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THE WORLD AIDS DAY CARNIVAL was held Wednesday in the Ballroom to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS. This year’s theme was universal access and human rights. KATELYN BATTLES photo
Mumah: Education key to fight against AIDS By DAN SMITH staff writer
Every year, 119 new cases of AIDS or HIV are reported in Utah according to recent statistics, said World AIDS Day carnival co-organizer Freddy Novoa. Currently, 2,476 individuals in Utah are infected with AIDS and 1,062 are known to have HIV. “World AIDS Day was first celebrated as an event for raising funds, increasing awareness and improving education,” Novoa said. “This year the global theme is universal access and human rights.” Novoa, club president for VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood, said he worked with Rica Molet, president of the Black Student Union (BSU), to organize the event, which took place in the TSC Ballroom on Wednesday. Molet said this was the second year VOX and BSU have taken action to promote awareness on campus. “It seems like in Logan there’s not a lot of awareness for very many things in general,”
Novoa said. “So we thought that if we organized something and just made it bigger, we’d start getting some awareness out.” HIV can be transmitted through sex, intravenous drug-use or blood transfusions, he said. The virus attacks the body’s natural defenses, specifically lowering T-cells. When the T-cells fall below a certain point, HIV gives way to AIDS, thereby making the victim more susceptible to diseases such as spinal and lung infections. “Gay, straight, lesbian, whatever kind of sex you’re having, you still got to make sure you’re aware of what’s out there,” said Isaac Furniss, vice president of the Love is for Everyone (LIFE) club. The LIFE club is USU’s gay-straight alliance and advocates for equal rights and safe sex. Furniss said members of LIFE wanted to help with the carnival because HIV and AIDS affect everybody, no matter what demographic they are part of. “I think (the carnival) is a really great way to get a lot of people involved because you’re just kind of casually playing games,” Furniss
said. “You know, ‘Hey, by the way, this is for World AIDS Day, take a condom, use it, be safe, whatever.’” There are an estimated 33.4 million affected individuals with HIV or AIDS in the world, Novoa said, citing statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He said almost a quarter of the world’s population does not know whether or not they have HIV. Roughly 67 percent of those affected live in Sub-Saharan Africa, Novoa said. “Well, I guess the question is, why should we care here at Utah State University?” said Joyce Mumah, doctoral candidate in sociology. “The truth about it is if part of the world is suffering from HIV and AIDS … it will ultimately impact the whole world.” Mumah said her focus is on female vulnerability to HIV and AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, specifically Cameroon, where she is from. Mumah is also a member and former vice president of the African Student Association (AFSA). AFSA was another group that played a
Film covers racial issues By MIKE BURNHAM staff writer
film also issued pointed accusations toward American universities, saying that the left USU College Republicans had a “monopoly” on ideas took a swing at American taught at universities, free universities by showing the speech is suppressed and that documentary “Indoctrinate some universities are “cozying U,” Tuesday. The film argues up with terrorists.” that universities are suppressCamp said he believes ing freedom of speech and the film portrayed an accuidea diversity. rate picture of academia in “This was a good video to America. Although he doesn’t have stubelieve the dents realize “A lot of students problem that they are is as bad don’t even realize going to feel at USU, he that this is happening said there offended because they are just is signifiand have to deal cantly less sheep in the herd...” with tough Terry Camp liberal bias issues,” said on campus. Chairman of the USU College “A few Terry Camp, Republicans weeks chairman of the USU ago for College Republicans. “A lot Halloween we set up an of students don’t even real‘Obama graveyard’ to point ize that this is happening out the death of capitalism,” because they are just sheep in Terry said. “I dressed up the herd that form their ideas like the Grim Reaper and I on whatever their professors got called all sorts of names are teaching them. This was like bigot and racist. A lot of to open their eyes a little bit.” people think that just because The film covered an array Utah is a red state that we of topics from racial issues to don’t have any opposition. I the lack of political diversity don’t agree with that stateamong university faculty. The ment.”
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part in educating and spreading awareness at the carnival. “You need to encourage people to go test. The stigma and discrimination associated with HIV really discourages people from testing,” Mumah said. Helping poor nations by lifting them out of poverty is how the HIV and AIDS epidemic should be tackled, Mumah said. Education is another key strategy for a successful fight against HIV and AIDS, Mumah said. “If you were to go around and take a poll of Utah State students, how many of them can really talk to you about HIV/AIDS?” Mumah said. “They are either uninformed or misinformed about it.” Access and Diversity Center intern Ernest Cooper, Jr. said many people at USU have misconceptions about HIV and AIDS as well as who they can affect. Cooper said he has a family member who is African American and two friends, Hispanic
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Alumni honored for dedication to USU
Five alumni were recognized for the resources and time they have dedicated to the university throughout their lives By ALLIE JEPPSON staff writer
Highlighting the lack of appreciation for different ideas, Camp said a friend of his who attends USU wrote a paper arguing against the existence of global warming. When she turned it in, the professor wouldn’t accept it and made her rewrite the paper, this time arguing that global warming did exist. The teacher then marked the student down a full letter grade because she had to re-write it. “If more issues like this arise,” he said, “we will definitely protest or send students
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The mission statement of the USU Alumni Association, according to event coordinator Cecile Gilmer, is to “promote Utah State and the benefits of being an alumni as well as to reach out to the students and try to further to talk to the professors about the mission of Utah State.” their grading policy.” This year’s Hall of Honor Camp said the issue has award was presented by the become a self-perpetuating USU Alumni Association to cycle in which like-minded Sydnee Madsen, Dennis and faculty continue to hire those Lynn Sessions, and Randy with similar political views. and Kathie Watts on Nov. 5. “I can’t really say what Gilmer said, “Mostly people percentage of professors push are chosen who have compolitics on their students,” mitted a lot of time to the Camp said, “but I do know Alumni Association, or finanthat students are always going cial resources, for years.” to feel pressured to have the Gilmer said often, these view that their professors people have either been chaphave. That’s why the title of ter presidents, or served on the board. - See VIDEO, page 3 “Nominations can be taken from anyone, alumni,
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administrators, faculty or staff.” Gilmer said. From then, it is narrowed down to a handful of candidates who are then voted on and finally chosen by the executive board.” Sydnee Madsen, a USU graduate and Aggie athletics advocate, currently lives in the Holladay area of Salt Lake City, with her husband and four children. “Of course its a great honor, but it also makes me excited for the years ahead of me. More than the award its the beginning of lots of opportunities to advocate Utah State and the Alumni Association,” Madsen said of the award. During her time as a USU student, Madsen was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and a member of the
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Nat’lBriefs FLDS leader will face unbeaten prosecutors BIG LAKE, Texas (AP) – Extradited to Texas two years after being indicted, polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs will be facing Texas prosecutors who haven’t lost a criminal case against his followers since the 2008 raid of his Yearning for Zion ranch. In the rural courts near the YFZ ranch where Jeffs is considered a prophet, his followers have been reliably convicted by juries that barely deliberate two hours. Jeffs, the ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was quietly extradited to Texas this week from Utah. He remained jailed Thursday, charged with felony bigamy, aggravated sexual assault and assault.
Senator McCain flays military gays study WASHINGTON (AP) – A doubting John McCain led Republican opposition Thursday to letting gays serve openly in the military, sternly clashing with the Pentagon’s top leaders and warning that troops would quit in droves if Congress repealed the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law. In tense exchanges with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, McCain and other Republicans dismissed a Pentagon study on gays as biased and said objections by combat troops were being ignored. Gates and Mullen defended the study, but McCain blamed politics for pushing the matter forward during wartime. He predicted that Marines and soldiers assigned combat duties, in particular, would abandon their service if they had to serve along with gays open about their sexual orientation. McCain, R-Ariz., also said the study was flawed because it asked troops what impact repeal would have, instead of whether they wanted the law repealed at all. The study found that two-thirds of troops predicted
few problems, but those who did were mostly assigned to combat roles. “We send these young people into combat,” said McCain. “We think they’re mature enough to fight and die. I think they’re mature enough to make a judgment on who they want to serve with and the impact on their battle effectiveness.” Gates shot back that asking troops if they want to serve alongside gays would amount to issuing a referendum on a policy decision that should be made by Congress or the courts. The goal of the study, he said, was to find out it if it could be done without hurting the military’s ability to fight. “Are you going to ask them if they want 15-month tours? You going to ask them if they want to be part of the surge in Iraq? That’s not the way our civilian-led military has ever worked in our entire history,” Gates said. McCain, a four-term Republican and former Navy pilot who endured a harrowing ordeal as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, has taken a higher profile on socially divisive issues since losing the 2008 presidential race
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10. His science fair project demonstrates ways to get around urine tests. 9. Explanation for his suddenly enhanced strength: “Uh ... I’m Spider-Man?” 8. Drinks his milk and then eats the glass. 7. His life-long dream is to run for Governer of California. 6. During game of “Got Your Nose,” tore Uncle Paul’s face right off his head. 5. For Christmas, he’s giving everyone diamonds he made by squeezing lumps of coal. 4. He goes outside to ride his bike and five minutes later he calls from Mexico. 3. Instead of girls, he’s constantly on the phone with Balco Founder Victor Conte. 2. His adrenal glands are the size of billiard balls. 1. Last year she was the Prom Queen. This year–Prom King.
other top officials who tried to defend the Obama administration’s effort to repeal the gay ban, McCain scoffed at their contention that the concerns of combat troops could be addressed through time and training.
