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Logan Lurker strikes off-campus student housing Residents report missing gaming equipment, movies iPods and cash By CATHERINE MEIDELL assistant news editor
Oakridge, Old Farm and Pine View student housing have reported an unknown person entering apartments between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., stealing gaming equipment, movies, iPods and cash. There are also rumors of thefts at Riverside Apartments, Kampus Korner and Garden Courts – all apartment complexes affected are located within a mile radius. Capt. Jeff Curtis of the Logan City Police Department said the thief wanders through student housing complexes looking for unlocked doors. The person is mainly taking cash and any valuable items to pawn. “I went to bed around 1. I was sleeping, and I rolled over and for some reason I woke up and I saw someone standing in my room,” said Jake
Sorensen, Oakridge resident and freshman at worth of gaming equipment was missing from because they left it open for a roommate who USU. “He was looking over my dresser drawer at Tyrell Marchant’s Old Farm apartment early was out late, but she ended up staying out that my family picture.” Saturday morning. He realized it was missing night. Sorensen said the man in his room was tall after his friend Dan Clark said the girls’ apart“The scariest part is that they were actually with short hair similar to a ment next door was robbed. in our rooms,” she said. “None of us woke up but military haircut and a thin He then went downstairs they were definitely there while we were sleepbody and face. Sorensen and his door was slightly ing.” “The scariest part said when he asked the man open. He realized his Xbox Marchant’s and Cole’s friend Clark said their is that they were what he was doing, the man 360 and some video games church leaders warned them of a thief in the actually in our was startled and came to the were missing, along with area the previous Sunday. Clark said his church rooms. None of us edge of the bed. He said the movies. leaders specified Oakridge, Pine View and Old man told him he was sorry In the apartment Farm as the main apartment complexes at risk; woke up, but they for being in his bedroom, next door to Marchant, four however, there are rumors that the problem is were definitely and he was looking for of the five girls sleeping occurring in other areas as well. there while we someone named Matt, which there had money taken from Sydney Green, an Old Farm manager, said it were sleeping.” happened to be the name their wallets, purses and is rumored that the thief is getting the names of of a boy living in an apartnightstands the same night apartment residents from the LDS wards’ lists. ment across the hall from Marchant was robbed, said She said there was no damage done to the apart– Tressia Cole, Old Farm resident Tressia Sorensen. After they spoke, ment buildings. Old Farm resident Cole. Cole said her friend he walked out of Sorensen’s Curtis said it is important for all students to room and shut the door was staying over at her house lock their doors on a regular basis. He said the behind him. because she was getting mar- thief has repeatedly chosen to steal from apartIt was 6:15 a.m. when Sorensen had awoken ried Saturday and left her wedding dress and ments that have many bedrooms attached to a to the man in his room. He said he didn’t think other garments on the first floor of the apartmain living area. much of the incident when the man left until he ment. When Cole’s friend woke up, she found Marchant said the police are currently invesrealized $40 was missing from his wallet. all of her belongings scattered on the floor. Cole tigating the situation and a detective called him “I didn’t think he was robbing me. I just said when she went to get her hair done before yesterday for the serial number of the stolen thought he had the wrong room. I didn’t think the wedding, there wasn’t any money in her Xbox 360 in hopes of tracking it down. anything about it,” Sorensen said. purse to pay the hairdresser. – firstname.lastname@example.org Oakridge manager Mikelle Della-Lucia “We called the police that morning and they said the thief has also been known to take car responded very quickly and were very helpful,” remotes and get into residents’ vehicles. Cole said. Down the street from Oakridge, $1,600 Cole said the apartment door was not locked - Related info, page 3
New telescope gives clearer view of sky USU supports By MEGAN ALLEN staff writer
A new 20-inch, 135-pound telescope was installed January on the roof of the Science Engineering Research Building (SER). “We’ve been looking forward to this for years,” said James Coburn, physics faculty member. Before the telescope was installed, student work and research was done with a telescope from the 1970s. “The telescope we had was nice, but this is a big step up,” Coburn said. The new telescope is remote controlled, which allows for easier pointing and directing at certain areas of the sky. It is shorter than most telescopes, but has the same power and
viewing, just with more mirrors. The machine will give much clearer pictures of the sky than the old 14-inch telescope. It will turn what were once fuzzy dots into planets, star clusters and distant galaxies, Coburn said. Coburn gave the example of looking at Jupiter. “We have always plotted Jupiter’s moons,” he said, “but now we can track the red spot.” Funding for the telescope came entirely from the physics department. The department has been raising the money for the last 15 years. Coburn said he remembers talk of a new telescope when he was a student at USU in the early 1990s. The money came from student lab fees, department budgets and fundraisers. There were not any outside donors, Coburn
said. Obtaining a new telescope meant the department needed to build an observatory to complement it, Coburn said. The old observatory is located on the northeast corner of Romney Stadium. It is too small for the new telescope and does not provide optimal student access, Coburn said. Stanley Kane, director of USU Facilities Operations, was the main designer of the observatory and Coburn helped him. During the design process, the two looked at pictures of observatories at other universities, but all seemed too complicated, heavy and expensive, he said.
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By CHELSEY GENSEL news senior writer
USU President Stan Albrecht discussed upcoming budget cuts with the Associated Students of USU (ASUSU) Executive Council at its Tuesday meeting. Albrecht said he met with Utah Gov. Gary Herbert earlier in the day to talk about governer’s budget proposal, which includes a 3 percent cut this year but no additional cuts in 2011. The total amount will be about $13 million, but the Utah Legislature is considering other proposals that could raise the number to about $34.3 million, Albrecht said. “That’s a worst case scenario,” he said, “but what I think you will see happen is the Legislature ending up with something a lot closer to the governor’s budget.” Albrecht said he felt that the Legislature has a slightly different philosophy than the governor does about higher education spending. “The legislature wants to cut, then restore,” Albrecht said. “But the governor would rather not cut in the first place.” The governor also seems more comfortable using one-time funds, such as the Rainy Day Fund, to help alleviate cuts in higher education, Albrecht said. If the Legislature’s budgets are passed, it could mean up to a 12 percent reduction in course offerings and 435 university employees lost, Albrecht said. Restoring the quality of the university after such drastic cuts would take “a generation to rebuild,” Albrecht said. It is important the Legislature understands the impact of cuts on students if it were to take these “draconian measures,” Albrecht said, and the university supports the governor’s budget plan. “If anyone asks, we love the governor’s budget,”
JAMES COBURN, physics faculty member, looks into the physics department’s 20-inch telescope. The telescope is remote controlled and the department has been raising money to purchase it for 15 years. STEVE SELLERS photo
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Tensions rise between China, US
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NewsBriefs Iran holds hostages TEHRAN (AP) â€“ Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has suggested that Iran would release three jailed U.S. hikers in exchange for Iranians currently serving in American prisons. Ahmadinejad said in a television interview Tuesday that talks were under way about possibly exchanging the hikers for Iranians in the United States.
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IN THIS NOV. 16, 2009 file photo, Chinese President Hu Jintao gestures to U.S. President Barack Obama, left, after a joint press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. Barely two weeks into the new year, U.S.-China relations are being roiled by old tensions over Taiwan, Tibet and trade, along with new irritations including Googleâ€™s allegations it had been hacked and Pentagon concerns over the Peopleâ€™s Liberation Armyâ€™s massive buildup. AP Photo
BEIJING (AP) â€“ China is pledging to retaliate against the U.S. over arms sales to Taiwan and warning of further damage to ties if President Barack Obama meets the Dalai Lama. Thereâ€™s likely to be even more turbulence ahead: Trade friction, currency rate woes and allegations of cyber-spying are already roiling relations. The rhetoric also is sharpening in a disagreement over new sanctions against Iran, with Beijing refusing U.S. calls to push Tehran harder to cooperate with nuclear inspectors. Yet the sheer number and variety of current disputes also reflects a newly combative approach by Beijing, emboldened by its $2.4 trillion in foreign holdings â€“ about $800 billion of which is invested in U.S. Treasury securities â€“ and relative success handling the impact of the global financial crisis. A tough line is essential for the communist leadership that places a premium on being deemed by the deeply nationalist public to be â€œtough enough to defend China in a dangerous world,â€? said John Garver, an expert on Chinese
foreign policy at Georgia Tech. Since the 2008 financial crisis, Beijing has concluded that the worldâ€™s developed democracies â€œare badly wounded and therefore a healthy and growing China can now impose its will all over the world,â€? said Edward Friedman, a China specialist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. â€œIt therefore has become more assertive and uncompromising and selfconfident, such that its actions seem arrogant to many,â€? Friedman said. Washington is looking to Beijing to help finance its stimulus spending by continuing to recycle its trade surpluses into buying Treasury securities and other government debt. While China has reduced such purchases as a hedge, they remain a force keeping U.S. interest rates low and the sluggish economy moving. â€œThe fact that Beijing is Washingtonâ€™s banker is not lost on the Chinese government,â€? said Oxford University China scholar Steve Tsang. Tensions have also been raised in recent weeks over U.S. comments on Internet freedom and a dispute
between the Chinese government and Google Inc., which said it might pull out of China over censorship and cyber attacks on dissidents originating from within the country. Google says itâ€™s no longer willing to acquiesce to the Chinese governmentâ€™s demands for censored search results, yet it still wants access to the countryâ€™s engineering talent and steadily growing online advertising and mobile phone markets. For their part, Chinese leaders are determined to control the flow of information, and state media has portrayed Googleâ€™s complaints as part of a U.S. government-sponsored campaign of â€œinformation imperialism.â€? Speaking Tuesday at a regularly scheduled news conference, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu reiterated Chinaâ€™s anger over Washingtonâ€™s $6.4 billion Taiwan weapons package announced over the weekend, but offered no new details on threatened sanctions against the U.S. companies involved. China claims Taiwan as its own territory and regards arms sales to the self-governing island democracy as a violation of its sovereignty. China said Saturday it was suspending military exchanges in response to the sale and could take further unspecified action. The suspension follows the model employed in similar spats in past years. Whatâ€™s new this time is Beijingâ€™s threat to punish U.S. companies that make the weapons involved, among them Boeing Co., United Technologies Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Raytheon Co. A U.S. defense official said China shouldnâ€™t have been surprised by the arms sale and criticized Beijingâ€™s response. â€œI think itâ€™s unfortunate that China has reacted the way it has,â€? Bruce Lemkin, a deputy undersecretary with the U.S. Air Force, said at an air show in Singapore. On Tuesday, another Chinese official warned that an Obama meeting with the Dalai Lama would â€œseriously undermine the political foundationâ€? of China-U.S. relations.â€?
