isn’t a performance that can be easily squeezed into one label. When asked to describe exactly what they are, Mojgani replied, “Not rock ‘n’ roll poets, but poets with rock ‘n’ roll poetry. We are excited to pump some life into people’s idea of poetry and create sort of rock ‘n’ roll poems. To create a different kind of spoken word experience that we feel, hopefully invigorates and empowers our audiences. We are just trying to get that message of what it means to own one own’s existence and be a part of humanity. We are just trying to inspire people in that regard.” This year marks the third incarnation of the Elephant Engine High Dive Revival. “Buddy, Derek and I have stayed with it since we started it with a couple of other poets,” Mojgani said. “This year, it’s the three of us with Shira and a rotating fifth member. Rob will be with us for two weeks then we will have a new member and then a new member. Essentially, this is our third tour but each

year has been a little bit different.” USU was the third stop on this year’s tour. When asked what draws him to poetry, Telfer responded, “It always seemed like a place I could express myself. I’m not a musician, I’m not an actor, but it’s sort of a combination of the two.” Music and singing also played a huge role in the show with Mojgani providing the beats and background music. In regards to what makes good poetry, Wakefield said, “People are tired of tragedy. Everybody’s got a story. Don’t be self absorbed and think your stream of conscience is enough. If you want to give people something then give them the gift of your polished thoughts, your humor, your light and your good stuff.” The artists were eager to give advice to aspiring poets and writers. Telfer’s advice is, “Get in a community, get with people. What makes this tour fun for us, the reason why we do it, it is a way to earn a living but it’s also a way to have meaning in your life. All of us are in a community of poets that just adore each other, that all have the same world view. We really believe in being friends. The idea of friendship and kindness has a way to combat sadness and hopelessness. Find a community of people that think like you think, and the writing will take care of itself.” Mojgani said, “Write. Don’t worry about if it’s bad, if it’s good, that’s not necessarily the first step. That’s

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USU approved 11 patents of 44 filed USU’s success as one of the state of Utah’s flagship research institutions is evident in many ways and is celebrating as a record number of inventions are patented. In fiscal year 2009, after receiving 80 idea disclosures from students and professors about potential inventions, a record number 44 patents were filed and 11 patents were issued to USU, along with 10 commercialized technologies that fall into the “copyright category.” This is the most that has ever been received by USU’s Technology Commercialization Office in a single year. To compare, in fiscal year 2008, 62 ideas were disclosed to the TCO, 26 patents were filed and five patents were received by the TCO. While the number of patents received by USU’s Technology Commercialization Office continues to grow, the growth is witnessed in the real-world production of companies licensing USU technologies, creating spinout companies. USU established a record number of companies in fiscal year 2009. Two companies, Thermal Management Technologies and Eco Air Tech, were established by USU retired engineering professor Clair Batty. Batty, the former head of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at USU, is sometimes called a “serial entrepreneur.” He uses the momentum from one spinout to get the next one underway. In 2009, Batty’s company, TMT, was the first to license SDL technology and create a for-profit company.

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BEAT POET ANIS MOJGANI entertains the student body with his original works at the amphitheatre Thursday night. The four poets who performed describe their poetry as rock ‘n’ roll. They also made an effort to inspire the audience, encouraging them to obey the want to write. PATRICK ODEN photo

not part of the equation. If you have the desire to write, then you just start writing and you don’t worry about if it’s good or if it makes sense. Just get it out. The more that you do that, you train your brain to think in a creative writing fashion. Creativity is a skill just like playing the piano or shooting basketball. The more you practice, the more growth and development you’re going to have

with it. It’s really important for people to not censor themselves, to not edit themselves and just get the work out. Write a lot, don’t be afraid of what comes out and don’t be afraid to be honest with yourself about where your writing is.” Erlichman explained how she does it. “What’s worked for me is valuing my voice and thinking that I do have something to say. I might

not know what it is yet, but I keep putting the pen to the paper and trying and seeing what works. Write bad stuff, don’t be afraid of it, trust your voice and keep pushing through,” Erlichman said. “Don’t put pressure on yourself and just enjoy writing. Do it because you love it.” –jared.price@aggiemail.usu. edu

Concert: Faculty talent shines through for students -continued from page 1 “It’s important for the students to know that the faculty are performing,” Timmons said. Nicholas Morrison, who teaches clarinet and oboe, will be joining for an arrangement of “Sous le Dome Epais,” also known as the “Flower Duet,” by Léo Delibes, the release stated. Timmons and Morrison travel as a flute-clarinet duo, named AirFare, locally and internationally. According to the music department’s Web site, AirFare has performed in South America, throughout the Intermountain West, Florida and Mississippi. They also participate in the Logan Canyon Winds Quartet, of which they are founding members. There is one other performance on the music

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department’s schedule this semester. A jazz guitar concert will be presented by professor Corey Christiansen. The concert is set for Oct. 13, according to the department’s Web site. Jessop said there will probably be more performances during the spring semester, but it all depends on faculty members deciding if or when they want to perform. “Our faculty are performing musicians,” said Jessop. “They are all extraordinary, some of the finest.” Hugo has showcased her harp playing skill with music celebrities Josh Groban, jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, and Anuna, a Celtic singing group. She is certified to provide bedside music for therapy to others, the release stated. Hugo also holds a diplo-

ma from the Royal Academy of Music in London. Timmons directs the university’s Flute Choir, according to the department’s Web site. She accomplished post-graduate work at the Orff Institute at the University of Mozarteum in Austria and teaches lessons at the USU flute studio. “There’s something about the magic of a live performance,” said Timmons. “It’s different than live recordings, which are all prettied up.” According to the release, the duo plans to begin the program with a work by Joseph Lauber called “Four Medieval Dances” and, among other selected works, will play a opera piece from “Carmen.” –la.stewart@gmail.com

A group of Utah State University students have teamed up with Canyon Elementary School in Hyrum, Utah on a collaborative project to teach the young students about incorporating fresh, local vegetables into their diets. The USU Student Organic Farm and dietetics students in the USU Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences (NDFS), are working with the elementary students to broaden their horizons and stimulate the children’s senses about vegetables, encouraging their parents to do the same. As part of the collaboration, field trips to the organic farm have been arranged throughout the fall for second and fifth graders from Canyon. Students will learn about composting, season extension techniques, plant parts and flavor preferences during these fieldtrips. Students will also be introduced to “sensory-based” (as opposed to nutrient-based) nutrition education in the classroom, and students, parents and teachers will be provided with produce to take home for meals. USU dietetics student will also host several parent/child food preparation classes that focus on simple-toprepare, low-cost meals utilizing the seasonal vegetables.

USU presents “The Glass Menagerie” Utah State Theatre in the Caine School of the Arts at Utah State University will present “The Glass Menagerie” Sept. 24-26 and Sept. 30Oct 3 in the Caine Lyric Theatre (28 W. Center Street, Logan). The award-winning Tennessee Williams play opens the 2009-10 theater season at USU. The play is set in St. Louis in 1937 and describes the life of the Wingfield household. Tickets are available at the Caine School of the Arts Box Office in FA 138-B, 435-797-8022, or online (http://boxoffice.usu.edu) and are $13 for adults and free to USU students with a valid ID. Other discounts are also available. Presented as a memory, the play is a powerful tale that shows what happens when fragile dreams clash with reality, said the play’s director Colin Johnson, a USU theatre arts department faculty member.

