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Scheduled budget cuts reduce to 2 percent By ROB JEPSON web editor
The end of the 2011 Utah general legislative session brought good news for Utah State students and faculty. Significantly lowered budget cuts, ongoing funding for USU’s new veterinary medicine Ph.D. program and a pending grant for a new business building were all included in the session’s final outcome. USU president Stan Albrecht said, “While the session was a difficult one in many ways, it ended with some important good news for Utah State University.” 2 Percent Budget Cut When the session began, legislators approved a plan that would have cut USU’s budget an additional 7 percent from past years’ cuts. “An additional 7 percent cut would have been devastating to USU,” said
USU’s government relations director Neil Abercrombie. He said two factors significantly contributed to the legislature’s decision to lower the cuts. First, in February, updated revenue numbers indicated that the State would have enough revenue to fund more programs without dipping into one-time revenue sources or the “rainy day fund.” Second, the Legislature emphasized restoring the proposed cuts in areas that would provide a return on investment for the state of Utah. “USU emphasized the great return on investment USU provides for the state, for example job creation with research, producing well-educated students who are competitive in the job market, increasing innovation, helping strengthen an educated workforce critical for economic development,” he said. Albrecht said he had hoped the 7 percent cut would be eliminated entirely. He said he is currently working with vice presidents, deans, depart-
ment heads, and other campus leaders on strategies for addressing the additional budget reduction. Veterinary Medicine Program Utah State’s original request for the veterinary medicine program was a one-time $3.2 million grant. While this grant was not awarded, the legislature decided instead to give a $1.7 million ongoing grant to both start the program and continue to fund it in coming years. “The success of HB57, including the funding, really is a result of the hard work of Rep. Mathis and USU building a coalition of support before the 2011 Session even began,” Abercrombie said. Abercrombie said the approval of the program is a great accomplishment, especially in a year when Utah’s state revenue is still low coming out of THE STATE CAPITOL was the site of the legislative session that ended March 10 which gave USU funding for the veterinary program and new business buildling. BRECK BYINGTON photo
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Be Well aims to make Quadside customers aware of nutrition By STEVE KENT staff writer
TWO CALIFORNIA MALES paint over graffiti on a building in their city. Louise Speth of the Logan City Police Department said when graffiti is found anywhere in Cache Valley it is promptly removed. She said this is the gang-related crime most commonly seen in this area. AP photo
Gang activity present in Logan By BENJAMIN WOOD editor in chief
last year, there were concerns from neighboring cities that gang members would relocate to nearby areas. For now, Speth said, Cache Valley has not seen a spike in gang acitivity and she suspects the scenario is unlikely. “They’re tied to the Ogden community,” she said. “That is their home.”
Throughout the country, cities are dealing with the effects of gang activity. Last year, Ogden passed an ordinance taking a hard line on the city’s oldest gang, the Ogden Trece, and while Cache Valley has neither Ogden’s size nor crime rate, Criminal Mischief gang-related crime is not unheard of. “There’s a gang presence here,” said Louise Speth said the businesses of Logan city have Speth of the Logan City Police Department helped minimize the visibility of Cache Valley “I don’t think (LCPD). “I don’t think there’s a city or county gangs by responding quickly to instances of grafthere is a city or fiti. in Utah that doesn’t have a gang presence.” Over time, she said, gang-related crime has “There’s an assertive approach to getting it county in Utah increased in correlation with the expansion of that doesn’t have cleared off,” Speth said. “Our stuff gets cleared Cache County. off so quickly it doesn’t get the re-tag.” “As the valley grows, those issues grow also,” a gang presGraffiti, she said, is the most common form ence.” she said. of gang-related criminal activity. If the “tags” – Louise Speth, are allowed to remain, typically the area will be Violent Crime with other tags as rival gangs respond Logan City Police swarmed to, or “re-tag,” each others’ markings. The efforts Department of Logan businesses, she said, have played a large Paul Todd, of the Cache County Sherriff ’s Office (CCSO) gang division, said while they part in preserving the aesthetics of the city and are few in number, there have been incidents of keeping gangs and their traces out of the spotgang-related violence in the past. light. “Ogden, we are not yet. Salt Lake, we are not yet,” Todd said. Speth said last year there were slightly more than 100 inci“We’re hoping to keep it that way.” dents coded by LCPD as gang-related. That number, she said, Cache Valley is geographically isolated, a feature Speth said is typical for Cache Valley. While graffiti is the most common likely contributes to fewer gangs entering the valley. When crime, Speth said Logan is not free of the drug and violence violent acts occur, they usually do not result in third-parties issues that often follow gang activity. She estimated there are being effected. “It tends to be gang on gang,” Speth said. - See OGDEN, page 4 When Ogden passed its injunction against the Ogden Trece
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3/28/11 Women’s soccer begins spring play with back-toback shutout victories over Utah Valley and Southern Utah. Page 8
Getting away with no health insurance will not be as easy come 2014. Page 5
USU’s Be Well program wants to help busy patrons of the Quadside Cafe make healthy choices by displaying nutritional information on flip charts, inspired by dessert or featureditem charts placed on tables at restaurants. While the project is still in its beginning stages, Amber Schoenfeld, manager of the Quadside Cafe, said she is excited about being able to offer nutritional information to customers. “It will be a great resource to have for our customers. We have a lot of questions about what is the better option, and it will be great to have the actual data on hand,” Schoenfeld said. “It would be great to know just how many calories are in the food items we serve at USU,” said Caroline Shugart, director of the Be Well program and creator of the flip-chart project. “Other campuses around the nation are highlighting nutrition information for students so they can make wise eating choices.” Allie Burnham, Katie Burk and Mckinsey Wilson, students in the dietetics program, are currently planning the project as volunteers. Before the flip charts can be made, the project needs to be approved by Alan Andersen, the director of Dining Services. Burk said most people would like to eat healthily but they aren’t aware of the nutritional content of the food they eat. “People genuinely don’t know. When you go to a restaurant – a fast food restaurant, a sit-down restaurant – you don’t know how many calories and how much fat is really in something,” Burk said. Most restaurant diners underestimate the amount of sodium, fat and energy in calories contained in meals, according to a 2006 study in the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers said that, on average, participants estimated unhealthy restaurant meals to be 600 calories less than they really were, and that one meal of 600 extra calories a week could result in about nine extra pounds of body weight per year. Considering that diners also underestimate fat and sodium levels, ignorance of nutritional facts might contribute to significant health problems over time, the study states. Burnham said making healthy eating choices can be easy, but customers often don’t realize healthier options are available, or how much of an improvement a healthier option is. The aim of the project is to make nutritional information more available and easy to understand, Burnham said. “We want to promote (healthy eating) in a positive light,”Wilson said, “because we don’t want people to feel guilty about what they’re eating, but we’d like them to make those little changes in their diet, because it will make them feel so much better and it will improve their health.”
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Nat’lBriefs German chancellor faces uncertain future BERLIN (AP) – Eight million Germans are voting in a closely watched state election that could see Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party lose power in southern Baden-Wuerttemberg for the first time in almost six decades. Recent polls suggest Merkel’s Christian Democrats are poised to lose Sunday’s ballot by a narrow margin, with the opposition Social Democrats and Greens scoring about 24 percent each and forming a coalition government in the state. The Christian Democrats are forecast to secure about 38 percent of the vote, with their current coalition partner, the pro-business Free Democrats, just 5 percent. Merkel’s party has held power in the region around Stuttgart.
Suspect expresses regrets for shooting
Huntsman assembles his campaign WASHINGTON (AP) – The campaign is revved and ready, a turn-key operation if there ever was one, with high-powered political strategists and big-time fundraisers who are more than eager to make a splash in the 2012 Republican presidential race as early as mid-May. Now all they need is a candidate. Or more precisely, a candidate named Jon Huntsman, who has suggested that he’s open to running. “We may have one final run left in our bones,” President Barack Obama’s ambassador to China told Newsweek late last year. Weeks later, he announced his departure this spring from the highprofile diplomatic post in a Democratic administration. When he returns to Washington next month, the former Utah governor will have a full-fledged campaign-in-waiting at his disposal, built by supporters who insist they orchestrated it all without Huntsman’s direction. Their theory: The wide-open Republican field has an opening for a former business executive who
has adopted a series of moderate positions. Money wouldn’t be an issue. The one-time Mormon missionary to Taiwan would have access to a personal fortune and deep-pocketed Mormon donors. His loyalty to the GOP would be an issue. Huntsman worked for Obama after a GOP career that included stints in Ronald Reagan’s White House, as President George H.W. Bush’s ambassador to Singapore and as President George W. Bush’s trade envoy. Several allies associated with Huntsman’s recently created political action committee sketched out their thinking on the condition of anonymity because legal barriers prevent him from orchestrating a presidential bid while representing the United States in Beijing. “There are a lot of limits on what you can and can’t do with PACs – don’t make any mistakes, keep your powder dry,” said Peter Spaulding, a former top GOP elected official in New Hampshire and part of group of Huntsman backers
who met in New Orleans recently to talk about a would-be campaign. The telegenic former governor from a solidly conservative state long had been considered a serious potential challenger to Obama in 2012. The Democrats’ political team sought to sideline Huntsman early, offering Huntsman, a speaker of Mandari, the China job in 2009. He accepted. The White House was credited by insiders with vanquishing a GOP rival. A year later, Huntsman bought a $3.6 million Washington mansion that most recently housed contestants on Bravo’s “Top Chef” reality show, and he hinted at national aspirations in interviews. Since then, strategist John Weaver, who directed Arizona Sen. John McCain’s failed presidential campaign in 2000 and set up McCain’s 2008 presidential operation before leaving when it went broke, has been overseeing the creation of Horizon PAC. Its website doesn’t mention Huntsman, but includes a giant red letter “H.”
U.S. AMBASSADOR TO CHINA Jon Huntsman awaits the arrival of China’s President Hu Jintao on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, in this Jan. 19 file photo. AP photo
Nintendo ready to take 3-D gaming to mass market NEW YORK (AP) – With the Nintendo 3DS, the Japanese video game company is betting that it can once again nudge mass entertainment in a new direction, just as it did nearly five years ago when it launched the Wii with its innovative motion-based controller. This time, though, the competition from other devices is tougher. The handheld 3DS, which goes on sale in the U.S. on Sunday for $250, lets users play 3-D games without wearing special glasses. It also takes 3-D photos. This summer, the 3DS will play 3-D movies streamed from Netflix on its 3.5inch screen. Reggie Fils-Aime, the president of Nintendo’s U.S. arm, calls it “the first mass-market 3-D device.” Nintendo’s handheld gaming systems have been wildly popular since the days of the Game Boy, but in recent years people have grown accustomed (and sometimes addicted) to playing games
on their smartphones. “Angry Birds,” for example, is played by 40 million people a month. And both AT&T Inc. and Sprint Nextel Corp. have announced they’ll be selling smartphones with 3-D screens soon. Fils-Aime acknowledges that consumers have a wide range of entertainment options. Nintendo, he says, must provide better entertainment experiences so that people keep flocking to its games and devices. So far, they are. While demand for the handheld DS has slowed over the past year, video game analyst Jesse Divnich of Electronic Entertainment Design and Research said that’s only because people have been holding out for the 3DS. As of Dec. 31, Nintendo had sold about 145 million units of the DS in all its iterations worldwide. Divnich thinks demand for the 3DS will be more brisk during its first year on sale than
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) – A man charged in the slaying of a Georgia police officer and who allegedly held nine hostages told a television news crew that he had regrets about what happened. As Jamie Hood was being taken into custody late Friday, he told reporter Doug Richards, “I regret killing that officer.” When Richards asked him what he meant, a handcuffed Hood said, “That officer. That innocent officer. I regret that. He didn’t deserve that.” Asked why he did it, Hood said, “You know, they killed my brother. They were going to kill me.” Hood, 33, was being held Saturday without bond on murder and other charges. He is charged with fatally shooting Athens-Clarke County police TOWNSHIP 3, RANGE 8, Maine (AP) – Maine officer Elmer Christian and woundsportsmen were outraged when Roxanne Quimby, the ing another officer on Tuesday. conservation-minded founder of Burt’s Bees cosmetics, bought up tens of thousands of acres of Maine’s fabled North Woods – and had the audacity to forbid hunters, loggers, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles on the expanses. Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Quimby confronted the hornet’s nest she’d stirred Top 10 Signs You’re Dumb up head-on – calling one of her sharpest critics, George 10. Whenever you see a pudding com- Smith, then-executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. Smith couldn’t believe his ears. The mercial, you lick the screen. back-to-the-earth advocate who made millions with her 9. Word you use most often: “Huh?” 8. Call the police every week to report eco-friendly line of personal care products was calling witnessing a crime on “Law & Order.” him at home, on a Saturday morning? 7. You know exactly how much loose “I thought someone was playing a joke on me when change you can fit in your nose. she called,” Smith recalls. “She said, ‘Hi, this is Roxanne 6. While brushing your teeth, always Quimby. I said, ‘Oh yeah, sure.’” wonder why they call it a “toothThat call in 2006 opened a face-to-face dialogue with brush.” some of her biggest critics over the land she’s bought 5. You call the Mets and ask when – more than 120,000 acres of woodlands. playoff tickets go on sale. Quimby wants to give more than 70,000 wild acres 4. Can’t understand why it’s a “5-day next to Maine’s cherished Baxter State Park to the forecast” and not a “5-day fivecast.” federal government, hoping to create a Maine Woods 3. You answer most questions with, National Park. She envisions a visitor center dedicated “I’d like to solve the puzzle.” to Henry David Thoreau, the naturalist who made three 2. You’re enjoying this crap. 1. Often begin sentences with, “Glenn trips to Maine in the 1800s. The park would be nearly twice the size of Maine’s Beck said something fascinating.”
