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USU looks toward professional school on campus here to establish a center of expertise in veterinary medicine,” Baldwin said. “We have counties in Utah where there In Utah there is one vetare no veterinarians that erinarian for every 6,000 practice large animal or food people, which is why Ken animal medicine.” White, department head of There will be 20 slots open animal, dairy and veterinary to pre-veterinary students sciences (ADVS), is thrilled to studying in Utah and 10 for see Utah’s first professional those studying out of Utah, veterinary school established White said. at USU. Facilities, equipment and USU administrators are knowledgeable faculty are aiming to have the postalready in place at USU, White undergraduate program ready said, which makes it a prime to accept applications this location for this semester and start classes in “We have coun- type of professional school the fall of 2011. ties in Utah makes the The program has where there are and program less been made posexpensive than sible by partner- no veterinarit would be to ing with Washing ians that pracState University’s tice large animal create one from the ground up (WSU) vetor food animal at another Utah erinary school, school. so students will medicine.” Noelle – Tom Baldwin, take their first two years of vet associate professor Cockett, dean of the College school at USU of Agriculture, and the followsaid the next step in building ing two at WSU, said associthis program is securing fundate professor Tom Baldwin, ing from the Utah legislature, who is also director of the which is currently in process. Utah Veterinary Diagnostic “With the ever-increasing Laboratory. costs of professional education, “The importance of animal we just place fewer and fewer agriculture are driving forces By CATHERINE MEIDELL news editor

kids, and that has repercussions down the road,” Baldwin said. White said six new faculty members will be hired to incorporate their expertise into the program, while at least seven of USU’s current ADVS faculty and staff will be used to teach the program requirements. “We will be hiring new faculty and staff, but we will be using existing facilities including several at the USU Animal Science Farm and on campus,” Cockett said. “Also, the new agricultural building will have labs and offices used by faculty and students in the program.” Pre-veterinary majors, such as Dionna Scharton, are excited about the chance this program will give them to be accepted into veterinary school, Scharton said. At Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, the veterinary school makes 15 positions available for out-ofstate students, she said, while approximately 85 are left for those in-state. “We’re an agricultural school; we are sending a lot of students out of state to try and get their veterinary degree,” Scharton said. “This is going to be cheaper and easier in the

VETERINARY SCIENCE RESOURCES are readily accessible at USU, whicih makes establishing a veterinary school less expensive than it would be for other schools in the state, said Ken White, head of the animal, diary and veterinary sciences department. ARMEN HOVSEPYAN photos

long run. This is needed. I have no doubt that it will be successful.” As a mother and wife, Scharton said she is grateful to be able to stay in Cache Valley for veterinary school so she does not have to readjust to a new city and help her daughter adjust to a new school. She

said she ultimately hopes to become an antiviral researcher for large farm animals. This interest was sparked when she tried to revive an Iraqi farmer’s sheep after they were shot during her military service as a lab technician. “We basically took some picnic tables, laid out some

sheets and cloths to try and save them and we actually did save one of them,” Scharton said. Currently, there are approximately 150 pre-veterinary students at USU, White said, and last year nine of 11 veterinary

- See VET, page 3

Nurse practitioner says venereal disease on the rise at USU

TECHNOLOGY FOR LOCAL RANCHES and farms was recently updated due a monitoring system powered with solar energy that allows farmers to check their irrigation systems without travelling. BRECK BYINGTON photo

Irrigation system alleviates farming stresses By RHETT WILKINSON staff writer

USU Cooperative Extension introduced a type of solar-powered, round-the-clock ranching technology to the state of Utah that could change farm operation forever. The technology, known as the satellite-radio-stock-water monitoring system, came to Utah last year and its awareness and production are still ongoing. Designed by Automata, Inc., a California-based company, the system can help ranchers monitor their stock water – privatelyowned irrigation water – through e-mail and phone alerts. This helps limit the trips that ranchers need to make – some can be as long as six hours round-trip – in order to make sure that their stock water is still at appropriate levels. “When you realize that you can check your stock water and not even start your pickup, it’s pretty amazing,” Heaton said. Kevin Heaton, a USU cooperative extension agent for Kane and Garfield counties, is the principle investigator responsible for writing the Conservation Innovation Grant, a bestowal that allowed the technology to come to Utah. The system has the capacity to assist southern Utah ranchers in saving both time and money, and is being utilized by ranchers throughout Kane, Garfield and Washington counties. Heaton said that a great advantage of the system is the luxuries it affords to focus on other tasks that don’t require such time and distance. “If (a rancher) has the option where he can check his water during the day, he can do other things in his schedule that are

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more important than just checking his water,” he said. The monitors send data via satellite radio, powered by a solar battery. “It’s accessible anywhere, as long as you have access to the sky,” he said. The unit has a mini-satellite that transmits data generated from a transducer, or energy-converting, sensor to a website. The system is powered by a solar panel that charges the battery and operates the system 24 hours per day. “A rancher can use the Internet to monitor the stock water,” Heaton said. “If the water is depleted, or there is some other abnormal change to the water level, caused by something like a leak, break or vandalism, the satellite-radio-stock-water monitor will email the rancher or his cell phone with an alert.” Escalante rancher Todd Phillips is one consumer who has benefited as much. “I was wary at first,” said Phillips of the monitors. Phillips was approached by Heaton about trying it on Phillips’ own land. “I know that some of the monitors have had problems, but we’ve had no problem with ours,” he said. Phillips said he is grateful for the stock-watering system because it allows him to pay more attention to several important matters home on the range. “With a ranch, there’s always many things to be concerned about,” he said. “I now have more time to focus on those sorts of things.”

- See WATER, page 4

1/31/11 Missy Brent and Megan Rhoads are two of many students who use the Study Abroad program to travel. Page 5

Hockey wins a pair of games over BYU with a 9-0 win Friday and 7-5 win Saturday. Page 8

By ROUCHELLE BROCKMAN 2009. Bear River’s figures do not staff writer necessarily represent Utah The number of reported as a whole. The total number cases of some STDs, also known of gonorrhea cases in Utah as STIs or venereal diseases, has decreased from 477 in 2008 to risen slightly on Utah State’s 341 in 2009. The total number campus as well as throughout of HIV cases has increased from the state and nation. 106 to 112 and the number of There has been an increase AIDS cases has increased from in the number of genital herpes 66 to 77 reported cases. Cases and HPV cases diagnosed at the of Chlamydia, one of the most health center, as well as a small common STDs among collegeoutbreak of gonorrhea that age people, have increased from occurred during 6,019 in 2008 to the Fall semester, 6,152 in 2009. said Mary Orians, “I have seen stu- Utah had one family nurse the lowest case dents at health of practitioner with rates of chlamydia fairs on campus and gonorrhea student health services. in the United who thought According States in 2009. sample lubricant Utah’s case rate to the Utah Department of chlamydia was was some kind of of Health website, 225 cases per candy and tried 100,000 residents; the Bear River Health District, compared to the to drink it.” which includes low, 159.7, in New Ryan Barfuss, Hampshire and Logan, reported the number of prevention specialist a high of 802.7 gonorrhea cases in Mississippi. increased from Utah’s case rate three in 2008 to six in 2009. in gonorrhea was 12.5 cases per 2009’s number is not as high 100,000 residents. Compared as 2006’s 10-year record of to the low, 7.2, in Idaho and the 26 cases. Also, the number of high, 246.4, in Mississippi. reported HIV cases increased 2010 figures are not yet availfrom one in 2008 to two in able. 2009. The number of reported Any increase in the numbers AIDS cases increased from zero of cases may just be a matter of to one in the same year. The perception, said Alfredo Novoa, number of chlamydia cases has, sophomore in psychology and however, decreased from 190 cases in 2008 to 176 cases in - See STD, page 3

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Nat’lBriefs Sundance goes crazy for film ‘Like Crazy’ PARK CITY, Utah (AP) – A film about young lovers in a long-distance relationship called “Like Crazy� was awarded the grand jury prize for a U.S. drama at the Sundance Film Festival. Peter D. Richardson’s film “How to die in Oregon� won the grand jury U.S. documentary prize. It follows terminally ill patients living in Oregon, the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Also recognized were Mike Cahill and Brit Marling’s sci-fi film “Another Earth,� which won a dramatic special jury prize and the Alfred P. Sloan award. Cahill, who directed and co-wrote the movie, said “this is the greatest week of our lives.� The film is about two strangers brought together the night before the discovery of a duplicate planet Earth.

Mom charged in kids’ slayings out of hospital TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – A Florida woman accused of killing her teenage son and daughter was released from a hospital late Sunday morning and taken back to jail. Julie Powers Schenecker, 50, had been receiving treatment for an unknown medical condition that existed before her arrest Friday. She is scheduled to make her first court appearance Monday morning and is being represented by a public defender. According to an arrest affidavit, Schenecker shot her 13-year-old son Beau in the head twice “for talking back.� The report said Schenecker then returned to their upscale home and shot her 16-year-old daughter Calyx in the face. Officers found Schenecker drenched in blood on her back porch. Investigators believe the teens “never saw it coming,� said police spokeswoman Laura McElroy. Both were killed with a .38-caliber pistol.

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Alpha Natural reaches deal with Massey Energy NEW YORK (AP) – Massey Energy Co., struggling with losses after an explosion that killed 29 workers at a West Virginia coal mine last spring, agreed Saturday to be taken over by Alpha Natural Resources Inc. Alpha is paying $7.1 billion in cash and stock for Massey, the nation’s fourth-largest coal producer by revenue. Massey operates 19 mining complexes including the Upper Big Branch mine where the April 5 disaster occurred. Alpha is offering 1.025 share of its stock for each share of Massey, plus $10 per share in cash. In an interview, Alpha CEO Kevin Crutchfield said the acquisition will offer greater access to international markets. “We sell into 20-some countries now and that will increase significantly,� Crutchfield said. The company’s losses since the disaster were another factor leading to its sale. Massey lost a total of $130 million in the second and third quarters of last year. Alpha expects the deal will help the combined company cut costs by at least $150 million a year. Alpha is the leading U.S. producer of metallurgical coal – the kind used to make steel as opposed to electricity – while ArcelorMittal already owns several metallurgical coal mines in Appalachia. Demand from steelmakers allows coal producers to charge premium prices of $200 or more a ton, more than double the price of Appalachian coal sold to power plants. About 1.3 billion tons of Massey’s coal reserves is metallurgical coal. Under CEO Don Blankenship, the company increased coal exports and opened impor-

tant inroads to India, which is seen as the next big industrial market by some in the coal industry. Alpha has faced few questions about its safety practices and Crutchfield has been an invited speaker at industry safety conference. It has avoided major disasters, though several miners have died at its operations. The April explosion is the subject of civil and criminal investigations. On Friday, Massey rejected nearly every part of the federal government’s theory on what caused the deadly explosion. The company doesn’t believe that broken equipment or an excessive buildup of coal dust contributed to the blast. Instead, Massey argues there was a sudden inundation of natural gases from a crack in the floor that overwhelmed what it insists were good air flow and other controls that should have contained the blast. It acknowledged the shearing machine that cuts the coal may somehow have ignited the gas but said the company’s own investigators haven’t determined how. Massey won’t issue its own report on the explosion until after state and federal investigators release theirs. The proposed sale won’t affect the investigation into the explosion, said J. Davitt McAteer. “It doesn’t impact the investigation since the investigation looks at a moment in time and what lead up to that,� said McAteer, who headed the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration during the Clinton administration. “Hopefully the purchase by Alpha would be helpful in adopting a new culture that would establish safer operating procedures at these mines operated by Massey,� he said.