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Friday, Sept. 18, 2009

A changing of the guard

A STATUE OF JANET QUINNEY LAWSON replaced the Mountain Man statue in front of the Natural Resources Building on Wednesday. The statue dedication is slated to be on Friday at 11 a.m. PETE SMITHSUTH photo

Computer anti-theft security intensified By PETER BROWN staff writer

USU has made improvements in terms of its equipment security. The Equipment Management Office has implemented changes to tag and track every campus computer. There will also be annual physical checks throughout each department to ensure maximum security and awareness of these computers. “In previous years, we would only tag computers worth over $1,000,” said Lee Alder, manager of the Equipment Management Office. “But now, every single computer, whether it costs $50 or $5,000, will be marked and checked on a regular basis.” By so doing, USU is not only keeping better track of its belongings, but it allows it to form an Approved Property System. The system, approved by the federal government, allows USU to maintain greater reimbursement rates and receive greater funding for the university, said Alder. The changes will help the university discourage theft and lost computers, instead of spending money replacing its equipment. “As a rough estimate, there are about 50 computers that are stolen each year,” Alder said. “With the new tracking system, it

becomes easier to protect these computers and the sensitive information that is on them. We will be more readily aware of what computers go missing and from where. It also guards us from potential lawsuits.” The preventative measures allow faculty members to rent or purchase university equipment with a clear understanding of where it is, where it should be and when it is due back. The measures allow faculty “Back in the day, members easier access to use the equipment it was almost for their classrooms, impossible to even without having to purchase a comgo out and purchase it, puter under $1,000 Alder said. Every computer so every computer with the value of was tagged with$1,000 to $5,000 will out question.” be tracked by the individual departments. said – Steve Funk Alder everything else will be IT Service Desk manager tracked personally by the Equipment Management Office. This shared responsibility will allow the equipment office to divvy up responsibility and cover each others’ tracks. Capt. Steven Milne, of USU Police, said, “Theft is our number one problem here on campus. And computers, particularly laptops, play a big part of that. This is a good policy to implement.” The Information Technology (IT) Service Desk has long been practicing the policy, always tagging and tracking each of its computers, regardless of the dollar amount, said Steve Funk, IT Service Desk manager. “It makes it easier for us when computers come up missing,” he said. “When this happens, if it has previously been registered on the USU network, we can watch for it on our network. When the computer is used, we’re notified where it’s being used and contact the police.” Funk is glad the rest of the university computers are being tagged. “Back in the day, it was almost impossible to even purchase a computer under $1,000, so every computer was tagged without question. But nowadays, with cheaper computers, it has become harder to keep tabs on each one. It is a smart decision to change the policy campus wide. This should save us money in the long run,” Funk said. -peter.brown@aggiemail.usu.edu

Address: Three goals for HASS -continued from page 1

Niemann said. Niemann said the department has been an important part of what HASS is and should it depart, will be missed. However, she feels it can be a win-win opportunity, allowing the department to grow and give HASS the opportunity to focus on curriculum of the humanities and social sciences. Niemann said she believes HASS will become stronger because of this discussion. She said the College of HASS and the university now stand at a defining moment to rethink traditional ideas and provide innovative solutions to the situation left after last year’s budget cuts. She said this is a moment that provides opportunities and gives HASS a chance to show its true colors and shape the future of the college and university. “We are the heart and soul of this university,” Niemann said. “We are establishing our legacy for the future.” –jp.rodriguez@aggiemail.usu.edu

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On Belay? Belay on! By MACKENZIE LOVE staff writer

Belay! Belay on! Climb! Climb on! Rock! Rock on! Gymnasts are flexible, endurance bearing and able to conquer any fear of putting themselves out in the open. Screams and yells, however, were heard along with encouragement as USU’s women’s gymnastics team tested its balance on a wobbly bridge 20 feet in the air along with other elements at the USU Ropes Course on Saturday. The Utah State University Inn and Conference Center Ropes Course is designed to provide an educational, fun approach to learning and building team leadership. The course is built using ropes, cables and platforms that test the balance, strategy, physical strength and teamwork of groups and individuals. Patrick Bentley, Ropes Course coordinator, has worked at the course for four years after facilitating it for three years. Bentley received a bachelor’s in parks and recreation at USU and said he always had a desire to work at a ropes course. Bentley said the course consists of close to 40 elements that can be changed to help any group learn teamwork. The low elements help individuals strategize and work together, where as the high elements can be anywhere from 12 to 50 feet in the air and help participants develop trust in themselves and their teammates. The Ropes Course was created in May 1999 after Frank White, professor in the health, physical education and recreation department, designed it. White ran the course for about two years, where it was then handed over to the university’s Conference Services. The course is self funded and Bentley said he has seen every type of group come through its path: the City of Logan’s Swat Team, McDonalds Co-op, USU groups to youth groups and

incoming master students. Bentley said he even had a group of girls that surprised the guys accompanying them with their activity for a day date. “Some of them come here just to have fun,” Bentley said. “It is kind of a relief for us at times where we don’t debrief and we just have fun with them. They have a ball.” Bentley said the age of participants are 11year-olds and up. The oldest participant, he said, was a 94-year-old woman. The great grandma crossed the 20-foot high wobbly log, a real test of balance that requires crossing paths with another member in the middle. “It was a family reunion she had brought down here,” Bentley said. “Her great grandchildren were just yelling at her. They were just in awe of their great grandma saying, ‘I can’t believe she’s doing this.’” Jon Kerkmann, senior in psychology, has been working at the Ropes Course since May. Kerkmann said the best experiences he has witnessed are when people have a phobia of heights but conquer the fear. “It’s really neat to see people overcome something that they are so afraid of that makes them physically sick or shake,” Kerkmann said. “The strength it takes to overcome that and the support you get from your team when you do that is phenomenal.” Dusty Petersen, freshman in pre-medical biology, did the Ropes Course with USU Ambassadors. He said his favorite low-element course was the Spider’s Web. The goal is to get

the group from one side of the web to the other without touching it. Each hole can only be used once and only individuals on one side of the web could speak. Petersen said lifting people and strategizing were really eye opening. “Most people think that leaders are those who are above you to give you direction but most the time it’s those that are below you that help you become successful,” Petersen said. Bentley said the goals of the course are designed to create strong teams with skills necessary for success. “Usually what we strive for and work on are leadership, self-confidence, teamwork, communication, trust and encouragement,” he said. “When groups come here I send a goal sheet out to them and ask them what goals they are looking for.” Bentley said the course’s motto is embracing the challenge and he tries to get that across in his final message. “We talk about what embrace means,” Bentley said. “Pulling things close to you and that’s how you make it past and through those goals is by bringing it to you. When you push it away, you never make it through.” Bentley hopes the success of the Ropes Course will continue and more groups will see the effect it can have on how united they can become. “We’ve had a few people walk away changed, and that is what it’s all about,” Bentley said. “Having people walk away, having it affect their life enough to make those changes.” To create your own adventure with a group you are trying to strengthen, grow closer to or even just to have fun the Ropes Course information can be found at www.ropes.usu.edu. The course runs until Oct. 31, weather permitting. -mackenzie.love@aggiemail.usu.edu

Art runs through his veins By CASSIDEE CLINE staff writer

People over time have said that a good artist puts himself into his work, but most people wouldn’t imagine an artist using his blood as the medium. Both curiosity and disgust have met this Utah artist’s unique style. “I think we as people are fascinated by our own bodies and how they work,” Trevin Prince, paint and drawing major at USU, said. Prince said this fascination with the body is what draws interest to his work since it is done with a component of the body: blood. Prince said he has been painting with his blood for about two years. He said he spent the first eight months experimenting with different techniques and developing a process that would work. “There isn’t a how to book for this process,” Prince said. “I had to find my own way.” He has five certified nurses in his family, Prince said, and at one point wanted to become a doctor, but chose to nurture his artistic talent instead. He said he has been drawing and working with paint for as long as he can remember, and once he got into college he became the little fish in the big pond and wanted to create something orginal. “I visualized an artist literally pouring

his heart out into his painting,” Prince said. Originally, this representation was going to be done with oils, he said, “but then my medical mind thought, why not do it in real blood?” A registered nurse draws a unit of Prince’s blood, about the same amount Red Cross extracts from donors, every other week depending on how much is needed, he said. Prince said the process to create this artwork is done on a Plexiglas surface that allows the blood to be illuminated by light. The blood is sealed in resin, he said, and then the resin is worked into multiple layers to alter the tones and to create a 3-D effect. Lastly, a final coat is applied that is ultra-violet protective, he said, allowing the color to be preserved. When Prince first started working with blood, he said he treated it like regular paint but the use of a brush was useless. Prince said it was all trial and error and even though he has a process that works, the blood still has “small amounts of unpredictability.” “Traditional paints are fixed and don’t change unless the artist changes them,” Prince said. “Blood, however, is alive and reacts differently to each technique.” The chemicals and resin used to create the pieces are toxic before they dry, he said, so protection such as chemical hazard gloves, a respirator and goggles are needed to do the work.

