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Free H1N1 vaccines as part of Health Week By MARK VUONG copy editor

Free H1N1 vaccinations will be available to students at the lounge across from the Taggart Student Center (TSC) Ballroom Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Student Health Week, hosted by the Student Health and Wellness Center, will run from Nov. 9-12, and it will encompass a bevy of activities, from lectures to free food and T-shirts. The director of the center, Jim Davis, said the week is to inform students about the center and what services are available to them. “When we survey our students ... they like what we do, they like how we do it,” Jim Davis said. “The problem we find is that many students on campus don’t simply know about us.” The building where the center resides in, 850 E. 1200 North, was once inhabited by Cache Valley Specialty Hospital, Davis said. The university purchased the building in 2000, after the hospital moved to its current location at 2380 N. 400 East. The Student Health and Wellness Center used to be two separate entities, known as Student Health Center and Student Wellness Center, Davis said. The two were located in the TSC. He said the two centers merged because of a budget cut. “Universities being what universities are, they said, Well, we got two departments let’s just combine them and have one director and save some money,” Davis said. Full-time USU students pay between $381 to $392 in student fees per semester and $36 go toward the Student Health and Wellness Center, according to a document from the Office of Budget and Planning. The fee allows students to use the center without having to pay visitation fees, Davis said. The center offers physical, massage and psychiatric therapy, X-rays, general health care, minor surgeries, nutrition counseling, health education, among others. Students can visit whether they have health insurance, Davis said; however, uninsured students shouldn’t rely on it and neglect purchasing insurance. “If you come in here with a broken bone and I can’t fix it or none of the staff can fix it, we’re going to have to get you to see a specialist,” Davis said. “And (the specialist is) going to hope you have insurance or access becomes a real problem. It’s been 20 years since I’ve taken out an appendix. I don’t think you want me practicing on you for that.” Davis recalled a time when a female patient came in for a sore foot. The X-ray, which cost about $60, was normal but she needed a CT scan and the specialist didn’t have resources to provide the scan “because it’s beyond the scope of the health center,” he said. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Davis said uninsured students are “out of luck” if they get injured after business hours. Walk-ins are allowed; however, Davis said visitors should schedule an appointment, else they may be waiting for an hour. Davis said visitors shouldn’t be hesitant to inform the respective specialist of what is wrong. “It’s not going to be embarrassing to us, it’s not going to be unusual to us, it’s not going to be something way out – it’s stuff we understand,” he said. The center also has its own self-sufficient pharmacy, Davis said, which has most medicines and can order them if it doesn’t.

MATT JOLLEY, LEFT, receives an H1N1 vaccination from Dinnene Jensen Friday in the Student Health and Wellness Center. As part of Student Health Week, free flu shots will be administered Wednesday in the lounge across from the Taggart Student Center Ballroom, provided the shots come in on time. ANI MIRZAKHANYAN photo

“Medicines are given to students at cost,” Davis said. “There’s no mark up so it’s whatever the medicine costs. We come pretty close to competing with the $4 generics of Wal-Mart, but we don’t always beat that price.” Although students do not have to pay any additional fees, they are required to pay for the supplies used, he said, such as film for X-rays, needles, bandages and stitches. The student fee pays for the employees’ salaries. Spouses and children of USU students can also use the Student Health and Wellness Center if they each pay $45 per semester, allowing them to receive the same services students do, he said. On Monday, there will be free healthy snacks being distributed in two locations on campus, said USU public relations senior Jodi Burton, who is the PR and marketing team lead for Student Health Week. The snack will be string cheese from Schreiber and it will be handed out in the TSC and Merrill-Cazier Library. A lecture will take place Tuesday in the TSC Auditorium from noon to 1 p.m., and free pizza, courtesy of University Catering, will be served to all who come, she said. Ryan Barfuss, prevention specialist, and another employee of the Student Health and Wellness Center will speak about the services offered and will

share basic information about the H1N1 flu, she said. Attendees will be allotted 30 minutes at the end of the lecture to ask questions. Thursday will be a repeat of Wednesday’s activities. Burton said this time it will be Davis speaking. Burton said there will be a limited number of free T-shirts handed to students who get vaccinated and who attend the lectures. “The Wellness Center isn’t making anything off of (this). They just want to create awareness, get their name out there and make sure students know that they’re there for them,” Burton said. There is an uncertainty of whether the H1N1 vaccinations will arrive in time for Wednesday, she said. If they do not arrive in time, Wednesday’s free shots will be moved to Friday, she said. A Blood Battle is taking place in the TSC International Lounge Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., save for the last day which will end at 8 p.m. Jodi warned if students want to give blood they will have to donate before being vaccinated. – mark.d.vuong@aggiemail.usu.edu

Donation event to help financially struggling CAPSA By CATHERINE MEIDELL assistant news editor

Community Abuse Prevention Service Agency (CAPSA) has been a safe haven for about 450 people who suffer from domestic violence every year, said Tracy Hernandez, CAPSA’s operation and marketing director, and with minimal federal and state grants the agency relies heavily on community members’ helping hands to remain a functioning organization. Two USU Ph.D. students studying family and human development, Krista Gurko and Sarah Tulane, have organized an event to reach out to those affected by domestic abuse, especially children, by encouraging students and community members to donate cleaning and hygiene products. The Clean Drive: Incredible Inedibles will start Nov. 9 and end Nov. 22. Donations can be made in designated boxes located throughout campus, one found in the basement of the Taggart Student Center (TSC). “We figured a lot of the stuff they are getting is food this time of year. We wanted to do something that would impact past the holidays,” Tulane said.

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Gurko said she is new at USU and has since to stay on or heat,” Hernandez said. been inspired by others’ service on campus to She said ever since CAPSA has realized the reach out to those in need. She said she hopes severe need to stretch its budget as far as possiwhat is accumulated over the two-week period ble, the staff began working by sunlight rather will help those at CAPSA have a more enjoyable than lightbulbs and turned the heater down a holiday without the stresses few degrees. This has saved of not having a napkin to CAPSA about 50 percent wipe their hands on from of its electric bill compared “A lot of times, their Thanksgiving dinto the previous fiscal year, people come into ner or paper plates to store Hernandez said. the shelter with the leftovers on. The items For Gurko and next to nothing, donated to CAPSA will not Tulane’s project, CAPSA only help the families while was the perfect advocate to just the clothes on they are living in CAPSA’s receive the inedible donatheir back.” facilities, they will be able to tions, Tulane said. She said take the items along when she wanted to find families they leave. – Tracy Hernandez, in high-stress situations CAPSA is always excited a place where the projCAPSA’s operation and and to receive donations, ect could benefit the lives marketing director of children. When people whether it be food, clothing or products The Clean Drive are escaping from dangerwill provide, Hernandez ous situations involving said. She said CAPSA receives minimal grants, domestic violence, Tulane said they don’t think $6,000 a year for food when they must serve to themselves, Do I have my daughter’s tooth26,000 meals. brush with me? “Basically, we rely heavily on donations, Daily household items can be taken for even for the infrastructure of our building. Federal funds pay for the bulk of salaries and - See CAPSA, page 3 doesn’t pay for building repairs, for the lights

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Celebs&People WILMINGTON, Ohio (AP) – Television cooking star Rachael Ray is boosting the local food supply for a struggling Ohio town. Ray brought a Wilmington soup kitchen new appliances, shelves and furniture. RAY Ray’s show also promised to supply food for the kitchen for the next year. The soup kitchen is getting as many customers in a day as it did in a week a year ago.

NewsBriefs Competency in Smart case SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Defense attorneys for the man charged in the 2002 abduction of Elizabeth Smart say a psychiatrist’s report deeming him competent for trial is advocacy, not an objective evaluation of facts. In U.S. District Court filings released late Thursday, defense attorneys criticize Dr. Michael Welner, saying he relied only on data or evaluations that supported his own opinions. Welner, who was paid $400,000 by federal prosecutors, concluded Brian David Mitchell suffers from multiple mental disorders but is competent for trial.

LateNiteHumor Monday, Nov. 2, 2009 – Top 10 Thoughts That Go Through Your Mind When Running The New York City Marathon. 10. ”Wow, Staten Island is even more beautiful that I imagined.” 9. ”Cool! MapQuest found a route that’s only five miles.” 8. ”Am I experiencing a runner’s high, or is it the bus fumes?” 7. ”Is that the finish line or crime scene tape?” 6. ”Why can I run 26 miles in less time than it takes to play a World Series game?” 5. ”Car!” 4. ”Cramp!” 3. ”Who’s that little boy waving at me? Oh, it’s Mayor Bloomberg.” 2. ”I forgot to bring exact change for the Verrazano Bridge!” 1. ”I really hope that was Gatorade.”

House passes health care bill on close vote WASHINGTON (AP) – In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House narrowly passed landmark health care legislation Saturday night to expand coverage to tens of millions who lack it and place tough new restrictions on the insurance industry. Republican opposition was nearly unanimous. The 220-215 vote cleared the way for the Senate to begin a long-delayed debate on the issue that has come to overshadow all others in Congress. A triumphant Speaker Nancy Pelosi likened the legislation to the passage of Social Security in 1935 and Medicare 30 years later – and Obama issued a statement saying, “I look forward to signing it into law by the end of the year.” “It provides coverage for 96 percent of Americans. It offers everyone, regardless of health or income, the peace of mind that comes from knowing they will have access to affordable health care when they need it,” said Rep. John Dingell, the 83-year-old Michigan lawmaker who has introduced national health insurance in every Congress since succeeding his father in 1955. In the run-up to a final vote, conservatives from the two political parties joined forces to impose tough new restrictions on abortion coverage in insurance policies to be sold to many individuals and small groups. They prevailed on a roll call of 240-194. Ironically, that only solidified support for the legislation, clearing the way for conservative Democrats to vote for it. The legislation would require most Americans to carry insurance and provide federal subsidies to those who otherwise could not afford it. Large companies would have to offer coverage to their employees. Both consumers and companies would be slapped with penalties if they defied the government’s

mandates. Insurance industry practices such as denying coverage on the basis of preexisting medical conditions would be banned, and insurers would no longer be able to charge higher premiums on the basis of gender or medical history. In a further slap, the industry would lose its exemption from federal antitrust restrictions on price fixing and market allocation. At its core, the measure would create a federally regulated marketplace where consumers could shop for coverage. In the bill’s most controversial provision, the government would sell insurance, although the Congressional Budget Office forecasts that premiums for it would be more expensive than for policies sold by private firms. A cheer went up from the Democratic side of the House when the bill gained 218 votes, a majority. Moments later, Democrats counted down the final seconds of the voting period in unison, and let loose an even louder roar when Pelosi grabbed the gavel and declared, “the bill is passed.” The bill drew the votes of 219 Democrats and Rep. Joseph Cao, a first-term Republican who holds an overwhelmingly Democratic seat in New Orleans. Opposed were 176 Republicans and 39 Democrats. From the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada issued a statement saying, “We realize the strong will for reform that exists, and we are energized that we stand closer than ever to reforming our broken health insurance system.” In his written statement, Obama praised the House’s action and said, “now the United State Senate must follow suit and pass its version of the legislation. I am absolutely confident it will.” Nearly unanimous in their opposition, minority Republicans cataloged

SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI, center, is joined by (L-R) House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif. during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol, Saturday, Nov. 7 in Washington after the passage in the house of the health care reform bill. at the U.S. Capitol, Saturday, Nov. 7 in Washington. AP photo

their objections across hours of debate on the 1,990-page, $1.2 trillion legislation. United in opposition, minority Republicans cataloged their objections across hours of debate on the 1,990-page, $1.2 trillion legislation. “We are going to have a complete government takeover of our health care system faster than you can say, ‘this is

making me sick,’” jabbed Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., adding that Democrats were intent on passing “a jobs-killing, tax-hiking, deficit-exploding” bill. But with little doubt about the outcome, the rhetoric lacked the fire of last summer’s town hall meetings, when some critics accused Democrats of plotting “death panels” to hasten the demise of senior citizens.

