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USTAR funds veterinary diagnostic research By JP RODRIGUEZ staff writer
A new research team created over the summer will study veterinary diagnostics and infectious diseases at USU. Funding from the state may provide research opportunities for students interested in the agricultural and veterinary sciences. The team, called Veterinary Diagnostics and Infectious Diseases (VDID), is a project funded by the Utah Science, Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative, said Ken White from the College of Agriculture. White is one of the team leads for the VDID team. The goal of the team is to improve the ways that diseases in agricultural animals are being diagnosed and to prevent them from spreading by generating new equipment and laboratory tests, White said. The team intends to use the latest technology available to develop equipment that will allow for testing of animal diseases out on the field, said Kerry Rood, member of the VDID team, and faculty at the department of animal, dairy, and veterinary science (ADVS) at the College of Agriculture. The team will also look for more sensitive and accurate methods of testing for the various diseases that affect agricultural animals. White said the project will build upon ongoing research at USU, in particular, with faculty members of the colleges of agriculture and science. “We are not starting up from scratch,” Rood said. “We have a very strong base of faculty and research that is going on right now on campus in this area.” White said part of the goal of VDID is not only to generate new technologies but to create new equipment and tests that are lower in cost to today’s alternatives, as well as creating more efficient, rapid methods in diagnosing and preventing disease. USTAR funded $7.2 million to the team, White said. Part of the funding is intended to hire researchers whose skills will enhance the existing capabilities of the dozen or so faculty members already working on the VDID team at USU. “It is very competitive to receive USTAR funding and to get this amount,” Rood said. “That must mean that there are some really good things that Utah State already has to offer to attract this type of funding.” White said each new hire will be an expert in a particular field related to VDID’s emphasis of improved diagnostic testing. The first hire will be a molecular diagnostic specialist. This person will look at the genetic sequences of diseases at the DNA and ribonucleic acids (RNA) levels to identify particular characteristics of diseases, which will help in the development of new tests and equipment. The second hire will be an expert on animal disease modeling. This will allow the team to develop computer models that would help predict the outbreak of disease more quickly. Rood said some of the models that are first used in animal diseases can eventually be developed for use in the field of human disease. The third member will be a chemist, with experience in animal disease diagnostic. This position will help develop assays or tests that are both more sensitive and accurate at discriminating the various diseases and vaccines that animals may have. White said the hiring of the new faculty will take place over the next couple of years, with the first person being identified for one of the positions next spring. “Anytime you hire a research faculty member, it dramatically impacts the number of opportunities for students’ employment,” White said. Students from the colleges of agriculture and sciences are
CLAIRE ADAMS, senior in biology, extracts DNA for research at the Utah Science, Technology and Research (USTAR) building. USTAR funded $7.2 million for the research team. TYLER LARSON photo
already working on projects that fall under the umbrella of VDID. Jacoba Mendelkow, public relations and marketing specialist for USU’s department of Strategic Ventures and Economic Development (SVED), said undergraduate research is strong at USU, and the new team will provide “really cool” opportunities for students to get involved with the research. SVED is the department that oversees the USTAR teams at USU. Mendelkow said USTAR was created in 2006 as a governmentfunded initiative by then Gov. Jon Huntsman. Due to a trend at that time, in which many of the high-tech jobs were leaving the state of Utah, Huntsman asked to create USTAR to help fund research that kept technology jobs in Utah, and to attract experts in the field to come work in the state. Mendelkow said one of the goals of USTAR is to help the state’s research universities by funding teams and projects that can benefit the university, local and state communities by generating sources of high technology jobs in the state and bringing revenue from the services and technologies created by these programs. “Animal agriculture has a tremendous economic impact to the state of Utah, particularly in rural areas,” said Lee Rickords, of the ADVS department, and member of the VDID team. “The veterinary market is a $1 billion a year market in the U.S. alone,” said Michael O’Malley, who does the public relations and marketing for USTAR, and is a member of its governing board. Some of the technology and tests that come from this team can
significantly affect and improve the economy of the Utah. O’Malley said the goal of USTAR is to help the teams at USU and the University of Utah to generate research that will lead them to create patents and licenses for new technologies. “What (USTAR) does is actually help expand what we have going and, maybe to a certain degree, help speed up the process,” Rood said. O’Malley said the VDID team is one of three new teams that were created at USU and funded by USTAR over the summer. All three teams have been given a combined budget of $9 million over the next five years. The budget will be used to hire new faculty and personnel that will allow the team to keep working on their current research, and will allow them to generate both new research, and further funding in the form of grants from the federal government and other institutions. Mendelkow said including the new teams created over the summer, SVED at USU now manages a total of nine teams, which have received USTAR funding as seeding money. That is, the teams plan to use the money to get the research started, and hire researchers, consultants and other personnel. After the research gets going, the plan is to obtain money from grants from the federal or state governments, via the National Foundation of Science, among other places. –email@example.com
Utah State and the College of Eastern Utah to merge By BENJAMIN WOOD senior news writer
Merger talks continue as the College of Eastern Utah (CEU) prepares to become a regional facility of USU. Pending approval from state legislators, a USU and CEU merger will likely commence in July. The Utah Board of Regents approved the merger and appointed Cory Duckworth as transition director. Representatives from both campuses, as well as the office of the commissioner for higher education, are working through the details of incorporating CEU into the Utah State System for a memorandum of understanding that will be presented to state lawmakers in their upcoming session, Duckworth said. “I think the main challenge is there’s so many issues that need to be dealt with,” Duckworth said. Duckworth, vice president of Student Affairs at Utah Valley University and a graduate of
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USU, said he was appointed to be a neutral campuses outside of Logan in Uintah Basin, party unaffiliated with either university. He was Tooele, and Brigham City, yet the incoming CEU involved in the merger of Ferris State University campus, located in Price, will be unique among and Kendall College of Art and USU’s other properties. Design, yet admits that the situaUnlike the current extension InDepth tion isn’t exactly common. campuses that were created as part A closer look at issues of the USU community, CEU has “In higher education, these affecting USU types of affiliations don’t norits own traditions, image, history mally happen,” Duckworth said. and programs, like athletics and A number of committees have been formed student government. Albrecht said that much of to look at the details of incorporating the twothis individuality will remain intact, and sugyear community college, Duckworth said, and gested CEU’s individuality will serve as a model the final memorandum is planned to be prefor the other campuses to reach. sented in December, with the merger slated to “This needs to be value-added. We don’t want officially begin on July 1, 2010. to take away anything that’s good,” Albrecht said. CEU’s identity crisis Even so, changes will inevitably occur as CEU becomes a branch of USU and the committees Many factors led up to the decision to merge working with Duckworth are trying to identify the two schools, among them were CEU’s declin- the aspects, and to what degree, that will be coning enrollment and high per-student cost, cursolidated in the memorandum of understandrently the highest in the state, USU President ing. The CEU vice president of Student Services, Stan Albrecht said. USU currently has three Brad King, said there is some concern on CEU’s
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end about losing campus identity in the merger but added that the merger is largely without precedent in the state of Utah. “We still need to find out what a comprehensive regional facility is,” King said. King said the merger offers many opportunities to students of CEU. Those looking to continue beyond their two-year programs will have a closer association with the university and potentially more curricular choices. “I have no reason to think that things aren’t going to turn out for the better,” King said. Dave Buhler, associate commissioner of higher education, also said the merger will positively affect students in Price. “I think it will be great for them,” Buhler said. “It just gives them more opportunities; it doesn’t take anything away.” Mike King is currently operating as interim president of CEU, Buhler said, and it remains to be seen what administrative structure will
- See MERGE, page 3
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Celebs&People LONDON (AP) – Look out, Madonna and Angelina Jolie – pop star Elton John has decided he wants to join the ranks of A-list celebrities with adopted children. But it’s not clear if John, 62, will be able to adopt, and the Rocket Man star has not yet started ELTON JOHN formal proceedings, which are often long and complicated. John and longtime partner David Furnish are interested in trying to adopt a Ukrainian toddler named Lev they met during an orphanage tour there.
NewsBriefs Adams tapped to fill vacant Senate seat KAYSVILLE, Utah (AP) – Davis County Republicans have nominated former state representative and Utah Transportation Commission Stuart Adams to fill Lt. Gov. Greg Bell’s vacated state Senate seat. Delegates considered eight candidates at a special county convention held Saturday. Adams received about 53 percent of the vote for the District 22 seat. The district includes parts of Centerville, Farmington, Fruit Heights, Kaysville and Layton. Adams’ nomination must be seconded by the state Republican Party and finalized by Gov. Gary Herbert. Adams was a member of Utah’s House of Representatives from 2003 to 2006 and says he looks forward to returning to legislative work.
LateNiteHumor David Letterman’s Top 10 Signs You Picked a Bad College. Sept. 11, 2009. 10. Campus is in North Carolina, your dorm is in North Dakota. 9. No application, just be the fifth caller to local FM station. 8. School’s motto is: “Truth, Excellence, Delicious Soup.” 7. Only book in library is George Hamilton’s autobiography. 6. While walking to class, not unusual to see student fending off a gator. 5. ”U.S. News and World Report” ranks it as one of America’s 20,000 colleges. 4. Most popular major: Grifting. 3. Last year’s commencement speaker was Howie Mandel’s cousin, Larry. 2. Grades based on how much you tip. 1. Most famous alumnus? Andy Dick.
