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Japan relief reaches $6,000, fundraising continues By MEGAN BAINUM assistant news editor

What started out as a student-run organization for families in Cache Valley has turned into a fundraiser relief program called STEPS to help the victims of the recent Japan earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power crisis. As of Tuesday afternoon STEPS passed the $6,000 mark toward the $15,000 goal. Wednesday and Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Logan’s Maximum Style Tec Cosmetology School will have students ready to cut or braid steps into students’ hair for $5 and hair cuts will cost $10. Jennifer Lee, a student at Maximum Style, said she volunteered her time because she has always loved Japan and their culture. Keenan Nuehring, one of the students who started STEPS but is now working as an ASUSU liaison for the organization, said they have been working on STEPS for more than a year but weren’t planning on launching it until the fall. When the Japan

KEENAN NUEHRING (LEFT) and Jason Russell (right) show steps that were shaved into their hair, Tuesday, which is part of an initiative to raise money for victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. Nuehring and Russell are co-founders of the non-profit USU group called STEPS. ANI AGHABABYAN photo

disaster hit March 11, he said the group felt it was appropriate to speed things up so something could be done to help and have the USU Japan Club

be involved as much as possible. Chisato Yanagisawa, a sophomore and member of the Japan Club, said since there is nothing anyone from the

Japan Club can do to help directly, a fundraiser that will go to the Red Cross was the best option. She said at first they wanted to send food and blankets

but it was going to be too expensive. Instead, Yanagisawa said the club decided to put up donation jars around campus and booths in the TSC and library. “We can’t do anything from here, but we felt very strongly about doing something, anything that we can do,” Yanagisawa said. Each “step” in STEPS represents something different, Nuehring said. The first step is relieving financial burdens, the second is educating community and third is unifying the community. He said it is a great way to raise awareness about what is going on. Nuehring said the group aims to meet their goal by April 9 with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Japanese Red Cross. He said members of the organization are planning to go around to businesses to ask for donations. Group member Jason Russell said some businesses have already approached them and asked how they can help.

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Business students improve literacy through book drive By ALLEE EVENSEN staff writer

Ten students from the Huntsman School of Business have teamed up with the Cache Valley Reading Council to promote literacy in the community and created a goal to collect more than 1,000 books in a 3-week period. The Books for Hope drive will run until the last day of the month, with a door-todoor collection on March 26. On-campus drop sites include the business and education buildings, the TSC, the library entrance and the Edith Bowen Lab School. A majority of the books will be donated to the English Language Center of Cache Valley, a non-profit organization that offers a variety of English and basic life skills

UTAH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS visit USU’s Logan campus and observe teaching methods in the newly established Sound Beginnings deaf education program. Congressman Rob Bishop said he was impressed by the quality of the program. CARL R. WILSON photo

Congressman Bishop visits campus to experience deaf learning program By DAN SMITH news senior writer

U.S. Congressman Rob Bishop visited USU’s recently-constructed Emma Eccles Jones Early Childhood Education and Research Center on Monday to learn about its highly unique Sound Beginnings deaf education program. USU Provost Raymond Coward said he was glad to have the opportunity to show Bishop a program that USU administrators are so proud of. Bishop has served for 16 years in the Utah Legislature as well as 30 years in public education. “It’s fitting that we’re visiting an early education program that is literally changing the lives of the participant children and their families,” Coward said. Utah Sen. Lyle Hillyard, Utah Rep. Jack Draxler, Tami Pyfer of the Utah Board of Education and Peggy Milligan from the Utah State Office of Education were also in attendance to hear about the fledgling

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program. the group on a tour of the facilities. Coward said the graduate emphasis “It’s truly state-of-the-art, it’s amazprogram attracts students from all over ing,” Bishop said. “It’s one of the few that because of how cutting-edge does this type of sound the technology and research listening projects in the “It’s fitting that nation. It’s great that they are. “These are young people we’re visiting an have been able to make that are being provided a kinds of scientific early education the service that is unique to our improvements over the state, which is unique to our program that is years so these kids can literally changnation, which is unique to truly reach the kind of this world,” Coward said. potential that’s within ing the lives of “Yet at the same time what the participant them.” you’ll be observing is a very White said Sound children and active research program Beginnings provides which has brought in much their families.” teaching, care and more than $1 million in – Raymond Coward, assessment facilities for external funding.” He said it is USU Provost children. Karl White, director important to identify any of the National Center for hearing loss early with Hearing Assessment and Management universal newborn hearing screening. (NCHAM) and USU psychology profesSound Beginnings director Kristina sor, presented the high-profile group with the vitals of Sound Beginnings and led - See SOUND, page 4

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classes. Katie Jensen, co-director of the center, said a book drive like this will effect hundreds of families in the community. Many of the families who use the center are new immigrants or refugees from war-torn countries, she said, and want the ability to support their families. “They arrive with nothing, so we get books for them,” she said. Jensen said the center serves around 1,000 people each year. With a combination of people from 90 countries, the center requires more than 250 volunteers annually. This year the English Center’s biggest needs are dictionaries and children’s books. “They teach some who

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Writing contest chooses winners By LIS STEWART staff writer

The Utah State University English department announced the winners of its annual creative writing contest last week. Charles Waugh, director of the contest, said one of the purposes of the contest is to encourage as many people as possible to write. He said the contest had 158 entries from 25 different disciplines and encompassing four colleges. The winning submissions will be published in the department’s literary magazine, “Scribendi” in mid-April, Waugh said. The winning authors will also have a chance to read their work

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Residents SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Barry Bonds standby in case the fire flared up. Tankers dropped 7,000 gallons of hundreds more homes were told to be admits using steroids during his of fire retardant and the helicopters ready to leave. baseball career, his lawyer told a jury FIRE CREWS, FROM GOLDEN, COLO. Fire Department, pump water from dropped 9,200 gallons of water before Kelley said more evacuations might Tuesday. The catch is that Bonds’ pera hydrant to a small pond, where air crews fill their baskets as they continue to be necessary if the flames spread north. attack the Indian Gulch fire from the air on Monday, March 20. AP photo sonal trainer misled him into believ- they were grounded when the wind picked up in the afternoon. The winds The fire, which officials suspect was ing he was taking flax seed oil and able to save both. Firefighting costs have were expected to continue at least until were blowing from 25 to 40 mph with human-caused, was 20 to 25 percent arthritis cream. totaled $680,000 so far. sunset. sporadic gusts as high as 60 mph, the contained by Tuesday afternoon. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt The sheriff’s department said on its Although the Colorado mountains National Weather Service in Boulder No injuries have been reported and Parrella called such claims “ridiculous website the fire was “creeping and smol- and their ski resorts have above-average said. no structures have burned. Jefferson and unbelievable� and portrayed dering� earlier Tuesday but could spread snowpack, the lower foothills and high Firefighters were battling winds of County sheriff’s spokesman Mark Bonds as a liar during his first chance if winds picked up. Bob Kleyla of the plains east of the Rockies have had little to present the government’s position. 75 mph in some parts of the mountains, Techmeyer said flames moved past two weather service said the strong winds moisture since August. Jefferson County sheriff’s spokeswoman homes overnight but firefighters were And so the crux of the criminal case against Bonds was laid before an eight-woman, four-man jury as the trial got under way. Bonds has pleaded not guilty to four charges of lying to a grand jury in 2003 when he WASHINGTON (AP) – Mitt The 2012 Republican field is deeply appearances and, perhaps, even in Democratic consultant on Kerry’s camdenied knowingly taking steroids. Romney is the godfather of what flawed, lacking a serious GOP conmajor speeches. 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Livid he wasn’t chosen for next sea- a boy turning blue while two people perform CPR on Spartanburg County parks spokeswoman Nisha RESCUE WORKERS ATTEND TO injured son of “Dancing with the Stars.� children after a children’s train ride at Cleveland Park the child. “He’s probably seven. It’s not good for him at Patel confirmed that the train had been sold but said it 1. Claimed to be a “rockstar from derailed in Spartanburg, S.C. The ride crashed Saturday, was in operation during the summer of 2009. all,� another caller said to the boy. Mars riding a Mercury surfboard.� March, 19, killing a boy and injuring dozens. AP photo


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IN THE MORGAN THEATER USU student actors perform the play “Do Not Hit Golf Balls Into Mexico.” The set to this production will compete at a national level against other student-designed sets. Brandee Jenks designed the set and will travel to Washington, D.C., for the second year in a row after taking first place in regionals. Photo courtesy of Shawn Fisher

Theater students head to Washington By CATHERINE MEIDELL news editor

In “farm country” it may seem odd that USU theater design students are raking in awards for their sets and costumes for the fourth-straight year. But Shawn Fisher, professor of theater design, said location does not necessarily define the success of theater arts. Graduate and undergraduate students take their designs to the regional Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) every year, and in this year’s mid-February festival, USU students won two national and three regional awards against the design projects of approximately 100 college that attended. The winners – Brandee Jenks, Caroline Kennedy, Molly Hill, Milinda Weeks and Andrea Lyman – took their awards in set design, costume and make-up for productions that have appeared in the Fine Arts Center. “I think that our students are just getting really, really good training,” said Adrienne Moore, USU professor of directing and voice, “and not only do (the students) have design skills, they

know how to apply these skills in a real world situation.” Moore also believes USU theater students’ success could be attributed to the requirement that they have to produce 24 design projects in their coursework. “It’s not like winning a Tony Award,” Fisher said, “but (the students) get to see how they stand up against people they’ll be competing against in their careers.” Brandee Jenks’ “functional” set design for the USU production “Do Not Hit Golf Balls Into Mexico” will travel to Washington, D.C., in April to hopefully receive a national award, Jenks said. This will be her second year as a contender in the KCACTF national competition. She combined visual elements of corrugated fields, mesh material and a barbed wire sun to set the mood of the play that took place in the area of the Mexican-American border. “There wasn’t a whole lot to it, but I did that on purpose because I thought the words of the play needed to be the focus,” Jenks said. “It was everything it needed to be and nothing that it didn’t need to be.” The set design for “Do Not Hit Golf