A MAN HOLDS A SIGN on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday in favor of repealing the military Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, during the Senate Armed Services Committee’s hearing on the policy. AP photo
Compromise created to head off tax increases
WASHINGTON (AP) – A critical compromise to head off a year-end tax increase for millions of KKK Snowman with Americans took shape in private talks between White House and congressional Republicans noose appalls Idaho the Thursday, and an extension of unemployment benHAYDEN, Idaho (AP) – A white efits appeared likely to become part of any deal. separatist drew complaints from Democrats sought to expand the package with neighbors and a visit from law other provisions that officials said would accelerate enforcement officers after building the nation’s sluggish economic recovery. They includa snowman shaped like a member of ed a tax break providing as much as $400 for indithe Ku Klux Klan on his front lawn. vidual working people and $800 for couples – even if Kootenai County sheriff’s depu- they pay nothing to the IRS. ties told Mark Eliseuson Wednesday Two days after he and newly empowered that he could be charged with a Republicans exchanged pledges of cooperation at the crime because the 10-foot-tall snow- White House, President Barack Obama expressed man was holding what appeared to optimism about the prospects for agreement in time be a noose. Deputies were called by for enactment by year’s end. neighbors who were appalled by the Still, he cautioned, “That doesn’t mean there pointy-headed snowman with two might not be some posturing over the next several dark eyes. days.” Hayden for decades earned notoNot long after Obama spoke, Democrats ignited riety for being near the former rural a partisan row in the House with legislation that compound of the Aryan Nations.
to Barack Obama. He has even differed with his wife, Cindy, who in a recent online video opposed the military policy and accused the government of treating gays like “second-class citizens.” Frowning and lecturing Gates and
would prevent taxes from rising on lower- and middle-income wage earners but allow them to go up for people at higher incomes. Given Republican objections, that measure has no chance of passing the Senate. But Democrats there insisted on voting on it Friday as a way to dramatize their support for the measure and, officials said, register unhappiness with Obama. Senate leaders are planning a series of tax votes on Friday, on both Democratic and Republican proposals. None is expected to get the 60 votes needed to pass. The president has already signaled he will accede to Republican demands for extending tax cuts at all income levels, making votes on the Democraticbacked bill purely symbolic. The House measure drew withering criticism from Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, who will become the speaker when Republicans take power in January. “I am trying to catch my breath so I don’t to refer to this ... as uh, chicken crap, all right?” he said. “But this is nonsense, all right? The election was
a month ago,” he said, referring to voting that swept Democrats from power in the House and reduced their majority in the Senate. The bill passed, 234-188, largely along party lines. The party line vote in the House was followed by a meeting in which Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Budget Director Jacob Lew and senior lawmakers discussed the compromise plan to extend existing cuts for taxpayers at all income levels. The outlines of the measure include an extension of income tax cuts enacted while George W. Bush was president for an as-yet-undetermined period of time, perhaps two or three years. The bill is expected to apply to personal income tax rates as well as capital gains, dividends, the alternative minimum tax, the so-called marriage penalty and more. Any agreement on legislation extending tax cuts to those at upper income levels would mark a surrender on the part of the president, who has long argued the provision isn’t warranted in view of the $700 billion cost to the deficit.
were burned alive inside the vehicle. Others perished while trying to flee the flames fed by brush left tinder-dry by lack of rain. When the smoke cleared, at least 36 were dead. “This is a disaster of unprecedented proportions,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. The flames forced 12,000 people from their homes, leveled a village and threatened to cause irreparable harm to one of Israel’s few forested areas. The fire was still burning out of control near midnight. Israel issued a rare call for international assistance, a measure of the severity of the disaster. Turkey put aside recent tensions to pledge aid, and Netanyahu’s office said Greece, Spain and Cyprus agreed to send firefighting helicopters. Additional aid was coming from Britain, Russia, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Romania, Jordan and Bulgaria. Fire officials said the blaze had blackened some 1,600 acres (650 hectares). Police also evacuated a university, three prisons and a hospital. Investigators speculated that the fire could have been sparked accidentally, or it might have been deliberately set. But they largely ruled out any sort of attack by a Palestinian group. The fire broke out around midday and quickly spread, fanned by unusually hot and dry conditions.
Israel experienced an exceptionally warm summer and has had little rain during the normally wet autumn. Flames ripped through the Carmel forest in Israel’s Galilee region, eventually reaching the coastal city of Haifa after jumping from place to place in the forest. Fourteen bodies were found near the charred skeleton of the bus 10 hours after the blaze began. Netanyahu said the government was using all means at its disposal to contain the blaze, and he appealed for help from abroad. Israel’s appeal was a rare call for international assistance. The Jewish state is better known for sending its own rescue teams and medical personnel to other countries to help in their disaster-relief efforts. Once close allies, Israel and Turkey have been in a crisis since Israel’s bloody attack May 31 on a Turkish flotilla trying to break Israel’s blockade on Gaza. After nightfall, Netanyahu flew over the fire to inspect the damage. Speaking at the firefighters’ command post, he said the blaze was of “international proportions.” He said the arrival of equipment from abroad on Friday could be decisive, but crews could not resume work until daybreak. Netanyahu called a special Cabinet meeting for Friday morning to assess the situation.
Biggest-ever Israeli forest fire kills dozens
MEGADIM, Israel (AP) – Dozens of Israeli guards trying to rescue prisoners threatened by the worst forest fire in the country’s history died Thursday when their bus became trapped in the same inferno. As the guards raced toward the prison holding mostly Palestinians, a lone tree fell across the road, blocking their path. With no way out, many of them
FIREFIGHTERS walk near an extensive fire in Tirat Hacarmel, northern Israel Dec. 2. A massive forest fire that scorched part of northern Israel killed scores of people Thursday, officials said. AP photo
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Professor questions Darwin’s theory By CATHERINE MEIDELL news editor
Implications regarding sex and gender are not only being questioned in the political and religious realms of society, but are being questioned in the world of science. Darwin’s theory of sexual selection now faces an opposing perspective, created by ecologist Joan Roughgarden of Stanford University after studying homosexual and transgenderal tendencies in animals and plants. Roughgarden’s revision to Darwin’s theory is called social selection, and suggests that humans are not the only organisms that use sex and gender for purposes other than reproducing. Though each theory shows evidence, neither have been proven. “Sexual selection theory is now open to criticism on a logical basis,” said Aldo Compagnoni, a doctorate student studying wild land resources. “Darwin’s theory, that everyone held as an axiom, is probably criticizable from this other point of view.” USU graduate students invited Roughgarden, who is one of the most well known theoretical ecologists today, to speak Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon about her findings, said Lauren Ducas, a doctorate in plant physiological ecology. Darwin’s theory of sexual selection states “males of almost all animals have stronger passions than females,” and that the female is usually more “coy.” Lastly, the theory states that females choose attractive males who are “vigorous and well armed.” “It’s a reasonable hypothesis, no doubt about it,” Roughgarden said. She said it isn’t entirely fair to criticize Darwin’s extensive work; however, the trail that dictates Roughgarden’s research has led back to repeated holes in his theories. Assuming that the theory of social selection finds ample evidence, Ducas said: “There is low scientific literacy in evolutionary concepts in the U.S. The acceptance of evolution by natural selection is probably even more limited in the more conservative
states, including Utah. Social selection could be seen as more controversial in conservative areas than sexual selection, but any concept from evolutionary biology is probably controversial to very conservative people. “There are three categories of problems with Darwin’s theory,” Roughgarden said. “The first issue is whether or not distinction between males and females is clear, and the answer is no.” About 95 percent of all species are composed of sexual organisms that produce different gamete sizes depending on their gender – males producing sperm and females producing eggs – and the sizes for each do not vary, Roughgarden said. Flowers contain both male and female parts and clown fish switch gender roles as they age. Other species of fish can change gender roles in a brief period of time, she said. “I think sex role reversal is one of the big problems – and the plot thickens,” Roughgarden said. The second gap in Darwin’s theory is that male organisms do not all have the same personality traits. Roughgarden used the example of white collared and black collared birds who participate in Lek Mating, which has been observed by scientists as promiscuous. She said the female bird prefers mating with two males who react differently to the situation. Third, scientists have observed homosexual mating amongst a variety of animals including lions, gorillas, birds, elephants and others, Roughgarden said. It is often neglected that animals may have friendships amongst each other, she said. “This is not hostility,” Roughgarden said, referring to homosexual relationships between animals. “This whole concept of mating is quite beyond sexual selection.” As far as females seeking males with the best genes, Roughgarden said her perspective can be viewed through the paradox of a lek. “Hypothetically, imagine there was a genetic hierarchy,” she said. “You go to a bar and try to shack up with the guy with good genes.” She said there is no way of knowing whether the
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ECOLOGIST JOAN ROUGHGARDEN, FROM Standford University, challenged Darwin’s theory of sexual selection in a lecture Thursday. Roughgarden is a well known theoretical ecologist. ARMEN HOVSEPYAN photo
male has genes that promise good health, intelligence and a number of other qualities. “Social selection begins with the issue of what is the behavior all about in the first place,” Roughgarden said. “Darwin was wrong in interpreting that we only wanted to find a male for offspring.” Compagnoni said at first he was skeptical of Roughgarden’s criticisms toward Darwin’s sexual selection theory, but realized after her lecture that her ideas were logically sound. “Her theory, methods and criticisms against the typical Darwin theory are, I think, extremely exciting intellectually,” Compagnoni said. “Maybe she is wrong, but we don’t have a clear enough mind to say that. But, that is what science is all about.” All of Roughgarden’s research and findings concerning her theory of social selection is contained in her book, “The Genial Gene: De-constructing Darwinian Selfishness.”