Following the trash in search of a Yale student
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Investigators sifted through garbage at an incinerator Sunday, looking for clues into the disappearance of a Yale University graduate student who was supposed to be celebrating her wedding day. FBI agent Bill Reiner said Sunday that investigators are “following the trash” that left the university laboratory in New Haven. He declined to comment further on the search at the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority’s trash-to-energy plant in Hartford. Annie Le, 24, was last seen Tuesday morning at the lab. More than 100 state, local and federal law enforcement agencies are looking for her but have not yet determined if Le’s disappearance is a missing person’s case or an act of foul play. Authorities say Le, a pharmacology doctoral student originally from Placerville, Calif., swiped her identification card to enter the lab. But there is no record of her leaving despite some 75 surveillance cameras around the complex. Her ID, money, credit cards and purse were found in her office. Investigators on Saturday said they recovered evidence from the building that houses Le’s laboratory, but would not confirm reports by
media outlets that the items included bloody clothing. In a story published Saturday, the Yale Daily News quoted an unnamed New Haven Police Department official as saying the bloody clothes were found in a ceiling at the building. The official spoke to the newspaper on the
condition of anonymity so the official would be free to discuss an ongoing investigation. On Sunday morning, a state police Major Crimes Squad van drove down a ramp into the basement area of the building where the lab is located. Officials had no immediate comment.
Yale is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to Le’s whereabouts. On Sunday, students prayed for Le’s safe return at The University Church. “It has been a week that has tested many people in many different ways,” the Rev. Ian Buckner Oliver said just before he gave the
Sunday morning sermon. “It has brought up a lot of fears for people. It has brought up a lot of worry and concern for her and for all our safety.” The student-dominated congregation offered a moment of silence and prayer “for Annie, and her family, who have arrived here in New Haven, for her fiance, on this, what would have been their wedding day. Let’s lift them up in our prayers,” Oliver said. Le’s family arrived in New Haven on Saturday, Oliver said after the service. He said the church doesn’t have any other events or prayer services planned specifically for Le. “There is nothing else at this point because the university and police have said there is no criminal investigation, there is no proof of a crime. So at this point, we are just praying,” Oliver said. Le, who’s of Asian descent, stands 4 feet 11 inches and weighs 90 pounds. She was to marry Columbia University graduate student Jonathan Widawsky on A NEWSPAPER MACHINE is seen outside the Yale medical complex where missing graduate stuSunday at the North Ritz dent Annie Le had her lab, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, in New Haven, Conn. As authorities continue their Club in Syosset, N.Y., on the search for the Yale University graduate student and bride-to-be who disappeared several days ago, they north shore of Long Island. said they are now examining potential evidence from a laboratory where she was last seen. Items that Police say Widawsky is could be evidence have been seized and are being analyzed, but none has yet been associated with Le, FBI not a suspect and is assistspokeswoman Kim Mertz said at a news conference Saturday. Mertz would not confirm reports that the ing with the investigation. items found included bloody clothing. AP photo
Risk-taking is back for banks a year after crisis NEW YORK (AP) – A year after the financial system nearly collapsed, the nation’s biggest banks are bigger and regaining their appetite for risk. Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and others – which have received tens of billions of dollars in federal aid – are once more betting big on bonds, commodities and exotic financial products, trading that nearly stopped during the financial crisis. That Wall Street is making money again in essentially the same ways that thrust the banking system into chaos last fall is reason for concern on several levels, financial analysts and government officials say. – There have been no significant changes to the federal rules governing their behavior. Proposals that have been made to better monitor the financial system and to police the products banks sell to consumers have been held up by lobbyists, lawmakers and turf-protecting regulators. – Through mergers and the failure of Lehman Brothers, the mammoth banks whose near-collapse prompted government rescues have gotten even bigger, increasing the risk they pose to the finan-
cial system. And they still make bets that, in the aggregate, are worth far more than the capital they have on hand to cover against potential losses. – The government’s response to last year’s meltdown was to spend whatever it takes to protect the financial system from collapse – a precedent that could encourage even greater risk-taking from the private sector. Lawrence Summers, director of the White House National Economic Council, says an overhaul of financial regulations is needed as soon as possible to keep the financial system safe over the long haul. “You cannot rely on the scars of past crises to ensure against practices that will lead to future crises,” Summers says. No one is predicting another meltdown from risky trading in the near term. Rather, the concern is what happens over time as banks’ confidence grows and the memory of the financial crisis of 2008 fades. Will they pile on bets to the point that a new asset bubble forms and – as happened with mort-
gage-backed securities – its undoing endangers banks and the broader economy? “We’re seeing the same kind of behavior from the banks, and that could lead to some huge and scary parallels,” says Simon Johnson, former chief economist with the International Monetary Fund. Some risk-taking is good. When banks are willing to invest in companies or lend to home-buyers, that nurtures economic growth by generating employment and consumer spending, feeding a cycle of expansion. The problem is when banks’ quest for profits leads them to take on too much risk. In the case of the housing bubble, which burst last year, banks lent too freely to consumers with weak credit and wagered too much on complex financial instruments tied to mortgages. As real-estate prices turned south, so did the financial industry’s health. Because the largest banks’ trading divisions make their bets with each other, their fortunes are intertwined. The collapse of one can threaten another – and another – if it is unable to pay off its debts.
Italy grapples Utah Gov. Gary Herbert wastes no time conservatizing Utah with abuse by priests VERONA, Italy (AP) – It happened night after night, the deaf man said, sometimes in the priest’s bedroom, sometimes in the bathroom, even in the confessional. When he was a young boy at a Catholic-run institute for the deaf, Alessandro Vantini said, priests sodomized him so relentlessly he came to feel “as if I were dead.” This year, he and dozens of other former students did something highly unusual for Italy: They went public with claims they were forced to perform sex acts with priests. For decades, a culture of silence has surrounded priest abuse in Italy, where surveys show the church is considered one of the country’s most respected institutions. Now, in the Vatican’s backyard, a movement to air and root out abusive priests is slowly and fitfully taking hold. A yearlong Associated Press tally has documented 73 cases with allegations of sexual abuse by priests against minors over the past decade in Italy, with more than 235 victims. The tally was compiled from local
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IN THIS AUG. 11 PHOTO, UTAH GOV. GARY HERBERTS takes the oath of office from Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Christine Durham as Herbert’s wife, Jeanette, holds the Bible in Salt Lake City. Herbert has barely been in office for a month, but he’s not wasting any time charting a more conservative course than his predecessor on the very issues former Gov. Jon Huntsman used to vault to national prominence within the GOP and an ambassadorship to China. AP photo
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LOTOJA bikers racing to the top
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RIDERS ASCEND LOTOJA’S steepest climb to reach the top of Snake River Pass. The hill reaches a 7 percent gradient, which sticks for the last three miles until the peak tops out at 7,630 feet. The quickest riders to the top are known as the king and queen of the mountain. For full coverage of LOTOJA, see Wednesday’s paper. TYLER LARSON photo
Volunteers needed for Adventure Playground BY USU MEDIA RELATIONS
How long does it take to build a complete playground? For the Whittier Community Center, it will take only one week. The Whittier Community Center will be the grounds for the new Adventure Playground. The park will be constructed entirely by community-volunteers during the week of Sept. 14. The playground will be a 100 percent accessible park, where children and adults of all ages and abilities can come to play. The Adventure Playground is a park that was imagined by kids and has been in the making for the past two years. Now it is time to make it happen; the Whittier Community Center needs at least 2,400 volunteers and encourages all to take part in this adventure. There will be on-site day care provided so that families can come and have a place for everyone. Many local restaurants will be catering on-site each day to provide food for all who volunteer. Students, faculty and staff from Utah State University have taken interest in this project and are using Tuesday, Sept. 15, to be the official USU Service Day for the Adventure Playground. The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, journalism and communication department, ASUSU, PRSSA, and Greek Society will all be supporting this cause by sending students to help build the park. All students and faculty are invited to participate. USU Huntsman scholar Christian Ivins described his impressions of the potential impact of this project when he said, “Bringing together so many people from such diverse backgrounds to help build this playground in such a short amount of time will not only have a dramatic affect on the community but every individual involved.” The Whittier Community Center has
made it easy to sign up for a volunteer shift through its Web site. Those wanting to volunteer can sign up as a group. Allie Anderson, ASUSU public relations director, said, “The Adventure Playground has brought the Cache Valley community together to build a park that will bring joy to thousands of people for years to come. It will be a wonderful opportunity to serve and give back.” There are a variety of shifts that still need to be filled and now is the time to volunteer. Troy Oldham, USU professor, said he extends an invitation to all Aggies to “come volunteer, and be a community hero.” Adventure Playground has a job for everyone, no matter their skill level or construction experience. Cache Valley organizations, businesses and residents will join together to build this playground. There are opportunities to serve as a construction captain or even just work alongside professional design consultants. Construction captains will need to be available most of the week to help with the construction. For those who are interested in helping build but do not have the time to give, there are still opportunities to “adopt-a-component” by donating money to purchase the last items needed to complete the park. There is also an opportunity to purchase a picket that will have the donator’s name, or the name of the donating organization, engraved on it before being built into the fence. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own tools if they are available. Those interested in more information on the Adventure Playground can visit the Whittier Community Center Web site, www.whittiercenter.org/playground. –firstname.lastname@example.org
Merge: CEU to become USU Price? -continued from page 1 remain under the direction of USU. Financial concerns Albrecht said USU is currently in a budget cutting period that is more difficult than any in the history of the university. One of the leading factors in the merger talks stemmed from growing financial difficulty at CEU and Albrecht said the merger will not reflect a financial detriment on USU. “We can’t take on a liability,” Albrecht said, adding that the final proposal will have to include some sort of fiscal note. Albrecht said cost-cutting measures will not occur immediately but will be entered in over time as more efficient consolidations appear, like a unified banner system or increased bookstore purchasing power. John DeVilbiss, USU spokesman, said, “I don’t anticipate any financial hardships transferring to USU.” In some ways, DeVilbiss said, the merger represents a financial asset to USU’s system. Incorporating CEU increases the USU alumni base and could potentially broaden fundraising efforts and those giving to the university. Student impact
PoliceBlotter Saturday, Sept. 5 • USU Police was dispatched to the Biotechnology Center on some suspicious activity. Police arrived to find the building unsecured and some drawing on the chalkboards. • USU Police responded to a complaint of open flames in the USU Trailer Court. Upon arrival, police located an individual that had open flames in a fire pit. The individual was advised that open flames are not permitted on campus and was asked to extinguish the fire. The individual complied with the request. Monday, Sept. 7 • USU Police assisted the department supervisor of the HPER Building with a possible hazmat situation. There has been construction and demolition in the HPER Building and it has created a lot of dust. With the students health interests in mind, the USU Environmental Health and Safety Department was notified.
