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Differential tuition asks students to pay more in three career fields

By MEGAN BAINUM assistant news editor

THE HUNTSMAN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS is one academic college on campus that requires its students to pay differential tuition. Students impacted by differential tuition pay an extra fee per class on top of the general tuition amount. CARL R. WILSON photo

Differential tuition is a “solution of last resort when all of the other arguments fail,” said Barmak Nassirian, associate executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers. This cost-per-credit expense is applied to certain classes above standard tuition for a university. A raise in the business school’s differential tuition was approved in February, and students in this school will pay an additional $15 per credit hour beginning in fall of 2011 for upper division courses, which will reach a total of $97 per credit hour in 2014. Graduate students in the business school will see a $50 increase per credit hour to the current $199 they pay in differential tuition. It will increase another $50 each year for the next two years. The additional student costs are needed for faculty and staff salaries, operating expenses, student services and programs and expenditures such as marketing, said Ken Snyder, dean of the business school. More than a decade ago, USU implemented differential tuition in the undergraduate and graduate courses in the business school and the college of engineering, as well as graduate programs in the department of communicative disorders and deaf education.

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Nassirian said charging differential tuition is much more common at the graduate level, but charging undergraduates differential tuition can be problematic. He said by charging more for certain classes, students may skip out on their dreams of becoming an engineer or businessman simply because it costs more. He said it is important that undergraduate classes be priced evenly so students can pursue their dreams without having to worry about monetary differences. “For some people the added costs might not be manageable, so it makes students pick majors not on the basis of interest, but on what it might cost them,” Nassirian said. Nassirian did credit those making the decision to implement differential tuition, saying tuition pricing is a very agonizing decision and it is not anyone’s first thought to “jack up tuition.” Concerns about not being able to branch

out and try different classes is something USU’s Executive Vice President Raymond Coward said doesn’t apply to “the vast majority of courses that charge differential tuition.” He said very few lower-division courses charge even a $2 per-credit fee. Business senator Skyler Jenks said students who want to try business classes won’t usually be taking the 3000-level courses that have differential tuition attached. Introducing differential tuition on undergraduate courses results in a change in student behavior, Nassian said. “The point is you really want to give as broad as choice of major as possible and let their interests define where they end up,” he said. Coward said since USU began charging differential tuition, there has been no decrease in enrollment and students see the increase in fees as a need to improve their quality of education. “Many students understand that the differential tuition is an investment in the quality of their education and their future,” Coward said. Jenks said he has seen the difference differential tuition has brought to the teaching staff at the business school. He said he has been here since 2006 and over that time the improvement of teachers has been drastic. “Hands down I agree with differential

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CAPS offers help to students affected by impulsive behavior By KATE MARSHALL staff writer

More than 2 million people were brought into emergency rooms in the U.S. in 2010 because of drug abuse. Binge eating affected more than 5 million people. Americans spend more than $13 billion a year on various forms of pornography. These are just a few statistics from the USU Health and Wellness Center that demonstrate the impact human impulses have on individuals. Chris Chapman, a psychology resident at Utah State, is conducting a seminar through Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) on April 4 in TSC Room 310B from 9:30-11 a.m. on behaving consciously and controlling impulses. “When people get into addictive cycles or behaviors, they stop becoming conscious, they just do them automatically,” he said. “We want to help students get things under control, whether it’s drugs or alcohol, eating disorders, pornography or anything they feel is unhealthy.” Chapman describes the impulses as “necessary,” and said without them, people wouldn’t feel the need to procreate, eat, exercise and destress their lives. However, dependence often takes the impulse too far, and an addiction may form. Jesse Crosby, a doctoral student in clinical psychology, has spent his years at Utah State researching these psychological problems, as well as treatments for them, with psychology professor Michael Twohig. He said when following an impulse, it’s something done without thinking of the consequences. The immediate rewards are positive, but the long term consequences are negative. There is a difference between an impulse and a behavior. “People try and stop the impulses, but that is impossible – all you can do is control the way you react to them. Just because you have an impulse it doesn’t mean you have to respond to it,” he said. The seminar will cover a variety of topics such as alcohol/drug abuse, pornography, overeating and overexercising, sex and procrastination. “People start excessively drinking or using drugs, sometimes

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REBEL FIGHTERS STAND near the front line east of Brega, Libya, Sunday. Cache Valley Peace Works gathered outside the Logan Tabernacle, Friday, in hopes of creating awareness about the violence in Libya. The Libyan rebel movement controls the country’s eastern half and wants to topple the regime of longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi. AP photo

Locals react to violence in Libya By LIS STEWART staff writer

Members of the Cache Valley Peace Works gathered with signs, a flag, and staunch opinions in front of the Logan Tabernacle, Friday evening, to advocate for peaceful solutions to the conflict in Libya. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi came under renewed international pressure in February when he reacted with violence against rebels in his country. On March 18 the United Nations Security Council authorized a no-fly zone and military action over Libya. Air and sea strikes from American and European forces began the next day. Dave Powelson, a long-time member of Cache Valley Peace Works, said in the beginning, the U.S. was like a policeman breaking up a fight. Now, it has taken sides, and that will only create more problems, he said. “Obama was correct in getting the UN to endorse this, and then acting as an agent of the UN to separate the sides I think was fine,” Powelson said, “and now, I think the United States has gone way beyond that.” President Barack Obama defended the military action with Libya

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on March 28 in an address from Washington, D.C., and made an assurance that the U.S. role will be limited. He called Gadhafi a tyrant and said in Libya’s past Gadhafi hanged people in the streets and killed more than 1,000 people in a single day. “We knew that if we waited one more day, Benghazi, a city nearly the size of Charlotte, could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world,” Obama said. While Powelson said he does not support Gadhafi lashing out against the rebels, he said the rebels also went too far. Violent actions escalate into lasting feuds. “Ultimately, warfare causes reaction,” he said. “Although sometimes violence can have a desirable effect in the short term, in the long term, and it is always the wrong way to go.” The Peace Works has been consistent since forming in 2005. Every Friday at 5:30 p.m. they assemble outside the Logan Tabernacle. They stand with their signs advocating peaceful solutions to world problems. During these 30 minutes, as the group stood in the fading sunlight,

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Nat’lBriefs N.C. woman stabs boyfriend in chest DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say the woman who falsely claimed she was raped by Duke lacrosse players has been accused of stabbing her boyfriend in the chest at a North Carolina home. Durham police say 32-year-old Crystal Mangum was arrested Sunday morning several hours after the stabbing that seriously injured her 46year-old boyfriend. Investigators said the two were arguing but didn’t release any other details. Mangum is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. She is being held without bond, and jail officials did not know if she had an attorney. Mangum was convicted in December of several misdemeanor charges, including child abuse, in a fire that nearly destroyed her home.

Leg twitches may be a sign of heart trouble NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The nighttime twitching of restless legs syndrome may be more than an annoyance: New research suggests that in some people, it could be a sign of hidden heart problems. People with very frequent leg movements during sleep were more likely to have thick hearts – a condition that makes them more prone to cardiac problems, stroke and death, the study by Mayo Clinic doctors found. “We are not saying there is a cause-and-effect relationship,” just that restless legs might be a sign of heart trouble that doctors and patients should consider, said Dr. Arshad Jahangir, a heart rhythm specialist at the Mayo Clinic Arizona in Scottsdale.

Latvian president reassures on nuke power CHICAGO (AP) – A reassuring word about the dangers posed to the U.S. and Europe by radiation from Japan came from an unlikely source Sunday – the president of a Baltic Sea nation who, as a young Red Army medic, witnessed firsthand the horrors of the world’s worst nuclear accident. Latvian President Valdis Zatlers spent months near Chernobyl after a nuclear reactor there exploded 25 years ago this month. Japan’s response to its nuclear crisis, Zatlers said, has been a sharp contrast to the instinctive secrecy, paranoia and public denial of Soviet leaders in Moscow. “I can say that the lessons of Chernobyl were taken into account in rescue procedures in Japan,” Zatlers told The Associated Press while visiting Chicago during an official visit to the U.S. Latvia, which regained indepen-

dence in 1991 after 50 years of Soviet occupation, is among many nations that had been looking to nuclear power. But in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that severely damaged the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant in Japan, Zatlers said his people may need more reassurance before leaders pursue plans further. “We haven’t changed our minds (about nuclear power), but the situation has changed,” Zatlers said. “We have to take into account reactions of populations to what happened at Fukushima.” After the devastating blast at Chernobyl on April 26, 1986, the Soviet military dispatched him and eventually some 6,000 other Latvians to the region around the BelarussianUkrainian border against their will, usually with little to no protective gear, he said. “We had no choice,” said Zatlers,

who would later become a leading Latvian physician. “That was my experience and I will never forget it.” On his first day at a camp less than 20 miles from Chernobyl, Zatlers and his fellow soldiers had to sleep on exposed, contaminated ground. He remembers how difficult it was to convince some perplexed conscripts about the risks of radiation. Zatlers has closely followed developments at the Fukushima plant, which has been leaking radioactivity since a March 11 tsunami carved a path of destruction along Japan’s northeastern coast. It’s considered the worst nuclear crisis since the meltdown at Chernobyl. The Japanese response, Zatlers said, is far different from Soviet leaders in the days after Chernobyl exploded, as well to the often crude, shoddy Soviet cleanup.

Child dies after fall from indoor roller coaster NORRIDGE, Ill. (AP) – A 3year-old boy died at an indoor family amusement park in suburban Chicago after falling out of a roller coaster, authorities said Sunday. The boy was sitting near the front of the Python Pit roller coaster at the Go Bananas amusement park Saturday when he got underneath the ride’s safety bar, Norridge Police Chief James Jobe said. He suffered head injuries in what Jobe described as “a tragic accident.”

The Cook County medical examiner identified the boy as Jayson Dansby of Dolton, a Chicago suburb, and ruled his death an accident. The cause of death was listed as multiple injuries after the boy was struck and fell from a roller coaster cart. Jayson was on the ride with his twin brother when he fell out of the coaster while it was moving, Jobe said. Police said a state inspector was at the scene.

Go Bananas is as an indoor amusement park for children’s birthday parties and family outings, according to the facility’s website. Authorities said they believe the boy met all the requirements for the ride. His great uncle, the Rev. Carl Jones, said the family had gone to the park for a night out. “It was just a day out with the kids, spending time with the family,” Jones said.

“He was a fun child,” he added. “That child had more spirit and joy than anything in the world.” The park’s owner, Jerrold Marks, said the park is fully cooperating with investigators. Marks, who said he has owned the facility for six years and doesn’t own any others, said his heart goes out to the family. “It’s just a very sad tragedy,” Marks said. “I can’t imagine what they are going through.”