The warning from Zhu Weiqun, a Chinese participant in weekend talks with the Dalai Lamaâ€™s representatives, follows signals from U.S. officials in recent weeks that Obama might soon meet the exiled Tibetan leader â€“ something Chinese officials are keen to avoid before President Hu Jintao travels to Washington, possibly in April. Zhu did not give any details on what China would do if Obama meets the Dalai Lama, simply saying: â€œWe will take corresponding measures to make the relevant countries realize their mistakes.â€? China maintains that Tibet has been part of its territory for centuries, but many Tibetans say the region was functionally independent for much of its history. China has significant leverage on key foreign policy issues such as Iran because of its veto power in the U.N. Security Council. At Tuesdayâ€™s news conference, the Foreign Ministryâ€™s Ma fired back at comments by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that China should consider the long-term implications of Iran developing nuclear weapons. â€œI believe there is no basis for such remarks,â€? Ma said. Speaking last week in Paris, Clinton said she and others who support additional sanctions on Iran over its disputed nuclear program are lobbying China to back new U.N. penalties on the Iranian government. Much of that unwillingness is driven by Chinaâ€™s desire to preserve its growing economic relationship with Iran, now the Chinaâ€™s third-largest supplier of oil and a growing destination for Chinese investment. However, Beijingâ€™s opposition also reflects its unwillingness to help Washington win a diplomatic victory and hopes to see it bogged down in yet another Middle Eastern quagmire, Garver said. â€œFrom the Chinese perspective, Iranian acquisition of nuclear weapons is less injurious to Chinaâ€™s interests than U.S. success in bludgeoning Iran into submission,â€? he said.
Chinese, Russian activists nominated for Nobel OSLO (AP) â€“ Candidates for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize include a Russian human rights group, a Chinese dissident and an inanimate object: the Internet, people who made the nominations said Tuesday. As the submission deadline for the coveted award closed, the Nobel Committee maintained its tradition of giving no hints â€“ the contenders are kept secret for 50 years. But some nominations were announced by those who made them. Those with nomination rights include former peace laureates, members of national governments and legislatures, selected university professors and others. Erna Solberg, the head of Norwayâ€™s Conservative Party, put forth Russian human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina and Memorial, a prominent rights group she works with. Gannushkina heads the Civic Assistance Committee, which works under the auspices of Memorial primarily for the rights of migrant workers. Memorial, a frequent critic of the
Kremlin, says the high-profile murder of Memorial rights activist Natalya Estemirova in July 2009 and the December 2008 raid of its St. Petersburg office by Russian authorities are among the many injustices itâ€™s faced because of its dogged activism. â€œThese are people who are at the forefront of human rights and are putting their lives at risk for their work,â€? Solberg told The Associated Press. Gannushkina told the AP in Moscow she felt â€œembarrassedâ€? to be mentioned in the same breath as other great rights activists. As for Memorial, â€œthis is the acknowledgment of Russiaâ€™s human rights workers, and this is well deserved,â€? she said. Kwame Anthony Appiah, president of the PEN American Center and a Princeton philosophy professor, said in a statement that he had nominated Liu Xiaobo, a recently jailed Chinese dissident, for his â€œdistinguished and principled leadership in the area of human and political rights and freedom of expression.â€? The Chinese
government urged the jury to disregard the submission. â€œIt would be completely wrong for the Nobel Prize committee to award the prize to such a person,â€? Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said Tuesday when asked about Liuâ€™s nomination in Beijing. Former Illinois Governor George Ryan â€“ now imprisoned after being convicted of federal corruption charges â€“ was nominated by Francis A. Boyle, a law professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, for his campaign to abolish the death penalty. The Internet was proposed by the Italian version of Wired magazine, which cited its use as a tool to advance â€œdialogue, debate and consensus through communicationâ€? and to promote democracy. Organizers said signatories to its petition backing the nomination include 2003 peace laureate and exiled Iranian activist Shirin Ebadi â€“ which would make it a legitimate entry.
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Mayor limits most press inquiries to writing Briefs Campus & Community
agency, that’s when First Amendment issues come into play.” The Herald Journal indicated that it looks as though the policy was in Logan Mayor Randy Watts is reaction to recent articles the mayor experiencing what he called a “firewas displeased with. storm” on KVNU’s talk show “For It is hard to get that evidence, The People,” after enacting a new Hunt said. media policy limiting most press “The courts have said that an inquiries to writing. official is well within their rights to The policy is being widely critinot speak with any specific media cized, especially by media professionoutlet,” said Penny Byrne, an associals, and Watts defended it, saying it ate professor of journalism. As of this was established to ensure accurate time, his policy is legal, but “I think information was given to the public. that it’s suspect in a lot of ways,” “This media policy is in no way Byrne said. a means of restricting or limiting Byrne said it’s hard to tell whether information to the public,” Watts the real person is said. “The policy responding to the is in place to inquiry. get better, more “It really inhibits “I think, accurate informathe free flow of as of today, that tion out to the we have no kind information to the citizens of Logan. of transparency This media public.” in our city govpolicy has been ernment, at all,” implemented on Byrne said. – Jeffrey Hunt, a trial basis and The new may be refined as media law attorney policy raises all needed.” sorts of First The policy has Amendment ethinot yet been written and has been cal issues. viewed as limiting the transparency “The city has always felt above in government, ethically indefensible investigation,” Byrne said on whether and failing to be accountable to its it was retaliation against the Herald citizens by media professionals. Journal. “It really inhibits the free flow On the KVNU interview, Watts of information to the public,” said said he had been discussing a new Jeffrey Hunt, a media law attorney. media policy for a month in executive Hunt said that at a time when Salt session. Lake City and other cities are workCouncil members Herm Olsen ing toward transparency, Logan is and Holly Daines told the Herald going the other direction. Also poliJournal that they were never part of cies like this are usually short-lived. any discussion about the new policy. Usually the city employees dislike Later when Watts was interviewed the policies because they get bogged by The Utah Statesman, he said the down, Hunt said. media policy was discussed in execuThere is another concern about tive committee and not the executive the policy, Hunt said, “If the motivation is to retaliate or punish the news session. The executive committee is made up of department heads from
Robins nomination deadline extended
By CODY LITTLEWOOD staff writer
The deadline for Robins Award nominations has been changed to Feb. 12. Feb. 5 was the old deadline, but because of a lack of nominations, this deadline has been extended. Nominations can be made on the first floor of the Taggart Student Center. The awards will be given in a ceremony April 24. As a change to the ceremony, those who made nominations will be able to attend the ceremony as well as those who were nominated. The Robins Awards are the most coveted of all Utah State honors. They reward students and faculty for hard work and dedication to their individual goals, as well as the goals of USU.
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LOGAN MAYOR RANDY WATTS has been criticized for his new policy, which limits most press inquiries to writing. The policy has not yet been written, but media law attorney Jeffrey Hunt said this inhibits transparency between the public and government. PETE P. SMITHSUTH file photo
the city and is held weekly. The discussion never involved the council. The executive session and the executive committee are closed meetings. “That’s the kind of discussion that should take place in the open. It’s of great public interest,” Hunt said, citing Utah’s Open and Public Meeting
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USU undergraduate researcher Brooks Marshall is among about 15 students nationwide recognized by the American Chemical Society with a 2010 Student Leadership Award. The honor afforded the chemistry major the opportunity to attend the society’s Leadership Institute Jan. 22-24 in Fort Worth, Texas. Marshall is the first USU student ever to receive the award, which, according to the ACS Web site, recognizes and provides guidance to emerging leaders. “The training institute was interesting, fun and they kept us going each day from 7:30 in the morning to early evening,” said Marshall, a 2006 graduate of Wyoming’s Laramie High School. “We heard from ACS leaders and talked about ways to motivate volunteers and make our student chapters more effective.” A longtime member and officer in USU’s ACS student chapter, he says participation in the group is helping him “become a better chemist.” Marshall graduates from USU this May. He and fellow chapter members are leading outreach activities at local elementary and high schools – Marshall will visit USU’s Children House next week – and preparing to present a poster on green chemistry instructional techniques at this spring’s ACS annual meeting in San Francisco, Calif. On April 22, they plan to again lead USU’s Earth Day Extravaganza on the Quad.