Both Albrecht and DeVilbiss said they felt that the merger’s impact on Logan students will be very minimal. “This could actually happen without the student body in Logan knowing about it,” Albrecht said. Albrecht said a location in Price offers potential benefits for university research programs and could potentially add degrees that aren’t currently offered in Logan, such as CEU’s criminal justice department. For the time being, however, student life in Logan will remain largely unaffected. Albrecht said he has been working with members of the Utah Legislature and doesn’t foresee difficulty in the merger being approved. Buhler agreed that the process should be relatively smooth. “I think there will be due legislative support,” he said. Albrecht of USU, King of CEU and Duckworth all commented that the relationship among the various parties has been efficient and productive. Duckworth also commented that the two parties have been working well together in trying to create a win-win situation. “All of the people who are working on this are positive about moving forward,” Duckworth said. –email@example.com
Contact USU Police at 797-1939 for non-emergencies. Anonymous reporting line: 797-5000 EMERGENCY NUMBER: 911
• USU Police responded to the area of 150 S. 500 East to assist North Park Police with a weapons offense in Logan. Upon arrival, police searched the area but were unable to locate anyone suspicious.
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• USU Police responded to a citizen dispute in progress near 500 East and 900 North. Officers were advised that five individuals with pipes were attempting to strike another individual, breaking out the back window of his vehicle in the process. USU Police assisted Logan Police with investigating the incident.
• USU Police responded to the area of 1300 N. 800 East to assist Logan City Police with a report of some individuals vandalizing vehicles in the Oak Ridge parking lot. The subjects were located at Valley View Tower and transported back to the scene. One subject was arrested and four others were questioned. • Cache County Search and Rescue was searching for an individual that was lost on the mountains to the east of campus. Due to the darkness, they requested the football stadium lights to be turned on so they could see better. The lights were turned on and shortly after the individual was located.
• USU Police received a report of possible drug use in the Living Learning Community. Police are investigating.
• USU Police responded to the flagpole on Old Main Hill for a report of students yelling. Police arrived to find about 35 students with plastic contraptions doing a slip and slide under the sprinklers. The students were asked to leave due to the late hour. All students complied. -Compiled by Rachel A. Christensen
The Logan Post Office will host a Passport Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 15 inside the TSC International Lounge. The Passport Fair will offer customers one-stop shopping for passports, and passport cards, including photos. No appointment is needed. Travelers are reminded that U.S. citizens must now present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry. More information is available online at travel.state. gov. Customers can go to usps.com/ passport or call 1-800-ASK-USPS to get the location of passport Post Offices. All applications are sent to the U.S. State Department for final processing and approval. All original documents are returned with the new passport
Museum highlights next visiting artist The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art welcomes and hosts artist Karen Carson to USU as she participates in a variety of events, including a lecture and multiple workshops. The opening lecture by Carson will be Sept. 22 in the Manon Caine Russell Kathryn Caine Wanlass Performance Hall. She will share her experience as a professional artist and discuss the creation of her work. Carson’s lecture begins at 7 p.m. and is free to all. In addition to the Sept. 22 lecture, Carson will direct various workshops in the department of art. A special teacher’s workshop will be hosted Sept. 25 from 4-7 p.m. at the Cache County School District Office, 2063 N. 1200 East in North Logan. An RSVP is required for each guest to attend this workshop. To RSVP, contact Jody Treat by e-mail at jody. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register for Oct. 8 carbon workshop Registration is underway for the day-long Potential Carbon Markets and Agriculture Workshop Oct. 8 at Utah State University during College of Natural Resources Week. Student admission is free and includes lunch. Discounts are offered for other participants who register by Sept. 25. “Assessment of Opportunities” is the theme for the workshop, which focuses on providing a science-based platform to better understand the potential for carbon sequestration on agricultural, range and forested lands for use in carbon markets. Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere contributes to the buildup of heat and is, therefore, a significant cause of global warming, said workshop steering committee member Nancy Mesner. Featured workshop speakers include Dianne R. Nielson, energy adviser for the Utah Governor’s Office; Paul Campbell, president and CEO, Campbell Scientific, Inc.; Rusty Lundberg, branch manager, Utah Department of Environmental Quality and Lauren Kimble, vice president of marketing, Blue Source Corporation. The cost to attend the workshop is $30 if registration is received by Sept. 25 and $40 after that date. Conference cost includes materials, lunch and breaks. Students may attend free of charge but all participants must register. The conference will be held in the Eccles Conference Center For registration information, visit www.potentialcarbonmarkets.usu.edu or call USU Conference Registration Services at 1-800-538-2663 or 797-0423.
-Compiled from staff and media reports
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Tour raises money for scholarship By PETER BROWN staff writer
Cache Valley Historic Homes Tour raised funds Saturday to award a scholarship to a USU student studying local history. Doors from local, historic buildings, including the David B. Haight Alumni Center, were opened to the public to tour and to learn of their legacies. The tour was presented by the Cache Valley Historical Center and the Cache Valley Visitors Bureau. Dan Davis, treasurer of the Cache Valley Historical Society, said, â€œWeâ€™ve been overwhelmed at this yearâ€™s turnout. Weâ€™ve sold out all our tickets and even ran out of tickets to sell. Itâ€™s wonderful to see.â€? This yearâ€™s ticket proceeds will also fund transportation for elementary school children to visit Wellsvilleâ€™s American West Heritage Center. Jami Van Huss, last yearâ€™s scholarship winner, said, â€œI did my thesis on historic homes in Cache Valley, and what a rich heritage Cache Valley has. Fortunately, many owners pay attention to doing these houses
justice. Although the artwork is somewhat modern, the owners work hard to preserve the old wood, the old style and feel of these houses.â€? Van Huss said she is a sixgeneration Cache Valley resident, and was indoctrinated in these old homes from childhood. â€œHistory has always been my passion, and the value of these homes are just phenomenal,â€? Van Huss said. â€œEven the very wood inside them would cost a small fortune to obtain.â€? The Haight Alumni Center was the original Utah Territory Model Farm House and it served as a home for the first 12 university presidents. The Student Alumni Association now works and holds meetings there. It is also used for banquets, wedding receptions and other university and local activities. Another home featured on the tour was the old log house, owned and preserved by Cary and Lucy Peterson Watkins. The house has passed through six generations of family, starting as a homesteaded home back in 1885. Originally a 160acre piece of land, it has been worked, sold and is currently down to about 12 acres. â€œThe interior had been in shambles for a long while but the structure was always sound,â€? Cary Watkins said. â€œBut weâ€™ve worked on it for years, put in a great deal of manual labor, and it has been restored to itâ€™s original condition, all except for a modern kitchen.â€? The Watkinsâ€™ live-in house is next to the log house, so theyâ€™ve been able to run over and work on it whenever they could spare a few moments, Cary Watkins said. Cary and Lucy have now
VISITORS TOUR the John R. Blanchard House during the Cache Valley Historic Homes Tour Saturday. CODY GOCHNOUR photo
made this house a home for the annual Art on the Lawn celebration every August. Lucy Watkins, a quilter herself, said they display 30 to 40 art pieces each year during the event and have over a thousand participants filter through. The Watkins home, as well as the other six homes on Saturdayâ€™s tour, provided residents with the unique oppor-
tunity to understand their history and appreciate their ancestors. Davis said, â€œIn future years, weâ€™d like to expand this tour and have a panel discussion. That way, we could effectively educate the public on the history of these buildings.â€? â€“email@example.com. edu
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Salsabration, a spicy night By KASEY VAN DYKE staff writer
On Sep. 12, the TSC Ballroom was filled with round tables, colorful balloons and diverse culture at the annual Latino Student Union Salsabration. The festival celebrates the culture of Latin-American countries, such as food, music and dance. The aroma of dishes from Chile, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Columbia and Mexico emanated from the room. Flags lined the walls, showing the diversity of the celebration. Salsabration is the biggest event hosted by the Multicultural Student Services. This year’s event included performances from several Latin-American countries, as well as a Jalapeno eating contest. Members of the audience were led in a Salsa workshop, later using their new-found talent during the dance that followed the performances. Johnny Lopez, leadership and activities coordinator for the Multicultural Student Services, said the event has been a big part of the Multicultural Student Services for several years now. Those who have participated in planning and directing the festival for the past few years said they have noticed a dramatic increase in attendance. But what is the Multicultural Student Services? Located on the third floor of the TSC, the center provides another resource for students trying to learn about and explore ethnicity. According to the center’s mission statement, the Multicultural Student Services includes the Black,
USU BALLEY FOLKLORICO SHOWS old style dancing at Salsabration Saturday. Salsabration is the largest event hosted by Multicultural Student Services each year. KRISTY JORDAN photo
Latino and Polynesian Student Unions, as well as the Asian-American and Native American student councils. The center focuses on providing support for students of all nationalities and helping students get more involved in the community through service. The center has a main goal
of bringing many cultures together, creating unity on campus. When asked what the biggest personal benefit is, Karla Mora, Latino Student Union secretary and junior in psychology, said it has taught her about herself. “I grew up without having that strong cultural