Utah girl’s pierced nose: US-Indian culture clash SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – To 12-year-old Suzannah Pabla, piercing her nose was a way to connect with her roots in India. To Suzannah’s school, it was a dress-code violation worthy of a suspension. To other Indians, the incident was emblematic of how it can still be difficult for the American melting pot to absorb certain aspects of their cultural and religious traditions. Suzannah was briefly suspended last month from her public school in Bountiful, Utah, for violating a body-piercing ban. School officials – who noted that nose piercing is an Indian cultural choice, not a religious requirement – compromised and said she could wear a clear, unobtrusive stud in her nose, and Suzannah returned to her seventh-grade class. “I wanted to feel more closer to my family in India because I really love my family,” said Suzannah, who was born in Bountiful. Her father was born in India as a member of the Sikh religion. “I just thought it would be OK to let her embrace her heritage and her culture,” said Suzannah’s mother, Shirley Pabla, a Mormon born in nearby Salt Lake City. “I didn’t know it would be such a big deal.” It shouldn’t have been, said Suzannah’s father, Amardeep Singh, a Sikh who was raised in the United States and works as an English professor at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. “It’s true that the nose ring is mainly a cultural thing for most Indians,” Singh said. “Even if it is just culture, culture matters. And her right to express or explore it seems to me at least as important as her right to express her religious identity.” Singh said people frequently ask him why he

wears a turban. “Sometimes it can be a burden to explain that,” he said. “Most people presume I’m an immigrant, a foreigner,” he continued. “As a child of immigrants, you often don’t feel fully American. The presumption is that you are somehow foreign to a core American identity. You always feel a little bit of an outsider, even in your own country.” About 2.6 million people of Indian ancestry live in the United States, including immigrants and natives, according to a 2007 U.S. Census estimate. The Indian population increased rapidly after a 1965 change to immigration law, which ended preferences given to specific European nations. Sandhya Nankani, who moved to the United States from India at age 12, said religion and culture in India are tightly intertwined, but their expression varies widely in different regions of that country, “so you can’t make a blanket statement about what Indian culture is, or religion or tradition.” Each morning, after Nankani bathes her 2-monthold daughter, she makes a small ash mark called the “vibhuti” on the baby’s forehead, which for her signifies the “third eye” in her Hindu religion. “Sometimes people ask what is on her forehead,” said Nankani, a writer and editor who lives in Manhattan. “I will probably not send her with the vibuthi to the playground soon. I don’t want her to be the center of attention in a way that makes her feel like she doesn’t belong.” Like Singh, Nankani is frequently asked questions about her culture and religion – are Hindus really polytheistic? (Yes, but all the Hindu gods are really

one.) Does she eat meat? (No.) Does she celebrate Thanksgiving? (Yes – she’s an American citizen.) “I’ve been to multiple dinners where the entire two hours is us being asked all these questions,” she said. “It can get difficult ... it does feel like a load sometimes.” But Abhi Tripathi, an aerospace engineer in Houston and co-founder of the Indian blog www. sepiamutiny.com, said he gets fewer questions than he used to. “I feel like the general level of knowledge of Indian culture has started to gradually rise,” said Tripathi, who was born in California to Indian immigrants. Schandra Singh, an artist born in New York to an Indian father and Austrian mother, says her experiences are in some ways unusual because she does not appear to be Indian. Sometimes when she walks unnoticed past an Indian family on the street, she thinks they would acknowledge her if her features looked different. “It’s weird, because it’s sort of like living in a shell,” Singh said. But differences – like Savannah’s pierced nose – are part of what make the world interesting, she said. “Are we all trying to look alike? Is that what makes a better student, a better school?” Singh asked. “Or a better country?” “Those young people who invest in their ethnic backgrounds,” she said, “seem to actually do more with their lives than less.”

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HPC@USU finalist at Supercomputing Conf Briefs BY USU MEDIA RELATIONS

The Center for High Performance Computing at Utah State University (HPC@USU) has been selected as one of four finalists in the prestigious national Supercomputing Conference SC09 Storage Challenge. HPC@USU competes against teams from IBM research, San Diego Supercomputing Center and a joint team of John Hopkins University, George Washington University, Microsoft Research and industry leader NVIDIA. Finalists will present projects Nov. 14-20 at SC09 in Portland, Ore. The winner will be announced Nov. 20. The HPC@USU team, led by center

director Thomas Hauser, consists of mechanical engineering master’s student Kyle Horne and HPC@USU lead system administrator Nate Benson. The project shows how computational fluid dynamic (CFD) tools can take advantage of parallel storage solutions through a parallel implementation of the CFD general notation system (CGNS). The current CGNS provides a standardized and robust data format to the CFD community and has made it easier to exchange information between different tools in the CFD process. However, it lacks an implementation to take advantage of fast parallel storage system. The HPC@USU project solves that problem and enables CFD

developers to take advantage of parallel systems with little additional parallel programming effort. “Our project creates a higher speed enhanced efficiency process that is desirable among researchers; it allows them to more quickly exchange information which improves collaboration and performance,” said Horne. The HPC@USU team is refining its research paper, as well as implementation on a new HP cluster system connected to a Panasas parallel storage unit for the November conference. “Our success shows that you can compete against the ‘big guys’ with a small team of talented and hard working members,” Hauser said. “HPC@ USU gives student researchers an

USU geologists receive $4.6 million in stimulus funding BY USU MEDIA RELATIONS

USU is leading the way in a federally funded $4.6 million-dollar geothermal drilling project that will create dozens of jobs and student research opportunities while simultaneously fueling energy development and deciphering the Snake River Plain’s volcanic history. A separate $300,000 project will advance carbon capture and storage technologies while providing innovative student training opportunities. John Shervais, professor and head of USU’s department of geology, is project director for the recently announced “Snake River Geothermal Drilling Project – Innovative Approaches to Geothermal Exploration,” one of 123 projects awarded Recovery Act funding by the U.S. Department of Energy. The USU-led venture is one of 24 selected “Innovative Exploration and Drilling Projects” focused on the development of new geothermal fields using innovative sensing, exploration and well-drilling technologies. “The project creates extraordinary hands-on learning projects for students and paves the way for larger, continuing geothermal research projects for USU,” Shervais said. Geology professor Jim Evans is co-investigator on the two-year project, which starts Jan. 1 and includes collaborators from Boise State University, Canada’s University of Alberta, Southern Methodist University, the U.S. Geological Survey and the International Continental Drilling Program based in Potsdam, Germany.

The two-phase project begins with surface mapping and surveys of two south central Idaho drilling sites, one in the town of Kimberly about five miles east of Twin Falls and the other at Kimama in rural Lincoln County. Drilling of the mile-deep boreholes, expected to commence in March, will be carried out around the clock for approximately three to six months by the Salt Lake City-based Drilling, Observation and Sampling of the Earth’s Continental Crust consortium (DOSECC) with additional support from the ICDP. “The experience of being on the drilling site and analyzing samples as they’re extracted will enable students to build a unique skill set,” Evans said. “It’s unusual for undergraduates to be exposed to this kind of on-site learning opportunity.” Investigators will penetrate earthen crust in excess of 212 degrees Fahrenheit, Shervais said. “Idaho is ranked third among western states for geothermal power production by the Geothermal Task Force of the Western Governors Association,” he said. “The group estimates that Idaho has 855 megawatts of near-term potential power production.” In a separate project funded by the DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, Evans received a $300,000 carbon capture and storage research grant. During the four-year project, which also begins Jan. 1, Evans and students will examine naturally occurring carbon dioxide-charged systems in southeastern Utah to determine characteristics required for engineered CCS systems.

PoliceBlotter Saturday, Oct. 31

Sunday, Nov. 1

• USU Police officers were dispatched to Valley View Tower for the smell of marijuana on the third floor. Police arrived and located the smell which was cigarette smoke. Contact was made with the renter who admitted to smoking in the dorm. The renter was warned by police for smoking inside of the building. The renter may be fined by the university for her actions.

• USU Police arrested an non-student at The Howl for disorderly conduct and intoxication after a Logan Police officer and USU Police officer witnessed the individual involved in a fight on the dance floor and showed signs of intoxication. The individual was questioned and tested for intoxication. The individual was arrested and booked into the Cache County Jail on disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

• USU Police responded to the trailer courts on an abandoned vehicle complaint. Police made contact with the owner and learned that the vehicle was not abandoned but parked at the trailer courts intentionally. Police informed the owner to move the vehicle to the Townhouses where the owner resides. There was no further action taken. • USU Police received a report of a hit-and-run traffic accident in the Snow Hall west parking lot. An individual driving a small white car struck a pedestrian walking on a sidewalk in the area. The driver of the vehicle was a wearing mask with red blinking eyes. The pedestrian refused medical attention and said she was okay. A valley-wide attempt to locate was issued. Police were unable to locate the suspect. • USU Police arrested one individual in the B premium parking lot for minor in possession of alcohol and one individual for unlawful furnishing alcohol to a minor. Both individuals were booked into the Cache County Jail. • An individual reported to the police that she was grabbed in the buttocks by an individual during The Howl. Police searched the area and were unable to locate the individual.

• USU Police responded to the women’s bathroom on the second floor of the Taggart Student Center on a report that there was a woman on the floor there. When officers arrived, they found an extremely intoxicated female sitting on the floor and throwing up in a toilet. This person was later taken to the hospital by Logan Emergency Medical personnel. Both she and her friend, who was less intoxicated, were later charged with being minors in possession of alcohol. The less intoxicated female was booked into Cache County Jail. • USU Police received a report of an individual that was suicidal. Upon investigation, USU Police determined the individual was in Richmond City. Police advised the Cache County Sheriff’s Office of the incident so they could preform a welfare check on the individual in Richmond. Monday, Nov. 2 • The USU Bomb Squad was called to assist the Box Elder Sheriff’s Office with a large quantity of explosive material that was found in a storage unit. The bomb squad spent two days destroying the items.

• USU Police and Logan Police came across a non-student at The Howl who was intoxicated and throwing up. Because the individual is from out of the county, the individual was arrested and transported to the Cache County Jail to be booked on an intoxication charge.

• USU Police received a report that an individual was refusing to leave the Fieldhouse. Upon arrival Police contacted the individual who decided to leave the Fieldhouse.

• USU Police observed three individuals at The Howl that were intoxicated. All three were arrested for minor in possession of alcohol. One was transported to the Cache County Jail and the other two were transported to the hospital for possible alcohol poisoning.

• Police filed a report of a hit-and-run traffic accident that occurred in the south parking lot of the Nutrition and Food Science Building. Police are investigating the accident.

Tuesday, Nov. 3

opportunity to participate in projects with high impact on a national or international scale.” The winner of the storage challenge will be selected based on three broad categories: performance and scalability, effective use of storage and storage related resources and innovation. HPC@USU receives research funding from USDA and engineering support from Panasas. More information can be found at USU’s Center for High Performance Computing Web site, www.hpc.usu. edu/.

CAPSA: Center in need -continued from page 1 granted, Gurko said. She said she never realized CAPSA would have a need for basic items like toilet paper, deodorant and laundry soap. However, these items are always needed because those who live in CAPSA’s facilities cannot buy them with food stamps, Gurko said. “Maybe giving them laundry soap will allow a parent to get their kid a CD they might want for Christmas,” Gurko said. Parents trying to separate themselves from domestic abuse may be looking for a job but because our society enforces hygiene and cleanliness, going to a job interview with oily hair and a stench will not impress an employer, Gurko said. The parent sometimes does not have a job, cannot afford to maintain good hygiene and as a result cannot hook a job, Gurko said, and the problem becomes a cycle. Hygiene products donated to The Clean Drive will help break this, she said. Children affected by domestic abuse are affected just as much by the donations because they feel love and support from their community, Gurko said. They will know they live in a safe place where they will be taken care of and are respected, she said. “A lot of times people come into the shelter with next to nothing, just the clothes on their back,” Hernandez said. “They just have to get out while they can. They don’t have time to bring all their things. They just had to leave with whatever they could carry.” Tulane said during the holidays there are plenty of food drives but not many that take care of all the other necessities the families at CAPSA use, Tulane said. She said she would like to see one of The Clean Drive boxes filled every day. – catherine.meidell@aggiemail.usu.edu

Contact USU Police at 797-1939 for non-emergencies. Anonymous reporting line: 797-5000 EMERGENCY NUMBER: 911 • USU Police received a report of a hit and run traffic accident on 800 East. Police were notified that an independent party had witnessed the accident. Police are investigating. Wednesday, Nov. 4 • USU Police responded to the south stadium parking lot for a report of someone vandalizing a car. Upon arrival, officers found four individuals spray painting a car. The owner of the car said they were just trying to show Aggie spirit by painting his car blue. • USU Police received a delayed report of a possible assault on campus. Upon contact, the student did not want any police action other than a report. Police are investigating. Thursday, Nov. 5 • Police responded to a traffic accident at approximately 1400 N. 950 East. A driver lost control of her vehicle, drove off the road and damaged a fence that surrounds the Veterinary Science Farm. Property damage is estimated at $100. There were no injuries to report. • USU Police officers were dispatched to a suspicious person hiding in dark places near Edith Bowen School. Police arrived and were unable to locate said person. Friday, Nov. 6 • USU Police received a report by phone of a theft that occurred in The Hub in the Taggart Student Center. Students were observed eating food and not paying for the food. This investigation is continuing. • USU Police responded to an intrusion alarm at the Veterinary Diagnostics Lab. Upon arrival, officers found all exterior doors secure. Upon further investigation, it was found that employees had sprayed water on a wall in a lab area. There was a motion sensor on that wall and it got wet, shorted out and set off the alarm. The alarm was reset.

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Prof. presents Kanji characters Professor Tetsuji Atsuji of Kyoto University, Japan, is a featured guest lecturer at USU as part of the year-long Tanner Project, “Crossing Boundaries.” Atsuji presents “The Wonderful World of Kanji Characters” Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 4-6 p.m. at Merrill-Cazier Library, Room 101. The lecturer will discuss the history and communicative power of Japanese characters referred to as Kanji. The presentation is designed to foster an understanding of history and creation of Kanji ideograms, while simultaneously offering insight into the ways in which Kanji continues to be used in modern Japan. For more information, contact Atsuko Neely atatsuko.neely@ usu.edu or 797-1365.