JAMES COBURN’S IMAGE reflects through the mirror array of the new 20-inch diameter telescope. STEVE SELLERS photo
The observatory they designed was relatively lightweight and built under budget, Kane said. The roof of the SER Building was chosen to house the new telescope because of the lack of other light as well as student accessibility. The new telescope exists for three reasons, Coburn said, with students being the main one. “The most important thing is getting students to put their eye to it,” Coburn said. “They can see things they’ve never seen before. They can look at Saturn and say, ‘Wow, it is real.’” The new telescope will give students a lot of opportunities they didn’t get with the old one, Coburn said. It will be used during astronomy classes and to help complete research projects, Coburn said. Eventually, the device will be hooked up to a computer system that will allow students at regional campuses to view findings of the telescope.
The second reason is for research. Faculty, staff and students will be able to do more extensive research with the new machine, Coburn said. Third, the telescope is for public outreach. Shane Larson, assistant professor of physics, said the department plans to hold open houses twice a month at the observatory. Larson said the open houses will be an opportunity for everyone to experience astronomy first hand. “The skies change slowly over the course of the year,” he said, “so there is always something new for the casual stargazer to see.” The physics department and the university are excited about the prospects the new telescope holds. “The department has been looking forward to this for a long time,” Coburn said. “It opens the sky up.” – firstname.lastname@example.org
USU professor of reading and associate department head Parker Fawson presented his Inaugural Professor Lecture Jan. 22 in a presentation titled “Twenty Years Ago, I Knew Everything.” Parker received a bachelor’s in elementary education from Weber State University, a master’s of education in educational leadership and a doctorate of education in reading from Brigham Young University. Prior to his academic career, he was a classroom teacher. Besides his classroom teaching, Fawson has experience working with teachers of struggling readers in high poverty settings, including elementary schools in both urban and rural environments. In addition to his previously mentioned university responsibilities, Fawson currently coordinates global initiatives in education for the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. The Inaugural Professor Lecture Series is coordinated by the provost’s office and is hosted by President Stan Albrecht and First Lady Joyce Albrecht. Faculty members in the series have been promoted to full professor within the last academic year and present a lecture that highlights their research, creative activity or teaching at the university.
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Long waits in Utah’s bid to comply with fed ID law WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) – So packed is the parking lot at Utah’s busiest driver’s license office that on certain days people circle it endlessly in their cars, waiting to pounce on an elusive open spot. Some give up, and park illegally. Lines of frustrated customers often stretch outside the busy office into the bitter cold. Others stream out, frequently muttering obscenities after waiting for hours – sometimes only to be told to come back another day. A year ago, the average wait at this office was 19 minutes – lately, it’s been three or four hours at times. “I think if we get through today it’ll be ... God’s will,” said Jennifer Selvidge, who was trying to get her son’s learner’s
permit on a recent afternoon. “It’s like being on a bad flight across country with three layovers and a bad movie.” The wait-times have ballooned in part because of efforts by Utah to comply as of Jan. 1 with the federal Real ID Act by issuing driver’s licenses designed to prevent forgery – requiring verification of birth certificates, Social Security numbers and immigration status. That new paperwork has forced many to come into the office rather than renew online or through the mail, as they once did. On top of that, Utah’s driver’s license offices have been closed on Fridays for the past year to save money and the state shuttered six traveling offices in rural areas
because they didn’t comply with security requirements under the new law. The long lines have left Republican Gov. Gary Herbert scrambling for ways to reduce waits, while one state lawmaker is pushing for the state to stop adhering to the Real ID Act, potentially joining about a dozen others who have refused to comply since the act was passed in 2005. “People are saying ‘Why are we having to do this?’ They’re upset at the state, they’re upset at the governor. But really this is something that truly has been dictated upon us by the federal government,” said Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem. “To have this is really quite onerous.” Utah is one of nine states
where driver’s licenses can’t be renewed online or through the mail, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. It isn’t clear how many of those states require in-person renewals in an effort to comply with Real ID. Lawmakers in other states have noted that fully complying with the act likely would require more workers or longer wait times. In Nevada, there were warnings in 2007 that 196 additional DMV employees would be needed and that some offices would have to remain open longer to meet the new requirments. Lawmakers opted out of the plan, in hopes Congress might repeal the act. What has made Utah’s situation so severe is that 30
percent of eligible motorists had been renewing their licenses online or through the mail until January. The state had been aggressively pushing online renewals since mid2008, when former Gov. Jon Huntsman ordered nearly all state offices closed on Fridays to conserve energy and cut utility bills. At that time, the state extended hours Monday through Thursday, and combined with the online renewals, wait times at driver’s license offices dropped. But when state lawmakers debated a bill last year to put the new requirements in place, not once did anyone mention that lines could grow. The focus was on making sure illegal immigrants couldn’t get driver’s licenses; the measure passed unanimously. Lawmakers provided no funding to hire additional staff to handle the increased workload and there was no discussion about keeping driver’s license offices open on Fridays. The lack of planning has frustrated those who have had to take a day off work or school to wait for hours with no guarantee of ever being served. “It’s really a pain in the
butt,” said Jerry Green, who had been waiting for nearly four hours at a Salt Lake City office to get his commercial driver’s license after moving here from Helena, Mont. “They should go back to make it more convenient for the public.” Herbert is attempting to ease statewide congestion by opening one office on Fridays beginning next week, at a cost of $200,000 a year. He has said customers shouldn’t have to wait more than 10 minutes to be served. He’s considering opening more offices on Fridays, although he hasn’t said how he would pay for it at a time the state is facing a $700 million budget shortfall. This week, a new policy was also put in place allowing those renewing their licenses to get a temporary one if they don’t have the necessary documents to prove citizenship, said Department of Public Safety spokesman Jeff Nigbur. Many people had been waiting in line for hours only to be told the same documents they used to renew their licenses in previous years weren’t enough anymore.
Summer Job FaIR Representatives from summer camps, resorts, parks and on-campus employers will be attending the Summer Job Fair. This gives students an excellent chance to explore job opportunities. The representatives will have various information and applications available. Many employers interview the day of the fair.
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CROWDS OF PEOPLE stand in line at the Drivers License Division office in Salt Lake City Jan. 14. AP photo
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Summer Job Fair Representatives from summer camps, resorts, parks and on-campus employers will be attending the Summer Job Fair. This gives students an excellent chance to explore job opportunities. The representatives will have various information and applications available. Many employers interview the day of the fair.
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 9am-2pm Taggart Ctr., Sunburst Lounge
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Prosecutors say a Utah man tried to hire a hit man to kill witnesses in a fraud case against him by dictating a letter from jail by Morse code. The disclosure came Tuesday as federal Magistrate Paul Warner rejected Jeffrey Mowen’s request to be freed until trial. Warner ruled that Mowen was not only a flight risk but a dangerous man. The judge also ruled against Mowen’s effort to stop U.S. marshals from selling a collection of around 200 cars to pay back investors. But Mowen was given seven days to object to auction prices. The 47-year-old Mowen was arrested in April in Panama on charges of running a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, then indicted in October on additional charges. Prosecutors say he used jail phones to try to dictate a plot by Morse code.