Prince said he takes good care of the blood by keeping it in sealed containers and refrigerates it. He said he does his work at home in a room that connects to a patio outside. The patio is where he pours the resin, he said. Depending on the size of the piece, he said, it takes anywhere between one to four weeks to create and most of that time is to allow each layer to dry. Currently, Prince said he is working out details for a couple of commissioned pieces. One of the pieces, he said, will be done in horse blood of the racehorse Barbaro. Prince said an orthopedic surgeon is also donating blood for the second piece. Prince said he originally intended to do only one blood painting, but when he started working with blood he became fascinated by it. “I do this on a physical level,” he said. “I am the paint.” He still paints in a traditional manner, he said, and mostly works with oils during the winter when it’s too cold to pour resin. Prince has been in several art fairs around the U.S. and in multiple exhibitions in Utah. His work can be viewed on his online portfolio at www.trevinprince.com, he said, and he is a displaying a couple pieces in USU’s Undergraduate Exhibit this fall. -Cassi.joe.cline@aggiemail.usu.edu

TREVIN PRINCE IN A SELF PORTRAIT created using his blood. Prince is a paint and drawing major at USU and has been practicing his unique style of art for roughly two years. CHRISTIAN HATHAWAY photo

Croquet, not just a game for the dainty gentleman Croquet. A quaint sport. As discussed in Calvin and Hobbes, it is a gentlemen’s sport. It has strong roots in England. Castles have grounds specifically designated for croquet. Royalty play croquet. Croquet is oquet,or so we say. Who is we? The Croquet and Crackers Club. This summer, my lofty ambitions of this benign game were limitless. Strokes of ideas hit me from time to time, some keepers, some not. Yet I knew, oh yes I did, from the moment this specific inspiration was conceived, it was bound to stand the test of time. I would form a croquet club. A croquet and crackers club, wherein members would gather at locations across Logan, discuss light fare, smack balls through wickets and eat Ritz crackers with fruit preserves spread on it. I quickly jumped to action and arranged the first game to be played in my great aunt’s backyard, but as the foreordained time approached, dark menacing clouds loomed hazardously in the atmosphere. Several feigned friends called to retract their participation in the event due to the precariously inclement weather. I consoled them by denying the humidity in the air, and then I buckled down to my knees and begged them to consider the X-treme setting a good thunderstorm would provide for the match. They said they would see. I waited and waited, my fingers tapping on the counter and my toes fidgeting with the fringes of the rug beneath my feet. Minutes spilled into hours. Not a soul showed up. I, all alone, spent my evening in a dimly lit living room, working on an incomplete jigsaw puzzle and listening to pathetically heartrending operatic arias.

Have you ever thrown a get-together or party and ended up alone? It sucks lollipops. Talk about dashed hopes and a nagging state of depression. FAILURE. It is hard to pretend a failure is OK. (Or should I say oquet.) It is hard to get back up after you have fallen on your rump. I know. It is easy to believe that if it does not work once, it will never work again. Why even try? What is the point of coming up with a fantastic idea if no one gives a cricket? Why put your vulnerable self in a situation where you may ultimately be whacked like a weed? You will be happy to know I did not give up. But if you recall, the month of June was tiresomely wet. I was forced to cancel gathering after gathering. No-shows and halfhearted commitments were given, but I did not give up. Winston Churchill once said, “Never, never, never, never give up.” I chanted his advice every time a setback set me back. I believed strongly in this thing called croquet. Then, magically, things started happening and falling into place. What started as an innocent diversion of my mind snowballed into an overnight sensation. Not only was a game played in my great aunt’s backyard, but games were also played in other notable venues, such as the Quad, the lawn in front of Fredrico’s Pizza, the grassy knoll in front of Aggie Ice Cream, the cemetery, the lawn beside Reeder Hall, the grounds of the Tabernacle, the open field across the street from the Transit Center. This was big. This was out of control. Friends started bringing friends to matches. Friends started to complain if they were left out. One game included 11 souls, even though we only had six mallets. What started out as a

gentleman’s game evolved into a psychotic show of aggressive sportsmanship, stubborn wills and ruthless strategy. Players were choosing to blast opponents’ balls rather than take free turns, and becoming “poison” only encouraged delightful vengeance. Yes, dainty crackers fell to the wayside and crumbled under the competitive power of pure unadulterated croquet, which has the power to unite all creeds and cultures and walks of life. An elite game? Never. The Croquet and Crackers Club’s main mission is to expose as many people as possible to the sport. Rain? Bah! We have tackled such obstacles as nighttime and cement and foot-long grass and horse manure with fearless strides. “Bring on the snow,” we boldly exclaim. To think that our very first prospective game was shattered due to wittle rain clouds. Ha, I shake my head with incredulity. My life will forever be entwined and associated with this sport. Croquet is oquet. As Frank Sinatra once said, “There is something to be said for keeping at a thing, isn’t there?” Melissa Condie is a senior majoring in music education. Her column will appear her weekly. Contact her at m.condie@aggiemail.usu.edu


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A Utah woman blogs her way to the White House By CELIA CHILD staff writer

Some might refer to her as a “mommy blogger.” This local woman takes her personal blog to new heights. With an invitation to the White House, Loralee Choate represents many of her followers by voicing her opinions on health care reform to Valerie Jarrett, President Barack Obama’s senior adviser. The 35-year-old mother is a member of BlogHer and blogs on a daily basis about life issues. Choate’s springboard came from an opportunity at BlogHer, which is a group of women blogging about topics they are interested in. Feeling a bit out of place being in the presence of scientists, doctors and politically involved women, Choate broke the ice with humor about her “tatas”. “Immediately everyone started to laugh and that is when women began to Twitter and pull out their blackberries for my personal information,” Choate said. “I was so impressed with the women that I was surrounded with. I mean I’m a stay-at-home mom with kids who blogs about her life and people read it.” Feeling out of place at the convention, Choate retreated to the restroom to try and regroup after having a challenging year and being surrounded by highly influential women. Crying in a stale, things seemed to become worse when she overheard some women conversing about her blog. Thinking only the worst, Choate began to wish she was home, until she realized what was being said. “They commented on how much they love my blog and wanted to be like me,” Choate wrote on her blog. “One woman said I had inspired her to start her own blog. Another commented on how she would sacrifice one of her favorite cats and give up her career as an

architect if she could figure out how to write like me and start a blog of her own.” With her spirit lifted she returned to the dinner and was inquired by the Queen of Spain if she had checked her e-mail. The email was from Elisa Camahort-Page, a co-founder of BlogHer, inviting Choate to a small luncheon with Jarrett. Having dealt with many health problems and insurance woes, Choate advocated her message of change she believed needed to be address in the health care reform. In the meeting she shared views from a Republican perspective and why she felt it was important to come to some type of consensus with civil dialogue. Many of her opinions have been viewed and commented on by thousands of followers via Blogspot and Twitter. Jarrett read through all the posts on Choate’s page dealing with her concerns on health care reform. Jarrett explained to Choate that many do not believe the president loves hearing ideas about solving this problem from people with differing points of view. After meeting with Jarrett and a group of Democrats, Choate recalled what Jarrett had told her on her blog: “After this meeting is over I would like you to go over to my assistant, Adam, and block out some time on Monday morning to have your husband speak with me on the phone. I would love to hear his ideas for change.” Choate’s husband is very conservative, often disagreeing with Choate, creating engaging dialogue with opinions on the change they both believe is needed and the action that should take place. With an invitation back to the White House, Choate continues to blog about her opinions and life events. She is on the board of Social Media Club Cache Valley (SMCCV) as the meeting director and serves as a guest speaker in seminars. Her most recent appearance

LORALEE CHOATE, 35, runs a blog that has received national attention and given her the opportunity to visit the White House, all in addition to her duties as a mother. Photo courtesy of Celia Child

was at Club New York, on Main Street, where she shared her story and past experience with the do’s and don’ts of blogging. More information on Choate and her blog can be found at www. blogcatalog.com/blogs/loralees-looney-tunes.html. SMCCV meets the second Thursday of every month with rotating locations. More information on SMCCV can be found on www.smccv.net. -C.Child@aggiemail.usu.edu

Book tells story of life in a post-9/11 world “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” by Jonathan Safran Foer, is a 2005 novel following a precocious child on a desperate quest to find something of his late father. Though the book was published four years ago, the events that triggered Oskar’s frantic search still trigger something equally desperate in many of us. The book is set in 2003, two years after Oskar’s father is killed in New York City on