Aggies around the world A student’s look into the Japanese culture I did a year of studying abroad at Yokohama National University. YNU is a respected university located about 40 minutes south of Tokyo, Japan. The campus is located outside of downtown Yokohama City which is the second largest city so it wasn’t hard to find something to do on the weekends or during school breaks. Before I went to YNU I had the opportunity to study in Japan before as a missionary. The experiences I learned from the mission are priceless and I will cherish them forever. However, as many people who are familiar with missionaries and their work know missionaries live a very strict and regimented lifestyle. When I went back as an exchange student I got to see other aspects of the culture and became more in tune with the Japanese lifestyle as I was able to do some un-missionary things such as watching TV or going to karaoke or to parties with different clubs from school. These little things are just everyday things in the life of a Japanese but things that I hadn’t been accustomed to until I went to school there. I made a bunch of friends in Japan during my study abroad. I love playing golf and before I went to YNU I knew that golf in Japan was expensive and my driver and putter wouldn’t fit in my suitcase so I accepted the fact that I might not be able to golf while I was in Japan. However, I met my friend, Akihiro, who worked at one of those double-decker driving ranges they have in Japan. He invited me to go to his work to hit balls one evening. There I met the owner of the driving range, Sakawa, and his wife. They were nice and cordial to me and told me I could come anytime I wanted. The next time I went to the driving range I met a man named Ojima. Ojima is not the typical Japanese people think of because he has a wild sense of humor and talks to anybody about anything he wants to. Although Ojima has an intimidating presence, he is very nice and as we talked for
background, besides my family, but when I came to the university the Multicultural Student Services really helped me out,” she said. “Getting to know more of my culture, getting to know more about other cultures here, I think it really opened my eyes of how different we all are but how
Simple acts of service colleges and universities. “The students who run and volunteer for the programs are passionate about partnering with the community to tackle important local With 19 unique service clubs, the Val R. and global issues,” she said. Christensen Service Center is sure to fit the Knighton said volunteering for the service interests, strengths and schedules of every center has taught him valuable leadership and USU student. The center, located on the third organizational skills that will help him with floor of the TSC, is the university’s hub for future responsibilities and leadership posiservice to USU, the community and the world tions. He said the opportunity to work with and provides opportunities for students to other students and make lasting friendships grow and develop leadership skills through has also been a good experience. Knighton service. On Monday, Sept. 14, the service said he strongly encourages students to center will be hosting the annual Service Fair become involved with the service center. in the Sunburst Lounge “Come get involved. You from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. have no idea how much it “There’s education with booths for each of will enhance your life and in the classroom, but your college experience. the service clubs and there is also outside- Your life will change by opportunities to sign up and get involved in serthe-classroom learn- giving service at the service vice. center,” Knighton said. ing that takes place David Knighton, senior Vaughn said every stuthrough service.” in nutrition and director dent has something they of the Val R. Christensen can offer and learn from Service Center, said the –David Knighton, director the service center. purpose of the center is “Every person has someof the Val R. Christensen thing to serve the community they can give to othService Center ers,” he said. “A graphic but also give students the opportunity to improve design student might their own lives through create a logo for the local service. food bank. A physics major might visit local “The purpose of the service center is to schools to encourage young women to enter enhance the quality of life for Utah State stuscientific fields. A business student can help dents through doing service,” he said. a local non-profit create a volunteer database. Knighton said he believes service is an By doing things that they love, we hope that important aspect of college life. students not only give to others but learn “There’s education in the classroom, but from others.” there is also outside-the-classroom learning The following is a list and description that takes place through service,” he said. of each of the service clubs in the Val R. “That type of learning is invaluable and you Christensen Service Center. For more informacan’t get it in the classroom. It is a crucial part tion or to join a club, visit www.usu.edu/asusu of the college experience.” or visit the service center on the third floor of Each of the service clubs are student-run, the TSC. something Lisa Vaughn, the community service coordinator and Val R. Christensen Service Center adviser, said is unique to other - See CLUBS, page 7 By KARLIE BRAND web editor
TYLER TRIBETT STANDS in front of a building in Japan. Tribett studied at Yokohama National University, a university located south of Tokyo, Japan.photo courtesy TYLER TRIBETT
a bit he told me he was going to take me golfing with Sakawa. Ojima’s generosity didn’t stop there. As the months passed and my year of studying abroad came to an end, Ojima had taken me golfing six times along with lending me his clubs for the duration of my stay so that
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we are all the same.” The Multicultural Student Services also offers a great option for students to be more involved with the school as well as their peers. Mora has been involved with the center since her freshman year and is quick to praise the office and the environment
found there. “The scholarships are great and so are the leadership opportunities. It’s a great office to work for,” she said. The reason Salsabration is important to the Multicultural Student Services is that it introduces incoming students to the opportunities they could have through the program, as well as giving them a taste of Latin-American countries. Lopez said he has noticed the increased participation in clubs and events after Salsabration. “Two years ago our attendance at Salsabration was 150 and last year it was 380,” he said. “It more than doubled.” Salsabration is definitely a way to expand horizons. Mora said some advice she would give to those planning to attend next year’s Salsabration would be to have an open mind. “When you come to Salsabration, just realize the world is so big and there are so many great opportunities, great people to meet. Don’t stop just at Salsabration, keep going and get to know others.” Lopez agrees. “Everyone is welcome,” he said. “Everyone is welcome at any of our events, at any of our club meetings and to come into the office. It’s not specifically for these populations that we are targeting but for everyone. We are trying to create an inclusive campus. Just come to Salsabration ready to party, eat good food and have a good time.” –firstname.lastname@example.org
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Meet the City of Logan Mayor primary candidates By SETH BRACKEN senior features writer
On Sept. 15, Logan will have the primary election between four candidates and the two candidates that receive the most votes will go on to the general election in November. In a city of approximately 48,000 residents, there were about 4,500 people that voted in the mayoral election for Logan in 2005, according The Deseret News’ electoral results archives. The mayoral elections in Logan are held every four years and the current mayor, Randy Watts, is a one-term incumbent. The mayor won the last election by 1,091 votes, according The Deseret News’ archives. The primary elections include all of the candidates. There are no party affiliated elections. However all four candidates said they label themselves as conservative. Also, there are seven candidates vying for two at large council member positions. To register to vote, contact the county clerk’s office or for more information go to www.cachecounty.org. The deadline to register to vote for the primary elections has already passed. However, students can still register to vote in the general election that will take place on Nov. 3. The deadline to register is Oct. 5 for postal mail and Oct. 19 if it’s done at the county clerk’s office. For information on where to vote, go to www.loganutah.org.
John P. Clay
Clay is a retired Utah native and has lived in Logan for the past seven years. He has a Ph.D. in engineering that includes structural and fluid mechanics and applied mathematics. Clay helped do consulting for the research
arm of the electric power industry and taught at Penn State University. Clay said he understands the need for more research and grants at USU. The local government needs to help and work with the university in order to help students succeed and be able to pay for college, he said. “Tuition is so high compared to the wages students can receive here in Logan,” Clay said. Clay also has a background in structural design and would try to help make sure there’s safe, affordable housing for students. While Clay does is not directly affiliated or supported by the Republican Party, he identifies himself as a Republican.
Haws is a Logan native, attended USU but graduated from Stevens Henagers College. Haws has worked for the Logan Park and Recreation Department since 1985. However, Haws is a true-blue Aggie and attends sporting events and is on the board of directors for the Big Blue Scholarship Fund. Haws’ parents worked at USU and Haws said the university is vital to Logan’s economy. Haws said one of his goals, if he is elected mayor, is to help students by drawing industry and jobs here to Logan. Haws would also try to help students start their own businesses here in Logan. USU students often get married and start families and it’s tough for the students to leave Logan with newly formed families but are forced to leave because of the lack of jobs, Haws said. Haws said he feels he is somewhat of a Republican but is not affiliated with any party and has voted for Republicans, Democrats and write-in candidates in the past. “Of all the candidates going for mayor, I am the blue-collar worker – not the type to wear a shirt and tie,” Haws said.
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Morrill is a Logan native and has spent practically all 48 years of his life in Logan. Morrill attended USU studying business information systems and is currently the CEO of Propel Trampolines, an international company. Morrill said he is well aware of the important role that USU plays because about 40 percent of Logan residents are students. Morrill had attended the Day on the Quad at the beginning of the school year to help more than 500 people register to vote in Logan. Morrill said if elected to be mayor he will address parking and housing issues that students face in Logan. There is limited parking throughout the city and with some parking strips becoming off-limits, students are receiving tickets and having their cars booted, Morrill said. “I’ll get real simple with students,” Morrill said. “Sometimes for prospective students and current students parking can make coming to Logan a really negative experience.” Morrill also said he opposes landlord
licensing – requiring landlords to register and pay a fee – because the cost would go directly to the tenants, most of them being students. Morrill does not claim to be a member of any political party but said he is conservative.