The companies said the deal is expected to close by mid-year. It must be approved by regulators and Alpha and Massey shareholders. If approved it will create a company with combined annual revenue of roughly $7 billion and more than 12,000 employees.

Ore. town getting back to normal after manhunt WALDPORT, Ore. (AP) – This enclave for retirees and vacationers on Oregon’s coast is trying to return to normal following last week’s surge of law officers searching for a man accused of shooting a police officer. Waldport swarmed with dozens of police as three SWAT teams combed for clues about the whereabouts of David Anthony Durham. Lincoln City Police Lt. Jerry Palmer said officers fielded two tips following the program. But he said neither appeared likely to lead to Durham. “We’re waiting for this guy to show his face where we can get our eyes on him,� Palmer said.

A day earlier, authorities scaled back their search for Durham, leaving behind only enhanced patrols. “We want the citizens to return to their normal activities and get back to some normalcy,� said Lt. Curtis Landers of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Residents out and about Saturday said that’s exactly what they’re trying to do. They aren’t scared, they said, because the shooter is probably long gone, and you can’t live in fear forever. The search focused on the Bayshore neighborhood, tucked onto a small spit that juts into Alsea Bay, from where authorities say the shooter fired on a

crab fisherman Monday. The fisherman wasn’t seriously injured. On the neighborhood’s southern tip, streets, homes and driveways are coated in so much light, powdery sand that it has to be plowed like snow. Police had been hunting for Durham since Sunday night, when a Lincoln City officer was shot during a traffic stop. Police chased Durham’s vehicle and forced it to stop in Waldport with a spike strip. The driver fled on foot. Officer Steven Dodds, 45, remained in a Portland hospital recovering from gunshot wounds to his pelvis and abdomen. Doctors say he would have

died from the injuries if he hadn’t been rushed to the hospital for surgery after managing to call in the shooting to dispatchers. Neighbor Sharon Richardson heard the shooting and told The Oregonian newspaper from Portland that Dodds was lucky he pulled over the shooter where he did. A warrant charges Durham with attempted aggravated murder. “Normally this neighborhood is nice, quiet, beachy,� Williams said. “It’s an excellent neighborhood. To have something like this happen just reminds us that there’s another world out there.�

Clinton meets with Haiti presidential candidates PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – The United States has no plans to halt aid to earthquake-ravaged Haiti in spite of a crisis over who will be the nation’s next leader but does insist that the president’s chosen successor be dropped from the race, U.S. Secretary of State

Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday. Clinton arrived Sunday in the Caribbean nation for a brief visit. She met with President Rene Preval and with each of the three candidates jockeying to replace him. “We have a deep commitment to

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SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON speaks to embassy staff after arriving at Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday. AP photo

the Haitian people,� she told reporters. “That goes to humanitarian aid, that goes to governance and democracy programs, that will be going to a cholera treatment center.� Haiti is in a deepening and potentially destabilizing political crisis. The announcement of preliminary results from the disputed first round led to rioting in December. Final results are expected to be announced Wednesday. Just five days later, on Feb. 7, comes the constitutional end of Preval’s fiveyear term. A law passed by an expiring Senate last May would allow him to remain in power for an extra three months, but it is not clear if his government would continue to be recognized by donor countries. Preval has said he does not want to hand power to an interim government. Sunday afternoon, each of the bickering presidential candidates arrived at the U.S. ambassador’s sprawling resi-

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Faculty decides on Blackboard replacement By MEGAN BAINUM assistant news editor

A new learning management system (LMS) will replace Blackboard Vista starting Summer 2012 and those involved say the new program, Instructure Canvas, is more user friendly and will entice more professors to implement it in their classes. Associate Vice Provost Robert Wagner said faculty and students will like Instructure Canvas because “they (students and faculty) will compare it to Blackboard Vista,” which hasn’t had any updates in the last one and a half years. The Blackboard company is decommissioning Blackboard Vista Wagner, said, so they haven’t been focusing their efforts on keeping Vista current. Utah State University knew Blackboard Vista would have to be replaced with a new LMS, which is why the university started making plans in 2010 to look for a new program, Wagner said. USU, along with the other universities in Utah, made a list of criteria that they wanted featured in a new system and eight LMS companies responded and bid. It came down to three finalists, and then students were asked to take a look and experiment and provide feedback. Faculty and staff evaluated, too, and Instructure’s Canvas was the one all Utah schools wanted. “Our goal was to find the best product for faculty and students and we think we found it. Our goal now is make that product be successful for as long as it can,” said instructional designer Neal Legler. Faculty and students are going to see a lot of new things, Wagner said, including new features for both faculty and students that are “really going to help the teaching and learning experience.” Legler said after having various students and faculty test the new LMS, they found Canvas to be much easier to use and more student- and facultyfriendly. Legler said not only do they hope more faculty will use Instructure Canvas, they anticipate it. He said professors will have more of an incentive

to use Instructure because of how easy it will be to process grades and other assignments. “We would love for every faculty member to use Canvas,” Legler said. “The incentive will be there for them, much more than in Blackboard. The incentive will be in time savings when it comes to grading. I would go as far as to say that Canvas is so well-designed it can cut grading time in half.” Jeffrey Orme, a senior majoring in psychology, said he thinks the change is a good idea. He said Blackboard does not offer the main things students need in a user friendly way. “I don’t think Blackboard is interactive-friendly. I feel that you have to go through too many loops to be in close contact with classmates and professors,” Orme said. Legler said Instructure Canvas has found that “sweet spot” between being student-centered and faculty-friendly. With the new program, faculty will be able to communicate through messaging which students can receive in any format they want including text messages, e-mails, or Facebook notifications. It works both ways so faculty can send

students messages in their preferred method and students can receive it in whatever method they choose. “We have the opportunity to go to a product that is state of the art, that is innovative, it is taking advantage of all the latest technology and social media tools available,” Wagner said. Wagner said he hopes to get people to understand and appreciate Instructure Canvas and the new opportunities it will bring. He said he hopes those professors who have not used an LMS before will see Instructure Canvas as an “attractive option for teaching. “ Starting as early as February, Wagner said introductory events to Instructure Canvas will be held for faculty and students. He said they will have the opportunity to receive training before their classes migrate to Canvas. Information about Instructure Canvas and workshops that will be held are available online through USU’s website and Wagner said that website is essential to the migration of Blackboard to Instructure. A committee of faculty, one from each college, and student representatives from ASUSU is in the process of

Perks to Blackboard’s successor

– megan.b@aggiemail.usu.edu

• Notification options for faculty and students using Facebook, Twitter, SMS, and more. • Integration with Google docs. • Wikis, RSS feeds, web conferencing integrations, and more. • Works on any modern browser, including mobile browsers. Mobile apps are forthcoming. • Easy YouTube-like tools for posting video, available to faculty and students. • One-click recording and posting of webcam video, available to faculty and students. • Clean, intuitive user interface, featuring drag and drop usability throughout. • Rapid migration tool for pulling content (including quizzes and assignments) from Blackboard Vista. • Gold Star Certification for accessibility from the National Federation for the Blind.

Vet: Program gives Utah students a better chance at veterinary school acceptance -continued from page 1 school applicants were accepted. “If we didn’t have mature kids with a vision and commitment, it might have been harder to convince them (WSU) to do partner with us,” Baldwin said. “I don’t know if Washington State would be interested in this program if it was coming from somewhere else. This speaks very highly of our citizenry.” WSU wants to admit students who have the academic background to complete the rigors of the program, Baldwin said, and Utah students do very well academically, but also have the necessary level of maturity. They have the ability to “handle stress with grace,” he said. Baldwin said though USU pre-veterinary students are held in high regard at many veterinary schools, due to students’ finances, it is increasingly difficult to make veterinary school a reality. The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) helps pay for fewer and fewer students’ professional veterinary education, Baldwin said. While Baldwin received help from WICHE grants to get him through veterinary school, these grants are now harder to come by than ever, which discourages many students from applying. He said the number of WICHE grants

being formed. Wagner said they will be relying heavily on this committee for input throughout the migration process over the next 18 months to make sure faculty and student needs are being met. “Migration process needs to be one that is controlled and developed so transition is smooth as can be,” Wagner said. There are over 3,400 sections of Blackboard that need to be migrated to Instructure Canvas, and select courses will start to make that transition starting Fall 2011 and Spring 2012. At that time, Wagner said it is possible some students could have some classes available still through Blackboard, while others will be available through Instructure, depending on the courses being taken by the student. “There is just too much content to move everything over at once, “ Wagner said “This is not like flipping a switch, this is a process that will happen over the next 18 months.”

HIV: Davis says STDs are in conservative areas -continued from page 1

allotted in one year to USU students is now around five, and used to be double that number. “Just the fact that I will only have to be paying in-state fees, I won’t be finding a new place to live or a new deposit makes this whole thing that much better,” Scharton said. “It’s nice, too, because Logan is a pretty inexpensive place to live.” Cockett said she sees no negative aspects to USU adopting this program. White said, “It will certainly enhance our college and department. It will strengthen it, provide more resources, provide more classes and this will be the first professional school we have on campus.” As a result of the upcoming veterinary program, Baldwin said he hopes to see more general and specialist veterinarians practicing in Utah, because as of now, the number of experts in animal care are not sufficient to the number of animals that may need attention. “Do we have access to an animal cardiologist? Radiologist? The list goes on and on just like it would in human medicine,” Baldwin said. – catherine.meidell@aggiemail.usu.edu

VETS FOR FARM ANIMALS are in demand in Utah, and associate professor Tom Baldwin said he hopes the new school will prepare veterinarians who will one day fill these needed positions. Statesman file photo

leader of Vox, or Voices for Planned Parenthood, an on-campus advocacy group. He said an increase in the number of cases reported could just mean more people are getting tested. Dr. Jim Davis, physician and executive director of Student Health Services voiced the same concern. He said some clinics offer periodic free testing, which will lead to an increase in the number of reported STD cases. This increase does not necessarily indicate an increase in promiscuity. Davis said many students who visit the health center have a number of misconceptions about STDs. Among these misconceptions are that STDs do not exist in a conservative area like Logan, someone cannot get an STD from a single exposure, someone can only get an STD with penetration and that condoms are 100 percent effective at preventing the spread of STDs. “You can get an STD from any exchange of bodily fluids by any means,” he said. Orians said some STDs could also be spread from skin-toskin contact. Davis said another serious misconception is that if someone recently had a negative teset for an STD, they are completely STD-free. Some STDs, especially HIV, need to incubate in the body for a period of time before they will show up in tests; however, the STD can be spread to other people during that time. He said bacterial diseases, like chlamydia, are curable, while viral diseases like herpes or HIV are treatable but not currently curable. Novoa said Vox will focus this semester on prevention education and encouraging students to get tested. He said Planned Parenthood will host a Chocolate Festival fundraiser in February. Ryan Barfuss, prevention specialist for the student health and wellness center, said 70 percent of students surveyed reported not getting any sexual education from campus organizations. “I have seen students at health fairs on-campus who thought sample lubricant was some kind of candy and tried to drink it,” Barfuss said. Student Health Services offers outreach and education programs for interested groups on campus, Davis said. Health Services will also have some programs during Relationships Week in February aimed at educating students on a host of relationship-related topics. Davies said students who have symptoms of any STDs or think they may have been exposed to an STD should be screened because many STD carriers do not have symptoms. He said some students do not come in because they are concerned their parents will find out. He said the health center’s policy is 100 percent confidentiality; however, if a student chooses to bill their parent’s insurance, there is a possibility their parents will find out. Davies also said that affordable testing and treatment is available to all students with or without insurance. He said visits are free to students and tests are generally not as expensive as students assume they are. A herpes simplex test is $116 while tests for gonorrhea and chlamydia run between $20 and $30. If students have difficulty with the costs, payment plans are available, he said. “The worst thing you can do is ignore your symptoms,” Orians said. “There are always options for completely confidential care.” – rouchelle.brockman@aggiemail.usu.edu

Briefs Campus & Community

HURD Week brings non-stop athletics HURD is a USU social club created to rally the student body to athletic events and encourage pride in the university. Since its creation, HURD has been Utah State’s largest club and claims to be the “rowdiest, loudest, biggest and best fans of USU athletics.” HURD Week kicks off Monday, Jan. 31, with the Coach’s Show at Elements Restaurant at 6 p.m. There will be a 3-point contest held in the Nelson Fieldhouse on Tuesday at 5 p.m. Wednesday at 9 p.m, the men’s basketball team, current WAC leaders, takes on the University of Nevada Reno in the Spectrum. Men’s hockey plays Northern Arizona at the Eccles Ice arena on Thursday at 7 p.m. After the action on the ice, Oscar-award-winning film “The Blindside” will be shown in the TSC Ballroom at 8 p.m. To finish off HURD Week, men’s basketball plays Boise State at the Spectrum at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The Sports Academy is hosting student night following Saturday’s basketball game and is free for students This will be held from 9:30 until midnight.

