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Student meeting Too much pizza for two men to handle? planned to discuss A team made up Access Center of two well-known

Aggies will attempt to go where only two teams in the nation have gone before

By CHELSEY GENSEL news senior writer

A student-only meeting to discuss the Access Center, a combination of various student services making up a new division of the Department of Student Services, will be held Wednesday, March 31, at 6 p.m. in the Taggart Student Center’s Senate Chamber on the third floor. Diversity Vice President Krista Bustamante said she met with Vice President of Student Services James Morales to get answers to questions she anticipates coming up at the town hall-style meeting, at which no administrators will be present. Bustamante said students will have a chance to ask what the Access Center will look like, what will be included and how it will function, as well as any other questions they have. Three bills allocating a total of $9,500 were passed by the ASUSU Executive Council at its Tuesday meeting. The funding will furnish and supply the office for the new arts senator and supplement money already raised for the EClub Rail Jam and the Intermountain Graduate Student Symposium. The council also passed a bill through its first reading that will authorize $1,000 to be spent on the campus- and communitywide Earth Day celebration, at which USU President Stan Albrecht will give an address. The celebration, which will be held on the Quad from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 22, is co-sponsored by the Sustainability Council as well as several clubs and campus organizations, and is USU’s third Earth Day celebration. Bustamante said she knows of at least 10 clubs that will have booths and activities at the event. Programming Vice President Erin Reeder urged the council to support both the funding request and the event itself, saying that the Programming Board will help to plan and coordinate the event to “make it an event that is attractive to students and to the community.” The bill, along with any revisions made in the meantime, will be voted upon by the council

- See COUNCIL, page 3

A team of two of campus’ prominent men, “Wild” Bill Sproat and ASUSU President Tyler Tolson, will attempt to go where only two other teams in the nation have gone before. Together they will attempt to eat an entire 30inch pizza from Fox’s Pizza Den. If they can stomach those 30 inches, Sproat and Tolson will each win a free pizza every week for a year. The pizza-gorging event, sponsored by The Utah Statesman, will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at Fox’s Pizza Den, 545 E. 1400 North. Aggie fans are welcome to come cheer on their ESPN-favorite Wild Bill and USU’s firstever re-elected ASUSU president.

“WILD” BILL SPROAT AND ASUSU PRESIDENT TYLER TOLSON will dig into a 30-inch pizza Thursday, April 1, at Fox’s Pizza Dean, 545 E. 1400 North. PATRICK ODEN photos

USU celebrates new Center for Women and Gender By KASEY VAN DYKE staff writer

USU STUDENT COLLEEN DARLEY performed with other members of the all-girl band Moxie during a celebration for the new Center for Women and Gender. The center combines the Women’s Center, Women and Gender Studies, and the Women and Gender Research Institute. CODY GOCHNOUR photo

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Provost Ray Coward said he felt USU is “standing on the shoulders of giants,” during his speech at the celebration of the newly created Center for Women and Gender. Tuesday, the three units being combined – Women’s Center, Women and Gender Studies (WGS) and Women and Gender Research Institute (WGRI) – met in the Taggart Student Center Ballroom, bringing presentations, food and an all-girl band called Moxey. Ann Austin – vice provost for faculty development and diversity, and a professor in the department of family, consumer and human development – also spoke, saying the new center would be “vigorous and cutting-edge.” Austin was asked in the summer of 2009 to study the feasibility of combining the WGS, WGRI and Women’s Center. She described the women on the study committee as “true scholars” and commented on the work done by the committee. “As our students say, it was awesome,” she said. Though, USU “has long been enriched by the three centers,” she said, the “whole truly would be greater than the sum of its parts.” According to its mission statement, WGS “provides a broad base of study,” including analysis of issues, such as “gender, age, race, ethnicity, class, regionalism, nationalism and sexual identity as they affect women and men.” Recently, the WGS hosted its Women Rock the Runway, headed by Brenda Cooper dressed as Frida Kahlo, and emceed by Ted Pease dressed as Julia Child. The WGRI was formed in 1984 and, according its usu.edu page, aim to “foster research by women, to assist departments in recruiting and retaining women faculty and to encourage research on gender issues by

- See WOMEN, page 4

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Celebs&People NEW YORK (AP) – Patrick Stewart will star in David Mamet’s (MAM-eht) next Broadway production, a revival of “A Life in the Theatre,” opening this fall. Producer Jeffrey Richards announced Tuesday that rehearsals will begin Aug. 23 for the play, first STEWART seen in Chicago in 1977 and then off-Broadway. “A Life in the Theatre” is a backstage tale about the relationship between an older performer and a younger performer. The other role is still to be cast. The director is Neil Pepe.

NewsBriefs Man flees police, jumps into prison yard CLEVELAND (AP) – Police say a motorist fleeing officers in Cleveland abandoned his car and jumped a fence – landing in what turned out to be a prison yard. Garfield Heights police say the chase started in that suburb early Monday over a traffic violation and reached speeds of 90 mph. Police say that after a race through several communities, the driver and a passenger bolted from the car and headed for a fence. They apparently did not realize it was on the outside of the state women’s prison in Cleveland. They were arrested along with two other passengers who also tried to flee.

LateNiteHumor Monday, March 29, 2010 Top 10 Highlights Of President Obama’s Trip To Afghanistan 10. The welcoming chants of “Death to America!” 9. Using miles to get bumped up to business class. 8. Picking up sexy negligee for Michelle at Mahboba’s Secret. 7. Playing a little one-on-one with Hamid Karzai. 6. Seeing “Hot Tub Time Machine” dubbed in Pashto. 5. Military demonstration on new secret weapon: ground-toair-goat. 4. The splendor of Kabul in the springtime. 3. Catching Jon Lovitz at new Kandahar comedy club, Laffghanistan. 2. Spotting a confused John McCain arguing with a falafel. 1. Leaving Afghanistan.

Atom smasher breaks collision records GENEVA (AP) – The world’s largest atom smasher threw together minuscule particles racing at unheard of speeds in conditions simulating those just after the Big Bang – a success that kick-started a megabillion-dollar experiment that could one day explain how the universe began. Scientists cheered Tuesday’s historic crash of two proton beams, which produced three times more energy than researchers had created before and marked a milestone for the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider. “This is a huge step toward unraveling Genesis Chapter 1, Verse 1 – what happened in the beginning,” physicist Michio Kaku told The Associated Press. “This is a Genesis machine. It’ll help to recreate the most glorious event in the history of the universe.” Tuesday’s smashup transforms the 15-year-old collider from an engineering project in test phase to the world’s largest ongoing experiment, experts say. The crash that occurred on a subatomic scale is more about shaping our understanding of how the universe was created than immediate improvements to technology in our daily lives. The power produced will ramp up

SCIENTISTS OF THE European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN, celebrate with champagne in the CMS experiment control room at their headquarter outside Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, March 30. AP photo

even more in the future as scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, watch for elusive particles that have been more theorized than seen on Earth. The consequences of finding those

mysterious particles could “affect our conception of who we are in the universe,” said Kaku, co-founder of string field theory and author of the book “Physics of the Impossible.” Physicists, usually prone to caution

and nuance, tripped over themselves in superlatives praising the importance of the Large Hadron Collider and the significance of its generating regular science experiments. “This is the Jurassic Park for particle physicists,” said Phil Schewe, a spokesman for the American Institute of Physics. He called the collider a time machine. “Some of the particles they are making now or are about to make haven’t been around for 14 billion years.” The first step in simulating the moments after the Big Bang nearly 14 billion years ago was to produce a tiny bang. The most potent force on the tiny atomic level that man has ever created came Tuesday. Two beams of protons were sent hurtling in opposite directions toward each other in a 17-mile (27-kilometer) tunnel below the Swiss-French border – the coldest place in the universe at slightly above absolute zero. CERN used powerful superconducting magnets to force the two beams to cross; two of the protons collided, producing 7 trillion electron volts.

- See ATOMS, page 12

G-8 demands Iran compliance on nukes GATINEAU, Quebec (AP) – Diplomats from the world’s leading economies say Iran’s recent actions deepen the doubts that its nuclear program is aimed at anything other than building a bomb, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton predicted Tuesday that world powers will agree on a new round of U.N. sanctions. The main audience for the tough talk seems to be countries not represented among the exclusive Group of Eight economic club: China and countries like Turkey and Brazil that have not been on board with sanctions. Closing a conference of foreign ministers from the G-8 industrialized nations, Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said it is time to act. Clinton said the nations meeting in Canada see a growing alarm around the world about the consequences of a nuclear-armed Iran.

Clinton pointed to a string of disclosures over more than a year about the nature and extent of Iran’s oncesecret nuclear program. Disclosure of the uranium enrichment facility near the Iranian city of Qum, the announcement of more facilities to be developed as well as revelations of greater efforts at enrichment are nudging the consensus toward sanctions, she said. “The last 15 months have demonstrated the unwillingness of Iran to fulfill its international obligations and that’s the basis of my optimism that we’re going to have a consensus reached in the Security Council,” Clinton said. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper urged a heightened focus and stronger coordinated action, including sanctions if necessary, on the Iranian regime and said Tehran “must halt its nuclear enrichment activities and engage in peaceful dialogue.” The G-8 groups France, Germany, Italy, Japan,

the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Russia. “There was a high degree of unity with respect to our mounting concern about the failure of Iran to respond in any kind of adequate way,” British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said. With Iran refusing to comply, the message is largely directed at China, a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council that is not a member of the G-8. China, a vocal opponent of sanctions, wields veto power in the Security Council, and until recently it had balked at the mere suggestion of taking additional punitive steps against Iran. That, Clinton suggested, is now changing. In an interview with Canadian television on Monday, Clinton said China shared the view of the U.S., its European allies and Russia that “a nucleararmed Iran is not acceptable.”