USU commemorates this Veterans Day USU will be commemorating Veterans Day, Nov. 11, beginning with a celebration on the Taggart Student Center Patio at noon and continuing with a tribute concert in the Kent Concert Hall featuring the American Festival Chorus at 7:30 p.m. All are invited to the Veterans Day tribute on the TSC Patio. Members of the USU community, elementary students from Thomas Edison School and members of USU’s Army and Air Force ROTC detachments will be honoring the veterans. The tribute will include cannons, color guard and a station to write letters to the troops. The event starts at noon and will conclude at 1 p.m. The concert, A Veterans Day Tribute Concert, will be hosted by Lt. Col. Gary Griffin, U.S. Air Force retired and commander of the USU American Legion Post. There will be an organ prelude by Lynn Thomas, followed by The American Festival Chorus, under the direction of Craig Jessop. The concert will be reserved seating. Tickets to the concert are free and are available at the USU Ticket Office. Everyone 8 years and older is invited to attend. Veterans are recommended to come in uniform. A shuttle service will begin at 6 p.m. and will run from the west parking lot at Romney Stadium to the Kent Concert Hall.

Aggies will visit Jordan High School USU students, professors and staff will be taking their show from Logan to Jordan High School on Wednesday, Nov. 11, for the annual Roads Scholars Tour. “It is a great opportunity for students at Jordan High School to get an idea of what being an Aggie is all about,” said Jenn Putnam, director of Admissions at USU. “Nearly 1,100 Jordan High School students will have a classroom experience with a USU professor.” This is the fifth year USU has hosted the traveling Roads Scholars Tour. Aggies travel to Idaho and along the Wasatch Front with top professors, student ambassadors and plenty of Aggie Ice Cream to share. Joyce Kinkead, the USU associate vice president for research and a professor in English, has participated in the tour and will continue to do so this year. Kinkead said she appreciated the opportunity to engage with students. “I loved connecting with our future students,” said Kinkead. “It was exciting to introduce them to the opportunities they can have at a research university.” The goal of the Roads Tour is to promote higher education and give the students a taste of what college is really like while still in high school. For more information about the USU Roads Tour, or to visit with USU at Jordan High School on Nov. 11, contact Sarah Reale at 797-2759 or sarah.reale@usu.edu.

-Compiled by Rachel A. Christensen

-Compiled from staff and media reports


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Iraq electoral law passes, sets up national vote BAGHDAD (AP) – Iraq’s parliament ended weeks of debate Sunday and passed a long-delayed law paving the way for the planned January election to go forward, sidestepping a crisis that could have delayed the U.S. troop withdrawal. The decision appeared to resolve a key sticking point – who will be allowed to vote in the disputed, oil-rich city of Kirkuk. The issue had threatened to delay Iraq’s key parliamentary elections, which in turn would affect how quickly American combat forces could leave the country. In a sign of how intensely Washington was following the debate, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Hill could be seen shuttling between various political factions before the law’s passage. President Barack Obama, speaking at the White House, welcomed the new legislation. “This is an important milestone as the Iraqi people continue to take responsibility for their future. I want to congratulate Iraq’s leaders for reaching this agreement,” Obama said. “The United States will continue to stand with Iraq as a strong partner and as a friend.” Iraq’s prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, in a statement posted on his Web site, hailed the election law’s passage as a “historic victory of the will of the people,” and described it as a strong response to the people who are trying to undermine the country’s security. The U.S. ambassador, speaking to reporters after the vote, said the American troop drawdown will proceed as scheduled. Military commanders have said the U.S. troop withdrawal would start in earnest about 60 days after the vote, the idea being that the country would be on stable

footing by then. “What is important is that with the election law, we are very much on schedule for the drawdown,” Hill said. Under the president’s plan, all U.S. combat troops will be out of the country by the end of August 2010, leaving about 50,000 trainers and support troops, who in turn would leave by the end of 2011. It was not clear exactly when the election would be held – Jan. 16 as originally planned or a later date in January. The head of the Independent High Electoral Commission, Faraj al-Haidari, told The Associated Press that he expected the vote to be held within a week of Jan. 16. Deputy Parliament Speaker, Khalid al-Attiyah said it would likely be held January 21 or 23. The Iraqi constitution mandates that the vote takes place in January, but does not specify which day. Once the legislation is approved by the president and his two vice presidents, the election commission will decide how many days are needed to hold the vote, alHaidari said. Then the commission will send a letter to parliament and to the prime minister to inform them of their decision. The law’s passage had been repeatedly delayed by sharp disagreements over how voting would take place in the northern city of Kirkuk, claimed by both Arabs and Kurds and a major flashpoint in the country. Kurds consider Kirkuk a Kurdish city and want it part of their self-ruled region in northern Iraq. During the rule of former dictator Saddam Hussein, tens of thousands of Kurds were displaced under a forced plan by Saddam to make Kirkuk predominantly

IRAQI SHIITE TURKMEN LAWMAKER Abbas Hasan al-Bayati , left, speaks as Iraqi Shiite Turkmen lawmaker Fawzi Akram looks on during a press conference after an Iraqi Parliament session about election law on Sunday, Nov. 8. Iraq’s parliament Sunday night passed a long-delayed election law needed to carry out nationwide elections, a debate that has been intensely watched over fears the holdup could delay the January elections and possibly delay the planned U.S. plans to withdraw their forces. AP photo

Arab, though many of these have since returned. The Arab-led central government vehemently opposes anything that would remove Kirkuk from its control. Under the legislation passed Sunday, the vote in Kirkuk would be held just like in other regions around the country, but the votes – and those in other disputed areas – could be subject to a special review if it is determined that there was a large population increase. Arabs and the Turkomens claim Kurds have packed the city with immigrants to tip the

balance in their favor. The legislation did not include any guaranteed seats for Arab and Turkomen lawmakers from Kirkuk, something which had been discussed in earlier versions. Both Kurds and Arabs appeared to claim victory after the sometimes raucous parliament session that was televised live on Iraq state TV. “This is a good law because it occurred after broad agreement, and it presents a solution to a problem that we have now solved. It doesn’t achieve all our (Kurdish) ambitions,

but it achieves a balance,” said Mahmoud Othman, a Kurdish lawmaker. But Omar al-Jabouri, a Sunni member of parliament, called the voting “a great victory,” because, he said, Kurds were forced to accept special circumstances in regards to the Kirkuk voting. The law passed with 141 votes, but it was not immediately known how many of the parliament’s 275 members voted against the legislation or even attended the session. Low turnouts are common in Iraq’s parliament, which often

does not have enough people to form the necessary 138-person quorum. “It’s a good step that we have a resolution to this and have elections,” said Michael Wahid Hanna, an analyst at the New York-based Century Foundation. However, he added that the disputes such as the long-brewing debate over the election law, have paralyzed Iraq’s political process and “have shown that it’s incapable of solving the big questions,” such as how to deal with disputed territories.

— Liz Hankins, Doctor of Audiology

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The big breakdown: Athletics vs. academia By STOREE POWELL staff writer

Students who’ve been in the Animal Science Building know that in the winter when the radiators kick on it sounds like it’s haunted by a herd of angry cows. In other areas, students whose departments have lost faculty and funding may feel slighted. President Stan Albrecht’s well-known quote, “We will continue to emphasize academic quality – whatever else occurs, academics will come first,” also may leave students wondering how this is true when athletic coaches make more than their professors who hold a Ph.D. This may lead some people to wonder why athletics can’t just take a cut to benefit education. USU’s highest paid employee is the men’s basketball head coach, Stew Morrill, coming in at $406,409 annually, according to utahsright.com. Students might feel confused as to why a coach makes more than a tenured professor with a Ph.D. in an academic institution. The next highest paid employee is Albrecht, making $279,049 annually. The highest paid instructor at USU is Clifford Skousen of the business college. Skousen, who has a Ph.D. and is a successful author, makes $226,029 annually. The discrepancy between Skousen’s and Morrill’s salary is $180,380. Is the emphasis at universities, including USU, on academia or athletics? It may seem complicated, but the answer is simple really: the comparison is apples to oranges. The Breakdown: Academic Funding, Budget Cuts and Instructors Kyle Hyde, assistant director of the Analysis Office, said for fall 2008, the student to instructional ratio was 16.2 to 1. As of fall 2008, Hyde said approximately 83 percent of full-time instructional faculty had a terminal degree. According to Albrecht, 162 academic positions were cut last year. At the same time USU’s student population grew by 11 percent. Albrecht said, “The train wreck that’s coming is by having to reduce budgets and cut faculty. The impact eventually will be that class sizes will go up, sections offered will go down, and it will affect time of graduation.” Albrecht also said in regards to the budget, “We’re maximizing the quality of education students receive by retaining good faculty. We have to look for additional funds, discretionary money that allows us to provide more scholarship dollars, etc. Many of our buildings are funded in nontraditional ways, like philanthropy.” The National Survey of Student Engagement reported in 2006 that 88 percent of USU seniors rated the quality of their USU educational experience as good or excellent. The Breakdown: USU Athletic Funding, Budget Cuts and The Student Athlete

Stew Morrill Men’s Basketball Head Coach

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Operations, said students’ tuition does not pay for any athleticrelated expenses. Student fees, do however, he said, cover admissions for students to attend athletic events free of charge. Albrecht said, “The state tax dollars that goes to support our athletics is minimal.” According to Albrecht, cuts have caused vacant positions, like assistant coaches, to remain empty, decreased team travel group size and cutbacks in general services and operations cost, like not buying equipment or uniforms. Crosbie said, “We currently are at the minimum for the number of sports that we sponsor, to keep our status as members of NCAA Division 1.” Hyde said, “The amount that coaches get paid is based on what the national market is for a particular position. The majority of our coaches, if not all of them, are paid below what the national average is, but we also take into account the cost of living and other circumstances.” Albrecht said when they were hiring football coach Gary Andersen, they asked the WAC commissioner to do a comparative analysis to reach a target salary that was competitive but still toward the lower end. According to Hyde, approximately $4,000,000 is spent on financial aid expenses for USU’s student athletes. This money, according to Albrecht, comes from revenues generated by the sports. Student athletes have two sets of academic eligibility requirements, according to Brian Evans, associate athletic

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director. First, students must fulfill 16 core units out of high school and have an appropriate index of core GPA and ACT or SAT (much like they need for admission). If they meet these criteria, then they are deemed by the NCAA as qualifiers and are eligible to practice and compete. Once in college, they must pass no fewer than 24 credits every academic year, with no less than a 2.0 GPA. They also must be enrolled in 12 credits to be able to practice and compete. Lastly, they must complete a certain percentage of their chosen degree by certain semesters in their college career to remain academically eligible: 40 percent after four semesters, 60 percent after six and 80 percent after eight. The Value of Athletics According to Crosbie, student athletes make up a population of 350 while academic students make up about 17,000. However, Crosbie said about 15,450 students attend football annually, while 45,600 students attend men’s basketball and about 250 students attend per game to the various other Olympic sports – volleyball, women’s basketball, gymnastics and soccer. It is clear many students, other than the athletes, have Aggie pride and appreciate USU’s athletics. The value of athletics at universities is multi-faceted. “I feel that athletics gives great regional and national exposure to any institution and that it is a huge part of the college life experience for the entire campus community,” Crosbie said. “ I think

- See BREAKDOWN, page 8

Jeff Crosbie, assistant athletic director for Business

Geology Club rocks through community outreach

THE USU GEOLOGY CLUB is for students interested in rocks and minerals. Geology Club President Heidi Pearce said the club does more than just look at rocks and has plans to make the community interested in geology. UTAH STATESMAN photo illustration

By APRIL ASHLAND staff writer

The Geology Club has been around for years, planning events and going on field trips, but this year it has reached goals and has plans to make the community interested in geology. Senior in geology and President of the club Heidi Pearce said the club is for geology majors and non-majors alike. She said the club is for people who are interested in rocks and minerals, and the members do more than just looking at rocks. Pearce said the club went to the Science Unwrapped event earlier this semester, where a professor talked about volcanoes on other planets. The club brought minerals and had a volcano that erupted and talked about geology and what it is. The elementary schools in Logan have geology in the curriculum, in second and fourth grades. The Geology Club is looking to help teach the curriculum with the teachers. Pearce said club members want to take rocks and slides and show the students how interesting geology and science is. “Kids are being scared off science,” Pearce said. “We want to go show them how cool it is, so that even if they have a bad teacher in junior high they can still look at science and think, that’s so cool.” Melissa Jackson, senior in geology and treasurer for the club, said she joined the club as a freshman to get to know the older students and the faculty. Jackson said she signed up to be treasurer during her sophomore year and has kept the job ever since. She said she likes the activities where the club interacts with the community. Pearce said her goal for the club this year is to get the freshmen and sophomores interacting with the juniors and seniors majoring and minoring in geology. She said there are a lot of research opportunities for the students and relationships between groups will help the department become stronger.

“The club is a way to connect the department and to get help from students who have taken classes before,” Pearce said. “That way if a student takes a class that scares them or makes them not like geology, there’s a support system that can help them get excited again.” Katie Anderson, senior in geology and vice president for the club, joined the club because her friends were involved, including her fiance. She said she worked with the Museum of Anthropology to create the club’s joint homecoming float, which earned her the post of vice president, and has enjoyed the activities the club has done. “My favorite activity that the Geology Club has done was making geology Valentine’s last year. We made silly geology puns on cards for the faculty and staff using sand for the writing. We also made pet rocks,” Anderson said. This year, the Geology Club had a T-shirt contest, where students were allowed to submit designs for the club. The winner’s design was made into a shirt the club wears on field trips, Pearce said. The shirts are neon green, so that students and faculty are visible. Anderson said the club has done a few events this semester. “The Geology Club did get T-shirts made, a goal the last few years that never actually coalesced until this semester, and they’ve been working on creating a geology calendar,” she said. Anderson said she hopes people become more involved in the club, so they can do more events. “A trip planned for this semester had to be canceled because there weren’t enough people involved,” she said. The club gets the money for its field trips and events from fundraisers it holds, such as selling the T-shirts, Pearce said. With the money from the shirt sales, the club can do more field trips and events. “Geology is all around us, and it can be fun and interesting to know what has happened in the past to create the landscape we see today,” Anderson said. – april.ashland@aggiemail.usu.edu


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Student embraces college life at USU MC: Flying, it adds a whole new dimension to life.

