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Alumnus selected as 2011 commencement speaker but he also is an unparalleled ambassador of humanitarianism and a model for how good people take action and make L. John Wilkerson is takthis world a better place. We ing a breather from his busy career advancing medical care are honored to have him speak to our students.” through business mediums Those who both graduto be USU’s commencement ated with Wilkerson and conspeaker at its 124th graduatinue to work at the university tion ceremony, May 7. echoed Albrecht’s comments He developed a company on Wilkerson’s achievements. focusing on service opportu“You know, we have many, nities and strategic reviews, many great alumni and a lot and also collaborates with of people who have achieved health product companies on a lot of great things, but his Wall Street. combination At the ceremony, of his career in Wilkerson will “John Wilkerson trying to create join a group truly is one of better health of four other the university’s care, him and prominent indihis wife assistmost accomviduals who will ing in educareceive honorary plished gradutional issues doctorates, and ates in both his and his fansaid he is honprofessional and tastic abilities ored to speak to to care deeply personal life.” the graduating – Stan Albrecht, about the arts students of USU. make him “John USU President plenty qualiWilkerson truly fied,” said Vice is one of the uniPresident of Advancement versity’s most accomplished Ross Peterson. graduates in both his profes“He and his wife Barbara sional and personal life,” said have really done quite a lot to USU president Stan Albrecht. preserve a world that is very “He has been extremely sucvery powerful, but at the same cessful in the business world, By RHETT WILKINSON staff writer

LOGAN BELL, KATCHAFIRE’S LEAD GUITARIST jams on stage, Tuesday, in the TSC Ballroom with band mates for Unplugged Week. ANI AGHABABYAN photo


time, he has been involved in trying to create a lot better world for a lot of people.” Wilkerson said Albrecht and Peterson contacted him last month with an invitation to have lunch in New York City, a reunion Wilkerson said happens a couple times per year. That rendezvous included another invitation. “The invitation to be the Commencement speaker is not what I was expecting,” Wilkerson said. “I thought I was going to have a wonderful dinner, talk about solving the problems of the world, and tell

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Canvas links grades to social networks By DAN SMITH news senior writer

The Faculty Assistance Center for Teaching (FACT) begins training faculty this week on how to use Canvas, the new learning management system (LMS) that will fully replace Blackboard by summer of 2012. “We’re running in the ballpark of about 30 courses in Canvas this summer,” said FACT instructional designer Neal Legler. “We’ve got some new classes that faculty just don’t want to develop in Blackboard, or we’ve got classes that are taught by faculty that are eager to try out the new system.” Legler said the training, which is open to all instructors who would like to attend, will take place in the Merrill-Cazier Library from now until the end of the semester. For those faculty members who will remain here throughout the summer, training opportunities will also be available. Any professors or instructor who would like to incorporate Canvas into their curriculum for the Fall 2011 semester can contact FACT and become eligible to do so. He said the aim is to have around 200 on-campus courses using Canvas by the fall and have most of the online,

distance education courses changed over as well. “We’re hoping that over the summer we’ll have done enough testing that we’ll have worked out some of the kinks on the new system,” Legler said. Part of the change from Blackboard to Canvas includes integrating the new system with Banner so students will be able to access it by using their A-number and Banner password. Legler said it is likely some students will end up having to use both systems – Blackboard for some classes and Canvas for others – until the changeover is complete. Since December 2010, when USU liaisons for the Utah Education Network (UEN) took part in a network-wide decision to find a replacement for Blackboard – because the UEN contract with Blackboard ends in summer of 2012 – a handful of instructors on campus have already been using the new software. “I’ve been teaching with it this semester – 35 students,” said internet development instructor Kevin Reeve. “It’s a piece of cake for them. I’ve maybe gotten three questions all semester.” Reeve said he also had

- See GRADES, page 3

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USU SHUTTLES act as a service for students who have a tight transportation budget. Since the beginning of 2011, Utah gas prices have increased by $1. ARMEN HOVSEPYAN photos

Fuel prices siphon bank accounts dropped in value and we need more dollars to buy more oil,” Lyons said. The conflicts in Egypt, Libya and other countries could also be a contributor, he said, due the fact that The price of gas has risen almost one dollar oil production has greatly reduced in certain “The dollar is losper gallon since the beginning of 2011, accordareas in the east. Another major factor, one ing value ... coning to that plays on a more long-term level, is the “There are many long-, middle- and shortflicts in the East increase of demand in oil, Lyons said. term factors that come into play,” said political have reduced oil “The economies of China, India and other science professor Michael Lyons concerning formerly less developed nations, that have production to some the gas price spike. “The dollar is losing value industrialized have been some of the biggest … conflicts in the East have reduced oil produc- extent ... ” factors (in the increase). The percent of people tion to some extent … the U.S. is consuming – Michael Lyons, who own automobiles has gone up quite a bit,” well beyond our needs.” political science professor Lyons said. Over the past six months, the value of the These international developments have dollar has reduced by almost 10 percent, Lyons caused a drastic change in the supply and demand for the oil said, and the increase of gas prices has less to do with the market and, according to Lyons, could be a long-term factor increase of the price of oil and more to do with the devaluathat will only cause an increase in future oil prices. tion of the dollar. By KEVIN MITCHELL staff writer

“I don’t think the price of gasoline is that much higher than it was 8-10 years ago other than the fact that the dollar has

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Wolf protections expected to be lifted

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – An attach- management in Washington, Oregon ment to the federal budget bill needed and Utah. to avert a government shutdown would Lawmakers said they inserted the take gray wolves off the endangered rider to circumvent a federal judge who species list across most of the Northern repeatedly blocked proposals to hunt Rockies. the predators, most recently through a Wildlife advocates conceded ruling issued Saturday. Tuesday the wolf provision was all “We needed to figure out a way to but certain to remain in the spending manage these critters just like we manbill after efforts to remove it failed. age other wildlife, and this is the way to Congress faces a tight deadline on a do it,� Sen. Jon Tester said in an interNY man sues over budget plan already months overdue, view with The Associated Press. “If you and the rider has bipartisan support. take a look at impacts wolves have had Facebook ownership It orders the Interior Department on domestic livestock, on our big game, BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – A New to lift protections for wolves within 60 it is not deniable that it has been extenYork man who claims an ownership days in five Western states. A federal sive.� stake in Facebook is now seeking judge in Montana has turned back Rep. Mike Simpson, an Idaho 50 percent of the site’s value from three prior attempts by Interior offiRepublican who got the wolf provision A PROPOSED LEGAL SETTLEMENT over the status of gray wolves in the founder Mark Zuckerberg. cials to declare wolves recovered, under in the House bill, said wolves would Northern Rockies could be trumped by Congress, as lawmakers say they are not going to In a federal court complaint both the Bush and Obama administrahave remained on the endangered list wait for the settlement to be finalized before pushing ahead with their bills to strip wolves against Zuckerberg last year, tions. “indefinitely� without congressional of federal protections. AP photo Paul Ceglia sought 84 percent of Protections would remain intact in action. Simpson also said he wanted to Wolves were wiped out across Idaho and Montana officials were Facebook. He cited a contract he Wyoming, at least for now. But wolf curb the expansion of the animals into most of the United States last century forced to cancel wolf hunts planned says he and Zuckerberg signed in hunting would resume this fall in Idaho neighboring states. under a government bounty program last year following a ruling from U.S. 2003 that gave him half the busiand Montana, where an estimated Only a few dozen wolves so far have established to benefit the agriculture District Judge Donald Molloy. Molloy ness, plus more if it launched late. 1,250 of the animals have been blamed colonized Washington and Oregon. industry. They were reintroduced to has criticized the injection of politics A revised complaint dated in hundreds of livestock attacks and for No packs are known to exist in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho in the mid-1990s, into the question of whether wolves are Monday amends the claim to 50 declines seen in some big game herds. although individual animals have been and at least 1,651 now roam the region. recovered. percent and indicates that Ceglia Wolves also would be returned to state sighted there and in Colorado. agreed to waive the late-penalty clause before the site launched in 2004. The Buffalo federal court lawsuit says Ceglia gave Zuckerberg $1,000 to help Zuckerberg get Facebook off SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A conwhen he’ll be here.� aggravated sexual assault for alleged us.� the ground. victed sex offender released from Johnson has 10 days to register as a inappropriate contacts with his stepTaylor has ordered Johnson meet Utah custody last week after being sex offender with the state of Oregon daughter and her cousin over five with new psychiatric evaluators in Swedes mediate for deemed incompetent to stand trial upon arriving, Lindstrand said. years beginning in 2001. Both alleged October and set a Nov. 17 date for a Johnson is required to register as victims are now adults. competency review. US and North Korea has moved to Oregon. Utah Department of Corrections a sex offender because he pleaded Christy Danner, the mother of one Utah court records show Johnson STOCKHOLM (AP) – Sweden’s records posted online show Lonnie guilty to the rape of a 16-year-old girl of the alleged victims, said she expect- has a cognitive disorder. Prosecutors Foreign Ministry says an Hyrum Johnson with a Hillsboro, in Washington state in 2006. ed Johnson would leave Utah because charged him in 2007 and a judge American citizen was arrested in Ore., address. A Multnomah County Last week, 4th District Judge James he has relatives in both Oregon and deemed him incompetent for trial the North Korea and that Swedish dip- sheriff’s spokeswoman in Oregon said R. Taylor ordered the 38-year-old Washington. next year and ordered him confined lomats are representing the U.S. in Utah authorities had given notice that released from the Utah State Hospital “We are afraid that he’s going to at the state hospital. the case. Johnson was moving to the area and – despite pending criminal sexual have access to other girls and before Two weeks ago, when it appeared Ministry spokesman Teo that he would be moving to a sister’s assault charges – after doctors said he gets back here in six months, this Johnson’s criminal case might stall Zetterman says “an American home. they couldn’t restore his competency. could happen again,� Danner told out over the competency issue, proscitizen has been detained in North “Our folks were notified earJohnson had been at the hospital for the AP on Monday. “And what if he ecutors petitioned for a civil commitKorea. That’s all we can say.� lier today that he would be moving more than two years. doesn’t come back? Granted they can ment. A judge in that proceeding, He told the AP on Tuesday that here,� Lt. Mary Lindstrand told The In Utah, Johnson faces nearly two put out a warrant for him, but the however, said Johnson didn’t meet the Sweden is dealing with North Associated Press. “We don’t know dozen counts of rape, sodomy and thought of more victims is scaring legal criteria. Korean authorities on behalf of the U.S. in the case. Zetterman wouldn’t give the name of the American citizen or discuss the circumstances or date of the STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) – No one disputes that “There is not a shred of evidence that he has ever Ritter, 49, of Delmar, N.Y., was the U.N.’s chief American’s arrest, referring ques- former U.N. chief weapons inspector and prominent had or looked at child pornography. ... Ritter at no stage weapons inspector in Iraq following the Gulf War. He tions to the U.S. State Department. Iraq war critic Scott Ritter entered an adult chat room in his chat with Officer Venneman ever once believed accused the United States and U.N. of failing to take The Swedish Embassy in two years ago, traded sexually graphic messages and that he was doing anything other than speaking and action when Iraq blocked inspectors from suspected Pyongyang represents the United performed a sex act on himself in front of a webcam. chatting with an adult,� Kohlman said. weapons sites and later became an outspoken critic of States because the U.S. doesn’t What the jury in Ritter’s online sex-sting trial must According to Venneman’s testimony, Ritter called the Iraq war, insisting the country had destroyed its have diplomatic relations with decide is whether he thought the person on the other the exchange a “fantasy� after the detective identified weapons of mass destruction. North Korea. end of the chat was a 15-year-old girl. himself as an undercover officer. Ritter is charged with unlawful contact with a minor


Sex offender released, now in Oregon

Sex-sting trial begins for ex-UN employee

A police detective testified Tuesday that Ritter initiated a sexually explicit conversation with him in a Yahoo chat room in February 2009, and that he told Ritter at the beginning of the conversation that he was a Monday, April 11, 2011 – Top 10 Surprising Facts About Charl 15-year-old girl named Emily. Barrett Township police Detective Ryan Venneman Schwartzel told jurors that Ritter gave him his cellphone number 10. Charl is short for “Charlene.� and began masturbating on a video chat. Ritter briefly 9. Started playing golf last August. shut down the webcam after the detective repeated that 8. Launched 30-city “My Violent he was 15, typing that he “didn’t want any trouble,� but Putter of Truth� Tour. soon restarted the camera and masturbated to comple7. “Golf Digest� lists him as the No. 1 tion, the detective testified. player in the world named Charl. Prosecutors played an extremely graphic 20-minute 6. His favorite breakfast? Schwaffles. video of the encounter for the jury. 5. Drives for dough, putts for show. In his opening statement, defense attorney Gary 4. Could hardly focus after Pia was Kohlman told the jury that Ritter, a former Marine who kicked off “American Idol.� served in the 1991 Gulf War, is a “decorated military 3. Even he’s not sure how to prohero� who didn’t believe he was chatting with an undernounce his name. 2. Played third round wearing Jimmy age girl. “There will not be a shred of evidence that Mr. Choo stilettos. Ritter in his entire life ever has had an inappropriate 1. Once missed a tournament because conversation with a minor,� Kohlman said. of a herniated Schwartzel.