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Not your average animated film The movie Nicholas “9” is a very peculiar one, Peterson to say the least. The animated film takes viewers inside a post-apocalyptic world run by Grade B machines. The machines were “9” initially built by humans and eventually turned against the entire world. The only hope left comes from nine mini burlap mutants who were created by a famous scientist just as the world was coming to its end. Of course, a name like Tim Burton would be attached to such a strange film. While strange is a word often associated with Tim Burton, others are also creative, clever and artistic. Each burlap-covered creature comes with its own specific dimension of a personality. Where one may lack in some area of behavior, another will most definitely make up for it. The main character,

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and hero of the story, 9 (voiced by Elijah Wood), gets his name from the number on his back. Although he may be the least knowledgeable of the nine friends when it comes to surviving in the destroyed world they call home, he shows many typical characteristics of the hero: honesty, compassion and leadership. Some of the other tattered creatures include 1, a stubborn old man who is set in his ways; 5, the trusty sidekick who is always someone for 9 to rely on; and 7, the fierce female of the nine, who is ready for a fight at the drop of a hat. What is truly incredible about the film is the attention to detail. Throughout the group’s journey to stop the evil machines, a visual world is displayed that is a true feast for the eyes. Although the scenery is filled with darkness, smog, fire and crumbling buildings, it is easy to see the beauty of an artist’s work showing through. This is very similar to the wonderful world portrayed in Pixar’s “WALL-E.” This may be one of the only resemblances to a film such as “WALL-E,” because “9” could be more closely related to one of the Terminator

films. Throughout the action, adventure and sorrow, the audience never loses faith in 9 and his attempt to bring down the machines that destroyed all former life, including his own creator. While nine completely different personalities may seem like a bit much, they actually flow well together throughout the film and keep the excitement high. My expectations were fairly high for this film, and although it wasn’t one of the best animated films ever, it was certainly one of the most creative and unique. After a slow first half and initial doubts about the quality of the story line, it was clear to see I was looking for excuses to not enjoy the film. By the end, I couldn’t find many reasons to give the C grade I had been planning on after the first half hour. The story line picked up and got running fast, and before I knew it, I found myself secretly enjoying the fight scenes between these mini creatures and the enormous machines. -nicholas.peterson@aggiemail.usu.edu

Caillat’s new album offers more of a country feel Colbie Caillat came Landon out with a brand new, highly anticipated album, Hemsley “Breakthrough,” this last week. Let us imagine for a moment there is a linear spectrum of all the music in the world. At one end, Grade Brepresenting all the stuck- “Breakthrough” up, snobbish, ignorant losers with little talent, is Kanye by Colbie Caillat West, and at the other end is the purity, innocence and beauty of Taylor Swift. (Note the subtle reference to West’s video music award debacle.) In this album, Colbie Caillat is three or four notches away from Swift in that spectrum. She is approaching singer-songwriter and country-pop status. Indeed, there has been a slight shift toward country in Caillat’s style. Such a shift is one that seems to be quite prevalent in female singer-songwriters recently. For example, when I listened to the first track of her album, “I Won’t,” I did a double take to make sure I was listening to the right song. “I Won’t” is a country track, plain and simple. There are swooning guitars, violins and just about everything else that has come with the biggest hits of country for the last 10 years. Such music would normally cause my ears to start bleeding, but, oddly enough, this one doesn’t. That doesn’t mean I’m particularly fond of the track, but I do know that most who listen to it will like it. It’s no super-smash hit, but it is a quality song that almost anyone can relate to and enjoy. Indeed, that is the great appeal of country music and Caillat’s music alike – people can relate to it. It touches people in parts of their lives that no other type of music can and describes the difficult moments better than just about anything else. That’s part of the reason why Caillat’s first album was a winner. The other part of the equation was that the music was good, plain and simple. On the whole, the 13 tracks of the album are a lot more of the same from the guitar-playing mistress of beauty. If you liked her first album, “Coco,” you’ll dig this one too. There’s a lot of guitar, a lot of love songs and certainly the same type of catchy tune that vaulted her from nothingness into the national spotlight in a matter of months. However, if you’re looking for another “Bubbly,” it’s not in this album. Nothing on this record quite measures up to Caillat’s monster single from her debut album. That said, it’s important to remember that this is still a quality album. It is musically capable, hooks abound within it and, of course, practically every girl I’ve

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“The Cats of Mirikitani” film screening showing tonight By CHELSEY GENSEL staff writer

The USU art department will screen the film “The Cats of Mirikitani” Friday night in Old Main, 112, at 6. The film follows now 89-year old New York artist Jimmy Mirikitani through his experiences with homelessness, Japanese internment camps and the events of Sept. 11. It has won more than a dozen film festival awards, including one at its premiere during the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. One of the advisers to the film, Roger Shimomura, is a painter who visited USU this week and gave a lecture Wednesday night. Some of his art deals with Japanese internment camps during World War II, and the documentary-style film brings art like that of Shiromura and Mirikitani together with real historical events. “The idea is that the internment camps, 9/11 were a result of a whole society not understanding another society and that led to acts of horrific violence,” said Scott Foster, exhibition coordinator for the art department. Shimomura’s visit and the film screening are both part of the Tanner Project, which is a series of events throughout the

year organized by the art department. This year’s theme is crossing boundaries and is divided into four sections. The film is being shown as part of the section titled “Memories of Captivity,” Foster said, and is about building community through the appreciation of individual stories. “It’s a year-long diversity series,” he said, “to help us to understand the point of view and the experience of a person as a means to build our community.” Foster said though he handles logistics for events, such as coordinating details and behind-the-scenes work, art department head Carolyn Cardenas, who was Shimomura’s student as an undergraduate, “was instrumental in getting (the film) here. She should really get credit for this.” The film has elements of narrative depicting Mirikitani’s journey to find friends and family and to research his past in the aftermath of Sept. 11 with the help of a filmmaker he met on the street while making his art. “It has to do with documenting an experience,” Foster said, and parallels between current events and those of history. The film will be introduced by assistant professor of photography Chris Gauthier and will run for one-and-a-half hours. -pulcre.puella@gmail.com

me you haven’t heard it before. It’s been all over the radio since the single was released apart from the album a few months ago. This is the one song on the album that will stick in your head if any will. There’s good reason for this song to be out in the public ear so much – it’s musical greatness. And then Caillat takes a dive with the next song, “Rainbow.” The main beef I have with this track is its excessive harmony. Harmonies should allow the song to develop, grow, progress and should add a new level of depth that would be absent otherwise. Not so here. If anything, the harmony in this song only distracts from Caillat’s voice, which is singing a middleto-decent melody. This song reminds me of the music that the hippie girl in high school always played on the lawn outside the school. Yeah, you may glance up and mutter an empty compliment to the poor girl but, really, the music is just kind of weird. The rest of this album is fairly strong. If there was one thing I could say that I don’t really like about the album as a whole, leaving behind any individual track, it would be that the tempo and beat behind all of Caillat’s music is too homogeneous. There’s little variety in the beats that underlie Caillat’s music, both in “Coco” and “Breakthrough.” I guess if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. But on the other hand, if it is broken, then it needs fixing. “Fallin’ for You” is the better selling song in the album on iTunes. The next is the sixth track, “Droplets,” which features guest artist Jason Reeves. The entire album sounds way, way too similar to itself to be taken as seriously as “Coco” was. By far, the best track of the rest of this album that Caillat sings by herself is the 11th track, “It Stops Today.” The chorus is probably the most catchy of any song in the album, including “Fallin’ for You,” but it’s so far buried in the album that you quit paying attention to the music by the time the track arrives. I give this CD a B-. The album earns points because it’s listenable and its hit single but loses points because of the homogeneous style, lack of experimentation and overall lack of musical depth. It’s pretty good stuff, but not something you are going to spend an afternoon listening to because of the sheer glory of it, unless you replay “Fallin’ for You” 1,500 times without listening to the rest of the album. So, if this is not to be played in your iPod all day long, where should you play this music? The next time you throw a party at your place, pop this album in the boom box and enjoy. It’s great easy-listening music, and it certainly won’t offend anyone. It’s a decent album but certainly nothing that is going to rock the foundations of the musical world anytime soon. -la.hem@aggiemail.usu.edu