By CASSIDEE CLINE staff writer

Utah Statesman: Where did you grow up? Manuel Carias: I was born in Guatemala and moved to Utah when I was about 7. US: If you could be any bird, which would you be and why? MC: I’d have to be a falcon because falcons can fly really fast, and they have great eye sight. US: What’s your favorite dance style? MC: I love dancing the waltz. It reminds me of royalty.

Caught on Campus Manuel Carias Hyrum, Utah junior mechanical engineering

US: If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be? MC: Germany. US: Who do you look up to the most either fiction or nonfiction? MC: My grandpa is an awesome guy, and he taught me to gamble, which is probably not the best thing. US: Who’s your favorite comic-book villain? MC: Doctor Octavius ’cause he has cool arms, and he can do so many things at once. JUNIOR MANUEL CARIAS SAID his favorite building on campus is the engineering building. He said he does not consider himself a shy person. CASSIDEE CLINE photo

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US: In baseball, what item would you want to be? MC: Probably the ball because the ball gets to see everything. The ball gets to be on both sides, and it’s the main focus of the game. US: What is your most embarrassing moment? MC: In sixth grade, I was racing against one of my friends in a swimming competition. I had to borrow shorts from the pool, and when I dived into the pool my shorts came off.

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US: If you were a fridge, what would you have in you? MC: Definitely meat, everybody needs meat.

US: Did you win? MC: Not even close. US: If you could be a lollipop flavor what would you be? MC: Chocolate because chocolates good. Everybody loves chocolate. US: Are you a mint person or a gum person? MC: Mints all the way. US: Which would you choose between running super fast and flying?

US: What would you choose between being a wolf and being a sheep? MC: I would choose to be the wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing. No one would expect you to come out and attack. US: Are you a person who’s stage shy? MC: Not at all, I love being on stage.

US: If you could pick the school colors, what would you choose? MC: Fuchsia and black. US: Who is your favorite ninja turtle? MC: Definitely Leonardo. He’s got the cool swords and everybody knows he’s the leader. Got to go with the main man. US: Between fire and water, what would you choose? MC: Water. It’s a stronger element and there is more of it.

US: What’s you’re favorite place to buy clothes? MC: Either Dillard’s or the D.I. It depends on if Dillard’s has good sales. US: Which building on campus is your favorite? MC: The Engineering Building of course. US: Did you ever read the Sunday Comics as a child? MC: Yes, I still do. US: Which is your favorite? MC: I love Dilbert because I am an engineer, and I also love Zits because everybody has been a teenager. US: What was the first thing you wanted to do during college? MC: Pay off my debts.

US: With 2012 approaching, how do you think the world should end? MC: With planets colliding into each other and mass destruction. – cassi.joe.cline@aggiemail.usu.edu

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The Relay for Life student planning committee is looking for volunteers for its third annual Relay. The Relay will be held at USU on Friday, April 23, in the Nelson Fieldhouse from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Cherie Bennett, sophomore in math education, said there are a variety of ways to get involved with Relay for Life and interested students should contact Jon Dalton at 5131892 or at jon.dalton@aggiemail.usu.edu. The planning committee is made up of a few veterans but mostly new volunteers so all students are welcomed to join. She said the committee normally meets once a month on Tuesday nights. Sara Fifield, junior in food tech management, said, “Planning an event as big as Relay is a huge undertaking. The committee has to meet throughout the months leading up to the event to plan everything from food and entertainment to training teams so they have ideas about how to fund raise.” Creating a team and participating in the

event is another way to get involved with the Relay. Fifield, the online chair, said she encourages students to start now to get involved. “Don’t be afraid to start a team or help out. Just get out there and do something. There are plenty of people to help you along the way. You don’t have to know how to do it on your own,” she said. Bennett, publicity chair of the committee, said they will be holding the Relay’s fall kickoff at USU before the end of the semester. This is the best time to start a team, she said, because the sign-up price is discounted. The kickoff is the official start of Relay for Life, she said, so teams have more time to get organized and figure out their fundraising plan. She said the overall goal is to raise $25,000, and there is competition involved because the team and the individual who raise the most money will win prizes. Most teams have about 10 members, she said, and at the Relay they set up a booth for their event or choose to sell something. Last year, Bennett said, her team sold strings for

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AggieLife

Aggies Around the World My month-long jaunt in Europe

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he travel bug bit me early in life and ever since, a continual restlessness stirs my soul with the need to see the world. I made my first solo trek across the “pond” when I was 20 years old, and I joined a group of 40 other college-aged students who desired to drink their way through eight countries in western Europe. It was a good experience, but I knew that the time wouldn’t be long before I needed to set out on my own. About a year ago, I came up with a research plan that would allow me to travel to England to study women’s memoirs from World War II. Most students are unaware of a university’s willingness to help them in these types of creative opportunities, but my URCO (Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunities) grant helped me solidify my goals to see the world without completely draining my meager bank account. Coming up with an idea and following through with a grant proposal was one of the most difficult and highly rewarding experiences of my life. I loved giving my European holiday an academic purpose, and I feel like my experiences helped me to see the many opportunities available to someone with a specific goal in mind. So I planned, obsessively, for six months. I had many idealistic thoughts about gallivanting through European cities, unscathed by any of the horrors (pickpocketing, creepy “Taken”-esque men, etc.) that infiltrate our minds when we think about traveling alone. I don’t know how I managed to travel as a single woman fluent only in English, but I think that my desires must have outweighed my fears. Even with all of my planning though, there is no way to prepare for the experience of traveling on various metro systems, carrying 75-plus pounds of luggage through cobbled streets or trying to find an obscure hotel, other than by practicing continual optimism. The one thought that passed through my mind at least a thousand times a day was, “I’m in Europe, what have I got to complain about?” I began my stay in Europe with a 11-hour

layover in the London Heathrow Airport. My overnight stay had undertones of Tom Hanks’ “The Terminal,” but I stayed away from saltine crackers and ketchup packets. I also knew from this moment that I would not be able to identify myself as a “solo traveler,” going abroad and remaining in solitude. Being a party of one has extreme benefits, and they come in the form of new friends around every corner. In the first night alone, I bonded with three other stranded travelers, coming from or going to South Africa, Australia or the United States. We were all each other had, and we spent our time sharing stories, pictures and laughs about our separate but ever-merging lives. From Heathrow, I flew to Barcelona, the city of my dreams, and the source of fuel for my creative passion. Once again, there was no way to spend my time alone among Gaudi’s architecture, and I formed immediate attachments with Peruvian, Argentinian and Scandinavian Spaniards. I was sad to leave them, but only four days later, I moved on to Paris and realized that even the coldest people have a basic goodness – although it may be buried way down deep. Paris provided my second airport adventure, and let me just say that Charles de Gaulle does not provide for its stranded travelers. Even with the awful feelings of loneliness that I felt when I was stuck overnight in an airport, I had the chance, once again, to turn my experience into a positive one. It was there, on the cold hard seats of the noisy airport terminal, that I met my friend Brian, a fellow student from Hong Kong. We talked for hours about art and our respective lives in urban China and rural Utah. I learned in those eight sleepless hours that I can be friends with almost anyone, regardless of beliefs, language or cultural heritage. It didn’t end with Brian, either. Everywhere I went – on buses, trains, planes, in restaurants or walking down the street – I met people who became my friends. It’s true that I may never see these people again, but we formed a bond that voided my self-

THE IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, located in London, is where USU student Emily Arnold studied British women’s memoirs. photo courtesy EMILY ARNOLD

imposed label as a “solo” traveler. Although I traveled alone, I never felt lonely, and I encourage anyone and everyone to seek the same experiences I had, through setting and reaching goals, exploring life and realizing that the best this world has to offer can be found in reaching out to

others. Emily Arnold is a student who traveled around Europe. Read Aggies Around the World each Monday in The Utah Statesman for more study abroad experiences.

Recent crimes upset the sense of refuge on college campuses be cautious, use some common sense and not be lulled into a false sense of security.” Deadly crime is rare on campuses, Kassa said, and statistics give no indication it is Tuition may not be the most troubling conincreasing. cern for parents sending sons and daughters Crime reports from area campuses reviewed by off to college. The Kansas City Star support that. The numA disturbing pattern of violent crime has ber of reported violent crimes – assaults, roberupted across the nation’s campuses – from beries and rapes is small. In 2008, the reports Yale University, where a female graduate showed: student was strangled, to the University of – Forty-eight violent crimes were commitCalifornia at Los Angeles, where a chemistry ted on Missouri’s 12 four-year public campuses student was stabbed repeatedly in a lab. – an increase of six from the previous year. Ten While saying that campuses almost always of those were rapes. are safer than their surrounding communities, – Four cases – one sex offense and three Jonathan Kassa of Security On Campus Inc. robberies – occurred at the University of acknowledged that the headlines can create the Missouri-Kansas City. Ten violent crimes – six opposite impression. aggravated assaults, a sex offense and three “This has been a very uniquely deadly and robberies – were reported at the University of brutal first semester, so there is concern,” said Missouri in Columbia. Kassa, the executive director of the nonprofit – Twenty-six such crimes occurred at the organization, which seeks to reduce campus eight public colleges in Kansas, a decrease crime. of three from 2007. They included nine sex This month at Sacramento State University offenses. in California, a student was beaten to death – Five of the sex offenses were committed in his dormitory by a baton or near KU’s campus. Two wielding roommate. A were at the medical school in football player was fatally Kansas City, Kan., where there “This has been knifed at the University of also were three aggravated a very uniquely Connecticut. assaults. Both campuses had deadly and brutal In September, a Kansas just one robbery each, but first semester, so City woman was killed by a university police in Lawrence stray bullet on a campus in reported two aggravated there is concern.” Atlanta. In May, a student assaults. was shot down while work– At Kansas State University, – Jonathan Kassa of three violent crimes – a robing in the bookstore cafe at Wesleyan University in Security ON Campus bery and two aggravated Connecticut. Inc. assaults – were reported on “Those big incidents do campus in 2008. In 2007, 13 worry me, but I worry more violent crimes were reported, about the more regular including eight sex offenses. types of crimes,” said Elise Higgins, a senior In Lawrence and Manhattan, police are at the University of Kansas whose friend was hunting a serial rapist who they think has mugged on campus a year ago. “That made attacked 13 women off campus in the last me really aware that I can be vulnerable even decade. In August, KU police reported an unrewhen I’m on campus around buildings I’m lated attempted rape in a campus dormitory. familiar with.” To put those crime rates in perspective, they Kassa said that sensational tragedies not occurred in student populations of 136,811 only distort the college picture, but can disand 67,488, respectively. tract students from the bigger problems of There have been no murders, on or off campus, theft, assault, stalking, sex offenses and alcoat area universities since 2005, when three KU hol abuse. students in an off-campus apartment died at Parents and students should be aware of the hands of an arsonist, and an elderly MU four important points about crimes at colleges: professor was found slain in a campus garage. Four of five cases are student on student. Most Since 1990, all colleges and universities in victims are men. More offenses occur off cam- federal financial aid programs annually report pus. Alcohol is involved 90 percent of the time. crimes on and near their campuses to the U.S. Kansas universities are dealing with a series Department of Education. The data are passed of rapes, and athletic teams in Kansas and to the Justice Department. Missouri have caused coaches nightmares in In 2007, the latest year for which national recent years with fights that have led to stabnumbers are available, 48 killings occurred bings and gunshot wounds. on the nation’s four-year campuses. That year, “Students should feel safe at KU,” said Jim however, a mentally ill student gunned down Marchiony, an associate athletic director, “but 32 people at Virginia Tech. like everyone, anywhere, they need to always The year before, eight people died violently By MARA ROSE WILLIAMS McClatchy Newspapers

on the nation’s more than 4,000 campuses, down from 11 in 2005. Since the Virginia Tech rampage, all universities have tried to prepare for the rare incident of a person on campus with a gun. Robbery is a far more common campus crime. Hundreds occur each year. According to Security On Campus Inc., sexual assault is increasing. The numbers don’t show it, but officials think it often goes unreported. Thieves commit most of the crimes at area schools. Crimes of opportunity are most prevalent, campus police said, because students walk away from a laptop or iPod or leave their cars or dorm rooms unlocked. Whether a school is nestled among cornfields or next to inner-city neighborhoods can affect the amount of crime. The Web site The

Daily Beast recently analyzed 4,000 reports from public and private four-year schools and said the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, Long Island, with 11,831 students, was the safest in the country. The least safe campus on the list was Emerson College, an arts-focused school in Boston. In The Daily Beast’s survey, many urban campuses fared poorly, including Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Maryland at Baltimore and Tufts University in Medford, Mass., outside Boston. A few weeks ago, a UMKC student was mugged walking home from the business school. Kipp Cozad, a UMKC graduate student