Ritter immediately denied he had committed a crime, according to the transcript. “No one under 18 can access this chat room. I don’t think you’re 15. Never did. It was all fantasy As far as I know you’re a 56-year-old housewife,� he typed.

SCOTT RITTER, 49, RIGHT, of Delmar, N.Y, walks out of a court room with family in the Monroe County Court in Stroudsburg, Pa. Tuesday, April 12. AP photo

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and other counts in the Pennsylvania case. A decade ago, Ritter was charged in New York with trying to set up a meeting with an undercover police officer posing as a 16-year-old girl. Those charges were later dismissed after he completed six months of probation. Ritter said in 2003 that he believed the case was designed to silence his war criticism. Monroe County prosecutors called to the stand a now-retired detective from Colonie, N.Y., who testified about two attempted meet-ups in April and June of 2001, the last of which resulted in Ritter’s arrest. Kohlman said Ritter had been in a “dark period� in his life and used sexually explicit chats on the Internet as a way to handle his depression over being called unpatriotic for his criticism of American policy on Iraq. He said Ritter was aware that police were investigating him and that he drove to the meeting in New York in hopes of getting arrested. Ritter’s wife, Marina, testified that she was at work on Feb. 7, 2009, while Ritter chatted with Venneman. She said Ritter told her about the incident that night and that he found it strange.


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Business school stresses international education

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The Go Global international education program kicked off its first designated week to get students thinking about broadening their experience with international business, said Lis Allred, the program director for global enrichment in the Huntsman School of Business. As part of the first Go Global Week, students who participated in the business school’s Go Global study abroad programs, from China to Brazil, are donating their time to educate the rest of the student body about what this opportunity can do. “We are helping prepare the next group of students so they can get ready for the program and get themselves ready financially,” Allred said. Utah has an extensive international business base, Allred said, and there are currently more than 2,500 international businesses that have roots in the state. In 2010 Utah doubled in exported products and 95,000 Utah jobs are in exporting businesses. The majority of the U.S. decreased in exports. “Especially in business, everything is going to be international ... with communication and travel speed increasing,” said Becky Drebin, a senior in entrepreneurship and economics that traveled to Asia for the Go Global program. “The sooner we are able to overcome this barrier, the the more easily we will conduct effective business.” Allred said, “The students need this international exposure to compete in the business world. Opportunities like this are empowering and put students right in the heart of business. This is where the classroom comes to life.” Go Global Week was implemented for the first time this week to

Briefs Chorus prepares to perform ‘Elijah’

KYLE GRIFFIN, AN MBA STUDENT talks to Brandon Zitting, a senior in accounting, during the Huntsman Business School’s first Go Global Fair, Tuesday. The event was intended to show students the importance of international business opportunities. BRECK BYINGTON photo

get students interested in the growing program that takes students to eastern Europe, Asia and South America. On each trip, three countries are visited on that continent. When studying in the various countries, the students visit businesses such as Toyota, Microsoft, Nike and Intel, to better understand the operations of business in a wider scope. Thursday’s Quiz Bowl is the big event of the week, and will get students thinking about subjects that are necessary to be a successful international business person. Four teams will go head-to-head from 56:30 p.m. in the TSC International Lounge. These subjects include Utah history, culture, general business and politics and government.

The team of four who win the competition will receive $2,000 for scholarships. “We are helping prepare the next group of students so they can get ready for the program and get themselves ready financially,” Allred said. The Huntsman School of Business’s study abroad programs are not solely for business students. Political science, biology and engineering students have had part in the opportunities made available through the business school, Allred said. Kjersten Adams, a senior majoring in economics, first realized she was passionate about microfinance through the Go Global program, and said by observing the struggles

of businesses budding in other countries, she became interested in helping finance these businesses. “It gave such direction to the life I want,” she said. It’s important for students to immerse themselves in new cultures, Drebin said, and those who are not willing to “get outside of themselves” may not benefit from the program. The program begins with an intensive three-week program on USU’s campus during the summer, and then continues for 5-6 weeks following in one of the three selected global regions. – catherine.meidell@aggiemail.usu. edu

Students and locals celebrate USU’s campus greenery

The American Festival Chorus and Orchestra performs Felix Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kent Concert Hall on the campus of Utah State University. The American Festival Chorus is sponsored by the Department of Music, Caine College of the Arts, at Utah State University. Tickets are $12, $16 and $18 and available at the Caine College of the Arts box offices located inside the Chase Fine Arts Center, Room 139-B, and the CCA Dean’s office at 1150 E. 700 North; by calling 435-797-8022. “This is one of the greatest oratorios of all time,” said Craig Jessop, music director for the chorus and dean of the Caine College of the Arts. “It is a true tour de force for choir, orchestra and the soloists.” The performance features internationally acclaimed baritone Clayton Brainerd; New York Metropolitan Opera singer Carla Rae Cook, mezzo-soprano; Cindy Dewey, soprano, and Cory Evans, tenor, both faculty members at USU; and Ian Stewart, boy soprano. The oratorio is based on the life of the Hebrew prophet Elijah, whose mission was to destroy the wicked cults of Baal that were introduced into Israel by King Ahab’s wife, Jezebel. Elijah is the hero of several Bible stories found in Kings 1 and 2 and is featured in the sacred book of Islam, the Koran. He left the Earth in a chariot of fire, leaving his prophetic mantle and mission to Elisha, his disciple.

Landscape designs on gallery display Special Collections and Archives, a department of University Libraries at Utah State University, joins USU’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning to present a unique exhibit and associated gallery talk. The exhibit is on a collection now held at the library – the Design Workshop Landscape Architecture Archive and Digital Collection. A gallery talk is April 21, 2:30 p.m. at the Merrill-Cazier Library atrium, The talk features Michael Timmons from the LAEP department, Brad Cole from Special Collections and Archives, and Cheryl Walters from the Digital Initiatives Department of University Libraries. Additional members of the exhibition team will be included. The exhibition can be seen in the Merrill-Cazier atrium through June 18.

Museum looks into internment camp

USU STUDENTS Marshall Rogers, a junior majoring in engineering, Jolyne Wendt, a sophomore majoring in landscape design, and Andria Wilson, a junior majoring in residential landscape (left to right) plant a tree on Mountain Air Park on the east side of campus. USU President Albrecht attended the event which celebrated USU’s recognition for being one of the U.S. Tree Campuses. STERLING BOIN photo

Grades: Professors say Blackboard replacement user-friendly -continued from page 1 a chance to teach using one of the other new program options UEN was considering, but all others pale in comparison to Canvas. “I think Canvas is going to be so much easier than any of the other tools,” Reeve said, “for faculty and students.” The time it takes him to grade assignments for his online Internet development course has been cut in half, Reeve said. The advantage is that Canvas allows him to view submissions regardless of their format (e.g. Word, Excel or PDF) by incorporating built-in document viewing capabilities. Another instructor that has had the opportunity to work with the new system, assistant professor Kelly Fadel, said former USU student Ryan Shaw was one of the original developers of the Canvas software. Shaw commissioned Fadel to try out the new software shortly after it was designed.

“He showed me their interface and what they had built up to that point and whet my appetite,” Fadel said. “I started using it the next semester and have been using it ever since. This is my third semester using it.” Though Fadel teaches computer-oriented courses in which students may already be techsavvy, he said anybody, whether they are a student or faculty member, should be able to adapt to the new program quickly and easily. Individual users are able to receive notifications about their classes, like course announcements or when grades are posted, through e-mails or text messages, all depending on how they personally tailor their account. Canvas even interfaces with social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, Legler said. “I’ve gotten very good feedback from the students. Canvas is very user-friendly and really a pleasure to use,” Fadel said. “There were initial-

ly some hiccups as you would expect with any new system, but one of the great things about the Canvas team is they’ve been very responsive to any problems – fixed them right away.” Originally, it did not seem very likely that Canvas would be the selected system, Fadel said, since it was made by a small start-up company called Instructure. He said he thinks the product is good enough and genuinely different from the other software in its market, he said, which puts it ahead of the pack. By the spring of next year, Legler said, the majority of classes taught at USU, on-campus, online and through distance education, will be using Canvas instead of Blackboard. By the summer of 2012 Blackboard will not be utilized at all at USU. –

Utah State University’s Museum of Anthropology looks at the history of the World War II internment camp Topaz in its next “Saturdays at the Museum” program. “Topaz: Japanese Internment in America” is offered April 16 at the museum and features lectures by Jane Beckwith, director of the Topaz Museum. She speaks at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., discussing the history of Topaz, the people imprisoned there and the artwork created by the internees. Displays of artifacts and some art will be displayed. Visitors can participate in creating Japanese lanterns and a “what to pack” activity. “Topaz was such a dark time in American History,” said program coordinator Melissa Allen. “The museum is honored to share this experience with the public.” Community members, as well as Utah State students, can visit the museum during its operating hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Children are encouraged to attend the “Saturdays at the Museum” events offered weekly. Activities relate to the day’s offering and are designed with children in mind. Funding for the Saturday events is provided by a grant from the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Wilkerson: Businessman selected as guest speaker for spring 2011 graduating class -continued from page 1 jokes like we usually do. We did that, but then he invited me to be the commencement speaker, so we didn’t solve any world problems this time, I think.� The invitation was given to a personality Wilkerson said typically doesn’t take any offer deliberately.