Education fails A subject that building openly comes up fairly M. Johnson admitted to cheatoften is academic on over half staff writer ing integrity and judghis exams last ing from the article year, saying it was in Wednesday’s worth it because paper about the it put him on the changes in the USU dean’s list and kept policy there are his scholarship. He “What we’re hearing” said, “What is the many who claim to feel strongly point of school if about the subject. you can’t cheat?” However, there are also those 4. A girl recently realized that who could care less. I would Alaska is not an island. All this like to share some of the many time she was convinced it was academically questionable com- because they put it next to Hawaii ments I heard this week. on maps. 1. Overheard a student adver5. Heard a story recalled about tising to do homework, take tests a guy who finds it difficult to label and write papers for $50. maps of Europe because he can 2. “I don’t know how I would never remember which country have passed chemistry without is the USSR and which country is having the girls in 213 to do my Russia. homework, and all I had to do in If you hear things that are stureturn was be their friend. They pid, funny or outrageous, inform were such nerds.” M. Johnson with a quick e-mail to 3. A kid in the engineering Mardy.McFly@gmail.com

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Valentine’s Day killer By CONNOR JONES sports senior writer

Born Feb. 14, 1990, 19-year-old Liz McArthur from St. George, is quickly making a name for herself as one of the top outside hitters west of the Mississippi. Only nine matches into the 2009 volleyball season McArthur has blown past the 88 kills she had last season in her 22 matches. She currently sits at 135 kills going into this weekend’s Kent State Tournament. At the rate she’s currently spiking the ball, she could begin conference play with nearly 200 kills.

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said she really struggled with her had a lot of fun with the sport in sevconfidence. One look at her stats from enth- and eighth-grade, but seventh last year shows how much confidence and eighth graders if you’ve ever seen she’s gained. In 54 sets played, she had them play volleyball, it’s not really vol88 kills with 66 errors in 300 attempts leyball. Ninth grade is when I really for a hitting percentage of .073. So far hit my growth in the sport. I started this season, she has 135 kills and 58 varsity and started playing at a much errors on 358 attempts for a drastihigher level. I think that’s when I knew cally improved hitting percentage I wanted to play volleyball at a colleof .215. giate level.” “In high school, confidence was Where to play was the next question never an issue,” McArthur said. McArthur had to answer. “Then I came up here and I was the “It came down to USU and a couple little freshman with all these big other schools, and in the end we were college players. I was good fortunate enough to in high school and then all get her,” Dubose said. of a sudden I wasn’t the star “She’s a really wonderanymore and it was a really ful person and a great big transition.” volleyball player.” • McArthur was While attending Snow McArthur said the named USU’s Athlete University of Utah was Canyon High School, McArthur earned all-state of the Week for the the other main option. honors three straight years second straight week “I actually thought and was named the state’s I really wanted to go • McArthur’s Aggies to Utah for awhile,” Most Valuable Player during both her junior and senior won the Fiesta Bowl she said. “I went on Tournament seasons. She was a key my visit there first and player on the team that won then drove up to USU the state championship in right after that. When 2006, 2007 and 2008. As a high school I left Utah I had pretty much decided junior she was part of the Snow Canyon that’s where I wanted to go and then I team that won the 3A state championcame up here and was like, ‘crap.’ After ship and personally earned both tourmy visit here I really didn’t know where nament and state honors. As a senior to go. Eventually I decided on USU. I she led the Warriors in winning their thought it was just a lot better of a fit first state championship as a 4A school for me, and I really liked the coaching and was once again named MVP of the staff and all the players, so I think it tournament. was a great choice.” Volleyball wasn’t McArthur’s only McArthur is a consumer and human sport. She was also a four-year letterdevelopment major hoping to become winner in basketball. As a senior she a marriage and family therapist after was named all-region and all-state in graduating in the spring of 2012. both basketball and volleyball, was on Liz is the second of three children the high-honor roll, was awarded acaof Rich and Meg McArthur. Her older demic all-state in both volleyball and sister also played volleyball in high basketball and was a member of the school until injuries ended her career. National Honor Society. She also has a 14-year-old brother who, “Seventh grade was the first time I with the awards and recognition Liz has really ever knew what volleyball was,” received, has some big shoes to fill. McArthur said. “I was taller than almost all the guys my age. I didn’t like -c.h.j@aggiemail.usu.edu being tall back then. I love it now... I

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little more exciting when you get a stuff. They’re a little bit more rare, it feels like you’re stealing something from them, taking something the other team worked for.” Aggie head coach Grayson DuBose said of his deadly new weapon on the front line, “She’s been able to capitalize on the opportunity her position gives her for kills. One of the things she’s done a better job at doing lately is blocking. She’s really developed into a nice left side blocker.” Coming into her freshman season McArthur

SOPHOMORE LIZ MCARTHUR has been the breakout star of the volleyball season. She is killing the ball at a much higher rate, which she attritubutes to her increased confidence. McArthur has already exceeded her season total for kills from last year. Last week McArthur was named MVP of the Fiesta Bowl Tournament hosted by Northern Arizona University.

Native Texans excited to play at Texas A&M By ADAM NETTINA staff writer

It has been said that everything is bigger in Texas, including the state’s passion for high school and college football. The Utah State Aggies (0-1) will learn firsthand about that passion this Saturday, as the team travels to College Station to take on the Texas A&M Aggies (1-0) at Kyle Field. And while many USU players will be making the journey to the Lone Star State for the first time in their lives, for 13 of those Aggies, the trip south will be a welcomed homecoming. “This game has a lot of interest for me,” said junior linebacker Maxim Dinka Mba, who played his high school ball in Plano, Texas. “I am going home. I look forward to the atmosphere and the climate, everything. I just can’t wait. A lot of people think when you come to Utah you get soft, but I’m anxious to go back. I will have a lot of family there, so it will be great.” Dinka Mba’s attitude is typical of the 13 Texas natives on Utah State’s roster, who cite the chance to play in front of family and friends in their home state as extra incentive in their bid to upset Texas A&M on Saturday. Texas A&M has started off strong this season, winning in resounding fashion when it crushed New Mexico 41-6 two weeks ago. Like its Aggie brethren from the Beehive State, Texas A&M was idle in week two. “I think it’s a terrific opportunity for the Texas players’ families and friends to get to see them play, as well as spend time with them, that they normally wouldn’t get to do,” USU head coach Gary Andersen said. “It’s also a tremendous recruiting tool.” Sophomore linebacker Jacob Actkinson, who

was an All-District running back at Grapevine High School in Grapevine, Texas, said the game has special meaning for all of Utah State’s Texas natives because of its location. “It’s bigger for us Texas kids,” said Actkinson. “I’ve been looking forward to this game ever since I signed back here in 2006. It’s nice to be able to go back home and play in front of friends and family, and I know a lot of guys on our team have friends and family coming. Added the former running back, “I personally have a bunch of friends who go to (Texas A&M), so winning would just be huge for me to be able to rub in their face.” While none of the Texas natives on Utah State’s roster were recruited by Texas A&M out of high school, most of the players say they don’t hold any grudges against the school or its previous staff, most of which was let go when Mike Sherman took over the reins of the program following the 2007 season. If anything, Utah State’s players are inclined to view being passed up by a Big XII school like A&M as a blessing in disguise, allowing them the chance to showcase their talents at Utah State. Unfortunately, the tradeoff has prevented many of the players’ families from seeing them play in person. “I was given an opportunity here, so I wouldn’t say it was their loss or anything,” said senior wide receiver Xavier Bowman, who played his high school ball in the Houston area. “I’m thankful that I’m (at Utah State), and I’m glad to be playing this game close to home because being up in this region of the country I don’t get to play too many games in Texas,” he said. Asked whether there will be extra incentive in having the chance to show a big-name school

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SENIOR RECEIVER XAVIER BOWMAN carries the ball upfield in a game last year. Bowman, who comes from Houston, Texas, is one of 13 players from Texas on USU’s roster. FILE photo

TouchBase Touch Scout team players sought for women’s basketball The Utah State women’s basketball program is searching for scout-team players who will practice and scrimmage with the team on a daily basis. Head coach Raegan Pebley and the USU women’s basketball team are looking for male basketball players to practice on a regular basis. Practice begins on Oct. 15. Players will be expected to be competitive, knowledgeable and able to take direction from coaches. All players must meet NCAA qualifications. It is preferable that athletes have high school basketball experience. If you are interested in helping the Aggie women’s basketball team improve upon one of its most successful seasons ever or for more information, please contact associate coach George Brosky at 770-9630 or at george.brosky@usu. edu.