Balls Into Mexico” catered to the mood and issues that were present in the production, Moore said, and the visual aspects were “evocative.” Jenks said Fisher encouraged her at last year’s national competition to go with her sights set on more than an award, but look at the other projects and learn from her competition. “We hold them to high standards,” Fisher said, “and we very much value the process of becoming a diverse artist. We don’t look at designers as servers of the production and we value their creative part. It helps to drive their work.” Molly Hill will also travel to Washington, D.C., to show off her “Seussical the Musical” makeup design. She said she believes her design was successful at the regional KCACTF competition because of the labor that was required for the project and the professional manner in which she displayed her work. The labor Hill needed to execute for this project involved shaping more than 20 wigs with glue and curling rollers, she said. Some other elements of makeup included colorful eyelashes for

the birds in the play and ‘60s-inspired face makeup for the actresses. “From the beginning we wanted them to be humans with animal-like characteristics,” Hill said. “The Zebra, instead of having a mane, had a ponytail that was spiked. We did that with every one of the characters.” In the regional KCACTF competition there are five design categories: set, makeup, sound, lights and costume, Fisher said. A regional and national award are given for each category, so USU students claimed half of the total major awards distributed. There is a good balance in USU’s theater faculty, Fisher said, which is helpful to the students because they are able to get various design perspectives. “What this achievement really says is that the location of Utah State – it’s not in a major city and is in a less populated state – really comes down to the quality of students entering the program,” Moore said, “and Craig Jessop is set on creating a national appearance for Utah State in the national arts.” –

Scribendi: Students chosen for annual magazine publication -continued from page 1 April 14 at Helicon West, the bimonthly open mic night held at True Aggie Cafe in Logan. For many of the winners it was their second, third, and even fourth year submitting work to the contest. Students whose work placed for the first time, however, were pleasantly surprised. “I’m shocked,” said Tina Sitton, a junior majoring in English, “this was the first time I’ve ever entered anything, and to place in it is still surprising … I feel humbled.” Brian Brown’s poems took first place in the graduate poetry category, and he said this was his first time entering a creative writing contest. “To have (these poems) win was a sort of validation, like maybe my writing is worth something after all,” he said. The work of a writer tends to be personal, and many of the writers expressed their reasons behind their work. Many were directed toward family and friends. Other topics among the winning pieces include motherhood, friendship, a preoccupation with a Samba dancer and the death of a loved one. “Inviting a writer or poet to explain their work is like asking an over-affectionate parent to explain how cute or smart their kid is,” Sitton said. First place winner in graduate

nonfiction John Gilmore said his narrative was about his ex-wife’s fall into anorexia and bulimia. He researched the history and culture of an El Salvadorian food called a pupusa, which was one of the things she was willing to eat, and incorporated it in to his piece. He said, “The end result was, I guess, a sort of meditation on my wife’s and my own obsession with wanting to control things we can’t. Death mostly.” Though each winner expressed passion for his or her work, a majority said writing was not part of their after-college career. “I am an English major, but I actually plan on going into law, where I’m sure I’ll have opportunities galore to develop my creative writing skills,” said Tim Clark, second-place winner in undergraduate poetry. For some, however, writing is all they want to do, and they said a day job was probably the most realistic option. “Put simply, I want to write and paint for a living. Not the most realistic choice, I know, but I’m going for it. Otherwise, I’ll get a day job,” said Tessa Ryser, who placed in the undergraduate art and fiction categories. The contest also included an art category, with five winners taking 10 awards in the undergraduate and graduate categories.

Museum looks at ages of rock art

Archaeology and photograph combine in the next featured presentation at Utah State University’s Museum of Anthropology in its “Saturdays and the Museum Series.” The March 26 presentation is based on the book “Traces of Fremont: Society and Rock Art in Ancient Utah” by USU professor Steven Simms and featuring the spectacular photography of Francois Gohier. Photographers often leave it to their images to tell a story. In contrast, archaeologists usually don’t stray too far from a story reconstructed from ancient material remains. In the Saturday presentation, the museum explores the intertwined paths of both photographer and archaeologist as Gohier’s photography explores and captures the nature of ancient Fremont society, religion and worldview. More than a recitation of Fremont artifacts, rock art and culture history, Simms’ presentation draws attention to the nuances of a long vanished culture, highlighting the strides archaeologists have made toward piecing together the many facets of Fremont life-ways. “Traces of Fremont” tells the story through Simms and Gohier’s collaboration.

Library displays professors’ books JOHN GILMORE WON first place in the graduate nonfiction category of USU’s Creative Writing Contest. ARMEN HOVSEPYAN photo

Bernadene Ryan, who took the most art awards, said this was her first time entering an art contest, and she was surprised to win. She said she has been taking photographs for years. “It is often surprising, at least to me, what can be captured by a photograph,” Ryan said. “There are details in real-time you may not observe, but the photograph provides an opportu-

nity to really notice details.” Waugh said students should be working on something for the contest in advance of the deadline in the first week of February. “Some of the winning entries this year are the result of years of work, and that dedication really shows,” he said. –

STEPS: Cosmotology school helps in financial aid effort -continued from page 1 Students involved with STEPS are also collecting money in the TSC. Matt Innes, a senior in liberal arts, said he isn’t having much luck getting people to donate. “I understand that it is a hassle for people to open up their backpacks for money. A few people have been generous but of course we are hoping for more,” Innes said. Innes served an LDS mission in Tokyo, Japan in 2008, and his connection to the Japanese people makes this disaster “heartbreaking,” he said. “This is such a developed country, it really hits

The first King James Bible rolled off the presses in 1611. Four hundred years later it remains the most widely published text in the English language. In celebration of its 400th anniversary, the Religious Studies Program at Utah State University is hosting a panel discussion of the Bible’s virtues, precursors and limitations. Leading faculty scholars in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences will participate in the event March 29 at the Merrill-Cazier Library. “We hope to communicate that the King James Bible is important, whether people know it or not,” said Philip Barlow, director of Religious Studies at USU and the Leonard Arrington Professor of Mormon History and Culture. “The interpretations and information in the Bible has affected more than just the belief systems of people, but the literature they read and the culture of today.” Panelists include Barlow; Norman Jones, an internationally recognized expert of the Elizabethan and Reformation era; Christine CooperRompato, co-editor of the “Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures”; and Stan Larsen, professor emeritus at the University of Utah and theology expert. They will discuss the influence of the King James Bible from both religious and cultural standpoints, as well as how it rose in popularity over the centuries.

home to what can happen,” Innes said. On April 9, STEPS will be holding an event called “Peanut Butter and Japan Jam” to reach their goal. Nuehring said it will be “carnival style” with local bands and games. Advertising for the event will go out to the whole community. He said they are advertising in elementary and middle schools to try to appeal to as many people as possible. Entrance will be $5 and there will be more opportunities to donate throughout the day. Nuehring also said STEPS is working with the Logan School District to figure out how high school

students can be involved. He said they are meeting with the high school student body officers to go over some ideas. “We want them to come up with the ideas because we feel like if they are the ones with the idea, they will support it more,” Nuehring said. There are big plans for the future of STEPS, Nuehring said, and eventually they want to have three separate divisions of the organization: local, national and international. –

In conjunction with Research Week at Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library hosts a display of recently published faculty books. The books can be seen on the second floor of Merrill-Cazier at the New Books Lounge. A reception to honor the USU faculty authors represented in the display will be held in conjunction with a presentation by USU English Department faculty member Christine Cooper-Rompato, author of “The Gift of Tongues: Women’s Xenoglossia in the Later Middle Ages,” a book included in the display. Activities are planned Wednesday, March 30, from 4-6 p.m. and CooperRompato’s presentation begins at 5:30 p.m. at the New Books Lounge. The reception is free and open to all. The display includes recent books by 33 faculty members representing the colleges of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Engineering, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business and the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services.

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Logan: Residents improve reading skills in local learning center -continued from page 1

aren’t even literate in their own language,” said Tom Williams, a nonmatriculated graduate student and member of Books for Hope project group. “Of course, some are very literate in their language and are learning English to help their job prospects.” Books will also be donated to the Whittier Community Center and the Family Information and Resource Center. According to its website, The Family Information and Resource center is an educational facility that provides workshops, classes, and activities for parents to learn to build confidence in their families. They have a small lending library where parents can take books out for two weeks at a time. The Whittier Center is home to more than 25 civic organizations and is a great community resource, Williams said. Melanie Hays, the staff facilitator of the project and member of the Cache Valley Reading Council, said although this is only a one-semester project for the students, its success may lead the council to use it as a platform for similar initiatives. “It was a perfect storm,” Hays said. “We were looking for a group to help us because we couldn’t do anything with our small numbers and they were looking for a project for their class.” The council consists of seven active members, many of whom already teach full-time. Hays said because of the council’s size, large-scale projects don’t have the manpower to succeed. The council mulled over many ideas before coming up with the thought of partnering with the university. She said the community and college partnership has been effective and the council

LOCAL RESIDENTS IMPROVE their English by using donated materials in Logan’s English Language Center. The Books For Hope books drive will donate all books to this facility in hopes of improving Cache Valley literacy. Photo courtesy Brad Rieben

will continue to pair with students on future projects. Brad Rieben, a senior majoring in accounting and member of the Books for Hope project group, said pairing with the reading council has given the project legitimacy and has allowed the business students

to connect with elementary schools in two school districts to coordinate drop-off locations. “We wanted to do something that would have a greater impact in the community,” Rieben said. “We wanted to do something meaningful that would help a lot of people.”