“I didn’t hesitate when asked. I said I would be honored and thanked (Albrecht) for the invitation,� he said. “Utah State has a warm spot in my heart. I am very thankful, and in fact very surprised, so I am honored.� Wilkerson was born and raised in Elko, Nev. He

received his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from USU in 1965 and continued his education at Cornell University, receiving both a master’s and a doctorate in managerial economics. In 1972 he joined Johnson & Johnson, where he was recruited by White Weld and Co. to

Patriots vs. Globalists

be its health industry analyst ments per year. responsible for covering In 1990, Wilkerson began rapidly growing diagnostics, dividing his time between The device and pharmaceutical Wilkinson Group and his curcompanies. rent venture, Galen Partners, a When Merrill Lynch healthcare private equity firm acquired White Weld in 1978, he co-founded with William he joined the Smith Barney Grant, a former president health industry team, with of Smith Barney. The firm’s responsibility for an expanded vision was to work collablist of health product comoratively with their CEOs and panies as well as the emergbuild important companies ing medical services sector. that would advance medical He spent four years on Wall care. Over the last 19 years, Street, which gave him an the firm has managed $1 bilopportunity to interact with lion and invested in more than senior industry leaders and 80 companies. understand As a rep“Utah State has a capital marresentative kets. of Galen, he warm spot in my Over the has served heart. I am very next few years, on numerthankful ...� Wilkerson ous private – L. John Wilkerson, and public recruited several Commencement speaker boards in the extraordinary United States diagnostic, and abroad, pharmaceutical and mediincluding British cal device industry veterans. Biotechnology, Stericycle, Together, they re-branded the MedAssets and JDS firm The Wilkerson Group, Pharmaceuticals. Wilkerson which focused on advising helped start two of these sucmanagements on product and cessful companies, Stericycle service opportunities, strateand MedAssets. Both are now gic reviews and merger and the leaders in their market secacquisition analysis. By the tors. time IBM acquired the firm in Wilkerson also works on 1996, its staff of 175 was comthe executive committee of pleting more than 300 assignthe Johns Hopkins Berman

Institute of Bioethics, and until recently he was chairman of the board of Atlantic Health Systems, New Jersey’s leading hospital system. Wilkerson’s successes are something that he said can be largely attributed to the opportunities he was provided in Logan. After obtaining the bachelor’s in biological sciences, he said he was approached by many professors he had come to know over his years in Logan who suggested for him to enter graduate school. Though he said he had never thought of doing so before, the suggestion parlayed into the degree in managerial economics from Cornell. “When I came to Utah State, I was looking for a place to break out into the world,� he said. “It definitely helped socialize and prepare me for the bigger world, and Logan was probably a perfect transition spot for someone who grew up in a town of 3,500 people. I’m grateful that both students and faculty embraced me.�

– rhett.wilkinson@aggiemail.

Gas: Prices don’t affect USU transportation -continued from page 1 “In the short term, it’s not really a political decision, and there’s not much the government can do about it,� Lyons said. “This hurts,� said Darrell Rawlins, a senior at USU who often commutes long distances for work. “When the school year started gas was about $2.50 and it was

35 bucks to fill up your tank. But now it’s getting to be 45 or 50, and when you drive as much as I do for my job, that’s like putting 200 dollars into your car every month.� As prices at the pump increase, many local programs are reaping the benefits. Parking and Transportation services recently received federal funding to help them purchase two additional buses to forward their alternative energy shuttle program. The USU shuttle system, which has been recognized by both local and government agencies for its use of alternative energy, continues to prosper, said Alden Erickson, the Shuttle Supervisor for Parking and Transportation

Services at USU. “Natural gas is different than gasoline and diesel,� Erickson said, “for the fact that it is still considered a public utility rather than a transportation fuel and therefore the things that move the market are a little different for natural gas.� The Aggie Shuttle system continues to serve about 6,200 local residents per day and has given about one million rides this year, Erickson said. The demand for oil is high, Lyons said, and he doesn’t see gas prices going down in the near future.

– kevin.mitchell@aggiemail.








DUE TO GAS PRICE INCREASES, students may be findng alternative modes of transportation to save money. ARMEN HOVSEPYAN photo

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Utah State University • Logan, Utah •

Leaving a legacy By KASEY VAN DYKE assistant features editor

Tyler Tolson, current ASUSU President, looked slightly to the right, chin resting in his hand, the last two years of his life in consideration as he thought about answering the question: Who is Tyler Tolson? He likes movies and the True Aggie Cafe. He said he likes to think he’s a good husband on- and off-campus. He likes working out and playing sports. He’s an artist, a journal writer and a selfproclaimed nerd. But who is Tyler Tolson? Becoming the man As a child, Tolson said his biggest influence was his parents’ “horrific” divorce when he was 9 years old. He said the ripples from that event have shaped him into adulthood. “When they were first divorced it was really difficult for me because I didn’t understand,” he said. “I just shut down and didn’t really talk to anyone. I had a hard time talking on the phone and looking my teacher in the eye.” Tolson said it was this newfound introversion that started his habit of “watching people.” “I would take note if someone did something that I liked. I was taking note of good qualities,” he said. Because of his years playing sports during high school, Tolson was recruited by a school in Virginia to play lacrosse. He said he found his voice again during his experience there. “The people I met there really helped me to open up and express my feelings,” he said. “I really opened up and started enjoying talking to people again.” Tolson said the experience and the people he met at Southern Virginia University helped him decide to serve an LDS mission to Pocatello, Idaho. He said it was his mission that developed his “love for people and to help people.” After Tolson returned from his mission, Tolson said his grandfather shared some advice that hit him “like a ton of bricks.” “He said ‘If you want to be successful in life, help those people around you be successful,’” Tolson said.

This phrase, uttered by what Tolson described as an “extremely successful business man,” would be one of the major influences in his professional life. “Now I had this phrase to associate with what I’d done as a child,” Tolson said. “It’s all about helping people be successful. I feel successful when I help others be successful.” The woman behind the man Nicole Watts married Tyler Tolson on Oct. 8, 2010. Laughing, Tolson said, “She’s definitely the better half. She’s definitely more well-rounded then me.” Tolson moved to Logan on Dec. 31, 2007 and didn’t have “a job or a car or a place to live.” While trying to find help moving, Tolson said he met a couple girls on campus who offered their assistance. The girls went on to invite Tolson to hang out at their apartment with their roommates. “I was thinking ‘Me and seven girls? Yeah, I can do that,’” Tolson said. “Then Nicole came out.” Tolson descibed first seeing Nicole by nearly singing the Hallelujah chorus. He said he asked himself “Who is this girl?” but came to find out she had a missionary coming home. After being acquaintances for a semester, Tolson said he thought she got married. Later, he was invited to a friend’s formal dinner. He said he was reluctant to go but committed last minute. It was a dinner for singles, so upon hearing Nicole’s name, he immediately spoke up. “I slapped my hands on the table and said ‘Just so you all know, I have a secret crush on her,” he said. “When she came in, it was that slow motion thing and the lights changed and I was captivated.” Tyler Tolson: President Tolson said his two years in office have been tiring but an intense learning experience. “That was one of the first things I realized: This is not a joke,” he said. “You are making deci-

- See TOLSON, page 7

TYLER TOLSON FINISHES his second term as ASUSU president this semester. Tolson was the only student to win a second consecutive term, and says his job has been tiring, but also a great learning experience. TODD JONES photos

Poo paper is dropping into the bookstore She said the company uses herbivore dung because the digested meat is what causes poop to smell badly. Karson Kalian, a junior in nutrition science, said the paper does not smell because of the animals’ diet. What is made of animal poop, found in the bookstore and does “The elephants eat grass, (they have) a high-fiber diet,” he said. not smell like a dirty zoo? Answer: poopoo paper. Signs outside the According to, the company allows the fresh USU Bookstore state: “Poo is now sold here,” drawelephant dung to completely dry up before it is ing in students curious about this new line of bookthoroughly rinsed and washed. “They take the store merchandise. “All we’re really left with are the fibres from the Cynthia Kohler, an undecided senior, works in vegetation that the elephant didn’t digest. That poop from the supplies at the bookstore and was instrumental stuff doesn’t stink!” the site states. elephants, they in bringing Poopoo paper to Utah State’s campus. Kalian, said the bookstore carries journals, boil it for a real- scratchpads She said she had seen the paper at a trade show in and notebooks. He said the paper is a February and thought it would be a good product to ly long time, they green item. sell at USU. “They take the poop from the elephants, they put it on a soak Kohler said the resourceful paper initially boil it for a really long time, they put it on a soak screen and dry it intrigued her because of the humorous nature of the screen and dry it out in the sun. Then they take it out in the sun.” product. and flatten it a bit more and they ship it,” he said. “I thought it was hilarious,” she said. “It’s made of According to, manufacturers poo.” – Karson Kalian, add natural fibers from banana trees and pineThe paper is made from the waste of herbivores bookstore employee apples to make a stronger and thicker paper. such as elephants, cows and horses, Kohler said. Kohler said poopoo paper is definitely the most “They boil the animal waste and it goes through green paper product available. a very meticulous cleaning process,” she said. “It is “It is recycled animal waste, nothing was harmed in making it,” completely odorless because it is cleaned so well. They take out all she said. “This is a great way to go green,” she said. the smelly stuff.”

By NATASHA BODILY staff writer

Aside from being an environmentally conscious choice, Kohler said the paper makes for a funny gag gift and has a cool texture. The front of the paper is smooth and on the back it is more fibrous. “A lot of people like seeing how they can take actual poo and turn it into something useful,” Kalian said. Kohler said the USU Bookstore has benefited from the poopoo paper promotion. “It has gotten a lot of attention and it’s brought in a lot of people. They can see that we’ve got cool stuff here,” Kohler said. “It is something that we’ll keep on hand.” Aaron Chadwick, another Bookstore employee, said he thinks the idea of poopoo paper is cool. “It is resourceful and it is a very renewable product; you’re not tearing down trees for it,” he said. Chadwick, a recent USU graduate in recreation resource management, said some of his fellow employees get a kick out of the new product and enjoy joking around with it. “Some people who work here, who will remain nameless, will rub it on someone as a joke,” he said. Chadwick said there is another resourceful product the Bookstore is selling, which he finds to be a bit less gross. “It is made from coconut, mango and banana,” he said of a similar product from Pulp and Paper Co. that he would be more likely

- See POOP, page 6

POOPOO PAPER IS MADE from recycled food and animal products and is the newest product the USU Bookstore offers. The company who produces the paper uses the profits to help the elephant population in Thailand. BRECK BYINGTON photos


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A bread that will combat every bad day Have you mixing bowl. Staff had to pull an all-nighter Combine the butter pieces and milk in a Eat GuyThat XXXX recently to small saucepan and heat over medium heat finish a projand cook just until the butter is melted. ect that you started late Remove from the heat and whisk in the because you water and vanilla. had no idea Add the eggs and the butter mixture to the how hard it flour and stir until well mixed, about 2 minwas going to be? utes. Did you leave your house wearing opentoed shoes that day last week when it ranAt this point the dough will be really domly started snowing and didn’t stop until sticky. That’s good. Resist the urge to add campus was one giant slush puddle? flour. Did your professor tell you the wrong Use a rubber spatula to remove to dough chapters to study for the test and when you from the mixing bowl and transfer it to a showed up to take it you hadn’t even heard clean, lightly greased bowl. Cover it with of the things in the first 18 questions? a towel and let rise in a warm place until Did you go to register for summer classes doubled in size, about 1 hour. only to find out there was a hold on your account and your adviser was booked until When the dough is finished rising, gently the end of next week? remove it to a lightly floured surface and If you answered “yes” to knead about 2 tablespoons any of these questions, then of flour into it. When you’re this bread’s for you. This bread done the dough should have is guaranteed to cure the blues, “This bread is gone from sticky to smooth make everything bad in your the answer to all and soft. Form it into a ball, life go away and even get you of your problens, cover it with a towel and let it more friends (if you’re willing so you might rest for about 5 minutes. to share it). This bread is the answer to all of your problems, as well make it While the dough is resting, so you might as well make it today. Go ahead, grease a 9-by-5 inch baking today. Go ahead, treat yourself treat yourself to pan and set aside. to a little free happiness. a little free hapWhisk together the sugar Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart piness.” and cinnamon. Bread Return the dough to the – Jennelle Clark, floured work surface and use For the Dough: a rolling pin to roll it into a 2 3/4 cups flour rectangle that is approximate1/4 cup sugar ly 12-by-20 inches. It’s okay if 1 3/4 teaspoon instant yeast it’s not perfect. 1/2 salt 2 eggs, lightly beaten Brush the rectangle of dough with the 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter, cut into small melted butter and sprinkle the cinnamon pieces sugar mixture over the top of the butter. 1/3 cup milk 1/4 cup cold water Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to slice 1 teaspoon vanilla the dough vertically into 6 strips. Stack the strips on top of each other and then cut that For the Filling: strip into 6 more pieces. You will end up with 6 stacks with 6 squares of dough in each 1 cup sugar stack. 2 teaspoons cinnamon 4 tablespoons butter, melted Place the stacks of dough into the greased pan, cut sides up. Cover the pan with a towel To make the dough, whisk together the and let rest for about 45 minutes. It won’t flour, sugar, yeast and salt in a medium sized necessarily be doubled in size, but it will be

Jennelle Clark

THIS CINNAMON SUGAR BREAD is so good it will make any day better. It takes time to make, but is worth the effort. JENNELLE CLARK photo

puffier. When the dough is almost finished resting, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the top is golden and the inside is all the way done. If it seems like your bread is browning too quickly, you can tent the top with tin foil and finish baking it that way. (I did this at about the 25 minute mark.) Remove the bread from the oven and let it rest for 20-30 minutes before taking it out

of the pan. To remove it, run a butter knife around the edges and carefully invert it onto a cutting board or baking pan. Then place a plate on top of it and invert it again so that it is right side up on the plate.