ASUSU: Student services sees change -continued from page 1 Albrecht said. In other matters, the council discussed some organizational changes within student services. The Council of Student Clubs and Organizations (CSCO) is working to condense its manual, so it will be more user-friendly. The goal is “so people will use it and aren’t scared of it,” said Krista Bustamante, Campus Diversity and Organizations vice president. CSCO is also considering name changes. Vice President for Student Services James Morales presented structural changes in the division of student services as a whole. Six organizations that currently stand alone within the division will be combined under one umbrella called the Access Center, Morales said. It will add a management element to each
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of the six as well as ease cooperation between them, he said. “We want to restructure student services to better fulfill our land-grant mission, to really emphasize our commitment to access and diversity,” Morales said. He said it will make student services a more “cohesive team” and provide support to all of the service areas, including veteran; re-entry; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies (GLBTA) and multicultural students. Morales said that as of July 1, Michelle Bogden, interim director of the Women’s Resource Center, will be appointed as the director of the Access Center. “She has experience in many of the areas that will be included,” he said. – email@example.com. edu
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A night in the back of a cop car OFFICER PAM ANDERSON writes a warning ticket for a driver that has a front headlight out, left. A Statesman reporter followed officers of the USU police department Saturday, after the men’s basketball game. CARL WILSON photo
OFFICER PAM ANDERSON and Officer Andy Barnes work on unlocking a car that has the keys locked inside, right. CARL WILSON photo
By BENJAMIN WOOD assistant features editor
Following the Aggie men’s basketball victory over San Jose State on Saturday, The Utah Statesman caught up with officers of the USU Police Department for an inside look at a night on the beat. 9:45 p.m. I arrive at the university’s police department just as the first snowflakes of the night were starting to fall. The woman at the reception desk seems surprised at my arrival, and even after I put on my press pass, introduce myself as a writer for The Utah Statesman and explain that I’m scheduled for a ride along for the evening, her expression doesn’t seem to change. She makes a few calls and, satisfied that I am not a lunatic, instructs me to fill out a brief, one-page form expressing that I will not hold the university responsible to whatever physical harm might come to me. Soon after I sign, Capt. Steve Milne appears and chats with me
for a minute about the night. I will be riding with officer Andy Barnes of the USUPD and Pam Anderson from the Cache County Sheriff’s Office, who has yet to arrive. “So far tonight it’s been quiet,” Milne says. “Hit or miss, that’s the nature of the beast.” I’m not expecting any high-speed chases or a tense shoot-out at a gas station, but Milne explains that with the snow coming down harder every minute, the usual post-game parties and just plain speeders will likely be held at bay. Police life at any department has its share of fast and slow nights. Milne says that once while doing a ride-along with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Crash Unit he was told to “load up” and was immediately rushed to the scene of a bank robbery. “We were off chasing these guys, guns loaded and the choppers flying,” Milne says. “The next night ... nothing. It was dead.” Just before 10, Barnes and Anderson arrive. The night begins. 10:04 p.m. Much of the graveyard shift, Barnes explains, involves patrol-
ling the different USU properties. We start by heading toward the Laboratory for Water Research, just beneath First Dam. Barnes has lived in Cache Valley since 1997 and worked at USUPD for six months. Anderson works at the Cache County Jail, but helps as a reserve officer for USUPD and on Saturday was driving to learn graveyard tasks and the layout of USU campus. “We’ll get her a little more oriented with Utah State and how we do things,” Barnes says. Anderson has worked at the sheriff’s office for nine years. She tells us that her first name Pam is short for Pamela, and we share a laugh and a joke about her namesake. “I’ve heard it all,” Anderson says, smiling. Passing First Dam, Barnes notices a car at the park that looks to have someone inside, and he makes a note to stop and check it out on the way back. At the water lab, everything seems in order. Most nights Barnes will leave the car and patrol the grounds, but with Pam and me in the car, he decides to keep moving after a quick
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Museum highlights valley’s historic past By KELLYN ANDERSON staff writer
Cache Valley is rich with history, from the Mormon pioneers that settled in the area to the fur trappers and Shoshoni Indians. The American West Heritage Center now has a museum focusing on this abundant local history. Located south of Logan on U.S. Highway 89 in Wellsville, the American West Heritage Center is a welcoming spot for tourists to visit and learn how the valley came to be settled. Upon receiving a grant of $20,000 almost two years ago, the Heritage Center began construction of the Cache Valley History Museum. An open house was hosted Jan. 22. The original idea came from former Director Steve Delong, who said he has had this idea for quite some time. “Ever since I walked in the door that first time, it has been on my mind. Our goal is to utilize space and create a year-round resource for the community,” he said. The museum is shown from four perspectives: the Indian, the fur trappers, the pioneers and the railroad. Eric Olsen, chairman of the center’s board, said this was to show the evolution of the valley from two different angles. “In the beginning, the valley shaped the
people,” Olsen said. “Then after the farmers settled and started to work and till the land, it switched and the people began to shape the valley.” The Cache Valley History Museum will have rotating exhibits and dioramas. Famous contributors to Cache Valley history are displayed on revolving panels in the middle of the room, including the ancestor of one of the center’s board members, Paul Willie. Willie’s great-great grandfather, James G. Willie, in 1856, led the Mormon Handcart Company to Utah, which was one of the two companies that were stranded at Devil’s Gate just south of Casper, Wyo. Although Willie does not possess any journals from that famous expedition, he said some of the journals from James G. Willie’s Latter-day Saint church mission are in Special Collections in Merrill-Cazier Library. Willie said, “This is a way to tell the handcart stories and show how heroic James G. Willie was.” Willie’s ancestor was also the one to first settle Mendon in 1859. In addition to the heritage displays, the museum also has a large mural spanning the back wall, with dioramas placed
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THE AMERICAN WEST HERITAGE CENTER is home to the Cache Valley History Museum. The museum is shown from four perspectives: the Indian, the fur trappers, the pioneers and the railroad. MAKAELA HERRAN photo
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Protecting students from identity theft By APRIL ASHLAND staff writer
Identity theft happens no matter how prepared and cautious people are with their information. But professor Alena Johnson said there are easy ways to protect sensitive information. Johnson has been teaching the family finance class at USU since 1998 and said people have to be careful with all their information. Johnson said it may be frustrating trying to keep information safe when
students have roommates, because informa- them once a year, so if you check your score tion is inevitably left out and about. every four months, it will help you be able â€œA higher identity theft percentage hapto see if someone has stolen your identity,â€? pens from people you know â€“ and that Johnson said. means roommates, friends and relatives. Not all three bureaus will give the same Donâ€™t assume anyone is OK,â€? she said. score however, because some places only â€œAnyone can go through your stuff, even if report to one of the credit bureaus, Johnson itâ€™s not someone you know, like your roomsaid. But the scores will be similar to each mateâ€™s friends. Thatâ€™s why itâ€™s so important other, and that is how students can see to keep it out of their whether there is an account reach.â€? that belongs to someone else. â€œIf wherever you Johnson said students In order to access inforshould buy a lockbox mation from the credit go needs you for all important docubureaus, students need to Social Security ments â€“ bank statements, have specific information, number, ask Social Security papers, Johnson said. them how they checkbooks and any â€œYou need to know where other important informayou got any loans, like a car store it. Then tion that has personal or loan or school loans,â€? she write it down financial information on said. â€“ donâ€™t say it out it. If a card or information loud. â€? Johnson defines identihas been stolen, she said, a ty theft as when someone fraud alert can be placed on steals personal informareports. â€“ Alena Johnson, credit tion in order to open new â€œA fraud alert makes it finance professor so no new accounts, cards accounts. If the thief only steals a card, itâ€™s considor loans can be opened or ered fraud, she said. acquired,â€? she said. Johnson said she uses The Federal Trade Johnson said when a card is stolen or Commissionâ€™s Web site to teach her classes lost, people should immediately take steps about the three steps to deal with identity to limit damage and avoid the possibility of theft. The Web site shows three different identity theft. areas that help people in dealing with idenâ€œImmediately call the credit card compatity theft: deter, detect and defend. ny, cancel the card and file a police report,â€? When people go to the doctor, the recep- she said. â€œThen contact The Federal Trade tionist sometimes asks for a Social Security Commission. And never, ever, carry your number, and Johnson said students should Social Security card in your wallet.â€? ask whether the number is necessary The reason to file a police report, â€“ because often itâ€™s not. according to the FTC Web site, is to help â€œIf wherever you go needs your Social with creditors, who may want proof of the Security number, ask them how they store crime. it. Then write it down â€“ donâ€™t say it out The three credit bureaus can be accessed loud,â€? she said. at: www.AnnualCreditReport.com. The The easiest way for people to detect iden- FTC can be accessed at FTC.gov/idtheft. tity theft, Johnson said, is to check their â€“ firstname.lastname@example.org credit score. â€œThere are three credit bureaus, and you can get your credit score from each of
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-continued from page 5 in cutout squares of the painting. The artist of the mural, Trent Gudmundsen, was selected out of eight artists who applied and said it was an â€œhonorâ€? to be chosen. The original plan was to hire a more famous artist to paint the mural, but then hiring a local was suggested. â€œI think many would be surprised just how many talented professional artists there are right here in Cache Valley,â€? Gudmundsen said, After being commissioned, the mural took almost five months to plan and one month to paint. The painting â€œrepresents quintessential Cache Valley,â€? Gundmundsen said. It includes those four original settlers, as well as portraying each of the four seasons. The American West Heritage Center may appear like a small, old barn upon first glance, but inside, the rustic beauty of it evolves. The logcabin feel, combined with the amount of history,
inspires the visitor to learn more. In addition to the exhibits and murals, there are also toys for children to play with, touch-screen technology and a gift shop. The museum is not just for tourists. Although it may be a welcome center for visitors, it is also ideal for locals wanting to learn more about this beautiful valley. Delong said, â€œOur mission is the living history,â€? as shown by the various live events that occur throughout the year. Pulling handcarts and live re-enactments tie the living history into the new exhibits inside the building. The land, owned by USU, is able to accommodate those wanting to see the festivals, learn from educational workshops or just stop in and learn more about the history of Cache Valley. â€“ email@example.com
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s you may know, this week is officially Doppelgänger Week on Facebook. Apparently this is another viral Internet trend, when people post, as their profile picture, their celebrity look-alike. And for all you lads and lasses out there that don’t habla German, let me define it for you: doppelgänger, noun – a ghostly double or counterpart of a living person. With that information, I would like to reveal my doppelgänger: drumroll please ... Thom Yorke, the lead singer of Radiohead. And what’s even better about that, is that he’s truly ghostly. Not only does he look strikingly similar to me, but I’m not sure whether he’s alive. Unconfirmed theories have been floating around that he’s a cyborg, what with that droopy eye of his. Apparently, he can see into the future with it. And he can cook even the most delicate of meats with his bare, cybernetic hands. It’s true, I swear it. And you heard it here first, folks. Anyways, what I’d like to explore more fully is the nature of this Doppelgänger Week. Why is it happening? What does it tell us about our society as a whole? And most importantly, how do I, James Rasmussen, feel about the whole thing? I am, as it turns out, a columnist for a university newspaper. My opinion is heard, guys. It matters. Big time. With this in mind, and drawing on my inexhaustible knowledge of cognitive, behavioral and social psychology, aka my roommate Stu, I was able to sketch some theories. One such theory is that this activity could stem from the innate tendency we have as human beings, to try and associate ourselves with something larger than our current status or social paradigm, such as joining a club, team or maybe a porcelain kitten collection guild. It makes us feel like we are stronger, or better than we actually are, as if the mere association with a figure of fame and fortune will enhance our own abilities. Take my friend, for example. He put a shirtless picture of Brad Pitt as his doppelgänger, in all his chiseled, Herculean glory. Maybe he is trying to tell the world that, Hey, I have six-pack abs, perfectly sculpted facial features and shave my entire body. Maybe. Probably, huh, Mike? So that may be why this is happening. People are just trying to let everyone know about what they’re really like inside. Some girl I know posted a fish as her doppelgänger. Does she secretly have gills? Obviously. There’s no other explanation. What’s equally fascinating is the number of hits that Google has been getting for the phrase, “What celebrity do I look like?” It’s astounding. And there are tools and apps on the Internet that analyze your face and tell you who you look like. One such tool is the face recognition app on myheritage.com. And it’s completely accurate. I scanned in my 21-year-old little brother’s face, and the app said he looked 67 percent like Saddam Hussein. So what does that tell me? It tells me that he has a stockpile of chemical weapons in his apartment. But not really, as it turns out. But we’re going to destroy his apartment anyways and “take care” of him, too. Then, his roommates will get really pissed off and endeavor with all their might to hinder the effort of rebuilding the apartment and replacing their landlord. That’s just how it’s going to go down. So if you’ve already put your doppelgänger on Facebook, or if you’re still thinking who you look like, remember this: whoever you put up there will be a window into your very soul. People will know everything about your deepest, darkest, most penetrating and revealing secrets. Like the time you crapped your pants while riding the Heber Creeper Railroad and tried to cover it up by rolling down all the windows in your car on the ride home, telling everyone inside, “It’s my favorite game. I love rolling down the windows in Winter.” Yeah right. You just set up shop in your pants and are trying to cover that up. Caught ya. Questions or comments can be sent to James Rasmussen at email@example.com.