Yemeni opposition proposes transition of power SANAA, Yemen (AP) – Yemen’s political opposition on Saturday presented the most detailed outline of how it hopes to see power change hands after nearly two months of protests that have weakened the longtime president but failed to drive him from office. Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters hurled stones at riot police backed by tanks in the southern province of Aden on Saturday, and dueling rallies were held in the capital. Daily protests demanding the president’s ouster have so far failed to bring an end to his 32-year rule over Yemen, a corner of the Arabian peninsula beset by poverty, conflict and a long list of other woes. Seizing on the example of Egypt and other uprisings, the protesters want to open up the country’s political system as a path toward a better life. President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s crackdown has been so harsh that it has propelled some of his key allies

– even his own tribe – over to the opposition camp. Still, he has refused to step down immediately, saying the country would sink into chaos without an orderly, negotiated transition. Mohammed al-Sabri, a spokesman for Yemen’s opposition parties, said they also wanted a smooth transition. They presented a plan that asked Saleh to step down and hand over to his vice president. Al-Sabri said the vice president could oversee a national dialogue that would advise on reforming the constitution and planning for elections. Similar to Egypt, al-Sabri said Yemen should hold a referendum on a new constitution before any voting. “We want to achieve political freedom and to build a modern country that is federalized and has parliamentary rule,” said the statement sent by al-Sabri to The Associated Press. The plan also called for leaders of the widely

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LATVIAN PRESIDENT VALDIS ZATLERS looks over the skyline from atop the Trump Tower in Chicago. AP photo

ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTORES REACT during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa,Yemen, Saturday. AP photo

despised security apparatuses to step down and for investigations of those responsible for the killing and wounding of protesters. Security forces have killed 92 protesters since the unrest began on Feb. 12, according to the Shiqayiq Forum for Human Rights. There was no immediate comment from Saleh’s spokespeople. Reflecting the standoff between Saleh’s government and the protesters, both sides held demonstrations Saturday in the capital, Sanaa. Anti-government protesters staged huge rallies in northern districts. Government supporters, meanwhile, continued their overnight rally in another neighborhood. Saleh appeared briefly toward the start of that rally on Friday, pledging to sacrifice his “blood and soul” for the sake of the Yemeni people. In Aden, protesters set tires on fire, sending black smoke into the sky. They also built barricades with large rocks at the entrance of main roads to prevent tanks from moving. Stone-throwing clashes broke out with police. Workers and students appeared to abide by calls for a general strike on Saturday in Aden and in Taiz, another southern city, witnesses said. Yemen’s unrest is of great concern to the United States, in particular, because the country is home to alQaida’s most active franchise. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has been behind several nearly successful plots to attack international targets, including sending bombs hidden in printer cartridges onto cargo planes and getting a would-be suicide bomber onto a Detroitbound flight in December 2009. On Friday, U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Washington was concerned about the situation in Yemen but insisted counterterrorism cooperation was continuing between the two countries. The U.S. gives Saleh’s government financial and military aid for fighting al-Qaida and has provided training to some of his forces.

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International Banquet continues Japan aid By ALLEE EVENSEN staff writer

Combining everything from ‘Nsync to the classical art of Thailand fruit carving, the annual International Banquet represented students from more than 10 countries Saturday night in the TSC Ballroom. MCs Armen Hovsepyan and Gohar Petrosyan kicked off the night, themed “Step into our World,” by introducing Angela Martinez, a graduate student who was inspired by her son Keenan Nuehring, the administrative assistant of ASUSU, to get involved with STEPS. STEPS is a newly formed club that is working to raise $15,000 for victims of the Japan tsunami. As of Saturday night, she said the group had raised just more than $12,000. “STEPS is an amazing organization because they jumped right on it,” said Christian Orr, president of the International Student Council (ISC). “Keenan Nuehring and his group have been planning their organization for a really long time, and this is a good opportunity for them to not only be involved on campus but in the world. That was inspiring myself and the council.” A portion of each ticket sold will go directly to STEPS, who will turn the money over to the Japanese Red Cross. Included in the 10 events on the program were dances from the African and Chinese Student Associations, a fashion show and a performance of the ‘Nsync song “You’re Gone” by Dominican

Republic student J.C. Almonte. At the end of the night, The African Student Association took home an award for the student association of the year for their work with the Children of Ethiopia Education Education fund. Ordell Neally was presented with the Student of the Year for his sacrifice and extreme dedication to the international student council. Vineet Lakhlani, last year’s ISC president, said the International Banquet is a culmination of every event of the year. This, he said, is the only time that all international groups can come together to plan an event.

“There are a bunch of associations … but there is only one event,” he said. “It is the last banquet of the year. It not only encompasses all of the continents represented at USU but it gives the essence of what the international student body is, unity and diversity. This is what the international student council tries to achieve, to make USU a better home for current and prospective international students.” Prateek Bhatnagar, financial chair for the ISC, said the ISC is trying to bridge the gap between domestic and international students through the banquet.

RITU BISHT AND CRYSTAL MASON PERFORM a traditional Indian belly dance during Saturday’s International Banquet. The banquet will donate its proceeds to the STEPS fund. ARMEN HOVSEPYAN photo

“The International Banquet is the biggest event of the year,” he said. “We want this thing to be grand … we want this taken to everybody across the campus.” The banquet originated from the Cosmopolitan Club, a group started in 1916 to help integrate international students into campus life. By the 1960s, the club consisted mainly of international students. When the Cosmopolitan Club ended, the ISC took over its responsibilities. “The banquet has been going on for around 50 years,” said Garrett Bates, cultural vice president of the ISC. “We saw a need need to do something, and as international student council it would be irresponsible of us to not do something.” The diversity in Logan makes events like the International Banquet thrive, Lakhlani said. “Obviously, we live in a culture where there are a lot of students who have served missions or what not, so they have international exposure,” he said. “This is the best way for them to interact with people from different areas. I think it’s a stepping stone towards more collaboration, more inter-cultural collaboration.” The banquet is about coming together as one student body, Orr said. “We’re growing, expanding and realizing there’s more than civility when we’re living together,” he said. – allee.evensen@aggiemail.usu.edu

Cost: Programs that cost more to run, charge students more -continued from page 1 tuition,” Jenks said. “I have seen an undeniable difference since implementing it.” Jenks said once business students understand where the money will be spent, most are on board with the idea. A letter was sent to all business school students explaining how much money they were requesting as well as where the money will be spent. The business school also offered three open forums for question and answering. When it came to make a decision, Jenks said the student-led business council unanimously voted for differential tuition. However, business student Ben Williams said if Jenks thinks the majority of business students are okay with differential tuition, he isn’t talking to enough students, or the students he is talking to don’t know the whole situation. “A lot of business students I don’t think have a vague idea. I bet if you asked 10 students where their differential tuition was going you would get blank stares about it. They know about it, but they don’t know where it is going,” Williams said. Solving problems with money instead of finding different solutions will only create an ongoing problem that will take more money to solve, said Williams, a former presidential candidate for the Associated Students of USU (ASUSU). “I understand the value of education, it could go up a couple thousand dollars and I would still be here, but it is the use of the funds that is what we need to be concentrating on,” he said. The reasoning behind charging some colleges and departments with differential tuition versus others is the cost of running that program. Ken Snyder, executive dean and chief administrative officer for business, said it is a supply-and-demand formula that causes costs for salaries to increase. He said there is a high demand for business school professors that “drives the price up.” Another problem with increasing salaries is the fact that money being provided by the legislature is going down, Snyder said.

“In an ideal world maybe it would be better to have state citizens and legislature recognize the importance of education,” Snyder said. Williams said he agrees that to retain faculty money will have to be spent, but he said the business school doesn’t need high profile names to be a good school. He said professors with real world experience and who have a passion for academia rather than awards and accolades is what the college should be looking for. In 2008, Glen Nelson, vice president of business and finance for the Arizona Board of Reagents, did a study on differential tuition in undergraduate majors at public research universities like USU. Nelson cited environmental factors like declining state support and increasing institutional costs to explain why differential tuition is becoming so common. It stated the “primary reasons for institutions not adopting differential tuition were concern for student access and legislative prohibitions.” “There are universities who don’t have differential tuition because they do feel like it would limit student’s choices, we see that in the data,” Nelson said. The business school is not the only department that has differential tuition. The graduate program in communicative disorders and deaf education has implemented those costs and department head Kim Corbin-Lewis said that extra money allows for smaller class sizes and one-on-one interactions for graduate students. She said programs like speech language pathology have requirements that dictate supervision that occurs for those students. “When it comes to learning how to work with someone with a voice or hearing disorder it is much more effective for students to have one-on-one time. These programs are much more intensive,” CorbinLewis said. She said she thinks students have accepted the extra costs because they understand where it is going. She said they benefit from smaller class sizes, usually 15, and that individualized attention.

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Saturday, March 26

• USU Police responded to a vehicle burglary incident at the USU Police Department. An individual reported that items were stolen from his vehicle. Police gathered information and a report was filed with USU Police. This incident is still being investigated. • USU Police observed two male individuals exit the Aggie Terrace on skateboards and later continue riding skateboards in the oncoming traffic lane of the roadway on 700 East. Police contacted the individuals. One had previously been warned for a skateboarding offense, the other had not. Police impounded the skateboard of the individual who had been previously warned and he was also warned for other offenses and released. The other male was advised of the USU bicycle/skateboard/rollerblade policy, warned and released. Sunday, March 27

Williams said raising tuition for certain colleges “alienates other colleges that are inside of the university” and gives those colleges unspoken precedence. “It’s like we are holding the business school to a higher standard because they need more money, well why do they need more money than other departments? What makes them any more special? I don’t see that they are doing things differently, the services being provided by the business school are being provided in other colleges but we have to pay more,” he said. Coward said since the cost of delivering courses is different among areas of emphasis, differential tuition is “to target some portion of those additional costs to those students who are enrolled in the higher-cost programs.” He said instead of having the entire student body cover those extra costs by raising tuition, differential tuition is charged to those students who see the most benefit. However, Nassirian said universities don’t price things by what they cost. He said if that was the case, than freshman English classes would cost a lot less than a third-year dynamics course. “Some majors need nothing more than a blackboard and chairs and there are other majors that involve other costs. It is a solution for last resort, but that doesn’t make it any less problematic,” Nassirian said. Nelson said raising general tuition does make sense. He found in researching for his study that the average differential tuition is about 11 percent of resident undergraduate tuition, while the average amount differential tuition brings in to the university as a whole is only 2-3 percent. He said because of this, it makes more sense to raise tuition 2-3 percent to entire student body. “That way, you wouldn’t have to have more expensive classes limit student choice,” Nelson said. – megan.b@aggiemail.usu.edu

Contact USU Police at 797-1939 for non-emergencies. Anonymous reporting line: 797-5000 EMERGENCY NUMBER: 911

• USU Police assisted a student that was verbally threatened while walking from class. Police are investigating.

chief call. Three windows on the north side of the Snow Hall building were broken. Police are investigating

Monday, March 28

Wednesday, March 30

• USU Police responded to a medical assist at the Fieldhouse. A student hit his head on the floor while playing basketball. Paramedics arrived and transported the student to the Logan Regional Hospital for medical treatment.

• USU Police responded to the area between the Taggart Student center and the institute in one minute for a report of a person dressed in camouflage and possibly carrying a weapon. The person was not found in the area.

Tuesday, March 29

• USU Police received a call about some graffiti on a abandoned shed in the USU trailer court. Police are investigating.

• USU Police responded to a report of gas leaking from a line outside of the Geology Building. The gas ended up being a steam leak from a half- inch line. The line was shut down until the line could be fixed. • USU Police received a Tangled doll that was found on a shuttle bus. Police will place this item in its found property for 90 days. • Police responded to a delayed criminal mis-

• USU Police received a delayed report of a vehicle that ran over the edge of a flower bed on the West side of the HSRC. The individual was contacted and was instructed to be more careful on where he was driving. -Compiled by Catherine Meidell

Briefs Campus & Community

Band travels to Logan Arthouse The Dangerous Summer announced a spring tour with Sparks the Rescue, The Graduate and The Scenic. The tour kicks off March 15 in New York City, and will be making their Utah stop on Monday, April 4 at 7 p.m., at the Logan Arthouse located on 795 N. Main Street. Talent buyer, booking agent, and owner of PAKT HOUSE Entertainment Group, Tom Atwood, booked a Logan date with the band to continue his initiative of increasing the touring talent moving through Cache Valley. “Every time I book a national touring act in Logan, it enhances the local music scene, raises music awareness in the valley, and sets a precedent for local musicians to follow,” Atwood said. Responsible for booking acts such as country star Darius Rucker and well-known comedian Brian Regan, Atwood books a variety of music types spanning venues from Utah County to Idaho Falls, Idaho. “Logan Arthouse is the perfect concert venue for up-and-coming touring talent. Most the bands that I bring through the Arthouse have record deals and agent representation– these artists are the future of the music industry.” Touring in support of their second full length album, Sparks the Rescue, gives music lovers an intelligent pop rock sound stemming from the sound vein of artists such as Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, and Jimmy Eat World. After touring with artists such as The All-American Rejects and Mayday Parade, the Portland, Maine-based band is direct support to The Dangerous Summer on this national tour.