Video: Controversy over university views are raised from film -continued from page 1 the movie was ‘Indoctrinate U.’ They’re trying to indoctrinate and they want students to have the same view as them.” University professors, however, take issue with this perspective. William Furlong, professor of political science and Latin American Studies, said accusations stating that there is a liberal agenda in academia is “offensive.” “A few years ago they did a study that showed most people with advanced degrees became more liberal, with the exception of engineers and accountants,” Furlong said. “Maybe that’s because they learned what the world’s really like and opened their mind to other ideas.” Furlong said whether or not a professor checks his or her political bias at the classroom door largely depends on the department they teach in. He pointed out that English and sociology tend to be liberal subjects, whereas accounting and business tend to have conservative instructors. USU WAS HIT BY multiple snow storms over Thanksgiving Break. The first of many hit on Tuesday The political science departments have “the strongest and because of the severity of the projected storm, the university issued an emergency message closing the university from 2 p.m. Tuesday to 9 a.m. Wednesday. BENJAMIN WOOD photo mixes in the whole country,” Furlong said. “Students who get a liberal education – liberal with a small ‘l’ – will get exposed to ideas from the middle, the left, the right, if they choose their teachers carefully,” Furlong said. One of the issues discussed during the film was the ratio of democrat to republican professors. The film claims that the ratio in the average university is approximately 8:1, respectively. Damon Cann, political science Steve Mecham, public campuses because some classes professor, said democrats seem to be over-represented in safety chief, said all messages are broadcast from the Logan By KAYLA HALL universities. worthy of being sent through campus.” staff writer “That doesn’t necessarily mean that there is a liberal the alert system are sent to the Not only did the message go The newly established emer- Public Safety Department. The through the emergency system, agenda at stake in higher education though,” Cann said. gency alert messaging system department then converses it went through the older call- “I don’t think that there’s some secret shadowy force that is making sure that only liberal professors are hired. At was used for the first time to with the Emergency Committee ing-tree system. inform students system-wide of and they decide if the message USU PR senior Jesse Dredge Utah State, in particular, we have a better balance than USU campuses closing due to a should reach the entire campus said during a morning class most universities.” blizzard warning. and regional campuses. his professor informed him of Cann said he thought pressure students feel to regurThe message reached 19,295 “This is the first time we the alert and five minutes later gitate their teachers’ opinions in coursework is largely an people on USU’s Logan campus have been able to get informaDredge received an e-mail and irrational one. via voice messages, e-mails tion about overall safety and text message. “I have more respect for someone that can marshal and text messages. More than security so quickly,” Mecham Some students called in good evidence behind an argument or can make a strong 12,000 messages were sent to said. “Students know that if and said they did not receive case for an argument, than I have for someone who can regional campus students. they have signed up they will the message. They were then simply repeat something I said in the classroom,” he said. “This message alert sysget the important information.” shown how to re-register for “I’ve given perfect scores to people who come up with an tem is a valuable tool for us,” Dave Cowley, Emergency the message system. Along answer that may be one I disagree with personally, but Emergency Manager Judy Committee president, said, “I with registering online, stuCrockett said. “I have worked think it was successful. It gave dents can follow the Emergency argue it well.” here for 24 years and just to see us an opportunity to learn how Department’s Facebook and Cann said many U.S. views concerning university prothe changes from a calling tree we can improve in the future Twitter account to receive mes- fessors are inaccurate. to this is incredible.” and how the system works in sages. “Sarah Palin recently came out saying that university Crockett said USU ‘s emeran actual situation.” “Students are afraid we are professors are all God-hating atheists,” he said,” but a gency alert messaging system Although the alert system going to use the information to friend showed me a survey that suggested that a majorstarted to come into play four worked effectively, Crockett contact them to pay a parking years ago. A suitable alert syssaid one minor difficulty preticket or tuition, but this is for ity of university professors, profess some sort of belief in a God or adhere to some set of spiritual beliefs. That tem was chosen, but no fundsented itself. When she was emergencies only,” Crockett doesn’t necessarily map perfectly onto the liberal-consering was available to pay for told to send the message, she said. vative dimension, but it does suggest that a lot of stereoit. Last year, Student Services thought it applied only to the To learn more about types about professors are incorrect.” offered to pay for the system Logan campus. She was told a the USU Emergency Alert the first year. couple hours later to send it to Messaging System and to regisCann, a self-proclaimed Republican, said at the end of “It is a slick system – easy the regional campuses as well. ter to receive notifications visit his first semester teaching at USU, he got several teaching to use,” Crockett said. “I log in “To me, it just affected this www.usu.edu/alert. evaluations accusing him of being a “raging liberal” that on the Internet from anywhere, campus, but I didn’t think of “cannot cover his personal views.” create the message and then it the long term,” Crockett said. – email@example.com is sent out.” “I guess it applied to other – firstname.lastname@example.org
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JF Prince Gallery at 2600 North Main Suite 106 is holding their first annual Christmas Show with an eclectic mix of local artists. Included are many USU art professors both current and retired along with many artists from the community. The exhibition will be a unique opportunity for residents of Cache Valley to view works by some of the greatest artistic talent Utah has to offer. The opening reception will be on Dec. 3 from 6-9 p.m. The show will run through Christmas.
Panel of students to answer questions Are you considering medical or dental school? If so, you’re encouraged to attend an informational seminar offered by other Utah State University students who have recently completed the application process and can offer valuable advice. USU’s department of biology hosts two seminars Wednesday, Dec. 8: “The Medical School Application Process – A Student Perspective,” at 7 p.m. in Old Main, Room 121, and “The Dental School Application Process – A Student Perspective,” also at 7 p.m. in Old Main, Room 115. Students of all majors are welcome. “Admittance to medical and dental schools is extremely competitive and requires a high level of initiative, effort and commitment on the part of applicants,” says Yvonne Kobe, pre-health advisor in the biology department. “It’s important that students start their preparations early in their undergraduate careers and understand what’s expected of them.” The gatherings, which feature student panels, will cover such topics as timing and preparation for required entrance exams, record-keeping and budgeting for the application process, researching programs, qualifications and more.
Gardener Series registration begins Applications are now being accepted for the USU Cache County Extension 2011 Beginning Master Gardener Series. These classes consist of approximately forty hours of horticulture instruction that includes a broad look at horticulture subjects including basic botany, soils, fertilizers, fruits, vegetables, insects, turf grasses, pesticides, ornamental plants, diseases and related topics. Many class participants choose to join the Master Gardener Organization. Those wanting to participate will learn more about gardening, etc. and have fun experiences with others of similar interests. Classes will be taught in the Cache County Administration building multipurpose room, 179 North, Main on a weekly basis starting Feb. 1, 2011. Classes start at 6 p.m. and will be approximately three hours. The series will run between 12 and 14 weeks. Deadline for registrations is Jan. 27. Call 435752-6263 for more information.
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-continued from page 1 Student Alumni Association Board. She was also promoted by the political science department with an internship in the office of Sen. Orrin Hatch, in Washington D.C. â€œIt was a great opportunity for me to be so close to many historical places and to meet the people who came to visit Senator Hatchâ€™s office,â€? Madsen said about her time in Washington, where she met her husband. Madsen graduated with a bachelor of science degree in finance and continues to be involved by devoting her time serving as president of the Young Alumni Association, organizing events such as an annual Aggie Ice Cream party for the families at the â€œRoad Homeâ€? shelter in Salt Lake, and as a member of the Alumni Association on the Davis County Alumni Board. Madsen has also helped to create the 1888 Club, a club sponsored by the Alumni Association for younger Alumni members who want to give back to Utah State but canâ€™t give large amounts. â€œThe best part of serving in any capacity is just the opportunity to meet great people. I think thatâ€™s the best thing for me, its an opportunity to serve people outside of my comfort zone,â€? Madsen said. She said she advises students to take advantage of their time on campus to be â€œinvolved in things that they can take with them.â€? Madsen said, â€œI always honk every time I see someoneâ€™s Aggie license plate, and I took all of my kids and we drove to Reno the last two years for the basketball tour-
nament.â€? Dennis and Lynn Sessions, who also received the award, have been long-time supporters of USU. Both attended and graduated from Utah State, Dennis with a bachelorâ€™s degree in business and Lynn in elementary education. With the support of his wife, Dennis served for two years as the president of the USU Alumni Association. Along with these leadership positions, Dennis has served on the Board of Trustees, the Executive Council and is a Lifetime Sustaining member of the USU Alumni Association and members of the Alumni Legacy Board along with Lynn. â€œIt was a great experience and I enjoyed meeting a lot of new Alumni as well as attending events around Utah and Idaho. I also got to better understand how the university operates,â€? Sessions said of heading his time heading the USU Alumni Association. â€œWe really take this (award) as an honor,â€? Sessions said, â€œWe were excited about it and felt it as a privilege. Weâ€™ve always tried to be good alumni and be involved at Utah State.â€? The Sessions also owned a hotel as well as an Ace hardware store, which they are selling before heading into retirement. Sessions said, â€œIâ€™ve been self-employed ever since I graduated and weâ€™ve enjoyed being self-employed. You have to get through the tough times but during the good times at least youâ€™re rewarded for your efforts.â€? The Sessions also established fund at USU for a Leadership Scholarship for students graduating from Teton High School near their hometown of Idaho Falls. â€œWeâ€™ve tried to be proud Aggies in our community and encouraging graduating seniors to go to Utah State for their education,â€? Sessions
said. Sessions encourages USU students to finish their degree. â€œDonâ€™t leave school without it. Weâ€™re so fortunate we graduated and its opened a lot of doors in our life,â€? Sessions said. Randy Watts, mayor of Logan City, and his wife, Kathie, were the final recipients of the Alumni Hall of Honor award. â€œI am just very appreciative and I thank the university for that recognition,â€? Mayor Watts said. Both Randy and Kathie grew up in Logan. Randy has served as president of the USU Alumni Association as well as on the Board of Trustees. The Watts are also members of the USU Community Associates, the Old Main Society and the Alumni Legacy Board as Lifetime Sustaining members. â€œI just really enjoy my job in the Alumni because we are literally raising dollars for chapters which now put monies back at their disposal into students who would otherwise not get an education. That brought so much pleasure to me just to see that happen,â€? Watts said. Mayor Watts has also had many other opportunities to serve Logan such as serving as the Vice President of Cache Valley builders and the Vice President of the Sunshine Terrace Board of Directors along with the Zions Bank Advisory Board. â€œIâ€™ve always said â€˜where would Logan be without Utah State?â€™â€? Watts said. â€œIt brings a quality of life that we just otherwise would not experience.â€? He said, â€œItâ€™s all about the experience for the students at USU and trying to make it a better experience.â€? â€“ allie.jeppson@aggiemail. usu.edu
PARTICIPANTS IN THE CARNIVAL said there are many misconceptions about HIV and AIDS and education is the first major step that can be taken to solve that. KATELYN BATTLES photo
HIV: AIDS affects large scope of students throughout the nation -continued from page 1 and Caucasian, who are HIV positive. He said this demonstrates how close and how real the need for awareness is. â€œItâ€™s one of those things that even if youâ€™re not sexually active, if youâ€™re choosing to abstain, things like that, itâ€™s good to be knowledgeable because you could help
someone else,â€? Cooper said. â€œSo it affects way more and has more of a scope than people want to believe,â€? he said. â€œAnd they need to know. They need to see what itâ€™s like and what itâ€™s about.â€? â€“ dan.whitney.smith@aggiemail. usu.edu