Williams said while the group entertained several ideas for the class project, they felt that a book drive would ultimately be the most worthwhile to the immediate community. He said it also represents the generosity of the student body as whole.

“The fact USU students are involved reflects well on the university,” he said. “We can get a good response from students, and fill up the drop boxes on campus. It shows that students are community-minded.” –

Sound: Novelty program attracts attention from state legislators -continued from page 1

Blaiser said their program offers early education for children from birth to six years of age. Listening and spoken language is the primary mode of communication the children learn. The pediatric audiology clinic, which is part of Sound Beginnings, also serves community members from birth to age 22, said clinic coordinator Karen Munoz. The service provides hearing testing, hearing aids and cochlear implant mapping. “Most people don’t know about congenital hearing loss – children who are born deaf,” White said. “They’re surprised to learn that it’s the most frequent birth defect in the United States, 95 percent of deaf babies are born to two hearing parents.”



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He said congenital hearing in my classroom,” Bishop said, loss is often referred to as an “so it was unique to try and invisible disability, because visualize how these kids will until a deaf child reaches about be in another 10 years or so.” 12 months of age Amie usually behaves Dunkley, “As a parent, I the same way a the mother think we want hearing child of a Sound does. our kids to be as Beginnings When Sound normal as they student named Beginnings was Matthew, said opened in 2007, can be, and you she immedithere were only want them to ately began to nine students, see improvebe in the public White said. Now schools.” ments and she the facility proshe was – Amie Dunkley, said vides speech and excited to see mother of Sound how familiar communication skills teaching Beginnings student staff at Sound to 30 kids, while Beginnings also giving gradseemed to be uate students valuable interdis- with her son’s condition. ciplinary, hands-on experience. She said now Matthew “When I was teaching I wants to learn, he asks quesnever had a hearing-impaired tions and she is incredibly thankful that the program is right here in Cache Valley. “As a parent, I think we want our kids to be as normal as they can be, and you want them to be in the public schools,” Dunkley said. “He needed more specific help to what his specific problem was. So I decided to put him in the program last summer.” Sound Beginnings got off the ground largely by using state grants and does not rely on discretionary federal funding. The Emma Eccles Jones Foundation funded the building, Coward Said, and most of the tuition and stipend money for graduate students comes from federal funding. Bishop said it is good that the state has a better track record than the federal government when it comes to balancing the budget. There are only a few listening and spoken language schools in the country, White said. Sound Beginnings is highly unique and breaking new ground every day. Most schools for the deaf traditionally teach American Sign Language.

– dan.whitney.smith@aggiemail.

AggieLife Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Page 5

Utah State University • Logan, Utah •

The means to the great outdoors By ALLEE EVENSEN staff writer

Walter Gould leans in as he methodically scrapes a long, thin, strip of wax off of a cross country ski. The small room he works in could be called cluttered if it wasn’t so organized. Snowboard boots and ski poles line the walls. A small backpacking tent is set up in a corner. A bright yellow raft sits on the edge of the room, as if waiting for the spring runoff from the Logan river to arrive. Back and forth, back and forth, Walter’s push-pull motion seems to fit the feel of the room perfectly. “What we’re all about is getting students into the outdoors,” said Gould, an employee of the Outdoor Recreation Program. “We provide them with gear and instruction that they wouldn’t normally be able to afford. We provide them with opportunities that the average person doesn’t get to do.” Those opportunities range from kayak rentals to a library of books that can be checked out and everything in between. Because student fees are used to run the ORP, all rentals are offered at discounted rates to students. Whether students have never set foot in a tent or they spend every weekend in Logan canyon, Gould said that the program provides resources for every skill level. Rather than learning the boy scout method, which he said is “learning not to be miserable,” he wants to

set students off on fun, safe, adventures. “I grew up with the boy scout method. That’s when I learned I hated being cold and wet,” Gould said. “We can help in every stage of planning a trip. We can help them with the guidebooks, with planning what food to cook, how much to carry, what size pack they need to have. Basically we can help people make good solid informed decisions and have a good time out there.” Brian Shirley, the ORP program coordinator, said whether students want to leave for a day or for a week, they can put their student fees to good use. “We just need them to get out there,” he said. Resting in the basement of the Distribution Building, the ORP, formerly the ORC, or Outdoor Recreation Center, has undergone numerous internal changes in the past year. Public relations intern Jesse Dredge said, as a staff, they want the program to be more than just a place to rent skis once a year. He wants students to see it as a place they can come hang out. “What we really want to do is put out the image that we’re open,” Dredge said. “We’re not closed to people just coming in here. We want people to be comfortable enough with us to come in here and see what’s going on. We’re not a standoffish type of organization.”

- See OUTDOOR, page 6

JO KEMPER, SENIOR in environmental engineering, prepares to enter the river in her kayak. The outdoor recreation program stocks a variety of supplies for outdoor adventures in any season. BRECK BYINGTON photo

Cycling team pedals into physical fitness By NATASHA BODILY staff writer

In addition to bookstores, there are several public libraries in Cache Valley; there are branches in Logan, North Logan, Hyrum, Smithfield, Richmond, Lewiston and Newton. The process of obtaining a free library card is the same for each branch. You must be a resident of the city where the library is located and provide two forms of identification that include your address, such as a driver’s license and a utility bill. Non-residents have the opportunity to purchase a card from any library. The fees range from $5 at the Newton Library to $163 at the Logan Library. The Richmond and Lewiston libraries offer cards to non-residents for free. The Cache County Library, located in Providence, offers all residents of Cache County access to its materials free of charge. The Logan Library offers eBooks and eAudiobooks on their website, eBooks are electronic books that can be read online from any computer with an Internet connection, while eAudiobooks are electronic audio books that can be downloaded and played on a computer or transferred to a portable listening device such as an MP3 player. The eBooks are not compatible with Kindle, Nook, iPad or other tablet devices. Ronald Jenkins, director of the Logan Library, said, “Kindles are nice, but you’re limited to what they provide.” Jenkins said there are six major publishers with electronic books, and three of them won’t sell the library their products.

The coach of USU’s cycling team, Tommy Murphy, knows from years of experience that athletes must have a desire to train in order to remain physically fit as a lifestyle, and not just for a specific event. The cycling team consists of 30 students at various levels of fitness. The team has five weeks of events this season in preparation for nationals in May. The current season, road season, is held in the spring, mountain season is held in the fall and cylocross is held during winter months. Each team member comes in at a different fitness level and progresses at their own pace. “We have two guys who we’re trying to get qualified: Mitch Heiner, who also teaches cycling and Ryan Ottley,” Murphy said. Collegiate cycling works differently than other professional teams, since anyone can become part of the team, and they each work at their own level. “That’s what is great about a college team. They don’t have to try out and can start as a newbie and improve,” he said. Murphy explained team members start out at level C and can progress to A and B levels. The A level is the most competitive. In competition, points from previous events are added together to calculate an individuals’ score. Murphy, who has been coaching at USU for seven years, founded the cycling team in 1999. He raced with the team for two seasons and qualified for nationals each of those years. After receiving his bachelor’s in exercise science from USU, Murphy was offered a four-month internship opportunity at Carmichael Training Systems (CTS) and has continued to work with the company since then. Murphy has been racing on and off for more than 10 years. He said he has taken time off for about a year after being hit by a car while biking. He is recovering from his injuries while coaching, which he said he enjoys as well racing. “Both have highs; you take pride when your athletes do well,” Murphy said. “But it is fun to win or do well yourself. You put your knowledge to use.” David Clyde, team president, manages and organizes each race for the team and the logistics involved. “(Murphy) is great to work with, even though he seems a little scary at first,” Clyde said. “He’s actually just the nicest guy you can meet. He does a lot to keep the team going.” Students of Murphy’s spin class mentioned the instructor’s “coolness” and that he is a “legit” teacher. Most of his classes are near capacity due to the popularity of his teaching style. Aside from coaching and teaching spin classes, Murphy also instructs weightlifting and conditioning classes, which he said he loves. He said one day he might go back for his master’s to get even more involved in the exercise science department. Murphy has been active his whole life playing football, tennis, cross-country and biking. He completed the Lotoja bike race eight times since turning 18 years old. He said he has had really good years, with his best time at 7 hours, 48 minutes. He finished in the top 15 twice and finished third in his category one year. He always completes the full length by himself. “It is something I enjoy and it is part of who you are,” Murphy said of physical fitness. “The older I get, the more individual my training becomes.” He said if you don’t do well in individual sports, it is different from having a team where you have to rely on each other. Clyde has been racing for about eight years.