look from his vehicle. Barnes and Anderson face forward while approaching the “There are certain areas we get down and check all night,” stopped car and do not turn around. Anderson speaks with the Barnes says. “We try to keep it as random as possible.” driver and issues a fix-it ticket. Barnes stays behind the car and, Driving back along the road, we stop and the officers approach with his hand, removes the snow that has accumulated on its back the parked vehicle. A young adult couple inside are watching a windshield. Inside the squad car are a number of instruments and movie on a laptop computer and seem quite surprised at their tools, from traffic cones to fire blankets, and one beefy gun mountsudden visitors. Following protocol, Anderson asks for the driver’s ed behind the backseat. An inscription on one of the officer’s ticket license and registration to check for any outstanding warrants. pad lists the six fundamentals of law enforcement: philosophy of “It’s nothing major. You’re just not supposed to be parked here community, interpersonal skills, interrogation skills, writing skills, at night.” Barnes says. “I’ve had some when they’ve been ... yeah. technical skills and initiative. You’ve got to be tactful.” The two officers return to their car, walking With everything in order, the young couple backwards, never taking their eyes off the driver are told to leave the area and we go on our way, until he has pulled away. “We were off leaving First Dam and passing campus on 400 “Slap me five,” Anderson says, “that’s my first chasing these North. First Dam and Logan Canyon are techticket.” guys, guns loaded nically out of the USUPD’s jurisdiction, but Barnes explains that they usually assist Logan 10:53 and choppers City Police in patrolling those areas, due to flying. The next their proximity to campus. Minutes after the fix-it citation a call comes over night ... nothing, the radio for assistance at the gas station at 1200 it was dead.” 10:22 East and 1400 North. A university student has locked herself out of her car. We take a quick run through campus, from “We do a lot of lockouts,” Barnes says. – Steve Milne, USU the business building to the turnaround near The student is waiting near her car, anxious Police captain and visibly embarrassed. Barnes gives Anderson Old Main. It’s still fairly early, but Barnes says that later he’ll do some foot patrol through the honor of opening the door. campus and around the buildings. “Give me the big pink tool,” Anderson calls out. “A couple of hours a night we’re supposed to get out of the The big pink tool is actually a rubber-coated wire about 4 feet vehicle,” Barnes said. long. Anderson places a wedge into the door seal to create an openOne thing that was strange for Barnes in the transition from ing, inserts the big pink tool and hits the automatic locks to open county work to USU was getting used to people being out and the car. about late at night. Driving around in the unincorporated areas of Without other business to attend to, we continue on our way the valley and seeing a pedestrian at 3 in the morning, Barnes said through campus, passing through Aggie Village, where the only he would almost always stop to talk with the individual. At USU, activity is a number of stray cats returning to “The Aggie Cat where there is no defined curfew and the campus is open, people Clubhouse,” as Barnes calls it. will sleep on the Quad or simply stroll and as long as they’re not “There’s cats all over the place here,” Barnes says. causing problems or underage, there’s no reason for action. We drive around the cemetery and down through campus on Barnes suggests finding a place to stop and watch for speed700 North. Already, inches of snow have stuck on the ground, and ers and grabs a remote from the center console. He jokes that Barnes says it’s the graveyard worker’s responsibility is to call USU even though Anderson is driving, he still gets to hold the remote. Facilities about snow and ice for removal. At this point Anderson Anderson laughs, and Barnes asks her about her husband and who says she has a better feel for where she’s going and turns down on gets to hold the remote at home. 800 East toward the stadium. “(My husband) wears the pants, but I have a gun,” Anderson “It’s really hard to learn this in the dark,” Barnes says. says. “Gun trumps pants.” Anderson says that in the long run she wants to do more traffic We make our way to 1200 East, the road that runs from the Fine patrol and that she’s learning from one of the best. Arts Building past Aggie Village. Barnes says there is a lot of speed“Barnes is the traffic guru,” Anderson says. ing on this road, but as the snow falls heavier, cars seem to be in no hurry on the road. The road was once posted as a 35-mph zone, 11:27 dropped to 25 about five months ago, and Barnes says he tries to educate drivers about the new speed limit when he pulls them over. “You usually become your best friend on graveyard shifts,” “I cite about one in five speeders,” Barnes says. Barnes says. Normally Barnes will spend the night, from 10 to 6, alone on 10:37 patrol and at least for this hour he doesn’t seem to mind the company. We head back to the station. Anderson is late for a shift at After passing through the area of the Space Dynamics Lab, we the jail and the snow is only getting heavier, killing any chance of pass a car with a broken headlight. Barnes tells Anderson to pull an action-packed night. him over, and we go through my closest experience to a high-speed A call comes over the radio about a noisy party on 200 East, but chase. After turning around we hurry to catch up, only to have two it doesn’t sound big enough to require going so far out of USUPD cars between us and the car in question. Coming to the four-way jurisdiction. When necessary, Barnes explains, the different law stop at 1200 East and 1400 North the car turns left, giving us the enforcement offices are quick to lend one another a helping hand. opening we need. The lights go on and seconds later we’re parked “We try to take care of each other,” Barnes says. at the side of the road. Arriving back at the station we all go our separate ways: Even in these routine stops, the officers’ concern for safety is Anderson to her post at the jail, me to my computer and Barnes apparent. Before exiting the squad car, Barnes tells Anderson to back into the snowy night for the bulk of his shift of watching over leave her gun hand empty and to look up at the driver after saying USU. every other word while writing the citation. – firstname.lastname@example.org “I am responsible for her,” Barnes says.