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The sounds of Christmas Artist brings in money for local organization
some ice cream about twice a week to help these folks get out of their houses and back to doing everyday things,” Winn said. These activities led to Winn becoming Peter Breinholt will perform two familiar with Peter Breinholt. Last Christmas, Christmas concerts in what he said is one Winn contacted Breinholt to see if there were of his favorite venues, the USU Performance any extra tickets for his popular Christmas Hall, on Friday. The concerts will raise money concert. Breinholt was able to give Winn and for an organization helping those suffering the Transitions group tickets, and Breinholt from mental illnesses reintegrate back into said they have kept in touch and been friends society. ever since. The concert at USU “Transitions” is a program will help raise money for the “Whether it sells events Transitions does each Bear River House employee Kevin Winn started a few week. out or not it years ago to help mentally ill “When Kevin approached doesn’t make a patients adjust back to their me to do this I thought, ‘I love difference to me. Logan and that performance regular lives. He said the We just want to people who are part of the hall and I would be happy to Transitions program are “at an see it do well and help Kevin out so yeah, I’d love in-between stage” since they fill the auditori- to do this,’” Breinholt said. aren’t in the hospital anymore, um because that Winn said Breinholt has but still need help. been “generous” with his supalways makes for port in the program and he “We have a group of people a fine perforwho are at the verge of reinsaid he is hoping the event will tegrating into society, both be a success and raise enough mance. ” socially and with their famiPeter Breinholt, money. lies, who are stuck at the last “Peter has been wonderful,” musician Winn said, “that is just who he stage of getting back out there, so one of the things we do to is.” help is get them back in the community and Breinholt said regardless of how many practice transitioning,” Winn said. people attend, all of the money is going to the Winn said isolation is a barrier for people cause. who are trying to recover from a mental ill“Whether it sells out or not it doesn’t make ness. He refers to the state as “lost in their a difference to me,” Breinholt said. “We just stinkin’ thinkin’” because staying at home want to see it do well and fill the auditorium makes it easy for negative thoughts to “over because that always makes for a fine perfortake their lives again.” Because of this, the mance.” program is specifically designed to get people Dan Sorensen, the program coordinator out of their homes and doing everyday activities. - See CONCERT, page 7 “We go to movies or go bowling or get
By MEGAN BAINUM assistant news editor
PETER BREINHOLT IS performing two Christmas concerts in the Performance Hall Friday. The money for the concerts will go to the Bear River House, an organization helping those suffering from mental illnesses. photo courtesy PETER BREINHOLT
Flying on the wings of the Y chromosome If one has ever participated in any sort low roof on a building, to set in motion the Staff of activity at which the attendees achieve gears inside their heads. A mental checklist close to a 50 percent ratio of the X and Y something like the following occurs. Guy XXXX chromosomes, then it is almost a certainty that the following phrase has graced one’s 1. How high is it? There is a continuum ears: of heights in the male psyche. It ranges “Hey, I bet we can jump off of that.” from “not high enough to be impressive”, It seems that members of the male gento “h*$% no, that’s way too high.” While der are genetically programmed, socially each has his preference, one usually tries to instructed or hormonally driven to jump choose a height that has crossed the threshoff of things. It takes little more than the old of being impressive while not having presentation of an opportunity, such as a breached that of insanity. This usually falls lakeside cliff, an oddly shaped sculpture at the park or a somewhere around “a little sketchy but I think we can pull
it off.” 2. How cool will it look? Though it doesn’t seem obvious, there is indeed a reason that males jump off of things. They think it looks cool. Though this appears a trifling motive to risk life and limb, it is deemed of worth if the group is wowed by an aerial maneuver. Due to this fact, simple feet-first jumps are an initial formality, quickly replaced by flips, spins, catching objects in the air, or other such risky ventures. (It is easily observed that if members of a gender other than the male, female for instance, are present, the increase in difficulty of the attempted tricks is directly correlated the level of attractiveness of the members of this gender) 3. Is this really safe? In a logical world void of testosterone and pride, this question would naturally assume its obvious position at the top of the list. In said world, the pros and cons of jumping off of something would be properly weighed and evaluated. Hypothetical scenarios involving orthopedic surgery, stitches, broken bones, or other drastic effects gravity can produce on the body would most likely win out against the meager praise offered by onlookers. How truly wonderful it is, to live in a world where we act on impulse and not fear. It is sad truth, that rational thinking is synonymous with mundane. Upon completion of the checklist, the jumper gathers his courage. The moment for decision passed, action is all that remains. A few muscles contract, a breath is exhaled, a body is hurled into space. As winter progresses in Logan Canyon, the drifts pile up on each side of the road. At the bridge just below the dugway, the supporting walls allow a deep pile to form on a steep slope. The 15-foot drop with the promise of a soft landing is too much to pass up. I watch as my friends hurtles himself off the edge after only a moment’s hesitation. I take my place on the concrete railing. High enough to be impressive. Footing good for a back flip. Most likely safe. I jump. For a moment, I declare my freedom. Responsibility and rational thoughts fill my days. Part-time employment, higher education, money and worries are my daily staple. But here, for a fraction of a second, I don’t think about the most responsible or important thing for me to do. I don’t think at all. Its a momentary sojourn into my own life, minus the weight. I land on my back sinking deep into the soft snow. For just a second, my Y chromosome felt like wings. Neither Dusty Nash nor the Utah Statesman is responsible for any injures incurred by the application of the principles of this article. If you feel the need to jump off stuff, in all honestly do so as safely as possibly.
AS WINTER PROGRESSES, jumping off of objects into snow piles becomes a popular pastime. DUSTY NASH photo
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Artist dabbles in evil-fighting There are battles against “Danger Days:Staff The despair and certain things True Lives of the evil. in this world Guy XXXX Fabulous Killjoys” that we have 2. My Grade: B+ C h e m i c a l a natural aversion to. Romance has Rhythm better guitar These things are different solos. for differ3. My ent people, Chemical but some of RexColinMitchell Romance has mine include cooler guns, the local landfill, cuddling but the Aquabats’ lead with my roommates and singer has a mustache, so it human excrement. In the equals out in the end. process of life we learn to The album opens up overcome the awkwardness with the voice of Dr. Death that these things may cause Defying, who offers himus, but some we never get self as the radio-DJ guide over. through this musical, evilFor a time, my list includ- fighting adventure. He ed the band My Chemical describes himself as “Louder Romance. It may have been than God’s revolver and the face-painting, the drug twice as shiny.” I never knew references or their explosion that God needed a revolver, of popularity, but I didn’t but whatever. He gives us think much of them. Then an update about halfway they released their single through the album, advising “The Black Parade,” and the the listener that clearly Queen-influenced two members band started to intrigue me. of the crew, Of course, the song got way Jet-star and the too much play time and Kobra Kid “had needed a rest from the radio a clap with an waves after a while, but the e x te r m i nato r Brian May-like guitar solos that went all caught my attention. Puerto Rico About a week ago they and got themreleased a new album, selves dusted.” “Danger Days: The True Lives I’m not really of the Fabulous Killjoys.” sure what it means to “go Similar to their last album, Puerto Rico,” but the state“The Black Parade,” this one ment is really entertaining. builds up a kind of alternate Those little interjections persona for the band. The from the radio show host band members adopt new interrupt songs such as “Na identities as vigilantes that Na Na,” a nice little song are fighting against some about killing people, blowhuge evil corporation. ing stuff up and selling drugs. This idea of a rock band It’s really catchy, though. fighting evil is hardly an origThe songs tend to have inal one. The Aquabats have less-than-incredible lyrics. been doing it for years. Well, They seem to mostly just to be honest, the Aquabats be angry lines that hapare actually superheroes pened to fit the meter of that happen to be in a rock the song. Admittedly, young band, not a rock band that rock bands generally aren’t fights evil. I guess the differ- known for their poetic abilience is a subtle one. There ty, but that is often the differare quite a few differences ence between a good song between the Aquabats and and a great one. They make My Chemical Romance, but up for the sub-par lyrics with the notable ones are these: a great rock sound, not over1. The Aquabats win their produced or synthesized.
And, the guitar solos still remind me of late ’70s and early ’80s rock bands, so I approve of that wholeheartedly. In “Bulletproof Heart,” they actually get a really great line in, albeit a slightly violent one: “I got a bulletproof heart, you got a hollow-point smile.” The comparison of the girl’s smile to a type of bullet banned in certain states was very witty. Towards the end of the album, the song “Save Yourself, I’ll Hold Them Back” gives you an idea of how the battle against evil is going. The line “I’ll tell you how the story ends. Well, the good guys die and the bad guys win,” is particularly revealing. And, of course, to end the album is another statement from radio host Dr. Death Defying. He explains that “The lights are out and the party’s over,” that he’s going to be on the run now, but takes the time to warns us about the sun burning us up if we stay still too long. What a thoughtful guy! He even plays the StarSpangled Banner before signing off. Overall, it was a decent album. Not incredible, not earth-shattering, but definitely OK. The musical side of the album made up for what was lacking in the lyric department, but I still like it better when good prevails. Maybe My Chemical Romance should have called up the MC Bat Commander for some help, instead of that Dr. Death Defying guy. Well, I guess you can’t have it all. – email@example.com
A MEMBER OF the USU Roller Hockey team plays Roller Hockey last spring. Each Saturday morning the group plays games and encourages all students to come out and play. CARL R. WILSON photo
Roller Hockey hopes to expand with Saturday morning games By ALEXANDRIA EVENSEN staff writer
Combine 20 men, some in-line skates and an empty parking lot on a Saturday morning, and you get Nolan Garrity’s Roller Hockey team. “Everybody has a blast,” said Garrity, president of the USU Roller Hockey club. A senior majoring in psychology, he’s passionate about his favorite sport. “I think it takes a little bit more skill than other sports. You’re on your feet and you have to get a ball into a small net. It’s really challenging and fast paced,” he said. “It’s just fun,” said Parker Allen a junior majoring in business,. “You can move fast, and it’s not as much work as running everywhere.” Seeing the club at Day on the Quad last spring, Allen, got his friends together and signed up. “I played a ton when I was a little kid. We played at a sports court all day in summer,” he said. “I hadn’t played for years, but we loved it.” Stemming from ice hockey, roller hockey got an official set of rules in 1940, according to the USA Roller Sports official website. Although the stick and ball sport didn’t catch on until after World War II, its popularity spread across the United States especially in the early ‘90s with the improvement of inline skates. Along with a surge of followers came the first World Inline Roller Hockey Championship. “You wear less padding and It’s not as physical as ice hockey,” Allen said. “You can make
contact but you’re not there to hit people. It can be really aggressive and competitive, but it can be nice.” Still in its infancy, USU’s Roller Hockey Team was officially created in 2009 by Garrity’s brother Keegan. Advertising through KSL and Craigslist, the brothers recruited more than 50 people, 10- 20 of which will play on any given Saturday. “There are a lot of people who played as a kid. You can pick it up right away,” Garrity said. Garrity, like many hockey players, was introduced to the sport as a child. Growing up in Portland, Ore., he first picked up a stick at 7 and has been playing off and on since. When he got to USU and realized that there was no official team, he said that he just started to play. Even before they started a club, the Garrity brothers were starting pick-up games. “We were already playing around Logan,” he said. Although he didn’t start playing until this fall, Allen said he has seen growth since the club began. “Last year they were just trying to get started,” he said. In order to boost attendance at games, this year the club heads started to help club members find equipment. “It’s pretty consistent and organized. They’ll make sure you have wheels. If you give them the money, they’ll order it. Sometimes they’ll provide equipment,” he said.