– Jennelle Clark is a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in art. She loves cooking food, taking pictures of food and eating food. E-mail her at with questions or comments.

Poop: Raising money for elephants -continued from page 5 to purchase himself. Braden Wamsley, an undeclared sophomore, said he did not know much about poopoo paper and thinks it is weird. “I used to eat paper growing up,” he said. In spite of his initial aversion to the concept, Wamsley said he thinks it could be a good idea. “We should care so that we don’t waste resources,” he said. According to, the company makes journals, notebooks, stationary, greeting cards, notepads and photo albums. The site states their purpose is to sell their goods with a creative, sustainable cycle where raw material is utilized to make a functional product while providing job opportunities. The company states a portion of their profits go toward elephant welfare and conservation.

“They allocate the profits to benefit the elephant population in Thailand, It’s a really great way to support the elephants, and it’s sort of like employing the elephants,” Kalian said. The site states elephants today are facing numerous threats, including the disappearance of natural habitats due to human activity and poaching for their ivory tusks, meat and hides. “Many experts believe there is little future for the elephant outside protected areas,” the site states. Aside from direct sale proceeds, the website said poopoo paper also allows opportunities for fundraising and campaigns to prevent the criminal deaths of elephants. –

Street Speak What are your tips for surviving finals week? “Simple. Don’t take finals.”

– Darren Fiscus, sophomore exercise science

“Make sure you are well prepared with a fat wallet to pay off your professors and if he is male wear a shirt that is low cut.” – Brianna Maualaivao, sophomore aviation

“Organize your time, prioritizing exams. It is also very important to find the magic beverage or food that keeps you full of energy.”

“Pray hard.”

– Ana Baez Sarita, graduate student LAEP

– Kayla Aiken, sophomore English, Asian studies

Information gathered by Ani Mirzakhanyan


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Seniors offer their bucket lists for Logan

Alice Coddington Major: business marketing Hometown: Canberra, Australia Future Plans: Play professional basketball in Australia 1. Aggie women’s basketball game. 2. Tailgate and go to an Aggie football game. 3. Bowl at Logan Lanes. 4. Paintball in Logan Canyon. 5. Float the Logan River in the summer. 6. Complete the USU ‘Fitness’ trail around campus. 7. Go snowmobiling in the canyon. 8. Go to the Zipf’s house for dinner on a Sunday night. 9. Live on campus. 10.Take the Aggie shuttle. 11. Get a photo with Big Blue. 12. Swim at Oakridge. 13. Eat at the Marketplace. 14. Run up Old Main stairs and around campus. 15. Graduate.

Court Hall Major: public relations and political science Hometown: Lewiston, Utah Future Plans: moving back to Washington, D.C.

Erica Nelson Major: speech communications and Spanish Hometown: Riverton, Utah Future Plans: Jackson Hole for the summer, eventually grad school

1. Eat at LD’s Cafe in Richmond. 2. Go snowshoeing. Green Canyon is a nice spot. 3. Go catch a movie at the theater in Lewiston. 4. Run for the border and buy a lottery ticket at La Tienda in Franklin, Idaho. 5. Go to Crystal Hot Springs. 6. Go to the zoo at Willow Park. 7. Go fly fishing on Logan River. 8. Go up to Hardware Ranch to see the elk. 10. Buy a Frazil at Island Market ... just go buy something at Island Market. 11. Go to Tony’s Grove and hike to the caves up there. 12. Eat at Frederico’s near campus. 13. Get a two or three man inflatable raft and take it out on first dam with some friends. 14. Visit the anthropology museum in Old Main. 15. Take a drive out to Glendale reservoir and play on the rope swing.

1. Raid the D.I. for sweet finds. 2. Run the Top of Utah Marathon ... or, at least know someone that did. 3. Trip up old main stairs/slip and fall on the ice somewhere. 4. Take Creative Arts. 5. Go to the HOWL, Mardi Gras, or some dance where you sweat out half your body weight. 6. Win an intramural championship. 7. Have the Statesman dedicated to you. 8. Roast marshmallows/burn something awesome at Second Dam. 9. Go rock climbing up Logan Canyon. 10. Go on a walk through the Cemetery. 11. Attend Poetry and a Beverage (and read your poem there). 12. Stay at the Library late working on a paper you’ve procrastinated. 13. Eat a Scotsman Dog. And love it. 14. Participate in Speed Dating at the LDS Institute ... and live to tell the tale. 15. Turn 21, get a free burger at the White Owl and live on the wild side.

Tolson: He is always energized -continued from page 5 sions that affect 25,000 lives. It’s heavy. That in itself has helped me in so many different ways to be confident in any area.” One faculty member who has worked particularly close with Tolson is vice president for Student Services James Morales. In his career, Morales has worked at several universities and with many student body officers. Tolson, he said, was unique. “He was very genuine,” Morales said. “He wasn’t all about ‘I’m the student body president and I’m special.’ He just seemed like a regular student who cared about the university.” Morales said Tolson showed excitement in learning and working with him, in learning what Morales had to offer. It was Tolson’s determination that really struck him. “After a while, at times, when he had finals or meetings or reports or assignments, you could see it was challenging for Tyler, yet he didn’t lose that energy,” Morales said. “I think a lot of people would have thrown up their hands and said ‘I can’t do anything.’” One of the biggest struggles Tolson faced was the exhaustion associated with the job. Morales said even when Tolson’s energy was visibly spent, he never lost his spark. “Was he tired sometimes? Yes,” Morales said. “There were times I would grab a power bar out of my desk and say ‘You need one of these.’ Even then, his smile never left him. His energy and his enthusiasm never left him.” Morrales said it was easy to see Tolson in a more professional way, more than a regular student. “In Tyler’s case, the transition to look at him as an equal was really easy,” he said. “There wasn’t a disconnect for me. He’s been very capable. I forget sometimes that he’s a student leader.” Both Morales and Brent Crosby, the ASUSU executive vice president who has worked with Tolson on several initiatives, said Tolson has been an asset to USU. “From a professional standpoint, he has a lot of traits and attributes that are innate and very well developed. He has incredible interpersonal skills,” Crosby said. Crosby described his relationship with Tolson as one much like a mentorship, expressing trust in Tolson’s advice and friendship.

“I think it stands for itself that he’s the only president to be elected two consecutive terms,” Crosby said. “I think he’s done an incredible amount of good for the school. I would say USU is very lucky to have had Tyler Tolson’s help over the last couple years.” So, who is Tyler Tolson? “I’m just a regular guy,” Tolson said. Regardless of his popularity with the student body and those he has worked with, Tolson said nothing he has done or accomplished for the university the last two years can be completely credited to him. “I couldn’t have done it without the awesome teams. Nothing has come just because of Tyler Tolson,” he said. Finally, he proclaimed a deep gratitude to those he’s met and worked with during his time as President and wished next year’s executive council good luck. “Thank you to everybody,” he said.”It’s been a great experience.” – Ad4 7.5x5


Ryan Reid Major: finance and economics Hometown: Draper, Utah Future Plans: Work for Itau Unibanco, an investment/commercial bank in Sao Paulo, Brazil 1. Play your favorite sport by joining an intercollegiate Intramural league. 2. Spend a weekend at Bear Lake. 3. Hike to the Wind Caves and fly a kite. 4. Be grateful you don’t have to take the CIL exams…I still haven’t. 5. Get involved with a club. 6. Take a midnight trip to La Tienda for some scratch cards. 7. Ski the BEAV! Rent all sorts of equipment from the Outdoor Recreation Program. 8. Participate in howling at the library – Wednesday of finals week at 10 p.m. Be there! 9. TALK TO YOUR ADVISER. 10. Mountain bike/hike Jardine Juniper trail to the 1,500-year-old Juniper tree. 11. Make it a point to go to all the small local restaurants. They rock! 12. Tailgate at USU football games. 13. Go to USU Club Sport games. 14. Sled or ice block Old Main hill. 15. Climb the mountain directly east of USU to the huge radio billboards.

Felicia Stehmeier Major: theater arts - acting emphasis Hometown: Santa Barbara, Calif. Future Plans: grad school in California for MFA 1. Eat at Aggie Ice Cream. 2. Become a True Aggie (Or at least go watch everyone else become one). 3. Have a snowball fight. 4. Look at the sunsets we have and take pictures! 5. Go to the Homecoming Parade. 6. Go to the farmers’ market. 7. Learn the fight songs. 8. Take advantage of free/discounted things with your ID. 9. Clean the sink and/or get hot chocolate at Angie’s. 10. Go to the haunted Green Canyon Corn Maze. 11. Learn to ski or snowboard. 12. Attend Summerfest. 13. Go stargazing in the canyon. 14. Eat a raspberry shake at Bear Lake. 15. Go to sporting events all decked out in USU apparel.