- See BOOKS, page 7

- See CYCLING, page 7

AS THE RAINY SEASON approaches, many will be forced indoors and have to find other activities. Reading is just one way to fill time, and there are a variety of places in Logan to find inexpensive and even free books. JON LARSEN photo

Reading away the blues By JAMEE DYCHES staff writer

The bright yellow “Store Closing” sign currently hanging over the Borders bookstore in Logan serves as a reminder that many Cache Valley residents will soon have to look elsewhere for their reading materials. However, there are many other places in Logan who aim to encourage those with a love of reading. The Book Table The Book Table is an independent bookstore located at 29 S. Main Street in Logan. In 1974, Eugene Needham bought the store from its original owner, and it has been owned by his family ever since. Today it’s managed by his grandson, Jeff Needham and his wife, Candice. The Book Table, offers many products besides books. They have CDs, craft supplies and a vast array of musical instruments and sheet music. Candice Needham says she has been in touch with the store manager at Borders on a regular basis, learning things that will help The Book Table cater to Borders customers. “One of their top selling sections was children’s books, and we have the top selection of children’s books in Utah,” Needham said. “We’ve been told by manufacturers that we’re in the top 10 for the western United States as far as depth of children’s books.” Needham said many USU students come to The Book Table to purchase the scrapbooking materials they need for portfolios or other school projects. She said The Book Table is also the only education supply store in the valley. “One thing that sets us apart is diversity, we have more

than just books,” she said. “We have anything for entertainment or hobbies. We try to do things that take people out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary.” Public Libraries

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Information is locked away in the Aggie Vault By SPENCER PALMER staff writer

In a bright red building with a domed roof, called the Janey Quinney Lawson building and located across the street from the Education building, is USU Information Technology (IT). Inside, computers hum and students at the Service desk are busy answering questions through phone calls and online chatting. The help desk is “dedicated to the students (and) is the basic resource we offer,” said Kevin Ausen, computer specialist at IT. Ausen also said, “We offer upgrade service, so if your machine is slow, we can do something called optimization to make sure that programs are not running at speeds that your computer can’t handle. We can offer recommendations to increase RAM, and that is relatively inexpensive.” Some of the services offered by IT are free, but most cost money. Connections to the Internet, software installation and other basic features are free to students. Matt Ralphs, junior in mechanical engineering, said when he had to take his computer into IT for assistance in connecting to the Internet, and later to install McAfee, IT was “quick, easy, and efficient.” “We try to make good recommendations,” Ausen said. “When a student comes in for a

IT Department Services • Computer diagnosis • Windows load/reload • Windows load/reload with data backup • Apple system load/ reload • Data backup/recovery • Warranty work • Help connect to the Internet • Software installation • Password help • McAfee Antivirus software installation

recommendation, we can give (one) that is smart, whereas the other (companies) have to stay in business.” Ausen said IT first runs a test to see what the problem is with the computer, then gives advice for how to proceed. “If the machine starts, we can do diagnostics on it; we can then make “AggieVault is recommendations for things like having an (students) can external hard do,” Ausen drive that you said. “It’s never have to usually a lot of money to worry about. It’s replace parts if a great service.” your computer is not under – Kevin Ausen, warranty, and the general IT computer specialist recommendation is to just replace your laptop.” Ausen said students whose computers have warranties through Dell, HP and Sony can get warranty work done by IT. “If your computer is under warranty, then you’ll only have to pay for labor costs,” he said. There are times when IT will send students to local companies for help, Ausen said, such as if IT cannot get the machine to start at all. The newest service IT offers is AggieVault. “(AggieVault) is like having an external hard drive that you never have to worry about. It’s a great service,” said Ausen. Kevin Reeve, marketing and communications coordinator for IT, said, “It’s a cheap backup that is available to anyone. Students, parents, faculty and alumni can all use that service,” he said. AggieVault costs $30 per year for 20GB of compressed file storage space, and $45 per year for 100GB of compressed storage space. “The space is not huge but it is sufficient for most of the things students are interested in,” said Ausen. “We’re living in a time when things just die.” This can create challenges to students who use their computers for homework and projects, but it also creates problems when media files need to be retrieved. “You can get the apps back, but usually the music is difficult. If your hard drive crashes, you’ll lose that,” said Reeve. According to the AggieVault website each

THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) DEPARTMENT expanded the services they have by offering AggieVault, an online backup program. AggieVault is available for all Windows systems. BRECK BYINGTON photo

AggieVault account may be used to backup two computers. The data stored in AggieVault is in a “military-grade, remote storage facility, where it is safe from tampering, power surges, viruses and physical harm,” the AggieVault website states. Ausen said you can never be sure how long your equipment will last, especially if that equipment is old or inexpensive. “The bottom line is that most students feel invincible, that ‘it won’t happen to me,’” Reeve said. However, in a survey conducted on campus by IT, only 47 percent of students polled said they back up their files to an external hard

drive, disks or an online backup system. “AggieVault will backup your ‘My Documents’ directory and other files you specify automatically. You can set a schedule to backup your files whenever you’d like,” said Reeve. AggieVault is available for Windows-based systems. AggieVault is not currently available for Apple and Linux-based systems, and although it was due to be available last semester, Reeve said that has been delayed. For more information about IT and their services, including AggieVault, visit


Outdoor: Discounted rentals -continued from page 5 Gould said the name change was a huge step in reflecting the ORP’s vision, which is to not just give students equipment, but to teach them how to use it. He said rather than just providing rentals, they want to provide experiences. “We’re trying to is give people all the resources they could possible need to head out into the back country and front country,” he said. “The guys who actually run the shop are extremely experienced and really amazing. They’ve passed that knowledge down to the staff.” One of the largest changes in the ORP’s new line of programming is a variety of recreation education classes. One of the first to be offered this spring is a swift water technician course, a class Gould said is good for anybody from budding raft guides to those who just want to rent a kayak for a day. The three-day class, which starts May 9, is $175 for students and $260 for the community. Shirley said classes like these not only teach people about the outdoors, but give them opportunities to be leaders. “Come take classes, learn about leadership,” he said. “They help you to identify yourself, to learn about yourself.” In coming years, Gould said students could see more programming changes to the ORP, including an expanded climbing program, a whitewater kayak fleet and courses in mountaineering. “Brian has a great vision,” Gould said. “It going to take time, but this a step in a good direction. The future is bright.” –



Wednesday, March 23, 2011

To my adoring fans I found Just a few out something recently laughs that made me laugh. Evidently, I have fans. SteveSchwartzman No! I’m serious! In the last few weeks I’ve received countless e-mails and messages, been stopped on the street, and have even seen quotes from my past columns on Facebook pages and blogs. I even had a girl the other day tell me she and her roommate get together each Wednesday and read my articles together. People as far as St. George recognize me and give me insight on their readings. It’s been baffling to say the least. Truth be told, I’m flattered. It’s always fun to see people appreciate my work – in fact, I think the only thing that could possibly make me happier would be if adoring passers by coupled their kind words by getting in groups and flapping their arms up and down a la “Angels in the Outfield.” Heck, if nothing else it could carry some leverage toward my dream of meeting Christopher Lloyd. As I sat, trying to make sense of such surprising attention, a brilliant thought came to me: Could it be at all probable that I have the means to create my own fan club? The answer seemed to scream at me with the vigor of Shamu and Mighty Joe Young combined. Nah. There’s no way. A hearty, reliable and triumphantly annoying fan club takes a lot more than simply a name and a few devoted admirers. Just ask Mel from “Flight of the Conchords” or anyone who likes Regis Philbin how it worked out for them. A successful fan club needs a few incredibly vital components to separate it from a few slightly insane people working together for the same meaningless purpose. First off – you need someone FAMOUS for gravy’s sake! What good is a fan club if there isn’t a notable name to connect it to, like Tom Hanks, Aretha Franklin or, the obvious example, John Stamos? (Don’t worry, I usually just refer to him as “Uncle Jesse” too.) Maybe a few people know who I am after quick glance, but based on the fact that I spend most of my time in my Reeder Hall bedroom eating 3-week-old pretzels and being referred to in classes as “Hey, do you have a pencil?” I have the notion I haven’t quite hit that status yet. Second, it helps to have some cool T-

shirts going around. Bright colors are a must, even better if the shirt is accompanied by a play on the celebrity’s name. One can never go wrong with something akin to “Schwartzmania!” or “Big-nosed Columnist for President!” but nobody should be afraid for something risky like “He needs no power, he IS the Schwartz!” or my personal favorite, “Schwartzman: He’s incon-Steve-able!” Sadly, the best thing my constituents will accept at this point is, “Steve: He got us free Quiznos!” The third maneuver to ensuring a good fan base, get them free Quiznos. Trust me, it’s a gold mine. Finally, no good clan o’ celebrity followers can survive without some memorable public appearances. And I’m not just talking about showing up and signing a couple photos – make these suckers a spectacle. May I suggest singing a song you wrote about yourself, wrestling a live animal or doing anything on stilts? Whatever you do, make sure it’s something that will connect with them. Last time I tried one of these, I hopped on the microphone and did my spot-on Omar Gooding impression. Once I realized I was the only one in the room who had ever watched Nickelodeon’s “Wild and Crazy Kids,” I had the feeling I might want to switch things up before the next go ‘round. Needless to say, my shot at an electrifying fan club seems pretty slim to none. But I’m bored, so lets give it a shot. Here’s the kicker – instead of celebrating my achievements with a hoard of adoring fans, I’m going to recruit just one. Effective immediately, I give you the “Spend a Day with Steve” campaign. All are invited to send me an e-mail or a Facebook message explaining why you deserve to be my one and only Mega-Fan. Feel free to attach pictures, videos, poems, jars of relish or whatever you feel states your case best. The handpicked winner will get to spend a day with me and will be the subject of one of my columns next month. So, are you prepared for the challenge? Do you think YOU have what it takes to be MY greatest devoted fan? Let the messageposting begin. Oh, and no automatic winners here, unless of course you are Christopher Lloyd. – Think you’re Steve’s biggest fan? E-mail steve.schwartzman@aggiemail or find him on Facebook to enter the ‘Spend a Day with Steve’ campaign, going on now through April.