Passport program increasing success In its third year, the Aggie Passport Experience has resulted in amplified involvement with more than double the participation than in past years. To display the many cultural and social campus opportunities available to Utah State University students, the Retention and Student Success Office, in collaboration with the Office of the President, sponsors the Aggie Passport Experience program. Students may choose events from four categories: Academic, cultural, community and social. Participants who attend six to eight of the selected events receive a monetary reward added directly into their Aggie Express accounts. Those who attend 10 events receive the funds in their accounts and an invitation to a formal dinner at the home of President and Mrs. Albrecht. “We encourage all of our students to participate in the Aggie Experience program,” said USU President Stan Albrecht. “The opportunities will enhance every aspect of your life and provide memories that will last a lifetime.” The Office of Retention and Student Success implemented this program based on research that indicates a direct correlation with students’ college success and participation in their respective campus communities. “All of the events included in the Passport program extend the students’ learning beyond the classroom, enriches their academic experience and knowledge base and involves the student in becoming an active member of the university community,” said Noelle Call, director of Retention and Student Success.

Concert hall holds youth production Utah State University presents the annual Youth Conservatory Monster Concert featuring 20 pianos, 200 students, the Cache Children’s Choir and a special guest monster Saturday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. in the Kent Concert Hall. “The sound of the students and pianos is so intense, it’s like listening to a piano orchestra in surround sound,” said Kevin Olson, director of the Youth Conservatory. The concert features a full stage of pianos, played by more than 200 pianists of a variety of ages, some as young as five years old, Olson said. “The effect we get in the final concert is awesome – 20 pianos playing the same song at the same time,” said Olson. Between musical numbers, students will participate in short readings and skits with the help of a costumed monster, making this concert even more engaging, Olson said.

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Water: Grant allows agricultural technology to improve Utah farms

Scrabbling for words

-continued from page 1 Chad Reid, the Iron County director of agriculture and natural resources for USU Extension, largely agreed with Phillips’ assessment. “The ones I’ve seen have appeared to work well, and the savings in having to drive out to these remote locations saves both fuel and time,� said Reid, who indicated that he is interested in installing a system for his property, especially after having been exposed to its capabilities. “From an animal management and animal health perspective, that’s an important thing.� Reid did acknowledge that in first being approached by Heaton about the technology, he was concerned how it was going to work. Now, Reid sees the only major concern about the monitors are the risks of vandalism and theft, but believes when the monitors are installed in remote locations in the ranch, the concern is largely an aberration when compared to the benefits that come from owning a system. “The equipment is well-designed and seems to work well,� he said. Another benefit of the system, Heaton said, is that it can be installed just about anywhere. Some are installed within 5 to 10 miles of the Grand Canyon – traditionally a place with no cell-phone ser-

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vice – where a lot of cattle from Utah are moved for the winter months. “Even if (the ranchers) can save two to three trips per month, it’s worth the money,� Heaton said. Heaton has recently proven such a statement. After surveying 15 consumers, the average savings made because of the conserved time and gas and vehicle maintenance expenses was $165 and 11 hours per month. The surveyed customers’ traveling distance varied from 30 to 200 miles. The stock water monitor itself costs $1,800 per month, with a $100 installation fee. Approximately $3 to $10 per month are required for website use. Transferring data on the system even every hour costs less than $10 per month. Heaton gave an example of a friend who would fly his plane from St. George during the winter months to check irrigation systems in Mule Canyon, near the Grand Canyon. Even the flight would take an hour roundtrip, or six hours in a car. However, with the satellite-radio-stock-water monitoring system, Heaton’s friend has the answers he needs in seconds. “(He) thinks he can live until he’s 100 years old because of the system,� Heaton said.

THE SCRABBLE SCRAMBLE was held Saturday in the Eccles Conference Center and five teams of three competed for prizes in a battle of words. The contest proceeds benefitted Bridgerland Literacy. STERLING BOIN photo

– rhett.wilkinson@aggiemail.usu.edu

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

PoliceBlotter Friday, Jan. 21 • USU police was dispatched to a suspicious person who had been standing in the entryway of the Eccles Science Learning Center for about an hour and a half. • USU police received a crime report over the computer. Subject stated that her car had been painted while parked in the Aggie Terrace. • Complainant called in to report that her backpack had been stolen from a locker in the women’s dressing room at the HPER Building. • Police are investigating a phone harassment call whic involves an employee for the university.

• USU Police assisted the Logan Police with a uncontrollable juvenile east of campus. Monday, Jan. 24 • USU police and Logan Fire responded on a fuel spill at the USU motor pool. • USU Police located an old insulin needle on the North side of Mountain View Tower in a snowbank. The needle was disposed of at the Health and Wellness Center. Tuesday, Jan. 25 • USU Police received a delayed report of a stolen bicycle. The bicycle was last parked in a bicycle rack at the Animal Science building and is a Norditrack, silver in color.

Saturday, Jan. 22 • Police responded to the west loading dock of the Spectrum on a criminal mischief call. Graffiti was located on the cement wall of the loading dock. Police are investigating. Sunday, Jan. 23 • USU Police arrested a student that had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The student was transported to the Cache County Jail to be booked.

• Complainant called the police department wanting to document an incident that is occurring at the Living Learning Center with a resident that has a pet. • Police responded to the Taggart Student Center on a citizen assist call. A student needed some information in regards to protective and restraining orders.

Upon arrival police discovered a vehicle that was parked partially in a service stall parking lot and on the sidewalk. Police issued the vehicle a parking citation. The vehicle had no parking permits displayed • USU Police responded to the LDS Institute Building to assist Logan City Police with a report of a subject’s concerns about their safety. A report was filed with Logan City Police and with USU Police. Wednesday, Jan. 26 • USU Police responded to the Taggert Student Center to speak with an individual who stated that he has received threats. Police are investigating. • USU Police received a report from someone who stated that they had lost a set of keys about two years ago. Police documented the incident. • USU Police responded to a trespassing at the Cazier Library. Police contacted the suspect and had him leave the building. A report was filed with USU Police. -Compiled by Catherine Meidell

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Squeeze in a little studying while you travel By JESSICA SWEAT features senior writer

With several billion people sharing one planet full of 195 independent countries, it would be easy to live a life confined to one place. But for those who love to travel and explore, especially while getting an education, study abroad tries to help. Utah State currently gives options to study abroad in more than 135 universities around the world. Students can participate in programs directly through USU or their partner program ISEP (International Student Exchange Program). Kay Forsyth, director of USU’s office of study abroad, said she wants students to know the process of studying abroad is easier and more affordable than students may think. “There are courses taught in English, that can help meet requirements for graduation – although we encourage meeting with an adviser, and can help you gain an enhanced perspective,” she said. Forsyth said loans, grants and scholarships help about 350 USU students study abroad each year, many of them in short-term programs. There are even specific scholarships available for studying abroad. USU offers more than 30 short-term programs led by faculty. Forsyth believes studying abroad can be energizing and “make you realize there is an interesting world out there.” Student Laura Luke, a junior in marketing, just received her acceptance to a facultyled short-term program offered through the Huntsman School of Business. Luke said being an employee of the school in a center that is internationally focused fueled her desire to travel. “I decided that I wasn’t going to get out of the country by just sitting there, so I decided to try,” Luke said. Luke said she found her program through the school, but chose it because she liked the business aspect without having the focus mainly on business visits. Luke also found it appealing that graphic design students would be mixed with the business students as well. Luke said she liked that students from another program on campus would be going because it would give her “a good perspective on working with different types of people as well.” “You get to sit and stay in Switzerland,” Luke

said. “It’s one country and one hotel, which means I could get to know the culture more.” After deciding on the Design Thinking for Innovation program, Luke said she contemplated cost. Luke then spoke with her family and found out her financial aid would help fund her trip. “It looks good on a resume that you have been outside of a country and have seen how their businesses work in an academic setting,” Luke said. “It will be an experience that I don’t know I would have the opportunity to have later in life and I am sure I will learn a lot of lessons for my future life that I couldn’t buy.” Luke filled out an online application and paid a refundable $300 down payment to go towards the estimated $4,675 program cost. Luke said she feels her program is well worth its cost. “I am excited for the educational side because I feel I am going to learn a lot while making some good friends and form relationships while seeing some great sites as well,” Luke said. Melissa Brent, a senior in political science, paid $5,700 to spend a semester studying in Bulgaria. After browsing through many countries, Brent said she settled on Bulgaria as her top pick because she wanted to go somewhere nobody she knew had gone before. Brent was also able to fulfill all of her elective requirements toward graduation. Brent participated in an ISEP exchange program and was able to use her multi-cultural student center scholarship as funding. Brent said she had also worked three jobs the previous summer. Brent said her program allowed her to pay USU tuition because it was an exchange, meaning one student would come attend USU in her place. Her program fee also covered housing, a meal plan and flight. She said every penny was worth it. She also said everything she needed, including help along the way, ISEP provided. While Brent said she did pick up some of the Bulgarian language, there was not much of a barrier at her school despite hosting students from over 40 countries. “It was so easy to make friends and I’m still friends with them,” Brent said. Brent said she will take aspects of her visit with her forever, the good and bad ones.