Dept. praised for student assistance Faculty and staff from USU’s Department of Watershed Sciences gathered following the surprise announcement to celebrate the award that honors exemplary teaching by an entire department at USU. Watershed Sciences department head and students on field trip Watershed Sciences department head Chris Luecke, right, instructs students during a field trip. The department was praised for providing opportunities for students to build critical thinking skills through lab and field-based investigations. Faculty and staff members of Utah State University’s Department of Watershed Sciences received an exciting surprise after gathering for a March 28 legislative outcomes presentation. As the meeting drew to a close, USU President Stan Albrecht and Raymond Coward, provost and executive vice president, announced the department was selected for the university’s 2011 Department Teaching Excellence Award.

Director awarded for human service

Dr. Judith Holt, Interdisciplinary Training Division director at the Center for Person’s with Disabilities, has been recognized by her colleagues at Utah State University with the 2011 Strong Human Service Award. The award was established by Carol Strong, former dean of the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. It recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions to the field of human services. Holt is a CEHS faculty member who has showed significant and sustained leadership in human services, applying research to improve the lives of children or adults. The award also recognizes cross-college and interdisciplinary efforts. For the past decade, Holt has been the co-director for the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND), and she is the director of the Interdisciplinary Disability Awareness and Service Learning Project (IDASL).

-Compiled from staff and media reports


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Week allows students to explore entrepreneur opportunities By CATHERINE MEIDELL news editor

Business students aren’t the only ones with new company ideas, said Trevor Fullwood, vice president for marketing on the innovation and entrepreneurship council. Encouraging the presentation of these ideas is one of the intentions of this year’s e-Week. “Every company in some way or another is going to run and operate like a business,” Fullwood said. “Being exposed to this is definitely going to help students in any school.” Paul Rossiter, president of the innovation and entrepreneurship council, said entrepreneurs are the “backbone of the economy,” and those who only consider big businesses are selling themselves short. The Huntsman School of Business’s e-Week will begin April 4 at 9 a.m. with speeches by the business school’s dean Doug Anderson and Michael Glauser of Westminster College. This introduction to the week will be followed by explaining e-Week competitions and kicking off the first round of the annual Elevator Pitch Competition. “One of the biggest success stories from USU

that came from this competition is CupAd,” aid developing countries or improve the effectiveFullwood said. “They print advertising on the side ness of career advising. The solution that is “liked” of a coffee cup – say it’s Burger King that wants to the most on Facebook wins, and the creators of the get their ad on the side – and then video post receive an iPad. they give the independent coffee “One of the business “Every company shops free cups. As far as I know school’s pillars is entreprethey are doing fairly well.” neurial spirit,” said Carlie in some way or The Elevator Pitch Competition another is going Pennington, vice president demands the students involved presof service for the Huntsman ent their “pitch” for a business idea to run and operMarketing Assocation, “and ate like a business. this week will be an awein 90 seconds. The best ideas will make it into the final round, and some way to get the students Being exposed to the winning team will be awarded this is definitely involved something the busia cash prize to start their business ness school stands for.” going to help venture. This year, $20,000 in cash The third battle of the entreprizes will be distributed between students in any preneurs will be the 72-hour school.” the competitions, Rossiter said. Competition. All participating In addition, the winners of –Trevor Fullwood, students will be dealt the same the I-cubed competition will be problem and be required to IEC council marketing come up with a solution in announced at the e-week kickoff. vice president three days. The deadline for the I-cubed competition was April 3 at midnight, and On April 5 at 2 p.m. in the students needed to post a video to Romney Stadium parking lot, the I-cubed Facebook page of a solution to a probBig Blue, USU students and others will strap on lem they created. Fullwood said one example of their skis and snowboards for the annual rail jam, this would be a video demonstrating how to better Fullwood said. The event will be supplemented

War: Group members urge against violence -continued from page 1 passersby stopped to discuss their own beliefs about political and social issues. Peace Works member Brenda Chung said there was an active peace movement in Logan before the invasion of Iraq, but the political atmosphere in the valley at the time made it difficult to organize because people were overwhelmingly pro-war. Now, after almost a decade of war, those who may have shouted at the group from passing vehicles on Main Street are either supportive or keeping silent. “From a distance, and both historically and geographically, you can see that violence almost never achieves its desired affect,” said Peace Works member and USU associate professor Tom Schroeder. Chung said there are many ways people can

promote peace. The Peace Works shows movies explaining why war and violence are not a good idea, she said. People can also write letters to the editor and their congressman, and of course they are always welcome to join them for the usual Friday gathering on Main Street. “It’s always a challenge. People don’t know what to do to promote peace,” Powelson said. From dance teacher to postal worker and instrument craftsman to professor, the Peace Works members come from different worlds with differing ideologies. They all agree on one thing, though – war is not the answer. – la.stewart@aggiemail.usu.edu

by a business expo where entrepreneur students will showcase their companies at individual tables. Fullwood said the event will hopefully help these students’ businesses to grow. Charity Anywhere and LDS Humanitarian Services teamed up with the business school for a campus-wide service project that will be set up in the Taggart Student Center on April 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students will be able to take part in a project that will send hundreds of hygiene kits to countries in need. “It only takes about 30 seconds to make one of the kits, so it’s not long,” Pennington said. “We need the man power. It only takes a couple seconds to really affect someone’s life.” Friday is e-Day, Rossiter said, and the most event-packed day. Company big wigs such as Mity Lite’s Randy Hales and Lime Ricki’s Nicole Bruderer will speak at 10 a.m. in the Eccles Conference Center. “There are all kinds of great networking opportunities,” Fullwood said. “We don’t retain a lot of what we learn in school when we are done, so networking opportunities is one of the biggest things for me.” – catherine.meidell@aggiemail.usu.edu

Addiction: Services available to reduce students’ temptations -continued from page 1 because of genetics, but mostly because there are few things as immediately effective as these substances,” Chapman said. “Your brain chemistry changes immediately at the intake of them, so it’s very self-soothing, but it causes a lot of problems in the long term.” Crosby said impulses aren’t good or bad on their own. The severity of the problem depends on how dangerous the respective consequences are for a person. “It is unhealthy if you follow the impulse for the wrong reasons, like with exercise, you can either exercise for health or because of an obsession with appearance,” he said. Chapman said 100 percent of the population of the world deals with some sort of basic gut-level hunger or drive. Matt Whiteside, a sophomore in creative writing, first realized he had created an addiction to alcohol when he felt the urge to drink “just to get drunk,” and to suppress mental stress temporarily. He said, “Now, when I feel like drinking, I just think about what a mess I’ve made of everything since I started and the urge goes away. I also try to stay busy with other stuff so I don’t have as much time to sit and think about how badly I want to satisfy that need.” Chapman said the best solution to any problem is mindfulness. People need to learn to slow down and recognize triggers, instead of just react-

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TAKING PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION more than the amount prescribed by the doctor is one form of impulsive behavior. USU’s counseling services hope to help students control these impulses. ALISON OSTLER photo illustration

ing. He recommends meditation-- where you consciously notice the thoughts, and feelings going on in any present moment in the body. Most of the mentally and physically unhealthy behaviors stem from people getting caught up in the moment and reacting immediately instead of sitting back and being an observer of an experience. Jessica Cale, a sophomore in creative writing and psy-

chology, said, “Something I’ve learned is that you can’t just eliminate a bad habit you’ve created. You need to replace it with a good thing – fill the void.” Crosby said a good way to avoid harsh consequences to rash action is to keep behaviors connected to the long term outcomes. Twohig said, “In our seminars we talk about how easy and normal it is to get caught up in things like alcohol and pornography and eating disorders. Negative feelings like shame can only perpetuate the problem because it’s a lot of work to have behavioral control. You have to re-wire your brain, and when people are dealing with those emotions, it’s hard to make them feel like putting in the work.” He also said people have different coping skills. When you’re overcoming an addiction, it’s important to look at your own values and goals in life, and not let society influence that. “People need to figure out what they are motivated by. It helps a lot to have community and support from others – it’s always best to fill the void with friendships, relationships or a hunger to learn new things,” Twohig said. He said it’s proven that it takes 21 days to form a new habit, whether healthy or unhealthy. Utah State has an anxiety specialty clinic, which is open to students at any time. Twohig conducts research projects at the university, and he seeks students out who are struggling with any sort of irrational behavior. – kmarshall222@gmail.com


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USU Herbarium displays Utah’s plethora of foliage By JAMEE DYCHES staff writer

Utah is ranked fifth in the nation for endemism, which means that a large number of flora and fauna species found in Utah are exclusive to the state. Cache Valley also boasts a number of its own endemic species. Logan Canyon is the only place in the world that Maguire primrose, a perennial herb with lavender-colored flowers, can be found growing. The unique Maguire primrose is one of the many dried plant specimens that can be found at the Intermountain Herbarium, located in the basement of The Junction on campus. The herbarium currently houses a total of 255,000 specimens. The plant specimens are pressed and glued onto an 18-by-11 inch card with a label. The label includes the name of the specimen, where it was collected, who collected it and the date it was collected. The herbarium also houses specimens of bryophytes, fungi, lichens, algae and slime molds. These specimens are placed in a paper envelope or sealed bag or box with a label. All specimens are then filed into cabinets that are designed to minimize insect infestation and water damage. Mary Barkworth, director of the herbarium, compares it to a library. “It supports research, it supports education, and it’s a resource for others to use,� Barkworth said. The herbarium focuses mainly on the intermountain region, but it does have specimens from different continents. Michael Piep, assistant curator at the herbarium, said 50 percent of the collections are from

Utah and Idaho. The high endemism rate in the intermountain region provides researchers opportunities to discover. “We have a lot of species here that are recognized as being new to science,� Piep said. Piep was introduced to the herbarium as an undergraduate student majoring in biology when he took a plant taxonomy class. “I learned about the herbarium, what it had and how it could be used, early on in my college career,� Piep said. He became a botanical consultant for the herbarium before he graduated. Piep also holds a degree from USU in environmental studies. The herbarium was started in 1932 by Dr. Bassett Maguire after he convinced the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station (UAES) and the state legislature that the university, then called Utah State Agricultural College, needed an herbarium, because it was a land grant institution. Before he received approval for the project, Maguire had already acquired 10,432 specimens. During its first year, the herbarium added 3,479 specimens. As an official project of the UAES, the person in charge of the herbarium is required to file an annual report. “These reports, although written primarily for internal consumption, are an important source of information concerning the herbarium’s development,� Barkworth said. Utah State University has two additional herbariums on the Uintah Basin and Blanding campuses. The herbarium on the Logan campus is the largest of the three. The herbarium is working on cataloging their specimens on the Internet. As part

- See PLANTS, page 6

THE CYPRIPEDIUM, A TYPE OF ORCHID, is one of many specimens found at the USU Herbarium, located in the basement of The Junction. The Herbarium has proven to be a helpful teaching facility for watershed science graduate student Bennett Hestmark. LAUREN BROTHERSEN photo

Club combines service and armed forces By CHARI INGRAHAM staff writer

FROM SNIFFLES TO SNEEZES, allergies are often annoying. A trip to the doctor can be hard to schedule and over-the-counter medication gets expensive. Some students try home remedies to alleviate some of the spring-time runny nose and watery eyes. ALISON OSTLER photo

‘Tis the season of sniffles By KATE MARSHALL staff writer

As the achromatic days of winter begin to fade, thoughts may turn from preparing for the bitter weather to thoughts of pollen counts and stocking up on tissues and allergy medications. “Allergies is just part of your immune system. Your body is protecting you from pollen, and is trying to get it out by sneezing, and nose dripping. It’s just an excessive reaction to a minimal stimulus,� said Dr. Jim Davis, director of USU’s Health and Wellness Center. There are more than 26 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies, or an estimated 50 million who

suffer from all types of allergies, according to allergies. emedtv.com. Allergies are the sixth-leading cause of chronic disease in the United States and cost the health care system $18 billion annually. Davis said symptoms can include runny nose, sneezing, watery and swollen or red eyes, nasal congestion, wheezing, shortness of breath, a tight feeling in the chest, difficulty breathing, coughing, diarrhea, nausea, headache, fatigue and a general feeling of misery. These symptoms can occur alone or in combination. In many cases, allergy symptoms are difficult to differentiate from the symptoms of other disorders and illnesses,

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Plants: Herbarium useful to students -continued from page 3 of the Intermountain Region Herbarium Network, their collection will be on the network’s website, http://www.intermountainbiota.org. “The idea would be that people could search by scientific name as well as common names,” Barkworth said. Bennett Hestmark, a graduate student in the watershed science program, is working on a project that looks at aquatic plant species growing in and around the Green and Yampa rivers. His project requires him to collect and identify the specimens for storage in the herbarium. “I use the herbarium’s resources to help me identify which plants I have collected,” Hestmark said, “Plant taxonomy can be very frustrating, and having those keys and correctly identified specimens to compare with helps my process greatly.”