USU football leadership committee announced Utah State head football coach Gary Andersen announced Thursday that 14 players have been selected by a team vote to form the USU Football Leadership Committee, joining the six team captains. The team selected seniors Xavier Bowman (WR, Houston, Texas), Adrian Bybee (S, Pocatello, Idaho), Nnamdi Gwacham (WR), Omar Sawyer (WR, Chino Hills, Calif.), and Chris Ulinski (PK, Grass Valley, Calif.), as well as juniors Sean Enesi (DL, Carson, Calif.), Eric Moats (WR, Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Chris Randle (CB, Merced, Calif.) and Michael Smith (RB, Tucson, Ariz.). Sophomores selected were Philip Gapelu (OL, Lynwood, Calif.), Stanley Morrison (WR, Denison, Texas), and Bobby Wagner (LB, Ontario, Calif.), while the freshman tabbed were Quinton Byrd (CB, Miami, Fla.) and Kerwynn Williams (RB, Las Vegas, Nev.). “They are a very important part of our football team,” Andersen said. “The kids voted on them and I’m excited and supportive of the individuals that were selected. They will join the captains in playing a vital role in the decision making for our team in things such as discipline, uniforms and practice habits, among many other things. This committee is an integral part of our football team.” Andersen also announced that sophomore running back and special teamer Josh Flores (Logan, Utah) is now on scholarship after being a walk-on the previous two years.


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The sophomore outside hitter from St. George was named Most Valuable Player of last weekend’s Fiesta Bowl Tournament hosted by Northern Arizona University. McArthur opened up the tournament by recording five kills and a block assist while playing just two out of three sets against The Citadel before heating up in the second round against Wyoming where she totaled 15 kills, two blocks and a service ace. She capped off the tournament by leading USU to the tournament championship game where she went off for 23 kills to lead the Aggies past tournament host NAU.

Chelsea Fowles was named to the alltournament team of the Fiesta Bowl Tournament last weekend as she helped lead Utah State in three straight victories over The Citadel, Wyoming and Northern Arizona. The preseason All-WAC setter averaged 9.36 assists per set – 103 assists total – over the weekend while the Aggies won their first tournament championship in volleyball since 2005. She also extended Chelsea Fowles her current team-lead in service aces over 3 victories, 103 the weekend, adding five more to her seaassists recorded, son total. volleyball

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Shantel Flanary’s offensive efforts exploded this week in Sunday’s game against Houston Baptist. In 81 minutes, she scored two of the Aggies’ five goals and had one assist, leading the team to its 100th overall victory. After only seven games this season, Flanary has racked up four goals, two assists and averages 1.6 shots on goal per game.

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Texas A&M will provide stiff road test for football By G. CHRISTOPHER TERRY assistant sports editor

After an extra week of practice, the Utah State Aggies are heading south to College Station, Texas to face Texas A&M and try to get head coach Gary Andersen his first victory. It’s the first meeting between the two schools, who both lay claim to the “Aggies” nickname. History, as well as the point spread, favors the maroon Aggies, who are 18.5-point favorites and 57-6 against non-conference opponents at Kyle Field over the last 25 years. Texas A&M is also 12-0 against the current WAC schools, a statistic compounded by USU’s 1-9 record against the Big XII in its last 10 meetings. USU last beat a Big XII school in 1992. Andersen said his team is “looking forward to walking into one of the great places to play in all of college football and competing at a very high level.” The bye week was a good thing for the Aggies, according to Andersen. “Overall, the week was very productive,” he said. “We went Monday all the way through Saturday, kind of in and out quick for most days. Our mindset was to have a mini-spring ball: take care of ourselves and what we need to do to become a better football team, but still prepare for Texas A&M. I think we’ve got a good jump on Texas A&M.” Texas A&M is also coming off a bye

week, but its week one was quite different than USU’s encouraging yet ultimately dissatisfying loss to Utah. The Aggies racked up 606 yards of offense against New Mexico as they rolled to a 41-6 win. Quarterback Jerrod Johnson accounted for 406 of those yards, throwing for 349 and rushing for another 57. After being miserable on defense last year under first-year head coach Mike Sherman – to a tune of a school-worst 461.9 yards and 37.4 points per game – A&M throttled the Lobos, holding them to a mere 231 total yards and less than a yard per carry on the ground. Junior Von Miller, who plays the hybrid linebackerdefensive end “Jack” position, exploded for three sacks against New Mexico. “He did a very nice job,” Andersen said of Miller. “He had three sacks. They use him in a lot of different ways. He’ll definitely get your attention pre-snap.” Andersen hinted that USU’s offense may try to neutralize Miller by punishing him for being overly aggressive with option plays. “What can be an equalizer in the game is the option. You can use it to force a defensive end to play positionally sound,” Andersen said. When Johnson and the A&M offense are on the field, USU will see an effective three-running back rotation, a great tight end in Jamie McCoy, who is on the Mackey Award watch list, and a deep, athletic receiving corps highlighted by sophomore

Jeff Fuller, who had 10 catches for 111 yards – both career bests – against New Mexico. Six of the 6-foot-4 Fuller’s receptions went for first downs and he also scored a touchdown. “Three backs ran very well. It’ll be a Big XII offensive line,” Andersen said, summing up the offensive talent his team will face. “(They have) big receivers who can go up and get the ball.” Another of those big receivers is 6-foot-4 sophomore Ryan Tannehill, who led A&M in receptions and yards last year but is listed as Johnson’s backup at quarterback. Tannehill snagged three balls for 40 yards in the Aggies’ opener and did not take a snap under center. Junior linebacker Maxim Dinka Mbah said he is not intimidated by Johnson’s size – 6-fot-5, 243 pounds. “We are just hoping to put a lot of pressure on him,” Dinka Mbah said. “But at the same time he’s a great quarterback and he can get out of the pocket.” Leading the effort to pressure Johnson and force mistakes – as the defense was able to do against Utah – will be safety James Brindley and linebacker Bobby Wagner, who led USU with 14 and 12 tackles, respectively, as well as native Texan linebacker Paul Igboeli, who is preseason All-WAC.

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Question 1: What do you expect from your players this semester? – Kade Ellis, Senior, Print Journalism Coach Andersen: The same thing I expect from them every semester. I expect them to be successful from an academic standpoint, from a social standpoint and a football standpoint. Question 2: What are you going to do so we can convert third downs? We need to keep the ball in order to win. – Josh Nagao, Senior, Exercise Science Coach Andersen: Well, the biggest thing for us is practice. Third down is a big down on offense and a big down on defense. At the end of the day those who win third downs usually win the foot-

ball game. It’s a very, very, extremely important stat, third down conversions. It’s almost if not as important as turnover margin. We put a lot of time into that prior to last game and we will continue to do the same thing and we expect to convert third downs. Question 3: What effect does hanging with Utah have on the team? It seems commonplace to say that there is no such thing as a moral victory, but does competing with successful teams late into games increase confidence, or does it cause a letdown from still not being able to turn the corner and win a tough game? – Scott Ficklin, Senior, English Coach Andersen: The first thing I’d say to that is, I think every young man in this program

understands that this is a process. If football was easy, if football was simple, there’d be about 500 more football teams in the world. It’s a long, drawn-out process. You have to learn how to compete hard and play for four quarters, you have to be consistent, you have to be tough, you have to be physical and you have to be smart. I think we played extremely physical the last game. We played tough, we played consistent at times and inconsistent at times. That was a nemesis for us and our goal as always against good football teams is to get ourselves into the fourth quarter and find a way to win. Is there a moral victory in the way we played at Utah? No, absolutely not. We expected to win. We played well at times and we didn’t play well at times and that wasn’t enough to win the football game.