for previous iterations, such as the DSi, which went on sale in 2008. The Wii, which hit store shelves in 2006 for $250 (it is now $200), was often sold out or in short supply as recently as last February. It’s not clear yet whether this will be the case with 3DS, but retailers say demand has been strong based on the number of pre-orders they received. Tony Bartel, the president of GameStop Corp., the world’s largest video game store chain, said the company is “working every day with Nintendo” to ensure that they can meet demand. Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter said Nintendo will sell “as many as they can make” over the next 12 months. While the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan will likely affect supplies, he called an estimate of 16 million units “very fair.” The 3DS isn’t Nintendo’s first foray into 3-D gaming. In 1995, it launched the Virtual Boy, which required bulky
headgear and displayed all images in red. It bombed and Nintendo soon discontinued it. But it didn’t give up on 3-D. The technology used to create 3-D images on the 3DS is not new. Called a “parallax barrier” LCD screen, it works as if two sets of thin blinds were laid over the screen, so that your eyes each see a different version of the image. Your brain then puts them together, creating the 3-D effect. Because it only works if the viewer is at a certain place in relation to the screen, this technology is better suited to hand-held devices than TV sets. As entertainment technology, 3D doesn’t have a long track record of appeal to the mass market. It’s been possible to play computer games in 3-D for years, with the help of glasses, but they have never caught on. People are willing to pay extra to see 3-D movies, but they haven’t helped overall box office receipts.
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Acadia National Park. In a giveback to sportsmen, her vision is to set aside another 30,000 acres of woodlands north of DoverFoxcroft to be managed like a state park, with hunting and snowmobiling allowed. “There’s enough land that we can all get what we want,” said Quimby. The multi-millionaire disarmed her critics, who thought they’d have to deal with a patchouli-scented eccentric. What they found was a woman who thinks big, but is a pragmatic problem-solver; someone who
ROXANNE QUIMBY, THE FOUNDER of Burts Bees, has been buying up land in Maine for what she hopes will one day become a national park. AP photo
has strong ideals, but is willing to compromise; a selfmade businesswoman who’s willing to put up her own millions to achieve her conservation goals. Smith, for one, came to respect and admire her. “I was one of her harshest critics, so it’s really rather remarkable,” he said. “In the end, it’s her land and she’ll do whatever suits her. But at least she’s listening.” If she can win support, Quimby wants to time her donation in five years to the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service. It would be her gift, her legacy. The Park Service is intrigued by Quimby’s idea, especially since it believes the Northeast is underserved. The last time a large national park was created was in Alaska in the 1980s during the Carter administration. “The National Park Service would like to see additional opportunities for preserving these beautiful places and creating recreational opportunities in the Northeast,” said spokesman David Barna. “The proposal would be exciting for the National Park Service to evaluate.” The proposed national park land occupies a wild sprawl east of Baxter State Park. Much of it is covered with saplings as it recovers from logging operations that ended five years ago. Mountain ridges offer breathtaking views of Mount Katahdin, Maine’s tallest mountain and the northern end of the Appalachian Trail.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Week shines light on student research By KEATON REED staff writer
USU has the second oldest undergraduate research program in the nation, behind the program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and will show students what it has to offer during Research Week, said Anna McEntire, the public relations and marketing specialist for the Research Office. The week will have two events from March 28 to April 1 that focus specifically on student research, an undergraduate research showcase, and a graduate research symposium. At both of these events students from all eight colleges at USU will present their research projects. In addition, there will be awards ceremonies, lectures, workshops, and more, all dedicated to research at USU, McEntire said. “We’re unique in the nation in that we pair student research with faculty research,” McEntire said, “It’s really amazing to see the types of projects that students do.” “Research is beneficial, it is something that can vastly improve your education,” said Jylisa Doney, a senior in sociology. “It allows me to further discover what my interests are.” Doney, who will present her research about direct democracy and gay relationship rights on Tuesday, said research makes her education more complete. “Research really matters, and it is first and foremost for the students,” McEntire said. McEntire said on March 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a student showcase dedicated to USU undergraduate research in the TSC International Lounge with more than 60 poster presentations and 15 oral presentations. She said there will also be a graduate research symposium from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 31 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 1, where the work of more than 140 graduate students from various universities will be displayed. While research is important at the graduate level, McEntire said, undergraduate research is of equal importance in higher education.
“Utah State has this tradition of having professors work with undergraduates on research, and that’s not typical at other schools,” said Kayla Woodring, a senior double majoring in political science and journalism. “All of the professors I have worked with have been supportive,” Woodring said, “They’re here to develop your research skills.” Jason Carlisle, a senior majoring in wildlife science, said working with professors is one of the greatest benefits of undergraduate research, because they can help you find jobs, find other research projects, and write letters of recommendation. “You get to develop relationships with people who become assets to your future career and also become close friends,” he said. “There are three professors in the music therapy program, and I’ve gotten to know all three of them very well,” said senior Rebecca Tanner.
“I wouldn’t have had these relationships with my professors if I hadn’t done research.” McEntire said several students and faculty members will be recognized throughout the week for their work in research. Students and faculty can find the schedule of events online, at the Research Week website. “It’s important for students to know what other students are doing, these students have put in time and effort and we can learn a lot from them,” Tanner said. Woodring said all research fields can benefit from any given undergraduate or graduate research project. “It’s about the experience and development of yourself as someone who can ask meaningful questions and find relevant answers,” Carlisle said. – email@example.com
STUDENTS PERFORM EXPERIMENTS as part of their research and some of the projects that have been executed this school year will be showcased during Research Week. Statesman file photo
HASS brings dance party and poetry night By KEVIN MITCHELL staff writer
In hopes of bringing about new traditions and drawing its members together, the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) has been planning a number of events for their annual week. “We really want to start a tradition of making a successful week where students in the college of HASS can take that week to celebrate their college and the education they’re receiving,” said HASS senator Katie Brammer. The week will begin Monday, March 28, at 12 p.m. as representatives from each of USU’s colleges will gather in the TSC’s International Lounge to compete in the Quiz Bowl for the title of the ‘Smartest College,’ Brammer said. Each college will be asked Jeopardy-style questions from a pool of subjects. The winners will earn the title and right of being the ‘Smartest College’ on campus. Free Scotsman Dogs will also be served at the event. Brammer said, “It hasn’t been happening since the ’70s so we’re bringing it back and we’re hoping it’s a tradition that we will build.” On Tuesday, students will have the chance to break away from the norm by going to the Nifty Fifty Dance Party. The dance will be held in the TSC Ballroom and will begin at 8 p.m. and last precisely 50 minutes, Brammer said. Along with dancing, many clubs affiliated with HASS will be in attendance and will allow students the opportunity to involve themselves in these organizations. On Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the college will hold the first-ever International Picnic, where students can donate $1 and get sandwiches and a chance to mingle with many of the different cultures that are represented at USU. This will give students the chance to meet new people and open their eyes to other cultures, Brammer said. “One thing we feel that USU has a lot of is diversity, and we wanted to celebrate that diversity,” she
said. Kristen Munson, the college’s public relations specialist, said the Alumni Night Open House, Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m., will be a rare event for students to attend and they should take advantage of it. It will give students an opportunity to network on a casual level with some of the highly successful alumni that have come from the College of HASS, Munson said. These alumni are volunteering their time to help at the event. They have come from many fields and will include bank presidents, senior attorneys and motivational speakers, and have been extremely successful in their chosen fields, said John Allen, dean of HASS. “This will give the students an opportunity to informally say ‘What would you take? How did you get there? If you were to do it again, what would you do differently?’” Allen said. Afterward, the college will hold a concert featuring Imagine Dragon, a top-20 contestant in the Rolling Stones Competition. The concert will go from 8-10 p.m. and admission will be a can of food, which will be donated to the Student Nutrition Access Center. “Our Friday event is Beat Poetry Night,” Brammer said. “We’re teaming up with a Beat Poetry team that does it every year, it’s the fifth annual poetry night … it’s a good event every year.” Admission will be $7 in advance or $10 at the door of the TSC International Lounge on April 1 at 6:30 p.m. For the final events of the week, students can attend the Mesoamerican Anthropology Museum which is located in Old Main and will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 2. The same day, there will be an International Banquet from 7-9 p.m. where international students will prepare food from all around the world, Brammer said. Tickets will be $10 and can be purchased in the USU Card Office on the second floor of the TSC. Along with many other organizational changes that are currently occurring in the college, HASS is also in the process of revising its name. At every
PoliceBlotter Friday, March 18 • USU Police received a report from an individual’s fiance who said that he never returned home from school. The complainant stated that he was dropped off at 12:30 p.m. on Friday and that she received an unusual text from him at 7:52 p.m. The subject was located, at his old apartment asleep, by the complainant. Saturday, March 19 • USU Police assisted Logan Police with a prowler in progress just off of campus. USU Police arrived and were met by the complainants. USU Police detained the suspect individual until Logan Police arrived. The individual was a suspect in another case and was arrested for a warrant with pending charges from this and another case.
Sunday, March 20 • USU Police investigated a noise complaint in the basement of the Science Engineering Research building. A group of students were playing computer games and being noisy. They agreed to be more quiet. Nothing further.
• USU Police responded to the southwest side of the Spectrum for a report of some graffiti on two doors. Pictures were taken and a work order was placed to have the paint removed. • USU Police assisted the Logan City Police with
HASS Week event schedule March 28 - Quiz Bowl in the TSC International Lounge at 12 p.m. March 29 - Nifty Fifty Dance Party in the TSC Ballroom at 8 p.m. March 30 - International Picnic on the Quad from 11 a.m. March 31 - Alumni Night Open House in the Alumni Center at 6 p.m. - Imagine Dragon concert in the TSC Ballroom at 8 p.m. April 1 - Beat Poetry Night in the TSC International Lounge at 6:30 p.m.
Contact USU Police at 797-1939 for non-emergencies. Anonymous reporting line: 797-5000 EMERGENCY NUMBER: 911
• USU Police stored moon rocks at the police department for NASA.