Vance Almquist, a junior majoring in environmental soil and water science, uses the herbarium for his plant systematics class. “It’s really useful if you’re trying to do something with native plant species, especially if you’re looking at distribution,” Almquist said. “It’s the physical connection to the actual data.” Almquist volunteers at the herbarium and helps mount specimens. He said he enjoys spending time at the herbarium, noting a set of late 19thcentury German botanical journals as a particular favorite. “There’s a lot of history here,” Almquist said. “It’s ethereal to be walking around in here with stacks and stacks and stacks of plants.” – jamee.dyches@aggiemail.usu.edu

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EASTER IS FAST APPROACHING and decorating can be expensive. Follow these directions for a quick and easy candy jar to display your Easter goodies. JESSICA SWEAT photos

Make your own Easter candy dish without breaking the bank By JESSICA SWEAT features senior writer With Spring finally in the Logan air, most people have taken down Christmas decorations – hopefully – and are prepping the home for the upcoming Easter holiday. While Easter is also a religious holiday, none can deny the sweetness that is Easter candy. And because candy and treats tend to flow in abundance throughout April, I searched for something to contain it all. Luckily, the craft site tipjunkie.com led to a blog entitled My Garden of Eden, which had a post showing readers how to make simple, but colorful candy jars. Here are the materials needed: • glass jar (currently 50 percent off at Hobby Lobby) • candlestick holder (found at the dollar store) • A type of strong adhesive (I used E6000 glue.) • Spray Paint (I used Ballet Slipper Pink) Optional Decorative Elements: • Ribbon • Wooden Knobs/Dowel caps Directions: 1. Remove any markings or labels from the glass jar. Hot soap and water always does the trick. • Optional step: Attach a wooden knob to the center of the glass jar’s lid using the E-6000 glue. Make sure you read the instructions for how to use the glue and give the knob some time to set.

2. Take the lid from the glass jar and the candlestick holder and spray paint them any color. 3. Let the paint dry and paint a second coat if needed. 4. Glue the candlestick holder to the center of the bottom of the glass jar.

5. Place the dry lids back on the jars and decorate them however desired. 6. Finally, and this is the most important step, fill them with candy! And voila! A simple, easy and cute candy jar to hold Easter sweets.

– jessie.a.sweat@aggiemail.usu.edu


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Freshman wants to help foster kids with degree hour and I was wearing heels and it wasn’t fun and then it was … not fun.

By BENJAMIN WOOD editor in chief

US: The world is ending and you have a bunker. Let’s assume that your family is safe. You can fit yourself and three people. Who do you pick? AG: I would pick Katie Jacobs, because she’s hilarious and Kylie Boam and, um...

AG: I want to help kids, like foster kids. US: You’re living on campus? AG: Yes, I live in Valley View Tower. It has it’s literal ups and downs. There’s been some drama living with all girls. You know how that goes. Maybe you don’t.

US: I guess you don’t have to save three people. AG: I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings if they read it. All right, we’ll say Keeley Eldredge because she’s my roommate.

US: You’re major is Social Work, what is it you want to do with that?

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US: So, do you have friends whose names don’t start with the letter K? AG: Yeah, but I have a lot that do.

Annie Gibson freshman social work Sandy, Utah

US: I can imagine. AG: Yeah, and then there’s been a lot of fun too. There’s more fun than drama. But I would definitely recommend it because you meet a ton of people.

US: You’re on death row, what’s your last meal?

US: How did you end up at Utah State? AG: I was looking into schools. They came to my school a few times just with their little stand. I came up for a campus tour and I loved it. It was even cold and I still loved it. Then I went to BYU and I didn’t like it so I came here.

AG: Can I eat as much as I want? US: As much as you want.

US: As you were here looking around, taking their tour, is there any place you remember thinking, “That’s cool”?

AG: I want my mom’s mashed potatoes and her beef, I don’t know she just cooks it in a pot, roast kind of thing, whatever. And I want her cookies, her chocolate chip cookies. Crab legs from the coast. I don’t want any Utah crab, even thought that’s all I’ve ever had. And homemade pizza, that chicken alfredo kind. So good.

AG: The A rock, thing, you know. The True Aggie “A.”

US: You’re on death row. What did you do?

US: Are you a True Aggie?

AG: I murdered somebody. With a stick. I beat them to death.

AG: Yes, we don’t need to talk about that. US: I think we do. Did you know the guy? AG: Yeah, so it wasn’t one of those. We went and stood in line for an

US: Aggie Ice Cream, how do you feel about it? AG: Oh, it’s great. US: Favorite flavor?

ROTC: Club uses annual competition to prompt service -continued from page 5 who complete the most service hours at the end of the year. In addition to individual chapter competitions, Silver Wings and Arnold Air work together on a joint service project each semester. There is also a national service project and national and international conferences which are held each year. This year’s national conference, Americon, will be held in New York from April 22-26. Basset said in the ‘70s, involvement in the Silver Wings Club was much bigger and the entire student body would compete for the trophy. Today, the club has lost much of its recognition at USU. Basset, who learned about Silver Wings through the ROTC program, said the club is trying to restart after the USU chapter fell apart last year. “I enjoy it. It’s a good way to be involved in the community and a club that is nationally recognized,” she said. “It’s fun to get to know more people who enjoy service and to help the community on a local level.” Although the club is focused on creating service projects and promoting publicity for next year, its members haven’t been deterred from looking for ways to serve in the meantime. The club meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Military Science Building, where they report their service hours for each week and discuss ideas. Vice president Rachel Austin said members have been involved in several cleanup projects, such as picking up trash around the Aggie Parking Terrace. The club is looking to work with local organizations such as the humanitarian center and the recycling center, and they are organizing a project to repaint Logan’s miniature golf course in the upcoming month. Austin said they are working towards creating more publicity for next year. “I love it because it’s so social and I can be a part of something that’s worthwhile,” Austin said. Club secretary Jessica Swift said the club is currently planning plenty of projects for next year, and in addition to working with the humanitarian center, they hope to work with the Utah Festival Opera Company in the summer. In the past, Silver Wings has worked with the Rock Haus to create a fundraiser called Climb for the Cure, in which participants raised money for the total amount of feet they climbed. The club also plans to work with Arnold Air to organize a Bike for the Cure race in April. Apart from the opportunity to meet other students, Swift said a benefit of being involved was becoming an officer in the club and building leadership experience for a resume. Officer positions include president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, public relations director and a liaison officer who works with Arnold Air recruitment. Swift, who has been a member of Silver Wings for three years, said the club officially began a chapter at USU last spring and is slowly building its membership. She said there are currently more cadets than civilians in the club, but they hope to gain more recognition at this year’s Day on the Quad. – chari.a.i@aggiemail.usu.edu

AG: Aggie Blue Mint. US: Classic ... AG: … but delicious. It’s my favorite for a reason. US: Favorite season? AG: I love all of them for different reasons. US: You gotta give me one. AG: I like the ending of winter. US: When everything’s muddy and dead and gross? AG: No, when it still snows in the mountains but there’s green grass down here. That is the best because then you can go skiing and it’s great. And it’s warm enough you don’t have to wear your coat. US: We need to dive more into your brain. Do you do politics at all? AG: Nope. US: Are you artistic in any way? AG: I like to draw. People, mostly just girls because that’s all I can draw. US: Do you play any instruments? AG: Nope. US: Have you ever wanted to play any instruments? AG: I tried before. I played the viola in fifth grade and then I quit. I played the clarinet in seventh grade and then I quit for art. Then I tried the guitar in ninth grade and it just ended somehow.

ANNIE GIBSON, A FRESHMAN IN social work, said she likes Aggie Blue Mint ice cream and LDS books. She also used to play the viola in the fifth grade and looks forward to helping children with her degree. BENJAMIN WOOD photo

US: What happened with that?

US: Oh dear … maybe we should just leave this conversation behind. Do you know what the original “Modest Proposal” was?

AG: Oh it’s, progressing, hopefully. US: What do you like to read?

US: What is it you look for in a man?

AG: I like LDS books.

AG: It’s going to sound like a total girl answer but I really like it when a guy will help me do chores. No joke, I was doing the dishes one time and this guy just decided to help me and I fell in love.

US: Like “Work and the Glory”? AG: No, yuck. “My Not So Fairy Tale Life.” That one’s so good, that’s a crier. Or, “A Modest Proposal.”

AG: Yeah, but that one’s “The” modest proposal. I thought that’s what my teacher was talking about but it wasn’t. It was the real one. It’s not about that, it’s not about eating babies, it’s about modest clothes.

– b.c.wood@aggiemail.usu.edu

Home Remedies for your Allergies

• Peppermint Tea – Place 1/2 ounce dried peppermint leaves in a 1-quart jar. Fill two-thirds of the jar with boiling water, and steep for five minutes. Let cool, strain, sweeten if desired, and drink. • Slather horseradish on your sandwich or plop Wasabi onto your favorite sushi. • Boil several cups of water and pour into a big bowl (or a plugged sink). Lean carefully over the bowl, and drape a towel over your head. Breathe gently for 5 to 10 minutes. • When you’re finished breathing steam, let the water cool until warm, saturate a washcloth, and hold the cloth on your sinuses (the sides of your nose, below the eyes, and above the eyebrows). • Take a tablespoon of honey, made locally, every morning and evening. information from health.howstuffworks.com