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like A&M that they missed out on him, Bowman said the idea hadn’t even crossed his mind. “That’s all the incentive I need, having my family and friends watching,” Bowman said. Actkinson agreed with Bowman’s assessment, and said that he doesn’t have a chip on his shoulder when it comes to proving himself, although he admitted that a good showing in the game will be especially important given the audience. “I’m very happy where I’m at right now,” said Atkinson. “I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I’m happy at Utah State, but it is just nice to go back and play in front of fans.” One player who is especially looking forward to the game is senior outside linebacker Paul Igboeli, a native Grand Prairie,

a suburb of Dallas. Unlike Atkinson and Bowman, Igboeli said he is eager to prove himself in front of the Texas A&M coaches and fans, emphatically answering “yes” when asked if being passed up by Texas A&M out of high school gives him an extra edge in his approach to the game. “Playing well against (BCS conference teams) is a big thing,” said Igboeli, who recorded six tackles against another Big XII power, Oklahoma, during a game in 2007. “It feels good when you get recognition and stuff like that from those big dogs,” Igboeli said. Whether they’re playing for family and friends or the chance to show in-state programs that they missed out on them in high school,

-continued from page 9 Utah State’s 13 Texas natives all agree that defeating the maroon Aggies will be a challenge. Utah State has lost its last nine games to Big XII opponents and has not beaten any team – regardless of conference affiliation – from the Lone Star State since a 17-12 victory over North Texas in 2000. The challenge is one that Utah State’s players are ready for, however, and after falling to Utah two weeks ago, it is a challenge that the team and its 13 Texas natives are embracing with a high level of confidence and focus. All that’s left now, Actkinson said, is for the team to execute on the field. “We’ve just got to play 100 percent like we know we can,” Actkinson said. -adam.nettina@aggiemail. usu.edu

said, “I don’t think they’re like a Utah-type program yet but they’re definitely on the downfall from the last couple of years that I’ve played against them. That being said I think our team is on the uprise. We just made adjustments over the summer that made our team a whole lot better than it has been the last couple years.” After opening their home season, the Aggies will head to the Ogden Ice Sheet Saturday night for a battle with another bitter rival, Weber State. Last season, the Wildcats went to nationals while USU sat at home, even though the Aggies had dominated in games between the two schools. “This year all that I know as of now is that they lost their goalie and one of their big forwards,” Aggie forward Jeff Sanders said of the Wildcats. “We can’t take them too lightly, they’re still a good team. I think last year we might have taken them just a little bit too lightly. As you can see they went to nationals. We just have to go in there with the same mindset we had against BYU and take control of their home rink.” Sanders is being counted on to replace AllACHA caliber power forward Mike Daugulis on

a line with Wyman and Billy Gouthro. “Obviously it’s hard to replace a guy like Daugy,” Sanders said. “I mean he’s a big strong guy, played the body and buried the puck when he needed to but I think what I bring to the table is pretty much the same thing. I’ve got two great line-mates in Wyman and Gouthro.” Arsenault said the team’s deep stable of scoring forwards is its biggest strength this season. “That’s one thing that we don’t have to worry about this year is our lines,” Arsenault said. “We’re carrying three solid, solid lines that can match up with anybody in the west and our fourth line is probably one of the hardest-working lines in the ACHA this year.” USU demonstrated its depth at the forward positions with the scoring effort against BYU. Besides Wyman’s game-high four, Brendan MacDonald scored three goals, and Gouthro and Tyler Mistlebacher each had two. They were Mistlebacher’s first goals as an Aggie. Also scoring for the first time were Jason Moore, freshman Dillon Sondergaard, and Jimmy Schwer. -graham.terry@aggiemail.usu.edu


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Here’s a general look at the similarities and differences between legislation from House and Senate committees aiming to reform the nation’s health care system. BY DAVID LIGHTMAN McClatchy Newspapers

s Congress returns to work this fall, lawmakers have two broad, similar outlines of how to overhaul health care waiting. One includes legislation crafted by three House of Representatives committees. The other was passed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and neither had much, if any, Republican input. Both alternatives back a “public option,” where government insurance would compete with private plans. Both establish health care “exchanges” where consumers would shop for the best deals. And both bar insurers from refusing to cover people because of pre-existing conditions. The House is expected to vote on a plan in midSeptember, while Senate prospects are less certain. Still to come is legislation from the Senate Finance Committee, likely later in September. Its legislation will probably be combined with

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the health committee’s bill — but no one is sure when or how. That committee’s action could go a long way in determining whether anything gets passed this year. Six negotiators, three from each party, have been talking privately for weeks, trying to iron out a compromise that can win bipartisan support. Chances are it won’t include the public option, and it’s unlikely to have many of the taxes contained in the bills. The negotiators’ task will be even more difficult when Congress returns, thanks to some sharp criticism and loud protests this summer by opponents of the Democrats’ health care plans. Notably, Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said in a recent GOP weekly radio address that the Democratic proposals are too costly. Several questions loom: How directly involved will President Barack Obama get? Will the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy be a calming influence on senators and give them a new push to move ahead?

Are Republicans emboldened by polls and people at town meetings showing increasing skepticism? Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., recently told the Associated Press, “I think the chances are still good” for an agreement and the negotiators plan to keep talking. Should those talks fall apart, Democrats could wait until mid-October to seek a Senate vote on a plan. Thanks to a rules change, only 51 votes would be needed to move health care legislation forward, instead of the usual 60 needed to break a filibuster. Democrats currently control 59 Senate seats. Party leaders are wary of using the rule, though, fearing any plan passed under those circumstances will have a distinctly partisan hue. At the moment, that partisan tone colors the legislation that’s been passed by committees so far. Here, in general terms, is how current legislation looks:

CONSUMER CHOICE n A new “health insurance exchange” would allow people without other health insurance to comparison shop among private and public insurers for coverage. While it would be a national exchange, states could choose to operate their own if they follow federal rules.

n The “affordable health benefit gateway” will allow comparison shopping for people without other coverage. The gateways can be established by the federal government or states, which also can form regional gateways.

PUBLIC OPTION n Consumers eligible for the exchange — generally people without coverage — will be able to choose insurance from the private sector or a government-run plan, subject to the same standards and consumer protections as private plans.

n Virtually the same as the House.

CONSUMER OPTIONS n Most consumers must choose an insurance plan. If not, they will pay a penalty of 2.5 percent of their adjusted gross income above a certain level. If a consumer can demonstrate financial hardship, they would not be penalized.

n Most consumers must choose a plan. Exemptions would be available for people with no access to affordable coverage or those who would incur “exceptional financial hardship.” Minimum penalty for not getting coverage would be $750 per year.

EMPLOYER RESPONSIBILITY n Employers with payrolls of more than $500,000 must provide coverage to employees and meet minimum benefit and contribution standards. Or they can contribute funds to the Health Insurance Exchange Trust Fund, which provides subsidies to people having trouble affording coverage. Employers would pay up to 8 percent of their payroll.

n Employers with more than 25 workers must offer coverage. If they do not, or if they pay less than 60 percent of employees’ monthly premiums, they would be hit with a $750 annual fee per uninsured full-time employee and $375 per uninsured part-time employee.

AFFORDABILITY n Would offer credits to low- and moderate-income people. Credits would decline with income, and would end when income hits 400 percent of federal poverty level, or $43,000 per individual or $88,000 for a family of four.

n Provides credits similar to those in House bill.

COST n About $1.04 trillion over then next 10 years, according to Congressional Budget Office.

n CBO estimates cost at $615 billion over 10 years.

TAXES AND SAVINGS n $544 billion would come from a health care surcharge, or tax. For married couples, the surcharge would be 1 percent of income between $350,000 and $500,000; 1.5 percent for income between $500,000 and $1 million and 5.4 percent above $1 million. Other savings are projected to come from reduced health care costs.

n Not clear precisely how bill would be funded; still under consideration by the Finance Committee.

SMALL BUSINESS n Businesses with payrolls of less than $500,000 are exempt from having to provide coverage. Those with payrolls between $500,000 to $750,000 must provide partial help, and others would be subject to penalties if they did not provide coverage. Also, a new small business tax credit would be created to help firms that wanted to provide coverage.

n Employers with 25 or fewer full-time workers would be exempt from having to provide coverage. Also includes a small business tax credit.

INSURANCE REFORMS n Companies cannot exclude coverage of treatments for pre-existing conditions, cannot cap lifetime or annual benefits or charge higher rates because of health status, gender and other factors. Premiums can be adjusted for age, geography and family size.

n Virtually the same.