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Movie good, but book much better The first “Harry Potter Staff half of the andGuy the XXXX Deathly last installHallows Part 1” ment of the Grade: AHarry Potter saga came to the the big screen Nov. 19 with “Harry Jace Smellie Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.” The famous trio Harry, Ron and Hermione come together again to take down the evil Lord Voldemort. This movie is the start of Harry’s grand finale, and I am very happy they split the Deathly Hallows into two separate movies. It allows viewers to get the story in greater detail, and enjoy it for longer. Before I get too far into this review, I need to get some things that I am biased about out there. I absolutely loved the seventh book of the Harry Potter series, and generally I have hated the movie adaptations of the books, especially the sixth movie. They seemed to rush through the story and it was like trying to stuff everything into an allotted amount of time, and in the case of the sixth, the ending was changed completely. I am a book loyalist for sure, so it is safe to say I was nervous about this movie. It also must be said that for movies as big as this one, everyone is going to have strong opinions. I don’t think I am an exception to this rule. Overall, I thought this movie was very good. It told the story of the book very well, and director Daniel Yates did a good job of setting the stage for this grand finale with an extraordinary opening scene that depicted a meeting among Voldemort and his loyal followers, the Death Eaters. Throughout the movie, I felt like I was at a family reunion. It was like Yates made sure to show off every character and give them their own momentary spotlight. I thought this was a good decision. As the
“DEATHLY HALLOWS” CAST MEMBERS Kate Fleetwood, Daniel Radcliffe and Steffan Rhodri escape from the dementors in a scene from the latest Harry Potter film.
young adults that we have grown up with begin their adventurous search for the horcruxes, Hogwarts school is nowhere to be seen. They are up against all odds, and have to stay in a tent and keep on the move to avoid capture by Voldemort’s loyalists who have also taken over the Ministry of Magic. Their progress is always up and down as they struggle to locate and destroy horcruxes. It becomes too much for Ron, and he decides to leave Harry and Hermione on their own for a while. Of course, he returns just in time to save Harry’s life. The ending of this movie is not an ending at all. It stops at a little over halfway through the book, but I thought Yates did
a pretty good job of picking a spot to wrap it up. Something that I really liked about this movie was that it was so dark. I could definitely feel the tension throughout the film. It could be said that death was in the air. Most of the time in a movie this isn’t desirable, but I liked it because that is how the book is. I felt the same tension and despair that I felt while reading the book, and I was so happy Yates was able to recreate that. While some parts of the movie felt rushed, overall it wasn’t bad. It was fastpaced, but not rushed. I credit this to the decision to split the last book into two movies.
This movie was substantially better than the past few movie adaptations of the Harry Potter books. Yet as with almost all movie adaptations of books, the original novel was so much better. I love the book so much and I would recommend it to anyone. I love it. Still, Yates did a great job of depicting this incredible book, and I am so excited to see part two and how Yates puts the last few hundred pages of the novel onto the big screen. It will surely be a great moviewatching experience. As for this movie, it wasn’t terrible like the sixth movie and I do recommend it. – firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sport: Playing a game on wheels -continued from page 6 At this time, the club doesn’t play any outside teams, but Allen hopes that will change. “We want to work it up to having certain teams. We just don’t have the numbers.” Garrity said that sometimes potential players avoid the club because of lack of experience or equipment. “I encourage people to come out,” he said. Although the price of padding and skates can take a toll on a tight college budget, secondhand stores, such as D.I., often have skates for under $10. Some other reasons people avoid the pasttime are early mornings and cold weather. “I would think when it is warmer it’s easier
to wake up and we have more people playing,” Allen said. “They don’t know the turnout, so they don’t want to show up.” Both this year and in the future, Garrity and Allen hope to see the club expand and thrive. “I want it to become something where you bring your own team.” Allen said. “People will take it more seriously. With a schedule, it will work out a lot better.” The group plays games on Saturday mornings at 9. Depending on the weather and season, locations vary. For more information visit schoolyardpuck.com.
Concert: Performing for charity CLINTON COOK, SENIOR in aviation technology stands with his skis, which is one of the many things to do in Cache Valley during the winter. BRECK BYINGTON photo illustration
How to have fun in Logan during the winter months Logan is situated perfectly for all of the outdoor winter sports. Indoor activities are also still available for those who have an aversion to cold temperatures or frozen precipitation. Here are a few suggestions on how to do winter Logan-style. Hardware Ranch, elk sleigh ride For $5, catch a ride through the winter feeding grounds of the local elk herds. Be prepared to experience (smell) the natural world of wildlife. Hundreds of elk gather in the meadow where the ranch is located, 15 miles up Blacksmith Fork Canyon and east of Hyrum. This year the tours run Dec. 17-Feb. 28, Friday through Monday, noon to 5 p.m. Rides begin at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The visitor center does not offer any food, but the indoor dining area offers a place for your own picnic. Date potential is cozy when one brings a thermos of hot chocolate and one wool blanket. Preston Christmas lights Napoleon Dynamite’s hometown features the best display of Christmas lights in the valley. For the price of a couple gallons of gas, follow Main Street (U.S. Highway 91) north over the border into Idaho. Preston’s Main Street and several neighborhoods are fantastically decorated for the holidays. Be sure to hit the house on the northernmost end of Preston’s main drag, past the Burger King gas station. The owners devote some serious wattage to their Christmastime decorations. No trip to Idaho is complete without a stop at La Tienda, a gas station/restaurant in Franklin on Hwy. 91 between Logan and Preston. They serve a delicious burger, but are most wellknown for selling more lottery tickets than any other store in Idaho. Open-mic night at Logan Arthouse Cinema Wednesday’s open-mic night is free and open to anyone who wants to broadcast themselves over a loudspeaker system. Amateur comedians, vocalists and dramatists can test their talents on the stage beginning at 7 p.m. Arthouse also offers viewings of indie films, local bands and comedy clean enough to bring your grandmother to on other nights. The central location, 795 North Main St., is friendly to those walking from Old Main. The White Owl, Thursday night bands On occasional Thursdays, a different band jams in the main room of the local tavern, The White Owl. There’s no cover charge, but patrons will want to try their famous burger or one of their sandwiches. For that $3 in your wallet,
order a side of spicy pickles ($2) and tip the waitress. CAUTION: Minors, do not attempt to enter. After paying steep fines for past occurrences of minors on the premises, management is strenuous in keeping under-aged parties out of the building. (36 West Center St.) Contra Dance For a suggested donation of $5, the public can spend the first Saturday of each month contra dancing at the Whittier Center. Similar to square dancing, but in line formations, this style of dancing has been around for centuries. A live band plays folksy music and a caller shouts out the moves. There is help for the less coordinated, and the dances begin easy to let newcomers get the hang of it. (290 North 400 East, 7:30-10:30 p.m.) Cross-country ski to one of USU’s Yurts/ slumber party Get a trip together with some buddies and burn some calories skiing to USU’s Mongolianstyle Yurts. Haul in some grub, wood and supplies and the ingredients for a slumber party are in place. The yurts are outfitted with a wooden floor, wood burning stoves, full kitchens, and bunks for 8-12 people depending on the yurt. They are located in Blind Hollow, near Tony Grove and Green Canyon. Rentals for the weekends are chosen by lottery in November, but the weekdays are first come, first served each week. USU’s Outdoor Recreation Program (ORP) has gear and maps of trails available. Yurt rental is limited to USU students and faculty and at least 50 percent of the group must have an active Anumber. Rates begin at $64 per week night for the smaller yurt, $96 for the larger. Ski the Beav/ tailgate party Skiers at the local resort, Beaver Mountain, are spoiled by minimal lines and space to actually let loose and ski on the mountain. Weekdays offer no lines. The recent pileup of snow is a boon for the resort. Beaver has the lowest lift ticket price for hundreds of miles, $40 per day. Students can buy a discounted season pass for $305. Beginners ought to ride the lift up with an expert to catch up on the lingo and get some tips. Park on the upper parking lot, near the yurt and join a collection of snowboarders (knuckle draggers) and skiers (two plankers) tailgating with barbecues, crock pots of chili or merely a bag of chips. The resort also sells the basics. information gathered by TAM ROUNDS
-continued from page 5 for Bear River House, said Breinholt was very willing to do the benefit concert for them. “More than anything I am just very grateful for Peter. He has been very kind and very willing to help. I am very impressed by him,” Sorensen said. Breinholt performed in the Performance Hall two years ago and said it “screams Christmas concert.” He said a “little secret” to getting musicians to perform and donate their time isn’t always exposure, but a combination of working with the right people and venue. “It wasn’t a tough sell for my band to come do this concert even though they are taking a pay cut to do it. I told them that this is Logan and Logan is always good to us and we will have an audience so all the guys in the band said they’ll do it,” Breinholt said. Breinholt said he does a Christmas show every year, typically in Salt Lake, but this year it will be in Logan. He said the concert will feature songs from his Christmas album, released in 2002, as well as new Christmas singles he releases each year. This year will feature two to three new songs that Breinholt
said will keep the concert “fresh and changing.” “For me, the idea of a Christmas concert is to inject as much Christmas spirit as you can in a 90-minute concert and I don’t care how we get there. Sometimes we turn to video because images can help. We will also want to make the set design feel as festive as possible,” Breinholt said. Breinholt said he loves to do Christmas concerts because it gives him a chance to perform in a different kind of atmosphere. He said because of the songs he sings, there is always a lot of excitement and enthusiasm, which he said he loves, but Christmas concerts give him a chance to perform in a different atmosphere. “Christmas shows come along and provide an opportunity to bring it down a bit. It is a great way to do what I want to do. There is a tone you can get in a Christmas show, a reverent tone, that I think people go to find. I love that sort of tone that comes with the territory,” Breinholt said.