Sniff: Students can find allergy relief outside the doctor’s office -continued from page 5 such as a cold, a deformity of the nose or food intolerance. For this reason, Davis suggest that allergies be properly diagnosed by a board-certified allergist (a medical doctor specially trained to treat allergies) to avoid the self-administration of inappropriate medications or other remedies. “My annual fight with allergies is uncomfortable, but it also takes a serious toll on me mentally. It makes me feel unfocused and tired,” said Esther Carson, a freshman majoring in psychology. According to motherearthnews. com, studies have shown that during their respective allergy seasons, sufferers often experience a general sense of fatigue – especially mental fatigue – and are more prone to feelings of sadness. People who suffer from allergies also are up to 14 times more likely to experience migraine headaches than those who don’t have allergies. “I mostly just get allergies in the spring. I hate taking medication, though, so I don’t usually do anything about it,” Carson said. Connor Allred, a sophomore in physics, also suffers seasonal allergies. “I’ve had symptoms ranging from a continuous, annoying postnasal drip to a full-scale, coughing, sneezing-

itchy-eyed allergy attack,” he said. He said he used to get symptoms as extreme as hives appearing on his skin. He found that a good remedy for this is to put half a cup of baking soda into a warm bathtub and soak for 20-30 minutes. His symptoms have also lessened since he has slept with a dehumidifier in his room and used saline solution more regularly. “You can make the solution yourself by mixing a teaspoon of salt in a pint of warm, distilled water and adding a pinch of baking soda. After that, bend over a sink and sniff a bit of solution into one nostril at a time, letting it to go back out through the nose or mouth,” he said. Davis said there are things you can do to urge your allergies away, but there are also ways to prevent the sniffling and sneezing. A few minor lifestyle changes can go a long way toward keeping symptoms under control. He advises students to avoid using window fans to cool rooms because they pull pollen indoors, keep windows closed when driving, take showers more often and limit time outdoors. “Avoidance of the allergen is the number-one way to prevent allergies from taking over,” he said. “If you’re already suffering from it, there are a

lot of antihistamines available, like benadryl, cortoisone. There are also saline nasal sprays and netti-pots, which are also really good for clearing out the sinuses.” There are also drug-free ways to treat symptoms, should they arise. Davis said that quercetin, found in citrus fruits, onions, apples, parsley, tea, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce and wine, can help improve symptoms. He advises taking a supplement as well, to build up enough of the compound to prevent attacks. A German study published in the journal “Allergy,” found that participants who ate foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like cold-water fish, walnuts, flaxseed oil, grass-fed meat and eggs were less likely to suffer allergy symptoms than those who didn’t regularly eat these foods. “Some may need a doctor’s help to find out for sure that pollen is the source of their misery,” Davis said. “If your allergies interfere with your ability to function, if over-the-counter drugs don’t give you relief or if you experience symptoms on a regular basis, you should see a doctor.” – kmarshall222@gmail.com


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Softball can’t snap losing-streak at home against NMSU By RHETT WILKINSON staff writer

The USU softball squad (5-30, 0-6 WAC) saw their losing streak stretch to 17 over the weekend, getting swept in a three-game home stand against New Mexico State (27-10, 6-0) by counts of 3-1 and 11-6 in a Friday doubleheader, followed by an errorless 5-4 defeat in 10 innings Saturday afternoon. In the extra inning Saturday, New Mexico State freshman Valerie Swedberg drove a oneout bomb off the left-field fence against Aggie reliever Shelbi Tyteca to drive in senior Ashley Maroda from second, giving the southern Aggies the sweep and extending their perfect record in conference play. USU’s last victory came during a series that saw senior shortstop Kelley Kaneshiro set the school record for career home runs, a 3-1 victory March 9 at Cal State Bakersfield. Despite Saturday’s heartbreaker, along with a losing streak that dates back to spring break, hope was an overriding theme for the Aggies following the defeat. “The positive is that we never gave up,” USU head coach Carissa Millsap-Kalaba said. “Defensively, we did a great job.” It’s the other side of the coin that is weighing the Aggies down, said both Kalaba and the hurler who took the loss, but allowed just one run while striking out nine in 6.1 innings of work following short stints for both Mandy Harmon (1 1/3 innings, two runs allowed) and Dani Chapman (2 1/3 innings, two runs allowed). “One reason why we’re not doing well is probably just how

the bats have been bringing out – they’re struggling,” Tyteca said. “But we’re starting to get that part down.” Kaneshiro was one of the players who struggled, going 1-11 at the plate, along with batting average leader Shasta Tyteca at 1-7, over the weekend homestand. Friday, Tyteca the pitcher held her own, allowing just one earned run on eight hits. For the first time in the series, the Aggies drew first blood Saturday, scoring three runs in the bottom of the third inning off of NMSU starting pitcher Alex Newman. Junior third baseman Tatem Day opened the inning with a single to right field, followed by an infield single from outfielder Joreigh Landers. Freshman outfielder Krista Bava promptly launched a home run, her second of the season and the team’s fourth of the series, to give USU the early 3-0 lead. NMSU notched two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth, pinch hitter Vanessa Valles doubled to right center, preceding an RBI from Kylie Randall, who drove in Kristi Covarrubia to cut the lead to 3-1. Randall then scored on a double from Hoku Nohara. A two-run sixth-inning blast from Swedberg gave the crimson Aggies their first lead of the game at 4-3. The Aggies bounced back in the bottom of the same inning. Senior shortstop Kelley Kaneshiro walked to lead off the inning, followed by a move to second from pinch runner Brandy Karl following a sacrifice bunt from Tyteca and a groundout from first baseman Ashley Ventura. Junior second baseman Lindsey Marquez responded with a single up the middle to score Karl.

Tyteca admitted that pitching so effectively yet receiving such little offensive support has mounted to some frustration. “Maybe just a little bit,” she said. “But we know they are working hard to get those bats going. I’m sure it’s just a matter of time.” That time needs to be soon for the Aggies. They have just 10 conference games – 16 overall – remaining on the schedule, before the WAC Tournament begins May 11 in Fresno, Calif. Only the top six of the eight WAC teams are permitted to make the tournament. In scraping the bottom of the conference barrel, the Aggies know they need to get going soon. “We’re really good,” Tyteca said. “We’re just having rough troubles right now, but we’re working through them.” “It’s only a matter of time before it sinks in,” Kalaba added, noting that three conference opponents – Nevada, Louisiana Tech and San Jose State, the next conference foe for the Aggies April 8-9 – are also currently sitting in a sinking boat. “It’s just a matter of if it sinks in before it’s too late.” USU sits two games behind fifth-place Louisiana Tech, and just one game behind San Jose State and Nevada, who are tied for sixth and seventh in the conference at 1-5. “They are pushing themselves because they want so badly to be out of this losing streak they are in, but in doing that, they are getting a little bit too anxious swinging,” said Kalaba of her team’s offensive woes. “That’s human nature.” The Xs and Os analysis came with an off-the-field analogy illustrating how important it is for the Aggies to continue to plug

USU SECOND BASEMAN LINDSEY MARQUEZ makes contact with the ball during Friday’s doubleheader against New Mexico State. Marquez had a pair of RBIs over the weekend, but USU came up short of getting its first win in conference play against New Mexico State. STERLING BOIN photos

successes. We’ve faced some very good teams, some very good pitchers. “We’re a pretty young team, so they’re learning from these mistakes. We will come into the next conference match smarter and stronger.” Before facing SJSU, the

Aggies will encounter two sets of doubleheaders this week. They travel to Ogden to face Weber State Tuesday at 2 p.m. before hosting Utah Valley Wednesday, also beginning at 2 p.m.

Three USU gymnasts crack top 15 at NCAA regionals

Soccer pounds Idaho State 5-0

By MEGAN ALLEN sports senior writer

Up against athletes from nine teams, six nationally ranked, five Aggie gymnasts traveled to the University of Denver Saturday to compete in the NCAA North Central Regional Gymnastics Competition. “We weren’t completely on our game, but overall they did pretty well,” USU head coach Jeff Richards said. “They were very composed and didn’t show signs of stress or anything.” In all-around competition, senior Jackie Dillon led the Aggies and took eighth place with her score of 38.450. Freshman Rachel Vaske finished not far behind in 12th place with an all-around score of 38.025. Senior Lyndsie Boone finished off her Utah State career in 14th place with 37.950. Junior Nicole Simoneau and freshman Paige Jones both spent the evening competing in individual events. Simoneau was on bars for the second time at Regionals, as well as on beam for the first time. Jones qualified on both the vault and floor exercises. “The freshmen were OK with it, I think. It wasn’t their best performances, but it’s hard to go as an individual,” Richards said. “They were just excited to be there.” While this was Dillon’s third time competing at the regional level, this was her first year in the allaround competition. It was Boone’s fourth trip, having competed on beam her freshman year and in allaround both of the last two years. This was Simoneau’s second trip for bars competition, but her first time on beam. This was the first NCAA appearance for Jones and Vaske. On the vault, Dillon tied her season-high with a 9.775, tying for 23rd. Boone, Jones and Vaske were close together in the standings, taking hold of 39th, 40th, and 42nd respectively.

away. “Edison didn’t make the lightbulb the first try, you know?” Kalaba said. “I mean, every huge person that’s achieved something great in life has failed a thousand times before they’ve actually succeeded. Now, we have the opportunity to turn these failures into

Maintaining her habits from the regular season, Simoneau led the Aggies on bars. She tied for 14th place, landing a score of 9.800. Boone tied for 19th after getting her second-highest score of the season, 9.775. Vaske tied for 34th with her 9.650, while Dillon came in 40th with a 9.550. Simoneau also led Utah State on beam, tying for 27th place with a 9.625. She was not too far ahead of Boone who tied for 29th with her score of 9.575. Vaske came in 31st with a 9.550, with Dillon finishing in 34th with a 9.450. On floor for the final rotation, Dillon led the Aggies, finishing 35th with a score of 9.675. Vaske was in 37th with her 9.550, with Jones in 39th, landing a 9.425. Boone scored a 9.000, her roughest event of the evening. “They’ve put in a lot of hard work this season, but I think they were at least able to walk away happy,” Richards said. “For (Dillon) and (Boone) it was a little bit harder to leave, knowing it was their last meet. I think they think they could have done better, but they didn’t let it eat at them.” Six universities were represented as overall teams at the competition. No. 12 University of Arkansas won the meet with a total score of 196.550, upsetting the No.1-ranked Florida Gators, who came away with a total of 196.425. Both teams automatically qualify for the upcoming national tournament in Cleveland, Ohio. With the end of Regionals comes the end of the season, but that doesn’t mean the team is done working this year. “They’ll be just in lifting and conditioning, and working on skills on their own in the gym,” Richards said. “And then we’ll come back, ready to go next year.” – megan.allen@aggiemail.usu.edu

– rhett.wilkinson@aggiemail.usu. edu

By TAVIN STUCKI staff writer

USU GYMNAST LYNDSIE BOONE sticks her landing during a gymnastics meet on March 4. Boone finished 14th in all-around at NCAA Regionals last weekend. Teammates Rachel Vaske and Jackie Dillon also cracked the top 15 in all-around competition, with Dillon finishing a team-best eight place overall. CARL R. WILSON photo

The Utah State women’s soccer team buried Idaho State 5-0 in spring play Saturday despite the absence of head coach Heather Cairns, who was out of town. In the first half, goals came from sophomore central defensive-mid Shay Haddow and an ISU own goal after a freekick by sophomore defender Katie Crosland. Haddow, a transfer from Virginia Commonwealth University, played high school ball at Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah, before spending a season in a Rams uniform. USU assistant coach Trevor Wachsman said it was good for Haddow to score. “For her to score it came off of a cross,” Wachsman said. “That’s an opportunity for her to get in the box. She’s more of a defensive midfielder.” The game had to be moved up an hour and a half to 9:30 a.m. due to impending inclement weather, and after getting up 2-0 at halftime, Wachsman said his team felt they could have done better. “We weren’t super happy with the way we played the first half,” Wachsman said. “I think we came out flat in the first half coming out of the bus and jumping right into the game.” In the second half, the Aggies put three more goals

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Jazz eliminated from playoff contention with 96-85 loss to Lakers Utah will miss postseason for only fourth time in 28 years By TYLER HUSKINSON assistant sports editor

After starting the season 27-13, the Jazz seemed well on their way to another successful season and another chance to make some noise in the playoffs. The departure of longtime head coach Jerry Sloan seemed to be a surmountable challenge. Then the Jazz traded its all-star franchise point guard Deron Williams to the New Jersey Nets. To make matters worse, the Jazz fell victim to the injury bug, throwing off their starting rotation and adding to the already difficult task of adjusting to a new head coach. Since the all-star break, the Jazz have arguably played the worst basketball in the NBA. Despite several chances to win, Utah has let games slip away in the deciding minutes. Their 5-14 record since the all-star break threatened the Jazz’s

seemingly-guaranteed trip to the playoffs. Over the weekend however, that fear became a reality as the Los Angeles Lakers, a team who is accustomed to eliminating the Jazz in the playoffs, eliminated the Jazz from the 2011 playoffs with a 96-85 victory over the Jazz at Energy Solutions Arena. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no team in NBA history has ever started a season 15-5 and not made the playoffs. In addition, no squad during the 64-year timeline of the league has reached 27-13 and not qualified for the postseason. “I thought we did a good job in the first half,” Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin said. “We executed well. They just made a run in the second half.” After trading leads with the defending champs through the first four minutes of the first quarter, a 16-foot baseline jumper from Jazz forward Paul