Dating: It could always be worse

If you happened upon be more kind than cruel, I Just a few accepted. The Statesman last week, you’ll know there has been Big mistake. After four laughs some hubbub about datweeks of enduring ending recently – a columnless phone calls and MSN on-column debacle that messenger “convos” sent heads rolling. People about our “wonderful have asked my take on the SteveSchwartzman night” from Rhonda 2.0, matter and I respond with the day finally came. four simple words. I’m sure the dance was decorated Just don’t be creepy. beautifully, but I was unable to partake That’s all there is to it. You can be as as I was preoccupied by Rhonda dancing repulsive or timid as you’d like so long as so close to me it may have been a fire you avoid the creepy band wagon – or as hazard. After enduring three hours of I like to call it, the “E-Harmony Dot Com the vertical paper jam Rhonda called the Cart.” waltz, our date-group sat in her bedroom Now let’s be honest, it’s hard to and hung out, which went swimmingly pinpoint what exactly constitutes date- well until I noticed everyone leaving the creepiness, but trust me, when it happens room one by one, the last departee to you you’ll know. It’s as obvious as Joan slowly shutting the door. Rivers is a lizard. But to give you a strikAnd there I was. Alone, on her bed, ing example, let me share with you what with my own Miss Robistelli just feet is hands-down the worst date I have ever away, with nothing left to do but gulp, experienced. tremble and plot the death of everyone We rewind back to an age of time that in the house who set me up. speaks to every truth-seeking American She scooted closer to me, with a devil– my senior year of high school. After a ish look in her eyes. At this point I was rigorous day of sleeping in class I walked making mental notes of every vent and aimlessly to my car and I found a mes- open window in the house in case of a sage for me, written with Twinkie filling, needed escape. This was when she whismind you, on my windshield. pered the five most frightening words in “Will you go to Girl’s Day with me?” the human vernacular. I buried my head in my hands. This “I have something for you.” invitation would have been half-salvageI became pale, praying she was talking able had it not been from the girl who about collectible plates, and watched her had been painstakingly crushing on me reach under her bed and pull out a threefor two years. I had mental visions of inch thick scrapbook with a black and Zack’s date1with Rhonda Robistelli white photo of yours truly on the cover. 2:40 PMtragic Page in “Saved by the Bell,” but in an effort to I fell numb with shock as she placed



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the book on my lap and flipped page after page of what had to be every photo ever taken of me, with used gum wrappers to boot. This woman was Jason Bourne with braces! I felt like the detective in every serial killer movie who just found the killer’s stash of newspaper clippings only to find a photo of himself as the next victim. Terminal illnesses would have been less frightening at that very moment. And it only got worse. Having picked up on my disinterest, and seeing me purely vulnerable, she pulled the no-huddle offense, leaping toward me, lips flared, for her “magic moment.” I had to limbo-electric slide off her bed in effort to avoid her chops, swiftly leaving the room to join the gang watching “Drumline.” My distaste for unrequited love and Nick Cannon gave me course to ask her to take me home. I quickly hugged her at my door and that was it, the dreaded Operation Rhonda completed. Now to shower, change my e-mail password and go to sleep. I’m never eating Twinkies again. See what I mean? As long as you fish away from Creepy Harbor, your dating life is sure to at least be better than this fiasco. Oh, and if she asks about me, I moved to Figi with Truman Burbank.

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WednesdaySports Utah State University • Logan, Utah •

Stone looking to be rock-solid on and off the court By TYLER HUSKINSON assistant sports editor

When you look out on the court during the 2011-12 men’s basketball season, you might notice a few differences from the past season. That tends to happen when a program graduates six seniors. One big difference will be the 6-foot-11, 250-pound frame of Sky View High School product Jordan Stone. Stone just returned from the New York, New York North Mission and will be looking to build upon a stellar high school career. Stone didn’t always want to play basketball, however, and he surely didn’t plan on basketball paying for his college degree. Stone grew up loving baseball. It was all that mattered in life. Despite his size, which was above average for most kids his age, he didn’t find any interest in the game of basketball. All of that changed when a friend invited him to play. That day would change Stone’s future for the better, including a full-ride scholarship to play basketball at Utah State University. Stone, along with everyone who has had a chance to associate with him on the basketball court, knows he is full of raw talent. He may be behind the other guys in terms of skill, but in a system where hard work ethic and high character are weighed heavily, Stone seems to have a bright future. “He works so hard and he understands the value and commitment involved with working hard, and he also understands the payoffs,” said Stone’s high school head coach Terrell Baldwin. “I think that’s the best way to describe Jordan Stone.” By the time most basketball players reach their freshman year, most of them have been playing basketball for four or more years. That was not the case for Stone, who didn’t start playing organized basketball until eighth grade. “I remember seeing Jordan Stone the first time at youth basketball at Sky View,” Baldwin said. “He was a really raw player. Obviously he had some size but he was really young in the game and really raw. The first time I saw him play, we as coaches thought this kid has some real potential. Fortunately we were able to have the opportunity to work with Jordan for a few years and see him develop that potential. He’s still got some untapped potential and he’s going to get better.” Baldwin’s opportunity to work with Stone may have been more essential to Stone’s success that he realized at the time. The summer between his freshman and sophomore year, Stone began to contemplate whether to continue playing basketball. “He seemed like my best friend when I was playing for him,” Stone said of his former coach. “I still respected him as a coach, but I still knew he was my friend and he cared for me. That was one thing

FRESHMAN-TO-BE JORDAN STONE posts up on teammate Leon Cooper during a pick-up game in the Spectrum. The 6-foot-11 center from Sky View High School will join the USU basketball team next season and looks to add an inside presence that USU hasn’t had in years. BENJAMIN WOOD photo

that made a huge difference when I was still trying to decide my sophomore year to play. He was just a cool guy. He took me in. My whole time in high school it seemed like it was the right choice to play for him.” As a junior and senior, Stone blossomed. He averaged 15 points per game as a junior and 18 points per game as a senior. During his senior year he only failed to reach double figure scoring four

times and registered six 20-plus-point performances, including two 30-point games and a 40-point game. Despite his offensive capabilities, Baldwin said it was his defensive ability that had the most impact. “Obviously his size was a real factor,” Baldwin said. “He just created some real problems for other teams offensively because of what he could do defensively. When he was at his best, he was playing

really aggressive and being a dominating force on the floor.” Stone’s size is what stood out to Aggie head coach Stew Morrill when he offered Stone a full ride scholarship as a junior. “I like Jordan Stone a lot, physically, and I think he is raw in terms of his skill level,” Morrill said. “I think he is a developmental guy, and how those guys come a long is really hard to say. We knew when we signed him that he was a big developmental guy and we are excited about his potential, but right now that is just what it is.” Stone knows his work is cut out for him, not to mention that added pressure of filling the shoes of the departed seniors. “Starting late I wouldn’t say my skill level is as high as everyone else’s at the college level, but I’m going to work hard get up there and that’s how it’s going to happen,” Stone said. “I know I have to work hard, harder than anything. It seems like a privilege to keep playing with Tai (Wesley) right now to pick up some things from him. Just trying to fill big shoes, there’s always that pressure.” Despite Stone’s basketball ability, Baldwin attests that there is something else that ascends his basketball skills. “Jordan Stone, as good of a player as he is, he’s even a better person.” Baldwin said. “I don’t think anyone understands how great of a person he is, and it’s obviously a reflection on his family. He’s a seven-footer and his heart is about that big as well. He’s a real tender-hearted kid. He’s real unselfish. He loves to see other kids have success and sometimes he’s almost too unselfish.” Those characteristics bode well when playing for a veteran coach who examines character first and skills second. Due to Stone’s lack of experience, it remains uncertain as to how soon he will develop his game to the Division-I level and make an impact on the team. “He hasn’t played or practiced at the Division-I level. It is hard to project how quickly he will come along,” Morrill said. “He has got to improve his skill level, his feel for the game and those kinds of things.” Stone will not be alone in his development efforts however, as he learns from a coaching staff that developed former players Spencer Nelson, Nate Harris and Tai Wesley. “He’s going to be playing for a great program with a great coaching staff that knows how to develop big men, and I look for great things to come out of Jordan Stone the next few years,” Baldwin said. “He’s a great kid and he’s going to be a very solid basketball player in the next few years for Utah State. We haven’t seen Jordan Stone’s best basketball. We’ll see his best basketball in the next few years.”

Position battles still up in the air after scrimmage By WESTON MANGUM staff writer

After snowy conditions postponed Friday’s practice, the Aggie football team returned to their scheduled preparation with a full-contact scrimmage Monday afternoon at Romney Stadium. As spring practice continues, the weather is not the only thing warming up. Utah State has many unsolved position battles and heated competition took place on both sides of the ball. Arguably the most important position up for grabs is the quarterback spot. Junior Adam Kennedy, sophomore Jeremy Higgins and freshman Alex Hart are all currently vying to become the starting quarterback. Incoming freshman Chuckie Keeton is looking to fit into the mix later on down the road when he joins the team upon graduating from high school. All three signal-callers on the Aggie roster saw equal playing time, and head coach Gary Anderson remains undecided as to whom holds the upper-hand. “I don’t know for sure how cloudy it is until I go back and watch the tape, but right now it is as cloudy as it was this morning, which was very cloudy,” Anderson said of the quarterback situation. “I am sure that there will be some separation as we progress, and there may have been more separation today than I see.” With position battles underway, the Aggie coaching staff sought the fine balance of getting players repetitions while still avoiding injuries. “We stayed healthy, from what I know to this point, which is a positive,” Anderson said. “We were looking to get somewhere between 80-90 snaps. I believe we got 91 snaps ... . I feel good about the number of snaps that we got.” Players that did not dress included junior running back Robert Turbin, senior linebackers Bobby Wagner and Kyle Gallagher, and senior defensive linemen Levi Koskan and Quinn Garner. “I held out some kids,” Anderson said. “It was definitely on purpose. On the defensive side of the ball, I didn’t even dress them. With Kyle (Gallagher) and Bobby (Wagner) it’s difficult to corral them and tie them down if they’ve got


New coaches look to make their impact By MEGAN ALLEN sports senior writer

pressure coming from different ways. I feel like it is going to help pretty good.” McClenton came up with the biggest play of the day, intercepting a Kennedy pass with his back to the goal line and returning the pick across midfield before being caught from behind. “I kind of just read the quarterback’s eyes the whole way,” Kennedy said. “I was kind of tired on the way to the end zone, but it’s alright. I wouldn’t have gotten caught in a game.” McClenton was not the only star of the scrimmage. Freshman receiver Shaan Johnson provided some excitement, hooking up with Hart for pass plays of 15 yards or more on three different occa-

Along with traditional player turnover from graduations, this season will see new faces among the football coaching staff on the USU sidelines, as well as several current coaches taking different roles for the upcoming season. Head coach Gary Andersen began announcing changes in December of last year, with the final announcements coming in February. Andersen said changes like these are bound to happen on a team, and that it was time to make those changes. “The boys need to be ready to adjust if needed,” he said. Offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin was previously working with the quarterbacks. He has been moved and will now be working with the tight ends. In his place, Andersen hired former Aggie Matt Wells. Wells graduated from Utah State in 1996. From his sophomore year on, he was the starting quarterback and was named to the all-Big West academic team three times. He was a part of the last Aggie team to win a bowl game, leading them to a 42-33 victory over Ball State in the Las Vegas Bowl of 1993. Before returning to Utah State, Wells was at New Mexico,

- See CLOUDY, page 9

- See COACHES, page 9

THE USU DEFENSE SWARMS THE BALL CARRIER during Monday’s scrimmage at Romney Stadium. Despite the stellar performance from the top defensive unit, head coach Gary Andersen said that many of the team’s position battles are still very much ongoing. STERLING BOIN photo

pads on to stop them from getting on the field. Obviously, Quinn Garner and Levi (Koskan) didn’t play either … . We are trying to keep them healthy.” Besides allowing backups to gain experience, Monday’s scrimmage was also used by the coaching staff to see how the defense is progressing with the playbook. After using a 4-3 base defense in his first two years on the job, Anderson is switching to a 3-4 look. Anderson will also take over playcalling duties. Spring practice has served as an adjustment period for the defense, as they learn the intricacies of the new alignment. “On passes, there are a lot of heads,” said senior safety Walter McClenton. “The (opposing) quarterback, he has to read a lot more heads. I guess that makes it a little bit harder on him. It’s a lot of


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NHL playoffs as good as it gets Time for track to get some love It’s finally that time of The View year. S u r e , from this is probSection F ably something a person could expect to hear from me at any one of six or seven times throughout any given year when it comes to the sports world, but this particular thing is something I feel deserves more attention, and for that reason, I feel responsible to be the person who shines this sport. I’m not talking about spring football, the beginning of Major League Baseball, or the NBA playoffs. I’m talking about something that has edge-of-your-seat action like no other sport can offer. I’m talking about the Stanley Cup Playoffs. For whatever reason, hockey is not big around Utah, and the only reason that I could imagine why is because sports fanhood in Utah is generally more passive than it is passionate. Obviously there are the exceptions to that norm where there’s much more of a passionate attitude rather than passive (looking at you, Utah State fans), but for the most part, fandom in Utah doesn’t run quite as rabid as many other place, and when it comes to hockey, passion is a necessity. With hockey, the action is almost nonstop, and when the Stanley Cup Playoffs roll around, that action is ratcheted up a couple more notches than the regular season. Because of this, though, an NHL playoff game requires pretty much 100 percent attention for the viewer to get the full effect of the experience. For football, you can tune in for 10 seconds, watch a play, and resume hanging out and casually viewing again. If you miss something big, every play gets an instant-replay. Same with baseball. You focus in for each pitch, then resume whatever else might be going on. Both of these are ideal for more social situations, but are a far different animal than hockey. Hockey requires full attention for pretty much entire 20 minute periods. Play might stop here and there for 20 seconds at most, but then the puck is dropped and everything starts right back up.