Nissan puts US price tag on electric car NEW YORK (AP) – Nissan Motor Co. said Tuesday its new electric car will cost just over $25,000 in the U.S., a move that could force rivals to lower prices on similar vehicles. The Leaf, a four-door hatchback due in showrooms late this year, will have a base price of $32,780, but buyers can get a $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit, Nissan said. The price tag puts the Leaf, which can go up to 100 miles on a single charge from a home outlet, within reach of mainstream car buyers, and it also will force competitors to respond when they introduce their cars. General Motors Co., which also will begin selling its Chevrolet Volt rechargeable electric car later this year, said that it will look at Nissan’s pricing before announcing the Volt’s price closer to its December sales date. “I think it’s fair to say their pricing, it won’t overwhelm, but it will have some influence on our pricing decision,” said GM spokesman Rob Peterson. GM was looking to price the Volt, which can go 40 miles on full electricity before a small gas engine kicks in to pro-

vide power, around $35,000. It would cost $27,500 with the tax credit. But GM executives have said they are trying to lower the price as they begin building models at a Detroit factory. Other competitors, such as Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC, also plan to sell fully electric cars, but those will come out after the Volt and Leaf hit showrooms in December. The Volt and Leaf are the first two electric cars to go on sale that will appeal to the mass market. Orders in the U.S. start April 20 and Nissan is aiming for 25,000 orders by December. Nissan says the Leaf will cost 3.76 million yen ($40,000) in Japan. It will price the car lower in the U.S. because it wants to sell more of them in that market. The automaker says it is confident it can still make money at that price. But Erich Merkle, president of the consulting company Autoconomy.com in Grand Rapids, Mich., said Nissan may be deliberately setting the price low and may even lose money to establish itself as the market leader. GM maintains that the Volt is a better value than the Leaf because drivers don’t

NISSAN MOTOR CO. Chief Operating Officer Toshiyuki Shiga poses for photographers with the automaker’s “Leaf” zero-emission electric vehicle in Yokohama, Japan, Tuesday, March 30. AP photo

have to worry about running out of electricity. The car’s gas engine gives it nearly unlimited range, GM says. Although the Volt can travel farther, GM still has to compete with the Leaf on price, especially among drivers who don’t drive that far or have a second car for longdistance travel, Merkle said. “They’re going to find themselves

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Nuclear energy safe and efficient, CEO says Briefs By KADE DELIS staff writer Nuclear energy is the only non-greenhouse gasemitting energy source that can effectively replace fossil fuel and satisfy global demand, President and CEO of EnergySolutions Val J. Christensen said Tuesday. Christensen presented a slideshow at a seminar in the Engineering Innovation Building to a crowd of students ranging from engineering to business majors. Also in attendance was the department head of mechanical engineering, Byard Wood, Dean of the College of Engineering H. Scott Hinton and two faculty members, Heng Ban and Barton Smith. Some students attended to receive extra credit. Christensen’s presentation was a PowerPoint slideshow called “Energy Challenges and the Role of Nuclear Power.” At the beginning of the seminar, Christensen asked how many students were mechanical engineering majors. More than half of the attendees raised their hands. He then explained that nuclear energy is largely fusion, the process of causing a material or object to melt with intense heat, especially to join with another, which is itself a complex mechanical system of tubes, pipes and pumps. His company is an international nuclear services company with operations throughout the United States and the world, according to the company’s Web site. It provides integrated services and solutions to the nuclear industry, the United States government and the government of the United Kingdom hospitals and research facilities. Another of its tasks is informing the public about the misconceptions of nuclear energy and how beneficial it can become as a reliable energy source. Christensen said that by 2030 there will be a 50 percent increase in fossil-fuel use. That dependence on oil will be coming from countries whose living standards are improving like China, India and the Middle East. Meanwhile, the United States will see a decrease from 22 to 17 percent demand for the increase in energy. This year, China is expected to overtake the U.S. as the top carbon dioxide emitter. According to the Nuclear Energy Institute Web site, there are two types of uranium energy, U-235 and U-238. These are not fuel but hard ceramic rods that are so dense that they were used as shields for tanks during World War II and are still used in modern war technology, though U-235 splits or fissions easily. In U-235 atoms, the nucleus, which is composed of protons and neutrons, is unstable. Christensen said nuclear power is reliable and safe. There are 140 nuclear reactors in the United States producing more than 20 percent of its electricity. One kilogram of U-235, the fuel for nuclear energy,

contains enough power to produce 1,500 tons of coal. “If you burn 300 railroad cars for three years, you will generate the same amount of electricity as a volleyball-size chunk of uranium,” Christensen said, “and no emissions other than hydrogen.” The current fuel supply most commonly used by Americans today is coal, which accounts for almost 50 percent of the electricity used, Christensen said. The price for this type of fuel is also a benefit from nuclear power, Christensen

Seniors raise money for bike rack as 2010 gift BY USU MEDIA RELATIONS The Senior Gift program at Utah State University is a century-old tradition that allows the senior class to come together to support USU with a gift to remember their time on campus. Gifts in the past include such campus mainstays as the Old Main Tower. The class of 2010 has chosen an expansive covered bike rack as its lasting gift to the university and to the students who will follow. The covered bike rack, which will be located north of Natural Resources building, will be used by the increasing number of students, faculty and visitors using bikes as means of transportation on USU’s campus. “Giving back is part of being an Aggie,” said Amber Neil, Senior Gift chair. “The Senior Gift is a chance for us to show our gratitude for the experience USU has provided us.” Tonya Davis, Senior Gift adviser, said private donations to the university totaled more than $30 million last year, and many of those donations go toward student scholarships and other means of educational support for undergraduates. The Senior Gift is one convenient way for graduating seniors

to recognize that the university and its generous supporters made a commitment to them during their time on campus. The new covered racks will provide space for 24 bicycles and add additional options for transportation and safety. The history of the Senior Gift dates back to 1909, when the lighted “A” on the top of the Old Main Tower was given. Since then many gifts have been given, including detailed clocks, science benches, the USU sign on 400 north and the new campus maps. Seniors can still give to the 2010 Senior Gift by donating safely and securely online or visiting Old Main, Room 106. In honor of their graduating year, seniors are asked to give $20.10 to the Senior Gift. Donors of $20.10 or more will be listed in the commencement program, along with the name of an individual or couple that the students would like to honor for their influence on their education. In addition of the standard senior gift, seniors are encouraged to pledge a Legacy Senior Gift. Legacy donors give $20.10 during their senior year, $30 during their first year out and $50 during their second year out, for a total gift of $100.10. Legacy donors can list two individuals or couples in the commencement program to honor.

Council: ASUSU reviews officers’ charters -continued from page 1 at its meeting April 6. The council also passed revised charters for the offices of Academic Senate president and service vice president. Student Advocate Tyler Haws read a first draft of changes to his charter. The office of student advocate has been reshaped and clarified through the committee to restructure ASUSU. It will be voted upon at the next council meeting. Other items discussed at the meeting included plans to update power to the Old Main Hill amphitheater, which Reeder said will enable more student events to be held there, and ASUSU Director Tiffany Evans

said the council will begin discussion next week on budget recommendations for the upcoming year. ASUSU President Tyler Tolson and Executive Vice President Spencer Lee will begin looking through budget items and bring suggestions to the council for discussion. The budget they approve will be recommended to the incoming Executive Council members. Evans said the new council typically approves a budget within the first two weeks of official meetings. – chelsey.gensel@aggiemail.usu.edu

said. Christensen said nuclear energy provides one of the safest work environments. There are no deaths from nuclear generation in the history of the United States, he said. EnergySolution’s Web site mentions that industry’s safety standards, high-tech modern design features and regulatory oversight are among the reasons for the extreme safety environment, whereas with solar panels and wind machines, there have been reports of workers falling off the panels or the blades of wind machines falling off and hitting someone. The United States has expressed less interest in technically advancing nuclear energy than other countries, particularly because of the Three Mile Island incident, Christensen said. But he believes it was merely a management error. Regarding nuclear plant disasters, such as the Chernobyl, Ukraine, accident of 1986, Christensen said, “It was a human error. It would be hard to replicate. The crew was preparing to test how long a turbine will spin a supply of power after they shut it down. The workers running the tests shut the automatic safety system down in order to run the test. It became so unstable that the reactor system went out of control.” Christensen said the safest amount of exposure humans can endure is 400 milligrams per year. The residents of Chernobyl were exposed to more than 50,000 milligrams of radiation. For the United States, he said, “It will not happen.” One of the safety measures the U.S. has taken to prevent another incident like the Three Mile Island has been to create containment vessels that keeps nuclear fuel from reacting inside the vessel, Christensen said. According to the Nuclear Energy Institute Web site, nuclear energy is America’s largest source of clean air, carbon-free electricity, producing no greenhouse gases or air pollutants. – k.del@aggiemail.usu.edu

SERVICE WEEK EVENTS Monday, April 5 • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. – Blood drive and service project, TSC

Sunburst and International Lounge. • 7 p.m. – Recycled Fashion Show, TSC Ballroom. Bring a can of food for the Student Nutrition Access Center (SNAC). • 7-9 p.m. – Mini Golf at Willows Golf Park, 220 N Spring Creek Parkway, Providence. Admission is a $1 donation.

Tuesday, April 6 • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. – Blood drive and service project, TSC

Sunburst and International Lounge. Following, there will be a “crafternoon,” making crafts for Primary Children’s Hospital. • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. – Library lunch, handing out sandwiches to people studying at the library. • Noon – Special Olympics Basketball and Best Buddies 4square tournament, TSC patio.

Wednesday, April 7 • Wednesday is Campus Appreciation Day. All day, storm

the campus with acts of service. • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. – Blood drive and service project, TSC Sunburst and International Lounge. • 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. – SAAVI’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. Register to walk or volunteer at usu.edu/saavi<http://usu. edu/saavi>. • 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. – Res Life Service Blitz. Meet at the University Inn at 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 8 • 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. – Aggie Locks, TSC Sunburst and

International Lounge. • 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. – SNAC Bread and Soup on the Patio. Cost is $1 with a can or $2 without. • Noon – Aggie Bench Build by Habitat for Humanity. Meet in the Service Center and help us build two benches for Primary Children’s Hospital.