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event, the college will provide sticky notes at a table and will be looking for input on what the new name should be. “We will take the top five winners’ suggestions to the branding committee and the student with the name that the council feels best represents the college will get a prize,” Brammer said. “Where the college has reformed this last year … the arts have split off and it’s getting smaller,” Brammer said, “we want to create that college identity that didn’t exist before and rally behind the college of HASS.”
two individuals that had brandished handguns before walking into a store. The weapons turned out to be airsoft handguns. • USU Police received a report of a drug prescription taken from off a desk in the business building. This investigation is continuing. Wednesday, March 23 • A student reported seeing a person on campus that he thought had been banned from the campus. Police investigated and found that this person had not been banned and was not causing any trouble. -Compiled by Catherine Meidell
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Center approved for construction
The Utah State University Board of Trustees recently approved the new USU Extension Center for Agronomic and Woody Biofuels. The center will provide the organizational structure to support current research and Extension activities related to producing and using plants for food, fuel, feed, fiber and reclamation, known as agronomic science and technology. Research at the center will support crops and their conversion to biofuels in Utah, the region and the nation. The creation of the new center will require no new facilities, equipment or personnel. “As the world’s attention has shifted to alternative and renewable sources of energy, USU Extension and our faculty partners in the Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources have begun to look at oilseed crops and woody biomass that might be converted into biofuels or electrical energy,” said Charles W. Gay, associate vice president and associate director for USU Extension. “This new center will provide the point of focus we need to move forward.” According to Dallas Hanks, USU Extension bioenergy agronomist and leader of the center’s efforts, USU has become the frontrunner in the United States in developing the agronomic practices for the production of oilseed crops for biofuels in arid and semi-arid systems, particularly on non-traditional lands such as highway rights of way, airports and military bases.
Curator receives service award Stephen C. Sturgeon, manuscript curator in Special Collections and Archives at Utah State University, is the recipient of the 2011 CIMA Service Award presented by the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists. The Conference of InterMountain Archivists presents two top awards annually – the CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award and the Service Award. Max J. Evans, a member of the LDS Church History Department, received the lifetime award. Founded in 1973, the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists is an association of archivists, conservators, historians and other archive professionals in the Intermountain West. Its membership is open to all, and institutions in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho and New Mexico are represented. The organization’s two top honors are bestowed annually to individuals who have “demonstrated considerable service and leadership in the Intermountain West region and who have made significant contributions to the CIMA organization and/or the archival profession,” the organization’s announcement said. The CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award recognizes the work of an entire career. The Service Award recognizes important work and activity but is presented to an individual not at the career-level mark.
Event encourages water research
The 2011 Spring Runoff Conference will be held at the Eccles Conference Center on the Utah State University campus on March 29-30, 2011. Hosted by the USU Water Initiative, this annual meeting encourages the development of interdisciplinary research on water-related issues. The theme is “Water, Climate, and Sustainability of our Changing World.” Students, faculty and professionals from across the disciplines are encouraged to participate. Registration is FREE for students but required. Submit your abstract by March 1. Learn more about the conference on our website, https://wetwater.usu.edu/htm/ conference.
-Compiled from staff and media reports
Monday, March 28, 2011
Ogden: Gangs more prominent Touring Polynesian culture in counties outside Cache Valley -continued from page 1
approximately three organized and named gangs in the valley. Over the years the number has been as high as six. Gang Members With a substantial portion of Loganâ€™s image tied to Utah State University, gang presence can often seem smaller than it actually is. â€œA lot of our gang members are juveniles,â€? Speth said. â€œItâ€™s not to say we donâ€™t have adult gang members, we do.â€? Law enforcement agencies in the valley work with schools to educate students â€“ particularly junior high and high school-aged â€“ about gangs, as well as working one-on-one with parents to identify the concerns associated with gang membership and why this scene attracts teens. â€œWe might be able to make a difference with some of them,â€? Speth said. Todd said a lot of the education is about letting communities know what they can do and bringing the public up to speed. â€œWe do have education where we actually teach people what gangs are,â€? he said. â€œWeâ€™re teaching prevention.â€? Sutton Hanzalik, a patrol officer with the USU Police
Department (USUPD), said the valleyâ€™s gang presence doesnâ€™t usually carry over into USUPD jurisdiction. Instead, campus police officers will assist other law enforcement agencies with their criminal mischief calls. Hanzalik also sits on Loganâ€™s gang task force as a representative of USUPD. Hanzalik said the age of university students, and the general demographic of adults seeking higher education, tend to result in less gang activity. â€œUp here, they kind of grow up out of that,â€? Hanzalik said. â€œThereâ€™s no doubt that they separate themselves because theyâ€™re trying to excel.â€? He said occasionally groups will come into town and pass through campus but typically just move on. â€œWeâ€™re pretty safe up here,â€? Hanzalik said. Todd said officers in the gang unit are aware of individuals who belong to gangs and they try to observe what activity is going on. â€œWe see whoâ€™s with who and doing what,â€? Todd said. The gang units in Cache Valley, he said, were put in place early on and are seeing success, but as the population grows the gang-related concerns will likely intensify. â€œItâ€™s a problem thatâ€™s only
going to get worse,â€? Todd said. Correctional Facilities Sgt. Gene Eggleston of the CCSO corrections division said as inmates are processed at the Cache County Jail, gang affiliation is taken under consideration to avoid altercations by rival groups. â€œWe make sure weâ€™re not putting anyone in danger,â€? Eggleston said. Eggleston said when each inmate is admitted, they go through an operation and assessment station that codifies them based on a number of factors, among them being gang involvement. He said itâ€™s not extremely often â€“ about once a week â€“ that gangs will come up in the assessment stage but even then it will not necessarily require special cell assignment. â€œTypically when gangs get into a correctional situation they morph a little bit,â€? Eggleston said. Eggleston said inmates typically express a desire to be placed with members of their same race and ethnicity, independent of gang affiliation. â€“ firstname.lastname@example.org
POLYNESIAN STUDENT UNION (PSU) members dance on stage at their celebratory luau, Saturday. Their cultural performance involved dancing and music, and was preceded by a Polynesian feast in the LDS Institute. ARMEN HOVSEPYAN photo
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the national recession. â€œDean (Noelle) Cockett and Dr. Ken White from the College of Agriculture were very effective testifying before the legislature outlining the details of the DVM program,â€? he said. Albrecht said the creation of the veterinary medicine program is an important step in continuing the evolution of Utah State, and will significantly enhance studentsâ€™ opportunities to pursue career goals in Veterinary Medicine. New Business Building While approval for the bill is pending Utah Gov. Gary Herbertâ€™s signature, HB4 allocates $14 million for a new building for the USU Huntsman School of Business. Abercrombie said the building proposal gained support in the house and senate primarily because USU had already committed $16 million in private funding â€“ more than any other build-
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Cafe: Flip charts to promote healthy choices -continued from page 1 In addition to providing more ready access to nutritional information, the flip charts will also promote awareness of Be Well menu items already available upon request at the Quadside Cafe, Burnham said. Be Well items, which first appeared on campus menus in 2008, must have fewer than 600 calories, less than 30 percent fat and at least 6 grams of fiber. On the Quadside Cafe menu, asterisks beside certain menu items show that there is a Be Well version available, but the planned flip-charts will show how much of an improvement the Be Well version is in terms of calories and grams of fat. Not only are Be Well meals better for your body, they are better for your wallet, Burk said. Be Well items are available at a 10 percent discount, and customers can use a punch-card to receive a free Be Well item for every 10 they purchase. The Be Well options are often only available on request, and many students arenâ€™t aware they have a choice, Burk
said. Hopefully, the flip charts will be especially beneficial in a college environment, Burnham said. â€œI think a big problem with college is that you want to find something quick, you want to find something cheap and you want to find something easy,â€? Burnham said. With the flip charts in the Quadside Cafe, students will be able to make healthy choices and still satisfy those requirements, Burnham said. While the project is still in its early stages, and no date has been set for the flip charts to appear, Shugart said the sooner the project is finished, the better. If the flip charts are a success at the Quadside Cafe, they may be making appearances at other dining locations on campus such as the TSCâ€™s Marketplace, Burnham said.
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Health care reform raises questions from students By ALLEE EVENSEN staff writer
Twelve hundred dollars is like gold to a college student. It can buy a meal plan at the Marketplace, a semester of housing, a giant flat screen TV, or â€Ś health insurance for a year? A large chunk of uninsured college students, around 20 percent of all students nationally, say no, according to a national government survey. After all, arenâ€™t college kids are supposed to be fit, healthy and in the prime of their lives? â€œ(Students) should really get knowledgeable
about the components of the heath plan,â€? said Jim Davis, director of the USU Health and Wellness center. â€œTheyâ€™re political powerhouses.â€? At 1,000-plus pages, most students wonâ€™t read past the title page of the health care bill passed last May. However, Davis said the bill may affect young adults around the nation more than they may think. Hereâ€™s the breakdown: The Cost of Good Care A case of strep throat. An inflamed appendix. A broken arm. All common ailments to even the
healthiest students. However, said Davis, without medical insurance, they can set students back for years. â€œIf you as a student come in, thereâ€™s only so much I can do, so much I feel comfortable doing. You might need some specialist care,â€? he said. â€œIn order to get access right now, youâ€™d have to have insurance or a very deep pocket. A trip to the orthopedist can cost you several thousand dollars, to get your appendix out can cost you between 10 and 12 thousand dollars.â€? H.R. 3962, more commonly know as the health care bill, is based on what is called an â€œindividual mandateâ€?, meaning a requirement by a govern-
ment that certain citizens purchase a good or service, in this case, health care. According to the bill, all legal citizens of the United States must have health care by 2014, or pay a tax fine through their income taxes that would be approximately the equivalent to their premiums. Those who are within 130 percent of the national poverty level will be eligible for government subsidies, meaning that dependingon their individual situations, the government will pay for some or all of their health care.