Matt Sonnenberg

Maybe the best part of all of this is that there are substantially fewer commercials during an NHL game than any other major sport. For an entire 20-minute period, you usually won’t have more than three commercial breaks, and even three is an abnormally high number. Often times you’ll see just one commercial break per period. Compare that to an NBA game, where you’ll get a minimum of three commercial breaks each quarter due to the media timeouts. In the NFL, league rules state that a 60-minute game must have 20 commercial breaks. Forceful ingestion of marketing aside, the NHL is simply just entertaining as all hell. Sure, there isn’t much scoring, but that makes the importance of every goal that much more impactful. Not to mention, the total number of goals in an NHL game isn’t too far off from the total number of touchdowns in an NFL game. Learn to appreciate defense when you see it people. It’s similar to soccer in many ways, but just imagine if soccer didn’t totally suck, was way more fast-paced, had men playing like actual men and three times the amount of scoring. Basically, if you fancy yourself a sports fan, do yourself a favor and plop down on your couch for two-and-a-half hours during an NHL playoff game. Bring something to drink and maybe some chips to munch on to ease the tension, and focus in your attention 100 percent on your television for a Stanley Cup Playoff game. Nowhere else in the sporting world will you see such relentless hustle, passion and grit. More than any other major sport in America, and probably the world, do players care more about winning a championship and are as willing to grind through any amount of pain or adversity for their chance to hoist the Stanley Cup. It’s difficult to not care when you see players that care as much as hockey players do. Simply put, there is nothing better in all the world of professional sports than the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

– Matt Sonnenberg is a senior majoring in print journalism. Matt is an avid fan of Aggie athletics and can be found on the front row of every home football and basketball game. He can also be reached at

I love winning. I Word love track. From the I love Utah State. This Little Guy is all really convenient because USU’s track team wins. A lot. The thing is, I doubt there are a high percentage of students at Utah State who realize how good the track teams really is. I understand football is the most popular sport in the country and Aggie basketball is the reason for at least 5,000 students enrolling at Utah State, but when is the last time you heard someone on campus talking about USU sports other than those two? To be honest, I would understand it a lot more if none of the spring sport teams in Logan were any good, but we’ve got a great group of athletes at Utah State who don’t get nearly as much credit as they deserve. The men’s and women’s teams at Utah State have won 22 conference championships in indoor or outdoor track and field since 1993. It’s easier to count the times they haven’t won than the times they have. Head coach Gregg Gensel has produced 31 all-Americans and won Conference Coach of the Year awards 25 times in the 29 years he has spent at Utah State. Again, it’s easier to count the times he hasn’t won the award than the times he has. Clint Silcock is ranked second in the nation right now in the high jump with his outdoor mark of 7-feet-5, which isn’t even his personal best. Eric Larson is ranked 17 in the nation in the 1500-meter run. Armahd Lewis is ranked 34 in the nation in the 100-

Tavin Stucki

-continued from page 8 sions. “I think I could have done a little bit better,” Johnson said. “I had a couple of catches, which was a positive for me. I’m just learning the offense and getting the hang of everything. It’s getting easier as time goes on. I’m just relaxing and doing what I do.” Another area of focus was the running game. A trio of running backs in junior Joey DeMartino, sophomore Robert Marshall and freshman Joe Hill split the majority of car-

-continued from page 8 the line in working with Woods. “As an O-Line, I feel like we fit better with Woods and he’s going to take us in a good direction,” he said. Asisi said the biggest difference is the style of coaching each man had. “Gerke was very aggressive, and that works for a lot of guys. But there are some who that’s a little much for them,” he said. “Woods sets high expectations, but isn’t as aggressive. We aren’t scared to just play our own game anymore.” Following former USU defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a’s acceptance of an offer to coach the D-line at the University of Utah, former defensive graduate assistant Frank Maile has been promoted to defensive line coach and Andersen has full confidence in him. “It’s not easy to be the D-Line coach when the head coach is the offensive coordinator, and I know that,” he said. Andersen has also brought in Kendrick Shaver as the new cornerback coach, replacing Corey Raymond. Shaver spent the last four years as the secondary coach at the University of Northern Colorado. Bill Busch is another current coach with a new assignment. He had been working as

defensive coordinator, a position Andersen has decided to take on as his own. Busch will remain as the safeties coach, but will now be the associate head coach and special teams coordinator. “My number one job is to make sure I’m taking care of the kids,” Andersen said. “It’s a little bit of a sacrifice for me, but it’s an OK sacrifice because I enjoy it.” Head coach and defensive coordinator are both big jobs, and can be tough for one man to handle. Andersen said it is all about finding the balance. “The biggest thing is to structure things differently,” he said. “I go to bed earlier, wake up earlier so I can get to the office and wrap my mind around things from an administrative standpoint. It’s a balancing act, and I need to be a good delegator.” Overall, the Aggies are accepting the changes and moving forward in preparation for the fall. “Change is inevitable in this world,” Wells said. “If you don’t react to change in a positive way, you’re going to get behind, either as a coach or a player.”

The Search is Underway. The Utah Statesman is taking applications for Editor in Chief for the 2011-12 school year. If you have the qualifications and interest, see the Adviser, TSC 105, before Monday, April 18, noon, for more information.

Tavin Stucki is a freshman majoring in journalism. For a chance to see Tavin actually shave his head (sorry, he’s keeping the pinky), e-mail him at and let him know you’ll be at Ralph Maughn stadium April 16 to cheer on the track team.

Cloudy: Quarterback race still between three

Coaches: Three fresh faces on 2011 coaching staff where he coached the wide receivers and kick off return unit last season. In 2009, he was the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator at Louisville. In 2007 and 2008, Wells was New Mexico’s wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. Wells said he and his family are happy to be back in Logan. “It’s exciting, we’re glad to be back here,” he said. While it takes time to adjust to a new coaches, Wells said the players have reacted positively and that should result in a successful season. In just two simple words, Wells mentioned one other change he’d like to see this year. “Bowl game,” he said. The offensive line is also adjusting to a new coach. Alex Gerke was the O-line coach for the last two seasons. Andersen has moved T.J. Woods from coaching the tight ends and tackles to the O-line. “When you look at the O-Line, it’s definitely an adjustment,” Andersen said. “Fortunately Woods had already been here, so it was a familiar face.” Senior offensive guard Funaki Asisi said he is already seeing positive changes among

meter dash. Joe Canavan leads the WAC in the shot put by more than eight feet. The list goes on. In the same weekend Kansas State became a swearword in Cache Valley, the track team tore it up in Tucson at the Willie Williams Classic hosted by the University of Arizona. Amber Thompson won the pole vault, Daniel Howell and Ruth Hilton won the steeplechase and Bri Campbell won the high jump. Eight different Aggies won event titles at the meet. This means those Aggies beat out the best athletes at a Pac-10 school. In any other sport in Logan, that would be front page news. Most people reading this probably don’t think track is that big of a deal. Most people reading this also probably know someone on the track team. You know what would make their day? A classmate congratulating them on a job well done. If you see someone on campus wearing a track and field hoodie, go congratulate them for being a part of a conference powerhouse. Ask them how they did in their latest meet. Ask them what it’s like to be part of a great program with a tradition of winning. And hey, go support them April 16 for the only home track meet we have at USU. I would give my left pinky and shave my head to see Aggie fans give the track team the respect they deserve and fill the bleachers with game day blue for the Mark Faldmo Invitational.


ries. The defensive front won the battle on the ground, as the running backs were very limited in the damage that they dealt. “Our ability to stop the run on the defensive side was a huge positive,” Anderson said. “Our ability to not run the ball was obviously a negative... When one side plays well in the spring, the other side doesn’t play so well. We will take a long, hard look at that.”



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Pooh-poohing the new recycled products

Editor in Chief

oo paper? Seriously? What kind of crap (pun intended) is this? Don’t mistake this point of view as any kind of disrespect for what is seemingly an impressive feat to have successfully utilized something as seemingly worthless as the excrement of livestock, but who exactly is the bookstore trying to appeal to with marketing the idea of paper made from poo? At what point did the bookstore think that people would be staring at two options of buying paper and feel an irresistible urge to buy the one that is made of poo? The last time we checked, the vast majority of people in Logan, or anywhere for that matter, are not rushing to get their hands on fecal matter of any sort. And yes, we get that it obviously goes a long way in the production process to become actual paper rather than poo, but the entire idea of an active marketing campaign trying to get people to purchase poo product is baffling to say the least. At what point did the people in charge of selling this product sit down in a meeting, talk amongst one-another and come to the decision that, from a business standpoint, advertising paper made out of poo was a worthwhile way to appeal to the public? Then again, we wondered the same thing when those new basketball jerseys they sold hit the shelves for the less-than-reasonable cost of $70. Our issue with poo paper goes a bit deeper than just the idea of writing on poo. This perpetuates every stereotype that Utah State University has as being some small-time, hick-town “cow college” as rival universities are always so quick to label us. It’s bad enough when other universities in the state throw that label at USU, leaving us with the necessity of bringing up a 31-16 victory in football, or another blowout victory in basketball at home to shoot back to the claims of Utah State’s insignificance. Granted, it’s just petty smack talk between rival universities, but why is a branch within our own school putting a whole hoard of ammunition in the clip for other schools that want to bash on USU? The idea of making use of waste is a good one, don’t get us wrong. In this case though, ignorance is bliss. We’d rather not have poo thrown in our faces like that.