Watts is the current mayor and is going for his second term. Watts is a Logan native and graduated from USU in business administration and economics. Watts said he ran for mayor and is running again to give back to the community where he has lived his whole life. “I became mayor not because I am a politician but because I am a businessman,” Watts said. Watts said USU students have benefited from his knowledge in business and promises to continue to advocate fiscal responsibility for the city government. Watts said he does not directly align himself along any party lines but considers himself a conservative. –email@example.com
Student admires Ghandi and wants to give back
JUNIOR SAMANTHA HIATT works with children and said her least favorite sound is a kid throwing a tantrum. TODD JONES photo
By JILL STETTLER staff writer
Utah Statesman: If all the world’s a stage, where does the audience sit? Samantha Hiatt: On their butts. US: There’s a book by Philip K. Dick called “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” Have you ever read it? SH: No. US: Well, going off of the book title, do you think androids dream of electric sheep? Especially considering that androids probably think that they’re real humanbeings. SH: They’d dream of real sheep, but I don’t know. US: What’s a creative way to torture someone? SH: I like the Harry Potter
Caught on Campus Samantha Hiatt junior early childhood education major
US: What’s your favorite word? SH: Yes. US: Why? SH: Because everyone always says “no.”
answer from that one guy, Filch, I’d hang them by their toenails. That would kind of hurt, but your toenails would fall off eventually so it wouldn’t hurt so much then.
US: What is your least favorite sound?
US: What kind of displays would you have in a hall of infamy?
US: If you had a lot of money, what would you do with it?
SH: I would have things that came to life, like in “Night at the Museum.” I’d have tons of pictures, that’s for sure. US: What’s the most profound thing you’ve ever heard? SH: Probably a quote by Ghandi: “My life is my message.”
SH: Probably a kid throwing a tantrum. I work with children, so I can say that.
SH: I’d pay off all my debt and then give it to charity. US: Really?
SH: Yeah. I’d give it to orphanages and stuff like that, and for Alzheimer’s disease. –firstname.lastname@example.org
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Clubs: Opportunities to do more than homework -continued from page 5 Aggie Health Aggie Health provides students with health-related majors with opportunities to promote the health of both local and international communities through clinics, screenings and education.
Project PALS PALS is a youth mentoring program in which students are matched with 6- to 16-year-olds in Cache Valley and spend time with them weekly in one-on-one activities or group events.
Aggie Recyclers Aggie Recyclers aims to serve the community and environment by educating people on how to live in a sustainable way. They are involved with recycling on campus as well as promoting other sustainable practices.
Senior University Senior University provides weekly on-campus classes for seniors citizens taught by USU professors.
Aggie Special Olympics Team Special Olympics is designed to give people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in sports. With four different seasons to choose from, athletes can participate in a wide variety of sports including basketball, swimming, snowshoeing, volleyball and soccer. Volunteers help coach and train athletes while developing relationships that can last a lifetime. Aggies for Africa Aggies for Africa raises awareness of issues occurring in Africa and participates in fundraising efforts for non-profits such as Mali Rising and Invisible Children. Alternative Breaks Alternative Breaks gives students the opportunity to spend time off from school providing meaningful service. Activities include local projects, fundraising and service trips across the country. The next activity is a Spring Break service trip. In the past, students have served in New Orleans, La., Galveston, Texas and Hawaii. Plans for the 2010 Spring Break trip are being made for a humanitarian trip to Hawaii.
THE OSAKA CASTLE IN JAPAN is one of the places Tyler Tribett visited while in Japan. Tribett lived in Japan for a year as part of the USU Study Abroad program. photo courtesy TYLER TRIBETT
Japan: Adventures at YNU -continued from page 5 I could practice at the driving range between goings to the golf course. Ojima also treated me to dinner on numerous occasions and was the last person I saw in Japan because he gave me a ride to the airport, which is about two hours away from Yokohama. Thanks to Ojima my stay was better than I imagined it could be. Aside from golf, I did attend the university. When I got to school the first day the International Student Center had an opening ceremony for our group of about 30 exchange students. Here I met the people that would be my family for the next year. They had classes especially for exchange students that we attended together. The classes offered ranged from business classes to history classes and some education classes. The university has clubs, or circles as they call them over there, that have various different interest groups. They had everything from dance circles and basketball circles to people who like ice cream and speaking English. I joined a basketball circle where I played about once a week. I also joined a couple international mingling circles where the exchange students would gather with Japanese students regularly and we would go out together and they would drink or we would go to karaoke and such. Occasionally, we would organize an event such as a barbeque near the beach or a one-day trip to a tourist spot or whatever. Through these different associations at school and through the International Student Center, I made hundreds of friends at school and in the community. I keep in touch with as many of them as I can and I am looking forward to the day when I can see some of them again. There isnâ€™t a better alternative to connecting with the international community than by studying abroad. Your language skills improve, your knowledge of the world and people grow, you make great friends and the experiences are invaluable. If you have the opportunity to study abroad I would recommend doing an entire year but even a semester overseas would be awesome. Take it from someone who spent a year with the samurai. Tyler Tribett is a senior in international business. For more information regarding the Study Abroad program at USU, visit the USU Study Abroad Fair Sept. 15, in the International Lounge in the Taggart Student Center.
S.T.A.R. S.T.A.R. stands for Students Teaching Arithmetic and Reading. Volunteers give one-on-one tutoring in both reading and math to elementary school students in various schools in Cache Valley. S.T.I.C.K.S. S.T.I.C.K.S. is a tutoring program for middle school students in math and reading, motivating students to prepare for college. Service-Learning Scholars Program The Service-Learning Scholars Program helps students combine service with their academic experience. Students learn hands-on by serving in campus and in the community, relating directly to coursework they are taking for an applied learning experience. Spanish Ambassadors Speak Spanish? Spanish Ambassadors is a program that partners with the Hispanic community in Logan with after-school programs, ESL classes, Spanish and translations classes.
Best Buddies Best Buddies pair college students with an intellectually disabled member of the community to develop one-on-one friendships.
Special Olympic Games Special Olympic Games volunteers help organize area competitions and with National Special Olympic qualifying games at USU. Volunteers help to recruit more volunteers, time events, organize entertainment for athletes and prepare athletes before the race. Events include swimming, powerlifting, gymnastics, basketball and track and field events.
Community Partnerships Community Partnerships help students get involved in service in Cache Valley by working with local non-profits. Volunteers also help with other programs in the Val R. Christensen Service Center when additional volunteers are needed.
S.T.E.P. S.T.E.P. stands for Students Together Ending Poverty. Volunteers work to alleviate hunger and homelessness in the state of Utah and complete projects to aid people around the world suffering from poverty.
Friends of the Elderly Friends of the Elderly provides the opportunity for students to serve senior citizens in Cache Valley. Students either develop oneon-one relationships or participate in organized group activities held in various nursing homes and retirement communities.
Storytellers Storyteller volunteers promote literacy among children through tutoring in reading at local elementary schools and helping with Literacy Fairs throughout Cache Valley.
Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity volunteers build simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with those in need of adequate shelter. Volunteers of every experience level are invited to help enhance the lives of those in need of shelter locally.
United Campus Volunteers United Campus Volunteers organizes a monthly service project for people who love to serve with others. Volunteers have a variety of projects they can participate in throughout the year to meet the needs of the community.