- See INSURANCE, page 7
THE UNIVERSITY OFFERS a student insurance plan through the Student Health Center, but the current plan will not conform with recent changes to the U.S. health care bill. The university will have to drastically change policies by 2014. BRANDON FONDA photo
Economist turned political professor Making it through school with kids
By CHELSEE NIEBERGALL staff writer
USU political science professor Peter McNamara never thought being a teacher was in his life tapestry. â€œThis was all unplanned. I never expected to become a teacher, but I am glad it worked out that way,â€? McNamara said. McNamara was born in Brisbane, Australia, but said he moved around a lot due to the fact that his father was an Australian detective. After high school, McNamara went to university in Brisbane and studied economics. McNamara then went on to work for the Australian government in the Treasury Department for two years before coming to the United States. He said he really enjoyed working for the government, but he wanted to travel and continue his schooling. â€œIt wasnâ€™t the most thought-out step that I took, I wasnâ€™t even sure what I wanted to get my Ph.D. in,â€? McNamara said. McNamara came to the United States and attended Boston College, where he decided to study political science. Though he had studied economics before, he wanted to study something more broad and out of the box, he said. He focused mainly on how politics fit into the human life and he also became very interested in the founding of America. â€œI loved Boston and I loved political theory. In Boston they take the two things I love very seriously; sports and politics,â€? McNamara said. McNamara was in Boston for nine years before coming to teach at Utah State. Though McNamara liked working in the government and being an economist, he said he finds teaching
- See POLITICAL, page 7
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AN INSTRUCTOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, Professor McNamara never intended to become a teacher. He graduated in economics, and now teaches political theory here at USU. CHELSEE NIEBERGALL photo
Earning a college degree is rarely described as easy. The latenight study sessions, group project meetings and 10-page papers take time and energy for any student to succeed. For those who have children, earning a degree becomes an even more difficult task. Jordynne Hill, a sophomore in business, is grateful her mom can help out. She said she didnâ€™t plan on having children during school, but said because she does have a 1-year old daughter, she still has to get through school, even though it is harder. â€œIf I did not have my mom to watch (my daughter) in the mornings while I am at school and when I need to do homework, I would absolutely not be able to keep going to school,â€? she said. â€œIt takes up a lot of my time that I could be spending with my daughter. But in the end, I know it will not only be better for me, but it will be better for her if I am educated.â€? Hill said she manages the additional stress by multitasking. â€œYou have to learn to feed the baby and finish your homework at the same time,â€? she said. Professors play a key role in the academic progression of student-parents. â€œFor the most part, I have had really good teachers who are understanding. But I have had struggles before of not being able to get an assignment done on time, or missing class on an important day,â€? Hill said. â€œI cannot help it when my daughter gets sick and is throwing
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Civil engineer aims to always be a gentleman By MARIAH NOBLE staff writer
Utah Statesman: What is the most memorable dream you’ve ever had? Sam Tyler: This one where I was flying, I could just jump really high and I could fly wherever I wanted to. It was like floating and all I had to do was kick my legs and I would be propelled forward. I think I was like 12 or 13 but I still remember it. US: If you could be someone else for a day, who would it be and why? ST: I think I would be Bill Gates. I would transfer a lot of money to my account, and I think I’d help out people in Japan with some money. US: Have you ever had an experience that you think defined you? ST: In an Easter egg hunt, I won this bicycle, and I was only like four or five. My dad put me on this bicycle that was way too tall for me, and he gave me a push and I crashed cause I couldn’t really touch the pedals. Then after I crashed, I got back on and kept doing it until I could ride the bike. US: Who is someone who has changed your life? ST: I’d have to say my adopted grandma. She’s a lady I adopted as my grandma because my other grandmas died. Her name is Helen McGregor. US: If your life had a theme song, what would it be and why? ST: The song, by Weezer, “Can’t Stop Partying.” US: Why are you here? ST: It just felt right. I was supposed to go to the University of Wyoming because they offered me a full-ride, but it just didn’t feel right so I came to Utah State. US: What is your biggest obsession? ST: My biggest obsession is being a gentleman, and that’s the honest truth. US: Where did you get your shoes? ST: I have no idea. They’re so old. Maybe Sports Authority? US: What is your favorite mode of transportation? ST: My 1973 Cadillac Sedan Deville. It’s like a
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Caught on Campus Sam Tyler junior civil engineering Wilson, Wyo.
US: Do you always match your socks? ST: I do always match my socks. US: What color of shirts do you have the most of? ST: Blue.
US: What’s your favorite dance move? ST: The party boy. US: What is your favorite kind of weather and why? ST: I love it when it snows because it just makes me antsy to go skiing. US: If you could swim in a pool filled with some kind of food, what would it be? ST: I think a jello pool would be fun, but then again my skin would be dyed a different color. But the jello has to be set-up. It can’t be a liquid jello.
SAM TYLER LOVES driving his 1973 Cadillac around town. He said he would love to go back in time to see the signing of the Declaration of Independence. MARIAH NOBLE photo
child and why? ST: It’d be Cain. I really like the name, but the history of the name is very negative.
US: If you could go on a game show, which one would you be on and why? ST: I think I would do “Deal or No Deal.”
US: Have you ever cut your own hair? ST: Just the front of it, and it didn’t turn out very good. I was very little.
US: Do you prefer glasses or contacts? ST: I think it depends on the person. Some people look really good in glasses, and some people don’t.
US: What are three things you’re passionate about? ST: I’m passionate about school, work and having fun.
US: What animal can you most relate to and why? ST: We’ll say monkey even though I hate monkeys. I just like to goof around sometimes.
US: What’s your favorite scent? ST: I like the smell of vanilla. I also like the smell of leaving an engineering classroom and smelling a beautiful girl.
US: What is the worst prank you’ve ever pulled? ST: One time, we plastic-wrapped a car shut.
US: Is there a sports team you follow and cheer for, regardless of its record? ST: Yeah, Utah Jazz definitely. From the time I was little, that’s who you’re born to love.
US: Have you ever had a crush on a professor? ST: I have on a teacher. It was Miss Rainey in seventh grade. US: What is a name you would never give your
TRAVIS HANSEN, senior in public relations, studies while taking care of his son Chace. He said going to school and work is a huge struggle, but he has never considered dropping out, despite the sleepless nights. ANI MIRZAKHANYAN photo
US: If you could go back in time and watch any event, what would it be? ST: I would like to see the signing of the
Declaration of Independence. US: In dating, what is the biggest turn-off? ST: Too quiet of a girl. US: Have you ever been on a date with someone you didn’t know? ST: Yeah, I have been on multiple blind dates. And they have turned out pretty good. There’s usually a second date, and the girl I’m dating right now is because of a blind date. US: How many times have you been in the hospital? ST: I think twice. US: What is your favorite YouTube video? ST: Charlie bit my finger – that’s a good one. US: What is one of your life goals? ST: One of them is to see at least seven wonders of the world that relate to each other, and I’m on my way. I’ve already been to the Taj Mahal.
Parenting: Kind teachers are a help -continued from page 5 up and needs me to hold her all night long, or if something goes wrong and I need to take her to the hospital,” she said. “Unexpected things come up and it can be a struggle to meet deadlines.” Hill said she can tell when a professor is going to be willing to help, based on how they treat the class. “However, I have had one or two teachers who do not care. It has almost felt as though they were trying to get me to fail the class, and that on top of an already hectic situation made everything worse,” she said. Genny Bull received her associate degree in business before moving to Korea with her husband and 1-year-old daughter. Bull also struggled with working with some of her professors, but others were more understanding. She said she didn’t have to drop out of school, but it was hard handling both responsibilities. She needed to take online classes in order to complete her degree. “Not only is Laci time-consuming, but she was up every two to three hours because she had to eat,” Bull said. She said she handled her online class by scheduling everything. “When she was asleep or had just eaten, I would have to do my homework or take a test. The hardest part was those that were timed,” Bull said. “If Laci got fussy, then I would have to get her and try to take care of her while taking a test.” She said both she and her husband did not plan on having children for a couple years, or until after she had finished school. But they had a change of plans. “We felt like we shouldn’t put off having kids, so we didn’t prevent it, and Laci came at the perfect time,” Bull said. She doesn’t regret their decision, even though it made school more difficult. Katie Carter, a junior in interdisciplinary studies, is returning to school after an 18-year break. She is the mother of three children who are 14, 11 and 7 years old. Carter’s husband is a veterinary consultant and though the family is working to pay off student loans, she said finances were not her reason for returning to USU. “I always wanted a degree, but I quit school back then to put my husband through vet school,” she said. “I finally got a window of opportunity.” Carter said it is difficult to be a student and a mother, but she and her husband strive to maintain healthy relationships with their children. “The hardest thing is balancing school, family and religion. That is what grounds me and what keeps our family solid,” she said. “We make sure we spend time as a family. Family
always comes first.” As a family, they make sure to incorporate exercise daily and they have one-on-one dates with the kids. She said they plan fun activities like sledding, bowling, dodge ball, Foosball, softball and other games they make up each week. Fortunately, Carter said she has never had a problem working with professors. “I’ve never had to ask, we have worked it out,” she said. Carter explained she keeps everything running smoothly because her family is “definitely a support system.” She plans to have a career as a marriage and family therapist and would love to travel to struggling countries to help with the universal problems regarding relationships and family stability. Chelsey DeWeese, a junior in psychology, had to drop a class this semester because she could not work out a baby-sitting schedule for her 11-month-old daughter. “The only class I am able to take this semester is an online class because I can do it at home while I am watching Ellie,” DeWeese said. She will continue to take online classes until she can find a schedule that will work with her classes. DeWeese said she often finds herself falling behind in her schoolwork because it is hard to manage school and care for her daughter simultaneously. She feels her professors’ cooperation is key to her academic success. “While some professors are understanding, others are not. And it mainly depends on them if I am able to catch up on work and pass the class,” Deweese said. It was not in her plans to have children during school, “but now that it has happened, I am that much more determined to make it through to my bachelor’s degree,” she said. Travis Hansen, senior in public relations, said raising a child and going to school and work is a huge struggle. But he has never considered dropping out, despite the sleepless nights. “My wife doesn’t go to school and she takes care of our son through the day,” Hansen said. The couple have considered having another child, but decided to wait until Hansen graduates before thinking about. “We would still consider it, even with graduate school, though,” he said. Hansen’s professors have understood when he has a family distraction. “My professors have been so great in helping me when I have to take care of him while my wife works or if he is sick and we take him to the doctor,” he said. “They have always helped me out.” – email@example.com
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Insurance: Can stay on parents policy until 26 Healthy lifestyles -continued from page 5
“A lot of people that are young and healthy don’t think it’s worth it,” said Roberta Herzberg, head of the political science department. “When young people are required to buy a fairly big policy without yearly lifetime limits, it will be expensive.” Because the government already subsidizes health care for those in retirement age, those costs often fall on the heads of young people, Herzberg said. “They don’t want older people to pay. As a result, in order to keep the 60-year-old costs in line, younger people pay a higher rate. There will be some smoothing of overall cost,” she said. No matter what happens with the bill, Davis said in the long run students should be expecting to foot a larger bill, because taxpayers will be the ones to fund the new subsidies. Laura Anderson, president of the USU Young Democrats, said that even though it may cost now, it will pay for itself in the long run. “You may be paying a little more, but I think it will be worth it,” she said. “In all honesty, most of us will be graduating and moving on to a mainstream job so we can afford that higher premium.” Piggy-back ride? Instead of putting the entire health care in effect at once, it is being spread over eight years. However, one of the pieces already in effect is also the one that may affect college students the most, Davis said. Students are now allowed to stay on their parents’ health insurance until they’re 26. Unlike most states, Utah already had a “26” law in place, but now married adults under 26 may stay on their parents’ health plans as well. “Husband and wife can get insured, husband to (his) parents and wife to (her) parents even though they’re emancipated,” Davis said. It puts much-needed money into student pockets, Anderson said. “It’s letting you piggy-back. I know a lot of my friends are utilizing that,” she said. “It’s making name brand prescriptions a little cheaper. It helps you keep money for tuition and books.” Terry Camp, president of the College Republicans at USU, said that when students hear about changes like the 26-year-old clause, they get excited without thinking it through how it will affect things like the job market. “If these costs continue to rise, it may kill jobs for students after graduation,” he said. While piggy-backing will save many students from having to buy health insurance while in school, in some cases, staying on parent’s health insurance isn’t beneficial. Camp could have remained on his mother’s insurance, but he said it was cheaper to buy his own
policy. Meeting the standard Before the health care bill was passed, companies that had temporary or minimum-wage employees might offer them partial, or cheaper coverage. Many college students fall under these categories, Herzberg said. Under the new bill, companies would either have to give employees heath care coverage that meets new standards of the Affordable Health Care Act, an expensive process, or choose not to offer benefits at all, making their employees eligible for subsidies. This causes problems, especially in labor-intensive fields, Herzberg said. “Well when the new plan came out, they had to up it or drop everybody,” she said. “A lot of employers said we’ll just drop everybody.” Under the bill, Utah State’s health care plans will also have to meet the new guidelines by 2014, Davis said. “A lot of student health plans are scrambling to see if to see if they can meet the qualifications to be certified under the Obama heath care plan as an eligible plan,” he said. “If you, right now, today, purchased USU’s student health insurance, you’d still have to pay the fine. The current plan as offered by Utah State doesn’t meet the qualifications of the Affordable Health Care act.” Davis said that by 2014, the school will have purchased a plan that meets ACA standards, so that students insured by the school will not have to worry about paying the fine. Students should be aware that because coverage must increase, the price of student plans will rise noticeably, he said. “Our current premium is a little over $1,000 per year. For full coverage, that’s going to jump significantly,” Davis said. So... Whether shopping for a new plan, or staying with a current provider, Davis said students need to consider their options and read the fine print. Even if health care is something students have never had to think about, he advises them to take a side in the debate. “Will they come down on the side that says we should we proceed with it as it is, should we revise it, or should we simply disqualify it and refund it and start over?” he said. “They have some political weight in addition to their position as a consumer.” “(Students) won’t have the choices they had before,” Herzberg said. “In the past you could choose not to be covered. Now, that’s not going to be as possible.” – firstname.lastname@example.org
Political: Having answers to political questions -continued from page 3 more interesting. However, he continues to study economics and has been invited to give guest lectures. McNamara teaches political theory and a few graduate classes. McNamara said political theory has two parts, and they don’t necessarily point in the same direction. The first part is studying the great political questions, such as “What is justice?”, “What is the best form of government?” and “What is human nature?” The other part is to think about how those ideas make political life and how to approach those political questions. Political theory tends to spill over into different disciplines such as history, philosophy and English, McNamara said. “Unlike many of my colleagues, who are mainly with political scientists, I find myself around historians, philosophers and economists. It’s fun,” McNamara said. McNamara said he never really thought about teaching until he actually got a job teaching, but it came naturally to him. McNamara said having good teachers in the past showed him what good teaching is. “Professor McNamara really knows his stuff. He seems to be able to answer the questions he asks and brings up some really interesting points. I really like how the class is set up,” said Cameron Cutler, a senior majoring in public relations and student of McNamara’s. Though political theory does not sound very interesting, McNamara said most students really enjoy the class after they get over a few hurdles. “I really like the content that we have been asked to read. A lot of it has been really insightful and interesting. The assigned reading can be a bit long, but it is good stuff to read,” Cutler said. McNamara said he enjoys an open class where students are free to express how they feel about the subject matter. McNamara said he feels it is important to listen to your students because sometimes they can be smarter than you are.