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Just hanging out with PALS in their lives for many different reasons. Some children have grown up in a broken home, others just need a good friend to be there when they need it most. Bennion said her favorite part about the club is the long-term relationship aspect. “It is fun to be able to form a bond that’s not just for one night,” she said. “I’ve had the same pal for over a year now so you really get to see them grow up and be there for the ins and outs of their life.” Benjamin Allred joined PALS as a freshman and was the club’s director last year. Allred said the best part about being a member of the club is the time spent thinking about other people. “It is nice to have one night a week to forget about yourself and just focus on someone else,” Allred said. “I joined a lot of the service-center clubs my freshman year, and I really felt like PALS had it together and also it seemed to make the most difference.” There is more to the club than just hanging out with the student’s “pal.” There are also large group activities that everyone can get involved in. Not only this, but volunteers are always wanted to help plan activities or special projects. Tie dyeing T-shirts is on the list of events for next month. The PALS Club specializes in getting the mentored children excited about the events, which gives the children something to look forward to. PALS members said there are more children out there who need a college friend to look up to. While the society and community may seem similar, some kids fall through the cracks and need extra help in their everyday lives. This is where the college students of PALS come in. “There’s something about having someone older than you take time out of their day for you,” Bennion said. “The kids have so much fun walking around town with us, and we do too.” It is obvious to see how much current PALS members enjoy this opportunity. Those interested in joining PALS can find the club’s Web site at usu.edu/asusu. PALS is a fun, exciting and rewarding experience for everyone involved. – lauren.gardner@aggiemail.usu.edu

By LAUREN GARDNER staff writer

For students who love kids, service and want to get involved in the community, PALS is the perfect club to join. PALS is a group similar to Big Brother and Big Sister. Students are teamed up with kids ages 6-15 to spend time mentoring, teaching and getting to know them. Cassie Walker, director of the club, said it is a rewarding experience for both the student and the child being mentored. “PALS is a social mentoring group,” Walker said. “We match USU students with Cache Valley kids. They hang out about once a week with each other and then we also do large group activities.” PALS is also nonprofit and is funded by United Way of Cache Valley. Walker said her favorite part of the club is how “cool it is to watch the children’s eyes light up when you see them.” Walker was paired up with a young girl for her pal last year, and at first she said it was hard to see why the child needed to be involved in the program. “She seemed like a pretty normal kid,” Walker said. After getting to know her more though, Walker said she realized how much the girl’s family had gone through. “Her mom said that they live and die by PALS. It’s made every difference for their three girls,” Walker said. PALS has proven to be a fun and rewarding experience for everyone involved. Rendon Barlow, member of the club, said the most rewarding part of being a member is “making a difference in kids’ lives.” Barlow, who has been part of PALS for about a year, said he grew to love the child he was matched up with last year and really got to know him on a deeper level. “PALS definitely made a difference in my pal’s life … and it really makes me grateful for what I have in my life,” he said. Rhiannon Bennion, another member of PALS, said she joined because she was looking for a way to get involved with kids in Cache Valley. The children who join PALS are those who need a role model

Crimes: Safety worries parents -continued from page 7 from Liberty, Mo., heard about it, “but I have never felt uncomfortable here.” Cozad said she takes many night classes, but “I park fairly close and I never find myself drifting off where there aren’t people around.” Surprisingly, experts say crime can occur less often on urban campuses because students there expect it and act accordingly. At more rural schools, students might feel more secure and take fewer precautions. April Beffer, who is majoring in social work, goes everywhere on the UMKC campus with a group, but she still feels more secure on campus than at home, especially after recent rapes _ against women who were not students _ in and near the Waldo area. “I’m getting a dog,” Beffer said. Essence Smith, an 18-year-old UMKC freshman from Independence, Mo., said she keeps her belongings close, locks her doors and stays aware of her surroundings. “I usually feel so safe at UMKC because there are emergency buttons everywhere you go.” In the last two years, campuses nationwide have installed electronic alert systems, key card systems for dorms and more lighting; cre-

ated student security escorts; and re-evaluated emergency response plans. This year Higgins, the community affairs director for the KU Student Senate, is pushing for improved off-campus lighting. Recently, 300 KU students attended a self-defense class. Mary Todd, the director of the K-State Women’s Center, said the center was partnering with student government, the city of Manhattan, the Aggieville Business Association and Fort Riley to improve lighting on streets and get high-resolution video cameras. The campus ROTC and the Ali Kemp Foundation offer self-defense training. Crime comes in spurts and cycles, but for the most part is fairly steady, said Don Stubbings, a crime prevention officer for the K-State Police Department. “Let’s say burglars move on or near campus one year; the next year they are gone. That crime tapers off, and then a different crime is up,” Stubbings said. “Campus crime is not new,” said Kassa. “You can’t stop it all. You can’t control everything, search everyone, but you can reduce the risks and strengthen the response. Be pre-

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for the student athlete, much is required of them almost exclusively to the women’s athletic proand they are held to a very high standard. I grams. All we would do is be eliminating fundthink that it is an invaluable opportunity that ing for the women’s programs, which is against not only helps prepare them to enter the comTitle IX.” petitive work force after they graduate but also However, Albrecht said, “Educational instituprepares them to be tions aren’t getting away constructive members from their purpose.” “I feel that athletics of society.” What the problem gives great regional and Also, athletics and is, Albrecht said, is that national exposure to any their success of them coachs’ salaries are “mardirectly affects student ket driven”, or in other institution and that it is a athletes. Albrecht said, words, not regulated by huge part of the college “When I go out to do law. So if a university life experience for the fundraising there is wants a successful athletconstant reference ics program to provide entire campus commuto the success or lack student athletes with nity.” thereof of the athletic scholarships and qual– Jeff Crosbie, ity entertainment for programs, and there’s a lot of community spirit assistant athletic director the students, the best that ties the university for Business Operations coaches must be had. to its host. It provides They often go where the educational opportunimoney goes. ties to student athletes But not always. who would otherwise Albrecht said, “Coach probably not have a chance to go to college.” Morrill could go somewhere else if he wanted Why the emphasis on a winning football to and make four times more, but he chooses to team? Albrecht said, “In football, winning stay here.” seems to be a tradition. Back in the day, USU Albrecht said, “The increase is really unsuswas the premier football program in the state. tainable in coachs’ salaries. The problem is sucMany folks do remember and the alumni and cessful institutions can do what they do because donors dream for the good old days. The footit is entirely self-sustained by revenues generball program is coming to where we want it to ated. It has been going up so rapidly even the be. It is important, economically, to win howevwealthiest of institutions will find it difficult to er, because filling the stadium allows us to deal continue to pay these salaries.” with issues like scholarships.” The trend is national. Albrecht said he Athletics undoubtedly adds many positive recently did a NCAA recertification for a West things to the university setting, and since state Virginia school where the athletic budget is in funding is separate, cutting back on the athletics the $30 million range, and none of it comes programs is irrelevant to the quality of educafrom the state. USU, according to Albrecht, is in tion students receive. the $13 million range for the sports budget. With the recent budget cuts people men“The imbalance that is created by the finantioned to Albrecht he could eliminate the athlet- cial wars is over salaries. The perception is that ic program so academia wouldn’t feel the effect. a football coach is more valuable than a Nobel Albrecht said, “This is not true at all. It Prize-winning faculty member.” Albrecht said. would make no effect on state budget cuts. – storee.powell@aggiemail.usu.edu The money that does come from the state goes

Running: Beginning to a cause -continued from page 6 $5 and each time people walked a lap they received a bead to keep track of their laps. Other teams had tournaments like “Guitar Hero” and ping pong, she said, or games for little prizes. During the Relay, some team members are running the booth, she said, while others are walking. Fifield said, “One member of the team is always walking laps on the track the whole night because cancer never sleeps, and neither will we until there is a cure.” Bennett said the purpose for forming a team is to support a survivor or to honor friends or family members who have suffered from cancer. She said Relay for Life’s mission is to celebrate, remember and fight back. Fifield said at the Relay, survivors are celebrated with a banquet and a special lap dedicated to them. The Luminaria Ceremony is held to remember all who have been affected by cancer, she said, and the other 364 days of the year are dedicated to fighting back with cancer research and giving support for those battling cancer. “There is no finish line at Relay for Life,” she said, “because there is not a finish line until there’s a cure.” The fight against cancer is a battle with a far reaching impact. Bri Clark, junior in biology, said, “Everyone has some tie to cancer, whether it was themselves who suffered, a family member, a relative, a teacher or a friend. There is someone worth fighting for and worth getting involved for.” Fifield said last year the Relay had about 120 participants and she expects more this April. Clark said the Greek system and the USU athletic department were involved with the Relay, she said, but she thinks everyone should try to help in some way. Fifield said, “Our generation has a chance of seeing a cure to this awful disease, but

we have to keep raising money and working toward a cure.” Remembering those who have suffered from cancer helps deepen the desire to fight for a cure. Bennett said when she reflected during the Luminaria Ceremony last year, it really had an impact on her. She said she thought about how both her father and grandfather had cancer, but she was too young to understand it. “Cancer does affect a lot of people,” she said, “whether they acknowledge it or not, it still affects them.” Fifield said her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was in high school. “I Relay for her,” she said, “as well as for my grandpa and other family members who have had cancer.” Cancer can be unifying and Bennett said Relay for Life is a good connector for people. “It’s a really great opportunity to get to know people personally,” she said. “It’s fun to get involved and talk to the different booths at the Relay to get to know them and hear their story.” Relay for Life is a charity run by the American Cancer Society. Fifield said it started in 1985 in Tacoma, Wash., when Dr. Gordy Clatt decided to do a 24-hour run to raise $24,000. She said 25 years later, the Relay for Life events have raised more than $3 billion and are held all over the United States, as well as in other countries. While Relay for Life is beneficial, satisfying and fun, Fifield said participants in the Relay do have a positive impact. “People who get involved feel like they have contributed and have done something worthwhile. It doesn’t take much to make a difference because every dollar counts. The money you raise could change someone’s life.” – natalie.c@aggiemail.usu.edu


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MEN’S BASKETBALL

Ags ride big first half to easy victory By TIM OLSEN sports editor

Another exhibition game another blowout win for Utah State Saturday night at the Spectrum. Jared Quayle led USU with 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting – including five 3-pointers – as the Aggies ran over their Canadian competition, 65-40. Similar to USU’s first exhibition game, the Aggies started hot, scoring the first 15 points of the game. USU connected on seven of its first eight field goal attempts, while forcing Trinity Western to miss its first seven attempts. Guard Calvin Westbrook finally put the Spartans on the board when he connected on a two-point jumper more than five minutes into the game. “That parts really positive,” said USU head coach Stew Morrill of the Aggies’ fast start. “We’re ready to go when the game starts, making shots, making plays, playing good defense and not letting them score. It was a great way to start the game, hopefully we can keep that up.” And at least through the first half, keep it up is exactly what the Aggies did. Behind some hot shooting and aggressive defense, USU continued to build on its lead. Leading 24-9 with six minutes remaining in the opening period, Quayle connected and three straight 3-pointers and assisted guard Brian Green on another whipping the Spectrum crowd into a frenzy. “I’ve got to give credit to my teammates setting good screens and just running the offense and throwing back and getting me the ball and I was wide open,” said the senior sharpshooter. “I was hitting the shots, but they were doing all the work.” Quayle hit all five of his field goals in the opening period, including a scorching 4-of-4 from beyond the arc. Junior forward Tai Wesley was also perfect from the floor, going 3-of-3 from the field while connecting on 5-of-6 free throws. After 20 minutes of play, Quayle was tied with the Spartans, and the Aggies headed to the locker room up 44-14. “(Setting the tone) is key we want to try and

do that every game, that’s important for us. If we come out sluggish and not on it, we’re going to get beat,” Quayle said. “Our coach emphasizes that we need to come out and be on top of it and get into them defensively early, and that sets the tone and we can have a good first half and carry on into the second half.” That early tone, however, did not carry over into the second half. Trinity Western threw a defense twist at the Aggies in the second half – a 1-3-1 extended zone – and the Aggie offense sputtered. After shooting over 60 percent in the first half – including 75 percent from the 3-point line – the Aggies dropped off dramatically. USU connected on only 6-of-22 shots in the second half (27 percent) and was even worse from long range, only knocking down 2-of-12 3-pointers (16.7 percent). The Spartans – who had beaten Utah Valley earlier in the week – held to Aggies to 21 second half points, while outscoring them by five over the final 20 minutes. “I think the first half we played well, defensively we were on it,” said junior forward Matt Formisano. “The second half I think they beat us by five, and we kind of had a let down. That’s something we need to work on, being more consistent playing both halves well.” Playing consistently is something Morrill said his team needs to work on and improve at. The Aggies will need to learn quickly as they start a three game road trip to open the season Friday at Weber State. “We’ve got to continue to play as hard as we’re playing. We’ve got to not get to wrapped up in the fact that it’s the road,” Morrill said. “Through the years we’ve been pretty good on the road. We’ve got to get excited, get ready and go play.” The coach, though, is wary of the Wildcats who are led by Morrill’s former assistant Randy Rahe. “It’s their official opener on their homecourt,” he said. “We went down there a couple years ago and didn’t fare too well. That will probably be brought up.” – t.olsen@aggiemail.usu.edu