Books: Inexpensive and free reading -continued from page 5 HarperCollins will only allow their electronic materials to be checked out 26 times. “A hard copy at our library is checked out an average of 150 times,” Jenkins said. He hopes that in the future, publishers will allow libraries the freedom to give their patrons unlimited access to electronic materials. In comparison to the Merrill-Cazier Library on campus, Jenkins said that city libraries tend to have more current popular fiction. “If you’re doing doctoral research for a Ph.D., you probably want to go to Merrill-Cazier,” he said. Used Books Ten years ago, Steve Jenson bought a book at a library sale. He then sold it online for 10 times the price he originally paid for it. It was the beginning of Jenson Books, an online bookstore, with traveling warehouse sales on the side. Jenson Books is currently located in a warehouse in south Logan, near Providence, at 1766 Blacksmith Court Suite B. Jenson said he is looking for a permanent location, but will continue online sales through until he finds one. He said he believes that his business is different from other bookstores because of their low prices and high volume. “This year alone we got over 7 million books in,” Jenson said. Jenson purchases books from libraries, state sales and thrift stores. “There’s a huge variety of books,” he siad. “Everything from children’s and massmarket paperbacks to coffee table books. That’s another thing that’s different and fun about us, you have to dig for books. We don’t know what

THE BOOK TABLE stocks the largest children’s book section in Utah. In addition to books, they also carry other items such as scrapbooking supplies. JON LARSEN photo

we’re going to have in.” At their last warehouse sale, books were sold for $1 during the first week. During the second week, customers were charged $10 for any amount of books they could fit into a bag. The third week the price was reduced to $7 a bag. He plans on having the same prices for their next warehouse sale, which will be held at the end of April. The Logan Book Exchange, tucked behind an unobtrusive doorway next to Somebody’s Attic in downtown Logan, is a bookstore that accepts used books for

trade credit in addition to selling books for as little as a couple quarters. The store opens into a small nook of paperbacks and a cashiers table, then extends back into room upon room of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves holding every category from children’s books to Westerns. According to their Facebook page, the shop also takes requests and can arrange for special orders. The Logan Book Exchange is located at 29 W. 100 North. – jamee.dyches@aggiemail.

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Street Speak What would make your Friday? “A beautiful woman waking me with a kiss and waffles.”

– Brian Jardine, sophomore business “A phone call from my mom in the morning would make my day perfect.”

– Randa Yassine, junior nursing

“Morning coffee, running into friends at the quadside cafe and getting things done.” – Anna Harutyunyan, senior computer science

“If the Jazz won the championship! That would actually make my year and life.”

– Mike Woodfield, sophomore business

Information gathered by Ani Mirzakhanyan

Cycling: Men and women benefit -continued from page 5 “I’ve always been really competitive by enjoy that,” he said. nature. I go to a race with the intent to win,” he Aside from humor, Lariviere has personal said. “I finish more in the top three now, but I investment in his physical fitness. He said he used to finish in first place all had never articulated his interthe time.” est in health before. Clyde said as he’s been more “Doing long endurance “Doing long involved as team president, he events makes you feel like endurance events has a different mindset. nothing else can make you makes you feel “I have become more patient feel,” Lariviere said. “Pushing like nothing else yourself to the limits makes you and more team-oriented. As president, I want my team to learn more about yourself and can make you win. You have to have a differbecome a stronger person and feel. Pushing ent mindset to win as a team.” you feel better.” yourself to the Ben Lariviere, a senior in The team is training to place geology, joined the cycling team limits makes you first this year. this year. “We compete in the learn more about “The guys in the cycling club yourself and Intermountain conference and are really great people. We’ve on our way to getting become a stron- we’re been training a lot during the first,” Clyde said. “We’ll get secger person and winter and we just started to go ond at least. We have one of the outside,” Lariviere said. you feel better.” strongest programs in the area.” Lariviere is training for the Each athlete mentioned their Ironman triathlon and said bikpersonal desire to compete and – Ben Lariviere, be fit. ing has been his weak point, so cycling team member he joined the team to improve “One thing I’ve learned: You his bike racing ability. gotta love to train,” Murphy “It’s the first time I’ve done said. “If you love to train, you competitive cycling,” he said. won’t burn out, you’ll keep going. You have to Lariviere said although the team is mostly have a desire.” male, women can also benefit from the team. “Men on the cycling team have massive legs – and in spandex, I’m sure lots of women would

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WednesdaySports Utah State University • Logan, Utah •

Aggie senior gymansts leave with no regrets By MEGAN ALLEN sports senior writer

Compete with no regrets. Those are the words senior Lyndsie Boone has lived for the last four years. “You always get out there and think you can do things better or differently,” she said. “It’s so much better to compete with no regrets and go out and do the best you can do.” Boone is one of two seniors on the USU gymnastics team. She, along with Jackie Dillon, have spent the last four years of their lives devoted to the team and to representing the Aggies the best they can. “They have a great love for the sport,” head coach Jeff Richards said. “They’ve kept getting better and better and pushed through a lot.” Both Boone and Dillon came to Logan from far away, not knowing anyone. Boone is from Winthrop Harbor, Ill., and Dillon from Anderson, S.C. The girls agreed that being a part of the team made the adjustment easier. “Being on the team is like your own little family,” Boone said. “You come from the small town where you know absolutely no one in Utah, to meeting these girls and becoming friends with everyone.” Dillon said, “We were all so homesick, it was so much to get used to, from preseason, when it’s really hard, through meets and everything, your teammates are always there for you.” Both Dillon and Boone have pushed through significant injuries in the past and were still able to compete most of their four seasons. Dillon had knee surgery during the summer of 2010 and has spent this season working back from the operation. Boone has worked through

ankle and knee problems and maintained successful seasons. In 2008, the summer before their sophomore year, Raymond Corn, the former head coach of Aggie gymnastics, retired and Richards was brought in. Coaching changes can add to the challenges of a team, but the gymnastics team got through it and made the most of it. “Being a part of the team taught me how to get through things and I got to help the other girls keep their heads up when they come to tough times,” Dillon said. “We go through a lot in the gym.” Richards said both girls have been excellent examples for the rest of the girls and been strong leaders on the team. While they have similar personalities outside of the gym, their leadership and style in the gym is very different. “Jackie is the one who leads silently by example,” he said. “Boone is the eccentric and outgoing motivator. They have two very different styles.” Boone and Dillon will both be heading to the regional competition this year as allaround competitors. This will be Dillon’s third Regionals meet, having competed in both the bars and vault events. Boone competed on the beam her freshman year and as an all-around the last two years. “I think it will be a dog fight in there. They’re ready to go. They’re very excited,” Richards said. “Hopefully they can just go in relaxed and having a good time and not even worrying about the meet.” The girls haven’t had the most winning of seasons in their time at Utah State, but said they still think they’ve been successful.

SENIOR LINDSEY BOONE seen here during a dual meet earlier in a the season, will be competing in NCAA North Regional championships in the all-around competition on Tuesday, April 5 in Denver, Colo. CARL R. WILSON photo

“It’s kind of disappointing when we don’t win, and looking back on things, there are times you know you could have done so much better,” Dillon said. “But seeing all the injuries, the coaching

changes, everything like that, we really stayed positive and kept going and did the best we could.” Boone said, “You always wish for more wins and a higher record, but you have

to look at it as a whole. Being an Aggie is the best thing I’ve done in my gymnastics career.” Dillon said she felt her career was successful and meaningful.

“I was a walk-on my freshman year, so once I got my scholarship I was like ‘Oh my gosh, I really do mean some-

- See SENIORS, page 8

Men’s tennis notches home victory against in-state rival By BRET CLAPIER staff writer

Amid the groans and grunts of frustration, a much clearer feeling filled the air of The Sports Academy on Tuesday afternoon. It was a much-needed sense of accomplishment for the the Utah State men’s tennis team as they bounced back from a March 6 loss to Boise State with a home win over Weber State, 5-2 The Aggies (11-6) were anxious to compensate for their most recent defeat just prior to Spring Break, one that came in the form of a 61 loss to the No. 47-ranked, and Western Atheletic Conference-leading Boise State Broncos. The loss to Boise was the Aggies’ first this season in conference play and took them out of first place in the WAC. USU opened by winning a clutch doubles point. The men are a perfect 10-0 when winning that point this season, a stark contrast to their 0-6 record when the doubles point is lost. That point would prove vital as the Wildcats stormed back winning two of the first four singles matches. “That doubles win is always a big momentum booster,” head coach Christian Wright said. “When we don’t get it we have to regroup and go into the following matches without that extra confidence.” Sophomore Sven Poslusny played a tough match in No. 1 singles as he continually put pressure on Weber State’s Simon Unger. Poslusny pushed towards the net on every

SENIOR BRYAN MARCHANT had a strong performance Tuesday afternoon at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club in Logan against the Weber State Wildcats. Men’s tennis will face the University of Idaho Vandals on Friday, April 8 in Moscow, Idaho. CARL R. WILSON photo

point and kept Unger guessing as he wove finesse and power into every point he earned. Poslusny lost some tightly battled points and

eventually fell to Unger, putting the Wildcats even with the Aggies at 11. Jakob Asplund fought for a tough

No. 2 singles victory. Asplund turned the tables after falling behind and losing the opening set, 5-7. In the second set, Asplund used

a lengthy rally to fight back into the game, and won the set on a return that stayed just out of reach of Wildcats Landon Barlow, and just inside the line for the game winning point. Asplund would go on to win the third set, 7-5. “Jakob’s done a great job,” Wright said. “He’s been playing high in the line-up a long time and every match he plays tough. Matchup wise, he played a steady kid who frustrates his opponents and Jakob did a good job coming back and winning.” Fredrik Peterson battled tough against Wildcats’ Caio Poitena, but in the end was ousted, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6. Senior Bryan Marchant’s serves hugged the line time and time again as he dominated his match. Marchant’s aggressive play caused Wildcats’ Dave Hintze great frustration and Marchant came out on top, 6-4, 6-1. Marchant continued to be a staple on the wins side of the column for the Aggies. Senior Alex Thatcher came back after losing his first set to get USU their fourth point and seal the victory. “It was good to see Alex battle back,” Wright said. Utah State’s next match is slated for Friday, April 8 in Moscow, Idaho, against University of Idaho. Senior Nikita Ryashchenko put a cherry on top as he defeated Oliver Good for the Aggies fifth and final point. –


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TouchBase Morrill gets more accolades BY USU ATHLETICS

LOGAN, Utah – Veteran Utah State men’s basketball coach Stew Morrill was honored Monday as he was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 6 Coach of the Year as selected by his peers. It is the second year in a row that Morrill has been named the NABC’s Coach of the Year for District 6 as he shared the award a year ago with Northern Colorado’s Tad Boyle. Morrill was also named the Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for the third-straight season in 2011 after leading Utah State to its fourth-straight regular season WAC title with a 15-1 league mark to go along with its second WAC Tournament Championship in the last three years. USU finished the year with a school-record tying 30 wins and and played in its third-straight NCAA Tournament. Its 30-4 end of season record this year is the best in school history. As a collegiate head coach, Morrill has been named conference coach of the year six times, winning the award in 1991 while at Montana, in 2000 and 2002 when Utah State was a member of the Big West Conference, and 2009, 2010 and 2011 as a member of the WAC. During Morrill’s tenure, Utah State has won at least a share of seven regular season league titles to go along with six tournament championships. Utah State also owns the nation’s fourth-best winning percentage during the last 12 years (.774), and has posted 12 straight 23-win seasons and advanced to 12 straight postseasons (8-NCAA, 4-NIT), both of which are school records. Morrill, who just completed his 13th year at Utah State and 25th season as a collegiate head coach, has a 324-103 (.759) record with the Aggies and a 542-241 (.692) overall mark. Among active Division I coaches, Morrill ranks 18th in the nation in wins and 26th in winning percentage. He is also one of just 18 active coaches with 500 career victories and one of just 10 active coaches to post 20 or more wins at least 16 times.