Information about service clubs compiled from www.usu.edu/ asusu. â€“email@example.com
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Ags turn up heat in Arizona By CONNOR JONES sports senior writer
USU swept the 2009 Fiesta Friday where the Aggies Bowl Tournament in Flagstaff, started where they left off Ariz., Saturday defeating against Idaho State, defeatthe Citadel (3-0), Wyoming ing the Citadel in three sets (3-1) and Northern Arizona (25-12, 25-15, 25-19). Junior University (3-1) for the first outside hitter from Provo, Aggie tournament champiLori Wilson-Beckstrom, had onship since 2005 when the a career-high 15 kills and Aggies won the Hurricane .522 (15-3-23) hitting percentInvitational age. Another hosted by Tulsa career-high University. on the night Liz • LIz McArthur named came from McArthur was 2009 Fiesta Bowl sophomore named tourna- Tournament MVP, set opposite side ment MVP hitter Emily after averaging new career-high with Kortsen, who 1.00 digs, 0.60 23 kills. hit a .667 (9-1blocks and 4.30 • USU won nine of the 12) percentage. kills per set The Aggies hit 11 sets while hitting a a .375 (14-5• USU is 9-0 in first .360 (43-11-89) 24) and held hitting percent- sets this year The Citadel to age. McArthur, a -.158 (2-5-19) a sophomore outside hitter hitting percentage in the first from St. George, had a career set 25. high 23 kills against Northern The second and third set Arizona. was more of the same for USU, Chelsea Fowles and which hit a .481 (16-3-27) Shantell Durrant were also while holding the Citadel to honored for their play during .250 (9-4-20) and a .458 (13the tournament, named to the 2-24), limiting the Citadel to all-tournament team. .000 (8-8-27) hitting percentThe tournament began age, respectively. The Aggies
FRESHMAN FORWARD RACHEL FEUZ, 12, dives for a ball during the Aggies’ match against Utah. USU won it’s first tournament since 2005 in Arizona over the weekend. CODY GOCHNOUR photo
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USU splits a pair of games in Texas By LANDON HEMSLEY & STEVE CRASS staff writers
Allison Dillon’s first-minute goal for the University of Texas-San Antonio was enough to lift the Roadrunners over USU Friday night. UTSA took possession and sent it low to the base line and earned a corner kick right off the bat. UTSA forward Kara Hoffman sent it in from the corner to Dillon, who put it past sophomore goalkeeper Molli Merrill to take the lead. That goal set the score at 1-0, and that’s where it stayed for 89 minutes afterward. Head coach Heather Cairns said she was disappointed and the team really needed more determination from the start in a tough road match like this. She also gave credit to UTSA for not folding down the stretch. “That goal in the first minute really caused us to chase the game a little bit,” Cairns said. “We had opportunities, but we didn’t do much with them. I have to give them credit, though. They were a resilient team to play against.” This match was USU’s first loss on the road. Cairns said although the loss was frustrating, she is not overly concerned with the state of the team. She said the issue is not on the defensive end of the field, but converting on offensive opportunites when they present themselves. Midfielder Heather Pond agreed with Cairns and said although the loss is frustrating, it is not causing a great amount of concern to her or the team. “It’s always hard to come off a loss, but this one is not particularly hard,” Pond said. “We just need to make sure we can move on from this. We can do it.” Further evidence that the final score is not entirely reflective of the pace of the game is in the goalkeeping statistics. Backup goalkeeper Aleena Shelton saw action in this match when she took over for Molli Merrill in the second half. Shelton had three saves and didn’t allow a goal. The two USU keepers combined for five saves in the match. By contrast, the UTSA keeper converted on eight saves. USU forward Shantel Flanary took three shots, two of which were on goal. Danielle Shorts, except for not scoring, also did remarkably well with her
USU FORWARD SHANTEL FLANARY, 7, fights for the ball against Oklahoma State. USU split a pair of road games this weekend, falling to the University of Texas-San Antonio and beating Houston Baptist. PATRICK ODEN photo
offensive opportunities. She took six shots on goal. Such statistics are indicative that Utah State did a good job of keeping the ball in Roadrunner territory and controlling the midfield effectively, despite the fact that USU was not able to convert on any of its opportunities. Pond said USU’s shots could not find a hole to pass through into the UTSA net. “We took a ton of shots,but it seemed like every single one went straight to their keeper. They just didn’t hit,” Pond said. “They didn’t have a better level of skill by any means.” Cairns said the largest holes in the Aggies’ gameplay was their offensive execution and team readiness from the opening whistle. “We were looking for that big play on the other side of the ball,” Cairns said. “We just need to be better from the middle of the field to the final third.” This loss marks the third match this season in which USU has surrendered a goal within the first 10
minutes. Pond said starting strong is one area where the team can improve. “We need to make sure we all come out together,” she said. “We need to connect and combine.” Sunday at Houston Baptist The Utah State Aggies came away with their fourth win of the season after beating the Huskies of Houston Baptist 5-1 Friday. It was the program’s 100th win overall. The Aggies (4-2-1) had previously struggled with possession between their midfielders and forwards, often losing the ball in one-on-one battles or creating poorly aimed passes, which in turn allowed their opponents to retake the ball. This game, however, was a completely different story. “We were very good with our possession, which was an improvement,” said USU head coach Heather Cairns. “I was pleased that it increased.”
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Top 25 1. Florida 2-0 2. Texas 2-0 3. USC 2-0 4. Alabama 2-0 5. Mississippi 1-0 5. Penn State 2-0 7. BYU 2-0 8. California 2-0 9. LSU 2-0 10. Boise State 2-0 11.Ohio State 1-1 12. Oklahoma 1-1 13. Virg. Tech 1-1 14. Georgia Tech 2-0 15. TCU 1-0 16. Okla. St. 1-1 17. Cincinnati 2-0 18. Utah 2-0 19. Nebraska 2-0 20. Miami (FL) 1-0 21. Houston 2-0 22. Kansas 2-0 23. Georgia 1-1 24. UNC 2-0 25. Michigan 2-0
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Tiger Woods wins again LEMONT, Ill. (AP)–Tiger Woods’ only way out was a 3-iron through a 20-foot wide corridor of fans and 30foot high canopy of trees. For his next shot, he had to hook a 9-iron around another big tree and try to bounce it up a ramp onto the green. After all that, he wound up with another birdie. Walking off the ninth green with his lead still at seven shots, Woods shrugged his shoulders and smiled as if nothing could go wrong. Hardly anything did at the BMW Championship. All it took was one big week to end a month of frustration for the world’s No. 1 player. One day after his courserecord 62 gave him a sevenshot lead, Woods made sure no one else had a chance Sunday at Cog Hill, where he closed with a 3-under 68 for an eight-shot victory over Jim Furyk and Marc Leishman. The victory was his sixth of the year and assured Woods of the No. 1 seed for the final tournament of the FedEx Cup. It was his first victory since he blew a two-shot lead last month in the final round of the PGA Championship. His most recent chance at winning came at Liberty National two weeks ago, where he missed a 7-foot birdie putt on the last hole to get into a playoff. “To play as well as I have of late and not get the W’s has been a little bit frustrating, no doubt, because I’ve been so close,” he said. “It’s just been a matter of making a couple of putts here and there, and I would have won the tournaments. And lo and behold, boom! I hit the ball just as well, just as consistent this week, and I made a few putts. And that’s how it happens.” Woods finished at 19under 265 to win for the fifth time at Cog Hill. It was his 10th career PGA Tour victory by at least eight shots. Not that Cog Hill was devoid of drama. “It felt like we had a tournament within a tournament,” Furyk said after his 66. “Tiger was seven ahead. He was kind of running away. It was kind of a tournament for second place.”
Monday, Sept. 14, 2009
Aggies play well, but can’t beat Weber St. By DAN FAWSON staff writer
Friday: Game 1 The defending conference champion Weber State Wildcats needed extra innings to defeat Utah State in a season opener highlighted by dominant pitching and spectacular defense. With seven scoreless innings already in the books, Wildcat catcher Alberto Parea led off the eighth inning with a hard hit single to left field. Shortstop Kort Christofferesen followed with single down the third base line past a diving Brad Singer, and as the ball died in left field, Parea pushed for third. Parea beat the throw in from left field, and when Brad Singer’s attempt to catch Christofferesen going to second got by second baseman Brady Sayama, Parea scooted home to give the Wildcats the first run of the game. An RBI infield single later in the inning put Weber State ahead 2-0, and the Aggies were unable to mount a final charge in the bottom of the eighth. The wild final inning overshadowed an often-times dominating pitching performance from Aggie ace Ryan Doyle. Doyle shutdown the Wildcats in the seven innings leading up to the eighth, not allowing a Weber State hitter to reach base in the second, third, fifth and sixth innings. “Time and time again everybody asks me about Ryan Doyle, and he’s just consistent,” Aggie head coach Brett Al-amari said. “You know you get solid pitching every time he goes out there.” “I just kept them off balance, I think,” said Doyle when asked about his success on the mound, saying he tried to work ahead of hitters with the fastball and mix in some off-speed pitches. The highlight of the game for Utah State came in the seventh inning from center fielder Dallin Christensen, a newcomer to the team. After Weber State’s Nate Miller led off the inning with a triple, Christensen caught a fly-ball on the next at-bat and threw out the tagging Miller at home. “That was a great play,” Al-amari said. “I thought they were going to score a run there for sure. He came up and made a good catch and a phenomenal throw.” Friday: Game 2 In the second game of a Friday night double-header, Utah State once again came up agonizingly short against the Wildcats. Trailing 5-4 in the seventh and final inning, an Aggie rally fizzled out when Cody Ferguson was thrown out at home plate and Ryan Doyle hit a pop-fly to deep center field to end the game. After being shutout by the Wildcats in game one, third baseman Brad Singer highlighted a resurgent Aggie offense. Singer gave the Aggies their first runs of the fall season when his basesloaded triple knotted the score at 3-3 in the fourth inning. “The biggest thing with Brad is he stays in every single at-bat and he hits mistakes,” Al-amari said. “You can’t mess up and leave a pitch up in the zone for him to hit, because he’s going to hit it and he’s going to hit hard.” The Wildcats quickly responded in the top of the fifth inning with two runs, regaining a 5-3 lead. The Aggies scored the last run of the game in the bottom half of the fifth when Ferguson
USU SECOND BASEMAN BRADY SAYAMA warms up during the Aggies practice at Providence Field. Utah State lost to rival Weber State four straight times over the weekend. TODD JONES photo