Friday, April 9 • All day – End of Year Bash Carnival on the Quad.

Saturday, April 10 • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Service project at Primary Children’s

Hospital. Volunteers will meet at the hospital at 10 a.m. to begin the service project. An Aggie shuttle will be transporting students down to Primary Children’s Hospital. Meet outside the University Inn at 8 a.m. to catch the shuttle.

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USU student to study agriculture in China Twelve of the best agriculture students in the country, including one USU student, were recently selected for the 2010 International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership (I-CAL) Program. They will travel to China and Vietnam May 16 - 29 to study international grain marketing and trade and global agriculture. During the trip, they will visit many different Asian agricultural operations, including grain inspecting facilities, fruit and vegetable production farms and open air grain, meat and animal markets. The tours are designed to help the students understand current international trade and cultural issues, and gain awareness of how international markets for agricultural products work. The selected students are Ronald “Wil” Baxter of North Carolina State University, Devin Burton of University of Wyoming, Grant Christensen of Iowa State University, Lucas Fuess of Cornell University, Ashley Gatling of University of Arkansas, Daniel Helvig of University of Minnesota, Ryan Hrubes of Iowa State University, Caitlin Kasper of University of Minnesota, Tim Martini of Colorado State University, Adam Miller of Ridgewater College, Amy Petersen of Utah State University and Emily Schneider of Kansas State University.

USU hosts large research symposium USU’s Graduate Student Senate hosts the 13th annual Intermountain Graduate Research Symposium March 31. Students, faculty, staff and members of the public are invited to view the ground-breaking research undertaken by graduate students. Presentations and posters will be on display in the Taggart Student Center and the Eccles Conference Center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The symposium is an opportunity for students from all disciplines to present original research in a conference setting. In a unique format, participant posters and presentations will be judged by USU faculty and awarded cash prizes. This year, the Graduate Student Senate will give away more than $10,000 in award money. In addition, a luncheon will be held for all participants and college deans. This year, there are 288 registered participants from seven universities in five western states, making it one of the largest graduate symposiums in the United States. This event is held as part of Research Week, which is sponsored by the Vice President for Research Office.

Sigma Phi Epsilon now official chapter at USU As of March 24, the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity on Utah State’s campus has chartered to change from a long-term colony to a fully functioning chapter. Moving from a SEC (Sigma Epsilon Chapter) to a Utah-Alpha chapter, the SigEps on USU’s campus are officially recognized with North America’s largest fraternity. The new Utah-Alpha Sig Ep Executive Board received an e-mail early March 24 informing them of their successful charter. The SigEps started a petition to charter at the beginning of this spring semester. Thanks to the hard work put in by some of the brothers, the petition was successful. Former SigEp President Alex Putnam was responsible for most of the organization of the petition. The Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter was originally founded at USU March 21, 1936, and was a force on campus until its exit in 1998. In 2002, SigEp made its return to USU’s campus, and since then, the SigEps have been growing member-wise.

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men and women.” WGRI will host its spring luncheon social April 2. Opened in 1974, the Women’s Center “serves as an advocate for women, educating campus and community constituencies on the changing status of women and genderbased issues through a variety of programs.” The center offers workshops throughout the semester, scholarships and financial assistance. Austin expressed her hope that the combined WGS, WGRI and Women’s Center “will provide vigorous professional and social environment” for everyone involved. Coward said the center will help about 66,000 female members of USU, including faculty, staff and students. He said the event was a culmination of more than a year of work and planning. A planning committee was formed, which includes Melissa Keller, Ann Austin, Kelly Kopp, Camille Odell, Maure Smith, Helga Van Miegroet and Frances Titchener, who also spoke. Titchener, professor in the department of history, said she has been involved in some way with the women’s program since her beginning year at USU in 1987. Though called back from her sabbatical, Titchener said she was “delighted to accept (the) important challenge” of putting together a study committee and assisting in deciding on a director for the center, which the committee will do later this week. Once committees were set up, the only thing missing, Coward said, was money. Enter President Stan Albrecht, who spoke about how the center will receive its requested PROVOST RAY COWARD said about 66,000 female members of USU can benefit from $300,000 from the school. For the next three years, Albrecht said, the the new Center for Women and Gender. Coward spoke during a celebration for the center. CODY GOCHNOUR photo center will receive $100,000 a year, in addition to pooling the resources from the WGS, WGRI and Women’s Center. Albrecht said the $300,000 pledge is a commitment to make the center work. • Student body: 53 percent “We’re going to make something good even better,” he said. • Staff: 54 percent Once money was figured out, Coward said • Graduates: 42 percent the last hurdle is finding leadership. “Without the right leaders,” he said, “we’re • Faculty: more than 33 percent not going to achieve this ambition we have.” Information provided by Provost Ray Coward – k.vandyke@aggiemail.usu.edu

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Death shows college students’ right to privacy often at odds with the parents’ need to know By MARA ROSE WILLIAMS McClatchy Newspapers KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Before University of Kansas student Jason Wren died, reportedly after a night of binge drinking, records describing his violations

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of dormitory alcohol policies were off-limits to his parents. After the 19-year-old’s death, KU turned over the records. Jay Wren says before his son’s death he begged for a description of his behavior in the dormitory, and was told those records were protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, which shields student grades, health and behavior information. The federal law and the way universities interpret it often pit students’ right to privacy against what some parents deem as their right to know. How schools interpret the law differs. For example, Kansas State University tells parents about underage drinking. KU does not. “There is no national evidence that parental notification makes a difference,” said Marlesa Roney, vice provost for student success at KU. Some students say they want to take responsibility for their lives and learn from their mistakes. Others want their parents to know what’s going on. College Parents of America recently began pushing schools to share more about their underage students with parents. “The law does leave a great deal of interpretation to colleges and universities,” said Jim Boyle,

the group’s president. “I believe they should use their interpretation to better inform parents about their son or daughter, and not use FERPA as an excuse to withhold information.” Wren, who knew that his son drank alcohol even in high school, said he would have pulled Jason out of KU if he’d known about the repeated alcohol and behavior infractions that led to his son being kicked out of Oliver Hall and barred from even visiting it. He said that according to the records he recently received, his son was caught with alcohol at least twice in Oliver, put on probation and warned that his residence hall contract was in danger of being terminated. His son also was reprimanded for delays in taking an online alcohol education course and going to a one-on-one counseling session _ a mandatory penalty for violating campus alcohol policies. “They need to let parents know,” said Wren, who lives in Littleton, Colo. “If they had let us know all of this, we could have sat down with him. I would have pulled him out to get him back here where we could keep an eye on him. We would have made him live at home.” Jason, a prebusiness major, died March 8 in a KU fraternity

house nearly two weeks after being kicked out of his dormitory. He was found dead on his bed at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house off campus after a night of drinking margaritas, beer and whiskey. Lawrence police have not received autopsy results. Wren said his son told him he was kicked out of the dormitory after a few cans of beer were found in his room. Jason said he was holding the beer for a friend, his father said. He said he didn’t learn the severity of the violations until he visited KU for his son’s memorial service. The dormitory violations were a clear sign that his son had an alcohol problem, he said. Wren said he had talked to a lawyer to help him sort out the events leading up to his son’s death. He has pleaded with the fraternity’s local leaders to dry out the fraternity house, which is private and not subject to university policy. Brandon E. Weghorst, national Sigma Alpha Epsilon spokesman, said Wren’s plea “is being seriously considered.” National statistics indicate alcohol will kill thousands of underage drinkers this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 5,000 underage deaths each year are caused by excessive alcohol use.


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Life with four senses

By COURTNIE PACKER features editor

For many students, watching the life of a visually-impaired student looks challenging. However, for Quinn Price and Lewis Burdette, it is a way of life. Their way of life. The two men met 11 years ago at a summer camp. They bumped into each other at events across the state of Utah for many years but did not get to build a strong friendship until they came to USU. Price, sophomore in social studies composite teaching, said after attending USU for a year, the two decided to become roommates. Price and Burdette were born with visual impairments. Price had some eyesight until he was 2 years old. By losing his eyesight at a young age, he said, he does not remember the shapes and details of objects but remembers learning colors and a few items.