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Randolph leads Grizzlies past Jazz 103-85 MEMPHIS, Tenn. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Zach Randolph scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies maintained their hold on the final Western Conference playoff spot with a 103-85 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night. Seven Memphis players finished in double figures as the Grizzlies won for the third time in four games. Darrell Arthur scored 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, while Tony Allen had 12 points. Paul Millsap led Utah with 15 points, while Al Jefferson scored 12. While the Jazz shot 49 percent for the game, they committed 19 turnovers. Utah was outscored in the paint 66-40 and outrebounded by Memphis 40-30, including 14 offensive rebounds for Memphis. The win solidified Memphisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hold on the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, while

the Jazz dropped three games behind the Grizzlies. Memphis had a season-high 33 assists on 45 baskets in the game and weathered a slight rush by the Jazz early in the fourth. Utah built an early lead as the Grizzlies came out of the gate shooting poorly. Memphisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; defense began causing turnovers, leading to transition baskets. The Grizzlies built their own lead, eventually reaching 15 points in the half. But Utah chipped away at the advantage as its defense tightened. The Jazz defenders doubled Randolph and Gasol in the post to try and cut down on their effectiveness. Meanwhile, Millsap was perfect on his five shots in the half, en route to 11 points. Jefferson, who averages 19 points a game, was held scoreless until a hook shot with 2:22 left in the half. The Jazz had cut the lead

UTAH JAZZâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PAUL MILLSAP left, makes a pass around Memphis Grizzliesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Darrell Arthur, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn., Monday, March 21. AP photo

to single-digits, but Mayoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3-pointer at the halftime horn gave Memphis a 54-42 lead at the break. Utah was still shooting

Seniors: Pair of Aggies leave their legacy -continued from page 8 thing to the team,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and that really made the difference,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a senior it finally all came together and I had the best year Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever had.â&#x20AC;? Boone said â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been very consistent. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going to go and say Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the best at anything, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been a very consistent competitor.â&#x20AC;? Being a part of a collegiate athletic team has taught the girls many real-world lessons that they think will stick with them for life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned time management, and just to let the little things go,â&#x20AC;? Dillon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so much going on, that you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t waste time stressing out about the little things.â&#x20AC;?

Boone said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The biggest thing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned is to not procrastinate. Maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stupid, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a huge one for me.â&#x20AC;? As Boone and Dillon get ready to move on with life, neither are entirely sure where they are headed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only thing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure about is that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m 100 percent up in the air right now,â&#x20AC;? Boone said. Dillon said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m excited to start a new chapter in my life, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scary to have the change of scenery and move on to new things. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in this zone for four years, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weird.â&#x20AC;? Boone is trying to decide whether to return to Illinois

or stay in Logan and be the graduate assistant for the team next year while working on her MBA. Dillon is planning to return to South Carolina and work for a year before going to graduate school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I definitely need a break before I do more school,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plus, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too cold here, I need to go home for awhile.â&#x20AC;? Dillon and Boone said they are hoping to leave a legacy for the team and want to see them succeed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like if we keep growing like we have, we can just keep going up,â&#x20AC;? Dillon said.

well in the third period, but unable to make any headway on Memphisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; advantage. The Grizzlies, who lead the league in points in the paint at 50.7 a

game, already had surpassed their average by the end of the third quarter, helping Memphis carry an 80-65 lead into the final frame.





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Aggies look to new beginning Just like that, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all over. Just like that, one of the season. basketball season ended with only the After two-straight seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of returning fourth loss suffered all seafour starters each year, USU son. Just like that, a schoolgets to experience the fliprecord 31st win fell just side of that, returning just one The View starter from this season. Yes, short of happening in the first round of the NCAA that starter is Brockeith Pane, from Tournament for the second as of right now looks like Section F who time in three years. Just a strong candidate for WAC like that, the best senior Player of the Year next year, class in Utah State history but it still leaves a lot of queshave had the books closed tions to be answered. on their playing careers. Even though he eventually This is where college sports start to real- landed behind Bendall in the rotation of ly sting. Aside from all the immediate sting big men this past season, Brady Jardine from the loss to Kansas State, the fact that showed at the start of the year that he USU was horribly under-seeded for the is more than capable of producing at a tournament and how Thursday was one of high level starterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s minutes. Through the those games where Tai Wesley seemed to first seven games of the season, each of get a foul called on him any time he even which Jardine started, the junior big man breathed on an opposing player; this is averaged 10.4 points and 8.8 rebounds also the end of one hell of an era for Utah per game. In comparison, Bendallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seaState basketball. son averages were 6.5 points and 5.8 Even though player turnover is one of rebounds per game. And although Bendall the fundamentals of college sports, it just was playing through injury for the entire has a different feel than normal with this year, Jardineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s games as a starter included current class. In Stew Morrillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 13 years at the two toughest games of the year on the Utah State, only three players have been road at BYU and Georgetown. four-year starters. Tyler Newbold and Tai Aside from Pane and Jardine though, Wesley are two of those, with the third the 2011-2012 Aggies look to be loadbeing the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all-time scoring leader ed with questions. And much like every Jaycee Carroll. Pooh Williams is joined other season, Stew Morrill will provide by only Tony Brown, Spencer Nelson and the answers to those questions. It might Nate Harris as other players who been not be another 30-win season next year, starters for three seasons. but whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to say thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out of the realm of In other words, all of the players men- possibility? tioned above represent a whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s who of Next season will probably be a struggle Utah State basketball over the last 13 at times, but the 2006-2007 team had years, and that is all without even yet men- plenty of star-power to replace as well, tioning Brian Green, Nate Bendall or Matt with fewer pieces to fill the voids than next Formisano. All three of those players are yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team appears to have. And anybody responsible for their own epic moments who remembers that 2007 team will tell in recent USU basketball history wheth- legendary tales of the games they won off er its Bendallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s domination in the WAC of heart alone, rather than size, strength Tournament championship game this year, or talent. In other words, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for a Greenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record-setting shooting perfor- new generation of Aggies to take their mances from behind the 3-point line or shot at WAC dominance. Formisanoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game-winning basket back in Obviously with another first-round exit the 2008-2009 season that seemed to be in the books, the rest of the nation is still the first real instance of swagger demon- waiting for the Aggies to prove something strated by this senior class. to them, regardless of how brutally the Safe to say, things are definitely going Aggies have run a train on the rest of the to have a very different feel to them next WAC. 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he earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan is the latest calamity to have brought the world community together. Events like these remind humankind of the greater forces which can not be controlled. These weave nations together under common ground: Helping their fellow man. Students are doing their part with a fundraiser. USU’s Japan Club and ASUSU are hoping to raise $15,000 to donate to relief funds. One of the most talked-about ways of raising the money has been the STEP’s initiative. Students can pay to have “steps” shaved or braided into their hair. The organizations are also selling paper cranes and T-shirts. This recent disaster is reminiscent of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Hurricane Katrina or the tsunami in 2005. In each of these instances, every nation appeared to turn their hearts and minds to those affected. Resources, time and manpower were lent to bring order back to the small nation. Another nation, another opportunity for charity. In this day and age, how incredible is it to have college students band together in an effort to help a culture which many have never had contact with? How inspiring is it to have strangers show compassion for those in pain simply because they are human? Yes, there are wars. Yes, there is violence. But how can we lose faith in humanity when so quickly young people will jump to help a people thousands of miles away? Unfortunately, it seems to often take heinous events to bring the world together. Perhaps it is the reminder that we are fragile that causes our drive to help. Maybe we are all looking for an excuse to serve or show some fragment of emotion. Are we so caught up in our day-to-day duties that we can’t take five minutes to enjoy the safety and beauty in our own Cache Valley? Can we not spare a few moments to help someone who has slipped on the ice or open a door for a mother carrying two children on her hip and pushing another in a stroller? What about just the couple seconds of awareness it takes to smile at someone? We applaud students organizing relief efforts and those seeking and giving donations for their time and energy. We send our sympathies to any effected by this tragedy. We encourage students to explore ways they can offer support, both during this time of hardship for our neighbors across the ocean and everyday. Together, we can create a world of peace and love if we treat everyone as though they are in need of our help.