MISSY BRENT (ABOVE) and Megan Rhoads (below) stand in front of two sites they saw while participating in a study abroad program. Brent stands in front of what is known as Dracula’s Castle in Romania, and Rhoads poses in front of the Sydney Opera House in Australia. photos courtesy MISSY BRENT and MEGAN RHOADS

- See TRAVEL, page 7

The benefits of military service CAPS helps with By NATASHA BODILY staff writer

The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) provides its contracted students with well-known benefits including fullride scholarships, stipends and guaranteed employment after graduation. Cadet Nathan Whitmore, a junior in military science, has benefited from the ROTC in ways he said surpass the monetary and vocational securities. He has lost 50 pounds since starting military science classes two years ago. Whitmore said his participation in ROTC has changed his life. “Starting off with the self-discipline I have developed, I have learned and developed a sense of honor and pride in what I do,” Whitmore said. Whitmore said he entered the military sciences building with an idealist love for the army. “I love my country,” he said. “I believe that America is still great.” At the time, however, he did not meet the height-to-weight requirements to be contracted. “It was discouraging,” Whitmore said. “Well, I’m just doing this for fun and I’ll take the class.” As he stuck with the course, he started losing weight. Whitmore began at 240 pounds and currently weighs 190 pounds. Judy Wright, ROTC human resource administrator, said military science students who do not join the ROTC program still benefit. “As students, they will learn great leadership,” she said. Retired Lieutenant Commander Gregory Stuart said contracted students receive the benefits of a full-ride scholarship, a monthly stipend of $250-500 a month, $2,850 for room and board expenses and $1,200 for books. To become contracted, students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and meet physical standards for the army. These physical standards, as explained

by both Whitmore and Stuart, are extensive. Students must be under a certain body fat percentage and height to weight ratio. A physical fitness test measures ability in push-ups, sit-ups and a two-mile run. The requirements vary for age and gender. Whitmore said during his first semester of college he would sleep in and skip classes. Since he started the program, he now wakes up early every morning and exercises. Whitmore said he started attending the thrice-weekly physical training (PT) class. The class is mandatory for contracted ROTC students, but is optional for those not contracted who take military science classes. He started taking military science classes two years ago, but did not contract until December 2010. “It was intimidating, these people are yelling,” he said. He said he was afraid of not being where he was supposed to be.

“Once you understand, it becomes easy and is not intimidating anymore,” Whitmore said. He explained there is a common theme in the army. “Know where you are supposed to be, be there, do what you are supposed to do,” he said. The PT class meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Nielson Fieldhouse at 6 a.m. Whitmore said students start to gather outside the doors around 5:50 a.m. The workouts have some variation, but are “strict and rigid.” With his daily workouts, Whitmore still made diet changes. “I ate less, slightly smaller portion sizes and skipped deserts,” he said. But he also said the diet is not always easy. “I like food, and eating less is hard.

- See MILITARY, page 7

THE MILITARY OFFERS many benefits for students, including monthly stipends and money for textbooks. Cadet Nathan Whitmore stands here with Lt. Cmdr. Paul Faletto (left) and Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Stuart after signing his contract with ROTC. photo courtesy NATHAN WHITMORE

the winter woes By ALLEE EVENSEN staff writer

Harrison Ford battles it. Chopin fought it. In Princess Diana’s case, it was broadcast all over the world. “There’s a stigma around mental illness,” said USU psychologist Chris Chapman. “They feel like failures.” According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in four adults in the United States may suffer a mental disorder in a given year. This figure translates into more than 57 million people, many of whom never get help. Chapman said CAPS, USU’s Counseling and Psychological Services, aims not only to help those in crisis but also works to fix issues before they become bigger problems. Although students can make an appointment for any reason, most people come in because of anxiety and depression. “People come in and are not sure how to cope,” Chapman said. “Sometimes they come in once, sometimes they come in five times. When winter comes we have a spike, it can be depressing.” The main reason Chapman said depression spikes in winter months is lack of vitamin D. “In January and February we get a big uptick, when students don’t have exposure to the sun,” he said. One treatment, he said, is a lamp that mimics sunlight. “It’s cold and dark and you’re going to be less active,” Chapman said. “The holidays are over, it’s back to the grind stone.” Staff psychologist Tom Berry has another theory about the number of students who are depressed in winter months. “Depression correlates closely with stress,” he said. “At some point, if you keep adding stress almost anybody will show symptoms of depression.” Stress levels tend to be higher before finals, he said, which often coincide with the start of winter months. Chapman said winter depression, often referred to as seasonal affective disorder, has almost all of the same symptoms and is treated much like regular depression. However, when the sun comes out most cases of seasonal depression disappear. Such is not the case with other types of depression. “The most obvious (symptoms) are sad or depressing moods. It’s persistent, it doesn’t go away,” Chapman said. “Depression hangs out. Basically, the things you used to enjoy give you no pleasure. People come in and they don’t care about school or friends.” Other symptoms Chapman sees often include changes in appetite, changes in sleep pattern, bad insomnia and extreme sense of guilt. Once a year, CAPS offers a free depression screening. Open to the

- See WOES, page 6


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A catalyst for information systems By NATASHA BODILY staff writer

Often, the line between MIS degrees and other computer science degrees can be confusing. The department of Management and Information Systems (MIS) aims to teach its students how to operate information technology systems effectively and communicate these systems to organizations. “MIS is basically just the organization of information systems for companies,� said Kyle Saunders, a student in MIS 2100. “It deals mainly with computers since that is where we keep most of our information now. A lot of what it deals with is databases and organizing a company so it works efficiently.� Though the two fields are related, there is, in fact, a significant difference between them. “A computer scientist is one who is very professional, but more behind closed doors,� said Robert Hayden, MIS associate director. “The MIS graduate is one who has the door open and needs to communicate with all of the stakeholders in the decision making process.� According to MIS handouts, The MIS department provides students an applied educational setting, which allows them to become catalysts in their future careers. MIS is not only a growing major at USU, but is a leading field in today’s job force. “Projected job growth in MIS is very strong,� said associate MIS professor Katherine Chudoba. “There are a lot of jobs available.� MIS handouts state, “There are always jobs for MIS majors.� MIS is known for its “5-star�

status and strong employment lookout with the highest wages. According to the U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Employment of computer and information systems professionals is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations,� and “excellent job prospects are expected as organizations continue to adopt increasingly sophisticated technologies.� “This degree gives you a lot of flexibility and we have more opportunities for internships than we have students to fill them,� Chudoba said. Hayden explained how MIS professionals are the catalyst between the decision maker and the client. “MIS graduates can enter almost any field. We try to help our students understand they become the catalyst. Our top students would ultimately sit at the table with the CEO, CFO, customer operations manager, and top sales executives, and be able to answer questions that relate the two parts of an entity together,� Hayden said. Previous MIS graduates have gone on to a wide spectrum of careers including database administrators, systems analysts, security specialists, project managers, webmasters, IT consultants/business intelligence analysts, elearning managers and business owners. MIS is a relatively new field, depending on how you look at it, Chudoba said. Programs were not available until the 1960s. “About 10-15 years ago, MIS was one of the largest majors at Utah State,� she said. The department also had a “mission of teaching people who wanted to teach MIS classes.�

Due to concerns about off-shoring, the major’s popularity declined. “Because there are jobs still out there, even if you are sending some jobs off-shore, you still need people in the U.S. who can contact those people,� Chudoba said. Chudoba said MIS is an interesting field, compared to others. It has roots in accounting, economics and management and it brings those fields together. Students from all different backgrounds become part of the MIS program. “Less than 25 percent of our students are management or MIS undergraduates. Seventyfive percent come from communications, art, English, mathematics, computer sciences. They come from many disciplines,� Hayden said. MIS promotes three ideas to balance the significant areas of the field and to allow undergraduate and graduate students to become more capable in each area. Hayden said the 3 areas are: The Center for Ecommerce and Business Analytics, which helps master’s students become more professionally literate; Business Intelligence, which involves extracting information from databases and is for both graduate and undergraduate students and Security, which aims to help students understand what can be a threat to their data. The three areas allow students to choose a specific area of interest to focus on. Hayden said to become a leader in this field, USU amplifies the three “legs of the stool� to help students gain the necessary knowledge to become leaders themselves. “Our program is on the edge of the MIS pro-

fession,� he said. He said there is a different approach to looking at the background of potential students. They are tested on verbal and quantitative scores to show how articulate and capable they are at effective communication. “You need people with strong communication, project management and coordination skills,� Chudoba said. These skills are necessary as an MIS professional, but students strong in one aspect can learn the others by taking MIS courses. Students who are effective communicators can learn the technical side and those with computer technology knowledge can learn how to develop communication skills, Chudoba said. “If you are a thinker, if you are analytical and you understand how to synthesize decisions and concepts, we will help you understand the technology. You need to be able to communicate the technological aspect that will help in the decision making process,� Hayden said. Chudoba said there is a need for more awareness and involvement in this field. She said the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. has received money from congress to fund all science fields. One predominant interest for the foundation are STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) projects. According the STEM Education Coalition website, advocates from more than 500 different groups represent the technological workforce. The site states a dedication to ensuring quality education in these fields. – natasha.bodily@aggiemail.usu.edu

Woes: Counseling through classes -continued from page 5 public, visitors come watch a video and fill out a short questionnaire. This, and events like it, attract those who struggle with depression but also those who just want to know more. “Every once in a while, I feel disappointed in myself, but I don’t feel like life is horrible,� said Tedi Jorgensen, an undeclared freshman. Tedi attended the depression screening held by CAPS Jan. 26 in the TSC Ballroom because she was interested in psychology and how the brain works. Stephanie Cottam, a freshman in human movement science, works at Midwest Stress Center. She thought the screening might help her to relate to the people she is working with. “It’s interesting to me to talk to people in these situations,� she said. “I can help people and help myself.� Because depression is not a one-treatmentcures-all disorder, CAPS takes situations on a case by case basis. “There’s a wide range of what people may classify as depression,� Berry said. “Different people express depression differently. There are different flavors of depression even though the severity might be the same.� A wide range of depression requires a wide range of psychologists. According to their website,

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CAPS employs seven psychologists, three interns and three graduate assistants. “Everybody does it differently,� Chapman said. “It’s a place where you can unburden yourself. On top of that we teach coping skills, ways to relax and reduce stress. We give feedback and change patterns. We’re supportive and objective.� While individual therapy is the solution for some people, others are more comfortable in a group setting. CAPS offers small group therapy with four or five people in a group. Another option, Chapman said, are classes like The Joy of Depression. These require no paperwork, and can be taken individually or in a series. “These classes get anywhere from three or four to 10-15 people,� Chapman said. “We’re actively looking to improve attendance. We have different groups, like building relationships, coping, self awareness, mindfulness, men’s and women’s groups, and healthy sexuality.� When depression hits, the biggest resources are sometimes friends and family, Chapman said. “Be willing to listen, ask questions,� he said. “Reach out. Work to open the lines of communications. Be open about it.� – allee.evensen@aggiemail.usu.edu

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If Gary Arnold had the power he would like to teleport date. There were two girls that I knew with the same name. I called the wrong one. I go up to her house and she opens the door, all excited to see me, and it’s the wrong one. I told her I was going to play Gary Arnold cards with her, so I have to cards with her now. Then International play she tells me, “Oh, it’s cool that you want to come over and Business hang out, even though I have a boyfriend … he’s coming over in a few minutes, do you want to go ice skating with us?” I said, “No, I’d better get back to studying.”

By STEVE KENT staff writer

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Utah Statesman: Favorite Cartoon character? Gary Arnold: Samurai Jack. US: Ski or Snowboard? GA: Ski. I haven’t been in a long time, but that was the first thing my dad took me to do when I was like in junior high, so I’m a fan of skiing. US: If you had to live in any decade forever, which would it be? GA: This one. Life is really good right now. Economics or socially or technology. You couldn’t go back 50 years and find a TV or an iPod like you do now. US: At USU, what’s the most annoying thing your classmates do? GA: Watch movies during class, because it’s pretty distracting. You want to watch the movie with them.

US: What do you believe is the biggest problem facing college students? GA: I would say balancing everything we have to take care of. And financial problems in general.