USU STUDENTS QUINN PRICE, LEFT, and Lewis Burdette, right, are often seen together on campus. Both students have visual impairments and use various tools to assist them in day-to-day life. One tool is called BrailleNote, also known as a notetaker. This piece of equipment has similar aspects as a computer such as e-mailing, taking notes and reading books. PETE P. SMITHSUTH photos

Burdette, junior in exercise science, was born with a degenerative disease that caused his retinas to slowly degenerate. Because he can slightly see, most of his movements are done tactically and spatially. He is able to contrast between light and dark, and can see the difference between sidewalk and grass. Price and Burdette chose to attend USU for similar reasons: the abundant transportation to and from campus. They are often seen around campus helping each other cross the street or are seen together in classes. It is not uncommon for them to be in the wrong classroom or in a surrounding completely different than where they were hoping to be. Burdette said many bus drivers are considerate by letting them know which stop they are at and which stop they need. Even though Price and Burdette are frequently

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Building children’s lives with a promise By KELLYN ANDERSON staff writer

The Youth and Families with Promise program was started in 1998 by a group of professors at USU, and soon spread throughout Utah and, eventually, the entire country. A nonprofit organization funded by Workforce Services, the program was evaluated as a Best Practices Program and, except for the two paid director positions, run on a volunteer basis. Volunteers, primarily USU students, mentor kids ranging from ages 10 to 14. The kids live in various situations, such as single-parent homes, blended-family circumstances or homes where parents work and want an uplifting place for their child to spend time. The program started out on an entirely volunteer basis with no funding and only 10 participants. After funding was garnered, co-directors Sharilee Griffiths and Rachel Davidson have been able to expand the program to 50 participants. “We have absolutely wonderful stories, where it’s really changed lives,” Griffiths says. The program works to match children with their own mentor and then provides activities for them to do once a month. During the other three weeks, the directors encourage mentors to involve the kids in their lives and to do all kinds of activities. From reading a book to ice skating to playing games, the program does it all. “There are a great many benefits for the mentors as well as the kids,” Griffiths said. “We pay for a lot of free entertainment, and we always have food.” The USU student mentors can receive two upper-level

credits for participating in the program, and the service looks directors prepare loads of food and teach the kids valuable great on a résumé. lessons through games, such as budgeting and table etiquette. Youth and Families with Promise is always looking for This past Wednesday, the children were given a menu and mentors, as of right now it does not have enough mentors to fake money, then told to decide what they want, using the match with each child. It will not match a mentor unless he or $1.50 they had to spend. Then mentors helped the mentees she will be in Logan for the summer or is coming back next count and budget correctly, so the children could eat what fall, as it can greatly affect the child. they wanted. Matching a mentor involves personMary Smith, a young participant “Many of these kids ality traits, practical influences, such as in the program whose name has been transportation, and availability. Once changed, says she really likes the activihave been mentally mentors are matched with mentees, they ties. abused and abandoned. spend the rest of the year together, and “I like how the people teach you The last thing we want sudden desertion can hurt the child interesting stuff. It’s a learning experieven more. ence,” Smith says. to do is abandon them “Many of these kids have been menAll of the kids love having a mentor again.” tally abused and abandoned. The last to look up to, as well as the opportunity – Sharilee Griffiths, to hang out with someone older doing thing we want to do is abandon them co-director for Youth and free activities. Sara Jones, a graduate again,” Griffiths says. With the 50 kids who need menFamilies with Promise student in health education whose name toring, the Youth and Families with has been changed, says the program is a Promise is always advertising for new way to reach out to the kids. mentors, especially males. The Living She says, “It is a kind of social supand Learning community has helped a lot, both with menport system. We share common experiences, and it gives them tors and location of activities, but the program is continually an outlet of someone to talk to.” expanding, and with expansion comes a need for more volunMentoring is an easy way to get involved in the communiteers. ty. Katie Spackman, freshman in elementary education, heard “You build a great relationship with these kids,” Griffiths about the program from a friend and quickly signed up. says. “It’s really a great opportunity to make a difference in “I wanted an opportunity to serve. It’s a great way to know the life of a child.” your influencing the kids, making a difference,” she says. The mentors and families meet every Wednesday and – kellyn.anderson@aggiemail.usu.edu Thursday, depending on whichever day works best, to have an activity. Once a month on the special activity nights, the


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How to find housing I am currently looking for housing. My lease at a popular universityapproved apartment complex is about to end, just after finals, like so many other students. I’m starting to realize this search is turning into a stressful mess of calls and numbers and landlords. Let me explain. My search began about two months ago. I started with the USU Student Housing Guide, made a list, then double checked everything with trueaggie. com. Once I had made a list of all the potential places I had double checked, I started making the calls. I was now triple checking all the information I had. Some call it excessive, I call it thorough. I, then, compared locations and prices, and decided on the place. It was perfect. Close to campus, decent price, private room, private bathroom, all the right amenities; in a word, perfect. Idealistic images of walking to campus, feeling rejuvenated and healthy. I figured out the deposit and filled out an application. The day came. I had the check and called to find out where I needed to take it. Bad news: no more openings, summer or school year. Great. So, the search continued. I quadruple, quintuple and sextuple checked every single school-approved apartment I could find. Once again, I narrowed it down to one, which is as far from campus as I am now, but a private room for a cheap price and I had the option of painting the room. I was sold. I called the parents (yes, I’m spoiled) and got another check for a deposit. I walked into the landlord’s office, filled out an application and gave my deposit. I was free. No more searching. I had a place to live. Next step, getting past the parents. If they’re paying for it, they need to approve of it. They didn’t approve. At all. And here I am. Stuck, once again, looking through all the apartments I’ve already looked through. Now, I have an extra challenge. Almost everything is full, or close to it. I’m stressed. The silver lining of the whole ordeal is that I’ve learned some do’s and don’ts of apartment hunting: – Do run away if you find out your

future neighbor is a crack addict. If chosen, that house or apartment would often be flooded with either a horde of other drug addicts or the flashing red and blue of a police car. – Don’t paint the walls an outrageous color. You may like it, but you’ll have to repaint it. Plus, you may get sick of it. Stick with something soft and neutral. If you want color, try painting an accent wall and matching it with furniture. – Do avoid elementary schools and junior high schools. If the sound of screeching children isn’t enough to break your concentration, the stench of adolescent angst and hormones will. – Don’t get house poor. If you can’t afford it, just turn the other way. If all your money is going toward a house or apartment, when will you be able to actually have fun? Save the money, go with a less-expensive place and spend the leftover money on a party. – Do check the sex offender registry at familywatchdog.us. It’s good to be informed and your safety is the most important thing. – Don’t rush things. Take your time. The worst thing would be getting stuck somewhere low quality in a bad neighborhood just because the landlord pushed you. – Do ask questions. That’s the only way you’ll figure out enough information to make a good decision. – Don’t underestimate your parents. They’ve had more experience buying real estate, and they will see the things we don’t. Trust them.

Kasey Van Dyke is a sophomore in print journalism and political science. Questions or comments can be sent to her at k.vandyke@aggiemail.usu.edu.

Blind: Experiencing college life -continued from page 5 seen together, each has his own hobbies and goals. Burdette enjoys learning the piano, rock climbing, and he has wrestled for many years. He grew up on a farm and enjoys riding horses and to be around animals. He hopes to become a personal trainer after he has completed his education.

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Price said he hopes to begin rock climbing and wants to pursue teaching. “I am still keeping my mind open for further options,” he said. “I don’t know if I have enough experience in teaching to know if I want to do it or not. I think it could have some really good aspects.” No matter their differences, the men share a common love: goalball. The game has become a popular pastime for the two, and they spend many hours playing the game. Price said the game is unlike anything most students participate in. It is played as balls are rolled underhand on the ground to the other side of the court. Players then try to block the ball. “It is a sport any visuallyimpaired guy can play,” Price said. “It’s not even a spin off another sport. It’s our own sport and brings a lot of people together.” Schoolwork for the men can seem difficult, but Burdette and Price have several options to make work easier. One option is what is called BrailleNote, also known as a notetaker. Price describes it as having similar aspects as a computer such as e-mailing, taking notes and reading books. Burdette and Price know braille. They both have the option of reading braille, but Price says the books in braille take up a lot of space and he prefers to read electronically. However, Price said that while working on the computer, his preferred way is a screen-reading program that

reads the text to him. Burdette said that when using a computer, they use the same type of keyboard that people with sight use. It just requires a different principle of memorization. Aside from the schoolwork aspect of college life, Burdette and Price said they are content with their social life. However, neither would object to meeting new people. “I”m single,” Burdette said. “I definitely wouldn’t say no to meeting new people, and I definitely wouldn’t say no to dating more. But the way it is now isn’t too bad.” Burdette said many students feel intimidated by the fact the men are visuallyimpaired, and they do not know how to approach him or Price. “If you have a question, ask it,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to approach us. Say, ‘Hey,’ as we go by. It is understandable, but once you get to know us, we are pretty nice guys.” The men both agreed their vision impairment is who they are and has shaped who they have become. Neither would recover their eyesight and are content with what they have. “It seems like it would be more of a transition to receive eyesight,” Price said. “It really isn’t much of a possibility so I don’t think about it. If I was presented with the idea, I might for practicality, but it is something that might intimidate me a little bit.” – courtnie.packer@aggiemail. usu.edu


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College life may have consequences on health By APRIL ASHLAND staff writer

Student health is a lot more complicated than just the common cold. Lucas Odahlen, associate doctor of Aggie County Chiropractic, said he sees students mostly for headaches and back pain. He said students get back problems from various things, such as having bad posture and wearing heavy backpacks. He said one way to help the headaches and back pain is to drink lots of water. “Most people and a lot of students are living on soda and junk food,” Odahlen said. “Students should drink lots of water, about 1 ounce per pound of body weight, or at least two liters of water.” Odahlen said drinking water, eating lots of fresh food and exercising are easy ways to be and feel healthier, as well as getting chiropractic care. “We often use something called the Pettibon System – most people have lost the curvature in their spine, which puts a lot of pressure on your spinal column, and the Pettibon System helps to give you back that curvature,” he said. “The pressure on your spinal column can cause digestive problems, as well as headaches and back pain. So getting the proper chiropractic care for your back is also important.” Jim Davis, director of the Student Health and Wellness Center, said he and the other doctors see a variety of issues. “Not only do we see things like colds and sinus infections, but we also see students who are having problems with depression, ADD and more,” Davis said. Every summer Davis does a presentation for the parents of students coming to SOAR, and he said the center has just finished compiling information for his presentation about what kinds of things the doctors at the center see most. He said the top five things they see are upper respiratory infections, behavioral health, injuries mostly to extremities, physical exams and warts. Every other Wednesday are wart days, Davis said. The doctors use liquid nitrogen to