scored on a sacrifice fly from Doyle. Al-amari was disappointed opening the fall season with two losses, but praised the Wildcats’ performance and believes his team will improve with time. “Their pitchers threw pretty well,” Al-amari said. “We swung at a lot of bad pitches. We have to get comfortable. Everybody’s seen live pitching but until you get a bunch of at-bats under your belt it’s going to be a little shaky.” Weber State’s Brandon Noyes started the scoring in the first inning with an RBI single, and an Aggie throwing error later in the first gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead. Noyes had another RBI single in the third inning. Saturday: Game 1 On a sweltering summer afternoon the Utah State bats were never able to catch fire. In the first game of an afternoon double-header, the Aggies managed only two hits while committing five fielding errors en route to a 13-1 loss to Weber State. The Aggies gave up 11 runs in the first four innings while only being able to counter with a solo home run from shortstop Zack Gunn. Gunn’s solo shot in the second inning was the Aggies first of the fall season, and the only bright spot in an otherwise lackluster performance. “We came out of the gates a little lacking, a little sluggish,” Alamari said of his team’s performance. Signs of life appeared to be coming from the Aggie side when, trailing 8-1 in the third inning, Gunn came to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded. Zack ripped a grounder down the first base line, but a spectacular diving grab by Wildcat first baseman Nate Miller put an end to the Aggie rally, and effectively seized momentum for the Wildcats for the rest of the game. Hoping to improve hitting going into the spring season, the weekend series saw both teams opt for wooden bats in place of the metal ones commonly used in college baseball. Noting it was the first time many of his hitters have ever used wooden bats, Al-amari said the players seemed a little timid at the plate, which might explain some of the offensive futility. Gunn agreed with his coach, saying the switch in bats was a big adjustment and that the power of the Wildcat pitchers also caught the team off guard. Commenting on his homer, Gunn said Weber State’s pitchers were throwing a lot of fastballs, and he knew he needed to sit
back and be patient. “I just pretty much sat back and tried to stay loose and throw my hands,” Gunn said. Saturday: Game 2 With a 3-2 lead heading into the sixth inning, Weber State caught fire at the plate and seized control of the fourth and final game of its weekend series with Utah State. Wildcat first baseman Chris Abbott led off the sixth with a solo home run to deep right field, opening the floodgates for a seven run inning that saw 12 Wildcat batters come to the plate. Weber State tacked on two more runs in the seventh inning to come away with a 12-2 victory. Al-amari said the combination of his tiring pitchers and a few costly errors in the field led to the Wildcats’ big inning. “They started putting the bat on the ball a little bit more,” he said. “We made a few costly mistakes in the field and things just added up and they added up fast.” The final score overshadows what had been a very hotly contested game through the first five innings. Coming off the bat of shortstop Zack Gunn, a two-run double in the first inning put the Aggies up 2-0, giving them their first lead of the four-game series. Weber State quickly answered back in the second inning, knotting the score up with a two-run double of its own. A sacrifice bunt in the fourth inning gave the Wildcats the lead, and the score remained the same until their sixth inning explosion. Gunn’s performance at the plate was the unquestioned highlight of the Aggies Saturday double-header. He drove in all three Aggie runs during the two games. “Zack has the ability to be the best hitter in this conference,” Al-amari said. “He’s just a natural baseball player, and he always wants to get better.” Gunn was disappointed with the loss, but stressed the Aggies are not that far behind the defending conference champion Wildcats. “My hope is that we practice a lot over the fall and next spring and get some guys some at-bats,” Gunn said. He said added experience and the return of some key players for spring ball will have the Aggies playing better. “I think we can definitely hang with these guys,” Gunn said, “because we were right there.” –firstname.lastname@example.org
Sweep: Volleyball off to great start Split: Ags rebound after Friday loss -continued from page 8 finished the match with a season-high .440 (43-10-75) hitting percentage while limiting the Citadel to a .030 (19-17-66). Day two of the tournament was once again dominated by McArthur who racked up a match-high 15 kills against Wyoming and a career-high 23 kills against Northern Arizona. McArthur hit a .270 (15-5-37) against Wyoming and a .386 (23-6-44) against Northern Arizona. USU’s command over the first set continued Saturday against the Cowgirls of Wyoming and the NAU Lumberjacks. The Aggies are undefeated in the first set of each match this season for a perfect 9-0. After the first-set routing of the Cowgirls, Wyoming came back strong, taking the lead from the Aggies early in the second set and not allowing USU to regain control. The Aggies made a valiant comeback effort with the score at 22-14 when USU went on a 6-0 run to close the Cowgirl lead to 22-20. The Cowgirls, however, held on for a 25-22 second-set win. The third and fourth sets were tight right up until the end where both ended with the
-continued from page 8 Aggies up 25-23. USU won the first two sets against tournament host Northern Arizona 25-18 and 25-16 with hitting percentages of .355 and .400, respectively. The third sets’ percentage dropped dramatically to .121 while the Lumberjacks tallied up a .333 hitting percentage. USU had nine errors in its 25-18 third set loss. The team cut its errors in half, finishing the fourth and final set with 15 kills and four errors in 39 attempts for a .282 hitting percentage in the 25-19 win. The Aggies won the tournament taking nine out of the 11 sets they played. Their record is now 6-3 with three matches left before conference play begins in two weeks. The 6-3 record is the Aggies’ best record to start the season since the 2003 Aggies won six of their first nine matches. Also, the four straight match wins is the longest winning streak since 2007 when the team won six in a row. This, weekend USU heads to its next tournament in Kent, Ohio, where the Ags will face off against Butler, Kent State and Robert Morris at the Kent State Mizuno Open.
Cairns also said the biggest reason for the Aggies success was that the girls played hard the entire 90 minutes, which is never easy on the road. She said the girls stayed connected, and mounted an overwhelming offensive attack, outshooting the Huskies,16-7. “It was good to bounce back with a win today since we didn’t have our best performance on Friday night,” Cairns said. “We wanted to improve today and the girls responded very well to that challenge.” The Aggies were able to quickly take the lead in the game after sophomore forward Shantel Flanary was taken out from behind by a Houston defender. The play resulted in a penalty kick, which Flanary successfully scored off of in the fifth minute of play. Flanary appeared again shortly thereafter, placing a cross into the Huskies’ box to give sophomore forward Ellen Larsen a goal, all before the first 10 minutes of play were through. The second half opened with yet another goal by Flanary, who fired a shot from 30 yards out into the top corner of the net in the 46th minute of play. The Huskies made an effort to
get back into the game with a goal by junior midfielder Isla Cameron, but that would be all their offense could put forth. The Aggies would have two more goals before the game ended. One by sophomore forward Danielle Shorts in the 83rd minute, and the other by junior forward Stefani Shiozaki in the 85th minute. “Our midfield did very well today connecting with our forwards,” Flanary said. “(The game) helped us see that we can score in multiple ways, and that we’re capable of finishing a game to the very end.” Flanary and the rest of her teammates can use their efforts of this game as a much needed morale boost. The season is still far from over, and the Aggies now must focus on their next game against the University of Washington Huskies, who earlier on Sunday pulled a surprising upset against No. 11 Illinois. “It will be a good challenge for us this weekend,” Flanary said. “It’s going to be tough, but it’s always a great opportunity to play against one of the top 100 teams in the nation.” –email@example.com, –steven.crass@ aggiemail.usu.edu
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oday marks the start of Service Week at USU. The word “service” can be daunting. At its mention, images immediately fly of planting trees, reading to kids at an elementary school and knitting bandages for third world countries. These are all great things. Hats off to those who are ambitious with their charity work. But service doesn’t have to be big. Service can be done through small things and just by simply becoming conscious of surroundings. Holding a door open for someone is a small way to serve someone. So is showing a professor you are interested in the subject and paying attention in class. Service doesn’t have to talk a lot of effort, either. After eating a Scotsman dog at the tables in The Hub, chuck the wrapper in the garbage. It takes barely any time, but it saves someone else from having to clean up the table and they’ll be grateful. Service doesn’t have to take much time. Your attitude in general can be a service to those around you. Smiling, saying, Hey, good to see you, or even acknowledging someone with a wave of the hand as you pass can be a service. It’s so cliche, but you never know when someone could use that extra boost. It’s just like that Volkswagen commercial where a girl starts a chain reaction with her attitude. She greets a shopkeeper who opens the door for a girl who, because of that, picks up a piece of fruit that has fallen on the ground, and the good deeds continue. It’s contagious. So, where to begin? The Service Fair can give the service-minded a good start. Running Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Taggart Student Center International Lounge, the fair gives students information and ideas for how to start helping. Students can sign up for clubs, enter a raffle and participate in some on-site service projects. It’s a quick way to grab some feel-goods that come from serving others.
he combined addictive qualities of cocaine, liquor, gambling, sex, organized religion, Facebook and chocolate doesn’t come close to the enslaving power that cell phones have on American society. There is a joke that the comedian Steven Wright told 20 years ago that I find quite profound. Wright said, “I bought an answering machine for my car phone. The message says, ‘I am home right now. Leave a message and I will call you when I go out.’” Farce has become reality. For over a decade I resisted the urge to succumb to the pratfalls this addiction yokes on to most of you. Keeping Nancy Reagan’s crypt keeper voice in my head, I just said, no. I refused to chase the dragon. But, I am mortal after all, and this week, I finally broke down and bought an iPhone. Now, like most of you, I spend my days tethered to this aweinspiring gizmo. I am not suggesting that cell phones are altogether bad. There are many examples where being available through a cell phone has landed people jobs or other benefits that has improved their lives. The problem I speak of is that we as a society are so immersed with our phones that we are now losing our ability to converse with others face-to-face. That is the great irony. The ability to communicate anytime we want has stunted our ability to communicate. Think on this. How many times have you not answered your phone when someone Re-entry Thoughts calls you, but you return that same person’s text message within 30 seconds of reading it? How many times have you had a designated place and time to meet someone and call them to tell them you arrived there on time? When did you last call someone just to tell them you were leaving the store? When did you last bump into someone in a hallway because you were texting on your phone and not looking where you were going? And, finally, when did you last send a text message to someone that was within 10 feet of you? Don’t you find that bizarre? Face it. Many of us are diseased, and it’s spreading to pandemic levels. This disease also leads to a bigger problem of laziness. In my misbegotten youth, I would travel miles searching for a weekend party. It could be said that my friends and I resembled something out of National Geographic. Picture the scene if you can. A pack of young human males in the prime of mating season, using their keen sense of smell and hearing, walking by a row of houses, listening for music and the clang of beer bottles. And then, once we found a party, fighting the others males with no other tool but my intellect in an attempt to get a young human female to come outside and make out with me. It sounds primitive. Yet, I can emphatically state that there was an exhilaration in the conquest. Today, you young bucks just text a friend with a photo of a happening party and 10 dudes show up within a half hour.