US: If you could say one thing to bad drivers, what would it be? GA: Make up your mind and use your blinker. US: If you could have a super-power, what would it be? GA: Teleportation.

US: Who was the greatest musician/group of all time? GA: I’m not the biggest fan, but I’d say one of the greatest would be the Beatles.

US: If you had a band, what would you name it? GA: That’s a hard one. I thought about this WAY back when I was like, “It would be so cool to make a band.” Just the first thing that came to my mind – it’s another band that I knew, but they’re in another country so it doesn’t really count right? It’s “Against Time.”

US: When you die, what do you want people to say your biggest accomplishment was at your funeral? GA: I don’t know if I’d want it to be a single act, like “he built a building” or something like that, but that he dedicated himself to his family and his friends and to helping others. US: What is the most ridiculous fashion trend right now? GA: I’m still trying to understand the massive, look-like-a-fly glasses. Like a fly-face or whatever.

US: If you could punch any historical/literary figure (besides Hitler) in the face, who would you punch? GA: I’d have to remember my history – who really bugs me? Let’s just say Stalin. US: If Big Blue quit and you had to choose a new mascot, what would you pick? GA: A snowman. It’s cold in Logan, and most of our school year is in the snow. US: If your house was on fire and you could only grab one thing before you ran out, what would it be? GA: Honestly, I’d probably grab my computer. US: What’s your favorite book? GA: It’s a trilogy called “Mistborn.” It’s a fantasy. It’s by Brandon Sanderson; he’s actually a BYU professor. I recommend it. Any time anyone asks me that, that’s the book I preach. US: What was your worst date? GA: I haven’t had too many bad dates. (This) wasn’t exactly a

US: What’s your favorite website? GA: Facebook and/or Google. Because with Google, you can go anywhere, right? US: If you could change anything about USU, what would you change? GA: Maybe this is because I’m in a little bit of lower level classes, but I think class size is one of the things. US: Do you think people are losing their communication skills due to the Internet? GA: I don’t they’re losing them, I think the skills are changing. US: If you could get the government to start doing one thing, what would it be? GA: Since the issue lately has been that, I think I’d say, “spend less.”

Travel: Growing into who you are -continued from page 5 “I learned how self-reliant I can be,” she said. Brent said she was confident about leaving the country and her first time flying because of the reassurance offered to her and her parents. “There wasn’t much unknown, I knew what was expected thanks to working through USU,” she said. Heading south for another program was junior and entrepreneurship major Megan Rhoads. Rhoads attended the University of Western Sydney program in Australia. Rhoads said her program also enabled her to pay USU tuition, but she paid an addition $4,100 for housing. Rhoads said due to cost of living, this fee was standard for Australian housing. Rhoads said she didn’t let the cost deter her and would call it an investment because she took classes that apply to her degree. Rhoads took out a loan for the tuition and had help from her family to cover remaining costs. Rhoads said that the value of her trip included a new perspective of the world. She said her visit made her more independent and helped her see there is more to the world.

Rhoads also said she couldn’t believe her Australian friends when they said they wanted to visit the United States so badly, when all she had ever wanted to do was visit Australia. Rhoads said while in college, “students become who they are going to be.” “It was about growing into who I am,” Rhoads said. Rhoads said she often felt homesick and challenged being so far away, but would relive the experience again. “You definitely find out what you can handle,” she said. Rhoads said after being completely immersed in the Australian culture and seeing their different outlook on life, she tells everyone that will listen to her that they need to go. “It was the best experience of my life,” Rhoads said. For more information about studying abroad, students can check out the Study Abroad Fair Wednesday, Feb. 2 from 10-2, on the second floor of the Taggart Student Center. – jessie.a.sweat@aggiemail.usu.edu

Military: Anyone can take classes -continued from page 5 Over the holidays it was especially difficult, but it is worth it,” he said. In December 2010, Whitmore met the requirement for the two-mile run. He finished in 16:35; the requirement for his age and gender is 16:36. “Everyone is welcome to take ROTC classes. When he (Whitmore) first walked in, we were skeptical,” Stuart said. “But he never gave up, he kept coming back every week.” Stuart said students join the ROTC for multiple motives. “Some are very patriotic and want to serve their country, some need money for college, some want the opportunity to travel around the world and some want to be leaders,” he said. Sgt. 1st Class Kim Baxter said, “Don’t do this if you are just looking to get your school paid for. Do this if you want to be a leader.” Baxter said he returned from basic training at 17 years old with “better self-confidence, personal responsibility and the respect for others.” Stuart said there are four things disappearing in the general work force that will remain constant in the military: paid-for education, secure income, employment benefits and early retirement. “People want a rewarding career that pays well and has good benefits,” he said. “This is the way to join the U.S. military if (students) have any desire to serve our country,” Wright said.

She said she has learned a lot about the army since she started working there in 2008. Stuart said he understands why many are afraid of the military. “Some people are naturally scared. They don’t understand how it works. There is a commitment.” Baxter said that commitment is the main requirement to be involved in the ROTC. Stuart explained there are many non-combat jobs available in the army and other military areas. He said military intelligence officers, logistics, engineers, human resource administrators and helicopter pilots are among the noncombat jobs available. Whitmore said he now has the opportunity to teach others. As a military science third year student, he is learning leadership skills. “You teach and give an example or give a practical exercise,” he said. He said in the next couple weeks he will be leading lab classes in “squad attack” and “knock out a bunker” exercises. Whitmore said he has to wait to find out what branch of the army he will be assigned to. He explained he will rank his top choices, and based on the needs of the army, he will be assigned to one of his choices. Whitmore said he hopes to go into armor. “To me, they are the king of the battlefield.” – natasha.bodily@aggiemail.usu.edu

GARY ARNOLD SAID one of the biggest problems facing college students today is financial trouble. He said another problem is trying to balance all the tasks students have to deal with. STEVE KENT photo

US: What do you think is the biggest health problem in the world? GA: Malnutrition. US: Do you think Logan is too big, too small or just right? GA: Could I say, “poorly organized?” I mean, it could be just right, if it was maybe a little bit better organized. US: If you graduated tomorrow, what would you do and where would you go? GA: Because of my major, I’d probably go to Brazil and look for a job with connections here or there. US: If everyone in the world but you were frozen in time for a day, what would you do? GA: As tempting as it would be, I don’t think I’d do anything sinister. The things that make big change you kind of need time. I probably would play a few practical jokes, but nothing too serious. I might try and get caught up on homework. US: If you could automatically know any other language, what would it be? GA: Probably Chinese. It’s a cool language, and it would be pretty useful. US: If you were a robot, what kind of robot would you be? GA: I’m thinking like Data off of Star Trek. So like, amazing computing powers and strength if I need it. US: What was the most important invention of all time? GA: Sliced bread.

– steve.kent@aggiemail.usu.edu


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Green puts on Superman cape again in 2-OT thriller (12-9, 3-6) battled back and forth early on in the first half, and after sophomore Joston Thomas gave the Warriors a In a game that featured 22-20 lead with 8:15 remainnine ties and 19 lead changes, ing, junior forward Brady the Utah State Aggies just feel Jardine responded back with lucky to have pulled out the victory. Behind another stellar a jumper of his own that road performance from senior sparked a 13-5 Aggie run to guard Brian Green, the Aggies end the half. The Aggies led by as much as nine in the first were able to keep their winhalf, courtesy of a dunk by ning streak alive and squeak junior forward Morgan Grim. out a win in double overtime The Warriors responded at the Stan Sheriff Center out of the halftime with a against the Hawaii Warriors run of their own. Junior Zane Saturday night, 89-84. Johnson, who torched the “We hung in there and Aggies for 24 points in the found a way,” Aggie head Spectrum already, hit a jumpcoach Stew Morrill said. “It er that sparked a 12-8 run to was wild and cut the deficit to crazy and a lot two. “We hung in happened. We’ll The Aggies take it. We just there and found would bounce found a way to a way. It was back again howwin that game.” wild and crazy ever, as Tyler The Aggies Newbold hit and a lot hapwere also able of his 17 pened. We’ll take three to tie a school points for the record for conit. We just found game to spur secutive confer- a way to win a 14-5 Aggie ence wins with run. Johnson, that game.” 23. The Aggies finished Stew Morrill, who won 23 straight with a gamegames during USU head coach high 25 points, the 2000 and hit a 3-pointer 2001 seasons that sparked a 15-4 Warrior as members of the Big West run capped by a lay-up from Conference. walk-on junior point-guard Just when it seemed like Jeremiah Ostrowski to cut the the Aggies (20-2, 9-0) were in Aggie lead to 60-59. trouble Saturday night, Green, A total of five Aggies finwho finished with 22 points ished the night in double figand three rebounds, found a ure scoring. Jardine finished way to keep USU in the game. with 13 points, senior forward Green hit a long two at the end Tai Wesley finished with 12 of regulation to force overtime, and junior guard Brockeith and an NBA-range 3-pointer at the end of overtime to force an Pane added 11. After Wesley had given the extra period. Aggies the lead in the wan“Brian Green was unbelieving seconds of regulation, able,” Morrill said. “That 3 Ostrowski found true freshwas a great shot.” man Bo Barnes, who nailed The Aggies and Warriors By TYLER HUSKINSON assistant sports editor

a trey from the left corner to give the Warriors a two-point lead with just over a minute to play. On the ensuing possession, Green hit a long 2pointer to tie the ball game. Green’s shot was initially ruled a 3-point basket, which would have given USU a one point lead, but upon video review the officials determined that Green’s foot was touching the 3-point line. In the first overtime, both teams struggled mightily to score, but Johnson hit a clutch 3-pointer to give the Warriors the lead, and two free-throws from Ostrowski with under 30 seconds to play seemed to seal the upset. Ostrowski had a career night against the Aggies as he finished with 15 points and six assists. “He (Ostrowski) killed us,” Morrill said. Green would come up big again in the final possession of overtime, nailing an NBArange 3-pointer to tie the game once again. Out of the second overtime the Aggies seemed to have sealed the victory, as they scored the first four points of the game, but the Warriors responded with a 6-0 run to take a two-point advantage. Things didn’t look good for the Aggies when Wesley fouled out in the second overtime with 1:23 to play, but the Aggies finished the game on a 10-3 run sparked by a gametying jumper by Nate Bendall and a go-ahead basket by Pane on a drive to give the Aggies the lead for good. “We just hung in there on the road,” Morrill said. “This is a pretty special win.” – ty.d.hus@aggiemail.usu.edu

UTAH STATE SENIOR GUARD BRIAN GREEN pulls up for a 3-pointer in a game against Louisiana Tech earlier this year. Green sank the biggest shot of the season for the Aggies with his 3pointer in the closing seconds of overtime to keep his team alive against Hawaii. CARL R. WILSON photo