AGGIE GUARD JARED QUAYLE, 21, elevates and shoots during USU’s exhibition game Saturday night. Quayle had a team high 19 points and knocked down five 3-pointers. TYLER LARSON photo

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Boise State ends USU’s season at WAC tourney

USU FORWARD SHANTEL FLANARY, 7, attempts a shot on goal during the Aggies’ match against San Jose State earlier in the year. The Ags lost to Boise State Friday, 1-0. CODY GOCHNOUR photo

By LANDON HEMSLEY staff writer

The USU women’s soccer season ended with a 1-0 loss to the Boise State Broncos in the semifinal match of the WAC tournament Friday afternoon at the Boas Soccer Complex in Boise, Idaho. Boise eroded away the Aggie defense on attempt after attempt early in the second half. In the 55th minute, Boise earned a free kick on the right-side edge of the penalty box on a Heather Pond foul. Molli Merrill extended to send the kick out of bounds. On the corner kick, Aggie forward Shantel Flanary put the ball off her head and back to the corner. Lindsey Smart applied the pressure and forced the Boise attacker to go baseline in order to set up a cross, which Smart deflected out of bounds. Boise sent the next corner kick into the side netting. It appeared as though the Aggies had dodged a bullet or three

and got off easy. Not so. Merrill sent the ensuing goal kick into the midfield where Boise’s Maureen Fitzgerald onetouched it forward to Erica Parks. Parks split the Aggie line between Natalie Norris and Sydne Garner, penetrated the box, earned a one-on-one with Merrill and put the ball far side to score the match’s only goal. “The ball got squirted through the middle of our back line,” said USU head coach Heather Cairns of the play. “Syd (Garner) was tracking her down, and for some reason she stopped. That created a one-on-one situation with Molli. It looked like an ordinary play where Syd was marking the girl, and then for some reason she just stopped. There was some miscommunication on our back line, and the girl just snuck right in.”

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Lady Ags ready to build on 2008-09 success By DAN FAWSON staff writer

Patience is a virtue. Good things come to those who wait. Anything worth doing is worth doing right. It all sounds well and good, but there must have been moments, games and possibly even entire seasons when the Lady Aggies and head coach Raegan Peabley wondered if they’d ever see the fruits of their labors. “It’s been quite a journey that, as a coach, I’ve taken with my staff and players,” said Peabley who started anew a Utah State University women’s basketball program in 2003, which had been absent for 15 years. “We didn’t have basketballs, uniforms, locker rooms, any type of tradition or leadership from the players.” The early years were tough sledding for Peabley and the Lady Aggies. In its first five seasons, Utah State compiled a record of 42-98, as Peabley and her staff worked to build a program capable of sustaining success. Last season saw the breakthrough. The Lady Aggies posted their first winning season under Peabley, finishing 16-15 overall and 9-7

in Western Athletic Conference play. While it took six seasons before the Lady Aggies were finally able to establish a winning a habit, Peabley believes the program has been built the right way. “A lot of times corners get cut,” Peabley said. “Those corners end up coming back to haunt you in some way or another. Our goal is always to have been to try and build a program that can sustain success.” Thus begs the ultimate question of the Peabley-grown program, or any college basketball program for that matter, fresh off its first season of sustained success: Will the program sustain success? The Lady Aggies will rely on three returning starters and a host of talented newcomers as they seek to sustain success and post consecutive winning seasons for the first time in the Peabley-era. They must first, however, find a way to replace arguably their two best players from last season. Danyelle Snelgro, the Ags do-it-all guard was a first first-team all-WAC selection and led last season’s team in points, assists, steals and minutes played. Snelgro led the WAC with 80 assists in conference play last season and finished as the Lady Aggies career leader in steals.

Ana Pares, selected second-team all-WAC, was second to Snelgro in both points and minutes played and finished second in league play with 37 3-point field goals made. While their statistical production will obviously be missed, replacing the departed duo’s leadership may be one of the Aggies’ most pressing issues heading into this season. “Ana and Dani did such a great job of being really, really positive leaders and developing what we call horizontal leadership, where our leadership doesn’t just rely on the shoulders of one or two people,” Peabley said. “It’s everyone; it’s a collective leadership that we have within our team.” Losing the leadership and production of Pares and Snelgro is significant but the cupboard is far from bare. Senior center Lydia Whitehead is expected to shoulder more of the scoring and leadership load this season, after averaging 8.4 points and a team-leading 6.2 rebounds per game last year. The Cache Valley native and transfer from the University of Utah is a tireless worker and a presence in the paint Peabley is thrilled to have on her side. “I’ve hardly coached anyone that’s got the work ethic Lydia has and the focus that she

has,” Peabley said of the former Mountain Crest High School star. “She’s a great back-tothe-basket post player, she’s a great rebounder and she’s a good, solid defensive presence. She’s one of those kids that you’re so glad they’re on your team and not on somebody else’s that you have to defend.” Returning starting guard Alice Coddington was the only Aggie other than Snelgro and Pares to play more than 30 minutes per game last season, finishing second on the team in assists and steals. “She’s got quite a bit of experience on the court, and we’ll rely on that experience,” Peabley said. At starting forward, Nicole Johnson is returning and Amber White, one of the first guards off the bench for the team last season, will also be expected to shoulder a greater load this season. Newcomers fighting for playing time include guards LaCale Pringle-Buchanan, a junior college transfer capable of providing matchup problems on the offensive end of the floor, and freshman Devyn Christensen, a scor-

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GAME 9: HAWAII 49, USU 36

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The Utah State Aggies pulled a switcheroo Saturday in Hawaii, breaking out in the second half to outscore the Warriors, 29-15. Unfortunately for the Ags, they forgot to show up in the first half, scoring only seven points en route to a 49-36 road loss. Things started off great for the Aggies when cornerback Kejon Murphy intercepted Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz on the first play from scrimmage. The play gave USU the momentum and the ball at the Hawaii 23-yard line. After the interception, the Aggie offense moved to ball to the Hawaii 5yard line before moving back to the seven where it faced a third down. Sophomore running back Robert Turbin plowed ahead and found his way into the end zone to put the Aggies up 7-0 less than three minutes into the game. “We started fast but not for very long, that’s for sure,” said USU head coach Gary Andersen in a postgame radio interview. Turbin carried the ball 13 times for 60 yards and two touchdowns, as well as catching six passes for 51 yards. Hawaii quickly answered the Aggies when Moniz connected with wide receiver Jon Medeiros for a 57-yard bomb on third and two. Things would not get any better from there for the Utah State. On the Aggies’ next possession junior quarterback Diondre Borel was picked off for only the second time of the season when Warrior Lametrius Davis wrestled the ball away from USU’s Xavier Bowman at Hawaii’s nine-yard line. “That play lit their fire, and that’s when we started going down the tank and that’s where they rallied up,” said wide receiver Omar Sawyer in a postgame radio interview. “I thought Xavier had it, just when they landed the ball jarred into the Hawaii defenders hands. That’s just how it goes as receivers when you go up

and get that ball you’ve got to fight for it, and we just didn’t win that one.” From that point the offensive barrage continued for the Warriors, while the Aggies battled in futility. Hawaii finished the game with an astounding 697 yards of total offense – 44 yards off the school record. Even more astounding was the Warrior’s production on the ground. Hawaii entered Saturday’s contest averaging a mere 80 rushing yards per game but piled up 360 yards on the Aggies. Leon Wright-Jackson, who tallied 167 yards and three TD’s, did a lot of the damage. Wright-Jackson had totaled 190 rushing yards and one touchdown in the Warriors’ first eight games. Aided by USU miscues and the Aggies inability, once again, to convert in the red zone, the Warriors scored 35 unanswered points to take a commanding 28-point lead into the break. As has been made manifest many times this season, however, the Aggies have at least one good half in them. Possibly inspired by the Fresno State’s rally over USU last Saturday, the Aggies came out firing in the second half. Borel – who had thrown for only 88 yards in the first half – led his team right down the field before Turbin plunged in for his second TD run less than two minutes into the third quarter. Still trailing by 21, the Aggie defense needed a stop. It got it in the form of a missed 42-yard field goal by the Warriors. USU again marched right down the field and cut the lead to 14 when Borel connected with tight end Jeremy Mitchell on a 16-yard strike with 6:35 still left in the third. “He told us to be calm, calm down, loosen up. We were playing tight, we weren’t playing like ourselves,” said Sawyer of Andersen’s halftime speech. “We knew we could compete with them, we knew we could move the ball on them easily, and we just weren’t playing our game.”

Things got even crazier on the ensuing possession when USU safety Walter McClenton stepped in front of a Moniz pass and returned it 27 yards to the Hawaii six-yard line. Trailing by 14 and knocking on the door with all the momentum and more than a quarter still to play, the Aggies seemed to be shaking off their second half demons. In a series indicative of their season though, the Aggies could not finish the drive that culminated in a missed Chris Ulinski field goal. “We had our opportunities there at the start of the second half,” Andersen said. “We score a couple and get a pick and can cut that thing to basically a seven-point game if we can take advantage of situations, and we don’t.” Hawaii scored on its next possession, widening the gap again, and was able to maintain some breathing room from there. “We kept shooting ourselves in the foot in certain situations and just put ourselves in bad spots,” Sawyer said. “We just couldn’t make the plays to capitalize on Walter’s play.” The 49 points, 697 yards and 360 rushing yards allowed were all season high’s given up by the USU defense. The 28-point halftime deficit was also the biggest for the Aggies this season. After a slow start, Borel rebounded nicely as he completed 25-of-38 passes for 344 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for another score, but did have two interceptions – double his season total. “I put a big game tag on this football game, and we didn’t answer the bell very well with that,” Andersen said. “We did come back and fought in the second half, but it was a big game for Hawaii, and Hawaii answered the bell.” USU now returns home after a twoweek hiatus to take on the struggling Spartans of San Jose at 1 p.m. – t.olsen@aggiemail.usu.edu


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CLUB HOCKEY

Ags beat Cougs, Spartans in weekend sweep By LANDON HEMSLEY & PETE P. SMITHSUTH staff writers

The Aggies once again asserted their claim as the dominant hockey program in the state Friday night when they beat the BYU Cougars in Provo, 7-2. USU players and coaches, however, said the team still needs to improve. “All in all it was a pretty good performance for the first game of the weekend,” said team captain Kent Arsenault who recently returned from injury. “But I would say we played 30 minutes of good hockey and 30 minutes of, well I wouldn’t say bad hockey, but it was kind of sloppy.” The Aggies wasted no time getting on the board. Matt Hamilton put in the first goal of the game at the 17:56 mark of the first period. A few minutes later Billy Gouthro got into the action and gave USU a 2-0 lead, but BYU did not give up easily. The Cougars’ Chris Tuttle snuck behind the back line and put the puck in the back of the net. Arsenault said the Aggies weren’t to concerned about it, however. “They started bringing the pressure a lot more,” Arsenault said. “I mean, we weren’t concerned at all. We obviously get a little concerned whenever they score a goal, but we just jump right back on the ice and try to keep positive and go out and turn things for the better.” And that’s exactly what the Aggies did before a very quiet Cougar crowd. USU came out and shut down the BYU attack but did it at a price. A few Cougar goals were saved because of penalties committed in the defensive zone. For example, a rogue BYU skater broke through the Aggie back line and went on the breakaway less than five minutes into the second period. Defender Jimmy Schwer, desperate to head off the Cougar forward, skated back and applied lateral pressure – though a bit too much pressure. Schwer’s stick got tangled in the BYU forward’s legs and down the Cougar went. Schwer earned himself four minutes in the penalty box for two separate offenses but kept BYU off the board. The Aggies killed out three different penalties in the second, but didn’t look to score until the end of the period when BYU sent its own players to the bin. BYU’s Josh Burkart was whistled for hooking at the 2:53 mark. At that point, BYU was already on the penalty kill and was forced to skate 5-on-3 for 40 seconds. Thirteen seconds into the 5-on-3, Brendan MacDonald let loose a lightning bolt strike from the right end of the blue line that slipped through everyone and hit far side. Fifty seconds after MacDonald’s goal, Matt Hamilton took a left-side pass and took it from center-ice laterally into the slot between three BYU defenders and scored. Hamilton’s skates came out from underneath him immediately after the goal and he flew headlong into the boards. Regardless, it was the goal that broke the Cougar spirit and put USU up 4-1 after the second period. Even so, USU head coach Jon Eccles was critical of his team’s performance in the second period. “In the second period, we went to the penalty box too many times,” Eccles said. “In the third period, we stayed out of the box, except for a couple. We capitalized on opportunities and got some more jump in our legs, got a little more intense and started hitting a bit more.” USU’s intensity paid off again in the third. Brendan MacDonald possessed and passed from behind the BYU goal to the right side where Jeremy Martin was waiting. Martin converted and the lead stretched to four. BYU challenged on the power play after Dillon Sonndergaard was booked for charging. The Cougar’s Mio Aura took a pass on the left side and sailed it past backup goaltender Cody Palmer. It was the last goal BYU scored. Shortly after, the Aggies got the score back and more. Assistant captain David Wyman scored a 5-on-3 power play goal with 2:08 remaining, and Arsenault put the final nail in the coffin when he scored the game’s last goal with 43 seconds left. Wyman gave credit to Palmer for a stellar defensive performance. “You can’t say enough good things about him,” Wyman said.