Millsap sparked a 19-6 run to give Utah a 26-13 lead. The Lakers would cut the lead back to six by the end of the first quarter, but the Jazz would respond with another spurt to start the second quarter and held their largest lead of the night at 41-24 with 7:28 to play. Unfortunately for the Jazz, that’s when things began to unravel. “We stopped executing, we stopped moving the ball around,” Millsap said. “It seemed like everything was clicking, then everything went stagnant.” The Lakers’ Lamar Odom hit a jumper midway through the second quarter that would spark a 16-7 run and cut the Jazz lead to six to end the first half. Since the all-star break, the Lakers have been No. 1 in field goal percentage defense, 3-point field goal percentage defense along with overall points allowed in the second

half. Those stats held true for the reigning champs as they held the Jazz to 40 percent shooting from the field, 0-5 shooting from the 3-point line, and 37 points in the second half. The Jazz, who have reached the postseason for the past five years and 24 out of the last 28 seasons, now face the grim reality of missing the playoffs. “We’ve talked about it,” Corbin said. “It is what it is. It’s disappointing.” Even though the Jazz are no longer in playoff contention, the players still feel there is something to play for. “It’s about pride,” Jazz forward C.J. Miles said. “It’s about competing. We aren’t making the playoffs, but we still don’t like to lose.” There are now five games left in the season for the Jazz to get its record above .500. -ty.d.hus@aggiemail.usu.edu

UTAH’S AL JEFFERSON drives past the Lakers’ Pau Gasol during Friday’s 96-85 loss at home. Jefferson had 17 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to keep Utah from being eliminated from playoff contentention. TODD JONES photo

Soccer: Aggies dominate Bengals on the road -continued from page 8 on the board, coming from junior forward Shantel Flanary and freshman strikers Mari Miyashiro and Libby Lundquist. Wachsman said the team tried to make some adjustments in the second half. “We weren’t concerned with what the other team was doing,” Wachsman said. “We were trying to work on some things on our end. On the offensive side of the field, the Aggies are playing with a slightly different formation from the Autumn season. Instead of using a 4-3-1-2, Cairns has moved to a 4-2-3-1 to bring out the strengths of her forwards. “Our whole attack other than Shantel Flanary are freshman and

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sophomores,” Wachsman said. “We’re encouraged by the way we’re playing.” With the formation change, the defense has also been modified. Haddow will join three-time firstteam All-WAC junior Chandra Salmon and redshirt freshman Taryn Rose in the defensive midfielder positions to anchor the defense that allowed just six goals in Western Athletic Conference regular season play last year. “We’re still trying to do it better,” Wachsman said. “We don’t feel like there was necessarily anything wrong with the way we were playing in the fall.” Despite the success of the spring season so far, Wachsman said the team

will continue to get better. “The fall is still a long ways off,” Wachsman said. “The great thing about the spring is that we get to use a lot of the players and get to try new things without the pressure of the result.” The Aggies will continue spring offseason action on April 9 at the BYU Outdoor Tournament where they will face Dixie State and Utah in a Saturday doubleheader starting at noon. USU will then travel to Boise, Idaho to compete in the Boise State Tournament on April 16, where they will face Montana and Boise State. – tavin.stucki@aggiemail.usu.edu

Track continues domination at three different meets By MIKE REES staff writer

Utah State’s track team made its presence known all across the land as different athletes traveled to compete in three separate meets over the weekend and brought home several top honors, further solidifying its strong conference presence. The majority of the team competed at the Tailwind Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M,, but a small contingent of athletes traveled to Orem for the UVU Collegiate Meet. Multievent specialists Chari Hawkins and Philip Noble competed at the Jim Click Shootout Multis in Tucson, Ariz. The distance runners made the most noise at Utah Valley University as juniors Kim Quinn and Daniel Howell took first place in the 1500-meter and 3000-meter steeplechase, respectively. Quinn ran a time of 4:39.87 to notch the top spot and Howell ran in 9:18.34. Also of note, Daphne Jones took home first place in the long jump with a jump of 18’ 2, and Ruth Hilton and Alicia Wilkins finished second and third in the 3000-meter steeplechase with times of 10:59.59 and 11:22.52. Meanwhile, in Arizona, Hawkins took eighth place in the heptathlon, while Noble didn’t post a final score after he didn’t run the 1500-meter race. The Aggies left their mark in Albuquerque, as well, posting 10 first place finishes, led by senior Armahd Lewis, who led the Aggies in most of the meets during the indoor season. Lewis won titles in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, with times of 10.47 and 21.54. Lewis’ time in the 100 makes him part of a five-way tie for fourth-fastest time in school history. It also is the exact qualifying time for the NCAA Regional meet later this spring.

Contributing gold medals for the men’s team, the 4x100meter relay team led consisting of Lewis, Tanner Hunt, Silas Pimentel and Jeff Alley raced to a 41.01. Clint Silcock (high jump, 7’00.25), Jason Holt (800-meter, 1:51.18) and Eric Larson (1500-meter, 3:52.20) also won titles. Silcock’s high jump was a regional qualifying jump. For the women’s team, throwers Spela Hus and Shannon Prince shined, taking first place in the shot put (46’ 8.25”) and discus (152’10”), respectively. Freshman Kyli Hirschi made noise in the 400-meter hurdles, running a 1:01.17. Pimentel helped the Aggies to a strong one-two finish in the 100-meter dash, finishing just behind Lewis in 10.65. A few other Aggies finished in second place, including Hunter Nelson (1500, 3:54.48, also contributing to a one-two finish), Spencer Hall (hammer throw, 149’ 11”), and Philip Noble (pole vault, 15’ 3”). Mercer Owen took third place in the 800-meter with 1:53.48. Several women made noise at the Tailwind Invitational to take high places. Ashlee Cannon (100-meter hurdles, 13.90), Hannah Williams (1500-meter, 4:42.44), Bri Campbell (high jump, 5’ 6”) and the 4x100-meter relay team of Cannon, Hawkins, Aubrie Haymore and Bailee Whitworth (46.78) all finished second. Haymore (200-meter, 24.69), Alexis Meyer (800-meter, 2:15.14) and Alex Litzsinger (1500-meter, 4:44.05) each finished in third place. In the hurdles, Cannon was only .02 seconds away from the regional qualifying time of 13.88. The Aggies will next see action at the Sacramento State Invitational, taking place April 7-9. The only home meet, the Mark Faldmo Invitational, will take place April 16 at the Ralph Maughn Track Stadium. – michael.d.rees@aggiemail.usu.edu

Women’s tennis falls at home to NMSU, 5-2 By BRET CLAPIER staff writer

In search of its first WAC win, the Utah State women’s tennis team had a tough encounter with the Aggies of New Mexico State University on Saturday at The Sports Academy in Logan, Utah. Although the hometown Aggies fought hard, they came up just short of their first Western Athletic Conference win. Going into Saturday’s match, USU had an 8-4 record overall, but has stumbled out of the gate in WAC play with an 0-2 conference record. The match-up got under way with the doubles competition. USU’s No. 1 doubles team of Senior Hailey Swenson and Junior Brianna Harris competed in one of the tightest matches of the day against NMSU’s Isabela Kulaif and partner Annemieke Witte, as the USU duo dropped the first match of the day 9-8. In No. 3 doubles, Julie Tukuafu and and Taylor Perry forced a close 7-7- tie late in the match, but eventually fell to Natalia Salum and teammate Ros-Polly Nguyen, 9-7. The brightest spot of doubles action for Utah State came from the No. 2 doubles team of Jaclyn West and Kristina Voytsekhovic. The girls won their match handily over NMSU’s Manon Sylvain and Jodie Williams, 8-4. Unfortunately, USU lost the opening doubles point

and had to fight from behind the rest of the match. It seemed as though the Aggie women weren’t even phased by the deficit. They opened singles competition with consecutive two-set wins. West won 6-4, 6-3 and gave teammate Swenson enough momentum to control her match en route to a 6-2, 7-5 victory. Just like that USU was atop 2-1. Amid desperate efforts and heart wrenching three-set losses, Utah State dropped the next four matches. They would not go down without a fight though. NMSU’s Ginet Pinero took a tough, three-set victory over Kristina Voytsekhovich 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. By the time the No. 5 singles pairing rolled around, the NMSU had already clinched the team victory. But being the competitor that she is, Harris fought in the closest match of the competition. Harris played her heart out as she lost the first set, 4-6, then bounced back to win 7-5, and ultimately lost in a lengthy third set. The two swapped point for point, but Pinero ousted Harris with a super tie-breaker win, 11-9. NMSU won the team battle 5-2 and pushed USU’s record back further to 0-3 in conference play and 8-5 overall. The women will take a three-week break and pick things up April 24 on the road at San Fransisco. – bret.clapier@aggiemail.usu.edu

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Preserve diversity of thought at USU

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re we at this university merely to receive professional training in our chosen fields in preparation for a career? Or, are we here to broaden our understanding of multiple subjects, challenging our ideas and finding, through diverse experiences, what truly inspires us? The USU mission statement includes the goal of “diversity of thought,” and we believe that educational diversification is just as important as specialization, if not more so. The Huntsman School of Business currently charges differential tuition for its upper division courses and we wonder how many students have buried their curiosity for marketing, management or economics because an English class is free. At 18 we are ill-prepared to choose what we are meant to do, and by increasing the costs associated with certain courses, the definition of their value changes to the point where students are more inclined to broaden their understanding of language, art, philosophy and the hard and soft sciences as opposed to forking over the dough for a business course. Advocates of differential tuition have, understandably, the desire to see their programs excel. They want extra funds in order to attract higherprofile faculty and in turn increase institutional prestige. We would argue, however, that students at USU made the conscientious decision to come to this university based on a percieved value. Each of us had the opportunity to bury ourselves in debt pursuing degrees at Ivy League and top-tier institutions but we decided, as individuals, that Utah State had the right balance of quality and cost and the sense of community that we desired for our collegiate experience. Differential tuition, however, destroys this sense of community. As the price of courses become more disparate, the metaphorical divide between business majors and non-business majors widens. What happens when the dominoes fall and more colleges request differential tuition? How long before USU is an a la carte education where you select only the material that pertains to your narrow focus? The word “university” shares a root with “universal,” meaning all-reaching and all-encompassing. We believe it is best to pay our tuition and then have the freedom to take whatever coursework our fancy leads us to. If the Huntsman School – or Arts, Education, HASS or Natural Resources – does, in fact, require more funds, then let us decide as a collective to raise our tuition, and preserve our freedom to diversify ourselves. Perhaps there are ways to mitigate the effects. Could differential tuition be lowered for nonmajors taking electives? Could students be given a credit allowance before differential kicks in? Whatever the case, we must preserve the academic mission of diversity of thought. We must preserve students’ freedom to try new things. There is no way to know in what program an individual student may excel, but that decision should be made based on interests and curiosity and not stifled by financial barriers.