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Business education worth every penny Three years ago, I enrolled Statesman at Utah State University with a variety of academic interests. Guest This made it easy for me to enjoy all of my classes, but it made it hard for me to select a major. In the end, though, I chose to pursue a degree from the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. Because I have a declared major in the Huntsman School of Business, I am required to pay differential tuition. While I don’t particularly enjoy paying more tuition than my friends with different majors, I can confidently say that my experience at the Huntsman School has been worth every extra penny. I am not writing this to cheer-lead for the Huntsman School of Business or to suggest that a business degree is more valuable than any other degree. I am writing this to provide my classmates at USU with a business student’s perspective on differential tuition and why it is a necessary response to the changes that have taken place at the Huntsman School during the past few years. Some critics have expressed their disapproval for differential tuition because it may discourage some students from pursuing a business degree because of the extra cost. The statistics don’t support this claim. In the three years that differential tuition has been in place, enrollment has increased at the Huntsman School. It is up 4.4 percent among undergraduates since 2008, and it is up 53.4 percent among graduates. What makes the latter statistic even more impressive is that graduate students at the Huntsman School are required to pay much more in differential tuition than their undergraduate counterparts. I would argue that the statistics seem to indicate that the school is effectively using its funds to improve the quality of a business degree, and as a result, more students want to take advantage of this. The increase in demand for a degree from the Huntsman School of Business has been a welcome trend, but the school is subject to the same forces of supply and demand as any other market. When the demand for any product or service increases,

Connor Child

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ForumLetters Who says what is important To the editor: Just when I thought I might get around to reading The Statesman again, I’m given another reminder why I, as well as numerous USU students, don’t take more than a few minutes to skim through the publication that’s “just that good.” Paternalistic and perennially biased, Statesman editors come across as no more than angry college seniors forced to reckon with their dying industry in the April 11 “Our View,” commanding us bubble-living college students to pay attention to the important issues on our

campus and in our state. The irony, of course, is that by lambasting the facebook-obsessed students of USU, the editors of the Statesman betray their own facebook-obsessed lives, and the political and social crusades for which their status updates and posted links testify to their own definition of what “important” issues are. Don’t just assume that because a student doesn’t take an activist and self-righteous approach to decrying HB477 or school budget cuts (see, liking said editors’ status updates) that they don’t care about our school, state, community or world. On the contrary, they may just not care about your conception of our school or state. You all are right on one thing: I’ll

Letters to the editor • A public forum only be in college once. But why should I use that time in pursuit of your own civic or social crusade? I have plenty of time in my life to face the sobering reality of the world’s issues, which, believe it or not, are not defined by the biased snippets taken from the Associated Press that The Statesman editors choose to run. I’ll be celebrating “Unplugged Week,” but in my own way. How, you ask? By not sustaining the editors’ grim post-graduation job hopes alive by spending my every waking second religiously following your newspaper and the issues you define as important. Adam Nettina

It’s time to end affirmative action We as Opposition a society believe that Research equality is one of America’s enduring values. But how far are we willing to go to ensure equality? Will the ends justify the means? Affirmative action has been around since the 1960s. It calls for government policies giving preferential treatment based on a person’s race. Before the Supreme Court case of Bakke v. Regents, colleges and government institutions used a racial quota system. Today, minorities are given brownie points in the name of increasing “diversity.” Colleges all over the United States have seen an increase in minority representation, especially among Hispanics and Blacks. Even here at Utah State University we have affirmative action, though in a more mild form. The Access and Diversity Center gives pre-priority registration to students that are involved with the center. This means if you’re active in any of the minority clubs or you help the center out, you can register for classes before everyone else, even before the honor students. Think about it in terms like this. Who is most involved in the Access and Diversity Center? It is minorities and those that support minority issues. They started registering today. Whites I have spoken to generally believe giving preferential treatment on the basis of race is absolutely wrong. Many feel that this is reverse discrimination and that everyone should be judged on their merits, not their race. So, why this discussion not taking place? Why do whites in our community refuse to discuss this important issue with minorities? The problem is that white people, to put it bluntly, feel like they are “not allowed” to talk about issues pertaining to race. Our society has embraced the view that whites – typically white males – should not discuss racial politics. Whites were the ones who enslaved blacks for hundreds of years. Whites continue to put illegal Hispanic immigrants in harm’s way in the agricultural industry. For me, it was a white America and five white American presidents sending troops into Vietnam and killing more than two million of my people. Many feel that whites have absolutely no right to talk about race and racial politics. There’s only one problem, they do. Whites have a right to talk about race, especially when it’s about affirmative action. The policies of affirmative action work directly against whites.

Justin Hinh

Under affirmative action you are not valued based on how much you contribute to society but rather based on what color your skin is. It is irrelevant how hard you’ve worked to overcome your circumstances. The only question asked to you is, “Are you a minority and if so, do you need help?” Minorities are no longer seen as people but rather as a statistic that was deemed morally intolerable. As soon as you pass that artificial number, you not only become useless to the cause, you are now seen as the enemy. Look to my racial group as an example. Asian Americans have statistically done much better, academically, than all the other races. Even though Asian Americans make up 3 percent of the general population, we make up 10-15 percent of the student body of prestigious universities such as Harvard, Princeton, and various UC schools. Instead of embracing the fact that a minority group is moving themselves up the socioeconomic ladder, these schools have responded by imposing upper-limit quotas. Their view is that Asian students are crowding out other minorities such as Blacks and Hispanics. What this means is that Asians must compete with each other for a limited amount of seats. Statistically, we must perform to a higher standard to be even considered for college admission, much less for a job. The real tragedy is that affirmative action completely ignores the real reason minorities are struggling. Racism is not preventing people of color from moving up. The truth of the matter is that the public education offered to poor minorities is absolutely pathetic and works to keep many minorities in the cycle of poverty. It is the government itself that is causing racial disparities. The only way minorities have advanced was not through government intervention, but rather through the free market. Under our capitalistic society, individuals are valued solely from what they contribute to society. Capitalism does not care about your race, class or any other irrelevant barrier. You are judged solely on how much you produce and how hard you work. The Jews lifted themselves out by embracing financial business and the Asians through professional jobs that required an education beyond a B.S. Only through the free market, not government intervention, will Blacks and Hispanics ever lift themselves out. Milton Friedman stated it best: “You cannot achieve good ends by bad means.” Justing Hinh is a sophomore majoring in political science. He can be reached at justintsn10@

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At USU, Academics really do come first

In response data is not reported to the U.S. Department Statesman of Education, which would be the only relito Liz Emery’s April 6 column able source outside of a comprehensive, Guest regarding an multi-university study. academic priThat said, we in athletics track approxiority for stumately 390 student-athletes, of which – after dent-athletes, the Fall 2010 semester – 192 had a 3.20 or I agree with greater cumulative GPA. This amounts to the principle 49.2 percent of our student-athlete populaof academic tion. Do we brag about this? Absolutely. We primacy. However, most of her research also brag that we have had more Academicand citations are outdated, inaccurate or not All Conference selections (3.00 GPA or valid. better) than our conference counterparts Academic reform in intercollegiate athlet- in nine of the past 10 years. Furthermore, ics, spearheaded a decade ago by the late- a key factor Ms. Emery fails to mention NCAA President Dr. Myles Brand, makes regarding “earning their scholarship” is that moot much of what Ms. Emery states as student-athletes are engaged in practice, purported fact. For starters, conditioning, weight training student-athletes actually have and film study. They easily log more rigorous academic stan- “Student-athletes 30 or more hours per week in dards to meet than do non- actually have these activities, carry from 12athletes. They must meet prog- more rigorous 18 credits and still make time ress-toward-degree metrics to study. I think, given their every semester/academic year academic stanphysical and mental exhausto remain eligible. Essentially, dards to meet tion, our composite studentif they are not a student first in than do non-ath- athlete GPA of 3.125 is quite order to meet these metrics, remarkable. they will not represent their letes. They must Ms. Emery also cites an sport or this institution as an meet progressarticle from Thesportjournal. athlete. org, which states college athtoward-degree I would also argue her asser- metrics every letes earn fewer degrees, take tion that our student-athletes longer to do so and with less underachieve with regard to semester/academanding curricula. This artiGPA. Ms. Emery cites MSNBC demic year to cle was published in 1990, 21 posting a national average col- remain eligible.” years ago. As mentioned, acalege GPA of 3.22. I searched demic reform in college athletMSNBC and could find nothing ics has evolved lightyears in on this. Her source, I discovjust the last 10 years alone. ered, was On their website, I wasn’t in this field 21 years ago, and Ms. the question “What is the national average Emery was likely a toddler, so to be fair these GPA for college students?” is asked. Answer: data may have been accurate … in 1990. “3.22 says msnbc.” No study was cited. No Every bachelor’s degree at USU has the population given. No link to research or same curricula and requirements for stuauthor. No data whatsoever. I’m quite cer- dent-athletes as it does for non-athletes; tain any sociology, psychology or English there are no student-athlete specific majors. professor would discredit this source as Student-athletes are earning the very same unreliable. Furthermore, according to the degrees taking the same classes as nonUtah State University Office of Analysis, athletes. There are no double standards in Assessment and Accreditation, outside of an the classroom. With regard to earning fewer independent research study no entity is ask- bachelor’s degrees, as the 1990 study postuing for or collecting college GPA data. This lates, the opposite is actually true today. The

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the cost of providing it follows speaks volumes. Since we are suit. Enrollment (demand) has the ones who pay the extra risen, but budgets for faculty money, we have done the and staff (supply) have not most research on the subkept pace. Differential tuition ject. The administration at the is one method the school uses Huntsman School was well to make up the difference. aware of this, and so they The Huntsman School of wasted no effort in seeking Business is not alone among our feedback. Our business b u s i n e s s senator Skyler schools across Jenks and the the nation that “The Huntsman student-led busicharge differ- School of ness council ential tuition. were actively The school is Business is not involved in the alone, how- alone among process. The ever, when it business schools administracomes to its reltion held three ative low cost. across the nation separate open Even when the that charge difforum meetings increase goes ferential tuition. where any quesinto full effect tions about the The school is in the 2013-14 increase were school year, the alone, however, addressed. In total amount when it comes to the end, most will be signifi- its relative low students were cantly lower supportive when than other cost.” they understood comparable why the increase schools. For was needed. example, the total annual cost I could go on and on about of the undergraduate business the great programs and proprogram at the University of fessors I have associated with Utah is about $2,200 more at the Huntsman School, but I than at USU. already said I wouldn’t cheerThe fact that business stu- lead. I will just say that I am dents are the most vocal sup- thankful to be a part of a porters of differential tuition school that involved its stu-

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dents in every possible way before making a tough decision. In the days of atrocities like HB 477, it’s admirable to see so much thought and public involvement go into something that would affect such a large number of people. Connor Child is a junior majoring in economics and marketing. He can be reached at connor.child@aggiemail.

Department of Education tracks all students entering college on a six-year clock to graduate. The most recent report, which is public information, shows that USU student-athletes graduated at a 73 percent rate, compared to the USU general student body rate of 53 percent. Furthermore, the four-year-class cohort shows 60 percent of USU studentathletes graduated, compared to 48 percent of the USU student body. In my 10-plus years at USU, these rate differences have been the norm rather than the exception. Our goal in athletics is to graduate our student-athletes in four-and-a-half years, or fewer, which is a bit less than the national average of 4.7 years according to the College Board. Are there student-athletes who would just

as soon play their sport and not attend classes? Sure. But that does not mean they do not take academics seriously. For example, of the six men’s basketball seniors this year, four will graduate this semester, and two earned their bachelor’s degree in 2010. Given the amount of class time missed due to travel for spring competition, this too, is quite remarkable. Whereas Ms. Emery believes collegiate athletics, with regard to academics, will not change anytime soon, the reality is they have been changing all along … and will continue to do so.

Brian Evans is the USU associate athletics director.