Hockey sweeps pair of weekend games over BYU By ADAM NETTINA staff writer

For the first 53 minutes of Saturday’s game against Brigham Young, things could not have gone more smoothly for Utah State. The Aggies (32-5-1) not only out-skated the Cougars, but established a physical tempo that wore BYU’s players down by the waning minutes of the third period. It was at that point that things got interesting, as a flurry of late-game penalties and BYU goals chipped away at the Aggie lead before the final buzzer sounded and USU skated off with a 7-5 win. Even in victory, the late-game drama was more than the Aggie players had bargained for. “First two periods were OK,” said Aggie defenseman Matt Farris, who had one assist on the night. “Third period was embarrassing. (We had) a lot of penalties and just didn’t play like a hockey team. We were selfish, didn’t play like brothers – it’s embarrassing.” Embarrassing or not, The Aggies showed why they’re one of the top teams in the west during this weekend’s series with BYU, which also saw a 9-0 win in Provo on Friday night. But it was on Saturday night, in which an arena-record crowd of more than 2,000 fans came to the Eccles Ice Center in Logan, that the drama of the heated rivalry reached its boiling point. BYU got the scoring started first, when Cougar winger Mio Hura scored just 28 seconds into the game. The 1-0 lead would be BYU’s only lead on the evening, however, with USU’s Brendan MacDonald scoring only 32 seconds later to even up the score. USU would score two more times in the first period, with Matt Hamilton and Kent Arsenault scoring at the 13:08 and 10:43 marks, respectively. After giving up an early goal, Aggie keeper Cody Palmer was lights out, making seven first period saves. The momentum would only continue for the Aggies in the second period. Out-skating and out-hitting the Cougars, USU was nothing short of dominating in the middle part of Saturday’s action, allowing just two BYU shots on goal while putting up 17 on BYU goalkeeper Josh Antoniuk. Antoniuk, who made 41 saves on the night off of 48 USU shots on goal, couldn’t make up for his team’s bench deficiencies, however, as the aggressive USU forecheck kept the puck firmly in the BYU zone. Arsenault scored again for the Aggies, as did center Tyler Mistelbacher and rookie Brandon Blauer, whose goal at the 3:08 minute mark in the second period was the first of his career. Tempo and physicality was the name of the game for

Men’s tennis beat Utes 4-3 in Salt Lake By RHETT WILKINSON staff writer

UTAH STATE LEFT WING KENT ARSENAULT lets a shot rip from the high-slot during the Aggies’ 7-5 win over BYU Saturday. A record crowd of more than 2,100 people turned out for the game. CARL R. WILSON photo

USU in the second period. Aggie coach Jon Eccles said establishing a physical style of play was essential for wearing down BYU, which doesn’t have as many skaters to field as the USU. “They are not a very strong team,” Eccles said. “It’s because their bench is short, and we wanted to hit as much as we could because the more times you hit a player they fatigue faster, and they can’t recover. You could see that, and we were hitting a lot.” If there was one deficiency for USU through the first two periods, it was in capitalizing on second-chance opportunities. The Aggies failed to finish at the net on several occasions, a fact Eccles said could have led to an even greater USU lead. “It’s kind of tough,” he said. “You’re just banging away down there … in a perfect world, I bet you we would of scored another five or six goals there just on those second chances.” Going into the third period, USU looked as if it would cruise to another victory over its rivals. Yet six

third-period penalties gave the Cougars an opportunity to come back. Three BYU goals within three minutes of each other – including one off of a power play – cut the score to 7-5. According to Eccles, the penalties and loss of focus at the end of the game were unfortunate, and will have to be corrected if USU is to make a strong run in postseason play. “The players were a little frustrated, and it just got to them,” Eccles said. “They took the frustration out on the (BYU) players. It’s been a battle. We’ve had issues before with penalties and just kind of stupid things that players do and think about it after.” “If this team truly is going to win at Regionals and go onto Nationals, we can’t do stupid things like that,” Eccles continued. “We have to be heads up and do everything we can to be a team – a unit out there – and support one another.”

- See SWEEP, page 10

Behind the clutch play down the stretch of senior Jakob Asplund, the Aggie men’s tennis team continued their winning streak in defeating rival Utah, 4-3, Friday in Salt Lake City. In a performance that USU head coach Christian Wright described as “phenomenal,” Asplund defeated Utah’s Dmytro Mamedov in two straight sets after falling 6-7 in the match opener. The win broke a 3-3 overall tie with the Utes and sent the Aggies (3-2, 1-0 WAC) back to Logan with a three-game winning streak. Wright felt that the victory was in-waiting for his team, who lost by one point to Utah last season. “We felt like we should have won,” he said. “I felt like we were due. The guys were very focused.” That goal, however, proved to be something much more difficult to obtain. After taking a 2-0 overall lead on the Utes (1-1 overall) following a pair of doubles victories – an 8-3 win by sophomore Sven Poslusny and senior Bryan Marchant and an 8-4 victory in the No. 3 spot from Asplund and senior Nikitia Ryashchenko. Marchant followed up with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Utah’s Matt Cowley to give USU a 3-1 advantage. “He kept his focus and

- See TENNIS, page 9


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Christensen, Diop step up big for win in Brown’s absence By MARK ISRAELSEN staff writer

No Ashlee Brown, no problem for the Utah State women’s basketball team. Playing aggressive, energetic defense, the Aggie women beat San Jose State 72-57 on Saturday night, without their leading scorer and rebounder Ashlee Brown out with injury. The win gives USU a 4-3 record in the WAC and shows they can win without their star forward. “It was a good win,� said sophomore center Banna Diop, who had 16 points in the victory. “It wasn’t only one person, it was the whole team. We all stepped up and did what we had to do.� Right from the tip-off, the Aggies came out ready to play. Full of energy and intensity, their half-court zone trapping defense was instantly effective as they had three steals in the first three minutes. Sophomore guard Devyn Christensen got the scoring going with the first points of the game, and never let up as she had a game-high 18 points in her first career start. “I thought Devyn did really well,� said head coach Raegan Pebley. “The more Devyn can play with confidence and continue to add depth to her basketball IQ, the more I believe that she can be an all-conference player.� Fueled by their defense, USU got off to a hot start, as they hit their first seven shots to take a 15-5 lead early in the first half. The game then started to swing

back and forth as the lady Spartans cut the lead to three, only to have Utah State go on a run of their own to push the lead back to 11. The action went back and forth as San Jose State continued to try to cut the lead, but by half the Aggies were up 35-22, after shooting a blistering 57.7 percen from the field. “We thought it was really important not to allow San Jose State to dictate the pace,� Pebley said. “And we were able to do that with our defense.� The second half started much the same way as the first, with Utah State playing tough defense and pushing their lead. With 12 minutes to go in the half, year? Maddy Plunkett, who finished the game with a career-high 10 points, hit backto-back 3-pointers, giving the Aggies their largest lead of the game, 55-31. With the huge lead, it looked like the rout was on; San Jose State, however, had other ideas. Down 24, the lady Spartans didn’t panic, but instead took advantage of three straight USU turnovers to reel off a quick 100 run and put themselves back in the game. “San Jose State is a good team,� Christensen said. “They have good players and they fight. That’s one of the things we talked about all week is that they fight hard.� And they continued to fight. Giving Utah State a taste of their own medicine, San Jose State used half-court traps and feisty defense to force turnovers go on another big run and cut the lead down to eight with less

USU’S DEVYN CHRISTENSEN (LEFT) and Banna Diop combined to score 34 points during the Aggies’ 72-57 win over San Jose State Saturday. The team was without leading scorer and rebounder Ashlee Brown, who was out with an injury, giving Christensen her first career start. STERLING BOIN photos

than three minutes left in the game. “18 turnovers is too many,� said coach Pebley. “They tried to really force turnovers and they did a good job with that. We need to handle that much better, especially when we have a lead.�

Only up eight, the Aggies didn’t panic, but went back to what got them the lead; defense. With good defense, a big basket by Diop, and clutch free throw shooting by Christensen, the Aggies withstood the furious Spartan rally to secure the 15point victory.

With the win, the Aggies moved to 10-10 on the season and also gained important confidence in their team depth. “Definitely Ashlee’s presence was missed,� said Christensen. “But we have players on the bench that can step up and come in when someone’s out, so

that was nice to see.� The lady Aggies now look for their third straight win as they head to Reno to take on the Nevada Wolfpack on Feb. 3.

– mark.israelsen@aggiemail. usu.edu

Gymnastics finishes fourth at BYU quad meet with score of 191.900 By MEGAN ALLEN sports senior writer

Even with an improvement from last week’s scores, the Aggie gymnasts couldn’t keep up with their competition and took fourth place in Saturday’s quad-meet held at Brigham Young University. BYU and the No. 20 Iowa State Cyclones tied for first with a final score of 194.925. No. 16 Southern Utah University took third with 194.275, and the Aggies posted a total of 191.900. This was the second time this season the Aggies faced both BYU and SUU, but the first time competing against Iowa State since 2005, where they met at the NCAA Central Regional Championships. “A couple events are getting OK, and a couple others not so OK,� head coach Jeff Richards said. “We just aren’t competing with confidence.� Confidence in competition has been a huge point of struggle for the Aggies this season. The girls practice well and have their routines down, but something changes when they hit the arena for meets. “We go into practice and they’re very confident. We’re just trying to get them to have that same confidence in the meets,� Richards said. “What we see in meets is completely not what we see in the gym. We’re not sure why. They just look scared and nervous.� “We get scared. And when you get scared you lose your confidence,� said junior Nicole

Simoneau. “When you think like that, you’re going to fall. I think that’s really all there is to it.� USU is now 1-7 with the three losses from the fourth-place finish. BYU improves to 8-1-2, while ISU is 4-1-1 and SUU suffered its first losses of the season in sliding to 42. The Aggies started the meet on the uneven parallel bars, registering a 48.500 for the total score. Simoneau earned a 9.85, tying the score for the bars title. The Aggies moved to the beam for the second rotation, notching a 47.325, putting them in fourth place at the halfway point of the meet. Beam scores were up again from last week, but still not as high as the team would like to see. “If we can get those falls gone and get them a little more confident and get those scores up there,� Richards said. “We had two falls today,� Simoneau said. “We want no falls.� For the third rotation, the Aggies moved to the floor, where they were led by senior Jackie Dillon and her 9.750. Freshman Cammi Muhr had a career-high 9.725, contributing to the overall score of 48.275. Dillon also led the Aggies on the vault, the fourth and last rotation of the day, with a score of 9.700, leading to a team score of 47.800. Saturday marked the first time freshman Rachel Vaske competed as an all-around gymnast for the Aggies, earning a total score of 37.700. Dillon was the other all-

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-continued from page 8 energy up, and made the necessary adjustments,â&#x20AC;? Wright said of Marchant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The other kid was coming up to the net a lot, but Bryan made some passing shots that deterred the kid from coming up more.â&#x20AC;? The Aggies never led by more than one game the rest of the way. All the more need for Asplundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heroics down the stretch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jacob stayed focused and hung in their against a guy whose style is to just try to wear you down with consistent shots down the middle,â&#x20AC;? Wright said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It took a lot of mental and physical focus to pull through.â&#x20AC;? Utah State almost had the meet wrapped up when sophomore Sven Poslusny faced Utah junior Benito Suriano just moments earlier, before Poslusny fell in a nail-biter, 7-6, 7-6.