“Every day you and a group of students have a conversation about someone very impressive like Plato or Machiavelli,” McNamara said. McNamara said trying to pick a favorite philosopher was similar to choosing between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, it is almost
impossible. But he said when dealing with day-to-day politics, Aristotle, Machiavelli and Locke had the most insight. However, McNamara said Plato is still the best at dealing with the big questions of society. McNamara said if there was any advice he could give college students today, it
would be to try hard classes, write well, be able to read a difficult book and speak a foreign language. “When you go out in the world make sure you are flexible because the world is rapidly changing,” McNamara said. – chelsee.niebergall@aggi-
It is now the end of March, and An spring fever is hitting hard. Winter will soon be a cold memory of the apple past. I know it is difficult, but let’s look back to January. Do you even a day remember it? How about the New Year’s resolutions you made? How’s that diet coming? Have you used RandiMartin your new gym membership lately? Don’t worry, this isn’t a guilt trip, it’s a perfect segue way into what I want to talk about: The reality of maintaining healthy habits. Gena, a certified clinical nutritionist and author on one of my favorite blogs, choosingraw.com, gives five great tips on what do to after the honeymoon phase of our new healthy habits are over. 1. Set realistic goals. I once set the lofty goal of being “lean and mean by Halloween.” I wanted to lose 10 pounds by Halloween, and this was only two weeks away. The first few exciting days were spent running in the mornings and eating a plethora of fruits and vegetables. But the closer it got to Halloween, the more anxious I got. The fear of not meeting my goal paralyzed me, and I ended up sitting on my duff eating candy bars. Setting an unrealistic goal was setting myself up for failure. By setting smaller, realistic goals you can get shots of gratification that will motivate you to keep going.
2. Don’t give up on your first bad day. This is the most valuable piece of advice. It’s easy to have an “all or nothing” mentality. The second you fall off the bandwagon of what you “should” be doing, you give up. Instead, gently remind yourself that having a bad day or two (or three) is part of the process. It does not mean that you’re bad or a sorry excuse for a person. I subscribe to the philosophy of Dr. Fuhrman, author of Eat to Live. He suggests using the 90:10 method – eat healthy, nutrient dense food 90 percent of the time, and eat whatever you want 10 percent of the time. Replace the word “food” with “healthy habits” and the guilt goes away. You’re just using your 10 percent.
3. Don’t let anxiety warp your vision of what healthy living will entail. Healthy living doesn’t have to mean living like Jillian Michaels. Being a massage therapist and yoga teacher, I fall into this vortex of healthy living expectations. I feel like I have to live this perfect, tip-top shape of a life because I counsel others on how to be healthy. Although I do try hard to practice what I preach, I’m a person, too, and my transformation to healthy habits has been a slow one. I began my “health journey” about four years ago, and I’m still working to get it to where I want it to be. So instead of letting your freak-outs run the show on your transformation, slow down and enjoy the process.
4. Do what you need to do to facilitate healthy habits. This can be a tricky one. Eating well and exercising regularly is time consuming. It’s hard work to make the time to get in a run or plan all of your meals. “I don’t have time” is a common excuse I hear from my clients and from myself. Well, let me fill you in on a little secret. There is a magical thing that happens when you take the time to be healthy – you will find that more time will appear! Honestly, when I take the time to eat well and exercise, I am happier and have more energy. I find I am more productive, and I have more free time. Give it a whirl and find out for yourself. When you make taking care of yourself your first priority, everything else will fall into place. Promise.
5. Never feel unworthy. This one may sound a bit odd, but it’s an issue that comes up with almost everyone I talk to about this. They feel like they do not deserve the quality of life that they want. Why should they get it now when they have spent most of their lives not having it? Speaking from experience, working through a negative mentality is hard, but it is so worth it. Feeling unworthy is destructive, pointless and leads to nowhere. So turn on some Beyonce, or insert your own self-empowering music here, and feel good about yourself! With any habit you are trying to change, there will be highs and lows. It’s inevitable. Know that lows will happen, and they happen to everyone. I hope these tips will help you turn those low points into a time to learn and move forward. Ad4 7.5x5
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Softball’s slide continues against No. 21 Rainbow Wahine By MITCH FIGGAT staff writer
The Utah State Softball team traveled to Hawaii over the weekend attempting to end a 10-game losing streak, facing off against the No. 21 ranked University Hawaii Rainbow Wahine. Despite a standout performance by starting pitcher sophomore Mandy Harmon, USU could not put down a hard-hitting Rainbow Wahine team, leading to the Aggies dropping their 11th consecutive game, 5-2, on Friday. Utah State started its Western Athletic Conference opener with a home run straight over the left field fence by senior Kelly Kaneshiro. This was her team-leading sixth home run of the season and 28th of her career, extending the career record for home runs by a USU player. Hawaii came back and moved all-American Kelley Majam, who was hit by a Harmon pitch, to third base on a double. Harmon would then walk Jenna Rodriguez to bring Majam home. Jenna Aguire would bring home Jessica Iwata with a infield single, and Sharla Kleibenstein would cross the plate as Harmon walked another. Hawaii would take the lead 3-1 by the end of the first inning. The Aggies would threaten to score in the second and third innings, with freshman Kassy Uchida and fellow freshman Kristina Bava moving to second and first on infield singles in the second inning. But Hawaii would keep them scoreless with WAC strikeout leader Stephanie Ricketts racking up five strikeouts by the end of the third
inning. The fourth inning would go scoreless, but the Aggies would rack up another run on senior Megan Mcdonald’s first home run of the season, the fifth of her career, bringing the score to 3-2 at the end of the fifth. The Wahine would reply with backto-back home runs by Ricketts and Jasey Jensen to push the score to its eventual 5-2 final score. “It was a close game all the way up to the end, the girls really wanted it,” USU head coach Carissa Millsap-Kalaba said Saturday the Aggies began their doubleheader against Hawaii with a strong presence by the team’s newcomers, three of whom had base hits against the nearly locked-down defense of Hawaii. Freshman Christina Cummings got to first base on a walk out and junior Ashley Ventura took her place after she was hit by a pitch by Hawaii starter Kaia Parnaby. Parnaby was able to keep the rest of the Aggie line-up off the bases to leave the Aggies scoreless in the first inning. Cummings would again reach first base as she sent her first collegiate hit, a line drive over to left field. But Hawaii would keep USU scoreless and then mark up four runs as they doubled to bring in two and then sent a home run off starting pitcher Shelbi Tyteca to score two more making it 4-0. The Rainbow Wahine would seal the victory with the long ball in the fifth. Loading the first and second bases with an error and a single, Kleibenstein sent one over the left gate for her tenth home run of the season to make it 7-0 Hawaii. They added one more run in
USU PITCHER MANDY HARMON winds up for a pitch during a home game last season against San Jose State. Harmon struck out a career-high seven batters Friday in Utah State’s opening game of WAC play versus the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine. Despite the standout effort from Harmon, USU fell 5-2 in the game to the No. 21 ranked team in the nation. Statesman file photo
the sixth inning with a bases loaded walk to end the game 80. The night cap game was delayed multiple times due to the Hawaiian rain. Upon commencement, Hawaii nearly loaded the bases with Iwata walking to first ,stealing second and moving to third on a fly out, and with Rodriguez making it to first. But Iwata was thrown out by second baseman Lindsey Marquez and no more scoring threats were made. Scoreless, the Aggies would go
through three pitchers as Dani Chaplin would replace Harmon in the third and Tyteca would then replace Chaplin in the fifth after Chaplin allowed only two hits in the two innings on the mound. “We planned it out from the beginning for each girl to pitch two innings as hard as they could to keep Hawaii off-balanced,” Millsap-Kalaba said. Tyteca was clutch from the pitching circle in stopping another long ball scoring session as UH loaded up the bases
again in the fifth. Tyteca struck out Aguirre, leaving all the base runners stranded as the Aggies ended the inning without any runs allowed. Hawaii would pull itself out of a close call also as Bava and sophomore Tina Ferguson would take first and second base, but would remain stranded until the end of the inning. Hawaii would finally break through with two runs scored by Melissa Gonzales and Sarah Robinson on a double over the left by Jensen making it 2-0.