- See CELL PHONES, page 11
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Act like the United States I want my country back. The one where a message of personal responsibility and the value of a good education is celebrated, not denigrated with suspicion and hostility. The one where the opportunity to hear from the president of the United States is seen as a once-in-a-lifetime event, not decried as propagandistic indoctrination. The one where public debate is engaged by reasonable people concerned with solving common problems, not radical voices making stuff up to misinform, inflame and divide. This country is called the “United” States for a reason. It’s because once upon a time representatives of a motley collection of colonies considered it in their best interest – for the present and the future – to come together under a federal government that could serve their common needs while letting them have a degree of autonomy. We aren’t the “Secessionist” States, the irresponsible pandering of our opportunist Texas governor notwithstanding. And despite the color-coding labels used by pundits and others who find it clever, we aren’t even the “Red-or-Blue-Choose-OnlyOne” States. Maybe I’m deluded, but I believe that a majority of Americans still respect the office of the presidency and its occupant – whoever that might be – even if they consider some of his actions ill-conceived, disappointing or wrongheaded. A majority believes that it doesn’t promote the general welfare to demonize our national leaders as socialist or fascist, evil conspirators, lawbreakers or liars. A majority believes that no individual, political party or interest group has a monopoly on good ideas, and that we don’t progress by living in bubbles where we listen only to those who look and think like us. A majority believes that extremists on the airwaves, the Internet and elsewhere do not contribute to domestic tranquility by stirring fear, spreading malice and reaffirming our worst biases. If our leaders are misleading us, acting above the law, abusing their office or otherwise breaking their commitment to those who elected them, then of course they should be called out and voted out. But seeing sinister conspiracy behind every Web head is using free speech as a cudgel, not a
tool for enlightenment. The vitriol aimed at President Barack Obama’s back-to-school address is emblematic of mindless opposition. Culture conservatives are adamant about wanting public schools to teach kids values such as respect, hard work, personal responsibility and patriotism. But heaven forbid the president of the United States should talk to students about hard work, personal responsibility and dedication to their goals and to their country. That somehow smacks of indoctrination. Sheesh! Because President George W. Bush took the country into war on false pretenses, disregarded the law on wiretapping and treatment of detainees, and damaged the Justice Department’s reputation for fairness, his most vociferous critics wrongly insisted that he could do no right. Because President Obama hasn’t righted the economy, has called for health-care reform that could carry a mind-boggling price tag and advocates some ideas that challenge right-wing ideology, a relentless minority stubbornly _ and wrongly _ works to caricature him as a menace to America. Loyal opposition this isn’t, because loyal opposition isn’t bent on destruction. It’s dedicated to constructive criticism that leads to better laws, better policies, a better future. Four years ago, I wrote about mainstream Americans worried about staying afloat during repeated downsizings, about paying for their health care, about whether their kids would find a decent job. I believe mainstream Americans want solutions to a very real health-care crisis, not knock-down drag-outs at town hall meetings. They want rational discussion about improving the economy, putting people to work, making college affordable, reducing the federal deficit, and enabling people to provide for their own and their families’ physical and emotional security. They’re worried about problems that we can work with our government to fix. Now, if only cooler heads would prevail and stop getting sidetracked by phony controversies fanned by extreme voices who don’t speak for the majority of Americans. Linda P. Campbell is a columnist and editorial writer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Mrs. Campbell can be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Why we have to leave ... unless it’s better to stay My head hurts. At first I thought it was a sinus thing, or perhaps the start of a head cold. But it’s actually the pain of thinking about Afghanistan. After much deliberation, I have finally come up with a rock-solid stance that I can support 100 percent. It’s nuts for us to stay, and it’s nuts for us to go. It’s nuts for us to send more troops, and it’s nuts for us to phase them out. Granted, I have now violated the first rule of contemporary punditry, which requires that, in all circumstances, we shall declare ourselves inflexibly pro or con. Guilty as charged. But I invite you to ponder Afghanistan, to weigh the factual against the counterfactual, and see how it feels. I’d bet that Barack
Obama’s team is already raiding the medicine cabinet. As a domestic political headache, Afghanistan has the potential to be far worse than the current flap over health-care reform. For instance, consider what could happen if we stay if, as expected, Obama says yes to the U.S. military’s reportedly imminent request for more troops, perhaps by upping the current 68,000 to roughly 100,000. The Afghan people might begin to view us as occupiers. The violent extremists could exploit that as a propaganda tool, stoking anti-Western sentiment in neighboring Pakistan and that doesn’t seem like an attractive scenario, given the fact that Pakistan has nukes. But think about what might happen if we go. The jihadists in Pakistan could exploit
our pullout as a propaganda opportunity to paint us as weak. They’d likely feel emboldened to wreak more havoc and that doesn’t seem like an attractive scenario, given the fact that Pakistan has nukes. So maybe we should stay, and indeed double down on our presence. But the problem is that we’re risking soldiers’ lives to shore up a rampantly corrupt, legitimacy-challenged regime that may well have stolen the August election. President Hamid Karzai’s running mate is an accused drug dealer, for Pete’s sake. We’re launching a nation-building project in a tribal backwater that has confounded empires for centuries; in terms of civic
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infrastructure, Afghanistan makes Iraq look like a model democracy designed by the League of Women Voters. So maybe we should go. Phase out the troop presence, position ourselves offshore, and simply hit the bad guys with cruise missiles and drones. After all, why commit to a ground war in Afghanistan when al-Qaeda can simply ensconce itself elsewhere _ in places such as Somalia? But if we scale back in Afghanistan, we undercut NATO (which also has troops on the ground), and if we undercut NATO, the vacuum could be filled by Russia or China. And if Obama was to pull back, he’d undercut his own credibility. After all, he campaigned last year on the premise that Afghanistan was the just war, and earlier this summer he called it a “war of necessity.” The problem is that, the longer he persists, the more he risks alienating his core supporters; according to a new CNN poll, 74 percent of Democrats (as well as 57 percent of independents) are now opposed to the war. Apparently they’d prefer that Obama pull a flip-flop. But if Obama did that, most Republicans would roast him. The irony is that right now, at least with respect to Afghanistan, they happen to be his biggest fans. Conservative pundit-provocateur William Kristol, of all people, is actually cheering for Obama to broaden the war effort, and he’s assailing all the doves as defeatists. Bill Kristol has Obama’s back? That should tell you plenty about the president’s political woes. His prime allies on Afghanistan are basically the same people who yearn to strangle his presidency in year one. As evidenced lately, Obama can’t even talk to America’s students about the importance of school without some Republicans wailing about “socialist indoctrination.” I assume
they’ll start questioning Obama’s war resolve and success metrics (in other words, his commander-in-chief credentials) during the runup to the 2012 campaign. But forget the GOP political factor; there are sound moral reasons for staying in Afghanistan. Have we not pledged to defend the Afghan people whom we previously abandoned? Go rent the movie Charlie Wilson’s War; after we surreptitiously helped the locals defeat the Soviet army during the ‘80s, we just walked away. And that simply made it easier for the bad guys to take up residence. And now we want to stop the bad guys from doing it again. But hang on: Are we talking about five years, 10 years, or 20? By what measure can we guarantee that the country will be permanently inhospitable to al-Qaeda? Is that our definition of “victory,” and how can we ever know whether it has been achieved? Richard Holbrooke, the president’s envoy to Afghanistan, addressed those kinds of questions last month, and here’s what he came up with: “The specific goal of the United States is really hard for me to address in specific terms. But I would say this about defining success in Afghanistan... We’ll know it when we see it.” It’s not very comforting to hear Holbrooke conjure, as a victory metric, the U.S. Supreme Court’s vague criteria for defining obscenity. What’s next, Gen. William Westmoreland’s Vietnam incantation about “light at the end of the tunnel”? No wonder my head hurts. It’s time to take an Advil, kick back on the holiday, play my iPod _ but wait, there’s no escape. Here comes a classic tune by The Clash: “If I go, there will be trouble “And if I stay, it will be double ... “So you gotta let me know, “Should I stay or should I go?” Dick Polman is a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Comments can be sent to email@example.com
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Simply stated, you don’t earn it. Do college kids really need to be in contact with every single person they know every moment they are awake? Am I so disconnected from the current world that only I see the happiness in running into someone I did not expect to meet? In my day, stalking someone was an art form that required a highly tuned perception. Today, all you need to do is read Facebook or Twitter to know where someone is. In my opinion, it really is not stalking if they tell you where they are going to be. I offer you wacky kids this challenge. On a Friday night in October, go out and leave your cell phone at home. That gives you a whole month to plan out this scary prospect. Make no plans at all. Just drive or walk around and try to find something going on. See if you can run into people or a party or find something stimulating to do with no other skill than a keen discernment and blind luck. Who knows, maybe you will meet up with a group of really cool people and have an actual conversation with them. And the next day, you can make them a Facebook friend. Harry Caines is a senior re-entry student from Philadelphia . Unconventional Wisdom will appear every Monday. Comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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