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Track and field finishes weekend Intramural basketball results: Jan. 24 - 28 Men’s Open League Men’s 6’ & Under League strong at Jackson Invitational Edgehillers 64 - 42 LLC Lobos Macy Gray 54 - 57 Russ’s Army RVCA 31 - 56 The BAMS were senior Mercer Owen second in the 60m hurdles BY USU ATHLETICS Broganites 70 - 61 Num Lock in the 800m, clocking his (8.92). Hus won the shot put Utah State men and - Eastmond Friskythen Dingos 37 then - 93 P Charles Hendersons career-best (1:54.63), and(use “says” with season-best of 463rd paragragh says, “Physical fitness... instead of said,throw then only one space “(no space) women’s track and field freshman Devin Lang in the 06.00 (14.17m). Williams won 5F Death Punch 77 - 44 Mon-Stars teams concluded the- Jacksons Team Put Out 43 - 35 High School All-Stars mile“engery” (4:18.93). Freshman AJ “energy” her first event of the season Just a typo 5th paragraph level at work => Invitational hosted by Boise Local Boyz 66 - 64 Too Much Good Stuff Boully finished third (8.48) in the mile with a time of State on Saturday, capturing Z-Unit 64 - 44 Sick Wid It the 60m hurdles followed 5:05.98. Last paragraph - “liffe =>in“life” seven event titles and 22 topSportlers 72 - 61 The Androids closely by sophomore Jordan Other Aggie women who five finishes. Pirates 46 - 38 Dream Team (8.80) and junior in the top-five “twiceOverall, a week USU during his McMurray break. (what is break?) Please justfinished say “Eastmond tries to swim twicePolite a week.” won eightI event titles with 32 LC Changos 61 - 58 Multiple Scores Philip Noble (8.87), respecincluded freshman Chari talked to Nick and he said this is fine... top-five finishes at Jacksons Panda 73 - 52 Stud Nation tively. Freshman Tanner Hawkins, who took fourth Indoor Track during the two- Hunt and sophomore Spencer in the 60m hurdles and Kylie Eco Feminists 30 - 56 The Money Shots day invitational. Clown Fish 67 - 59 Run n’ Gun Hall rounded out the topHirschi with a second-place Seniors Clint Silcock Legacy Legends 60 - 54 Has-Beens five finishes for the men finish in the 800m (2:16.25). and Armahd Lewis remain Lovers 55 - 26 Free Agents 1 with Hunt finishing fourth Ending the day fifth in their undefeated on the season and in the 400m (48.90) and 54 - 48 Not Shark Attack respective events were sopho- Not Allowed each hold the top Western Guns in Arenas 31 - 42 Suckin Air Hall ending in fifth-place in more Jen Schiess with a high Athletic Conference seasonSigma Chi 44 - 58 White Men Can’t Jump the weight throw (54-07.50 jump of 5-05.00 (1.65m) and best marks in their respective (16.65m)). Townies 67 - 47 That Just Happened freshman Daphne Jones with events. Silcock cleared a high SLD 65 - 68 Sleep Tight Leading the Aggie women a triple jump of 35-10.00 jump mark of 7-00.25 (2.14m) with event titles were juniors Rabid Rabbits 74 - 52 Business Casual (10.92m). to edge out teammate Eric Victorious Secret 60 - 47 Team Name Katelyn Heiner and Spela Utah State will return to Follett (6-06.25 (1.99m)) for Hus, along with freshman Jacksons Indoor Track on Feb. White Eyed Peas 37 - 53 The Single Gentlemen the top spot. Lewis (6.86) led 35 - 39 The Clips Hannah Williams. Heiner 23-26, when Boise State hosts Pikes an Aggie 1-2-3 finish in the ITT Basketball 37 - 46 A Horrible Team won the 400m for the second the 2011 WAC Indoor 60m with fellow senior Mike C2 Much 55 - 40 Boston Celtics week in a row with a careerChampionships. Pyrtle’s season-best time of The John Waynes 54 - 78 Winklers best 55.47 time followed by The Aggies will con6.93 and freshman Parker Blue Sharks 62 - 27 On Like Donk Kong! sophomore Aubrie Haymore tinue their indoor season in Bluth (7.00). Flying Unicorns 49 - 44 Has Beens B in third (57.17) and senior Albuquerque, N.M. for the Also capturing titles Heidi Peterson in fourth New Mexico Invitational on for the Utah State men (57.35), as she also finished Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4-5.

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Wrestling team starts season off strong with home meet Friday By JACE MILLER staff writer

The Utah State Wrestling Club held their first meet of the spring semester Friday night in the Nelson Fieldhouse, facing off against rivals Weber State and BYU-Idaho. The meet consisted of each team facing against the other, with two matches going at a time. USU beat both Weber State and BYU-I with scores of 40-3 and 36-30, respectively, and Weber and BYU-I tied 6-6. Utah State wrestled the most against the two other schools because of the better turnout by their club members, which is why BYU-I and Weber State had such low scores against each other. Utah State had quite a few wrestlers that

did well, including Nick Porter, Mitchell Rasmussen and Zach Walker who helped the team dominate the Wildcats and pull out a closer win against BYU-I. “We had quite a few guys play well, and we have some strong kids (on our team),” head coach Andrew Snarr said. BYU-Idaho wrestler Robert Cox, who wrestled a few of the Utah State wrestlers when they were in high school, was the standout for BYU-I in the close match between the two teams. “He’s from Star Valley, which is where a few of us are from, but he’s a good kid and a good wrestler,” USU’s Walker said. Walker, who won both of his matches by eight points or more, also doubled as a referee along with a few other wrestlers, and

none seemed out of place as a ref, keeping each of the matches clean and fair. The Utah State club seems to have quite a good team and is returning many good wrestlers from last year. “We have about four or five former state champions from high school on our team and we all won most of our matches,” said Walker, who also won a state championship in high school. But, as with any team after a long break, they weren’t at one hundred percent. “Each team was pretty out of shape because of the break, but I think if we work on our conditioning, we’ll do a lot better overall,” Snarr said. The wrestling team’s next meet is in Rock Springs, Wyo., next weekend against

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An Award for USU Employees & Students December Inspire Me Award Be Well: Nick Eastmond Having a healthy lifestyle is very important to Nick Eastmond, a professor at Utah State University. He said he feels that by making the choice to use different modes of transportation — such as walking and biking — a person can build exercise into his or her daily routine. Eastmond recommends that something as simple as taking the stairs instead of the elevator can be the first step to a healthier life style. As a life-long biker, Eastmond finds this alternate mode of transportion important not only for the environment but also his health. After beginning work at the university 35 years ago, Eastmond discovered that walking or biking to work was not only a healthier choice but a faster option to get to work. Not only does biking save him time but it also provides him with the opportunity to have exercise a part of every day. Along with biking or walking to work, Eastmond finds it important to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Eastmond said, “Physical fitness and nutrution are both important“ to having a healthy life. With all the demands of being a college professor, Eastmond finds it important to spend some of his time on exercising. “You have to do the best that you can with the energy that you have,” Eastmond said. To improve his energy level at work, Eastmond strives to swim twice a week and feels that this activity improves his productivity. “We live in a society that has a lot of contradictions,” Eastmond said. “The emphasis on body image that society has is kind of sick and there are some messages that are toxic. You have to build your own self-esteem and do things that show that you respect your body.”

Colorado University, Colorado State University, Weber State University and BYUIdaho. “We need to practice really hard and that’s about all we can do this week,” Snarr said. They also have regionals at the end of February in San Jose, Calif. against Division II teams and other school clubs. The teams who place first in regionals will move on to nationals in Georgia, with a few others going as wild card picks. “We’ll have about 10-12 kids going to regionals but that’s a tough state (to wrestle),” Walker said.

– j.mill@aggiemail.usu.edu

Sweep: USU takes two vs. BYU -continued from page 8 Despite giving up four late goals to BYU, the Aggie lead proved too much for the Cougars. With Saturday night’s win, USU improved the season series to a perfect 5-0 mark against their rivals from Provo. Once more, they supplanted any notion that when it comes to action on the ice, Logan is a place where this rivalry is alive and well. “The attendance was great,” Ferris said. “It’s awesome to have 2,000 fans in the building. It means a lot and makes it fun to play hockey. It was a lot of fun to play in front of that crowd.” Eccles couldn’t agree more,

and said he hopes that future Aggie games will draw similar crowds. “Anytime you have big crowds like that, it’s just so fun,” Eccles said. “With the players, it’s more than some (crowds) any of these players have ever played in front of, so it’s just a lot of fun for them. It really gives them the full experience.” USU returns to the ice this Thursday night against Northern Arizona, before hosting BYU again on Saturday. Both games begin at 7:15 p.m. at the Eccles Ice Center in North Logan.

– adam.nettina@aggiemail.usu. edu

updated Always be updated through by The Daily through & & Eastmond said he believes there is a societal fixation on weight loss. “It seems it doesn’t matter what your weight is, it’s not OK, ” Eastmond said. “There are a lot of body types out there and people have to find out what works for them.” Eastmond said living a healthy lifestyle affects many aspects in a person’s liife. Whether biking or just taking the stairs, a healthy lifestyle is within everyone’s reach.

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ith the old adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” we look to the new system, Instructure Canvas, that will be replacing Blackboard in 2012. After learning about this new program though, maybe Blackboard is broken and we just didn’t know any better. The current Blackboard program has not been updated in over a year because the company knew it was going to be decommissioned. No wonder it seems ghetto to anyone who has used it. This new program is supposed to be more user-friendly and easier to communicate with other classmates. Teachers will be able to send out messages and students will be able to receive that message through whatever method they want, be it texting, e-mail or Facebook notification. Some would say this is just going to intermix into our personal lives, but the new program gives us a choice, so it can still just be a typical e-mail if that is what we choose. One nice thing about being able to choose how we want professors communicating with us is that instead of professors only using our university e-mails they get through Banner, the ones that some of us check maybe once a week, we will get everything they send out in a form we will be checking. No more waking up early to get to class only to find out once we get there it has been canceled. Something that will always be a problem is professors not using this new program. Students won’t be able to utilize anything if half of their classes are still not being supported. If we can’t get professors to use Blackboard now, what makes anyone think they will use Instructure? New or not, if professors aren’t implementing it in their classrooms, the system is useless to students. If the school really wants to make things easier for students, they would require professors to use them. As students, consistency is our best friend. It won’t matter what kind of a program USU picks up if professors continue to stick to their old ways and not embrace something that could potentially save everyone a lot of time. Hopefully faculty will take advantage of the training workshops being set up for Instructure and realize we aren’t living in 1995. Technology is definitely evolving, it just makes sense that as a university, including our professors, we evolve too.