get rid of them, and Davis said they see lots of patients with warts. Wellness differs from health, and Davis said wellness itself is vital. “Most students are doing it on their own for the first time, and we consider wellness to be really, really important,” Davis said. The first step to being well is to get a check up. Davis said basic problems have to be handled first, in order to get healthy. He said things like asthma and diabetes need to be under control before students can work on staying healthy. Davis said students need to get adequate sleep. Adequate sleep for a college student means, on average, seven to eight hours of sleep, according to the center’s Web site, http://www.usu.edu/health/healthtopics. Some students need more, some need less. Davis said sleep disruption is becoming more common on campus, and the center is seeing more students who are sleep deprived on a daily basis. Eating well and drinking lots of water are important, Davis said, as well as exercise and avoidance of unhealthy substances. “Substances that are bad for you can be as simple as high doses of caffeine,” Davis said. “Exercise can be walking or something more. Fit bodies are much more resistant to illness and disease.” The Student Health and Wellness Center doctors have strong backgrounds in things such as depression and anxiety, Davis said, and can take care of simple problems. Anything too complex they refer to psychiatrist Brian Merrill who works there two days a week, as well as at the Counseling and Psychological Service Center. “We have strong ties with the counseling center,” Davis said. “We work hand in hand with them and people who need more than we can give them alone.” The Student Health and Wellness Center offers many services other than just for physical injuries and sickness. Davis said the center is a resource many students don’t realize they have. “We asked focus groups how to make the center more useful, in order to better serve the students,” he said. “The most common

response we got was, ‘I don’t know what you do, so I can’t tell you how to do it better.’” Davis said there is a large marketing gap in what students think about the center and what it offers. He said the staff want to provide a top-rate service, but students need to understand what they do. The center is a place to start with tough questions, and if students don’t know where else to go. “Illness, injury, can’t get along with my roommate, was sexually assaulted, fell off my bike, can’t concentrate in studying, they can all start here at the wellness center,” he said. The center has doctors, dietitians, physical therapists, X-ray doctors, even a pharmacy. Davis said he thinks the center does student health better than any other place in Logan, because the staff understands students better. He said they understand that students have lots of tests and

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Periodic table gets new resident By THOMAS H. MAUGH II Los Angeles Times

There’s a new element officially in town and its name is copernicium, after the 16th-century Polish scientist Nicholas Copernicus. It is element 112 and its symbol is Cn. Copernicium, a heavier relative of zinc, cadmium and mercury, was first seen in 1996 by researchers at the Society for Heavy Ions Research in Darmstadt, Germany, after they bombarded a lead target with zinc ions. It took the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, which regulates nomenclature, nearly 14 years to resolve disputes between the Germans and American researchers over who was first to produce the new element, but the agency reported in the March issue of the journal Pure and Applied Chemistry that the Germans had priority and are thus entitled to propose a name. Physicist Sigurd Hofmann, leader of the German team, said in a statement that the researchers’ intent was to “salute an influential scientist who didn’t receive any accolades in his own lifetime, and highlight the link between astronomy and the field of nuclear chemistry.”

Copernicus was the first scientist to conclude that the planets of the solar system revolve around the sun rather than the Earth. The new name follows in the recent tradition of naming synthetic elements after famous scientists. Others include: Element 111, roentgenium, named after German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen, who discovered X-rays. Element 109, meitnerium, named after Austrian born Swedish physicist Lise Meitner, who worked on the team that discovered nuclear fission. Element 107, bohrium, named after Danish physicist Niels Bohr, who made fundamental contributions to the understanding of atomic structure and quantum mechanics. Element 106, seaborgium, named after American physicist Glenn Seaborg, who pioneered the discovery of artificially produced elements. Element 110 is named darmstadtium after the city where it was discovered, while 108 is named hassium from the Latin name for the German state of Hesse, where Darmstadt is located. The IUPAC has not yet resolved competing claims over the discovery of elements 113 through 118.

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TouchBase Aggie Athlete of the Week By CONNOR JONES sports editor

the two games with five hits, three runs – two of which were earned – three walks and six strikeouts. Her record is now 5-7 on the seaThe Aggie softball team hit the son. Despite the loss, Greenough’s road to Orem Tuesday afternoon performance was impressive when and suffered two tough losses to the coupled with the weather condiUVU Wolverines, 3-1, 13-4. tions in Orem. While Logan resi“I don’t want to put a bad spin dents were dealing with a fierce on it,” head coach Carissa Millsapand annoying wind, as well as spoKalaba said, “but we lost both radic bursts of pollution-saturated games. I don’t know what to say rain, the Lady Ags were facing about it other than we lost and it’s a storm of their own. Millsapunfortunate, and it happens. It’s Kalaba was not about to excuse her part of the game.” team for its performance. The first game seemed to be “The weather affects it for both going the Aggies’ way early on. teams,” she said. USU’s lead-off bat“But there was ter, Rachel Evans, a really thick “I’m sure it’s not the reached first base fog throughout first home run that’s on an error by the whole area. been hit off of her, and the UVU shortYou could look I’m sure it won’t be the stop and scored right at the sun an unearned last one. I expect her to and it didn’t run later in the get back on the saddle bother you at inning when all. There was and start riding again. Kelley Kaneshiro wind, constant Such is life ...” doubled into cenwind, the entire ter field. That was – Carissa Millsap-Kalaba game blowing all the offensive head softball coach from behind the luck USU could pitcher. It was gather. UVU came pretty bad.” right back in the If the first game was rough bottom of the first, driving in two for the Ags, then the second was earned runs of its own to take a downright torturous. Defensive lead it would never relinquish. USU woes plagued Utah State for the SENIOR PITCHER KATIE GREENOUGH delivers a pitch in a game against pitcher Kate Greenough was able University of Utah last season. Greenough pitched in the first of the two games, the entire game, and the Aggie bats Aggies lost 3-1. She is now 5-7 on the season. PATRICK ODEN file photo to recover. She held the Wolverines weren’t there to compensate. scoreless until the bottom of the Freshman Mandy Harmon back in the second inning – she got Ellingsworth. sixth. Millsap-Kalaba was very of Las Vegas took the mound to two quick outs on a ground ball “That’s how you learn, I guess,” complimentary of her senior pitchstart things off and struggled. In and a strikeout, and after UVU’s Millsap-Kabala said of Harmon. er from Portland, Ore. the first inning, UVU advanced next two batters reached the bases, “There’s no excuse, but there’s defi“Kate did really well,” Millsapone on a walk and a second on a Harmon got UVU’s Amber Sackett nitely adjustment especially for my Kalaba said. “She had to make some blown fielder’s choice play. UVU’s to fly out. freshman pitcher. She’s not used adjustments because there was a Megan Gardner then sent the ball In the third she got two quick to pitching in that situation. She pretty strong headwind and that sailing over the fence, bringing in outs, but that’s as far as Harmon hasn’t had a home run hit off her was affecting the break on her ball. three runs. Things didn’t improve got without trouble. Harmon then the entire season she’s thrown, and It was blowing with her, and having for Harmon. By the time the first allowed a double and an RBI single, in an unlucky game she had three that wind with you, you lose most inning was over, UVU had homered hit a batter and allowed a third hit off her.” of your spin. She made the adjusta second time and brought in two UVU homer. Millsap-Kabala had ments she needed to and was really more runs to make it 5-0 in favor of seen enough and went to the bull - See MAULED, page 9 good the rest of the game.” the home team. Harmon bounced pen, relieving Harmon with Stacey Greenough ended the first of

By LANDON HEMSLEY sports senior writer

Three guest coaches to work with football team this spring BY USU ATHLETICS

Utah State head football coach Gary Andersen announced Tuesday that over the next three Saturdays, a guest coach will be working with the Aggie team, one each Saturday. Legendary coaches Dave Kragthorpe, Frank Layden and LaVell Edwards will be watching practice, working with USU coaches and players and speaking to the team over the next three respective Saturdays. “There’s a lot to be learned from these extremely successful, veteran coaches, both by our players and our coaching staff,” Andersen said. “They’re going to spend time with the kids, speak to our team, watch and evaluate practice, seeing how we practice and what we do. They have a message that they can get across to the kids.” Andersen is anxious to work with these three legends of the coaching profession and has aspirations of learning from their lessons to him, his staff, the players and everyone within the program. “They know and understand where this program has been, where it’s at now and where we can take this program. They’ve all been through everything that we are going through and anything we will be going through in the future. We will truly value their thoughts,” Andersen said. Kragthorpe was a two-time all-conference selection as a football lineman at Utah State in 1953 and 1954 and was named to the school’s All-Century team in 1993. After graduation, he played one year with the New York Giants. Kragthorpe was an assistant football coach at Idaho Falls High School and head coach at Roosevelt High School in Michigan. He then was an assistant at the collegiate level at Montana, South Dakota State and Brigham Young, while also serving as head coach at South Dakota State and Idaho State. While at Idaho State, he coached the Bengals to the NCAA I-AA national championship in 1981. He then served as the athletics director at USU from 1983-’84 before returning to the collegiate coaching ranks at Oregon State and earning PAC-

10 Coach of the Year honors. In 2005, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from USU. Kragthorpe is in his fifth year as special assistant to the USU athletics director. Layden is a former coach and executive of the Utah Jazz. Layden is also a former coach and player with Niagara University. He coached Niagara to its first NCAA tournament appearance in 1970. In 1976 Layden was hired to be an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks. In 1979, he was hired to be the general manager of the then-New Orleans Jazz, and became the head coach of the Jazz (now in Salt Lake City) in 1981, replacing Tom Nissalke. Layden went on to coach the Jazz for seven and

LAVELL EDWARDS graduated from Utah State in 1952 and coached the BYU Cougars from 1972-2000 during which they won one national championship and he was names National Coach of the Year twice. stock photo

a half years, with his career highlights including being instrumental in signing Karl Malone to the Jazz. Layden retired from coaching during the 1988-1989 season, moving into the team’s front office, and was replaced on the Jazz bench by current head coach Jerry Sloan. Layden retired from the Jazz in 1998. In 1984, Layden was named the NBA’s Coach of the Year. He also has won NBA Executive of the Year and the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (Layden and Joe O’Toole are the only nonplayers in NBA history to win the award). Edwards graduated from USU in 1952. He was a three-year football letter-winner for the Aggies in 1949, ‘50 and ‘51 and was named to the school’s All-Century team as a linebacker in 1993. Edwards was also an all-Mountain States Conference selection as a halfback in 1950. Edwards coached Brigham Young University for 29 seasons from 1972-2000 and his 257 wins rank sixth all-time among Division I coaches. His accomplishments at BYU include winning the national championship in 1984, being named the national coach of the year in 1979 and 1984 earning seven WAC Coach of the Year honors, leading the Cougars to 21 bowl games, coaching a Heisman Trophy winner in Ty Detmer and two Outland Trophy winners in Jason Buck and Mohammed Elewonibi. He was inducted in the Utah Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and named Utah’s Coach of the Century in 1996 by Utah Centennial Sports. Both Kragthorpe and Edwards were inducted into the Utah Chapter of the National Football Foundation, with Edwards being honored in 2001 and Kragthorpe in 2008. This Saturday’s practice at Romney Stadium is the first of the spring that is open to the public. USU will take to the turf for practice from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Aggies’ practices on April 10 and 17 will be open to the public and feature scrimmages.