A winter fest filled with music
THE UNIVERSITY CHORALE PERFORMS in their holiday concert, Wintersongs, Thursday in the Performance Hall. The concert also featured the USU Chamber Singers who are on the Grammy entry list. BENJAMIN WOOD photo
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Utah State rally downs Denver By TYLER HUSKINSON web editor
The lack of confidence that plagued the Utah State Aggies (5-1) against Northeastern disappeared Wednesday night against the Denver Pioneers (1-6). Senior guard Brockeith Pane grabbed nine rebounds and scored 13 points on 3-of-6 shooting from the floor and 1-of-2 shooting from 3-point land to help lead the Aggies over the Pioneers, 61-53. Aside from their sluggish start to the second half, the Aggies torched the nets on offense while shutting down the Pioneers offensive flow on the other end. “There was a 5-minute breakdown in the second half, but other than that I thought we did enough to win,” Aggie head coach Stew Morrill said. “It wasn’t perfect. We just made enough shots and plays to get a road win. We’ll take it and go forward from here.” Morrill and his coaching staff were very concerned about the Pioneers’ complex Princeton system, and the Aggies struggled greatly with it. “They are hard to play,” Morrill said. “It’s hard to describe. Coach Duryea said, ‘it’s like going to the dentist to play them.’ There is some truth in that. They run you around. They run some good stuff. They are just a difficult system to play against.” Senior forward Tai Wesley struggled the most against the Pioneers, finishing with seven points in 27 minutes of play. The Pioneers did a lot of switching in the post and sometimes guards ended up guarding Wesley, causing the
senior forward to commit a game-high seven turnovers. The Aggies were able to get strong performances from the back court to counteract Wesley’s off-night. Senior guard Brian Green scored a game-high 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor and 2of-4 shooting from the 3-point line in 29 minutes of play. “He’s getting as many minutes as starters,” Morrill said of Green. “He’s like a starter, but I love him coming off the bench because he just comes in and gives us offense and energy of the bench. You know what you’re going to get from Brian (Green). He’ll make a mistake or two, but not from lack of trying. He just busts his tail out there and we love having him.” The Aggies stretched out their six-point halftime lead to 11 off a trey from senior forward Pooh Williams less than two minutes into the second half, but the Pioneers responded with a 12-0 run to take their second lead of the game. The Pioneers struggled from inside the 3-point line and shot only 37 percent, but were able to find their range from beyond the arc as they hit 11-of-22 from 3-point range. The Aggies shut down the Pioneers’ two leading scorers, junior guard Brian Stafford and sophomore forward Chase Hallam, but senior guard Kyle Lewis and freshman guard Chris Udofia came up big off the bench with 13 and 10 points respectively. “When we got a little bit of a lead I think we relaxed a little bit,” senior forward Matt
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Volleyball is California Dancing at NCCA
UTAH STATE’S JOSSELYN WHITE goes up for a spike during USU’s 3-0 win over Boise State last month. After winning the Western Athletic Conference postseason tournament last week, Utah State earned a berth in the NCAA tournament. The Aggies (24-8) travel to play fourth-ranked California (25-3) Friday evening. BRANDON FONDA photo
Women’s basketball has record night By TAVIN STUCKI staff writer
Utah State forward Ashlee Brown led all scorers with 20 points as the Aggie women set a record for shooting percentage on Wednesday night, beating Utah Valley University in Orem 80-66. The 6-foot redshirt junior made 10 of her 11 shots in the game, leading USU to a record 60.8 percent field goal shooting. The previous record was 58.3 percent against New
Mexico State in 1982. Aggie head coach Raegan Pebley said being able to shoot so well on the road helped her team to win. “We were able to shoot really well,” Pebley said. “(Brown) just played awesome. Those 20 points came in around 23 or 25 minutes. Our offense played really smart, she was able to convert.” Brown, a transfer from UC Santa Barbara, also pulled down eight rebounds as USU was able to out-rebound the Wolverines 27-24. It was the
first time this season Utah State has rebounded more than opponents. According to Pebley, who is in her eighth season as head coach at Utah State, the difference in the game was defense and rebounding. The Aggies were able to hold UVU’s leading scorer, Sammy Jensen, to just six points. Freshmen Kali Roche and Whitney Jenkins combined to give the Wolverines 35 points. “Our defense created opportunities to get into the open court and get some good
breaks,” Pebley said. “(Roche) got some shots late in their shot clock; we did an excellent job of taking away their other players.” Sophomore center Banna Diop had 11 points in the contest, and sophomore guard Devyn Christensen added 10 more from the bench. In all, 13 Utah State players played in the game. “Our bench played really well,” Pebley said. “There were
- See RECORD, page 9
Canucks give Aggies icy edge By LANDON HEMSLEY staff writer
In 2007, two senior captains of the USU Hockey club, David Wyman and Kent Arsenault, were not teammates. They were rivals. Wyman played for the Wolverines of Utah Valley University – a now defunct program. Arsenault was in his second year as an Aggie. According to these two athletes, the meetings between the two schools in that era were not always friendly affairs. “We were both very fierce competitors on the ice,” Arsenault said. “It was always about David Wyman vs. Kent Arsenault. People would compare every stat that we had. It was kind of neat.” Then, in what could be considered a massive coup in American Collegiate Hockey Association Division 2 Western hockey, Wyman and three other Wolverines decided to make the jump from UVU to USU in 2008, and the Aggies became unquestionably the superior hockey team in the state of Utah. “At the time, there were a lot of people making talk about it,” Arsenault said. “I think people were surprised that we were all combining.” Wyman said, “I don’t think too many people liked it too much, and we kind of got a target on our back from it.” But for two Canadian players who had to travel more than 1,500 miles across two time zones to get to Cache Valley, that target is one these two are willing to wear. Canadian players are not a rarity on the Utah State hockey team. Thirteen of the 25 players on the Aggie roster hail from our frigid neighbor to the north. The story behind their journey to Cache Valley is not the type of story you would expect from the typical college athlete. There were no recruiting trips, no campus tours, no hotels, no meals and no free visits to the Spectrum. This, of course, is because hockey is not an NCAA-sponsored program at USU. Arsenault found the Aggies through a friend and former Aggie, Greg Finatti, while he was living at home and attending college on Prince Edward Island. “Finatti spent his rookie season at Utah State,” Arsenault said, “After his rookie season, he got a hold of me. He asked if I was interested in transferring schools to play some hockey in the states.” Arsenault said he initially had mixed feelings about his decision to play in Cache Valley, but that those mixed feelings faded very quickly. “After my first home game, I realized how dedicated our fans are here at Utah State and how lucky we as division two hockey
players are to go to Utah State and be surrounded by such a great fan base,” he said. “I realized that a good group of guys held us together. We were all brothers, we were all best friends off the ice.” Aside from hockey, Arsenault said he can find many similarities between his home on Prince Edward Island and northern Utah. Those similarities aided the transition to life as an Aggie. “Beautiful,” Arsenault said of his first impression of the valley. “I grew up in a small town of about 16 or 17,000 people. Cache Valley was very similar in very many ways. You know the restaurant scene and you know every street in the town.
The landscape, and definitely the mountains suck you in when you’re an outdoorsman like I am.” Wyman, by comparison, started his journey in the tiny town of The Pas, Manitoba, Canada. Wyman said The Pas is a city of just over 5,000 residents, about 450 miles to the north of the Manitoban capital, Winnipeg. “Lot’s of snow, very cold,” Wyman said. But perhaps even that assessment is an understatement. Compared to The Pas, Logan is an urban, semi-tropical para-
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UTAH STATE’S DANIEL WYMAN battles for a loose puck against Brigham Young last year. A native of Manitoba in Canada, Wyman came to the Aggies after playing for Utah Valley University. Wyman is not the only Canadian native on USU’s roster, and together with Prince Edward Island native Kent Arsenault, has helped to lead USU to a 21-4 record this season. Statesman file photo
Friday, Dec. 3, 2010
Football readies for season finale By TAVIN STUCKI staff writer
DERRVIN SPEIGHT LEADS Utah State in rushing with 753 yards and eight touchdowns this season. Originally slated to be USU’s third-string running back, Speight has filled in for injured starter Robet Turbin and backup Michael Smith. Speight led USU in rushing as a freshman in 2006, but injuries since then have hampered his production. TODD JONES photo
Swervin’ Derrvin saves best for last enough. “I was honestly just happy to get back in pads and travel with the team and play the little role that I did,” Speight said. “I knew what I could We’ve all heard the phrase “good things do, it was just the situation we were in and I come to those who wait,” but what about, “good understood that, so I was just patiently waiting.” things come to those who work?” For senior Speight’s patience paid off. After an offsearunning back Derrvin Speight, both statements son knee injury to star running back Robert are equally applicable, and after four seasons at Turbin and a season ending injury to Michael Utah State, the benefits he’s reaped from that Smith, Speight became the starting running hard work and patience are starting to show. back again. “When we came in as coaches, Derrvin was “The way it turned out wasn’t actually a good the third-string running back, but that didn’t thing, the way Turbin and Michael Smith got faze him,” offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin hurt,” Speight said. “But that’s football, so lucksaid. “He didn’t quit and he’s worked to get betily this season I got to be the starting running ter. He’s been banged up and bruised but he back.” never misses a practice.” Speight’s success though, has been anything In his final season as an Aggie, but lucky. The opportunity preSpeight is getting his chance itself to him, but the reason to shine, and he has used his “I knew what I sented he was able to take full advantage indomitable work ethic to make could do, it was of that opportunity was through his senior year an impressive one. hard work. just the situSpeight has rushed for 753 yards “He just grinds through ation we were this season to go along with eight everything,” sophomore teamtouchdowns, both career highs. in and I undermate Kerwynn Williams said. He’s also set his career high for stood that, “Sometimes he’s sore and everyTD’s in a game and rushing yards so I was just thing, but he just grinds through it in a game, and has consistently and goes out there and plays well. been a leader and catalyst in the patiently waitHe runs the ball hard and he’s a ing.” Aggie offense. tough guy.” “It’s kind of been both the Derrvin Speight, As hard as he works on the opportunity to play and hard field, off the field Speight is a USU running back work. I’ve been successful just relaxed, laidback guy. Fellow runhaving the opportunity to showning back Williams is with Speight case my talents, to get in there on and off the field, and will be the and play running back; play football,” Speight first to tell you what Derrvin’s really like outside said. of football. Speight came to USU from MacArthur High “Derrvin’s a funny guy,” Williams said. “He’s School in Irving, Texas, and after redshirting real chill. We’ll go over to his house and we just his first year, came in and made a big impact on chill and he’ll crack jokes. He’s a real laidback the team. During his freshman season, Speight guy.” played in 11 games, starting six, and led the That laid-back attitude disappears as soon team with three touchdowns and 504 rushing as Speight steps onto the field. As a senior and yards – the third-most ever for a USU freshman. integral part of the Aggie offense, he is one of After his stellar freshman season, Speight the unquestioned leaders of the team, but his was forced to sit out his entire sophomore year leadership shows up in different ways, mainly with a foot injury. Coming back as a junior, through example and effort rather than pep Derrvin was ready to play, but the team persontalks and speeches. nel had changed, and the once-starter found “Derrvin comes out, practices hard, practices himself as the third running back. That season at full speed and practices with a great attitude,” he played in all 12 games and even started two, Baldwin said. “The younger running backs, look but his production took a big hit as he only had to him and say ‘OK, if he does this on a daily 42 carries for 210 yards and two TD’s. For Speight, just the chance to get back on - See SPEIGHT, page 10 the field again after a year of injury was reward By MARK ISRAELSEN staff writer
From an outsider’s perspective, the football matchup on Dec. 4 pitting No. 11 Boise State against Utah State might seem like a fight between David and Goliath, but USU defensive coordinator Bill Busch said he doesn’t see it that way. “We don’t peg it that way. We don’t peg it as a one-in-amillion chance,” Busch said. “It’s just football. You can never play with wide eyes.” Until last week’s upset to then-No.19 Nevada, the Broncos were ranked fourth in the country. “Boise State is a tremendous team. Obviously they had a tough game last week,” USU head coach Gary Anderson said. “We expect to come out and play at a very high level and compete at a high level.” Although Busch said respect is due to a football program of Boise’s caliber, his Aggie defense will have to play extremely well to stop an offense that averages 46 points per game. “What stirs them is their quarterback,” Busch said. “(Kellen Moore) is almost flawless. BSU junior Moore is a finalist for this year’s Manning Award, which is given to the best college quarterback in the nation. He currently has a passing efficiency rating of 188.0, which is two points higher than the NCAA record. USU junior linebacker and
team tackles leader Bobby Wagner said if the Aggie defense can put pressure on Moore they will have a chance. “I want to make sure they know who we are, who I am,” Wagner said. “We’ll scheme from the inside out. They can be stopped. We need to play sound football.” Busch said there is more to the Bronco offense than just the quarterback “They have every weapon you want,” Busch said. “Very multiple.” The plethora of potent offensive weapons Boise State has include a tandem of wide receivers in Titus Young and Austin Pettis. The pair has combined for 1,860 yards on the season and 17 touchdowns. USU senior cornerback Curtis Marsh said he has faced receivers on other teams with the same or better ability than Young and Pettis. “Just have to be aggressive and challenge their receivers,” Marsh said. “With Boise, always expect their best game.” The Broncos have capable rushing ability, junior Doug Martin and senior Jeremy Avery being the premier backs. Martin has over 1,000 yards on the season and the backfield duo has combined for 21 touchdowns. USU defensive end Levi Koskan said the game will be a chance for the Aggies to show themselves. “The energy in the locker room is to prove ourselves and our potential to be greater than our record shows,” Koskan said. “We’ll have to raise our
effort and energy to their degree or higher. “We’ll have to match their meticulous execution; they don’t mess up,” Koskan said. Facing Boise State for the second time as Aggie head coach, Anderson will look to bring defensive pressure on the Broncos. Boise State has only allowed seven sacks all year, two of those coming at the hands of Nevada last week. “It is going to be huge. Another reason he doesn’t get sacked is because they have a good offensive line and they protect him,” Anderson said. “You are not going to get to Kellen Moore very often, and he is going to make good decisions and get rid of the football, which is one reason he doesn’t get sacked … it is always important to get good pressure with your defensive ends.” Anderson also said Boise State has a tremendous team with a stadium that is a difficult place to play. “I don’t think anyone has won there for the last 35 years. I don’t know the exact date but it has been a while,” Anderson said. “We are excited about the opportunity. It is the last time we will be together as a team. There is nothing after next Saturday for this football team, and we understand that.” The game will begin at 1 p.m. on Dec. 4 and televised on CW30.