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NYC airport collision shows risks of huge planes NEW YORK (AP) – A frightening collision between one of the world’s largest airliners and a commuter jet on a dark, wet tarmac at Kennedy Airport is underscoring worries about ground accidents as U.S. airports begin handling a new generation of giant planes. A total of 586 passengers and crew members were aboard the two aircraft Monday night when the left wing of an Airbus A380 operated by Air France clipped a Bombardier CRJ-700 regional jet flown by Comair, spinning the smaller plane nearly 90 degrees. No one was injured. The superjumbo Airbus is so immense – as tall as a sevenstory building, with a wing span as wide as a Manhattan block – that its wing almost cleared the smaller plane. But not quite. “It’s the sheer size of these aircraft and the congestion at these airports that’s the problem,� said Allan Tamm, a consultant with Avicor Aviation, based in Portland, Ore. “It’s a serious concern for all these airports trying to accommodate these aircraft. It’s going to happen more and more.� The collision happened at one of the nation’s most congested airports on a rainy night when flashing lights reflecting off wet tarmac can obscure small aircraft. It comes as airports around the country are beginning to receive a new class of huge aircraft. Waivers have been obtained by 14 airports from the Federal Aviation Administration to

receive the new Boeing 747-8, which falls into the same new size class as the A380, The Associated Press reported this week. And Boeing is working with 13 more airports to get approval from the FAA, though not all of them may require waivers. Most U.S. airports cannot legally handle the A380 or 747-8 because of FAA space requirements aimed at keeping planes from bumping into each other. But the FAA can issue waivers if airport officials agree to certain procedures, such as using only certain taxiways or halting other traffic when one of these mammoth planes is on the move. Many of the airports asking for permission to handle the Boeing 747-8 may have trouble handling them, especially when aircraft are turning, Tamm said. “A lot of these airports are only marginally ready,� he said. JFK was built in the 1950s, when jets were smaller. Airport officials had to secure FAA waivers for both the A380 and the 747-8. Monday’s collision might spur the FAA to take a second look at JFK’s rules for handling large aircraft, said aviation consultant John Cox. The National Transportation Safety Board is reviewing radio recordings, radar data and flight recorders from both aircraft in Monday’s accident. The impact tore open the leading edge of the Airbus’ left wing and broke off half of the

wing fence, a vertical fin that sticks out from the wingtip, photos from the NTSB show. The Bombardier had a hole in its rudder and a dent on the leading edge of the tail. “This wasn’t just two airplanes bumping together. The Air France plane really creamed the regional jet,� said Bill Voss, president of the Flight Safety Foundation, an advocacy group. The regional jet was carrying 62 passengers and four crew members, the Airbus 495 passengers and 25 crew members. Comair is a regional subsidiary of Delta Air Lines. Audio of the collision indicates the Comair jet, which had just arrived from Boston, was trying to exit the taxiway as the France-bound Airbus made its way to the runway. But the Comair plane may have stopped short because of congestion in the parking area, Voss said. In the dark and rain, “both pilots and controllers would have been confronted with a sea of flashing lights and reflections which could partly explain why the Air France pilot may not have seen the regional jet,� Voss said. The main danger in a collision between two taxiing aircraft is that a fuel spill will lead to a fire, Cox said. He praised the flight crew of the regional jet for immediately requesting airport fire and rescue help. Kennedy’s FAA-approved rule book for the A380 is 36 pages long and limits the planes mostly to Taxiway A,

which encircles the terminals. The Air France flight was on Taxiway A. Other planes may have to be held on taxiways until the A380 passes by, Cox said. But Michael Barr, who teaches aviation safety at the University of Southern California-Los Angeles, said that could cause an uproar. “You try to sterilize an area for an A380 and just listen to everybody else at that airport have a heart attack,� Barr said. Ultimately, he said, it is the responsibility of the pilot to make sure there’s enough room. The problem of planes colliding with each other on

runways – or with baggage carts, other vehicles or people that might be crossing runways – has been a top aviation safety concern since the late 1980s, when there was a spate of deadly incidents. Among the steps taken by FAA have been briefings on runway safety for air traffic controllers, improved airport signs and other markings so that pilots know where to turn, and installation of runway lights that turn red to warn pilots against entering or landing on the runway or taxiway. However, only about two dozen airports have the runway lights. Beginning in 2001, the FAA

began installing warning systems that collect and analyze data from airport radar in order to detect potential collisions on airport runways and taxiways. When a potential collision is detected, controllers receive visual and audio alerts. But the NTSB has said the alerts don’t give flight crews enough time to react. The agency also has been encouraging airlines to equip cockpits with electronic displays that show pilots the positions and movements of all aircraft on runways and taxiways. However, the agency has stopped short of requiring the equipment and it has not been widely adopted.

A DAMAGED AIRBUS A380 belonging to Air France sits on the runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Tuesday, April 12, 2011 in New York. The world’s largest passenger aircraft clipped a much smaller Bombardier CRJ700 on a wet tarmac at JFK on Monday, April 11. No one was injured. AP photo

Ivory Coast generals pledge loyalty to president

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) – Five generals pledged their loyalty to President Alassane Ouattara on Tuesday following the capture of the country’s strongman leader after a fourmonth standoff, as French and Ivorian forces worked to eliminate the last pockets of resistance. Ouattara’s spokesman Patrick Achi confirmed that the generals who had been fighting on Laurent Gbagbo’s side right up until his cap-

ture swore allegiance before Ouattara one by one at the Golf Hotel, where he set up his presidency after Gbagbo refused to acknowledge losing the November presidential election. Doh Ouattara, a member of the security team at the hotel, said Gbagbo, his wife and entourage were in a suite there. He said the lower-level officials traveling with Gbagbo had been sealed inside the bar of the luxury hotel. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said

that “contrary to earlier information, Laurent Gbagbo remains at the Golf Hotel in Abidjan.� He gave no further explanation. Earlier Tuesday, Haq had said that Gbagbo was not at the Golf Hotel anymore and was at an undisclosed location outside Abidjan. It was not clear what led to the confusion. More than 1 million civilians fled their homes and untold numbers were killed in the more than four-month power struggle between the two rivals. The standoff threatened to reignite a civil war in the world’s largest cocoa producer, once divided in two by violence nearly a decade ago. Armed fighters still prowled the streets of Abidjan even after Gbagbo was arrested by forces backing Ouattara. Residents said that most of the combat had ceased Tuesday, though sporadic gunfire continued and left people cowering in their homes. Meanwhile, pro-Ouattara fighters sipped French champagne in celebration, while another proudly wore a short black wig he said belonged to Gbagbo’s wife, Simone.

In the country’s south, celebrations of Gbagbo’s arrest continued Tuesday in the cocoaexporting port of San Pedro. People blocked the a double-lane highway as they sang, danced and chanted, “Gbagbo is a thief.� Women created a new dance using tree branches as brooms and sang: “We have swept out Gbagbo. We are ready to welcome A.D.O., our president,� referring to Ouattara by his initials. Meanwhile, a top Gbagbo ally accused proOuattara forces of pillaging the homes of political rivals. “I’m getting calls of distress from all over the city from party members who fear for their lives,� said Gbagbo’s former foreign minister, Alcide Djedje. “I myself was forced to flee my house when looters in uniform broke in. While the looting was going on, I managed to hide at the neighbors’ until the U.N. peacekeepers came to get me.� Gbagbo’s security forces have been accused of using mortars and machine guns to mow down opponents during the standoff.

RESIDENTS OF IVORY COAST’S economic capital continued to flee Tuesday, unconvinced that Gbagbo’s capture would bring a quick end to insecurity and ongoing shortages of food and water. President Ouattara called on all fighters to put down their arms now that the longtime strongman has been captured after his refusal to cede power sparked violence leaving bodies piled at morgues. AP photo


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April 13 Today is Wednesday, April 13, 2011. Today’s issue of The Utah Statesman is published especially for Allison Noble, a senior majoring in education from Muncie, Ind.

Almanac Today in History: In 1997, in Augusta, Georgia, 21-year-old Tiger Woods wins the prestigious Masters Tournament by a record 12 strokes. It was Woods’ first victory in one of golf’s four major championships and the greatest performance by a professional golfer in more than a century.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

- National Volunteer Week - Walk A Mile in Her Shoes, TSC - Computer and Technology Fair, TSC Ballroom, 10 a.m. - Meditation Club, TSC 335, 12 p.m. - Shades of Grey-Engineering Ethics, ENGR, 12:30 p.m. - Interior Design Senior Exhibit, Tippetts, 10-4 p.m. - Softball vs. Idaho State, 3 p.m. - Test Anxiety Workshop, TSC 335, 3:30 p.m. - UAV’s and Missiles, ENGR, 4 p.m. - Healthy Sexuality Workshop, TSC, 5 p.m. - Honors Humiliation Hour, Quad, 6-8


April 14 - National Alcohol Screening Day, TSC Ballroom, 10 a.m. - Eat and Educate Class, 11 a.m. - Men’s Tennis vs. Air Force, 12 p.m. - Medical Unity Club, 4:30 p.m. - Go Global Quiz Bowl, TSC, 5 p.m. - Engineering Movie Night, ENGR, 5:30 p.m. - JCOM Awards Banquet, 5:30 p.m. - CIL Short Course, ESLC Auditorium, 5:30 p.m. - The Three Musketeers, Morgan Theatre, 7:30 p.m. - Chromatics: LIfe in Color, Kent Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.


April 15 - JCOM Career Day, Library, 10 a.m. - Endowments Celebration, Performance Hall, 1 p.m. - Aggie Golf Scramble, 1 p.m. - Softball vs. Boise State, 12 p.m.. - Relay for Life, Fieldhouse, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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NOTICE: 800 E will be closed between 700 N and 800 N from 4-9 p.m. on April 18. No parking will be allowed in this area for the day. Monday is the kick off for AWeek and will begin with the first ever Chariot Race at Utah State.

USU Extension will present their monthly Eat and Educate class on April 14 at 11 a.m. at 179 N Main in Logan. April’s topic will be “Easter and Springtime Traditions and treats.” A light lunch will be demonstrated and served. The cost is $3 at the door or $2 if you pay 24 hours prior to the class. For reservations phone 435-752-6263. Several students are hosting a Glow-stick Dance party to help raise funds for HELP International on April 15 at 9 p.m.-12 a.m.! Movie, XBOX, Ping-Pong, and a crazy Glow-stick Dance party at Pinnacle Secirtu(1400 N 600 E)! The first 50 people get free glow-sticks! Cost is $3, come out and have a great time! 100% of proceeds goes to HELP International! Test Anxiety Workshop on April 13, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in TSC 335. You do not have to register to attend. For more information contact the Academic Resource Center at (435) 797-1128. A panel of experts will be available for an open discussion about marijuana on April 20 from 12-1 p.m. in the TSC Auditorium. Guests will include an attorney, medical provider, law enforcement, and substance abuse counselor. Students are encouraged to come with questions about marijuana use and the debate of its legalization. Join the Native American Student Council as they host the 3rd Annual Silent Art Auction. This event will take place on April 18,19, & 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (each day). It will be held on the south side of the TSC Ballroom. Most of the artwork is open bid! So come and bid on various artworks ranging from paitings, drawings, and beadwork. Any questions contact us by email at nasc@ NASC thanks you for your continued support and we hope to see you there! Come to “About a Girl: It’s Complicated” presented by the USU Women’s Choir April 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performance Hall. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. On Saturday, April 30, the Logan University 7th stake will be hosting a community garage sale at Lee’s Marketplace in Logan

Fringe Film Fest Come to the Fringe Film Festival on April 15 at 8 p.m. at the Logan Arthouse and Cinema located at 795 N. Main Street in Logan. Preshow entertainment will begin at 7 p.m. Directors of the top four films will share their comments between films. Tickets are $10 for general admission or 2 for $15.

Relay For Life

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life will be held on April 15 from 6 p.m.- 8 a.m. in the Fieldhouse. There will be free food, games, activities, and many bands and performers.Visit for more information and to donate to the American Cancer Society.

Humiliation hour

Honors Humiliation Hour April 13th from 6-8 p.m. on the Quad. There will be ice cream, games and socalizing. The Honors Student Council is earning money for Relay for Life. To promote donations Dr. Christie Fox, Dr. Nancy Hills, Susan Nyikos and Ben Carroll HSC President will do embarassing things depending on which one of them earns the most money.

Service project

Come travel down to Salt Lake to help with the state wide service project at Camp Kostopulos on April 16. Colleges and community members from all over the state will be collaborating at Camp K, a summer camp for children with disabilities. Volunteers will help with camp clean up, maintenance, trail preservation, etc. Busses will be leaving for Camp K at 6:45 a.m. from the University Inn.

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