Ricketts was able to stop any Aggie attempt to score in the seventh inning, finalizing a Rainbow Wahine victory. Leaving Utah State with a 5-26 season record and 0-3 in the WAC, seven of those season losses were against ranked teams. The Aggies will go up against BYU this Tuesday 3pm in Provo. “We will need every pitcher to do their job to keep BYU off balanced,” Millsap-Kalaba said. – email@example.com
Freshman foursome lead soccer to pair of spring wins Golf takes seventh at Cal Poly
By TAVIN STUCKI staff writer
A handful of USU freshman showed some scoring ability over the weekend as the Aggie women’s soccer team won both of its games at the Utah Valley spring tournament, beating UVU 1-0 and Southern Utah 3-0. Freshman defender Taryn Rose scored the lone goal against the Wolverines, assisted by her former high school teammate, freshman midfielder Kendra Pemberton. Freshman striker Mari Miyashiro had a pair of goals against SUU and freshman midfielder Jennifer Flynn added another score in the match. Although both supplemental matches were shortened for offseason play, USU head coach Heather Cairns said the games went pretty well. “We set some possession goals that we wanted to reach,” Cairns said. “We’re knocking the ball around really well. We got more dangerous as the day went on. We started a little bit slow and progressively got better throughout the day.” Cairns said the Aggies need to find a way to replace their all-time leading goal scorer Lauren Hansen who was a senior last season. “One big question mark we have going into next fall that we’re trying to solve this spring is how do we replace Lauren Hansen,” Cairns said. “We’ve been doing that with a collective effort. It’s been really nice to see.” In the attack, the Aggies will return forward Shantel Flanary, who will be a senior. Miyashiro, Pemberton and Flynn will all be sophomores next fall. Striker Libby Lundquist, who did not score over the weekend but was “very key” in building chances, Cairns said, will also be a sophomore. “We’re playing a new formation,” Cairns said. “We hope to keep refining our ability to attack and defend out of that and get comfortable with that. We have really worked on attacking third play; being dangerous from the attacking third. We’ve been working on that final pass.” During the offseason, Cairns said she changed the attacking formation the Aggies will use this fall to a 4-2-3-1 to see if it will bring out the team’s strengths more. “Last year we played a 4-3-1-2,” Cairns said. “We’ve just changed the starting positions of our attacking players a little bit more. It’s allowed us to get the ball dribbling at our opponents as opposed to always having our forwards getting
By MARK ISRAELSEN staff writer
FRESHMAN FORWARD MARI MIYASHIRO dribbles around a defender during a soccer game last season against Boise State. Miyashiro was one of four USU freshman who stood out in two games this weekend, scoring two goals in a game versus Southern Utah University. CARL R. WILSON photo
the ball with their back to goal.” Defensively, the Aggies will be anchored by a back line that allowed just six goals in WAC regular season play last fall. “We’ve been refining some defensive principles,” Cairns said. “Being organized defensively, having pressure on the ball, having two players pressure the ball if we can, trapping our opponents. So we really just have to keep refining that and being able to do those skills at a higher speed of play.” Three-time first-team All-WAC midfielder Chandra Salmon will return to help on the defensive side of the ball for the Aggies. Salmon was also named to the 2010 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Women’s College Scholar All-America Team. Returning from injury is freshman defender Tayrn Rose out of Woods Cross High School, who redshirted for USU last season with an ACL
injury sustained in May. The Aggies will also have the help of Shay Haddow, a transfer from Virginia Commonwealth University. Haddow is a native of South Jordan, Utah, and played at Bingham High School before moving to Richmond to wear a Rams uniform. “Those three have been rotating into that defensive center mid position,” Cairns said. “That’s allowed us to really play with two defensive center mids and let everyone else go forward because those guys can really hold down that space and prevent our opponents from counter attacking.” The Aggies will continue offseason play as they next travel to Pocatello, Idaho, to face the Bengals of Idaho State University on Saturday, April 2 at 11 a.m. – firstname.lastname@example.org
After more than a month since their last tournament, the Utah State golf team finally got back on the green last weekend, playing in the Cal Poly Intercollegiate at the Cyprus Ridge Golf Course in Arroyo Grande, Calif. The Aggies finished the tournament tied for seventh place, and were led by junior Chanse Godderidge, who came in tied for 10th, with a total score of 5-over 149. “I don’t think we came into the tournament very sharp,” head coach Dean Johansen said. “We were just flat and we didn’t play very well. There’s not much good to say about that tournament, we’re putting it behind us and moving forward.” After their long lay-off, USU had a little bit of rust, and it showed. On the first day of the tournament Thursday, the Aggies struggled in the wet and windy conditions, and as a team combined to shoot a 46-over 334, putting them in last place. “The weather in Logan the last month hasn’t been helpful at all,” Johansen said about practice during their long break. “I think that’s part of it, you lose your sharpness. It’s certainly not an excuse, but it’s some-
- See GOLF, page 9
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Mid-majors Butler, VCU highlight unlikely Final Four By EDDIE PELLS associated press
Even in the unpredictable, anything-goes world of March Madness, this is a Final Four nobody saw coming. Kentucky, Connecticut, Butler and Virginia Commonwealth – the improbable, the implausible, the unthinkable and the downright unimaginable. In one game in Houston next Saturday, No. 4 seed Kentucky will play No. 3 Connecticut – not a completely absurd thought as a Final Four matchup, though hardly a trendy pick given their upand-down regular seasons. In the other game, it will be No. 11 Virginia Commonwealth against No. 8 Butler – the team that was panned when its name was called on Selection Sunday against the defending national runner-up from a 4,500-student campus whose amazing success story had supposedly run its course. “It never gets old,” Bulldogs senior Matt Howard said. Nor does the NCAA tournament, the three-week office pool that places the so-called experts on even footing with those who fill out brackets because they like a team’s colors or its mascot. Anything goes. Anyone can win. And never has that been more true than this year. Four teams with a combined 37 losses and a combined winning percentage of .755, second lowest since 1985. Four teams whose combined seeding equals 26, breaking the record of 22 in 2000. Not a single No. 1 seed for only the third time since seeding began in 1979 and, according to STATS LLC., the first time that no 1 or 2 seed will be there. ESPN, which sponsors one of the country’s biggest bracket tournaments, said that out of 5.9 million entries, only two had this foursome making its way to Houston. President Barack Obama? He went 0 for 4. He had plenty of company. Kentucky is the new favorite in Vegas, at 8-5. VCU is listed at 7-1 – the longshot in the field, but still quite a bit better than 2500-1, which is where the Rams were listed at the start of the season. “I think what it does as much as anything, it just puts a spin on the NCAA tournament,” said Kansas coach Bill Self after his top-seeded team lost 71-61 to VCU. “It’s wild. ... Because seeds are so overrated. It’s about matchups. And their players could play for us any day.” VCU (28-11) got up early on Kansas on Sunday and never looked back, another upset winner in a tournament that’s all about underdogs. “Our guys have done a phenomenal job of putting all the doubters aside, putting all the people that didn’t believe in us
aside and going out and doing their job,” VCU coach Shaka Smart said. The Rams are the third No. 11 seed to make the Final Four and the first since George Mason in 2006, which also hails from the Colonial Athletic Conference. But the Rams are the first ever that will need to win seven games – not the usual six – to win the title. They were one of the last at-large teams to make the newfangled 68-team field. They played in the new “First Four” – an extra round that was added as part of the NCAA’s new $10.8 billion TV deal. Now they’re in the Final Four. They’ll play Butler (27-9), which slumped through big chunks of this season, a somewhat predictable result after what was supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Final Four last year, played a scant six miles from their Indianapolis campus. This year, the destination is Reliant Stadium – 1,036 miles away. The Bulldogs are once again proving that all it takes is good players – not a power conference, a big school or gobs of money – to compete on the biggest stage in college sports. Last season, in one of the most epic finishes in Final Four history, Gordon Hayward’s halfcourt shot banked off glass, nicked off the rim and barely bounded out to leave Butler two points short of Duke for the national title. It was a heartbreaker, but maybe one that set the Bulldogs up for a repeat. They’ve won one game by one, another by two and another by three on this year’s road to the Final Four. They beat Florida 74-71 in overtime Saturday to make their second straight trip. “I think it (last year) helps you with knowing how you need to prepare and what you should do and what you should not do,” Howard said. “I think that will help us.” Though UConn and Kentucky each struggled at times this season, they’ve had Final Four pedigrees for years (decades when it comes to the Wildcats) and they lived up to them this month. Connecticut was 9-9 in the Big East this season but won an unprecedented five games in five days in the conference tournament to win its first big trophy of March. The big question was whether the Huskies, led by one of the nation’s best players in Kemba Walker, would have enough energy to keep things going in the NCAA. Short answer: Yes. They held off Arizona 6563 on Saturday and are in the Final Four for the fourth time since 1999. “I’ve been fortunate over 39 years to have a lot of teams do a lot of different things,” coach Jim Calhoun said, “but never
THE VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH RAMS hoist their regional championship trophy following their 71-61 win over No. 1 seeded Kansas, Sunday. The Rams became the second team from a mid-major conference to advance to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament, joining the Butler Bulldogs, who beat Florida Saturday to advance to the Final Four for the second-straight year. Butler guard Shelvin Mack mimicked the Florida Gator chomp while cutting down the nets following the Bulldogs’ victory. AP photos
could I imagine the team winning nine games in tournament play in 19 days.” To win No. 10, UConn (30-9) must beat Kentucky, a team led by three freshmen that might, nonetheless, have its biggest star on the bench. Coach John Calipari joined Rick Pitino as the only coaches to lead three different programs to the Final Four. Brandon Knight, Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones are the three freshmen who helped the Wildcats (29-8) get to the Final Four for the first time since their 1998 national title team. This was a team that lost
four out of seven earlier this season and looked every bit as close to the tournament bubble as a national championship. Since then, the Wildcats have won 10 straight, including the 76-69 win over North Carolina on Sunday. “We got Kentucky back,” senior forward Josh Harrelson said. “A lot of people really didn’t think we would be the team we are. We know we struggled early in the season, lost a couple of close games that we should have won. And you know, we really pulled it together as a team. And, you know, we’re back now.”
Men’s basketball year-end Golf: Godderidge places in top 10 banquet to be held April 19 -continued from page 8 BY USU ATHLETICS
Utah State will hold its annual men’s basketball end of season banquet on Tuesday, April 19 at 6 p.m., at the Copper Mill Restaurant in downtown Logan. Cost of the event is $25 per person. Stew Morrill, the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, will address the audience, the team will honor its individual award winners, and a highlight video will be shown. USU will also recognize all of its players who earned all-WAC honors in 2011. Utah State won its fourth-straight regular season WAC title in 2011 as it went 15-1 in league play. USU also tied the school record for wins in a season with 30 and its 30-4 record to end the year is the best in school history. Utah State advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third-straight season and the eighth time in the last 12 years under Morrill after the Aggies won the 2011 WAC Tournament for the second time in the last three years. Anyone interested in attending the banquet should contact the USU Athletics Department at (435) 7971850. Reservations will be accepted until Friday, April 15.
thing that we deal with that a lot of teams don’t have to deal with.” After struggling through the first 18 holes, Utah State came out and played much better through the next 18 on the second day. The Aggies shot a 15-over 303, 31 strokes better than their performance a day before. When asked about the turnaround after the first day Johansen said, “When we have five months under snow (in Logan), and it’s been a month since our last tournament, it’s tough for the kids to stay in a groove and stay in a rhythm, and anybody who plays golf understands that.” Despite the poor conditions and long lay-off between tournaments, Godderidge came out ready to play. On the first day of the tournament he shot a 4-over 76, which put him in 14th place. The next day he came out even better shoot-
ing a 1-over 73, giving him a total score of 5-over 149 and a top 10 finish, the second such of his collegiate career. “He just played pretty well,” Johansen said. “He’s been playing really good this year and he’s pretty consistent all the time. I think he only had 2-3 bad holes, so he played 36 holes of very consistent golf out here, it was good.” The tournament’s overall champion was Cal Poly, who beat Sacramento State in a playoff, and finished with a final score of 7-over 583. The individual champion was Sacramento State’s Jake Johnson with a 5-under 139. The Aggies now have another week off before they head down to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the Wyoming Cowboy Classic on April 4 and 5. – email@example.com
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hen you get sick or have an accident, how do you pay for your doctor’s or hospital visit? Do you have a considerable savings allowing you to pay the cost straight from your checking account? Doubtful. You probably have some kind of insurance. Whether through your parents, employer, or the university, you or your parents pay a monthly premium giving you access to certain health care benefits at little or no direct cost to you. One of the big pulls of the new health care bill allows those of us taking advantage of our parents’ insurance plans to stick with those plans until age 26, whether we are single or married. Which sounds awesome, really. However, the cost of insurance once we hit 27 could be significantly higher than it is now because of the upcoming changes. The health care bill will require everyone in the country to have health insurance by 2014. If someone chooses not to buy health insurance, a tax fine will be imposed, costing roughly the equivalent of what your insurance premium would be – so you’ll be paying anyway, might as well choose what you’re paying for and get an insurance plan. The costs may be subsidized by the government for people under a certain income bracket, but everyone will still have to purchase an insurance plan. Some employers will continue to offer insurance benefits, but the insurance policies will have to meet a certain standard set in the health care bill. Employers may also choose not to offer health insurance benefits at all if the cost of upgrading their plan to meet the new standards is too high. The most important thing for us to do is educate ourselves and choose the best option for us, whether it is now or at 27 when we can’t benefit from mom and dad’s insurance anymore. Find out whether your employer, or the employers your are looking at when job-hunting, offer a plan that meets government standards. Find out how much it will cost you. Find out how much insurance from a private agency will cost you. Find out what aspects of health care each option will cover. Doing your research, even if it’s just a little googling, will give you the best chance of getting the best health insurance for the lowest cost for your needs. If you have a few years before you need to start on that research, one thing you can do now is start saving. Having an emergency savings will be a great and potentially vital safeguard should you ever go without health insurance for any amount of time. And, if you never need it, you’ll have plenty of dough to purchase an insurance plan when the time comes.