Religion and violence If there was no religion Faith and there would be much less violence. Those of you reading Reason have undoubtedly heard this claim against religion. You may be among those who believe this claim, and rightly so. The bloody crusades of the middle ages were driven by the Christian church, terrorists cause destruction in the name of their God and denominations such as the Westboro Baptist Church seem to use rhetoric and faith as a weapon in religious discourse – if you can refer to their utterances as such. I would venture to say that religion must be looked at as a sum of both its negative and positive qualities, rather than simply focusing on the former, which the new atheist movement seems to have fallen in the habit of doing. There is no doubting that horrible things have been done by people claiming to be religious. Such acts have been committed in the name of religion at times. However, when we investigate these claims we find that there is more to a story than we were previously aware. Take the Crusades for example. These gruesome events have been painted by some as the product of an oppressive church who sought to retake the Holy Land due to superstitious reasons and massacre Muslim “infidels” in the process. Thus the Church gained its reputation as an oppressive and domineering force, and at times it has acted as such. However, one investigating the Crusades finds that the conflict arose from a shift in power from one Islamic group to another. Under Saracen control of Jerusalem, Christian pil-

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- See CONFLICT, page 11

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‘The people’ need to know In my last column, I opposed Obama’s involvement of the United States military in Libya. My chief grounds for this opposition were based on principles held by Obama himself. I called on Obama to tell the American people why he thought Libya was not “a dumb war,” as he had called the Iraq war. An anonymous commenter objected to my opposition, arguing that “we have no idea the kinds of things that are going on behind the curtains.” I am frightened by how prevalent this thought seems to be. It is a sentiment that stands in stark opposition to the ideology that that the government is, in former president Abraham Lincoln’s words, “of the people, by the people, for the people.” Lincoln’s statement is itself an unraveling of the beginning of the Constitution: “We the people.” This is the chief principle of the practical organization of the government: That the people are capable of, and ought to, rule themselves. Such a form of government opposes those that rest on the idea that the people are not capable; that they must instead be ruled by an elite class or individual who is unique and exceptional. Such forms of government base their authority either on physical power, such as modernday despots like Gadhafi, or a higher power, such as God. Representative governments, on the other hand, are based on the consent of the governed. By consent, we mean un-coerced consent. The people agree that they will be better off if they band together to establish a government, even if individuals frequently have to submit their own will to that of the government as a whole. In order to believe that such

Major Concerns

Charles Major a government can be effective, we must believe that the people as a whole are intelligent enough to rule. To do so, they must have access to information. The idea that we must trust our leaders to make important decisions, based on information that we do not have access to, takes away our role in the government. The notion that the president is beholden to information from “behind the curtain” stands on the same side as authority being derived from God. The king in that system has special access to God, so the people must succumb to his authority and inspired wisdom. Nonrepresentative governments derive their power elsewhere than from the people. To trust our leaders from “behind the curtain” is to place the source of power in information, rather than in the people. To do so is to turn representative government on its head. I do not mean that everyone in the United States needs to know every little thing about every government action and policy before voting for their leaders. In a representative government, people vote for politicians they believe have the same general set of principles they do. However, for a representative government to function effectively, it is vital that the people know what their leaders stand for; that they are able to evaluate how effectively their leaders implement their principles. If we can’t evaluate our leaders we cannot make intelligent decisions

regarding who to vote for. With President Obama, the election of principles seems to be quite clear. We elected the rather abstract ones of “hope” and “change.” We also elected a man who, as senator, had opposed American involvement in Iraq. He gave a clear, principled statement of why he opposed that involvement. When it comes to foreign policy, we elected a principle of non-intervention, except when a foreign power poses “imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to (the foreign power’s) neighbors.” Obama’s own secretary of defense, Robert Gates, stated that Libyan intervention is not vital to American interests. Either Obama seriously disagrees with his own secretary of defense, has changed his principles, or has no real principle on the matter at all. Either of the first two situations is acceptable. Intelligent people are open to changing their minds when exposed to new information. But if Obama disagrees with Gates and believes that Libya poses this threat, he must make his case to the American people. Or, if his principles have changed, he must tell us why. It is absolutely necessary as the leader of a nation built on the principle of “we the people.” To not do so, to rely on us to trust him blindly, is to show the same respect for the citizens of this nation that an absolute monarch has for his subjects. Trusting a leader due to his specially-held information is the same thing as deriving the source of government power from “behind the curtain,” not from “we the people.” Charles Major is a graduate student studying business. He can be reached at charlesrmajor@gmail.com

To the single ladies of Logan

Many of you Statesman speak of a “datGuest ing problem.” The problem as you define it is: “I hardly go on any dates.” You seem to think you are the victims of the inferior male gender – too stupid, lazy or blind to ask you out. After all, many of the leaders of the predominant religion of the valley have told you so – but this view extends to all girls in Cache Valley. Many of you go on frequent, fun dates and know how to court like a normal rational human being, but many of you don’t. There may be some truth to the notion that Prince Charming is more captivated by “Call of Duty” than by the perfectness and electness that you just radiate. But let’s be honest, Prince Charming doesn’t play his roommate’s x-box much, and the only radiating you’re doing involves this week’s trigonometry assignment. There is a dating problem, but it’s a joint problem. Here are some pointers that will help you do your part: 1. Prioritize – If a man asks you out, clear your schedule. Homework, club meetings,

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commitments to attend your roommate’s art show, intramural games – all of these, if they are even real – are poor excuses. Chances are the man who asked you out had to ditch his friends, sacrifice that important study group, or is otherwise making you a priority. Backing out of a date for anything other than death of a parent or sibling demonstrates that you are either confused by your own schedule, meaning you’re a psycho witch, or that you never actually intended to go out with him – a lying witch. If you think you’re playing hard to get, you’re probably pissing him off to the point he needs Nazi-zombies to relax. 2. Honesty – You obsess about how you want your man confident and manly. So treat him like a man. If you don’t like a man, just tell him. Stop lying, stop excusing and stop avoiding. Failure to speak the truth or exaggerating is lying. You are not sparing anyone by lying – lazy witch. Instead you are making him feel like an idiot for believing you when you told him you couldn’t go on a date with anyone for a while because you are too busy with homework. When he sees you at Charlie’s with that douche guy on Friday night, he’ll know

- See DATE, page 11

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Conflict: Positives often overlooked -continued from page 10 grims were allowed to come and go without harm. This peaceful interaction lasted for four centuries until Turks seized power in 1065 C.E. and massacred approximately 3,000 Christians Europe responded with military force and the infamous Crusades began. The objective of outlining the above example is to demonstrate a point. People often focus on either the positive or negative aspects of a group or an event. We focus on the carnage of such conflicts without even acknowledging how wonderful it was that Muslims and Christians were able to peacefully interact for centuries. In our modern day both Muslims and Christians are often mashed into overgeneralized groups. The extreme Religious (Christian) Right, in their hypocrisy, paints Islam as an evil religion of violence, focusing on those who commit violence in the name of their distorted faith rather than focusing on the vast majority of Muslims who live a happy and secure, in other words normal, existence just like the rest of us. It fails to acknowledge the Islam of Muhammad, which respected Jews and Christians as followers of the same god, and allowed violence toward only those who took up arms against the military. Christianity is also unfairly generalized as the religion with a continuing history of violence and oppression. The justification of slavery by the Catholic Church is highlighted, but not religious individuals such as Roberto de las Casas who sought to end oppression and

slavery, or Martin Luther King Jr. who based his struggle for civil rights on his religious faith. Anyone familiar with the teachings of Jesus Christ will find not a man preaching the hellfire and damnation of more fundamental Christianity, but the man who said “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” (John 8:7). Like this example of Christianity, it often takes little effort to determine whether or not a religion is in accordance with the ideologies it claims to follow. Violence is not a characteristic of religion, but a characteristic of passionate human beings who are not always capable of making rational decisions. It would exist whether religion did or not. The most violent conflicts in human history have been waged by non-religious dictators such as Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot, whose combined atrocities claimed the lives of hundreds of millions. People will always find something to fight over in both the presence and absence of religion. Religion is not without fault because people are not without fault. As long as religions remain institutions comprised of human beings they will lack a spotless record. Religion is only as good as the sum of its parts. Those parts happen to be both good and bad, and if we are to be fair we must draw attention to both. Cam Davis is a senior studying political science and religious studies. He can be reached at cam.davis@aggiemail.usu.edu.

Date: Women need to take initiative -continued from page 10 you lied, you lying witch, you. All that you’ve succeeded to do is prove that “Gran Turismo” would have been a better use of the time he spent talking to you. 3. Communicate – If you don’t like sushi, tell him before he pulls up at Black Pearl, a real man will have solutions. Two weeks later when he asks your roommate why you won’t answer the phone is not the time for him to find out – lying witch. This blow to his self-esteem will probably require him to spend a few hours with “Halo” to regain his loss. 4. Maintenance takes two – You can vote, wear pants and play football. In this new world you can ask a boy out. Maybe not for a first, second or even third date. But at some point even Superman needs you to initiate the activities. A man will probably plan and execute most dates, but he can’t do it all. Face it, at

some point it’s your turn – selfish witch. 5. Perfection – Yeah he may have mixed up the words when he asked you out, but lately it looks like you’ve been mixing all of your food groups with Tollhouse cookie dough. Really it’s amazing he even looked past your terrible eyeliner to see somebody worth asking out. I mean, it obviously must be interfering with your own vision. Or were you too busy thinking of how you could ridicule this man on your unoriginal quote wall to realize he must like you enough to make his palms sweat? He’s not going to be perfect, but neither are you – arrogant witch. So see past his attempts to be the Superman you demand, and be nice to the man inside. Richard Orcutt is a junior studying economics. He can be reached at r.orcutt@aggiemail.usu.

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Natural disasters put stress on children in Japan KARAKUWA, Japan (AP) – Zoom in for a snapshot of apparent normalcy: children sitting in a circle, clasping playing cards tightly in their hands. They laugh, chat and occasionally hop up to break into a goofy dance. Zoom out and the picture changes: The children are kneeling on mattresses in a chilly classroom they now call home. An elderly woman cries nearby, wondering whether her mother was killed by Japan’s tsunami. Outside the school, a teacher fiddles with a radiation detector, checking to ensure the levels aren’t high enough to make them sick – or worse. Behind the smiling faces of thousands of children in shelters across this wave-battered wasteland, experts say there is often serious anxiety as everything these youngsters once held as normal is suddenly anything but. “That’s what is so wonderfully adaptive about children. They can move very easily into playing or laughing,” says psychologist Susie

Burke, a disaster response specialist with the Australian Psychological Society. “But that’s not saying they’re not deeply distressed and upset about what’s going on.” Reminders of the tiniest victims are scattered throughout the wreckage: a little girl’s white shoe caked in mud, a red rubber ball coated in dust, a sodden comic book whose ink has run. As many as 25,000 people may have been killed in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan’s northeast coast and damaged a nuclear plant, sending radiation spewing into the environment. Tens of thousands are still living in shelters. For the children, the monster in the closet has been replaced by the monster of Mother Nature: The ground they play on can rattle and crack, the ocean they swim in can morph into a killer wave, the air they breathe might carry harmful radioactive particles.