Selflessness requires a little initiative Within hours of the earthMr. Nice quake in Japan, humanitarian and relief groups were mobiGuy lizing. Individuals all around the world were praying for help and support to come to the people of Japan in their hour of need. It has never ceased to amaze me how in the face of destruction, people seem to take on a higher calling. Hurricane Katrina, Haiti’s earthquake and the Indian Ocean tsunami are just a few recent examples of when nations have joined together in a common cause of selflessness and service. However, it is in moments of trial that I wonder if we are really living up to our potential as a society or as individuals. True, it is a marvelous thing to watch as so many people from so many countries band together to help those in need. I will never grow tired of seeing that unity, that strength. I think that is what makes us human. But between the calls, between the storms, between the chaos, where are we? When the dust settles and we have met our goals, we retreat back to the ho-hum of our everyday lives. We forget about that desire that so recently filled our hearts. We forget about the love that brought us together. Where were you the day before Japan’s earthquake hit? I can tell you where I was. I was sitting in my apartment, thinking about what work I had to get done. Like most students, I was thinking about how I was going to balance my homework with my extracurricular activities and my social life. I was thinking only of myself. It’s a sad truth, but a truth nonetheless, one that I have been pondering on as of late. The moment I heard about the earthquake,

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Dance is over, back to reality I believe that Tai Wesley The ’Low said it best when he called it a “slap in the face.” He Down was referring, of course, to the Utah State men’s basketball team receiving a 12 seed in the NCAA Basketball Championship, affectionately known as the Big Dance. Like many tournament win. Our guys of you, I was watching fought hard, but in the end the NCAA Tournament it just wasn’t enough. Selection Special on CBS So, the seeding snub arguand was relatively shocked ment has been discussed to see Utah State draw the to death. I now see it as a same seed they did last year, healthy way for all of us diehaving won three more hard USU fans to go back games, and lost four fewer. to reality. We may never Furthermore, we won both be among the the WAC reguperennial elite lar season and in college bast o u r n a m e n t “Clearly this ketball. The championship. season was an fact of the matI was expect- enormous sucter is we simply ing an 8 or a 9 do not have seed. It seemed cess. The seniors the resources. further strange that led the I know full well after learn- team were some that our athing that our of the best to letic director own athletic had very little put on the blue director, Scott leverage on Barnes, was and white.” what seed we one of the 10got. This same member comAD has chomittee chosen to determine sen to keep at our universeeding. But, as it turned sity one of many successful out, we got the shaft and sports. He has chosen not were forced to play a very to let our school go the way talented Kansas State team of those one-horse schools that had previously beat the that have a single showno. 1 team in the country, case sport and let the rest in-state rival Kansas. fall to the wayside. If you Now, there are plenty of need an example of this, arguments for Utah State look no further than the to receive a higher seed. University of Utah or Boise At the time of the tourna- State. We also don’t have ment selection, Utah State the resources of a churchwas ranked 17th in the owned school, but let’s not country with an RPI of 15. get into that. As far as winning, we had As a member of the the fourth best record in WAC, considered one of the nation. However, due the “mid-major” conferencto unfortunate scheduling es, we are not seen by the and a weak conference, our rest of the nation as a threat strength of schedule rank- to the elite. Taking recent ing was a dismal 102. We experience into account, all wish it had gone differ- this just might be true. I am ently. We all wish we could not without hope, I promise, have achieved that elusive

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but I truly love the Aggies where they are right now. I would much rather be winning consistently then play against much superior teams only managing to pull out a handful of wins. We are one of the best teams at our level. We dominate our conference and are pretty much unbeatable at home. Who could possibly ask for more? Our Aggies put on a show every time they set foot on the hallowed floor of the Spectrum. We have a situation where we can make fun of teams without holding back because the scoreboard never ceases to back us up. The Refraction writers can say what they will without fear of having to eat their words. Clearly this season was an enormous success. The seniors that led the team were some of the best to put on the blue and white. We showed the nation in our tournament game that we were not about to lay down and die, but would fight until there was no more time to fight. We had our opportunities to shine this season, and largely capitalized on them. Our rousing victory at St. Mary’s was only made sweeter by Jardine’s epic slammer. I don’t have to regale the highlights of the season. You were all there. The reason why we should all be content with the success of our team is their consistency. Stew has managed to win at least 23 games a season for all but his first season here in Logan. This has made Utah State one of the most winning programs of the past decade. Hopefully we will continue to improve

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Serve: Help before the rallying cry -continued from page 10

I was ready to do whatever I could to help. But the moment before, it was the last thing in my mind. Why do we need the rallying cry? Yes, it warms my heart that we answer so quickly and readily each time, but do we really need to be called in order to answer with service? The answer is no. We are ready, we are able, so let us do. Around the globe, one billion people go to bed hungry each night. Two billion cannot read. Three billion have to live in fear of oppressive governments, limited freedoms, exploitation, torture and death on a daily basis. Fortunately, there are humanitarian efforts working to solve these problems today. These are the quiet laborers that work even after the news dies down. These are the servers that help out even though no one asked them to. They took the selfless initiative. However, these labors are small in comparison to the large-scale disaster reliefs that we hear so much about in every headline and on

every channel. They are small because there is no disaster. These issues can be seen on both a national and an individual scale. Personally, I think the individual scale is the more saddening occurrence. Sometimes it’s a complete stranger, other times it is a close friend in need of help. We glance over them because there is no red flag. We don’t care to look past the obvious and see the inner struggles that we all in no doubt face every day. These are the kinds of problems that we can have the most impact on if only we take the initiative to serve without being called. Imagine what the world would be like if we were always as eager to help others as we are now, no matter what was happening in the world. Even if there was no immediate outcry, imagine if we were there anyways, lending a helping hand to those who could use it. We certainly have the capacity to do so; all that is missing is the desire. This is where we must

take the responsibility. When we have the ability to help, how can we sit back and do nothing? We don’t need a catastrophe to alert us to the sufferings. If each of us kept on the offensive, always seeking out opportunities to help and serve, not only would the world be a much better place, we would be much better people for it. I can promise that there is no greater joy in life than serving. It doesn’t matter if the need is dire or if it is simply a personal wish. Service is the rent we pay for living life, and we shouldn’t have to wait for adversity to present itself before we make our move. Do what is in your ability to ease the burdens of others, regardless of the severity of the burden. Don’t wait for catastrophe. If you wait to serve, you’ll miss out on crucial opportunities where your help could make all the difference.

-continued from page 10 Ohio State. I thank the seniors leaving us for a job well done, and couldn’t be more excited to see the senior leadership efforts of Jardine and Pane, as well as seeing lots more playing time from this year’s young bench. Go Aggies! Tyler Barlow is a sophomore in computer engineering. He can be reached at tyler.

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No room left in US nuclear waste storage sites RAY HENRY Associated Press

The nuclear crisis in Japan has laid bare an ever-growing problem for the United States â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the enormous amounts of still-hot radioactive waste accumulating at commercial nuclear reactors in more than 30 states. The U.S. has 71,862 tons of the waste, according to state-by-state numbers obtained by The Associated Press. But the nation has no place to permanently store the material, which stays dangerous for tens of thousands of years. Plans to store nuclear waste at Nevadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Yucca Mountain have been abandoned, but even if a facility had been built there, America already has more waste than it could have handled. Three-quarters of the waste sits in water-filled cooling pools like those at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex in Japan, outside the thick concrete-andsteel barriers meant to guard against a radioactive release from a nuclear reactor. Spent fuel at Dai-ichi overheated, possibly melting fuel-rod casings and spewing radiation into the air, after Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tsunami knocked out power to cooling systems at the plant. The rest of the spent fuel from commercial U.S. reactors has been put into dry cask storage, but regulators only envision those as a solution for about a century and the waste would eventually have to be deposited into a Yucca-like facility. The U.S. nuclear industry says the waste is being stored safely at powerplant sites, though it has long pushed for a long-term storage facility. Meanwhile, the industryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collective pile of waste is growing by about 2,200 tons a year; experts say some of the pools in the United States contain four times the amount of spent fuel that they were designed to handle. The AP analyzed a state-by-state summary of spent fuel data based on information that nuclear power plants voluntarily report every year to the Nuclear Energy Institute, an industry and lobbying group. The NEI would not make available the amount of spent fuel at individual power plants. While the U.S. Department of Energy previously reported figures on overall spent fuel storage, it no longer has updated information available. A spokesman for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which oversees nuclear power plant safety, said the capacities of fuel pools are public record, but exact

inventories of spent fuel are tracked in a government database kept confidential for security reasons. The U.S. has 104 operating nuclear reactors, situated on 65 sites in 31 states. There are another 15 permanently shut reactors that also house spent fuel. Four states have spent fuel even though they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have operating commercial plants. Reactors in Colorado, Oregon and Maine are permanently shut; spent fuel from all three is stored in dry casks. Idaho never had a commercial reactor, but waste from the 1979 Three Mile Island accident in Pennsylvania is being stored at a federal facility there. Illinois has 9,301 tons of spent nuclear fuel at its power plants, the most of any state in the country, according to industry figures. It is followed by Pennsylvania with 6,446 tons; 4,290 in South Carolina and roughly 3,780 tons each for New York and North Carolina. Spent nuclear fuel is about 95 percent uranium. About 1 percent are other heavy elements such as curium, americium and plutonium-239, best known as fuel for nuclear weapons. Each has an extremely long half-life â&#x20AC;&#x201C; some take hundreds of thousands of years to lose all of their radioactive potency. The rest, about 4 percent, is a cocktail of byproducts of fission that break down over much shorter time periods, such as cesium-137 and strontium-90, which break down completely in about 300 years. How dangerous these elements are depends on how easily can find their way into the body. Plutonium and uranium are heavy, and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spread through the air well, but there is a concern that plutonium could leach into water supplies over thousands of years. Cesium-137 is easily transported

by air. It is cesium-137 that can still be detected in a New Jersey-sized patch of land around the Chernobyl reactor that exploded in the Ukraine in 1986. Typically, waste must sit in pools at least five years before being moved to a cask or permanent storage, but much of the material in the pools of U.S. plants has been stored there far longer than that. Safety advocates have long urged the NRC to force utility operators to reduce the amount of spent fuel in their pools. The more tightly packed they are, the more quickly they can overheat and spew radiation into the environment in case of an accident, a natural disaster or a terrorist attack. Industry leaders say new technology has made fuel pools safer, and regulators have taken some steps since the 9/11 terror attacks to reduce fuel pool risks. Kevin Crowley, who directs the nuclear and radiation studies board at the National Academy of Sciences, says lessons will be learned from the crisis in Japan. And NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko says his agency will review how spent fuel is stored in the U.S. A 2004 report by the academy suggested that fresh spent fuel, which is radioactively hotter, be spread among older, cooler assemblies in the spent fuel pool. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re buying yourself time, basically,â&#x20AC;? says Crowley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The cooler ones can act as a thermal buffer.â&#x20AC;? First Energy, which runs two nuclear power stations in Ohio and one in Pennsylvania, was able to reconfigure the spent fuel rods in its pools to make more room. Still, the company is now running out of space, says spokesman Todd Schneider. Ohio has 1,136 tons of spent fuel in pools and 37 tons in dry