USU graduate school has a lot to offer With a total of 1,728 on ASUSU campus and 3,454 throughout all university sites, the gradView uate students at Utah State University are a small but very distinguished group of individuals on campus. Unbeknownst to many, six of our very own ASUSU officers are currently pursuing graduate degrees at USU. Tucked away in a little corner at the top of a staircase on the third floor of the TSC, the Graduate Student Senate (or GSS for short) offers many valuable resources for grad students. Organized much like the Academic Senate of ASUSU, the GSS has a senator representative for every college on campus, an international senator, a VP of Student Affairs, a VP of Research and the GSS President, who sits on ASUSU Executive Council as the Graduate Studies VP. The GSS offers a variety of awards to graduate students to enhance their educational experience, such as the Stipend Enhancement Award, the Research and Projects Grant, various travel awards for professional conferences and presentations and a Lunch and Lecture Series throughout the school year for graduate students to attend. The GSS also has sole responsibility over the Intermountain Graduate Research Symposium (IGRS). The IGRS started several years ago as an opportunity for graduate students to present their on-going, completed, or published research in order to gain practice, obtain feedback, or prepare for conferences and/or defending their dissertations. It has grown from a little-attended, informal conference to a two-day, 200 participant, formal symposium that is the largest known of its kind in the West, if not the nation. This year’s IGRS is Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1.
- See GRAD, page 11
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U.S. nuclear power in hot seat Throughout one of the largest nuclear problems in Bright the tragedy in the United States – the Three Mile Island Japan, there incident. A combination of poorly labeled Blue has been an switches, under-trained staff and general Dot overlay of the error led to radioactive steam being vented potential for from a nuclear power plant. No one was even more harmed and cancer rates in the area are destruction not markedly higher than anywhere else in to beset the the nation, but the manner in which it was already devashandled led to widespread public mistrust tated nation. I am speaking, of course, of of nuclear power and a longtime halt of the threat of potential nuclear meltdown. I new plant construction. had actually learned that Japan ran a large Over the years, nuclear technology for part of its power grid off of its 55 nucle- energy production has advanced greatly ar reactors about two weeks before the as have practices for disposing of waste earthquake and tsunami hit the nation. My materials. France relies on nuclear energy response to this was surprise, to be quite for the majority of its power production frank, because I assumed that if any coun- and many well-respected public voices try had reason to mistrust the very idea of argue that one cannot tackle issues like nuclear anything it would be pollution or climate change Japan. in a reasonable time without Watching the panic over “Watching the some significant reliance on what could have been a very new nuclear technologies to serious problem made me panic over what get us there. extremely curious about what could have been Bill Gates said “Nuclear our nuclear power potential a very serious energy is per kilogram looks like and, to be honest, 250,000 times better than where we already are. I didn’t problem made hydrocarbons or any chemihave much of an opinion as me extremely cal ... as long as the earth to whether it is good or bad curious about exists, you wouldn’t run into for us to develop this tech- what our nuclear fuel problems.” That assernology within the states, so tion may be a little too cheery hopefully including some of power potential for someone as skeptical as I my research before I assert looks like and, to generally insist on being, but any conclusion will allow this be honest, where I’ll take the first part of it at to be more a dialogue than least. Many voices are asserta lecture – which I can save we already are.” ing the glories of “clean coal,” for threats to defund Planned and while it is true that oil is to Parenthood or NPR, or some Saudi Arabia as coal is to the other forum where I feel more comfortable United States, it doesn’t mean that such asserting myself. things come without a price. Underground About 104 nuclear reactors are already mines collapse and kill people, and mounrunning in the U.S. according to International taintop removal has tremendous ecologiAtomic Energy Agency reports, most of cal impact. The burning of coal, which is those are on the East coast or in the mid how most of our power is generated, is a west, though there are four in California, huge source of greenhouse gasses. three in Arizona and one in Washington. Now let’s think of some of the less blaThat is actually the largest number of any tant downsides of nuclear energy. While country in the world. China is set to pass meltdown is the most apparent and scary us soon judging by their proposed and potential problem one might encounter, partially constructed facilities. Now, our there are most certainly others like the nation uses nuclear power for about 20 issue of disposing of nuclear materials. percent of our total energy production, not Disposal is the thing that concerns many the largest single part but still significant. It Utahns, as our state and others in the west was interesting to me that the majority of are the most likely dumping ground for the plants we currently have in operation such things and we’ve been hurt before were built 20-30 years ago, a result of the fact that around that time we experienced - See NUKE, page 11
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A big deal for AT&T
t’s hard to see how a merger that will take a spirited competitor out of the U.S. wireless market will mean anything for consumers in the short run other than higher prices and less choice. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With the announcement that AT&T plans to take over fourth-place wireless carrier TMobile, consumer advocates were struggling to come up with a list of the potential upsides. So what if T-Mobile customers might be able to switch to an iPhone? They could do that now, if they pay the going rate at either AT&T or Verizon Wireless, the other major player in the wireless market. The whole point of being customers of the spunky fourth-place carrier was to avoid AT&T’s contracts, which can be substantially pricier than what T-Mobile charges for similar dial-tone and smartphone services. For anyone patient enough, of course, the merger might mean that AT&T is able to roll out next-generation wireless services sooner. That’s the case being made in favor of the merger by AT&T chief Randall Stephenson and other company executives. According to Stephenson, the $39 billion merger repre-
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sents “a major investment and commitment by a U.S. company to advance U.S. leadership in mobile broadband.” Before federal regulators decide whether to approve this merger in any form, though, they should be truly convinced that it would bring benefits to consumers in the here and now. In a merger that will eliminate head-to-head competition, the stakes for consumers are about as high as they get. Even as it played David to AT&T and Verizon’s Goliath, T-Mobile attracted 34 million customers. Given that a merger will mean less competition, when compared to the present landscape, Federal Communications Commission officials need to be extremely careful about believing any purported consumer gains. This merger also could have a knock-on effect that would be even more damaging to a competitive marketplace, should it prompt Verizon to go courting at third-place Sprint Nextel Corp. That marriage would leave the U.S. market with only two major wireless providers, in addition to much
smaller firms such as Leap, MetroPCS, and U.S. Cellular, which resell services carried by other networks. It may be that federal regulators could set terms for the T-Mobile takeover that would address competition concerns. Forcing the merged company to sell off certain assets could create a more level playing field. Just as it did with the recent Comcast Corp. acquisition of NBC Universal, the FCC also might find creative ways to strike the right balance to make a wireless megadeal better for consumers. The Comcast deal includes provisions to help low-income customers get online, promote diverse and local TV and Internet programming, and help preserve Internet access for all users. With its smart-aleck ads poking fun at AT&T’s purportedly slower network, T-Mobile hasn’t exactly prepared its customers for this proposed takeover. In fact, the I’m-aMac-style ads that portray an AT&T guy groaning under the weight of another man on his back might even offer a fitting image for this proposed merger.
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My main reason for providing all of this information isn’t for grandeur and accolades of the GSS or the Graduate School, but rather to expose these great resources to all undergraduates and graduates alike who may not have known it existed before (which, unfortunately, tends to be the overwhelming majority). Many, including myself, have often questioned whether to continue their graduate education at Utah State University and I believe there would be many to offer their sincere stamp of approval. Vice President of Research Brent Miller and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies Byron Burnham have provided invaluable leadership to this university for several years. With both of their departures at the end of this semester, we are looking forward to continued expansion and strong leadership from whomever will take their place. Although it may be different for
some, Utah State University has many unique opportunities to offer up to students who commit to continuing their education through our very own School of Graduate Studies. The graduate program is also one of the oldest and largest around. It offers more than 140 degrees, 19 of which are available throughout the state or online, and one of which is the state’s only distance-delivered doctoral degree. For the many students on campus who may be contemplating postgraduate studies, I would strongly encourage you to visit the Graduate School’s office in Old Main or the GSS office on the third floor of the TSC. I think you’ll find that USU has more to offer than you may have previously believed.
Trevor Nelson is the ASUSU Graduate Senate president.
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by nuclear fallout. I think the most important thing we can do to avoid a recurrence of that will be clear energy policy and regulation of production and storage facilities, and those procedures being constantly updated. The second step will be to combat mistrust through openness and transparency. I must say that despite my reservations about the subject, Energy Solutions, our local nuclear waste disposal company, has done some very good work on that front by opening themselves up to tours.
I feel that there is serious potential for nuclear power in moving our energy policy forward as a nation, but I harbor serious concerns over storage of what the process creates. In the end, one crucial thing we must recognize is that regardless of how it is produced we must be cautious with our use of energy or the problems we encounter will get exponentially worse. Anna Jane Harris is a junior majoring in political science. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Air raids hit Gadhafi stronghold of Sirte in Libya RAS LANOUF, Libya (AP) â€“ International air raids targeted Moammar Gadhafiâ€™s hometown of Sirte for the first time Sunday night as rebels quickly closed in on the regime stronghold, a formidable obstacle that must be overcome for government opponents to reach the capital Tripoli. A heavy bombardment of Tripoli also began after nightfall, with at least nine loud explosions and anti-aircraft fire heard, an Associated Press reporter in the city said. Earlier in the day, rebels regained two key oil complexes along the coastal highway that runs from the opposition-held eastern half of the country toward Sirte and beyond that, to the capital. Moving quickly westward, the advance retraced their steps in the first rebel march toward the capital. But this time, the worldâ€™s most powerful air forces have eased the way by pounding Gadhafiâ€™s military assets for the past week. Sirte is strategically located about halfway between the rebel-held east and the Gadhaficontrolled west along the Mediterranean coast. It is a bastion of support for Gadhafi that
will be difficult for the rebels to overrun and the entrances to the city have reportedly been mined. If the rebels could somehow overcome Sirte, momentum for a march on the capital would skyrocket. An AP reporter at the front said the latest rebel advance during the day reached as far west as the oil port of Ras Lanouf, about 130 miles (210 kilometers) east of Sirte. After nightfall, Libyan state television confirmed air raids on Sirte and Tripoli. Foreign journalists who were taken by the regime to Sirte a few hours before the bombings began reported hearing at least six loud explosions and warplanes flying overheard. They were driven around the city and said it was swarming with soldiers on patrol and armed civilians, many of them wearing green bandanas that signaled their support for Gadhafi. In the contested city of Misrata in western Libya, residents reported fighting between rebels and Gadhafi loyalists who fired from tanks on residential areas. Misrata is one of two cities in western Libya that have risen against the regime and suffered bru-
tal crackdowns. It is located between Tripoli and Sirte on the coastal road. In Washington, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he could not offer a timetable for how long the Libya operation could last, as the Obama administration tried to bolster its case for bringing the United States into another war in the Muslim world. The U.N. Security Council authorized the operation to protect Libyan civilians after Gadhafi launched attacks against anti-government protesters who demanded that he step down after nearly 42 years in power. The airstrikes have crippled Gadhafiâ€™s forces, allowing rebels to advance less than two weeks after they had seemed at the brink of defeat. Now that the rebels have regained control of two key oil ports, they are making tentative plans to exploit Libyaâ€™s most valuable natural resource. But production is at a trickle, the foreign oil workers and their vital expertise have fled the country, and even talk of a marketing deal with Qatar seems murky at best. â€œAs they move round the coast, of course, the rebels will
increasingly control the exit points of Libyaâ€™s oil,â€? British Defense Secretary Liam Fox told the BBC. â€œThat will produce a very dynamic and a very different equilibrium inside Libya. How that will play out in terms of public opinion and the Gadhafi regime remains to be seen.â€? The coastal complexes at Ras Lanouf and Brega were responsible for a large chunk of Libyaâ€™s 1.5 million barrels of daily exports, which have all but stopped since the uprising that began Feb. 15 and was inspired by the toppling of governments in Tunisia and Egypt. On the eastern approach of Ras Lanouf, airstrikes hit three empty tank transporters and left two buildings that appeared to be sleeping quarters pockmarked with shrapnel. Like the oil port of Brega and the city of Ajdabiya before it, Gadhafiâ€™s troops appear to have left in a hurry, abandoning ammunition and disappearing without a fight. â€œThere was no resistance. Gadhafiâ€™s forces just melted away,â€? said Suleiman Ibrahim, a 31-year-old volunteer, sitting in the back of a pickup truck on the road between the two
LIBYAN REBELS TOOK BACK a key oil town and pushed westward Sunday toward the capital, seizing momentum from the international airstrikes that tipped the balance away from Moammar Gadhafiâ€™s military. AP photo
towns. â€œThis couldnâ€™t have happened without NATO. They gave us big support.â€? The agreement with the tiny Gulf nation of Qatar could allow the rebels to exploit Libyaâ€™s vast oil reserves â€“ most of which are in the eastern territory they control. With no ships coming or going, Libyaâ€™s tanks are full to the brim. Until they are emptied, thereâ€™s nowhere to store any oil that is pumped from the ground.