CHILDREN WATCH AS THEIR FATHER is screened for radiation at a shelter in Fukushima, Fukushima prefecture, Japan. Children living through Japan’s multiple disasters struggle with disrupted lives and new fears. AP photo

Ten-year-old Fumie Unoura remembers well the terror of the day. She was sitting in class when the earth began to shake, sending her and her classmates scrambling under their desks for cover. When the rumbling stopped, the teacher shepherded the students outside, where their town had turned to rubble. “I saw the dust rising up,” she recalled days later, standing outside a shelter in the shattered coastal city of Rikuzentakata. With the tsunami coming, she ran as fast as her short legs could carry her, surrounded by others sprinting for safety. She escaped with her life but little else. Her home is ruined. She sleeps on the floor of a school gym with her family and more than a thousand other survivors. She misses her Nintendo DS. Her father, Masanari Unoura, volunteers at the shelter. He worries constantly about what will become of his life, where they will live, how he will clean up the ruins of their home. “We parents have a lot to think about,” he says. “Whereas the kids are basically free.” It is not so simple, experts say. In fact, the disruption of daily life, if prolonged, can be more damaging than the disaster itself, says psychologist Gaithri Fernando, who led a study on how the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami affected children in Sri Lanka. Suddenly discovering they have no water to bathe, no bed of their own and no school where they can see their friends can be highly upsetting, says Fernando, a professor at California State University in Los Angeles. Experts say getting children back into a routine – even an unusual one – is key. Unoura and his family are doing this. Every morning, they join others at the shelter for group exercise sessions broadcast on the radio. They have breakfast as a family, and then Fumie and her older sister Shiho have time

to play until they all meet for lunch. Fumie’s teacher stops by regularly with homework assignments – a source of complaint for his daughter, her father notes with a grin. That kind of basic structure to the day helps prevent long-term psychological damage, says Burke, the Australian psychologist. “It gives them a sense that their world is predictable, and when we feel things are predictable, we begin to relax,” she says. “A disaster makes us realize or think the world isn’t predictable.” Save the Children, an international aid agency, has set up safe spaces for children to meet and play throughout the tsunami zone, with toys, games, crayons and paper. “The stories they were sharing with me were about first an earthquake, then a tsunami and now their fears for radiation,” says Ian Woolverton, a spokesman for the group. But one fear reigned supreme, he says: “Being alone is the thing they’re most afraid of.” At a shelter in Kesennuma, a group of boys plays basketball while volunteers from a Tokyo church give massages to elderly people on the second floor. Sixteen-year-old Keisuke Iwate came here to visit his friend Yohei Sugawara. “There are people without homes,” Iwate says. “They’re not saying how sad they are, but you know they’re feeling it.” Sugawara, also 16, said that the tsunami ruined the first floor of his house. Then a fire burned it down. These days, he, too, has carved out a new routine. “I help out at the refugee center every morning,” he says. “And then we go and try to clean up the place where our house was and look for anything that might be left.” He’s better off, he says, than another friend whose parents were killed.

Utah among states appealing health care overhaul ruling ATLANTA (AP) – The federal health care overhaul’s core requirement to make virtually all citizens buy health insurance or face tax penalties is constitutional because Congress has the authority to regulate interstate business, the Justice Department said in its appeal of a ruling that struck down the Obama administration’s signature legislation. The government’s 62-page motion filed Friday to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals argued that Congress had the power to enact the overhaul’s minimum coverage requirements because it is a “rational means of regulating the way participants in the health care market pay for their services.” The motion also warned other pieces of the overhaul, including a law that blocks insurers from denying coverage to people because of pre-existing conditions, would be “unworkable” without a minimum coverage provision. Twenty-six states filed a lawsuit that said Congress had exceeded its authority by requiring that all citizens buy health insurance or face tax penalties. U.S. District Judge

Roger Vinson of Florida agreed in a Jan. 31 ruling that said President Barack Obama’s entire health care overhaul is unconstitutional. It is considered the most sweeping ruling against the health care law. Vinson ruled against the overhaul on grounds that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring nearly all Americans to carry health insurance, an idea dating back to Republican proposals from the 1990s but now almost universally rejected by conservatives. His ruling followed the same reasoning as one last year from a federal judge in Virginia who struck down the insurance requirement. But while the first judge left the rest of the law intact, Vinson invalidated provisions that range from Medicare discounts for seniors with high prescription costs to a change that allows adult children up to age 26 to remain on their parents’ coverage. At the center of Vinson’s ruling and the government’s challenge is the legality of the requirement that Americans carry health insurance except in cases of financial hardship. Those who cannot show they are cov-

ered by an employer, government program or their own policy would face fines from the IRS when the program takes effect in 2014. Vinson ruled that lawmakers do not have the power to penalize citizens for not doing something, but the Justice Department said he overreached. The government disputed Vinson’s claim that Congress can’t penalize someone for not buying health care coverage, saying the requirement was a “quintessential exercise” of the legislative branch’s powers. It said the judge “impermissibly substituted its own judgment for that of the elected branches” by declaring an insurance requirement can’t be imposed until people actually seek medical care. “Common sense, experience, and economic analysis confirm the testimony to Congress that a ‘health insurance market could never survive or even form if people could buy their insurance on the way to the hospital.’” Some states, including Alaska, have cited Vinson’s decision in refusing to cooperate with the health care law. But the judge issued

another ruling in March ordering states to continue implementing the law while the case makes its way through the courts. Other states that joined Florida in filing the lawsuit were: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. So far, three federal judges have upheld the law, while Vinson and the Virginia judge ruled against it. It now seems certain that the broad health care challenge will be resolved only by the Supreme Court. A randomly selected three-judge 11th Circuit panel is set to consider oral arguments about the case in June. Vinson, for his part, has acknowledged that the 11th Circuit could disagree with him. “It is likely that the Court of Appeals will also reach divergent results and that, as most court-watchers predict, the Supreme Court may eventually be split on this issue as well,” he wrote in a March 3 ruling.

Southwest Airlines cancels 600 flights after emergency landing NEW YORK (AP) – Southwest Airlines cancelled about 600 flights this weekend as the airline continues its inspection of 79 of its Boeing 737 aircraft, in the aftermath of an emergency landing of one of its planes on Friday. The airline cancelled 300 flights Sunday after cancelling the same number on Saturday. Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger says it still hasn’t made a decision about Monday’s flights. “We are working as diligently as possible to minimize any impact on (customers’) travel plans,” Eichinger told The Associated Press Sunday.

Southwest normally has about 3,400 flights each day though it’s slightly reduced on Saturday. That means that almost 9 percent of the total number of flights were cancelled each of the two days. No flights were cancelled on Friday. The aircraft is being inspected over the next several days, the company said. No one was seriously injured Friday as the aircraft carrying 118 people rapidly lost cabin pressure and made a harrowing but controlled descent from 34,500 feet, landing safely near Yuma, Ariz., 150 miles southwest of Phoenix. But

passengers recalled tense minutes after a hole ruptured overhead with a blast, and they fumbled frantically for oxygen masks as the plane descended. In a release issued Saturday, Dallas-based Southwest said the passengers on board Flight 812 have received a full refund along with an apology and two complimentary round-trip passes on Southwest for future flights. On Sunday, federal investigators examining the damaged plane in Yuma said the entire length of a 5-foot-long tear in the skin of the aircraft shows evidence of pre-existing fatigue cracking.

Quran protests spread to eastern Afghanistan JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AP) – Demonstrators battled police in southern Afghanistan’s main city on Sunday and took to the streets in the turbulent east for the first time as Western pleas failed to halt a third day of rage over a Florida pastor’s burning of the Quran. An officer was shot dead in a second day of clashes in the city of Kandahar, said provincial health director Qayum Pokhla. Two officers and 18 civilians were wounded, he said. In Jalalabad, the largest city in the east, hundreds of people blocked the main highway for three hours, shouting for U.S. troops to leave, burning an effigy of President Barack Obama and stomping on a drawing of a U.S. flag. More than 1,000 people set tires ablaze to block another highway in eastern Parwan province for about an hour, said provincial police chief Sher Ahmad Maladani. The violence was set off by anger over the March 20 burning of the Quran by a Florida church – the same church whose pastor had threatened to do so last year on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, triggering worldwide outrage. The protests, which began Friday, also appear to be fueled more broadly by the resentment that has been building for years in Afghanistan over the operations of Western military forces, blamed for killing and mistreating civilians, and international contractors, seen by many as enriching themselves and fueling corruption at the expense of ordinary Afghans. Coverage of the trial of a group of U.S. soldiers charged with killing Afghan civilians and the publication of photos of some posing with dead bodies added to the anger. Thousands of demonstrators in the previously peaceful

northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif poured into the streets after Friday’s Muslim prayer services and overran a U.N. compound, killing three U.N. staff members and four Nepalese guards. On Saturday, hundreds of Afghans holding copies of the Quran over their heads marched in Kandahar before attacking cars and businesses. Security forces opened fire and nine protesters were killed but the governor of Kandahar said officers had only fired into the air. He said 81 were wounded and 17 people, including seven armed men, had been arrested. Military commander Gen. David Petraeus and the top NATO civilian representative in Afghanistan, Mark Sedwill, said they “hope the Afghan people understand that the actions of a small number of individuals, who have been extremely disrespectful to the holy Quran, are not representative of any of the countries of the international community who are in Afghanistan to help the Afghan people.” The Taliban said in a statement emailed to media outlets that the U.S. and other Western countries had wrongly excused the burning of the Quran as freedom of speech and that Afghans “cannot accept this un-Islamic act.” “Afghan forces under the order of the foreign forces attacked unarmed people during the protests, killing them and arresting some, saying there were armed people among these protesters, which was not true,” the Taliban said. The governor of Kandahar said he and the main leaders of the protests in the southern city had reached an agreement that would end the demonstrations in exchange for the release of those who were arrested. He said they released 25 people but did not provide details.

AFGHAN PROTESTORS BEAT a burning effigy of U.S. President Barack Obama during a demonstration in Jalalabad, Afghanistan on Sunday. AP photo


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April 4 Today is Monday, April 4, 2011. Today’s issue of The Utah Statesman is published especially for Janelle Shorts, a freshman majoring in nursing from Providence, Utah.

Almanac Today in History: In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. is fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The civil rights leader was in Memphis to support a sanitation workers’ strike and was on his way to dinner when a bullet struck him in the jaw and severed his spinal cord.

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- Last day to submit petition for late drop form - Men’s Golf, Wyoming Cowboy Classic, All Day - Math and Stats Drop-in Tutoring, TSC, All Day - Behaving Consciously Workshop, TSC 9:30 a.m.

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Alphatraz: Locking Out Domestic Violence� Apr. 6-8, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the TSC Patio Members of Alpha Chi Omega will “arrest� your friends and put them in a jail cell on the TSC patio for $3 for a warrant of your choice. Help bail out your friends for $10. Prisoners can raise bail any creative way possible. Although we will not force anyone to be in our jail or raise bail, we are asking for everyone’s help in this fight against domestic violence!

The Utah Chapter of the American Public Works Association is offering scholarships to students who are pursuing a career in Public Works. Three scholarships are available and a one-year membership to APWA is provided. Applications are due by April 22, 2011. Application forms can be found at http://utah.apwa.net/ Phone: 801-557-7730. Be part of a world record. April 8 at 7 p.m. in the Spectrum. Sports for Seed is aiming to break the world record for the world’s largest “knockout� (lightning, bump, speed) basketball game ever played. Tickets are $3 in advance and $5 at the door. All proceeds go to SEED. Tickets wilL be sold around campus the week of the event. Free Web Training: Accessibility options for Mac, Windows & other computers Apr. 6 at 3-4:30 p.m. RSVP by Apr. 4 to storee.powell@usu.edu Strange OR (435)797-7412. This FREE Internet training is a review of the accessibility options within your computer by Scott Baggaley, an Education Program Specialist at the Computer Center for Citizens with Disabilities at the Utah Center for Assistive Technology. More info at utahatprogram.blogspot.com. The Mountain West Center for Regional Studies is offering two scholarships to incoming freshmen. The Sonne Scholarship is for graduating Utah high school seniors. The scholarship provides $1,000 per semester for Fall 2011 and Spring 2012. Applications are due by 5 p.m. April 8. The African-American Leadership Award is a $750 scholarship for Fall 2011. Applications are due May 6. For information, go to www.mountainwest.usu.edu or call 435-797-0299. Stokes Nature Center will host Nature Night from 4-7 p.m. on April 6 and Scout Friday from 1-4 p.m. on April 8. Registration is required. For more information, call 435-755-3239 or visit www.logannature.org. Perfectionism and Procrastination Workshop April 6, 3:30 p.m to 4:30 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.

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April 5 - Light at the End of the Tunnel, TSC Ballroom, All Day - Men’s Golf, Wyoming Cowboy Classic, All Day - Joy of Depression, TSC 310B, 11 a.m. - Softball at Weber State, 2 p.m. - Women’s History Month Student Showcase, Library, 4 p.m.

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Women’s history USU students have submitted academic works relating to the national Women’s History Month theme “Our History is Our Strength.� Works displayed at a Student Showcase on April 5 in the Merrill-Cazier Library 101 from 4 -7 p.m. The public are welcome to attend.

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