- See COACHES, page 9

Sophomore distance runner Kim Quinn was named the America First Credit Union Utah State StudentAthlete of the Week, for March 22-28. The award, which is voted on by a state media panel, was QUINN given to Quinn after he set a school record in the 10,000m at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday, with a time of 35:29.82. “I’m really excited about being athlete of the week,” Quinn said. “It’s fun to get recognized.” Quinn graduated from Bingham High School in 2007. She’s majoring in environmental science, with hopes of working in environmental education after graduation. This is the second time this season Quinn has been given the honor. The first coming for the week ending Feb. 28 after winning the 3,000 and the 5,000 in the Indoor Conference Championship meet. She was the highest point scorer of the meet and was named athlete of the meet. Quinn’s record setting time came in her first 10,000m race of the season. She surpassed Leda Ripplinger’s time of 36:03.04 set in 2005. “I’m happy because getting a school record has always been one of my goals for college, and it was nice to get it the second time I’ve ever ran in that event,” Quinn said. “It’s great because now I have the confidence I need for conference and other big races. It’s nice to get that boost early on in the season.” – c.h.j@aggiemail.usu.edu

NBAStandings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W y – Boston 47 Toronto 36 37 New York 26 47 .356 Philadelphia 26 47 .356 New Jersey 10

L 26 .493 21 21 64

Central Division y – Cleveland 58 16 Milwaukee 40 Chicago 35 Indiana 27 Detroit 23

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Pct .653 .640 .611 .608 .189

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WESTERN CONFERENCE Midwest Division W x – Utah 49 x – Denver 48 OK City 44 Portland 45 Minnesota 14

L 26 27 28 29 60

Pacific Division x – L.A. Lakers 5420 Phoenix 47 L.A. Clippers 27 46 Sacramento 24 50 Golden State 21 52

.730 — 26 .644 .370 26.5 .324 30 .288 32.5

Southwest Division x – Dallas 49 25 San Antonio 44 29 Memphis 38 35 Houston 36 New Orleans 35 40

.662 — .603 4.5 .521 10.5 36 .500 .467 14.5

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he recruiting power of Utah State Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s college basketball atmosphere basketball fans has officially begun apart from most any other place in the to make its impact felt even in the country is something that can now be off-season. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been known for a while shown to any person in any place via that when recruits see the Spectrum sources such as YouTube. in person, it is tough for them to say When it all comes down to it, the no to an offer to play in front of that recruiting battles like the one going kind of crowd. Go ask head football on right now with USU and the other coach Gary Andersen how efficient the schools recruiting this past weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spectrum has been as a recruiting tool visitor are the recruiting battles that the for football. Andersen got commitments Aggies can and should be winning. As from something like 26 of 28 recruits the talent level steadily increases over he had in town during basketball home the years, so will the number of NCAA games this past winter. tournament victories for Utah State. The only drawback is that not every If there was ever a prime example of recruit is available to come and see how that can happen, you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t games in person, which means Stew need to look any farther than the Butler Morrill and his assistants simply have Bulldogs. to try to explain the atmosphere to Butler is a program that has steadily recruits, and I have a tough time believ- built itself up over the past decade or ing that any verbal description could so, while constantly getting a bit better even come close to fully explaining the year by year, and all of the sudden they experience of a game at the Spectrum. are in the Final Four, just two wins away It seems, though, that the job is becom- from a national championship. ing much easier with the way the USU Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not saying that Utah State is on crowd has gone to new levels of coordi- the verge of being a Final Four team nation and rowdiness, with a lot of help next year with the addition of this past from YouTube. weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recruit, but if USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest This past weekend, a basketball recruit recruiting tool can suddenly be shared was in town. This recruit is believed to through the Internet, then itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough to be of very high priority to the coaching imagine that it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help Morrill and staff and could be an excellent addition Co. keep reloading the team with qualto an already stacked roster going into ity talent each year to the point where next season. Sadly for USU though, this cutting down the nets for a Western recruit was not able to experience the Athletic Conference championship Spectrum in person, which takes away wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be the last nets the Aggies cut probably the biggest recruiting tool the down in a season. coaching staff has at its disposal. Matt Sonnenberg is a It apparently wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much of an issue as this player had posted a video of the junior majoring in print journalism. Matt is â&#x20AC;&#x153;winning team, losing teamâ&#x20AC;? chant on an avid fan of Aggie his Facebook page Sunday night after athletics and can be his visit was over with a caption that found on the front read, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How do I say no to this?!?!â&#x20AC;? While a verbal commitment has yet row of every home football and to come from this player, it appears to be a pretty good impression to make basketball game. on a player who is as highly sought He can also be after as this one. Not only that, but it is reached at matt. a sign that the recruiting power of the sonn@aggiemail. Spectrum and everything that sets Utah usu.edu.

Coaches: Guest coaches to help Ags -continued from page 8 Spring practice will culminate with the annual Blue-White Spring Game, which is also open to the public, on Saturday, April 24, at 2 p.m. at Romney Stadium. Utah State will return 45 letterwinners (21 offense, 22 defense, two special teams), including 19 starters (eight offense, nine defense, two special teams), from last seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4-8 mark, the Aggiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; most wins since 2002. Utah State was 3-5 in WAC action, matching the 2008 season for top conference

record in USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five years in the league. The Aggies were tied for fifth in the final league standings, USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highest-ever finish in its time in the conference and the best league finish since tying for fourth in the Sun Belt Conference in 2004. The Aggies have six home games in 2010, including a nationally-televised game on the ESPN network for the second-straight season, as the USU-BYU game on Friday, Oct. 1, will be televised by either ESPN or ESPN2.

Mauled: Softball team stumbles -continued from page 8 to come in have the right mental frame of mind and be able to do their job. Today there was kind of a loss of that. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re human, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to make mistakes. Is it acceptable? No. But it happens, so we have to deal with it.â&#x20AC;? USU now falls to 12-15 on the season. Millsap-Kabala said there is definitely some room for improvement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to lie,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re coming out of ourselves a little too much and doing things that we normally donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being too anxious or not being aggressive in the moment that we need to, we let too many opportunities pass by. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hurting us. That comes with a huge amount of maturity. Being able to be mentally prepared in the moment is something that they need to find.â&#x20AC;? USU will stay on the road to take on the Cougars of BYU in Provo for a doubleheader on Wednesday, March 31. The double-header begins at 3 p.m. and will be televised on BYU-TV. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; la.hem@aggiemail.usu.edu

USUIntramurals â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Intramurals continue in the evenings all week. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Open Recreation Pool Hours: Lap Swimming MWF 6:30 am to 8:20 am; M-F 11 am to 1:20 pm and 5 pm to 7:30 pm. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Swim Lessons Begin Tuesday at 4:30. Open to all ages and abilities. See HPER Service Desk for details and signups. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Campus Recreationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ORC (Outdoor Recreation Center) is hosting another Thursday night Kayaking class at 7:30 pm to 9:15 pm. Cost is $5 for students, $10 for non-students. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Fun Fit Forever offers non-credit classes that fit your schedule. These classes include: Boot Camp, Cycling, Kick & Cut, Muscle Mix, Pilates, PIYO, Step Aerobics, Turbo Kick, Yoga, 20/20/20, & Nutrition.

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Millsap-Kabala was optimistic that Harmon would recover after the frustrating outing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I expect her to bounce back,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impossible for her to say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to go my whole career and not give up one home run.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little unrealistic. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the first home run thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been hit off of her, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be the last one. I expect her to get back on the saddle and start riding again. Such is life with being a pitcher. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have days where it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work for you and the hitters take advantage and then youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have days where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to work.â&#x20AC;? Down 9-2 after three innings, the hole was too deep for the Ags to get out of, and UVU kept piling it on. The game ended in the fifth inning after UVUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Amber Sackett hit a grand slam homerun off of USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shasta Tyteca who had been called in to relieve Ellingsworth. Millsap-Kabala said better is expected of her pitching staff. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to look to all of them to play their role and do their part,â&#x20AC;? the Aggie coach said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because we have a big staff, we look at them as relievers and as closers

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hen the weather forecast predicted rain, and the clouds began to thicken, we grew anxious for the looming precipitation. Rain means puddles, greener grass and that spring is ready to show its face. However, after the first rain we were less than amused. The cars lining the streets and sitting in parking lots looked as though they were vomited on by a mob of seagulls who ate a buffet of bugs the day before. The pollution of Cache Valley’s air is now tangible. If the air statistics didn’t seem real before, now the dirty air is as plain as the vanilla milkshake that seems to have catapulted from the sky and splattered on the windshield of everyone’s automobile. Cache Valley can thank its high elevation, the high air pressure, low temperatures and snow for the pollution that enjoys staying put within its surrounding ring of mountains. When chemicals are released in the air, they aren’t going anywhere for a while because of these topographical elements. Since the pollution is stuck in the atmosphere, it has no choice but to join surrounding particles in the condensation process. Polluted rain is common in metropolitan areas like Beijing, China, where the population is undoubtedly many times larger than Cache Valley’s. The air we breathe is so filthy it rarely passes the air-quality federal standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency. The saying is true though, what goes up must come down, and this time it is coming down in water droplets full of fuel emissions. Mother Nature decided to take a stand after automobile consumers decided to relentlessly burn needless amounts of fuel year after year. We have been punished. Instead of a spanking, Mother Nature threw soot at us. Now we must add an additional $5 into our budgets for an already needed car wash. If we want to keep our cars clean, we may need to stop driving them altogether so the air stays lemony fresh. Next time the clouds roll in we might need to seriously consider bringing an umbrella for hygiene and safety purposes.