USU’S BRENDAN MACDONALD splits a pair of Spartan defenders Saturday during the Aggies game against San Jose. The Ags came from behind to win the match and extend their unbeaten streak at home. Below, MaCdonald and a San Jose State player mix it up and have to be separated by the referee. PETE P. SMITHSUTH photos

“He’s the hardest worker on the team. He stays after practice and lets the guys all shoot on him. You love to see that. He’s a very good goaltender. This will be his team in a few years once Finatti and Dan (Cornelius) leave.” Saturday vs. San Jose State Four different Aggies scored to overcome a two-goal deficit and keep their hope of an undefeated home season alive Saturday as they defeated San Jose State, 6-4. The Aggies, down 3-1 late in the second period, rallied and scored four goals in the span of two minutes. Arsenault said they really came together as a team to pull off the comeback. “We really showed a character win tonight. I mean, we came back and had four goals in the second period in under two minutes,” he said. “That’s unheard of in hockey.” Assistant coach Kjol Lahti was happy that the team pulled through instead of falling apart at that critical point. “The hardest lead in hockey is a two-goal lead If they score and make it three, that’s when the (losing) team starts to selfdestruct,” he said. “I’m glad that they didn’t let that happen.” Coming off a win against BYU in Friday night, the Aggies did not start the game well Saturday. “First period showed that we were still stuck in Provo playing with a lower-level team,” said defenseman Makenzie York.

End: Boise State takes out Ags -continued from page 9 The Aggies didn’t look comfortable from the minute after beating two defenders off Jamee very beginning. Boise State was able to apply sig- Dyches’s cross, but she kicked up too much grass nificant pressure and maintain possession in the and the shot went high. neutral and attacking thirds of the field. Around Cairns was complimentary of the Broncos 10 minutes in, USU was finally able to set up effort. some chances and began to execute. The teams “Boise State played a very good game,” she remained deadlocked with occasional opportusaid. “They were solid with possession and posnities but nothing dangerous came from either sessed with a purpose to go forward and create team. Both teams executed solidly on defense, opportunities.” deflecting and possessing Cairns was not nearly as the ball. At the half, both complimentary toward her If we’re going to teams were dead even on the own team. play in a confershot count with six apiece. “They outplayed us,” The second half was she said. “We struggled to ence tournament, entirely different. Boise maintain possession. We we need to give State came out and began struggled to defend, strugquite a bit more to apply real pressure to the gled to attack. I don’t think than we did.” Aggie defense, which perwe had a shot on goal until formed admirably for about the second half. If we’re – USU head coach nine minutes. The Aggies’ going to play in a conferHeather Cairns problems resulted from the ence tournament, we need inability of the forwards and to give quite a bit more than the midfielders to be able to we did.” pass, possess and create chances. Despite the frustrating end to the year, Cairns “Our forwards struggled today,” Cairns said. expressed great hope for the future. “I don’t think any of them had very many shots. “This is my seventh season and when I startThey struggled in their ability to play the mided, we weren’t qualifying for conference tourfield in and get numbers forward. Allie Maduell naments,” the coach said. “We are at the point had the most shots out of everyone, and Syd was where we are thinking we can win; it is about the only one with a shot on goal.” execution now. The mentality of the program has Despite the difficulties, the Aggies didn’t quit. changed. I look forward to watching us grow and In a final effort, the Lady Ags turned the presfor us to get the results.” sure up late in the match. Lauren Hansen went – la.hem@aggiemail.usu.edu one-on-one with the Bronco keeper in the 83rd

Early penalties allowed for San Jose State to capitalize on the power play, scoring the only goal in the first period. Utah State had 13 shots on goal in the first period but Spartan goalie Alexssandro Mullane didn’t let any past the line. Starting off the second period with a bit more energy, the Ags were able to equalize early with a goal by Arsenault. However, San Jose State quickly retaliated with two more goals. The home team kept on with the pressure most of the period and was finally rewarded with a rebound goal by Sonndergaard with 3:42 left. Shortly after, Tyler Mistelbacher scored one more to equalize the game once again. Fans went wild when what appeared to be a disgruntled San Jose State defense gave up another goal 44 seconds later. Forward Jeff Sanders forced a turnover and put the puck in unassisted, breaking the tie. Wyman put an exclamation point on the game by scoring a wide open one-timer assisted by Jeremy Martin with 1:37 remaining in the second. “That’s awesome for us to come back like that,” York said. Tension was high in the third period as San Jose State was determined to take back the lead. The away team inched closer when Mickey Rhodes scored a breakaway goal off an Aggie mistake two minutes in. San Jose State continued to keep the pressure on the Aggies’ defense. But no matter how much effort the Spartans put in, Finatti just kept making key saves and defensive stops to preserve the one-goal lead. “We just played really basic defensive hockey,” Lahti said. “Rather than doing anything fancy like we have in the past, we just cleared it off the glass and got it out of the zone.” With 1:30 left in the game and the team working as a unit, Gouthro finally put the game away. “It’s pretty exciting actually – the pressure that we all applied and the forechecks abused,” Gouthro said. “The linemate helped make that goal possible.” There was a little bit of roughing toward the end of regulation. With the goalie pulled, players started to crowd the ice. Rhodes and York decided they needed some personal space. “We were battling for the puck and raw emotion just made us forget about the puck so we continued to battle with each other,” York said With this win, Utah State hockey improves to 6-0 at home. Next up, the team hosts Weber State on Saturday. With an outstanding record, the team feels optimistic about keeping home protected. “The team starts to look at its undefeated place and start to think we have the same ice surface anywhere else, but we know that this is our place,” Lahti said. – la.hem@aggiemail.usu.edu, – petesmiths@gmail.com

Build: Ags excited for ’09 -cont. from page 10 er out of Idaho whom Peabley compares to Pares. Peabley believes this team has displayed in practice the talent it needs to succeed, but said the ultimate test will come in seeing whether that talent translates into wins. The test begins Friday when the Aggies open regular season play in Logan against in-state rival Utah – a game Peabley believes her team will be ready for. “They just have a program that’s gone from good to great and have been able to sustain that success, and that’s exactly what we want out of our program,” Peabley said of the Utes. “But we feel like we can compete ... and I know our team will approach them with respect, but also without fear.” The Lady Aggies will have a chance to warm-up for the Utes tonight when they host Montana Tech in an exhibition game at 7 p.m. at the Spectrum. – majerusforpresident@yahoo. com

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ast Wednesday’s “Our View” was about students’ registration woes. Angela Martinez, staff assistant in the Registrar’s Office, gave The Statesman some advice for students to make registering go a lot more smoothly next time. Martinez said any time a large number of students try to log into Banner at the same time, it is bound to have problems. The key is to have patience and not panic: if one student is unable to get into Banner and register, others are having the same issue and aren’t able to register either. The information technology people work to fix these problems as soon as they can. If a problem persists, Martinez said the Registrar’s Office appreciates students letting the office know about the problem. She said sometimes the staff isn’t aware of these problems and the only way for them to find out is if someone tells them about it. If a student is trying to register and comes across an error code, the student will often come to the Registrar’s Office. Martinez said a student often doesn’t write down what the error code says and then office staff can’t do much for the individual. One of the main issues Martinez sees is students don’t understand the prerequisites for the classes they need. An easy solution to this problem is by simply becoming educated. Some of the classes students want to take have prerequisite classes that might be a surprise, but this information isn’t hidden. When planning which classes to take, students should double check to see if it has any prerequisites. Find this information by clicking on the CRN number when looking up the class then click View Catalog Entry. It’ll take you to a longer entry of information about that class. Students often have problems with prerequisites for math and English classes, Martinez said. If a problem registering for these classes occurs due to prerequisites, Martinez said she tells students to talk to Linda Skabelund for math course problems and Mary Leavitt for English. She also said students need to realize they have to register for engineering and business courses through those departments. The Computer and Information Literacy (CIL) testing requirements have changed, Martinez said. Students are encouraged to take the tests their freshman year and must have completed them in order to register for English 2010. Students should check with their adviser or the Registrar’s Office to see if there are any holds on their registration status. Nothing is more frustrating than waiting up until midnight to register and then discovering a hold, Martinez said. When dealing with the Registrar’s Office, be prepared, Martinez said. Paperwork must be completely filled out. Also, the office only takes check or cash for payment and students must be aware of this beforehand. The best way to have a smooth registration is to plan ahead and make sure all roadblocks are removed. Some problems students can’t avoid, such as how Banner behaves when the system is overloaded at midnight, but other problems can be avoided with just a little foresight.

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here once was two brothers. One went question I ask again is, How many of you have to sea. The other went to get a breakfast called anyone in a position of power to lodge sandwich in The Hub. Neither was heard a protest against these legitimate problems? from again. Yeah, that is what I thought. Why does it take so long to get a bacon Take the bugs. Did the university decide and egg sandwich on campus? I once stood we no longer had the money to pay for an there and timed it: 19 minutes. I could have exterminator? Abandoned crack houses in bought a farm and cultivated the chickens Detroit do not have this many bugs. It is not and pigs faster than that. The women at the only uncomfortable and embarrassing, it is grill seemed to work hard to get everyone’s disturbingly unhealthy. On Friday, I saw a bug order completed. Perhaps the blame is on the attack a fellow student. I would have swatted catering service supervisors that decided two the bug away with my textbook, except for workers were enough to handle a breakfast the fact that I never bring my books to class. I crowd at 9:30 in the morning. Wrong. would be humiliated if visitors to our campus Since I am criticizing the food services had to see this plague we are besieged with. provided to us in the TSC, can Pay the Orkin man to come in someone explain why you canhere and kill the damn bugs. not get a slice of good oldNow, I know what some of fashioned cheese pizza in the you are thinking. Complaining Marketplace at 12:30 in the is rude. My reply to this? Duh. Re-Entry Thoughts afternoon? Seriously, why not That’s the point. Most people have cheese pizza in a dining react when rudely talked to. It area that is nearly full? Was an edict passed isn’t only logical to complain about inferior serdown saying cheese pizza contributes to glob- vice, it is our duty as Americans to do so. Look al warming? I ate in the Marketplace between at the Declaration of Independence. Was this noon and 1 p.m. twice this past week and saw a group of crusaders fighting the evil British for only one regular pizza cooked. Yes, it is nice the freedom inherent to all of mankind, or, was to offer speciality pizzas. It is also nice to have it a bunch of haughty, rich white guys mad as a cheese pizza. Some people, most people, hell for being overtaxed? Read the manuscript. have a simple palate. Appease them. This King George did this. And King George did would not be an issue if it was not for the fact that. And blah blah blah. There is a fine line that catering services raised the price of entry between genuine political grievances and to the Marketplace with the zeal of OPEC. incessant moaning. Complaining is not rude. It Why do I lament the food services provided is patriotic. in the TSC? Because I can. Because if a service My time at this school is coming to an end. that is provided to me, with no approximate Oh, I may skulk around campus a bit in the competition, is inadequate than it is my right new year while I wait for someone to be stupid to state that it should be better. I pay for the enough to offer me a job. But my days of havservice. We all do. It should be more efficient ing the right to reproach the university for its than it currently is. continued failure to effectively run this school Complaining, for lack of a better word, will end when I graduate. This will be your job. is good. Complaining is right. Complaining If the president of this university, the provost, works. And in my entire life I have never seen the catering services people in charge of feeda group of people accept incompetency more ing us and the head of HASS are not criticized than Utahns. Few of you approach people by you for their futility, then in their minds they whose job is customer service and tell them are doing a wonderful job. Are they? when they are not doing their job right. It Criticism of these people is warranted. vexes me. I am from Philadelphia. We love Raise your voice. Demand that those who get to complain when people suck at their job. It paid handsome salaries earn their paycheck ranks third, behind breathing and eating, as by providing services to you. Maybe nothing a necessity in our lives. Most Philadelphians will come from it. At the very least, we should seek out restaurants that are notorious for bad be able to get a slice of cheese service so we call yell at the servers. It is therapizza at lunchtime. peutic to tell people when they are terrible at their job. How else will they learn to do betHarry Caines is a ter? senior re-entry student Not in Utah. We accept things as they are; in interdiciplinary studeven if what they are awful. This is especially ies from Philadelphia. true at USU. Consider that in the past three Unconventional weeks I have heard various gripes about three Wisdom appears things. First, the already mentioned pathetic every Monday. food service. Second, the infestation of bugs Comments can on campus. And lastly, the lack of classes availbe left at www. able for next semester, especially classes in aggietownsquare. subjects that fall under the HASS banner. The com

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Forging a federal shield: A bill to protect journalists’ sources gets better

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fter proposing a federal media shield law that did little to protect the relationship between journalists and their sources, the White House has agreed with the Senate Judiciary Committee on a revised — and much improved — version of the Free Flow of Information Act. Last month the White House sent the Judiciary Committee legislative language providing little protection for journalists. It seemed to betray President Obama’s promise to support a judicial balancing test between the public interest in newsgathering and the need to compel disclosure of a reporter’s sources. The revision does a much better job at mandating that balance. Under the latest proposal, in both civil and criminal cases the government (or another party seeking disclosure) would have to demonstrate that the confidential information it seeks from a journalist is “essential” to resolving the case and that it has exhausted all reasonable alternative sources. Judges would

weigh the public interest in thorough newsgathering against the interest in disclosing the source. The balancing tests are calibrated depending on the nature of the case. In civil cases, the information seeker must make the case for disclosure. In criminal cases, journalists would have to make the case against disclosure. The balancing test also covers cases involving leaks of classified information (with the journalist again bearing the burden of proof), unless the information sought would be needed to stop a terrorist attack or “significant and articulable harm to national security,” in which case disclosure would be compelled. As in previous versions, the statute would not protect anyone who is affiliated with a terrorist organization or who has been designated a terrorist by the federal government. The District of Columbia and 49 states already have laws or court decisions that shield reporters from being compelled to reveal confidential sources in state court proceedings. The lack of similar protection in fed-

eral cases led The Washington Post Co. and other media organizations to lobby for the passage of the Free Flow of Information Act. Protecting the identity of sensitive sources is a pillar of American journalism. On the condition of anonymity, people come forward to point reporters in the right direction, or to offer direct testimony about violations of the public trust, or to expose abuses of power. This is vital for the public’s right to know and for democracy. The House passed a strong version of the bill by an overwhelming margin in March, and the Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote Thursday. With a renewed promise from the president to sign the measure into law, this safeguard for the work of journalists is a step closer. We urge a strong bipartisan vote in committee followed by a full Senate vote as soon as possible. This column first appeared in the Nov. 5 edition of The Washington Post.