THE TROJAN NUCLEAR POWER PLANT cooling tower is reflected in a pond near Rainier, Ore. AP photo

Mass. secretary sorry for flubbing census BOSTON (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin is apologizing for flubbing the most anticipated Statehouse story of the week: the release of key 2010 city and town census numbers. Galvin called reporters to his office Tuesday morning to tell them that Bostonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population had declined by nearly 15,000 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or just under 2.5 percent â&#x20AC;&#x201C; since the 2000 count. He also said Springfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population had dropped by 1.6 percent, enough to bring it under 150,000 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a key figure for qualifying for certain federal aid programs. The news was disappointing. It was also wrong. Soon after news outlets started reporting the numbers, Galvin said he realized his error. Computer filtering software had apparently erroneously counted some census tracts that had few residents as hav-

ing no residents at all. Many of those census tracts were in areas considered urban. Galvin called an afternoon news conference to announce the correct census numbers. Those showed Bostonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population rising from 589,141 in 2000 to 617,594 in the 2010. It also showed Springfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population remaining above 150,000 residents. The numbers are critical to drawing new Statehouse and congressional districts. Galvin cautioned that it was too early to speculate on how the population figures would affect the redistricting process. (Massachusetts is losing one of its 10 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives because of overall population shifts announced earlier by the U.S. Census Bureau.)

THE DEFUNCT MAINE YANKEE nuclear power plant in Wiscasset, Maine, April 14, 1998. The nuclear crisis in Japan has laid bare an ever-growing problem for the United States. The enormous amounts of still-hot radioactive waste accumulating at commercial nuclear reactors in more than 30 states â&#x20AC;&#x201C; nearly 72,000 tons of the stuff. AP photo

casks. The casks in the U.S. are kept outdoors, generally on concrete pads, but industry officials insist they are safe. Unlike the pools, the casks donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need electricity; they are cooled by air circulation. One cask model, selling for $1.5 million, places spent fuel inside a stainless steel canister, which is placed inside an â&#x20AC;&#x153;overpackâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an outside shell composed of a layer of carbon steel, 27 inches of concrete and another layer of carbon steel. When in place, the system stands 20 feet tall and weighs 150,000 pounds, said Joy Russell, a spokeswoman for manufacturer Holtec International of Florida. Russell said engineers have designed the system to withstand a crash from an F-16 fighter jet and survive the resulting jet fuel fire. Plant operators in some states have moved aggressively to dry cask storage. Virginia has 1,533 tons of nuclear waste in dry storage and 1,105 tons in spent fuel pools. Maryland has 844 tons in dry storage and 588 tons in spent fuel pools. Utilities in Texas, though, have not. There are 2,178 tons kept in spent fuel pools at reactor sites there, and zero in dry casks. In New York, 3,345 tons are in spent fuel pools while only 454 tons are in dry storage. No cask is totally invulnerable, but the academy report found that radioactive releases from casks would be relatively low. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you attacked a fuel cask and managed to put a hole in it, anything that came out, the consequences would be

very local,â&#x20AC;? Crowley said. Casks can be licensed for 20 years, with renewals, said Carrie Phillips, a spokeswoman for the Atlanta-based Southern Co., which has a dozen such casks at its two-reactor Joseph M. Farley plant near Columbia, Ala. She said officials have â&#x20AC;&#x153;every expectationâ&#x20AC;? the casks could last â&#x20AC;&#x153;in excess of 100 years by design.â&#x20AC;? But not the needed tens of thousands of years. For long-term storage, the government had looked to Yucca Mountain. It was designed to hold 77,160 tons â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 69,444 tons designated for commercial waste and 7,716 for military waste. That means the current inventory already exceeds Yuccaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original planned capacity. A 1982 law gave the federal government responsibility for the long-term storage of nuclear waste and promised to start accepting waste in 1998. After 20 years of study, Congress passed a law in 2002 to build a nuclear waste repository deep in Yucca Mountain. The federal government spent $9 billion developing the project, but the Obama administration has cut funding and recalled the license application to build it. Nevadans have fiercely opposed Yucca Mountain, though a collection of state governments and others are taking legal action to reverse the decision. Despite his Yucca Mountain decision, President Barack Obama wants to expand nuclear power. He created a commission last year to come up with a longterm nuclear waste plan. Initial findings are expected this summer, with a final plan expected in January.





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March 23 - Book Drive, TSC South Door or Business Building - Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness, Library and TSC, 10-2 p.m. - Current Works, Chase Fine Arts - Principle-Centered Leadership Seminar, Eccles Conf. Center, 8:30 a.m. - Japan Fundraiser, Library, 10 a.m. - Meditation Club, TSC, 1:30 p.m. - Biology Dept. Research Seminar, Library 101, 2 p.m. - Sadhill Crane Lecture, Swaner EcoCenter, 6 p.m. - Master Gardeners Workshop, 7 p.m. - Real 2 Reel Film Festival, 7 p.m. - Jazz Combo Concert, Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m.EcoCenter, 6 p.m.

Today is Wednesday, March 23, 2011. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issue of The Utah Statesman is published especially for Greg Otterstrom, a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering from Lindon, Utah.

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March 24 - Mountain West Regional PR Conf., Eccles Conf. Center, all day - Principle-Centered Leadership Seminar, Eccles Conf. Center, 8:30 a.m. - Biology Dept. Research Seminar, Library 101, 10 a.m. - Japan Fundraiser, TSC, 10 a.m. - Social Skills Workshop, TSC, 11:30 a.m. - Weigt Watcher Class, TSC, 11:45 a.m. - Poetry Reading by Maria Melendez, Library 101, Noon - Scholars Day, TSC, 12:30 p.m. - Weigt Watcher Class, TSC, 11:45 a.m. - Mindfulness Workshop, TSC, 4 p.m.Library 101, Noon - Please Touch the Art, Tippets, 4-8 p.m. - Medical Unity Club, 4:30 p.m. - Leading Scholars Debate, Library - Learn Social Dance, FAC 104, 8-11 p.m.

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The Utah State University Public Relations program (USUPR), in association with the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), is pleased to present this years Mountain West Regional Public Relations Conference at the Eccles Conference Center Mar. 24-25. Leading scholars of education reform will debate the state of the American higher education system The Elevator Pitch competition allows students the opportunity in a three-part series on March 24, 31, and April 7, at the Library. The to present their business plans events feature a Pulitzer-Prize winand win $13,500 in cash prizes. Executive summaries are due by ning author and New Yorker columnist Louis Menand. midnight of March 28 to usu. Former English faculty member After submisand poet Maria Melendez will give sion, students are automatically registered for competition partici- two readings on Thursday, March 24. The first will take place at pation. noon in the library, room 101. Ms. Melendez will also read her work at Utah currently leads the nation in Helicon West (7 p.m., True Aggie Cafe 117 N. Main). prescription drug abuse, and in Benefit concert for USUs 2007, unintentional prescription SEED program March 30 from 7-10 drug overdose was the number one cause of accidental deaths in p.m. in the TSC Auditorium. The the state. Visit booths located in bands that will be performing are The Old World formerly Matt Ben the TSC basement Mar. 23, and the Merrill-Cazier Library entry Jackson, Welcome to the Woods, and Mar. 23-24 for more information. American Attic. Cost will be $5 in Expired, unused, and unwanted advance and $7 at the door. To buy tickets contact Colby at 435-764-0513 drugs can be dropped off at the The Cache Valley Reading Council new disposal site located in the Campus Police Department (850 is conducting a book drive March 14-31. This will benefit the English East 1250 North). Language Center of Cache Valley. Drop off location: TSC or the south door of the business building. The following are upcoming Our Living With Wildlife events at the Performance Hall: service project group wants to Jazz Combo Concert on March 23. Brazilian composers from the hear about your coyote and cougar sightings, etc around campus and Bossa Nova movement perform at on March 25. Caine Chamber throughout Cache Valley. Tell us Ensembles Concert on March 28 what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen,heard and found. Through your accounts we hope to be and Cypress String Quartet on able to both inform and protect the March 31. public while living with wildlife in a positive way. Contact us via email: Spring fever? It is time to get Come learn social dance or started with seeding and transplanting. Get weekly up dates on expand your already amazing skills! Cha Cha, Swing, Salsa, Foxtrot, what you can do to help at the Student Farm. Always a blast stu- Waltz, ect. Thursday nights from 811 in FAC room 104 (the band room). Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free your first time but every time after that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $2 for non members. USU Art Guilds Seventh Anual Warehouse Show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Please Touch the Artâ&#x20AC;? an interactive art exhibit. Located in the Tippets Exhibit Hall in the Chase Fine Arts Center. The exhibit will be open from 4-8pm and is one night only, Mar. 24.

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