Ask Miss Jones Dear Miss Jones, So, I’ve kinda started seeing this guy ... I think. We have hung out a couple times, watched some movies and even made out. Apparently he was trying to pick between two girls he liked, and he picked me. Well one of my girlfriends says when he said he picked me, he was really asking me if I wanted to be his girlfriend. However, I don’t know if I am really ready for a boyfriend. I don’t know if I am ready to give up on the social life I am currently enjoying. But don’t get me wrong, I really do like this boy. My friend knows him a lot better than I do because she’s dating his best friend. So I’d like to take what she says as truth, but I would rather this be spelled out. I feel like we might be in that period where we need to have one of those define-this-relationship thing, ‘cause when friends ask, I don’t really know what to call him. Is he just “the boy”? or is he “my boy?” What should I do? Do I take my friend’s word on this, or do I ask him? Should I leave it alone and not bother doing anything about the awkward situation we seem to be in? Sincerely, Confused and Questioning Dear Confused and Questioning, In my experience, which is quite a lot, the woman is often forced into making the first move on the “DTR” talk. In my opinion, you need to avoid being the one to bring it up, especially because you don’t know what you want. For you, I think the longer you hold off the better. Although it’s a little strange that your friend knows the boy you’re making out with better than you do, I think you should take her word for it, believe that

he likes you but don’t back him into a corner. Growing up in Utah gave me some great experiences, but one lesson I learned the hard way was why you should never corner a wild animal, and let’s face it, men are animals. When I was 9 years old, I went to Green Canyon with my brothers. I was riding my horse, Hop-Along, while my brothers were on their horses, Swayback and Daisy. At about noon, we stopped and unpacked our picnic. As we were eating, HopAlong started to nudge me. I kept pushing him off, thinking he just wanted some of my PB&J. But seconds later, a powerful roar sounded from about 50 yards away. Standing there on a rock outcrop was a huge mountain lion. We started throwing rocks at it, pushing it farther and farther back to the cliff. When it pushed its back against the wall, my oldest brother, Korihor, picked up a perfect throwing stone. He wound up and let it go. The stone tore through the air and plunked the lion’s left eye. With a deafening roar, the lion sprung and pounced on Korihor, tearing my brother limb from limb. And that, Confused and Questioning, is why you should never corner a wild animal. 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 search for me on Facebook.

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Obama’s inner Ike: As Eisenhower did with civil rights legislation, the president stuck with health care reform

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resident Obama gets it. So did President Eisenhower half a century ago. When you are breaking a decades-long legislative logjam, you take what you can get so you can do better later. Critics deplore the compromises Obama made on healthcare. And it’s true that the bill he signed Tuesday doesn’t accomplish everything reform advocates had hoped for. But give Obama credit for historical perspective. Covering the millions without health insurance is the civil rights issue of our time. And Obama walked a path analogous to the one Ike walked on civil rights in 1957. Eisenhower proposed a strong bill that year. It seemed a fool’s errand–no civil rights legislation had been passed for 82 years. The proposal included protection for voting rights and authority for the attorney general to enforce an array of civil rights, including school desegregation. The latter provision, known as “Part III,” quickly ran into political trouble. Southern Democrats at the time were the “party of no,” and they presented a united front. Sen. Richard Russell of Georgia charged that Eisenhower’s bill was “cunningly designed” to authorize the attorney general “to destroy the system of separation of the races in the Southern states at the point of a bayonet.” That allegation was the 1950s equivalent of last year’s allegations by Republicans that healthcare reform would set up government-run “death panels.” Finally, Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson told Ike he had the votes to kill the bill if Part III remained in the legislation. Eisenhower dropped it to salvage voting rights. Even that part of the legislation proved difficult. Southern senators gutted the remaining reform by persuading the Senate to require a jury trial for anyone prosecuted for violating voting rights, something that would make convictions extremely difficult. In private, Ike stormed: “Hell of a thing. Here are 18 Southern senators who can bamboozle (the) entire Senate.” In public, Eisenhower lamented that “many fellow Americans will continue, in effect, to be disenfranchised.” Obama’s declaration while campaigning for passage of healthcare reform echoed that principle: “We can’t have a system that works better for the insurance com-

panies than it does for the American people.” Like Obama, Eisenhower was urged to give up or, in effect, “start over” on drafting a bill that would have wider acceptance. Civil rights leaders implored Eisenhower to veto any bill that didn’t make meaningful change. Instead, Eisenhower took what one columnist called “a bold and perhaps dangerous gamble.” He prolonged the exhausting debate, holding firm and threatening to resubmit Part III if he didn’t get an agreement. The condition for avoiding that fight was removal of the jury trial roadblock to the protection of voting rights. Obama took a not dissimilar path. He refused to start over and instead used the reconciliation process to push forward. Ike won his gamble. LBJ accepted a workable compromise and, on Aug. 29, 1957, the Senate passed the final version of a bill that included significant new civil rights. Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina conducted a 24-hour filibuster but gave up at 9:12 p.m. Many liberals denigrated the 1957 act. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., however, supported it. He acknowledged that “many sincere leaders, both Negro and white, feel that no bill is better than the present bill.” But, King concluded, “I have come to the conclusion that the present bill is far better than no bill at all.” The 1957 Civil Rights Act was a weak reed, but the logjam had been broken. The debate laid the groundwork for the landmark civil rights legislation passed in 1964 and 1965. NAACP leader Roy Wilkins called the 1957 Civil Rights Act “a small crumb from Congress.” But it was the first crumb in 82 years. In early March, Obama posed a series of questions to the nation: “When is the right time? If not now, when? If not us, who?” He was right to press forward. As Eisenhower demonstrated, the first order of business is to break the logjam. Then we can do something better. David A. Nichols is the author of “A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution.” He wrote this for The Los Angeles Times.

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Google’s strategy in China deserves praise

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hen Google declared it would stop censoring its China-based search engine, the initial reaction from China was fairly measured. But soon a strident editorial appeared in the People’s Daily amid signs Beijing was pressuring businesses to abandon Google. Google is going to pay a heavy price for its move, which is why it deserves praise for refusing to censor its service in China. The company has begun directing queries that are made to its China-based service over to uncensored servers in Hong Kong. Mainland users still have to go through China’s Web filter, which rakes out anything politically sensitive or pornographic. But Google’s move was a clever one: It shifted the censorship role from the company to the government.

Beijing then played its next card. Fewer companies placed ads with Google. Industry sources said the company’s revenue was falling and some of its Chinese business ties were unraveling. The People’s Daily commentary preposterously claimed Google was in league with U.S. intelligence agencies and its Hong Kong shift was only a tactic by America’s Internet warriors, who are preparing for “Internet war.” It’s a depressing message to potential investors in China, from a government that desperately seeks to be perceived as “modern”–but, when pressed, can’t help revealing its true nature. This column first appeared in the March 30 edition of the The Kansas City Star.

This Easter, stick with chocolate bunnies

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very year around this time, pet shops’ display windows start filling up with cute “Easter” bunnies. Who can resist those wriggly noses and fluffy cotton tails? My advice: You’re better off with the bunnies found in toy stores or candy stores–not pet stores. The trouble is, a few months from now, many of those adorable Easter bunnies will have worn out their welcome, and what will become of them then? I found out the answer when a neighbor discovered two domesticated rabbits hopping around in her yard one morning. We rigged a trap to nab the skittish bunnies, and I “temporarily” took them in. We later learned that the rabbits, now named Eddie and Lewie, had escaped from dilapidated hutches and that their owner didn’t particularly care if they ever came back. With Eddie and Lewie now permanent members of my family, I know that despite their meek appearance, bunnies are highmaintenance animals. They need to be groomed regularly and fed a high-fiber diet to prevent potentially fatal hairballs (rabbits can’t vomit like cats do). They are prone to a variety of health conditions, including upper respiratory and ear infections, tooth infections and misalignment, bladder stones and cancer of the thymus. Rabbits are safest and happiest living indoors– those who are forced to live in cages outside can suffer and die from heat exhaustion in the summer and exposure in the winter. They are also at the mercy of prowling predators–even if a raccoon or dog isn’t able to get into the cage, rabbits can literally die of fright by being trapped with no means of escape. Unless they’ve been spayed or neutered, rabbits may mark their territory with urine. They love to chew on anything and everything– they must chew to prevent their teeth from growing too long. Perhaps worst of all, at least as far as kids are concerned, rabbits are easily startled and often don’t like to be held–a terrified leap out of a child’s arms can be accompanied by kicks and scratches, and

the fall can break a rabbit’s back. So it’s no surprise, really, that when those cute little Easter bunnies start chewing on lamp cords and spraying urine on the couch, many people either relegate them to a life of loneliness in a cramped cage or, perhaps worse, simply turn them loose. Unlike wild rabbits, domesticated rabbits cannot fend for themselves. A large white rabbit like Lewie might as well have a bull’s-eye painted on his back–Lewie wouldn’t have escaped the notice of the local hawks and foxes for long. Impulse buyers who are a bit more conscientious turn their unwanted rabbits over to an animal shelter or rescue group, where at least they will be well cared for. One local rescue group almost always has several dozen rabbits in its care, most of whom are discarded Easter pets. Ironically, the group’s shelter is located nearly within view of the shopping mall where many of those rabbits were purchased. Buying a rabbit from a pet store contributes to the rabbit overpopulation crisis in two ways–it takes a home away from a rabbit waiting in a shelter, and it adds to the number of unwanted rabbits when the purchased rabbit is discarded months later. It also supports horrendous breeding facilities. A PETA investigator at a facility that supplies PetSmart, PETCO and other stores documented filthy conditions and severe crowding that led to cannibalization. The investigator also revealed that workers crushed or hurled small animals to the ground in an attempt to kill them and threw live animals in the trash. Rabbits were subjected to crude neuter surgeries at the hands of a staffer with no formal veterinary training. Hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes were used to “disinfect” the bloody wounds. This Easter, take a tip from Eddie and Lewie– don’t adopt a bunny without knowing what you’re getting into. If you are just looking for something to put in your kids’ Easter baskets, stick with chocolate bunnies.