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Introducing you to ASUSU Graduate Studies Vice President Rick Kelly

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y name is Rick Kelly, and I am currently serving as the Associated Students of USU graduate studies vice president and graduate student senate president. I don’t actually do anything in this capacity. I’m just in this office to pad my resume and not have to pay tuition. Oh, and I have a nice window in my office. In actuality, the Graduate Student Senate (GSS) serves as the primary representation for graduate students to the administration and ASUSU. If graduate students have concerns they want voiced or policies they want changed, the GSS has the capacity to help them. The GSS is composed of 11 individuals – one senator from each college, Rick Kelly an international senator, two vice presidents and myself. Together, we work to better the overall quality of graduate-student life at USU. One of the ways we’ve done this is by establishing the GSS Lunch and Lecture series. The series has speakers lecture on a topic relevant to almost all gradudate students and then we provide lunch for lecture attendees. This may seem like we are attempting to gain people’s adoration with food, and sadly, this accusation is true. The GSS also administers a Professional Conference Award. A major component of graduate education is often research. Presenting research at conferences across the world allows students to make a contribution to their discipline and meet influential scholars. Recently, students have traveled as far as Argentina to present research. The award may provide up to $300 reimbursement for travel to the conference. The award is competitive, and so not all students qualify. If we had oodles

of money then maybe everyone could receive an award. Or maybe the money would accidentally fall into my pocket … We also provide 12 $1,000 research grants to students working on major projects. The primary purpose of these grants is to enable students to fund research that they otherwise would have had to pay for themselves. For interested graduate students, the application deadline is Nov. 30. These are only a few of the services we provide. Although many of the things we do are financial in nature, we view our role more broadly. We exist to represent the interests of graduate students. For anyone who would like to learn more about what we do and how we can help, I would encourage them to visit our Web site: www.usu.edu/usugss. I am privileged to work with our current GSS members – Aaron Davis, vice president of research; Keith Wilson, vice president of campus affairs; Jesse Walker, science senator; Nora Burbank, natural resources senator; Stephanie Malin, HASS senator; Britney Hunter, agriculture senator; Dusti McEwen, engineering senator; Mikayle Kartchner, education senator; Mike Young, business senator; and Prabuddha Ghosh, international senator. These people carve out time from their busy schedules in order to serve their fellow students in exchange for relatively little reward. If you have issues you want addressed, please speak to your senator and let them know how we can help you. Rick Kelly can be contacted at richard. kelly@aggiemail.usu.edu

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Chavez to troops: Prepare for war with Colombia CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – President Hugo Chavez on Sunday ordered Venezuela’s military to prepare for a possible armed conflict with Colombia, saying his country’s soldiers should be ready if the United States attempts to provoke a war between the South American neighbors. Chavez said Venezuela could end up going to war with Colombia as tensions between them rise, and he warned that if a conflict broke out “it could extend throughout the whole continent.” “The best way to avoid war is preparing for it,” Chavez told military officers during his weekly television and radio program. Venezuela’s socialist leader has also cited a recent deal between Bogota and Washington giving U.S. troops greater access to military bases as a threat to regional stability. There was no immediate reaction from either the Colombian or U.S. government, but in the past they have denied intentions to start a war with Venezuela and said the base deal is needed to fight the war on drugs and insurgents in Colombia, which is a major cocaine producer struggling with a decades-old internal conflict. Tensions along the Venezuela-Colombia border have been exacerbated in recent weeks by a series of shootings and slayings. Four men on motorcycles shot and killed two Venezuelan National Guard troops at a checkpoint near the border in Venezuela’s western Tachira state

last week, prompting Chavez’s government to temporarily close some border crossings. And last month, Venezuelan authorities arrested at least 10 people in Tachira alleging involvement in paramilitary groups. The bullet-ridden bodies of 11 men, nine of them Colombians, were also found last month in Tachira after being abducted from a soccer field. The violence prompted Venezuela to send 15,000 soldiers to the border with Colombia on Thursday. Officials said the buildup was necessary to increase security along the border. Elsa Cardoso, a professor of international relations at the Central University of Venezuela, suggested that Chavez’s heated rhetoric – coupled with the recent military deployments – are aimed at turning the public’s attention away from pressing domestic problems ranging from rampant crime to electricity and water rationing. “He’s sending up a smoke screen, a distraction,” she said. Colombian rebels have often used Venezuela’s border region as a haven to resupply and treat their wounded in recent years, creating friction with Colombia’s U.S.-allied government. Chavez – former army paratrooper who during more than a decade in power has repeatedly accused Washington of seeking to topple him to seize Venezuela’s oil reserves – warned President Barack Obama of using his alliance with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe to mount an offensive against Venezuela.

THIS NOV. 12 1989 PHOTO photo shows East German border guards looking through a hole in the Berlin wall after demonstrators pulled down one segment of the wall at Brandenburg gate. Monday, Nov. 9 marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. AP photo

Germany celebrates memory of Berlin Wall falling BERLIN (AP) – With concerts and memorials on Monday, Germans will celebrate the day the Berlin Wall came crashing down 20 years ago. On that cold night, they danced atop the wall, arms raised in victory, hands clasped in friendship and giddy hope. Years of separation and anxiety melted into the unbelievable reality of freedom and a future without border guards, secret police, informers and rigid communist control. Germans are celebrating with concerts boasting Beethoven and Bon Jovi; a memorial service for the 136 people killed trying to cross over from 1961 to 1989; candle lightings and 1,000 towering plastic foam dominoes to be placed along the wall’s route and tipped over. On Nov. 9, 1989, East Germans came in droves, riding their sputtering Trabants, motorcycles and rickety bicycles. Hundreds, then thousands, then hundreds of thousands crossed over the following days. Stores in West Berlin stayed open late and banks gave out 100 Deutschemarks in “welcome money,” then worth about $50, to each East German visitor. The party lasted four days and by Nov. 12 more than 3 million of East Germany’s 16.6 million people had visited, nearly a third of them to West Berlin, the rest through gates opening up along the rest of the fenced, mined frontier that cut their country in two. Sections of the nearly 155 kilometers (100 miles) of wall were pulled down and knocked over. Tourists chiseled off chunks to keep as souvenirs. Tearful families reunited. Bars gave out free drinks. Strangers

kissed and toasted each other with champagne. Klaus-Hubert Fugger, a student at the Free University in West Berlin, was having drinks at a pub when people began coming “who looked a bit different.” Customers bought the visitors round after round. By midnight, instead of going home, Fugger and three others took a taxi to the Brandenburg Gate, long a no man’s land, and scaled the 12-foot (nearly four meter) wall with hundreds of others. “There were really like a lot of scenes, like people crying, because they couldn’t get the situation,” said Fugger, now 43. “A lot of people came with bottles” of champagne and sweet German sparkling wine. Fugger spent the next night on the wall, too. A newsmagazine photo shows him wrapped in a scarf. “Then the wall was crowded all over, thousands of people, and you couldn’t move ... you had to push through the masses of the people,” he said. Angela Merkel, Germany’s first chancellor from the former communist East, recalled the euphoria in an address last week to the U.S. Congress. “Where there was once only a dark wall, a door suddenly opened and we all walked through it: onto the streets, into the churches, across the borders,” Merkel said. “Everyone was given the chance to build something new, to make a difference, to venture a new beginning.” The wall the communists built at the height of the Cold War and which stood for 28 years is mostly gone. Some parts still stand, at an outdoor art gallery or as part of

an open-air museum. Its route through the city is now streets, shopping centers, apartment houses. The only reminder of it are a series of inlaid bricks that trace its path. Checkpoint Charlie, the prefab that was long the symbol of the Allied presence and of Cold War tension, has been moved to a museum in western Berlin. Potsdamer Platz, the vibrant square that was destroyed during World War II and became a no man’s land during the Cold War, is full of upscale shops selling everything from iPods to grilled bratwursts. At a ceremony in Berlin Oct. 31, Helmut Kohl, the German chancellor who presided over the opening of the wall, stood side by side with the superpower presidents of the time, George H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev. After the decades of shame that followed the Nazi era, Kohl suggested, the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of their country 11 months later gave Germans pride. “We don’t have many reasons in our history to be proud,” said Kohl, now 79. But as chancellor, “I have nothing better, nothing to be more proud of, than German reunification.” In an interview in Moscow with Associated Press Television News, Gorbachev said it was a catalyst for peace. “No matter how hard it was, we worked, we found mutual understanding and we moved forward. We started cutting down nuclear weapons, scaling down the armed forces in Europe and resolving other issues,” he said.

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Nov. 9 Today is Monday, Nov. 9, 2009. Today’s issue of The Utah Statesman is published especially for Jake Madsen, junior in business administration, from Garland, Utah.

Almanac Today in History: In 1872, a fire in Boston destroys hundreds of buildings and kills 14 people. In the aftermath, the city established an entirely new system of firefighting and prevention. Explosions were used to attempt fire breaks, but this high-risk strategy was not executed with enough precision and served only to further spread the fire.

-Clean Drive, all day. -Grad Fair, TSC Ballroom, 10 a.m. -Women’s basketball vs. Montana Tech, Spectrum, 7 p.m. -Caine Chamber Ensembles, Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday

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Nov. 11

-Clean Drive, all day. -H1N1 flu vaccines, TSC, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. -Festival Chorus Veterans Day Concert, Kent Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

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The 2009 Aggie Passport Experience is coming to a close. Please submit your passport with 6, 8 or 10 stamps to TSC 314 no later than Nov. 23. For more information call 797-1132.

Slow Food on campus – join us for our next meeting Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Cache Valley Unitarian Universalists Building located at 596 E. 900 North. Come enjoy some tasty local food and learn how you can get involved with the Slow Food Movement at USU. The Native American Student Council will be having a frybread sale on Nov. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the TSC Patio. There will be delicious toppings to chose from so come and enjoy the taste. Cost $2 (limit two toppings). There will also be hot chocolate. On Nov. 10, a documentary titled “Seoul Train,” a film about North Korean refugees who have braved the underground railroad in search for freedom, will be shown in Old Main, Room 115 at 7 p.m. A Recycle Redesign Fashion Show will be held Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Eccles Conference Center, Room 303. Bring some canned food to donate and see designs that will blow you away. Questions e-mail Lindsey.shirley@usu.edu. The Religion in Life class will be held Nov. 13 at 11:30 a.m. in the LDS Institute Cultural Hall. The speaker will be Elder Bruce C. Hafen who is currently serving as executive director of the priesthood department. Prior to this call, he was a provost and professor of law and BYU. LDSSA pingpong tournament will be Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. Come for an international Battle Royal. We will also be doing a humanitarian service project. Full Circle and Velocity Dance Companies present nationally recognized Kelli Leighton for an intermediate and advanced workshop Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fieldhouse. For students it’ll be $5, $15 for public.

Discussion meet On Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. in the ASTE building the Collegiate chapter of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers will be holding its annual Collegiate Discussion Meet contest. The contest is designed to simulate a committee meeting regarding current agriculture issues. Prizes include a trip to the National Collegiate Discussion Meet contest where scholarships are given out to participants. Come watch or get involved and compete. For more info contact 797-2167 or brettevans@pcu.net.

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The senior gift is a century-old tradition that helps seniors gather together and leave their legacy at USU. Students are asked to donate $20.09 toward the campus maps. Donate online at www.usu.edu/seniorgift, click on make a gift online or visit Old Main, Room 106.

Abstracts due

The Undergraduate Research Office would like to announce the following dates: Nov. 9, Abstracts due for the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research. Dec. 4, abstracts due for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Visit http://research.usu.edu/undergrad for more info.

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Romney Stadium

Logan 555 E. 1400 N. • (435) 755-5100 Pharmacy (435) 750-0258

We are located in the University Shopping Center

800 East

Closed Sunday

www.leesmarketplace.com

600 East

STORE HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 6:00 AM - Midnight,


Monday, Nov. 9, 2009