Street Speak If your house caught on fire and you had 60 seconds to grab something, what would it be and why? “A fleece blanket my mom made for me, so that I can stay warm outside while I watch my house burn down.” – Jeff Schweppe, sophomore, biology
“A sandwich, because it will give me something to eat while I wait for the firemen.” – Bill Sproat, junior, premed
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The long journey to Logan Former JUCO wide receiver Xavier Martin By ADAM NETTINA staff writer
Beneath the California sunshine, decked out in swim trunks and flip-flops, the 5-foot-10-inch, 200-pound wide receiver had thought he finally reached the end of his long journey from high school football star to college athlete. There were times, he thought, when it hadnâ€™t seemed worth it. The lack of scholarship offers out of high school, the autumn in which he was redshirted at the University of Maine. Never quite fitting into the frigid town of Orono, he had found himself on the outside looking in, questioning whether he would ever make good on his two-time allcounty status as a running back out of Joppatown, MD. At San Diego State in January 2008, Xavier finally felt like he was on the verge of college football stardom. Little did he know that other plans were in store for him, and that his journey back to the gridiron would take him far from those majestic shores. Flash forward to Dec. 11, 2009. A winter snowstorm
hangs over Logan, dumping more than a foot of snow. Martin, now two years older, has still yet to play a down in an NCAA Division I college football game. Yet on his official tour of USU, the older and wiser Xavier Martin finds him-
to give USU explosive presence four-time honorroll student at Joppatown High School, he
self oddly at home and ready to take his farthest leap of faith yet. He soon signs with the Aggies, in the process becoming one of five JUCO players who will join USUâ€™s football roster this spring. Today, he will be joined by some two dozen other young men, as high school football seniors from across the country sign their National Letters of Intent to play college football come fall. While you wouldnâ€™t know it by looking at him, Martin is a journeyman in every Photo courtesy of Travis Downs sense of the word. A
dreamed of playing for William and Mary following his graduation in 2007. That dream never quite came to fruition, however, and instead of staring at the illustrious Virginia institution, Xavier found himself redshirting at the University of Maine. â€œI really wanted to go to William and Mary, but I had to take my SATs late, so that was off the table,â€? recalls
Martin, now a junior at USU. â€œAt the end of high school, I took my official visit to William and Mary, but somehow, things fell through, so I
ended up at Maine.â€? Little did he know at the time that Orono would be only the first stop of many on a two-year crosscountry odyssey. There was nothing wrong with Maine, said Xavier, who didnâ€™t mind the cold weather or the relatively out-of-theway status of the school. Yet during his redshirt season, he found himself growing more frustrated by his circumstances and worried that playing time may elude him come fall 2008. Convinced bigger and better things still awaited him, he looked to transfer after only a semester. â€œStuff just wasnâ€™t adding up like I wanted it to, and it seemed like the Maine coaches werenâ€™t fulfilling their promises just as far as game stuff went,â€? Xavier said. â€œAt the end of November, I got my release signed from Maine, and I hit a couple of schools up.â€? One school that had kept tabs on Martin was San Diego State, which offered him the
- See JOURNEY, page 12
Utah D-fence on upswing despite missing Boozer
Menâ€™s basketball team suspends Anthony DiLoreto BY USU ATHLETICS
Utah State menâ€™s basketball coach Stew Morrill announced Monday that redshirt freshman center Anthony DiLoreto has been suspended from the team indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team rules. With the suspension, DiLoreto will not practice or travel with the team. DiLoreto (pronounced Delow-ret-o), a 7-1, 230-pound center from Minnetonka, Minn., is redshirting for Utah State this year and hasnâ€™t played in any games. As a prep senior at Hopkins High School, DiLoreto averaged 8.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game as he helped lead the Royals to a 27-2 record. During his senior year, he scored in double-figures nine times and had a season-high 16 points versus Edina High School.
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Menâ€™s b-ball hosts familiar foe By TYLER HUSKINSON staff writer
The Utah State Aggies host an all too familiar opponent Wednesday, Feb. 3, when University of Idaho Vandals visits the Spectrum. The Aggies (16-6, 6-2) faced the Vandals (10-10, 2-6) and former Aggie assistant head coach Don Verlin on January 23 in Moscow, Idaho. The Aggies came up with an important road victory against Idaho, defeating the Vandals, 60-48. Senior guard Jared Quayle had 16 points to lead the Ags. Idaho senior guard Kashif Watson matched Quayle with 16 points of his own, but was
the lone Vandal to hit doubledigits. After losing to Utah State, the Vandals lost again, a heartbreaker to cellar-dweller Boise State, before picking up two victories. The Vandals beat Fresno State at home and Seattle University on the road. The Vandals have some momentum coming into Wednesdayâ€™s game, and Aggie head coach Stew Morrill said the Ags must not overlook the Vandals. Morrill said the danger in college basketball is assuming a home game will be an automatic win. â€œIt doesnâ€™t work that way,â€? he said. â€œMy main concern is that we practice well and real-
ize that nothing is automatic. Being at home doesnâ€™t mean you automatically win.â€? Utah State has played incredible basketball over its six-game winning streak. The Aggies are averaging 77.3 points per game, shooting 52.1 percent from the field and 50.5 percent from 3-point range. The Aggies have been equally dominating on the defensive end over the six-game stretch. USU is allowing 55.7 points per game. Its opponents are shooting 35.8 percent from the field and 31.2 percent from 3point range. Tip-off against the Vandals is slated for 9 p.m. at the Spectrum and the game will be televised on ESPN2.
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can only hope and pray that last Saturdayâ€™s crowd at the Spectrum against San Jose State was nothing but a fluke. In a game where Stew Morrill himself called upon the students to bring out the best they can against a conference opponent who had just knocked off the WACâ€™s top-two teams, the USU student section brought out an effort that would have been a poor showing for the most irrelevant game of the year â€“ let alone a big game. Iâ€™m hoping we can all just put that game behind us and get back to what the USU crowd does best, only itâ€™s time we do it even better. Unless youâ€™ve been living under a rock, you know that tonightâ€™s game against Idaho will feature the Utah State Aggies, the Aggie student section and the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum unleashed to the world on ESPN2 for the first time since 2006. Whether the world is ready remains to be seen. To top things off, three of the next four USU home games will be on ESPN2, while the odd game out of those four will be on ESPNU and still available to a national audience. While being on ESPNU might seem like a drag, that game is against Nevada, which is typically the loudest and most rowdy conference game of the year, so the noise levels will probably be just as loud, if not louder than each of the ESPN2 games. Outside of the San Jose State game, this season has probably been the loudest and most rowdy Iâ€™ve seen the Spectrum in any season of Aggie basketball. And from the limited experience I have of ESPN games in the Spectrum, things are about to get a lot more noisy in Logan. The TV cameras tend to bring out the best in the crowd, whether it be in overall enthusiasm, how early people show up or the quality of signs people bring to the games. Itâ€™s like the Spectrum on steroids, and the last crowd that needs any kind of performance enhancement is the one at the Spectrum. And what perfect timing with a tough
Idaho team coming in, then a Nevada team who will be hungry for revenge after getting beat by the Aggies the past two times in its own building dating back to last season, a Louisiana Tech team that currently stands between USU and a third-straight WAC regular season championship and a solid Wichita State squad whoâ€™d bolster USUâ€™s nonconference rĂŠsumĂŠ, should a miracle happen and they squeak back into at-large consideration for the NCAA tournament in March. The competition will be tough, but considering that even despite the horrible twogame stretch to open the conference season, the Aggies currently allows more than 10 points fewer per game than the secondbest defensive team in the WAC. Their scoring margin over teams in conference play has been 13.1 points per game in favor of the Aggies, while the next best is a margin of 4.6 points per game. In nearly every crucial offensive and defensive statistical category in WAC play, Utah State stands atop those charts. Now it is just a matter of continuing that production against the other conference powers at home. I donâ€™t doubt that the Spectrum would have been back to its A-game even without the aid of the ESPN cameras, but considering the impact of the four home games this month, theyâ€™re definitely going to be a welcomed addition to what has already been a pretty stellar season for USU basketball crowds.
Matt Sonnenberg is a junior majoring in print journalism. Matt is an avid fan of Aggie athletics and can be found on the front row of every home football and basketball game. He can also be reached at email@example.com.
USUâ€™s BracketBuster home game set By TYLER HUSKINSON staff writer
ESPN announced on Monday that Utah State (16-6, 6-2) will host the Wichita State Shockers from the Missouri Valley Conference for the eighth annual ESPNU BracketBuster. The Shockers (19-4, 8-3) are in second place in the Missouri Valley Conference, behind No. 22 Northern Iowa. The Aggies are 3-1 in BracketBuster games. Since the 2005-â€™06 season, the Aggies have defeated Northwestern State, Oral Roberts and UC Santa Barbara. St. Maryâ€™s dealt the Aggies their first and only BracketBuster loss, defeating the Aggies 75-64 in Maraga, Calif., during the 2008-â€™09 season. Aggie head coach Morrill is pleased with the matchup, but he hasnâ€™t always been a fan of BracketBuster games. â€œBack in the old days when we were in the Big West, I wasnâ€™t a big fan of BracketBuster because we didnâ€™t have the whole conference participating in it greatly. It was kind of jammed in the middle of the conference schedule for those who played it,â€? Morrill said. All nine of the Western Athletic Conference
teams are involved in BracketBuster games and Morrill changed his perspective about the games. â€œNow we take a break from conference play,â€? Morrill said. â€œItâ€™s been good in terms of home and away games that weâ€™ve got. My feeling on BracketBusters has greatly changed but itâ€™s a different situation.â€? Morrill and the Aggies have five conference games to worry about before facing Wichita State. Morrill acknowledges, however, that the Missouri Valley Conference is a reputable basketball conference. â€œRight now we are worrying about league play, but when the time comes we will definitely be excited,â€? Morrill said. â€œIt is a high-caliber team from a high-caliber conference. The Missouri Valley is a known as a really good basketball league and Wichita State has long had great tradition.â€? This will be the second time that WSU has traveled to Logan, as USU defeated Wichita State, 102-83, Dec. 16, 1967, at the old Nelson Fieldhouse. Tip-off against Wichita State is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20, at 10 p.m. in the Spectrum. â€“ firstname.lastname@example.org
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or weeks, the Logan Lurker has been at large. He has hit multiple apartments numerous times. Yet many residents have kept quiet, not wanting to create a hassle for the cops or themselves. Many individuals may feel the information they have is of little or no benefit to the police. It is our duty to speak up and not let these problems continue. By keeping quiet and thinking the cops have other issues to worry about, it’s perpetuating the situation and putting other citizens at risk. When situations occur, such as a suspicious man lurking around in your apartment, report the situation to the police as soon as possible. Tell individuals who can help. Keeping quiet will only result in the situation to happen to someone else. Do your job, try to put a stop to it. Be aware of the situation at hand and protect yourself. You may think nothing happens in Logan. Guess again. Protect yourself and your belongings. Lock your door whether you are home. Locking the doors and worrying about a key may seem like a burden, but it is better to be overcautious than not at all. Many things that may not seem like a big deal, are things that need to be looked over and taken seriously. Check your windows every night to make sure they’re locked. Do not place valuable belongings in windows that are in plain view to the public. Be aware of the people who come in and out of your apartment. These things may seem a little over the top, but if it prevents your gaming system from being stolen during the night, it is worth the 30 seconds of looking things over. We may think we won’t have an encounter with the Logan Lurker, but it may happen. We need to be prepared for such an experience. And if, unfortunately, it happens to you, speak up. Call the police as soon as possible. It will not get better until something is said and the Logan Lurker is not on the streets anymore.