Bobbie Mullins wrote this for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. www.PETA.org. Information about PETA’s funding may be found at www.peta.org/ about/numbers.asp

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Putin talks tough after Moscow subway bombings

PEOPLE PLACE FLOWERS at the sight of the explosion at Lubyanka subway station in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 30. AP photo

MOSCOW (AP) – The old Vladimir Putin is back, confronting a terrorist attack in Moscow by using the same kind of coarse and colorful language that helped him win the presidency a decade ago. A day after twin suicide bombings in the subway that killed 39 people, the powerful prime minister told Russians that he is certain the masterminds of the attacks would be found. The security services have blamed extremists from the North Caucasus, a predominantly Muslim region in southern Russia that includes Chechnya. “We know they are lying low, but it is already a matter of pride for the law enforcement agencies to drag them out of the sewer and into broad

daylight,” Putin said, directing a transportation security meeting that was shown on Russian television Tuesday. The choice of the gutter language recalled Putin’s famous threat to “wipe out the Chechen rebels in the outhouse” after they were blamed for a series of apartment building bombings that terrorized Moscow in 1999. Putin, as prime minister at the time, sent in overwhelming military force to pound the region into submission and was elected president the following year. Now in his second stint as prime minister after serving two full terms as president, Putin has an excuse to revert to the tough line that shored up his authority following past ter-

rorist attacks. While welcomed by many Russians, it also is raising fears that civil liberties may be further sacrificed under the pretext of fighting terrorism. Capitalizing on the outrage, members of the Kremlin-loyal parliament proposed bringing back the death penalty for terrorism. Russia has imposed a moratorium on capital punishment, but has been reluctant to outlaw it due to broad public support for the death penalty. Monday’s subway bombings, carried out by two women, are the first terrorist attacks in Moscow in six years. They have shaken a city that has been insulated from the violence still raging in the restive southern corner of the country.

Atoms: Geneva’s Large Hadron Collider breaks new ground in physics -continued from page 2 It’s bizarrely both a record high and a small amount of energy. It’s a record on the atom-by-atom basis that physicists use to measure pure energy, Schewe said. By comparison, burning wood or any other chemical reaction on an atom scale produces one electron volt. Splitting a single uranium atom in a nuclear reaction produces 1 million electron volts. This produces – on an atom-by-atom scale – 7 million times more power than a single atom in a nuclear reaction, Schewe said. The reason this is safe has to do with the amount of particles in the collider. Tuesday’s success involved just two protons making energy, instead of pounds of uranium, Schewe said. Kaku, a professor at City College of New York, described the amount of energy produced as less than the total energy made by two mosquitoes crashing. The successful collision was viewed by scientists watching monitors, who cheered the results. “That’s it! They’ve had a collision,” said Oliver Buchmueller of Imperial College in London. Across the world at the California Institute of Technology in Los Angeles, researchers and students watched reports from Switzerland.

“It marks the beginning of a new era of exploration in a new range of energy,” said physics professor Harvey Newman. “Experiments are collecting their first physics data – historic moment here!” a scientist tweeted on CERN’s official Twitter account. “Nature does it all the time with cosmic rays (and with higher energy), but this is the first time this is done in Laboratory!” said another tweet. Now the beams will become stronger, more densely packed with hundreds of billions of protons, and run daily for two years to give scientists many more chances to find elusive particles. Even then, the particles are so tiny that relatively few protons will collide at each point where the beams cross in front of cathedral-sized detectors. The data generated is expected to reveal even more about the unanswered questions of particle physics, such as the existence of antimatter and the search for the Higgs boson, a hypothetical particle – often called the God particle – that scientists theorize gives mass to other particles and thus to other objects and creatures in the universe. The collider also may help scientists see dark matter, the strange stuff that makes up more

of the universe than normal matter but has not been seen on Earth. Those particles are the missing piece from a “jigsaw puzzle with thousands of pieces” that explain the physics of the universe, Kaku said. It could help in the elusive theory that explains everything. “In the past, every time we unraveled a force (of physics) it changed human history,” Kaku said. “Now we’re talking about all forces.” He compared it to events such as the Industrial Revolution, the electric and the nuclear age. Such events followed breakthroughs made by Isaac Newton, Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein. It won’t happen immediately, maybe centuries down the line, but it could answer questions about the Big Bang, alternate universes and whether time travel is possible, Kaku said. “It would change people’s philosophy,” he said. The atmosphere at CERN was tense considering the collider’s launch with great fanfare on Sept. 10, 2008. Nine days after its inauguration, the project was sidetracked when a badly soldered electrical splice overheated, causing extensive damage to the massive magnets and other

parts of the collider some 300 feet (100 meters) below the ground. It cost $40 million to repair and improve the machine. Since its restart in November 2009, the collider has performed almost flawlessly and given scientists valuable data. It quickly eclipsed the next largest accelerator – the Tevatron at Fermilab near Chicago. Future experiments will follow over the objections of some who fear they could eventually imperil Earth by creating micro black holes – subatomic versions of collapsed stars whose gravity is so strong they can suck in planets and other stars. CERN and many scientists dismiss any threat to Earth or people, saying that any such holes would be so weak that they would vanish almost instantly. In the universe, where black holes collide, this is nothing, Kaku said. “From Nature’s point of view, she laughs and says ‘this is a peashooter’,” Kaku said. Bivek Sharma, a professor at the University of California at San Diego, said the images of the first crashed proton beams were beautiful. “It’s taken us 25 years to build,” he said. “This is what it’s for. Finally the baby is delivered. Now it has to grow.”

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Today is Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2010. Today’s issue of The Utah Statesman is published especially for Jonny Valiente, sophomore in biological engineering, from Logan, Utah.

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April 1 -Exploding into Science Week. -Undergraduate Warehouse Show, Tippetts Hall, 10 a.m. -SPAVE, ENGR 326, 11 a.m. -Women’s tennis at Santa Clara, 3 p.m. -Men’s tennis at Hawaii-Pacific, 4 p.m. -Tyler Tolson and Bill Sproat tackle 30-inch pizza at Fox’s Pizza Den, 5:30 p.m. -USU Ballroom Dance Concert, Kent Concert Hall, 7 p.m. -Caine Chamber Concert,

Almanac Today in History: In 1889, the Eiffel Tower, in honor of the centenary of the French Revolution, is dedicated in Paris in a ceremony presided over by Gustave Eiffel, the tower’s designer, and attended by French Prime Minister Pierre Tirard, a handful of other dignitaries, and 200 construction workers.

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Special Needs Dance will be held on April 2 from 7-11 p.m. in the Institute Cultural Hall. Come party at the Institute for the friday night activity. Climb for a Cure on April 10 at the Rock Haus. Donations will be given to the Cache Valley Cancer Treatment and Research Clinic. Hosted by Arnold Air Society. There will be a $5 entrance fee. College Against Cancer Relay for Climbing shoes can be rented. Life will be held on April 23-24 Auditions for singers and in the Nelson Fieldhouse. Join a dancer to perform in the Celebrate team online at relayforlife.orf/ America Show, “Hooray for utahstateuniversityut. Hollywood.” Dancers, wear dance leotard and tights, bring dance shoes. Singers, come prepared to Concert featuring We Shot the sing both a Broadway and a ballad Moon and USU’s The Shuttles style song. Call 435-753-1551 to will be held April 1 at 6:30 p.m. schedule time on April 3. in the TSC Auditorium. Tickets Peter Breinholt and Falk will be at $8 with student ID and are performing on April 7 in the Kent available at the door. Concert Hall. Tickets are $10, $8 for students. Proceeds will benefit the SEED program. On April 1 the Morris Media Healthy Back workshop will be and Society Lecture presents held April 9 from 2-5 p.m. Must Robert Kirby, Salt Lake Tribune pre-register. Visit www.usu.edu/ religion/humor columnist in wellness or e-mail Dennise at mud“April Fools Day Speech: You’re diyogi@gmail.com for details. Not Nearly as Smart as You Get a free T-shirt and Be Well Think.” TSC Auditorium, noon. meal with your free Employee Fitness Assessment. Offer extended through the month of April to Thinking about cutting your benefit-eligible employees. E-mail hair soon? Wait. The Val R. caroline.shugart@usu.edu for Christensen Service Center is details. hosting the second annual Aggie On April 2 a Good Friday Locks hair donating event April Service will be held at noon in the 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. TSC Auditorium. Admission is open to all. Applications for those wishing Religion in Life class will be to participate as vendors at this held April 2 at 11:30 a.m. in year’s Cache Valley Gardener’s the Institute Cultural Hall. The Market are available at http:// speaker will be Daniel Judd, www.saabra.org or at the USU who was recently released from Extension Office in the county serving as the first counselor in office building. For more info call the sunday school general presi- 755-3950. dency. A Weight Watcher’s open house will be held on April 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the TSC Center Colony Room. A representative will be here to answer all your questions and explain the at-work program.

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