– tavin.stucki@aggiemail. usu.edu
Record: woman take down UVU -continued from page 8 times that our bench actually extended the lead.” Senior Alice Coddington had a career high 11 assists. This was the second time in as many games the 5-foot-10 guard from Canberra, Australia has improved her personal best in that category. “(Coddington) just captained her team very smartly,” Pebley said. “She’s been playing the way we need her to the last three games. Jenna Johnson also played smart and gave a lot of leadership and composure.” The Aggies used that leadership to their advantage and took a commanding 15-point lead at halftime, 43-28. UVU would only come back to within 10 during the final minute of play. Wolverine head coach Cathy Nixon said her team dug themselves into too big of a hole. “We really do some great things when we’re all clicking and all focusing on the process,” Nixon said. “I think we are a pretty good basketball team when we are motivated but we are
not good enough to turn it on and off when we want. If we compete for all 40 minutes we will be successful.” The win is Utah State’s third straight, all coming against instate rivals and two of those victories coming on the road. “It takes confidence to win on the road and I think those last two wins gave us that,” Pebley said. “It definitely gives us confidence to have won two of the last three on road. Most definitely.” Pebley expects it will be much easier going to play Northern Arizona after the wins than it would be coming off of a loss. “NAU very good team,” Pebley said. “We have to play well to beat them on their court.” The game will be played Saturday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. MST in Flagstaff, Arizona. – email@example.com
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dise. In The Pas, the average high temperature during January is a whopping 3.5 degrees fahrenheit, and the average high in July is 74. Wyman’s route to Cache Valley, unlike most Division 2 hockey players, actually did involve some recruiting. Wyman said the UVU head coach made a visit or two to the frozen north to convince Wyman to be a Wolverine. “Their budget was really big, and their coach came to Canada and recruited like an NCAA program,” Wyman said. “He did a lot of talking. I’d never heard of this league before, to be honest. It seemed a little sketchy with what it was all about.” But Wyman quickly adjusted and rose to prominence at UVU. When the Wolverine program faltered, he, Seth Armitage, Jeremy Martin, and former Aggie Mike Douglass made the jump. The rest is history. Since these two became accustomed to life in Logan, they have been nearly unstoppable on the ice. Arsenault has been in Logan for five very successful years. Last season, he was invited to travel as part of the ACHA Division 2 All-Stars to play against semi-professional hockey clubs in Switzerland, Germany, Italy and France. He has amassed 412 career points (goals and assists combined) for the Aggies, and eclipsed the 100-point mark twice in his career. His best year as an individual player was in the 2008 season when he scored 52 goals and 58 assists. Wyman has also led statistically successful campaigns through the two-and-a-half seasons he’s been at USU. He has amassed 192 career points in his time as an Aggie, averaging more than 80 points per season. His most successful season as an Aggie was his first; he totaled 24 goals and 59 assists on the year. In just two years, these two leaders took the USU hockey program from being regionally respected to regionally feared. Last year the Aggies attained the no. 3 regional ranking, at that point, the highest ever achieved by an Aggie hockey
program. This year the Aggies are undefeated on the road, are ranked second behind CSU regionally, and hold an astonishing record of 21-4 heading into this weekend’s action in Colorado. As far as the captains are concerned, the sky is the limit for this team. “I can tell that this year our intensity and our focus is a lot better than it has been in the past,” Wyman said. “Kent and myself know that this is our final shot, and I don’t think anyone wants to go out of a sport losing every year in regional.” “Our record has been absolutely phenomenal in the winloss columns,” Arsenault said, “but those walls we haven’t been able to climb over, like winning regionals and getting to nationals – our main goal – and winning a national championship. This year has a whole different feel.” Wyman said USU’s success this year has come from sustained growth and unity as a team, on and off the ice. “We’ve grown and really realized the chance we have to go and do something great,” he said. “Our time is now. There is no tomorrow.” “We know we have the skill,” Arsenault said. “Everybody in the nation knows that we have the skill. It’s a matter of coming together as a brotherhood once again and keep our head and everything. But right now, we’re on the right road to success.” As for Wyman and Arsenault’s futures in the game, potential for a career is in no short supply for these Canadians. “Pro hockey’s always a dream for myself,” Arsenault said, “and I’ll always go for that dream and see what’s out there next year. We’ll see what doors open here within the next couple months. Hopefully David and I can go overseas.” “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to play hockey next year,” Wyman said. “Hopefully I get to play, not have to go to the real world yet.” – landon.hemsley@aggiemail. usu.edu
Speight: leads football team -continued from page 8 basis, that’s what I got to do.’” That leadership is seen by the players too. “He doesn’t really talk a lot,” Williams said. “He talks mostly with how he plays.” Speight’s numbers this season show the truth in those words, but the one game that really stands out in Speight’s stellar season came Oct. 3. In a nationally televised game against in-state rival BYU, Speight and the USU Aggies beat the cougars 31-16 for their first win against BYU in 17 years. In that intensely emotional game, Speight was at his best, rushing for 95 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Aggies to the impressive victory. “Going into the BYU game I was excited to go out there and showcase what I could do,” Speight said. “We wanted to put on a show and we were able to come out with a win, so that was a big step in the right direction for us.” Speight’s play in the BYU game showed a side of his running game that has improved throughout his career. Against the Cougars, both of his touchdowns came on one-yard runs, showing his increased physicality and ability to not only run in space, but also between the tackles. “He’s become much more of a physical player,” Baldwin said. “In short yardage he’s more dynamic and he’ll lower his shoulder and get you the yard. He always can make you miss in space, but he’s really become a physical kid.” USU will need that physi-
cality this Saturday against Boise State. The Broncos are fourth in the Football Bowl Subdivision in points allowed, and their run defense has been nearly unbeatable, holding teams to only 90 yards rushing per game. “They (Boise) are a great defensive football team with great leadership,” Baldwin said.. “Derrvin is going to have to have the game of his life.” Win or lose, tomorrow’s game will be the last chance to see Speight suit up as an Aggie. Speight plans to graduate this spring and his career at Utah State will be over, but he’s hopeful his career on the gridiron will continue. “The next step for me is obviously to graduate,” said Speight, who’s majoring in health education. “And then I’ll just get ready for the draft. Start running, working hard, hit the weights, and get my body prepared physically and mentally and hopefully get a shot to play in the NFL.” But before he gets that shot, he’ll have left his mark on USU football. His hard work and determination are a legacy that younger players, present and future, would do well to follow. “Derrvin’s played,” Baldwin said. “He’s played hurt, played consistent and played darn good.” – mark.israelsen@aggiemail. usu.edu
-continued from page 9 Formisano said. “Give them credit; they hit some really good shots. They shoot ball really well from 3.” Formisano, who doesn’t generally play much, is originally from Centennial, Colo., and Morrill gave him the chance to play in front of family and friends. Formisano took advantage of the opportunity, finishing with two points and four rebounds in 13 minutes of play. “I loved it,” Formisano said. “My whole career I was wishing that I would get a chance to play in front of my family and friends. It was a great experience. I had a lot of friends and family here. More importantly, I was just glad that we won. That was great.” The Aggies now prep for what might be their toughest opponent of the season when they face the No. 14 Georgetown Hoyas in Washington, D.C. The Hoyas beat the No. 8 Missouri Tigers on the road in overtime on Tuesday, 111-102. “It’s going to a lot of fun,” Formisano said. “Those guys are really good. They are athletic. They are talented. They’re deep. We’re excited and we’re going to be ready to go. We’re going to come out and play Aggie basketball and just enjoy it and play solid against those guys.”