Ask Miss Jones Dear Miss Jones, This letter may come to you as a surprise, but I really prayed to God to help me choose somebody that will be my true partner. My name is Augusto Nandu Savimbi. I am the first son of Mr. Jonas Savinbi, the leader of the UNITA movement in Angola. Maybe you know that my father was killed recently in Angola by the Angola government soldiers and has been buried. Two weeks before he died (maybe he know he will die) he called me and showed me a box containing U.S. $35 million and some diamond value about U.S. $18 million. He send the box to a security company overseas in one country in the West, for safe keeping with a false name. He give me the certificate of deposit and the code number. With that I collect the box anytime I want. Now I want because my father is dead, and I need the money to take care of my family left behind of about five wives and 25 children. I am now hiding, as the government of Angola look for me to kill and also the former commanders of my father want to get me also. I have to be careful of my movement that is why I need your help to get the box and keep it until I can escape and meet you and you help me invest the money in your country or where it is good. Akinsheye Savimbi Dear Mr. Savimbi, I know that everyone says it, but truly, I understand the fear you are going through when someone is trying to kill you. In the ‘60s, I was part of this lovely family living in Spahn Ranch in the Californian desert. We were uniting to fight against the gross injustices being committed to earth. When our leader suggested doing some heinous crimes, I began to question his actual goals. I told my brothers and sisters in the
family that I thought what was being planned was wrong. They soon turned against me and told God (that’s what we called the leader) what I was saying. God put out an order for me to be killed. When I found out, I ran. I ran and didn’t look back. For months I couldn’t go anywhere without constantly looking over my shoulder. It was only when the family was arrested, tried and put in jail that I was able to relax. I’m sorry for the loss of your father losing a loved one is always hard. But from your message I can see that you have a strong head on your shoulders. I’m not exactly sure why you’re contacting me to help you remove the safety deposit box and I’m pretty sure they don’t print The Statesman in Angola, so truthfully I’m a little curious as to who told you about my advice column. Do you happen to know whether you have any ties to Utah? The reason I ask is because your wife and child situation seems pretty familiar. As I wait for your next message, I’ll be looking into different investments. Are you looking for a mutual fund, stocks, a CD or maybe some bonds? Best of luck, Akinsheye, stay safe. I hope to hear back from you soon. Good luck and remember: “With as many times as Miss. Jones has been around the block, her directions must be good.” E-mail your questions to be answered by Miss Jones to statesman. miss.jones@ gmail.com or find her on Facebook.
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The sit-ins that changed America: The ‘60s-era protests that energized the civil rights movement
he “sixties” were understood and, yet, the born on Feb. 1, 1960, most important for today’s 50 years ago this young activists. week, when four AfricanWe forget how troubled American college students the civil rights movement staged the first was in January sit-in at a seg1960. It was regated lunch The sit-ins six years after counter in owed more Brown, but Greensboro, fewer than one N.C. Since then, to Little in 100 black the mythology Richard and students in the of the ‘60s has Levi’s than to South attended dominated the an integrated idea of youth- Jesus and the school. And ful activism. during the four Bible Of the three years after the big events of end of the bus the early civil rights move- boycott, Martin Luther ment – the 1954 Brown King Jr. struggled to build v. Board of Education on that victory. Many wordecision, the 1955-56 ried that the civil rights Montgomery bus boycott movement had ground to and the sit-ins – the sit-ins a halt. Then Greensboro have always been the least changed everything.
In the time before Twitter, the rapid spread of the sit-ins was shocking. The first sit-in was an impulsive act, led by college students. They spread to Nashville, Atlanta, Miami, Durham, N.C., and Little Rock, Ark. – more than 70 cities and towns in eight weeks. By summer, more than 50,000 people had taken part in one. At the time, this was not just the largest black protest against segregation ever; it was the largest outburst of civil disobedience in American history. The sit-ins rewrote the rules of protest. They were remark-
- See ‘60s, page 11
United Nations Congo mission at crossroads
he U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo is close to losing all credibility. On its 10-year watch, millions of Congolese have been killed or displaced, raped or forced to toil in mines for precious minerals. The U.N. troops, known as MONUC, certainly are not to blame for those atrocities or for the country’s civil strife _ rebels from neighboring Rwanda are mostly at fault. But Congolese soldiers fighting the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda, or FDLR, also have been accused of persecuting civilians, and they, unlike the rebels, have had the logistical support of troops provided by the U.N. Sent to the Democratic Republic of Congo at the end of the 1990s, the peacekeepers provide fuel and food, medical aid, transportation and firepower to help government troops retake areas controlled by the FDLR. Their mission: Assist the government and protect civilians. The problem is that those goals sometimes conflict. In November, the U.N. announced it had pulled logistical support for one army unit after determining it had intentionally killed 62 civilians. And last month, Human Rights Watch said that although a notorious lieutenant colonel, Innocent Zimurinda, had reportedly ordered another massacre, he remained in command of a unit receiving rations, fuel and other U.N. support. That’s why, when it came time for the Security Council to decide whether to withdraw the peacekeepers or extend their mission, groups
frequently at odds with one another were united in wanting the U.N. forces out _ international human rights organizations and nongovernmental agencies working in Africa, the Congolese government and even many of the citizens the peacekeepers had been sent to protect. The Security Council, however, in an act of diplomatic dexterity that satisfied no one, late last month extended MONUC’s stay, but for only five months instead of the usual year. The question remains: Can the U.N. help the government overcome rebels who torture and kill civilians without assisting, even inadvertently, Congolese soldiers who are allegedly engaged in similar human rights abuses? With the extension, a new phase of MONUC’s mission begins this month. It’s called “AmaniLeo,” Swahili for “Peace Today.” Its goals include helping Congolese troops secure territory already liberated from rebels, destabilizing the FDLR and encouraging its recruits to lay down their weapons. And the U.N.’s top official for Congo went there to hold discussions on improving civilian protection. Ten years have seen little success in this area, and many are skeptical that it can be achieved. But that’s what has to happen if MONUC’s credibility is to be restored. And it has to happen in the next five months. The following editorial appeared in the Jan. 30 edition of The Los Angeles Times.