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What does religion mean to you? In Logan, Utah, religion Statesman is a defining characteristic of individuals. People casuGuest ally inquire about religious affiliation during social exchanges as though they are asking the person’s name. The subject of religion is difficult to avoid, even for those who have detached themselves from the organized element of religion. It is so prevalent in our daily lives that, like white noise, deeper questions like the one posed in the title of the article, and others like it, often fly under the radar. Religion is an aspect of life that, for many of us, has always been present. We entered into the churches, mosques or synagogues of our parents before we could walk, and like most individuals brought up in a religious household, this affiliation became ours as well. We trusted our parents and thus took the claims of our respective faiths at face value. The experience of the later-in-life convert eludes us cradle worshippers. We may never take the time to experience the personal insight and growth the conversion process brings. Fortunately, this experience is available to any that choose to put forth the effort, and perhaps now is as good a time as any to take a minute and ponder the question posed at the beginning of this article. What does religion mean to you? Religion can be, and often is, a cultural and even ethnic identity. The term Judaism has long referred to both an ancient nation and religious ideology. One finds both those regularly attending mass and those who haven’t been in years referring to themselves as Catholic. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons), the dominant religion of our university, likewise encom-

- See BELIEF, page 12

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ForumLetters Welfare column ignored facts To the editor: This letter is in response to the op-ed piece “Worth more if you’re poor.” The article comes out against the idea of equally distributing wealth, and though I agree with the author that redistributing wealth is a bad idea, I strongly disagree with the arguments used in the article. The article argues that in the U.S people are valued for what they can contribute and that race, gender or any other factors are irrelevant to our society. I would invite this author to ask the college educated disabled adults of Utah (94 percent of whom are unemployed) if they think they were judged by only their merits. This article makes the assumption that those who have felt

the sting of discrimination were somehow making it up, or just trying to excuse their “lazy” behavior. The article then goes on to state that persons who receive unemployment don’t want to work, and wait until the last minute to start looking for a job. This statement is pure calumny and is based on little or no factual evidence. Local news sources have done many stories about unemployment in recent months and have found no basis for this statement. As for those who receive state welfare, since 1996 they have been required to be employed full time. When they are out of work they have to spend the equivalent of four hours a day at the department of workforce services actively looking for work in order to continue receiving benefits. The article then repeats an argument that has been used since before the

Letters to the editor • A public forum author was born, that if you give people a supplement to their income that they will not want to work. This argument chooses to assume that work ethic is somehow attached to the economic class you are born into, that is simply not the case. The pride I felt in working was not lessened in the least by the fact that I received food stamps or SSI. If you speak to most “poor” people you will find they feel the same. The author then switches tactics and says that without government programs, people will respect the poor. The article says that society as a whole will respect the poor as long as they can contribute fully to the economy, so to restate: Society will respect the poor as long as they are not in fact poor. Aaron Timm

Toning down the political rhetoric Republicans Bright are a horde of hive - minded Blue Dot Neander thals who cling to religion for lack of having fully-formed higher reasoning or any form of true compassion, and thus are hawkish because they haven’t fully moved on from the crusades. Libertarians are just fence-sitters because they love their drugs and money so they can’t pick a party that’s actually sizable enough to win many elections – but hey, maybe they’re stoned and rich enough not to mind. Democrats are a bunch of soy latte-sipping idealists whose Priuses run on aborted fetuses and who are so open-minded their brains have actually fallen out. Now, while those sorts of statements are always amusing to make in good

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fun, when we actually begin to believe these sorts of things about our fellows it’s only a matter of time before we stop listening to one another for good points. Sometimes people who we may not understand for wanting to carry an AR-15 like a security blanket can be completely reasonable when it comes to things like education funding. It may surprise you at first, but oddly enough, the other side thinks too, otherwise natural selection would have wiped them out a while ago. Many times both sides can agree what the problem is and that there should be a solution; we as a society have a number of places where we compromise or see eye to eye. I mean, there are a tremendous number of things on which we can even agree on a general idea of where we should be headed; we just have different understandings of how we can get there. Being at the legislature this semester I’ve

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even gotten a front-row seat to watch of every program in the state across discussions that illustrate this per- the board regardless of impact. While fectly. my wording may suggest Everyone can agree how I feel about those that there’s a deficit “The dificit two plans we’ll just clear because, well, numbers up – I agree with the are numbers, statistics didn’t get here first set of people. tend to be pretty uni- in the space of Here’s the important versally convincing as a year, so trying thing though: Nobody they’re objective. The out of hand and to rid ourselves gets problem that’s been decides it’s appropriate going on within Utah this of it in one year to call one side of the round of budgeting has will just end up argument Communist, been that certain groups hurting everyone nor does anybody say feel differently about the other group are a how quickly we need more when we bunch of Nazis, and to close the gap of that don’t really need can’t we all be grateful deficit. Some on both to make this dis- for that? There are of sides of the aisle are saycourse bills that come ing we need to do so in appear in one up in any legislature that steps. The deficit didn’t sweep.” I personally feel are just get here in the space of a beyond the bounds of year, so trying to rid ourridiculous, but it doesn’t selves of it in one year will just end mean that the person proposing them up hurting everyone more when we is suddenly no longer a human who don’t really need to make this disap- deserves any level of respect in the pear in one sweep. There are others, course of my disagreeing with them. though, who want to cut 7-10 percent Now it may sound like I’m sim-

ply copying the mantra of my dearly beloved Jon Stewart, but oddly enough I’ve genuinely felt this way for some time. I feel that any person who goes running about shouting that the other side is a bunch of mindless zombies should be thoroughly ignored. This is the primary reason I can’t stand people like Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh. If I ever get out of hand like those people, I’d hope someone would call me out on making no point. Hyperbole and ignorance get our discussion nowhere, they don’t educate the voting populace and they don’t get your point any traction – or at least they certainly shouldn’t. They simply get the other side red – or perhaps blue – in the face shouting back at you, and when everyone’s yelling, no one can hear.

Anna Jane Harris is a junior majoring in political science. She can be reached at anna.j.harris@aggiemail. usu.edu.

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passes a wide range of identity and practice. Some of us are pure pioneer stock, while others are the only Mormon among their family. Perhaps this is all religion means to some of us. It is our heritage, a familiar place that ties us to both family and friends. In fact, the most difficult challenge for those who have left the religion of their fathers for another path is the damage or complete severing of these social ties. For many, religion goes beyond heritage. It is an ideology that defines personal philosophies and lifestyles. It may give a healthy sense of purpose and direction to an individual, acting as a compass of sorts as human beings continue to ponder the great questions that have preoccupied phi-

losophers for thousands of nations, many still adhere years. It is true that religion to the famous line from rarely attracts with its argu- the Confessions of St. ments for the Augustine, in existence of which he says “It is true that god, however “… our hearts its reverence religion rarely are restless for the great attracts with its until they find questions of arguments for rest in you life should not (God).” To go unnoticed. the existence of these individuScience has god, however its als, religion is made great reverence for not a means to advancements find answers. that give ratio- the great quesIt is a means to nal answers tions of life connect with to questions should not go something that were once greater than unnoticed.” given only their selves. supernatural So why is explanation. it important The abundant to ponder mysteries that once shaped such questions? After all, reality seem fewer and far it wouldn’t be worth it to between with each passing dedicate time to a worthyear. In spite of all these less endeavor. I argue that advancements and expla- there are indeed benefits to

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be had from such inquiries. By understanding what religion means to ourselves, we are able to gain a greater appreciation for both our own faith and the faith of those who worship in a slightly different manner. By realizing the importance and impact of religion in both our lives and the lives of others we gain a new perspective, and perhaps a newfound reverence for the institution of religion as a whole. The way we define terms such as truth and love may change. The lens through which we see the world can shift, and if we stop and look around every once in a while we might find that paths that once appeared to veer off in different directions are aimed at the same destination. So, what does religion mean to you? What leads you to frequent your respective religious establishment? What keeps you away? How does religion affect the way we – even those of us who have attempted to leave religion behind – view concepts as fundamental as time, love and justice? Take the time to ask yourself those questions, even if you have asked them before.

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Jan. 31 Today is Monday, Jan. 31, 2011. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issue of The Utah Statesman is published especially for Jordan Allred, a senior majoring in political science from Helena, Mont.

- Last day to receive a 50% tuition refund - Tuition and fees due, last day to add/ drop classes - Math and Stats Tutoring, TSC - College Libertarians TSA Event, TSC, 9:30 a.m. - Registration for Relay for Life, TSC Sunburst Lounge, 11 a.m. - Aggie CAREâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Family Lending Library Open House, Edith Bowen lab, 12 p.m. - Mentor/Mentee art exhibit, Chase Fine Arts Center, All Day - Powder-Day Saints movie Premiere, TSC, 7 p.m.

Tuesday

Almanac Today in History: In 1606 at Westminster in London, Guy Fawkes, a chief conspirator in the plot to blow up the British Parliament building, jumps to his death moments before his execution for treason.

Feb. 1

- Go Clubbing, TSC International Lounge, 10 a.m. - College Libertarians, TSC International Lounge, 10 a.m. - ASUSU Election Filing Deadline, TSC 326, 3 p.m. - Carnegie Professor of the Year, Haight Alumni Center, 3 p.m. - USU Post-Mormon Club, Old Main 207, 5:10 p.m.

Feb. 2

High: 31° Low: 7° Skies: A.m. snow showers

You need to know....

The registrars office would like to remind everyone that Jan. 31 will then be the last day to add/drop classes and the last day to receive a 50% tuition refund. It will also be when tuition and fee payment is due.

Visit the Elk at Hardware Ranch (15 miles east of Hyrum on SR 101). Jan.-Feb. 28 (weather permitting) $5 adults/ $3 children. Take a horse drawn sleigh ride to see a herd of 500 to 600 elk up close and personal. This is a great family adventure that you will want to do again and again. Li Guo will present the lecture, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Narratives of Chinese Women in Early Twentieth Centuryâ&#x20AC;? as part of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month at USU. The event is free and all are welcome. Feb. 2, TSC 335, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Come see USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talent at the Rotaract Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s variety show! It will be held Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the TSC auditorium. Admission is $3 with a can of food and $4 without. Come help us earn money for our service trip to Mexico and stock the food pantry at the same time! Save the day on Jan. 31 for USU Aggie CAREâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Family Lending Library Open House. It will be held from 12-8 p.m. in the Edith Bowen Lab School, west end on the 2nd floor. There will be refreshments served and activities for the children. Each child who attends will receive a free book. For more information contact Cara Allen at 797-3052. USU Extension is now registering for the 2011 beginning Master Gardener Classes. Classes start Feb. 1. Registration is $95. Download a registration form or for further info visit http://extension.usu.edu/cache/ htm/horticulture or call 435-7526263 USU Post-Mormon club meeting in Old Main 207 at 5:10 p.m. on Feb 1. For more information email: usupostmormons@gmail.com The USU Study Abroad Fair will take place in the TSC from 10-2 p.m. on Feb. 2. Enhance your learning experience. Learn how to study abroad. Discover the world. Stokes Nature Center will host Wild Wednesday on Feb. 2 from 47p.m. Februaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme is Groundhog Day. For more information, call 435755-3239 or visit www.logannature. org.

eWeek mixer

Come and network with local business leaders, entrepreneurial founders board members, and members of the area chamber of commerces at the IEC eWeek Kick Off Mixer Feb. 3 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the O.C. Tanner Lounge (9th floor of the business building). Refreshments served. If you have any questions contact IEC at usu. iec@gmail.com

Relay for Life

Wednesday Weather

Registrar dates

- Powder Wagon, TSC Parking Lot, 8 a.m. - Study Abroad Fair, TSC Lounges, 10 a.m. - Meditation Club, TSC 335, 12 p.m. - Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month Speaker, TSC 335, 3:30 p.m. - International Research Lecture, Library 101, 3:30 p.m. - Charity Anywhere Info Session, Hub, 5:30 p.m. - Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball vs. Nevada, 9 p.m.

Registration Day for Relay for Life is from 11-2 in the TSC Sunburst Lounge. Teams that register Jan. 31 for USUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s April 15 Relay are given the early registration fee of only $10. If you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come, you can register online at relayforlife. org/utahstateuniversityut. Please come, sign up and join us in the fight against cancer on campus.

ASUSU elections

If you are interested in running for a position in ASUSU, pick up your packet in TSC room 326 and get your creative mind spinning. Election filing Deadline is Feb. 1 at 3 p.m. TSC 326 ($20 fee must be paid, and Declaration of Candidacy Form submitted) Elections will be held Feb. 28 Anyone interested in being on the Elections Committee is welcome to visit TSC 333.

Spring break

Tijuana is an amazing experience building houses for the poor and at a cheap cost March 5-12! Cost: $275 for students. Plan on $60 for gas. Food, housing and construction materials are paid for. Come to the meeting Feb. 2 at 5:30 at the HUB or contact us at charityanywhereusu@gmail.com

Flight Deck â&#x20AC;˘ Peter Waldner

Strange Brew â&#x20AC;˘ Peter Deering

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