UTAH STATE’S TYLER NEWBOLD goes up for a layup during last week’s 79-62 win against Utah. Newbold and the Aggies defeated Denver 61-53 on Wednesday night, but will face a stiff challenge when they play No. 16 Georgetown in Washington D.C. Saturday at 10 a.m. on ESPNU. TODD JONES photo
Utah State to take on Georgetown By MEGAN ALLEN news senior writer
Fresh of their win against Denver on Wednesday, the Aggies (5-1) are heading to Washington, D.C to take on the No. 16 Georgetown Hoyas (7-0-) this Saturday in arguably the team’s biggest nonconference game of the season. Georgetown is coming into the game off a big win, beating No. 9 Missouri in overtime 111-102 Tuesday. To come out ahead in this match-up, the Aggies simply need to out-shoot, and therefore outscore the Hoyas.
Out-shoot, Outscore One key factor in the game Georgetown plays is that they are not afraid to take shots. If they are open (or not), they shoot the ball and sometimes it will go in. This season, the Hoyas have taken 407 shots from the field, 207 of which have gone in the basket. The Aggies on the other hand, have made 132-of-290. This makes for very comparable percentages between the two teams. The difference is just the willingness to take a risk and take a shot when there is one. Free throw shots have been the same way. The two teams are neck-and-neck in those numbers, with the Aggies shooting 70.4 percent and the Hoyas 71 percent. Taking shots leads to making points. You need the most points to win. Georgetown is undefeated and ranked in the national polls. They’ve done this by taking shots and making points.
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If there is one Georgetown player to especially keep an eye on, it would be senior guard Austin Freeman. Freeman is a leader among the Hoyas in shooting, making 59.6 percent of the field goal shots he has taken. Percentagewise, he is second on the team in 3-point shots, having made 56.8 percent next to sophomore guard Vee Sanford who is at 66.7 percent. The difference is, Freeman has taken 44 shots while Sanford had taken nine. Again, it’s all in the numbers here. On the Aggie side of things, senior forward Tai Wesley is leading the team in shots from the field at 65.4 percent, making 34-of-52. Freeman has made 53-of-89. Senior guard Brian Green is the only clear leader in USU 3-point shots, making 46.9 percent of the shots he’s taken, and always shooting better on the road.
The Moral of the Story The Aggies need to take shots and they need to go in. Overall, the two teams are fairly comparable. Last season, Georgetown finished with a 23-11 record after losing to Ohio University in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Utah State ended the 2009-10 season with a first-round loss to Texas A&M, finishing the season at 27-8. Head coach Stew Morrill has not brought out many surprises so far this season. He has kept the playbook tightly closed and hasn’t changed things up. It will be interesting to see what he has up his sleeve for Saturday. The game will be aired on ESPNU at 10 a.m. MST. The game will be shown on campus in the TSC Ballroom, followed by the football game at Boise State.
Here’s to a holiday season of Jazz cheer Man, the Jazz look good. And I mean really good. Al Jefferson is looking comEye on fortable, Deron Williams is the starting to turn it on, Millsap hardwood is still playing like a stud, and the bench is playing with an energy that is unmatched. The Jazz have reeled off seven straight wins, several of which have been against top teams. Best win in the streak? Psh, that’s an easy one. Nov. 26 against the Lakers. The only thing I love more than seeing the Lakers lose is seeing the Lakers lose to the Jazz. Utah headed into their showdown with the Lakers fresh off an 18-point victory over Chris Paul and the Hornets, a victory where D-Will got the better of his rival and best friend Paul. The debate over who is the best point guard has raged ever since these two guys came into the league, and Deron took another step in proving he’s number one. With the win, Deron improved to 12-3 in head-to-head matchups against Paul, in the process outplaying him by putting up 26 and 11 assists, compared to Paul’s 17 and 9 assists. But the debate will continue because, hey, it gives us something to talk about, even though in my mind the title of best point guard belongs to D-Will. In his past five games, Williams has put up an average of 25.4 points and 11.6 assists on 61.6 percent shooting. That’s MVP worthy. Now, back to the Lakers. In the first quarter of that game, it was rough. L.A. outscored the Jazz 33-17 in that quarter and looked unbeatable. But the Jazz aren’t called the comeback kids for nothing, and they rallied in the second quarter to cut the lead to four at the half. And for the rest of the time, it was like a playoff game. The game went back and forth like a tug-a-war, neither team willing to give in. The Jazz pulled ahead in the final minutes before Kobe decided to score 14 points in about
two minutes. That surge put the Lakers up 96-91 with 2:12 remaining, but the Jazz stayed calm and confident and went on an 11-0 run to end the game and win by six. In this current streak the Jazz have going, they have topped 100 points in six of the seven games, and have not allowed 100 points on defense. The biggest reason for this success is the players adjusting to and accepting their roles. Deron is the obvious leader of the team, but Millsap and Jefferson provide a dynamic offense duo down low, while Raja Bell and Andrei Kirilenko are the defensive stoppers. And that’s not even mentioning the bench. Ronnie Price and Earl Watson come in and run guys out of the gym with their hustle, while CJ Miles is a dangerous from long range. This Jazz team has it all. They’ve got teamwork, rebounding, defense, and scoring. And the most important thing of all? The players understand the system, work with each other, and fill their own role. With a 15-5 record and a game and a half lead in the Northwest division, the Jazz are looking good. Especially when you consider that we’re only through the first quarter of the season; a quarter where the Jazz usually struggle. What does this mean for the rest of the season? Who knows, but if they follow the pattern they’ve set for themselves in the games, this season could be a lot of fun for Jazz fans. Tonight’s game is big for the Jazz, because it gives them an opportunity to really prove how they can play against a big Western Conference foe. Win tonight, push their win streak to eight, and only build on that confidence that right now is sky high. The Jazz are playing like champs, and I have high hopes for big things to come. MARK ISRAELSEN is a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering and a lifelong Jazz fan. Comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Loose Parts â€˘ Dave Blazek
Breaking the Mold â€˘ Kenneth.Locke@aggiemail.usu.edu
Dilbert â€˘ Scott Adams
Bound & Gagged â€˘ Dana Summers
The Jokeâ€™s on You! â€˘ BY YOU! â€œDontâ€™ worry, itâ€™s a vegetarian.â€? Rhymes with Orange â€˘ Hilary Price
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Today is Friday, Dec. 3, 2010. Today’s issue of The Utah Statesman is published especially for Kasie Barger, a junior majoring in social work from Cedar City, Utah.
Almanac Today in History: On this day in 2001, the Enron Corporation files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a New York court, sparking one of the largest corporate scandals in U.S. history.
Weather High: 37° Low: 24° Skies: Rain and snow
Friday, Dec. 3, 2010
- USU Bands Tri-State Symposium, Kent Concert Hall, All Day - Live Nativity, Nibley Morgan Farm, 5 p.m. - CVCA Gallery Walk, Downtown Logan, 6 p.m. - Pre-Vet Closing Social, South Farm Area, 6:30 p.m. - Worship Alive: A Non-denominational Concert, TSC Auditorium, 7 p.m. - Holiday Flutes and Voices, Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m. - A Christmas Carol, Old Barn Theatre, 7:30 p.m. - Women’s Volleyball at California, NCAA Tournament, 8 p.m.
- USU Bands Tri-State Symposium, Kent Concert Hall, All Day - Roller Hockey, Bridger Elementary, 9 a.m. - Men’s Basketball at Georgetown, 10 a.m. - Football at Boise State, 1 p.m. - Christmas from Ellen Eccles, Ellen Eccles Theatre, 2:00 p.m. - Women’s Basketball at Northern Arizona, 2 p.m. - Peter Breinholt Concert, Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m. - A Christmas Carol, Old Barn Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 5 - No Test Week - A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Morgan Theatre, 7:30 p.m. - A Christmas Carol, Old Barn Theatre, 7:30 p.m. - Late Night Comedy, Performance Hall, 10 p.m.
You need to know....
The Registrar’s Office would like to remind everyone of the following dates: Dec. 6-10 is No Test Week and Dec. 6 is the $10 Graduation Fee Deadline for Spring 2011.
We are selling chili and rolls on the tsc patio as a fundraiser put on by HASS Student Council Dec. 7 scheduled from 11-2. (although likely it will go to 1-1:30) The price is $2. With that you get a bowl of chili and a roll. We are offering both Chili with Meat and Vegetarian Chili. Math Anxiety Workshop, Dec. 8, 2010, 3:30 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. in TSC 335. You do not have to register to attend. For additional information contact the Academic Resource Center at (435) 797-1128. Need something to do over the winter break!? Volunteer with the Charity Anywhere Foundation in Tijuana, Mexico! Dec. 26- Jan. 4. The cost is $275 for students and $475 for non-students. There will be an information meeting on Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hub or email email@example.com. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a wacky Shakespearean comedy about love. The play is set in an enchanted forest where humans and fairies come together under the mischievous light of the midsummer moon. Nov. 29-Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Free for USU students with ID. For more information please call 435-797-8022. EMPLOYEES - Are you wanting to get a jump start on your fitness? Do you want to know where you stand with your health? Contact Dayna (dayna.barrett@ usu.edu or 797-8519) to schedule your FREE FITNESS ASSESSMENT TODAY! Done every Thursday between 12 and 4. Don’t miss this great opportunity! We are inviting participants for a study of the development of first generation college students from very small towns who are in their first year of college. Participation will involve an interview about your upbringing. You will also be asked to review a transcript of your interview. Participants will receive $15. If you are interested in participating, please contact Kenli Urruty at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (307) 620-0151.
Aggie Health Club is hosting its 2nd annual “USU’s Biggest Loser Competition!” Students and faculty compete while learning healthy eating and exercise habits. Applications due by Dec. 6. Email aggiehealth@aggiemail. usu.edu for applications or more information.
Donuts with Dean
On Dec. 10 from 8-9 a.m. in the Education Atrium, we will be holding “Donuts with the Dean.” It will be a come-and-go opportunity for students in the college to come and meet the new dean and enjoy free donuts.
Songwriter Peter Breinholt brings A Peter Breinholt Christmas to USU to kick off his Christmas concert series. This heart-warming, bright, and entertaining performance will take place in the world class Performance Hall, 4 and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4.
USU Women’s Rugby Club is having a Karaoke Night on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at True Aggie Cafe. Tickets are $4 and sold at the door.
On Dec. 9, the sixth semiannual Voices Reading will be held in the Performance Hall throughout the day from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Awards and cash prizes will be announced. For more info, contact susan. email@example.com.
Flight Deck • Peter Waldner
Strange Brew • Peter Deering
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