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ably egalitarian: Everyone dents seemed the unlikeparticipated; everyone liest group to revive the was in equal danger. And civil rights movement. they went viral because Just three years earlier, E. they were easy to copy. All Franklin Frazier, the emione needed for a sit-in was nent black sociologist, some friends and a com- had condemned them for mitment to a few simple believing that “money and principles of nonviolent conspicuous consumption protest. are more important than Most important, the knowledge.” What did sit-ins were designed to Frazier miss? highlight the immorality He failed to see how the of segregation by forcing comfort of postwar affluSouthern policemen to ence and popular culture arrest polite, well-dressed bred agitation and activcollege students sitting ism as easily as it did indifquietly just trying to order ference and apathy. The a shake or a burger. The sit-ins owed more to Little students believed deeply Richard and Levi’s than to in Thoreau’s idea that the Jesus and the Bible. only place for a just perYouth culture in the ‘50s ansonhave a favorite photo from in an unjust society is The often made it seem that mattered more ajail. puzzle. Yeah. Would we kidgeneration you? The contrast with King’s than race. After all, weren’t uare.com and click on Photo Reprints. early efforts was stark. He African-American couples ings can dohard at AggieTownSquare. had you worked during sharing the dance floor the bus boycott to prevent with white ones on the arrests. To his thinking, hit teen show “American only protests that remained Bandstand”? Yet, in their within the bounds of the everyday lives, black teens law could win the war still felt the sting of segagainst Jim Crow. The regation. The first thing NAACP similarly believed the Greensboro Four did in the power of the courts before starting their sit-in to end school segregation. at Woolworth’s was to purBut such efforts were so chase some school supbureaucratic that ordinary plies at the store. If their African-Americans often money was good enough felt more like observers for pencils, why weren’t than participants. they good enough to have To their African- a seat at the counter? American contempo To many Americans, raries, the college stu- the sit-ins were unnerv-
ing. In a 1961 Gallup Poll, 57 percent of those who responded said the protests hurt the civil rights movement. Black elders such as King and NAACP head Roy Wilkins tried to control the sit-ins by co-opting the students as junior partners. The students instead formed their own organization, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. SNCC soon emerged as the most dynamic, creative and influential civil rights organization in the ‘60s. It produced a generation of black leaders, including John Lewis, Julian Bond, Bob Moses, Stokely Carmichael, Marion Barry and dozens of others. SNCC took the movement to the most violent reaches of the Deep South. Its aggressive tactics – the courting of arrests and the willingness to risk beatings – forced the confrontation with racial segregation that compelled congressional intervention. The great milestones of the movement – the freedom rides, Freedom Summer, Selma, Birmingham – grew from the tactical innovation of the sit-ins. King may have stirred the nation’s soul with the movement’s poetry, but SNCC moved
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chance to walk-on and eventually earn a full scholarship. While the school was all the way on the other side of the country, the nearby presence of Xavierâ€™s sister and brother-in-law provided him with enough incentive to take the chance. Eager to enroll in time for spring practice and classes, Xavier just missed the deadline and was forced to take the semester off. Still, he kept in shape by lifting weights and playing flag football and took comfort in knowing that heâ€™d be able to enroll for the 2008 season. Things were finally looking up, and it seemed as though he was finally going to make his dream a reality. Then, the bombshell. â€œEverything was going good,â€? he said. â€œI had my application filled out. I had met the coaches and everything seemed great. But what didnâ€™t go through was that a week before camp they said, â€˜Hey, your high school grades did not meet California high school requirements.â€™ My credits just didnâ€™t add up, and I was dumbfounded.â€? Xavier found himself between a rock and a wall. It didnâ€™t help that it was too late to enroll in another Division I school, or that he was clear across the country from almost all of his family and friends. With little money
and no plan in place, Xavier felt trapped in an unfortunate twist of fate. â€œIâ€™m sitting there as an 18-year-old kid, in the middle of nowhere, not knowing anyone, bored and quite frantic,â€? he said. â€œThere were a couple times where I broke down and cried.â€? Most student athletes would have crumbled, packed it up and said â€œso longâ€? to the dream of starting on the college field. But Xavier, made resolute by a firm faith in God and a desire to excel on and off the field, wouldnâ€™t give up so easily. He applied to nearby Grossmont Junior College at the advice of his girlfriend and instantly felt a connection with the Irvine, California school and its head coach, Mike Jordan, the leader of one of the premier junior college football programs in the country, Jordan captivated Xavier as soon as the journeyman wide receiver stepped on campus. â€œJust from the way I shook his hand I knew he was going to be straightforward,â€? Martin said. â€œI was sold ever since then.â€? Determined to make his junior college experience count, Xavier became an impact performer for Grossmont. He made First Team All-Conference as a return specialist
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during his first year in El Cajon and finished his two-year career with 1,100 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns. Once more, he caught the eye of a young and up-and-coming assistant coach named T.J. Woods, who had just taken a job as the tight ends coach for USU. At the time, Xavier was being recruited by the University of Wyoming, but an unexpected call from Woods suddenly turned Martin to the possibility of playing in Logan. â€œI got a call one day and picked up my phone thinking it was just a random number, but it ended up being (USUâ€™s) coach Woods,â€? said Martin, who first heard from the USU coach last fall. â€œHe said he was watching my tape and that he was really impressed. He called me again the next day with (USUâ€™s Offensive Coordinator Dave) Baldwin on the phone and he told me, â€˜Hey, youâ€™re probably the second fastest guy Iâ€™ve ever coached.â€™ Well that sounded pretty good to me, and ever since then, coach Woods would check in and call me whenever he could.â€? Martin admits he originally didnâ€™t know much about USU or its football program, but was impressed by the persistence of Woods and Baldwin in following up with a phone call on a weekly basis. Convinced the team could use a dynamic inside receiver for the upcoming season, Baldwin and Woods spared no effort in their attempts to get Xavier on campus, even calling the wide receiverâ€™s parents and relatives in attempts to get him on campus. â€œOther schools were calling me too, but not as much as coach Woods,â€? said Xavier, whose family soon took a liking to the young Aggie assistant. â€œThat really impressed me â€“ that (coach Woods and coach Baldwin) would take the time to call them.â€? Xavierâ€™s family might have been sold, but there was still the issue of seeing the campus and making his final decision. USU wasnâ€™t the only school to be in hot pursuit of the JC speedster, as Wyoming and Temple offered him scholarships as well. But it was on that snowy day in December â€“ the very antithesis of his days in the warm weather of southern California â€“ that Xavier found out just what it felt like to belong. â€œWhen I came here on my visit in December, it was snowing bad,â€? he said. â€œMind you, Iâ€™ve been in San Diego for two years, sitting pretty in the 80-degree weather with shorts and a polo shirt on all day, everyday. But I came here freezing on my visit and things were closed with Finals Week but that didnâ€™t matter. It was just everything. The football stuff, the academics â€Ś it was the whole package.â€? Xavier, who is majoring in business, ended
up committing on his visit and enrolled for the spring semester. Among the other reasons he chose USU were the schoolâ€™s reputation for having a high-scoring offense and the familiarity he felt around the Aggie coaching staff. â€œI chose (USU) over other schools because, quite frankly, they were ranked 12th in the country in total offense,â€? Xavier said. â€œThat statistic really stood out to me, and coach Baldwin and coach Andersen are just some great people. They are people you just want to be around and want to work hard for.â€? And work hard he intends to do. Already hitting the weight room, Martin said he is ready to begin a working relationship with USU quarterback Diondre Borel, whom the JC transfer called â€œa natural born leader.â€? For their part, USUâ€™s coaching staff has big plays for Xavier, who will likely compete for a starting position at the inside, or â€œZâ€? receiver position. A big-play threat whenever he touches the ball, Martin figures to also give the Aggies a boost in the return game. â€œ(Xavier) has tremendous speed and elusiveness,â€? Aggie head coach Gary Andersen said. â€œHe is a great kick returner. We are excited to get him in the program.â€? Offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin agreed, saying, â€œXavier gives us another explosive weapon and offensive option. He has a great deal of talent and speed. We feel that any time he touches the ball, he can take it to the end zone.â€? Xavierâ€™s impact is yet to be felt on the field for USU, but even though the wide receiver still has yet to play his first Division I snap, he said he feels as though God has finally delivered him to a place he can call home. If nothing else, he has finally come full circle and has seen his once faded dream of playing college football turn into a bright reality. And that, he said, is reason enough to look back on the long road to Logan and smile. â€œI have come full circle,â€? said Martin, who will have two years of eligibility left to play for the Aggies. â€œI canâ€™t complain, and I have been blessed. Just to be talking about it all, Iâ€™m getting the chills and goosebumps. God could have chosen anybody to be here right now. He could have planted a seed in coach Woods and had him say, â€˜Hey, that is not the guy for us, letâ€™s choose somebody else.â€™ God could have easily done that, but he chose me to come here.â€? And that is cause to begin the countdown to spring practice and the drive to a new era in USU football. â€“ email@example.com
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A series of Webinars are going to be held discussing the best way to help students who are also veterans. All Webinars will be held in the ASUSU Senate Chambers. All programs run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. RSVP to the Veterans Resource Office, 797-9187. Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunities (URCO) Grants are due at noon on Feb. No overnight parking on Logan 15, electronic submission. Info at City streets is allowed between http://research.usu.edu/underthe hours of 1 and 6 a.m. grad. through the end of February. It Religion in Life Devotional will is the responsibility of all Logan be held Feb. 5 at 11:30 a.m. in the City residents to inform guests Institute Cultural Center. IWA of these restrictions. If you need Girl’s Choice Formal Dance will be assistance, please call us at 435- held Feb. 5 from 8:30-11 p.m. in 750-0255. the Institute. Amnesty International Club Meeting will be held Feb. 4 at 6 USU Healthy Relationships and p.m. in the library, Room 154. We Sexual Responsibility Week is will be discussing the agenda for Feb. 8-12. Sponsored by the USU this semester and choosing the Student Health Services. Events presidency. include True Aggie Dating LSAT and GRE Prep Course Game, a Relationship Panel. will be held on Tuesdays and Open to public. Thursdays from Jan. 26- Mar. 4. Register at http://sail2.ext.usu. edu/lsat/index.cfm. Or for more On Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. in Old Main info call Melanie Klein at 797201, USU SHAFT will be show- 0462. ing “God on Trial.” This is a The Ecology Center will host a thoughtful and deeply affecting seminar series by Dr. Lawren Sack film about the Holocaust. All are from the University of California, invited to attend. Los Angeles on Feb. 10 in ENGR 101 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 11 in NR 105 at 3 p.m. USU Extension and the Utah Perfectionism and Commission on Marriage will Procrastination Workshop will be be holding a “Marriage Week held Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. in Banquet” on Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. February. Register by calling 797at the Copper Mill Restaurant. 1012. Space is limited. Keynote speaker will be Dr. The Nordic United Fun Race Victor Harris. Must prepay $10 series continues on Feb. 7 with per person by Feb. 4. Call 752a ski race at the Beaver Bottoms 6263 for more info. ski trail in Logan Canyon. Registration is $8. For more info visit nordicunited.org. The third annual College of Stokes Nature Center invites Agriculture Chili Cook-Off will curious toddlers, ages 2-3, to join be held Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. in the them for Parent Tot at 10 a.m. on ASTE building. Entry fee is $10. Feb. 5. Program fee is $3. Register To enter call 797-2215. at 755-3239.
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‘God on Trial’
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