Qatar, which has conducted at least one sortie over Libya, is the only Arab country known to have actively joined with the international force. â€œWe trust them, so basically they are the ones who are going to market our oil for us,â€? Ali Tarhouni, the rebel finance official, told The Associated Press on Friday. â€œFor Qatar thereâ€™s no words to describe what theyâ€™ve done for the Libyan cause.â€?
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SYRIAN PRO-ASSAD PROTESTERS SHOUT slogans as they carry pictures of Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, and his father late President Hafez Assad, right, during a sit-in in front of the Syrian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, March 27. Hundreds of Syrians have demonstrated near their embassy in Beirut in support of the government. The nearly 2,000 demonstrators carried pictures of Assad and chanted: â€œour souls, our blood, we sacrifice for you.â€? AP photo
Gangs of Syraian men roam city
LATAKIA, Syria â€“ Gangs of young men, some armed with swords and hunting rifles, roamed Sunday through the streets of a Syrian seaside city, closing alleys with barricades and roughly questioning passersby in streets scarred by days of anti-government unrest. The scenes in Latakia, a Mediterranean port once known as a summmer tourist draw, were a remarkable display of anarchy in what had been one of the Mideastâ€™s most tightly controlled countries. Syria has been rocked by more than a week of demonstrations that began in the drought-parched southern agricultural city of Daraa and exploded nationwide on Friday, with security forces opening fire on demonstrators in at least six places and killing dozens. A Damascus-based activist said residents of an impoverished hillside neighborhood of the capital known as Mezah-86 reported that government forces were attacking demonstrators there Sunday night. The activist said two residents reported hearing gunfire in the area as they spoke to him by phone. â€œI heard shouting, screaming, fighting and shooting,â€? he said. One of the residents reported seeing security forces breaking into the home of at least one person who had attended an antigovernment protest earlier in the evening, the activist said. His account could not be independently confirmed because Syria maintains tight restrictions on journalists and many areas have become unsafe in recent days. The government has also tried to calm the situation with concessions, and President Bashar Assad is expected to announce Tuesday that he is lifting a nearly 50-year state of emergency and moving to annul other harsh restrictions on civil liberties and political freedoms. Member of Parliament Mohammed Habash told The Associated Press that lawmakers discussed the state of emergency during a Sunday night session and Assad
would make an announcement about the issue on Tuesday. He offered no further details. Ammar Qurabi, an exile in Egypt who heads Syriaâ€™s National Organization for Human Rights, said there appeared to be divergent views within the Syrian leadership, with one branch that believes in a crackdown and another that believes in dialogue. He said Assad must address the people and show some transparency as quickly as possible. â€œPeople are asking themselves, where is he? why doesnâ€™t he make an appearance?â€? Qurabi said. â€œAssad must choose whether he wants to go the way of the Moroccan king, who has pledged to sponsor broad constitutional reforms, or the Gadhafi way. Which is it going to be?â€? A top adviser to Assad offered the first hint of reforms in an announcement Thursday, saying the government had begun studying change to the emergency law and other measures. That pledge did not stop protests from erupting in cities across Syria the following day. Some of the worst violence appears to have taken place in Latakia, a coastal city that is a mix of Sunnis living in its urban core and members of Assadâ€™s minority Alawite branch of Shiite Islam in villages on its outskirts, along with small minorities of Christians, ethnic Turks and other groups. Witnesses told The Associated Press that large, religiously mixed crowds took to the steets of Latakia on Friday to express sympathy with protesters in the southern city of Daraa and demand greater civil liberties and political freedoms and an end to official corruption. According to the witnesses and footage posted on social networking sites, shooting erupted after nightfall Tuesday that protesters blamed on security forces, and unrest erupted that continued until Saturday. Syrian officials said the government moved the army into Latakia in heavy numbers by early Sunday.
Syrian officials said 12 people had died in the city, and blamed the deaths on unidentified gunmen firing from rooftops. An Associated Press photographer saw traces of what appeared to have been a serious battle in Latakiaâ€™s main Sheik Daher square. Two police cars had been smashed and rocks and telephone cables torn from overhead poles were strewn across the streets and sidewalks. The offices housing SyriaTel, the mobile phone company owned in large part by a cousin of President Bashar Assad, had been burned. At one of the cityâ€™s two hospitals, officials said they had treated 90 wounded people on Friday. The photographer saw many suffering from gunshot wounds to the hands or feet. Others were in critical condition. Few cars or people were on the streets and shops were closed. Soldiers patrolled in heavy numbers, stopping virtually anyone seen carrying a bag. They pulled drivers to the side of the road to ask for identification papers and search their vehicles. Just before sundown, gangs of 10 to 15 young men began roaming the streets, many armed with sticks and a few carrying guns or swords. Some of the gangs could be seen closing streets and alleys with metal barricades and large rocks. Their allegiances could not be immediately determined, but pro-government groups of men in civilian clothes and armed with hunting rifles and other firearms also could be seen pulling over drivers, asking them for identification and the reason for their presence in Latakia. The Baath partyâ€™s office in Latakia did not appear to be burnt, despite reports from activists Saturday that it had been set ablaze, which the government had denied. The Reuters news agency reported that two of its staffers had been missing in Syria since Saturday night, saying Beirut-based producer Ayat Basma and cameraman Ezzat Baltaji had been expected to cross into Lebanon by road and be picked up by a taxi.
RENO, Nev. (AP) â€“ Nevada has joined several western states in reporting that minuscule amounts of radiation from Japanâ€™s damaged nuclear plant are showing up. But as with the other states, scientists say there is no health risk. Extremely small amounts of the radioactive isotopes iodine-131 and xenon-133 reached a monitoring station by Las Vegasâ€™ Atomic Testing Museum this week, said Ted Hartwell, manager of the Desert Research Instituteâ€™s Community Environmental Monitoring Program. Hartwell said heâ€™s certain the isotopes came from Japan because theyâ€™re not usually detected in Nevada. But he said the readings were far below levels that could pose any health risks. â€œUnless you have an accident like this (in Japan) you wouldnâ€™t expect to see this. No doubt itâ€™s from Japan,â€? Hartwell told The Associated Press. California, Colorado, Hawaii and Washington have also reported tiny amounts of radiation from the Japan accident. Officials have said those levels also are not harmful. Nevada health officials have said they do not expect any risk to the state from Japanese radiation releases because of the distance the materials would have to travel. â€œAny material released must travel 10,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean, during which time it will be dispersed and diluted in the atmosphere to levels that might eventually be detectable, but which will not present a health hazard nor require any protective actions,â€? said Eric Matus, radiation physicist for the Nevada State Health Division. Scientists say they werenâ€™t surprised that radioactive isotopes from Japan were detected in the Western states. â€œThey get caught up in the right wind pattern and theyâ€™ll move across the ocean,â€? said Jeff Daniels, an environmental scientist with Reno-based DRI. Tiny amounts of the radioactive isotope cesium-137 were detected at a University of Nevada, Las Vegas laboratory between March 17 and 21, but havenâ€™t been reported since then, Hartwell said. The Desert Research Institute operates 29 stations that monitor the air for radioactivity around the Nevada National Security Site, formerly the Nevada Test Site, about 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The institute plans to release the results of testing at the other stations and post them online at http://cemp.dri.edu/ by late in the week, Hartwell said. The vast majority of the monitoring stations are in Nevada, with four in Utah and one in California. www.a-bay-usu.com
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Today is Monday, March 28, 2011. Todayâ€™s issue of The Utah Statesman is published especially for Elysha Resendes, a senior majoring in speech communications from Richfield, Utah.
Almanac Today in History: In 1979, the worst accident in the history of the U.S. nuclear power industry begins when a pressure valve in a reactor at Three Mile Island fails to close. Cooling water, contaminated with radiation, drained from the open valve into adjoining buildings, and the core began to overheat.
March 29 - Joy of Depression Workshop, TSC 310B - Spring Runoff Conference, Eccles Conference Center - Student Research Showcase, International Lounge, 9 a.m. - Undergraduate Research Awards, International Lounge, 12 p.m. - Biology Seminar, BNR 202a, 3 p.m. - Softball at BYU, 3 p.m.
High: 38Â° Low: 25Â° Skies: Rain and snow showers.
- Spring Runoff Conference, Eccles Conference Center - Innovation and Invention Day, Haigh Alumni Center, 9 a.m. - Mediation Club, TSC 335, 12 p.m. - Library Faculty Author Exhibition, Library, 4 p.m. - SEED Benefit Concert, TSC Auditorium, 7 p.m.
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Alphatraz: Locking Out Domestic Violenceâ€? Apr. 6-8, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on the TSC Patio Members of Alpha Chi Omega will â€œarrestâ€? your friends and put them in a jail cell on the TSC patio for $3 for a warrant of your choice. 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 everyoneâ€™s help in this fight against domestic violence!
On Mar. 30 from 7-10 p.m. in the TSC Auditorium there will be a benefit concert for USUs SEED program. The bands that will be performing are The Old World formerly Matt Ben Jackson, Welcome to the Woods, and American Attic. Cost will be $5 in advance and $7 at the door. To buy tickets contact Colby at 435-764-0513. Women in Medicine 5K Fundraiser Apr. 2. The race begins on the sidewalk directly east of the HPER building. The first place runner will get a gift card for 10 free meals through USU dining. Second and third place runners will also receive prizes. Registration is day-of and is $10.00. All proceeds go to Women in Science and Medicine and will be used for educational and service-related projects. Free parking is available in the Spectrum Parking Lot. The following are upcoming events held at the Performance Hall: Caine Chamber Ensembles Concert on Mar. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Cypress String Quartet on Mar. 31 at 7:30 p.m. Caine Woodwind Quintet on Apr. 11 at 7:30 p.m., admission is $8, free with USU ID. Our Living With Wildlife service project group wants to hear about your coyote and cougar sightings, etc around campus and throughout Cache Valley. Tell us what youâ€™ve seen, heard and found. Through your accounts we hope to be able to both inform and protect the public while living with wildlife in a positive way. Contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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 Huntsman School of Business is teaming up with Renegade Sports in a clothing drive for families in Cache Valley. We will be at Leeâ€™s on Apr. 2 collecting clothes. With your donation, you will get a voucher for free mini golf at Renegade Sports on Apr. 8, 9, or 11. Mini golf, food, and live bands all while helping families in the Valley!
Dr. Nathan Geer of the Utah State University Mathematics and Statistics Department will speak at 3:30 p.m. Mar. 31, in LIB 164. He will speak on â€œThe Colored Jones Polynomial.â€? The public is welcome to attend.
The Elevator Pitch competition allows students the opportunity to present their business plans and win $13,500 in cash prizes. Executive summaries are due by midnight of Mar. 28 to usu.iec@ gmail.com. After submission, students are automatically registered for competition participation.
Come to the staged production of Dr. Horribleâ€™s Sing-Along Blog is presented by the Theatre Student Association Mar. 28 -30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Blackbox Theatre in the Chase Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $5 and $3 for TSA members.
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