MEDICAID n Expands coverage of Medicaid, a federal-state program that generally provides health care to those who cannot afford it, to all individuals below 133 percent of the nation’s poverty level. (Find more on Medicaid at: http://www.cms. hhs.gov/MedicaidGenInfo/)

n Expands Medicaid coverage to all individuals below 150 percent of the nation’s poverty

FOR MORE INFORMATION ONLINE n Kaiser Family Foundation: http://healthreform.kff.org/ n Families USA: www.familiesusa.org/august-recess-tool-kit/ n Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee’s legislation: http://help.senate.gov/Maj_press/2009_07_15_b.pdf

n House Energy and Commerce Committee’s legislation: http://tinyurl.com/ ECClegislation

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Greetings from Japan. My name is Tim for the DSi. Additionally, fans of “PixelJunk” and I’ll be your host for this be delighted to know the Timothy will brilliant and insightful gaming main content for the upcomRussell ing “PixelJunk Monsters column. Some of you may remember Deluxe” has been recently my column from the past two completed. It will be availsemesters in which I wrote priLet’s go able later this year on UMD marily gaming reviews; howin Asia, and for download for ever, since I’m now attending the rest of the world. school overseas, my strategy Furthermore, Dylan is to focus on a more divergent An inside look at Cuthbert informed me the variety of topics dealing with “Q-Games” development for “Shooter” is gaming. So don’t expect this 85 percent complete. So hold column to go all Roger Ebert on you. your head high “PixelJunk” fans. Good That said, I recently had an opportu- times are on the way. nity to visit the developer Q-Games in One of the reasons I wanted to do this Kyoto, Japan. For those who don’t know, interview was to ask about the controverQ-Games is best known for its work on sial title of “Shooter.” After the first teaser the “PixelJunk” series available on the video was released, there was a contest PlayStation 3. in which fans could propose titles for the During the visit, I talked with numer- game. The company considered an overous employees, including President Dylan whelming number of responses and obviCuthbert, Development Manager Shouichi ously, “Shooter” was chosen. However, Tominaga, Planner Rhodri Broadbent, many fans believe the chosen title is too Planner Bear Tritkey, and Translator Duncan bland. Flett. So, after so much deliberation, why did I’d like to thank Q-Games for letting me Q-Games come up with this consensus? stop by its studio and invading its much Was it a marketing strategy? For example, occupied schedule. And I’m not just saying would an uncomplicated title appeal to a that – the employees really are working casual audience, thus potentially sell more bloody hard. copies? Their current schedule consists of develI asked Duncan Flett and Shouichi oping “PixelJunk Shooter,” which will be Tominaga these questions. Flett said marketaccessible later this year, and “DIGIDRIVE” ing was not the motivation. And Tominaga

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said he understands why gamers were confused, but “Shooter” ultimately reflects the game’s subject matter. Moreover, Tominaga said, “One of the hardest things to do from a development point of view is to pick a name for the game.” So the question is, will Q-Games continue to choose straightforward, one word titles in the future? Rhodi Broadbent said it’s likely, but the company isn’t going to lock down to that idea. Just like deciding game titles, Q-Games put an abundant effort into deciding game concepts. One of the company’s’ philosophies is any employee can submit game concepts. The submissions are then preceded by a formal debate over the effectiveness of the ideas.

All I can say is it’s a good thing I don’t work for Q-Games, because my concepts would be far too ridiculous and absurd. For example who’s going to play “PixelJunk Paper Filing?” I enjoyed my sojourn to Q-Games. It was exciting to be in a place I had only read about before. And I look forward to many future adventures in a country where video games are such a prominent part of the culture. Next week, I’ll be attending the Tokyo Game Show. So stay tuned for juicy interviews from developers located all over the world. -tim.russell@aggiemail.usu.edu

‘Death’ Gets on the Case with new HBO comedy By ROBERT LLOYD L.A. Times HOLLY WOOD – Jonathan Ames, a Brooklynbased writer of fiction and nonfiction, has turned his long short story “Bored to Death” into an HBO situation comedy, also titled, though less aptly, “Bored to Death.” Each version revolves around a character named Jonathan Ames, a Brooklyn-based writer of fiction and nonfiction who is having a hard time finishing his second novel and is drinking too much white wine – which is his idea of drinking less alcohol – and smoking too much pot. As the series opens, his girlfriend is moving out and – sad, stymied and under the influence of a Raymond Chandler novel – he goes onto Craigslist to advertise his services as a private detective: “I’m not licensed, but maybe I’m someone who can help you.” The short story and the TV show, which pre-

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Schwartzman, who is small and thin and dark, does not resemble Ames, who is tall and bald and buff (and a dozen years older). But the actor embodies the sound of the writer’s published prose, which is oddly stiff and formal, almost as if he’s afraid of doing injury to the language. Similarly,

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Twain Tippets Gallery, All day. - Women’s soccer at Washington, 8 p.m. - Volleyball at Kent State Invitational, noon and 5 p.m. - Women’s tennis, BYU Invitational - Stan Albrecht radio interview, 2 - 4 p.m. - Dave Matthews tribute concert, USU Amphitheater, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Today in History: In 1793, George Washington laid the cornerstone to the United States Capitol building. The building would take nearly a century to complete. As architects came and went, the British set fire to it and it was called into use during the Civil War.

Weather High: 85° Low: 49° Skies: Mostly clear.

Sept. 19 - Bridal Faire, TSC, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Tau Beta Sigma car wash, 10 a.m. - 2

p.m. at Wendy’s 1305 N. Main. - Volleyball at Kent State Invitational, 9 a.m. - Cross Country at Montana State Open, 9 a.m. - Men’s golf at Gene Mirands Falcon Invitational, all day. - Women’s tennis at BYU Invitational. - Football at Texas A&M, 5 p.m.

Registrar’s Office deadlines Sept. 15 - Oct. 23: Drop shows as W on transcript. Sept. 15 - Dec. 4: $100 late-add fee assessed for each class added.

Photography

Come take a look at photographers’ work from the Study Abroad program in Scotland. Runs Sept. 2 - 19. Reception on Sept. 4 from 5 - 9 p.m. in the Twain Tippets Gallery in the Fine Arts Building.

Organic farm

The Student Organic Farm at USU is a student-run organization aimed at providing educational opportunities and fresh, organic produce for the surrounding community. Produce from the farm is sold at the TSC Patio on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

DESA celebration DESA back to school celebration is Sept. 19 at Adam’s Park starting at 1 p.m. There will be food and float decorating, come join the fun.

Albrecht on Fusion President Stan Albrecht will be interviewed on Fusion HD3 Sept. 18 from 2 - 4 p.m. Listen online at www.radio.usu.edu.

Monday

Guitar club

- Homecoming week, all week. - Big Blue coach’s luncheon, noon.

USU Guitar Club presents a Dave Matthews Band cover concert Sept. 18 at 7 p.m., at the Amphitheater. Free admission. Come listen to your favorite songs.

Sept. 21

Mountain bike race Aggie mountain bike race: Short track at Renegade Sports Sept. 18 at 3:45 p.m., cross country at Sherwood Hills Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. Check out www.usucycling. com for more info.

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The ORC kayaking class every Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the HPER pool. We will cover basic kayaking skills. Kayaks are provided, please no outside boats. Cost is $5. Have you ever wondered who you can talk to about classes that is your age and is going through the same things as you? Well take advantage of the Peer Advising Program. Find out who your peer advisor is at www.usu.edu/peers. Religion in Life: Sept. 18 at 11:30 a.m. in the LDS Institute Cultural Hall. The speaker will be Dr. Craig Jessop, former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and current head of the USU music department. Friday Night Activity: Sept. 18 from 8 - 11 p.m. at the LDS Institute. Come dance to a wide variety of music performed by a live band. Enjoy delicious refreshments and dance the night away. Aggie Blue Bikes first annual bike garage sale will be Sept. 25 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. We will also be having a picnic ride on Sept. 24. Bring your bike and dinner and meet at Aggie Blue Bikes at 6 p.m. For more info e-mail aggiebluebikes@gmail.com. Nature photography course at Stokes Nature Center. Learn the fundamentals of nature photography. Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon. Pre-register by calling 755-3239 or e-mail nature@logannature.org. The Women’s Resource Center’s Power of Positive Thinking workshop on self esteem will be Sept. 22 from noon to 1 p.m. Please e-mail womenscenter@usu.edu for a link to view the workshop on your computer if you are unable to attend. As part of the downtown Gallery Walk, Caffe Ibis will be holding a closing reception on Sept. 18 for the artwork of Royden Card. “Vertical Landscape Slices.” There will be live music and light refreshments will be served.

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Friday, Sept. 18, 2009